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UConn Engineering Welcomes 12 New Faculty in 2022-2023

New faculty for this year come from all over the country, including Michigan State, University of California-Santa Cruz, and Penn State, and include a CAREER Award winner.

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UConn Formula SAE Takes Top Ten Spot in National Competition

At the end of the Spring 2022 semester, the UConn Formula SAE team placed in the top ten of multiple different categories in the national Formula SAE Michigan competition held at the Michigan International Speedway.

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New UConn Program Helps Non-Computer Scientists Break Into the Computer Science Industry

The University of Connecticut School of Engineering Professional Education Program and the Computer Science and Engineering Department announce the launch of a new program called CyberLEAP—an innovative path for non-computer scientists to break into the Computer Science industry.

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UConn Engineering Inducts 10 New Members to the Academy of Distinguished Engineers

After postponing the 2021 induction ceremony for the University of Connecticut Academy of Distinguished Engineers because of the rise of COVID-19 cases, UConn Engineering celebrated the Academy Class of 2021 in a ceremony in the Student Union Ballroom on May 12.

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UConn and Anglo Educational Services Launch London Master of Engineering Internship Program

The University of Connecticut School of Engineering and Anglo Educational Services in London have partnered to offer prospective students around the world the opportunity to pursue a Master of Engineering (MEng) in Data Science or Advanced Systems Engineering, combined with an international internship experience in London.

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2022 Senior Design Winners Announced

For the first time since 2019, Senior Design Demonstration Day was held in person, with more than 270 teams presenting and over 100 organizations sponsoring those teams. From an on-campus brewery to a search and rescue drone, this year was one of the most innovative yet.

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UConn Formula SAE Drives into the Future with Improved Car, Diverse Team

Hanging from the walls of a small building on the University of Connecticut’s Depot Campus are shells of former race cars. The smell of gasoline, metal, and fiberglass clings heavily to the air. Sitting front and center is a 480-pound small-scale version of a Formula 1 race car, with a Yamaha motorcycle engine, built by one of the most hands-on clubs on campus—UConn Formula SAE.

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Senior Design Journey 2022: Saving Lives with an App, Part 2

A team of five CSE seniors are rounding the corner on Senior Design Demonstration Day, putting the finishing touches on a safety app with company sponsor ADT.

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Senior Design Journey 2022: Holding Back the Flood Waters in Bridgeport, Part 2

In the quest to hold back the devastating flood waters in southern Bridgeport, four University of Connecticut Civil and Environmental Engineering students are rounding the corner on creating a flood wall design that could save residents and businesses that have been battered by strong storms in the past.

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Female Volunteers Wanted for Mammography Research Study

Do you dread your annual mammogram? Are you tempted to avoid the whole uncomfortable ordeal? Do you wonder whether there will ever be “a better way”? Enroll in our study and help identify new opportunities to make mammograms a more comfortable procedure.

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SAGE Announces 2022 Poster Competition Winners

On March 8, which was also International Women’s Day, 46 graduate University of Connecticut School of Engineering students took part in the 8th Annual Student Association of Graduate Engineers Poster Competition.

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Inaugural Cohort of Pratt & Whitney Scholars Announced

The Scholars Program, designed for underrepresented minorities, will provide four cohorts of five students with $10,000 per year for four years; a summer internship opportunity at Pratt & Whitney after their sophomore year; a senior design project sponsored by Pratt & Whitney during their senior year; and professional development and mentorship opportunities.

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Optimizing Energy Recovery From Wastewater Using Machine Learning

Properly disposing of biosolids in our water is essential in creating a sustainable water treatment system. Unfortunately, in the United States, and especially in New England, this process is prone to failures, leaving usable energy on the table.

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How a Movement from a UConn Engineering Professor Shaped a Generation of Difference Makers

Katsouleas, currently a University of Connecticut faculty member in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics, picked up the phone during his first week as dean in 2008 and brought together engineering deans Yannis Yortsos at University of Southern California and Richard Miller at Olin College, and asked them a simple question: “Is our older educational pedagogy preparing our students to tackle the grand challenges of this next century?”

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Connecticut Brownfields Initiative Evolves to Technical Assistance for Brownfields Program

After the successful awarding of the University of Connecticut as a regional Technical Assistance to Brownfields provider by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, UConn will now be offering its expertise and services to communities and organizations around New England, expanding the scope of the Connecticut Brownfields Initiative.

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UConn Engineering Named #1 Public Online Graduate Program in New England in 2022 Rankings

In newly released rankings from U.S. News and World Report, the University of Connecticut School of Engineering’s online graduate programs rose 15 spots, resulting in an overall ranking of #47—positioning the school as the #1 public online graduate engineering program in New England.

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Nominations Open for 2022 Academy of Distinguished Engineers

The UConn School of Engineering has opened up nominations for the Class of 2022 Academy of Distinguished Engineers.

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Senior Design Journey 2022: Saving Lives with an App, Part 1

In response to the growing need for added safety on campus, five computer science and engineering students are working with ADT, the most trusted name in security, on their Senior Design project. Together, they are working on a new approach that could help provide a new safety response system on campus saving precious time.

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Senior Design Journey 2022: Holding Back the Flood Waters in Bridgeport, Part 1

Living near an ocean or large body of water has consequences. Over the past 20 years, climate related disasters have jumped 83 percent and major floods have more than doubled, according to the United Nations. The south-end of Bridgeport is no stranger to these statistics, as they have seen financial and human implications to these storms first-hand. But, through a University of Connecticut Civil and Environmental Engineering Senior Design Project, four students are working to change that narrative through their work on a new flood wall.

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Hackett Recognized for Unique Virtual Web Series With 2021 Meritorious Service Award

In October, Regina Hackett, communications coordinator for the UConn Training and Technical Assistance Center (T2), was honored by the New England chapter of the American Public Works Association with the 2021 Meritorious Service Award.

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Katsouleas Named 2022 Optica Fellow

After a distinguished career of leadership and scholarship, Optica, an international society aimed at advancing optics and photonics worldwide, has named Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Thomas C. Katsouleas a 2022 Fellow.

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$3 Million Award Will Help Continue Successful Navy STEM Program at UConn and URI

Building on the success of the University of Connecticut and the University of Rhode Island’s joint Naval Science and Technology Program (Navy STEM), the Department of Defense has awarded a $3 million grant that will continue and build on the program for the next three years.

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Mary McCarthy Named “Woman of the Year” by CT Chapter of WTS

In October, Mary McCarthy, Director of Training at the Training and Technical Assistance Center (T2 Center) at UConn, was named a “Woman of the Year” awardee by the Connecticut chapter of WTS, an international organization that is helping to advance women in all fields of the transportation industry by providing mentorship, professional development, networking, education, recognition, leadership and much more. 

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Laurencin Named 2020 Henry Brown Awardee

The University of Connecticut School of Engineering is proud to announce that Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, a University Professor, UConn Engineering Professor, and Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, has received the 2020 Henry Brown Award from the Minority Affairs 30th Anniversary Committee of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

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JLLA Inducts 11 New Members

On Wednesday night, in the shadow of the Innovation Partnership Building, 11 graduate students joined the ranks of the most selective graduate society at the University of Connecticut School of Engineering—the John Lof Leadership Academy.

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UConn Engineering Records Largest Female Freshman Class at Storrs in History

For the first time in the University of Connecticut School of Engineering’s history, over 30 percent of the freshman class at the main Storrs campus will be female—a crucial milestone on the road towards complete gender equity.

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UConn Engineering Welcomes 13 New Faculty

Following an exponential increase in student enrollment, an investment in entrepreneurship-backed faculty, and an overall investment in new subject areas, the University of Connecticut School of Engineering is proud to announce that 13 new faculty have started in Fall 2021.

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NSF Renews NELSAMP Alliance for Five Additional Years

The Northeast Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participants (NELSAMP) has more than tripled STEM students from underrepresented backgrounds across six major northeastern universities. To continue diversifying STEM, the National Science Foundation renewed the alliance for the next five years with the University of Connecticut at the helm.

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Laurencin Honored with Top American Engineering Prize

The University of Connecticut School of Engineering is proud to announce that Dr.  Cato T. Laurencin, a University Professor, UConn Engineering Professor, and Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, has received the 2021 Hoover Medal, a prize jointly given by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers; American Society of Civil Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, which administers it.

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Governor Visits, Signs Cybersecurity Bill at UConn Tech Park

On July 15, Governor Ned Lamont visited the University of Connecticut and the UConn Tech Park, in order to meet with several UConn Engineering faculty and sign strong legislation to combat cybersecurity threats across the state.

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UConn Engineering Adds New Robotics Major

The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees has approved a new undergraduate major in Robotics Engineering open  to prospective and existing students starting in Fall 2022. 

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Laurencin Named Fellow of The American Ceramic Society

The University of Connecticut School of Engineering is proud to announce that Professor Cato T. Laurencin, a faculty member in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering departments has been named a fellow of The American Ceramic Society.

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Dori-Hacohen joining UConn School of Engineering, transitions to CSO and Chair of Board of Startup

Dr. Shiri Dori-Hacohen will be joining the University of Connecticut School of Engineering in the Computer Science and Engineering Department starting August 2021 as a tenure-track assistant professor. She is currently the founder and CEO of Automated Controversy Detection, Inc. (AuCoDe), an AI-based startup that detects controversies and misinformation online and turns them into actionable intelligence. Dori-Hacohen founded AuCoDe in 2016, and the company has received over $1 million in funding from the National Science Foundation.

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CEE Department Scores Two New Grants to Expand on Neurodiversity Programs

Two new grants from the National Science Foundation, totaling just shy of $1M, have been awarded to Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty Alexandra Hain and Arash Zaghi for work they will carry out in undergraduate research opportunities and new programs for graduate students, who both fall in the neurodiversity spectrum. The grants focus on the talents of students with ADHD and dyslexia in STEM fields.

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And The Winners of Senior Design 2021 Are…….

Continuing for a second year in a virtual environment, the 2021 Senior Design Demonstration Day showcased a record-breaking 220-plus projects, 800-plus students, and over 120 industry partners.

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Meet the 2021 Seniors: Jon-Marc McGregor, Chemical Engineering

Jon-Marc McGregor, a graduating 2021 senior, shares his thoughts about his time here at UConn Engineering.

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Jang Named 2021 Distinguished Engineering Educator

  By: Eli Freund, Editorial Communications Manager, UConn School of Engineering  The University of Connecticut School of Engineering is proud to announce that Civil and Environmental Associate Professor-in-Residence Shinae Jang is the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Engineering Educator award for her outstanding teaching and pedagogical innovation at the undergraduate level. Dr. Jang, who is also the […]

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Meet the 2021 Seniors: Zoe Coleman, Mechanical Engineering

Zoe Coleman, the 2021 commencement speaker, talks about her speech and her four years at UConn.

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Senior Design Journey 2021: Using Lung Scans and Algorithms to Diagnose COVID-19, Part 2

A group of five University of Connecticut computer science students are on the precipice of completing a Senior Design project that could not only aid researchers studying lung disease—but could be a boon for diagnosticians when it comes to COVID-19.

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Senior Design Journey 2021: Bringing More Lyman Orchards Pies to the Masses, Part 2

A team of University of Connecticut School of Engineering students are continuing their work with a business that has a deep connection to generations of families across Connecticut—using their skills to bring its bakery business to the next level.

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New $1.5 Million Grant to Fund Creation of “Water Processes Library” for Researchers

A group of professors at the University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering, in partnership with two national researchers, have just received a $1.5 million grant from the National Alliance for Water Innovation to build an “open-source modeling and optimization library for water treatment processes,” in an effort to enable innovation and intensification of desalination processes through shared computational resources that support research on desalination of water and related water treatment technologies.

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Rags to Riches: Alumnus Uses Education to Lift Himself from Poverty

  By: Eli Freund, Editorial Communications Manager, UConn School of Engineering  Growing up in Hyderabad, India, in a family of modest means, Vijay Raghavan ‘96 knew he wanted to change his life for the better. So, he made a plan. “I was an only child in a family of very modest means living paycheck to […]

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CyberSEED Returns in Virtual Format

After a postponement last year, the annual CyberSEED event, hosted by Synchrony and The Connecticut Advanced Computing Center (CACC), is back on in a 100 percent virtual format.

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Javidi Wins Emmett Leith Medal from The Optical Society

The UConn School of Engineering is pleased to announce that Dr. Bahram Javidi, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been awarded the prestigious OSA Emmett Leith Medal from The Optical Society (OSA).

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Nominations Open for 2021 Academy of Distinguished Engineers

In 2021, we mark the 38th year that the School has inducted selected nominees into the Academy of Distinguished Engineers.   We are asking for your help in identifying superb nominees for this honor.

