ENG Selects Inaugural Term Distinguished Professors of Engineering

October 10th, 2014

Baillieul, Cassandras, Chen, Unlu and Wong Honored By Mark Dwortzan Five College of Engineering professors—John Baillieul (ME, SE), Christos Cassandras (ECE, SE), Christopher Chen (BME), Selim Ünlü (ECE, BME, MSE) and Joyce Wong (BME, MSE)—have been selected as the inaugural set of Term Distinguished Professors of Engineering. Each will carry the title of “Distinguished Professor of Engineering” and receive a stipend of discretionary funds throughout their term. Thereafter, the title will be retained throughout their career at Boston University. “Each of these faculty members has had a lengthy distinguished record of impact in research and in service to the College of Engineering and... More

Looking Back, Moving Forward

October 3rd, 2014

ENG 50th Anniversary Celebration Showcases Excellence and Impact By Mark Dwortzan With sunny skies overhead and an autumnal chill in the air, College of Engineering alumni from across the country converged on Cummington Mall on September 19 to celebrate the College’s first 50 years. The atmosphere was festive both outside, where cotton candy and popcorn were on offer, and inside various campus buildings, where alumni, faculty and students learned about high-impact ENG research and entrepreneurial achievements, toured new facilities, participated in a design challenge and engaged in spirited conversations about the past and future of the College. Alumni-Student Lunch Panel Speaking before an audience... More

Two CISE/SE Faculty Named Distinguished Professors of Engineering

September 25th, 2014

Professor Christos G. Cassandras (ECE, SE) and Professor John Baillieul (ME, ECE, SE) have been selected as Distinguished Professors of Engineering, a title to be held throughout their careers at Boston University. These prominent faculty were selected based on their outstanding service to the College, teaching aptitude, as well as making a demonstrable difference in academia with their research, which has diverse applications in fields ranging from economics to electro-physics. Christos G. Cassandras is Head of the Division of Systems Engineering, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a co-founder of CISE. He specializes in the areas of discrete event and hybrid systems, More

Faculty Search – Assistant Professor, Dept. Mechanical Engineering & Div. of Systems Engineering

September 23rd, 2014

The Department of Mechanical Engineering, in conjunction with the Division of Systems Engineering, invites applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level beginning Fall 2015 in the area of Robotics and Cyber-Physical Systems.  The ME department is multi-disciplinary with strong expertise in systems and control, nanotechnology, materials characterization, fluid dynamics, modeling, and acoustics.  In addition to robotics, application areas of interest include health, energy and sustainability, and manufacturing.  The department and the division are further strengthened by their affiliations with the Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE) and the Division of Materials Science and Engineering. Both... More

BU-Brigham & Women’s Hospital Partnership Celebrates First Year

September 16th, 2014

Joint Research Focused on Medical Imaging and Image-Guided Interventions By Mark Dwortzan Boston University College of Engineering Assistant Professor Darren Roblyer (BME) and Brigham & Women’s Hospital radiologist Srinivisan Mukundan are exploring a strategy that combines a new optical imaging device developed by Roblyer with emerging magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to probe malignant brain tumors during chemotherapy treatment. Their research could enable clinicians to monitor the effectiveness of chemotherapy over the course of treatment and implement changes to chemotherapy drugs and dose levels as needed. The project is one of five now receiving funding through an ongoing partnership between Boston University and... More

Reducing Highway Congestion through Software

September 12th, 2014

Belta to Co-Lead $1 Million Study By Mark Dwortzan Traffic congestion is a waste not only of time, but also of energy and money. In 2011, it caused Americans in metropolitan areas to spend 5.5 billion extra hours on the road and pump 2.9 billion extra gallons of fuel into their gas tanks, with associated costs reaching $121 billion—a nearly six-fold increase since 1982. Municipalities have attempted to mitigate traffic congestion through highway onramp metering and fees at peak travel times, but the problem continues to worsen. Now a research team led by Associate Professor Calin Belta (ME, SE) and University of California, More

Reimagining Engineering Education

August 7th, 2014

How ENG is Transforming the Classroom through Digital Learning Technology By Mark Dwortzan You’ve seen it before: a single faculty member on stage delivering a lecture to row after row of students dutifully taking notes, with little or no interaction between the lecturer and the note takers. It’s been the model for science and engineering education for more than a century, but a new paradigm is emerging that turns this model on its head, all while improving student outcomes: the flipped classroom. In the flipped classroom, students view lectures online while at home, and spend classroom time applying what they learned both individually... More

Securing the Cloud

August 5th, 2014

BU researchers on team to move cybersecurity from theory to practice By Art Jahnke The Massachusetts Open Cloud (MOC), a one-of-a-kind marketplace model for customizable public cloud offerings now being built a team of researchers from BU and several other universities, may soon claim another first: a modular cybersecurity system built from smaller, separate functional components, each asserting its own security individually. As a result, the security of the system as a whole will be derived from the security of its components, rather than from a single firewall, as is currently the case with most cloud systems. The cutting-edge approach will be designed by researchers... More

Putting Engineering Know-How to Work

July 31st, 2014

Alum’s company boosts customer loyalty using indoor location technology By Mark Dwortzan Imagine you’re strolling through the aisles of a supermarket and just as you approach your favorite pasta sauce, a virtual “buy one, get one free” coupon for the product, redeemable at checkout, appears on your smartphone. Rather than having you page through a weekly compilation of in-store offers—that’s so 20th century—the store has delivered the coupon directly to your phone based on your current location and shopping history. Making this possible are standard overhead LED lights that not only illuminate the room but also function as an indoor GPS. Enhanced with... More

Mark Crovella named BU’s Innovator of the Year

July 22nd, 2014

By Rich Barlow Mark Crovella’s work centers on networks, mostly computer networks, and they have been improved by his research. He studies their properties by using data mining and statistics (though Crovella also has studied social and biological networks). Crovella, a professor and chairman of computer science in the College of Arts & Sciences, and affiliated professor of the Division of Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering, has just been named the University’s Innovator of the Year. The award recognizes faculty whose research produces inventions and innovations beneficial to humanity. Among the products of his work, Crovella says, have been “methods of detecting... More