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Message From the Dean

The fall semester is about to start at the College of Engineering. To all of our returning students, faculty and staff – welcome back! And to those of you who are new to the CoE family – welcome to the eCane Family.

As we close out our yearlong celebration of the CoE’s 70th anniversary, we look forward to another year of exciting innovations, discoveries, research and learning. The 2017-2018 school year brings more active learning classrooms, where faculty will guide students through hands-on projects and focus on students learning instead of delivering traditional lectures with chalk and PowerPoint presentations. This semester will also mark the unveiling of the CoE - UM Collaborative Laboratory, or Collab.  This state-of–the-art facility will support students, faculty and researchers as they take advantage of this unique makerspace, with its advanced 3-D printing and manufacturing equipment. 

We also welcome this semester’s Distinguished Speaker Series presenters. In September, Sanjit K. Mitra, research professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will talk about digital signal processing. In November, David Tirrell, California Institute of Technology’s Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, will discuss new approaches to interpreting the genetic code. From now on, these distinguished speaker series seminars will be held in the evening so that everyone can attend.

We hope you will be part of the excitement at your College of Engineering this fall and help us build on a proud traditions of excellence and make continuous advances in education, research and innovation.

Jean-Pierre Bardet
Dean and Professor

In The News


New Chair of MAE

Victoria Coverstone has been named the new chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. 


Two Associate Deans

Shihab S. Asfour will be assuming the position of associate dean of faculty affairs and Derin N. Ural will be assuming the position of associate dean of student affairs.


Transforming Engineering Education

By reversing lectures and homework, the College of Engineering is using the active classroom format, enabling students to learn on their own and use class time to analyze, evaluate and create new knowledge.


eMerge Americas Dissects Future of Innovation

Dean Jean-Pierre Bardet and alumnus Rony Abovitz shared the stage at eMerge Americas in a discussion moderated by Knight Foundation’s Matt Haggman about transforming education and reshaping the future through the development of students’ intellectual curiosity and engagement.


Research and Faculty


Restoring Movement in Patients With Paralysis Via Brain-Machine Interfaces

Abhishek Prasad, an assistant professor in the College’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, is working with Jonathan Jagid, associate professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami, and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis on an emerging technology that allows people to use neural activity to directly control the movement of prosthetic devices or to control functional electrical stimulation of paralyzed muscles.


ASCE Miami-Dade Names Innovation Bridge Project of the Year

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Miami-Dade Branch named the CoE’s Innovation Bridge its 2016-2017 Project of the Year (Category I).


Immobilizing Cancer Cells Using Micro-Electromagnets

Onur Tigli, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is developing cancer diagnosis technology at the micron scale.


Improving the Efficiency of Recycling in Florida

Nurcin Celik, associate professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering, continues to expand her research on single-stream recycling, a method for collecting recyclables that combines the first two steps in recycling.


The Convergence of Public Health and Engineering

Recycling Nitrogen and Phosphorous from Municipal Wastewater

Innovative Research Cuts Energy Costs

Net-Zero Water Management: Changing the Way We Manage Water

Modeling the Degeneration Process of the Spinal Discs


Students and Summer Activities


Two Doctoral Students Receive Prestigious McKnight Fellowship

Daniel B. Perez, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Zenith Acosta-Torres, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, have been selected to participate in the Florida Education Fund Doctoral Fellowship Program.


Graduate Student Receives Grant to Examine the Aging of the Eye

Yu-Cherng Channing Chang, an MD/PhD candidate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, was honored by the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health with an individual, pre-doctoral fellowship grant.


Study Abroad Profile: Mizelle Joy Hornilla, BSIE ’20 (Florence, Italy)

Since engineers make the world go ‘round, Mizella Joy Hornilla, BSIE ’20, explored art history this summer in Florence, Italy.


Internship Profile: Nicholas Pelisek, BSCE ’19 (San Diego Zoo Safari Park)

Proving once again that engineers are problem-solvers in any organization, Nicholas Pelisek, BSCE ’19, spent the summer at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park learning about of zoo and aquarium design.


Internship Profile: Brandon Parks, BSBMEE ’17 (UM Biomedical Engineering Neural Interfaces Lab)

Internship Profile: Michael Warrell, BSIE ’20 (College of Engineering)

Student Receives ASHRAE Grant-in-Aid Award


Alumni and Donors


UM College of Engineering Establishes the CDR. and Mrs. Donald C. Pette Sr. Memorial Scholarship

The CDR. and Mrs. Donald C. Pette, Sr. Memorial Scholarship has been established at the University of Miami (UM) College of Engineering to assist a graduate or undergraduate student with financial needs.


The Piechoski Family Endowed Graduate Engineering Fellowship Fund

Michael J. “Pete” Piechoski (BBA ’76) and his family have established three scholarship endowments at the University: The Piechoski Family Endowed Graduate Engineering Fellowship Fund, the Piechoski Study Abroad Endowed Fund and the Piechoski Family Endowed Graduate Business Fellowship Fund.


Samuel G. Bonasso ’62 is Terminating Potholes Around the World


Side Notes


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College of Engineering Alumni Association Homecoming Breakfast and Awards Ceremony

Save the date! Join your fellow engineering classmates on Friday, November 3, from 8-10 a.m. for the College of Engineering Alumni Association Homecoming Breakfast in the Hurricane 100 and Fieldhouse, Watsco Center at the University of Miami. Invitation to come.


Calendar of Events


8:00 am

2017 Classes Begin


5:30 pm



6:00 pm

University Holiday: Labor Day


3:30 pm

Distinguished Seminar Series: Dr. Sanjit K. Mitra


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