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Datye appointed chair of Chemical and Biological Engineering

4-18-14-School of Engineering Dean Joseph Cecchi announced that Distinguished Professor Abhaya K. Datye will be the inaugural chair of the new Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE). His appointment begins July 1, 2014.

Datye elected as Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America

4-17-14-Abhaya Datye, Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, founding director of the graduate program in nanoscience and microsystems, and director of the Center for Microengineered Materials, has been elected a fellow of the Microscopy Society of America.

The designation of fellow is intended to recognize distinguished members of the society who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the science and practice of microscopy imaging, analysis, and diffraction techniques.

Dayte will be honored at Microscopy & Microanalysis 2014, which will take place Aug. 3-7 in Hartford, Conn.

UNM professor is focused on fate of uranium in water

4-15-14- José M. Cerrato, a new assistant professor in the UNM Department of Civil Engineering, has a smile that lights up a room when he talks about his work.

“I feel blessed to have this job because it is not merely technically teaching a subject,” he says. “It is impacting people’s lives.”

Cerrato came to UNM from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. where he was working as a post-doctoral researcher. He was a member of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource Science Focus Area (SSRL SFA) Research Team, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, investigating the stability of uranium (IV) products resulting from in-situ bioremediation. Cerrato is originally from Honduras, where he received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

Datye, graduate students search for ways to make catalytic converters more efficient

4-15-14-UNM Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Abhaya Datye, and his graduate students Eric Peterson and Andrew De La Riva, are focused on finding a way to make catalytic converters on diesel engines as efficient as possible by engineering them to work at lower temperatures. Catalytic converters in vehicles convert harmful pollutants into less harmful emissions.

Catalytic converters can be more efficient if they work at lower temperatures, so they quickly begin converting toxic air pollution to harmless compounds soon after the vehicle is started. When a diesel engine is started on a cold morning, the catalytic converter is cold and does not work efficiently. Until the engine warms sufficiently, the catalytic converter is unable to remove the clouds of partially burned fuel billowing into the air. 

Mechanical Engineering honors distinguished alumni, students

4-15-14-The University of New Mexico’s Department of Mechanical Engineering honored distinguished alumni and outstanding students at a ceremony April 10.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering, part of the School of Engineering, honored Robert L. Cardenas, Michael E. Dexter, Allen E. Fuhs, and William S. Saric as distinguished alumni. Scott Lovald was honored with the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

Chemical and Nuclear Engineering to become two departments

4-3-14-This summer, two programs that have been combined in one department for decades within the University of New Mexico’s School of Engineering will become separate.

The University of New Mexico Faculty Senate has voted to approve the proposal to transition the Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering into two new departments: the Department of Nuclear Engineering and the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

The transition is effective July 1, 2014. The Faculty Senate voted to approve the proposal at its meeting on March 25.

STC spring breakfast seminar series is April 9

4-2-14-STC.UNM, the University of New Mexico’s technology-transfer office, is hosting its spring breakfast seminar series on April 9. The seminars are free and open to the UNM community and the public, but registration is required. Breakfast will be provided.

“Equity Crowdfunding for Start-ups: What’s Wrong with This Picture?” will be presented by Perry E. Bendicksen III, Esq., Rodey Law Firm. It will be held 8-9 a.m. at the auditorium, Building 800, UNM Science & Technology Park, 800 University Blvd., SE. Free parking is available in the parking garage directly west of Building 800 at the corner of Basehart and Bradbury Drive.

School of Engineering to honor retiring faculty members

3-31-14-The University of New Mexico School of Engineering will honor three retiring faculty members during a ceremony April 23.

Steve Brueck, former director of the Center for High Technology Materials who holds distinguished professorships in both electrical and computer engineering, and physics and astronomy; Juan Heinrich, professor of mechanical engineering and former chair of the department; and Tim Ward, chair and professor of chemical and nuclear engineering, will be honored.

Formula SAE students inspiring fifth-graders to pursue engineering

3-28-14-The University of New Mexico’s Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) team members are serving as teachers this month for a three-week engineering class, part of a national program to introduce and interest youth in engineering.

The class, being held at Monte Vista Elementary School in Albuquerque, has around 15 FSAE team members leading 48 fifth-graders in the design of a miniature race car — about 6 inches long and made of balloons, sticks, nozzles and other assorted parts.

School of Engineering alumnus named director of Air Force research office

3-27-14-L. Wayne Brasure, a member of the Senior Executive Service of the U.S. Air Force, has been named director of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research in Arlington, Va.