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Looking To The Netherlands As The Transportation “Gold Standard”

New research from graduate students and faculty members in the Transportation Technology & Society Research Group has identified the Netherlands as the gold standard when it comes to cutting down on pedestrian and cyclist fatalities—over 90 percent since the 1970s—by embracing a systems-based approach that has started to slowly gain traction in the United States.

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Senior Design Journey 2021: Using Lung Scans and Algorithms to Diagnose COVID-19, Part 1

Ever since the introduction of IBM’s Watson, companies have been on a voracious quest to use computers and machine learning to help doctors and diagnosticians solve medical quandaries. For a team of five University of Connecticut computer science students, they’re looking to apply those same machine learning principles towards determining whether a patient has COVID-19 or other lung-damaging diseases.

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School of Engineering to Launch New Multidisciplinary Major in Fall 2021

Starting in Fall 2021, prospective and existing University of Connecticut School of Engineering students will have a new major to choose from—Multidisciplinary Engineering—allowing for the unique opportunity to customize their degree to their future career preferences. UConn’s Multidisciplinary Engineering program will join a small group of other engineering schools around the country to offer this unique degree.

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Senior Design Journey 2021: Bringing More Lyman Orchards Pies to the Masses, Part 1

Lyman Orchards, a fixture in Connecticut, has graced the tables of families with produce and baked goods for hundreds of years. But with growing popularity among consumers, and increased retail partnerships, Lyman finds themselves at the upper limits of their production capacity—and is calling on a group of UConn Engineering students to use their expertise to find creative solutions.

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Thanksgiving Message From The Dean

  Dear UConn Engineering Family: As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this year, I am thankful for the amazing staff, faculty, and students who make it such a wonderful place to work and learn, and I am honored and proud to be the dean of our school at this time in its history.   We’ve made it to […]

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Alumni Wins 2019 Meritorious Senior Professional Presidential Rank Award

After recently retiring from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport, University of Connecticut School of Engineering alumni Steve Greineder (’82, ’87) won the 2019 Meritorious Senior Professional Presidential Rank Award.

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USDA Grant to Fund Research in 3D Printing Novel Food Products from Sustainable Sources

Armed with a four-year, $470,000 grant from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, National Science Foundation (NSF) SHAP3D Center Site Director and Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Polymers Anson Ma—and his collaborator, Qian Yang, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering—are working on creating pulse-based food products with novel textures and customized nutritional profiles using machine learning and a specially designed 3D printer.

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Remembering Brilliant Engineer, Art Lover, and Alumnus Bill Romanauskas

  Romanauskas, William (“Bill”) Andrew.  Born June 4, 1928, in Waterbury, and passed on September 5, 2020.  Bill was a 1946 Graduate of Leavenworth Technical High School in Waterbury, and thereafter served honorably in the United States Navy from 1946 to 1948.  Following his Navy service, Bill returned to Connecticut to get a degree in […]

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UConn Engineering Virtually Inducts 2020 Academy of Distinguished Engineers Class

  By: Eli Freund, Editorial Communications Manager, UConn School of Engineering  For the first time in the event’s history, the University of Connecticut School of Engineering virtually inducted ten exemplary engineers during the annual Academy of Distinguished Engineers ceremony. Although virtual, the ceremony featured a close-knit and special atmosphere, where the ten inductees were able […]

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New Invention From UConn Alumni Gives Elderly a Boost

  By: Eli Freund, Editorial Communications Manager, UConn School of Engineering  If you’re young and able-bodied, the bathroom is considered a relaxing space, where we go to refresh and rejuvenate. But for disabled and elderly people, the bathroom can be an accident waiting to happen. For the elderly, the bathroom is so dangerous that according […]

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Engineering a Better Connecticut Scholarship Initiative

  UConn Engineering is launching the Engineering a Better Connecticut Scholarship Initiative to create need-based scholarships for Connecticut students under-represented in the field of engineering.  COVID-19 has made scholarships more important than ever, especially, for these young men and women.  We want to do better for all our students. By supporting the Engineering a Better Connecticut Scholarship Initiative, you are making a difference and investing in […]

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School of Engineering Welcomes 12 New Faculty

  By: Eli Freund, Editorial Communications Manager, UConn School of Engineering The University of Connecticut School of Engineering is proud to announce that 12 new faculty–including five new faculty members in the Computer Science and Engineering Department and one new faculty member in the brand-new Krenicki Arts and Engineering Institute–are starting this academic year. The new […]

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Digging Into a More Cost-Effective Solar Technology

  By: Eli Freund, Editorial Communications Manager, UConn School of Engineering  Solar panel technology has seemingly boomed over the last 20 years, but when you dig into the numbers, only six percent of U.S. homes have panels installed on their roofs. The prevailing material used in solar cells is silicon, which is easy to manufacture […]

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UConn Startup Snags Third Place in Largest Graduate-Level Student Pitch Competition

A startup with origins in the University of Connecticut School of Engineering was awarded third place in the Mercury Fund Elevator Pitch Competition category of the Rice Business Plan Competition, the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup event.

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CT DOT and UConn Team Up on Driver Behavior Safety Analytics Tool

Building on the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s extensive amount of data, the Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center and the CTDOT are teaming up to build a crucial driver behavioral safety analytics tool—thanks to a new $453,000 research grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation—that could strengthen data-driven countermeasures for crash prevention.

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UConn Engineering Joins 30 Universities in Offering Boot Camp Scholarships for Underrepresented Groups

University of Connecticut School of Engineering, in partnership with 30 nonprofit universities across the country and our partner 2U, is expanding access to our boot camp courses in Coding through a $3 million Boot Camp Scholarship Fund. 

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UConn Engineering Department Head, Graduate Student Named Women of Innovation Finalists

Continuing on the success of the past several years, the University of Connecticut School of Engineering has two finalists in this year’s Women of Innovation Awards, an annual program presented by The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) and the Connecticut Technology Council (CTC), which recognizes outstanding women in STEM.

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A Commitment from UConn Engineering

  Dear UConn Engineering Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni, The appalling death of George Floyd has again underscored the ugly reality of racial injustice in our country.   This horrible event comes in the midst of a pandemic that is disproportionally affecting African-American, Latinx, and Indigenous communities, and prejudice against individuals of Muslim faith and Asian […]

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UConn Engineering and Industry Align to Fight COVID-19

Throughout the past couple of months, UConn Engineering faculty, staff, and students have used their knowledge to aid the healthcare industry, the state of Connecticut, and local businesses as we look to eradicate COVID-19 and bring our economy back to life.

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JLLA workshop goes virtual during the pandemic

  The John Lof Leadership Academy (JLLA) is persisting with the Spring 2020 curriculum- Applying Your Leadership Philosophy– and hosting a second virtual workshop during the COVID-19 pandemic via Zoom. JLLA member I’jaaz Muhhamad planned the virtual workshop on May 15, focused on micromanagement in the context of mentorship. Five experienced women in leadership roles […]

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JLLA responds to COVID-19 and holds first virtual workshop on conflict resolution

John Lof Leadership Academy (JLLA) goes virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic. During these difficult times, JLLA will be turning their Spring curriculum virtual using platforms such as Webex and Zoom. The group will be connecting members with training on conflict resolution, resource management, mentoring vs. micromanaging, and ethics vs. pragmatism. JLLA continues to work with […]

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Santos Appointed Associate Director of EDOC, Assistant Professor-in-Residence in BME

Last week, Stephany Santos, a recent Ph.D. graduate in Biomedical Engineering, was appointed associate director of the Engineering Diversity and Outreach Center and made an assistant professor-in-residence in the Biomedical Engineering Department.

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Alpay Named UConn Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor

The UConn School of Engineering is proud to announce that S. Pamir Alpay, Associate Dean for Research and Industrial Partnerships, has been named a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, after a vote by the trustees last week. The award recognizes faculty who have achieved exceptional distinction in scholarship, teaching, and service while at the University of Connecticut and has been awarded annually since 1998.

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Senior Design Journey 2020: Mapping the Opioid Crisis, Part 2

With Senior Design Demonstration Day cancelled, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, and with every student sent home, Senior Design groups faced obstacles in completing their project. But with obstacles comes opportunity and challenge, especially for engineering students.

One of those Senior Design groups, consisting of computer science students Mark Adanti, Solomon Poulose, Frances Yu, and Samson Weiner, is working on mapping the opioid crisis for Cigna.

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A Message from Dean Kazerounian on Coronavirus Efforts (Update #2)

A message from Dean Kazerounian on the School’s Coronavirus efforts.

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How Mapping COVID-19 Could Help Drug Companies

When the spread of COVID-19 started to affect the University of Connecticut, the state, and the country, Ranjan Srivastava, department head for Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, knew he had to spring into action.

Drawing on his previous work in mathematically modeling how the Hepatitis B virus spreads, Srivastava realized he could apply the principles of what he knew to the behavior of COVID-19, which could be useful to other researchers and drug companies.

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UConn Research Team Developing Emergency Ventilator Prototype

Jeffrey McCutcheon, the Al Geib Professor of Environmental Engineering Research and Education at UConn, is usually busy this time of year studying subjects like membrane separations and filtration. But like many, the director of the Fraunhofer USA Center for Energy Innovation, located in the Innovation Partnership Building at UConn Tech Park, has seen the focus of his work change with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Amidst COVID-19 Outbreak, UConn Researchers Working on Simple, Low-Cost CRISPR-based Diagnostic Test for Infectious Diseases

Researchers in the Department of Biomedical Engineering— a shared department in the schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, and Engineering—have been working to develop a new, low-cost, CRISPR-based diagnostic platform to detect infectious diseases, including the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

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UConn Biomedical Engineer Creates “Smart” Bandages to Heal Chronic Wounds

Chronic and non-healing wounds—one of the most devastating complications of diabetes and the leading cause of limb amputation—affects millions of Americans each year. Due to the complex nature of these wounds, proper clinical treatment has been limited.

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Patented Smart Bearings for Bridge Safety

Bridges are a key part of any modern transportation network, but it can be difficult to monitor the safety and upkeep needs of these structures without precise data.

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UConn President, Nine Faculty Inducted Into Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering

Ten University of Connecticut faculty were announced as inductees into the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering for 2020, including UConn President Thomas C. Katsouleas.

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A Message From Dean Kazerounian

A message from Dean Kazerounian on the School’s Coronavirus efforts.

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Tissue Engineering Lab Provides BME Students with Invaluable Experience

Over the past two decades, tissue engineering has emerged as an exciting new area in biomedical engineering. For all BME undergraduate concentrations at UConn, there were corresponding lab components to provide hands-on experience to supplement the classroom instruction, except for tissue engineering. Syam Nukavarapu, associate professor of biomedical engineering — who is also a joint faculty member of Materials Science & Engineering and UConn Health — was recently tasked with developing a tissue engineering laboratory, which has started running this semester.

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UConn T2 Center Provides a Training Hub For All 169 Towns and Cities

Just down the road from our Storrs campus resides the  CT Training and Technical Assistance Center (T2 Center), an invaluable resource providing transportation-related training for all 169 towns and cities across the state.

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John Lof Leadership Academy Leads Conflict Resolution Workshop

On January 14th, the conflict resolution committee, led by Anna Marie LaChance, worked with Katherine Kenyon from the Office of Institutional Equity at UConn. Kenyon led a two-hour training on the causes of conflict. The training focused on policy, student rights, and civility and incivility. 

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My Husky Valentine: Met at UConn

I started to date Claudia in the summer of 1956. I met her when she was a waitress at an ice cream shop where all my guy friends would stop for large scoops of ice cream before heading out for the beach area.

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Senior Design Journey 2020: Taking Farming to the Next Level, Part 1

Three University of Connecticut mechanical engineering majors — Kylie Kearney, Justin Gallo, and Andrew Alaba — are working to build a small and efficient bean thresher that will increase the productivity and sellable product for local small farmer, Susan Mitchell, and her farm, Cloverleigh Farm.

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JLLA Leads Personalized Public Speaking Workshop

On January 21st, John Lof Leadership Academy (JLLA) lead their second workshop of the year. During this workshop, all members tested their ability to communicate on research, motivation, general talks, and pitches. Members prepared a 3-minute talk on their selected topic. Finally, after each talk, Dr. Chrysochoou, Dr. Maric, and other JLLA members discussed areas […]

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PHOTO GALLERY: First Annual Women in STEM Frontiers in Research Expo (WiSFiRE)

On January 31, the University of Connecticut School of Engineering held the Women in STEM Frontiers in Research Expo, also known as WiSFiRE, for the first time—bringing together, and celebrating some of the important research and journeys of female faculty in the School.

