Archives for 2011

image

New Horizons Series Launched: VIDEO

Professor emeritus Lee Langston takes you inside UConn’s state-of-the-art, green cogeneration facility, which provides heating, cooling and power to the University of Connecticut campus. It’s the first in a new video series, Engineering Horizons, which we hope will inspire, delight and inform.

image

Early Intro to Engineering Set Course for Grad Student

Vincent Palumbo, a Ph.D. candidate in materials science and engineering at the University of Connecticut, has a special bond with the School of Engineering that first took root during his high school years.

image

Cities May be Trading Parking for People

When it comes to concentrated parking, the economic vitality and “livability” of urban centers may be compromised by too much of what many commuters consider a good thing.

image

New ChemE Laboratory Embraces Modernity

With finals just around the corner, the new chemical engineering laboratory has enjoyed a productive semester following its unveiling earlier this fall.

image

Businesses Asked to Complete Tech Park Survey

The University of Connecticut Tech Park, to be located at the Storrs campus and online in 2015, will focus on developing additive manufacturing techniques that will help the state’s aerospace, defense, bioscience/biotechnology, chemicals, consumer products, electronics and “green” sectors.

image

The Pocket Protector

“Over the meadows and through the palmettos to grandmother’s condo we go! The GPS points the track to carry us back through the white and drifting snow.” A holiday road trip to grandma’s condo in Miami isn’t what it used to be.

image

Scholarship Reception: Save the Date!

Mark your calendars now to attend the School of Engineering’s annual Awards Reception and Ceremony, to be held on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.

image

Entrepreneurs, Take Note: Competition to Award $25k Top Prize

The Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI) at UConn has announced the third annual university-wide business plan competition, open to all UConn students. The competition will award a total of $50,000 in prize money to the top three teams or individuals for exceptional business plans.

image

Editor’s Corner

Editor’s Corner profiles top journals edited by our faculty members. Today, we highlight the editorial contributions of Dr. Robert Gao, the Pratt & Whitney Endowed Chair in Mechanical Engineering.

image

Grants to Fund Tissue Regeneration Research

Dr. Mei Wei, a faculty member in the department of Chemical, Materials & Biomolecular Engineering and the Institute of Materials Science, has recently received two large grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) in collaboration with David Rowe, M.D., Director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine & Skeletal Biology and a professor of Reconstructive Sciences in the School of Dental Medicine at the UCHC. This funding will allow her to expand upon her ongoing work in tissue regeneration and engineering.

image

Student News

Two Civil Engineering students have received generous scholarships from The MOLES, an association of professionals engaged in heavy construction based in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. Jillian Condiracci was awarded the $9,000 Memorial Scholarship, and Raymond Chan was awarded the $1,000 Education Committee Student Award. Jillian is president of the UConn Steel Bridge Club and secretary of the Concrete Canoe Association.

image

Dallas Alumni Enjoy Bridge Tour and Reception

In mid-November, the Schools of Engineering and Business co-hosted an alumni reception at Le Meridien Dallas by the Galleria. The reception drew 60 UConn engineering and business school graduates who were eager to meet with Engineering Dean Mun Y. Choi, Director of Engineering Alumni Relations Heidi Douglas, Development Director Donald Swinton and other personnel from the Storrs campus.

image

Alumni Notes

Stay in touch with fellow UConn engineering alumni. Visit http://www.engr.uconn.edu/alumni/ and fill us in on your latest activities or learn what your college friends are doing nowadays! Some recent alumni news follows.

image

Study Targets Pharmaceutical Drug Impacts on Rivers

It has become customary for millions of Americans to consume both prescription and over-the-counter drugs with regularity. Unfortunately, this habit comes with adverse effects to our environment.

image

EPA Grant to Support EWB Work in Nicaragua

Dr. Marisa Chrysochoou, an assistant professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and two undergraduate members of the UConn chapter of Engineers Without Borders, received $15,000 in funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to research indigenous solutions for stabilizing a chronically washed out roadway connecting the impoverished shantytown community of la Prusia, Nicaragua with the nearby historic city of Granada.

