Thursday, February 27, 2014

Presentation by Steve Nolet of TPI Composites Friday (2/28) at 10AM in UT 306

Professor Yavuzturk and ASHRAE would like to invite interested students to attend a presentation by Steve Nolet of TPI Composites, a manufacturer of wind turbine blades this Friday (2/28) at 10AM in UT 306.

If you are interested in this subject or other renewable energy options, sustainability, or HVAC, we would also like to invite you to an ASHRAE meeting being held this Friday at 12PM in UT 303. We will be holding an informative meeting for interested students who would like to know more about the society as well as holding E-board elections for all positions for the 2014-2015 academic year. Lunch will be served!

Please contact me if you are interested in ASHRAE, especially if you cannot make it to our meeting this Friday.

Hope to see you there,

Ashley Keller
President ASHRAE 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Streaming of the Construction Institute's 5th Annual Visionaries Forum

We will be streaming the Construction Institute’s 5th Annual Visionaries Forum live from Gateway Community College on Thursday, February 27, 6:00pm – 8:30pm. This event will be presented free in UT Hall 309.  Please feel free to come.  You will be able to ask questions in the chat dialogue or on Twitter at #civisionaries2014.

Promotion and Tenure Granted

President Walter Harrison and Provost Sharon L. Vasquez are pleased to announce that the Board of Regents Executive Committee, at its meeting on Jan. 30, 2014, voted to approve tenure and/or promotion for the following faculty members:

Andy (Wei) Hao, tenure and promotion to associate professor
Lillian Kamal, tenure and promotion to associate professor
Susan Machuga, promotion to professor
Ke Yang, tenure and promotion to associate professor

 Hashini Mohottala, tenure and promotion to associate professor
Sundeep Muppidi, promotion to professor
Katharine Owens, tenure and promotion to associate professor

Theresa Abodeeb-Gentile, tenure and promotion to associate professor
Paige Bray, tenure and promotion to associate professor

Michael Crosbie, promotion to professor
Saeid Moslehpour, promotion to professor
David Pines, promotion to professor
Cy Yavuzturk, promotion to professor

Catharine Balco, tenure and promotion to associate professor
Amanda Carlson, promotion to associate professor
 John Willis, promotion to associate professor

Joshua Russell, tenure and promotion to associate professor

Frances Altvater, tenure and promotion to associate professor
Jonathan Daigle, tenure and promotion to associate professor
Robert Dryden, promotion to professor

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Internship Opportunities

Few careers offer the chance to make a difference in people’s lives.
Take advantage of an opportunity at Amgen, the world’s largest biotechnology company
Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.  Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its biologics manufacturing expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people’s lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be the world’s largest independent biotechnology company, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential. For more information, visit and follow us on

Amgen’s 10 – 12 week internship program offers meaningful project experiences that impact patient’s lives,
competitive compensation, limited relocation assistance may be available (for eligible candidates), executive
networking events, social networking events, community volunteer project opportunities, on-site fitness center and much more.

Amgen, Rhode Island
Internship Opportunities for 2014

Quality Control- Undergraduate Intern - 24019BR: An intern to Conduct ICH gap assessments of analytical method validation requirements with current Amgen Rhode Island (ARI) documentation to assess legacy methods for compliance. Utilize Lean Manufacturing methodology to develop experimental design to implement solutions for analytical process challenges. Streamline training portfolios to prioritize and optimize laboratory operations Training Assignments . Utilize 5S methodology to optimize laboratory time standards and scheduling. Hands on equipment support and troubleshooting, primarily: HPLC and CE. Basic testing support for in-process, drug substance, stability samples and raw materials: pH, appearance, color and clarity, conductivity.

Facilities & Engineering - Undergraduate Intern – 24065BR: Basic project execution tasks working directly on engineering-related issues and enhancements. Will gain experience with state of the art manufacturing technology, equipment and computer systems, as well as on-floor commissioning and troubleshooting in a fast-paced biotech manufacturing environment.

