Archives for 2016

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An Engineering Alumnus’ Journey From an Internment Camp to UConn

Engineering Alumnus Satoshi Oishi was forced into an internment camp as a teen during World War II, and later excelled at UConn.

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New Monitor Can Detect Early Signs of Heart Disease

UConn biomedical engineering researchers are developing new heart monitors to improve early detection of an irregular heartbeat.

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UConn Alumus Tells High School Students About His Engineering Journey

UConn Engineering alum Doug Shidler took part in a UConn recruiting event at North Haven High School.

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UConn High Performance Computing with Dell EMC and Intel

UConn has partnered with Dell EMC and Intel to create a high performance computing cluster that students and faculty can use in their research.

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Update on the New Engineering and Science Building

An update on the continued construction of the new Engineering and Science Building. The building will feature five stories of state-of-the-art lab space.

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Tackling the Science of Disaster

Just weeks before the Nov. 22 earthquake in Japan, UConn faculty and students from three different departments visited the country to explore the potential to create new opportunities for international research in disaster science.

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Alumni News

Keep up with the latest UConn Engineering alumni news from around the globe.

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Welcome to UConn Nation

Belonging to UConn Nation means pursuing your passions through academics, research, service, clubs, athletics, and so much more. Being a Husky is being part of a community like no other, building lifelong friendships, chasing the future of your dreams, and changing the world with support from your University and UConn Nation worldwide.

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Summer Vacation: Engines, Additive Manufacturing and Patents

Anthony Pizzola, a UConn Engineering junior, talks about his summer internship with Pratt & Whitney.

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UTC Aerospace Systems Internship Experience – Kyle Palmer & William Hale

Two UConn Engineering graduate students reflect on their internship at UTC Aerospace Systems.

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Bend, Flow, Build: the Broad World of Nanotech and 3D Printing

As a rheologist, Dr Anson Ma has spent years studying the microstructure and flow behavior of matter, and he finds the most pleasure in seeing his work culminate in something that benefits people.

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A Promise Fulfilled: the Story of the Stern Family

A UConn Alum honored her parents by making a scholarship for women engineers.

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Electronic Voting and the Risk of Cyberattacks

Professor Alexander Schwarzmann discussed voting cyber-security issues before the November 8 elections.

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Engineering Celebrates 100 Years With Gadget Guru Gala

Over 350 guests took part in the Gadget Guru Gala on November 11, celebrating 100 years of UConn Engineering.

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UConn Engineering Was Top Choice for Navy Veteran

Veteran and current UConn student Thomas Underwood explains why he turned to the School of Engineering after six years of service.

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ANSYS Offers Free Training for Engineering Students

ANSYS recently hosted a training seminar for their simulation software at UConn.

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Silent Auction To Benefit Student Scholarships

The Gadget Guru Gala Silent Auction is running now, with a variety of unique experiences and good deals!

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Alumni News

Alumni updates from around the country for the month of October.

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Eversource Energy Center Celebrates First Year

The Eversource Energy Center highlighted its first year by showcasing the impressive research the center does to make the power grid more reliable.

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Engineering Students Help Grant A Wish

UConn Engineering students helped Make-A-Wish Connecticut create a miniature Fenway Park for a Windsor kid facing a difficult disease.

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UConn Engineering Reaches Out To High School Students With Second Annual Women In Engineering Day

The second annual Women in Engineering Day encouraged young women to explore STEM careers.

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Cybersecurity Experts Come To UConn For CyberSEED

Cybersecurity experts from across the country journeyed to UConn for the third CyberSEED conference and competition.

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UConn Establishes Synchrony Financial Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity

Stamford-based Synchrony Financial Pledges $2.2 million in philanthropic support across multiple programs.

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UConn a Leader in Closing the Engineering Gender Gap

A recent report in The Washington Post says UConn saw the largest five-year gain in female engineering graduates among 90 public institutions nationally.

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NSF Awards $3.5M to Support Diversity in STEM

Under UConn leadership, a higher education alliance dedicated to expanding diversity in the STEM fields recently received a grant of $3.5 million to increase its efforts.

