Student internships, faculty awards, new initiatives, and more--see what's been happening at CEMS over the past few months!
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A Note from Dean Linda Schadler

The students are back! It is always fun to start UVM’s “Week of Welcome” and feel the students' energy as they move into the residence halls, reconnect with the campus, and start classes. The hallways are once again full of laughter, and students are roaming the green spaces and enjoying the beautiful Autumn weather. 

This year we are especially blessed because Innovation is open, Votey renovation is complete, and we added three new active learning classrooms. We also renovated the first floor of Perkins and have a new welcome center that includes a Tau Beta Pi Student Lounge and Student Services Center. Faculty, staff, and students are enjoying their new spaces!

DSC00147In CEMS, we have started implementing the Strategic Plan. The curriculum committee and diversity and inclusion committee started their work in August. The new Directors of Curricular Enrichment, Courtney Giles and Priyantha Wijesinghe, have begun planning pedagogy workshops and leading the transformation of the curriculum. We sent two teams of faculty to teaching workshops this summer and they will soon share what they learned with the College. 

The faculty have been busy this summer with research and we are happy to announce several new large research grants (story below). Several of our faculty have been in the national news (see stories below). Mandar DeWoolkar was named a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and Jianke Yang was elected a fellow of  The Optical Society of America (OSA).  This honor is only for the very best in their field. Congratulations, Mandar and Jianke!

Last year was a busy year for hiring. We have 12 new faculty members (story below), and three new staff members. Please welcome Becca Kronenbitter, Career Readiness Coordinator; Geeda Searfoorce, Communications Director; and Lisa Washburn, Student Services Departmental Administrator. Keith Saunders has joined us full time as support in the machine shop and the Fablab. 

Student News
UVM senior Lara Weed just completed two back-to-back co-op internships researching wearable sensors at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (M.I.T.'s) Lincoln Laboratory. Read about how her UVM education has propelled her forward.
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Isabelle Fisher is one of four biomedical engineering students teaming up with Dr. Prema Menon, a Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician at UVM Medical Center and an Assistant Professor at UVM's Larner College of Medicine, to create a device that helps patients communicate when they are on life support and can't speak. Watch WCAX's coverage of their work.
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Avrey Carifa ('20) received an award for exceptional contribution during her NASA internship this summer. She, along with other UVM students, landed outta-sight NASA internships and reflect on their long-term impact. Read about their successes.
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AERO Participates in the Maker Faire
Students in the Alternative Energy Racing Organization (AERO) brought the hybrid vehicle they built to the recent Champlain Mini Maker Faire at Shelburne Farms. See what's next for this engaged club.

CSWD Service Learning CLass

Service Learning in Action
Last semester, students in the CE 182 lab class engaged in a service-learning project with Chittenden County Solid Waste District (CSWD)—and alumni Josh Tyler!—as the community partner. Watch the fascinating video.

FabLabDemo_1The UVM CEMS FabLab has already hit the road this fall, sharing 3d printing technologies and more at the Champlain Maker Faire, the Vermont Manufacturing Summit and with local K-12 schools.




New Active Learning Classrooms
Votey 229 and Innovation E204 and E210 are our new active learning classrooms, which can be reconfigured for teamwork, projects, lectures, and discussions. Student laptop screens can be displayed from the walls. These rooms are leading to engaged student learning and collaboration!

College News

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Chris Danforth, Peter Dodds, Aaron J. SchwartzJarlath P. M. O'Neil‐Dunne, and Taylor H. Ricketts were featured in the Washington Post for their research demonstrating the association between nature contact and improved mood. Read the article, “Visiting a park boosts your happiness like Christmas morning, new research shows,” and then get outside!

(Thank you, in Abenaki)

Scott Hamshaw Greylock Statue

Scott Hamshaw appeared in the Burlington Free Press this past August, adjusting a Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) device he used to make a 3-D surface scan of the deteriorating wooden statue of Chief Grey Lock in Battery Park. His efforts will ensure that the statue—important to the Missisquoi Abenaki Nation and all Vermonters—has a future as well as a rich past. 


The Threat Stack Cybersecurity Fellowship is an exciting new collaboration between Threat Stack, a fast-growing cloud cybersecurity company helmed by alumni Brian Ahern, and the Department of Computer Science's Research Group in Security and Privacy. Chris Skalka and a diverse team secured this fellowship through a lot of hard work! Read about all the connections this important fellowship is making.

David Darais received two significant grants associated with the new Computer Security and Privacy Interdisciplinary Research Group:

  • NSF grant "SHF: Medium: Collaborative Research: Synthesizing Verified Analyzers for Critical Software"
  • IARPA HECTOR grant "The PANTHEON Platform for Secure Computation"

Donna Rizzo and James Bagrow are working with an interdisciplinary UVM team, lead by internationally recognized forest researcher Professor Tony D’Amato, to develop a sensor network in UVM’s Research Forests. Funding secured from the National Science Foundation will support the sensor network, which will monitor forest health and eventually be situated throughout the Northeast.

CEMS is thrilled to welcome a dozen new colleagues this year! These folks are each engaged in rigorous research and bring an excellence to teaching that will enrich our students immeasurably. 
Mathematics and Statistics

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Theodore Owen, Lecturerowen-small-01


Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

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Juan Jose Uriarte, Lecturer uriarte-01


Mechanical Engineering

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

cdeocampo-01Clelia Marti De Ocampo, Assistant Professor 


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Gregory Rowangould, Associate Professor


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Mandar Dewoolkar has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) because of his celebrated contributions and creative solutions that change lives around the world. It is a prestigious honor held by 3% of ASCE members.

Jianke Yang_croppedIn recognition of Jianke Yang's strong contributions in the field of optics, he  was recently elected a fellow of The Optical Society of America (OSA).

Bronze is Best!

2019 Diversity Recognition Badge - Bronze

CEMS has been awarded the prestigious Bronze Level Award for the 2019 The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Diversity Recognition Program. This is the highest recognition ASEE gives at this time and this achievement reflects CEMS’ commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment.

We're #1 (for the second year in a row)! 
UVM Ranks #1 for Best Schools for Environment Engineering in Vermont in 2019 Report

Biggest and smartest class ever for CEMS
The incoming undergraduate class at the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences is our largest and most academically advanced yet. CEMS' future is bright!

Accelerated Master's programs at UVM
CEMS' Accelerated Master’s Programs (AMPs) offer tremendous opportunities and value for scholars as they launch into their careers with firm footing and a breadth of industry knowledge. Learn more and spread the word! 


We are incredibly grateful to the following people for their generosity and abiding belief in CEMS' students and the future of the College:

  • Bill and Rachel Rowland created The Rowland CEMS Dean’s Fund, an estate bequest that will create an endowment for the Dean to use on CEMS priorities.
  • Walker Kimball's gift institutes The Walker Kimball Scholarship Fund, an endowment for civil engineering scholarships.
  • Dan Croteau generously donated to launch The Croteau Fund for Biomedical Innovation.
  • MITRE Corporation established The MITRE PhD Fellowship in Complex Systems, which provides fellowship support for graduate students pursuing a PhD in Complex Systems with meritorious achievements and an interest in computational finance.
  • Neal Margulis graciously added to The Neal Margulis Scholarship Fund to ensure a thriving scholarship endowment for computer science undergraduates.
  • Gerry Beatty established The Gerry Beatty CEMS Dean’s Fund for the strength and vitality of CEMS.
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