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University of Dayton researcher Tarek Taha, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, hopes his third National Science Foundation award is a charm in his quest to develop a brain-inspired computer chip that can learn by itself and be more secure, efficient and compact than current chips.
"Anything small you need to be smart and powerful. The key is teaching the chip to learn and then apply it. One thing that differentiates us is we're looking at learning on the chip," said Taha, who is using a three-year, $440,000 National Science Foundation award to work toward this goal. "We want to make these systems more autonomous, or independent of outside systems." Click here to read more about Taha’s learning chip.

MEP Program Celebrates 20 Years with Gala

By Kelly Fritz Mofield, director of communications and Natalie O’Brien, marketing communications intern ‘19

For 20 years, the University of Dayton Minority Engineering Program (MEP) has been facilitating interpersonal connections, encouraging career exploration, and celebrating the academic excellence of underrepresented students in engineering.
MEP was the first program of its kind to not only help diversify the University of Dayton student body, but also to create inclusive community within an academic unit.
“In many ways, MEP was ahead of its time in recognizing the valuable contributions made by embracing diversity among our engineering students,” said Eddy Rojas, dean of the School of Engineering. “This fall we have 65 first year students participating in the program as part of the Class of 2021, the largest and most diverse engineering class in University history.” Click here to read the full article.

Developing Strategies for Navigating a Diverse Workplace

By Sandy Furterer and Kelly Fritz Mofield, School of Engineering

Last spring, Dr. Sandy Furterer, associate professor in the Department of Engineering Management, Systems and Technology, and five engineering students piloted a new Leadership and Engagement for Diversity course (ENM 595/ISE 499) at the University of Dayton. 

The purpose of the course is to provide students with an understanding of how leadership and diversity combine to enhance creativity, productivity, and innovation. Students gain an awareness of the barriers, biases and challenges to diversity in engineering, while also learning strategies that can be used to improve satisfaction in the engineering workplace and in academia.  The goal is to enhance leadership skills for the engineering workplace and allow students to develop a personal vision statement to guide them through their life and career. Click here to read the full article.

United Way Campaign Runs Nov. 6-20

Mary Ann Dodaro, senior administrative assistant, is the campaign representative from the School for this year’s United Way campaign. The University will hold a Denim Day on Thursday, Dec. 7 as a campaign fundraiser.  To participate, make a minimum $10 donation between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Nov. 10 and 17 in the Kettering Labs lobby to receive a Denim Day pin. An email for faculty and staff to make payroll deducted contributions went out today from Human Resources.

Virtual Reality Technology: Digital holographic tomography creates true 3D virtual reality

Holography and its promise to create realistic three-dimensional (3D) scenes instead of flat 2D images continues to be a major subject of photonics research. LaserFocusWorld featured Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics Chair Partha Banerjee’s research group in a recent article on advances in the field that are improving virtual reality applications. Click here to read the full article.

Halloween Breakfast Raises Funds for Charity

The School of Engineering’s annual Halloween Breakfast raised funds for hurricane relief and contributions for the local Ronald McDonald House. Faculty and staff came in costume and were treated to a full breakfast in KL 505. Winners of this year’s costume contest were:
Most Original: Emojis
(Lindsey Temple, Sherri Alexander, Kelly Kissock, Josh Heyne, Janet Pastor, Jill Morgan, Libby LoPresti, Dana Tobias, Amber Rockey, Billy Kelley, Nancy Striebich)
Best Group: Stick people
(Scott Segalewitz, Bob Wilkens, Jayme Everhart, Kelly Garrow, Mary Ann Dodaro, Judy Grant, Karen Updyke, Heather Juhascik, Teri Stemley)
Most Scary: Tie between the tasmanian devil (Eddy Rojas) and a spook (Becky Blust)
Best Individual: Bumble Bee (Gerica Brown)
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