Archives for 2009

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UConn Launches Networking Series for Student Inventors

Thursday, September 24 Are you a student who’s interested in starting your own tech business? Do you have a great idea that you’d like to develop into something profitable? Interested in knowing how to patent and market your clever ideas? Don’t miss the kick-off of a new seminar and networking series aimed at student inventors. […]

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Alumna Profile: Tabitha Hitchcock, Submarine Engineer

Reprinted with permission from UConn magazine (“Forty Under Forty”), Volume 9, Number 3 – Fall/Winter 2008 Tabitha Hitchcock ’93 (ENG) launched her career at Electric Boat in Groton, Conn., by accepting her job two months before graduating with a UConn degree in civil engineering. She has not slowed down much since. Within three years at […]

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Life-Changing Experience: UConn Engineering Students Help Ashford Boy

By Journal Inquirer Staff Published: Tuesday, June 9, 2009 2:04 PM EDT ASHFORD — On May 8, several graduating University of Connecticut students from the Biomedical Engineering program delivered their final projects to a local child in Ashford. “It brought us to tears,” Brenda Stenglein, the child’s mother, says. She says that throughout the year, […]

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Chiu And Sung Receive EFRC Funding

Two faculty members will contribute their expertise toward separate Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) recently funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the five-year awards in April. Mechanical Engineering professors Wilson K. S. Chiu and Chih-Jen “Jackie” Sung, both of whom are associated with the newly established Center for […]

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New Appointments In Engineering

Dean Mun Choi recently announced the appointment of Dr. Jun-Hong (“June”) Cui as Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies & Diversity. Dr. Cui is an associate professor of Computer Science & Engineering and the first woman in the School’s history to be named to a top administrative post. In sharing the news, Dean Choi praised Dr. […]

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November 5 Transportation Forum

Transportation issues, from infrastructure and roadway materials to driver behavior, will be the subject of a half-day forum sponsored by the Connecticut Transportation Institute(CTI). The Thursday, November 5 program, which is open to the public, will kick off at 8 a.m. in the Rome Commons Ballroom at the Storrs campus. The forum, coming just a week […]

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Dr. Sun Receives AHA National Scientist Development Grant

Wei Sun, an assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, was recently awarded an American Heart Association National Scientist Development grant of more than $300,000 in support of his work aimed at developing accurate biomechanical models that depict how human hearts respond to a heart valve repair procedure called percutaneous transvenous mitral annuloplasty. The […]

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Get Free E-mail for Life

Once a UConn Husky engineer, always a UConn Husky engineer! Show your UConn pride and stay connected. The School of Engineering is pleased to announce that all UConn engineering students and alumni may now receive a free e-mail address for life! Get your engineer.uconn.edu account today. Whether you’re a student or an alumnus, it’s easy […]

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UConn EWB Provides Assistance In Thailand

Two members of the UConn chapter of Engineers Without Borders spent three weeks last May and June applying engineering principles to relief projects in the hill country of northern Thailand. Chapter president Robert Yau and former president Nathan Barlow, both Chemical Engineering seniors, engaged in a number of tasks intended to improve the lives of […]

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Taking The Industry Standard One Step Toward The Future

By Kate Kurtin High-tech industries are always looking for ways to improve their products– trying to make things that are fast, faster; things that are low powered, lower powered; and things that are small, smaller. Many of these improvements are enabled by semiconductor technology. By continuously improving electronic device design and introducing new materials, new […]

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Civil Engineering Team Garners Award

A team of researchers from the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department won the Transportation Research Board’s 2008 Charley V. Wootan Award for the outstanding paper in the field of policy and organization. The team – comprising associate professor Norman Garrick and graduate students Wesley Marshall and Gilbert Hansen – was honored for their paper “Reassessing […]

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Graduating?

