Michael Kirk

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UConn Startup Snags Third Place in Largest Graduate-Level Student Pitch Competition

A startup with origins in the University of Connecticut School of Engineering was awarded third place in the Mercury Fund Elevator Pitch Competition category of the Rice Business Plan Competition, the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup event.

My Husky Valentine: Met at UConn

I started to date Claudia in the summer of 1956. I met her when she was a waitress at an ice cream shop where all my guy friends would stop for large scoops of ice cream before heading out for the beach area.

Self-Driving Vehicle Technology Conference to be Held on April 23 at Rentschler Field

On Tuesday, April 23, from 9 a.m.-12:05 p.m., Greater Hartford AAA Allied Group and the UConn Transportation Safety Research Center will be holding a free and open to the public speaker series at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, which will focus on the the world’s transition to autonomous vehicles.

John Lof Leadership Academy Visits Illing Middle School

By: Randi Mendes, UConn School of Engineering  [metaslider id=29069]   Run by graduate students from various departments within the University of Connecticut School of Engineering, the John Lof Leadership Academy aims to train its members to become leaders in their fields. The Academy provides training and workshops focused on leadership through the lens of the […]

UConn Rocketry Team Hopes to Reach New Heights

Reaching 30,000 feet may seem daunting, but for UConn's rocketry team, this goal is just a rocket design away. Sam Hamilton IV, leader of the team, details how the small team of students are collaborating to design and build their very own rocket.

Over $550,000 in Scholarships Awarded to UConn Engineering Undergraduates

On October 10, the School of Engineering held their annual Undergraduate Scholarship Ceremony. This year, thanks to the generosity of many donors, the School was able to award over $550,000 to 308 students.

New GAANN Funding Will Allow UConn Engineering to Hire Up To 30 Additional Top-Quality Ph.D. Students

Following a nationally-competitive application process, the University of Connecticut School of Engineering successfully secured four multi-year Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) awards from the U.S. Department of Education, each for approximately $1 million. The number of awards given to the School represent around 5.5 percent of the total given across the country in 2018.

Innovation Partnership Building Officially Open

UConn is home to some of the most active and innovative researchers in the world. Across all of the University’s campuses, scholars, artists, and scientists are working on projects that will help our state, society, economy, and the world. That global commitment was demonstrated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for UConn’s Innovation Partnership Building (IPB) on Discovery Drive in Storrs on September 20.

A Celebration of NSBE and the 50th Anniversary of the H. Fred Simons African American Cultural Center

On Wednesday, April 18th the UConn chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers celebrated the 50th anniversary of the H. Fred Simons African American Cultural Center and reflected on their successful year.

Submarine Engineers Simulate Real-Time Conditions to  Test Key Components

Existing laboratory test methods don’t allow submarine engineers to test how a motor will vibrate in real-world conditions on a ship at sea, so designers take the conservative approach to prepare for the worst. But a team of UConn engineers has developed a method to test vibrating, manufactured components, using actuators and shake tables, sensors, and mathematical formulas that can replicate the system-level, real-time conditions.