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UConn Engineering Announced as Partner Institution for $14.2M Regional Transportation Center

In a coalition of schools led by the University of Maine, the University of Connecticut School of Engineering will be a participant in the Region 1 University Transportation Center: Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center (TIDC), funded by a five-year $14.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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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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Brownfield Remediation gets Groundswell of Support from UConn

  Connecticut’s municipalities are dotted by hundreds of brownfield sites with remnants of toxic chemicals and industrial waste from years of unregulated activity. Federal and state assistance is available for cleanup, but the expertise and resources for the intensive process to secure those funds are not. UConn’s new Connecticut Brownfields Initiative aims to bring much-needed […]

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Alumni Updates and News

Alumni News Tara John (M.S. Electrical Engineering, ‘17) has joined Comcast Corporation as a technical research and development engineer working with Jim Fahrny, a Senior Fellow, conducting cybersecurity research. John moved to the U.S. from India to pursue graduate study performing research under the guidance of Charles H. Knapp Associate Professor Marten van Dijk’s Secure […]

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Emeriti and Retired Faculty Family Celebrate the Spirit of Thanksgiving

On Sunday, November 5, 2017, UConn Engineering emeriti and retired faculty family gathered for an annual luncheon at the UConn Foundation Board Room. Old friends and colleagues warmly greeted one another with hugs and handshakes, smiles and backslaps. This is a group of people for whom the university has been a significant aspect of their […]

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Explosive Research: Eliminating ‘What Ifs?’ in Space Travel

UConn researchers are adapting methods for studying forces in earthly structures for use in spacecraft. Civil and environmental engineering professor Richard Christenson and his research group, in partnership with Pioneer Aerospace, are using a cyber-physical test method to study the reaction forces involved in launching the parachutes that help spacecrafts land on distant planets. They hope […]

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Using Social Media to Take on Climate Change

On a typical Friday night, most graduate students would be thinking about their weekend plans to see friends and blow off steam. Instead two UConn Ph.D. candidates are devoting their downtime to tackling climate change one video at a time.

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Alumni News

Stay up to date with the School of Engineering alumni with their latest activities and learn what your fellow graduates are doing.

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Alumni News

Keep up to date with news from engineering alumni!

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Engineering Alumna Named to Board of Trustees

Originally Published: August 22, 2017 – Kristen Cole – UConn Communications Jeanine Armstrong Gouin ’87 (ENG), an alumna who has demonstrated her dedication to furthering the mission of Connecticut’s flagship university for many years, was recently elected to the Board of Trustees. Gouin, of Cheshire, Connecticut, is one of two alumni trustees on the 21-member […]

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Two Engineering Faculty Members Receive New Award for Supporting Grad Students

The award recognizes faculty who help graduate students achieve a healthy work-life balance.

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New SPARK Program Brings STEM Education to Young Women

The new program will focus on coding, robotics and 3D printing for middle and high school students.

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UConn Researcher Receives Second MURI Award

The research is aimed at understanding how insulators behave when exposed to high electric fields.

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Senior Design Demonstration Day Highlights Undergraduate Research

Every year, engineering seniors spend the spring and fall semester at UConn designing senior projects, often working with industry partners.

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Alumni News

Keep up with Engineering alumni! From across Connecticut to around the world, UConn Engineers are making their presence known.

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Time Capsule Buried on the Grounds of the New Engineering and Science Building

The time capsule, which contains memorabilia from UConn Engineering and different technological innovations, will be opened in 100 years.

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Four Engineering Faculty Receive Early Career Awards

Three of the awards are from the National Science Foundation and one is from the Office of Naval Research.

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Academy of Distinguished Engineers Inductees for 2017

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

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Alumni News

Stay up to date with UConn Engineering updates from around the country.

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Accounting for Extreme Rainfall

A UConn scientist has confirmed that more intense rainstorms will likely continue as temperatures rise.

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Honors Across Engineering

One engineering faculty member has been named a Distinguished Professor, and three others were recently inducted into CASE.

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Alumni News

News and updates from UConn Alumni across the globe.

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UConn Civil Engineering Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Video

The GAANN program supports grad students with strong academics and financial need. This GAANN is aimed at improving America’s infrastructure.

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Engineering Grad Students Working To Improve Bridge Monitoring

A new company, created by a pair of UConn graduate students, is developing an innovative technique using sensors to monitor the performance of bridges.

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Message To the Future: Items Needed for the Engineering Time Capsule

We’re putting a time capsule in a garden outside the new Engineering & Science Building and we’re looking for a few specific items.

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UConn Professor Maria Chrysochoou Discusses Brownfield Site Rehabilitation

UConn Associate Professor Maria Chrysochoou discusses how UConn students can help Connecticut towns rehabilitate old industrial sites.

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Alumni News

Keep up with Engineering news from around the globe!

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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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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

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

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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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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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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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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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Alumni News

An update on our Engineering Alums from around the country.

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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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Images Around Engineering

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

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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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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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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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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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Alumni News

An update on Alumni news and activities.

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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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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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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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Alumni News

Alumni News Bruce R. Donnelly, Ph.D. (B.S. Civil Engineering, ’71) is the winner of the SAE International Arnold W. Siegel International Transportation Safety Award recognizing individuals whose accomplishments include outstanding international research, innovation and contributions to crash injury protection, crash injury biomechanics and crash injury design. With over 40 years of collision and injury analysis […]

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Researchers Tackling Flood Maps

Connecticut’s vital infrastructure will drown over the next few decades unless the state does something to stop it. And, the first step is improving flood maps, according to UConn’s Manos Anagnostou.

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Climate Changing Connecticut

UConn Science Salon is a dynamic series of science programs featuring outstanding speakers, a fun happy hour, and a chance to make great connections. Our third salon highlights discussion regarding Climate Changing Connecticut.

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Alumni News

Stephanie Bealing (M.S. Materials Science & Engineering, ’06) and Jacquelynn Garofano (M.S., Ph.D. Materials Science & Engineering, ’09, ’12) are Hartford Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” 2015 award winners. The award recognizes outstanding young professionals in the Greater Hartford area who are excelling in their industries through their leadership roles. A senior research scientist at […]

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Connecticut Urban and Transportation Film Festival

Transportation engineering students need to be able to communicate with a wide array of stakeholders because their work usually impacts and is impacted by the general public. This is especially true of transportation planning. Accordingly, through a grant from UConn’s Center for Transportation and Livability Studies (CTLS), two professors (Dr. Norman Garrick from Civil & Environmental […]

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Alumni News

Michael H. Betts (B.S. Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering, ’85) has been appointed chief technology officer at CÜR Media, Inc., developers of CÜR Music, a social mobile and web streaming music application. Prior to joining the company in 2012, he worked at Artbox LLC and Software Development Group LLC, whose major clients included […]

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Alumni News

John Andresakis, ’81; Paul Dul, ’88, James Kane, ’86; and Joe Rimiller ’01 and ’03 are all featured in this month’s Alumni News!

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Alumni News

James F. Byrnes, Jr ’73, Melissa Carserino ’11, Lin Lin ’04, Vincent S. Pitruzzello ’85, Ted M. Taccardi ’81 are all featured in this edition of Alumni News

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Meet the 2015 Inductees of the Academy of Distinguished Engineers

The Academy of Distinguished Engineers welcomed seven new members

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The Art Of The Science Presentation On Display At First SoE Grad Poster Contest

Communicating science is an art, as this poster contest shows

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Alumni News

David J. Arthur ’90, Karen Isherwood ’97, Jeffrey Lewis ’83, and Stephen P. O’Mahony ’92 are all featured in this issue’s Alumni News

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Ask The Engineers: What Inspired You To Become An Engineer?

Got a question? SoE engineers have answers.

