SUMMITBiomedicalEngineeringUVM College of Engineeringand Mathematical Sciences Partnerswith UVM Larner College of MedicineUNIVERSITY OF VERMONTCOLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICAL SCIENCESFALL ISSUE 2016

UVM COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICAL SCIENCESThe Dean’s ViewAs I start the fourth year of my tenure as Dean, I amhumbled to see how much we have accomplishedas a team. Three years ago, with the help of faculty, staff,alumni and students we began to imagine, design andbuild a fabulous future for CEMS, and as a result of ourcollective efforts, we are now realizing that future. Overthe last three years we have seen the following: The largest investment in infrastructure in the College’shistory (not only the 104M STEM complex, but alsosubstantial investments to improve our teaching labs,lab equipment, offices, and common areas.) Last year we had our best ABET accreditation visit inthe College history. We have restructured the School of Engineering intoindividual departments starting July 1st of this year. We have received approval for three new degreeprograms (B.S. in Data Science, B.S. in BiomedicalEngineering, and M.S. in Complex Systems and DataScience). In addition we are working on proposals fortwo new M.S. degrees (Biomedical Engineering andEngineering Management).CEMS Leadership in front of the Barrett Bridge of thenew STEM Complex. (From left) Interim Chair of Electricaland Biomedical Engineering Jeff Frolik; Associate Deanfor Faculty Affairs Christian Skalka; Interim Chair ofMechanical Engineering Yves Dubief; Chair of ComputerScience Maggie Eppstein; Dean and Barrett FoundationProfessor Luis Garcia; Interim Chair of Civil andEnvironmental Engineering Mandar Dewoolkar; Chair ofMathematics and Statistics Jeff Buzas. This fall we welcomed the freshman class with thehighest SAT scores, while over the last three years wehave increased selectivity by 10% and have increasedthe incoming class by 19%. We have increased the female student population inthe College by over 17%. We have more than doubled our staff in the Office ofStudent Services which has allowed us to increasethe support for our students, including internshipopportunities as well as a new co-op program. With your support, we have raised more than 86% ofthe 11M capital campaign goal for the College.I look forward to highlighting a number of otheraccomplishments and opportunities in future issuesof Summit. In the meantime please check out ourmuch improved website and social media for morefrequent updates.Sincerely,Luis Garcia, Ph.D.Dean and Barrett Foundation ProfessorCollege of Engineering and Mathematical SciencesPhoto: Sally McCay

212141822242CEMS News & Updates6CEMS Welcomes New Faculty and Staff10Healing with Seaweed12Alternative Energy Racing OrganizationRacing Toward the Future14Close to You: Biomedical EngineeringNew Major Opens Cutting Edge Field to Students18Innovation in Action: Senior ProjectsDesign Night Showcases Engineering for the Community22Alumni SpotlightCynthia Barnhart, Nicole Mason, Greg Santoro24Engineers Across CenturiesEDITOR:Jenn KarsonEDITORIAL ADVISOR:Ed NeuertGRAPHIC DESIGN:Ion DesignSUMMIT FALL 2016TABLE OF CONTENTSCONTRIBUTING WRITERS:Joshua Brown, Jess Clarke, Jeff Frolik,Luis Garcia, Sujata Gupata, Jenn Karson,Jacqueline Lawler, Ed Neuert, MarnieOwen, Jeff WakefieldPHOTOGRAPHY/IMAGES:Joshua Brown, Nicholas Andrew Bucci,Andy Duback, Luis Garcia, GradImages,Rick Levinson, Sally McCay, Ed Neuert,David SeaverSUMMIT IS PUBLISHED TWICE A YEARBY THE DEAN’S OFFICE AT THE COLLEGEOF ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICALSCIENCESSEND LETTERS ANDALUMNI NEWS TO:su[email protected] THE COVER:Sophomore Kiki Cunningham inProfessor Rachael Oldinski’s lab.Photo: David Seaver1

