Tag Archive | "college of engineering"

E-Week Celebrates the Power to Make a Difference


E-Week Celebrates the Power to Make a Difference

By Andi Fuentes
Special to UM News


High school students put their engineering skills to the test during one of the activities held last Thursday as part of Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 23, 2017)—Making your own lip balm and stacking cups so they don’t fall—that’s engineering? Indeed, it is—as more than 200 high school girls discovered on Thursday at the Society of Women Engineers’ National Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at the University of Miami.

Those fun learning activities helped illustrate the analytical thinking and critical reasoning skills every engineer needs to succeed. The students also toured laboratory facilities at UM’s College of Engineering and listened, enthralled, as Cynthia Gundersen, CEO of AMU Engineering, talked to them about her career path to leading a NASA-affiliated design and development firm.

This year’s celebration of National Engineers Week (E-Week) included the signature event of the UM Society of Women Engineers chapter and many other activities focused on the goal of E-Week, which is to highlight the contributions the engineering profession makes to society. It is celebrated annually during the third week of February to honor President George Washington, an engineer.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day was just one of the E-Week at the U programs that brought pre-college students to campus. Approximately 300 high school students from around South Florida kicked off the week on Friday, February 17, by participating in Build It, a design competition sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. At Build It, Sebastian the Ibis welcomed the students and Miami-Dade County Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, the morning keynote speaker.

“You are the future of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics—and you will be the ones to build and improve our world,” Carvalho told the audience.

Other daily programming included the Graduate Engineering Student Council’s poster display session, which gave every engineering student an opportunity to see how researchers share their results. Eager throngs of undergraduates avidly listened to graduate students explain their work—showing just how important such efforts are for engineers developing new technologies and products.

Later in the week, the Biomedical Engineering Society hosted a Biomedical Industry Night with a panel discussion led by several noted alumni, followed by networking for students and professionals in the biosciences. The UM chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers welcomed UM President Julio Frenk and CoE Dean Jean-Pierre Bardet to a forum on STEM diversity—an evening devoted to supporting the ongoing efforts by senior leaders to build a culture of belonging and excellence for every student.

The UM chapter of engineering honor society Eta Kappa Nu hosted a programmable engine Raspberry Pi design competition, and the week wrapped up with a shoreline cleanup day sponsored by Engineers Without Borders, proving that engineering makes life better around the world and in our own South Florida back yard.

Of course, no E-Week is complete without fun, and the Society of Hispanic Engineers welcomed all students to a picnic for the U “familia.” The Institute of Industrial Engineers Dunk Tank was, as always, a welcome and fun way for students to unwind on the Engineering Green.

Bardet has a simple, yet profound, message for everyone who participated in National Engineers Week: “You’ll have the power to make a difference! By becoming an engineer, you solve problems that are important to society. Engineering is a ‘helping profession’ and as an engineer you can clean up the environment, develop new medicines to make life better for those who suffer, and solve problems to make the world a better place. But what really matters is that you’ll get to do societal good on a local and global scale.”

At the U, global impact starts in the classroom and extends to service and student leadership. Once again, the 2017 University of Miami College of Engineering E-Week highlighted how our engineers excel in the lab, in the community, and wherever they reach out to help encourage future STEM leaders.


Posted in Events, Freeze Frame, News, Priority: Home Page More NewsComments Off


E-Week Celebrates the Engineering Profession


High schoolers will tour College of Engineering labs during Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day on February 23.

The University of Miami’s Engineering Week (E-Week), which is designed to create awareness of the profession, as well as to highlight the scholarship and expertise of the University’s present and future engineers, kicked off on Friday with a Build-It event hosted by the UM chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for more than 300 high school students who visited campus to learn about the fundamental skills necessary to succeed in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields through problem-solving and creativity. Superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools Alberto Carvalho delivered opening remarks.

Activities for the always popular week continue at noon on Monday, February 20, when the UM chapter of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the honor society of electrical and computer engineers, hosts a Raspberry Pi Competition open to students from all STEM disciplines within the University. Contestants will show off their innovative prowess—from helping people with physical impairments operate everyday technology and computers to inventing wearable technology to enable better learning. The competition is a core part of UM’s ongoing work to make a difference in our community. The competition gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with engineering.

On Wednesday, February, 22, at 6:30 p.m., the UM chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) will present the STEM Diversity-A Forum, a dialogue between students and UM President Julio Frenk and College of Engineering Dean Jean-Pierre Bardet. They will discuss the challenges in higher education and at the U in recruiting African-American and minority faculty, and establishing and nurturing a culture of belonging and progress in supporting students of color to become technology leaders. Joining President Frenk and Dean Bardet will be a panel of graduate students, as well as representatives from Black Technology Weekend.

