Question of the Month

How should the Engineering School leverage the proximity to a major medical school?

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Dean Jim Aylor      

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Transformed Thornton Stacks Renamed in Honor of Outgoing Engineering Dean

The James H. Aylor Student Collaboration Center — an elegant space with a 16-foot ceiling and nine windows overlooking Darden Court — has already been through a number of transformations, each one reflecting changes at the Engineering School as well as in the profession itself. The Raber family welcomed the opportunity to honor Dean Aylor. “Without overstatement, we can honestly say that Jim has made a significant difference in our children’s and, consequently, our family’s lives. Honoring him in this small way is our way of saying thanks,” Steven Raber said. (More)

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12-Year-Old Engineering Major Henry Muhlbauer Thrives at U.Va.

First-year student Henry Muhlbauer kicked off his college career with a full course load, taking classes in electrical engineering, computer programming and chemistry, among his 15 credits. He still made time, however, for his other favorite pursuits: Little League, training the family dog and BB-gun target practice with coffee cans in the backyard. At age 12, Henry may be the youngest student ever to enroll full time at U.Va. “If you look at Henry, he looks 12 years old,” said Dean James H. Aylor. “Physically, he’s a 12-year-old kid. But mentally, he’s not.” (More)

Wireless Technology Sought to Pre-empt Dementia-Related Disease

As U.S. families increasingly face the challenges of caring for elderly relatives with dementia, a multi-university team, including Professor John Lach, who chairs U.Va.’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is developing technological tools aimed at easing the caregiving burden and extending a patient’s ability to live at home. “It’s a tremendous caregiver burden to see a loved one behave in ways that are not consistent with who they usually are,” Lach said. “In addition, a patient’s agitation can be very unpredictable, and there’s no one thing you can do to manage it.” (More)

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This special issue of UNBOUND features stories about undergraduates, graduate students and faculty who are setting new standards of excellence within the field of engineering. It also highlights the tremendous progress that occurred within the school during Dean James H. Aylor’s tenure. “Jim Aylor’s dedication to the Engineering School has been remarkable,” U.Va. President Teresa A. Sullivan said. “He has been a powerful advocate for science and technology because he understands that excellence in these areas is critical to the University’s future.” (More)

More Than Two Dozen U.Va. Students Chosen to Attend Clinton Global Conference

Twenty-six U.Va. students, nine of whom represented the School of Engineering and Applied Science, were invited to participate in the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative University conference, held last month at the University of Miami. The conference, hosted by former President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, brought together more than 1,000 students to discuss “commitments to action” they made to address global challenges across five focus areas: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health. (More)

Groundbreaking Nanomedicine Program Creates Opportunities for Undergraduates

When it comes to the future of medicine, small is indeed beautiful. Working at the nanoscale, researchers are in a race to develop tiny nanoparticles, nanodevices and nanopatterned surfaces for medical applications. To prepare students to take part in this swiftly emerging field, U.Va. faculty have formed a program in nanomedicine. “You can use the program as a starting point to go into medicine, but the interdisciplinary skill set you develop also makes you very marketable as an engineer,” said Cassandra Mankus, a 2014 graduate of the program. (More)

Giving Web Developers Tools to Protect Their Sites and Users

Most Internet users know that practicing good online hygiene — never clicking on spam, choosing strong passwords and setting up two-factor authentication — is essential for protecting their personal information. They typically don’t know, however, that unless the developers of the websites they visit take similar precautions, they could still be at risk. “In many cases, developers lack the expertise, time or incentive to identify and correct the vulnerabilities caused by third-party scripts,” said computer science professor David Evans. “We focus on ways to automate the detection of these vulnerabilities and limit the damage they can do.” (More)