NEWSTwo New Majors Addedto STEM CurriculumUVM COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICAL SCIENCESThere are currently only 50institutions with a BiomedicalEngineering program that offersan accredited degree as well asa Medical School that grants MDdegrees and UVM is eager to jointhis elite group.2The proximity of CEMS to theLarner College of Medicine isexpected to provide high qualitypartnerships for the biomedicalengineering program.“The approval of the bachelor’s degreein biomedical engineering is greatnews for UVM students,” said LuisGarcia, Ph.D., dean of CEMS. “This areaof interdisciplinary study will promotecollaborative education between theoutstanding engineering faculty andthe research colleagues in the highlyranked Larner College of Medicine.This is a unique opportunity that willallow us to leverage the teaching,research and clinically-related facilitiesto provide a world-class learningenvironment for our students.”This February saw the approval of two new bachelor ofscience programs — biomedical engineering and datascience — at the College of Engineering and MathematicalSciences (CEMS). The new programs support UVM’sefforts to expand STEM education with a goal of doublingenrollments in STEM-related programs by 2020. Theprograms will be housed in the new 104 million STEMcomplex of new and renovated laboratories, classrooms andresearch facilities scheduled for completion in May of 2019.The Bachelor of Science degree indata science was created to preparestudents for careers in the rapidlygrowing field of big data scienceand analytics. The demand for datascientists is among the highest of anyjob sector in the U.S. due to a growingneed by employers for individuals whocan analyze large, highly complex datasets. Data scientists are increasinglyin demand across a spectrum ofoccupations including government,finance, business, and journalism toname a few.In becoming the only flagship universityin New England — and just one of fourin the Northeast — to offer studentsan education in this field accreditedby the New England Association ofSchools and Colleges (NEASC), UVMis well positioned to meet the needs ofthis emerging sector. UVM is expectedto draw students interested in greateraccess to already-established scholarsin the field and related disciplines.“I am delighted by the Board ofTrustees’ approval of the bachelor’sdegree in data science,” said Garcia.“This degree combines the disciplinesof computer science, mathematics andstatistics, which are critical skill areasfor today’s societal needs, and willallow us to prepare students for careersin big data and analytics. These areareas with huge demand, which alignwith the state-of-the-art researchconducted by our faculty.”

STEM UPDATEDavid Rosowsky, provost andsenior vice president ofUVM, described the project to theUniversity’s Board of Trustees:“STEM is the collection of academicdisciplines that has been associatedwith the most promising economicdevelopment opportunities, findingsolutions to the grand challenges weface as a nation, a planet, and a people IN MAY OF 2015, UVM BROKE GROUND FORTHE NEW SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERINGAND MATHEMATICS (STEM) COMPLEX.So critical are STEM graduates to thefuture of our nation that PresidentObama has called for 10,000 newSTEM graduates every year. Herein Vermont, Governor Shumlin hascalled for significant growth in thenumber of STEM graduates to filljobs in the state, to help attract newcompanies to Vermont with thepromise of talented and well-educateduniversity graduates, and to create newThe UVM STEM complexconstruction site in August 2016.technologies and companies that willcreate new jobs in the state.”As such, a new STEM complex wasidentified as the highest priorityfacility in UVM’s Capital Plan. TheUniversity is constructing a state-ofthe-art laboratory, classroom, and officecomplex to accommodate modernteaching and research needs.STEM BY THE NUMBERS 26MSUMMIT FALL 2016The campus has been busy withphases over a four year period. Thefirst phase is construction of theDiscovery Building, a cutting-edgeteaching and research facility; thesecond is the Innovation Building,a classroom/office facility; the thirdphase consists of constructions andrenovations within Votey Hall.CAMPAIGN GOAL FOR THE STEM COMPLEXVOTEYRENOVATIONHIGHLIGHTSFOLLOW THE STEM PROJECTWWW.UVM.EDU/ ARCH/Photo: Ed Neuert2016 Roof Replacement, including a renovated rooftop research area. Bridge connection from Votey to the first STEM building, Discovery. Stairwells renovated.2017 Fluid and Hydraulics Labs will be merged into a new 1500 sq. ft. Hydraulics Lab.CEMS Prototyping and Machine Shop will expand to 2400 sq. ft. and will feature equipment upgrades.Soils Teaching Lab will be equipped with a Darwin Curing Chamber and relocated to a 1500 sq. ft.A new Senior Design Project Lab, 1200 sq. ft.A new CEMS Student Club Space, 1000 sq. ft.CEMS FabLab will relocate to a 1000 sq. ft. space.A new Biomedical Engineering lab, 1200 sq. ft.On the third floor, 5000 sq. ft. of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering labs will be renovated.3

