The Right Time for the PanicMechanic
BME’s Ryan McGinnis is one of the developers of a new app that could help panic attack sufferers manage their anxiety—during the Coronavirus pandemic and beyond.
Living Robots Create Global Media Splash
New creatures, called “xenobots,” were designed on a supercomputer at UVM by CS professor Joshua Bongard and his graduate student Sam Kriegman. The whole world is talking about them, from The New York Times, CNN, and more!
Engineering for Speed: Ogden Wins NCAA Championship
The CEMS sophomore triumphs in a major 10-kilometer ski race.
CEMS RESEARCH AND GRANT NEWS
UVM has received $30,000 in BRAID funding for 2020. The BRAID initiative (Building, Recruiting, And Inclusion for Diversity), co-led by AnitaB.org and Harvey Mudd College, launched in September 2014 in partnership with 15 universities across the nation. BRAID Schools implement efforts to increase the participation of students from underrepresented groups in their undergraduate CS programs.
UVM’s team placed in the Top 5 and earned the award for best international team at the annual Engineering and Commerce (ENGCOMM) case competition at Concordia University in Montreal in February. UVM was the only US team, with other teams coming from Egypt, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, and throughout Canada. Cases combined engineering and business, requiring integrated solutions, and were real problems provided by sponsors GlobalMedic (disaster relief), L3 Harris (defense), and ESB (electric utility). UVM team members were Nate Gourd (Finance and Global business), Ian Kosnik (Environmental), Cameron Nash (Marketing), and Dante Newman (Mechanical).
- Cold Region Research Laboratory awarded a joint $3.7 million grant to UVM over the next 3 years.
- The CS department received a $1 million pilot grant with Google to study open source software team optimization.
- Senator Leahy announced a $3 million grant to establish a National Center on Restorative Justice at Vermont Law School. Members of UVM CEMS, including Abigail Crocker, form the Justice Research Initiative to engage in this important work.
- Vermont Space Grant recently celebrated NASA’s Space Grant’s 30th anniversary by being chosen to present an exhibit at a consortium in Washington, D.C.
- Frederic Sansoz has been named an ASME Fellow.
- Matthew Scarborough is the Early Career winner for the Environmental Engineering Division of ASEE for the 2020 conference.
- Rachael Oldinski won the GSS Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award.
- John Lens is one of two winners of UVM’s Outstanding New Service-Learning Faculty Awards.
- Niccolo Fiorentino won the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative Young Investigator Award.
- CEE graduate student Bijay KC has been selected as the Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year (in the lab/field instruction) by the Graduate College.
- Mathematics graduate student Patrick Mullins has been selected Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) of the Year in the Lecture Instruction category.
Congratulations to all of our CEMS faculty and students for their hard work and excellence!