Give Us A Piece of Your Mind! Graduating seniors, as well as graduating M.S. and Ph.D. students, are asked to complete one of two surveys that will help us gauge the learning environment we provide our students, gain insight into the job market, and help us understand the support networks that enriched your college experience. […]

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Engineering Faculty Awarded Grants for Health Center Collaborations

The University awarded grants to 11 multi-disciplinary research teams, of which four include engineering faculty members. The one-year start-up grants were made under a new UConn Health Center/Storrs and Regional Campus Incentive Grants (UCIG) program aimed at nurturing interdisciplinary research collaborations that are seen as having long-term promise and a strong potential for attracting significant […]

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Carter Selected an MRS Fellow

Dr. C. Barry Carter, Department Head and professor of Chemical, Materials & Biomolecular Engineering, was selected a Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS). He will be formally recognized during the organization’s spring meeting in April. The honor of being named a Fellow is bestowed upon members who have made substantial contributions to both science […]

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Water: Sustainable Production Of Our Most Critical Resource

by Kate Kurtin The ongoing challenge to meet the world’s needs for plentiful, inexpensive and clean water has spawned countless studies and innovative approaches at UConn and across the globe. Assistant professors Jeffrey McCutcheon (Chemical, Materials & Biomolecular Engineering) and Baikun Li (Civil & Environmental Engineering) have teamed up on a three-year NSF grant to […]

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Fuel Cell Center Dons New Name, Mantle

The interdisciplinary Center for Clean Energy Engineering is undergoing an important metamorphosis. The center, which was founded in 2001 with $14.5 million in funding from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund and industry partners, is enlarging its mission to embrace a range of sustainable energy research, education and industry outreach. Reflective of this expanded vision, the […]

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Civil Engineering Student James Moriarty Selected A University Scholar

Civil Engineering junior James Moriarty, of East Longmeadow, MA, has been selected a University Scholar. He is among just 24 students across the entire university, from among 39 applicants, to gain acceptance to the elite enrichment program, which is designed specifically for highly motivated students who wish to take a more hands-on approach to their […]

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Senior Design Project Inspires Start-Up For Graduates

Armed with a novel product developed for their senior design project, a penchant for hard work and a creative vision, two young alumni, Mike Gionfriddo and Chris Ladden (Electrical & Computer Engineering ’06) founded a company on the eve of graduation. The open source company, Liquidware (www.liquidware.com) emerged from the success of their Digital Dashboard […]

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Appointments

Dean of Engineering Mun Y. Choi announced a number of appointments and reappointments for the coming year. Dr. Amvrossios “Ross” Bagtzoglou was appointed Head of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Dr. Rajeev Bansal was appointed Head of Electrical & Computer Engineering; Dr. Baki Cetegen was reappointed Head of Mechanical Engineering; and Dr. Donald R. Peterson was appointed Director of Graduate […]

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Students Design & Demo Go-Kart For Disabled Youth

A team of graduating seniors in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) program has designed and developed a novel recreational go-kart for a 10-year-old boy afflicted with cerebral palsy. The students — James Paolino, Alexander Jadczak, Eric Leknes and Tarek Tantawy — developed the new design for their senior design challenge, which is the culminating course for […]

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Donna Shea Co-Authors Public Roads Story

The Connecticut Transportation Center’s (CTI) own Donna Shea co-authored an article appearing in the November/December 2008 issue of Public Roads, a journal of the U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration. Her collaborator on the article, entitled “LTAP/TTAP: 25 Years of Service,” is Denise Saunders, Federal Highway Administration program manager for the Local Technical Assistance Program/Tribal […]

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Dr. Ramprasad Awarded Prestigious Humboldt Fellowship

Dr. Ramamurthy (“Rampi”) Ramprasad, an associate professor in the Chemical, Materials & Biomolecular Engineering Department, has been awarded an Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Foundation Fellowship. The award will enable him to conduct research at the Fritz-Haber-Institut of the famed Max Planck Society, in Berlin, Germany. Dr. Ramprasad plans to spend a full sabbatical year at […]

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Students To Be Honored At Awards Reception