NEWS2016-2017InternshipsCOLE HANSONMany students in the College of Engineering andMathematical Sciences gain valuable real-worldexperience in settings across the U.S. during theirsummer breaks and throughout the academic year.CHARLES NORTON III & ELI KRAVITZUVM COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICAL SCIENCESBY JESS CLARKECharles Norton III and Eli Kravitz, both senior MechanicalEngineering students, are completing a year-long CoOp with Husky Injection Molding Systems Inc. at theirmanufacturing facility in Milton, Vt. Each have a varietyof tasks in Development Engineering including testing,reverse engineering, failure analysis, data processing, andreporting oral and written results to team members.Cole Hanson, a junior Mechanical Engineering major, spentthe summer at CHC Helicopter in Irving, Texas as theAircraft Reliability and Health Usage Analyst Intern. CHCprovides helicopter services predominantly to offshoreoil and gas rigs, transporting people and materials to andfrom.Over the summer Cole built presentations to pitch toexecutives, compiled a main database containing everyaircraft and determined the range capability of eachhelicopter. Cole says, “I haven’t had one major projectbut many different ones. Taking an internship with CHCHelicopter has been a very rewarding experience and hasallowed me to sample how a global corporation functions,opening my eyes to an industry I didn’t even know existedat the beginning of this summer.”CEMS BY THE NUMBERS100%Emily Bolt - CE ’17, CivilEngineering Intern at Cityof Burlington Departmentof Public WorksInterns at Hayward Tyler in Colchester, Vermont(Left to right) Benedict (Ben) Delahunty - ME ’17 and Jake Fragnoli - ME ’17, Service Value Stream Interns.Abby Taylor - ME ’17 and Daniel Russell - ME ’18, Engineering InternsSUMMER 2016 INTERNSHIPEMPLOYERS REPORTED THATOUR INTERNS ACHIEVED ALLLEARNING OUTCOMES ANDCOMPLETED ALL ASSIGNEDTASKS AND PROJECTS.Students can meet with the CEMS Career Readiness Program Coordinator, LaurenPetrie, or any Career Counselor in the UVM Career Center for help finding jobs orinternships. More information can be found on the Career Resources and ExperientialLearning page on the CEMS website.2016 AWARDS4Edward Haight Phelps PrizeEdmund F. Little AwardIEEE Society AwardAndrea J. ElhajjLianna Nicole AltieriTau Beta Pi Society AwardDouglas P. Fay AwardMechanical Engineering Undergraduate Research AwardTyler William KuehlNicholas Charles MartinSenior Award for Computer ScienceMechanical Engineering Undergraduate Service AwardAriel James LarsonLydia Jean HanstscheAtwater-Kent AwardEngineering Management Senior AwardElena Melloni and Nathaniel Bronson RexMathew Edward FraserMathematics Senior AwardAmerican Society of Civil Engineers AwardAzulena M. RoyerJamie Francis MartellStatistics Undergraduate Achievement AwardEngineers Without Borders AwardRachel Meredith HeiserBenjamin Arthur CaresSociety of Women Engineers Award (co-recipient)Ann-Linea A. TowleSociety of Women Engineers Award (co-recipient)Megan Elizabeth YeighVermont Society of Professional Engineers Award2016 Student Engineer of the YearAnna-Linea A. TowleDean’s Recognition AwardTaylor David DucharmePhotos: CHC Helicopter, Andy Duback

RECENTRETIREMENTSKEN GROSS, PH.D.The College celebrates the rich career of Professor Ken Gross,who retired this summer. Among his many accomplishmentsare the co-founding of the Vermont State Mathematics Coalition, and the Vermont High School Summer MathematicsInstitute, and his founding of the Vermont Mathematics Initiativeto improve mathematics education in grades K-12. He has published 40 papers, edited three books, and his work was widelysupported by grants from the National Science Foundation andthe U.S. Department of Education. For nearly three decadesat UVM, and five decades as a university faculty member,Professor Gross has left a lasting legacy and has made a strongimpact on all those who worked with him.STEVE TITCOMB, PH.D.KEN GOLDEN, PH.D.Ken Golden joined the faculty in 1986 as chair of theDepartment of Computer Science and ElectricalEngineering. Over these past 30 years, his dedication toresearch, and kindness