Making News, December 2012

Faculty and students at the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center are working to design “the first ever floating wind turbine” in the United States. Dr. Habib J. Dagher, OH Q ’80, is the director of the Center and says that “we have the equivalent of 150 nuclear power plants worth of wind blowing off the coast of Maine.”

Anthony M. Viselli, ME A 2006, is a research engineer at UMaine and is one of more than 50 students and several faculty members working on the project. Read the article for information on the first turbine to be tested this summer and the timeline for a commercial scale floating wind park

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This past weekend, the Rhode Island Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at Brown University, inducted 18 engineering students into the honor society. In this blog post, the ten juniors and eight seniors are listed.

In addition, the post discusses the history of the Association, the eligibility requirements, and the purpose of the RI A chapter. “The Rhode Island Alpha chapter is not only an honor society to pay tribute to outstanding students, it also provides a vehicle for these students to assume a role of leadership at Brown and to be of distinctive service. Tau Beta Pi members are active in leading engineering student admissions tours of Barus and Holley, and in a variety of other engineering student organizations.”

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In a letter to the editor of the BioMedical Engineering OnLine journal, Dr. Jonathan C. Newell discusses “the development of the field of biomedical engineering from its early days, from the perspective of one who lived through that development.” Dr. Newell is currently a professor of engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. View a PDF of the article here

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