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faculty-woodKazem Kazerounian, Interim Dean of the School of Engineering, cordially invites friends, alumni, students, faculty and administration to an Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, June 11 at 3:30 pm in honor of Marty Wood, who is retiring after 25 years of exceptional service at UConn.  The party will take place at the Student Union Patio. Please RSVP

Marty has served half of his quarter century at UConn as the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education & Diversity. We invite you to share your fond reminiscences, stories and tributes with Marty, beloved and proud virtual parent of thousands of successful UConn engineers, here.

If you have questions, please contact Noreen Wall by phone (860-486-5394) or email (here). To make a tax-deductible contribution to a School of Engineering scholarship in honor of Marty Wood, please contact Kylene Perras, UConn Foundation (860-486-8822 or email: here).

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The UConn GK-12 Annual Design Challenge will take place Thursday, May 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Information Technologies Engineering (ITE) Building in Storrs.  The theme of this year’s competition is “Reverse Engineering Egg Crash Car.” The GK-12 (Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education) program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and embeds engineering graduate students in science, tech and mathematics classrooms in a number of Connecticut Technical High Schools. This year’s design challenge will bring 35 high school juniors and seniors to campus, from A.I. Prince Technical H.S. (Hartford), E.C. Goodwin Technical H.S. (New Britain), Howell Cheney Technical H.S. (Manchester), Harvard H. Ellis Technical H.S. (Danielson), Windham Technical H.S. (Willimantic), Norwich Technical H.S. (Norwich), the Academy of Engineering and Green Technology, and Ella T. Grasso Technical H.S. (Groton). The students will compete for gift cards.  Visitors are welcome!

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transit1A newly created Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center at UConn is dramatically improving the collection and processing of car crash data and will serve as an important resource for law enforcement, state residents, policy makers, and others, according to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy during an April 29 press conference at the State Capitol.

The center, developed in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) and other state agencies, is conducting studies and analyses to better understand the causes and contributing factors of car crashes on state roadways. Please read the full story here.  (Photo courtesy of Peter Morenus.)

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The Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) Department was pleased to note that, in the 2014 edition of the US News & World Report national graduate program rankings, the department rose to #39 and is in the top 25 for state schools. In response to the exciting news, newly appointed MSE Department Head Pamir Alpay commented: “We attribute the rising profile of our graduate program to the outstanding quality of the MSE graduate education and exceptional research opportunities that we provide to our students. The improvement in our rankings will help us to attract even more top quality students both nationally and internationally.”

The MSE Department has a strong interdisciplinary character, with faculty from Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics and Orthopedic Surgery (at the UConn Health Center) as well as faculty who hold primary appointments in MSE. Dr. Alpay reports that the demand for graduates with an MS or Ph.D. in MSE is very strong and recent graduates are finding employment in industry (including local employers Pratt & Whitney and United Technologies Research Center), national laboratories such as Oak Ridge and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, and in academia.

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