Brasure earned a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in nuclear engineering in 1991 and worked under professor Anil Prinja. While a doctoral student at UNM, he received the Outstanding Graduate Student in Nuclear Engineering Award in 1990 and the Top Graduate Student Presented Paper Award from the American Nuclear Society Regional Conference, Arizona State University, in 1990.

In his current role, Brasure manages the entire basic research investment portfolio for the Air Force, leading a staff of 200 scientists, engineers, and administrators in the United States, as well as in technology offices in London, Tokyo, and Santiago, Chile. The office manages a $510 million investment portfolio, and the office’s annual investment in basic research is distributed among more than 200 academic institutions, 150 businesses and 200 research efforts within the Air Force Research Laboratory.

LoboNet CONNECT links academia with tech community

3-21-14-What does an engineering student, an art student, a professor, a scientist and an entrepreneur all have in common?

Actually, a lot more than you’d think.

Members of these groups and others from the community have been attending a new event called LoboNet CONNECT, which is designed to bring academia and the technology business community together every month to talk about their similarities and where they might collaborate.

Atanassov to receive the 2014 STC.UNM Innovation Fellow Award

3-20-14-Plamen B. Atanassov has been chosen to receive the 2014 STC.UNM Innovation Fellow Award in recognition of his achievements as one of the University of New Mexico’s leading innovators.

Atanassov is a professor of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering and director of the Center for Emerging Energy Technologies.

The award will be presented to Atanassov at STC’s 2014 Innovation Awards Dinner on April 3.

Center for Water and the Environment receives $5 million NSF CREST award

3-11-14-The Center for Water and the Environment, a research center based at the University of New Mexico, has received a 5-year, $5 million Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) award from the National Science Foundation.

The center, formed in summer 2013, is led by Kerry Howe, associate professor of civil engineering, who is the principal investigator on the grant. Co-principal investigators on the grant are Department of Civil Engineering faculty Bruce Thomson, Andrew Schuler, Mark Stone, and Vanessa Valentin.

UNM engineering programs make U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools list

3-11-14-The University of New Mexico’s School of Engineering overall graduate programs ranked No. 87 in the nation, according to the U.S. & World Report magazine’s 2015 Best Graduate Schools rankings, released March 11.

UNM graduate student works with local engineers to save a bridge

3-10-14-UNM Civil Engineering graduate student Adrienne Martinez is working to solve a potentially big problem in Albuquerque’s North Diversion Channel. Martinez is an engineering intern at the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority where engineers spend a lot of time worrying about how storm water runoff can travel safely through Albuquerque on its journey to the Rio Grande.

Storm water from Albuquerque’s northeast heights travels to the Rio Grande through a series of arroyos to the North Diversion Channel. The very large concrete channel that flows north along I-25 then turns west and enters the river near the Bernalillo county line. Storm water engineers are particularly concerned about the Rainrunner Bridge over the channel and its vulnerability to damage from summer thunderstorms.

UNM gains supercomputer from the New Mexico Consortium

2-24-14-UNM will soon have much more computing power under its belt.  Enough to sequence the genomic data for thousands of people in New Mexico over the next several years.

Thanks to a gift from the New Mexico Consortium, the repurposed 120-node, 960-core, AMD/InfiniBand-based system will be housed at the UNM Center for Advanced Research Computing (CARC) and be made available for parallel research computing use by faculty and student researchers at UNM, New Mexico Tech and New Mexico State University.

Joseph Cecchi named dean of the School of Engineering

2-21-14-University of New Mexico Provost Chaouki Abdallah has announced the appointment of Dean Emeritus and Professor Joseph L. Cecchi as dean of the School of Engineering.

“I am pleased to announce Dr. Joseph Cecchi as interim dean of the School of Engineering. His previous service as dean as well as his distinguished record in a variety of leadership roles makes him uniquely qualified to take on this position while we conduct a national search for a permanent dean. I am confident that he will do an excellent job,” said Provost Chaouki Abdallah.

Research scientists, engineers sought to judge projects at symposium

2-18-14-Those in the scientific and engineering fields are needed to serve as volunteer judges at the 2014 Southwest Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium on March 1 at UNM.

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium recognizes students for original research achievements in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines. Student participants will be judged mainly on their ability to demonstrate valid investigation and experimentation aimed at the discovery of knowledge.

Research Experience for Teachers educators learn about solar energy

2-17-14-Educators from around the state who are part of the Research Experience for Teachers initiative got an up-close look at the ASUNM Solar Decathlon house Saturday, Feb. 15 that is currently located at Mesa del Sol.

