Category: Workforce

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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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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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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New SPARK Program Brings STEM Education to Young Women

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

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Video Profile: Stephanie Knowlton, BME Graduate Student Researcher

Stephanie Knowlton’s PH.D. research uses 3D printing to solve real world problems. One of her devices uses magnets to separate cells for diagnostic purposes.

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Alumni News

An update on our Engineering Alums from around the country.

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Stephanie Bendtsen’s Research for Regeneration

Stephanie Bendtsen is a Ph.D. candidate in materials science working with innovative biomaterials.

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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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Kathleen Mayer

Since graduating in May ’08 (B.S. Electrical Engineering), Kathleen went to work at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), Newport, RI, where she is conducting work on passive sonar for submarines in the Passive Systems Engineering Branch. Read Kathleen’s pre-graduation profile, below. High School: Newtown High School, Newtown, CT What attracted you to UConn “I […]

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Quing Zhu Awarded $1.36 Million NIH Grant

Dr. Quing Zhu, associate professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, has garnered a four-year, $1.36 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct larger-scale clinical trials at the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) and Hartford Hospital using a novel device that combines near infrared (NIR) and ultrasound imaging. Dr. Zhu’s research team […]

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Profile: Andrea Ryan

What motivated senior Andrea Ryan, an Iowa native and valedictorian of her Bettendorf High School class, to pursue her engineering studies halfway across the country in Storrs? This chemical engineering major was attracted by the combination of academic excellence, a compact campus, and a competitive swim team. Reason for Coming to UConn: “UConn offered me […]

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Opportunities Excite Female Students

On Friday, April 13, just over 150 female eighth-graders convened at the UConn Storrs campus for a “lucky” one-day Multiply Your Options (MYO) conference spotlighting science and engineering. In a dozen rooms within the Student Union, groups of young women engaged in constructing rudimentary motors from magnets, wire and batteries; designing and assembling prototype sails […]

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Student Profile: Colette Opsahl

Mechanical Engineering senior Colette Opsahl (’08) considered lots of other schools before choosing UConn. High School: Westover School, Middlebury, CT Reason for Coming to UConn: “I had a scholarship to RPI. But I visited UConn with my parents and fell in love with the campus and the breadth of opportunities. Even at a big university, […]

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Quing Zhu Awarded $500,000 for Breast Cancer Research

Annually, more than 200,000 American women are diagnosed with breast cancer. It is the fifth leading cause of death among American women, killing over 40,000 yearly. Dr. Quing Zhu, associate professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, is a leading researcher in breast cancer diagnosis using novel techniques for detection. Dr. Zhu was recently awarded $500,000 […]

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A Lesson in Fun for 140 Young Women

On April 7th, over 140 female eighthgrade students from 15 area middle schools learned the answers to these and other burning questions-along with an important lesson: applying scientific, technological, engineering and math (STEM) principles to everyday items is fun and fulfilling. The girls were on campus for the annual Multiply Your Options (MYO), a one-day […]

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