Archives for 2014

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Ask the Engineers

Got a question for the engineers? Ask away!

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VIDEO: See What’s Happening Here at the SoE!

An eye-catching video of the innovations and fun that happen here at SoE

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Now Hear This! UConn Has a New Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consortium

Continuing its commitment to fostering new businesses, the University of Connecticut has established the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consortium. It’s a collaborative initiative of the Schools of Engineering and Business, Office of the Provost, and Office of the Vice President for Research.

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New Human Rights Minor Explores the Social Impact of Engineering

New track of courses for human rights minor explores social impacts of engineering

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Student News

MSE seniors prove their geodesic bona fides, and CBE undergrads take top honors at AIChE’s poster competition

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From the SoE Archives: Happy Dodranscentennial, Castleman Building!

“Engineering the Future” is the motto here, but it’s always a good idea to occasionally look back.

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Energy and Environment Commissioner Visits C2E2

Robert Klee, commissioner of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), visited UConn’s Center for Clean Energy Engineering

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Alumni News

Catch up with Craig W. Burdick ’01, Anthony M. Cavallaro ’11, Karl F. Frey ’83, Joel A. Henry ’06 and ’14 and Joel W. Long ’98 in this issue’s Alumni News!

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Back on Earth, and Back on Campus: Astronaut Rick Mastracchio Talks About Life in Space

Astronaut and UConn alum Rick Mastracchio was on campus Tuesday to talk about his career and the particulars of everyday life on the Space Station.

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Local Engineering Firm Launches Scholarship Initiative

Engineering firm Fuss & O’Neill launches a scholarship

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UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering Celebrates Its First Year

UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering (UTC IASE) marked its one-year anniversary with an all-day conference featuring speakers and panel discussions

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Eight Questions With: Joseph M. Kostoss (B.S., M.S. Mechanical Engineering, ’64, ‘65)

We talk to alumnus Joe Kostoss about how he got into engineering and working in South Korea.

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The Sounds of Innovation: How UConn Research Is Resurrecting Antique Musical Instruments

An engineering, medical director and art historian team up to explore (what else?) the makeup of 18th- and 19th-century musical instruments.

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New Collaboration to Create World-Class Microscopy Center

UConn and FEI Co. have signed an agreement to develop a cutting-edge center for microscopy and materials science research

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Bioinformatics Researchers Develop Personalized Vaccines to Treat Cancer Patients Nov. 10

Ion Mandoio of the CSE Is a co-PI for research with the potential to dramatically change how we treat cancer in the future.

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Kevin McLaughlin Wins Provost Award

Kevin McLaughlin received a 2014 Provost Award for Excellence in Community Engaged Scholarship

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Dr. Ma and Artificial Kidney Covered on TV News

Dr. Anson Ma spoke to WTNH recently about his and his students’ work on creating an artificial kidney using 3D printing

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Student News

MRS at Brookhaven, students win EPA grant and ECE Team wins IEEE Contest

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Faculty News

Jeffrey McCutcheon, Yongku Cho win awards.

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Second Industry Open House Brings Academia and Industry Together

The second annual Industry Open House took place this month and brought together Engineering faculty and industry leaders to discuss future collaborations.

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Alumni News

John Krenicki, Wade Moore and Manuel A. Santos all make this issue’s Alumni News

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Cybersecurity Contest Challenges Teams to Think Like a Hacker

Computer hackers descended upon UConn this past week, and for their efforts, came away with more than $100,000 in prize money.