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Hundreds Compete in 10th Annual Science Bowl

The Science Bowl brought hundreds of high school competitors to match their science wits

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Four SoE Faculty Win NSF CAREER Awards

Four NSF CAREER awards in one year for SoE! Dongare, Wille, Vadas and Park receive the prestigious honor

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Researchers Explore the Potential of Ultra-High-Strength Concrete To Repair Bridges

How super concrete can make our bridges safer

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Researchers Look At Engineering Education For ADHD Students

People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), studies suggest, are more creative and more willing to take risks. A team of researchers say it’s those traits that are exactly what the field of engineering needs, but the traditional model of teaching is driving away potential pioneers in the field.

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UConn SoE In The News

UConn Engineering faculty, alumni and students all made the news

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Ask the Engineers: Goals For 2015

You have questions, engineers have answers

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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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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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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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Local Engineering Firm Launches Scholarship Initiative

Engineering firm Fuss & O’Neill launches a scholarship

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Student News

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

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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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Alumni News

Keep up with the latest news on SoE Alumni!

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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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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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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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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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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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Alumni News

Catch up with alumni who are making news and spearheading innovation

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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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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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Appointments and Re-Appointments

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

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Student News

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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UConn EWB Completes Nicaragua Roadway Project

In January, seniors Andrew Silva, Christopher M. Regan, Jr., and Ashley Jackman – accompanied by mentor Gerry Hardisty of Civil Engineering Services, LLC – spent 11 days in Nicaragua fulfilling a mission initially begun in 2008. The focus of their efforts is a dirt road that becomes impassable each year due to seasonal torrential rains. Commenting on […]

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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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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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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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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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“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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Alumni Notes

What are UConn Engineering graduates up to? Read about the recent career highlights of alumni like Joseph Daraio, Hatim Sharif, Robert Stadalius and Bernard van Leggelo!

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Dr. Lownes Receives Public Engagement Award

Dr. Nicholas Lownes was selected to receive one of just nine awards presented in conjunction with the 2013 Provost’s Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement. Dr. Lownes is the F.L. Castleman Associate Professor in Engineering Innovation in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department and serves as Director of the Center for Transportation and Livable Systems.

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Student News

UConn Engineering students are inventing novel technologies, receiving awards and changing the world around them. Read about some of their latest activities you won’t want to miss.

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Alumni Notes

What are UConn Engineering graduates up to? Read about the recent career highlights of alumni like Lake Barrett, David Giuffrida, Scott Tyler and a dedicated corps of Academy of Distinguished Engineers members who discussed their careers with undergraduate students as members of two panels.

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Alumni Notes

What are UConn Engineering graduates up to? Read about the recent career highlights of alumni like John Goehrke, Peter Millett, Hien Nguyen, Stephen Rupar, Ernesto Suarez and Rich Tehrani.

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Q-Bridge Reconstruction: Learning Experience

On September 26th, Dr. Arash E. Zaghi and nearly 30 students enrolled in his graduate-level Bridge Structures class traveled to New Haven for a presentation and tour of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, commonly called the “Q-Bridge,” which is undergoing a complete replacement under the I-95 New Harbor Crossing Corridor Improvement Program.

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Student News

Graduate student Jaime Angueira recently presented a TEDxUConn lecture, and members of the Material Advantage chapter at UConn toured Laser Joining Technologies. Read about their activities.

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Jon Kaplan Receives SMART Scholarship

Biomedical Engineering senior Jonathan T. Kaplan was awarded a prestigious national Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship in August. He was one of just 150 recipients chosen from nearly 10,000 applicants, and Jon is UConn’s second student to receive a SMART scholarship. Materials Science & Engineering doctoral student Claire Weiss was a 2009 SMART recipient.

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HPC Center Keeps Researchers on Track

At UConn, many researchers employ parallel computational techniques to solve problems, and they are reliant upon UConn’s high performance computing (HPC) capabilities to carry out their work.

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Faculty 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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Alumni News

What are UConn Engineering graduates up to? Read about the recent career highlights of alumni like William Foley, Lon Hultgren, Donna Rizzo and Brian Quillia.

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Alumni Notes

What are UConn Engineering graduates up to? Read about the recent career highlights of alumni like Dennis Bushnell, Richard Mastracchio, Trent Molter, Morton Pearson and Jeffery Rotman!

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Measuring the Sustainability of Urban Transportation Systems

A group of researchers in UConn’s departments of Geography and Civil & Environmental Engineering have developed and tested a new index that will measure the sustainability of complex urban transportation systems across the globe.
The index will allow policymakers, scientists and the public to understand not just how congested cities’ transportation systems are, but the economic, social, and environmental impacts of the system as a whole.

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Local Engineering Firm Supports Next Generation Through Scholarship

The Connecticut-based engineering firm of Milone & MacBroom, Inc. has created a civil engineering scholarship at UConn to help the next generation of engineers succeed. The firm has connections to the University going back more than three decades. Jeanine Armstrong Gouin ’87, vice president and managing director, has served on the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering advisory board for almost two decades.

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Capstone Projects Excite High School Students

With the aim of answering the question “What do engineers do?” a group of 50 high school sophomores from the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering and Greater Hartford Academy of Math and Science visited UConn on May 3 to explore UConn’s Senior Design Demonstration Day.

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Alumni Notes

What are UConn Engineering graduates up to? Read about the recent career highlights of alumni like Mike Curtis, Joel Douglas, Andrew Gere, Michael McGinnis and Xingjian (Chris) Xue!

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Alumni Notes

What are UConn Engineering graduates up to? Read about the recent career highlights of alumni like Joshua Aferzon, Richard J. Colangelo, Jr., Michael Georgiopoulos, Margo Martin, Brian Timm and James Towey.

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Engineering Welcomes 22 New Faculty

Following an especially ambitious recruiting year, the School of Engineering is excited to announce that 22 impressive new faculty members will join us for the fall 2013 and spring 2014 academic terms. It is the largest number of new hires in the history of UConn Engineering and reflects the dramatic growth in enrollments underpinned by UConn’s commitment to ensuring critical mass for strategic growth areas.

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Student Group Tours Millstone

In late April, seven enthusiastic undergraduate students, accompanied by John Bau, a Career Consultant embedded within the School of Engineering, enjoyed a rare opportunity to tour the Dominion Millstone Power Station, located in Waterford, CT, which is the largest electricity generation plant in New England.

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Alumni Notes

Read about the exciting array of events planned in conjunction with Alumni Weekend (June 7-8), as well as recent career highlights of alumni like Keith Berger, Frederick Carlson, Michael Keefe and Edward J. Sarisley, Jr.

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Faculty 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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Student News

UConn Engineering students are outstanding: academically excellent, engaged and accomplished. Read about some of their latest news, awards and honors.

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Zuba Awarded International Research Fellowship

Ph.D. candidate Michael Zuba was awarded a fellowship to continue his underwater network systems research in Taiwan for eight weeks this summer. He will be hosted by Dr. Tshi C. Yang, an expert in the underwater acoustics field, at National Sun Yat-sen University.

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Engineering Demos Shine at the Capitol

On April 11th, a dedicated team of students and faculty demonstrated and discussed innovative “home grown” engineering prototypes at the Connecticut State Capitol during a rally in support of Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed Next Generation Connecticut.

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New Leadership Appointments in UConn Engineering

Interim Dean Kazem Kazerounian announced three new appointments in the School of Engineering leadership: Dr. Mei Wei has been named Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Education; Dr. Michael Accorsi will assume the role of Senior Associate Dean; and Dr. Daniel Burkey will assume the role of Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Diversity.

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Engineering Women Shine at Women of Innovation Awards Night

UConn Engineering was well represented during the 2013 Women of Innovation Awards night on March 19th, with six outstanding women finalists among a total of 52 finalists spread across nine categories. Doctoral candidate Zhaohui Wang took home the Collegian Innovation and Leadership Award for her exceptional achievements in the area of underwater acoustic communications and networking.

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Faculty News

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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Dr. Chrysochoou Receives Marie Curie Fellowship

Dr. Marisa Chrysochoou has been awarded a prestigious Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship that will embed her at the National Technical University of Athens for two years, where she will share her expertise on chromium contamination and specialized experimental techniques with an interdisciplinary team of colleagues who are investigating a large chromium plume in central Greece.

