Archives for 2006

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Quing Zhu Awarded $500,000 for Breast Cancer Research

Annually, more than 200,000 American women are diagnosed with breast cancer. It is the fifth leading cause of death among American women, killing over 40,000 yearly. Dr. Quing Zhu, associate professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, is a leading researcher in breast cancer diagnosis using novel techniques for detection. Dr. Zhu was recently awarded $500,000 […]

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UConn’s Fuel Cell Center Hosts Secretary Of Energy

On the morning of June 2, the Center for Clean Energy Engineering Center (C2E2) hosted U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman, Under Secretary of Science Dr. Raymond Orbach, and U.S. Congressman (CT) Rob Simmons. Founded in 2001 and operated by the School of Engineering, the C2E2 is the largest university-based hub for fuel cell research, […]

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Outreach Activities Enhance Engineering Awareness

In 2000, Asia produced nearly five times more engineering B.S. graduates than did the U.S. Not surprisingly, Asia is also claiming a larger number of U.S. high tech companies as these firms choose to relocate R&D operations to China and India or to outsource non-R&D work to these same countries. In an August 13, 2005 […]

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Dean Smith Introduces Joe Hanrahan, Director of Development

Interim Dean of Engineering Erling Smith named Joseph Hanrahan as the new Director of Development for the School of Engineering. Mr. Hanrahan joins the School as Director of Development following a 15-year career with Cheshire Academy, Cheshire, CT, a private boarding and college prep school. Mr. Hanrahan received a B.A. in Secondary Education/Social Studies from […]

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New Head for Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering Department welcomed a new Department Head, Professor Baki M. Cetegen, who began his three-year term in September. He succeeded former Department Head and professor Ranga Pitchumani. Dr. Cetegen joined the department in 1987 and conducts research in the areas of combustion and fluid dynamics with emphasis on laser diagnostics and optical imaging. […]

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Major Funding for Wei’s Biomaterials Research

Dr. Mei Wei, assistant professor of Materials Science & Engineering, who joined the University of Connecticut in 2002, was recently awarded three important research grants to examine biomaterials. The grants-totaling nearly $700,000 and awarded by the National Science Foundation and Connecticut Innovations, under the Yankee Ingenuity Technology Competition-will support Dr. Wei’s research in the areas […]

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Alumni and Faculty Join in Celebration

More than 100 engineering alumni, faculty and University officials attended the December 7 holiday reception at the historic Hartford Club. The evening event afforded alumni the opportunity to chat with faculty about cutting-edge research and to network with fellow graduates from across the decades. In his welcoming remarks, Interim Dean Erling Smith invited attendees to […]

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Two Departments Merge: Chemical, Materials And Biomolecular Engineering Results

As an outgrowth of the School of Engineering’s Strategic Plan, Dean of Engineering Amir Faghri officially announced that the departments of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering will be merged to form a new Department of Chemical, Materials & Biomolecular Engineering. The effective date of July 1, 2006 was selected to ensure proper planning […]

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Jordan Scholarship Honors Sacrifice of Brother

Dr. Eric Jordan, professor of Mechanical Engineering, and his family have pledged over $25,000 to establish a new undergraduate scholarship in the School of Engineering. They conceived of the scholarship, named the Lieutenant Allan Jordan Veterans Scholarship, as a way to honor and assist military veterans in securing a college education. Allan Jordan was Dr. […]

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Incoming Students Enjoy Open House

On Saturday, April 8, 2006, the University held its annual spring Open House for students who have been admitted for the fall 2006 semester and their parents. During the day-long event, visitors had the opportunity to visit academic programs of interest, visit residence halls, hear student life presentations, and participate in admission sessions. The School […]

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Engineering Faculty Garner NSF CAREER Awards

Two engineering faculty members were selected to receive the National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development (CAREER) Award in 2006: assistant professor of Computer Science & Engineering Ion Mandoiu and assistant professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering Jeong-Ho Kim. Dr. Mandoiu was awarded a five-year $554,500 National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) award for […]

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Kazerounian Honored with ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Award

In September, 2006, professor of Mechanical Engineering Kazem Kazerounian was awarded the Mechanisms & Robotics Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Design Division. He received the award, presented once every two years for cumulative career contributions to the profession, in recognition of “cumulative contributions to the field of mechanisms design and theory.” The […]

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Wilson Chiu Receives ASME Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award

Dr. Wilson K.S. Chiu, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, was awarded the 2006 ASME Bergles- Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer for “research in computational and experimental heat transfer, particularly chemical vapor deposition systems.” The award recognizes young engineers who are committed to pursuing research in heat transfer, with the potential to make significant […]

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Distinguished Engineering & Service Award Nomination

The nomination deadline for 2008 Distinguished Engineering Awards is January 4, 2008. Individuals selected for induction into the Academy of Distinguished Engineers and for receipt of the Distinguished Service Award will be lauded during the annual engineering banquet in the spring. Questions? Call (860) 486-2429 Instructions for Nominations Submission

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Transportation Institute Co-sponsors Multiple Events

During the summer and fall, the Connecticut Transportation Institute (CTI) sponsored and coordinated several major educational programs, the Eastern Winter Maintenance Symposium and the Construction Career Days 2005. CTI is a research and educational unit associated with the School of Engineering that serves as a hub for faculty conducting research in transportation-related areas. Dr. Lisa […]