The School of Engineering will hold its annual awards ceremony and reception on Tuesday, April 28 at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. On that evening, we will celebrate our outstanding scholarship recipients in a special event for students and their families, scholarship donors and industry friends. During the evening, more than 200 undergraduate […]

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Outstanding Student Transforms Tragedy Into Triumph

For many people, crucial turning points define, or perhaps reroute, their life trajectories. Joseph Zinski (’10), an undergraduate student pursuing his B.S. in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Molecular and Cell Biology, aspires to a research career perhaps involving stem cell science. This ambitious aim emerges not only from his keen intellect, dedication and […]

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Engineering Students Help Rebuild New Orleans

Say the phrase “spring break” and visions come to mind of bikini bacchanalia in Cancun, black diamond slopes at Vail, or maybe a quick cruise around the Caribbean. For some dedicated engineering students, the week was spent in rebuilding spirits and homes in New Orleans, which shows little progress even four years after the devastating […]

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New Contest – UConn Pennant To Fly Aboard Shuttle

UConn engineering alumnus and Connecticut native Richard Mastracchio (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science ’82) will fly aboard the space shuttle Discovery in March 2010 on his third shuttle mission. Discovery will ferry a payload destined for the International Space Station, as well as a commemorative pennant designed by UConn engineering students. Upon its safe return to terra […]

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Yunsi Fei Garners CAREER Award

Securing the “brains” of countless systems — from MP3 players and traffic lights to plant floor process controllers — is the aim of Dr. Yunsi Fei’s recent National Science Foundation Early Career (CAREER) Development award. An assistant professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Dr. Fei will apply her five-year, $405,000 award to her research aimed at […]

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UConn Steel Bridge Team Headed To National Competition

The UConn Steel Bridge team will compete in the 2009 National Student Steel Bridge Competition in Las Vegas in late May. On April 4th, the team scored third place in the Northeast Regional Steel Bridge Competition, hosted by the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston — a performance that earned the team its trip to […]

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Collaboration Advances Microbial Fuel Cell Commercialization

With the goal of harnessing the energy-production capabilities of microscopic bacteria to produce power and clean wastewater on a large commercial scale, Dr. Baikun Li, an assistant professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and her industrial partners have received funding from the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) to further her microbial […]

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Biofuel Team Holds Workshops

Drs. Richard Parnas (Chemical, Materials & Biomolecular Engineering) and James Stuart (Chemistry) presented two workshops in January before audiences of high school chemistry instructors, at the request of the New England Association of Chemistry Teachers. The visitors, from schools across Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, were introduced to the production and testing methods for biofuel […]

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Winterstein Lands Fulbright Scholarship

Jonathan Winterstein, a doctoral student in Materials Science & Engineering, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to carry out research at the Austrian Centre for Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis — an institute renowned for its high-quality electron spectroscopy and microscopy. The Centre is associated with the Technical University of Graz (TU Graz). Jonathan, who earned […]

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UTC School Of Engineering Building Rededicated, Technology Partnership With UConn Revitalized

by Jeff Jurgensmier In 1987, the UTC School of Engineering building at the University of Connecticut was dedicated. The building was rededicated on Sept. 3rd with significant updates to the lobby highlighting UTC’s products and services. It was the culmination of a year-long effort led by Pratt & Whitney’s Engineering organization and joined by other […]

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Alumna Profile: Tabitha Hitchcock, Submarine Engineer

Reprinted with permission from UConn magazine (“Forty Under Forty”), Volume 9, Number 3 – Fall/Winter 2008 Tabitha Hitchcock ’93 (ENG) launched her career at Electric Boat in Groton, Conn., by accepting her job two months before graduating with a UConn degree in civil engineering. She has not slowed down much since. Within three years at […]

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Dean Appointed To Clean Energy Fund

Dean of Engineering Mun Y. Choi has been appointed to serve on the Renewable Energy Investment Board, better known as the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF). The appointment, which commences immediately, was announced by Denise Merrill, Majority Leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives. In accepting the appointment, Dr. Choi said, “I am very honored […]