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First CyberSEED Event Combines Cybersecurity Competition and Discussion

More than 350 people attended the CyberSEED Cybersecurity, Education & Diversity Challenge, which combined expert talks and competitions

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CyberSEED in the Media and Social Media

CyberSEED in the media

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SoE Taking Nominations for the Academy of Distinguished Engineers

The School of Engineering is beginning the selection process for 2015 inductees to the Academy of Distinguished Engineers, the 32nd year the School has presented these awards Since 1983 the School has paid special tribute to exceptionally distinguished alumni whose career achievements are of an enduring seminal nature, and dedicated individuals who have made dramatic and enduring contributions to our School.  The […]

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UConn, Ethiopia Working Together To Solve Water Problems

When UConn formed a partnership with five Ethiopian universities, the goal was to develop new ideas to alleviate the serious water-related problems in that country. Just a few years later, those ideas are already forthcoming. At the Ethiopian Institute of Water Resources (EIWR) – a centerpiece of the UConn-Ethiopia partnership – one student’s final paper stood […]

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Seminar Where Interpersonal Skills Are The Curriculum

We cordially invite you to participate in a very popular seminar and reception aimed at improving our future engineers’ professional, interpersonal and social skills.

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GE Fellows Tour Facility, Hear About Life After School

The nine GE Fellows who toured the Plainville General Electric facility last week got a chance to see the concepts they study put into action.

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CyberSEED: Two-Day Event Puts Cybersecurity On National Stage

The University of Connecticut, home to the nation’s foremost center on hardware security, and the Comcast Center of Excellence for Security Innovation (CSI) are sponsoring the first-ever CyberSEED Cybersecurity, Education & Diversity Challenge October 20-21, 2014.  The CyberSEED conference brings together top information security professionals and business leaders to discuss emerging cybersecurity trends and formulate best […]

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Alumni News

Keep up with the latest news on SoE Alumni!

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UTC IASE Celebrates Its First Year

A hub for world-class research and project-based learning, the UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering Institute celebrates its first anniversary.

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Second Annual Industry Open House Takes Place Nov. 5

The second annual Industry Open House – featuring “speed-dating” meetings between Engineering faculty and industry leaders – takes place Nov. 5.

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Cato Laurencin Receives NIH Pioneer Award

Renowned surgeon-scientist Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, a , has won a National Institutes of Health Pioneer Award for his exceptionally creative research in regenerative engineering.

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Huskies Forever Reunion Breakfast with Dean Kazem Kazerounian

Alumni: Come to the special breakfast during Huskies Forever Weekend and eat with Dean Kazerounian

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CyberSEED: Cybersecurity, Education & Diversity Challenge Week Takes Place in October

The Comcast Center of Excellence for Security Innovation (CSI) is sponsoring the first-ever CyberSEED: Cybersecurity, Education & Diversity Challenge Week

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Sandy Crosthwaite Retires After 22 Years

After 22 years of keeping the School of Engineering’s finances on track, Sandy Crosthwaite retired Sept. 25.

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Student News

Awards from IEEE and CIE, and a UNCF/Merck Graduate Fellowship

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Students, Sponsors Meet At Scholarship Awards Ceremony

Students met with their sponsors at the School of Engineering’s recent annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony.

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Students, Faculty Learn the Benefits Of New ANSYS Software Partnership

UConn and simulation software giant ANSYS strike up a partnership that benefits students and industry.

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University-Industry Partnerships Discussed at Aerospace & Defense International Trade Summit

UConn’s many collaborations with industry were discussed at the recent Aerospace & Defense International Trade Summit

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Jay Leno Zips Around In UConn Formula SAE Car

Late-night comedian and car enthusiast Jay Leno took to the campus roads in a car built by UConn Engineering students.

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Alumni News

John W. Braccio ’82, Jacob “Jake” Friedman ’02, Udayarka Karra ’14, Matthew F. Tellier ’93 are all featured in this issue of Alumni News

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Eight Questions With: Rich Twilley ’96 & ’04

Rich Twilley, ’96 & ’04, talks with Heidi Douglas in this issue’s “Eight Questions With…”

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Faculty News

An IEEE award, a grant from the Hubbell Foundation and a short-term professor appointment

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Tiny Heart Valve Has Big Potential for UConn Startup

From UConn Today An unlikely combination of biomedical engineering and meticulous sewing skills has led to an innovative heart valve replacement that could save countless lives. Its maker, Dura Biotech, is a UConn Technology Incubation Program (TIP) participant. Its CEO, Eric Sirois, received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at UConn earlier this year. This summer, […]

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UConn’s Engineering Entrepreneurs Making Progress

An improved heart valve and a machine customized water are among UConn innovations.