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When Push Comes to Shove: Size Matters for Particles in Bloodstream

A UConn Engineer’s study of particles in the bloodstream may help develop more effective cancer drugs.

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New UConn Center Will Give Connecticut Manufacturers Access to Modeling Technology

UConn’s new Connecticut Manufacturing Simulation Center will share computer modeling expertise with small and medium-sized Connecticut manufacturers.

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UConn Scientists Find Material’s Defects Improve Solar Cell Performance

Using a novel mapping technique developed at UConn, researchers have discovered new conductive properties in cadmium telluride.

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Engineering Ambassadors Bring Applied Science To Classrooms

The University of Connecticut branch of Engineering Ambassadors reaches out to middle schools and high schools in the Connecticut area, giving presentations on how their current school subjects (Algebra, Physics, Chemistry, etc.) are being applied in the real world. The Ambassadors work to inspire the next generation of engineers.

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2017 Academy of Distinguished Engineers Nominations

Every year, University of Connecticut Academy of Distinguished Engineers inducts a new class of remarkable engineers. This year

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Video Profile: Stephanie Knowlton, BME Graduate Student Researcher

Stephanie Knowlton’s PH.D. research uses 3D printing to solve real world problems. One of her devices uses magnets to separate cells for diagnostic purposes.

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NextGen Hall: Video Tour of UConn’s New Residence Hall

The Next Generation Connecticut Hall is a new multi-story, 727-bed dormitory complex that will house eight Living & Learning Communities, and will include community gathering places, seminar rooms, and a ‘maker space’ to encourage innovation across disciplines.

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Award Scholarship Dinner Highlights the Impact Of Giving

The recent Engineering Award Scholarship Dinner emphasized how scholarships benefit students, as well as the impressive impact engineering can have on the planet.

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Awards and Honors Around Engineering

UConn Engineers receive a number of awards; here’s a selection of honors our faculty and students recently received.

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Alumni News

Keep up with the latest UConn Engineering Alumni news from around the globe.

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New Grant Will Support Biomedical Engineering Graduate Students

The University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering has secured a highly selective federal grant to attract graduate students who will specialize in medical devices for public health. The U.S. Department of Education recently notified the biomedical engineering department that it will receive a three-year grant totaling $879,000 as part of the Graduate Assistance in Areas […]

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UConn Innovation Fund Accepting Applications

The new UConn Innovation fund is accepting applications to provide early-stage financial support to new businesses affiliated with UConn.

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Three Engineering Faculty Selected For Prestigious Symposium

Three UConn faculty have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium.

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UConn Leaders Meet With Department Of Energy, Discuss Smart Manufacturing

UConn leadership recently met with the Department of Energy to discuss the Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute.

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NextGen Hall Welcomes First Students

The new NextGen Hall, which is over 50 percent engineering students, opened August 24 with a visit from Gov. Dannel Malloy.

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Hands On Experience A Benefit To Stem Teachers

STEM teachers from secondary schools and community colleges worked on research projects at UConn this summer, an experience that they will take back to their classes.

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New Partnership Brings High End Research Equipment to UConn

Anton Paar is providing UConn with a new high-end rheometer.

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Hands On Experience A Benefit To STEM Teachers

STEM teachers from secondary schools and community colleges worked on research projects at UConn this summer, an experience that they will take back to their classes.

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A Centennial Look Back: James D. Bowen

As we celebrate 100 years of engineering at UConn, we’d like to share the stories of alumni who have made the school great.

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Quiet Corner Innovation Cluster Announces First Partner

the QCIC announced Loos & Co., Inc. as its first partner recently.

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Keeping Connecticut’s Bridges Strong

The state’s bridges will benefit from a new repair method developed at UConn using ultra-high performance concrete.

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Alumni News: August, 2016

Keep up with the latest UConn Engineering news from around the globe.

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Novel Smart Materials Inspired by Sea Creatures

A suite of new materials developed in the lab of UConn researcher Luyi Sun can change their appearance and quickly revert to their original state, just like the squid and jellyfish that inspired them.

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UConn Marks Construction Milestone for New Engineering Complex

UConn Engineering celebrated completion of the structural phase of the new Engineering & Science Building on July 21.