to all, have been an inspiration tocolleagues and students. In 1994 he joined the Departmentof Mathematics and Statistics, and from 2007 to 2012 wasthe Williams Professor of Mathematics. He was honoredas a University Scholar in 1992 and as a DistinguishedProfessor in the College of Engineering and MathematicalSciences in 2005. He was in the Departments of Physicsand Electrical Engineering for much of his career at UVM.Ken earned his doctoral degree in theoretical mechanicsat the Institute Henri Poincaré in Paris and holds twoendowed professorships at Northeastern University. He haswritten over 100 refereed publications in top-tier journalsand received numerous national and international awards,including being named a Senior Fellow of the AmericanPhysical Society, Fellow of both the British and AustralianInstitutes of Physics, and Fulbright Senior ScholarCEMS BY THE NUMBERSAccelerated Master’sProgram Takes OffBaxter Miatke and Matt Brand,both of whom received theirundergraduate degrees from CEMSin 2015, became the first UVMEnvironmental Engineering graduatessince the degree’s inception inthe mid-2000s to complete theAccelerated Master’s Program in Civiland Environmental Engineering with aPhotos: Sally McCay, GradImagesKen Golden with Steve Titcomb andProvost David Rosowsky at the 2016CEMS Commencement Ceremony.29.7%thesis in just one additional year.Baxter’s thesis was titled A Frameworkfor Optimizing the Temporal Variabilityin River Nutrient and Sediment LoadEstimates. He is now working asa Staff Engineer at the JohnsonCompany in Montpelier, Vt., focusingon environmental engineering andSUMMIT FALL 2016Steve Titcomb has always held the responsibility forteaching the next generation of Electrical Engineeringprofessionals above all else. He has prepared and taught thematerial for 30 different courses in engineering at UVM. Atone time, in a single semester, Dr. Titcomb taught a collectionof courses which served every EE major on the UVM campus.He is credited with creating a laboratory sequence for all sixElectrical Circuits courses taught at UVM. Dr. Titcomb earnedhis doctorate in physics from Lehigh University, where heinvestigated the electrical properties of the Metal-OxideSystem in Silicon. He joined the faculty in 1983, and servedas Department Chair and Program Director. He received thedean’s award In Recognition of Outstanding Service in 2015.Ken Gross at the UVMGraduation Ceremonyin 2002 when the firstcohort of VMI graduatesreceived their master’sdegrees.OF CEMSUNDERGRADUATESARE VERMONTERSremediation. Matt’s thesis was titledUse of Sacrificial Embankments toMinimize Bridge Scour Damage inExtreme Flow Events. After completinghis graduate degree, Matt drove acrossthe country to begin his Ph.D. programat the University of California-Irvine,where he is focusing on hydrology andclimate change.5

NEWSUVM Helps Create a NewMap of Mathematical ObjectsNEW HIRESAT CEMS1 Nichole CaisseUVM COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICAL SCIENCESLECTURER, MATHEMATICSAssistant Professor Christelle Vincent ispart of a twelve-nation team expandingthe frontiers of mathematics.2 Lisa DionBY JOSHUA BROWNAn international group ofmathematicians, includingtwo researchers at the University ofVermont, has released a new kind ofmathematical tool: an online atlas thatprovides detailed maps of previouslyuncharted mathematical terrain.The “L-functions and Modular FormsDatabase,” or LMFDB, exposes deeprelationships and provides a guide tonew mathematical landscapes thatunderlie current research in severalbranches of science, including quantumphysics, computer science, andcryptography.“It’s a massive collaborative effortinvolving over 100 mathematiciansfrom around the world,” said ChristelleVincent, an assistant professor ofmathematics at UVM who has beenworking on the new atlas over manymonths. “It’s both beautiful andfunctional, shining light on surprisingand profound relationships in theabstract universe of mathematics.”A staggering amount of computationaleffort went into creating the LMFDB:about a thousand years of computertime spent on calculations by multipleteams of researchers. Many of these6Nichole received both a master’s inmathematics education and master ofscience in mathematics from UVM. Shebegan teaching here in the Fall of 2015.