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Engineering Events


In May 2017, we celebrated the 10th year reunion of our fourth engineering graduating class from 2007.



Engineering Forums


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


September 13, 2018:  Engineering Welcome Forum

October 4, 2018:  GPS 101, Alina Pechacek, MITRE


Faculty in the News


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


Glenn Ellis and Professor of Education and Child Study Al Rudnitsky have been 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."   The Smith professors will train teachers and work with students in the Springield, Mass., public schools.  Springfield Technical Community College is also partnering on the project. 


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


Susan Voss was profiled in the Fall 2017 issue of Havard Oolaryngology magazine.  "What I'm most proud of is the engineering program I helped esablish" at Smith, she said.  "Most of our 350 graduates are pursuing satisfying careers in engineering and showing the world that this is a field in which women can excel."


Susannah Howe, Design Clinic Director, Senior Lecturer in Engineering, moderated Equity in construction Panel on February 15, 2018. Click here to see the video of the event. 


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


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


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


Sarah Chu '19 represents for 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 are featured in Autoweek: Smith College engineering students gear up to go racing


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.


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


Artwork by Flora Weil '17 was shown at Nasty Women Exihibition: Enpowerment, an International Women's Day exhibition in London.  Weil graduated with a degree in engineering from Smith.


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 is featured again; this time in TheStreet's new series, #AlphaRising. Watch the episode here: Ford Has a 23-Year-Old Whiz Kid Helping to Shape Its Future.


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.


Brittany Bennett '16 recieved the Nancy Hellman Prize for extraordinary contributions to the advancement of women in engineering.


Dakota Murray '16 and Bethany Claps '16 received the Adeline Devor Penberthy award for academic excellence and outstanding contributions toward building a community of learners within the Picker Engineering Program.


Brittany Bennett '16 and Emma Rocco '16 earned the Ford Motor Company Prize for distinguished work in support of a sustainable environment.


Ayesha Sadaf Khan' 16 wins Davis Projects for Peace Award. Ayesha will use her award to establish a Precious House to help mothers in Karachi, Pakistan become empowered and self-employed.


Diana Chiyangwa '08 discusses how Baltimore, DC power prices could be cheaper. Read more in the Bloomberg article “ The Cost of Washington’s Addiction to Shale-Fueled Power”.


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.