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A Classroom Without Borders

by Kate Kurtin Many college students dream of making a difference in vulnerable communities around the world; many others fantasize about simply getting off campus for the summer and traveling to new and exciting lands. Members of the UConn chapter of Engineers without Borders (EWB) do both. This past summer, M.S. candidate Robert Yau, junior […]

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Alumna Sharon Nunes Named To 2009 WITI Hall Of Fame

UConn engineering alumna Dr. Sharon Nunes has been named one of four female leaders to be inducted into the 2009 WITI (Women in Technology International) Hall of Fame. The honor highlights the role of women in advancing vital scientific and technological innovations and encourages young girls and women to become more technologically literate, as well […]

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From Submarine To Heart Systems: Eric Sirois

When he joined the Navy in 1999, Eric Sirois took an aptitude test meant to reveal where his skills and interests lay. Believing he may have a knack for computing, Eric discovered instead that his intellectual niche was more closely aligned with mechanical systems. The revelation led to his assignment in nuclear propulsion systems at […]

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Addressing The Future Of Hard Drive Storage

by Kate Kurtin The goal of revolutionizing data storage is at the heart of research underway in the laboratory of assistant professor Bryan Huey (CMBE). Collaborating with Dr. Oleg Kolosov, a Lancaster University (UK) physics professor Dr. Huey has known since their days together at Oxford University, this team has garnered three-year funding from the […]

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Friday Event

Senior Projects on Display! Visitors are invited to view the senior design project demonstrations and presentations of graduating engineering seniors on Friday, May 1. The demos — which will take place in various engineering buildings across campus, including the Student Union Ballroom — represent the culmination of the students’ undergraduate educational experience. Each year, senior […]

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International Partnerships Bring Visibility For UConn

by Kate Kurtin Dr. Reda Ammar, Head of the Computer Science & Engineering Department and UConn Director of International Academic Partnerships, recently began a new stage of his life project. On November 16, 2009 UConn was accepted by the Al-Bayan Foundation to establish a Saudi Arabian university adhering to UConn standards. The Prince Migrin University […]

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Faculty Helping Ethiopia Develop Water Infrastructure

What commodity is more valuable than all the gems, money, precious metals and wealth on Earth? Water. In the drought-ravaged expanse of Ethiopia, a sign in front of the Ministry of Water Resources (Addis Ababa) states simply: “Water is Life!!” In April, a large multi-institutional team of researchers from UConn and Ethiopian universities was awarded […]

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Students Capture Honors

Our students are exceptional and diverse, from those who are just beginning their UConn engineering studies to those who are completing them. In recent months a number of our students captured coveted scholarships, awards and distinctions. We highlight some of them in this story. Please join us in congratulating these outstanding students. Doctoral candidate Ke […]

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Outreach Activities Enhance Engineering Awareness

UConn’s School of Engineering and other academic engineering programs are taking an increasingly active approach toward recruiting and retaining undergraduate students. Too often, engineering has been entirely absent from the pre-college level curriculum or poorly conveyed as a discipline capitalizing on core mathematical, scientific and physics concepts. The challenge is often aggravated by a complex […]

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Founder, Engineers Without Borders

Amadei Energizes Students Dr. Bernard Amadei, president and founder of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), roused an audience of about 200 during his October 16 presentation at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Amadei — a professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Colorado and a member of the National Academy of Engineering — captivated […]

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DC Event Draws Transportation Alumni, Students

On a cold January day in our nation’s capital, just days before President Barack Obama took the oath of office, UConn engineering alumni, faculty and friends networked during a combined recruiting/social event held in conjunction with the national Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) 88th annual meeting. U.S. highways, bridges and rail are among the so-called “shovel […]

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Kotha Receives CAREER Award

Dr. Shiva Kotha, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, has won a coveted five-year, $430,000 NSF Early Career Development (CAREER) Award that will support his research focusing on strategies for improving the body’s ability to repair damaged bone. Dr. Kotha, who is also affiliated with the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Program, is the 22nd UConn engineering faculty […]