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Senior Design Journey 2020: Rescuing Drones From the Ocean, Part 1

ThayerMahan, a Groton-based company, who works with government and industry partners to design, manufacture and operate systems that collect acoustic and electronic information on the world’s oceans, challenged a group of mechanical engineering students to launch and land an aerial vehicle from a moving ocean surveillance platform for their Senior Design project.

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New UConn Research Center Provides Reliable Data, Realistic Simulations for Manufacturing Industry

The University of Connecticut recently launched the Center for Materials Processing Data (CMPD) with their university and industry collaborators. The center will provide the manufacturing industry with valuable data about how their materials will perform, eliminating much of the time and cost-intensive trial and error upon which the industry has relied for years.

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Buzzing Through the Blood-Brain Barrier

UConn engineers have designed a non-toxic, biodegradable device that can help medication move from blood vessels into brain tissues —a route traditionally blocked by the body’s defense mechanisms. They describe their invention in the December 23 issue of PNAS.

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Synchrony Digital Technology Center Dedicated; Gift to Connecticut Commitment Announced

The University of Connecticut and Synchrony celebrated the opening of the The Synchrony Digital Technology Center at UConn Stamford in a ceremony on Monday.

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Engineering a New Learning Environment For Neurodiversity

Armed with a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s RED (Revolutionizing Engineering Departments) program, a group of faculty members are on a mission to transform the Civil and Environmental Engineering department into a safe and inclusive environment for students with cognitive differences that fall onto the neurodiversity spectrum.

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Senior Design Journey 2020: Mapping the Opioid Crisis, Part 1

A group of four senior University of Connecticut computer science majors are working on a Senior Design project with Cigna to use data and analytics to address the opioid crisis head on.

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John Lof Leadership Academy Inducts Second Cohort

The John Lof Leadership Academy (JLLA) inducted its most recent class on November 7th, 2019 during a formal ceremony held at the Innovation Partnership Building (IPB) lobby. The new class includes 15 graduate students from Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

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Michel Appointed Synchrony Financial Chair for Cybersecurity

The UConn School of Engineering is pleased to announced the appointment of Laurent Michel, a professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department, as the next Synchrony Financial Chair for Cybersecurity. Michel’s appointment was approved by the UConn Board of Trustees during their meeting on December 11, 2019.

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Alumnus Merges Engineering With Entrepreneurship In Roommate Pairing App

Abhi Namala ‘14 (mechanical engineering) is on a mission to not only help college students, but young professionals who are struggling to find like-minded roommates to live with. 

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UConn Cancer Treatment Startup Wins $500,000 Grant To Test Their Technology In Space

Encapsulate, an early-stage company founded by three graduate students at the University of Connecticut School of Engineering, was named last month as one of only two winners of the 2019 International Space Station U.S. Laboratory and Boeing “Technology in Space” Prize. Encapsulate receives $500,000 and the opportunity to conduct research projects onboard the International Space Station (ISS).

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UConn Recognized as a Leader in Educating Women Engineers

The ranking reflects data from a survey of 135,205 women engineering student and professional subscribers of Woman Engineer magazine.

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Beyond Senior Design: From Project to Patent

Every year, hundreds of students at the University of Connecticut School of Engineering work on their Senior Design projects, often with company sponsors advising them, directing them, and mentoring them towards an innovative idea. For most, the year-long project is about gaining crucial problem-solving and groupwork skills—but for some, like Matt Varney ’19 (mechanical engineering and German), the experience can end with a job at the sponsoring company. Even more rare though is when a project become a patented technology. For Varney, all of these are true of his story.

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Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame Honors UConn Engineering Department Head and Alumni

The UConn School of Engineering is proud to announce that the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame will be honoring three women with strong ties to the School during their 2019 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will take place on November 4. 

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Faculty Q+A: Peters’ Important Collaborations with IBM

Dr. Thomas J. Peters, a professor of computer science and mathematics, who has been with the University of Connecticut for 30 years, has centered his research on computational topology, computer graphics, and scientific visualization, leading to some interesting collaborations. One of those collaborations, which has been going on for over a decade, has been with IBM, which has brought interesting results.

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Dr. Cato Laurencin Wins the National Academy of Engineering 2019 Simon Ramo Founders Award

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has honored UConn’s Dr. Cato T. Laurencin for his extraordinary impact on the engineering profession.

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Program is Fertile Ground for Student Innovation

Most days, Emily Yale is moving between the Castleman Building and the School of Business Building on the Storrs campus, learning and testing concepts about entrepreneurship. The University of Connecticut student is in the process of launching a startup, Land Maverick, and she is tapping the resources of the Schools of Engineering and Business.

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Synchrony and UConn Engineering Join Forces to Host CyberSEED 2019

During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Synchrony, a premier consumer financial services company, and The University of Connecticut School of Engineering are joining forces to sponsor CyberSEED 2019, a cyber wargame competition, on Saturday, October 19th from 9am to 5:30pm.

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PHOTO GALLERY: UConn Officially Opens Altschuler Cybersecurity Lab

On Wednesday, October 16, the University of Connecticut officially launched Altschuler Cybersecurity Lab, UConn’s first cybersecurity lab dedicated to hands-on undergraduate education. 

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Nearly $500,000 in Scholarships Awarded to UConn Engineering Undergraduates

Thanks to the generosity of several individuals, companies, and organizations, nearly $500,000 in scholarships were awarded to 256 highly-talented UConn Engineering students during the 2019 Undergraduate Scholarship Ceremony on October 10.

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New Benton Exhibit Helps Mechanical Engineering Professor Blend Art With Teaching

Art and science are two fields that appear to be worlds apart at first glance, but according to George Matheou, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, the intersection between the two are actually extremely important. This notion became the inspiration behind his art exhibit called Fluid Dynamics in Art and Nature at the William Benton Museum of Art. 

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Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center Presented Best Practices Award

The University of Connecticut School of Engineering is proud to announce that the Connecticut Department of Transportation, and the Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center, led by Civil Engineering Professor Eric Jackson, has been presented with the Best Practices Award by the Association of Transportation Safety Information Professionals (ATSIP) at the 2019 Traffic Records Forum on August 4-7 in Austin, Texas for their CT Roadway Management System.  

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$5M Gift Launches Arts and Engineering Institute

While the Krenickis, who both graduated in 1984, have given generously across the university before, this gift honors their personal UConn story, uniting John’s major in mechanical engineering with Donna’s, in graphic design. The Krenickis met in the fall of their junior year. The couple has raised three children and carved out careers that have crossed industry, private equity, and the arts.

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UConn Partners in $100M DOE Innovation Hub on Water Technologies

A research consortium including the University of Connecticut has been awarded a five-year, $100-million Energy-Water Desalination Hub to address water security issues in the United States.

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‘Wake-up Call’: Drone Strikes in Saudi Arabia Show Urgency of UConn Research

Researchers at UConn’s Eversource Energy Center are working hand-in-hand with its namesake to build a drone detection system for the state’s major electrical provider.

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UConn Engineering Welcomes Nine New Faculty

This Fall, a new group of seven talented researchers and educators will be joining UConn Engineering as full-time faculty, and will be hailing from as close as the University of Connecticut to as far as The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

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Shea Appointed President of National Local Technical Assistance Program Association

During the 2019 National LTAP-TTAP-NTTD Conference in August, Donna Shea, Director of the Connecticut Training and Technical Assistance Center at the Connecticut Transportation Institute, was installed as the President of National Local Technical Assistance Program Association. 

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Enhanced Tree Trimming Reduces Storm-Related Power Outages, UConn Study Finds

Enhanced tree trimming reduces the number of power outages during storms by 16 to 48 percent, according to a study from the Eversource Energy Center recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Electric Power Systems Research.

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Four Engineering Faculty Receive NSF CAREER Awards in 2019

Four UConn Engineering professors received Faculty Early Career Development Awards from the National Science Foundation this year, one of the highest honors a junior science or engineering faculty member can receive.

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Summer REU Students Immerse Themselves in Entrepreneurship

Each year, students from across the country apply to the National Science Foundation REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program, gaining experience in a myriad of different subject areas. In the summer of 2019, the University of Connecticut School of Engineering hosted a select group of 10 engineering students, who hailed from UConn, as well as multiple other schools across the country, and tasked them with conceptualizing innovative entrepreneurial ventures.

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Juggling Athletics and Engineering? It’s All About Balance for Botsis

For many in college, the prospect of adding the time and effort that comes with being a Division I athlete on top of homework, classes, and extra-curriculars seems like a daunting balancing act—but hundreds of University of Connecticut student-athletes go through this every year. Compound that balancing act with a challenging and demanding engineering curriculum, and the task might seem insurmountable. But for Chanell Botsis, a senior biomedical engineering student and UConn Track and Field athlete, the balancing act is neither insurmountable nor daunting.

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Shor and Alpay Appointed Associate Deans For School of Engineering

The UConn School of Engineering is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Leslie Shor to the position of Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research and the creation of a new position—Associate Dean for Research and Industrial Partnerships—which will be filled by Dr. Pamir Alpay.

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Summer Undergraduate Researcher Ian Sands ’20 (ENG)

During his summer vacation, Ian Sands (BME ’20) is researching nanoparticle drug delivery for the treatment of osteoarthritis in knee joints.

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Common Steroid Could Soften Up Tumors for Chemo

A common drug used to alleviate side effects of cancer treatment may also make the treatment more successful if given beforehand, report a consortium of research institutions including the University of Connecticut.

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Meet John and Sue, The Pioneers of the Internet at UConn

In a ceremony held at the end of June, in the Information Technologies Engineering Building, John Marshall stepped up to a computer, entered a short line of code, and shut down a server that served as the last known artifact linking the University of Connecticut to its earliest connections to the internet.

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UConn’s New HuskyJet Brings 3D Printing to the Next Level

Adding on to the myriad of equipment and capabilities of the University of Connecticut’s Tech Park, the UConn National Science Foundation (NSF) SHAP3D site, and its site director, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering Anson Ma, have acquired a state-of-the-art Pilot Scale industrial inkjet 3D-printer, appropriately named HuskyJet.

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A Q+A with Kevin Musco, Alumnus of the Engineering for Human Rights Initiative

Launched in 2012, The Engineering for Human Rights Initiative between the School of Engineering and the UConn Human Rights Institute is an opportunity for engineering students to immerse themselves in the world of human rights, through research and classroom time, with a focus in risk management, climate resiliency, life-cycle analysis, impact assessment, and several other synergistic topic areas. Kevin Musco, who graduated from the School of Engineering in May, with a dual degree in Electrical Engineering and Human Rights, shared why he joined the program, and how a focus in human rights can help engineers.

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A Q+A With Dr. Sarira Motaref, 2019 Distinguished Engineering Educator Awardee

In the inaugural year of it’s existence, the University of Connecticut School of Engineering Distinguished Engineering Educator Award has been awarded to Dr. Sarira Motaref, an associate professor-in-residence and assistant director of faculty development in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Since 2011, when she came to UConn as a postdoctoral researcher, Motaref has been beloved by the hundreds of students that she has interacted with. In this Q+A, Motaref talks about her background and her tricks of the trade when it comes to educating the next generation of engineers.

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Nearly 95% of UConn Engineering Class of 2018 Employed or in Grad School

In a sign of a hot market for engineers, recent data from the University of Connecticut Center for Career Development reveals that 2018 UConn Engineering grads had a 92 percent positive career outcomes rate six months after graduation—over six percent higher than the national average.

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When It Comes to Your Health, Sweat is the Magic Elixir

Using funding from The BioScience Pipeline program, Environmental Engineering Professor Baikun Li is designing a wearable health device that can sense many different physiological markers, including dehydration, potassium, sodium, and glucose levels. The source of all that information? Your sweat. The device will also be self-powered by the sweat itself, allowing the team to ditch traditional re-chargeable batteries.

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Come Explore Engineering at the UConn School of Engineering This Summer

Throughout the summer, students in middle school and high school will get the unique chance to immerse themselves in the world of engineering through two interactive programs: Spark and Explore Engineering.

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In Memoriam: Clement D. Zawodniak

Thanks to the encouragement and financial support of his sister Eleanor and her husband Fred Monti, Clem earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering with High Honors from the University of Connecticut (Class of 1952). Clem obtained a master’s degree from the University of Illinois (Class of 1953) and then served proudly in the United States Army during the Korean War.

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And The 2019 Senior Design Winners Are….

Two hundred and thirty-six groups, consisting of over 800 seniors, stood proudly by projects ranging from an autonomous firefighting drone to a cloud-based smart storage system for a local aerospace manufacturer. The capstone projects, which were the culmination of a year’s-worth of work, are known as Senior Design, and are presented annually at Senior Design Demonstration Day.

