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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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Medical School Announces New Institute for Regenerative Engineering

As part of a synthesis of resources, Dr. Cato Laurencin announced the creation of the Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering as a Type 2 Center in the SOM from the merger of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering (IRE) and the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at UConn.

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Olgac Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Czech Technical University

In recognition of his 35-plus years of high impact scholarly work and collaborations with Czech scientists, University of Connecticut Mechanical Engineering Professor Nejat Olgac was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Czech Technical University in Prague, in a ceremony taking place on January 29.

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Senior Design Journey 2019: Protecting The Elbows of Young Pitchers, Part 1

When elbow overuse comes from pitching a baseball, something done with maximum effort in practices and games by youth pitchers, the risk for career-derailing injuries like ulnar collateral ligament tears—a crucial connector ligament which stabilizes the elbow—becomes a growing issue. Through that growing concern, UConn Biomedical Engineering seniors Tim Gutowski, Chris Imbriaco, Jenna Clum-Russell, and Jared Hill, with faculty advisor Dr. Matthew Solomito, have set out to build a device to mitigate that risk for youth, high school, and college pitchers, through a wearable wristband they’re creating for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

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BME Senior Design Project (Wheelchair Wheels) 2019

Senior biomedical engineering majors Mitchell DuBuc, James Welch, and Alex Draper, under the advisement of Professor Krystyna Gielo-Perczak, are putting a new type of wheelchair wheel to the test.

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Alumni News for January 2019

  Steven E. DeLisle (B.S. Mechanical Engineering/Materials Engineering, ’95; M.S. Computer Science & Engineering, ’98) joined Monster Worldwide Inc. as chief technology officer. He will be responsible for all aspects of the global technology organization, including infrastructure, business applications, security, product engineering and architecture. Previously, DeLisle led a global team of over 500 engineers in his […]

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Rajasekaran Named Department Head of Computer Science and Engineering

The University of Connecticut School of Engineering is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sanguthevar Rajasekaran – Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and United Technologies Corporation Chair Professor – as the next Department Head of the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department, effective February 1st, 2019. Rajasekaran will be taking over the role from Dr. Reda A. Ammar, who has been interim head since August 2018. 

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UConn Engineering Welcomes Two New Staff

The University of Connecticut School of Engineering is proud to announce the addition of Caitlin Krouse as Director of Alumni Relations, and Elizabeth Fongemie as Business Development and Marketing Associate for the School’s Professional Education program.

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#ILookLikeAnEngineer: Susmitha Rayakota

  1) Why did you decide to attend UConn Engineering? I moved to Connecticut right before the start of senior year of high school. Having just moved from the other side of the country, I knew I wanted to stay in-state and close to my family. I looked for colleges that cared for its students’ […]

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New Department Head Q+A: Maria Chrysochoou, Civil and Environmental Engineering

At the start of the Spring 2019 semester, Dr. Maria Chrysochoou will take the reigns as head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Before that, she answered some questions about her past experience, where she grew up, and her vision for the future of the department.

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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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From Undecided to Dean of Engineering at Michigan Tech

Dr. Janet Callahan, Dean of Engineering at Michigan Technological University, arrived at the University of Connecticut as a sophomore transfer student, undecided in major. A decade later, she had three degrees from UConn, and a clear career path.

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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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Senior Design Journey 2019: Reimagining Wheelchair Design, Part 1

Senior biomedical engineering majors Mitchell DuBuc, James Welch, and Alex Draper, under the advisement of Professor Krystyna Gielo-Perczak, are putting a new type of wheelchair wheel to the test. Rowheels and Numotion, two companies which design wheelchair wheels with a pull system, have passed laboratory tests and applications, but this Senior Design team is testing these wheels in real-life applications.

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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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New GAANN Funding Will Allow UConn Engineering to Hire Up To 30 Additional Top-Quality Ph.D. Students

Following a nationally-competitive application process, the University of Connecticut School of Engineering successfully secured four multi-year Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) awards from the U.S. Department of Education, each for approximately $1 million. The number of awards given to the School represent around 5.5 percent of the total given across the country in 2018.

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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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UConn Engineering Welcomes Twelve New Faculty, Increases Focus on Faculty Diversity

The UConn School of Engineering is proud to announce the hiring of twelve high-caliber faculty members since the spring 2018 semester. The new faculty members come from a variety of different backgrounds, including recent Ph.D. graduates and postdocs from institutions like Brown University, MIT, and Stanford, and veteran faculty from UConn Health Center, and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, one of the top engineering schools in the world. In addition, the School has put a strong emphasis on new faculty diversity.

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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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UConn Engineering and Connecticut Innovations Bridge the Gap Between Entrepreneurial Success and Failure

Entrepreneurship is one of the riskiest professions an individual can embark on. Many take that journey alone, without a safety net, which often leads towards a tough journey ahead. That’s why support, knowledge, and mentorship are key factors in growing an entrepreneurial venture. Those key ingredients are baked into the way things are done in UConn Engineering’s two semester Experiential Technology I and II courses, which culminates in an opportunity for students in the class to apply for a “Third Bridge Grant.”

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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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UConn Bridge Repair Could Save The Connecticut Taxpayer Millions of Dollars

Over the past few years, the application of ultra high-performance concrete has gained traction in structural engineering. This material has allowed UConn Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Arash Zaghi, and his Ph.D. students, Kevin McMullen, Alexandra Hain, and Dominic Kruszewski, the ability to develop an alternative bridge repair that could save millions of dollars, avoid large-scale shutdowns, and regain the original strength of a beam.

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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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Senior Design: Sponsoring the Future of Engineering

Every year, nearly 100 sponsors work with hundreds of UConn Engineering seniors on real-world engineering problems for their Senior Design project.

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UConn Engineering Selects First Female Department Head in School’s 102-year History

The University of Connecticut School of Engineering is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Maria Chrysochoou, a talented scientist, teacher, and academic leader, to the position of department head for the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Dr. Chrysochoou, when she assumes her new role at the beginning of the Spring 2019 semester, will become the first female department head in the School’s 102-year history.

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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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John Lof Leadership Academy Inducts First Cohort of Members

In a ceremony held on Tuesday, May 22, 29 graduate students were inducted in front of faculty, staff, and UConn Engineering leadership, into the John Lof Leadership Academy, a new exclusive society for UConn Engineering graduate students.

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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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Five UConn Engineering Professors Received NSF CAREER Awards in 2018

In 2018, five UConn Engineering faculty were awarded Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) grants from the National Science Foundation. The CAREER program awards these grants to exceptional junior faculty who exhibit outstanding skills in research and education, and show the potential to be academic leaders and role models. The amount of CAREER awards nearly doubled from 2017, when the school had three faculty members receive the coveted funds.

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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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Giving Back to the Future of Engineering

For 36 hours, on April 4-5, 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 12 a.m. on April 4 and 12 p.m. on April 5.

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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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New Advanced Manufacturing Program Aims to Develop The Next Generation of Engineering Leaders

In a nationally-competitive proposal process, UConn School of Engineering was one of only two schools in the country to receive funds to train the next generation of advanced manufacturing leaders. As a result of this funding, the School of Engineering will start a master’s-level Advanced Manufacturing for Energy Systems (AMES) program, with classes commencing in the fall 2018 semester.

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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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Senior Design: Building The “Heart and Soul” of an Electric Car (Part 1)

Four Senior Design teams, including an electrical and computer engineering team featuring seniors Daryl Biron; Ernesto Ortega-Hernandez; and Alain Tshipamba, are working to complete an all-electric car for a national competition in June. The portion of the car that Biron, Ortega-Hernandez, and Tshipamba are working on is the “heart and soul” of the vehicle—the powertrain.

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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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Senior Design: Using Vibrational Therapy to Change the 
Outlook for Cerebral Palsy Patients (Part 1)

There have been several advancements in devices that aid individuals with Cerebral Palsy, but not enough devices that rehabilitate the patient. Four biomedical engineering students are looking to tackle that issue with their innovative Senior Design project.

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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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Looking Forward, Not Backwards In The New Year

Dean Kazem Kazerounian explains his vision and goals for the UConn School of Engineering in 2018.

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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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Brownfield Remediation gets Groundswell of Support from UConn

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

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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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Emeriti and Retired Faculty Family Celebrate the Spirit of Thanksgiving

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

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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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National Institute for Undersea Vehicle Technology Launched by Industry, Academia

Two of New England’s flagship universities and the United States Navy’s primary builder of submarines are at the helm of the new National Institute for Undersea Vehicle Technology. Located on the Connecticut coast, the new national institute was established to develop the personnel and knowledge to accelerate critical research and enhance U.S. dominance in submarine […]

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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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UConn Hosts Inaugural Academic-Industry Symposium at the UConn Tech Park

Dozens of invited guests from state government and industry joined UConn administrators and faculty on Friday at the inaugural UConn Tech Park Symposium. The event served to celebrate the completion of the first phase of construction at the Innovation Partnership Building (IPB) and highlight the facility’s high-tech equipment and unique capabilities. Construction began on the […]

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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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Using Social Media to Take on Climate Change

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

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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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Nine Engineering Faculty Recognized for their Inventions

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) established a UConn chapter on Friday, September 29, in an induction ceremony at The Lyceum in Hartford.

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School of Engineering Hosts 3rd Annual Women in Engineering Event

The School of Engineering Undergraduate Program hosted the third annual Women in Engineering (WiE) Event on Thursday, September 28th, 2017 on the Storrs campus.

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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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Alumni News

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

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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

Keep up to date with news from engineering alumni!

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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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Crash Database Developed at UConn Gets National Attention

An interactive public database that provides unprecedented levels of detail for thousands of Connecticut motor vehicle crashes is drawing the attention of other states interested in replicating the model. The database was built by UConn transportation engineers and information technology experts.

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MSE Congratulates Haibo Yu as Graduate Student of the Year

Each year, the MSE faculty vote to recognize the cumulative efforts of a near-graduating Ph.D. student for Graduate Student of the Year. The Department extends its congratulations to Haibo Yu, a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Professor Mark Aindow’s group, who was voted Graduate Student of the Year for 2017 from a pool of outstanding candidates.

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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

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

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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

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

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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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What’s Happening @ UConn Engineering!

It is an exciting time here at UConn School of Engineering! This Fall 2015 new partnerships and collaborations are being formed with faculty; in addition we celebrate and honor the achievements of our faculty and students.

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MSE Alumnus and Intel Intellectual Shan Zhong

Alumnus Shan Zhong studied materials science and engineering at UConn from 2003 to 2007 after graduating from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. His Masters thesis was on “Phase Transformation Characteristics and Dielectric Response of Multilayer Ferroelectrics.”

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Lydie Louis Takes MSE Across the World

MSE postdoctorate Lydie Louis does not allow the summer break to stop her intellectual endeavors. This August, she participated in the Paris International School, France, on Advanced Computational Materials Science (PISACMS), where she received the PISACMS 2015 Best Poster Prize for the “Structural and Dielectric Properties of the Ruddlesden-Popper Ba2ZrO4 Structure from First-Principles.”

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Researchers Tackling Flood Maps

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

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The Difference Between Laughing and Crying

When we hear the cry of a six-month-old baby, our ears promptly perk up. We look around, agitated, instinctively knowing there’s an infant in distress nearby. But how did we know the baby was upset? How did our brain decide that the cry wasn’t actually a shriek of happiness?

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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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Celebrating 100 Years with Goal of 100 Scholarships

UConn’s School of Engineering is celebrating its centennial in a big way. The school, together with the UConn Foundation, has set a fundraising goal to establish 100 new scholarships.

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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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You Are invited! UConn Engineering 3rd Annual Industry Open House

Are you interested in collaborating with UConn Engineering faculty to explore new technologies for your company? If so, please join us for the third annual Industry Open House.

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Climate Changing Connecticut

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

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UConn Joins Flexible Hybrid Electronics Research Consortium

The University of Connecticut is one of several leading public research universities that will support a new national manufacturing institute for flexible hybrid electronics, an emerging manufacturing field that is expected to revolutionize the electronics industry.

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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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Video: Eversource Energy Center at UConn

The Eversource Energy Center is a research lab dedicated to the development of advanced storm damage modeling technology to ensure the reliable delivery of power throughout Connecticut and New England.

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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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Kathy Saint Enters the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame

Congratulations to our Industrial Advisory Board member, Kathy Saint, President of Schwerdtle Stamp Co. Inc., who has just been named one of the winners of the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame Leadership Awards for 2015.

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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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Celebrate Submarine & Engineering Centennials at Electric Boat UConn Alumni Reception

Is it a coincidence that the University of Connecticut School of Engineering centennial and Connecticut’s Submarine Century perfectly align?

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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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Angie Cheung Fuels Minds of the MSE Industrial Advisory Board

The Materials Science and Engineering Department gladly welcomes Angie Cheung as the newest member to the Industrial Advisory Board. She joins eight other industry partners in working to strengthen the visibility of the UConn Materials Science and Engineering Department at the university, state, and national level. Cheung obtained her bachelor’s degree in materials science and […]

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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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Pratt & Whitney and Supplier Partners Celebrate Expansion of Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust Residential Facility for Girls

HYDERABAD, India, July 15, 2015 – Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), and its supplier partners today announced the expansion of the girls dormitory in cooperation with the Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust (KGNMT) in Hyderabad, India. UTC, Pratt & Whitney and its supplier partners contributed more than $55,000 USD (34,90,000 […]

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Alumni News

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

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#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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EUROTECH Program Alumni Reunion at Huskies Forever Weekend

More than twenty years ago, the dual degree EUROTECH program was launched at the UConn School of Engineering with the initial help of a grant. Designed to prepare students for a global career, graduates of the five year program receive bachelor degrees in German and Engineering from the Collage of Liberal Arts & Sciences and […]

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UConn Faculty Member William Mustain Receives Prestigious Fulbright Award

UConn Faculty Member William Mustain Receives Prestigious Fulbright Award  Professor William Mustain, a faculty member in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Connecticut has received a Fulbright Scholar Award to enable him to advance his research at the University of Surrey in the UK. The Fulbright Award is one of […]

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Industry Open House: Save the Date!