Information Systems Automation - Undergraduate Intern 24066BR: The intern will support Amgen Rhode Island’s Information Systems Automation Department with daily support and small project execution. This includes working on DeltaV Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and Allen-Bradley Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC). Responsible for assisting in activities and developing ability within the multiple process control systems

Supply Chain - Undergraduate Intern- 24068BR: An intern to assist in the development of Business Case, including Financials for projects. Development and implementation of Project Management Tools and associated Training Materials. Asist in the delivery of key PMO/Supply Chain Projects. Assist with the generation of new production plans within SAP. Work with ARI finite schedulers to collect data for capacity analysis to generate manufacturing templates. Use of Amgen’s business application of Lean, QA systems and basic MRP

Quality Operations - Undergraduate Intern – 24029BR : An intern to advance material management process for introduction of new raw materials to manufacturing. Facilitate meetings with area representatives, including Quality Assurance, Supply Chain, and Manufacturing to revise process map(s) and associated SOPs. Create a roles and responsibilities matrix and training aids. Facilitate meetings with area representatives at ARI to learn how the material is used review testing methodology and criteria, and compare to supplier testing information. Initiate specification revision requests,as required, through corporate supplier quality. Area representatives will include Quality Control, Manufacturing, and Process Development.

Industrial Engineering- Undergraduate Intern – 24025BR: An intern to gather and analyze process data, perform direct observation of processes, model process all leading to identification of waste and opportunities. The candidate will lead small improvement efforts to eliminate waste. The candidate will be trained on Amgen’s improvement methods (Lean and 6-Sigma)to make these types of improvements.

Manufacturing Upstream Operations - Undergraduate Intern – 24043BR: An intern to identify efficiencies in AmgenRhode Island biotechnology manufacturing and support operations . Conduct analyses to identify opportunities to reduce operating costs and increase productivity. Review current manufacturing processes and procedures to identify opportunities to reduce scrap

Operations Information Systems- Undergraduate Intern – 24035BR: An intern to support Amgen Rhode Island’s Information Systems Department with regulatory compliance related activities, business analysis and project management 

Training / Learning & Performance - Undergraduate Intern – 24036BR: An intern to create a catalog to enable manager to know what training to assign to staff based on job role. Evaluate Amgen Rhode Island’s process for identifying what training is required to perform a job vs. all training assigned to staff and streamlining the amount of training assigned to staff.Administrative tasks in Learning Management System to manage instructor led training information: update staff training and manage training logistics. In addition the Intern will assist L&P managers with PowerPoint presentations for staff training activities

Quality -Undergraduate Intern – 24037BR: An intern to evaluate Quality laboratory operating supply inventory and usage to identify and execute on opportunities to realize measurable reduction in operating expenses. Create a visual, real-time display of the Quality activities that support disposition of manufactured product lots. Improve productivity and decrease cycle times for laboratory testing by reducing human error events

Facilities & Engineering - Undergraduate Intern – 24069BR: An intern to work directly on engineering-related issues and enhancements. Will gain experience with state of the art manufacturing technology, equipment and computer systems, as well as on-floor commissioning and troubleshooting in a fast-paced biotech manufacturing environment.

In order to be considered you must apply via

Amgen retains the right to add or change the duties of the position at any time. As an EEO/AA M/F/V/D 
employer, Amgen values and encourages diversity in the workplace.

Monday, February 24, 2014

1st Annual Diversity Walk: Walk for CommUNITY!

1st Annual Diversity Walk 

Tuesday, Feb. 25
12:30 to 1 p.m.

Meet in the GSU Suisman Lounge at 12:30 — we will leave from there to walk the quad loop.

Pick up a warm cup of hot chocolate and join this walk to celebrate the diversity and cultures of our campus.
All students, faculty and staff are invited. Come if you are from another country, come to speak to someone in a foreign language, come to enjoy meeting people from different cultures, come to share your culture with others, come with a student group, or come solo.
UHart is full of diversity — let’s see how diverse we can get this mitten walk. Wear mittens, bring a flag to wave, or wear your traditional dress to showcase your culture.


