UM NSBE Chapter officers Amanda Adams and Bianca Williams join fellow Chapter winners on the Chevy Cruz tour.
UM’s National Society of Black Engineers(NSBE)-has been recognized as the 2013 National Small Chapter of the Year, highlighting the exceptional leadership and academic capabilities of its members in Region III(Southeast). As their Twitter page declares “ NSBE at the University of Miami may be small in number, but strong in character, intelligence, and dedication.” According to outgoing chapter President, Bianca Williams(IE) “As a Chapter, we recognized that we could supplement the programs on campus to increase minority engineering exposure and we made it happen.” Current chapter President, Amanda Adams(IE) believes that “ the determination and focus of our chapter under pressure stood out to the national committee when they bestowed this prestigious award on us.” The nominations were based on the chapters’ execution of programs in academic excellence, community outreach, professional development and membership retention. General Motors, in recognition of the Chapters’ awards, invited the various NSBE officers, including Amada and Bianca, to join the “Chevy Cruz Tour,” which invited these officers to drive the Cruz from Ohio to Michigan and visit engineering plants and factories en route. Both Amanda and Bianca agreed the experience was “extremely valuable. We not only gained insights into the manufacturing aspects of engineering, but also national recognition for our hard working Chapter.”
Pictured in the second row, farthest right ,Dr. Weizhao Zhao(Associate Professor, BME) hosted an NSF Workshop August 16 for research project investigators collaborating on engineering education related projects. Attendees were from local and national colleges and universities, all working on transformative educational projects.
Dr. Weizhao Zhao (Associate Professor, BME) hosted a National Science Foundation (NSF) Workshop on August 16th, 2013 at the College of Engineering to demonstrate Dr. Zhao’s NSF project’s methods for online Medical Imaging Education as well as to present similar online engineering education initiatives funded by NSF’s Division of Undergraduate Education. The Workshop attracted site-principle investigators from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and Florida International University (FIU) and participants from Catholic University of America, University of North Carolina, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Prairie View A&M University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Broward College and University of Miami....more
“I am proud to support the goals of the College, financially and personally.”
“The College of Engineering offered me exceptional opportunities to succeed; I want to give back so others can enjoy these opportunities as well.”
“My time at CoE was transformational. I am truly grateful that now I can help promote its on-going educational goals.”
These are just a sampling of the personal statements embodied in the College of Engineering’s virtual Leadership Wall, a commemorative structure whose physical realization was recently unveiled in the main hallway of the College of Engineering building, along with a virtual component....more
International academic leader…renowned heat transfer researcher…respected mentor…dynamic personality…youthful outlook…all of these only begin to describe the career and accomplishments of Professor Sadik Kakaç(Professor Emeritus, MAE) who will receive the American Society of Mechanical Engineers(ASME)75th Anniversary Medal during the 2013 Summer Heat Transfer Conference in July. This prestigious award follows Dr. Kakaç’s recent election to the Brazilian Academy of Sciences in May, 2013 and his Award from the International Network for Engineering Education and Research( iNEER )for Exemplary Leadership in International Engineering Research and Education in December 2012.
These awards and honors constitute the most recent tributes and distinctions bestowed on Dr. Kakaç, who even has a dimensionless number ( the Kakaç Number*) named in honor of his 75th birthday for his contributions to the understanding of two-phase flow in heat transfer....more
Left to right: UM CoE students Maria Arguelles, Miguel Amezcua and community leaders.
“Our team not only performed an outstanding job, but also had a fantastic learning experience” was the enthusiastic summary Daniel Quevedo (Junior,CAE) offered for this year’s Engineers Without Borders (EWB) trip to Las Mercedes, Ecuador. This EWB project, now in its second year, involved the entire College of Engineering team (students Miguel Amezcua, Maria Arguelles, Joey Ray, Daniel Quevedo, and industry mentors Manny Moncholi, of Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department, and Pete Robinson, of Hazen and Sawyer P.C.) in a range of activities: establishing contacts with government and local resources, coordinating with local NGO partners, strategizing about possible sanitation solutions, devising a potential sewage system, and surveying the contiguous areas.
During their week-long trip (May 20-26), the team quickly realized that a complete sewage project, rather than merely a drainage plan, was the best solution for the community. This conclusion was the result of multiple meetings and discussions with the local officials and the mayor. The EWB group hopes, in the next few years, to develop and assist the community in sanitary sewer hook ups which will connect every house in Las Mercedes to a central sewage system and replace the current outhouse-style bathroom facilities.
