As a previous NSF program director, the workshop’s invited speaker, Dr. Ning Fang, Associate Professor of Engineering Education at Utah State University explained the NSF grant distribution and classification, and introduced his two ongoing NSF grants’ experience of developing web-based training materials. The twenty researchers and grant recipients met to share successes and challenges in developing online “transformative” funded projects whose stated purpose is to create learning materials and strategies, implement new instructional strategies and develop faculty expertise.
As background for these grants’ funding source, Dr. Fang explained, “CAUSE (Catalyzing Advances in Undergraduate STEM Education) is an NSF-wide new investment to incorporate funding from established programs, consolidating three Division of Undergraduate Education programs and several R&RA programs to provide funding opportunities in engineering education.” This shift in available funding is in the spirit of the President Obama’s budget initiative to radically realign the federal government’s $3billion annual investment in STEM education, a realignment that would reduce programs at NIH, NASA and so-called mission agencies and strengthen the efforts of the Department of Education, NSF and the Smithsonian (which would be designated as lead agencies).
Dr. Zhao’s project, funded by three NSF grants for the past 12 years, responds to the critical need within Biomedical Engineering Education for medical imaging training. It has developed distributable, internet accessible, interactive Medical Imaging Teaching Software (MITS) and a Dynamic Assessment Tracking System (DATS), both necessary in the biomedical engineering curriculum. Sub-contracted projects at FIU and FAU have developed parts of the MITS for nuclear medicine and ultrasound imaging in answer to critical engineering education needs. Principal investigators in three collaborative institutions recognize that the growth in enrollment and interdisciplinary nature of Biomedical Engineering demands medical imaging techniques training; consequently, the availability of such equipment and dynamic interaction is far outstripped by the demand.
According to Dr. Zhao, “In particular, these training materials are directly beneficial to the recently accredited Medical Physics Graduate Program in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Our NSF projects have developed online course supplements essential to delivering quality education to students unable otherwise to have access to basic imaging equipment.”
“This project effectively demonstrates how research and technology can be integrated into engineering education, which is the College’s core goal.” adds Dean James. M. Tien.
“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.
“The virtual rendition of the Leadership Wall is totally unique,” points out Dean James M. Tien. “It permits current leadership donors to recognize the reasons for their support while allowing potential donors to understand the motivation and personal stories of existing donors. These personal statements are both informative and inspirational and underscore the value of and appreciation for the College’s vision of educating tomorrow’s technology leaders for career success.” The personal incentives for support are as diverse as the source of funds themselves: community leaders praising their academic mentors, corporations investing in new research areas, young alumni eager to promote the College’s reputation. As one donor commented “I am so pleased to be able to contribute to the College’s efforts in education and research and I personally feel privileged to be included on the Leadership Wall.” All personal statements can be viewed on the Virtual Wall, along with selected photographs and other biographical information.
Designed and executed by the College’s Prototyping Facility, the physical 7-panelled Leadership Wall honors all donors who have contributed or pledged a cumulative 5-figure or more amount to the College since the beginning of the Momentum2 campaign (in 2008).
Every donor is prominently recognized with an individual plaque on the Wall, indicating either a gift or pledge of $10,000, with higher “levels” of support indicated by an appropriate number of Sebastian icons. (For example, a 7-figure or 1M dollar plus gift is identified with 2 icons).
Since the Wall’s unveiling in April, 2013 during the College’s 65th anniversary celebration, plaques for more than 50 alumni, friends, and industry partners have been created, with additional donors being added continually.
Individuals interested in joining the Leadership Level of giving may contact the College’s Senior Development Office
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.
Dr. Kakaç’s career has spanned five decades, during which time he has been continually active in research and public service, currently serving as the Distinguished Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Ankara, Turkey; he has also held various governmental and research positions, including Secretary General of the Turkish Atomic Commission. After completing a Visiting Professorship at the UM College of Engineering (1980-82), Dr. Kakaç was appointed a Full Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and eventually served as department head (1990-98); he became Professor Emeritus in 2008 before joining TOBB University.
In addition to serving as advisor to over 60 graduate students from several nations and schools, Dr. Kakaç has also provided guidance and advice to research colleagues; he is personally responsible for expanding the NATO Advanced Study Institutes to include in-depth topics in engineering, and thereby, “advancing international cooperation in engineering education and research.”(Dr. Win Aung, in Engineering Education and Research.) Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Kakaç has always maintained that there must be a balance between teaching and research, that “effective teaching must be of prime importance for any faculty member” and always preferring to interact with students as colleagues searching for research results (rather than as a distant mentor). One specific College of Engineering student who will always remember his guidance and advice is Erisa Hines (MAE ‘02) a NASA lead engineer on the Mars Rover team, who repeatedly mentioned Dr. Kakaç’s influence on her career goals and research decisions.
Dr. Kakac career has indeed been varied and full, but he fondly recalls the time spent at the College of Engineering and specifically attributes numerous awards ( such as the ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award and the Alexander Humboldt Distinguished Award) to his work and research conducted while at UM.
Dean James M. Tien congratulated Dr. Kakaç on his most recent awards, pointing out that “ we all aspire to be as active and admired as Dr. Kakaç ; he is an inspiration to both faculty and students for his love and integration of engineering education and research.”
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). The facility offers:
With its certified professionals and experienced machinists, the Prototyping Facility is ready to:
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Let the College of Engineering’s Prototyping Facility be your one stop for the realization of your prototype. For further information, please contact Mr. Troy R. Thompson or 305-284-4115.