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Making Sense of Big Data: Project To Draw Insights From Genome

UConn’s Sanguthevar Rajasekaran is part of a research team developing ways to make sense of biological big data.

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Faculty News

Funding for new breast cancer technology and underwater monitoring and a study on the discovery of a new material.

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Center for Energy Innovation Marks Its First Year

CEI progresses steadily toward its goal of advancing technologies related to energy storage and fuel cells.

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Alumni News

Catch up with alumni who are making news and spearheading innovation

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Older Cities May Be Good for Your Health

UConn researcher finds that older cities are compact and good for walking, and therefore, your health.

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Alumnus Govindan Giving Back To UConn

Sharavan Govindan’s sees his financial gift as a friendly challenge to his fellow alumni.

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Joule Fellows Take Lab Lessons Back To The Classroom

UConn’s Joule Fellows – teachers from CT high schools – will take sophisticated engineering lessons back to their students.

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Marten van Dijk Part of a Team of Researchers Securing Cloud Computing

Marten van Dijk (ECE) and other researchers working on security problems in cloud computing.

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Meet the New Faculty For UConn Engineering

The new school year begins with an impressive group of new SoE hires.

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Alumni News

Catch up with Craig W. Ashmore ’85, William L. D’Agostino ’84, Bernard “Bernie” E. Gracy, Jr. ’85, Monica T. Mohtasham ’04 and Yingli Wen ’93 in this issue’s Alumni News.

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UConn Receives Gift for Global Energy Sustainability Program

A recent gift from the Satell Family Foundation will support UConn’s new research partnership in sustainable energy with Technion–Israel Institute of Technology.

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Martha Poulter, ’88, Named Starwood Exec

Martha Poulter, ’88, becomes VP and information officer for hotel chain

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School of Engineering Establishing Alumni Legacy Society

The UConn School of Engineering is pleased to announce the inception of the Engineering Alumni Legacy Society.

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School of Engineering in the News

The UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering, a sewer plant internship, and two “40 Under 40” items all make the news.

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Graduate Student Spotlight: Sapna Gupta

Sapna Gupta has achieved impressive feats that demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and innovative thinking.

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Emeritus Professor of Engineering Marty Fox Passes Away

Emeritus Professor of Engineering Marty Fox Dies

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Student News

Ari Fischer ’15 is named a UDall Scholar and UConn races to a respectable finish in Michigan in this week’s student news.

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UCONN SoE, ANSYS Forge Partnership With Software

Students at UConn’s School of Engineering will now have access to valuable ANSYS engineering software, thanks to a new partnership.

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Faculty News

Dr. Cato T. Laurencin named, and ACS Fellow, Rainer Hebert awarded contract and other faculty news.

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Eight Questions With: Roland A. Boucher ’54

He developed the first solar-powered aircraft. He could fly before he could drive. He brewed his own beer before he could legally drink. Meet the remarkable Roland A. Boucher ’54.

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Appointments and Re-Appointments

The School of Engineering appoints two new department and re-appoints three other department heads.

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Dr. Radenka Maric and Dr. Mark Aindow Get Fuel Cell Funding

The researchers are part of a major effort to bring down the costs of low-temperature fuel cells.

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Leslie Shor Named a DuPont Young Professor

DuPont names Dr. Leslie Shor, who specializes in recreating very small habitats, a 2014 Young Professor

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UConn Incubator Company Receives $5.5 Million for Research

Amastan LLC, a company in UConn’s Technology Incubator Program (TIP), has secured a $5.5 million investment in support of its ongoing development of high-end plasma technologies for the production and processing of nanomaterials.

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Faculty News

Rainer Hebert wins innovation award, Mei Wei receives grant

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NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Program Renewed

For the second time, UConn has received NSF funding for the LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) program, which fellowships for underrepresented students pursuing Ph.D.s in STEM disciplines.

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Student News

UConn’s concrete canoeists compete and Richard Pérez Moyet receives a fellowship

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Zengmin Xia Named Woman of Innovation by the Connecticut Technology Council

For her work on the development of novel biomaterials for tissue repair and regeneration, the Connecticut Technology Council honors Zengmin Xia.

