UVM CEMS Spire - May 2009
A Message from Dean Grasso

Greetings to our Spire readership!

It's hard to believe that another academic year has come to a close. UVM's 205th Commencement exercises were concluded on May 17th, and the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences' faculty were proud to award many Ph.D.'s, Master's and Bachelor of Science degrees to very happy students. On the CEMS website, you may find text versions of the Invocation, and Commencement Address, delivered by Dr. Paul Brandt-Rauf, Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois, Chicago and a member of the Board of Directors of Engineers without Borders.

This time of year also brings the close of the admissions season, and I am proud to announce that the College had over 2000 applications for about 200 openings. We somewhat overshot our target with an entering class of 230 first year students (a 12% increase over last year).

In addition to these new students, the Fall will also see two new degree offerings - a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (no disciplinary designation) and a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering - as well as a new graduate certificate in Complex Systems.

I'm pleased to announce several awards that were presented during our Commencement exercises:

» School of Engineering Assistant Professor Frederic Sansoz received the 2009 Milton Silveira Distinguished Junior Faculty award. This award is presented to the junior faculty member in CEMS who "best embodies a 'pioneering spirit,' drive and potential to succeed at the highest levels of his or her profession." Professor Sansoz was also awarded an NSF CAREER award earlier this year.

» Graduating Senior Joseph S. Krupa received the Vermont Student Engineer of the Year award for "outstanding scholastic achievement and participation in University-related activities."

» Graduating Senior Jacqueline E. Bell received the Brett Vincent Gorky Dean's Recognition award for "demonstrating extraordinary qualities of integrity, and commitment to others through outstanding service to faculty, staff, and students of the College."

Finally, this issue of Spire - our ninth - will be my last as Dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. I have recently accepted the position of Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate College here at UVM. I have been honored to work with the CEMS community over these past four-and-a-half years, and my decision to take this next position was not an easy one. I would not have stood for the position had I not believed that the College is extremely strong and is on a sustainable path for continued success. Due to the efforts of the faculty, staff, and board of advisors, we can proudly point to record student applications, steadily increasing student enrollments, a growing visibility in highest quality research and scholarship across disciplines, exciting new degree programs, and many examples of partnerships with business, government, and nonprofit interests throughout Vermont, our nation, and the world.

It's been my honor and pleasure to have served this great College and I look forward to many continued collaborations from my new position.

Go Cats,
Domenico Grasso, Dean

Fall 2009 New Offering: BS in Engineering Degree

In Fall 2009, UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) will re-offer a Bachelor's of Science degree in Engineering. This non-departmental degree is designed for students who want a strong engineering science base in preparation for an interdisciplinary engineering specialty. more

Cathy Bliss Awarded Complex Systems Graduate Assistantship

The College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) and the Graduate College at UVM are delighted to announce that Catherine Bliss will be awarded the first of CEMS' highly competitive Complex Systems Graduate Assistantships.

Cathy has a stellar and highly diverse academic record, with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Mathematics from Syracuse University (1995), an MS in Mathematics from the University of Vermont (2000), an MA in Marine Affairs from the University of Miami (2007), and numerous awards and honors. She has also studied abroad in Tanzania and Jamaica, and lived overseas (Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Virgin Islands and Costa Rica), which has afforded her with a unique vantage point from which to understand both the theory of environmental protection and the socioeconomic challenges of implementing protection. more

Update: Owen Brady and the UVM Ballroom Dance Team

Spire Readers: In the Fall 2008 issue of Spire, we featured CEMS engineering student Owen Brady. Read on for an update on Owen and the UVM Ballroom Dance team.

As anyone who has tried to learn a second language knows, languages can be tough to learn and even more challenging to master. CEMS student Owen Brady has taken great strides in the Spring 2009 semester towards mastering his language of choice: ballroom dancing. more

UVM CEMS Student Supports Emerging Vermont Business in Energy Conservation

Over the past year, the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) and UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) worked together to successfully match the skills of a UVM graduate student in computer science with the needs of an emerging Vermont software company promoting energy conservation solutions, Kilawatt Technologies.

Supported by a fellowship from the Vermont Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), graduate student Zhao Li has been working with Kilawatt Technologies for the past four months. more

IEEE CIS Grant Awarded to Josh Payne

Dr. Joshua L. Payne has received a Walter Karpuls Summer Research Award from the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. This award recognizes graduate students for research in evolutionary computation, neural networks, and fuzzy systems. Josh's project is entitled "Toward computational evolution: incorporating ecological interactions and conditional dispersal into biologically-inspired algorithms." The award funds living expenses for a two-month period in Vienna, Austria where Joshua will continue his research with leading evolutionary biologist, Ulf Dieckmann, at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). more

Fall 2009 New Offering: BS in Engineering Degree
Bliss Awarded Complex Systems Graduate Assistantship
Update: Owen Brady and the Ballroom Dance Team
UVM CEMS Student Supports Emerging Vermont Business in Energy Conservation
IEEE CIS Grant Awarded to Josh Payne
Featured Student:
Jill Rademacher
Featured Faculty Member:
Dr. Arne Bomblies

Featured Student: Jill Rademacher

Jill Rademacher with the 1st-place American East Tournament Trophy from Hartford, CT

Jill Rademacher, engineering student and Vermont women's basketball player, was just five when she tossed her first basketball. "There was nice dirt and a hoop against our barn," she says. Little did she know that basketball would later earn her a college scholarship to the University of Vermont. more

Featured Faculty Member: Dr. Arne Bomblies

Dr. Arne Bomblies' research focuses on curtailing the spread of malaria, a significant global health challenge that accounts for one-third of all worldwide deaths of children under five. more

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