Mark your calendars to attend UConn Engineering’s Annual Industry Open House on Thursday, November 5, 2015.  The half-day event will feature an informal networking forum, during which visitors will have the opportunity to speak with more than 60 engineering faculty members and to view posters highlighting commercially promising research underway at UConn.   For those who […]

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Connecticut Urban and Transportation Film Festival

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

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Work – and Play – Helps Launch Career Path

Five Engineering Graduate Students Awarded $3,000 Scholarships Getting good grades in a good major at a good school are important steps to launching a successful business career, but a key component that shouldn’t be overlooked is the importance of social interaction. Graduate students at the School of Engineering at the University of Connecticut who are […]

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UConn Women in Engineering Symposium

Learn. Inspire. Empower. UConn Women in Engineering Symposium Thursday, September 24, 2015 2 – 3:30pm Student Union Theatre Storrs, Connecticut The numbers are troubling. In 1984, women represented 37% of all computer science graduates. Today, it’s just 18% (Girls Who Code). Girls and boys in kindergarten through 12th grade “do not significantly differ in their […]

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UConn Electrical and Computer Engineering

The undergraduate ECE program at UConn endeavors to provide a firm foundation in fundamentals, while also giving students exposure to current technologies for design and implementation. It strives for a balance between theory, laboratory and design experience. For more information, contact: Rajeev Bansal Professor & Department Head Office: ITE Building 463 Phone: (860)486-3410 and 486-2878 […]

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UConn Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering

The goal of the UConn Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program is to provide students the interdisciplinary training in biological and medical sciences, physical sciences, and engineering necessary to solve complex biomedical problems. Faculty members from engineering, biomedical sciences, materials sciences, chemistry, physics, medicine, and dental medicine from an interdisciplinary graduate degree program that spans the University […]

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Alumni News

Alumni News Sandor Becz (Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, ’07) was appointed vice president of engineering at Hydroid, Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime and a leading manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). In this role, he will lead all engineering activities at Hydroid, including research and development, new product development and engineering support. Becz joined Hydroid […]

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Huskies Forever Weekend – Breakfast with the Dean

Reunite. Reminisce. Celebrate. Huskies Forever Weekend – Breakfast with the Dean Saturday, October 10, 2015 | 9-11am Information Technology Engineering (ITE) Building Lobby | Storrs Campus Join Dean Kazem Kazerouian for breakfast and a fun, informative program on Saturday, October 10. Kickoff Huskies Forever Weekend meeting the Dean, connecting with fellow alumni and learning what’s […]

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Alumni News

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

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2015 Rube Goldberg Contest at UConn

RUBE GOLDBERG MACHINE CONTESTS® (RGMCs) are designed to encourage teamwork and out-of-the-box problem solving for students of all ages. This event highlights one of the many facets that encompasses what collaborating as engineers is all about. Encouraging teamwork to accomplish a unique goal is one of the many traits that these young engineers will take […]

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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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5 Questions With Mei Wei

The Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education talks about how she became a professor and the importance of promoting science to women

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Dr. A. Jon Goldberg New Interim Head of Biomedical Engineering at UConn Health

A. Jon Goldberg, a founding member of the UConn Health Board of Directors, is the new interim head of BME at UConn Health

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Save the Date! SoE’s Scholarship Reception and Ceremony Is Coming

Exceptional Engineering students will be honored Sept. 16

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IEEE Honors UConn Alum Marshall Greenspan

For his crucial contributions to radar technology, Marshall Greenspan receives an IEEE award

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Bahram Javidi Wins Prestigious EPS Prize

The European Physical Society awards one of its most prestigious prizes to the Electrical and Computer Engineering professor

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A New Use for Old Carpet

Richard Parnas, a Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering professor, is leading a team to find a better use for the 4 billion pounds of carpet that are discarded each year

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UConn Research Team Among Finalists in 150th Anniversary North American Science Competition

A team put together by UConn’s Kan Fu (MSE) and Xiangcheng Sun (CBE) was named one of four finalists of the 150th Anniversary North American Science Competition

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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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How UConn Researchers Are Fighting Against Counterfeit Computer Chips (Video)

UConn’s Center for Hardware Assurance, Security and Engineering (CHASE) is developing new ways to thwart computer chip counterfeiters

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Helping Innovators Through The Legal Maze

UConn’s Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Law Clinic can boast of one of its best years since its formation in 2007. Among other accomplishments since the fall 2014, the IP Law Clinic obtained five U.S. patents, 17 federal trademark registrations and filed five new patent applications, as well as seven federal trademark applications. The IP Law […]

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Zoila Estefani Jurado Quiroga Delivers Inspiring Message To Fellow Engineering Grads

“I hope we can all measure our future successes by the individuals we, too, would come to inspire, help, and teach along the way.”

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Caitlin Oswald ’09 Among “Most Creative People”

Caitlin Oswald, a School of Engineering alum, was recently named one of the 100 most creative people in the country by the magazine Fast Company.

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Alumni News

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

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Student News: Women’s Center Honors Keisha Ashe

Keisha Ashe, who is currently pursuing a Chemical Engineering Ph.D., receives the 100 Years of Women Scholarship Award

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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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GK-12 Competition Gives High School Students A Leg To Stand On

Nine high school teams built and tested prosthetic legs as part of the latest GK-12 Design Challenge

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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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In the News: Department of Homeland Security Features UConn’s Concrete Research

Some concrete results from UConn researchers

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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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UConn Engineering In The News

Award-winning teachers, keynote speakers and karaoke singers! UConn engineers are pretty much everywhere in the news this week.

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Ashwini Joshi ’17 (ENG): Who I Am Today

Ashwini Joshi ’17 reflects on her time at UConn

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A Capitol Event, From Hexacopters To Liquid Nitrogen Marshmallows

They came for the ice cream, but stayed for the dazzling displays of technology at the State Capitol Building

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Anson Ma Wins Arthur B. Metzner Early Career Award

Anson Ma wins the prestigious Arthur B. Metzner Early Career Award

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Alumni News

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

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New Journal Launches With Cato T. Laurencin As Its Editor-In-Chief

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D is editor-in-chief of the new journal Regenerative Engineering and Translational Medicine

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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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Our Annual Senior Design Round-Up, 2015

Future technologies – not basketball – were on display at Gampel Pavilion last week

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Readers: Join the Discussion!

Got something to say? Momentum, the School of Engineering newsletter, now allows for reader comments!

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

Communicating science is an art, as this poster contest shows

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3D Printing Club Wows Judges at 2015 Brandeis Printathon

The UConn 3D printing club, 3DPC, won first place at Printathon 2015, a 24-hour 3D printing competition hosted at Brandeis University

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UConn Researcher Using Silk To Treat Chronic Diseases

Dr. Kelly Burke is researching how silk can help treat chronic disesases

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New Engineering-Business Joint Degree Now Available To Students

Starting this fall, students can work toward a combined Master’s in Business and Engineering

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Student Presentations, and Honoring A UConn Alum’s Achievements At GE Night

GE’s Linda Jacobs shares a generous scholarship gift

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Alumni News

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

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Hacking For Health At The 2015 Patient Experience Hackathon

UConn and Yale team up to hash out some healthcare-improving ideas

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Ellis Tech Takes Top Honors At Rube Goldberg Contest (With Video!)

Erasing a blackboard should be easy, right? Not if you’re taking part in UConn’s 2015 Rube Goldberg Regional Competition.

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Paiyz Mikael Wins SoE’s Outstanding Senior Women Academic Achievement

Paiyz E. Mikael has been selected as the Outstanding Senior Women Academic Achievement Award for the School of Engineering

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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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Faculty News

Awards, honors and panel selections for SoE faculty

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

Got a question? SoE engineers have answers.

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UConn-Yale Hackathon: Competing For Better Health Solutions

Students compete to hack a better way to healthcare

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An Evening of Professional Networking for UConn Engineering Washington, DC Capital Area Alumni

Alumni are invited to come network in D.C.

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C2E2 and CEI Host Discussion On Connecticut Energy Research

State environmental officials come to UConn to talk energy research

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Danica Chin ’13 Named A 2015 STEP Award Emerging Leader

Alumnus Danica Chin has been named a 2015 STEP Award Emerging Leader

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SoE Hosts Student Candidates From Around The U.S.

SoE hosts its first domestic graduate student recruiting event

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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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Alumni News

Mark Aramli ’97, Richard Fu ’06, Kimberly Better Thompson ’96, and Joseph A. Wolanski ’13 are all featured in this issue’s Alumni News

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Experts Talk Cybersecurity At CSI Panel Discussion

Donna Dodson of NIST was the featured speaker at CSI’s panel discussion on cybersecurity

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Video: It’s National Engineers Week!

See what Engineering’s about at UConn

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SoE, Congressman Working to Expand International Profile

Congressman Joe Courtney is working with SoE to elevate the School’s International profile

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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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Honors For Two CTI Staff Members

It was a big month for the Connecticut Transportation Institute

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Faculty News

Ki Chon, Liisa Kuhn and Jinbo Bi all feature in this issue’s Faculty News

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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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Student Entrepreneurship is on the Fast Track, University Leaders Say

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consortium takes off

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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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Building the Next Generation of Efficient Computers

UConn’s Brian Huey is helping create low-energy, highly efficient, instant-on computers

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Researchers Look At Engineering Education For ADHD Students

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

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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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From the SoE Archives: Pioneering ME Prof. John N. Fitts

Yes, we’re “engineering the future,” but we also occasionally look back

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UConn SoE In The News

UConn Engineering faculty, alumni and students all made the news

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Alumni News

The Anthony W. DeSio and Delores J. DeSio Foundation has given the Computer Science Engineering funding for a new scholarship.

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Faculty News

Dr. S. Pamir Alpay and Dr. Laurent Michel in the news

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Ask the Engineers: Goals For 2015

You have questions, engineers have answers

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New Scholarship for Center for Energy Innovation

Gift from German company helps UConn explore new avenues in clean energy.

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Video: Engineering Week Preview

Engineering Week is on the way. This video tells you what to expect.

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Ask the Engineers

Got a question for the engineers? Ask away!

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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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Now Hear This! UConn Has a New Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consortium

Continuing its commitment to fostering new businesses, the University of Connecticut has established the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consortium. It’s a collaborative initiative of the Schools of Engineering and Business, Office of the Provost, and Office of the Vice President for Research.

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New Human Rights Minor Explores the Social Impact of Engineering

New track of courses for human rights minor explores social impacts of engineering

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Student News

MSE seniors prove their geodesic bona fides, and CBE undergrads take top honors at AIChE’s poster competition

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From the SoE Archives: Happy Dodranscentennial, Castleman Building!

“Engineering the Future” is the motto here, but it’s always a good idea to occasionally look back.

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Energy and Environment Commissioner Visits C2E2

Robert Klee, commissioner of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), visited UConn’s Center for Clean Energy Engineering

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Alumni News

Catch up with Craig W. Burdick ’01, Anthony M. Cavallaro ’11, Karl F. Frey ’83, Joel A. Henry ’06 and ’14 and Joel W. Long ’98 in this issue’s Alumni News!

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Back on Earth, and Back on Campus: Astronaut Rick Mastracchio Talks About Life in Space

Astronaut and UConn alum Rick Mastracchio was on campus Tuesday to talk about his career and the particulars of everyday life on the Space Station.

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Local Engineering Firm Launches Scholarship Initiative

Engineering firm Fuss & O’Neill launches a scholarship

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UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering Celebrates Its First Year

UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering (UTC IASE) marked its one-year anniversary with an all-day conference featuring speakers and panel discussions

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Eight Questions With: Joseph M. Kostoss (B.S., M.S. Mechanical Engineering, ’64, ‘65)

We talk to alumnus Joe Kostoss about how he got into engineering and working in South Korea.

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The Sounds of Innovation: How UConn Research Is Resurrecting Antique Musical Instruments

An engineering, medical director and art historian team up to explore (what else?) the makeup of 18th- and 19th-century musical instruments.

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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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Bioinformatics Researchers Develop Personalized Vaccines to Treat Cancer Patients Nov. 10

Ion Mandoio of the CSE Is a co-PI for research with the potential to dramatically change how we treat cancer in the future.

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Kevin McLaughlin Wins Provost Award

Kevin McLaughlin received a 2014 Provost Award for Excellence in Community Engaged Scholarship

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Dr. Ma and Artificial Kidney Covered on TV News

Dr. Anson Ma spoke to WTNH recently about his and his students’ work on creating an artificial kidney using 3D printing

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Student News

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

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Faculty News

Jeffrey McCutcheon, Yongku Cho win awards.

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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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Alumni News

John Krenicki, Wade Moore and Manuel A. Santos all make this issue’s Alumni News

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Cybersecurity Contest Challenges Teams to Think Like a Hacker

Computer hackers descended upon UConn this past week, and for their efforts, came away with more than $100,000 in prize money.

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First CyberSEED Event Combines Cybersecurity Competition and Discussion

More than 350 people attended the CyberSEED Cybersecurity, Education & Diversity Challenge, which combined expert talks and competitions

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CyberSEED in the Media and Social Media

CyberSEED in the media

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SoE Taking Nominations for the Academy of Distinguished Engineers

The School of Engineering is beginning the selection process for 2015 inductees to the Academy of Distinguished Engineers, the 32nd year the School has presented these awards Since 1983 the School has paid special tribute to exceptionally distinguished alumni whose career achievements are of an enduring seminal nature, and dedicated individuals who have made dramatic and enduring contributions to our School.  The […]

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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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Seminar Where Interpersonal Skills Are The Curriculum

We cordially invite you to participate in a very popular seminar and reception aimed at improving our future engineers’ professional, interpersonal and social skills.

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GE Fellows Tour Facility, Hear About Life After School

The nine GE Fellows who toured the Plainville General Electric facility last week got a chance to see the concepts they study put into action.

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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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Alumni News

Keep up with the latest news on SoE Alumni!

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UTC IASE Celebrates Its First Year

A hub for world-class research and project-based learning, the UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering Institute celebrates its first anniversary.

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Second Annual Industry Open House Takes Place Nov. 5

The second annual Industry Open House – featuring “speed-dating” meetings between Engineering faculty and industry leaders – takes place Nov. 5.

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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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Huskies Forever Reunion Breakfast with Dean Kazem Kazerounian

Alumni: Come to the special breakfast during Huskies Forever Weekend and eat with Dean Kazerounian

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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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Sandy Crosthwaite Retires After 22 Years

After 22 years of keeping the School of Engineering’s finances on track, Sandy Crosthwaite retired Sept. 25.

