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Building Resilient Socio-Technical Systems

Please Join Us as Dr. Ruth David, Presents:

Building Resilient Socio-Technical Systems

Monday, April 28th, 2014 - 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
McArthur Engineering Annex – Room MEA202, Coral Gables

Preceding SEEDS Mentoring Event
Monday, April 28th, 2014 - 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
McArthur Engineering Building, Room 289

Please contact Marisol Pernas

“The Water Boys” (the College of Engineering team) won first place in the 2014 Cuba Infrastructure Challenge

Pictured from left to right; Eric Antmann, Sergio Claure, Miguel Amezcua, Leonard Barerra

“The Water Boys”(the College of Engineering team) won first place in the 2014 Cuba Infrastructure Challenge. This annual competition, sponsored by the Association of Cuban Engineers, was held this year on February 22 at Casa Bacardi; it challenges university-level student teams to formulate and present a project of their choice on Cuba’s public infrastructure that relates to the engineering field in transportation, water resources, power/telecommunications or healthcare.

Of the 6 teams competing in the event, there were 5 teams from University of Florida and one from UM and the UM team prevailed!...more

Dean Tien is ‘tapped’ as new Iron Arrow member

“I was very surprised,” said Dean James M. Tien. ”It’s the highest honor UM can give you, so I am humbled by it[the Iron Arrow selection]. And since I am not an alumnus, it’s an even greater honor.” This was the reaction of Dean Tien upon being “tapped” for induction into Iron Arrow on November 7, 2013, during Homecoming weekend. Iron Arrow honors individuals who show a love of alma mater and embody the qualities of exemplary character, leadership, scholarship, and humility. There are more than 2,900 members, including the 34 tapped individuals inducted during this latest ceremony.  Upon being “tapped” with the ceremonial arrow, the newest members, including Dean Tien and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc, joined other members at the Iron Arrow mound on the Foote Green and, in a ritualistic ceremony, banged drums to signify their induction. Iron Arrow members also marched in the Homecoming parade. An article detailing the Iron Arrow organization and the College of Engineering members can be found on the CoE website.

UM NSBE Chapter is National Award Winner

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.”

Momentum2 Leadership Wall

“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

Dr. Sadık Kakaç

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

Engineers without Borders

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

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 has qualified for the 2013 World University Games to be held in Kazan, Russia

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 presented an invited lecture at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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.

Dean James M. Tien receives the Governor’s Business Ambassador award

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. “

Prototyping Facility at College of Engineering, University of Miami

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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