In order to pursue research and application possibilities for a promising new computational technology — automata computing — the University of Virginia has established a new Center for Automata Computing with seed funding from, and close collaboration with, the technology’s inventor, Micron Technology Inc. Micron, one of the world’s leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions, has announced the development of a fundamentally new computer processor based on massively parallel automata technology. (More)
Changing the radio station, adjusting the air conditioning, checking on a toddler in the rearview mirror — each of these brief moments of inattention can spell disaster for a driver. David Aylor, a 2004 SEAS mechanical engineering graduate, wants to make cars pay attention, even when drivers don’t. Aylor is a senior research engineer at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). For decades, IIHS has researched vehicle crashworthiness, a car’s ability to protect the driver during a collision. Aylor specializes in the latest crash-avoidance technology, advances he hopes will prevent a collision from happening in the first place.
The numbers tell the story. There are 7.1 billion people in the world, but less than 5 percent of them are Americans. If Engineering School graduates are to enjoy successful careers, they must be prepared to lead, work and live in multicultural settings. That’s the rationale behind Global Ingenuity 21, an intensive two-week program offered each summer in Germany to the School’s Rodman Scholars. At the core of the Global Ingenuity 21 program is a design project that U.Va. students undertake alongside counterparts from the Technical University of Brauschweig. The design challenge is posed by the program’s sponsor, Volkswagen Group of America. (More)
When asked why he enjoys programming, one student replied, “Because it’s fascinating.” Another said, “Programming is straightforward. If there is an error, it must be my fault, as computers don’t make mistakes.” Apparently U.Va. engineering students don’t make many mistakes, either. A team from U.Va. recently bested 190 competitors from more than 60 regional colleges and universities to win the Mid-Atlantic regional competition of the International Collegiate Programming Contest, held Nov. 2 at Radford University. (More)
The annual Thornton Society Dinner was once again the scene of Engineering School achievement awards. Three individuals were recognized this year for their contributions to the School, their impact on local, regional, national and international communities, and their influence on their fields. Honorees for 2013 include a veteran professor at the helm of nearly $50 million in research funding who has changed the face of vehicle and traffic safety; a much-beloved office manager known for her competence and compassion; and a former “Lawnie,” NROTC battalion commander and two-time SEAS graduate who currently has a hand in managing one of the largest infrastructure designs in Department of Defense history. (More)
Associate Professor Avik Ghosh, Associate Professor Mark Sherriff and Director of Instructional Laboratories Harry Powell were invited to participate in the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Education Symposium.
Former Civil Engineering Professor Fred McCormick died October 23.