Archives for 2008

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Civil & Environmental Engineering News

Dr. Dipanjan Basu who joins the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department as an assistant professor. Dr. Basu earned his Ph.D. (’06) and M.S. from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, and a Master of Technology from India Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur. His research expertise and interests lie in the modeling of boundary value problems pertaining […]

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Chemical, Materials & Biomolecular Engineering

The Department of Chemical, Materials & Biomolecular Engineering welcomes three new faculty members, all of whom will join the department in August. Dr. George A. Rossetti, Jr., who joins the department as an associate professor of materials science, brings expertise in structure-processing-property relations in electroceramic materials and their applications in dielectric, electromechanical and energy conversion […]

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Mechanical Engineering – News

The Mechanical Engineering Department welcomes four new faculty members who will join the department in fall ’08. Dr. Robert Gao will join the department as the Pratt and Whitney Endowed Chair. He is currently a professor of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Gao has extensive experience in sensors and […]

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Office of the Dean – Deanery News

The Office of the Dean is pleased to welcome four new professional staff members. Christopher P. Joliat joins the School as Director of Development. He previously was employed for 11 years as a fundraising professional with the Legion of Christ, an international Catholic not-for-profit organization. He began as a Director of Major Gifts and worked […]

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Commencement 2008 Review

The School of Engineering congratulates its 450 graduating undergraduate and graduate students, who received their certificates during the May 10-11 weekend. On Saturday, May 10, the School feted 84 M.S. and 55 Ph.D. students who completed their degrees in August and December (’07) and in May 2008. On Sunday, May 11, the School honored 311 […]

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Dr. Gebremichael Captures NASA Award

Dr. Mekonnen Gebremichael, assistant professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE), was selected one of just 18 recipients nationwide to receive a NASA New Investigator Program (NIP) grant in Earth Sciences. Dr. Gebremichael’s winning proposal was among 78 submitted to the agency. This NIP award is only the second in UConn history: Dr. Gebremichael’s colleague, […]

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Andrew Lysaght Admitted to Prestigious Harvard-MIT Ph.D. Program

Andrew C. Lysaght (B.S. ’06, M.S. ’08), who completed his accelerated master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in May, will soon begin his Ph.D. studies at the highly regarded Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology program at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Fewer than 10 students worldwide are accepted each year into this […]

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Alumni Profile: Michael P. Culmo

Degree B.S. Civil Engineering, ’83; M.S. Structural Engineering, ’86 Current Employment “I am currently the Vice President of Transportation and Structures Engineering at CME Associates, Inc. (Woodstock, CT). I manage the East Hartford branch. I am responsible for the oversight of all transportation and structural related projects at CME. We specialize in bridge design; however, […]

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Saturday Event Connecticut Invention Convention

Come to Storrs on Saturday (May 3) and be inspired! The Connecticut Invention Convention will celebrate its 10th year at the Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, and its silver anniversary, with a memorable demonstration of youthful invention. The School of Engineering will once again host and sponsor this state-wide exhibition, which brings more than 650 youthful […]

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Weiss to Receive 2008 SPE International Award

Polymers are found everywhere in the natural world, and engineering professor Bob Weiss has devoted his successful career to manipulating polymers to produce an array of useful products, from better golf balls to improved proton exchange membranes for fuel cells. In early May, Weiss will be honored by the Society of Plastics Engineers with the […]

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Ali Langston: Millennium Scholar Sets Sights on Biomed

Degree Program:Junior, Electrical Engineering, with a focus in Biomedical engineering High School: Weston High School, Weston, CT. “I’m from Bridgeport, but the state’s ‘Project Choice’ program allowed me, as an urban student, to attend high school in a suburban environment – in this case, Weston – which enjoys stronger school funding.” Why Engineering? “When I […]

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Friday Event Visit Senior Design Demos!

Visitors are invited to view the senior design project demonstrations and presentations of graduating engineering seniors on Friday, May 2. The demos – which will take place in the Student Union Ballroom and in engineering buildings across campus – represent the culmination of the students’ undergraduate educational experience. Each year, senior engineering students engage in […]

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Engineers Without Borders Chapter Nets Official Designation

The UConn chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) has gained official recognition from the national organization, clearing the way for the small chapter to proceed with an engineering remediation project that could improve the lives of over 1,000 impoverished people in rural Nicaragua. Chapter president Nathan Barlow (Chemical Engineering), Nathaniel Bergan (Civil Engineering) and Dave […]

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Seniors to Demo Design Challenges May 2

On Friday, May 2, senior engineering students will participate in the most high profile display of their design prowess: the Senior Design Expo. The demos will take place in the Student Union ballroom and engineering buildings across campus. The event – a culmination of their four-year educational experience – is akin to a very sophisticated […]

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April 4 Event Girls to Explore Science/Engineering Careers

The challenge to attract more women into science and engineering careers lies at the heart of a special one-day workshop, Multiply Your Options (MYO), scheduled for Friday, April 4th at the UConn campus. Now in its 14th year, MYO will energize the campus with a combination of bubbly enthusiasm and serious inquiry as over 200 […]

