Engineering Around Campus

UConn Engineering hosts a variety of events; here are a few of the highlights around campus.


Anson Ma speaks at the Nextflex industry event. (Chris LaRosa/UConn Photo)

Nextflex Industry Day

UConn Engineering hosted an industry day on February 18 to bring UConn faculty and industry partners together to explore Nextflex, a flexible electronics research institute. Larry Silbart, Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives with UConn and Paul Semenza, the Director of Commercialization for Nextflex spoke at the event, after which a breakout session paired groups with common interests.

Flexible electronics are a new generation of bendable and wearable electronic sensors and components that can be used in a wide range of applications. Inquiries about Nextflex can be sent here.


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UConn Graduate Student Saad Quader explains his poster. (Rebecca Axworthy/UConn Photos)

Poster Competition

UConn Engineering hosted the 2nd annual Engineering Graduate Poster Competition & Presentation on February 25. Grad students highlighted their work to judges from UConn and industry partners. The Student Association of Graduate Engineers helped run the event.

Reza Amin took first place with Separation of Circulating Tumor Cell Using Smart-Phone Attachable, Flow-Assisted Magnetic Focusing, Jian Ren took second place with Fabric Integral Thin Film Composite Membranes for Forward Osmosis, and Keith Duseo took third place with Strong, Ductile and Thermally Stable Cu-based Metal Intermetallic nanocomposites.
Andrea Kadilak received an honorable mention for Culturing the Termite Microbiome: A Possible Tool in Sustainable Biofuel Production, as did Devina Jaiswal for Micropalpation: Analysis of Cancer Spheroid Stiffness using Microtweezers.

More pictures can be found here.


One of the Rube Goldberg devices at the competition. (Rebecca Axworthy/ UConn Photos)


Rube Goldberg

UConn’s Engineering Ambassadors hosted the annual Rube Goldberg Competition on February 27. The event focuses on high school students creating overly elaborate machines to accomplish simple tasks.

Ellis Tech placed first in the competition, with Grasso Tech second and Wolcott Tech’s sophomore team coming in third. For more pictures, check here.



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Science Bowl organizers (Rebecca Axworthy UConn Photos)

Science Bowl

UConn Engineering hosted the 10th Annual Northeast Science Bowl on March 5, with students from 72 high schools from across the northeastern United States competing to test their knowledge in math and science. In addition to the competition, there were demonstrations of various career opportunities throughout the day.

The North Region winner was Lexington High School from Lexington, Mass. with Phillips Exeter Academy from Exeter, N.H. taking second place. The South Region winner was E.O. Smith High School from Storrs-Mansfield Conn. with Greenwich High School from Greenwich, Conn. as runner up.

Team C from Lexington High School were the Wildcard Champions. Joel Barrow High School from Redding, Conn. won the fuel cell competition and E.O. Smith High School took second place.

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Senior Associate Dean of Engineering Mike Accorsi speaks at the graduate recruitment event. (Chris LaRosa, UConn Photos).

Graduate recruitment

March 7 saw a domestic graduate recruiting event, with potential masters and Ph.D. students from around the country exploring UConn Engineering. Potential grad students visited Storrs, where they were greeted by UConn staff and faculty and toured departments relevant to their interests. Senior Associate Dean of Engineering Mike Accorsi, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education Mei Wei and Graduate Outreach Manager Aida Ghiaei spoke at the event.


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