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Student News

Awards from IEEE and CIE, and a UNCF/Merck Graduate Fellowship

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Students, Sponsors Meet At Scholarship Awards Ceremony

Students met with their sponsors at the School of Engineering’s recent annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony.

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Students, Faculty Learn the Benefits Of New ANSYS Software Partnership

UConn and simulation software giant ANSYS strike up a partnership that benefits students and industry.

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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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Alumni News

John W. Braccio ’82, Jacob “Jake” Friedman ’02, Udayarka Karra ’14, Matthew F. Tellier ’93 are all featured in this issue of Alumni News

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Eight Questions With: Rich Twilley ’96 & ’04

Rich Twilley, ’96 & ’04, talks with Heidi Douglas in this issue’s “Eight Questions With…”

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Faculty News

An IEEE award, a grant from the Hubbell Foundation and a short-term professor appointment

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Tiny Heart Valve Has Big Potential for UConn Startup

From UConn Today An unlikely combination of biomedical engineering and meticulous sewing skills has led to an innovative heart valve replacement that could save countless lives. Its maker, Dura Biotech, is a UConn Technology Incubation Program (TIP) participant. Its CEO, Eric Sirois, received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at UConn earlier this year. This summer, […]

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Joule Fellows Take Lab Lessons Back To The Classroom

UConn’s Joule Fellows – teachers from CT high schools – will take sophisticated engineering lessons back to their students.

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Older Cities May Be Good for Your Health

UConn researcher finds that older cities are compact and good for walking, and therefore, your health.

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Center for Energy Innovation Marks Its First Year

CEI progresses steadily toward its goal of advancing technologies related to energy storage and fuel cells.

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Faculty News

Funding for new breast cancer technology and underwater monitoring and a study on the discovery of a new material.

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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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Alumnus Govindan Giving Back To UConn

Sharavan Govindan’s sees his financial gift as a friendly challenge to his fellow alumni.

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Alumni News

Catch up with alumni who are making news and spearheading innovation

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UConn’s Engineering Entrepreneurs Making Progress

An improved heart valve and a machine customized water are among UConn innovations.

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Marten van Dijk Part of a Team of Researchers Securing Cloud Computing

Marten van Dijk (ECE) and other researchers working on security problems in cloud computing.

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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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Martha Poulter, ’88, Named Starwood Exec

Martha Poulter, ’88, becomes VP and information officer for hotel chain

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UConn Receives Gift for Global Energy Sustainability Program

A recent gift from the Satell Family Foundation will support UConn’s new research partnership in sustainable energy with Technion–Israel Institute of Technology.

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Alumni News

Catch up with Craig W. Ashmore ’85, William L. D’Agostino ’84, Bernard “Bernie” E. Gracy, Jr. ’85, Monica T. Mohtasham ’04 and Yingli Wen ’93 in this issue’s Alumni News.

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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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Eight Questions With: Roland A. Boucher ’54

He developed the first solar-powered aircraft. He could fly before he could drive. He brewed his own beer before he could legally drink. Meet the remarkable Roland A. Boucher ’54.

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Faculty News

Dr. Cato T. Laurencin named, and ACS Fellow, Rainer Hebert awarded contract and other faculty news.

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UCONN SoE, ANSYS Forge Partnership With Software

Students at UConn’s School of Engineering will now have access to valuable ANSYS engineering software, thanks to a new partnership.

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Emeritus Professor of Engineering Marty Fox Passes Away

Emeritus Professor of Engineering Marty Fox Dies

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Graduate Student Spotlight: Sapna Gupta

Sapna Gupta has achieved impressive feats that demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and innovative thinking.

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School of Engineering in the News

The UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering, a sewer plant internship, and two “40 Under 40” items all make the news.

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Appointments and Re-Appointments

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

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Student News

Ari Fischer ’15 is named a UDall Scholar and UConn races to a respectable finish in Michigan in this week’s student news.

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School of Engineering Establishing Alumni Legacy Society

The UConn School of Engineering is pleased to announce the inception of the Engineering Alumni Legacy Society.

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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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Faculty News

Rainer Hebert wins innovation award, Mei Wei receives grant

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NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Program Renewed

For the second time, UConn has received NSF funding for the LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) program, which fellowships for underrepresented students pursuing Ph.D.s in STEM disciplines.

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Student News

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

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Zengmin Xia Named Woman of Innovation by the Connecticut Technology Council

For her work on the development of novel biomaterials for tissue repair and regeneration, the Connecticut Technology Council honors Zengmin Xia.

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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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Omer Khan Part Of Team Designing Faster Computer Chip

Omer Khan (ECE) is part of a team of researchers designing a faster and more efficient chip.

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An Autonomous Quadcopter – Now There’s an IDEA!

With his IDEA grant, Rosse Gates ’16 (ENG) builds an autonomously controlled quadcopter – a helicopter powered by four rotors

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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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Work to Start Soon on New Engineering Complex

A busy site in the center of UConn’s flagship campus will be transformed in coming years, as the University moves forward with a project to build a state-of-the-art Engineering & Science Building.

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Rohan Freeman Creates Scholarship For Minority Students In Engineering

Alumnus Rohan Freeman hopes to bolster minority representation in engineering with a new scholarship.

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Alumni News

Robert R. Banning ’11, Anne Bartosewicz-Mele ’81, Richard P. Broderick ’81, John J. Legato ’86, Thomas W. Prete ’85 and Glenn T. Selby ’03 are all featured in this issue’s Alumni News

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UConn Engineering Honors Fifteen

During a gala event on May 1st at the Storrs campus, the School of Engineering honored 15 exceptional alumni as 2014 inductees into the UConn Academy of Distinguished Engineers.

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Human Rights Institute and Engineering Team to Offer Human Rights Minor

The impact of engineering policy and practice on individuals and societies has often been overlooked in engineering education. Yet, engineering technologies and applications — from the extraction and processing of natural resources and manufacture of high-tech electronics to chemical processing and pollution remediation — affect the health, culture, opportunities and well-being of humans in often profound ways.

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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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Faculty News

Awards for Syam Nukavarapu and Barry Carter, a state appointment for Nicholas Lownes and the newest CASE Academy inductees

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Alumni News

Career changes, honors and more news from UConn alumni

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Student News

In Student News: Grads hear the importance of humanity in engineering; an honor for an underwater acoustician; and note-taking assistance for disabled students.

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UConn and CL&P Team To Better Predict Storm Damage

New damage prediction modeling technology developed by a team of UConn environmental engineers is now able to provide CL&P customized information in advance of a storm to allow the company to better plan and prepare.

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UConn to Co-Host Electric Boat Event

UConn will co-host General Dynamics Electric Boat’s “potential supplier summit” in June. The event, which takes place June 16 at the Avery Point campus, will allow suppliers to learn more about opportunities to work within the Electric Boat Supply chain. Small and mid-sized manufacturers will have an opportunity to learn about EB’s current needs, understand […]

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MURI Grant To Improve the Security of Nanoscale Computer Devices

By Colin Poitras (UConn Today) The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a $7.5 million grant to the University of Connecticut, University of Maryland, and Rice University to support research that will analyze and upgrade security protections for nanoscale computer hardware. UConn’s Center for Hardware Assurance, Security, and Engineering (CHASE), a national leader in computer […]

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Joule Fellows Program Receives NSF Grant For RET Program

The Joule Fellows Program has received a National Science Foundation grant of $496,129 to develop a project designed to enhance engineering teaching in Connecticut high schools and, ultimately, address the ongoing decline in the number of U.S. citizens training to become engineers. For the project, entitled “RET in Engineering and Computer Science Site: The Joule Fellows: Teachers in Sustainable Technologies […]

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MSE Professor Cato T. Laurencin Elected 2014 MRS Fellow

By Giorgina Paiella Congratulations to Dr. Cato Laurencin, who was recently selected as a Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS). The Materials Research Society is an organization comprised of materials researchers from academia, government, and industry. This global community of researchers aims to advance materials research worldwide through vibrant and diverse membership, collaboration among […]

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$500K NSF Grant Awarded to Dr. Bing Wang, UConn Health Center

Dr. Bing Wang, an associate professor of Computer Science & Engineering, was awarded a grant for close to $500,000 for her project proposed to the National Science Foundation.

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Faculty News

With NSF funding, the UnderWater Sensor Network Lab is developing a network in the Arctic, with colleagues from the University of Delaware who are interested in sea ice changes and ocean acoustics.

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Faculty Spotlight: Prof. Kristina Wagstrom

Prof. Kristina Wagstrom, through work in her Computational Atmospheric Chemistry and Exposure Lab, strives to improve the science and functionality of computational approaches in air pollution.

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Dipayan Ghosh: From UConn to the White House

This semester, Dipayan Ghosh (B.S. Electrical Engineering ’10) is interning at the White House, where he’s working on technology policy issues in the Executive Office of the President.

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Alumni News

Stay in touch with the School of Engineering. Join our LinkedIn alumni group to share your latest activities and learn what your fellow graduates are doing. You may also send your news directly to Heidi Douglas, Director of Engineering Alumni Relations.

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Alumni Invited to Tour Senior Design Day Exhibition on May 2nd

Do you remember your senior-year engineering project? Chances are, if you graduated ten or more years ago, today’s Senior Design, a two-semester course where student project teams solve real-life engineering problems for industry and government sponsors, is a far cry from your experience.

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Multiply Your Options” Conference Immerses Middle School Girls In Science, Engineering

Multiply Your Options is a daylong conference for 8th grade girls that exposes them to female role models in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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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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Student Spotlight: MSE Undergraduate Gabrielle Charno

Balancing rigorous academic work and an involved extracurricular life can be a difficult task for any college student. Excelling under these circumstances is an even rarer find.

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UConn hosts 2014 Northeast Regional AIChE Conference

The Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering was the proud host of the 2014 Northeast Student Regional Conference for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers on April 4-5, 2014.

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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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Video: UConn Engineering Ambassadors Hovercraft

For more information regarding School of Engineering videos, please visit our YouTube channel

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GE + UConn: Research Recipe for Success

Start with a tough engineering challenge, add in a healthy dose of curious and talented graduate students, then mix well with the new UConn Technology Park and industry-supported grant programs and you‘ll have all of the ingredients required for accelerated, collaborative discovery.

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2014 Scholarship Awards Event: Change in Date

The School of Engineering’s annual scholarship awards event will take place early in the Fall 2014 semester, rather than the traditional spring semester date. The change to a fall event will enable more of our many generous donors and the exceptional students receiving scholarships to attend the event. Look for details in upcoming issues of Momentum!

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Space Station astronauts talk with ABC News

International Space Station astronauts Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio of NASA talked with the ABC News Digital On-Line Network about life and research in space during an in-flight interview Feb. 19

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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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Women Engineers Conference Inspires a New Generation

Wintry weather failed to dampen spirits at the “Celebration of Women in Engineering,” a daylong conference exploring the challenges of women engineering the future held Tuesday, February 18 in conjunction with national Engineers Week.

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Student Spotlight: MSE Undergraduate Doug Hendrix

A scanning electron microscope image of a 45 rpm vinyl record from Doug’s project in MSE 3056 investigating the storage density of analog vs. digital media.

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MSE Establishes Strong Presence at EMA 2014 Conference

From January 22nd to the 24th, the fifth annual Electronic Materials and Applications (EMA) conference was held in Orlando, Florida. Jointly programmed by the Electronics Division and Basic Science Division of the American Ceramic Society, EMA focuses on electroceramic materials for electronic, magnetic, dielectric and optical components, devices, and systems.

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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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Research Insight: Using Light to Control Neural Activity

Prof. Yongku Cho’s research ambition is to engineer light-activated proteins as a tool to manipulate brain circuit activity. He is currently equipping his laboratory here at UConn to build on his work recently published in Nature Methods. The research article, coauthored by Dr. Cho, his postdoctoral advisor Ed Boyden, and other colleagues, documents the group’s progress in controlling neural activity using novel light-activated ion channels.

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UConn Extension 4-H Program in Litchfield County visits the Center for Clean Energy Engineering

Before watching the UConn women’s basketball team outshine Louisville, on February 9th a group from the UConn Extension 4-H Program in Litchfield County visited the Center for Clean Energy Engineering.

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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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CHASE Workshop on Secure/Trustworthy Systems
 and Supply Chain Assurance

Save the Date: April 9 & 10, 2014, at the Rome Ballroom, University of Connecticut The paper by ECE faculty member Marten van Dijk, “AEGIS: architecture for tamper-evident and tamper-resistant processing,” has been selected for inclusion in the “25 years of International Conference on Supercomputing.”  The selection committee considered 100 most cited papers out of approximately […]

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Faculty & Staff Notes

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

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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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Alumni Notes

What are UConn Engineering graduates up to? Read about the recent career highlights of alumni like Larry Acquarulo, John Carrington, Lon Hultgren and George Kruk Philbrick .

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Engineering Seniors Ply Skills for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

Six Civil & Environmental Engineering seniors are applying their knowledge toward innovative potential design options for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in nearby Ashford, CT. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp was founded in 1988 by the late Hollywood legend Paul Newman, who believed passionately that all children, including those who suffer from serious illnesses such as cancer and sickle cell disease, should have the opportunity to experience the “transformational spirit and friendships” associated with camp.

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Dr. Lykotrafitis Receives NSF CAREER Award

Dr. George Lykotrafitis has been awarded a coveted NSF CAREER Award for research that may ultimately help researchers better understand how signals propagate in neurons and pathways, leading to epilepsy and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

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National Engineers Week Activities Planned

This year’s national Engineers Week will be celebrated February 16-22. UConn Engineering will host activities throughout the week to familiarize non-engineers with the enormous contributions engineers make to our everyday lives, from our cell phones and notebook devices to sustainable new energy technologies, personalized medicine and advanced manufacturing.

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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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UConn EWB Completes Nicaragua Roadway Project

During the holiday break between semesters, three members of the UConn chapter of Engineers Without Borders traveled to Nicaragua to complete the last phase of a long-percolating engineering project aimed at improving the lives of impoverished villagers by effecting permanent repairs to a road linking their rural village, La Prusia, to the large colonial city of Granada.