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Engineering Professor Receives $60,000 Cash Prize

Associate professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering Emmanouil Anagnostou was presented the prestigious Marie Curie Excellence Award during official ceremonies in Dublin, Ireland on December 1, 2005. The Marie Curie Excellence Award is the highest honor of the European Commission (EC) and is intended to bring attention to the outstanding achievements of scientists who have […]

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Biofuels Symposium on Tap

The School of Engineering is pleased to announce a Biofuels Symposium will take place at the University of Connecticut on January 11, 2007. The evolving program will include sessions on Industrial Opportunities, Agricultural Production Opportunities, Chemistry and Engineering, and Policy & Regulation. Among the invited speakers to date are Drs. Larry Smart, associate professor in […]

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Dr. Anagnostou Awarded NASA Precipitation Grant

Dr. Emmanouil Anagnostou, associate professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and co-PI Dr. Amvrossios Bagtzoglou, associate professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, were awarded over $433,000 to conduct research intended to improve flood prediction using satellite data. The three-year grant was awarded by NASA under the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, a program that supports […]

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Dean Faghri Awarded ASME’s 2005 James Harry Potter Gold Medal

Dean of Engineering Amir Faghri, who is the United Technologies Endowed Chair Professor of Thermal-fluids Engineering, was presented the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME’s) James Harry Potter Gold Medal for “significant and innovative research contributions to the field of thermodynamics of multiphase systems, with application to heat pipes, fuel cells and phase-change energy storage […]

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A Lesson in Fun for 140 Young Women

On April 7th, over 140 female eighthgrade students from 15 area middle schools learned the answers to these and other burning questions-along with an important lesson: applying scientific, technological, engineering and math (STEM) principles to everyday items is fun and fulfilling. The girls were on campus for the annual Multiply Your Options (MYO), a one-day […]

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The Engineer of 2020

In its groundbreaking 2004 report, The Engineer of 2020: Visions of Engineering in the New Century,* the National Academy of Engineering noted that, to enhance the nation’s economic productivity and improve the quality of life worldwide, engineering education in the United States must anticipate and adapt to the dramatic changes of engineering practice expected in […]

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Asian Tsunami a Lesson in Civil Engineering

“I was very surprised to see how the region had been changed by the tsunami. I watched television reports and saw pictures prior to going to Thailand but I didn’t realize how powerful the tsunami actually was until I saw the destroyed buildings and the boat that had been carried so far inland. Even after […]

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Accorsi Brings Leadership to CEE Department

In June 2006, following a departmental search, professor Michael Accorsi was appointed Head of the Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department. He succeeded professor Erling Smith, who served as Head for six years before accepting the position of Interim Dean of the School of Engineering. The CEE department is home to 18 faculty members and […]

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Engineering Goes to School: the Galileo Project

On June 13, 14 seniors from Somers High School brought three electric cars to Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT for an endurance race in which they competed against 15 other vehicles for the top laurels in the Connecticut Electrathon Challenge. Unlike some contenders, the Somers team both designed and built their vehicles, which are […]

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Focus on Alumni: Mark Vergnano

For alumnus Mark Vergnano, who has built an enviable 26-year career with chemical giant E.I. DuPont de Nemours Co., Inc., his UConn Chemical Engineering education honed his analytical acumen and helped him succeed in a career blending engineering and business leadership. “I believe that an engineering background gave me the advantage to approach problems in […]

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Dr. Luh Named Head of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Dr. Peter Luh, the SNET Professor of Communications and Information Technologies, was appointed Head of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department (ECE) in August following an internal search. The ECE Department is home to 23 full-time faculty members and boasted research expenditures of $4.3 million during the 2005-06 fiscal year. Dr. Luh received his Ph.D. […]

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Engineering Team to Help State Ensure Vote Integrity

On November 7, more than 100 million Americans will go to the polls to register their votes in the nation’s general elections. Adding to anxieties concerning election outcomes, they worry about voting machine fraud or errors associated with newly installed electronic voting machines. A team of Computer Science & Engineering faculty, headed up by professor […]

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UConn Delegation Inaugurates New Degree Program With Egypt

University of Connecticut Provost Dr. Peter Nicholls, along with a delegation of university officials, traveled to Cairo in November to formally inaugurate a partnership initiative between UConn and Ain Shams University. The visit included meetings with various Egyptian colleagues and local UConn graduates that kicked off establishment of a diploma of science in Information Technology […]

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Fall 2006 Open House

Sunday, September 17, 2006, the University held its annual fall Open House for students and their parents who are interested in learning more about UConn’s academic programs.¬† During the day-long event, visitors had the opportunity to visit academic programs of interest, tour residence halls and visit campus hot spots, including the famed Dairy Barn. The […]

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John DeWolf Named 2006 University Teaching Fellow

Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering John DeWolf was named one of four 2006-07 University of Connecticut Teaching Fellows. The award was formally announced at a gala banquet in April 2006. Up to four Teaching Fellows are honored each year by the University’s Institute for Teaching and Learning, and only four Engineering faculty have previously […]