CS senior earns Finalist award from Computing Research Association

2-10-14- Alan Kuntz, a senior in Computer Science at UNM, has been awarded a Finalist award (third place) in the 2014 Computing Research Association Undergraduate Researcher Award competition. In 2013, Kuntz received an Honorable Mention from the same competition. He is currently working on a senior honors thesis on molecular aggregation simulation and analysis with Professor Lydia Tapia. Last summer he participated in the Dynamics Summer School Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory. After graduating this spring, he plans on pursuing a Ph.D.

Open house planned Feb. 21 for ASUNM Solar Decathlon house

2-7-14-The public is invited to tour the ASUNM Solar Decathlon house, now located at Mesa del Sol, on Feb. 21 at 1 p.m.

The house, located at 5650 University Blvd. SE, will be dismantled at the end of the month, so this will be one of the last chances for the public to view and tour the home, said Olga Lavrova, UNM assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and faculty advisor on the project.

UNM hosts statewide robotics competition

2-4-14-Governor Susanna Martinez was on hand as students from elementary, middle and high schools around the state gathered at the UNM School of Engineering Centennial Center on Feb. 1 for the UNM VEX Robotics Competition. About 70 students participated in the competition. Martinez announced that Hispanic students in New Mexico had improved Advanced Placement scores over the past year.

 

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Spring 2014 UNM Engineering Graduation Ceremony

Date Saturday, May 17, 2014
Time Ceremony begins at 1 p.m.
Location Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque Convention Center downtown

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News Archive

December 2013 News
12-3-13 Sanjay Krishna Named 2014 IEEE Fellow
12-3-13 Majeed M. Hayat Named 2014 IEEE Fellow
 
November 2013 News
11-1-13 UNM, PNM Work Together on Energy Savings
11-12-13 Stuart Rose to Speak at UNM Engineering Fall Graduation Ceremony
11-20-13 UNM Celebrates Launch of First Satellite
11-22-13 UNM Nuclear Engineering Expert Teaches Course at Sandia
 
October 2013 News
10-7-13 Can a Self-Aware Building Save Energy and Make People Happy?
10-29-13 Designing, Building a Racecar at UNM Helps Launch
Great Student Careers
10-30-13 Associate Dean Honored for Service to IEEE Education Society
10-30-13 Potential Exists for Widespread Exposure to Harmful Vehicle Emissions
 
September 2013 News
9-4-13 UNM Students Participate in US DOE 2013 Solar Decathlon Challenge
9-10-13 CS Distinguished Professor on Radio Broadcast
9-19-13 UNM School of Engineering Ranked Sixth Best Graduate School
9-26-13 Hayat Recognized for Paper that Made the Imaging World Rethink
9-30-13 DOE Grants Fuel Nuclear Energy Research at UNM
 
August 2013 News
8-1-13 ECE Prof. Edl Schamiloglu Receives Highest Level Distinguished Member Award by the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society
8-9-13 2013 LOBOMotorSports Wins 12th Place Internationally, Breaks Own Records
8-9-13 UNM ECE Professor Receives Prestigious DARPA Young Faculty Award
 
July 2013 News
7-8-13 $15 Million Grant Furthers Research on Mental Disorders, Sets Stage for Premier Brain Imaging in New Mexico
7-9-13 UNM Mechanical Engineering Student Awarded One of World’s Most Prestigious Fellowships
7-16-13 Summer Research Experience for Teachers Helps Students During the School Year
7-19-13 UNM Celebrates Former Senator Jeff Bingaman’s Support with Symposium on Energy, Resources, and Policy
7-22-13 UNM School of Engineering Announces New Chair for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
 
June 2013 News
6-12-13 Off to the Races: LoboMotorsports Team Goes to World’s Largest Automotive Competition
6-19-13 UNM Civil Engineering Professor Timothy Ross Receives Fulbright Award
6-20-13 Professor Schamiloglu Awarded his 7th Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) Grant
 
May 2013 News
5-1-13 NSF Grant Enables Statewide Sustainable Energy Research in New Mexico
5-6-13 UNM Engineering Hosts 2013 Annual Awards on Friday, May 3
5-9-13 UNM ECE Prof. Meeko Oishi Receives CAREER Award
5-13-13 School of Engineering Spring 2013 Convocation Held
5-14-13 Engineering Student Adapts, Finds Way to Graduate
5-21-13 Northrop Grumman Sponsors Senior Design Project in Adaptive Optics
5-21-13 UNM Engineering Student Cofounds Company with A Unique Solution to Recharging Cell Phones
 