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Framing UConn’s Future: Tech Park

The executive director of the UConn Tech Park, Radenka Maric, recently discussed the new building and what it means for the University and the state of Connecticut.

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Fellowship Brings STEM Teachers Into Engineering Labs

The Joule Fellows Program brings high school and community college science teachers into engineering labs for hands on work.

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UConn Joins National Smart Manufacturing Initiative

UConn has been named part of a new national coalition to coordinate research and development in smart manufacturing and energy efficiency, and will play a leading role in those efforts in Connecticut.

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Support a Senior Design Project

UConn Engineering is looking for industry partners to sponsor Senior Design Projects for the coming school year.

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Materials Science And Engineering Updates

Learn about what’s happening in the materials science and engineering department!

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Honors Around Engineering

Our students and faculty receive a number of awards and honors; here’s a sample of some of their achievements.

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UConn Engineering Commencement Video 2016

On Saturday May 7, 2016, over 570 students graduated from UConn Engineering. This year’s celebration was marked by the School of Engineering’s centennial year.

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Engineering Alum’s Gift To Help Keep UConn Safe

An electrical engineering alum is donating an intelligent gunshot detection to UConn.

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Alumni News

An update on our Engineering Alums from around the country.

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Black Hats, Cyber Bots, Zombies, And You

the Comcast Center of Excellence for Security Innovation and other cyber-security labs at UConn are beating computer hackers at their own game.

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Student Perspective: Q&A With Vincent Turnier

Engineering freshman Vincent Turnier discusses his path to UConn and his impressions so far.

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Engineering Design Competition Offers Messy Fun For High Schoolers

Students from nine high schools were on UConn’s campus May 25 for the 6th Annual GK-12 Engineering Design Competition.

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Innovation Partnership Building Marks Construction Milestone

UConn officials and others celebrated the completion of the structural phase of UConn’s new Innovation Partnership Building in Storrs.

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White House Honors Dr. Cato Laurencin with National Medal of Technology and Innovation

UConn’s Dr. Cato Laurencin was honored on May 19 at the White House by President Barack Obama with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

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New Partnership to Bring Innovative Storm Outage Prediction Technology to Utilities

UConn, Eversource Energy and Schneider Electric are combining storm outage prediction technology to create one, more precise and accurate model.

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Stephanie Bendtsen’s Research for Regeneration

Stephanie Bendtsen is a Ph.D. candidate in materials science working with innovative biomaterials.

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Senior Design Demonstration Day

Every year, engineering seniors spend the spring and fall semester at UConn designing senior projects, often working with industry partners. The 2016 version featured 160 teams filling Gampel Pavilion.

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Alumni Reunion and Reception Sees Record Turnout

The All Alumni Reunion and Reception packed Rome ballroom with 600 engineering alums and friends.

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Images Around Engineering

A look at images from engineering’s past, as well as events around the school.

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“It Gave Me Courage” – Tina Lewis on UConn Engineering

Tina Lewis (Electrical Engineering, ’55), one of the first two women to earn a degree from UConn Engineering, talked about what her degree meant to her, the connections it gave her and the course her life has taken because of UConn Engineering.

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Preparing to Face a Hurricane

Connecticut’s hurricane preparedness could be organized in a more systematic and efficient manner, thanks to the combined efforts of UConn faculty, the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), and a graduate student with a passion for mitigating the damage of the storms.

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McNair Scholar Pursues Path to STEM Success

Ornella Tempo is among the first students to become a McNair Scholar at UConn, and she represent exactly the type of individuals the program is designed to attract.

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2016 Academy of Distinguished Engineers Inductees

Each year, the School of Engineering honors exceptional engineering alumni and friends who have helped us in countless ways.

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Engineering Student named Goldwater Scholar

Cameron Flower, an engineering junior, is one of two Goldwater Scholars at UConn this year.

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Are U.S. States Prepared to Manage Water in a Changing Climate?

UConn Assistant Professor Christine Kirchhoff studied water allocation and planning in five states.

