Mapping the Watershed: Computer Programs Find Patterns in a Deluge of Environmental Data

By Sujata Gupta When Hurricane Irene hit Vermont in 2011, the storm sent massive amounts of debris and sediment into the state’s waterways – an extreme erosion event that is helping Donna Rizzo, an environmental engineer in the University of Vermont’s College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, model how a changing climate will impact the […]

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CEMS Students Team with Engineers Without Borders to Recycle a Village’s Greywater

By Kim MacQueen They call it los meses de las vacas flacas – the months of the skinny cows. The phrase refers to the dry months in mountainous Nicaragua, where coffee is the principal crop. During the four rainy months of the year, coffee growers can harvest their cash crop and buy enough food to […]

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Maker Movement Attracts High School Students to UVM

By Joshua E. Brown Rachel Schneck holds up a thin sheet of wood intricately cut into the shape of a leaf. Down the table sits a plastic toy guitar with its electronics ripped open. On one wall, a 3-D printer slowly ejects layers of plastic in the shape of Minnie Mouse, an elephant and a […]

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UVM Fab Lab Provides Play Space for ‘Makers’ of All Ages

Twenty-four hours a day, the University of Vermont’s Fabrication Laboratory, or Fab Lab, is buzzing with activity. You might not see any students lining up to design and build the next best thing, but judging from the back-to-back jobs in the queue for the 3D printer, there are a lot of ideas percolating. “There might […]

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