BU’s James Collins Elected to National Academy of Sciences

May 2nd, 2014

ENG prof achieves “the trifecta” By Sara Rimer Boston University biomedical engineer Professor James J. Collins (BME, MSE, SE) has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors in science and technology, in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Collins, who is one of the founders of the field of synthetic biology, joins BU’s seven other NAS members, a group that includes President Robert A. Brown, Nobel Prize–winning theoretical physicist Sheldon Glashow, BU’s Arthur G. B. Metcalf Professor of Mathematics and Science, and Nancy Kopell, a William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor. The NAS, a private, More

SE Graduate Students Among Scholars Day 2014 Award Winners

April 28th, 2014

Congratulations to the Award winners! The Hariri Award for Innovative Computing Models, Algorithms, and Systems Student: Eran Simhon Advisor: David Starobinski Title:  Advance Reservation Games   Center for Information and Systems Engineering Award 2 awards: CISE Award: Student: Qi Zhao Adviser: Ioannis Paschalidis Title: Turning Constraint-Based Modeling on Its Head: Learning Cellular Objectives from Fluxes CISE Second prize: Student: Jing Conan Wang Advisor: Ioannis Paschalidis Title: Robust Anomaly Detection in Dynamic Networks   College of Engineering Dean’s Award Student: Mohammad Moghadasi Advisor: Ioannis Paschalidis Title: A multi-stage Monte Carlo minimization-based approach to protein docking refinement problem   Center for Nanoscience and Nanobiotechnology Award Student: Erin Roberts Advisor: Xin Zhang Title:  Measurement of Cardiac Side Population Cellular Forces during Differentiation into Cardiomyocytes Using Micropillar Arrays   Photonics Center... More

Pioneering a Cloud Computing “Mall”

April 28th, 2014

Massachusetts awards $3 million to BU-led project By Rich Barlow With the governor of Massachusetts pledging $3 million in state support, BU leaders Friday announced plans for development of a pathbreaking computing cloud that could spur economic growth and technology innovation. Azer Bestavros (CS, SE), director of BU’s Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering, says the University will spend the next three years developing software for the Massachusetts Open Cloud (MOC) in collaboration with the commonwealth, technology companies, and BU’s university partners at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center(MGHPCC) in Holyoke, where the announcement was made. In cloud computing, users rent access to... More

Inaugural Issue of TCNS Journal Published

April 10th, 2014

The new IEEE journal Transactions on Control of Network Systems has released its inaugural issue. This publication is available on the IEEE Xplore site. View the table of contents and list of authors. Congratulations to Ioannis Paschalidis (SE, ECE), Editor-in-chief, and Magnus Egerstedt, Deputy Editor-in-Chief! Included in this inaugural issue is a paper by Christos G. Cassandras (SE, ECE), Tao (Reno) Wang (SE PhD, 2013), and Sepideh Pourazarm (SE PhD graduate student), Optimal Routing and Energy Allocation for Lifetime Maximization of Wireless Sensor Networks with Non-ideal Batteries.  Congratulations to all!

Interdisciplinary Team Sheds Light on How Proteins Bind: Finding Could Open Up New Drug Discovery Opportunities

April 9th, 2014

By Mark Dwortzan Over the past six years, an interdisciplinary team of College of Engineering faculty members—Professor Sandor Vajda (BME, SE), Research Assistant Professor Dima Kozakov (BME), Professor Yannis Paschalidis (ECE, SE) and Associate Professor Pirooz Vakili (ME, SE)—have been developing a set of powerful optimization algorithms for predicting the structures of complexes that form when two proteins bind together—structures that, in some cases, generate erroneous cell signaling pathways that can trigger cancer and other inflammatory diseases. Incorporated into Vajda’s and Kozakov’s protein-protein docking server ClusPro—a website to which any user can submit the three-dimensional coordinates of two proteins and receive a supercomputer-calculated prediction of the structure of the complex formed... More

Harlem Blast Makes Sad Prophet of BU Researcher

March 26th, 2014

Nathan Phillips on what we must do to fix decrepit gas lines By Rich Barlow A gas leak that left at least seven dead and dozens injured or missing in Harlem earlier this month has given Nathan Phillips’ research a tragically prophetic hue. For years, the College of Arts & Sciences professor of earth and environment has crisscrossed the road grids of major American cities, documenting thousands of leaks in the country’s aging gas lines (3,300 in Boston alone). Nathan Phillips (SE, ECE, Earth & Environment) has warned that the worst of these gas geysers pose explosion risks. In the case of the Harlem leak, residents had smelled gas for... More

Complexity Made Simple . . . at a Small Price

March 26th, 2014

Cassandras Delivers Distinguished Scholar Lecture By Mark Dwortzan For 30 years, Professor Christos Cassandras(ECE, SE) has solved countless complex problems by translating them into simpler terms and then applying optimization, computer simulation and other tools of the systems engineering trade. A pioneer in the field of discrete event dynamic systems analysis, used extensively in the development and operation of manufacturing, transportation, communications and other complex systems, he has laid the mathematical groundwork for everything from swarms of surveillance robots to hassle-free Smart Cities. On March 19, Cassandras shared some of the most powerful techniques in his problem-solving toolkit in the 2014 College of Engineering... More

Bird, Khalil and Schwager Net NSF Career Awards

March 19th, 2014

By Mark Dwortzan Assistant professors James C. Bird (ME, MSE), Ahmad (“Mo”) Khalil (BME) and Mac Schwager (ME, SE) have each received the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award in recognition of their outstanding research and teaching capabilities. Collectively, they will receive more than $1.5 million over the next five years to pursue high-impact projects that combine research and educational objectives. Bird intends to apply his CAREER award to explore how submicron aerosol droplets are formed from small bursting bubbles. Using direct, high-speed observations, numerical simulations and experimental models, he will seek out the primary mechanism behind this phenomenon. Because these droplets can persist... More

College Expands Master’s Options

March 3rd, 2014

By Michael G Seele The College of Engineering is expanding its suite of master’s degree programs to give students more flexibility in choosing a program best suited to their career aspirations. Anticipated to be fully in place for the fall 2014 semester, these programs emphasize advanced technical coursework and include an individual or team-based practicum design project. Students will be able to choose among Master of Science and Master of Engineering programs. “We’ve added new dimensions to our master’s degree programs that speak to the career paths of prospective graduate students,” said College of Engineering Dean Kenneth R. Lutchen. “Whether students want a strictly... More

ENG @ 50

February 28th, 2014

Cultivating Excellence, Transforming Society By Mark Dwortzan In 1963, the College of Industrial Technology (CIT) offered only three degree programs—in technology, aeronautics and management—and occupied a single, four-story building, but the former aviation school’s new dean, Arthur T. Thompson, was bullish about CIT’s future. He aspired to do no less than transform this dot on the Boston University map into an accredited engineering program, and to develop engineers with “the capacity for responsible and effective action as members of our society.” Thompson began to work this transformation on February 27, 1964—50 years ago today—when CIT was officially renamed as the Boston University College of... More