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Michael Johnson: Master Multi-Tasker

Junior Michael Johnson is the archetype of a busy engineering student, parsing his time among academic, leadership and social commitments while pursuing dual degrees in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering.

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NASA Grant Supports Satellite Data uses in Flood Modeling

Dr. Emmanouil Anagnostou, an internationally renowned expert in the area of hydrometeorology and precipitation remote sensing, was recently awarded a $360,000 grant from NASA to advance his research aimed at improving the use of satellite-derived rainfall data in hydrologic modeling of complex terrain basin floods.

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Student Entrepreneurs Visit Legislators

On March 5th, Professor of Practice Dr. Hadi Bozorgmanesh and 10 students enrolled in the two-semester Experiential Technology Entrepreneurship I and II class spent the day meeting with Connecticut Senator Donald Williams and Rep. Gregg Haddad, touring the legislative houses, and observing committee hearings on a variety of subjects. Read more about the Entrepreneurship class here.

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First Large-Scale Open Testbed in the Nation for Underwater Networks

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from UConn and three partnering universities is developing a suite of open underwater network testbeds that will be demonstrated along the U.S. East, West and Gulf Coasts, where water quality data will be continuously collected and transmitted to on-shore labs.

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USAID/HED Funding Renewed for Ethiopia Capacity Building Project

A multidisciplinary, multi-university project aimed at building a skilled workforce and educational capacity within Ethiopia’s universities in the area of sustainable water resource management has received over $1.35 million in additional funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development/Higher Education for Development to continue its work. Since its official inception in 2010, the project has received nearly $2.5 million in USAID-HED funding.

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Alumni News

What are your UConn Engineering friends up to these days? Read what’s new in the careers of Arthur Baker, William Borghard and William Johnson. Then share your career news with us, too!

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Faculty 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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Student Team Proposes Rainwater Solution for South Campus

An interdisciplinary team of students has proposed an innovative solution to the problem of stormwater runoff from UConn’s South Campus dormitory complex in response to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency student competition, the Campus RainWorks Challenge.

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Course Spawns New Business Creation

“My philosophy is that entrepreneurship needs to be discovered, not taught,” remarks alumnus and Professor of Practice Dr. Hadi Bozorgmanesh, who debuted a new, results-oriented two-semester course last fall, Experiential Technology Entrepreneurship I and II.

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Alumni News

What are your UConn Engineering friends up to these days? Read what’s new in the careers of John Bean, Charles Croce, Rohan Freeman and James Towey. Then share your career news with us, too!

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Student Entrepreneur Wins Big in State Competition

M.S. student Alicia Echevarria (Civil Engineering) secured two awards in the 2012-2013 Connecticut Collegiate Business Model Competition held in December: Best Written Executive Summary and Best Venture Business Plan. Her entrepreneurial entry centered on Advanced Column Solutions, LLC (ACS), a company newly founded by Echevarria and her thesis advisor, Dr. Arash Zaghi.

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Around Engineering

Exciting developments are always percolating within UConn Engineering. Read a few of the highlights here, from student awards and activities to faculty honors.

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Alumnus Creates Scholarship for Structural Engineering, Helping the Next Generation

Keith Kesner (B.S. Civil Engineering,’92) knows firsthand how difficult it is for students to afford college. As an undergraduate, he worked multiple construction jobs over the course of a summer to pay for the coming year at UConn.

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Celebrating Women Engineers

On Friday, November 30th, UConn celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Women’s Center. In concert with the day’s events, the School of Engineering hosted a panel of four female engineering alumnae representing four decades of experience.

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Engineering Captures Top Environmental Honors

Dr. Allison MacKay, doctoral student Udayarka Karra, and UConn’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders – Nicaragua Team, along with undergraduate Nirav Patel and Ph.D. student Carlo Santoro, were honored recently during the 2010-2012 Environmental Leadership Awards ceremony.

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Enter to Win Free Football Tickets

Enter your name for a chance to win a pair of football tickets to the UConn Huskies vs. Cincinnati Bearcats football game on Saturday, December 1st. 1 Grand Prize: Two (2) tickets to the Huskies vs. Bearcats game in East Hartford, CT at Rentschler Field on December 1. Contest dates: November 15, 2012 12:00 AM […]

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NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL, AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. 1. Eligibility ENTER TO WIN emagination Great Ticket Giveaway! (“Contest”) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of […]

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Alumni Focus: Alex Bernier

“I have no hesitation in saying the education and experiences I received at UConn prepared me well for my career in engineering,” says UConn Engineering alumnus Alex Bernier (B.S. Civil Engineering, ’10) who continued for a master’s degree in Transportation and Urban Engineering.

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Enter to Win Free Football Tickets

Enter your name for a chance to win a pair of football tickets to the Friday, November 9 (8 p.m.) UConn Huskies football game at Rentschler Field, when UConn will play the Pittsburgh Panthers.

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Students Start Ham Radio Club

Could you survive a zombie apocalypse? How would you know which way the nearest pocket of human civilization is and which way are zombie hunting grounds? Well, if you joined the newly formed ham radio club at UConn, you might have a chance.

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Exploring Solar Energy at UConn

After a nearly 40-year hiatus from UConn, solar panels have returned to the School of Engineering with the installation over the summer of two new 3.3 kW panels at the Center for Clean Energy Engineering on UConn’s Depot Campus. The novel hybrid photovoltaic power system serves as a valuable testing apparatus enabling engineering faculty and students to explore a variety of research projects in PV energy production and transmission.

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Around Engineering

Exciting developments are always percolating within UConn Engineering. Read a few of the highlights here, from outstanding staff service awards to engaged students and pre-students who are making important contributions.

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NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL, AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. 1. Eligibility ENTER TO WIN emagination Great Ticket Giveaway! (“Contest”) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of […]

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Alumni Association Honors Two from Engineering

Professor Quing Zhu (ECE) and alumnus Faisal Hossain (Ph.D. ’04) were honored by the UConn Alumni Association with the 2012 Faculty Excellence in Research and Creativity (Sciences) award, and a Graduate of the Last Decade award, respectively, during a gala event on October 12th.

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Alumni Notes

Learn what your college friends are doing nowadays, including Michael Cantor, Erik Johnson, Alfred Kovalik and Roger Lawton. Visit our Engineering alumni website or our LinkedIn alumni page and fill us in on your latest activities or learn what your college friends are doing nowadays!

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Alumni Venture Targets Energy

Alumni Joel Douglas and Michael Curtis, who have collaborated for years on different ventures, recently merged two of their companies. Simplified Energy Solutions (SES) is now building expertise and momentum for bringing alternate energy technologies to the market.

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Great Ticket Giveaway Official Contest Rules

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Bridge Resilience: Aim of Researchers

Researchers are testing a new style of bridge column construction with an eye to developing next-generation columns capable of withstanding catastrophic events such as earthquakes, explosions and fires.

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New Faculty Enhance Engineering Reach

The School of Engineering welcomes nine new faculty members who bring diverse expertise that will complement our research, academic and professional missions

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Official Contest Rules: Great Ticket Giveaway

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Summer 2012: Diverse Research Opportunities for Students

Over the summer, UConn Engineering hosted nearly 50 students from across the U.S. in six different National Science Foundation-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) sites.

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Alumni Notes

UConn engineering alumni Frank Bergonzi, John Krenicki, Michael McKeon, Jayne Morrow and Randall States are in the news! Read about their career strides, and share yours with us on our alumni news portal.

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Software Donation Helps Ethiopia Study Water Resources

A leading geospatial software developer, Exelis Visual Information Solutions, is helping Ethiopian universities and researchers train a new generation of water resource professionals.

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Faculty & Graduate Student News

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

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Invention Convention: Insider’s View

The Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC) is one of the State’s enduring and quiet educational treasures: an experience that enlightens and delights students, educators and parents alike.

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VIDEO: Tracking Drugs in the Water Supply

Dr. Allison MacKay seeks to understand how common drugs, such as blood pressure-lowering medications, hormones and antibiotics, and other organic compounds enter the nation’s waterways, disperse and change over time.