April 2013 News
4-1-13 Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Sanjay Krishna Receives Awards
4-2-13 UNM Engineering Alumnus Jim McNally Elected SPIE Fellow
4-8-13 Dr. Bruce Thomson Named the 2013 New Mexico Public Sector Engineer of the Year
4-12-13 CE PhD Candidate Hossain Receives Award from NM Engineering Foundation
4-15-13 Civil Engineering PhD Candidate Rashadul Islam Receives Award for Engineering Conference Paper
4-15-13 UNM Searching for Companies to Mentor Engineering Interns
4-15-13 UNM Computer Engineering Senior Sarah Gonzalez Selected as Scholar of the Week by Great Minds in Stem
4-30-13 UNM Celebrates Solar Panel Installation on Electrical and Computer Engineering Building
4-30-13 CE Professor Mark Stone Receives NSF CAREER Award
4-30-13 Matt Raymer: Student Athlete, Excellent Scholar
 
March 2013 News
3-1-13 UNM Civil Engineering Celebrates 100th Anniversary with a Reception
3-13-13 UNM, Rice Researchers Document the Velocity of Censorship
3-18-13 UNM Alumnus Al Nahmad Presents at UNM
 
February 2013 News
2-5-13 Professors Ghani and Hayat Receive DoD DTRA Grant to Fund Large-Scale Cyber-Infrastructure Testbed Study of Disaster Recovery Paradigms
2-25-13 Huning Family Supports Parkinson’s Disease Research at UNM
2-25-13 New Associated General Contractors Endowed Chair at UNM
2-25-13 Ninth Annual Computer Science Symposium
 
January 2013 News
1-10-13 ECE Faculty Win Prestigious International Award from Qatar Foundation to Support Cloud-Computing Research
1-10-13 UNM Partners with Albuquerque Public Schools So Students Can Learn Microsystems Technology
1-14-13 Start Up Company Comes to Life in Farris Engineering Building
1-23-13 Professors Hayat, Mammoli and Ghani Win $1.05M Grant from DTRA to Support Smart Grid Research
 
December 2012 News
12-7-12 Howe Publishes Second Book on Water Treatment Processes
12-17-12 School of Engineering Fall 2012 Convocation Held
 
November 2012 News
11-13-12 UNM School of Engineering Hosts Successful Open House for Prospective Undergrads
11-13-12 Computer Science Professor Stephanie Forrest Delivers UNM’s 57th Annual Research Lecture
11-15-12 The Friday Afternoon Breakthrough
11-28-12 Brian Burnett to Speak at UNM Engineering Fall Graduation Ceremony
11-28-12 Cheryl Brozena Receives Gerald W. May Staff Recognition Award
11-28-12 Majeed Hayat Appointed Optical Society of America Fellow
11-29-12 UNM Engineering 2012 Regents’ Professor and Regents’ Lecturer Named
11-29-12 Luke F. Lester Named 2013 Fellow to Both IEEE and SPIE
11-29-12 Vince D. Calhoun Named 2013 Fellow to Both AAAS and IEEE
11-29 -12 Julie Coonrod Named Dean of the Office of Graduate Studies
 
October 2012 News
10-08-12 Paving for the Future
10-08-12 Graduate Student Birk Jones Searches for New Solutions to Old Problem
10-11-12 Schamiloglu Presents Lectures as Visiting Scholar in China
10-16-12 UNM Partners with Santa Fe Institute on New Project
10-30-12 Hydrothermally Stable Oxide Supports Developed by UNM Researchers Will Lead to Improved Technology for Conversion of Biorenewables
10-31-12  Mary J. Wolford to Lead UNM School of Engineering Development Office
 

September 2012 News

9-10-12 ECE Professor Schamiloglu Invited to Lecture at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
9-10-12 UNM Collaborates on NSF Nanoscale Manufacturing Research Center
9-17-12 UNM Mechanical Engineering Student Donya Ziraksari Receives AIAA Scholarship
9-17-12 Students and Companies Benefit from NSF STEP Internships
9-26-12 UNM Presents the 57th Annual Research Lecture
 

August 2012 News

8-21-12 Prof. Tom Hayes Receives CAREER Award
8-24-12 BME Weekly Seminar Series Starting on Wednesday 8/29/2012
8-24-12 UNM Nuclear Engineering Program Awarded Prestigious DOE Grants to Support Students and Improve Infrastructure
8-24-12 Bacteria Meets its Match with New Start-Up
8-31-12 UNM Engineering Welcomes Seven New Faculty 
8-31-12 UNM Engineering Career Fair 2012 on September 12th
8-31-12 UNM School of Engineering Ranked Fourth Best Graduate School
 

