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Engineering Forums

All forums are located in Ford Hall 240 and are held from noon–12:50 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Food is served at these events, and attendees are invited to bring their own beverage. Stay tuned for upcoming dates.

Faculty in the News

Assistant Professor of Engineering Niveen Ismail received a $248,201 NIWR/USGS National Competitive Grant through the Massachusetts Water Resources Research Center. Read the article about the grant.

Glenn Ellis and Professor of Education and Child Study Al Rudnitsky were awarded a $1.39 million grant from the National Science Foundation for "Collaborative Research: Design and Development of Transmedia Narrative-Based Curricula to Engage Children in Next-Generation Science Standards and Engineering Design." Ellis and Rudnitsky will train teachers and work with students in Springfield, Massachusetts public schools. Springfield Technical Community College is also partnering on the project.

Andrew Guswa published an opinion piece, “Beyond Opportunity: A women's college offers lessons in promoting diversity and engineering identity,” in an issue of Prism, the magazine of the American Society for Engineering Education.

Paul Voss, associate professor of engineering, was the recipient of a $14,000 grant from the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute for “The offshore air mass journey and interaction with the Ross Sea surface: A process-based investigation of regional climate influenced by mesocyclones.”

Susannah Howe, senior lecturer and director of the design clinic in engineering, was awarded a $65,196 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled “Collaborative Research: From School to Work: Understanding the Transition from Education Capstone Design to Industry.” The multi-institutional study is a collaboration between faculty at Virginia Tech, University of Colorado Boulder, New Mexico Tech and Smith College. The goal of the study is to understand and improve how engineering capstone design courses prepare students to effectively enter communities of practice in engineering workplaces.

Students in the News

The Mill River Greenway Initiative Design Clinic Team is highlighted in Real-World Riverbank Design.

Sarah Chu ’19 represented Smith College as she and students from other institutions worked on TechEdSat-6: NASA to Test Advanced Space Wireless Network and Device for Returning Small Spacecraft to Earth.

Gracie Hackenberg ’18 and a team of Smith students were featured in AutoweekSmith College engineering students gear up to go racing.

Jocelyn Yax '18Amelia Wagner '20, and Jasmine Pacheco-Ramos '19 participated in the AEESP (Association of Environmental and Engineering & Science Professors) student video competition. You can watch the video here.

Alumnae in the News

Sarah Chu '19 has been selected as one of the 2021 Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship recipients

Caitlyn Shea Butler ’04 talks about engineers who teach in “How I Got That Job.”

Erika D. Rodriguez '06 was recognized for groundbreaking research in mission-critical spaceflight materials and for inspiring young people—especially women and girls—to pursue engineering.Member News, SWE Magazine

In February 2018 Zin Min Ave ’13Celete To ’13, Phoebe DeGroot ’13 and Andrew J. Ranz of Dresser-Rand Company were granted a United States patent for their Self-Centering Labyrinth Seal invention.

Artwork by engineering alumna Flora Weil ’17 was shown at Nasty Women Exhibition: Empowerment, an International Women’s Day exhibition in London.

Check out Victoria Shein ’16 featured in Circa: This 23-year-old Ford engineer already has nine patents. Did we mention she doesn't drive?

Victoria Shein ’16 was featured again, this time in The Street’s series #AlphaRising. Watch the episode: Ford Has a 23-Year-Old Whiz Kid Helping to Shape Its Future.

Check out this Huffington Post article featuring Lydia Bussiere ’12, who is employed as a service engineering project manager for a fuel cell manufacturer.