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Faculty and Grad Student News

Our engineering faculty and graduate students are respected leaders in research, instruction, mentoring and professional societies who regularly receive honors and awards. Read about some recent honors here.

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Dr. Bar-Shalom Receives 2012 CT Medal of Technology

Board of Trustees Distinguished Prof. Yaakov Bar-Shalom was awarded the 2012 Connecticut Medal of Technology for his groundbreaking contributions to the advancement of radar and sonar technology. Dr. Bar-Shalom’s work has served to strengthen the nation’s defenses and air transportation systems.

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Alumni News

Stay in touch with fellow UConn engineering alumni by visiting our website. Following are briefs covering recent activities of some graduates. We look forward to hearing your news!

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Faculty News

Our engineering faculty members are respected leaders in research, instruction and professional societies who regularly receive honors and awards. Read about some recent honors here.

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EWB Receives Competitive EPA Funding

The UConn chapter of Engineers Without Borders has received $90,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to continue one of the chapter’s signature projects, aimed at permanently stabilizing a key travel artery linking an impoverished Nicaraguan village to a major city.

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UConn Alumnus Excels as Life-Long Engineer

Brian Leshko (M.S., Structural Engineering ’90) recalls the moment he knew he wanted to be an engineer. “I remember misspelling the word ‘engineer’ in a spelling bee,” he says. “I looked up the proper spelling and definition and told my parents that, although I couldn’t spell ‘engineer’ correctly, one day I was going to be one.”

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Student News

Our engineering students are outstanding: accomplished, actively engaged in worthwhile activities, and full of promise. Read about our Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship recipient and Outstanding Senior Women.

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Ten Honored (VIDEO)

On April 3rd, the School of Engineering recognized 10 alumni and friends for their exceptional records of accomplishment in engineering. The Distinguished Engineering Service Awards honor individuals who have generously provided service, time and resources to the School of Engineering.

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Faculty News

Our engineering faculty members are respected leaders in research, instruction and professional societies who regularly receive honors and awards. Read about some recent honors here.

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School Honors Top Scholars (VIDEO)

On the evening of March 22nd, the School of Engineering celebrated the academic achievements of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students during the annual Awards Reception and Ceremony held at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.

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Faculty News

Our engineering faculty members are respected leaders in research, instruction and professional societies who regularly receive honors and awards. Some recent laurels are described here.

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BRIDGE Program: 25 Years of Success

On March 21, the School of Engineering celebrated the 25th anniversary of the BRIDGE Program, an intensive, residential summer preparedness program for entering freshmen from populations traditionally underrepresented in engineering, who have been admitted for the fall term.

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Castleman Term Professors Named

The School of Engineering has named five outstanding faculty members as inaugural Castleman Term Professors in Engineering Innovation.

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Students Find Opportunities at Engineering Career Fair

On February 21st, about 600 UConn students attended the School of Engineering career fair, exploring the myriad opportunities the event had to offer.

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Student News

At the School of Engineering, we are proud to showcase several of our engineering students from our various departments and programs.

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Faculty & Staff News

At the School of Engineering, we are pleased to showcase the achievements of our engineering faculty from our various departments and programs.

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New Grants Fund Student Research Opportunities

The School of Engineering received three new grants from the National Science Foundation that will enable undergraduate students from across the globe to engage in exciting summer research at the Storrs campus. The grants were provided by NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, which funds undergraduate summer research at designated university programs nationwide, affording students valuable exposure to the academic research environment and motivating them to consider graduate study in technical fields. Interested students are encouraged to apply now.

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UConn Helps Inaugurate Ethiopian Institute for Water Resources

The Ethiopian Institute for Water Resources (EIWR) was formally inaugurated during a ceremony at Addis Ababa University on February 15th, 2012. Officials from UConn, including Dean of Engineering Mun Y. Choi and Vice President for Research Suman Singha, as well as top officials from Ethiopia’s Ministry of Education, participated in the festivities.

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Faculty & Graduate Student News

A number of our highly accomplished faculty members and graduate students have received accolades in the last few months. Read about their honors here.

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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!

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UConn to Receive USDOT Funding

In January, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced it will award $77 million in grants to 22 University Transportation Centers (UTCs) to advance research and education programs that address critical transportation challenges. UConn will receive a portion of the funding, as a member of a university consortium awarded $3.5 million under the program.

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Alumni News

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.

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Professors Remembered – E. Russell Johnston, Jr.: Educator of Distinction

The role of teacher is almost certainly the most satisfying one embodied by any academic, and few UConn professors have equaled the impact of the late E. Russell Johnston Jr., who taught Civil Engineering at UConn for 26 years (1963-’89) and served as Department Head from 1972-77.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Faculty News

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Alumni Notes

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Engineering for Life: Ethan Butler

Major: Chemical Engineering Ethan has felt the need to reach out to and help others throughout his college career.  He is currently president of the UConn chapter of Engineers Without Borders and is an intern with the UConn Office of Environmental Policy.  Thus, it was natural for him to extend this inclination for service to […]

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Engineering’s Career Fair Indicates a Bright Future

The Career Fair’s large turnout and buzz-filled air reflects an upward trend in the job market, a message that sends a positive outlook not only to UConn engineering students but also to the residents of Connecticut as well.

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Remembering Jack Stephens

The late Jack Stephens, professor emeritus of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE), played a pivotal role in shaping Connecticut’s transportation-related governance and research infrastructure and was a well-known pavement expert, and at UConn – where he taught for nearly 40 years – he was widely regarded as a university treasure. As part of our Professors Remembered campaign, donors may contribute to the Jack E. Stephens Scholarship Fund in Civil Engineering here.

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Article among Top Cited

A paper co-authored by UConn professor Dr. John Ivan of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Dominique Lord (Texas A&M) and Simon Washington (Berkeley), was the top-cited article published in the journal, Accident Analysis and Prevention during the last five years, with 68 citations.

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Alums & Friends Celebrate Autumn with Golf

On Sunday, October 17th, a group of engineering alumni, Advisory Board members and faculty enjoyed a gorgeous autumn outing at the scenic and celebrated Lake of Isles golf course in North Stonington, CT.

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Transportation Team Wows East Hampton Students

In early September, a team from UConn’s Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department conducted a fun and educational learning activity for a group of 4th and 5th grade students at the East Hampton Public Library.

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Students Invest in Peers

UConn engineering students are recognized for their intellect, diverse talents, sense of fun and great time management skills. Over the summer, four current and former students revealed yet another distinguishing trait, extraordinary generosity, and a willingness to invest in their fellow students.

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Engineering Welcomes New Faculty

The School of Engineering is pleased to welcome eight new tenure-track faculty members for the fall term; the new faculty members bring expertise in various fields that complement and extend our core strengths.

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UConn EWB: Recon in Nicaragua

Four members of the UConn chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) traveled to Nicaragua this summer to lay the groundwork for a roadway reconstruction project aimed at providing a vital link between an impoverished shantytown and the colonial city of Granada.

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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!

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Protecting our Structures

In 2002, as a response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, President Bush announced the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to coordinate “homeland security” efforts. The mission of the office and collaborative partners is to “prevent terrorist attacks within the United States; reduce the vulnerability of the United States to terrorism; minimize the damage, and assist in the recovery, from terrorist attacks that do occur within the United States” (www.dhs.gov).

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Bridging Disciplines

Richard Christenson (CEE) and Jiong Tang (ME) both specialists in structural dynamics, control and monitoring, are joining forces to bridge structural health monitoring and structural control in a broader sense that can be leveraged to better improve the performance of each component.

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Transportation Network Games

In an effort to understand and protect our nation’s networks, Nicholas Lownes (CEE), Reda Ammar and Dr. Sanguthevar Rajasekaran (CSE) have created a computer program that plays a game between a benevolent character, who wants to help people travel safely, and an evil character, who is trying to disrupt the network as much as possible.