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Secure Systems and Supply Chain: Focus of 2nd CHASE Workshop

The Center for Hardware Assurance, Security and Engineering (CHASE) will hold its second annual workshop on April 9-10, 2014 at the Storrs campus. Security professionals are encouraged to attend at no cost, according to CHASE Director Dr. Mark Tehranipoor, the Charles H. Knapp Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering.

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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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‘Digital Alchemist’ Uses Computer to Design New Materials

Serge Nakhmanson describes himself as a ‘digital alchemist.’ A former scientist with the Argonne National Laboratory, he specializes in the computer-based design and discovery of advanced multifunctional materials.

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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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Alumni Notes

Read about upcoming alumni receptions in LA and San Francisco plus career highlights of astronaut Rick Mastracchio, Michelle Scherer, Christopher Shores and Mark Vergnano.

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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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Dr. Kazem Kazerounian Selected Engineering Dean

UConn Provost and Executive VP for Academic Affairs Mun Y. Choi announced the appointment of Dr. Kazem Kazerounian as Dean of the School of Engineering following a nationwide search.

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Dr. Anson Ma Participates in US-Japan Faculty Exchange Program

Dr. Anson Ma recently participated as a delegate in a prestigious U.S.-Japan Young Scientist Exchange Program that allowed him to spend five intensive days visiting top Japanese universities and research centers, where he presented his research on the rheology and processing of nanofluids and met with fellow young researchers whose expertise may complement and extend his work.

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Scholarship Reception: Save the Date!

Mark your calendars now to attend the School of Engineering’s annual Awards Reception and Ceremony, to be held April 1, 2014 at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.

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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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UConn Engineering Industry Open House: VIDEO

On Friday, November 1, 2013, the UConn School of Engineering hosted its first-ever Industry Open House, which brought to campus more than 150 individuals from across the commercial and industrial spectrum. The event featured an exhibition component as well as one-on-one meetings.

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Dr. Cato Laurencin Named to Prestigious Scientific Fellowship

Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, a world-renowned physician scientist at the UConn Health Center and member of the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering faculty, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Alumni Notes

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

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Planning Tip: 25 Estate Documents You Should Have in One Place

To help you in your long-term planning, we are sharing a list of the 25 estate documents you should have in one place. This list will help you map out your long-term plans, ensure your family is cared for, and provide clear guidance on your intentions.

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Dr. Peters Receives IBM Faculty Award

Dr. Thomas J. Peters, professor of Computer Science & Engineering, was presented an IBM Faculty Award for 2013-14, which entails a monetary component as well as continued preferred access to IBM researchers and research facilities, including the company’s supercomputers.

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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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‘Twas the Night Before Finals: VIDEO

The UConn Engineering community — from students to faculty and staff — wish you and your loved ones a joyous and healthy holiday season. In celebration of the challenges of exam week, we are happy to share with you this light-hearted video message.

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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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Faculty & Graduate Student News

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

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Season of Thanks

As the holiday season approaches, we in the UConn School of Engineering wish to express our deep appreciation to all of the people — alumni, students, our UConn community and industry friends — who stand at our side day in and day out, helping us to attain our highest aspirations.

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UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering: VIDEO

On November 19th, UTC and UConn Engineering announced the founding of a new UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering at UConn. But, what is systems engineering, and how will this revolutionary approach change the engineering landscape? This video unveils the promise of systems engineering.

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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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Technology Transfer Center Launches Safety Circuit Rider Program

With funding from the Connecticut Department of Transportation, the Connecticut Technology Transfer (T2) Center at the University of Connecticut launched the Connecticut Safety Circuit Rider Program on November 1st. The T2 Center is an educational outreach program within the School of Engineering’s Connecticut Transportation Institute.

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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 Magazine Launches App

UConn Magazine — the University’s twice-yearly alumni publication — is now delivering a new kind of experience to readers, with audiovisual storytelling made possible through the magazine’s free app for tablet devices.

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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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Dr. Quing Zhu Awarded $1.43M NIH Grant

Dr. Quing Zhu has received a four-year, $1.43 million grant from the National Institutes of Health in support of her research aimed at predicting the effectiveness of preoperative or neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) used in treating advanced breast cancers.

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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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Q-Bridge Reconstruction: Learning Experience

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

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Student News

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

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Jon Kaplan Receives SMART Scholarship

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

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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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“Accelerating Materials Property Predictions Using Machine Learning” Published in Scientific Reports

Professor Ramamurthy Ramprasad, postdoctoral fellow Dr. Ghanshyam Pilania, and doctoral candidate Chenchen Wang of Materials Science and Engineering, in conjunction with Professor Sanguthevar Rajasekaran (Computer Science and Engineering) and Dr. Xun Jiang (Ph.D. Statistics 2013), jointly collaborated on a research paper published online on September 30, 2013 in Scientific Reports, the open access journal of Nature.

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First Annual Competition for CHASE

The Center for Hardware Assurance, Security and Engineering (CHASE) recently awarded funds to six teams to carry out cutting-edge security research. The funding pool was established by industry members of the CHASE Consortium, which seeks to contribute toward solving security challenges that are widespread across many industries.

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Around Engineering: Real Engineers

On Thursday, November 14th, from 5-7 p.m., the School of Engineering will host “Real Engineers Shake Hands,” a professional networking seminar and reception. Alumni, friends and UConn Engineering students are invited to participate in this dynamic and exciting event.

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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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Multidisciplinary Team to Develop Smart Building HVAC Model

A team of researchers from the School of Engineering and the UConn Health Center has received $1.09 million in NSF funding in support of their research aimed at developing a scalable and universal model for fault detection, diagnosis and prognosis of heating, ventilation and air conditioning, or HVAC, systems in buildings of differing sizes and functionalities.

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UConn Team Develops New Program for Visualizing DNA, Protein Sequences

A group of researchers and students from UConn – including computer science students – and Harvard Medical School have developed a new Web program that will help scientists visually analyze DNA and protein sequence patterns faster and more efficiently than ever before.

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VIDEO: Summer Programs Excite Teachers, Students

Each summer the School of Engineering and the Engineering Diversity Program host a variety of learning and research experiences for prospective students as well as grade 5-12 teachers aimed at sparking interest in engineering education and careers.

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Student News

Undergraduate students Daniel Violette and Rodney Sutherland received prestigious honors recently, the James A. Willett Educational Memorial Scholarship Award and Presidential Scholar Enrichment Award, respectively. Read about them here.

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Alumni Reception: October 17 in Houston

Reconnect with friends old and new, network with professionals from the engineering and business communities and learn of the latest initiatives underway at your alma mater during the October 17th UConn alumni reception in Houston, Texas!

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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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Honor an Outstanding Engineer!

Do you know an exceptional UConn engineering alumnus or alumna, or an indispensable School of Engineering friend who deserves special recognition? Please nominate your candidate for UConn’s Academy of Distinguished Engineers.

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Start of a Tradition: One Ton Sundae

Winter Weekend and its famous – or infamous – “one ton sundae” have been a UConn tradition for more than a generation. During Winter Weekend, students, faculty and staff unwind with a variety of fun activities gauged to chase away the winter blues and connect with friends.

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Alumni Friends Reconnect with Dr. Donald Potter

How influential is any one faculty member in helping to shape the next generation of engineering leaders? In the case of Dr. Donald Potter, professor emeritus of Metallurgy and Materials Science, the answer was resoundingly clear when a tightly knit group of former graduate students returned to Storrs over the summer for a reunion with their beloved graduate school advisor and mentor.

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Faculty Notes

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

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Alumni News

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

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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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New Senior Design Website for Engineering

UConn Engineering has launched a new Senior Design website to serve as a resource and guide for companies that are interested in sponsoring senior design projects in any one of our programmatic units.

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Alumni Notes

What are UConn Engineering graduates up to? Read about the recent career highlights of alumni like Ronald Goldblatt, Tom Martin, Pierre Dufilie, Clement Valerio and Chulwoo Park.

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Around Engineering

Great things are always underway in the School of Engineering. Read about Engineering Advisory Board member Paul Adams, a Dominion Resources’ grant in support of a Grass Tech green energy project, and a visit by three distinguished researchers from Turkish universities.

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Dr. Pu-Xian Gao Awarded a Humboldt Fellowship

Dr. Pu-Xian Gao, associate professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and the Institute of Materials Science, has been awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship.

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Systems Engineering Workshop: Advancing Development of Complex Products

UTC and UConn Engineering held a day-long workshop in late June to discuss how experts from industry and academia can come together to develop new engineering techniques that will make it easier to successfully build products and services that combine complex software, hardware and mechanical components.

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Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center Director Named

Interim Dean of Engineering Kazem Kazerounian has named Dr. Rainer Hebert as Director of the recently established Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center (AMIC) at UConn. Dr. Hebert brings not only strong leadership skills to his new role but also expertise in additive manufacturing alloy development and process capabilities.

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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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Industry Open House: Save the Date!

Mark your calendars to attend UConn Engineering’s First Annual Industry Open House on Friday, November 1, 2013. The half-day event will feature an informal networking forum, during which visitors will have the opportunity to speak with more than 60 engineering faculty members and to view posters highlighting commercially promising research underway at UConn.

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Alumni Notes

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

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Measuring the Sustainability of Urban Transportation Systems

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

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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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Public-Private Partnership Advances Gas Turbine Materials Technology

Drs. Maurice Gell and Eric Jordan have developed a new process for making ceramic thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) that are used extensively in gas turbine engines. This Solution Precursor Plasma Spray (SPPS) process allows the deposition of higher temperature, lower thermal conductivity TBCs that will provide significant fuel savings for aircraft and land-based gas turbines.

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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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Leveraging Opportunities Through University-Industry Collaboration

On June 19, 2013, over 40 participants attended a Manufacturers Roundtable meeting at the UConn-Greater Hartford Campus to learn how universities collaborate with Connecticut-based industry to work on advanced technology projects.

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Faster, Better, Safer Jet Engines

From Igor Sikorsky’s first American helicopter to Pratt & Whitney’s latest engine for the nation’s new Joint Strike Fighter jet, Connecticut has a proud history of aviation science innovation. At UConn, researchers are doing their part by supplying Connecticut’s robust aerospace industry with innovative technologies to support a new generation of faster, more efficient, and more reliable aircraft demanded by commercial airlines and the U.S. military.

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VIDEO: Capstone Design a Fulfilling Challenge for Seniors

Each year, all senior engineering students engage in capstone design courses. These provide hands-on learning opportunities and expose them to the challenges and satisfactions of solving real-world dilemmas, from the problem definition stage to prototype development. In the case of sponsored projects, teams work closely with the sponsoring company, which provides financial support, advising and the design challenge.

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Faculty Honored

In the spring, the School of Engineering honored six faculty members for their dedication to exceptional graduate student advising, and to the supportive mentoring of junior faculty members by presenting them Outstanding Faculty Advisor Awards and Outstanding Faculty Mentoring Awards.

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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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Recent Graduate to Present Senior Design Project to NASA Engineers

New UConn graduate Brian Coleman ’13 (ENG) recently completed a major accomplishment. And not just by graduating as an Honors Scholar with a strong GPA in the demanding biomedical engineering program. His senior design project – a robotic arm – so impressed director of undergraduate biomedical engineering Donald Peterson that he is arranging for Coleman to present it to a team of NASA engineers at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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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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Science Radio Show Enlightens Listeners

Dr. Jeffrey McCutcheon is intent on bringing science, engineering and technology to a broader audience where preconceptions can be discussed openly and overturned. To that end, in April he launched a weekly, two-hour talk radio program on UConn’s noncommercial college and community radio station, WHUS, called Science Friction.

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VIDEO: Engineering Ambassadors Show and Tell

The Engineering Ambassadors are the highly visible student representatives of UConn’s School of Engineering. This year, in honor of National Engineers Week, they hosted a series of hands-on demonstrations around campus to illustrate engineering in action.

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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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VIDEO: Understanding the Transportation/Human Interface

There is an important link between our communities and our transportation systems. At UConn, faculty members 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. Through their […]

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VIDEO: Engineering Scholarships – Unlocking Opportunities

Generous scholarships enable hundreds of UConn Engineering students every year to gain a world-class education that might otherwise be unaffordable. Meet a few of our scholarship recipients in this video.

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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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Smart Ocean Technology: Connect at Avery Point

Don’t miss out on today’s Innovation Connection networking event, which takes place at UConn’s Avery Point campus and features a discussion on “Smart Ocean Technology” followed by a cocktail reception.

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Alumni Notes

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

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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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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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Engineering Welcomes 22 New Faculty

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

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Legislature Approves Transformational $1.5B Investment in UConn

The Next Generation Connecticut initiative has received final legislative approval from the General Assembly, positioning UConn to ascend the ranks of the world’s elite research universities as its intellectual capital is put to work energizing the state’s innovation-based economy.

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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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Student Group Tours Millstone

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

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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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Alumni Notes

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

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Around Engineering

Great things are always underway in the School of Engineering. Read about an upcoming Ice Cream Social in honor of Marty Wood, who is retiring after 25 years at UConn; the GK-12 Annual Design Challenge; a new Transportation Safety Research Center at UConn and the Materials Science & Engineering Department’s US News graduate school rankings…

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GOALI Award for Interdisciplinary Team

Materials Science & Engineering professor Dr. Radenka Maric, in close collaboration with Industrial Advisory Board member Armand Halter and Dr. William Mustain, has received a prestigious $423,000 National Science Foundation GOALI award.

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Student News

Eight engineering students won highly competitive Summer Undergraduate Research Fund Awards that will allow them to conduct scholarly research in faculty laboratories this summer. A total of 70 SURF grants were awarded by the Office of Undergraduate Research, across the entire university.

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UConn Researchers Develop Some of the World’s Smallest Metallic Nanorods

Two graduate-level researchers in the School of Engineering have grown some of the world’s smallest metallic nanorods; a significant scientific breakthrough that their faculty advisor, Dr. Hanchen Huang, says is a testament to UConn’s robust graduate education programs.

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VIDEO: Engineering Scholarships – Unlocking Opportunities

Generous scholarships enable hundreds of UConn Engineering students every year to gain a world-class education that might otherwise be unaffordable. Meet a few of our scholarship recipients in this video.

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30th Anniversary for Invention Convention

On May 4, more than 600 young inventors converged on Gampel Pavilion, the home of UConn’s eight-time NCAA women’s basketball team, for the 30th annual state-wide Connecticut Invention Convention hosted by UConn’s School of Engineering.