image

BRIDGE: Preparing for Academic Success

The legacy of the School of Engineering’s annual summer BRIDGE program, offered for accepted freshmen who are designated as underrepresented populations in engineering, is best understood through the lasting relationships BRIDGE students form among their peers and among their tutors.

image

Materials Science Teams Score Honors

Three interdisciplinary teams won honors at the Materials Science & Technology 2011 conference for their photographic images of a variety of natural and manufactured phenomena taken using electron and atomic force microscopes.

image

ROTC Cadet Palmer Receives Meritorious Achievement Award

In September, Mechanical Engineering senior and ROTC Cadet Douglas Palmer was awarded the Army Achievement Medal for Meritorious Achievement.

image

UConn’s smallTalk Top Pick at Preliminary Innovation Event

On October 20, a consortium of universities staged a first-ever multi-institutional student innovation poster competition on the campus of Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in conjunction with the October Innovation Connection networking function.

image

Students Showcase Invention at National Conference

An Environmental Engineering senior design team has recently showcased their novel sensing device during the national conference of the Geological Society of America in Minneapolis, MN. Jenabay Hupman, Bryan Toohey and Sean Buckley, along with their advisor, Dr. John Lane, found an exciting forum to display their new temperature measuring device.

image

Texas Prairie Hides Remnants of Supercollider

In the early 1990’s, 150 feet below ground in Waxahachie, Texas, the nation’s top engineers collaborated on a project of enormous scale: the construction of a superconducting super collider facility that would have exceeded the scope of CERN’s large hadron collider in Geneva, Switzerland.

image

Center Recognizes Members of Transportation Community

On October 27, 2011, the CT Technology Transfer Center (T2 Center) held a ceremony to honor individuals in Connecticut’s transportation community.

image

Welcome from Dean Choi

In a new video, Dean of Engineering Mun Choi welcomes members of the engineering community and highlights some of the features that distinguish UConn Engineering as a top educational destination and research leader.

image

Editor’s Corner

Editor’s Corner profiles top journals edited by our faculty members. Today, we highlight the editorial contributions of Dr. Amvrossios C. Bagtzoglou, Head of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, who serves as Associate Editor of the Open Environmental Engineering Journal and Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment and as a member of the Editorial Board of Environmental Forensics.

image

Students Capture Honors, Savor Learning Opportunities

Eleven undergraduate and graduate students from the Chemical, Materials & Biomolecular Engineering Department participated in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) annual meeting in Minneapolis, MN.

image

Alumni Notes

The Schools of Engineering and Business will hold an Alumni Reception in Dallas, TX on Tuesday, November 15th. Prior to the reception, at 3 p.m. 18 lucky alumni (the first 18 to respond) will have the opportunity to tour the elegant Mary Hunt Hill Bridge: contact Noreen Wall at (860) 486-5394 to reserve your spot.

image

Engineering Ambassadors Visit Magnet School

On September 2nd, 10 UConn engineering students kicked-off the new school year with science and technology classes at CREC Two Rivers Magnet Middle School in East Hartford, CT.

image

Engineering Grad Students Making a Difference in Tech School Classrooms

Technical High School students across Connecticut enjoyed a unique opportunity to explore engineering principles, get involved in hands-on technical projects and competitions, and interact with UConn engineering graduate students throughout the 2010-11 academic year, thanks to an NSF-sponsored program called Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education.

image

Job Fair Signals Hiring on the Uptick

UConn engineering students came out in full force for this year’s annual career fair, held October 12th in UConn’s spacious Rome Ballroom.

image

Honors for Drs. Epstein and Welti

Civil Engineering professor Howard Epstein, Ph.D., P.E. and alumnus Clarence Welti (B.S.’49, Ph.D. ’71) P.E., received two of the nine Awards of Distinction presented by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Connecticut, a statewide construction trade association based in Wethersfield, CT.

image

The Pocket Protector

A ‘Stephen Hawking Moment’ — that’s what my longtime friend, über technical sales executive and UConn alumnus with bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and business called it.

image

Koerner Family Grad Fellows Selected

Five engineering doctoral students who aspire to careers in an academic setting have been selected to receive Koerner Family Fellowships, which confer $10,000 to each.

image

Alum Directs Emerging “Smart” Appliances

In the not-so-distant future, household appliances will have the ability to collectively manage their electricity usage through a communication network. At the forefront of this developing technology is UConn mechanical engineering alumnus Kevin Nolan (’89), who is vice president of technology for General Electric Appliances.

image

CTI Collaborates with DOT to Improve State’s Road Maintenance Operations

The Connecticut Transportation Institute (CTI), working with the CT Department of Transportation, is collecting data in support of our state’s efforts to make road maintenance operations more environmentally friendly

image

10th Annual Technology Transfer Expo – Another Great Success!