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Building Blocks for American Infrastructure

With expertise in laboratory characterization of infrastructure materials, modeling and construction, Drs. Adam Zofka and Michael Accorsi (CEE) and James Mahoney have teamed up to study a material that is one of the primary building blocks of American infrastructure — concrete.

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Strengthening the Foundations of Our Infrastructure

The Department of Homeland Security has a chief interest in understanding and modeling soil responses to dynamic processes, levee systems, and explosions. To answer the call, UConn’s geotechnical team of Maria Chrysochoou, Dipanjan Basu, and Amvrossios Bagtzoglou went to work.

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New Materials for Protecting our Infrastructure

In 2002, as a response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, President Bush announced the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to coordinate “homeland security” efforts. The mission of the office and collaborative partners is to “prevent terrorist attacks within the United States; reduce the vulnerability of the United States to terrorism.”

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Road Less Traveled

Craig Ashmore (’85), member of the Board of Trustees of the UConn Foundation shares his story of taking the career path less traveled – from Engineering to Executive VP of Planning and Development for Emerson Electric in St. Louis, MO. While not in the field, Mr. Ashmore clarifies that it was the analytical skills that he learned in his engineering classes that helped him excel.

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Faculty Profile: Alexander Agrios

Dr. Alexander Agrios wants to build a better solar cell. “Dye-sensitized solar cells offer a radically different way to collect solar energy compared to silicon-based solar cells — a major advantage being that they are produced using less expensive materials,” he says.

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Seniors Prove Mettle at Design Expo

On Friday, April 30th, graduating seniors showcased the culminating projects of their undergraduate years in a once-yearly expo that draws visitors from across the region. This year, for the first time, Senior Design Demonstration day was staged in the venerable Wilbur Cross building. There, scores of student teams discussed their projects, demonstrated prototype models and enthused about the experience of solving real-world engineering challenges.

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Alumnus Tom Juros to Establish Scholarship

The middle of the 20th century was a time of upheaval and change in the United States, and for civil engineering student Thomas Stanley Juros of Manchester, that change took place at a campus social event in 1959.

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Study: Street Design Affects Driving Speeds

A 2009 report released by a team of UConn researchers concluded that drivers are more likely to reduce their speed when certain roadway design features are present than in response to speed limit signage. Based on a study conducted by a Civil & Environmental Engineering team of professors John Ivan and Norman Garrick along with graduate student Gilbert Hansen.

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Graduate Students Capture Honors

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study. NSF awards the highly competitive fellowships based on the quality of students’ detailed application materials, academic record and references.

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School Honors Eight

The School of Engineering inducted seven accomplished alumni into the Academy of Distinguished Engineers and also feted a local entrepreneur during its annual awards banquet on Tuesday, April 27, 2010. The gala event capped a day in which the new inductees presented seminars on a range of technical and professional topics.

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Industry-Educational Showcase Friday

On Friday, April 30, the School of Engineering will host a sophisticated “show and tell” event that underscores the critical contributions of engineering to commercial industry, medicine, pharmaceuticals, energy and other economic drivers. Don’t miss this opportunity to see engineers in action!

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Latest CAREER Award Focuses on Cyber-Aquatic Systems

Dr. Lei Wang, assistant professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, has received a coveted National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for research aimed at enhancing the sustainability of cyber-aquatic systems used, for example, in marine ecosystem observation, pollution monitoring, coastline protection, disaster prevention, and national security surveillance.

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Four Elected to CASE

Four UConn engineering faculty have been elected to membership in the prestigious Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE). They will be formally inducted during the Academy’s 35th annual meeting on May 20, 2010.

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Christenson Named a UTC Professor in Engineering Innovation

Richard Christenson, an assistant professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE), was named the United Technologies Corporation Professor in Engineering Innovation within the CEE department for his exceptional achievements in research, instruction and service.

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Faculty Receive Honors

Two faculty members have been honored with distinguished chair faculty positions in the School of Engineering: Drs. Eric Jordan and Emmanouil Anagnostou. They were chosen based on the impact of their research contributions, national reputations and leadership in their areas of expertise.

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Career Fair a Success

On February 17th, the School of Engineering hosted its annual career fair in the Rome Commons Ballroom. The event attracted several hundred UConn engineering students, from freshmen through graduate students and across all disciplines, who were interested in exploring internships and co-ops as well as full-time career opportunities.

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UConn Co-organizes First International Water Conference in Ethiopia

Unlike Vegas, what happens in Ethiopia doesn’t stay in the land-locked East African nation. Water and weather, for example, overreach Africa in profound ways. The nation’s major rivers, including the mighty Blue Nile originating in the Ethiopian highlands, are transboundary and sustain life in neighboring countries.

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In Memoriam

The School of Engineering sadly notes the passing of three valued instructors, alumni and friends, Drs. E. Russell Johnston, Jr. and Farhad Nadim, and Mr. C. Roger Ferguson.

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Transportation Faculty, Students Network in D.C.

Research universities and colleges such as UConn, which offer doctoral and master’s degree programs, invest considerable time and effort in recruiting top candidates to their graduate programs. Many top tier universities compete with UConn to offer enticing packages. One ongoing challenge is how effectively to promote UConn among prospective graduate students and foster a dialogue that leads to greater recruiting success.

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Transportation Faculty, Students Network in D.C.

Research universities and colleges such as UConn, which offer doctoral and master’s degree programs, invest considerable time and effort in recruiting top candidates to their graduate programs. Many top tier universities compete with UConn to offer enticing packages. One ongoing challenge is how effectively to promote UConn among prospective graduate students and foster a dialogue that leads to greater recruiting success.

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UConn Women Garner Women of Innovation Awards

The School of Engineering was well represented among the Connecticut Technology Council’s 2010 Women of Innovation finalists and award recipients. The women were feted during a January 20 networking and awards event at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.

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School Honors Exceptional Alumni and Friends

The School of Engineering inducted six accomplished alumni into the Academy of Distinguished Engineers and also feted two other exceptional engineers during its annual awards banquet on December 10, 2009. The festive event, held at the University’s Alumni Center, capped a day in which the new inductees presented seminars on a range of technical topics, including waste water treatment, sustainable building design, combustion research, efficient energy production and shock-tolerant submarine design.

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Lanbo Liu Awarded a Fulbright Fellowship

Dr. Lanbo Liu, an associate professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE), won a prestigious Fulbright Scholar grant in the fall (’09) to conduct research at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. He is among six UConn scholars to receive the honor during the 2009-10 academic year.

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Alumna Profile: Tabitha Hitchcock, Submarine Engineer

Reprinted with permission from UConn magazine (“Forty Under Forty”), Volume 9, Number 3 – Fall/Winter 2008 Tabitha Hitchcock ’93 (ENG) launched her career at Electric Boat in Groton, Conn., by accepting her job two months before graduating with a UConn degree in civil engineering. She has not slowed down much since. Within three years at […]

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November 5 Transportation Forum

Transportation issues, from infrastructure and roadway materials to driver behavior, will be the subject of a half-day forum sponsored by the Connecticut Transportation Institute(CTI). The Thursday, November 5 program, which is open to the public, will kick off at 8 a.m. in the Rome Commons Ballroom at the Storrs campus. The forum, coming just a week […]

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UConn EWB Provides Assistance In Thailand

Two members of the UConn chapter of Engineers Without Borders spent three weeks last May and June applying engineering principles to relief projects in the hill country of northern Thailand. Chapter president Robert Yau and former president Nathan Barlow, both Chemical Engineering seniors, engaged in a number of tasks intended to improve the lives of […]

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Civil Engineering Team Garners Award

A team of researchers from the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department won the Transportation Research Board’s 2008 Charley V. Wootan Award for the outstanding paper in the field of policy and organization. The team – comprising associate professor Norman Garrick and graduate students Wesley Marshall and Gilbert Hansen – was honored for their paper “Reassessing […]

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Water: Sustainable Production Of Our Most Critical Resource

by Kate Kurtin The ongoing challenge to meet the world’s needs for plentiful, inexpensive and clean water has spawned countless studies and innovative approaches at UConn and across the globe. Assistant professors Jeffrey McCutcheon (Chemical, Materials & Biomolecular Engineering) and Baikun Li (Civil & Environmental Engineering) have teamed up on a three-year NSF grant to […]

