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SUMMIT

SUMMIT is a semiannual magazine published by the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS). Each issue explores the College's rich offerings in scholarship, education and service. CEMS alumni are encouraged to submit news for future issues. Please send your name, graduating class and news to summit@uvm.edu.

Spring 2017 Issue

In this issue:

  • CEMS News & Updates
  • A New Wrinkle in Conductivity
  • Reddit Brings Evolutionary Robotics Class to the World
  • UVM's New Data Science Degree
  • Greed for Speed
  • Making it Real
  • Alumni Spotlight: Nick Strayer
  • Looking Back: When Votey was New
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Fall 2016 Issue

In this issue:

  • CEMS News & Updates
  • CEMS Welcomes New Faculty and Staff
  • Healing with Seaweed
  • Alternative Energy Racing Organization
  • Racing Toward the Future
  • Close to You: Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering: New Major Opens Cutting Edge Field to Students
  • Innovation in Action: Senior Projects Design Night Showcases Engineering for the Community
  • Alumni Spotlight: Cynthia Barnhart, Nicole Mason, Greg Santoro
  • Engineers Across Centuries
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Spring 2016 Issue

In this issue:

  • FEATURE STORY: LEARNING THROUGH SERVICE
    For their senior capstone, students in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Program help area nonprofit and government agencies move forward with engineering projects.
  • SHOWCASING INNOVATION
    Computer science students participate in CS Fair to display their creations.
  • CEMS CLUBS LIVEN UP SCIENCE FOR KIDS
    Club members have middle schoolers test their engineering prowess.
  • BUILDING APPS FOR CLASS
    Students learn the ins and outs of app-making in Chris Skalka’s Mobile and Embedded Devices class.
  • ADDING RENEWABLES TO THE GRID
    $1.5 million grant will help CEMS professors research ways to make the electric grid accommodate power from renewable energy sources.
  • DIRTY PIPELINE
    Study shows how fracking interacts with abandoned wells to release methane.
  • CELEBRATING DIY
    Maker Faire pairs with engineering competition to introduce kids in grades K-12 to STEM fields.
  • WHAT MAKES A SKI HUM?
    Olympic Skier uses Advanced Structural Analysis to study beam loads and go faster.
  • ALUMNI PROFILE: KEN PIDGEON ’84
  • JOSH BONGARD TALKS ROBOTS ON REDDIT
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Fall 2015 Issue

In this issue:

  • ENGINEERING THE CLASSROOM
    How the new Vermont Engineering Initiative is preparing K-12 teachers to add engineering design to their curricula.
  • DISCOVER CEMS
    The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont hits the sweet spot of summer learning, while UVM breaks ground on its new STEM building complex.
  • NEW FACULTY SPOTLIGHT
    The next wave of new faculty and staff at CEMS spans expertise in fields ranging from big data to geotechnical engineering.
  • A BRIDGE TO CROSS
    A model steel bridge from the college’s ASCE student chapter scores high marks in the National Steel Bridge Competition.
  • MAKING THE SMART GRID SMARTER
    Funded by the National Science Foundation, an interdisciplinary team at CEMS is tackling problems such as energy conservation and climate change.
  • SPARKING NEW IDEAS
    Four CEMS research groups win seed grants for moving their ideas to the marketplace.
  • A FLUID SITUATION
    CEMS professor George Pinder applies modern medicine to an age-old ecological problem.
  • HACKING 101
    An all-night hackathon in Votey Hall leads to new apps for improving student life at UVM.
  • SHOOTING FOR THE STARS
    How Professor Doug Fletcher is studying the ways materials perform in the hostile environments of space.
  • THE LIVES OF STRUCTURES
    New techniques are helping Professor Eric Hernandez predict the life spans of bridges and buildings.
  • WHERE NUMBERS MEET MEDICINE
    The FDA looks to UVM biostatistician Chip Cole in assessing biosimilars, or generic copies of biological drugs.
  • MAKING THE GRADE: STUDENT PROFILES
    How Katherine King’s love of math and stats led to her new job with the Mayo Clinic, while Presidential scholar Nick Martin aims for the aerospace industry.
  • A TWITTER EARLY WARNING SYSTEM
    A team of CEMS scientists taps the social-media network to mine evidence of drug interactions.
  • A LEGACY OF GENEROSITY
    Growing up poor in the Northeast Kingdom sparked a desire in Richard Fisher ’47 to give back to CEMS.
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Spring 2015 Issue

In this issue:

  • THE PROBLEM OF SCOUR
    CEMS engineers are studying how the force of water – including floods and ice – impacts the state’s 4,000 bridges.
  • THE MONTHS OF THE SKINNY COWS
    The College’s Engineers Without Borders chapter is creating a greywater recycling solution with a Nicaraguan village.
  • HATCHING AN INVENTION
    CEMS students take on the delicate problem of creating a small-scale egg-washing machine.
  • TINY TURBINES
    How bamboo’s growth patterns inspired the design of a small-scale wind turbine – built of bamboo, of course.
  • FLUID DYNAMICS
    CEMS Board of Advisors Chair Jack Scambos talks about his vision for the college and how water resources can play a part.
  • CYNTHIA BARNHART
  • Barnhart ’81 talks about becoming the first woman appointed as MIT’s chancellor.
  • THE HIDDEN DANGERS OF BIODIESEL
    Professors Britt Holmén and Naomi Fukagawi discuss the human health impacts of using biodiesel.
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Fall 2014 Issue

In this issue:

  • Transforming STEM at UVM: A $104 million capital building project will transform the heart of UVM’s campus with 250,000 square feet of space devoted to the STEM fields.
  • LOOKING TO THE STARS: For more than two decades, NASA’s Space Grant Program has given liftoff to innovations from Vermont scientists.
  • THE POWER OF A SURFBOARD: How one CEMS graduate, inspired by Engineers Without Borders, is helping a rural Costa Rican village.
  • CHANGING THE PARADIGM: The Vermont Mathematics Initiative is transforming the state’s K-12 math teachers.
  • ITS A FAB LAB WORLD: CEMS’ Fab Lab is taking a leaf from the Maker movement, exploring art and technology.
  • 3 NEW CONNECTIONS: Jeff Buzas, the new chair of CEMS’ Department of Mathematics & Statistics, on NEW FACULTY SPOTLIGHT
  • Jeff Buzas, the new chair of CEMS’ Department of Mathematics & Statistics, on his vision for the department.
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Spring 2014 Issue

In this issue:

  • FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: From Josh Bongard’s evolutionary robotics to Sheila Weaver’s emphasis on stats and service learning, CEMS faculty and staff are making a difference.
  • A PASSION FOR RESEARCH: A program created by Richard Barrett ’66 is creating a legacy of innovative undergraduate research.
  • DOW JONES OF HAPPINESS: How the Complex Systems Center at CEMS is tracking Twitter to measure the world’s happiness.
  • BREWING INTERNSHIPS: With Burlington’s thriving tech scene and CEMS’ commitment to career development, students are finding rewarding summer roles.
  • THE CAPSTONE CHALLENGE: How engineering seniors are helping solve problems for the likes of Burton Snowboards to the town of Essex.
  • CREATIVE SOLUTIONS: An interview with CEMS’ Dean Garcia
Download the Inaugural Edition of SUMMIT, Spring 2014