Autumn in Vermont: A Message from Dean Grasso
Dear alumni, faculty, staff, students, & friends,
We are enjoying a beautiful fall season here in Vermont. The trees are
starting to turn and the weather has been nothing short of paradisical.
I recently delivered my annual "State of the College" address and would
like to share some of the important highlights.
First, after international searches, we are very proud to welcome the
following distinguished scholars:
Bernard (Chip) F. Cole, (Ph.D., Boston University) Professor/
Director of Statistics Program, Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics;
joins CEMS from Dartmouth, where he was a faculty member.|
Jane Hill, (Ph.D. Yale) Assistant Professor, School of Engineering;
joins CEMS from Yale where she was a post-doc in chemical engineering.|
Paul Hines, (Ph.D., Carnegie-Mellon) Assistant Professor, School
of Engineering, joins CEMS from CMU where he was a post-doc in electrical
engineering; and |
John Voight, (Ph.D., UC-Berkeley), Assistant Professor, Dept. of
Mathematics & Statistics, joins CEMS from University of Minnesota,
where he was a visiting scholar in mathematics.|
I am also delighted to report that undergraduate applications have increased
by 66% compared to the 2004 academic year to a total of 1554. And
our matriculating students are up 54% over the same time period to
200 students, bringing our total enrollment to 738 undergrads. The entering
students claimed a combined average verbal and math SAT of 1212, which is
46 points above the University average. I am certain that much of this
success can, in large measure, be attributed to the major curriculum reform
efforts that are on-going in the College — providing the Vermont advantage
for the 21 century.
There are many more exciting accomplishments that can be attributed to our
outstanding faculty, students, and staff, and you may read about them in my
On a final note, we are hoping to use Spire as a vehicle to help CEMS alums
and Vermont firms better connect around career opportunities. Starting with
our next issue, we welcome CEMS alums who are looking to return to
Vermont and Vermont firms who are seeking graduates to submit notices of
employment that we will publish in forthcoming newsletters. Please send
employment information to
Thank you for continued interest in and support for our fine College.
Together we will build on our proud traditions to lead the way in creating
a wonderful future for Vermont and the Nation.
Domenico Grasso, Dean
UVM Students Building Hybrid Race Car
By Tim Johnson, Burlington Free Press
Some automotive design contests for hybrids feature cars that get hundreds
of miles to the gallon on long, somnolent test drives at 20 or 30 mph. The
contest that the AERO student club has entered is decidedly not one of
The hybrid car they are building at the University of Vermont is going to
be fast. Zero to 60 in 4 seconds, á la Formula 1.
Caitlin Hill, Junior Mechanical Engineering Student
My name is Caitlin Hill, and I am originally from Ludlow, Vermont. I was
offered this opportunity to tell you about my Co-Op assignment with GE
Aviation and my amazing experience as an undergraduate in UVM's College
of Engineering and Mathematics (CEMS).
I transferred to UVM from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania after my
sophomore year. It was not an easy decision, but it did not take long for
me to realize that I had made the right one. The opportunities that I have
had in one year at UVM tower over the opportunities I had in two years at
Lehigh. The relationships I have developed with my professors and the
guidance I have received from them has been invaluable.
UVM CEMS Seniors Take on
Real-World Design Projects
For the first time, seniors in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
this Fall are taking a combined "capstone" course. In the past, students
in these two Programs have enrolled in separate design projects courses.
While maintaining traditional core features — students working in teams and
project-based learning — the new Senior Experience in Engineering Design
(SEED for short) challenges our students with more complex and
multidisciplinary problems. Their projects are much more typical of the
system development initiatives engineers undertake in industry.
Student Christina McCall: Hard Work Rewarded
On the morning of Thursday, September 6, an unusual sight could be seen at
Fletcher Allen Health Care: a faculty processional lining up outside
Austin Auditorium. The auditorium itself was already filled with people
— doctors, nurses, family and friends — each of whom had come
to witness a momentous event: the graduation of a very special student,
Christina McCall, from the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical
CEMS Faculty — Prestigious Conferences and Connections!
The vast knowledge and research experience of our faculty bring worldwide
recognition to the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
(CEMS). Our faculty are not only members of prestigious committees but are
invited to attend conferences on a variety of topics.
Listed (in alphabetical order) are faculty who have presented or will
present at conferences, as well as those with organizational connections:
Daniel Archdeacon, Professor of Mathematics, was an invited
Discrete Mathematics Days held Saturday, September 15, 2007, at
Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.
More Faculty Conferences & Connections
Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, Andy O'Brien joined the Navy after
graduating from high school. It was while he was assigned to NATO and
living in Italy that he decided to move to Burlington, Vermont.
One of the School of Engineering's newest faculty members is Dr. Jane Hill.
Professor Hill joins us from Yale University where she recently completed
her PhD and post-doctoral research. Hill is an environmental engineer whose
work focuses on the characterization, prediction and impact of microbial
activity in the natural and human body environments.
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