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February 26, 2018

Underwater ROV, Braillewriter Project Among Grant Recipients

Eric Overström, vice president for Academic Affairs and provost, has announced funding for five applicants for the university’s spring Presidential EPIC Mini-Grants for 2018.

For this round of awards, the grants committee received 10 applications from 23 faculty members and nine outside collaborators.

“The committee members set very high standards for these awards,” said Overstrӧm. “They focused on ensuring that the applications met all the indicated criteria and that the intended projects would provide a significant impact on Wentworth students and faculty.” 

Faculty projects and winners of the grants are: Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle, Aaron Carpenter, Peter Rourke, James O’Brien, James McCusker ($5,000); Bio-propane, Chris Brigham and Greg Sirokman ($4,880); A Wearable Neckband for Continuous Monitoring of Blood Pressure to Diagnose and Control Cardiovascular Disease, Hamed Salehizadeh, Ali Kiapour, Jiahui Song, Xiaobin Le, and Mira Yun ($4,920); Low Cost Brailler Typewriter Design -Phase II, John Voccio and Simon Williamson ($4,960); and Smart Cities: Intelligent Transportation Systems, Memo Ergezer and Tugba Arsava ($4,984.72).

EPIC stands for externally collaborative, project-based, interdisciplinary culture for learning.

President Pantić Picked for State’s Cybersecurity Strategy Council

Wentworth Institute of Technology President Zorica Pantić has joined Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s Cybersecurity Strategy Council. The panel, announced by Baker in September, will work with the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Growth and Development Center to provide strategy and counsel for the state’s cybersecurity effort.

Baker and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative nominated President Pantić to serve on the panel, whose work will include developing a strategy and action plan that advances the state’s cybersecurity ecosystem.

The strategy council is beginning its meetings as Wentworth works on developing a new cybersecurity program that would give students the skills for a lifelong career in the field. The proposed program includes a multidisciplinary academic approach reinforced by real-world cybersecurity experience through cooperative education and internships.

CPCE Named ‘Official” IFMA Educational Partner

Deborah Wright, dean of the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) has announced Wentworth’s designation as the official educational partner for Boston’s chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), a professional organization dedicated to furthering the recognition and expertise of the facility management professional.

IFMA Boston has more than 650 members and is the association’s second largest chapter in the world.

CPCE enables adult learners to achieve their educational and career objectives, with evening, weekend, and online courses designed to fit busy lifestyles. It offers multiple continuing education opportunities including associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs, professional and graduate certificate programs, and workforce training and development courses.

Accelerate Holding Faculty Hot Seat March 1

Accelerate, Wentworth’s innovation and entrepreneurship center, is inviting faculty members and students to use this link to register for its special Hot Seat event on March 1, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. During the informal networking event, Startup Challenge teams will present their ideas for businesses and products to a room full of industry experts.

The center is asking attendees for tough questions and honest feedback as the teams prepare for a Pitch Round in April. Organizers said the hot seat event, “highlights the entrepreneurial spirit that is alive and well at Wentworth.”

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