“I am deeply committed to workingwith students to help them understandthe process of problem solving,”she says. Her research has coveredtopics such as fluid dynamics and theeffectiveness of arts integration in theMathematics classroom.calculations are so intricate that only ahandful of experts can do them, andsome computations are so big that itmakes sense to only do them once.For Vincent, the new LMFDB databaseis “like a museum with all of our bestspecimens,” she said. “You can find rareand hard-to-produce items there—thatcan let a researcher or student studysomething they didn’t know existed orthat would be impossible to reproduceon their own.”The new project is also a bit like “thefirst periodic table of elements,” Vincentnotes. The team, supported by theNational Science Foundation and others,has been able to find enough of thebuilding blocks that “we can begin to seetantalizing structures and find surprisingand intriguing relationships,” she said.Dr. Vincent and Taylor Dupuy, bothmembers of the Department ofMathematics and Statistics at UVM,have been deeply focused on this newdatabase effort over the last year. “Asan avid user of the LMFDB in my ownresearch I felt that it was incumbent onme to help out in whatever way I couldto make the database accessible toothers,” Vincent said.LECTURER, COMPUTER SCIENCELisa comes to CEMS from theUniversity of Michigan, whereshe earned a master’s degree incomputer science and served as agraduate student lecturer. Her areasof expertise include C , Python, Javaand Git. She participated in researchat Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs and atGeneral Dynamics Electric Boat. She’salso served as an instructor for GirlsWho Code.3 Maryam EtezadLECTURER, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERINGMaryam was most recently a seniorresearch scientist at Northern Radar, Inc.She has taught at Memorial Universityin St. John’s, Newfoundland, and atConcordia University in Montreal. Shehas a B.S. degree in applied physicsfrom Shahid Beheshti Univeristy inTehran, and an M.S. degree in electricalengineering from Concordia University,where she also earned her Ph.D. inelectrical engineering.4 Luis Duffaut EspinosaRESEARCH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR,ELECTRICAL ENGINEERINGLuis holds a Ph.D. in electricaland computer engineering fromOld Dominion University, an mathematics from PontificiaUniversidad Católica del Perú, andB.Sc. in physics from the UniversidadNacional de Ingenería in Perú. He wasa postdoctoral fellow at Old Dominionand Johns Hopkins Universities, aswell as a research associate at theUniversity of New South Wales,Australia. He then joined the facultyof George Mason University until thespring of 2016. His research includescontrol and modeling of nonlinearsystems, stochastic processes andalgebraic combinatorics.Photos: David Seaver and Sally McCay

5 Jacob MartinLECTURER, STATISTICSJacob comes to UVM from theUniversity of Georgia, Athens wherehe earned a Ph.D. in statistics. Hisdissertation topic was Topics in Zeroinflated Poisson Regression: Coefficientsof Determination and MarginalizedModels. While at Georgia he was aninstructor of Introductory Statisticsand Computing, Statistical Methodsand Honors Applied Statistics. As agraduate student he received awardsfor teaching and academics.12356789101112136 Ryan McGinnisLECTURER, BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERINGRyan received a Ph.D. in mechanicalengineering from the University ofMichigan, where he also completeda post-doctoral fellowship inkinesiology. He previously workedas a senior algorithms engineer atMC10, Inc., has been an instructor fora Nature of Engineering Materialscourse at Lafayette College,has published numerous peerreviewed journal articles on humanbiomechanics, and is an inventor on anumber of patents.ASSISTANT PROFESSOR,ELECTRICAL ENGINEERINGHamid comes to us from Ford MotorCompany, where he worked as aResearch Engineer on advancedautomotive control systems. His workhas been published in the IEEE andASME transactions, among others,and he holds numerous patentsin the area of automotive systemsand control. He regularly presentsat conferences, workshops, andseminars. He is currently investigatingoptimal constraint-aware controlalgorithms with applications in powerand automotive systems. He earnedhis Ph.D. in electrical engineering –systems (control theory) from theUniversity of