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Biomedical Engineering Hosts Fourth Career Fair

The Biomedical Engineering (BME) program held its fourth annual career fair at the UConn-Storrs campus on February 5, 2009. Approximately 150 students attended the fair, according to Angela Gilbert (BME ’09), president of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) student chapter. Attendees from UConn, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, City College of New York, Stony […]

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Make Your Gifts Count! Join The President’s Challenge

The School of Engineering is pleased to partner with the University of Connecticut in its recently announced President’s Challenge Award aimed at raising $100 million in student aid over the next five years. Dr. Michael Hogan has unveiled a new initiative that seeks to provide dedicated students with the financial support they need to fulfill […]

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A Bridge To International Research

by Kate Kurtin For undergraduate students, the opportunity to conduct meaningful real-world research is a coveted one. Add an international element and you have the makings of a truly exciting and rare educational enrichment experience. That’s just the sort of opportunity that 18 fortunate students — six each year over the course of three years […]

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Shaw Awarded Three NSF Grants In 2009

by Kate Kurtin His work in the red-hot area of nanotechnology has sparked three NSF-funded research awards for Dr. Leon Shaw, a professor in the Chemical, Materials & Biomolecular Engineering (CMBE) department. Of the three, one marries nano-materials with biomedical engineering. Working with Dr. Yong Wang, also of CMBE, Dr. Shaw will be developing a […]

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Shengli Zhou Named a 2007 Presidential Award Recipient

Dr. Shengli Zhou, an assistant professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, was selected to receive one of 67 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) awards presented this year. The PECASE Awards are the nation’s highest honor for professionals at the outset of their scientific research careers. It is the first PECASE award […]

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Claire Weiss Wins SMART Scholarship

Claire Weiss, a doctoral student in Materials Science & Engineering, has won a coveted scholarship under the Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program. Claire was one of approximately 200 students to capture the competitive award, from among 1,500 applicants. She is advised by Dr. Pamir Alpay, an associate professor in […]

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Alumni Profile: James Hormuzdiar, Technology Entrepreneur

Reprinted with permission from UConn magazine (“Forty Under Forty”), Vol. 9, No. 3 – Fall/Winter 2008 Short for malicious software, “malware” – which includes computer viruses, worms and spyware programs – is designed to damage data or disrupt systems. Malware is typically installed onto a computer from the Internet, often without the knowledge or consent […]

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UConn Engineering Captures Major Educational Awards

The School of Engineering has captured four U.S. Department of Education grants aimed at enhancing the nation’s technological competitiveness. The three-year grants were made under the agency’s Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program. The grant support, paired with additional matching funds, totals nearly $1 million per year and will support approximately 30 […]

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GoMotion’s Sixty-Second Winning Elevator Pitch

The “GoMotion” team — comprising Mechanical Engineers Geoff Cullen, Carlton Forse and Ryan Gresh, and MBAs Mirela Ehlers, Abraham King’oo and Katherine Weeks — captured top honors in the Connecticut 60-second Elevator Pitch Olympics on April 7th in Southington. The team took first place in the Four Year University Venture Enterprise Category. GoMotion competed against […]

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Calling All Alumni!

To save paper waste and energy, we’re working hard to cut down on our printed materials while continuing to keep you updated on the latest news from the UConn School of Engineering. Electronic delivery is quickly supplanting many of the more traditional paper-based communications avenues. We want to do our part to help UConn Engineering […]

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Five Engineering Faculty Elected to CASE

Five engineering faculty members have been elected to membership in the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE). They will be inducted during the CASE annual meeting, to take place May 20th at the New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks. The new members-elect are: Mark Aindow, professor of Materials Science in the Department of Chemical, […]

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Laurencin Wins Pierre Galletti Award

Dr. Cato T. Laurencin is the 2009 winner of the Pierre Galletti Award, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s (AIMBE) highest honor. Dr. Laurencin, who holds both an M.D. and a Ph.D., is Vice President for Health Affairs at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Dean of the UConn School of Medicine and […]

