Message From the Dean

April started out with the Society for Engineering Education’s Engineering Deans Institute here in Coral Gables. The College of Engineering hosted 240 deans of engineering from across the U.S. at a breakfast and panel discussion about Miami’s developing innovation ecosystem and the entrepreneurs who are helping to fuel it.

Our 70th Anniversary celebration kicked off in earnest with a luncheon honoring the founding chairman of the CoE’s Department of Civil Engineering, Murray I. Mantell, PhD. Keep an eye out for more celebrations and special opportunities as we continue to commemorate our 70th year.

We’re all looking forward to the Senior Design Expo on May 1, where our students will showcase innovations and explorations via their senior design projects. Join us at the expo and awards ceremony for a peek into the minds that are shaping tomorrow’s innovation ecosystem.


Jean-Pierre Bardet
Dean and Professor

Spotlight News
Faculty Member Helps Major Aviation MRO Company Optimize Management Decisions
Murat Erkoc, an associate professor in the College of Engineering’s Department of Industrial Engineering, and his team of graduate students at the Center for Advanced Supply Chain Management (CASCM) developed a proprietary data analytics model and software for AAR Landing Gear Services. AAR, which provides commercial, defense industry and government aviation services around the world, uses the tool to effectively monitor, control and plan its workflows and business decisions. >>
Speeding Up ACL Recovery Time
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of two overlapping ligaments (the other being the posterior cruciate ligament) in the human knee. Injury in the ACL is common and often requires reconstructive surgery to restore normal stability to the knee. Francesco Travascio, an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering, received grants from both the Justus Lehmann Foundation and Arthrex (osteoconductive and/or osteoinductive compounds (OOCs) manufacturer) to evaluate the biomechanical performance of athletes who undergo an ACL reconstruction. The procedure involving injectable OOCs administered between the human bone and the graft construct - a synthetic, often titanium-based implant - allowing the knee joint to adapt to bearing physiological and mechanical loads sooner.  >>

Research and Faculty
Florida Space Research Program Awards Grant to Investigate Active Tensegrity Structures for Space Applications
Landolf Rhode-Barbarigos, assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, and Dr. Juhong Park, assistant professor in the School of Architecture, will investigate active tensegrity structures for space applications through an undergraduate summer research studio for engineering and architecture students.  >> 
College of Engineering Collaborates With Johns Hopkins University
Aggressive and/or disruptive behavior in the elementary school years is a strong indicator of antisocial behavior, drug abuse and low educational and occupational attainment in adolescence and young adulthood. Nicholas Ialongo, professor in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in collaboration with Seok Gi Lee, an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering, will assess whether the addition of the Incredible Years (IY), an evidence-based preventive and treatment intervention aimed at reducing aggressive/disruptive behavior, would yield greater impact on these behaviors. >>
Students and Alumni
Featured Foote Fellow:
Eric Milton ’17
“I took a finance class and a business big-data course as non-required courses. I simply took them for the sake of learning. Later on, I ended up using what I learned [in finance] during an internship at Goldman Sachs [New York]. The Foote Fellowship gave me the educational freedom to follow my interests and take classes that I otherwise would have never been able to take. Not only does it stimulate educational complements, it fosters skills that one can employ in the future.” >>
Giving Story: Maria A. Hernandez de Quintero, BSCE 64
My advice is to “motivate women so that they learn to appreciate the numerous benefits an engineering career offers them in a globalized world; help people realize the advantages that the College offers to the students with respect to the learning process, the numerous activities, the peaceful environment and the diverse nationalities that make up the student body.”  >>
Meet Spencer Reid ’20: Biomedical Engineer and Veteran

After two tours in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of State requested more Marines from the Marine Corps. Reid accepted and served another three years – as a sergeant – around the world: Thailand, Ukraine and China. Reid spent a total of seven years on active duty. “Summer of 2016 was a crazy time for me,” says Reid. “I had just finished my second enlistment; I left Guangzhou, China, in July. I spent three weeks in North Carolina and I then flew to Miami just in time for orientation. I probably took 17 flights in one month.” >>

Accepting Nominations: 2017 College of Engineering Alumni Awards
The College of Engineering Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize graduates’ professional achievements in the field of engineering, exemplary leadership, demonstrated service to the University of Miami and/or to the College of Engineering, and demonstrated service to the community or public. To nominate someone for the awards, please complete the  online nomination form. The submission deadline is Fri., June 30. >>
Upcoming Events
Senior Design Expo 2017
May 1, 2017

Today’s CoE senior engineering students will become tomorrow’s engineers. Join them, along with faculty, parents and friends, to experience their senior design projects at Senior Design Expo 2017, a celebration of invention, ingenuity and achievement. Click here to RSVP. >>

2017 Graduate Commencement
May 11, 2017

The CoE's Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony starts at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, at the Watsco Center. The event lasts approximately two hours. >>

2017 Undergraduate Commencement
May 12, 2017

The CoE's Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony starts at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 12, at the Watsco Center. The event lasts approximately two hours. >>

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