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Steel Bridge Club Headed To National Competition

The UConn Steel Bridge Club recently placed second in the American Society of Civil Engineers New England Regional Student Steel Bridge Competition. Because of that second place finish, they’ll be traveling to the national competition at Brigham Young University on May 27 and 28.

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Distracted Driving a Crash Test in Behavior Modification

UConn expert says the majority of car crashes are caused by human error. She hopes her research will ultimately help modify drivers’ risk-taking behavior.

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Senior Design Demonstration Day Preview

Every year, engineering seniors spend the spring and fall semester at UConn designing senior projects, often working with industry partners. A partner will provide an engineering problem for a group of students with a particular interest to work on. Over 170 teams of seniors will present their work on April 29 at Gampel Pavilion- visitors are welcome to attend!

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Engineering Events and Student Awards

events from around engineering and accolades for our students.

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HackUConn Lets Students Envision Tech For Smart Cities

The UConn Entrepreneurship and Innovation Society held its first hackathon, HackUConn 2016 Smart Cities, on April 1 and 2. The event allowed over twenty students to innovate over twenty-four hours by developing solutions to real problems in the topic area of Smart Cities.

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Alumni News

An update on our Engineering Alums from around the country.

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Engineering Centennial Events on Friday, April 29th

Join us for our Alumni Reunion & Engineering Reception April 29!

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Professor Cato T. Laurencin to Receive 2016 Connecticut Medal of Technology

Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, a world-renowned physician-scientist in orthopaedic surgery, engineering, and materials science, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Connecticut Medal of Technology.

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A Q and A with MSE Ph.D. Candidate Cain Hung

Material science and engineering Cain Hung analyzes additively manufactured aluminum alloys and the microstructure of 3-D printed parts. he answered a few questions.

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UConn Engineers Without Borders Assessment Video for 2015

The UConn Engineers Without Borders team shared this video of their recent Ethiopian trip.

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UConn Researchers Say Super-Strong Concrete Could Be a Fix for Nation’s Bridge Problems

Standing in a laboratory packed with various scientific instruments, University of Connecticut engineering professor Arash Zaghi gestured to three steel beams, modest in appearance where they sit under the large and brightly-painted hydraulic-powered machine capable of applying weights of up to 275 tons.

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UConn Led Travel Survey will give state decision makers updated information

A new travel study being conducted by UConn faculty will provide data for the state travel model, updating decades-old information.

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Helping Hand: Student Designs Prosthetic Limb

Undergraduate Stephen Hawes used an IDEA grant to design a low-cost customizable prosthetic hand, using 3-D printing and open source software.

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Questions And Answers with UConn Alum Dipayan Ghosh

UConn Alum Dipayan Ghosh discusses working at Facebook and privacy on the internet. He’ll be giving a talk on campus April 11.

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Recent Faculty Honors

UConn Engineering faculty receive a variety of honors; here are some of the recent highlights.

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Engineering Centennial Update

Our Centennial Celebration continues- here’s a rundown of some upcoming events.

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Engineering Around Campus

UConn Engineering hosts a variety of events; here are a few of the highlights around campus.

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Update On The New Engineering And Science Building

Update on the construction of the new Engineering and Science Building.

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Alumni News

An update on Alumni news and activities.

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Boosting Business in the ‘Quiet Corner’

UConn is creating a center to connect small and medium-sized technology and manufacturing businesses in Eastern Connecticut with the University’s resources and outside partners.

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Top UConn Interns Are Engineering Students

The top two UConn undergraduate interns from 2015 are both from the school of engineering.

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Building a Better Mousetrap, From the Atoms Up

The Ramprasad Lab is employing machine learning to design new materials without having to pre-test each one.

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UTAS Announces UConn Center For Advanced Materials

UTC Aerospace Systems has announced a materials engineering Center of Excellence opening for collaboration with UConn.

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UConn professors Show Link Between More Parking Lots and Increased Driving

two UConn professors explore the link between parking and traffic congestion.

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A Grateful Message To An Anonymous Donor

An anonymous donor has given UConn Engineering a very generous gift.

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Engineering Centennial Update

Join us for the all alumni reception on April 29!

