Students Doing Good, One App at a Time

April 14th, 2015

BU group develops technology for nonprofits By Rich Barlow Steering low-income students to college and on to better lives has become a kind of national mission. To that end, six BU students, laptops flipped open, huddle in a fluorescent-lit lounge at the Engineering Product Innovation Center. Their screens show the engineering product they’re innovating: pictures of a smartphone app listing steps in the college application process and notices of meetings related thereto. The end users will be high schoolers at San Francisco’s St. Ignatius College Preparatory, which runs a program for “minority students and students who are going to be first-generation college-bound,” explains... More

SE Students Win CISE Awards at the 2015 BU Graduate Research Symposium

April 7th, 2015

Congratulations to the CISE Awards winners for their posters at the 2015 BU Graduate Research Symposium. CISE First Place Award-Julia Lima Fleck Adviser: Christos Cassandras “Infinitesimal Perturbation Analysis for Personalized Cancer Therapy Design” CISE Second Place Award- Feng Nan  Adviser: Venkatesh Saligrama “Feature-Budgeted Random Forest” CISE Honorable Mention Awards Weicong Ding Adviser: Prakash Ishwar/Venkatesh Saligrama “A Geometric Approach to Learning Mixed Membership Latent Variable Models” Emir Kavurmacioglu  Adviser: David Starobinski “On the Impact of Reserving Federal Spectrum for Smaller Providers” Sepideh Pourazarm Adviser: Christos Cassandras “Energy-based Lifetime Maximization and Security of Wireless Sensor Networks with General Non-ideal Battery Models”

 TISP Gains Major Boost from AT&T

April 1st, 2015

$145,000 Contribution Focuses on Improving High School Graduation Rates By Janet A Smith The College of Engineering has received a $145,000 contribution from AT&T to create a two-year engineering and technology program for an urban high school population, and to document its impact on high school graduation rates. The funding from AT&T will enable undergraduate Inspiration Ambassadors from the College’s Technology Innovation Scholars Program (TISP) to deliver classroom and after-school engineering activities at the Josiah Quincy Upper School (JQUS) in Boston beginning in September. Gretchen Fougere, associate dean for Outreach and Diversity for the College of Engineering, noted, “This contribution validates the extraordinary vision... More

Dean Lutchen Joins 122 Engineering Deans Pledging to Educate Engineers for Grand Challenges

April 1st, 2015

White House pledge to address major global challenges of the 21st century By Janet A Smith College of Engineering Dean Kenneth Lutchen is one of 122 deans presenting a letter of commitment to President Barack Obama this week to educate a new generation of engineers expressly equipped to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing society in the 21st century. These "Grand Challenges," identified through initiatives such as the White House Strategy for American Innovation, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges for Engineering, and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, include complex yet critical goals such as engineering better medicines, More

Big Data and Improving Health Care

March 27th, 2015

Data scientist and physician team up to reduce preventable hospitalizations By Suzanne Jacobs, BU Research   Big Data Meets Healthcare: Bill Adams, a physician and medical informatician, and Yannis Paschalidis, a data scientist and engineer, are working together to use data from electronic health records to reduce preventable hospitalizations and cut health care costs. Photo by Jackie Ricciardi Professor Yannis Paschalidis (ECE, SE, BME), a data scientist, has built a career on making things run smoothly and efficiently—transportation systems, communication networks, supply chains, sensor networks—and now he’s taking on perhaps his most ambitious challenge yet: the US health care system. It all started about three... More

Strategies for Success in the Engineering Classroom

March 25th, 2015

Dr. Thomas Little (ECE, SE) As we continue to improve the educational experience for our students, the College of Engineering is finding ways to increase student engagement by adopting new teaching formats as alternatives to the traditional lecture. What are these new formats? What should students expect in the classroom? And, how should they prepare to ensure success? What is 'Active Learning'? In the classic lecture format, familiar to most college students, a professor presents materials using a chalkboard or presentation slides and students take notes. Students perform problem sets as homework and later the students are assessed using exams throughout the course. More

Master’s Programs Now Include Internship

March 25th, 2015

By Janet A Smith The College of Engineering has introduced a new Engineering Practice option for Master of Science (MS) and Master of Engineering (MEng) students in all concentrations. Students may now add the designation “with Engineering Practice” to their degree by completing an approved internship in their field of study. The designation is widely recognized by employers and research institutions. The Engineering Practice option recognizes the power of combining rigorous academic coursework with supervised real-world research or industrial applications. Participating students enhance classroom learning with practical experiences that enable them to both develop and apply technical, project management and leadership skills. Opening... More

Paying it Forward: Masters Alumni Share Tips with Current Students

March 25th, 2015

By: Jan Smith Six graduates of the Masters programs at College of Engineering returned to campus in February to help 29 current graduate students with their job searches. For many of the attendees of the latest Professional Development Series event, it was a needed boost. “I’m always trying to look for ways to give back because I had a great experience at BU,” said Carolyn Gaut (BME Meng ’14), Study Manager for InviCRO LLC. “Talking to students, encouraging them, and giving them some advice makes my struggles when I was looking for a job worth it.” Even for the strongest students, the job... More

Christos Cassandras Quoted in U.S. News and World Report

March 20th, 2015

U.S. News and World Report published an article presenting Christos Cassandras (SE, ECE) as a leader in academia, who is at the forefront of a trend in graduate programs to bring student innovations to the marketplace. Read the full article: Engineering Programs Work to Get Research from Lab to Customers

U.S. News & World Report: SPH, ENG Biomedical Engineering in Top

March 18th, 2015

ENG Advances to Highest Ranking Ever By Joel Brown, BU Today The School of Public Health climbed into the top 10 schools of its kind in this year’s U.S. News & World Report national ranking of graduate schools, and the College of Engineering’s biomedical engineering department rose to the number 9 position among similar graduate school departments. “This reflects the extraordinary work of our faculty, students, and staff over the school’s history,” says Sandro Galea, who took over as SPH dean from longtime dean Robert Meenan (MED’72, GSM’89) in January. “It also represents a recognition of our commitment to be both a global leader in public... More