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UConn Students to Help Build Time Capsule to Mars

UConn students majoring in materials science and engineering work on Mars time capsule.

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Omer Khan Part Of Team Designing Faster Computer Chip

Omer Khan (ECE) is part of a team of researchers designing a faster and more efficient chip.

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An Autonomous Quadcopter – Now There’s an IDEA!

With his IDEA grant, Rosse Gates ’16 (ENG) builds an autonomously controlled quadcopter – a helicopter powered by four rotors

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GK-12 Program Utilizes Skills of Graduate Students at Engineering Design Challenge

Building a boat and proving its sea-worthiness was the latest challenge for students in the 2014 Engineering Design Challenge.

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Work to Start Soon on New Engineering Complex

A busy site in the center of UConn’s flagship campus will be transformed in coming years, as the University moves forward with a project to build a state-of-the-art Engineering & Science Building.

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Rohan Freeman Creates Scholarship For Minority Students In Engineering

Alumnus Rohan Freeman hopes to bolster minority representation in engineering with a new scholarship.

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Alumni News

Robert R. Banning ’11, Anne Bartosewicz-Mele ’81, Richard P. Broderick ’81, John J. Legato ’86, Thomas W. Prete ’85 and Glenn T. Selby ’03 are all featured in this issue’s Alumni News

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UConn Engineering Honors Fifteen

During a gala event on May 1st at the Storrs campus, the School of Engineering honored 15 exceptional alumni as 2014 inductees into the UConn Academy of Distinguished Engineers.

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Human Rights Institute and Engineering Team to Offer Human Rights Minor

The impact of engineering policy and practice on individuals and societies has often been overlooked in engineering education. Yet, engineering technologies and applications — from the extraction and processing of natural resources and manufacture of high-tech electronics to chemical processing and pollution remediation — affect the health, culture, opportunities and well-being of humans in often profound ways.

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A Commencement Speech from Space

It’s not unusual for commencement speakers to share their unique perspective on life with members of a graduating class.

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CHASE Collaboration With Comcast Announced At National Conference

The announcement of a collaborative effort with Comcast and a workshop that brought together experts on cybersecurity made April a busy month for the Center for Hardware Assurance, Security and Engineering.   The workshop, which took place April 9 and April 10, included talks on various security matters, including innovative technologies for hardware security, Trojan detection and prevention […]

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UConn Researchers Go Beneath The Arctic Polar Cap

UConn’s UnderWater Sensor Network (UWSN) Lab is developing a wireless system to collect data under the rapidly melting Arctic polar cap. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation with a grant for $833,520.

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Faculty News

Awards for Syam Nukavarapu and Barry Carter, a state appointment for Nicholas Lownes and the newest CASE Academy inductees

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Alumni News

Career changes, honors and more news from UConn alumni

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Student News

In Student News: Grads hear the importance of humanity in engineering; an honor for an underwater acoustician; and note-taking assistance for disabled students.

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UConn and CL&P Team To Better Predict Storm Damage

New damage prediction modeling technology developed by a team of UConn environmental engineers is now able to provide CL&P customized information in advance of a storm to allow the company to better plan and prepare.

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UConn to Co-Host Electric Boat Event

UConn will co-host General Dynamics Electric Boat’s “potential supplier summit” in June. The event, which takes place June 16 at the Avery Point campus, will allow suppliers to learn more about opportunities to work within the Electric Boat Supply chain. Small and mid-sized manufacturers will have an opportunity to learn about EB’s current needs, understand […]

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MURI Grant To Improve the Security of Nanoscale Computer Devices

By Colin Poitras (UConn Today) The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a $7.5 million grant to the University of Connecticut, University of Maryland, and Rice University to support research that will analyze and upgrade security protections for nanoscale computer hardware. UConn’s Center for Hardware Assurance, Security, and Engineering (CHASE), a national leader in computer […]

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Joule Fellows Program Receives NSF Grant For RET Program

