Question of the Month

In their final year of study, all engineering undergraduate students undertake the undergraduate thesis. It is designed to give students firsthand experience with the communication of technical information, the ideas and values that shape technology, the role of individuals and organizations in innovation, the role and impact of technology in solving problems, the ethical issues in engineering and management of a major project involving a variety of resources.
Do you think that your undergraduate thesis provided you with valuable research experience?

I look forward to hearing from you,     
Dean Jim Aylor      

The Ecology of Brain Cancer

Assistant Professor Jennifer Munson takes a systems-based approach to studying cancer that may lead to more-effective treatment. A biomedical engineer, she is, in effect, a biomedical ecologist. Rather than focus on cancer cells in isolation, she considers them in terms of their environment. “I see cancer as a disease of the tissue, not just of individual cells,” she says. “To design effective therapies, you have to consider their effect on the surrounding tissue as well as on the tumor.” (More)

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CEE News

The winter issue of CEE News includes stories about innovative research underway in the department by two new members of the faculty, Osman Ozbulut and Devin Harris. It also includes news about the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) conference the department hosted, the creation of the new Eichenthal Room, and the newly created Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Research Center, in addition to profiles on students and alumni. (More)

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South Korean Sojourn Offers Engineers a Valuable Internship Experience

The Office of Global Internships develops relationships with businesses, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and U.Va. alumni networks abroad to provide students with valuable internship experiences. Recognizing that tomorrow’s workforce will learn and work in a global, multicultural environment, the office strives to offer a range of opportunities for students interested in building their resumes while spending time abroad. (More)

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Atrium in Rice Hall Named After Anita Jones

With a generous contribution from Leidos, the atrium of U.Va.’s Rice Hall has been named the Jones Atrium, in honor of University Professor Emerita Anita Jones. For Jones, a longtime professor and former head of the computer science department at U.Va., it was a particularly meaningful and unexpected retirement gift. The atrium dedication was made on the occasion of her stepping down from the board of Leidos (formerly SAIC) after decades of service. (More)

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Beckman Scholarship and Harrison Award Recipient Seeks Better Outcomes for Common Childhood Disorder

Rodman Scholar Catherine Henry is studying the diaphragm in order to better understand and find treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), with the support of a scholarship from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation and a Harrison Undergraduate Research Award. DMD is the most common childhood dystrophy. The disease causes progressive muscle weakness and loss of mobility, and results in respiratory failure and subsequent death, usually when patients are in their early 20s. (More)

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Professor Kyle Lampe Works to Develop Therapies for Spinal-Cord Injuries and Parkinson’s Disease

After his NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergrads as a student at the University of Colorado Boulder in summer 2003, Professor Kyle Lampe knew he wanted to go into the field of tissue engineering and help develop therapies to address traumas such as spinal-cord injuries and debilitating diseases like Parkinson’s. (More)