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Students Gain Valuable Insight In Characterization Lab

When Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) students transition into the working world, they arrive fully versed in the techniques and language of electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. They owe their practiced knowhow to professor emeritus Donald Potter, who equipped and has managed the Undergraduate Materials Characterization Lab, and taught a junior/senior course in Materials Characterization, […]

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Joule Fellows Program Embeds Teachers In Research Labs

The School of Engineering launched a new teacher enrichment program over the summer, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), which immerses middle and high school teachers in the super-hot arena of energy research at the Storrs campus. TheJoule Fellows Program is a five-week Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program that kicked off July 13th […]

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BME Student Heading To Harvard

Sajal Swaroop will graduate in May with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Materials Science & Engineering. Sajal, who has maintained a 3.85 GPA despite a grueling 18-21/semester credit course load over his four years at UConn — paired with numerous activities — will commence studies in the prestigious Harvard University School […]

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Mark Your Calendar!

Connecticut Invention Convention Come to Storrs on Saturday, May 2 and be inspired! Gampel Pavilion will serve as the stage for 675 Connecticut school children vying for honors in the 26th Connecticut Invention Convention, hosted by the UConn School of Engineering. The young K-8 grade Thomas Edisons — top award winners from 90 schools across […]

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Yasaman Ardeshirpour Receives SWE Scholarship

Yasaman Ardeshirpour, a doctoral candidate in the Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Society of Women Engineers at UConn. Dr. Jun-Hong Cui, Assistant Dean for Graduate Education & Diversity, and Mr. Marty Wood, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education & Diversity, presented Ms. Ardeshirpour the award. Ms. Ardeshirpour’s thesis […]

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Multi-Tasker Extraordinaire: James Bosse

James Bosse, who is completing his B.S. degree in Materials Science & Engineering this term, is a master multi-tasker who manages to juggle demanding coursework with original lab research and a part-time job. Oh, and he’s also a nationally competitive bowler who participates in tournaments about once a month. James, who hails from Berlin, CT, […]

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Guiling Wang Named Al Geib Professor

Dr. Guiling Wang, an associate professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) and Director of the Environmental Engineering Program, has been named the Al Geib Professor. Dean of Engineering Mun Y. Choi announced Dr. Wang’s selection, saying “Dr. Wang’s contributions are of enormous importance to our understanding of the interactions among climate, surface hydrology, vegetation […]

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Green Building Club Founded

Senior Civil Engineering student James Moriarty has launched a new Green Building Clubat UConn that he hopes will serve as a rallying point for students from diverse areas of study who are interested in exploring the challenges and practices of sustainable building. Jim is both founder and president of the club, which boasts about 15 members. […]

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Tehranipoor Receives NSF CAREER Award

Modern society is utterly dependent upon integrated circuits (ICs), or chips, which provide the brains for virtually everything electronic, from cell phones, microwave ovens and automobiles to radars, computers and the Joint Strike Fighter jet. Yet ICs are extraordinarily vulnerable to intentional tampering. Armed with a newly awarded $400,000 five-year National Science Foundation CAREER Award, […]

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School Welcomes New Faculty

The School of Engineering is pleased to welcome six new tenure-track faculty members for the fall ’09 and spring ’10 terms. They bring valuable expertise in the energy arena and are associated with the Eminent Faculty Initiative in Sustainable Energy. They are: Drs. Leslie McCabe Shor, Chih-Jen “Jackie” Sung, Hanchen Huang, Sung-Yeul Park, Timothy Vadas […]

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Lipsky Intros Second Edition of Queueing Theory Text

Dr. Lester Lipsky, professor emeritus of Computer Science & Engineering, has completed the second edition of his book, Queueing Theory: A Linear Algebraic Approach. Published by Springer, the nearly 600-page textbook is aimed at two audiences: third and fourth year undergraduates and graduate students, and practitioners. According to one source, the text offers insights for those […]

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Undergraduate Researchers Investigate Toxic Metal Removal