Members of the Study Abroad class Pathways to Sustainability complete a tour of ISO New England

The members of the Study Abroad class Pathways to Sustainability completed a tour of ISO New England on Friday 2/21.  This tour allowed the students to get a firsthand understanding of the electric grid's operation in New England.  The students will be spending spring break in Germany learning about the German reliance on renewable energy to support their electric grid.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Study in Prague This Summer — Info Session Feb. 20

Earn six UHart credits by studying abroad in Prague this summer!

You can find out more at an information session on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. inGSU 218.
Spend 18 days studying “Power, Culture and Human Rights in Central Europe” in the vibrant cities of Prague and Krakow. Explore the evolution of human rights with an emphasis on developments in Central Europe since 1945. Examine the human rights violations of both Nazism and Communism and see how these two cities emerged to form democratic societies.

Visit Prague’s Jewish Cemetery and the Castle, the Krakow Ghetto and Auschwitz. Attend cultural events, visit museums and historical sites, and meet civic activists who shaped the constitutions of the emerging democracies. Learn how political attempts to put the concept of human rights into practice through institutions embodying them have, in turn, led to an evolution in our understanding of the human rights concept itself.
Shape your own course of study by selecting two courses from a menu of six (AUCW 110, AUCS 180, POL 383, 483, PHI 470, 471). If you choose to do independent research, let our Czech coordinators from the Dartmore Institute arrange for you to talk with Czech or Polish thinkers in the relevant fields.

Program cost: $4,900 includes six UHart credits, group meals and housing for 18 days, pick-up from airport, in-country transportation, train to/from Krakow/Prague, museum entrance fees, cultural events, guest lectures and site visits. Airfare not included.

Apply by March 7!  Click here for application and program details!

For more information contact Dr. Jilda Aliotta or Dr. Marcia Moen at


Red Cap Applications Due TODAY!

Do you want to be a RED CAP Orientation Leader? Here's how to apply!
1. Fill out a RED CAP application! Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Feb. 20.
2. Come to RED CAP try outs! All three try-out dates must be attended. If a conflict arises with the try-out dates, please stop by the Student Success Center.
Day 1: Friday, Feb. 21, from 7 to 10 p.m.
Day 2: Saturday, Feb. 22, from 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Day 3: Sunday, Feb. 23, from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

If you have questions, please stop by the Student Success Center (rear of B-Complex) or come to one of our Info Sessions on Tuesday, Feb. 4, or Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 10–11 p.m. in Hawk Hall room 115.


Celebrate International Week, Feb. 24 – March 1

Join the International Center as we celebrate the cultures of the world during our 5th Annual International Week, Feb. 24 – March 1! 

Grab a cup of hot chocolate and take part in our Diversity Walk and enter our Food Flags of the World Contest. Learn how to dance modernBollywood style, join the fun of ourGlobal Village, get your hand painted in henna, learn a language,talk to students about theirinternational projects and apply for your U.S. Passport!
Come to a Global Seminar, Study Abroad On-the-Go, or theInternational Dessert Reception. Join our Central America Cooking Class or try out different international recipes as you get a Taste of the World. Finish off the week of celebration by joining us for our 29th annual International Festival, featuring great food and music!

Pick up your “International Passport” from the International Center, GSU 327, and collect a stamp from each event you attend during International Week. If you go to four events, bring your “Passport” to the International Festival and receive FREE ADMISSION. 


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

King Publishes in Environment International

Eoin King, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and acoustics, CETA, has published an article in Environment International (Impact Factor 6.248) titled “An Assessment of Residential Exposure to Environmental Noise at a Shipping Port.” The article was co-authored by Enda Murphy, University College Dublin, Ireland. 

The paper reports on a study examining the extent of noise exposure for residents within the vicinity of Dublin Port, Ireland. Noise levels were monitored over a period of 45 days and results were compared to World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations. The research also investigated the extent of low-frequency noise from night-time port handling activity. The results show that exposure is above night-time guideline limits set down by WHO, above Irish levels for the assessment of noise mitigation and highlight the extent to which port noise can be a significant environmental stressor.