Welcome to SPIRE
I am delighted to welcome you to the first issue of "Spire," our
on-line newsletter for students, alumni, parents and friends of
the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS).
We chose to name our online publication "Spire" because it reflects
and amplifies our endeavor to become a "Spire of Excellence" for
UVM, the State of Vermont, the nation, and the world. You'll learn
more about these efforts in the issues to come.
Our goal is to stay in touch with all of you by sharing the exciting
initiatives and accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff, and
alumni, short stories of interest, news about community events and
activities, and key dates that might be of interest to you during
the course of the academic year. We are enthusiastic that this
newsletter will be both a fun and an engaging way for our friends
to remain connected with CEMS. We welcome feedback about content,
format, quality, and timing of this newsletter to insure we are
providing a publication that all of you will both read and enjoy.
With all good wishes,
Domenico Grasso, Ph.D., P.E., DEE
Dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
State of the College: Dean Grasso Sets the Course
In his 2006 State of the College address, "Preserve, Persevere,
and Progress," Dean Domenico Grasso calls for a multidisciplinary
approach to undergraduate engineering education and a complex
systems focus in graduate education and research. The essence
of his address is presented below. The full text of Dean
Grasso's speech can be found
Building on a prescient "Unity of Knowledge" approach pioneered
by 19th Century University of Vermont President James Marsh, the
College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) will encourage
its undergraduate students to explore different modes of reasoning
and ways of knowing to prepare them for leadership roles.
Dean Grasso outlines the steps CEMS has taken to expand its faculty,
renew accreditation, implement new administrative programs and
practices, increase undergraduate and graduate enrollment and
quality, and raise levels of donor and grant support.
Initiatives taken both by CEMS and programs and organizations
related to CEMS are reported. CEMS initiatives focus on a
research "spire of excellence" on complex systems analysis and
a curriculum reform effort (Curriculum 21) that rethinks how
best to educate our students and moves to a learner-based,
hands-on curriculum, as well as the development of two new
Bachelors degrees in engineering.
Says Dean Grasso, "The choice of Complex Systems Analysis and
Engineering as our "Spire of Excellence" and the creation of
Curriculum 21 will be the keys to our college's success. . .
With research concentrations in transportation, environment,
and bio-engineering, and a curriculum that recognizes that the
whole is greater than the sum of its parts, we aim to build
leaders best suited to develop solutions to problems and issues
that society faces today as well as designing for a sustainable
A Message from the Chairman of the Board of Advisors
These are exciting times at UVM- from the positive momentum and
action directed toward fulfilling President Fogel's sweeping,
strategic vision to most certainly the bold changes being initiated
by Dean Grasso at the College of Engineering and Mathematical
Sciences (CEMS). As the Board of Advisors (BOA) for CEMS, we
heartily endorse these changes and our role and commitment is
to support these initiatives as the College, along with the
University, continues to grow in stature.
NSF Awards $1 Million Grant
to CEMS for the Global Challenge
The University of Vermont College of Engineering and Mathematical
Sciences, in partnership with The Global Challenge, LLC, has been
awarded a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of
approximately $1 million for the Global Challenge, a project whose
goal is to help U.S. high school students, through collaboration
with their international counterparts, strengthen skills in math,
science, engineering and critical thinking, while learning about
global business practices. The Global Challenge Award proposal was
ranked #1 out of over 300 proposals submitted to the NSF.
The project will partner U.S. students ages 14-17 with high school
students from around the world in teams of four. Students will
submit project proposals — ideas for technologies that address
real-world problems using engineering, mathematics and physics —
which will be evaluated for commercial viability.
Ten Distinguished Scholars Join Faculty
After international searches, we are very proud to announce
that the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences has
recently hired the following ten distinguished scholars:
Jeffrey S. Marshall, Director, School of Engineering
Professor Marshall has BS and MS degrees from UCLA and a PhD from
UC-Berkeley, all in mechanical engineering. Marshall has been a visiting
professor at the Institut de Méchanique des Fluides de Toulouse in France
and was most currently professor and chair of the mechanical engineering
department at the University of Iowa.
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