Message From the Dean

March means many things here at the College of Engineering (CoE), including spring break, preparing for finals and counting down to graduation. We also are gearing up for the American Society for Engineering Education’s upcoming Engineering Deans Institute, April 2–5, here in Coral Gables. CoE will be hosting a panel on “Innovation and Entrepreneurship.” These two topics are essential components of any engineering program, and resonate well with the vibrant innovation ecosystem of Miami. .

Looking ahead, we will kick off the first celebration of our 70th anniversary on Wednesday, April 12, at noon. We will honor Murray Mantell (BSME ’48), the founding father of CoE’s Department of Civil Engineering and our oldest graduate (he’s 99!). We invite you to join us in celebrating his legacy and life. To RSVP, please call (305) 284-1068.

Whether it’s at that luncheon, another anniversary event or on our Madness in March list of donors, I hope to see you soon. 


Jean-Pierre Bardet
Dean and Professor

Spotlight News
Celebrating the Engineering Profession During E-Week
This year’s celebration of National Engineers Week (E-Week) included the signature event of the UM Society of Women Engineers chapter and many other activities focused on the goal of E-Week, which is to highlight the contributions the engineering profession makes to society. It is celebrated annually during the third week of February to honor President George Washington, an engineer. Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day was just one of the E-Week at the U programs that brought pre-college students to campus.  >>  
Wangda Zuo Receives ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) awarded its Distinguished Service Award to Wangda Zuo, assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering. ASHRAE will officially present the award in June at the society’s annual conference in Long Beach, California. >>

Research and Faculty
New Technique to Reduce Inner-Ear Trauma During Cochlear Implant Surgery
Suhrud M. Rajguru, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and director of the Sensory Electrophysiology Laboratory at the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology, is testing a device that he believes will reduce inner-ear trauma and preserve residual hearing following cochlear implant surgery. >>
Retail Engineering: Improving Operational Efficiency 
Retail is a key component of the U.S. service sector, and two-thirds of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) is channeled through retail. A project by Nazrul Shaikh, an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering, focuses on in-depth research and development of analytical models that increase operational efficiency in the retail sector. >>
Students and Alumni
Engineering Student Becomes Stanford Innovation Fellow
Biomedical engineering student Naveen Kumaran recently completed training as a University Innovation Fellow, in a program run by Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design ( University Innovation Fellows is a global program that empowers student leaders to increase campus engagement with innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and design thinking. >>
Alumnus Profile: Derek Duzoglou, MSME '06
“The CoE expanded my ability to efficiently optimize my schedule, and it provided me with a core understanding of the mechanical field that has served me well across the several industries I’ve worked in (marine, aviation, manufacturing and government).” >>
Biomedical Engineering Student Shows Brainpower With MCAT Score in the 100th Percentile
Biomedical engineering student John Michel scored incredibly well on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), ranking in the 100th percentile. The MCAT is a standardized, multiple-choice exam designed to assess the test taker’s problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, as well as knowledge of natural, behavioral and social science concepts and principles that are prerequisites to the study of medicine. >>
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
2nd Annual Madness in March
March 2017
It is time for UM’s 2nd Annual Madness in March giving challenge. Last year, the CoE narrowly lost out to the School of Business and School of Law. At stake is $5,000 in scholarship money and college pride. Let’s beat them this year!  Click here and make a gift of any size to CoE this month.  >>
’Cane Talks – We Are One U – Atlanta
April 5, 2017

Welcome President Julio Frenk as he visits Atlanta. Learn about the bold aspirations that are guiding the University into the future. Get a glimpse of the cutting-edge research being done by University of Miami faculty members. To register or learn more, click the arrows. >>

Luncheon Honoring Dr. Murray Mantell
April 12, 2017

Murray Mantell is considered the founding father of the CoE’s Department of Civil Engineering. He taught for 57 years while remaining very active in local civic and professional affairs. Now 99 years old, Mantell is considered a University, local and national treasure. He has authored nine books during his lifetime, from his first textbook in 1955 to his first engineering ethics-related textbook in 1964, to his latest book on ethics – written when he was 93.

The Murray I. Mantell Scholarship Fund for UM students majoring in engineering was established in 1982 to honor Dr. Mantell for his distinguished service to the University of Miami College of Engineering, and countless CoE students have received educational opportunities because of it. Click here to RSVP to the CoE’s tribute to Dr. Mantell. 

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. >>

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