Spring Has Sprung: A Message from Dean Grasso
Dear Parents, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, & Friends,
Spring has arrived in beautiful Burlington. It is with this invigorating
sense of rebirth that we are continuing many positive and exciting changes
in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS). The
student-centered nature of our educational experience was the primary and
compelling impetus for Curriculum 21, our curriculum reform initiative.
The effort is being spearheaded by Jeff Marshall, Director of the CEMS
School of Engineering, and Jim Burgmeier, Chair of Mathematics and
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The objective of the reform effort
is to best poise our graduates to be the creative, innovative designers
and leaders that our nation needs in the 21st century. This was the
subject of a recent article entitled
"Holistic Engineering" that I co-authored for the Chronicle of Higher
Our faculty members continue to bring great distinction to our College and
University. I am delighted to announce that Computer Science professor
Josh Bongard has been recently selected to receive the prestigious and
2007 New Faculty Fellowship from Microsoft Research.
There are only five such awards nationwide this year, and in their
notification letter to Josh, Microsoft noted that they were "very excited
by his work and the potential of that work to have a broad impact."
Mike Rosen, our Coordinator of Design Education, has been very successful
this year in arranging a number of industry-sponsored senior design
projects. These projects will involve interdisciplinary teams of senior
engineering students, who will work on a real-world engineering project.
Some of our sponsors include General Dynamics, Green Mountain Coffee
Roasters, CVPS Cow Power, and Qimonda.
Together we are taking CEMS to new heights! You can learn about more of
our exciting initiatives in this issue of Spire.
Warm wishes to all for a wonderful summer season,
Domenico Grasso, Dean
P.S. Please drop us a line and stay in touch.
Protecting the Liberty Bell
CEMS alumni and Advisory Board Member Steven Arms ('81) and his company
are using sensors and transmitters to change the way that engineers look
at fatigue. Williston, Vermont-based MicroStrain, working in conjunction
with the National Park Service, received funds from the National Science
Foundation to develop cutting edge technology that will track potentially
damaging strains, and monitor vibrations and shock loads.
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CEMS Faculty Members Edit Prestigious Journals
The history of scientific journals dates from 1665 when the French
des sçavans and the English
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society first began
systematically publishing research results. Over a thousand journals were
founded in the 18th century, and the number has increased rapidly ever since.
(D. A. Kronick, "History of Scientific and Technical Periodicals," 2nd ed.
Today the role of peer-reviewed journals is critical to furthering the
progress of legitimate science. The operation and review process of these
journals is typically conducted under the oversight of a distinguished board
of Editors. At UVM, the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
is home to many world-class scholars that serve as either Editors-in-Chief
or Associate Editors of prestigious journals.
"Editorial positions are important career milestones for faculty who have
achieved excellence and recognition in their chosen fields of study," says John Hughes,
provost of UVM. "The comprehensive knowledge required to be an editor
reflects extensive study of a specific field. We are proud to have many
of our faculty serving as editors and associate editors for these important
scientific research journals."
Click here to learn about the
many journals that our faculty members edit
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National Conference and Summer School
Move from Brown University to UVM
The University of Vermont's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
(CEMS) will host two summer advanced educational opportunities:
Wolfram's A New Kind of Science (NKS) Summer School, June 25-July 13,
and Wolfram's NKS Conference, July 13-15.
Both educational initiatives, previously held at Brown University, will
provide opportunities to experience original research at the frontiers of
science with Dr. Stephen Wolfram, author of Mathematica. Mathematica
is used by nearly two million researchers because the technology can seamlessly
integrate numeric and symbolic computational engines, graphics systems,
program languages, document systems, and advanced connectivity to other
"NKS has opened the doors to dramatic new directions in research, and the
UVM Complex Systems Center highlights the importance of these emerging
advances," said Dr. Wolfram. "We're excited to see such rapid growth in
the field and look forward to working with UVM to create new research
possibilities in the future.
"UVM is gaining increased international attention for its efforts in
Complex Systems. The move of the Wolfram New Kind of Science Summer School
and Conference from Brown to UVM will enhance these efforts and create even
more opportunities on the UVM campus," says Dr. Joseph K. DeRosa, Director
of Systems Engineering, The MITRE Corporation.
"It's an honor to host both the Wolfram NKS Summer School and the Wolfram
NKS Conference," says Domenico Grasso, CEMS Dean. "Our new
UVM Complex Systems Center focuses on the need for technological solutions that can
address the complexities of our world."
Wolfram's NKS Summer School
June 25 - July 13, 2007
This three-week school consists of lectures and individual research projects
relating to core NKS issues. Students will work with project mentors to
create computer experiments programmed in Mathematica, and individual
presentations will be made at the conclusion of the school.
As an undergraduate in the UVM/CEMS Mechanical Engineering program, Diane
took time from her studies to relax by co-founding the first women's ice
hockey team. She fondly remembers Dr. Von Branimir von Turkovich for his
continual confidence and encouragement.
Valerie's successful career began at UVM where she earned her B.S. in
Mechanical Engineering. Her distinguished academic career resulted in a
nomination for the coveted Mary Jean Simpson Award for Outstanding Undergraduate
Women and Tau Beta Pi membership.
Creating a Global Impact — CEMS Student Wins
Mathematics is a universal language understood in all cultures and
countries; with such a worldwide presence, it's not surprising Laura Balzer
is enthralled with the thought of using mathematics to serve humanity and to
make the world a better place!
"I've always loved math!" says Balzer. "My earliest memory is sneaking off
to do my older brother Bryan's math homework."
Lots of scientists and engineers will tell you that as children, they loved
taking apart old computers, radios, tv's or other appliances, and then
putting them back together. Not Chris Danforth, Assistant Professor in the
Mathematics Department of the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical