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UVM CEMS Quarterly Update: January 2020
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A Note from Dean Linda Schadler

Greetings and Happy New Year from CEMS! 

January has begun with a blast of fresh ideas and exciting work, including Josh Bongard and his team's revolutionary living robot research and the Complex Systems Center's open source research project with Google

Last semester was busy, as we brought in a record number of grants, began the curriculum revision, and hired a new laboratory manager and an Assistant Dean of Student Services. Jamie Catalan joins us from Case Western University, and KC Williams will join UVM on February third from Arizona State University (see stories below). We are excited to have them both in CEMS.

Our students continue to do amazing things, including projects in Africa, starting companies, securing fantastic jobs at NASA and being honored with membership in Phi Beta Kappa! Plus, the annual Computer Science Fair was a huge success. This is just a sampling of the exciting student activities in CEMS. 

The second annual STEM Career Fair will take place on February 4.  We are seeing a great deal of industry interest and are thrilled that so many companies are seeking CEMS students for internships and full time jobs.  

This letter also highlights some faculty awards and appointments, including Greg Rowangould's new role as the Director of the Transportation Research Center, Jeff Marshall's new role as the Assistant Dean of Research, and Bernard "Chip" Cole's new role as the NASA EPSCoR and Space Grant Director. 

I hope you enjoy reading the latest news and, as always, we look forward to hearing from you and would love to add some alumni stories to our news. Send us your reflections about your time at UVM!


Vanessa Myhaver ’20 Launches Toward NASA Career

Vanessa Myhaver_thumb-1“Complex Systems is a huge field of study that’s very, very new for the world,” says the senior, who recently worked in a coveted spot in NASA’s L’SPACE program. “And our school is one of the only ones to offer the right setting for it.”


Casey Husband ’20 Launches Global Defense and Military Contracting Company

EDGE Backpack_thumbThe EDGE Backpack’s innovative design, which recently won a U.S. patent, can save lives and help first responders during emergencies. The senior was inspired by a desire to help victims and emergency crews during mass shootings.


Jonathan Ferri ’20 and Madeleine McGill ’21 Share Their Work in Tanzania and Rwanda 

All of Baba Mwita_s Kids! Erin and Ergan helped us a lot with our homework tonight_thumbHow can we build better healthcare machinery to improve the lives of people in Tanzania and Rwanda? Madeleline McGill '21 and Jon Ferri '20 spent part of 2019 finding out.


Haley Warren ’20 Receives Prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor 

Haley Warren_presenting her work in Boston_thumbWarren’s studies on biomechanics and wearable robotics demonstrate her love of wisdom—not just knowledge—and have earned her accolades.


xenobot-organism-pair-100x100UVM team builds the first living robots. CEMS’ Josh Bongard and his team have repurposed living cells—scraped from frog embryos—and assembled them into entirely new life-forms. The remarkable research has appeared in countless international media outlets and is poised to revolutionize science.


complex_systems_innovation_hallway_100x100UVM’s Complex Systems Center advances open source research with support from Google. Peter Dodds, Jim Bagrow, Laurent Hébert-Dufresne, Juniper Lovato, and Nick Cheney will use a $1million gift to deepen understanding of how people, teams and organizations thrive in technology-rich settings.


Sansoz.thumbFrederic Sansoz featured in Nature Materials and Science Daily for the creation of a new class of super-strong conducting materials.



underwood-01Kristen Underwood is the recipient of the Richard W. Carbin Community Conservation Award, which recognizes those who demonstrate a commitment to conservation in their communities.


Girls Who Code100x100Lisa Dion inspires learning and Girls Who Code. A finalist for the prestigious ATHENA Senior Leadership Award, Dion displays her commitment to developing diverse STEM populations.


threatstack100x100CEMS Enters Research Partnership with Threatstack, a leading cloud-based security firm helmed by alum Brian Ahern '90.



STEM Networking Night 2019The UVM STEM Networking Night was a huge success for students connecting with employers. A record number of participants enriched their networks and built a path towards the future.



CSFair 2019The Annual CS Fair showcased stellar work, including apps, games, maps, and more. The breadth of work was astounding--featuring everything from solutions for climate change issues to identifying free spaces on campus. Students, faculty, and staff interacted with folks from C2, Dealer.com, and much much more. 


KCWilliams100x100KC Williams Joins CEMS as Assistant Dean of Student Services. We are thrilled to welcome KC Williams as the new Assistant Dean of Student Services in CEMS. Williams has held a number of positions during her distinguished career, most recently as the Director of African American Student Affairs at the University of Arizona. In addition to her work as a sociology instructor and advocate for diverse student populations, Williams has been active with many service and community organizations, including the National Diversity Council, presented at several conferences, and published work in a variety of distinguished journals. Williams will join CEMS on February 3. Help us welcome her!


Jamie CatalanJamie Catalan is CEMS’ New Lab Manager. CEMS’ Labs are in good hands, as we welcome Jamie Catalan as the new Lab Manager. Catalan holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and has a breadth of knowledge—along with a can-do attitude!—that will benefit students, faculty, and staff as they engage in their work. Jamie’s office is in Votey 114. Drop him a line at jdcatala@uvm.edu.



Gregory Rowangould has been named the new Director of the Transportation Research Center. Greg’s areas of expertise are transportation system and land-use modeling; mobile source emissions and air quality analysis; regional transportation planning; transportation policy analysis; and active travel (bicycling and walking).


jeff_marshall100x100Jeff Marshall has been named the new Associate Dean of Research. In this position, Jeff will be supporting the submission of large interdisciplinary grants, the development of improved grant writing skills, and a variety of other research related activities in the college including undergraduate research experiences. 


chip coleBernard "Chip" Cole is the new NASA EPSCOR and Space Grant Director. Chip comes to this position with a huge amount of experience in both higher ed administration and center director experience (as well as his own strong scholar/teacher career).  His most recent position has been as a co-director of the Cancer Control and Population Health Sciences Research Program, UVM Cancer Center. 


EBE_Mads Almassalkhi100x100CEMS Faculty Win Local IEEE Chapter Awards

Mads Almassalkhi: Outstanding Young Professional Engineer, Faculty of the Year


Hamid O at IEEE awards-1Hamid Ossareh: Innovator of the Year

Congratulations to our stellar colleagues!

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