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2019 UConn Academy of Distinguished Engineers Inductees Speak About Road Blocks, Adversity

Flanked by former professors, close family and friends, and members of the engineering community, 13 accomplished engineers took to the stage for their formal induction into the University of Connecticut Academy of Distinguished Engineers.

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Senior Design Journey 2019: Reimagining Wheelchair Design, Part 2

A UConn Senior Design team is testing a new type of wheelchair wheels called Rowheels, which use a pull motion to go forward. In a traditional wheelchair, the user pushes to go forward and pulls to go backward. In the new pull wheelchair, users do the complete opposite and pull to go forward and push to go backward.

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UConn in Top 10 Worldwide for Biological Data Research Output

According to CSRankings, an organization which compiles a metrics-based rankings of the top computer science programs in the world, the University of Connecticut ranks among the top 10 when it comes to research output in the fields of bioinformatics and computational biology.

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10% Discount Offered to Alumni Looking to Advance Their Education

The UConn School of Engineering Professional Education program announced that it has created a new alumni discount, a 10% reduction off of the program’s fees for alumni who do not have company sponsored tuition reimbursement policies.

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Alumni News for April 2019

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

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Senior Design Journey 2019: Protecting The Elbows of Young Pitchers, Part 2

When you embark on a journey, sometimes the path is long and treacherous, and sometimes the path taken is smooth. For a team of four University of Connecticut biomedical engineering seniors, their journey to create a wearable pitch monitoring device with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center has been neither treacherous nor smooth.

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Self-Driving Vehicle Technology Conference to be Held on April 23 at Rentschler Field

On Tuesday, April 23, from 9 a.m.-12:05 p.m., Greater Hartford AAA Allied Group and the UConn Transportation Safety Research Center will be holding a free and open to the public speaker series at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, which will focus on the the world’s transition to autonomous vehicles.

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UConn Engineering Announces Organizational Transformation of the Connecticut Transportation Institute

The UConn School of Engineering is pleased to announce changes in the Connecticut Transportation Institute that will position it for future growth, further support of economic development in the State of Connecticut, and a larger impact on the transportation industry.

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John Lof Leadership Academy Visits Illing Middle School

By: Randi Mendes, UConn School of Engineering  [metaslider id=29069]   Run by graduate students from various departments within the University of Connecticut School of Engineering, the John Lof Leadership Academy aims to train its members to become leaders in their fields. The Academy provides training and workshops focused on leadership through the lens of the […]

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An “Accidental Dean” Becomes a Transformative Leader

Kazem Kazerounian has served as the Dean of the UConn School of Engineering since 2012, overseeing a period of transformative growth. But, Kazerounian never envisioned becoming an administrator when he was hired as an assistant professor in 1984. Because of this, Kazerounian has evolved from a self-described “accidental dean” into a transformative leader.

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2019 UConn Gives Event Scheduled for March 27-28

For 36 hours, on March 27-28, all of UConn Nation will come together like never before during UConn Gives to show their support for the University they love and the programs they are passionate about. Gifts can be made between 7 a.m. on March 27 and 7 p.m. on March 28.

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Daneshmandi, Marshall, and Pardakhti Sweep Top Spots in 5th Annual SAGE Poster Competition

On March 15, over 70 University of Connecticut School of Engineering graduate students assembled to present their research at the 5th Annual Poster Competition, sponsored by the Student Association of Graduate Engineers. The competition resulted in an all-female sweep of the top three prizes.

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Engineering Alumni Brothers Create UConn’s First Cybersecurity Instructional Lab

In response to the growing field of cybersecurity, two University of Connecticut alumni brothers have donated $1 million to create a new cybersecurity curriculum and launch UConn’s first cybersecurity instructional lab.

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Sung Named Combustion Institute Fellow

The UConn School of Engineering is proud to announce that Mechanical Engineering Professor Chih-Jen Sung has been recognized as one of the 2019 Class of Fellows for The Combustion Institute.

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UConn-Sikorsky Team Engineers Autonomous Firefighting Drone

Working with mentors from Sikorsky, three University of Connecticut engineering seniors translated their classroom education to the field. Electrical engineering majors Kerry Jones and Joshua Steil, and computer engineering major Ryan Heilemann, collaborated to build and program an autonomous firefighting drone to battle blazes without a pilot’s guidance.

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40 Under 40 Entrepreneur Uses Engineering Skills To Bring People Affordable Glasses

The daughter of an optometrist and a Farmington native, MSE alumna and Connecticut businesswoman Stephanie Higgins Bealing is using her materials science and engineering experience to push the gauntlet on the eyeglasses industry, winning her numerous awards, getting herself named as one of Connecticut’s 40 under 40, and netting her national recognition for her business, Replacement Lens Express.

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Javidi Wins 2019 C.E.K. Mees Medal from The Optical Society

The UConn School of Engineering is pleased to announce that Dr. Bahram Javidi, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been awarded the prestigious C.E.K. Mees Medal from The Optical Society (OSA), which he will accept in June  2019.

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Predicting the Future of Robotics

Research in robotics crosses many engineering disciplines, including electrical engineering. Because of this, some University of Connecticut electrical engineering professors are using their unique perspectives to advance robotics research.

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BME Senior Design Project on WTNH News 8

Senior biomedical engineering majors Mitchell DuBuc, James Welch, and Alex Draper, under the advisement of Professor Krystyna Gielo-Perczak, put a new type of wheelchair wheel to the test which uses a pull rather than a push system. Story by Jocelyn Maminta of WTNH.

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#ILookLikeAnEngineer: Stephany Santos

Stephany Santos, a Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering, shares her story in a new series called “#ILookLikeAnEngineer.”

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Professor S. Pamir Alpay Elected ACerS Fellow

MSE Professor S. Pamir Alpay, who is also Executive Director of the Innovation Partnership Building at UConn Tech Park, has been elevated to Fellow status by the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), a great honor and distinguishment given to individuals who have impacted the ceramics engineering industry through scholarship and enterprise.

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UConn, UMass Lowell, Georgia Tech to Collaborate with Industry on 3D Printing Research Supported by NSF

UConn, the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell), and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) announced a collaboration to establish SHAP3D, a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC), to address emerging challenges of additive manufacturing, also commonly referred to as 3D printing.

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#ILookLikeAnEngineer: Jon-Marc McGregor

Jon-Marc McGregor, a sophomore chemical engineering major, shares his story in a new series called “#ILookLikeAnEngineer.”

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#ILookLikeAnEngineer: Menna Elfouly

Menna Elfouly, a senior mechanical engineering major, shares her story in a new series called “#ILookLikeAnEngineer.”

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Senior Design Resources: Departmental Leads

In each engineering department, there is at least one professor who works as the designated Senior Design lead. The position doesn’t come with any fanfare or reverence, yet this dedicated individual leads the department’s Senior Design course, collects all of the projects, distributes those projects, and guides the students through their journey from beginning to end.

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#ILookLikeAnEngineer: Stephanie Kreitler

Stephanie Kreitler, a junior Civil Engineering major, shares her story in a new series called “#ILookLikeAnEngineer.”

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Building a Research Career at UConn

Pierre Fils, a first-year graduate student on the Ph.D. track in structural engineering, got his start in research early-on by utilizing the connections available to UConn undergrads.

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Male Fertility Test Developers Win Venture Competition

Through the Wolff New Venture Competition, a pair of biomedical engineering doctoral candidates won $20,000 to further develop an in-home device to measure male fertility.

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UConn Rocketry Team Hopes to Reach New Heights

Reaching 30,000 feet may seem daunting, but for UConn’s rocketry team, this goal is just a rocket design away. Sam Hamilton IV, leader of the team, details how the small team of students are collaborating to design and build their very own rocket.

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Over $550,000 in Scholarships Awarded to UConn Engineering Undergraduates

On October 10, the School of Engineering held their annual Undergraduate Scholarship Ceremony. This year, thanks to the generosity of many donors, the School was able to award over $550,000 to 308 students.

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Innovation Partnership Building Officially Open

UConn is home to some of the most active and innovative researchers in the world. Across all of the University’s campuses, scholars, artists, and scientists are working on projects that will help our state, society, economy, and the world. That global commitment was demonstrated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for UConn’s Innovation Partnership Building (IPB) on Discovery Drive in Storrs on September 20.

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Senior Design Resources: The Machine Shop

As students begin to prepare for their Senior Design journey, the Machine Shop becomes an integral resource for them. Peter Glaude and George Assard from Engineering Technical Services explain how to best utilize this resource.

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A Cyborg Cockroach Could Someday Save Your Life

In a paper soon to be published in Proceedings of the Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience, Philadelphia 2018, Dutta, and undergraduate Evan Faulkner, a junior working in his lab, report their creation of a microcircuit that they say allows more reliable and precise control of robotic insect motion.

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Human Rights and the Supply Chain

A human rights class for engineering and social sciences students encourages complementary approaches to social and environmental sustainability in the supply chain for manufacturing businesses, addressing such issues as child labor and pollution.

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Alumni News for August 2018

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

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Senator Blumenthal Discusses Autonomous Vehicle Safety with UConn Engineering Professor Eric Jackson, UConn Officials

With a strong interest in autonomous vehicles and their safety, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) visited the Connecticut Transportation Research Safety Center at the University of Connecticut last week, to speak to Director and Engineering Professor Eric Jackson and other officials about the University’s role in advancing the technology.

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Conquering Everest: A Life-Changing Trip to Nepal

During those three short months of summer vacation, college students spend their time doing a variety of things. Some may go out and get a summer job, some take on an internship, some may even take those months to relax and recharge for the new school year. Harrison Graham, an incoming sophomore Civil and Environmental major, did none of those things. That’s because Graham spent several weeks volunteering in Nepal, which culminated in a climb up to the basecamp of Mt. Everest.

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UConn Team to Be Featured on Season 3 of Entrepreneurship-Focused PBS Show

A four-person team, featuring University of Connecticut Engineering and Business students, will test their luck on the PBS show “Make48.”
Make48, a nationwide invention competition documentary series, captures the journey of brilliant young innovators looking to create the next great consumer product from scratch.

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Alumni News for July 2018

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

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New UConn Driving Simulator Provides Data, Learnings for Transportation Industry

Hidden in a tucked-away side room in the Longley Building is a dark and cold space housing a full-sized 2014 Ford Fusion. Surrounding the car are six screens projecting a cityscape, not unlike the downtowns of the 169 towns and cities spread across Connecticut. While the car looks like a fully-functioning automobile, the intention of the car is not for transportation, but simulation.

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New Engineering Program Aims to Attract the Most Talented Entrepreneurs to Connecticut

In a push to attract highly talented entrepreneurs from around the world to the state of Connecticut, UConn is launching a new Master’s of Engineering in Global Entrepreneurship, the first engineering-focused entrepreneurial graduate degree in the state.

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Beyond Senior Design: Bringing Hospital Communications into the Future

Hospitals are one of the busiest places that an individual can be in. Doctors and nurses are running around, often supervising many patients, and during hectic times caregivers are confronted with the task of prioritizing patient’s needs, which is a very complex process. But two former UConn Engineering students are looking to streamline patient-caregiver interactions through a device called YouCOMM.

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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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Chandy Appointed Department Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The UConn School of Engineering is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. John Chandy as the next department head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, effective the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester. Dr. Chandy will be taking over the role from Dr. Rajeev Bansal, who has been department head since 2009.

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DOE Grant Aims to Increase Resilience of Distributed Energy Resources

Professor Peng Zhang from the University of Connecticut Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has received nearly $400,000 from the Department of Energy to develop a computational method for studying and predicting how our nation’s power grids, with high penetration of distributed energy resources (DER), like solar energy, will respond to various conditions and situations.

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Alumni News for May 2018

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

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UConn ASCE Teams Post Second Place Wins in Regional Competitions

Every spring, eighteen American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student conferences are held across the country with ambitious agendas including business meetings, professional/technical presentations, social activities, competitions, and awards banquets. At this year’s New England student conference, UConn came away with second place finishes in both the Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge competitions.

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John Lof Leadership Academy to Officially Launch on May 22

On May 22, at the UConn Alumni Center, the UConn School of Engineering will officially launch the John Lof Leadership Academy and announce its first cohort of John Lof Fellows. Backed by the generous endowment from John Lof, a former UConn electrical and computer engineering professor of 35 years, this exclusive Academy will aim to continue the legacy of Dr. Lof, who wished to reward and cultivate a select group of future leaders and engineering trailblazers.  The proceeds of the endowment will be used towards the direct support of the student members (in the form of grants and fellowships), as well as the corresponding Academy programs.