Field work involved surveying site locations, which EWB team members Dana Rasch and Daniel Quevedo review with a community leader
According to Dr. Helena Solo-Gabriele (EWB Student Chapter Advisor, Professor of CAE, and Associate Dean) this project exemplifies the ongoing College commitment to blend research and education, offering students real-world projects that bridge engineering principles with practical solutions.
Both Miguel and Daniel echoed Dr. Solo-Gabriele’s comment, adding that the opportunity to apply engineering concepts to actual, everyday problems is not only educational but immensely rewarding, both professionally and personally.
Dean James M. Tien receives his Honorary Professorship from Dr. Yan I. Nai during the Dean’s recent visit to Beijing National Jiaotong University
Dean James M. Tien recently returned from Beijing China, visiting three prestigious universities where he delivered invited lectures and received an honorary degree. At Beijing National Jiaotong University (BJTU) on May 30, 2013, Dean Tien presented the 2013 University Lecture, co-sponsored by the University’ Science and Technology Department and the China Industrial Safety Research Center. During this event, he was also awarded an Honorary Professor by the Jiaotong University Party Secretary, Dr. Yan I. Nai, the eleventh honorary degree Dean Tien has garnered for his research and higher education accomplishments. While in Beijing, Dean Tien also presented lectures on “Big Data: Unleashing Information” at The University of Chinese Academic Science(where he is an Honorary Professor in the School of Management) and at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Economics, and Management.
Sam Dorman (MAE junior) has qualified for the 2013 World University Games to be held in Kazan, Russia (July 5-13) on the 1-meter springboard. A native of Tempe Arizona, Sam is a member of the USA National Diving Team and was part of the duo from UM (with fellow team mate Zac Nees) which finished as the highest-placing synchronized US team at the US Grand Prix in Ft Lauderdale May 15. Sam also participated in the 2012 Olympic Trials and attributes his diving successes to “ lots of hard work and the great coaches here at UM.”
Dr. Antonio Nanni (Professor and Chair, CAE) presented an invited lecture “Extending the Life of Concrete Structures: Institutional Activities and Innovative Technologies” at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, co-sponsored by the Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development. Dr. Nanni, whose research areas include civil infrastructure sustainability and renewal, is also the Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering and serves on the editorial board of other technical journals. Dr. Nanni commented that the research area of repair and preservation of the existing compendium of buildings is becoming central to the national and international efforts in sustainability.
Juan Pablo Ruiz (BME’13) has been awarded another major academic honor, the Howard Hughes Institute Gilliam Fellowship for Advance Study, which will allow him to pursue his PhD studies at the school of his choice. In addition to his undergraduate Singer Scholarship and Barry Goldwater Fellowship, this latest honor will provide for tuition, expenses and a yearly stipend for him to pursue his doctoral studies in biomedical research. Dr. Herman Cheung, who has mentored Juan through his entire undergraduate career, comments on this latest accomplishment, “I am extremely proud of Juan, the quality of our students, and the excellent mentorship we can provide them.” Juan, who has already been accepted into the joint MIT/Harvard BME doctoral program, credits Dr. Cheung for not only guiding his research activities, but also for providing invaluable guidance and support throughout his time at UM. Upon receiving notice of the fellowship, Juan quickly admitted “This award is for Dr. Cheung as much as it is for me.”
Dean James M. Tien received the Governor’s Business Ambassador award during the recent Florida Trade Mission to Colombia. Dean Tien and Advancement Director Rafael Robles accompanied Governor Rick Scott and other business and educational members of Enterprise Florida on the five day visit in December to Colombia. During the visit, Governor Scott presented Dean Tien with the medal and noted “I am honored to award Dean Tien the Governor’s Business Ambassador award for his efforts in promoting higher education in Florida and helping attract global talent to the Sunshine State. “
The latest in computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines, capable of 5-axis milling and turning
The University of Miami College Of Engineering is pleased to announce the establishment of a professionally staffed, state-of-the-art Prototyping Facility, available for use both within UM and with outside customers.
The 3000 square feet, air-conditioned facility is equipped to handle the most complex prototyping task (large or small)....more
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