On Thursday, February 23, at 8 a.m., the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) will host UM’s celebration of National Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. The U takes great pride in having female enrollment in engineering at 28 percent, far above the approximately 19 percent nationwide average. This event will welcome more than 150 girls from high schools in South Florida for a day of lectures, lab tours, and design activities designed to kindle their interest in the world of engineering. The forum will be held at the Donna E. Shalala Student Center ballrooms.

The celebration of National Engineers Week was started in 1951 in conjunction with the birthday of President George Washington, who is considered the nation’s first engineer, notably for his survey work. For more information about E-Week visit coe.miami.edu/eweek.



Posted in Events, NewsComments Off


COE Distinguished Speaker Series Presents ‘Biologically Inspired Engineering: From Human Organs-on-Chips to Programmable Nanotherapeutics’ on March 6


Donald E. Ingber

Donald E. Ingber, founding director of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and a member of the National Academy of Medicine, will present a seminar entitled “Biologically Inspired Engineering: From Human Organs-on-Chips to Programmable Nanotherapeutics” at 3:30 p.m on Monday, March 6  in the Storer Auditorium at the School of Business Administration.

His  presentation will highlight the recent advances his team has made in engineering “organs-on-chips”—microfluidic devices lined with living human cells that are created with computer microchip manufacturing techniques that recapitulate organ-level structure and functions as a way to replace animal testing for drug development, mechanistic discovery, and personalized medicine.

This seminar is part of the College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series. For more information, call 305-284-2445 or email a.delllano@miami.edu.

This presentation will be broadcast live. To sign up for the live broadcast, please visit the event link: coe.miami.edu/speaker/Ingber



Posted in EventsComments Off


College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Eugenia Kalnay Presents ‘Modeling Sustainability: Coupling Earth and Human System Models’ February 6

Eugenia Kalnay

Eugenia Kalnay

Eugenia Kalnay, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland Baltimore, who served as branch head at NASA Goddard and as director of the National Weather Service’s Environmental Modeling Center of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction, will present “Modeling Sustainability: Coupling Earth and Human System Models” on Monday, February 6, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the McArthur Engineering Annex, room 202. Her talk will describe a prototype of a fully coupled Earth System model. For more information, call 305-284-2344 or email d.berio@miami.edu.

This presentation will be broadcast live. To sign up for the live broadcast please visit the event link: coe.miami.edu/speaker/kalnay.


Posted in Enrichment, EventsComments Off

Celik Receives Presidential Early Career Award


Celik Receives Presidential Early Career Award

Special to UM News


Nurcin Celik

Outgoing President Obama honored Nurcin Celik, associate professor in the College of Engineering’s Department of Industrial Engineering, with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). This award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

Celik is the first University of Miami recipient to be honored with a PECASE. The award recognizes her federally funded research into smart cities – specifically the use of dynamic data-driven multi-scale simulations for distributed energy systems in those cities.

“I congratulate these outstanding scientists and engineers on their impactful work,” President Obama said when he presented the awards. “These innovators are working to help keep the United States on the cutting edge, showing that federal investments in science lead to advancements that expand our knowledge of the world around us and contribute to our economy.”

Celik is one of 102 PECASE recipients for 2017. The awards recognize some of the nation’s finest scientists and engineers, who show exceptional potential for leadership in advancing scientific knowledge and engineering in the 21st century.

“All of us at the College of Engineering are excited to congratulate Nurcin on this extremely prestigious, well-deserved recognition. This award is a great honor to Nurcin, the industrial engineering department, the College of Engineering and the entire University of Miami,” said Jean-Pierre Bardet, dean of the University of Miami College of Engineering. “The PECASE is highly competitive, and recognizes not only the excellence and significance of Dr. Celik’s research contributions, but also her potential for future leadership and research impact.”

As part of her presidential award, the U.S. Department of Defense will grant Celik funding of $200,000 per year for five years to advance her research. She will also receive a citation and a plaque.

The awards, established by President Clinton in 1996, are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology, as well as their commitment to community service – as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education or community outreach.

To see the full list of the 102 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, click here.

Posted in Honors, News, Priority: Home Page TeaserComments Off

  • Features
  • Tags
  • Popular
  • Subscribe
  • Subscribe to the Veritas RSS Feed
    Get updates to all of the latest Veritas posts by clicking the logo at the right.

    You can also subscribe to specific categories by browsing to a particular section on our site and clicking the RSS icon below each section's header.

UM Facebook

UM Twitter