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Engineering Students Take a ‘Magical and Mind-Boggling’ Ride on NASA’s Weightless Wonder

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News


Aboard NASA’s Weightless Wonder, a modified Boeing 727, College of Engineering students conduct an experiment on the impact of zero gravity on nano-particle dispersion.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (August 20, 2014) – About an hour into the flight, Nicolas Rongione knew he was in for the ride of his life—a free-floating trip that defied the laws of Newton. With arms and legs flailing, and no control over his body’s orientation, the University of Miami senior must have felt a lot like Alan Shepard some 53 years ago when he blasted off from Cape Canaveral aboard a Freedom 7 capsule to become the first American in space. Read the full story

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Faculty and Staff Support the U: Engineer Enhances Environmental—and University—Resources

Helena Solo-Gabriele

Helena Solo-Gabriele

As a teacher, researcher, role model, and donor, Helena Solo-Gabriele is making a difference in the world. “Since I was an undergraduate here in the 1980s, our University has made huge advances,” says Solo-Gabriele, professor and associate dean for research in the College of Engineering. “While the amount I give each year isn’t large, I know it’s important. As more and more of our faculty, staff, and alumni donate, our University gains important resources.”

The daughter of Cuban-born parents, Solo-Gabriele is a long-time member of the UM “family.”  Her father, Emilio Solo, earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Miami in 1964. “He would bring our family to the UM pool, and it was always a special trip to come to the campus,” she says. Following in her father’s footsteps, she and her husband, Frank Gabriele, III, introduced their two daughters, Christina, now 19, and Elizabeth, 12, to the campus at an early age. Read the full story

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Daniel Berg Honored for His ‘Genius’ at Resolving Management Problems

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Daniel Berg, left, receives the Siwei Cheng Award in Information Technology and Quantitative Management at the IAITQM meeting in Moscow.

Daniel Berg, left, receives the Siwei Cheng Award in Information Technology and Quantitative Management at the IAITQM meeting in Moscow.

CORAL GABLES,  Fla. (June 24, 2014)—Daniel Berg, distinguished research professor of engineering, received the prestigious Siwei Cheng Award in Information Technology and Quantitative Management at the second annual meeting of the International Academy of Informational Technology and Quantitative Management (IAITQM) in Moscow this month.

Berg received the honor during the June 3-5 gathering for being “a person who has devoted genius efforts to applying quantitative methods and information technology to solve management problems.” The award is named for a former top leader in the Chinese Congress who heads a major program on economic theory at the renowned Chinese Academy of Science.

IAITQM was established in 2011 to promote innovative excellence in information technology and quantitative management; the organization has founding members from more than 50 countries, including the United States, China, Japan, Australia, and Turkey.

Berg was both surprised and honored by the award, noting that IAITQM members represent the most talented and experienced experts in his growing field. He also noted that the award’s namesake will be visiting the UM College of Engineering this year and looks forward to his interaction with the faculty and students on several topics.

Berg previously was dean and provost at Carnegie Mellon University, as well as provost and president at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Institute Professor of Science and Technology. He received his B.S. in chemistry and physics from the City College of New York and his M.S. and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Yale. He was employed by Westinghouse Electric in a variety of technical/managerial positions, including technical director.

Berg serves as the American editor of the International Journal of Services Technology and Management. He is the author of four books, five book chapters, and more than 80 refereed journal articles. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), a Fellow of The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS); and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

His many additional awards and honors include the IEEE Engineering Management Section Educator of the Year Award; the International Association for Management of Technology’s Award for Distinguished Achievement in Management of Technology; the IEEE Educational Activities Board Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education; the National Academy of Engineering Service Award; the Townsend Harris Medal, City College of New York; the Wilbur Cross Medal, Yale University; and the Belden Prize for Mathematics.

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College of Engineering Dean James Tien to Step Down in 2015

James M. Tien

James M. Tien

James M. Tien, who, as dean of the University of Miami’s College of Engineering for the past seven years, led successful efforts to double the number of women on the faculty, increase research expenditures, and boost enrollments at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels, has announced he will step down from his post effective August 31, 2015.

“It has indeed been my privilege to have served in this capacity,” said Tien, who came to UM in 2007 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, where he served as the Yamada Corporation Professor and founding chair of the school’s Department of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems. Read the full story

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Student Employees Offered Unique Opportunity to Play Vital Role in Workday Implementation

Dan Ruggiero, Marianela Roubicek and Alex Johnson with Workday founder Dave Duffield,  during his visit to the University in February.  When Marianela Roubicek, Alex Johnson, and Dan Ruggiero, came

Dan Ruggiero, Marianela Roubicek and Alex Johnson with Workday founder Dave Duffield, second from left, during his visit to the University in February.

By Michelle Nuñez-Mendoza
UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 24, 2014) — When Marianela Roubicek, Alex Johnson, and Dan Ruggiero came to the University of Miami as industrial engineering majors, they never imagined they would be part of a project that would affect every faculty and staff member at the institution. This semester, the three students are helping to implement a new HR, payroll, and finance system called Workday Human Resources, the second phase of UM’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) initiative. Read the full story

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