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Civil Engineering Student James Moriarty Selected A University Scholar

Civil Engineering junior James Moriarty, of East Longmeadow, MA, has been selected a University Scholar. He is among just 24 students across the entire university, from among 39 applicants, to gain acceptance to the elite enrichment program, which is designed specifically for highly motivated students who wish to take a more hands-on approach to their […]

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Appointments

Dean of Engineering Mun Y. Choi announced a number of appointments and reappointments for the coming year. Dr. Amvrossios “Ross” Bagtzoglou was appointed Head of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Dr. Rajeev Bansal was appointed Head of Electrical & Computer Engineering; Dr. Baki Cetegen was reappointed Head of Mechanical Engineering; and Dr. Donald R. Peterson was appointed Director of Graduate […]

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Engineering Students Help Rebuild New Orleans

Say the phrase “spring break” and visions come to mind of bikini bacchanalia in Cancun, black diamond slopes at Vail, or maybe a quick cruise around the Caribbean. For some dedicated engineering students, the week was spent in rebuilding spirits and homes in New Orleans, which shows little progress even four years after the devastating […]

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UConn Steel Bridge Team Headed To National Competition

The UConn Steel Bridge team will compete in the 2009 National Student Steel Bridge Competition in Las Vegas in late May. On April 4th, the team scored third place in the Northeast Regional Steel Bridge Competition, hosted by the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston — a performance that earned the team its trip to […]

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Collaboration Advances Microbial Fuel Cell Commercialization

With the goal of harnessing the energy-production capabilities of microscopic bacteria to produce power and clean wastewater on a large commercial scale, Dr. Baikun Li, an assistant professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and her industrial partners have received funding from the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) to further her microbial […]

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Alumna Profile: Tabitha Hitchcock, Submarine Engineer

Reprinted with permission from UConn magazine (“Forty Under Forty”), Volume 9, Number 3 – Fall/Winter 2008 Tabitha Hitchcock ’93 (ENG) launched her career at Electric Boat in Groton, Conn., by accepting her job two months before graduating with a UConn degree in civil engineering. She has not slowed down much since. Within three years at […]

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A Classroom Without Borders

by Kate Kurtin Many college students dream of making a difference in vulnerable communities around the world; many others fantasize about simply getting off campus for the summer and traveling to new and exciting lands. Members of the UConn chapter of Engineers without Borders (EWB) do both. This past summer, M.S. candidate Robert Yau, junior […]

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International Partnerships Bring Visibility For UConn

by Kate Kurtin Dr. Reda Ammar, Head of the Computer Science & Engineering Department and UConn Director of International Academic Partnerships, recently began a new stage of his life project. On November 16, 2009 UConn was accepted by the Al-Bayan Foundation to establish a Saudi Arabian university adhering to UConn standards. The Prince Migrin University […]

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Faculty Helping Ethiopia Develop Water Infrastructure

What commodity is more valuable than all the gems, money, precious metals and wealth on Earth? Water. In the drought-ravaged expanse of Ethiopia, a sign in front of the Ministry of Water Resources (Addis Ababa) states simply: “Water is Life!!” In April, a large multi-institutional team of researchers from UConn and Ethiopian universities was awarded […]

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Founder, Engineers Without Borders

Amadei Energizes Students Dr. Bernard Amadei, president and founder of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), roused an audience of about 200 during his October 16 presentation at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Amadei — a professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Colorado and a member of the National Academy of Engineering — captivated […]

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DC Event Draws Transportation Alumni, Students

On a cold January day in our nation’s capital, just days before President Barack Obama took the oath of office, UConn engineering alumni, faculty and friends networked during a combined recruiting/social event held in conjunction with the national Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) 88th annual meeting. U.S. highways, bridges and rail are among the so-called “shovel […]

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A Bridge To International Research

by Kate Kurtin For undergraduate students, the opportunity to conduct meaningful real-world research is a coveted one. Add an international element and you have the makings of a truly exciting and rare educational enrichment experience. That’s just the sort of opportunity that 18 fortunate students — six each year over the course of three years […]

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Claire Weiss Wins SMART Scholarship

Claire Weiss, a doctoral student in Materials Science & Engineering, has won a coveted scholarship under the Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program. Claire was one of approximately 200 students to capture the competitive award, from among 1,500 applicants. She is advised by Dr. Pamir Alpay, an associate professor in […]

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Five Engineering Faculty Elected to CASE

Five engineering faculty members have been elected to membership in the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE). They will be inducted during the CASE annual meeting, to take place May 20th at the New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks. The new members-elect are: Mark Aindow, professor of Materials Science in the Department of Chemical, […]

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Green Building Club Founded

Senior Civil Engineering student James Moriarty has launched a new Green Building Clubat UConn that he hopes will serve as a rallying point for students from diverse areas of study who are interested in exploring the challenges and practices of sustainable building. Jim is both founder and president of the club, which boasts about 15 members. […]

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Guiling Wang Named Al Geib Professor

Dr. Guiling Wang, an associate professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) and Director of the Environmental Engineering Program, has been named the Al Geib Professor. Dean of Engineering Mun Y. Choi announced Dr. Wang’s selection, saying “Dr. Wang’s contributions are of enormous importance to our understanding of the interactions among climate, surface hydrology, vegetation […]

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School Welcomes New Faculty

The School of Engineering is pleased to welcome six new tenure-track faculty members for the fall ’09 and spring ’10 terms. They bring valuable expertise in the energy arena and are associated with the Eminent Faculty Initiative in Sustainable Energy. They are: Drs. Leslie McCabe Shor, Chih-Jen “Jackie” Sung, Hanchen Huang, Sung-Yeul Park, Timothy Vadas […]

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Undergraduate Researchers Investigate Toxic Metal Removal

Dr. Maria Chrysochoou, an assistant professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, oversees the efforts of two graduate students and three undergraduate environmental engineering students who are conducting research aimed at remediating chromium-contaminated soil at the site of National Chromium, a metal plating operation in Putnam, CT. The undergraduate students – Kathryn Shinkiewicz, James Honda and […]

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Alumnus Kumares Sinha To Receive 2009 Roy W. Crum Award

Dr. Kumares C. Sinha (M.S. Municipal Engineering ’66, Ph.D. Civil Engineering ’68) will receive the 2009 Roy W. Crum Distinguished Service Award from the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in recognition of his outstanding achievement in transportation research and education. Dr. Sinha is the Edgar B. & Hedwig M. Olson Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering and […]

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System Improves Aircraft Stability, Performance

Dr. Chengyu Cao, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was awarded a NASA grant in excess of $288,000 for research aimed at enhancing the performance and robustness of adaptive control systems used aboard aircraft. His collaborator is Dr. Naira Hovakimyan, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who, with Dr. Cao, invented […]

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Engineers Without Borders Founder To Visit UConn

Dr. Bernard Amadei, president and founder of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), will visit UConn October 15-16. Dr. Amadei — a professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Colorado and a member of the National Academy of Engineering — will discuss the groundbreaking social and humanitarian achievements possible when engineers apply their expertise […]

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In Hurricane’s Wake, Open Door For One Student

As their daughter, Shelley Plude received her B.S. degree in Civil Engineering on Sunday, May 10, Ginna and Randy Plude of Middlefield, CT expressed their admiration for UConn in a message to President Michael Hogan and Dean of Engineering Mun Choi. They wrote: “President Hogan and Dean Choi, you may not be aware. . . what […]

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Seniors Demo Novel Design Projects

Spring days on the Storrs campus are bustling and often intense as students complete their coursework and finish projects in preparation for final exams. One of the most important and defining spring rites is the capstone engineering Senior Design Expo, which took place this year on Friday, May 1 across four buildings. The demonstrations are […]