On September 21st, the sun peeked out from a week’s worth of clouds to shine on the 10th Annual Technology Transfer Expo in Storrs. The event, sponsored and coordinated by CTI’s Technology Transfer Center (T2 Center), gathered more than 400 participants.

image

Celebrate Student Innovation (VIDEO included)

On Thursday, October 20, a consortium of universities will come together for a singular Innovation Connection networking event highlighting, and rewarding, the accomplishments of student innovators.

image

Faculty News

Stay up to date with the latest School of Engineering faculty news and happenings!

image

Engineering Awards – Please Nominate a Leader

Each year, the School of Engineering celebrates a number of distinguished alumni whose career achievements are exceptional in nature, and dedicated non-alumni who have made dramatic and enduring contributions to our School. Please nominate someone who deserves to be recognized! Those selected will be honored formally in the spring and inducted into the Academy of […]

image

Simplifying Production Methods in Chemotherapy Drugs

Approximately 1.5 million people in the United States were diagnosed with cancer in 2010, including 21,000 of Connecticut’s own citizens. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S., accounting for one in four deaths.

image

The Pocket Protector

Welcome to the inaugural edition of a new emagination column, The Pocket Protector. Named for the formerly ubiquitous plastic sleeves designed to spare pocket shirts the ruin of runny pens and smudgy mechanical pencils, pocket protectors enjoyed their heyday in the 50s and 60s.

image

Timothy Fekete: Engineering Success

He entered college looking for a challenge. This year, he will be graduating from the University of Connecticut with a degree in mechanical engineering, professional internship experience, and presidential accolades of his engineering honors fraternity.

image

UConn Team to Study Digestive Community in Termites

The bane of many a homeowner, the dreaded termites, may gain new respect as a source of clean energy. An interdisciplinary team of researchers at UConn and CalTech has won a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to explore how communities of microbes found in the guts of termites interact to efficiently metabolize wood cellulose.

image

Students to Discuss Innovative Ideas

On Thursday, September 15th, five UConn students will discuss their entrepreneurial journeys and the range of UConn resources that helped them transform their great ideas into commercial products and processes.

image

Kim Danziger: Lessons Underpin Successful Career

It’s a common refrain among college students: “When will we ever have to use this in real life?” Kim Danziger (B.S. Civil Engineering, ’75) is a prime example of a UConn graduate who applied his engineering lessons often and to great advantage across his career.

image

New Faculty Join UConn Engineering

The School of Engineering is pleased to welcome 10 new faculty members for the fall 2011 and spring 2012 terms. Each brings significant experience in areas of strategic importance.

image

Alumni Notes

Stay in touch with fellow UConn engineering alumni. Visit http://www.engr.uconn.edu/alumni/ and fill us in on your latest activities or learn what your college friends are doing nowadays! Some recent alumni news follows.

image

Editor’s Corner

Editor’s Corner profiles top journals edited by our faculty members. Today, we highlight the editorial contributions of Dr. Nejat Olgac, professor of Mechanical Engineering, who serves on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems (2006-present), the Journal of Vibration and Control (2005-present), and the Bulletin of Applied Mechanics (2010-present).

image

Joule Fellows Sound Off: Video

The Joule Fellows program at UConn is an NSF-funded Research Experience for Teachers (RET) initiative that immerses middle and high school teachers in UConn engineering laboratories for a six-week, hands-on research experience.

image

UTC Power Fuel Cell to Serve UConn’s Depot Campus

In partnership with UTC Power, the University will begin using a fuel cell power plant to supply energy, heat, and cooling to buildings at the Depot campus in spring 2012.

