Prior Engineering News - 2018

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UConn Mechanical Engineering Student Accepted into NASA Program
  This past semester, Marwan Ghellai transferred to the University of Connecticut from Manchester Community College. But, even though he’s brand new, he’s already had experience beyond the classroom, and beyond our world. Gellai, a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering, when he was still a student at MCC, was accepted into the NCAS (NASA Community College […]

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Senior Design: Building The “Heart and Soul” of an Electric Car (Part 2)
With good intentions in mind, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Senior Design team of Daryl Biron, Ernesto Ortega-Hernandez, and Alain Tshipamba set out to build not only the powertrain of an electric car, but also realize their dream of seeing it race in the summer. With time ticking down, only one of those two goals seems likely.

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School of Engineering 4th Annual Poster Competition
 The Student Association of Graduate Engineers (SAGE) and the School of Engineering put on the 4th annual poster competition on March 9, 2018.  There were 55 students,  representing every department, who competed. The grand prize of the competition was $1000.  The competition had two rounds.  During the first round, each student competed within their department. Judges, […]

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Navy STEM Program Hosts Speaker Dr. Robert Koch
  The Navy STEM Program hosted distinguished speaker Dr. Robert Koch, P.E., U.S. Navy Senior Technologist in Undersea Tactical Stealth Systems at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), on Wednesday, February 28. Prior to his current assignment, Bob was the Head of the NUWC Division Newport Solid Mechanics and Design Branch, and also a Chief Research Scientist in […]

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UConn Students Learn about NUWC Newport’s Cutting-Edge Programs During Tour
    Amid a few humorous anecdotes and movie references, Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport Commanding Officer Capt. Michael Coughlin had some sage advice for the 30 or so University of Rhode Island and University of Connecticut engineering students who visited the Division on March 23. “Wherever you go to work, make sure the quality of […]

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Javidi Wins Prestigious Award from The Optical Society
Dr. Bahram Javidi, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, is the 2018 winner of the prestigious Joseph Fraunhofer Award / Robert M. Burley Prize from The Optical Society. The award, given to one person in the country every year, was bestowed upon Javidi for his “seminal contributions to passive and active multi-dimensional imaging from nano- to micro- and macro-scales,” according to the award citation.

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Reflecting on International Women’s Day
Reflecting on International Women's Day, Dean Kazem Kazerounian recognizes the achievements of the talented female students, staff, and faculty, and lays out his vision for gender parity in the School of Engineering.

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Alumni News for March 2018
From moving up the career ladder, to awards, our alumni are making their mark on the world! Check out some of their recent notable achievements in this latest installment of UConn Engineering's Alumni News.

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Giving Back to the Future of Engineering
For 36 hours, on April 4-5, all of UConn Nation will come together like never before during UConn Gives to show their support for the University they love and the programs they are passionate about. Gifts can be made between 12 a.m. on April 4 and 12 p.m. on April 5.

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Dr. Keith Barker Receives Faculty of the Year Award
The UConn chapter of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society recently awarded Dr. Keith Barker, professor of computer science & engineering, the 2017-2018 Faculty of the Year Award. Every year, members are asked to nominate a professor that had a profound impact on their career at UConn.  Professor Barker, commonly referred to as KB, was […]

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The United Illuminating Company Joins CBI as a Founding Partner
The Connecticut Brownfields Initiative (CBI) recently announced the addition of The United Illuminating Company (UI) as a founding sponsor and partner. The partnership, which was finalized earlier this month, will bring financial, as well as experiential support to the students and faculty involved with the program.

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New Advanced Manufacturing Program Aims to Develop The Next Generation of Engineering Leaders
In a nationally-competitive proposal process, UConn School of Engineering was one of only two schools in the country to receive funds to train the next generation of advanced manufacturing leaders. As a result of this funding, the School of Engineering will start a master’s-level Advanced Manufacturing for Energy Systems (AMES) program, with classes commencing in the fall 2018 semester.

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Eight UConn Researchers Elected to Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering
Eight total UConn faculty members, including six engineering professors, were elected into the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering in 2018. Election into CASE is based on scientific and engineering distinction achieved through significant contributions in theory or applications.

