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


Monday, February 20

12 noon Intermodal Transportation Seminar; F.L. Castleman 201 (limited seating)
Guest Speaker: James Ford, PE (B.S., M.S. UConn) Senior Associate, Beta Group Inc.  With more than 40 years’ experience, Mr. Ford has extensive expertise in transportation engineering and planning, traffic and pedestrian operations, parking analysis and operation, traffic signal studies and designs, Intelligent Transportation Systems, traffic calming, context-sensitive solutions projects, corridor studies, demand modeling, traffic impact studies, site development and highway design. He licensed Professional Engineer in seven states. 
4 p.m. Hiding in Plain Sight – the Invisible Energy Cost of Current Separation Processes”; Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center
Guest Speaker: William J. Koros, Ph.D.     Dr. Koros is the GRA Eminent Scholar in Membranes and the Roberto C. Goizueta Chair for Excellence in Chemical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. His areas of expertise include sorption and transport of small molecules in membranes, barrier materials and sorbents. His research has been recognized by the AIChE Institute Award for Excellence in Industrial Gases Technology in 1995, the AIChE Separation Division Clarence Gerhold Award in 1999 and the AIChE William H. Walker Award for Excellence in Contributions to Chemical Engineering Literature. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering (2000), and a Fellow of both the AIChE (2002) and the AAAS (2003). In 2008, he received the Alan S. Michaels Award for Innovation in Membrane Science and Technology from the North American Membrane Society. 
5-6:30 p.m. Networking Function sponsored by The Travelers; ITE foyer

Tuesday, February 21

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Engineering Career Fair; Rome Commons Ballroom, South Campus Looking for an Internship, Co-op or Full-time Employment? Looking for Global, National or Local Engineering Experience? Join us for the Engineering Career Fair
11 a.m. Evolutionary Steps Toward a Revolution in Separation and Purification Processes”; IMS 20
Guest Speaker: William J. Koros, Ph.D. (see short bio Monday lecture) 
3:30 – 5 p.m. Business Social Media:  A Technology Careerist’s Perspective” and Reception; ITE C-80
Guest Speaker: Shar Govindan (M.S. UConn ’03)Live stream:     Director for Social Learning for Bentley Systems Inc. and a contributing author to the book Social BOOM!  How to Master Business Social Media (2011), Shar has authored several technical publications, speaks frequently at technical conferences and serves on the American Water Works Association’s Engineering Modeling Applications Committee.  His lecture will provide practical and valuable insights and guidance on leveraging social to achieve tangible benefits and results.  Please RSVP. Shar will autograph copies of Social BOOM! for the first 25 students who register and attend the lecture.  Contact Noreen Wall at 860.486.5394 for details.

Wednesday, February 22

Noon – 3 p.m. An Introduction to Codes & Standards”; Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center
Guest Speaker: Thomas P. Pastor, P.E., (B.S., M.S.UConn) View poster.     Tom is Vice President, HSB Global Standards (a subsidiary of the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co.).  For 20 of his 25 years at HSB, he has managed the Codes & Standards Group.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the states of Connecticut and Indiana, and holds a National Board Commission. His technical expertise is in the area of stress analysis and pressure vessel design. 
5:30 – 8 p.m. GE Design Day, Engineering II, Rms. 321 and 322

Friday, February 24

11 a.m. Building Better Hardware for the Elliptic Curve Discrete Logarithm Problem”; ITE 336
ECE 2012 Seminar Series; Guest Speaker – Patrick Schaumont, Bradley Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech 
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Graduate student appreciation luncheon; Student Union Ballrooms 330 & 331
Guest Speaker: Susan Skemp, Director, Center for Ocean Energy Technology, Florida International University RSVP Required   Susan began her career with Pratt & Whitney and worked on a variety of acclaimed engine programs for the military, NASA, and commercial markets. On the company’s PW220 and PW229 projects, she was the lead engineer in charge of qualifying the fighter aircraft engines for critical operating regimens in the U.S. military.  Ms. Skemp also contributed to the PW4000 and PW5000 engines and managed programs to meet ISO 9001 as well as U.S. government standards and regulations.  From 1990-94, she was program manager of advanced technology, where she worked on the company’s Advanced Technology Engine Gas Generator Core Demonstrator focused on increasing the thrust and weight capabilities of the military fighter jet.  Ms. Skemp also managed the $8M NASA Test Engine System Technology program, developing combustion technologies that reduced emissions of nitrogen oxides by 50 percent.  This engine was later refined and placed in commercial service. 
12 noon Richard Varos, Director, Worldwide Sales, IBM Smarter Cities Solutions, Public Sector; F.L. Castleman 212 
IBM’s Smarter Cities Solutions program provides clients with solutions to address the emerging transportation, water management, and public safety challenges that result from the accelerating economic and societal growth occurring in urban markets around the world. Before assuming his current position, Mr. Varos served as the Director for Worldwide Sales of IBM’s Intelligent Transportation Solutions. During his tenure in this position, the Public Sector team, working with other organizations within IBM, was responsible for some of the most ambitious and far-reaching smarter transportation projects around the world in cities including Singapore, Stockholm, and London. 
7 – 11 p.m. Engineering formal, Rome Commons Ballroom, South Campus ($20/individual, $30/couple; tickets required – on sale in ITE Feb. 13-17)


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