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Annual LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Poster Symposium

  By: Randi Mendes, UConn School of Engineering Graduate School  The Annual LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) poster presentation and the symposium was held on Friday, April 20th at UConn. Each spring, LSAMP BD Fellows present their research to other faculty and students. This event is an opportunity for BD Fellows to go through the […]

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UConn Engineering Professor to Receive Honorary Degree from the Icahn School of Medicine

Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, the University of Connecticut’s 8th University Professor in school history, and a tenured professor in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, the Materials Science and Engineering Department, and the Biomedical Engineering Department, will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai on May 11, recognizing his impact and contributions to the medical field and his pioneering work in Regenerative Engineering.

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Senior Design Demonstration Day: Providing Innovative Solutions to Technical Challenges

Two hundred and twenty-eight groups, consisting of nearly 800 seniors stood proudly by projects ranging from as small as a cyborg insect, to as large as an all-electric car, inside of Gampel Pavilion. The capstone projects, which were the culmination of a year’s-worth of work, are known as Senior Design, and are presented annually at Senior Design Demonstration Day.

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Ten Accomplished Alumni Inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Engineers’ Class of 2018

The Academy, which has inducted 165 total members since its inception in 2003, honors School of Engineering alumni whose careers are characterized by their sustained and exemplary contributions to the engineering profession through research, practice, education, policy or service. Members are individuals who bring enduring honor to their alma mater as practitioners and as citizens.

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WFSB Channel 3 Feature on Senior Design Demonstration Day

An overview of the 2018 UConn Engineering Senior Design Demonstration Day from WFSB Channel 3 News, and reporter David McKay.

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UConn CSE Senior Develops Facial Recognition Security for Under $80

  By: Amanda Wright, Communications Assistant, UConn School of Engineering A UConn Computer Science & Engineering senior, Trevor Phillips, has recently developed a way to create facial recognition security for under $80, using the technology found in a handicap door opening button. A facial recognition system is a computer application capable of identifying or verifying […]

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U.S. Senator Chris Murphy Highlights Quiet Corner Innovation Cluster As “Murphy’s Monday Manufacturer”

In one of his weekly “Murphy’s Monday Manufacturer” spotlights, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy highlighted the work of the Quiet Corner Innovation Cluster, a UConn School of Engineering program. QCIC provides research and development, financial, and other business resources to small- and medium-sized manufacturing companies in rural Tolland, Windham, and New London counties. QCIC, along with its sister program CMSC, are expected to help 280 small- and medium-sized manufacturing companies and add almost 2,500 jobs to the Connecticut economy.

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A Celebration of NSBE and the 50th Anniversary of the H. Fred Simons African American Cultural Center

On Wednesday, April 18th the UConn chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers celebrated the 50th anniversary of the H. Fred Simons African American Cultural Center and reflected on their successful year.

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Submarine Engineers Simulate Real-Time Conditions to  Test Key Components

Existing laboratory test methods don’t allow submarine engineers to test how a motor will vibrate in real-world conditions on a ship at sea, so designers take the conservative approach to prepare for the worst. But a team of UConn engineers has developed a method to test vibrating, manufactured components, using actuators and shake tables, sensors, and mathematical formulas that can replicate the system-level, real-time conditions.

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GE Night: The Annual Celebration of a Strong Public-Private Partnership

On a night aimed at showcasing one of UConn Engineering’s strongest public-private partnerships, 11 students presented updates on the research they have been working on, which was made possible through the $7.5 million investment from General Electric Industrial Solutions in 2012.

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Remembering Dr. John Enderle, The Educator and The Nurturer

A loving husband, father, brother, friend, colleague and mentor, Dr. Enderle enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a professor and inspirational leader, admired for his unfailing dedication and support for students, a legacy honored by his family establishing the John Enderle Fund memorial scholarship.

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Senior Design: Using Vibrational Therapy to Change the Outlook for Cerebral Palsy Patients (Part 2)

Entering the final stretch of their Senior Design journey, the biomedical engineering team of Brianna Perry, Morgan DaSilva, Brittany Morgan, and Katie Bradley are realizing the crushing realities of real-world results versus perfect-world expectations.

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UConn Mechanical Engineering Student Accepted into NASA Program

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

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Senior Design: Building The “Heart and Soul” of an Electric Car (Part 2)

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

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School of Engineering 4th Annual Poster Competition

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

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Navy STEM Program Hosts Speaker Dr. Robert Koch

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

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UConn Students Learn about NUWC Newport’s Cutting-Edge Programs During Tour

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

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Javidi Wins Prestigious Award from The Optical Society

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

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Reflecting on International Women’s Day

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

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Alumni News for March 2018

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

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Dr. Keith Barker Receives Faculty of the Year Award

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

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The United Illuminating Company Joins CBI as a Founding Partner

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

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Eight UConn Researchers Elected to Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering

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

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Professor Alpay Named GE Professor in Advanced Manufacturing

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

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Dean Kazerounian Named a Distinguished Engineering Educator by The Engineers’ Council

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

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Student-Athlete Strong: Matthew Dagenais

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

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Businesses, Engineering Schools Tap Overlooked Workforce: Women (Hartford Courant)

In this article for the Hartford Courant, reporter Stephen Singer looks at the efforts and programs UConn and others have designed to successfully increase the amount of female engineers in the workforce.

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Engineering Her Future

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

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Husky Mentor Network: Where Advice-Seeking Students Meet Helpful Alumni Advisors

UConn Husky Mentor Network, the newly introduced advising software platform, enables introductions to occur organically between advisors and advisees. It promotes mentoring relationships that fit the developmental needs of the student, and mentorship isn’t forced – it happens on its own terms.

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Three Engineering Students Named 2018 University Scholars

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

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New Navy STEM Class Hosts First Distinguished Speaker

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

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UConn Engineering Professor’s Research Influences Progressive Change in Hartford

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

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Undersea Manufacturing Ecosystem Taking Shape In Groton (Hartford Courant)

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

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MSE Welcomes New Faculty Member Jasna Jankovic

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

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UConn’s STEM Pipeline

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

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The FairHaven Scholarship at UConn Stamford

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

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Full Speed Ahead: Using Additive Manufacturing to Repair Ships at Sea

A team of UConn engineers has now developed a way for a ship’s crew to pinpoint the exact location of any mechanical trouble on board, leading to valuable time saved.

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New Materials Testing Apparatus Could Mean Money, Time Saved for Manufacturers

Dr. Pettes’ invention could change the way manufacturers test materials in the hybrid and all-electric car industries.

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Zhang and His Students Look To Advance Power Systems Into The Future

The lab’s most recent research, which focuses on national infrastructure, is looking to enhance the connectedness of the fractured U.S. grid system.

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Tough Engineering Classes Forged These CEOS

The School of Engineering’s main classroom building produced an unusual number of CEOs from chemical engineering in the early ’80s.

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Alumni News for January 2018

Three accomplished UConn School of Engineering alumni are moving up the career ladder at CTS Engines, Weston & Sampson, and Royal Caribbean Cruises.

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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 […]

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UConn Grad Student Takes Home Gold at National Engineering Conference

A PhD candidate at the University of Connecticut has received the Materials Research Society’s (MRS) Gold Graduate Student Award for its fall 2017 meeting. “It’s a huge honor. MRS is an esteemed organization and this meeting is one of the biggest conferences in the world for researchers in the field,” Sypek said. “To even be […]

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Philanthropist Peter J. Werth Commits $22.5 Million to Entrepreneurship and Innovation

  The UConn Foundation has received a $22.5 million commitment from Peter J. Werth, ensuring a legacy of innovation and entrepreneurship for generations of students to come. “Peter’s transformative and historic commitment cements his legacy as a most generous friend to UConn,” said Josh Newton, President and CEO, UConn Foundation. “As a steadfast UConn supporter […]

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UConn, faculty researcher issued patent for secure QR codes

UConn announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued the university and Board of Trustees Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bahram Javidi, PhD, a US patent for his technology, “Method and System for Verification  and Authentication Using Optically Encoded QR Codes.” The original findings were published in IEEE Photonics Journal.  Quick Response […]

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Huey Named New Department Head of Materials Science and Engineering

The School of Engineering is pleased to announce that Dr. Bryan Huey has been promoted to department head of the Materials Science and Engineering Department, effective December 1, 2017.  Dr. Huey will be taking over the role from Dr. S. Pamir Alpay, who has been  department head since 2013. Huey is a professor of materials science and engineering, […]

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For Professor McLaughlin, Annual Catapult/Trebuchet Competition Is Crucial to Students’ Futures

  There are countless examples of simple tasks in life that have the perception of ease, but the appearance of simplicity is often merely a mirage. That mantra is one of the numerous themes of the annual catapult/trebuchet competitions that are run in ENGR 1000, the introductory class for School of Engineering undergraduate students. Taught […]

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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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Professor Xinyu Zhao Awarded $450,000 Grant to Conduct Aeronautical Combustion Research

Dr. Xinyu Zhao, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was recently awarded a $450,000 Young Investigator Research Program grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Zhao, who joined the university in 2015, is one of just 43 scientists and engineers selected to receive awards from a nationwide pool of 285 […]

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Impressed by Engineering Students, Alum Establishes Scholarship

By: Grace Merritt, The UConn Foundation During a recent visit back to UConn’s School of Engineering, Russ St. John ’80 (ENGR) ’85 (MBA) met several remarkable students he supported with a scholarship donation. One in particular stood out. “I remember a young lady who said she wanted to help provide clean water in Latin America. […]

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MSE’s Tyler Flanagan Discusses Nanomechanical Research

According to graduate student Tyler Flanagan, cold spray is more than just his current research topic, but an effective way to repair helicopter parts. These aluminum cold spray alloys shoot micrometer-sized particles over the speed of sound over a like material. During the impact with the substrate, it then sticks. Specifically, in his research Tyler […]

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Navy Using New UConn Software to Improve Navigation

Major research discoveries generate news headlines. But a research undertaking by one University of Connecticut engineering lab seeks to forestall some headlines of a different kind. The loss of life because of weather events, as happened on Oct. 1, 2015 when cargo ship El Faro sank with its 33-member crew in Hurricane Joaquin, is one […]

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Researchers Discover Super-Elastic Shape-Memory Material

UConn materials science and engineering researcher Seok-Woo Lee and his colleagues have discovered super-elastic shape-memory properties in a material that could be applied for use as an actuator in the harshest of conditions, such as outer space, and might be the first in a whole new class of shape-memory materials. If you have ever had […]

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Portable Microscope Makes Field Diagnosis Possible

A portable holographic field microscope developed by UConn optical engineers could provide medical professionals with a fast and reliable new tool for the identification of diseased cells and other biological specimens. The device, featured in a recent paper published by Applied Optics, uses the latest in digital camera sensor technology, advanced optical engineering, computational algorithms, […]

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New 3-D Fabrication Technique Could Deliver Multiple Doses of Vaccine in One Shot

A new 3-D fabrication technique invented by a UConn engineering professor could provide a safe and convenient way to deliver multiple doses of a drug over an extended period of time with a single injection. Other 3-D printing techniques have been limited for such applications because they rely on printable inks that are potentially toxic […]

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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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Congressional Delegation Lauds New Undersea Engineering Program

UConn students who pursue careers through the University’s new undersea engineering program will play a vital role in our national defense and have opportunities to work on some of the most sophisticated submarines in the world, three members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation said during a rare group visit to Storrs Friday.

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Teaching Robots to Think

In a research building in the heart of UConn’s Storrs campus, assistant professor Ashwin Dani is teaching a life-size industrial robot how to think.

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New Device for Testing Heart Health

UConn researchers from the Department of Mechanical Engineering have developed a device that tests an important indicator of heart health that is often ignored – blood viscosity. Blood can be a window into the health of your heart. Doctors are often on the lookout for some common signs that might point to an issue, like […]

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School of Engineering Hosts Scholarship Award Ceremony

The School of Engineering was proud to host our amazing undergraduate engineering scholarship recipients at the annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony on 10/5/2017

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Alumna Janet Callahan Facilitates a Conversation About Student Success

MSE seminar speaker guest and alumna Janet Callahan, Ph.D., returned to UConn to give a seminar and also lead a discussion panel for senior MSE students in Associate Professor Rainer Hebert’s senior design class.

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Donna Shea Selected for APWA 2017 Donald C. Stone Individual Award

University of Connecticut’s Technology Transfer Center Program Director, Donna Shea, Selected for APWA 2017 Donald C. Stone Individual Award

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Computer Science Engineer Named Distinguished Professor

The Board of Trustees has named Sanguthevar Rajasekaran a University of Connecticut Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, the highest honor that the institution bestows on its faculty.

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Alumni News

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New Program Immerses Teens in STEM Challenges

Girls from junior high through high school sit at the pool’s edge, some dangling their feet in the water, all focused intently on operating underwater robots using the remote controls in their hands.