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Alumni Profiles

Alumna Profile: Christine Sansevero Environmentalist As a child, Christine Sansevero ’95 (ENG) dreamed of becoming an astronaut. While studying civil and environmental engineering at UConn, however, she realized, “there’s a great deal of work to do right here on our own planet.” Since graduating from UConn, Sansevero has held a variety of positions at the […]

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UConn Elected to Membership in National Consortium for Atmospheric Research

The University of Connecticut has been elected to membership in the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), a nonprofit consortium of North American universities and international affiliates committed to understanding the atmosphere and the interconnected processes that compose the Earth “system.” UConn’s eight-year membership, which enjoyed unanimous support from the consortium, begins in January 2009. […]

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Fall Engineering Career Fair Redux

The School of Engineering held its first all-school career fair over the course of two days, October 28 and 29, and two venues on the Storrs campus. The events attracted several hundred UConn engineering students, from sophomores through seniors and across all disciplines, who were interested in exploring summer and winter-break internships as well as […]

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Entrepreneur, Engineer Now Heads International Anti-Malaria Campaign

As an entrepreneur, alumnus Timothy “Scott” Case (B.S. Computer Science & Engineering, ’92) built and fronted several innovative high tech companies that have since joined the pantheon of household names, among them priceline.com, the “Name Your Own Price” Internet service, for which he was a co-founding partner and Chief Technology Officer. He is credited with […]

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Guiling Wang Lands NOAA Climate Grant

Dr. Guiling Wang, associate professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, was awarded more than $275,000 in funding by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to conduct research aimed at identifying and understanding the interactions among soil moisture, vegetation and precipitation over North America. The research is expected to contribute toward NOAA’s Climate Prediction Program […]

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School Names UTC Professors in Engineering Innovation

Dean of Engineering Mun Y. Choi recently announced the selection of four faculty members to receive the United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Professorship in Engineering Innovation award. The recipients include Drs. Emmanouil Anagnostou of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Jun-Hong Cui of Computer Science & Engineering; Shengli Zhou of Electrical & Computer Engineering; and K.S. Wilson Chiu […]

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Team Completes Installation of Ethiopian Weather Stations

Dr. Mekonnen Gebremichael, assistant professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and a team of UConn undergraduate and graduate students traveled to Ethiopia during summer 2008 to install weather stations in the Beressa watershed of the Blue Nile basin region, about 75 miles from the capital, Addis Ababa. It was Dr. Gebremichael’s second expedition to Ethiopia […]

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Dr. Liu Receives Army Corps Award

Associate professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) Lanbo Liu received a Research & Development Achievement Award from the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) of the Army Corps of Engineers. The award was presented in June for Dr. Liu’s “significant contribution to the fundamental understanding of radio wave propagation in complex terrains.” Dr. Liu […]

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Alumni Among National Academies Members

The UConn School of Engineering has produced countless outstanding engineers during our century of engineering instruction. Among them are several individuals whose accomplishments warranted acceptance into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and National Academy of Sciences (NAS). We are delighted to introduce them to you below: Dennis M. Bushnell (B.S.E. Mechanical Engineering ’63) NAE […]

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UConn Engineering Graduate Students Pursue Cutting-Edge Research

Nearly 500 master’s and doctoral students pursue graduate studies within the School of Engineering’s five departments and 10 graduate programs. Our students represent diverse cultural traditions, backgrounds and interest areas; all of them are dedicated researchers with the energy and insight to advance important technological ideas. Read about some of them below. Jonathan P. Winterstein […]

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Civil & Environmental Engineering News

Dr. Dipanjan Basu who joins the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department as an assistant professor. Dr. Basu earned his Ph.D. (’06) and M.S. from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, and a Master of Technology from India Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur. His research expertise and interests lie in the modeling of boundary value problems pertaining […]

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Dr. Gebremichael Captures NASA Award

Dr. Mekonnen Gebremichael, assistant professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE), was selected one of just 18 recipients nationwide to receive a NASA New Investigator Program (NIP) grant in Earth Sciences. Dr. Gebremichael’s winning proposal was among 78 submitted to the agency. This NIP award is only the second in UConn history: Dr. Gebremichael’s colleague, […]

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10 Faculty Approved for Tenure, Promotion

In April, Dean of Engineering Mun Y. Choi announced that the University of Connecticut Board of Trustees approved the tenure and promotion of 10 engineering faculty: Amvrossios Bagtzoglou – promoted to full professor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department John Chandy – promoted to associate professor with tenure in the Electrical & Computer Engineering […]

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Professors DeWolf and Jeffers Retiring

The School of Engineering will lose two of its most senior, esteemed faculty members in coming weeks, with the retirements of Civil & Environmental Engineering professor John DeWolf and Mechanical Engineering associate professor Robert Jeffers. During his 35 years at UConn, Dr. John DeWolf has educated hundreds of civil engineers and received numerous awards for […]

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CIC Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC) celebrated its 25th anniversary on Saturday, May 3rd, when 550 students in grades K-8 came to UConn’s Gampel Pavilion to showcase their inventions. They were joined by more than 200 judges; exhibitors and volunteers; and thousands of teachers, family members and sponsors. This year marked the 10th consecutive year the […]

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Alumni Profile: Michael P. Culmo

Degree B.S. Civil Engineering, ’83; M.S. Structural Engineering, ’86 Current Employment “I am currently the Vice President of Transportation and Structures Engineering at CME Associates, Inc. (Woodstock, CT). I manage the East Hartford branch. I am responsible for the oversight of all transportation and structural related projects at CME. We specialize in bridge design; however, […]

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Engineers Without Borders Chapter Nets Official Designation

The UConn chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) has gained official recognition from the national organization, clearing the way for the small chapter to proceed with an engineering remediation project that could improve the lives of over 1,000 impoverished people in rural Nicaragua. Chapter president Nathan Barlow (Chemical Engineering), Nathaniel Bergan (Civil Engineering) and Dave […]

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Pasaogullari and Wang Garner CAREER Awards

Drs. Ugur Pasaogullari and Bing Wang have garnered coveted National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development Awards. Both joined the University of Connecticut in 2005. Dr. Pasaogullari, is an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering and Dr. Wang is an assistant professor of Computer Science & Engineering. The School of Engineering now boasts 18 NSF CAREER […]

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Alumni-Led Firm Helps Clients Think Holistically

Fuss & O’Neill is a company on the move. This vibrant 80-year old full-service engineering consulting practice, headquartered in Manchester, CT is continuously evolving and redefining itself, growing at an enviable pace, and investing in resources, people and training to ensure it can continue to anticipate and deliver the quality services its clients have come […]

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Three Faculty Elected to CASE

Three UConn engineering faculty members have been elected to membership in the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) in honor of their career accomplishments. They are among 19 individuals elected to the 2008 class. They will be inducted during the Academy’s 33rd annual meeting on May 21st at the New Haven Lawn Club. The […]

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Ethan Cote

Since graduating in May ’08 with his B.S. in Civil Engineering, Ethan Cote moved to New York City and began working at the Times Square headquarters offices of Hardesty & Hanover, LLP, an engineering consulting firm. He has been involved in the preliminary stages of a large project for the Kew Gardens Interchange in Queens, […]

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Engineering Programs Undergo Accreditation Review

In October, following two years of preparation and extensive reporting, the School hosted evaluators from the Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET), who reviewed 11 of the School’s undergraduate programs. ABET is the nationally specialized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology. In addition, the Computer Accreditation Commission […]

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Ethiopian Hydrologic Studies Excite Multi-Institutional Student Team

A team of nine undergraduate and graduate students from the U.S. and Ethiopia spent the summer intensively studying the hydrology of a key Ethiopian watershed as part of a three-year National Science Foundation-funded project headed by Dr. Mekonnen Gebremichael, assistant professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE). The team seeks to develop reliable methods of […]

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Alumnus Bernie Berson (’57) Takes Reins at NSPE

Bernard R. Berson, P.E., who earned his B.S. in civil engineering at UConn in 1957, was installed as president of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) during the annual conference in Denver (July 26-29). The NSPE serves 45,000 members through 500 chapters nationwide and promotes engineering licensure and ethics, continuing education opportunities and other […]

