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The Engineering and Architecture Behind the Port of Miami Tunnel

The College of Engineering and the School of Architecture will present “The Engineering and Architecture Behind the Port of Miami Tunnel,” a conversation between project executive Louis Brais, of the design-build contractor Bouygues Civil Works Florida, and project architect Robert Lloyd, LEED AP, senior associate of ArquitectonicaGEO, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5 in Glasgow Hall. RSVP through evenbrite.

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College of Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series Presents Jindrich Henry Kopecek on ‘Frontiers of Biomedical Materials’

Jindrich Henry Kopecek, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Utah, will present “Frontiers of Biomedical Materials” on Monday, March 3, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the School of Business Administration’s Storer Auditorium as part of the College of Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series. Kopecek will discuss the evolution of biomedical materials, including degradable water-soluble polymer conjugates with anticancer drugs and proteins, self-assembly of hybrid block and graft copolymers, and the creation of a new paradigm in nanomedicine–drug-free macromolecular therapeutics. For more information, contact Angie Del Llano at 305-284-2445 or a.delllano@miami.edu.



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College of Engineering Kicks off 2014 National Engineers Week on Valentine’s Day


As they did last year, nearly 200 high school girls are expected to attend next week’s ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.’

Special to UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 5, 2014)The College of Engineering will get a jump-start on National Engineers’ Week with a Valentine’s Day “Fall in Love with Engineering” fair on Friday, February 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the McArthur Green. Officially observed February 16-22 to celebrate the ways engineers improve life and the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), the week will continue with tours, competitions, exhibitions, and, yes, concrete canoe races, closing with a weekend hackathon.

National Engineers Week (EWeek) was started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers in conjunction with the birthday of President George Washington, who is considered the nation’s first engineer, notably for his survey work.

As part of the week-long celebration, almost 200 local high school girls will visit the University of Miami campus on Thursday, February 20, to learn about STEM fields and engineering on Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, an integral part of the national EWeek program. Keynote speakers from NextEra and the U.S. Air Force will enlighten the young women to possibilities for their own career dreams. The day’s activities include an engineering challenge competition and a tour through the College of Engineering laboratories, with live demonstrations given by graduate students and professors.

On Tuesday, February 18, the Innovation Expo will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University Center, Lower Lounge, showcasing a variety of technological advances within the field of engineering, a jet engine exhibit, and flight simulator demonstrations given by members of the U.S. Air Force. The expo also features the latest entertainment technology from Sony, a demonstration of Microsoft gaming technology, and displays of research conducted by engineering students.

Free and open to the public, the Innovation Expo allows students, faculty, and aspiring engineers to enjoy hands-on experience with recent innovations in technology on a global scale.

For the full schedule of events please see http://umeweek.com. For more information contact Ann Helmers, director of career services and alumni relations at the College of Engineering, at 305-284-2058.

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College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series: Forces Shaping Health Care Delivery and Challenges for Systems Engineering/Operations Research

William P. Pierskalla, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at UCLA Anderson School of Management, will present a seminar on “The Forces Shaping Health Care Delivery and What Challenges They Portend for Systems Engineering/Operations Research in Health Care” on Monday, February 3, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., at Storer Auditorium at the School of Business Administration.

Pierskalla will discuss some of the bad news, the good news, and the pending system and operational changes and challenges facing health care delivery and systems/operations research. For more information, please call Augusto Roca 305-284-4100 or email augusto@miami.edu.


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Industrial Engineers at Work


Industrial Engineers at Work


Teamwork: Students from Miami-area middle and high schools display their industrial engineering prowess, coming up with a process to make as many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as possible in a 20-minute period.

Rondell Pittman, an 11-year-old at Downtown Miami Charter School, knows exactly what he wants to be after completing a recent field trip to the University of Miami. “An engineer,” he said confidently. “I would know how to fix anything and design whatever I want, even my dream car.”

Pittman was one of about 20 youngsters from Miami-area middle and high schools who spent Friday on the UM campus learning about different engineering disciplines. Their visit, organized and hosted by the UM chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), included a tour of the laboratory facilities at the College of Engineering, presentations, and activities that tested their problem-solving skills.

“The earlier we can expose kids, especially those from underrepresented groups, to engineering, the more likely it is they’ll enter the field,” said Amanda Adams, an industrial engineering major and president of UM’s NSBE chapter. “That’s one of the reasons we wanted to do this event.”

Adams captivated her young audience during the lecture phase of the event, telling them how industrial engineers have helped fast food restaurants save millions of dollars by showing them how to prepare sandwiches faster and more efficiently.

“There’s a science to how fast people prepare food,” Adams told them. “Industrial engineers pride themselves on being efficient and effective. They’ve helped companies like Burger King and Starbucks.”

The young students then put their industrial engineering skills to the test, competing in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich-making contest that required them to make as many of the treats as possible in 20 minutes.

The students, who were divided into groups of three, managed to make more than 100 PB&J sandwiches, all of which were donated that same day to a local homeless shelter.

Sixteen-year-old Deja Lundy, a student at Booker T. Washington High School, was particularly ecstatic about attending the special event.

“I wanted to be a beautician,” she said. “But now, maybe I could become an engineer and design my own smartphone.”


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