The Joule Fellows Program has received a National Science Foundation grant of $496,129 to develop a project designed to enhance engineering teaching in Connecticut high schools and, ultimately, address the ongoing decline in the number of U.S. citizens training to become engineers. For the project, entitled “RET in Engineering and Computer Science Site: The Joule Fellows: Teachers in Sustainable Technologies […]

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MSE Professor Cato T. Laurencin Elected 2014 MRS Fellow

By Giorgina Paiella Congratulations to Dr. Cato Laurencin, who was recently selected as a Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS). The Materials Research Society is an organization comprised of materials researchers from academia, government, and industry. This global community of researchers aims to advance materials research worldwide through vibrant and diverse membership, collaboration among […]

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$500K NSF Grant Awarded to Dr. Bing Wang, UConn Health Center

Dr. Bing Wang, an associate professor of Computer Science & Engineering, was awarded a grant for close to $500,000 for her project proposed to the National Science Foundation.

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Faculty News

With NSF funding, the UnderWater Sensor Network Lab is developing a network in the Arctic, with colleagues from the University of Delaware who are interested in sea ice changes and ocean acoustics.

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Faculty Spotlight: Prof. Kristina Wagstrom

Prof. Kristina Wagstrom, through work in her Computational Atmospheric Chemistry and Exposure Lab, strives to improve the science and functionality of computational approaches in air pollution.

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Dipayan Ghosh: From UConn to the White House

This semester, Dipayan Ghosh (B.S. Electrical Engineering ’10) is interning at the White House, where he’s working on technology policy issues in the Executive Office of the President.

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Alumni News

Stay in touch with the School of Engineering. Join our LinkedIn alumni group to share your latest activities and learn what your fellow graduates are doing. You may also send your news directly to Heidi Douglas, Director of Engineering Alumni Relations.

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Alumni Invited to Tour Senior Design Day Exhibition on May 2nd

Do you remember your senior-year engineering project? Chances are, if you graduated ten or more years ago, today’s Senior Design, a two-semester course where student project teams solve real-life engineering problems for industry and government sponsors, is a far cry from your experience.

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Multiply Your Options” Conference Immerses Middle School Girls In Science, Engineering

Multiply Your Options is a daylong conference for 8th grade girls that exposes them to female role models in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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Our Safety Town for Children

On Sunday, March 23, Stamford Girl Scouts held its annual Family Partnership Fundraiser, and back by popular demand, we hosted our Powder Puff Derby at the Italian Center.

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Student Spotlight: MSE Undergraduate Gabrielle Charno

Balancing rigorous academic work and an involved extracurricular life can be a difficult task for any college student. Excelling under these circumstances is an even rarer find.

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UConn hosts 2014 Northeast Regional AIChE Conference

The Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering was the proud host of the 2014 Northeast Student Regional Conference for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers on April 4-5, 2014.

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UConn, Comcast Launch Center for Security Innovation

UConn, home to the nation’s foremost center on hardware security, and Comcast today announced the establishment of a new Center of Excellence for Security Innovation (CSI) on the University’s main campus in Storrs.

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Video: UConn Engineering Ambassadors Hovercraft

For more information regarding School of Engineering videos, please visit our YouTube channel

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GE + UConn: Research Recipe for Success

Start with a tough engineering challenge, add in a healthy dose of curious and talented graduate students, then mix well with the new UConn Technology Park and industry-supported grant programs and you‘ll have all of the ingredients required for accelerated, collaborative discovery.

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2014 Scholarship Awards Event: Change in Date

The School of Engineering’s annual scholarship awards event will take place early in the Fall 2014 semester, rather than the traditional spring semester date. The change to a fall event will enable more of our many generous donors and the exceptional students receiving scholarships to attend the event. Look for details in upcoming issues of Momentum!

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Space Station astronauts talk with ABC News

International Space Station astronauts Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio of NASA talked with the ABC News Digital On-Line Network about life and research in space during an in-flight interview Feb. 19

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Credit Card Data Theft: Stopping the Hackers

In response to a massive security breach that threatened the personal and financial data of nearly one third of U.S. adults last year, retail giant Target is investing more than $100 million to prevent similar thefts by implementing advanced chip-based credit card technology at its point-of-sale terminals.