Dr. Maria Chrysochoou, an assistant professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, oversees the efforts of two graduate students and three undergraduate environmental engineering students who are conducting research aimed at remediating chromium-contaminated soil at the site of National Chromium, a metal plating operation in Putnam, CT. The undergraduate students – Kathryn Shinkiewicz, James Honda and […]

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Hal Brody Receives 2009 Chalmers Award

Distinguished Professor of Materials Science & Engineering Harold Brody was recently honored by TMS, the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, which presented him the 2009 Bruce Chalmers Award for outstanding contributions in the field of solidification science. Dr. Brody received the award in recognition for his “seminal contributions to microsegregation and back diffusion during dendritic […]

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Alpay Selected A UTC Professor In Engineering Innovation

Dr. S. Pamir Alpay, an associate professor in the Chemical, Materials & Biomolecular Engineering Department, was selected to receive a United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Professor in Engineering Innovation Award for his exceptional achievements in research, instruction and service. It is one of just five presented to faculty at the rank of assistant or associate professor […]

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System Improves Aircraft Stability, Performance

Dr. Chengyu Cao, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was awarded a NASA grant in excess of $288,000 for research aimed at enhancing the performance and robustness of adaptive control systems used aboard aircraft. His collaborator is Dr. Naira Hovakimyan, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who, with Dr. Cao, invented […]

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Alumnus Kumares Sinha To Receive 2009 Roy W. Crum Award

Dr. Kumares C. Sinha (M.S. Municipal Engineering ’66, Ph.D. Civil Engineering ’68) will receive the 2009 Roy W. Crum Distinguished Service Award from the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in recognition of his outstanding achievement in transportation research and education. Dr. Sinha is the Edgar B. & Hedwig M. Olson Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering and […]

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In Hurricane’s Wake, Open Door For One Student

As their daughter, Shelley Plude received her B.S. degree in Civil Engineering on Sunday, May 10, Ginna and Randy Plude of Middlefield, CT expressed their admiration for UConn in a message to President Michael Hogan and Dean of Engineering Mun Choi. They wrote: “President Hogan and Dean Choi, you may not be aware. . . what […]

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UConn Engineering Now On Facebook And Twitter

For the latest updates on activities and events in the School of Engineering, join us on Facebook and Twitter. Our Facebook pages have generated impressive interest in the six weeks since they went live. Contents include news and activities across the University of Connecticut campus and the School of Engineering along with RSS news feeds […]

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Engineers Without Borders Founder To Visit UConn

Dr. Bernard Amadei, president and founder of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), will visit UConn October 15-16. Dr. Amadei — a professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Colorado and a member of the National Academy of Engineering — will discuss the groundbreaking social and humanitarian achievements possible when engineers apply their expertise […]

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School Welcomes New Associate Dean

Dean of Engineering Mun Y. Choi recently announced the appointment of Dr. Kazem Kazerounian as Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives. Dr. Kazerounian, who received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago, has held numerous leadership roles throughout his 25 years at UConn. He currently serves as an elected representative on the […]

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Drs. McEvily And Carter Elected Society Fellows

Drs. Arthur J. McEvily and C. Barry Carter have been elected Fellows of respected professional societies. Both will be inducted in July. Dr. McEvily, a professor emeritus of metallurgy, was elected a 2009 Fellow of the International Congress on Fracture (ICF) in recognition of his “contributions to the understanding of fatigue mechanisms and processes in […]

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Seniors Demo Novel Design Projects

Spring days on the Storrs campus are bustling and often intense as students complete their coursework and finish projects in preparation for final exams. One of the most important and defining spring rites is the capstone engineering Senior Design Expo, which took place this year on Friday, May 1 across four buildings. The demonstrations are […]

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Building Diversity Connections In Engineering

by Kate Kurtin During the last weekend of October 2009, 20 UConn members of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) traveled to a national professional career conference in Washington, D.C. The activities of the four-day conference included networking with practicing Hispanic engineers; learning about graduate programs and current job opportunities; engaging in leadership, life […]