Welcome to the first of many quarterly updates on CEMS! We are on the move and want to keep you updated as CEMS continues to grow and increase in impact.
This is my first winter in Vermont and I am loving it. Tom and I have long been alpine skiers, but we both bought skate cross country skis this year and have been out enjoying the good snow on both types of skis. We have also been exploring the many wonderful restaurants and other Vermont specialties (such as the Darn Tough sock sale).
The academic year has been a whirlwind so far. I am meeting people across UVM, and learning a lot about how the campus operates. I have met some fascinating alumni and leaders of Vermont based companies and research labs. It is clear that UVM is a special place with many wonderful students, faculty, staff, graduates and supporters.
Opportunities for CEMS to build partnerships abound! In order to focus the talent and resources of CEMS we have embarked on a strategic planning process (called Scenario Planning). The process has allowed for input from students, alumni, faculty and staff. This spring we are spending time getting feedback on the draft. I look forward to sharing the final version with you in the next quarterly update.
If you have ideas on what you would like to see in this quarterly update, or any exciting alumni stories you have to share, please let me know. It was such fun this fall to meet some of the members of the 50th Reunion Class of 1969, and see the photographs of them erecting the Hyperbolic Paraboloid Shell (see the images below). Thanks to Jim Durochie for sharing. What a great example of math and engineering at work! It was a different time, but the pendulum is swinging back towards more project based classes. Our Fab Lab, machine shop, and renovated lab spaces are enabling that.