Remembering Charles Knapp, an Engineering Icon
Professor Emeritus Charles Harris Knapp, 86, passed away at home on Thanksgiving Day surrounded by his family and loving wife of 62 years, Charleen Gaudet Knapp. Over the course of his 40-year career at UConn, Dr. Knapp enriched and shaped the lives of innumerable students and inspired an imperishable legacy, The Charles H. Knapp Associate […]
Student Presentations, and Honoring A UConn Alum’s Achievements At GE Night
GE’s Linda Jacobs shares a generous scholarship gift
John W. Braccio ’82, Jacob “Jake” Friedman ’02, Udayarka Karra ’14, Matthew F. Tellier ’93 are all featured in this issue of Alumni News
Catch up with alumni who are making news and spearheading innovation
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.
Appointments and Re-Appointments
The School of Engineering appoints two new department and re-appoints three other department heads.
Graduate Student Spotlight: Sapna Gupta
Sapna Gupta has achieved impressive feats that demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and innovative thinking.
Robert R. Banning ’11, Anne Bartosewicz-Mele ’81, Richard P. Broderick ’81, John J. Legato ’86, Thomas W. Prete ’85 and Glenn T. Selby ’03 are all featured in this issue’s Alumni News
UConn Engineering Honors Fifteen
During a gala event on May 1st at the Storrs campus, the School of Engineering honored 15 exceptional alumni as 2014 inductees into the UConn Academy of Distinguished Engineers.
Dipayan Ghosh: From UConn to the White House
This semester, Dipayan Ghosh (B.S. Electrical Engineering ’10) is interning at the White House, where he’s working on technology policy issues in the Executive Office of the President.
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.
Dr. Robert Gao Receives I&M Society’s 2013 Technical Award
Pratt & Whitney Endowed Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering Dr. Robert X. Gao has been selected to receive the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society (I&M) 2013 Technical Award, one of just four awards presented yearly by the society.
Dr. Quing Zhu Awarded $1.43M NIH Grant
Dr. Quing Zhu has received a four-year, $1.43 million grant from the National Institutes of Health in support of her research aimed at predicting the effectiveness of preoperative or neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) used in treating advanced breast cancers.
New GAANN for UConn Engineering Team
Three Computer Science & Engineering faculty have received a highly competitive Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) three-year award of more than $805,000, which will support fellowships for graduate students pursuing research in “exascale computing.” Dr. Chun-Hsi (Vincent) Huang is the lead investigator on the grant.
First Annual Competition for CHASE
The Center for Hardware Assurance, Security and Engineering (CHASE) recently awarded funds to six teams to carry out cutting-edge security research. The funding pool was established by industry members of the CHASE Consortium, which seeks to contribute toward solving security challenges that are widespread across many industries.
Multidisciplinary Team to Develop Smart Building HVAC Model
A team of researchers from the School of Engineering and the UConn Health Center has received $1.09 million in NSF funding in support of their research aimed at developing a scalable and universal model for fault detection, diagnosis and prognosis of heating, ventilation and air conditioning, or HVAC, systems in buildings of differing sizes and functionalities.
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!
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.
Horizons Video: Detecting IC Trojans
Integrated circuits (ICs or “chips”) are the brains for virtually everything electronic, from cell phones, microwave ovens and automobiles to radars, computers and the Joint Strike Fighter jet. In this second Horizons video produced by the School of Engineering…
Getting a Second Chance, and Giving Back for the Future
The worksite accident that nearly took the life of Michael Gargano ’03 BSEE, also brought him to UConn and turned that life around in new, unexpected directions. Today he donates to support the University as a way of showing his vision for the future of engineering.
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.
Dr. Gokirmak Receives CAREER Award
Dr. Ali Gokirmak, assistant professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, is a 2012 recipient of a coveted National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.
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.
Engineering Sets Foundation for Entrepreneurial Success
As an electrical engineer struck with an entrepreneurial spirit, Robert Infantino has never limited himself to any amount of success, and doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon.