July 2012 News

7-3-12 UNM Team Wins 10th Overall in International Racing Competition
7-9-12 UNM Engineering Incoming Freshmen Get a Jump Start with Summer Research
7-9-12 Hands-On Learning in Smart Lighting for Pre-College Students at UNM Engineering
7-25-12 Incoming UNM Nuclear Engineering Grad Student Receives DOE Fellowship
7-25-12 UNM Robotics Team Demonstration of Swing-Free Transportation Published in IEEE Spectrum
7-25-12 KRQE features UNM research balloon launch
7-25-12 UNM CS Paper Wins International Award
7-26-12 ECE Prof. Schamiloglu Presents at Air Force Anniversary Celebration
 

June 2012 News

6-26-12 Schuler Receives Three Year Award to Harvest Energy from Bacterial Metabolism in Wastewater Treatment
6-26-12 UNM ME PhD Student Lands Prestigious Summer Internship in France
6-14-12 Senior Engineering Project Designed to Assist Workers
6-13-12 UNM Engineering Student to Work for NASA
6-12-12 Technology Developed by UNM Engineering Faculty Licensed to Start-up P.D. Laboratories
6-12-12 Team Led by Professor Edl Schamiloglu Awarded Prestigious MURI Grant
6-12-12 UNM Computer Science PhD Student George Bezerra Receives Excellence in Graduate Research Award  
6-7-12 ECE Student Receives the 2012 ABQ IEEE Outstanding Graduate Engineering Student Award
6-7-12 ECE Prof. Jayaweera Appointed As Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions
6-7-12 CS Grad Student Awarded IBM PhD Scholarship
 

May 2012 News

5-1-12 UNM Students Build, Launch Balloon into Ionosphere
5-3-12 Mechanical Engineering Department Celebrates Students and Alumni
5-14-12 ME PhD Mike Anderson Awarded Tom L. Popejoy Dissertation Prize
5-18-12 UNM School of Engineering Collaborates on New International Smart Grid Project
5-21-12 UNM School of Engineering Spring 2012 Convocation
5-31-12 Graduates of 1962 Return for Golden Grads Reunion
 
April 2012 News
4-9-12 UNM-Sandia ‘Protocell’ May Unlock Potential of New Cancer Therapies
4-16-12 UNM Students Excel at Environmental Design Contest
4-16-12 Dr. Steven D. Hersee to Receive the 2012 STC.UNM Innovation Fellow Award
4-20-12 2012 STC.UNM Creative Awards Ceremony to Honor UNM Inventors
4-24-12 Nanoscience and Nanobiology Lab Puts Students on Front Line of Research
4-25-12 Stephanie Forrest Selected as UNM’s Annual Research Lecturer
4-26-12 Latest Edition of Dr. Howe’s Water Treatment Textbook Now in Print
4-26-12 28 UNM SOE Faculty and Students Receive Patents Last Year
4-26-12 School of Engineering Hosts 2012 Annual Awards
4-26-12 ACM Honors Stephanie Forrest as a Computing Innovator
4-27-12 ECE Students Win Second Place in 2012 UNM Technology Business Plan Competition
 
March 2012 News
3-6-12 Turning the Tides: New Mexico-born Materials for Japanese Cars
3-6-12 UNM Construction Management Student Patricia Tafoya Wins Regional Award
3-6-12 UNM Named One of the Top 10 Schools for Undergraduate Video Game Design
3-6-12 School of Engineering Colloquium Series Features Dr. Hiroshisa Tanaka
3-6-12 ECE Professor Majeed Hayat named SPIE Fellow
3-23-12 NASA Awareness Day at UNM
3-26-12 Eva Chi, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, Wins NSF CAREER Award
3-30-12 UNM ECE PhD Student Nicola Bezzo to Present at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
 
February 2012 News
2-1-12 School of Engineering Colloquium Series
2-13-12 KNME’s ‘Connect’ Travels from Nano’s to Kenya and Beyond
2-15-12 Snowmen Appear on SOE Campus
2-16-12 UNM Researchers Find Quicker, Less Expensive Way to do High Quality Rendering for Computer Generated Films
2-22-12 In Memoriam: Cliff Roudabusch
2-22-12 Prof. Luke Lester Named the SPIE 2012 Harold E. Edgerton Award Winner
2-24-12 CE Professor Kerry Howe Receives $510K Contract for Water Quality Project
 
January 2012 News
1-5-12 UNM School of Engineering Mourns Tragic Loss of Mechanical Engineering Alumnus
1-5-12 First American Chemical Society Seminar on UNM Campus
1-5-12 UNM Civil Engineering Department Hosts 49th Annual Paving and Transportation Conference
1-16-12 UNM SOE Faculty Profiled on KNME
1-25-12 Town Hall with US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu
1-27-12 UNM Team Selected to Compete in US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2012

 

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