University of Vermont

School of Engineering

UVM lead institution in NSF award focused on cultivating systems thinking in undergraduates

Release Date: 10-22-2007

Author: Dawn Densmore

Jeff FrolikThe National Science Foundation (NSF) has approved a three-year project involving the University of Vermont as the lead Institution together with the University of South Florida, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Hawaii.

Dr. Jeff Frolik, assistant professor in the School of Engineering, will serve as the principal investigator (PI) for UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS). As a collaborative submittal, the other universities also have PIs: Drs. Tom Weller, Paul Flikkema, and Wayne Shiroma, respectively.

The $500,000 project, entitled "Collaborative Project: Multi-University Systems Education (MUSE) – A Model for Undergraduate Learning of Complex-Engineered Systems," will focus on the development of new elective curricula designed to cultivate systems thinking in undergraduates using wireless sensor networks as a model for designing complex-engineered systems.

The project will also support a senior design track where students will collaborate across universities to develop projects related to wireless sensor networks for environmental monitoring.

"I'm very excited about this award," says Frolik. "We have already enlisted a group of faculty from engineering and other disciplines who are interested in extending this collaboration, along with industrial partners wishing to be involved."

For more information about this project, contact Dr. Jeff Frolik (, Assistant Professor, CEMS School of Engineering.