Originally from New York City, Infantino moved to Danbury, CT at age 15 with his family in hopes of improving on the rough lifestyle of the city. He attended Danbury Public High School, where he excelled in math, architecture and problem solving.
CMBE Professors Investigate Nano-Devices for Explosive Detection
Two faculty members in the Department of Chemical, Materials & Biomolecular Engineering have begun a project that has the promise to transform the work and protect the lives of military and law enforcement personnel around the world. Associate professors Brian Willis and Yong Wang, working on a grant funded by the Office of Naval Research, are attempting to develop an electronic chemical sensing device that can identify the presence of explosives by sampling the vapor around an object.
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.
The Pocket Protector: Pocket Squares and Paparazzi
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences got it wrong. No, it’s not about Jean Dujardin beating out best buds George Clooney and Brad Pitt to win Best Actor by uttering just two words or missing the chance for an Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis double header for their fabulous performances in The Help.
Alums: Communications Pioneers
The University of Connecticut has produced more than a few “household names” in the sciences, engineering and innovation arenas, many of them visionaries whose contributions underpin today’s leading technologies. One of the University’s most renowned graduates is Daniel E. Noble (‘29), who is widely regarded as a pioneer in mobile communications and semiconductors.
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.
New Contest – UConn Pennant To Fly Aboard Shuttle
UConn engineering alumnus and Connecticut native Richard Mastracchio (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science ’82) will fly aboard the space shuttle Discovery in March 2010 on his third shuttle mission. Discovery will ferry a payload destined for the International Space Station, as well as a commemorative pennant designed by UConn engineering students. Upon its safe return to terra […]
Douglass Family Establishes Scholarship in Engineering
Alumnus Michael Douglass (B.S. Electrical Engineering, ’79) and his wife, Tamela Richards, recently donated $25,000 to the University of Connecticut to establish an undergraduate scholarship in electrical engineering. Mr. Douglass is employed by Dallas-based Texas Instruments, which matched their gift 100% to create a $50,000 endowment that will support the Richard and Helen Douglass Endowed […]
Ali Langston: Millennium Scholar Sets Sights on Biomed
Degree Program:Junior, Electrical Engineering, with a focus in Biomedical engineering High School: Weston High School, Weston, CT. “I’m from Bridgeport, but the state’s ‘Project Choice’ program allowed me, as an urban student, to attend high school in a suburban environment – in this case, Weston – which enjoys stronger school funding.” Why Engineering? “When I […]
IEEE Honors Three Engineering Faculty
Three engineering faculty members have been selected by IEEE to receive prestigious 2008 honors: Drs. Yaakov Bar-Shalom and Bahram Javidi, both of the department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Sanguthevar Rajasekaran of the department of Computer Science & Engineering. Drs. Bar-Shalom and Javidi will receive their awards officially in fall ’08. Dr. Yaakov Bar-Shalom, the […]
Since graduating in May ’08 (B.S. Electrical Engineering), Kathleen went to work at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), Newport, RI, where she is conducting work on passive sonar for submarines in the Passive Systems Engineering Branch. Read Kathleen’s pre-graduation profile, below. High School: Newtown High School, Newtown, CT What attracted you to UConn “I […]
Shidler Family Establishes Scholarship
Alumnus Douglas Shidler (B.S. Electrical Engineering, ’83) and his wife, Trish Shidler, have pledged funds to establish the Shidler Scholarship for Engineering. The scholarship will target full-time undergraduate engineering students who maintain good academic standing and are in need of financial support. Summarizing his family’s philosophy, Doug said “There is a time to learn, a […]
Javidi Honored By Optical Engineering Society
By Sherry Fisher President Philip E. Austin, left, and Bahram Javidi, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Javidi’s lab in the ITE Building. Photo by Peter Morenus Bahram Javidi, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been named the 2005 recipient of the Dennis H. Gabor Award. Javidi received the […]