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    A Welcome From Our Dean
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    A Welcome From Our Dean
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    A Welcome From Our Dean

A Welcome From Our Dean

Greetings!

I am Kazem Kazerounian, Dean of the School of Engineering, and it’s my pleasure to welcome you to our website. I invite you to explore our school in these pages, to visit us in Storrs, and to join our community.

These are momentous times for UConn Engineering, as we welcome unprecedented numbers of incoming, highly qualified students to our undergraduate programs; expand our collaborations with industry partners; nurture the entrepreneurial spirit of our students and faculty; and strategically grow our research expertise in core areas of enormous importance to the nation.

We measure our success through three simple but powerful criteria:

  1. Student success
  2. Knowledge generation and application
  3. Economic impact within Connecticut and beyond

Looking back over our recent progress, I’m gratified to note that UConn Engineering achieved enormous success in each one of these areas. The past few years were distinguished by historic developments on numerous fronts. A few highlights include:

Exceptional Students: The number and achievement of our students continued to grow. For the fall ’16 semester, UConn Engineering will welcome a freshman class that is 10% larger than the previous year, and over twice as large as the ’06 class. Importantly, the average SAT score of the incoming class is an impressive 1298, and greater numbers of high school Valedictorians and Salutatorians are choosing UConn Engineering. Additionally, our students make up 24% of the student community participating in the university’s Honors Program, the largest per capita proportion among UConn’s eight schools and colleges. Our students engage in scholarly research, internships and co-ops at an ever-growing rate, enhancing their value to employers.

Strategic Hiring: Since 2012, UConn Engineering has recruited and hired 32 energetic and accomplished new faculty members with expertise in arenas such as advanced manufacturing, biomedical engineering and genomics, sustainable energy and cybersecurity. In the coming year, we expect to hire additional new faculty cores in strategic areas including advanced systems engineering. As the State of Connecticut’s Next Generation Connecticut initiative gains steam, UConn engineering enrollments will grow 70%, underscoring our need to grow our faculty to meet demand.

Public-Private Partnerships: Over the past 5 years, UConn Engineering inked partnership agreements with world-class manufacturers, international research institutes and governmental agencies that will drive state-of-the-art technologies, contribute enormously to a sustainable and vibrant economy, and foster opportunities for small business startups and entrepreneurship. These partnerships align with the objectives and promise of the UConn Tech Park, which will come online in 2017 with the inaugural Innovation Partnership Building. Among these new partnerships are:

  • $25 million FEI Center of Excellence in Microscopy
  • $9 million Eversource Energy Center for Energy Resiliency
  • $7.5 million General Electric Partnership for Advanced Materials
  • $7.5 million Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center
  • $7.2 million Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation , with Fraunhofer USA and the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
  • $1.8 million/3 years Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center (with ConnDOT)
  • $795,000 in federal money and $1.24 million in support per year from industry partners, since 2010, for the Center for Hardware Assurance, Security, and Engineering– CHASE (partners include Honeywell, Comcast, Freescale, Cisco, GRC and Synokey)
  • $10 million investment by UTC in establishing the UTC Advance System Engineering Institute
  • $6 million Establishment of Comcast Center of Excellence for Security Innovation

We are currently finalizing negotiations with industrial partners, and will be inaugurating a number of other major centers and initiatives in the coming months. Stay tuned.

These are exciting times in UConn Engineering, with the promise of more to come in future years. I hope you will visit this website often, or subscribe to our electronic news page, Momentum, for updates on our progress. Better yet, visit us in Storrs and see for yourself the dramatic activities that are unfolding.

Kazem Kazerounian, Dean

School of Engineering
261 Glenbrook Road, Unit 3237
Storrs, CT 06269-3237
Phone: (860) 486-2221
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Assistant: Dianna Hyland (860) 486-9394

Student Office Hours

I’d like to take this opportunity to invite students to stop by my office hours on Tuesdays from 4-5 PM to share their ideas, concerns or successes with me and to discuss substantive issues that affect them and the school. My office is located in Castleman 338, and I will be available to speak to students on a first come, first served basis.

The schedule for my office hours will be posted at the start of each semester and may change unexpectedly, so please check the Engineering Daily Digest for updates, or call (860) 486-2221 to verify the schedule.

Please note: These office hours are NOT intended for student needing SIGNATURES ON FORMS. Undergraduate students needing a dean’s signature should go to Engineering II Room 304 for assistance. Graduate students needing a dean’s signature should go to Castleman Room 221 for assistance.