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Alumni Connections:
College of Engineering and Applied Science,
August 2010
Dear ,
 
DandapaniGreetings from the UCCS College of Engineering and Applied Science. 
 
It is the start of another exciting academic year and we would like to thank you for remaining a part of the UCCS College of Engineering and Applied Science community.  This newsletter remains a partnership between the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the University Events and Alumni Relations office. With their help, you will continue to receive UCCS alumni news, and you will also receive news from the College.
 
In the latest issue of U.S. News and World Report, the magazine's editors ranked the UCCS undergraduate engineering program seventh in the nation among public engineering schools offering bachelor's and master's degrees. The September issue of U.S. News and World Report, to be released Aug. 31, will also provide highlights of how more than 1,400 schools are ranked. The undergraduate engineering program at UCCS was ranked in the same category as U.S. military academies with several ties in the rankings.
 
To report on more exciting news, enrollment is up and UCCS has reached beyond the goal it has set in past years. To keep you abreast on past and upcoming events, the Engineering Advisory Board (EAB) established last year has been contributing to the growth and development here in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Through all the things this board accomplished in its six months of activity last year, much more lies ahead for the first full year of the EAB. It has promised to combine the College of Engineering and Applied Science to a team of representatives of our community with the mission of illuminating, investigating, and innovating. 
 
We want to thank you again for enduring with us as part of our community, college and commitment to excellence.
 
Sincerely,
 
R. Dandapani
Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Science
U.S. News 2011 Best Colleges Guide: UCCS Seventh in the West, Engineering Lauded
 
Clock Tower CloseWASHINGTON, D.C. - Undergraduate engineering at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is among the best in the nation and the high-quality of all programs makes UCCS among the best public universities in the Western United States, according to the editors of U.S. News and World Report. (More)
EAS Welcomes New Faculty Members
 
Chuan YueDr. Chuan Yue is our newest Computer Science professor coming from the College of William and Mary, Department of Computer Science, Williamsburg, VA. He received his diploma in Computer Science from Xidian University of China in 1996 and received his M.S. degree in Computer Science just three short years later. Before joining our faculty this Fall 2010 semester Professor Yue finished his PhD in Computer Science at William and Mary. His research interests include web-based systems, cyber security, computer and information security, human-computer interaction, collaborative computing, distributed and parallel computing, and cloud computing. He has been awarded several conference grants, outstanding student awards and added to the System Verification Hall of Fame. Professor Yue was also given the Graduate Research Symposium Award for Excellence in the Scholarship in the Natural and Computational Sciences.  More of his recent highlights are publishing in competitive conferences such as WWW, USENIX ATC and Ubicomp and filing four U.S. patent applications at the College of William and Mary.
 
Michael CalvisiDr. Michael Calvisi is our latest addition to our Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department coming from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He received his diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 1992 from the University of California, Berkeley and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Science and Technology in 2004 and 2006, respectively. His research interests are numerical and analytical methods in fluid mechanics, bio-fluids, multiphase flows, cavitations, bubble dynamics, interfacial flows, transport phenomena, dynamical systems and applied mathematics. He has received some of the most noted academic honors and awards and, on the way, has developed professional affiliations with the American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics, Honor Society Membership, Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma and Golden Key, and is a registered professional mechanical engineer in the large state of California. He currently has two manuscripts in progress and provides fundamental views and experience to our college of engineering team.
Centennial Hall Opens with Fanfare
 
Centennial HallAt an Aug. 19 dedication ceremony, Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak officially re-named the Science Building Centennial Hall and concluded a year-long, $17 million renovation project. (More)
 
The Colorado Springs Gazette also wrote about Centennial Hall in UCCS science building enters modern age with new look, name.
 
In addition, KOAA aired an interview with a UCCS vice chancellor in New science building at UCCS.
Bachelor of Innovation Students Start Spin-Off Company and Win NSF SBIR Grant
 
Bachelor of InnovationSteve Basset, the first BI graduate, is now president of Syberenety, the first spin-off of the BI program. The BI faculty have been working with Steve and other BI students on the underlying technology, and last year, the team worked on grant proposals to fund a technology startup. They successfully competed for an NSF SBIR for $150,000 that started in January 2010 and will fund Steve as the company president with a subcontract back to UCCS that will support other BI students.
 
Learn more about the BI program online.
CU Scientists Secure $847 Million in Research Funding
 
testUniversity of Colorado faculty researchers on four campuses secured more than $847 million in sponsored research funding in fiscal year 2009-10 to advance scientific work in laboratories and in the field, remaining highly competitive among peers despite the economic downturn.
 
UCCS researchers received more than $8 million in sponsored research funding. Important ARRA-funded projects included the $415,000 NSF grant won by an engineering professor to develop high-performance batteries for hybrid vehicles, and a $314,000 grant won by a psychology professor to support geriatrics research. (More)
 
Other News from the College of Engineering and Applied Science
 
Campus PanoramicKRDO aired a segment featuring UCCS faculty in Social Networking Tool To Provide Addiction Support
 
Michael Ciletti, professor, Engineering and Applied Science, retired from UCCS after 35 years of service.
 
Betty Michl, program assistant, Engineering and Applied Science, retired from UCCS after nine years of service.
 
Brianne Powell, program assistant, joined the staff of the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT)
 
Joe GriebelMy name is Joe Griebel and I am a senior at UCCS, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I grew up in Colorado Springs, and I am the third in my family to attend this fine institution. This is my second year as President of Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow. "STAT," as we are better known, is a student-run group focused on bridging the gap between students and alumni, while simultaneously enabling current students to feel a greater connection to the UCCS campus community.  We do this through connecting students with their peers as well as with other alumni. In addition, we have numerous campus events throughout the year that are open to all UCCS students, alumni and faculty. In just 3 years, STAT has already had a significant impact on this rapidly-changing campus and the scope of our influence is continuing to grow with continued student and alumni support. For more information, email stat@uccs.edu or add us on Facebook, search word: STAT. 
Special Thanks to Our Sponsor 
 
Ent LogoThe Office of Alumni Relations would like to extend a special thank you to Ent Federal Credit Union, exclusive sponsor of our printed alumni publication, The Roar.
 
Ent Federal Credit Union is the leading financial institution in Southern Colorado with over 50 years of experience serving the community. Ent is a not-for-profit, community-chartered credit union with 27 service centers, offering personal and business banking services to those in the Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Denver areas. Ent offers a variety of services and conveniences, giving members the FREEDOM to live life on their own terms. 
In This Issue
UCCS Seventh in the West, Engineering Lauded
EAS Welcomes New Faculty Members
Centennial Hall Opens with Fanfare
Bachelor of Innovation Students Start Spin-Off Company and Win NSF SBIR Grant
CU Scientists Secure $847 Million in Research Funding
Other News from Engineering & Applied Science
Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) Aims to Build Bridges between Alumni and Students
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Special Events
  
College of Business Networking Event (Alumni from all Programs Welcome)
September 9, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Dwire Hall. Call (719) 255-5174 for more information.
 
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