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Women Engineers Conference Inspires a New Generation

Wintry weather failed to dampen spirits at the “Celebration of Women in Engineering,” a daylong conference exploring the challenges of women engineering the future held Tuesday, February 18 in conjunction with national Engineers Week.

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Student Spotlight: MSE Undergraduate Doug Hendrix

A scanning electron microscope image of a 45 rpm vinyl record from Doug’s project in MSE 3056 investigating the storage density of analog vs. digital media.

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MSE Establishes Strong Presence at EMA 2014 Conference

From January 22nd to the 24th, the fifth annual Electronic Materials and Applications (EMA) conference was held in Orlando, Florida. Jointly programmed by the Electronics Division and Basic Science Division of the American Ceramic Society, EMA focuses on electroceramic materials for electronic, magnetic, dielectric and optical components, devices, and systems.

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Alumni News

Stay in touch with fellow UConn engineering alumni. Visit our Engineering LinkedIn alumni page and fill us in on your latest activities or learn what your college friends are doing nowadays!

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Research Insight: Using Light to Control Neural Activity

Prof. Yongku Cho’s research ambition is to engineer light-activated proteins as a tool to manipulate brain circuit activity. He is currently equipping his laboratory here at UConn to build on his work recently published in Nature Methods. The research article, coauthored by Dr. Cho, his postdoctoral advisor Ed Boyden, and other colleagues, documents the group’s progress in controlling neural activity using novel light-activated ion channels.

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UConn Extension 4-H Program in Litchfield County visits the Center for Clean Energy Engineering

Before watching the UConn women’s basketball team outshine Louisville, on February 9th a group from the UConn Extension 4-H Program in Litchfield County visited the Center for Clean Energy Engineering.

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Engineering Startups Capture $10k Grant Funding

Secor Water, LLC and Dura Biotech, two student-led startup businesses based on technologies developed at UConn and nurtured through UConn Engineering’s Experiential Technology Entrepreneurship course, were awarded $10,000 grants from the inaugural CTNext Entrepreneur Innovation Awards(EIA) managed by Connecticut Innovations.

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Faculty & Staff Notes

Read about recent honors and activities of our engineering faculty, who are respected leaders in research, instruction, mentoring and professional societies.

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Stanley Black & Decker Teams With UConn

Drs. Jiong Tang and Chengyu Cao are collaborating with engineers at global tool giant Stanley Black & Decker to create a methodology to analyze the precise mechanism of tools in two of the company’s product lines, impact wrenches and air hammers, as the key step in developing software capable of shortening the company’s new product development cycle and enhancing the product performance.

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Alumni Notes

What are UConn Engineering graduates up to? Read about the recent career highlights of alumni like Larry Acquarulo, John Carrington, Lon Hultgren and George Kruk Philbrick .

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Engineering Seniors Ply Skills for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

Six Civil & Environmental Engineering seniors are applying their knowledge toward innovative potential design options for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in nearby Ashford, CT. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp was founded in 1988 by the late Hollywood legend Paul Newman, who believed passionately that all children, including those who suffer from serious illnesses such as cancer and sickle cell disease, should have the opportunity to experience the “transformational spirit and friendships” associated with camp.

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Dr. Lykotrafitis Receives NSF CAREER Award

Dr. George Lykotrafitis has been awarded a coveted NSF CAREER Award for research that may ultimately help researchers better understand how signals propagate in neurons and pathways, leading to epilepsy and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

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National Engineers Week Activities Planned

This year’s national Engineers Week will be celebrated February 16-22. UConn Engineering will host activities throughout the week to familiarize non-engineers with the enormous contributions engineers make to our everyday lives, from our cell phones and notebook devices to sustainable new energy technologies, personalized medicine and advanced manufacturing.

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DuPont’s Mark Vergnano: From UConn to Global Leader

In January, Mark P. Vergnano (B.S. Chemical Engineering, ’80), Executive Vice President of DuPont, was named to become Chief Executive Officer of DuPont’s $8 billion Performance Chemicals segment, which will be spun off during the second quarter of 2015 as a stand-alone company.