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School Holds Nanotechnology Forum

Nanotechnology Forum* The School of Engineering held its first Nanotechnology Research Forum on Wednesday, March 5th. Nearly 30 faculty members from the School’s five departments presented five-minute overviews of their ongoing research activities in nanotechnology and related areas. The objective of the forum was to highlight current research underway at UConn and to foster collaborations […]

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Kiayias Puts Botnets in His Sights

Aggelos Kiayias, an assistant professor of Computer Science & Engineering, was awarded a two-year grant of more than $225,000 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct research involving the detection and mitigation of so-called “botnets.” The grant was made under the DHS Small Business Technology Transfer program, which pairs small businesses with […]

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Alumni Profile: Paul Scott

Degree: B.S. Electrical & Computer Engineering, 2002 Current Position: Engineering Specialist, General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, CT Duties: “I am now the lead engineer for the Mission Ship Control Trainer that we are building to support crew training for the USS Jimmy Carter [the third and final Seawolf Class nuclear submarine commissioned by the U.S. […]

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Engineering Tagged to Lead Transportation Security Research Network

On February 26, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the School of Engineering has been named the research lead among seven newly-crowned national centers in transportation security (CETS). The School will receive at least $500,000 for first-year activities. U.S. Senators Joseph Lieberman and Christopher Dodd championed the selection of UConn and joined […]

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Pasaogullari and Wang Garner CAREER Awards

Drs. Ugur Pasaogullari and Bing Wang have garnered coveted National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development Awards. Both joined the University of Connecticut in 2005. Dr. Pasaogullari, is an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering and Dr. Wang is an assistant professor of Computer Science & Engineering. The School of Engineering now boasts 18 NSF CAREER […]

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UConn Offers Undergraduate Research Opportunities in BioGrid Computing

The opportunity to engage in meaningful research is an enormously gratifying, yet often elusive, educational option for undergraduate students. UConn’s Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) department landed a prestigious grant in January, through the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support a special educational program that pairs 10 college students each summer with departmental faculty to […]

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Javidi Garners International Honors

Dr. Bahram Javidi, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, was selected to receive one of just six 2008 Helmholtz-Humboldt Research Awards for senior U.S. scientists. It is Germany’s highest research award for senior U.S. scientists and scholars in all disciplines. The award honors individuals whose “fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights” have had a significant impact […]

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Christine Endicott

Christine graduated in May ’08 (B.S. Chemical Engineering) and is now pursuing doctoral studies at Cornell University. An Honors Program scholar, Christine completed her thesis on a small molecule called furanone that appears to inhibit the explosive growth of the deadly bacterium anthrax. Her advisor, Dr. Ranjan Srivastava, said that “Based on Christine’s work, it […]

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UConn Announces Sustainable Energy Symposium

The School of Engineering is pleased to announce that a Sustainable Energy Symposium will take place at the University of Connecticut on March 31 and April 1, 2008. The evolving program will include in-depth workshops on biofuels, fuel cells, investment, regulatory and public policy, climate change, legislative activities, plant science and bioenergy agriculture, and other […]

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Computing and Medicine Unite to Aid Injured Soldiers

In the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, nearly 14,000 soldiers have been wounded in action to such an extent that they could not be returned to the field within 72 hours. Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other “blast” weapons of war have increased the number of severely injured soldiers, but thanks to body and […]

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VoTeR Center Audits Election Technology

With the next presidential election just 10 months away, and increasingly negative press concerning the integrity of touch-screen voting machines, Connecticut residents may feel confident that their votes are not at the mercy of uncertain technology. In 2006, Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz inked an agreement with a team of UConn engineering faculty to […]

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Dean’s Page

I am honored and excited to join the School of Engineering this month as Dean. It is a privilege to lead this historic institution into a new era of innovative, strategic research and dynamic teaching and outreach to train a new generation of engineering leaders. Before joining UConn, I was Associate Dean for Research and […]

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Alumni-Led Firm Helps Clients Think Holistically

Fuss & O’Neill is a company on the move. This vibrant 80-year old full-service engineering consulting practice, headquartered in Manchester, CT is continuously evolving and redefining itself, growing at an enviable pace, and investing in resources, people and training to ensure it can continue to anticipate and deliver the quality services its clients have come […]

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Three Faculty Elected to CASE

Three UConn engineering faculty members have been elected to membership in the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) in honor of their career accomplishments. They are among 19 individuals elected to the 2008 class. They will be inducted during the Academy’s 33rd annual meeting on May 21st at the New Haven Lawn Club. The […]

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SHPE to Host Regional Leadership Development Conference

The UConn chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) will host a Regional Leadership Development Conference at the UConn campus March 28-30, 2008. According to SHPE chapter president Angela Gilbert, the conference will draw students from throughout New England, the Mid-Atlantic states, and Puerto Rico to UConn to participate in workshops, presentations, and […]