image

Alumni Notes

We take great pride in the accomplishments of our diverse alumni, who continue to excel in their careers.

image

Editor’s Corner

Editor’s Corner profiles top journals edited by our faculty members. Today, we highlight the editorial contributions of Dr. Rajeev Bansal, Head of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, who serves as Associate Editor and Editorial Board member on four scholarly journals.

image

The UConn Engineering “Brand”

In preparation for the 2011 holiday season, we’re planning to offer a high quality, custom necktie. We’ve designed a number of patterns, in various motifs and colors, but we need your votes to determine which one or two we’ll offer.

image

Entrepreneurial Youths to Speak

You asked for it! In a recent poll, attendees of Innovation Connection networking events asked for more activities centered on renewable energy themes, innovation success stories, and student involvement.

image

High Speed Computation Aids Bone Regeneration Research

Approximately 33,000 U.S. soldiers have been injured in Afghanistan and Iraq since the start of the “war on terrorism” in 2001. Many have suffered severe injuries involving broken, fractured and shattered bones.

image

Kylene Perras Joins Engineering in Alumni Development Role

The School of Engineering is very pleased to welcome UConn alumna Kylene A. Perras (’01) as Program Director of Leadership Giving. In this capacity, she will work closely with Donald Swinton, Assistant Director of Development, to foster closer and more enduring relations with engineering alumni.

image

Team Awarded DOE Grant for Hydrogen Gas Turbine Research

A team of UConn researchers is one of just nine selected nationwide by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop advanced technologies that will lead to cleaner, more efficient conversion of coal into electricity.

image

Trailblazing Technological and Racial Frontiers: Tilton L. Hughes

Across his 40-plus year career, which immersed him in some of the world’s most advanced technology companies, UConn engineering alumnus Tilton L. Hughes (B.S. Mechanical Engineering ’73) has learned some valuable lessons that he is happy to share with young engineers just starting out in their careers.

image

Professors Remembered: Taylor L. Booth

Dr. Taylor L. Booth (1933 – 1986) was a beloved teacher and mentor, a force nationally for computer education and the accreditation of computer science degree programs, a respected scholar and an influential partner in establishing centralized computing resources at UConn that today serve faculty researchers across the university’s campuses.

image

Alumnus Reflects on Career Spent with Submarines

Electric Boat submarine engineer and UConn alumnus Jessie Modzelewski was born and raised in Poland, also the birthplace of Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, considered to be the father of the modern nuclear submarine.

image

Engineering Earlier Ovarian Cancer Detection

Electrical Engineering professor Quing Zhu and UConn Health Center (UCHC) physician-researcher professor Molly Brewer, DVM, MD have received a $1.63 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to advance and test a novel hybrid imaging device for the accurate detection and characterization of ovarian cancer.

image

Faculty Honors & Awards

UConn’s Center for Voting Technology Research (VoTeR Center) and the Office of the Secretary of the State of Connecticut jointly applied for and won a competitive 2010 Voting System Pre-Election Logic and Accuracy Testing & Post-Election Audit Initiative grant from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC).

image

Students to Receive Intelligent Transportation Grants

Two teams involving Civil & Environmental Engineering students have been approved to proceed with research projects of interest to the Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) of Connecticut. Both teams are advised by assistant professor Nicholas Lownes, Director of the Center for Transportation & Livable Systems.

image

Alumni Notes

Please keep us up to date on your career activities and let your fellow alumni know what you’ve been doing. It’s easy! Just fill out the brief online questionnaire on the UConn School of Engineering website here.

image

Editor’s Corner

Editor’s Corner is a new series in which we will profile top journals edited by our faculty members.

image

More success for T2 Center’s Public Works Academy

The Connecticut Transportation Institute’s Technology Transfer Center (T2 Center) completed another successful session of the Connecticut Public Works Academy — a program aimed at providing recently hired employees with education on core competencies integral to a successful career in public works.

image

Engineering for Impact: Pope Park Cleanup

A group of over 40 engineering students spent a spring Saturday cleaning up Hartford’s Pope Park and learning valuable lessons in collaborative team-work and community service.