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UConn EWB Completes Nicaragua Roadway Project

During the holiday break between semesters, three members of the UConn chapter of Engineers Without Borders traveled to Nicaragua to complete the last phase of a long-percolating engineering project aimed at improving the lives of impoverished villagers by effecting permanent repairs to a road linking their rural village, La Prusia, to the large colonial city of Granada.

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Secure Systems and Supply Chain: Focus of 2nd CHASE Workshop

The Center for Hardware Assurance, Security and Engineering (CHASE) will hold its second annual workshop on April 9-10, 2014 at the Storrs campus. Security professionals are encouraged to attend at no cost, according to CHASE Director Dr. Mark Tehranipoor, the Charles H. Knapp Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering.

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Scholarship Honors Dr. Owen Devereux

A new scholarship fund has been established in memory of the late, beloved Owen F. Devereux, who led the Metallurgy Department at UConn from 1983-98 and served as a distinguished faculty member for over three decades. The Owen Devereux Scholarship in Materials Science & Engineering will be awarded to two exceptional undergraduate students each year.

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‘Digital Alchemist’ Uses Computer to Design New Materials

Serge Nakhmanson describes himself as a ‘digital alchemist.’ A former scientist with the Argonne National Laboratory, he specializes in the computer-based design and discovery of advanced multifunctional materials.

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UConn Engineering Projects Receive CTNext Funding

Two demonstration initiatives proposed by the School of Engineering, aimed at nurturing entrepreneurial businesses and invigorating the manufacturing sector throughout the state, will receive grant funding from Connecticut Innovations (CI). Overseeing the initiatives are Professor of Practice Dr. Hadi Bozorgmanesh and Senior Associate Dean Dr. Michael Accorsi, who is partnering with Vice President for Economic Development Dr. Mary Holz-Clause.

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“Celebration of Women in Engineering” February 18th

A variety of activities are planned at UConn in recognition of the national Discover Engineers Week (February 16-22, 2014), including an all-school Engineering Career Fair and “Celebration of Women in Engineering” activities to be held on Tuesday, February 18th.

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Alumni Notes

Read about upcoming alumni receptions in LA and San Francisco plus career highlights of astronaut Rick Mastracchio, Michelle Scherer, Christopher Shores and Mark Vergnano.

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Dr. Ali Bazzi: Lightning Rod for Power and Energy Education

Dr. Ali Bazzi is leading UConn’s movement to reinvigorate and modernize power engineering education. An expert in power electronics, electric machines, and electric drives technologies that transform renewable energy into usable power for the commercial electric grid, Dr. Bazzi has established the Advanced Power Electronics & Electric Drives Lab …

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Dr. Kazem Kazerounian Selected Engineering Dean

UConn Provost and Executive VP for Academic Affairs Mun Y. Choi announced the appointment of Dr. Kazem Kazerounian as Dean of the School of Engineering following a nationwide search.

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Dr. Anson Ma Participates in US-Japan Faculty Exchange Program

Dr. Anson Ma recently participated as a delegate in a prestigious U.S.-Japan Young Scientist Exchange Program that allowed him to spend five intensive days visiting top Japanese universities and research centers, where he presented his research on the rheology and processing of nanofluids and met with fellow young researchers whose expertise may complement and extend his work.

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Scholarship Reception: Save the Date!

Mark your calendars now to attend the School of Engineering’s annual Awards Reception and Ceremony, to be held April 1, 2014 at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.

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MTAP Enables Industry-Academic Alliances

Four small Connecticut companies are partnering with UConn engineering faculty members and staff to advance their manufacturing processes, thanks to a special program established by UConn’s Office of Economic Development called the Manufacturing Technical Assistance Program (MTAP).

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Dr. Robert Gao Receives I&M Society’s 2013 Technical Award

Pratt & Whitney Endowed Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering Dr. Robert X. Gao has been selected to receive the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society (I&M) 2013 Technical Award, one of just four awards presented yearly by the society.