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Class of 2013 Celebrated

On May 4th, the School of Engineering honored the achievements of nearly 500 undergraduate students and 200 graduate students who were awarded their BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees after years of long nights, countless problem sets, design challenges and joyous “aha” moments when difficult formulas suddenly gain meaning. The events were celebrated before a packed audience of families, friends, faculty and officials assembled to cheer on the graduating engineers.

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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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Blasts from the Past

Share your photos from your years in the UConn School of Engineering. We’re assembling an online photo album showing scenes from laboratories, classrooms, dorms and campus activities that reflect UConn Engineering across the decades! Here, alumna Sharon Nunes shares a few of her faves.

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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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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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Networking the World: Dr. Peter Luh to Receive Prestigious Engineering Award

Dr. Peter Luh has been selected to receive the IEEE RAS Pioneer Award for 2013 “for pioneering contributions to the development of near-optimal and efficient planning, scheduling, and coordination methodologies for manufacturing and power systems.”

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Student News

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

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Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center Opens at UConn

The University of Connecticut and Pratt & Whitney celebrated the opening of a new Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center at UConn, one of the most advanced additive manufacturing laboratories in the nation.

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Whitcraft: Leveraging a Unique Talent Pipeline

Tucked away in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner is a company that has been serving the world’s leading aerospace companies for decades, Whitcraft, LLC. Among its valued employees are four UConn Engineering alumni, including Chad Chmura, a Junior Engineer who received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2012.

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Innovators Feted

UConn Engineering was well represented during the Second Annual Celebration of Innovation, presented by the UConn Office of Economic Development on April 10th. The gala event afforded the innovation community an opportunity to network and to celebrate the achievements of some of its most outstanding members.

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Zuba Awarded International Research Fellowship

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

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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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Engineering Demos Shine at the Capitol

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

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New Leadership Appointments in UConn Engineering

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

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Airbus Donates Flap Assembly to UConn for Research and Training

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has donated an aircraft flap assembly worth more than $774,000 to the University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering for use in its research laboratories and training classes.

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CBE Students Receive Tanaka Fellowships

Ph.D. candidates Neil Spinner and Ying Liu have received John Tanaka Graduate Student Fellowship awards, which are presented to outstanding UConn graduate students who are members of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest honor society. The award was first given in 1993. It was established in honor of Dr. John Tanaka, emeritus professor of chemistry and former Director of the Honors Programs.

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Dr. Barry Carter to Receive Distinguished Scientist Award

Dr. C. Barry Carter, professor of Materials Science & Engineering, will receive the Microscopy Society of America’s 2013 Distinguished Scientist Award for the Physical Sciences in recognition of his internationally acclaimed research and distinguished contributions in the field of microscopy.

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Around Engineering

Doctoral candidates Lu Han and Paul Elliott have been competitively selected to represent UConn Engineering at the Universitas 21 Graduate Research Conference on Energy Systems, Policy and Solutions at University College Dublin, Ireland from June 19 – 22, 2013. Universitas 21 is an international network of 23 leading research-intensive universities, including UConn, located in 15 countries.

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Engineering Women Shine at Women of Innovation Awards Night

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

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Team Prepares for World Finals Competition in Russia

Under the leadership of CSE professor Ion Mandoiu, the University of Connecticut Programming Team won the recent Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) local and regional contests and is heading to St. Petersburg, Russia in June to compete in the 37th ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) World Finals!

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High School Student Participates in Biomass Project

Since September, Donna Aranibar, a Glastonbury High School senior, has been traveling to UConn twice weekly to participate in research underway in the laboratory of Dr. George Bollas, assistant professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering.

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Faculty News

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

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Hybrid Bike: Optimizing Pedal Power (VIDEO)

Junior Robert Herman (Mechanical Engineering) is a serial tinkerer. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, he converted a bicycle into a hybrid electric/pedal bike to manage the five miles of hilly terrain between his home in Coventry and the UConn campus.

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Student Snap: Monica Smith

Initially uncertain of her college aspirations and commitment, today Monica Smith – a double major in German and Mechanical Engineering – is the picture of a successful engineer-to-be. After graduating from high school in 2007, Monica took part in the ACES program at UConn for her freshman year.

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Best Oral Paper Award for Ph.D. Student

Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) doctoral candidate Jialan Zhang was recently awarded the Best Oral Paper Prize at the 22nd Connecticut Microelectronics and Optoelectronics Consortium.

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Networking Event to Explore UConn/JAX Genomic Medicine Collaboration

On Thursday, March 21, the Innovation Connection will move to the UConn Health Center, where attendees will hear details of the unfolding UConn-Jackson Laboratory collaboration (Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine) along with information about UConn’s Technology Incubation Program.

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Dr. Chrysochoou Receives Marie Curie Fellowship

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

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Michael Johnson: Master Multi-Tasker

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

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NASA Grant Supports Satellite Data uses in Flood Modeling

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

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UConn Engineering Hosts Science Bowl

On Saturday, March 9th, more than 500 students and coaches from across the Northeast region competed in the Northeast Regional High School Science Bowl at the UConn campus. A total of 48 teams representing 36 schools matched wits in a Jeopardy!-style quiz bowl covering a dizzying array of scientific minutia along with a model fuel cell car race.

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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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New McNair Scholar Adam Eichen Gains Inspiration from Obstacles

It was a traumatic accident his junior year of high school that inspired Adam Eichen to pursue a career in biomedical engineering. Today, the talented sophomore’s drive and determination to earn an advanced degree in his field have secured him a spot among the ranks of the newly established UConn McNair Scholars.

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Student Entrepreneurs Visit Legislators

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

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Student Spotlight VIDEO: Milos Atz

Glastonbury, CT native Milos Atz, a junior studying Chemical Engineering at UConn, shows us inside his life as an undergraduate engineering student, from academic matters and his Honors research to career aspirations and his passion for freeskiing.

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Commencement 2013: SWE CEO Betty Shanahan to Speak

The School of Engineering will celebrate undergraduate commencement on Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Gampel Pavilion, Storrs. A highlight will be guest speaker, Betty Shanahan, Executive Director and CEO of the national Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

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

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

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USAID/HED Funding Renewed for Ethiopia Capacity Building Project

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

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Around Engineering

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

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UConn Professor’s Patented Technique Key to New Solar Power Technology

A novel fabrication technique developed by UConn engineering professor Brian Willis could provide the breakthrough technology scientists have been looking for to vastly improve today’s solar energy systems.

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Spring Career Fair a Hit

On February 19th, in celebration of National Engineers Week, more than 60 employers and hundreds of UConn engineering students filled the Rome Commons Ballroom at the Storrs campus for the opportunity to meet, discuss career and internship opportunities and do their best to impress. The 2013 spring career fair was widely praised by employers and students alike for its organization and excellent attendance.

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Engineering Welcomes Career Consultant

In late January, the School of Engineering welcomed John Bau, who joined UConn’s Department of Career Services as a Career Consultant embedded within the School of Engineering.

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Alumni News

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

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Next Generation Connecticut

On January 31, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, UConn President Susan Herbst, and other officials unveiled plan to invest $1.5 billion in UConn’s science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational programs over a decade. Dubbed Next Generation Connecticut, the plan will greatly expand educational opportunities, research, and innovation in the STEM disciplines through growth in student enrollment, faculty and facilities.

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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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Continuing & Distance Engineering Education Expanded

The School of Engineering is proud to announce the formation of a new unit called, Continuing and Distance Engineering Education (CDEE). This unit will be responsible for the existing Master of Engineering program, which is currently offered in Groton, East Hartford, Windsor Locks and Farmington, and for continuing engineering education activities and programs at UConn’s regional campuses and corporate partners’ sites.

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Student Team Proposes Rainwater Solution for South Campus

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

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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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Dr. Anson Ma Receives CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Anson Ma has received a National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) award, which will support his research involving the use of carbon nanotubes to stabilize emulsions. The $400,000, five-year grant is the 26th CAREER Award among current UConn engineering faculty.

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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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Dr. Laurencin to Receive 2012 AAAS Mentor Award

The 2012 Mentor Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will be presented to Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D., “for his transformative impact and scientific contributions toward mentoring students in the field of biomedical engineering.”

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Alumni News

What are your UConn Engineering friends up to these days? Read what’s new in the careers of Jackie Garofano, Marshall Greenspan, Metin Ozen and Benjamin Salsburg. Then share your career news with us, too!

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Power Electronics Expert Ali Bazzi Joins UConn Faculty

UConn’s rapidly expanding power and energy research division received a boost recently with the hiring of Ali Bazzi, an expert engineer in advanced power electronics who comes to the University after a brief stint with the Delphi Corp., a global leader in electronic systems technologies.

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Explore Commercial Opportunities in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

On Thursday, February 21, the Innovation Connection series will return to the UConn Storrs campus for an exclusive event. UConn researchers from the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department will discuss commercialization opportunities and their advancements in areas such as sustainable technologies, bio/nanosensing, materials characterization, filtration, biotech, polymer science and more.

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Engineering Momentum

The UConn School of Engineering is growing, expanding, moving in new directions and building new energy for the future. With this idea in mind, we are reframing and renaming our electronic and print news to Momentum, to better reflect who we are at this time.

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Dr. Ioulia Valla Awarded NSF Grant

Assistant Research Professor Dr. Ioulia Valla has been awarded a $190,000 grant from the Energy for Sustainability Division of the National Science Foundation (NSF) for research aimed at transforming waste tar compounds into valuable gases using a one-step catalytic process.

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Around Engineering

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

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New Appointments in Engineering

Interim Dean Kazem Kazerounian announced three new appointments in the School of Engineering: Dr. Dan Burkey will assume the role of Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education & Diversity effective July 1; Dr. S. Pamir Alpay has been appointed Head of the new Materials Science & Engineering Department; and Dr. Doug Cooper has been appointed Head of the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department.

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Conference on Counterfeit Electronics Addresses Growing National Concern

Some of the nation’s top experts in computer hardware security gathered in Storrs last week to discuss new ways to thwart a growing international counterfeit electronics industry. In a series of workshops on Jan. 28 and 29, engineers from Intel, Texas Instruments, Analog Devices, Honeywell, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), and Connecticut-based SMT Corp., as well as other entities, discussed new tools for improving detection in the increasingly advanced – and profitable – world of counterfeit electronics.

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UConn, State Officials Announce Launch of ‘Next Generation Connecticut’ Initiative

UConn and the State of Connecticut have unveiled a groundbreaking proposal to propel UConn to the forefront of high-tech research and academics while significantly enhancing the state’s economic development efforts for decades to come. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, UConn President Susan Herbst, and other officials gathered January 31 to introduce Next Generation Connecticut, a plan to greatly

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Course Spawns New Business Creation

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

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Experiential Technology Entrepreneurship I and II: Company Profiles

A total of 10 companies are expected to emerge from the Experiential Technology Entrepreneurship I and II course. Four were launched in December, and six remain in the development stage.

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UConn Engineering Dean Search Announced

The University of Connecticut has announced details concerning the search process for the Dean of the School of Engineering. One of the key goals for the Dean will be to develop a comprehensive strategic plan with clear over-arching goals and metrics, with input from faculty, staff, and students to guide the growth of the School of Engineering. Read more…

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News from Materials Science & Engineering

In news from the MSE Department, Ghanshyam Pilania was presented the 2012 Outstanding Graduate Student Award, and members of the UConn Materials Advantage student chapter (UCMA) visited Bacon Academy high school to educate and inform integrated science students about materials science and engineering.

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Energy Center Names Program Director

The School of Engineering welcomes Teresa Barber-Tournaud, who joined the Center for Clean Energy Engineering (C2E2) at UConn as Program Director in December 2012. Ms. Barber-Tournaud comes to UConn with 20 years’ experience at UTC, where she held positions of increasing responsibility with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, Hamilton Sundstrand (now UTC Aerospace Systems), UTC Research Center, UTC Industrial Lasers and the International Aero Engines consortium under Pratt & Whitney.

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Alumni News

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

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Innovators: Connect at CCSU in January

Innovators, mark your calendars for the first Innovation Connection networking event of 2013. On Thursday, January 24, Central Connecticut State University will host entrepreneurs and innovators from across the region for networking, thoughtful discussions and a glimpse inside ideas for transforming classroom ideas into commercially viable businesses. Don’t miss this exciting event!

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Around Engineering

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

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Student Entrepreneur Wins Big in State Competition

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

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Ph.D. Students Excel in Heart Research

Qian Wang, a Ph.D. student in the laboratory of Dr. Wei Sun, received a American Heart Association fellowship, joining three fellow students – Thuy Pham, Eric Sirois and Caitlin Martin – to win a prestigious, highly competitive national pre-doctoral fellowship.

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Student Snap: Kathryn Gosselin

“UConn’s a really up-and-coming university where we’re leaps and bounds ahead of where we were ten years ago and there’s just so much research money coming in and people are starting to look at UConn as a great engineering school,” says alumna and graduate student Kathryn Gosselin, a Ph.D. candidate working in the Optical Diagnostics Laboratory under the thoughtful guidance of Dr. Michael Renfro.

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Alumnus Creates Scholarship for Structural Engineering, Helping the Next Generation

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

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Trustees Approve Formation of Two Departments

During its mid-November meeting, the UConn Board of Trustees approved the establishment of two new departments in the School of Engineering: Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (CBE). The departments will emerge as separate units from the current Department of Chemical, Materials & Biomolecular Engineering effective July 1, 2013.

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Around Engineering

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

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Celebrating Women Engineers

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

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Faculty Notes

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

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Student Contributes to Tumor Detection Device

Umar Alqasemi, a graduate student advised by Dr. Quing Zhu in UConn’s Optical and Ultrasound Imaging Laboratory, is working on technology that combines photo-acoustic imaging with ultrasound imaging to help physicians more accurately detect tumors.

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Engineering Captures Top Environmental Honors

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

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UConn Student Wins Prestigious Marshall Scholarship

Ethan Butler, a 2012 chemical engineering graduate and past president of the UConn chapter of Engineers Without Borders, has received a prestigious Marshall Scholarship enabling him to spent the next two years in the UK pursuing his graduate studies at one, and possibly two, of Britain’s finest academic and research institutions.

