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Engineering Events

 

In May 2016, we celebrated the 10th year reunion of our third engineering graduating class from 2006. Pictured here are 16 of the 34 graduates.

 

Engineering Forums

 

All Forums are located in Ford Hall 240 and are held from 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm. Food will be served at these events, and attendees are invited to bring their own beverage.

 

Academic Year 2016 - 2017

Faculty in the News

 

Susannah Howe, senior lecturer and director of the design clinic in engineering, has been 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.

 

Associate Professor Paul Voss helps start the conversation about sensible drone laws. Read his op-ed published on The Conversation.

 

Associate Professor Denise McKahn is featured in an Insight News Article: Hello Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Goodbye Batteries.

 

 

Assistant Professor Sarah Moore helps Christine Yee ’17, Darpan Bohara ’18, and Yashna Sureka ’17 land Gates Foundation award for $100,000. With support from the grant students will develop a fingerprint authorization system that will allow merchants in Nelamangala, India, to accept non-cash purchases from customers. The goal of this technology is to reduce costs, increase financial literacy, and help individuals meet financial goals. Read more here.

 

Smith 2014 alum Lawren Gamble presented her most recent research on morphing aircraft at the 26th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADAPTIVE STRUCTURES AND TECHNOLOGIES in Kobe, Japan. She developed a numerical model to predict the optimal aileron deflections of a span-wise morphing wing to recover from stall and showed that the adapted morphing wing was able to reduce drag by 20%, twice as much as a non-morphing wing.

 

Professor Glenn Ellis and Team Through My Window gave the plenary talk at the Collaborative Knowledge Building Group’s fifth national congress in Trieste Italy, www.ckbg2015.disu.units.it/en/program.asp.

 

Professor Glenn Ellis was profiled in the September 2015 newsletter of the Imaginative Education Research Group (IERG). IERG newsletters are available at http://ierg.ca/how-we-can-help/newsletters/.

 

Smith College launched its Picker Engineering Program 15 years ago, promising to bring more women -- who are educated in the liberal arts along with their technical training -- into the male-dominated field. The Summer 2015 Smith Alumnae Quarterly features engineering alumnae who are delivering on that promise.

 

The influencial National Science Foundation Faculty Career Development Program has awared Caitlyn Butler '04, $500,000 to pursue her pioneering research on special "Algal-Sludge Granules," which cut electricity consumption in half, while also cleansing water.

 

 

Students in the News

 

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGTED) is a student-run event and was a huge success this year: Eureka Moments: Engineering Event Draws Middle-Schoolers to Campus. [March 2017]

 

Jocelyn Yax '18, Amelia 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.

 

Congratulations to our students featured in Grecourt Gate: "Creative Teamwork: Smithies Design 'Parklets' for Downtown Northampton".

 

National Society of Black Engineers attended the 41st NSBE Annual Convention in California, March 25-29, 2015.

 

 

Alumnae in the News

 

Victoria Shein '16 is featured in Bloomberg Technology: Detroit is Trying Really Hard to Woo Young Workers

 

Victoria Schein '16 is a world-class engineer at Ford Motor Company and already holds nine patents: 23-Year-Old Ford Engineer Has Nine Patents and Counting.

 

Check out this Huffington Post article featuring Lydia Bussiere '12, now employed as a Service Engineering Project Manager for a fuel cell manufacturer.

 

Anna Partridge ’16 was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to research biomass energy conversion strategies in Finland.  Anna will spend her Fulbright year as a student in the Masters of Science in Energy Systems degree program at Lappeenranta University of Technology, majoring in Bioenergy Systems and minoring in Modeling of Energy Systems.  Anna's proposed research project investigates thermochemical production of hydrogen from biomass, and the efficiency and feasibility of combining biomass conversion processes with hydrogen fuel cells. 

 

Angela Upreti ’16 was awarded a Research Internships in Science and Engineering scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of outstanding academic records and convincing project proposals. DAAD is the largest funding organization in the world supporting international exchange scholars.

 

Congratulations to Maya Kutz '15 for her award "Leadership in Environmental Sustainability", In recognition of an individual (or organization) that represents the ideals of sustainable leadership through advocacy, programming or community events. Award presented on Tuesday, April 15 at the Campus Center.

Congratulations to Society of Women Engineers for "Outstanding Community Service". In recognition of the development and implementation of a community service program, Introduce A Girl to Engineers Day. Award presented on Tuesday, April 15 at the Campus Center.

Lawren Gamble '14 presented her most recent research on morphing aircraft at the 26th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADAPTIVE STRUCTURES AND TECHNOLOGIES in Kobe, Japan. She developed a numerical model to predict the optimal aileron deflections of a span-wise morphing wing to recover from stall and showed that the adapted morphing wing was able to reduce drag by 20%, twice as much as a non-morphing wing.

Congratulations to our Engineering Scholar Athletes. Lauren Hilton '14, Adrienne Horne '14, Xinyi Liu '14, Emily Lane '15, Lauren Weston '15, Yumeng Cao '16, Bethany Claps '16, Anna Partridge '16, Isabella Casini '17, Elsie Odhiambo '17, Jingyi Sun '17.

 

Congratulations to Zhenzhen Tan '15 for being part of the Smith team that won"Best in Show" during a Five College Data Fest competition on March 27-29, 2015.