Message From the Dean

As we continue our yearlong celebration of the College of Engineering’s 70th anniversary, there is more excitement than ever surrounding upcoming events. We’re eagerly anticipating National Engineers Week (E-Week), which kicks off on Friday, Feb. 17. The week is “dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce,” and CoE activities will truly contribute to that mission. Many of our events will be entirely run by – and were mostly created by – our student and professional societies. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the UM Chapter of the Eta Kappa Nu honor society of electrical and computer engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers and the Biomedical Engineering Society will all host E-Week events

We’re also excited about upcoming conferences centered on innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership, as well as lectures from distinguished experts in our field. Click here to find details and stay up-to-date about events.

Our anniversary celebration will continue all year, and we have some special anniversary events planned. Stay tuned to learn more as we finalize the details. 

Sincerely,

Jean-Pierre Bardet
Dean and Professor

Spotlight News
Dr. Nurçin Çelik Recognized With Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
President Obama honored Dr. Nurcin Celik, associate professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering, with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). This award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. >>  
Shining Light in the Ear: New Technique May Advance Treatment of Inner Ear Problems
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) awarded a grant to Dr. Suhrud M. Rajguru, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. The grant is to research the underlying mechanisms of infrared neural stimulation and to develop novel optical techniques for basic science and therapeutic applications in the inner ear.   >>

Research and Faculty
Re-Creating Diabetes
on a Chip
Dr. Ashutosh Agarwal, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and his  Physiomimetic Microsystems Laboratory are developing robust fluidic platforms for evaluation of pancreatic islets that will be critical for diabetes research and therapy. A $4.9 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to Agarwal and his collaborators is currently funding this effort. The research team also participates in the Consortium on Human Islet Biomimetics within the  Human Islet Research Network of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). >>
Effectively Combining Sources of Information
Dr. Kamal Premaratne and Dr. Manohar N. Murthi, professors in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, are concluding a seven-year-long research project funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR). This was a two-phase research project in collaboration with Dr. Nazrul Shaikh from the Department of Industrial Engineering, Dr. Debra Lieberman from the Department of Psychology and Dr. Sandra Kuebler, a computational linguist from the Department of Linguistics at Indiana University Bloomington. >>
Students and Alumni
College of Engineering Students Judge Regional Science Fair
On Feb. 4, CoE students volunteered to judge the competition at the annual Miami-Dade STEAM Expo’s 63rd Annual South Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair. The multidisciplinary team from the U was on hand to help evaluate the efforts of talented and motivated Miami-Dade County middle and secondary students who participated in one of three competitions: research poster project, research paper or bridge design. >>
Alumnus Profile: Steven DelGrosso, BSIE ’78, MS ’95
After working for a short period of time in a lumberyard to make ends meet, I was hired by my first-choice employer, IBM, and began work as an Industrial Engineer at the IBM plant in Boca Raton, Florida. It was an exciting first position as an automation engineer working with robotic assembly equipment and automated test gear. During a more than 30-year career at Big Blue, I eventually worked my way into my dream job as director of IBM’s Global Project Management Center of Excellence.  >>
Upcoming Events
E-Week
February 17-25, 2017
A coastal cleanup day, a biomedical industry meet-up, a design competition to introduce high school students to engineering and a forum exploring how mentorship benefits future engineers – these are just some of the exciting programs planned for the University of Miami Engineering Advisory Board’s celebration of National Engineers Week 2017.  >>
Alumni Kickball Competition 
February 18, 2017

The College of Engineering Alumni Association and School of Law Young Alumni Committee are kicking off this year’s Madness in March giving challenge with a friendly alumni Kickball Competition on Saturday, Feb. 18. Registration for observers and participants will take place between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. at the School of Law student “Bricks” area in the heart of the quadrangle at 1311 Miller Road, Coral Gables. “First pitch” will begin at 2 p.m. at the Herbert Wellness Intramural Field 2. RSVP to umcoeaa@gmail.com or 
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