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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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UConn, URI Win Navy Grant for Undersea Engineering Program

Two of New England’s flagship universities are teaming up with the U.S. Navy to provide a new opportunity for engineering undergraduates considering careers in the Navy and undersea engineering.

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When Less Oxygen Means Better Performance

Using a special milling process in an enclosed box filled with argon gas, UConn scientists, working in collaboration with researchers from North Carolina State University.

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QCIC Forms Partnership Between Loos & Co. and UConn School of Engineering

QCIC, funded by the US Economic Development Administration (EDA), UConn, and Connecticut Innovations, enables business growth of small and medium-sized technology and manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) in rural Tolland, Windham, and New London Counties.

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Do YOUR How | Shar Govidian | TEDxUConn

Shar Govindan guides his audience through this inspiration roadmap and gives us compelling advice on how to successfully do your how now.

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Global Warming is Increasing Rainfall Rates

The world is warming because humans are emitting heat-trapping greenhouse gases.

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Metallurgy/MSE, Top 3rd Major With Highest Mid-Career Salary

The average mid-career salary for a Materials Science and Engineering major in 2016 was around $98,000. According to US News, Metallurgical Engineering ranks top 3rd in college majors that earned the highest salaries in 2016.

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New Executive Director of the UConn Tech Park

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Dr. S. Pamir Alpay, to serve as new Executive Director of the Innovation Partnership Building at the UConn Tech Park.

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UConn School of Engineering Announces UConn-ZEISS Partnership and Introduces New Microscopy Center

The UConn School of Engineering announced the launch of a new UConn-ZEISS Partnership with the opening of a new, state of the art laboratory.

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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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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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Successful Eurotech Program Prepares Global Engineers

The German language and engineering program is now serving as a model for new language-based, dual-major programs.

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Size Matters for Drug Particles

An Engineering professor has uncovered new information about how particles behave in the bloodstream, which could lead to more effective cancer drugs.

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Middle School Girls Multiply Their Options

A group of eighth grade girls recently came to UConn to explore STEM career at the Multiply Your Options conference.

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Autonomous Vehicle Summit Brings UConn Officials, Experts Together

UConn researchers and leaders met with autonomous vehicle experts and highway specialists to discuss the future of driverless automobiles.

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New Engineering and Science Building Nearing Completion

When UConn’s new Engineering and Science Building opens this fall, it will provide room for some of the university’s fastest growing research fields.

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Alumni News

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HackUConn 2017 Participants Create Allergy Solutions

More than 80 UConn Students came together at the hackathon to address problems associated with allergies and anaphylaxis.

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Eurotech Prepares to Celebrate Twenty-Five Years, Expands to Other Languages

The Eurotech Program, which provides a degree in engineering and German, is preparing to expand to other cultures.

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UConn Joins Hunt for New Materials

UConn researcher Rampi Ramprasad is working to identify new polymers as part of a new Toyota Research Institute $35 million initiative.

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Taking the Wheel: The Rise of Self-Driving Cars

A UConn transportation safety engineer discusses the brave new world of driverless vehicles.

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New UConn Startup Creates Faster, Cheaper Blood Test

A UConn startup could make the process of testing blood much more efficient with a handheld device that can give results in a matter of moments.

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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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From Forest Labs to Rare Diseases: Philanthropic Grants Boost UConn’s Research Partnerships with Industries

Industry partnerships are funding researchers and grad students while leveraging UConn’s research capabilities like never before.

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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 Society of Women Engineers Hosts Regional Conference

The UConn Society of Women Engineers recently hosted a conference to help women advance in the STEM fields.

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UConn Receives NSF Grant to Advance Soft Material Additive Manufacturing, Explores Partnerships

UConn was recently awarded an NSF grant to create a national research center that will expand the knowledge and use of soft material additive manufacturing.

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UConn Receives NSF Award to Improve Power Grid Technology

UConn was recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant to create a new research center to develop advanced electrical power grid technologies.

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For Caitlin Oswald ’09, it is Rocket Science

Can a girl help design jet engines? Caitlin Oswald, named one of the world’s most creative businesspeople by Fast Company’s magazine, answers that.

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Engineering Senior Named Intern of the Year by the American Society for Engineering Education

Management and Engineering for Manufacturing senior Lindsey Gilson won the award at a recent American Society of Engineering Education conference.

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To Speed Human Limb Growth UConn Joins Biomanufacturing Consortium

UConn has joined the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute to accelerate human limb growth by sharing its advanced human tissue and limb regeneration breakthrough technologies.

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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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Alumni News

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UConn Named to Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute

The initiative aims to increase small manufacturers’ use of robots by 500 percent. UConn researchers will focus on aerospace & shipbuilding robots.

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Remembering Dr. Michael Howard

Dr. G. Michael Howard, 81, professor emeritus of chemical engineering, passed away on December 21, 2016.

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New Material Promises Benefits to Deep Space Travel

A UConn researcher has developed a new shape memory material that can help send unmanned probes to distant star systems.

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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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New Monitor Can Detect Early Signs of Heart Disease

UConn biomedical engineering researchers are developing new heart monitors to improve early detection of an irregular heartbeat.

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UConn Alumus Tells High School Students About His Engineering Journey

UConn Engineering alum Doug Shidler took part in a UConn recruiting event at North Haven High School.

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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

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A Promise Fulfilled: the Story of the Stern Family

A UConn Alum honored her parents by making a scholarship for women engineers.

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Engineering Celebrates 100 Years With Gadget Guru Gala

Over 350 guests took part in the Gadget Guru Gala on November 11, celebrating 100 years of UConn Engineering.

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UConn Engineering Was Top Choice for Navy Veteran

Veteran and current UConn student Thomas Underwood explains why he turned to the School of Engineering after six years of service.

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ANSYS Offers Free Training for Engineering Students

ANSYS recently hosted a training seminar for their simulation software at UConn.

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Alumni News

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

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Eversource Energy Center Celebrates First Year

The Eversource Energy Center highlighted its first year by showcasing the impressive research the center does to make the power grid more reliable.

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Engineering Students Help Grant A Wish

UConn Engineering students helped Make-A-Wish Connecticut create a miniature Fenway Park for a Windsor kid facing a difficult disease.

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UConn Engineering Reaches Out To High School Students With Second Annual Women In Engineering Day

The second annual Women in Engineering Day encouraged young women to explore STEM careers.

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Cybersecurity Experts Come To UConn For CyberSEED

Cybersecurity experts from across the country journeyed to UConn for the third CyberSEED conference and competition.

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UConn Establishes Synchrony Financial Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity

Stamford-based Synchrony Financial Pledges $2.2 million in philanthropic support across multiple programs.

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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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NSF Awards $3.5M to Support Diversity in STEM

Under UConn leadership, a higher education alliance dedicated to expanding diversity in the STEM fields recently received a grant of $3.5 million to increase its efforts.

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When Push Comes to Shove: Size Matters for Particles in Bloodstream

A UConn Engineer’s study of particles in the bloodstream may help develop more effective cancer drugs.

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New UConn Center Will Give Connecticut Manufacturers Access to Modeling Technology

UConn’s new Connecticut Manufacturing Simulation Center will share computer modeling expertise with small and medium-sized Connecticut manufacturers.

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UConn Scientists Find Material’s Defects Improve Solar Cell Performance

Using a novel mapping technique developed at UConn, researchers have discovered new conductive properties in cadmium telluride.

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2017 Academy of Distinguished Engineers Nominations

Every year, University of Connecticut Academy of Distinguished Engineers inducts a new class of remarkable engineers. This year

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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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Alumni News

Keep up with the latest UConn Engineering Alumni news from around the globe.

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New Grant Will Support Biomedical Engineering Graduate Students

The University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering has secured a highly selective federal grant to attract graduate students who will specialize in medical devices for public health. The U.S. Department of Education recently notified the biomedical engineering department that it will receive a three-year grant totaling $879,000 as part of the Graduate Assistance in Areas […]

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UConn Innovation Fund Accepting Applications

The new UConn Innovation fund is accepting applications to provide early-stage financial support to new businesses affiliated with UConn.

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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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UConn Leaders Meet With Department Of Energy, Discuss Smart Manufacturing

UConn leadership recently met with the Department of Energy to discuss the Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute.

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NextGen Hall Welcomes First Students

The new NextGen Hall, which is over 50 percent engineering students, opened August 24 with a visit from Gov. Dannel Malloy.

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New Partnership Brings High End Research Equipment to UConn

Anton Paar is providing UConn with a new high-end rheometer.

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Hands On Experience A Benefit To STEM Teachers

STEM teachers from secondary schools and community colleges worked on research projects at UConn this summer, an experience that they will take back to their classes.

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A Centennial Look Back: James D. Bowen

As we celebrate 100 years of engineering at UConn, we’d like to share the stories of alumni who have made the school great.

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Quiet Corner Innovation Cluster Announces First Partner

the QCIC announced Loos & Co., Inc. as its first partner recently.

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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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Novel Smart Materials Inspired by Sea Creatures

A suite of new materials developed in the lab of UConn researcher Luyi Sun can change their appearance and quickly revert to their original state, just like the squid and jellyfish that inspired them.

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UConn Marks Construction Milestone for New Engineering Complex

UConn Engineering celebrated completion of the structural phase of the new Engineering & Science Building on July 21.

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Framing UConn’s Future: Tech Park

The executive director of the UConn Tech Park, Radenka Maric, recently discussed the new building and what it means for the University and the state of Connecticut.

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Fellowship Brings STEM Teachers Into Engineering Labs

The Joule Fellows Program brings high school and community college science teachers into engineering labs for hands on work.

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UConn Joins National Smart Manufacturing Initiative

UConn has been named part of a new national coalition to coordinate research and development in smart manufacturing and energy efficiency, and will play a leading role in those efforts in Connecticut.

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Engineering Alum’s Gift To Help Keep UConn Safe

An electrical engineering alum is donating an intelligent gunshot detection to UConn.

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Alumni News

An update on our Engineering Alums from around the country.

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Black Hats, Cyber Bots, Zombies, And You

the Comcast Center of Excellence for Security Innovation and other cyber-security labs at UConn are beating computer hackers at their own game.

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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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Engineering Design Competition Offers Messy Fun For High Schoolers

Students from nine high schools were on UConn’s campus May 25 for the 6th Annual GK-12 Engineering Design Competition.

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Innovation Partnership Building Marks Construction Milestone

UConn officials and others celebrated the completion of the structural phase of UConn’s new Innovation Partnership Building in Storrs.

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White House Honors Dr. Cato Laurencin with National Medal of Technology and Innovation

UConn’s Dr. Cato Laurencin was honored on May 19 at the White House by President Barack Obama with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

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New Partnership to Bring Innovative Storm Outage Prediction Technology to Utilities

UConn, Eversource Energy and Schneider Electric are combining storm outage prediction technology to create one, more precise and accurate model.

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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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McNair Scholar Pursues Path to STEM Success

Ornella Tempo is among the first students to become a McNair Scholar at UConn, and she represent exactly the type of individuals the program is designed to attract.

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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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Engineering Student named Goldwater Scholar

Cameron Flower, an engineering junior, is one of two Goldwater Scholars at UConn this year.

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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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Distracted Driving a Crash Test in Behavior Modification

UConn expert says the majority of car crashes are caused by human error. She hopes her research will ultimately help modify drivers’ risk-taking behavior.

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Senior Design Demonstration Day Preview

Every year, engineering seniors spend the spring and fall semester at UConn designing senior projects, often working with industry partners. A partner will provide an engineering problem for a group of students with a particular interest to work on. Over 170 teams of seniors will present their work on April 29 at Gampel Pavilion- visitors are welcome to attend!

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HackUConn Lets Students Envision Tech For Smart Cities

The UConn Entrepreneurship and Innovation Society held its first hackathon, HackUConn 2016 Smart Cities, on April 1 and 2. The event allowed over twenty students to innovate over twenty-four hours by developing solutions to real problems in the topic area of Smart Cities.

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Professor Cato T. Laurencin to Receive 2016 Connecticut Medal of Technology

Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, a world-renowned physician-scientist in orthopaedic surgery, engineering, and materials science, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Connecticut Medal of Technology.

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A Q and A with MSE Ph.D. Candidate Cain Hung

Material science and engineering Cain Hung analyzes additively manufactured aluminum alloys and the microstructure of 3-D printed parts. he answered a few questions.

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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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Helping Hand: Student Designs Prosthetic Limb

Undergraduate Stephen Hawes used an IDEA grant to design a low-cost customizable prosthetic hand, using 3-D printing and open source software.

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Questions And Answers with UConn Alum Dipayan Ghosh

UConn Alum Dipayan Ghosh discusses working at Facebook and privacy on the internet. He’ll be giving a talk on campus April 11.