image

Top HS Design Team Visits Engineering

The Center for Clean Energy Engineering (C2E2) hosted 12 student members of the Xavier High School Engineering Club, which recently won top honors in the 2011 Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) for their next-generation airplane wing designed to maximize fuel efficiency and enhance performance.

image

UConn ITE Team Wins Traffic Bowl

On March 24th, four UConn transportation engineering graduate students were named the winners of the Annual Northeastern District Collegiate Traffic Bowl, a Jeopardy! style trivia competition held at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) at Amherst.

image

Graduate Students Capture Honors, Enjoy Networking

Two graduate students in the Department of Chemical, Materials & Biomolecular Engineering (CMBE), were honored recently at the national level.

image

The 2011 Pratt & Whitney Distinguished Lecture – Prof. Mike Dunn

What should a pilot do if confronted with a cloud of potentially deadly volcanic dust on a commercial flight filled with passengers?

image

UConn Hosts K-12 State Chess Championships

On May 21, 2011 a total of 36 students came to the UConn Storrs campus to compete in the Connecticut K-12 High School Chess Championships. This year fielded a diverse array of players, ranging from seasoned National Master Harry Wheeler to first-grader Tyrell Staples. Numerous other elementary and middle school students participated in the tournament to gain experience. In addition to Harry Wheeler, the tournament attracted two other National Masters, Alex Fikiet and Daniel Rozovsky.

image

Heidi Douglas Joins UConn Engineering

We are pleased to announce that Heidi Seifert Douglas has joined the School of Engineering in the capacity of Director of Engineering Alumni Relations.

image

Eli Dabora: UConn’s Combustion Pioneer

In response to the USSR’s successful 1957 launch of the Sputnik space capsule into orbit around the Earth, a year later the U.S. established its own space program under the newly-formed National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA).

image

Network! The Innovation Connection

Don’t miss the next Innovation Connection networking event on Thursday, May 26, 2011.

image

Center is Honored for Service to Public Works Community

The Connecticut Technology Transfer Center (T2 Center) was honored this week for their service to Connecticut’s Public Works Community.

image

Team to Sequence Poultry Viruses

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from UConn and Georgia State University received more than $400,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop computational methods enabling the characterization of genomic diversity of a particularly contagious avian bronchial virus.

image

Come to Alumni Weekend June 3-4!

Come back to UConn and celebrate Alumni Weekend next month with friends and family! Reconnect with school chums, rediscover the scenic and increasingly high-tech Storrs campus, slip off to the UConn Dairy Bar for a cool cone, and meet faculty and students.

image

Alumni Notes

Stay in touch with fellow UConn engineering alumni. Visit http://www.engr.uconn.edu/alumni/ and fill us in on your latest activities or learn what your college friends are doing nowadays!

image

Researchers Study Protozoa Migration

Two UConn students are investigating the possibility that protozoa, single-cell organisms, communicate among themselves via chemical signaling. Grant Bouchillon, a Ph.D. student in Environmental Engineering, joined up with undergraduate Chemical Engineering senior Kristina Gillick earlier this year to investigate this intriguing scenario.

image

Class of 2011 Celebrated

In early May, the School of Engineering honored the achievements of over 435 undergraduate students and nearly 185 graduate students who were awarded their B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees after years of long nights, countless problem sets, design challenges and joyful “aha” moments when difficult formulas suddenly gain meaning.

image

Tech Park Plans Unveiled at Design Demo Day

On Friday, April 29th, the School of Engineering held its first all-school senior design demonstration day, uniting all of the graduating seniors and their projects under one roof, in Gampel Pavilion at the Storrs campus.

image

CPTV Films in Dr. Parnas’ Biodiesel Lab

Dr. Richard Parnas, director of the University’s Biofuel Consortium, hosted a film crew from Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) in April.

image

Commencement Details

The School of Engineering will hold commencement ceremonies for graduating undergraduates on Sunday, May 8 in the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. Graduate students will celebrate commencement on Saturday, May 8.

image

Entrepreneurship Gurus Engage Graduate Students

On April 8, three experts in innovation and entrepreneurship described different facets of the creative process and how technologies developed within the academic environment can be transformed into commercially successful products and processes.

image

Alumni Voices: Riza Murteza (Mechanical Engineering ’53)

After leaving Storrs, armed with his B.S. degree in 1953, alumnus Riza Murteza built an exciting and highly accomplished career that began with designing precision ball bearings in Bristol, CT.

image

May 14: Showtime for Young Inventors

On Saturday, May 14, 2011, UConn will welcome more than 650 young inventors who aspire to be the next Thomas Edison (lightbulb) or Mary Anderson (windshield wipers).

image

Industry/Academic Network Event This Week!

