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Message from the Dean

As I write this note, we are preparing to welcome our students back after Hurricane Irma. The storm broke a few tree branches, but other than that, it caused little damage to the College of Engineering (CoE).

At the beginning of the fall semester, the CoE welcomed more than 1,100 undergraduate students, including more than 200 freshmen and 40 transfer students. Many returning students had incredible summer internship experiences, which we'll be sharing with you.

The CoE continues its upward trajectory, and this year garnered the best U.S. News & World Report rankings ever for both undergraduate and graduate programs. Our faculty members continue to pursue cutting-edge research while trying cutting-edge teaching techniques.

Meanwhile, our alumni are helping support our students, faculty, research and teaching activities. Most recently, they issued a 70 for 70 Giving Challenge (learn more about that later in the newsletter).

We can’t do any of this without you – alumni, students, parents, donors, faculty, staff and friends. Thank you for your support, involvement and enthusiasm.

Jean-Pierre Bardet
Dean and Professor

In the News


Seasoned Entrepreneur and Startup Investor will Work With CoE Students and Faculty

Robert (Bob) F. Williamson Jr., a founder and treasurer of Florida early-stage investment group New World Angels, joined the CoE in May 2017. He will share his expertise through teaching, advising of student organizations, direct work with entrepreneurs starting companies and other activities.


In Booming South Florida, Another Hurricane Andrew Could be a $300 Billion Catastrophe

Dean Jean-Pierre Bardet discusses hurricane effects on construction in Miami. “The economic consideration will be what puts the brakes on this expansion,” he told USA Today.


Storm water Flooding Concerns in Miami

Is Miami Prepared to Deal With Another Monster Storm?

Thank Meteorologists for Irma’s Lower Death Toll

Hurricane Irma: How Do You Safely Evacuate 5.6 Million People?



Research and Faculty


Gender, Ethnicity and Susceptibility to Leg Injuries: Are Women More Prone to Leg Injuries than Men? Does Racial Difference Exist?

Seok Gi Lee, an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering, is collaborating with the Department of Physical Education at Yonsei University in South Korea to investigate postural characteristics in females and males, and in different races, and their relationship to leg injury susceptibility.


Transformative Research – Building Bridges Without Steel

Seyedmorteza Khatibmasjedi, a PhD student in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, talks with WLRN Radio about building non-corrosive bridges by using composite materials instead of steel.


Small Solar Satellites

Victoria Coverstone, chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, discusses her research on solar satellites. She is a co-principal investigator on the CubeSail satellite system. It was “actually inspired by NASA’s original heliogyro solar sail,” she told The system will make significant strides towards technical goals for solar sails that NASA’s In-Space Propulsion Roadmap has set to be achieved by the end of this decade.


Nanomaterials in Space

Sung Hee Joo and Ali Ghahremaninezhad – both assistant professors in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering –are examining using nanomaterials and nanocomposites to detect and measure trace levels of contaminants aboard a spacecraft.


Engineering Team Collaborates with US Foundry and EVOQUA to Scale Up Phosphorus-Removing Reactor and Compete for $10 Million Prize





SPARK Night for Society of Women Engineers and the College of Engineering

More than 20 alumnae and CoE friends joined 47 incoming freshmen and transfer women in engineering at the Fifth Annual SPARK Night. Hosted by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the College of Engineering, new CoE students had the opportunity to meet faculty members, peer mentors and alumnae and hear about their experiences – from the classroom to the workplace.


AFROTC Members Recognized

Cadet Cameron Byrd, a junior at the College of Engineering, won the top spot among 334 cadets for work over 20 days at the annual summer training program called “LEAD” (Leadership, Evaluation and Development), which measures leadership skills as cadets participate in simulation exercises.


Internship Profile: Swati Narasimhan, BSME ’19 (Caterpillar)

During her summer internship at Caterpillar, Swati Narasimhan (BSME ’19) gained experience and increased her understanding of the value of an education.


Internship Profile: Diego Cusco, BSIE ’17 (Ball Corporation)

During his internship at Ball Corporation, Diego Cusco (BSIE ’17) saw how big data works in every area of a company.


Interns in New 3-D Printing Collaborative Laboratory Develop New Technologies and Solve Manufacturing Challenges

Internship Profile: Danielle Coogan, BSME ’18 (Boeing)

Internship Profile: Lea Perez, BSIE ’19 (AAR Landing Gear Services)

Internship Profile: Daniel Gizachew, BSME ’18 (UM Biomedical Engineering Neurosensory Research Laboratory)



Alumni and Donors


Alumni Issue 70 for 70 Giving Challenge!

As part of the celebration of the College of Engineering’s 70th anniversary, alumnus Eric Cheng (BSBE ’95, MSIE ’01) is spearheading a unique 70 for 70 Giving Challenge, which asks CoE alumni and friends to give a total of $35,000 in gifts or pledges to the College of Engineering Scholarship Fund. Those gifts will be matched by $35,000 in gifts from Cheng and his friends and fellow alumni Jackie Maestri (BSEE ’85), her husband Hector Maestri (BSEE ’84), Basil Khalil (BSIE ’94, MSIE ’97) and Amy Powers (BBA ’93, MBA ’97, MSTX ’00).


Announcement of CoE Alumni Board of Directors

This summer, active alumni members voted in a new slate of alumni association board members. Alumni are represented from all five departments and across seven decades. Click here for a full listing.


BioMed SA Honors Leonard Pinchuk for his Contributions to the Biomedical Industry



Class Notes


Maria Alonso (BSIE ’86) has been appointed president and chief executive officer of United Way of Miami-Dade. She was most recently senior vice president and Miami market manager at Bank of America. Her past and current leadership roles include serving on the boards of The Miami Foundation, Camillus House, the Miami Dade College Foundation, the March of Dimes and Teach for America.



Dennis Parces, P.E. (BSCE ’94) and Guillermo Salinas (BSCE ’10) both with Munilla Construction Management, recently volunteered for Career Day at the Eugenia B. Thomas Elementary School.


Francisco De Caso (PhD ’11), Department Chair Tony Nanni (PhD ’85), Jose Bared (BSME ’64) and Diana Arboleda (BSEE ’89, PhD ’14) celebrated the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering’s 2016-2017 Project of the Year Award (Category I) for the “Innovation Bridge” at the 2017 ASCE Miami-Dade Branch Awards and Installation Banquet on August 24, 2017.


Ana VeigaMilton, Esq. (BSEE ’87, JD ’93) was awarded the Florida Blue Philanthropy Award from the American Red Cross.


Dominique Bastos (BSIE ’91, MBA ’95) is leading one of the top-named accounts at Amazon Web Services in New York, and was recognized as an Amazon Woman in Engineering.



Calendar of Events


6:00 pm

’Cane Talks – We Are One U – San Francisco


1:00 pm

Fall 2017 Career Expo and Graduate School Fair


9:00 am

International Exhibition: Pier Luigi Nervi Art and Science of Building – A Revolution in Concrete


4:00 pm

Collaborative Laboratory Ribbon Cutting


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