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Alumni News

An update on Alumni news and activities.

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Boosting Business in the ‘Quiet Corner’

UConn is creating a center to connect small and medium-sized technology and manufacturing businesses in Eastern Connecticut with the University’s resources and outside partners.

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Top UConn Interns Are Engineering Students

The top two UConn undergraduate interns from 2015 are both from the school of engineering.

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Building a Better Mousetrap, From the Atoms Up

The Ramprasad Lab is employing machine learning to design new materials without having to pre-test each one.

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UTAS Announces UConn Center For Advanced Materials

UTC Aerospace Systems has announced a materials engineering Center of Excellence opening for collaboration with UConn.

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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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A Grateful Message To An Anonymous Donor

An anonymous donor has given UConn Engineering a very generous gift.

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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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Researchers Develop New Sensor to Detect Deadly Chemicals

A team of researchers at UConn, in collaboration with a Chongqing University professor, has developed a sensitive and affordable sensor that can detect organophosphates, which are used in pesticides and chemical weapons.

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Aaron Gladstein on Staying Balanced

From marching on the UConn turf to community work in Israel, material science and engineering junior Aaron Gladstein stays busy.

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Engineers Week!

February 21-27, 2016 marks Engineers Week. Take this time to step back and consider the amazing things engineers do for our society, and to watch the video below that highlights some of the impressive things going on at UConn Engineering.

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Stanley Black & Decker donates to School of Engineering’s Bridge Program

Gift Gives Academic Support to Low-Income UConn Engineering Students.

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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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Petit Family Foundation Supports Girls In STEM Conference

The Petit Family Foundation – dedicated to promoting STEM careers for young women – is helping eighth-grade girls learn from role models – top female UConn Engineering students and practicing engineers. Its $11,000 gift brings together girls with an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (the STEM fields) with women who can help them […]

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Bringing Crash Reporting Into The 21st century

Connecticut is in the middle of a quiet revolution in the way it handles data from traffic crashes around the state, and UConn is at the forefront of the transition.

The Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center (CTSRC), part of the Connecticut Transportation Institute, has spent the past two years working in collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) in the development of an award-winning system for storing and analyzing Connecticut’s crash data.

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UConn Becomes Founding Member of Flexible Electronics Institute

UConn has become a founding member of Nextflex, a flexible electronics manufacturing research institute that will spur national development in this emerging field. UConn will host a Nextflex Industry Workshop on February 18, 2016 to introduce Connecticut companies to the institute’s activities. Flexible electronics refers to a new generation of bendable and wearable electronic sensors […]

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Using Advanced Chemistry to Combat Climate Change

The landmark Paris climate change agreement has put renewed focus on the need for advanced technologies to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions around the world.

At UConn, William Mustain, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is exploring new ways of capturing carbon dioxide emissions from coal- and natural gas-fired power plants that, if realized, would be a dramatic improvement over current methods.

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The Many Opportunities For An MSE Undergrad

Undergraduate Amy Hernandez is in her final year at UConn, but she knows her Material Science and Engineering (MSE) education has provided her with a bright future head. “Material science and engineering is diverse and empowering; it is how we will adapt for the future and create novel technologies and improvements,” Amy said.

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In Memoriam: Carroll Osborne Bennett. April 1, 1921 – Jan. 9, 2016

Carroll Osborne “C.O.” Bennett, A UConn Engineering professor for 23 years who coauthored one of the fundamental texts of chemical engineering, died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease on Jan. 9, 2016 at Paris, France.

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UConn Students Show Middle Schoolers How Fun Engineering Is at Science Center

Vanessa DeJesus examined a human skull, slowly turning it over in her hands at the Connecticut Science Center on a recent November night. She was trying to figure out whether the skull was from a man or a woman based on clues a couple of biomedical engineering UConn students gave her.

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Engineering Celebrates 100 years!

In 2016 we turn 100 years old. Join us in celebrating our ascent to leadership in industry-relevant education and research. From a modest beginning supporting agriculture, it has evolved into a superb program distinguished by an outstanding faculty, students and industry support.

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An Easy Test for Sickle Cell Disease

A team of UConn biomedical engineers, working with colleagues from Yale, MIT, and Harvard, has developed a simple, inexpensive, and quick technique for the diagnosis and monitoring of sickle cell disease that can be used in regions where advanced medical technology and training are scarce.

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Researchers Aim to Regenerate Human Limbs by 2030

On Veteran’s Day the University of Connecticut announced the launch of its new grand research challenge: regeneration of a human knee within 7 years, and an entire limb within 15 years. This major international research undertaking, called The HEAL Project, stands for Hartford Engineering a Limb.

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Lee Langston Receives ASME Sawyer Award

Mechanical Engineering professor emeritus Lee Langston is the 2015 recipient of the R. Tom Sawyer Award presented by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Forty-three men from all over the world have received the award, which is a major industry honor.

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Why Context and Context-Driven Decision Support Matters

Recently, El Faro, a cargo ship heading to San Juan, Puerto Rico, foundered in the Atlantic Ocean off the Bahamas on October 5, 2015 due to Category 4 Hurricane Joaquin. Thirty three crew members remain missing. The captain cut south of the storm, due to the rare occurrence of such storm systems.

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Securing Water Resources in Ethiopia

$4.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation will allow University of Connecticut researchers to collaborate with colleagues around the world in order to help local governments and communities in Ethiopia’s Blue Nile river basin.

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Some Things Change, and Some Things Stay the Same

About 30 members of UConn Engineering legacy families attended the event. The freshman received pins with the School of Engineering logo and certificates. Their parents reminisced about their own experiences at UConn and marveled at how much the school has changed.

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UConn Women in Engineering Day

UConn Engineering brought together female students, professors, industry leaders and close to 100 Connecticut high school students for a day focused on reducing the gender gap and empowering women in STEM fields.

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UConn Breaks Ground for New Technology Park

The University of Connecticut broke ground for its new Technology Park Wednesday, marking a new era of public-private research partnership at UConn that is intended to drive Connecticut innovation and competitiveness in the state, region, and beyond.

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Greg Gagne Returns from the Land Down Under

Scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, leaping from the tallest bungy jump in the southern hemisphere, and playing with monkeys in the Ubud Monkey Forest—MSE student Greg Gagne had an interesting Spring semester.

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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. We love hearing from you!

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Seok-Woo Lee Makes Magic at UConn

Dr. Seok-Woo Lee believes materials science and engineering is “magically fun.” He says, “Materials science and engineering makes me feel like I become an alchemist who tries to make gold out of other materials.” The Pratt and Whitney Assistant Professor received both his bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering and master’s of science in […]

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Construction Begins on New Engineering and Science Building

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy joined UConn, state, and corporate leaders Wednesday in breaking ground for a new engineering and science building on UConn’s main campus in Storrs. The building will provide dedicated laboratory space for the University’s growing genomics, biomedical, chemical engineering, and cyber system research programs. The five-story, 118,000-square-foot structure, located at the north […]

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Topping-out UConn’s Newest Residence Hall

A milestone in the construction of UConn’s newest residence hall was marked on Monday with a topping-out ceremony. As the first project begun under the auspices of the Next Generation Connecticut initiative, the event signified a milestone for the state as well. Known as the STEM Residence Hall for planning purposes, the building will be […]

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#iLookLikeAnEngineer Campaign with a UConn Spin

Earlier this summer, Isis Wenger, a platform engineer at San Francisco-based OneLogin, launched the hashtag #iLookLikeAnEngineer in response to an unexpected backlash after appearing in an ad as part of her company’s recruiting campaign. Reacting to her photo in the ad, one person remarked, “I’m curious people with brains find this quote remotely plausible if […]

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Sikorsky Funds UConn Engineering Scholars

Through a new initiative by longtime partners Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and the University of Connecticut School of Engineering, Sikorsky will provide $67,000 in scholarships to selected UConn engineering students this fall.

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Three Generations of Engineering at UConn

Robert Valley Sr. began studying Engineering at UConn nearly 70 years ago; he has since been followed by his son, son-in-law and, now, his grandson

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Grant Will Fund Study On The Genetics Of Addiction

When it comes to diagnosing substance-related disorders, health care professionals are mostly limited to checking for behavioral and other clinical symptoms – crude tools for a complex condition. But a new study aims to find the genetic causes of those specific symptoms, which could lead to a more nuanced way of looking at addiction.   […]

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UConn’s Formula SAE Race Car Has Its Best Year In Competition

The UConn car competed against 120 teams from 9 countries at the Michigan International Speedway in Michigan last week

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Engineering Commencement 2015: Watch the Video!

A lot of happy engineering graduates and their proud families gathered at the Gampel Pavilion for the 2015 School of Engineering Commencement

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3-D Printing, Appetizers, and Drinks – All At The First UConn Science Salon

Eat, drink and talk about science! We’re launching UConn Science Salon

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Priceline’s Founding CTO, Scott Case, Will Speak To SoE Grads

Priceline founder Timothy “Scott” Case is this year’s commencement speaker for Engineering graduates

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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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Better (and Healthier) Ice Cream Through Engineering

Engineering a healthier ice cream option at the UConn Creamery

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UConn Professor And Students Honored As “Women of Innovation”

UConn was well-represented at this year’s Women of Innovation of the Connecticut Technology Council

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Senior Design Day Is Coming (with Video)

More than 130 student teams will present their engineering projects at Gampel Pavilion

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Phone App To Monitor – And Help – People Suffering From Depression

Dr. Bing Wang’s work could turn the smart phone into a tool for monitoring depression

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UConn-Yale Hackathon: Competing For Better Health Solutions

Students compete to hack a better way to healthcare

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SoE Career Fairs Have Been A Hit – And There’s More To Come

UConn engineering career fairs are bringing in big numbers

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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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QR Codes Engineered into Cybersecurity Protection

Using those little black and white boxes to improve national security

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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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Three Engineering Faculty Members Named 2014 CASE Members

Drs. Shvartsman, Tehranipoor and Chon are SoE’s news CASE inductees

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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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Cheerleader Takes Time Out from Lab for Super Bowl

Alyssa Merkle, a biomedical engineering major, maintains a 3.8 GPA while cheering for the Patriots

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Of Interest to Entrepreneurial Engineers: Advice on Patents

UConn is sponsoring a daylong event on patents, innovations and how to grow your company.

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Grad Student Spotlight: Erik Carboni

Erick Carboni, PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering, works on improving drug delivery

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VIDEO: See What’s Happening Here at the SoE!

An eye-catching video of the innovations and fun that happen here at SoE

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New Collaboration to Create World-Class Microscopy Center

UConn and FEI Co. have signed an agreement to develop a cutting-edge center for microscopy and materials science research

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Second Industry Open House Brings Academia and Industry Together

The second annual Industry Open House took place this month and brought together Engineering faculty and industry leaders to discuss future collaborations.

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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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CyberSEED: Two-Day Event Puts Cybersecurity On National Stage

The University of Connecticut, home to the nation’s foremost center on hardware security, and the Comcast Center of Excellence for Security Innovation (CSI) are sponsoring the first-ever CyberSEED Cybersecurity, Education & Diversity Challenge October 20-21, 2014.  The CyberSEED conference brings together top information security professionals and business leaders to discuss emerging cybersecurity trends and formulate best […]

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Cato Laurencin Receives NIH Pioneer Award

Renowned surgeon-scientist Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, a , has won a National Institutes of Health Pioneer Award for his exceptionally creative research in regenerative engineering.

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CyberSEED: Cybersecurity, Education & Diversity Challenge Week Takes Place in October

The Comcast Center of Excellence for Security Innovation (CSI) is sponsoring the first-ever CyberSEED: Cybersecurity, Education & Diversity Challenge Week

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University-Industry Partnerships Discussed at Aerospace & Defense International Trade Summit

UConn’s many collaborations with industry were discussed at the recent Aerospace & Defense International Trade Summit

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Jay Leno Zips Around In UConn Formula SAE Car

Late-night comedian and car enthusiast Jay Leno took to the campus roads in a car built by UConn Engineering students.

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Making Sense of Big Data: Project To Draw Insights From Genome

UConn’s Sanguthevar Rajasekaran is part of a research team developing ways to make sense of biological big data.

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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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Leslie Shor Named a DuPont Young Professor

DuPont names Dr. Leslie Shor, who specializes in recreating very small habitats, a 2014 Young Professor

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Dr. Radenka Maric and Dr. Mark Aindow Get Fuel Cell Funding

The researchers are part of a major effort to bring down the costs of low-temperature fuel cells.

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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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UConn Incubator Company Receives $5.5 Million for Research

Amastan LLC, a company in UConn’s Technology Incubator Program (TIP), has secured a $5.5 million investment in support of its ongoing development of high-end plasma technologies for the production and processing of nanomaterials.