UConn is sponsoring an Innovation Connection function from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, April 21 at the Storrs campus, featuring a panel discussion on the topic of innovation followed by tours of the Chemistry Building and a networking event.

image

May Event: Driving Innovation Through University Resources

On May 25, 2011, UConn will host a special event for entrepreneurs, inventors, capital investors and other who are interested in technology commercialization and want to explore novel innovations emerging from the academic sector.

image

You’re Invited! Engineering Design Day April 29

The University of Connecticut School of Engineering will hold its all-school Senior Design Demonstration Day on Friday, April 29, 2011 from 1-4 p.m. in Gampel Pavilion in Storrs.

image

Automated Therapy: Gregory Breuer

Greg’s project focuses on one of the most pervasive neurological disorders: autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There is no cure for autism, so the development of techniques to assess and manage autism is of the upmost importance

image

Engineering Energy for the Future: Michael Ignatowich

Michael has been involved in alternative energy projects since first arriving on campus. As a freshman, he joined the UConn chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE).

image

Expanding Horizons: Christopher Lee

Chris is a biomedical engineering major who strives to become either a doctor or work in the biomedical industry. Yet, it is the field of chemistry that has inspired him to explore and complete complex scientific research.

image

Equality in Engineering: Britta Kunkemoeller

Britta has a goal to get a Ph.D. in engineering, focusing on biological and medical applications. She is also, however, deeply interested in equality in the sciences and figuring out what social cues make things the way they are.

image

Two UConn Engineering Faculty Selected Chair Professors

Dean of Engineering Mun Y. Choi of the University of Connecticut announced that two faculty members have been honored with distinguished chair faculty positions in the School of Engineering.

image

UConn Engineers Without Borders: Making a Difference

On February 24, about 30 people gathered at the Student Union to recognize and celebrate the important work performed in the last year by the UConn chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB). Members of EWB presented their current projects and described the ways in which they are attempting to change the lives of people in some of the most impoverished communities in the world.

image

Alumni Notes

Stay in touch with fellow UConn engineering alumni. Visit http://www.engr.uconn.edu/alumni/ and fill us in on your latest activities or learn what your college friends are doing nowadays!

image

T2 Center Announces Winners of the 2011 Connecticut Roadway Safety Poster Contest for Children

The Connecticut Technology Transfer Center, a unit of the Connecticut Transportation Institute at UConn, announced the winners of the 2011 Connecticut Roadway Safety Poster Contest.

image

School Honors Eleven

The School of Engineering celebrated the accomplishments of 11 alumni and friends during a gala awards banquet held on March 15, 2011.

image

UConn Alumnus Works to Bring 3D Measurements into the 21st Century

Imagine living in a society where credit cards and ID cards are obsolete. All that is needed to make a purchase is a fingerprint.

image

New Master's Degree Offers Innovation/Management Focus

The School of Engineering, in partnership with the School of Business, has launched the Master of Engineering degree with a concentration in Innovation and Management (MENG — IM).

image

A Strategic Plan for Brownfield Redevelopment in Connecticut

A team of researchers associated with the Center for Transportation and Livable Systems is developing a decision support system that will help Connecticut’s local and state governments develop a strategic plan for brownfield redevelopment in the state.

image

Engineering Problem, Solved with UTC Support

Engineering students know first-hand that engineering applies scientific concepts as tools in the creation of new and better products and services.

image

Students Work to Reduce Arsenic Poisoning in Bangladesh

In the 1970’s, the World Health Organization (WHO) brought international attention to the microbial contamination of Bangladesh’s ground water, which was a causal factor in widespread mortality and disease among the country’s population.