Michigan in 2013 and hisB.A.Sc. from the University of Torontoin 2008.8 Pavan RacherlaRESEARCH ASSISTANT PROFESSORPavan’s research interests lie at theintersection of weather, climate, andenergy systems, which currently takesthe form of electricity distributioncircuit modeling and near real-timesolar/wind energy forecasting. He hasa Ph.D. in engineering & public policyfrom Carnegie Mellon University, andthereafter was as a postdoctoral andassociate research scientist at NASAGoddard Institute for Space Studiesthrough Columbia University. He is aco-founder of NextClimate, a socialenterprise that empowers people totake action on climate change.9 Dustin RandSENIOR LECTURER, MECHANICAL ENGINEERINGDustin comes to us from NorthBranch Engineering in Montpelier,Vt., where he was principal electricalengineer focusing on power systemsintegration, conversion, distribution,and interconnection with a focuson the renewable energy market.Previously, he was a senior electricalengineer at Northern PowerSystems in Barre, Vt. He received hisundergraduate and master’s degreesfrom Northeastern University.10 Lauren PetrieCOORDINATOR, CAREER READINESSPROGRAMPROMOTIONS12 Marnie OwenASSISTANT DEAN FOR STUDENT SERVICESMarnie has served the Collegeof Engineering and MathematicalSciences previously as directorof student services. She holds abachelor of arts degree in politicalscience, and a master of educationin higher education & studentaffairs administration, both from theUniversity of Vermont. Her previousroles have included coordinator oftransfer evaluation at the CommunityCollege of Vermont, records analyst inthe UVM Office of Transfer Affairs andacademic advisor for Student Servicesin CEMS.SUMMIT FALL 20167 Hamid OssarehLauren received her Bachelor ofArts in communication studies,and business in 2014 and Master ofScience in college student personnelin 2016 from the University of RhodeIsland. She has worked in many areas 13 Christian SkalkaASSOCIATE DEAN FOR FACULTY AFFAIRSin the higher education field, includingAfter serving effectively as actingfirst year experience, orientation,chair of the Department of Computerhealth education, career services,Science, Christian brings a strongand a women’s center.commitment to faculty affairs andsuccess to his new position as11 Amanda Wellsassociate dean for faculty affairs.ACADEMIC ADVISOR, STUDENT SERVICESChristian has been a member of theAmanda earned a Bachelor ofUVM faculty since 2002. His researchScience in environmental scienceinterests include programmingfrom Johnson State College, wherelanguages, cybersecurity, andshe also completed the Sciencecomputational methods inTeacher Education Program. Prior toenvironmental science. Christianjoining UVM, Amanda worked as anreceived his B.A from Saint John’sacademic advisor for a small VermontCollege, an M.S. from Carnegie Melloncollege and previously served as theUniversity, and a Ph.D. from JohnsStudent Development Coordinator forHopkins University.TRiO Upward Bound.7

NEWSDinitz NamedWilliams ProfessorDUVM COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICAL SCIENCESr. Jeff Dinitz, professor in the Department of Mathematics andStatistics, has been appointed as the Williams Professor ofMathematics. The Williams Professorship was established in 1853and honors Azarias Williams of Concord, Vermont, merchant andjudge, native of Sheffield, England who in 1839 deeded extensiveland holdings to the University of Vermont.Professor Dinitz teaches a wide range of courses to undergraduatesand graduate students. He is also an internationally recognizedresearch mathematician with 94 publications in refereed journals,25 book chapters, nine research reports, nine keynote talks at majorconferences, 57 invited talks, and 17 contributed talks. Since 1997,he has served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of CombinatorialDesigns, the most prestigious journalin combinatorial design theory, as wellas serving on the editorial board of theJournal of Discrete Mathematics. ProfessorDinitz is best known for co-editing theHandbook of Combinatorial Designs, thedefinitive reference work for combinatorialdesigns. He was named a UniversityScholar in 2008-2009 in recognition of thequality and productivity of his research.CEMS RESEARCH AWARDSFACULTY FROM ACROSS THE COLLEGE ARE ENGAGED INLEADING-EDGE RESEARCH SPONSORED BY THE NATIONALSCIENCE