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UVM CEMS Quarterly Update: Fall 2022
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A Note from Dean Linda Schadler

Dear UVM CEMS community,


I cannot tell you how proud I am to be the Dean of CEMS. This amazing college full of committed faculty, outstanding staff, and highly talented students seems to be working around the clock to have a positive impact in Vermont, and around the world, all while delivering or receiving a top-notch education. The stories below are just a few examples of recent faculty and student success.

Behind the scenes, the staff in the college are a constant presence supporting both faculty and students in their teaching, research, and advising. Our Career Readiness Program is helping students like Lasana Drame (see below) graduate with jobs and take on the world. What a team!

Alumni weekend is on Oct 7-9. Please join us on campus! The fabrication laboratory (aka FabLab) will be open on Saturday morning. Come check out our 3D printers and other opportunities for creating prototypes. You can also get a tour of the new STEM complex.

I am also pleased to announce a brand-new endowed professorship – the Karl and Mary Fessenden Professorship in Biomedical Engineering. Endowed professorships, graduate fellowships, and undergraduate fellowships are excellent ways for us to both honor our outstanding faculty and students, but also attract top talent.

Thanks also to several alumni who have made new significant gift commitments that support our students and programs including Gerry Beatty, Victoria Hildebrand, Jim and Carol Wiggans, and Karl and Mary Fessenden. And thanks to all of you who contribute to the annual fund, the Dean’s fund and much more. Your contributions help us provide enhanced opportunities for our students.



Dean, College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
Matthew Scarborough Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award
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The agency’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their organization. Dr. Scarborough’s research focuses on the application of microbiomes (also known as microbial communities) to protect the natural environment and public health. He is also making headlines with the Environmental Protection Agency, which awarded the University of Vermont a grant to help tackle the climate crisis through food waste diversion. In addition to those awards, Matt also received a grant from the NSF for collaborative research on microbial chain-elongation mediated dehalogenation and carbon transformation and one from the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding production of propane from agricultural wastes. Read more and join us in congratulating Matt!


With Fulbright Awards, Faculty Seek New Knowledge Around the World
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We congratulated our very own Jeff Frolik (Electrical and Biomedical Engineering) for his Fulbright in our most recent newsletter. Read more about his work, along with the other five members of the faculty at UVM who won the awards this year, a remarkable (and perhaps unprecedented) level of success for the University.

Student Successes

Summer Vocation

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Olivia Szumski '24 usually spends summers in the water, teaching swimming lessons in her hometown of Ludlow, Mass. This summer, however, she waded, happily, in waist-high water as part of the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Scholars Program at UVM. Read more about Olivia’s summer work and other students across campus.

Why do Vermonters Drive Electric?

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Civil Engineering major Aubrey Ferris ’22 studies what factors determine why people across the state purchase electric cars. Ferris researched the characteristics that affect electric vehicle adoption rates and presented her findings during UVM's Student Research Conference. Across the Fence interviewed Ferris about the findings and her perspective on how transformative her research work at UVM has been. Watch the video.

Senior Experience in Engineering Design (SEED) Students Show Their Work

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Check out this video of the culmination of students’ work on their Senior Experience in Engineering Design (SEED) 2022 projects, undertaken as a part of a capstone course.

Class of 22 Employment Spotlight: Lasana Drame

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Lasana Drame, electrical engineering major with pure mathematics minor, was part of the Muslim Student Association, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Black Student Union, and the African Student Association. Read more about how he landed a job as an Electrical Engineering Associate with the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Learn more about UVM's online graduate certificate in Complex Systems

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