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UConn’s Nanoelectronics Lab: Building Community

Over the summer, UConn’s Nanoelectronics Lab, headed by Drs. Ali Gokirmak and Helena Silva, hosted two middle school teachers, Doug and Annie Perkins, and seven high school student who were participants in UConn’s Mentor Connection summer program. The two researchers and their graduate students involved the visitors in a variety of research projects involving electronics that expanded the reach of the UConn engineering community.

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Enter to Win Free Football Tickets

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

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Around Engineering

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

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Alumni Notes

What are your UConn Engineering friends up to these days? Read what’s new in the careers of Peter Lewis, Michael Pazzani, Tom Prete and Robert Roche. Then share your career news with us, too!

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UConn Partners with Penn State Altoona to Advance Solar Power Technology

UConn Engineering is partnering with Penn State Altoona in a collaborative research initiative, supported by a $650k NSF grant. The project is entitled “Electro-optical studies of nanoscale, geometrically asymmetric tunnel junctions for collection and rectification of light from infrared through visible”

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Alumni Focus: Alex Bernier

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

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offline!

Welcome to the inaugural edition of a new emagination column, offline! For our first article, we asked Rocco Ciesco (B.S.E.E. ‘76) what inspired him to form Vista Adventures, an entity mobilizing energetic, like-minded people for challenging physical pursuits with philanthropic outcomes.

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UConn-ConnDOT Agreement Creates E-Crash Data Center

The Connecticut Transportation Institute and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) have inked an agreement that establishes the Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center at UConn’s Depot Campus in Storrs, CT.

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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Anson Ma

Dr. Anson Ma has received an NSF EAGER grant for his research aimed at understanding how nanoparticles flow in the bloodstream, with the goal of determining whether nanoparticles can be employed to improve the delivery of cancer-fighting drugs to tumors while reducing the toxic side effects to normal tissues.

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Materials Modeling Expert Avinash Dongare Joins UConn Faculty

As scientists across the country work to unlock the potential of new materials as part of President Obama’s Materials Genome Initiative, materials modeling experts like Avinash Dongare are in high demand.

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Celebrating Women Engineers

Plan to attend a truly special panel discussion, “Women Engineers of the Past Half Century,” celebrating our more than 1,800 UConn Engineering alumnae, at the Storrs campus on November 30, 2012 from 2:00-3:30 p.m.

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UConn Engineering: Your Grad School Home (VIDEO)

UConn Engineering graduate students enjoy an outstanding combination of academic excellence, student resources, a vibrant community, convenient access to major urban centers and outstanding financial support. We are pushing technological boundaries in new and inventive ways, in exciting areas like nanotechnology, sustainable engineering, alternative and grid energy, national security and resilient infrastructures, wireless and sensor network systems, bioinformatics, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine

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Enter to Win Free Football Tickets

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

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New Spectroscopic Device Provides Research Opportunities

Three UConn faculty members were recently awarded over $500,000 by the National Science Foundation for the purchase of a small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) instrument, which will enable researchers to resolve three-dimensional structures of molecules, down to the nanometer scale.

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Students Start Ham Radio Club

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

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Exploring Solar Energy at UConn

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

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New Bioreactor Experiment Debuts in ChemE Senior Lab

This semester, seniors in the Chemical Engineering program are getting hands-on experience with elements of bioprocess engineering with a new experiment on cell culture and scale-up. Thanks to a generous donation of equipment from Alexion Pharmaceuticals, students are getting the chance to work with industry-standard equipment and learn about the challenges of working with live cell cultures.

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Engineering Spirit in Abundance at Homecoming

At the Huskies football homecoming game at Rentschler Field on October 13th against Temple, the UConn Alumni Association sponsored a Spirit Village showcasing school and college-centric tents for alumni, students and families, and prospective students.

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Smart Robotic Drones Advance Science

Dr. Chengyu Cao sees a day in the not-so-distant future when intelligent robots will be working alongside humans on a wide range of important tasks, from advancing science, to performing deep sea rescues, to monitoring our natural habitats. It’s a bold leap from the pre-programmed factory robots and remote-controlled drones we are most familiar with today.

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Alumni Notes

What are your UConn Engineering friends up to these days? Read what’s new in the careers of Joel Becker, James Culmo, William D’Agostino, Peter Lewis and Jennifer Stockburger. Then share your career news with us, too!

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Biomedical Engineering Department Approved

In late September, UConn’s Board of Trustees approved a plan to establish a formal Department of Biomedical Engineering. The new department will be jointly created, administered and sustained at the Storrs campus by the School of Engineering, the School of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine at the UConn Health Center, Farmington.

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Around Engineering

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

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GE, UConn Collaborate on Advanced Technology Initiative [VIDEO]

GE will expand its longstanding relationship with UConn through a five-year, multimillion dollar investment intended to transform the state’s technology sector and spark breakthrough innovations in electrical distribution products. The financial support from GE’s Industrial Solutions business, creator of advanced technologies that protect and control the distribution of electricity, will bring together researchers from various academic disciplines and from the energy industry to conduct research and development (R&D) on core electrical-protection technologies, including circuit breakers.

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Engineering Horizons Lectures

Engineering is a profession that is richly rewarding and broad in scope, encompassing a dizzying array of frontiers, from the nano-scale to vast infrastructure systems. In celebration of engineering, in late 2011 we launched a videotaped lecture series, Engineering Horizons, which is intended to inspire, delight and inform viewers about research and development here in UConn Engineering that touches society in enduring ways.

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Horizons Video: Hearing and Sound Processing

How do we hear and interpret sound? Dr. Monty Escabi researches the hearing process to reveal how the brain processes and identifies real world sounds – such as speech, back-ground noise and animal vocalizations. Dr. Escabi touches upon novel alternatives to cochlear implants that may enable the hearing-impaired to have hearing-like sensation that more closely mimics real hearing.

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emagination Great Ticket Giveaway!

Picture yourself at Rentschler Field on UConn Homecoming weekend, enjoying Huskies football alongside 40,000 other enthusiastic fans, and enter for a chance to win a pair of football tickets to the Homecoming game, Saturday, October 13th.

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September Engineering Career Fair a Success

On Tuesday, September 25, UConn Engineering hosted the first of two autumn 2012 all-school career fairs. The event brought 60 prospective employers and professional program exhibitors – from small and large manufacturing businesses, biotech companies and construction firms to software companies and universities – to campus to recruit UConn engineering students for a variety of opportunities, from internships and co-ops to full-time employment.

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FeelGood: Helping to End Hunger

FeelGood is a creative, student-led movement that raises money and awareness for the end of global hunger by running non-profit, on-campus grilled cheese delis, and there’s a UConn chapter now! Their motto: Hunger can be and must be ended in our lifetime.

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Honor an Outstanding Engineer!

Know of an exceptional alumnus or friend of the School of Engineering who exemplifies the best qualities and ideals? Please nominate someone who deserves to be recognized! Each year, the School of Engineering celebrates a number of distinguished alumni and dedicated non-alumni who have made dramatic and enduring contributions.

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Alumni Notes

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

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Alumni Venture Targets Energy

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

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New GAANNs in Engineering

The US Dept. of Education has funded three new 2012 Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need sites within the School of Engineering. These programs will provide $1.2 million for graduate student support in the areas of sustainable energy technologies, nano-scale materials and device behavior for energy generation and storage, and computer systems security.

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Job Opening: Avery Point Campus

UConn Engineering invites applications for a nine-month non-tenure track faculty position at the Avery Point campus with teaching and advising responsibilities for graduate and undergraduate programs.

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Honoring an Engineering Icon

UConn Emeritus Professor Charles H. Knapp grew up in Coventry, Conn., attended a one-room schoolhouse as a child, and, later in life, before he owned his own car, would hitchhike his way to Storrs for classes.

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Engineering Partners in Genomics Institute

In early September, over 300 researchers from the UConn Storrs campus, the UCHC and JAX came together for a Genomics Symposium that included presentations and discussions, in a first step of the unfolding partnership

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Faculty & Grad Student News

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

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Innovation & Technology Initiatives at UConn

Come to UConn on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 for our early autumn Innovation Connection event, featuring a panel discussion among top commercialization officials, industry and government leaders, with updates on opportunities in Connecticut for innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Alumnus to Receive International Award

Alumnus Faisal Hossain has been selected to receive the prestigious 2012 Charles Falkenberg Award for contributions to the quality of life, economic opportunities and stewardship of the planet through the use of Earth science information and to the public awareness of the importance of understanding our planet.

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Bridge Resilience: Aim of Researchers

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

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New Faculty Enhance Engineering Reach

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

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Engineering Student Enjoys Best of Both Worlds in Eurotech Program

UConn Today profiled EUROTECH student Kimberly Sayre, who says that a chance encounter affirmed her academic path – and allowed her to pursue her dream.

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Engineering Alum Leading Multinational Clean Energy Efforts

UConn Today recently profiled alumnus Zhongxue Gan, chief scientist for one of China’s largest renewable energy companies, ENN.

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Dr. Yong Wang Makes Drug Delivery Breakthrough

Dr. Yong Wang and two colleagues have made innovative and invaluable improvements to the drug-loaded implantable hydrogels used for drug delivery

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Alumni Notes

Learn what your college friends are doing nowadays, including Somnath Deb, Roshan Shrestha and William Wadsworth. Visit our Engineering alumni website or our LinkedIn alumni page and fill us in on your latest activities or learn what your college friends are doing nowadays!

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Summer 2012: Diverse Research Opportunities for Students

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

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Innovation Connection: Helping Businesses Grow

“Associating with the Innovation Connection is among the very best things we have done as a company,” said John Fantry, VP of nzymSys, Inc., of his experiences as an Innovation Connection participant.

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Survey to Help Build Tech-Sector Jobs

The CT Technology Council is surveying recent engineering and computer science/engineering grads to learn where they find employment, what sources provide job leads, and what factors keep graduates in Connecticut or influence them to leave the state.

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Alumni Notes

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

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Software Donation Helps Ethiopia Study Water Resources

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

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Faculty & Graduate Student News

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

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Engineering Ambassadors: Engaging Middle Schoolers

Members of UConn’s UTC Engineering Ambassadors visited East Hartford Middle School in July to engage 60 middle school students participating in the summer (CPEP) camp.

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Student Innovators to Showcase Projects: You’re Invited

Save the Date! On July 26, be sure to attend the inaugural iREU (innovative Research Experience for Undergrads) expo and innovators’ networking function at Nerac.

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Faculty & Grad Student News

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

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Invention Convention: Insider’s View

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

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Alumni News

UConn engineering alumni Clifford Carter, Robert Cotton, Mark Renzulli and Peter Rogan are in the news! Read about their career strides, and share yours with us on our alumni news portal.

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The Pocket Protector

In the 24th century, starship Enterprise Captain Jean-Luc Picard need only utter four words to satisfy his jones for a cuppa. A hundred years earlier, in the original series, the “replicator” produced only food; by The Next Generation, it was capable of creating anything.

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Materials Science Undergrad Labs Renovated

The Materials Science & Engineering undergraduate laboratories underwent $140,000 in renovations during 2012, thanks to strong financial support from the School of Engineering and the CMBE Department.

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Alumnus Nick Polomoff: YouTube Star

Alumnus Nick Polomoff, a Senior Material Scientist at Material ConneXion, is featured in the company’s weekly video series, broadcast on YouTube.

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Highlights from the Undergraduate Office

The Engineering Undergraduate Office oversees myriad outreach, educational and enrichment programs. Read about some of their exciting activities.

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VIDEO: Tracking Drugs in the Water Supply

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

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2012 D.E. Crow Prize Winners Announced

Four teams of engineering students were honored recently with D.E. Crow Innovation Prizes in the spring. The competition was begun in 2011 by professor emeritus and former Senior Vice President of Pratt & Whitney’s Engineering organization, David E. Crow, and aims to help engineering students turn their entrepreneurial inspirations into a marketable product, by awarding seed funds to students with a strong idea and a sound business plan.

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Joule Fellows Host Local Robotics Tournament

At Mansfield Middle School, local students are given the chance to go above and beyond the daily classroom routine. In mid-February, the school hosted its first ever all-New England Middle School Robotics Tournament, advised by math and science enrichment teacher, Doug Perkins.

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Alumni News

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

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Trade Summit in July

Interested in exploring innovation and international trade? Mark your calendar to attend the SBIR & Global Trade Summit, which will take place July 24-26 at Mohegan Sun.

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Pratt & Whitney Engineering Extends Relationship with UConn

Pratt & Whitney made another generous annual gift to the University of Connecticut School of Engineering and the Mechanical Engineering Department aimed at further strengthening the collaboration with its Center of Excellence at UConn for engineering students and faculty.

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Faculty Awarded Grants for Health Center Collaborations

Three research teams involving engineering faculty members have received $100,000 in two-year start-up grants under a competitive UConn grant program aimed at nurturing interdisciplinary research collaborations among faculty at the Storrs, UConn Health Center and regional campuses.

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Faculty and Grad Student News

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

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Dr. Bar-Shalom Receives 2012 CT Medal of Technology

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

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Long Island Sound: Vital Resource

Please join us on Tuesday, June 19th at the beautiful UConn Avery Point campus for a panel discussion, tours and Innovation Connection networking event.

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Alumni News

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

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Director of Federal Energy Research Agency Tours UConn Engineering Facility

Dr. Arunava Majumdar, director of the nation’s only federal agency devoted to transformational energy research and development, toured UConn’s Center for Clean Energy Engineering on May 4.

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Faculty News

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

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Three Engineering Faculty Elected to CASE

Three engineering faculty will be inducted into the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) on May 31, during a gala event to be held at the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs.

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EWB Receives Competitive EPA Funding

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

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Making Mona Lisa Smile: Digital Imaging Reveals Hidden Truths

On June 1, from 3-5 p.m., alumnus Ralph Bernstein will discuss the NASA technology used to reveal the hidden story behind Leonardo da Vinci’s famed Mona Lisa.

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Improving the Detection of Landmines

Ying Wang (Ph.D. ’12), working in conjunction with her advisor, associate professor Yu Lei, has developed a prototype portable sensing system that can be used to detect hidden explosives like landmines accurately, efficiently, and at little cost.