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Professor Alpay Named GE Professor in Advanced Manufacturing
By: Amanda Olavarria The UConn Board of Trustees recently appointed MSE Professor Pamir Alpay as the General Electric (GE) Endowed Professor in Advanced Manufacturing. He received his Ph.D. in 1999 from the University of Maryland. Dr. Alpay joined UConn’s Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) in 2001 and from 2013 to 2017 he served as the Head of […]

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Dean Kazerounian Named a Distinguished Engineering Educator by The Engineers’ Council
During an awards ceremony held at the end of February, the School of Engineering’s Dean Kazem Kazerounian was presentedwith the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award by The Engineers’ Council, a national engineering organization based in California. According to the citation, Kazerounian received the award for his “significant contributions to engineering education, research, and industry/university engagement that respond to global trends in […]

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Student-Athlete Strong: Matthew Dagenais
By Susan Twiss, University Communications    UConn’s student-athletes are often lauded for their on-field or on-court achievements, but there’s an equally important – often unseen – dimension to the student-athlete. UConn Today’s Student-Athlete Strong series highlights the academic prowess of selected high-achieving student-athletes and provides an inside look at their lives beyond their sport. Matthew Dagenais ’19 […]

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Senior Design: Building The “Heart and Soul” of an Electric Car (Part 1)
Four Senior Design teams, including an electrical and computer engineering team featuring seniors Daryl Biron; Ernesto Ortega-Hernandez; and Alain Tshipamba, are working to complete an all-electric car for a national competition in June. The portion of the car that Biron, Ortega-Hernandez, and Tshipamba are working on is the “heart and soul” of the vehicle—the powertrain.

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Businesses, Engineering Schools Tap Overlooked Workforce: Women (Hartford Courant)
In this article for the Hartford Courant, reporter Stephen Singer looks at the efforts and programs UConn and others have designed to successfully increase the amount of female engineers in the workforce.

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Engineering Her Future
UConn’s School of Engineering sets the national standard for closing the gender gap. Women make up 24.3 percent of UConn’s engineering graduates–tops among public institutions nationally. How does UConn do it? It’s all about programs and outreach for aspiring female engineers, some of which starts well before college.

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Husky Mentor Network: Where Advice-Seeking Students Meet Helpful Alumni Advisors
UConn Husky Mentor Network, the newly introduced advising software platform, enables introductions to occur organically between advisors and advisees. It promotes mentoring relationships that fit the developmental needs of the student, and mentorship isn’t forced - it happens on its own terms.

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Senior Design: Using Vibrational Therapy to Change the 
Outlook for Cerebral Palsy Patients (Part 1)
There have been several advancements in devices that aid individuals with Cerebral Palsy, but not enough devices that rehabilitate the patient. Four biomedical engineering students are looking to tackle that issue with their innovative Senior Design project.

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Three Engineering Students Named 2018 University Scholars
The University of Connecticut recently released their list of 2018 University Scholars—and three of the 25 named are from the School of Engineering. The three students who received that designation were: Thomas Chessman, Eric Lepowsky, and Hetal Patel. The University Scholar Program is one of the most prestigious programs for undergraduates and is a great […]

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New Navy STEM Class Hosts First Distinguished Speaker
  The new Navy STEM Program hosted their first distinguished seminar speaker, Vice Admiral (Ret) Mike Connor, founder of ThayerMahan, on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Recognized globally as one of the foremost authorities in undersea operations, Mike brings a wealth of experience.  In his 35 year career, he rose to the rank of Vice Admiral […]

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UConn Engineering Professor’s Research Influences Progressive Change in Hartford
After work from the Hartford Planning and Zoning Commission, parking mandates have been relaxed, and UConn Civil Engineering Professor Norman C. Garrick and his research have played a supporting role in those sweeping regulations.

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Undersea Manufacturing Ecosystem Taking Shape In Groton (Hartford Courant)
  The consortium is one of several efforts underway by the Thames River Innovation Place, which will receive up to $900,000 from the state next year. The transformation is centered in Groton and New London, where Electric Boat has several facilities, and McBride and Bronk said the consortium should help the Naval contractor maintain its […]

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MSE Welcomes New Faculty Member Jasna Jankovic
Jankovic started as an assistant professor in the Materials Science and Engineering department in January 2018. She brings a wealth of knowledge to this position, having over 20 years of industry and research experience in various areas of engineering.

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Looking Forward, Not Backwards In The New Year
Dean Kazem Kazerounian explains his vision and goals for the UConn School of Engineering in 2018.

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UConn’s STEM Pipeline
A simple experiment involving a water bottle filled with nitrogen and a few bendable drinking straws may be all it takes to spark an interest in science, according to Phoebe Szarek. Which is why Szarek often demonstrated the “Hero’s Engine” when she visited high schools around the state as a delegate of the School of […]

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The FairHaven Scholarship at UConn Stamford
The FairHaven Scholarship at UConn Stamford is a highly competitive merit-based scholarship for students who will be majoring in Computer Science. FairHaven Scholars will receive up to $10,000 per academic year: scholarships are renewable for 4 consecutive academic years, and are valued at a fixed amount determined on a yearly basis. FairHaven Scholars will have […]

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Full Speed Ahead: Using Additive Manufacturing to Repair Ships at Sea
A team of UConn engineers has now developed a way for a ship’s crew to pinpoint the exact location of any mechanical trouble on board, leading to valuable time saved.

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