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UMCoE Celebrates First Annual Research Day

The First Annual University of Miami College of Engineering (UMCoE) Research Day took place on Friday, September 7, 2018.

More than 40 presentations from the UMCoE faculty, practitioners and students were presented and another 40 posters were on display in the First Annual UMCoE Research Day, highlighting the vast scope of the College’s research. Research Day included a sequence of four speaker sessions and four poster sessions running concurrently within UMCoE, consisting of short high-impact presentations. Topics included resilience and sustainability; data analytics and cybersecurity; healthcare engineering; and materials and additive manufacturing. Awards were given to exemplary submissions from PhD candidates and faculty.

“UMCoE’s Research Day is all about demonstrating the different kinds of research taking place in the College, ranging from speaker sessions on sustainability, cybersecurity and additive manufacturing, to poster sessions in our engineering classrooms,” says Jean-Pierre Bardet, dean of the College of Engineering. “We’re eager for others to get a sense of the vast variety of research that faculty and PhD candidates work on in conjunction with one another.”

At the event, attendees were able to meet the researchers that were presenting their posters as well as hear from various podium presenters who spoke on various topics. Some of the presentations included “New antimicrobial approaches for the treatment of multi-drug resistant bacteria in water,” “Full Deployment of Corrosion Free Concrete Structures: Durability Assessment of Composite Rebars,” “Resilient Microgrid Systems for Smart Cities,” “Gender Recognition from Surveillance Video,” “Bioengineered Tissue Construct for Knee Meniscus Repair,” “Optimizing the Treatment of Spine Disorders,” “Reconstructing the Nervous System Through Tissue Engineering,” and “Additive Manufacturing of Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting Systems,” to name a few.

“What we’re really trying to showcase is the cross-departmental diversity at the College,” says Helena Solo-Gabriele, UMCoE professor and associate dean for research. “The sessions are designed to help PhD candidates and faculty communicate their research effectively, so that others may grasp and appreciate the scope of their work.”

The speaker sessions were led by Fabrice Manns, professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Victoria Coverstone, professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Mohamed Abdel-Mottaleb, professor and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Antonio Nanni, professor and chair of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, and Shihab Asfour, professor and chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering.

Francisco Alberdi ’20, a University of Miami civil engineering major, had his team’s research on Naled – an aerial insecticide used to combat Zika-carrying mosquitoes and other mosquito species in south Florida – on display in the Resilience and Sustainability poster session. “It was very exciting to exhibit what we’ve learned with our experiments and analysis,” he says. “Research Day gives us as students the opportunity to not only share our research, but more importantly to learn about what other professors and students are doing to potentially collaborate with them in future projects.”

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners:

  • Best Student Presentation: Siobhan Williams (BME)
  • Best Faculty Presentation: Emrah Celik (MAE)
  • Best Innovation: Alicia Jackson (BME)
  • Best Poster for Innovation: Babak Vafaei (CAE)
  • Best Poster for Fundamental Research: Freddy Gonzalez Badillo (BME)
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