FOUNDATION, NASA, AND OTHER FUNDING AGENCIES.PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR SPONSORPROJECT TITLEFOR MORE AWARDS VISITWWW.UVM.EDU/CEMSAWARDMads AlmassalkhiDOEPacketized Energy Management: Coordinating Transmission and DistributionLisa Aultman-HallVT AOTDesigning an “All-in-One” Transportation Survey for VermontJoshua BongardNSFEAGER: Scalable Crowdsourced Reinforcement of Robot Behavior 123,136Jeff BuzasVT Oxford NetworkStatistical Support for the Vermont Oxford Network 169,206 225,000Douglas FletcherNASAExperimental and Numerical Investigation of Ablation KineticsPaul HinesGMP CorporationUsing Smart Grid Data to Identify Geographic Locations for Targeted InvestmentJeffrey Scott MarshallNSFIGERT: Smart Grids - Technology, Human Behavior and PolicyTian XiaNASADesign and Validation of High Date Rate Ka-Band Software Defined Radio of Small SatelliteJianke YangAir ForceTheory and Applications of Nonlinear Optics in Photonic Lattices and MetamaterialsRachael OldinskiNIHDevelopment of a Polysaccharide-Based Patch for Use as a Therapeutic Lung Sealant 1,691,746 65,502 67,872 604,685 99,890 148,019 1,505,256Frederic SansozDOEStrenthening Nanotwinned Metals beyond the Hall-Petch Limit 586,000Douglas PorterNPSStabilization and Repair of the Bartlett Cabin, Pecos National Historical Park 180,000James SullivanVT AOTBicycle and Pedestrian Counting Program Management 74,244CEMS BY THE NUMBERS21.9%8FEMALE ENROLLMENT IN CEMS HAS GROWNBY 17.1% IN THE LAST THREE YEARS TO 21.9%Photo: Sally McCay

Pinder ReceivesLifetime AchievementAward from LeadingProfessional AssociationBY JEFF WAKEFIELDGPinder, a national authority on usingmathematical modeling to predict themovement of pollutants in groundwater, washonored at a ceremony in West Palm Beach,Florida, on May 23.The EWRI award is given to individuals whohave made a significant contribution to theirfield over the course of their careers.“George has made major advancements inour ability to understand the movement ofpollutants in groundwater, helping inform wisepublic policy and improving human welfare,”said Jery Stedinger, chair of the EWRI awardscommittee and a professor in the School ofCivil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell.“His consistent leadership over the years andhis mentoring of junior scientists have pushedthe profession forward. It’s a great occasionto be able to give this award to someone likeGeorge, who is so admired by his colleaguesand has made such a contribution over a longperiod of time.”Photo: Sally McCayPinder has received numerous other awardsduring his career, culminating in his being named amember of the National Academy of Engineeringin 2010, the most prestigious honor in the field.Pinder famously inspired a character bearing hisname in the 1998 Oscar-nominated film A CivilAction, starring John Travolta, which was basedon a real case brought by residents of Woburn,Massachusetts, against W. R. Grace and BeatriceFoods. The plaintiffs accused the companiesof allowing carcinogens on their manufacturingsites to leach into the water table, causing anepidemic of fatal leukemia cases.During the real trial, Pinder spent 12consecutive days on the witness stand. Whilethe case was settled for less than the plaintiffshad hoped, the Environmental ProtectionAgency, building on Pinder’s testimony,successfully sued both companies.Pinder is still invited to make presentations onthe case, which is considered foundational inenvironmental law, about a twice a year.OTHER RECOGNITIONSINCLUDE:SUMMIT FALL 2016eorge Pinder, a professor of civiland environmental engineeringin UVM’s College of Engineering andMathematical Sciences, has won alifetime achievement award from theEnvironmental and Water ResourcesInstitute (EWRI), a division of theAmerican Society of Civil Engineers.The Horton Award, presented bythe American Geophysical Unionfor an outstanding paper onhydrology (1969)The O.E. Meinzer Award, presentedby the Geological Society ofAmerica for an outstandingcontribution to the field ofhydrogeology (1975)Fellow, the American GeophysicalUnion (1993)The Jul

science programs — biomedical engineering and data science — at the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS). The new programs support UVM’s efforts to expand STEM education with a goal of doubling enrollments in STEM-related programs by 2020.