image

Student Snap: Zachary Morek

When Zachary Morek was ten years old, he had a habit of using his free time to experiment with the application codes on his sister’s TI 83 calculator. Always interested in computing devices, in high school he made sure to sign up for computer science courses.

image

Dr. Maric: Advancing Low-Temp Fuel Cell Technology

In an effort to radically improve the stability and durability of fuel cells and batteries, Dr. Radenka Maric works tirelessly on her innovative manufacturing process that will redefine the development and cost potential for battery cells nationwide.

image

Students Honored During Engineers Week

The School of Engineering celebrated its outstanding undergraduate and graduate students during a gala evening ceremony on February 22nd.

image

CTI T2 Center Helps Transportation Professionals Become Effective Leaders

A comprehensive leadership training program aimed at producing great transportation leaders has been developed by The Connecticut Transportation Institute’s Techology Transfer Center (T2 Center).

image

Two Named to National Academy of Engineering

Two members of the UConn engineering community have been elected to the 2011 class of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering: Drs. Cato T. Laurencin and James E. Barger (M.S. UConn, Mechanical Engineering ’60).

image

Bollas Receives CAREER Award

With $400,000 in support from the National Science Foundation’s Early Career Development (CAREER) program, Dr. Georgios Bollas intends to develop comprehensive simulation models that will improve the performance and cost-effectiveness of processes that convert fossil fuels into usable power while capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) byproducts.

image

Watch IBM's Watson Compete on Jeopardy!

On Wednesday, February 16, students, faculty and staff, and members of the general public are invited to watch IBM’s powerful Watson supercomputer compete onJeopardy!

image

Celebrating National Engineers Week 2011

The School of Engineering has planned an array of fun, inspiring and illuminating activities in celebration of National Engineers Week, which takes place February 20-26 this year. For full details, please consult the calendar appearing on our website at www.engr.uconn.edu.

image

Faculty Receive Honors

Last fall, two engineering faculty members were honored by leading professional societies in their fields of expertise.

image

Gao and Graduate Publish Wavelet Text

Dr. Robert Gao, the Pratt & Whitney Endowed Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering, and Dr. Ruqiang Yan, a UMass-Amherst alumnus previously advised by Dr. Gao who is now a professor at the Southeast University in Chin, authored a new book titled Wavelets: Theory and Applications for Manufacturing.

image

Mechanical Engineering Professor Investigates Sickle Cell Disease

Until recently, the pairing of molecular biology and mechanical engineering would have been viewed as highly unusual. But thanks to an explosion of imaging and simulation techniques over the past few decades, there is an opportunity to view biology at the molecular and even nano-levels through the eyes of an engineer.

image

UConn Alumnus Works to Engineer Proteins

Alumnus Matthew DeLisa credits his UConn engineering professors with jump-starting his interest in chemical engineering and academic research.

image

Student Snap: David Sidoti

At Ponaganset High School in North Scituate, Rhode Island, David Sidoti’s 10th grade geometry teacher took notice of his exceptional skill in mathematics.

image

Student Snap: Sirjan Xhurxhi

UConn senior Sirjan Xhurxhi, who will graduate in May, is poised to begin a promising career at General Electric. He will participate in the company’s Edison Engineering Development Program, a prestigious opportunity for entry-level college graduates to combine job experience with graduate-level coursework.

image

Team to Explore Oral Inflammation Resulting from Cancer Chemotherapy

Dr. Ranjan Srivastava, associate professor of Chemical, Materials & Biomolecular Engineering, is a co-investigator – with Dr. Patricia Diaz, a faculty member in the Skeletal, Craniofacial and Oral Biology graduate program at the UConn Health Center (UCHC).

image

Commencement 2011 to Feature Dr. Charles Vest

National Academy of Engineering (NAE) president Dr. Charles Vest will receive an honorary degree from UConn and deliver the keynote presentation during the School of Engineering’s Sunday, May 8, 2011 commencement ceremonies at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts in Storrs.

image

CEE Student Honored

Civil & Environmental Engineering graduate student Alexander Bernier, who is advised by Dr. Adam Zofka, was recently honored by the Transportation & Development Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).