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School Welcomes New Faculty

Seven new faculty members joined the School of Engineering and commenced their academic duties at the start of the fall ’07 term. The new faculty members, whose brief profiles appear below, bring expertise in areas of strategic importance to the School as it plots its research future, including environmental and transportation engineering, biomaterials and biomedical […]

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Bright Ideas Shine at Invention Convention

How do educators foster creative problem solving skills among school-age children? It’s one of the more difficult challenges teachers face, particularly as pressures mount to prepare children for high-stakes standardized testing at the state and federal levels. A novel problem-solving curriculum developed under the auspices of the Connecticut Invention Convention helps K-8 teachers infuse their […]

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Douglas Family Establishes Scholarship

University of Connecticut alumni Joel S. and Heidi (Seifert) Douglas have established a scholarship for freshman engineering students, the Joel S. and Heidi S. Douglas Engineering Scholarship, which will be supported by their generous donation. Preference will be given to female students who graduated from eastern Connecticut high schools. “We are pleased to be able […]

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Chris Wall: Mixing Fun with Academic Challenges

Christopher Wall, a senior in Civil & Environmental Engineering, is proud of the fact that he has been actively involved in the Concrete Canoe Club for three consecutive years. As president of the club this year, Chris has rallied his UConn teammates to prepare early for the New England ASCE Concrete Canoe competition at Wentworth […]

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MacKay Research Examines Impact of Antibiotics in Environment

Research conducted by associate professor Allison MacKay (Civil & Environmental Engineering) is aimed at helping scientists better understand how antibiotics and other organic compounds enter the nation’s waterways, disperse and change over time. In 2004, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) published disturbing findings from a study of water and fish in tributaries of the Potomac […]

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Connecticut Bridges Safer Thanks to DeWolf

In the wake of the Minneapolis bridge collapse, which sent cars and trucks plummeting 60 feet into the Mississippi River during the evening rush hour on August 1, it is reassuring to know that Connecticut has a secret weapon in the battle to ensure bridge safety. Dr. John DeWolf, a professor of Civil & Environmental […]

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Student Profile: Kolawole Ladoja

A childhood lesson instilled at his father’s knee led senior computer engineering major (Dec. ’07) Kolawole Ladoja to decide at an early age that he wanted to be an engineer. Returning to the U.S. after many years in Nigeria, Kolawole was convinced by both his impressions of the university and his mother’s urging, to attend […]

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Seniors Flex Their Design Muscles

One of the significant challenges engineering students face during their undergraduate years is also one of the most exciting and valuable facets of their education: the capstone senior design experience. In this course, conducted over one or two sequential semesters, students work closely with an industrial mentor or other sponsor and a faculty advisor to […]

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Distinguished Alumni, Friends and Scholars Recognized

The School of Engineering honored six outstanding individuals with special recognitions during the annual banquet and awards ceremony April 17th. Five of the honorees were named to the School’s Academy of Distinguished Engineers and one was presented the 2007 Distinguished Engineering Service Award. The event, which also included the award of merit scholarships to outstanding […]

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Career Fair Highlights Demand for Civil Engineers

On March 27, the University of Connecticut chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) hosted its annual career fair in the Lewis B. Rome Ballroom. Over 40 regional civil and environmental engineering employers attended the event with the goal of recruiting entry-level engineers and interns from among the student population at UConn. The […]

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Profile: Anizka Garcia

A passion for volunteerism, combined with a strong interest in building construction and an impressive scholarship opportunity, led senior Civil Engineering student Anizka Garcia to UConn. Ms. Garcia has invested dedication and hard work into her undergraduate years; in early May, she will embark on the next stage of her education. Read her profile below. […]

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Steel Bridge Team to Compete in Nationals

The UConn Steel Bridge team hosted and competed in the 2007 Northeast Regional Steel Bridge Competition in Storrs on March 17, 2007. In spite of winter’s last blast of heavy snowfall the preceding day, the competition went on as planned, bringing teams from throughout the Northeast, including UConn, the Université Laval in Quebec, Merrimack College, […]

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Steel Bridge Team Ready for March Competition

The UConn Steel Bridge team, which will both host and compete in the 2007 Northeast Regional Steel Bridge Competition in Storrs, has completed fabrication and successfully tested its model for the March 17, 2007 match.  The UConn team, comprising members of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter, captured top honors in the […]

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Outreach Activities Enhance Engineering Awareness

In 2000, Asia produced nearly five times more engineering B.S. graduates than did the U.S. Not surprisingly, Asia is also claiming a larger number of U.S. high tech companies as these firms choose to relocate R&D operations to China and India or to outsource non-R&D work to these same countries. In an August 13, 2005 […]

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Engineering Faculty Garner NSF CAREER Awards

Two engineering faculty members were selected to receive the National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development (CAREER) Award in 2006: assistant professor of Computer Science & Engineering Ion Mandoiu and assistant professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering Jeong-Ho Kim. Dr. Mandoiu was awarded a five-year $554,500 National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) award for […]

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Incoming Students Enjoy Open House

On Saturday, April 8, 2006, the University held its annual spring Open House for students who have been admitted for the fall 2006 semester and their parents. During the day-long event, visitors had the opportunity to visit academic programs of interest, visit residence halls, hear student life presentations, and participate in admission sessions. The School […]

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Transportation Institute Co-sponsors Multiple Events

During the summer and fall, the Connecticut Transportation Institute (CTI) sponsored and coordinated several major educational programs, the Eastern Winter Maintenance Symposium and the Construction Career Days 2005. CTI is a research and educational unit associated with the School of Engineering that serves as a hub for faculty conducting research in transportation-related areas. Dr. Lisa […]

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Engineering Professor Receives $60,000 Cash Prize

Associate professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering Emmanouil Anagnostou was presented the prestigious Marie Curie Excellence Award during official ceremonies in Dublin, Ireland on December 1, 2005. The Marie Curie Excellence Award is the highest honor of the European Commission (EC) and is intended to bring attention to the outstanding achievements of scientists who have […]

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Dr. Anagnostou Awarded NASA Precipitation Grant

Dr. Emmanouil Anagnostou, associate professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and co-PI Dr. Amvrossios Bagtzoglou, associate professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, were awarded over $433,000 to conduct research intended to improve flood prediction using satellite data. The three-year grant was awarded by NASA under the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, a program that supports […]

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Asian Tsunami a Lesson in Civil Engineering

“I was very surprised to see how the region had been changed by the tsunami. I watched television reports and saw pictures prior to going to Thailand but I didn’t realize how powerful the tsunami actually was until I saw the destroyed buildings and the boat that had been carried so far inland. Even after […]

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Accorsi Brings Leadership to CEE Department

In June 2006, following a departmental search, professor Michael Accorsi was appointed Head of the Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department. He succeeded professor Erling Smith, who served as Head for six years before accepting the position of Interim Dean of the School of Engineering. The CEE department is home to 18 faculty members and […]

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Focus on Alumni: Mark Vergnano

For alumnus Mark Vergnano, who has built an enviable 26-year career with chemical giant E.I. DuPont de Nemours Co., Inc., his UConn Chemical Engineering education honed his analytical acumen and helped him succeed in a career blending engineering and business leadership. “I believe that an engineering background gave me the advantage to approach problems in […]

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John DeWolf Named 2006 University Teaching Fellow

Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering John DeWolf was named one of four 2006-07 University of Connecticut Teaching Fellows. The award was formally announced at a gala banquet in April 2006. Up to four Teaching Fellows are honored each year by the University’s Institute for Teaching and Learning, and only four Engineering faculty have previously […]

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Jack Stephens: Driven to Improve Road Durability

Dr. Jack Stephens, emeritus professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, maintains a busy schedule that would challenge the stamina of a 20-year old. At a time when many in his peer group spend their days pursuing recreational activities, he remains active as Senior Research Advisor of the Connecticut Advanced Pavement Lab associated with the Connecticut […]

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