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UConn Students to Help Build Time Capsule to Mars

UConn students majoring in materials science and engineering work on Mars time capsule.

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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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A Commencement Speech from Space

It’s not unusual for commencement speakers to share their unique perspective on life with members of a graduating class.

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CHASE Collaboration With Comcast Announced At National Conference

The announcement of a collaborative effort with Comcast and a workshop that brought together experts on cybersecurity made April a busy month for the Center for Hardware Assurance, Security and Engineering.   The workshop, which took place April 9 and April 10, included talks on various security matters, including innovative technologies for hardware security, Trojan detection and prevention […]

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UConn Researchers Go Beneath The Arctic Polar Cap

UConn’s UnderWater Sensor Network (UWSN) Lab is developing a wireless system to collect data under the rapidly melting Arctic polar cap. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation with a grant for $833,520.

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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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Our Safety Town for Children

On Sunday, March 23, Stamford Girl Scouts held its annual Family Partnership Fundraiser, and back by popular demand, we hosted our Powder Puff Derby at the Italian Center.

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UConn, Comcast Launch Center for Security Innovation

UConn, home to the nation’s foremost center on hardware security, and Comcast today announced the establishment of a new Center of Excellence for Security Innovation (CSI) on the University’s main campus in Storrs.

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Credit Card Data Theft: Stopping the Hackers

In response to a massive security breach that threatened the personal and financial data of nearly one third of U.S. adults last year, retail giant Target is investing more than $100 million to prevent similar thefts by implementing advanced chip-based credit card technology at its point-of-sale terminals.

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Alumni News

Stay in touch with fellow UConn engineering alumni. Visit our Engineering LinkedIn alumni page and fill us in on your latest activities or learn what your college friends are doing nowadays!

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Engineering Startups Capture $10k Grant Funding

Secor Water, LLC and Dura Biotech, two student-led startup businesses based on technologies developed at UConn and nurtured through UConn Engineering’s Experiential Technology Entrepreneurship course, were awarded $10,000 grants from the inaugural CTNext Entrepreneur Innovation Awards(EIA) managed by Connecticut Innovations.

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Stanley Black & Decker Teams With UConn

Drs. Jiong Tang and Chengyu Cao are collaborating with engineers at global tool giant Stanley Black & Decker to create a methodology to analyze the precise mechanism of tools in two of the company’s product lines, impact wrenches and air hammers, as the key step in developing software capable of shortening the company’s new product development cycle and enhancing the product performance.

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DuPont’s Mark Vergnano: From UConn to Global Leader

In January, Mark P. Vergnano (B.S. Chemical Engineering, ’80), Executive Vice President of DuPont, was named to become Chief Executive Officer of DuPont’s $8 billion Performance Chemicals segment, which will be spun off during the second quarter of 2015 as a stand-alone company.

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Scholarship Honors Dr. Owen Devereux

A new scholarship fund has been established in memory of the late, beloved Owen F. Devereux, who led the Metallurgy Department at UConn from 1983-98 and served as a distinguished faculty member for over three decades. The Owen Devereux Scholarship in Materials Science & Engineering will be awarded to two exceptional undergraduate students each year.

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UConn Engineering Projects Receive CTNext Funding

Two demonstration initiatives proposed by the School of Engineering, aimed at nurturing entrepreneurial businesses and invigorating the manufacturing sector throughout the state, will receive grant funding from Connecticut Innovations (CI). Overseeing the initiatives are Professor of Practice Dr. Hadi Bozorgmanesh and Senior Associate Dean Dr. Michael Accorsi, who is partnering with Vice President for Economic Development Dr. Mary Holz-Clause.

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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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Dr. Ali Bazzi: Lightning Rod for Power and Energy Education

Dr. Ali Bazzi is leading UConn’s movement to reinvigorate and modernize power engineering education. An expert in power electronics, electric machines, and electric drives technologies that transform renewable energy into usable power for the commercial electric grid, Dr. Bazzi has established the Advanced Power Electronics & Electric Drives Lab …

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MTAP Enables Industry-Academic Alliances

Four small Connecticut companies are partnering with UConn engineering faculty members and staff to advance their manufacturing processes, thanks to a special program established by UConn’s Office of Economic Development called the Manufacturing Technical Assistance Program (MTAP).

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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.

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Dr. Pamir Alpay Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society

MSE Professor and Department Head Dr. S. Pamir Alpay was recently elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) for his work on functional/smart materials.

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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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Dr. Shengli Zhou Honored

Dr. Shengli Zhou was elected a Fellow of the IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) in recognition of his “contributions to wireless and underwater acoustic communications.” Dr. Zhou is co-director, with Dr. Jun-Hong Cui, of the Underwater Sensor Networks Lab at UConn and an expert in underwater acoustic communications and networking, multi-user and multi-carrier communications, space-time coding, adaptive modulation, and cross-layer designs for wireless systems.

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UTC $10 Million Investment Helps Launch Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering

The UConn School of Engineering, in partnership with United Technologies Corporation (UTC), launched the UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering at UConn, thanks to $10 million in planned investments from UTC. The initial $7.5 million contribution is one of the largest corporate gifts in UConn’s history and represents a significant investment in educating the next generation of engineering leaders.

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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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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 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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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.

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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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Nudging Users to Protect Their Computing Systems

We’ve all seen those little messages pop up on our computer screens: “A software update is available from XYZ. Click ‘Update’ to install.” Probably more often than not, we ignore them just as we ignored mother’s good advice to “Be sure to wear a coat to school;’it’s cold outside.” And, just as we shivered in sub-freezing temperatures wearing a t-shirt and jeans at the bus stop, when we ignore the software update messages, we’re likely to experience negative consequences.

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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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Ken Chang: Innovator in Films

If you’ve ever eaten a granola bar or driven a car with tinted windows, then you’ve unknowingly stumbled upon the work of UConn alumnus Ken Chang (M.S. Chemical Engineering, ’85).

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Attention Industry: Learn How to Leverage UConn to Advantage

UConn Engineering is hosting its First Annual Industry Open House on Friday, November 1, 2013 to let industry in on the “Quiet Corner’s” best kept secret. For details and to register, please visit the event website.

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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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UConn-Jackson Lab Team to Study Bone Health

With the objective of gaining insight into the role of specific genes on bone health, a multidisciplinary team of researchers from UConn Engineering, the UConn Health Center and colleagues at the Jackson Laboratory have received a new five-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

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Bioengineered ACL Developed by UConn Physician-Scientist Wins U.S. Patent

A bioengineered matrix for treatment of torn anterior cruciate ligaments invented by a UConn Health Center physician-scientist Dr. Cato T. Laurencin is now patented in the United States.

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UConn Alum Returning to Orbit for Fourth Space Mission

NASA astronaut and UConn alumnus Rick Mastracchio ’82 (ENG) is making his fourth trip to the International Space Station in a few weeks. While the destination may be a familiar one, this mission marks the first time Mastracchio is flying aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to get there.

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P&W Helps to Fund EWB-UConn Trip to Project Krushi Home

Pratt & Whitney recently donated $2,000 to help send four UConn students to Hyderabad, India in conjunction with the opening of the Project Krushi primary school in the village of Gowdavally on July 17. The primary school will be used to educate elementary-age children from nearby villages and the Association Saikorian’s Project Krushi, a home for children from difficult circumstances, who are housed

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Alumnus Helped Popularize Mickey Mouse Watch

Across his long and storied career, alumnus Gordon Cooper played a leading role in helping major manufacturers grow their global operations. Among his career highlights was his contributions toward expanding the iconic Mickey Mouse watch line first introduced in 1933.

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UConn Leads Major Educational Project for Future Internets

Dr. Bing Wang is leading a major educational effort in the Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) project, a virtual laboratory for at-scale networking experimentation where the highest minds unite to envision and create new possibilities for future internets. The goal of the project is to understand and use the GENI infrastructure for networking research and education through workshops, summer camps, and course curriculums.

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REU Student Innovators Wow Business Community

UConn Engineering hosted five National Science Foundation-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates sites during the summer that enabled 43 undergraduates from across the nation to explore exciting research in engineering faculty laboratories. Among the REU programs was one that immerses students in both the research and entrepreneurial environments: Promoting Innovation and Entrepreneurship through Academic-Industrial Partnerships.

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Grant to Advance Clean Coal Energy Efficiency

Dr. Pu-Xian Gao, an associate professor of Materials Science & Engineering, has received a $300,000 grant from the Department of Energy’s University Coal Research program in support of the research efforts to design and fabricate high temperature sensors based on the 3D nanowire assemblies.

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New UConn Microgrid to Provide Power in Storm-related Outages

The University has received $2.14 million in state funding to create an independent microgrid energy system at its Depot Campus in Storrs. UConn’s microgrid will be supported by an existing 400kW fuel cell and a demonstration-scale 6.6 kW photovoltaic solar panel array located adjacent to the Center for Clean Energy Engineering. The microgrid is expected to be operational by June 2014.

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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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Alumni Notes

What are UConn Engineering graduates up to? Read about the recent career highlights of alumni like Michael Cantor, Thomas Gaal, Carl Lawton, Louis Parrillo and Paul Scheihing!

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International Partnership Launches Innovative Energy Research Center at UConn

The Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation at UConn, a partnership between UConn, Fraunhofer USA, and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, was officially launched by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on July 25, 2013 at the University’s Depot Campus.

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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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Student Entrepreneurs to be Profiled in Tolland

Nine motivated student innovators will discuss their industry-sponsored research on Thursday, July 25 as featured guests at this month’s Innovation Connection networking event, to be held at Nerac starting at 3:30 PM. The students are participating in a National Science Foundation-sponsored summer program, called Research Experience for Undergraduates, at UConn that promotes innovation and entrepreneurship through partnerships with commercial companies.

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Dr. William Mustain Receives DOE Early Career Research Program Award

Dr. William Mustain is the recipient of a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Early Career Award, which is one of the most competitive in the United States, with only 65 awarded annually. Dr. Mustain’s five-year, $800,000 award was presented by the Office of Basic Energy Science.

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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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Friendly Competition Produces “Eggcelent Results

On May 30, UConn’s GK-12 program hosted the second annual Engineering Design Challenge Competition at the Storrs campus. The theme of this year’s competition was “Reverse Engineering Egg Crash Car.”

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Dr. Robert Gao Awarded NSF GOALI

Dr. Robert X. Gao, the Pratt & Whitney Chair Professor (Mechanical Engineering), and colleagues have received a three-year National Science Foundation GOALI grant to support collaborative research aimed at improving spare parts inventory management in the aircraft industry.

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Dr. George Bollas Receives ACS Award

Dr. George Bollas, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, is the recipient of a prestigious American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Award.

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Dr. Jeffrey McCutcheon Named a DuPont Young Professor

Assistant professor Jeffrey McCutcheon was selected a 2013 DuPont Young Professor. He is one of just 14 young professors, representing seven countries, to receive one of the three-year awards this year. The award will fund his ongoing research in the area of novel membranes for use in water filtration and energy storage.

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CASE Honors Four UConn Engineers

Three faculty members were inducted into the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering on May 22 during a gala event: Drs. Thomas Barber, Wilson K. S. Chiu and Mei Wei are among 33 new members who were elected in the 2013 class. In addition, alumnus Dr. Anthony DeMaria received the 2013 CASE Distinguished Service Award for his enduring contributions to the Academy as a charter member, fourth president and past-president.

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UConn Engineering Honors Ten

During a gala event on May 2, the School of Engineering honored 10 exceptional alumni and friends as 2013 inductees into the UConn Academy of Distinguished Engineers. Nearly 100 attendees helped to honor the new inductees, each of whom spoke of the profound influence of UConn Engineering in shaping their careers.

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VIDEO: Understanding the Transportation/Human Interface

At UConn, faculty and students are exploring transportation engineering challenges through the Center for Transportation and Livable Systems (CTLS). They are exploring driver behavior, roadway construction and design, the intersect between highways and communities, and a myriad of other topics.

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Alumni Notes

What are your UConn Engineering friends up to these days? Read what’s new in the careers of Michael Anderson and John Krenicki, Jr. Then share your career news with us, too!

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UConn Hosts Rube Goldberg Contest

In February, UConn’s Engineering Ambassadors hosted eight high school teams from across Connecticut in a unique Rube Goldberg Machine Contest named after the late cartoonist Reuben Lucius Goldberg, who gained fame for his wacky illustrations of machines, designed in the most convoluted ways possible and intended to carry out simple tasks.

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XcellR8: Helping UConn Startups Succeed

Business startups emerging from UConn’s technology-fertile, highly inventive community have an important yet little-known ally located just minutes from campus: XcellR8.

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