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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
Domenico Grasso, Dean
Creative/Tech Career Jam
Targets Job Seekers and Employers
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
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.
Allison Murphy, School of Engineering
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.
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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
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.
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...
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.