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UConn Alumnus Excels as Life-Long Engineer

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

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Seniors Showcase Design Skills (VIDEO)

The design innovations of over 400 engineering seniors were on display at Gampel Pavilion on April 27, 2012, just a week before the soon-to-be graduates strode across the same floor to receive their graduation certificates.

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Student News

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

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Team Works to Improve Agricultural Productivity

Drs. Leslie Shor (CMBE) and Dan Gage (MCB) recently received two grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The two cross-disciplinary projects focus on different aspects of microbial activity in soil, leading to a better understanding of soil microbial activity that could inform agricultural management techniques.

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Green Technology Competition at Grasso Tech

On Tuesday, May 22, students at Ella T. Grasso Southeastern Technical High School will demonstrate their innovative, sustainable solutions using recycled materials and addressing real-world environmental issues. This inaugural competition is a special initiative of the UConn School of Engineering’s GK-12 Program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation.

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Horizons Video: Detecting IC Trojans

Integrated circuits (ICs or “chips”) are the brains for virtually everything electronic, from cell phones, microwave ovens and automobiles to radars, computers and the Joint Strike Fighter jet. In this second Horizons video produced by the School of Engineering…

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Ten Honored (VIDEO)

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

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Faculty News

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

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Getting a Second Chance, and Giving Back for the Future

The worksite accident that nearly took the life of Michael Gargano ’03 BSEE, also brought him to UConn and turned that life around in new, unexpected directions. Today he donates to support the University as a way of showing his vision for the future of engineering.

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Seniors to Showcase Design Projects Friday in Gampel

Over 130 senior design projects will be displayed at Gampel Pavilion from 1-4 PM on Friday, April 27, 2012, when engineering students demonstrate projects of their own design, often sponsored by companies across the region.

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School Honors Top Scholars (VIDEO)

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

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Tech Forum to Showcase Student Research

What are engineering students researching and inventing in faculty labs? How can their research be used to improve your products, quality of life, economic impact?

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Faculty News

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

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You’re Invited!

On Thursday, April 26th, Sikorsky Research & Engineering will sponsor a singular Innovation Connection event that will include a presentation for high school students focusing on the X2 Technology demonstrator and how innovation helps helicopters reach record-breaking speeds.

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Student News

Our engineering students are dedicated, motivated and academically outstanding. Many of them have received prestigious honors and awards, fellowships and other recognitions. Some recent awards are profiled here.

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Dr. Gokirmak Receives CAREER Award

Dr. Ali Gokirmak, assistant professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, is a 2012 recipient of a coveted National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.

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BRIDGE Program: 25 Years of Success

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

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Peter McFadden: Teacher, Administrator, Friend

Dr. Peter W. McFadden has worn virtually every hat possible during his long and affectionate relationship with UConn: student, junior faculty member, professor, dean, Provost and Academic Vice President, chief fundraiser, “go to” problem solver and two-time alumnus.

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Castleman Term Professors Named

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

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Students Find Opportunities at Engineering Career Fair

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

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Engineering Sets Foundation for Entrepreneurial Success

As an electrical engineer struck with an entrepreneurial spirit, Robert Infantino has never limited himself to any amount of success, and doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon.

Originally from New York City, Infantino moved to Danbury, CT at age 15 with his family in hopes of improving on the rough lifestyle of the city. He attended Danbury Public High School, where he excelled in math, architecture and problem solving.

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CTI Helps CT’s Paving Industry Go Green

The Connecticut Transportation Institute in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has developed a specification to use post consumer waste asphalt shingles in asphalt pavement. The Connecticut Department of Transportation is piloting this new specification on a construction project on Route 220 in Enfield, CT this coming summer.

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ARPA-E Director to Speak at Commencement 2012

A highlight of this year’s commencement ceremonies on May 5th will be guest speaker Arunava Majumdar, the nation’s first Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). He was appointed to the post in 2009 by President Barack Obama, and ARPA-E is the nation’s only agency devoted to transformational energy research and development.

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Developing the Next Generation of Fuel Cells

UConn’s Center for Clean Energy Engineering has developed a new manufacturing process for fuel cells that could make highly efficient, fuel cell-powered vehicles a viable commercial option in the next 10 years and possibly sooner.

Professor Radenka Maric developed the breakthrough process, which significantly lowers production costs while maintaining maximum efficiency.

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The Rules of the Game

How well can you play a game without knowing the rules? Albert Einstein, the father of modern physics, believed, “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”

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UConn GK-12 Team Receives Media Award

The National Science Foundation recognized UConn’s GK-12 program as the co-recipient of the Outstanding Media Award during a March GK-12 annual meeting in Washington, DC.

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You’re Invited!

On Thursday, April 19, 2012, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the exciting arena of green chemistry. UConn’s Innovation Connection and the Chemical Innovations Institute are proud to host a Green Chemistry* Workshop, which will feature panel discussions and a range of interesting and informative events.

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CMBE Professors Investigate Nano-Devices for Explosive Detection

Two faculty members in the Department of Chemical, Materials & Biomolecular Engineering have begun a project that has the promise to transform the work and protect the lives of military and law enforcement personnel around the world. Associate professors Brian Willis and Yong Wang, working on a grant funded by the Office of Naval Research, are attempting to develop an electronic chemical sensing device that can identify the presence of explosives by sampling the vapor around an object.

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Student News

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

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Faculty & Staff News

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

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New Grants Fund Student Research Opportunities

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

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The Pocket Protector: Pocket Squares and Paparazzi

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences got it wrong. No, it’s not about Jean Dujardin beating out best buds George Clooney and Brad Pitt to win Best Actor by uttering just two words or missing the chance for an Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis double header for their fabulous performances in The Help.

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UConn Helps Inaugurate Ethiopian Institute for Water Resources

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

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BRIDGE Program to Celebrate 25 Years

The UConn School of Engineering is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the impactful BRIDGE Program with a special reception on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at UConn. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the South Reading Room of the University’s iconic gold-domed Wilbur Cross Building.

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It’s in the Mail!

Alumni – in early March, watch your mail for an update from Dean of Engineering Mun Y. Choi. We’ve used the annual dean’s fund appeal letter to give you an overview of several exciting developments underway at your alma mater, from news of the Tech Park to the new Engineering Building. Be sure to look for it.

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Alums: Communications Pioneers

The University of Connecticut has produced more than a few “household names” in the sciences, engineering and innovation arenas, many of them visionaries whose contributions underpin today’s leading technologies. One of the University’s most renowned graduates is Daniel E. Noble (‘29), who is widely regarded as a pioneer in mobile communications and semiconductors.

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Aeronautical Pioneer Igor Sikorsky Sr. Remembered by Sons

Brothers Nicholai Sikorsky and Igor Sikorsky Jr. recently visited the University of Connecticut to speak to the Management & Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) class about their father, aeronautical pioneer Igor Sikorsky Sr.

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Faculty & Graduate Student News

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

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Alumni Notes

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

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Sen. Lieberman Praises UConn Cybersecurity Labs

U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman visited the Storrs campus Thursday to promote new legislation aimed at protecting the country’s vital infrastructure from crippling cyber attacks by terrorists, rogue individuals and hostile nation-states. Read more here: http://today.uconn.edu/blog/2012/02/sen-lieberman-praises-uconn-cybersecurity-labs/

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Startup Weekend Storrs (VIDEO)

From the time Benjamin Franklin first conceived his famous stove, bifocals and countless other useful inventions, the U.S. has been hailed as the “land of opportunity,” a nation steeped in innovation and entrepreneurship, which have sustained the economy in even the toughest of times. In recent years, as American industry has struggled to remain competitive amid growing challenges from abroad, entrepreneurship has gained new respect as an economic engine.

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Engineering Ambassadors Reach Out to Students

Over 100 children from the Windham School District in Connecticut, among the most underserved communities in the state, visited UConn Saturday, February 4th for a singular “Explore Science and Engineering Day” that immersed them in a range of fun learning activities aimed at expanding their awareness of STEM subjects.

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National Engineers Week February 19-25

Join us for a variety of fun, inspiring and illuminating activities in celebration of National Engineers Week, which takes place February 19-25 this year. For full details, please consult the calendar appearing on our website at www.engr.uconn.edu.

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Faculty & Staff News

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

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Cheney Students Blast Off [Video]

During the fall 2011 semester, Howell Cheney Technical High School freshmen explored a number of exciting engineering concepts with Chemical Engineering doctoral student Neil Spinner, including an egg drop (profiled last month) and a bottle rocket experiment.

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UConn Alumnus Seeks to Make Greener Wastewater Treatment Plants

When one thinks of ways to ease climate change and develop sustainable fuels, using waste and sewage is probably not the first idea that comes to mind. For Dr. Kartik Chandran, a UConn alumnus (Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, ’99) and associate professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, however, it is something he thinks about every day.

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UConn to Receive USDOT Funding

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

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Video: Delaney & Carolyn Discuss Engineering

Freshman engineering students Delaney Turner (Biomedical Engineering) and Carolyn Williams (Environmental Engineering) met when the two attended the School of Engineering’s intensive summer BRIDGE program in 2011.

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D.E. Crow Innovation Prize Competition Announced

The School of Engineering is pleased to announce, for the second consecutive year, the D.E. Crow Innovation Prize competition aimed at encouraging and rewarding creative ideas and entrepreneurship by UConn students. This “innovation stimulus” program is made possible through the generous support of Dr. David E. Crow, professor emeritus of Mechanical Engineering (ME).

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Scholarship Reception: Save the Date!

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

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Nominate a Great Faculty Advisor or Mentor

Rewarding teachers for their commitment to superb mentorship and advising is an important acknowledgment of the critical role our faculty play in nurturing excellent graduate students. We invite alumni to nominate a top mentor or advisor for a special honor.

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Don’t Wait to Graduate to Build a Business Empire!

Student innovators won’t want to miss the opportunity to compete in the inaugural Innovation Quest (iQ) contest at UConn.

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Alumni News

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

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Honor a UConn Prof, Graduate or Friend

The UConn Alumni Association (UCAA) announced that applications are being accepted for the 2012 UCAA Faculty & Alumni Awards.

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Dr. Amir Faghri Receives Coveted ASME Award

Amir Faghri, Ph.D., a professor of engineering at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and leading researcher in the field of advanced energy systems, has been honored jointly by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

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Dr. Lykotrafitis Scores Journal Cover

A graphical image developed by Dr. George Lykotrafitis, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, appears on the cover of the January 4, 2012 issue of Biophysical Journal.

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

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

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Innovators: Networking Function in February

Innovative students, faculty and friends, mark your calendars: on Thursday, February 16, the School of Engineering and Springboard will host another in the popular Innovation Connection functions at the Storrs campus.

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New Developments

There are new developments at the University of Connecticut and the School of Engineering. Dr. Peter J. Nicholls, who has served as Provost and Executive Vice President at UConn with great distinction for the last six years, will be stepping down from that position on May 31, 2012.

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ManyMentors: Mentoring in the Modern Age

Keshia Ashe, a Chemical Engineering doctoral candidate in the Institute of Regenerative Engineering at the UConn Health Center (UCHC), and recent UConn Biology graduate Tiffany St. Bernard, intend to use video mentoring to foster a more aware, prepared, and confident generation of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students.

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Entrepreneur Eric Knight Joins Springboard

On December 16th, UConn alumnus, inventor and entrepreneur Eric Knight joined the Springboard Program at UConn as Manager and Entrepreneur in Residence.

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About Drs. Mun Choi and Kazem Kazerounian: Brief Bios

Dr. Mun Choi joined UConn as Dean of Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 2008, and Dr. Kazerounian joined the Mechanical Engineering Department in 1984 after completing his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois, Chicago in 1984.

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Cheney Students Enjoy Engineering Lessons [Video included]

At Howell Cheney Technical High School in Manchester, CT, students enjoy a unique learning opportunity enabling them to explore engineering concepts and to apply these principles in often fun ways, thanks to a National Science Foundation-funded program that embeds engineering graduate students in selected classrooms.

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Dr. Carter Elected AAAS Fellow

Dr. C. Barry Carter, Department Head of Chemical, Materials & Biomolecular Engineering, has been named a 2011 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world.

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New Scholarship Honors Top K-12 Inventors

The University of Connecticut School of Engineering and the Connecticut Invention Convention have teamed up to launch a new scholarship initiative that will sponsor 25 lucky students as they take courses through UConn’s Early College Experience (ECE).

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New Horizons Series Launched: VIDEO

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

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Early Intro to Engineering Set Course for Grad Student

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

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Cities May be Trading Parking for People

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

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New ChemE Laboratory Embraces Modernity

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

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Businesses Asked to Complete Tech Park Survey

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

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The Pocket Protector

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

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Scholarship Reception: Save the Date!

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

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

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

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Editor’s Corner

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

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Grants to Fund Tissue Regeneration Research

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

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Student News

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

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Dallas Alumni Enjoy Bridge Tour and Reception

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

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Alumni Notes

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

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Study Targets Pharmaceutical Drug Impacts on Rivers

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

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EPA Grant to Support EWB Work in Nicaragua

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

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BRIDGE: Preparing for Academic Success

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

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Materials Science Teams Score Honors

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

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ROTC Cadet Palmer Receives Meritorious Achievement Award

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

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UConn’s smallTalk Top Pick at Preliminary Innovation Event

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

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Students Showcase Invention at National Conference

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

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Texas Prairie Hides Remnants of Supercollider

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

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Center Recognizes Members of Transportation Community

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

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Welcome from Dean Choi

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

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Editor’s Corner

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

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Students Capture Honors, Savor Learning Opportunities

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

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Alumni Notes

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

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Engineering Ambassadors Visit Magnet School

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

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Engineering Grad Students Making a Difference in Tech School Classrooms

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

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Job Fair Signals Hiring on the Uptick

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

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Honors for Drs. Epstein and Welti

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

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The Pocket Protector

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

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Koerner Family Grad Fellows Selected

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

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Alum Directs Emerging “Smart” Appliances

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

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

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

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10th Annual Technology Transfer Expo – Another Great Success!

