UVM CEMS Spire - January 2010
A Message from the Interim Dean

Dear CEMS alums, students, faculty,
staff, and friends,

Happy New Year! I wish each of you all the best for 2010.

If you haven't had the opportunity to view the December 2009 Spire Flash video, please take a few moments to see some of the great things going in our college.

I am pleased to announce that Doug Dickey will serve as the new Assistant Dean for CEMS. Doug is a UVM alumnus, having earned a master's degree in Mathematics and a second master's degree in Statistics, both from UVM. Doug is a long-time citizen of CEMS and has eight years of service as a member of the teaching faculty in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He also brings a wealth of experience in resource management and general education. Doug begins this position working at 50% with our current Assistant Dean, Dan Harvey, until July 2010 when Dan begins his full time appointment in the Office of the Vice President for Research at UVM.

Dan Harvey has done a magnificent job at CEMS for the last five years, and we will certainly miss him. Fortunately for us, Dan is only moving across campus, so we will still have the pleasure of interacting with Dan in his new role.

Student applications to CEMS are well above last year's total of 2,056. We currently have over 2,200 applications for approximately 200 openings in the first year class. It is wonderful that interest in CEMS programs continues to rise and that so many young people are considering careers in Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics. I very much look forward to welcoming the CEMS class of 2014 to campus!

Please feel free to contact me with your comments, suggestions, or any alumni news.
Bernard Cole
Bernard "Chip" Cole, PhD Interim Dean of CEMS and Professor of Statistics

Engineers Without Borders

Try to imagine life without the guarantee of sanitary water and medical care, and you'll understand why UVM students are engaged in creating solutions for communities in developing countries. These efforts are improving the quality of life for thousands through environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects.

The UVM chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is one of over 200 developing and established chapters involved in over 170 projects in 41 countries.

EWB-UVM has partnered with the Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE) department at UVM and Dr. Dan Baker to work on creating more efficient ovens for over 1,000 small-scale Honduran farmers. Without such stoves, farmers will burn rubber tires for fuel as deforestation drives up wood prices. more

UVM Students Create Robots...and Action Videos!

Students in CS195 are anything but bored! Taught by Senior Lecturer Jackie Horton in the UVM CEMS Department of Computer Science, the students were very successful this fall in designing, building and programming robots — even creating action videos that are both entertaining and educational.

Mindstorms Strikeout Baseball Mindstorms Strikeout Baseball
Mark Cooper, Shawn Bonneau and Mike Wheeler had fun implementing a baseball game that uses two independent Lego Mindstorm bricks — one for the pitcher, one for the batter.
Egg-Sorting Robot Egg-Sorting Robot
Chris Swanson, Wiliam Purcell and Jorge Logan Arias explored factory automation with their egg sorter.
NXJ Piano Player NXJ Piano Player
Bernadette Gill, Noah White-Hammerslough and Al Harnisch taught their Lego Mindstorm to play the keyboard.
RecycleBot RecycleBot
Austin Emmons, Borja Garcia Sanchez and Naomi Pollica created a robot that sorts recyclables.
Rover Rover
Ron Magnuson, Phil Plourde and Evan Selleck created a robot that is controlled using a Wii remote and wireless internet signals; both the robot and the controlling computer have webcams.

Supplies for the robot projects were provided in part by Dr Joshua Bongard, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science. Known nationally and internationally for his cutting edge research on self-healing robotics, Bongard has received several prestigious and highly competitive awards for his research. more

National Engineers Week

Engineers Week is dedicated to sustaining and growing a dynamic engineering profession, and focuses on creating a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce. Universities and colleges around the world will hold E-Week festivities, competitions, speakers and special presentations the week of February 14-20, 2010.

Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), Engineers Week is supported by over 75 engineering, professional and technical societies and more than 50 corporations and government agencies, including President Obama who launched the "Educate to Innovate" campaign designed to improve the participation and performance of America's students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM Education). more

UVM Students Create Robots & Action Videos!
Without Borders
Engineers Week February 14-20, 2010
Video Exclusive! What Happens When Bacteria Go to Mars? With Featured Faculty
Member Dr. Jane Hill
Featured Alumnus:
Tony Bonaccio '85


Video Exclusive:
What Happens When Bacteria Go to Mars?

Research on bacteria by Dr. Jane Hill, professor in the School of Engineering, will be featured on the Vermont Public Television series "Emerging Science." Hill is part of the "Food Pathogens" episode that airs Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 9 pm, and Sunday February 21, 2010 at 1 pm.

In August 2009, Dr. Hill was funded by NASA to study the impact of space on pathogenic bacteria. The award was featured in the Burlington Free Press. Her work has also been written up in the Boston Globe and other outlets.


Tony Bonaccio is a chip design engineer and lecturer in the School of Engineering at UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) and teaches Principles of VLSI Digital Circuit Design (EE222).

Bonaccio holds 54 IBM patents and is one of the creators of the chip used in Microsoft's Xbox produced by IBM. more

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