CWIT, IS, and CSEE Faculty Receive NSF Grant for Transfer Scholars Community

Penny Rheingans, director of The Center for Women in Technology (CWIT), Susan Martin, associate director of CWIT, Carolyn Seaman, information systems, and E.F. Charles LaBerge, computer science and electrical engineering, recently received a $632,488 grant from the National Science Foundation to support transfer scholars in computer science, computer engineering, and information systems.

The grant will continue the work of the Transfer Scholars in Information Technology and Engineering (T-Site) program. The program provides scholarship funds, academic and professional programming, and a supportive community to encourage transfer student success in computing majors. The program is open to transfer students from Maryland community colleges.

Click here to learn more about the T-Site Scholars program.

Volunteers Needed for 2015 Baja SAE Maryland (5/7-5/10)

BajaSAEFor the first time, UMBC is hosting Baja SAE Maryland, the national Baja competition in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Collegiate Design Series. One hundred teams of college students from the U.S. and eight foreign countries will attend the competition, held at Budds Creek Motocross in Mechanicsville, MD, May 7-10, 2015.

Baja SAE is a four-day engineering design competition where student teams will meet to present their off-road race cars to engineering and business professionals, undergo strict technical inspections, and compete solo and wheel-to-wheel for a chance to prove their engineering skills.

We need as many volunteers as possible to help with the event and give all of this year’s competitors the best possible setting to succeed. Experience with engineering, motorsports, or Baja SAE is particularly helpful, but there are plenty of track and event support roles to fill during the event.

Click here to sign up to volunteer.

Govind Rao, CAST, Receives Grant from the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation

raoGovind Rao, professor of chemical, biochemical, and environmental engineering and director of the Center for Advanced Sensor Technology (CAST), received a $50,000 grant from the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation to automate and miniaturize a non-invasive respiration monitor for premature newborns. The National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation is funded by the Food and Drug Administration and led by the Children’s National Health System’s Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation and the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering. Rao presented the non-invasive respiration monitor at an event hosted by the University of Maryland, College Park in February and was one for five finalists to win an award from 31 original applicants. “What we’re trying to do is completely change the paradigm,” Rao said about the monitor. “Now the problem is how can I get this scaled up and out there.”

Charles LaBerge, CSEE, to be Recognized at RTCA’s 2015 Annual Symposium Awards

EFCL-Head-150-x-150-2010Charles LaBerge, computer science and electrical engineering, has been selected to be recognized at the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) 2015 annual Symposium Awards Luncheon in Washington, D.C. on June 3. RTCA is a not-for-profit association that wroks to develop recommendations about air transportation for the Federal government.

LaBerge was chosen to be honored by RTCA for his work on the “Minimum Operational Performance Standards for Avionics Supporting Next Generation Satellite Systems.” His research focuses on aeronautical navigation and communication applications, as well as digital signal processing, coding theory, and radio frequency interference.

CUERE Seminar: Sources and Processes Affecting Particulate Matter (4/24)

cuereCUERE Seminar Series presents Dr. Chris Hennigan with UMBC’s Department of Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering Department and his talk on “Sources and Processes Affecting Particulate Matter in Denver, CO during DISCOVER-AQ.” Friday, April 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the TRC Building room 206.

Upal Ghosh, CBEE, Named Editor for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

ghoshUpal Ghosh, chemical, biochemical, and environmental engineering, has been named as an editor for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry is a journal from the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, which takes a multidisciplinary approach to analyzing and solving environmental problems.

Ghosh will be one of several editors and will focus on papers relating to environmental remediation and pollutant bioavailability.