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

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Celebrate Student Innovation (VIDEO included)

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

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Faculty News

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

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Engineering Awards – Please Nominate a Leader

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

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Simplifying Production Methods in Chemotherapy Drugs

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

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The Pocket Protector

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

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Timothy Fekete: Engineering Success

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

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UConn Team to Study Digestive Community in Termites

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

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Kim Danziger: Lessons Underpin Successful Career

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

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New Faculty Join UConn Engineering

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

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Alumni Notes

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

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Editor’s Corner

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

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Joule Fellows Sound Off: Video

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

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UTC Power Fuel Cell to Serve UConn’s Depot Campus

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

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Alumni Notes

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

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Editor’s Corner

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

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The UConn Engineering “Brand”

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

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High Speed Computation Aids Bone Regeneration Research

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

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Kylene Perras Joins Engineering in Alumni Development Role

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

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Team Awarded DOE Grant for Hydrogen Gas Turbine Research

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

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Trailblazing Technological and Racial Frontiers: Tilton L. Hughes

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

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Professors Remembered: Taylor L. Booth

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

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Alumnus Reflects on Career Spent with Submarines

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

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Engineering Earlier Ovarian Cancer Detection

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

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Faculty Honors & Awards

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

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Students to Receive Intelligent Transportation Grants

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

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Alumni Notes

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

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Editor’s Corner

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

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More success for T2 Center’s Public Works Academy

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

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Graduate Students Capture Honors, Enjoy Networking

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

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

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

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UConn Hosts K-12 State Chess Championships

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

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Heidi Douglas Joins UConn Engineering

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

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Eli Dabora: UConn’s Combustion Pioneer

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

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Network! The Innovation Connection

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

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Center is Honored for Service to Public Works Community

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

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Team to Sequence Poultry Viruses

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

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Alumni Notes

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

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Researchers Study Protozoa Migration

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

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Class of 2011 Celebrated

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

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Tech Park Plans Unveiled at Design Demo Day

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

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CPTV Films in Dr. Parnas’ Biodiesel Lab

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

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Commencement Details

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

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Entrepreneurship Gurus Engage Graduate Students

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

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Alumni Voices: Riza Murteza (Mechanical Engineering ’53)

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

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May 14: Showtime for Young Inventors

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

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May Event: Driving Innovation Through University Resources

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

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You’re Invited! Engineering Design Day April 29

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

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Two UConn Engineering Faculty Selected Chair Professors

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

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UConn Engineers Without Borders: Making a Difference

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

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Alumni Notes

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

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

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

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School Honors Eleven

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

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New Master's Degree Offers Innovation/Management Focus

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

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A Strategic Plan for Brownfield Redevelopment in Connecticut

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

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Engineering Problem, Solved with UTC Support

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

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Students Work to Reduce Arsenic Poisoning in Bangladesh

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

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Student Snap: Zachary Morek

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

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Dr. Maric: Advancing Low-Temp Fuel Cell Technology

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

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Students Honored During Engineers Week

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

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CTI T2 Center Helps Transportation Professionals Become Effective Leaders

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

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Two Named to National Academy of Engineering

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

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Bollas Receives CAREER Award

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

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Watch IBM's Watson Compete on Jeopardy!

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

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Celebrating National Engineers Week 2011

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

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Faculty Receive Honors

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

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Gao and Graduate Publish Wavelet Text

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

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Mechanical Engineering Professor Investigates Sickle Cell Disease

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

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UConn Alumnus Works to Engineer Proteins

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

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Student Snap: David Sidoti

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

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Student Snap: Sirjan Xhurxhi

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

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Team to Explore Oral Inflammation Resulting from Cancer Chemotherapy

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

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Commencement 2011 to Feature Dr. Charles Vest

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

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Mechanical Engineering Senior Wins First Place in International Competition

“In particular, he demonstrated an ability to focus on the important portions of the problem, to go beyond what was asked of the project, and to provide physical explanations for his analysis.”

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Student Snap: Artur Ulatowski

Some of the best advice Artur Ulatowski has ever been given came from his technical-education teacher in high school.

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Student Snap: Brian Helfer

It was his high school physics teacher who attracted him to engineering, and it was his hard work and dedication that led to his success at UConn.

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Student Snap: Gustavo K. Contreras

Gustavo Contreras has one piece of advice for prospective engineers: “Don’t be afraid to try something, even if you aren’t sure you’re going to like it.” Hewing to this advice, Gustavo started life at UConn on a Biomedical Engineering path, which eventually led him to his current double major in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering.

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Seminars Prepare Graduate Students for Professional Careers

In a seminar on presentation techniques, Dr. Carolyn Lin of the Department of Communication Sciences described how one can give an informative yet engaging lecture.

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Initiative Supports Unique Collaboration

A new program leverages the resources — and resourcefulness — of private enterprise, State agencies, and the University of Connecticut to jump-start new technologies while offering students an unmatched opportunity for hands-on learning.

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Student Snap: Joanne Burnham

When her strong math and science skills were revealed during her high school chemistry class, Joanne Burnham set her sights on a degree in electrical engineering.

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Chemical Engineer Awarded Grant to Improve Fuel Cell Technology

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Dr. William Mustain a three year, $480,000 grant to fund research on the development of non-carbon electrocatalyst supports.

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UConn Team Ensures Election Integrity

With the help of a faculty team of UConn engineers, Connecticut voters can feel confident that their ballots will not be compromised due to faulty electronic technology.

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Alumni Notes

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

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Sustainable Energy: Focus of $2.5M DOE Support

Equipped with a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), last spring the Center for Clean Energy Engineering (C2E2) unveiled an innovative model for seeding advanced energy research at UConn, pairing academic with industry partners in order to spark long-term science-to-systems relationships that yield a diverse portfolio of green energy technologies.

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SHPE Chapter a Finalist to Host NASA Program

The UConn chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) was named one of three finalists vying for the opportunity to host a NASA-sponsored Space Science Day (NSSD).

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Engineering’s Career Fair Indicates a Bright Future

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

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Engineering Students Shine

Graduate and undergraduate students in Electrical & Computer Engineering and in Chemical, Materials & Biomolecular Engineering excelled in recent competitions, bringing pride to their departments and the entire School of Engineering.

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Improving Hartford's Wastewater Treatment

Like many U.S. cities, Hartford has a water infrastructure that is aging. The city uses a combined sewer system that routes all rain and wastewater through the same drainage pipes.

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Alumnus Works to Advance Energy Applications

Dr. Bryan Hirschorn credits UConn’s challenging curriculum and focus on critical thinking as laying the foundation for his success in the field of research and development. Dr. Hirschorn, a chemical engineer who graduated from UConn in 2003 with his bachelor’s degree, is developing the next generation of rechargeable battery technology in his current line of work.

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Remembering Jack Stephens

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

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Article among Top Cited

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

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Detection of Food Pathogens Supported by NSF Grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $400,000 collaborative grant to support Dr. Yu Lei of Chemical Engineering and two colleagues in the development of a superior device for the detection of pathogenic bacteria in food. The three-year research project will involve collaboration across three departments from two New England universities, allotting $300,000 in funds to UConn and $100,000 to UMass-Lowell.

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Alumni Notes

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

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Sensors Target Plastics Industry

What comes to mind when the word “plastic” is mentioned? Computer keyboards, cell phone cases, beverage bottles, or medical implants? The answer is, plastics are in all of them.

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Four CAREER Awards in 2010, 28 Total

Since January 2010, four engineering faculty members have received prestigious National Science Foundation Early Career (CAREER) Development Awards in diverse research areas. With these new grants, CAREER awards in the UConn School of Engineering total 28.

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Engineering Lands $3.3M to Support Innovative Educational Program

A faculty team that includes engineering professors Douglas Cooper, Kazem Kazerounian, Mun Y. Choi, Marty Wood along with Ruth Washington of Molecular & Cell Biology — has received $3.3 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for two novel integrated programs that enfold UConn graduate and undergraduate students, and technical high school students and their teachers in cross-cutting sustainable engineering research as well as college scholarships.

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Transportation Team Wows East Hampton Students

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

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Students Invest in Peers

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

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Alumni Notes

Alumni updates from various former students from across time and disciplines.

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D.E. Crow Prize in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

David (Ed) Crow, former senior vice president of UTC Pratt & Whitney and emeritus professor in residence at UConn, has established the D.E. Crow Prize.

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Max Villa: a Ph.D. candidate journeys across fields, country

Max Villa (B.S., M.S., Ph.D. candidate) planned something special between finishing his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and starting his Ph.D. in Materials Science: a 4,300 mile, three month long cross country bike ride from Yorktown, VA to Astoria, OR.

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CT Technology Transfer Expo Combines Technology and Education

On September 15, 2010, the Connecticut Transportation Institute’s Technology Transfer Center held its 9th annual Technology Transfer Expo at the Depot Campus in Storrs.

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Mechanical Engineering Collaborations Explored

Mechanical Engineering professors Baki Cetegen (Head) and Jiong Tang visited Chongqing University, China recently to arrange collaborations.

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Engineering’s First Professor of Practice: David Gilbertson

Engineering Dean Mun Y. Choi announced that David Gilbertson has been selected as its first Professor of Practice. Mr. Gilbertson, an expert in informatics, information security and management, joined UConn in early 2010 as UConn’s Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

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Engineering Welcomes New Faculty

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

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MURI Award to Develop Advanced Capacitors

Three UConn faculty members are collaborating on a major, multi-institutional project that recently received over $7 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI).

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UConn EWB: Recon in Nicaragua

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

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In Planning: Aviation Security for 2027

What happens when you put together top FBI, DHS, and TSA agents with professionals and students from the United States and the United Kingdom? First, the top minds in the field plot how to destroy a major international airport; next they work in teams trying to identify the research challenges that could prevent the destruction.

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Engineering Welcomes Commercialization Team

UConn has launched a new initiative aimed at nurturing and accelerating the commercialization of innovations percolating in laboratories and offices across campus.

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Laurencin Named BMES Fellow

Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, vice president for health affairs and medical school dean, has been elected a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

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Student Documents a New Path to His Dreams

For many students, the road to a career in engineering entails hours upon hours spent in a lab, an internship, or stuck in a textbook. Junior Computer Science & Engineering student David Mittelman has set out to pursue a different educational path.

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Alumni Notes

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

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Summer Conferences Afford Rare Experiences

Over the summer, Mechanical Engineering associate professor Zbigniew Bzymek kept Storrs-bound colleagues informed of the breathtaking sites he visited while presenting scholarly papers at conferences in the United Arab Emirates and China.

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Public Works Academy Educates 29

On June 9, 2010, the Connecticut Transportation Institute’s Technology Transfer Center (T2 Center) completed the first session of the Connecticut Public Works Academy.

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Most Distinguished Alumnus

As an alumnus from George Washington University (GWU), Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Dr. Bahram Javidi (ECE) has been awarded the university’s highest honor – the Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award for 2009-2010.

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Mary McCarthy Wins Training Award

Mary C. McCarthy, a training specialist with the Connecticut Transportation Institute’s Technology Transfer Center, received the 2010 Award of Excellence Innovative Approaches Award presented by the Connecticut Training & Development Network (CTDN).

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Asking for Trouble

Stranded passengers may grumble, but the best course of action for commercial jetliners is to steer clear of volcanic ash clouds.

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Fiske Guide Lauds UConn

The 2011 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges gave UConn a strong review and named engineering as among the university’s “strongest programs.” The guide contained a lengthy summary of the UConn campus, academics and research, student demographics, quality of life issues and overall performance.

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Veteran Journalist Don Swinton Joins Engineering Team

The School of Engineering welcomed seasoned journalist and successful UConn fundraiser Donald Swinton to its development team.

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Student Design Leads to Pending Patent

West Hartford-based Legrand/Wiremold has a lengthy history of product innovation and improvement. But like all companies, the firm’s new product development resources are not bottomless. Among the company’s popular products are Tele-Power® Poles – hollow metal units that encase and channel wires and cables from the ceiling down to desks and workstations in large open spaces.

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Alumni Briefs

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

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UConn & Duke Univ. Develop Unique Method to Improve Testing for Small Delay Defects in Semiconductors

Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), the world’s leading university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and researchers from the University of Connecticut (UConn) and Duke University have found a new way to significantly improve the screening of small delay defects (SDDs) commonly found in semiconductors.

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YouTube Contest Nets a Winner

In March, we invited students, alumni, faculty and staff to make their own YouTube videos of two minutes or less and to submit them for the School’s first YouTube contest. Various themes were suggested, including student or alumni testimonials, simple engineering lessons, research, senior design projects and student life.

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ECE Welcomes Dr. Peng Zhang

The Electrical & Computer Engineering Department introduces Dr. Peng Zhang, an assistant professor with a focus on 21st century power systems. He comes to the department as an international scholar armed with two doctoral degrees, a Ph.D. in power systems reliability from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and another in power systems simulation analysis from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

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Better Catalyst to Reduce NOx Emissions

A UConn team is developing a novel device aimed at improving the performance, durability and cost of automotive emission reduction equipment in both heavy- and light-duty vehicles.

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Sizzling Workshops — Joule and da Vinci for K-12 Teachers

On Tuesday July 6th 2010 two summer programs for GK-12 teachers started at the School of Engineering. Joule Fellows — Teachers in Sustainable Energies Research Laboratories program (supported by NSF), and the da Vinci Project kicked off with a breakfast reception for 25 teachers.

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Egypt Visit Leverages Educational Ties

In mid-May, Engineering Dean Mun Y. Choi, CSE Department Head Reda Ammar, and CSE Undergraduate Coordinator Robert McCartney visited Egypt to develop broader educational and research partnerships with a number of universities and research institutes.

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Bridging Disciplines

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

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The Next Generation of Resilient Transportation Infrastructure

UConn was among seven institutions designated as a National Transportation Security Center of Excellence (NTSCOE) in the Improving America’s Security Act of 2007. Dr. Michael Accorsi is the Director of the Center for Resilient Transportation Infrastructure and oversees the five projects that UConn is currently engaged in.

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Transportation Network Games

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

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Building Blocks for American Infrastructure

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

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Strengthening the Foundations of Our Infrastructure

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

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New Materials for Protecting our Infrastructure

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

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Electrical & Computer Engineering Senior Design Day-2010

Senior Design Day was held Friday April 30, 2010 in Wilbur Cross. After months of blood, sweat and tears the Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) department teams were ready to display their projects.

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Clinical Trials Favorable for Novel Breast Cancer Detection Device

A novel imaging device developed at the University of Connecticut is showing favorable results in an expanded clinical trial and could significantly reduce physicians’ reliance on breast biopsies.

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Road Less Traveled

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

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