Greetings! I am Kazem Kazerounian, Interim 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:
Knowledge generation and application
Economic impact within Connecticut and beyond
Looking back over the past year, I'm gratified to note that UConn Engineering achieved enormous success in each one of these areas. The past academic year was 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 '13 semester, UConn Engineering will welcome a freshman class that is 45% larger than that of the fall '12 class. Importantly, the average SAT score of the incoming class is at an all-time high of 1320, and greater numbers of high school Valedictorians and Salutatorians are choosing UConn Engineering. Additionally, our students make up 23% 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: During 2012-13, UConn Engineering recruited and hired 22 energetic and accomplished new faculty members (read about them here) 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: This year, 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 2015 with the inaugural Innovation Partnership Building. Among these new partnerships are:
$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)
$10M UTC initial investment by UTC in establishing UTC Advance System Engineering Institute
An upcoming announcement of a $10 million industrially sponsored Cyber Security lab
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.
Other Major Initiatives: As the scientific/technical horizon grows ever more multidisciplinary, UConn Engineering is committed to increasing its educational and research collaborations with other disciplinary units. Among the most important is a collaboration with colleagues in the School of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine to grow the former Biomedical Engineering Program into a new Biomedical Engineering Department, at the Storrs campus. Other notable new initiatives include an interdisciplinary partnership to establish an Institute for Genomics uniting researchers from nine schools across the UConn campus.
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.
I joined UConn in 1984 after receiving my Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1984.
In my most recent role, I served as Associate Dean for Research & Strategic Initiatives and a professor of Mechanical Engineering. In supporting, and in collaboration with former Engineering Dean Mun Y. Choi - who is now Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs - I was responsible for leading strategic initiatives focused on expanding the School's research enterprise, institutional advancement, educational innovation, and technology commercialization.
I have held numerous leadership roles at UConn. I was an elected representative on the University Senate (2008-2011), and served on numerous University-level committees, including the Provost's Research Equipment Competition Committee, Research Advisory Council, Faculty Review Board, and Review Panel for Intercampus Research Grants. I chair the School of Engineering Academic Plan 2009-2014 committee, and previously served as Associate Dean for Research & Outreach from 1998-2001. In addition, I was Director of the Advanced Technologies Institute (ATI) from 1999-2001.
At the national level, I have chaired the ASME Design Division Executive Committee and several major national and international conferences and technical committees. I have served on the editorial boards of the ASME Applied Mechanics Review and ASME Journal of Medical Devices and was Associate Editor of both the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design and the Journal of Mechanisms and Machine Theory. In addition, I am a Fellow of ASME and an elected member of the Connecticut Academy of Science & Engineering, and the recipient of the ASME Design Division Mechanisms and Robotics Award (a lifetime achievement award) in recognition of cumulative contributions to the field of mechanisms design and theory (2006), the George Wood Award in recognition of significant contributions to the field of mechanisms and robotics (1997), and the ABB Outstanding Faculty Award (1997).
My research expertise lies in analytical and computational kinematics and dynamics applied in diverse applications, such as protein-based nano mechanical devices, optimization of mechanisms and gear systems, robotics, and human motion analysis.
Kazem Kazerounian, Interim Dean
School of Engineering
261 Glenbrook Road, Unit 3237
Storrs, CT 06269-3237
Phone: (860) 486-2221