When Gregory Canty (ChE ’12) passed away at age 22, those who knew him felt all the emotions that people experience when a promising young life is cut short — incomprehension, dismay and heartache. But Canty’s death left more than a personal void. His pioneering engineering work in U.Va. pathologist Robin Felder’s laboratory has greatly accelerated the development of a cell-culture robot, which by automating a painstaking and time-consuming process, will make it possible for physicians to apply advances in regenerative medicine. In his honor, his friends and loved ones established the Gregory J. Canty Research Award in the Engineering School. (More)
The U.Va. School of Engineering and Applied Science is a place where innovative teaching methods are nurtured and thrive. This pioneering spirit was recognized in October 2013, when three SEAS faculty members — Avik Ghosh, Harry Powell and Mark Sherriff — were selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s fifth Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium. The event brought together 73 of the nation’s most innovative engineering educators, selected to share ideas, learn from each other’s research and develop a charter to bring about improvement in their home institutions.
Scott Ferber (SIE ’91) left commencement in spring 1991 with more than a systems engineering diploma in hand. He marched down the Lawn with the confidence of knowing he could use the techniques of systems engineering to address problems across a wide range of issues, even if they were totally unfamiliar. For someone who likes nothing better than to be told that a problem can’t be solved, there was no better education. (More)
It takes constant research to maintain a safe, efficient, sustainable transportation system in the face of ever-growing demands for mobility. That’s the rationale behind the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research (VCTIR), a long-term partnership between the Engineering School and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). “VCTIR is an organization that enables VDOT to understand the health of our transportation infrastructure, determine the right time to take corrective action if necessary and select the most appropriate new approaches. Working together, Engineering School and VCTIR researchers conduct research on a variety of scales. (More)
Professor John Scully has won awards in the past, but this latest one was something special. No one had ever given him a sword before. But when the foremost corrosion scientists in the United Kingdom give out an award named for the father of the modern science of corrosion, no ordinary prize will do. “It’s a real Braveheart type of sword. A real Knights of the Round Table sword,” said Scully, the Charles Henderson Chaired Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and co-director of the Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering. (More)
This President’s Day, February 17th, in tribute to Thomas Jefferson’s legacy in public education, the University of Virginia and Monticello launched the first-ever, collaborative Massive Open Online Course, providing a unique opportunity for anyone, anywhere, to learn about the “Age of Jefferson.” Sign up on Coursera.
Jill S. Tietjen (Engr ’76) wrote an op-ed piece as part of a series produced by The Huffington Post to commemorate the 79th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s 1935 record-breaking solo flight.