UVM CEMS Spire - January 2008
A Message from Dean Grasso

Dear CEMS alumni, faculty, staff, and friends,

It is hard to believe that nearly a full year has gone by that Vermont Governor James Douglas unveiled his initiative to support the growth and recruitment of environmental engineering firms in Vermont. In April of 2007, the governor formally established the Vermont Environmental Engineering Advisory Committee (EEAC), a distinguished and diverse group of business leaders, educational leaders, and state officials tasked with guiding the State's efforts to achieve the Governor's vision of Vermont as a center of excellence for engineering and the environment. It was with great pride and enthusiasm that I accepted the governor's invitation to chair this committee. We have been hard at work and will be generating a report for Governor Douglas and the legislature in the very near future.

In the spirit of the EEAC initiative, which focuses on the nexus of engineering and the environment as a catalyst for state economic development, we are offering Spire readers networking opportunities to connect employers and potential employees. In this issue you will find an article with links to information about opportunities in engineering as well as mathematics and computer science, and another article that provides information on a late-January event called "Vermont 3.0 Creative/Tech Career Jam" — a day long career expo showcasing Vermont businesses that are working on cutting edge software development, green technology, graphic design and new media marketing. If you are an employer who would like to post a job or internship on the UVM CS database, contact CEMS Career Service representative Danielle Gallant at danielle.gallant@uvm.edu and she will help you get started.

In other news, the college faculty and staff are currently supporting 7 new faculty searches (more information). This is in addition to the 12 new faculty members that we have hired over the past two years. We're also getting acclimated to our largest class of incoming first-year students in over 10 years. Our long-term goal is to have 800 undergraduates in the College. With this new class of 200 students we are currently at 645. I'm also pleased to note that our current application rate is about 10% above last year's record-setting pace, so we are hoping to have another strong recruiting year.

Thanks for taking the time to read Spire, and as always, let us know if you'd like to find out more about anything in the College.

Sincerely,
Domenico Grasso, Dean


CEMS Career Opportunities!

The College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences is very fortunate to have Career Counselor Danielle Gallant on our team. Danielle is passionate about connecting our graduating students with Vermont, regional and nation-wide employers who have exciting career opportunities in engineering, computer science, and mathematics.

"There are great career opportunities out there, but it can be challenging for students, sometimes even daunting for one to start the career process. That's one reason why I see great value in my job and working with these students," Gallant said recently.

As a service to our alumni (and their companies) and our students, we are offering Spire readers this networking opportunity. Currently, we have over 130 jobs in engineering, computer science and mathematics posted for recent graduates and alums to explore through UVM Career Service's Experience database. You can view this spreadsheet to preview a listing of those current jobs. The spreadsheet contains job titles, employers, hotlinks to the employer websites, locality of the position, and more. Please visit UVM Career Services (free for all UVM alumni and current students), and click on the "Experience" box. more


Creative/Tech Career Jam
Targets Job Seekers and Employers


Vermont 3.0: Creative/Tech Career Jam - Saturday, January 26, 2008
Is Vermont's "brain drain" real or imagined? State officials worry that young people are leaving Vermont in search of cool careers with big paychecks. But the state is full of innovative companies. Vermont's high-tech employers claim they have more interesting, good-paying jobs than local candidates to fill them.

The mutual interests of job seekers and employers inspired Vermont 3.0 Creative/Tech Career Jam — a one-day showcase of Vermont businesses on the cutting edge of software development, green technology, graphic design and new media marketing. more


FIRST PERSON:
Allison Murphy, School of Engineering
(Environmental Engineering)


Allison Murphy Hello — my name is Allison Murphy. I'm originally from South Royalton, Vermont, but you could say that my current residence is Votey Hall. You see, I am an engineering student at UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. But before I "moved in" to Votey, I had the opportunity to live and study in three other countries (so far!)

This is my second year studying at UVM but my third year in college. The fall of my sophomore year I studied at the Budapest University of Economics and Technology, an internationally known English and Hungarian speaking engineering university in Budapest, Hungary. Budapest is a beautiful city. more


A New Community Challenge — UVM Winter Sportec!

Winter Sports Vermont Ski Areas join The University of Vermont's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences in a challenge to inventive people everywhere: develop new ways to use Vermont's most beloved natural resources — snow and ice! This initiative was enthusiastically endorsed by CEMS Dean Domenico Grasso. "Vermont has such a passion for winter sport and a tradition of creativity. Let's put those together and start something special," Grasso says.
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CEMS Engineering Careers!
Creative/Tech
Career Jam
First Person:
Allison Murphy
A New Challenge —
UVM Winter Sportec!
Featured Alumnus:
Bill Wallace '84
Featured Student:
Travis Gang '08
Featured Faculty Member: Dr. Paul Hines

   
Featured Alumnus - Bill Wallace '84
Bill Wallace '94

William S. (Bill) Wallace is currently the President of the Mass Affluent Business Division of Chase Card Services, based in Wilmington, Delaware. But before he began climbing the corporate ladder, Bill received his BS in Mathematics from UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) in 1984. CEMS Assistant Dean Dan Harvey (a fellow member of the UVM Class of '84 and the Spire editor) recently had an opportunity to catch up with Bill — who has recently reconnected with CEMS as a member of the College Board of Advisors.

DH: Bill, tell the Spire readers a little bit about where you are originally from.
BW: Glad to. I grew up in Wilmington, Massachusetts, a small town about 20 miles northwest of Boston. I loved to read Encyclopedia Brown books when I was young. more


   
Travis Gang
Travis Gang

Cicero, New York native Travis Gang (CEMS School of Engineering Class of 2008) knew at a young age that he wanted to be an engineer. It didn't hurt that his high school offered a program called Project Lead-the-Way... more

   
Dr. Paul Hines
Paul Hines

Global warming, carbon footprint, rolling blackouts — terms that are part of the growing lexicon of energy-related labels that are now seemingly everywhere — a testament to the center stage role that energy and energy policy are now taking on the world stage. more

   


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