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What’s at Stake for Apple in iPhone Legal Case

UConn Professor and Comcast Center co-director Laurent Michel discusses cyber security and the IPhone case.

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Researchers Develop New Sensor to Detect Deadly Chemicals

A team of researchers at UConn, in collaboration with a Chongqing University professor, has developed a sensitive and affordable sensor that can detect organophosphates, which are used in pesticides and chemical weapons.

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Video of the Petit Family Foundation Gift

The Petit Family Foundation generously supported a UConn program that allows middle school girls to interact with undergraduate women and young professionals in STEM careers.

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Aaron Gladstein on Staying Balanced

From marching on the UConn turf to community work in Israel, material science and engineering junior Aaron Gladstein stays busy.

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Engineers Week!

February 21-27, 2016 marks Engineers Week. Take this time to step back and consider the amazing things engineers do for our society, and to watch the video below that highlights some of the impressive things going on at UConn Engineering.

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Stanley Black & Decker donates to School of Engineering’s Bridge Program

Gift Gives Academic Support to Low-Income UConn Engineering Students.

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Glastonbury Eighth Graders Pour It On During Concrete Day At UConn

Eighth-graders from Glastonbury spent a day exploring concrete engineering at UConn’s Storrs campus on February 2, 2016.

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Improving the Water Supply in a Drought-Stricken Village

Three UConn engineering students are working in partnership with a village in Ethiopia to help improve the water supply.

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Petit Family Foundation Supports Girls In STEM Conference

The Petit Family Foundation – dedicated to promoting STEM careers for young women – is helping eighth-grade girls learn from role models – top female UConn Engineering students and practicing engineers. Its $11,000 gift brings together girls with an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (the STEM fields) with women who can help them […]

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Bringing Crash Reporting Into The 21st century

Connecticut is in the middle of a quiet revolution in the way it handles data from traffic crashes around the state, and UConn is at the forefront of the transition.

The Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center (CTSRC), part of the Connecticut Transportation Institute, has spent the past two years working in collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) in the development of an award-winning system for storing and analyzing Connecticut’s crash data.

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UConn Becomes Founding Member of Flexible Electronics Institute

UConn has become a founding member of Nextflex, a flexible electronics manufacturing research institute that will spur national development in this emerging field. UConn will host a Nextflex Industry Workshop on February 18, 2016 to introduce Connecticut companies to the institute’s activities. Flexible electronics refers to a new generation of bendable and wearable electronic sensors […]

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Centennial Celebration and Upcoming Events

One hundred years ago, UConn first offered a four-year engineering degree program. Now we’re celebrating the impressive strides we’ve made in that century. We have grown from a small program designed to support agriculture to a cutting edge school with exceptional academics and advanced facilities, UConn Engineering has had an outstanding journey. UConn has played an important part in engineering the present and crafting the future, from fighter planes and submarines used in World War II to state-of-the-art flexible sensors.

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Using Advanced Chemistry to Combat Climate Change

The landmark Paris climate change agreement has put renewed focus on the need for advanced technologies to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions around the world.

At UConn, William Mustain, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is exploring new ways of capturing carbon dioxide emissions from coal- and natural gas-fired power plants that, if realized, would be a dramatic improvement over current methods.

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The Many Opportunities For An MSE Undergrad

Undergraduate Amy Hernandez is in her final year at UConn, but she knows her Material Science and Engineering (MSE) education has provided her with a bright future head. “Material science and engineering is diverse and empowering; it is how we will adapt for the future and create novel technologies and improvements,” Amy said.

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In Memoriam: Carroll Osborne Bennett. April 1, 1921 – Jan. 9, 2016

Carroll Osborne “C.O.” Bennett, A UConn Engineering professor for 23 years who coauthored one of the fundamental texts of chemical engineering, died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease on Jan. 9, 2016 at Paris, France.

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UConn Students Show Middle Schoolers How Fun Engineering Is at Science Center

Vanessa DeJesus examined a human skull, slowly turning it over in her hands at the Connecticut Science Center on a recent November night. She was trying to figure out whether the skull was from a man or a woman based on clues a couple of biomedical engineering UConn students gave her.