This is an exciting time to be at City College and the Grove School of Engineering, Dean Joseph Barba said in his report on program highlights at the school.
“The word is out that the City College and the Grove School of Engineering are on the move to once again become a leader in urban public education,” he said.
“Our new Department of Biomedical Engineering is at the forefront in addressing many health related research issues,” said Barba.
“Though it is only four years old and has nine faculty members this department is already nationally recognized as a powerhouse in biomedical engineering. Through the CCNY New York Center for Biomedical Engineering, a consortium of premier health care and medical research institutions in New York , the department serves as a focal point for collaborative biomedical engineering research in the New York metropolitan area."
The BME department counts an impressive six National Institutes of Health RO1 research grants, five of which exceed $1 million each. The department has raised over $1 million towards a $2.5 million dollar-for-dollar matching grant from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. And recently the department received word from NIH of the renewal of its "A National Urban Model for Minority Undergraduate Biomedical Education” grant. This is a $2.5 million, five-year grant that provides nearly $2 million in UG minority scholarships and $400,000 in PhD student mentor support.
“The department exemplifies the college’s diversity in its faculty and students," Dean Barba said. "Of the six junior faculty four are women or from underrepresented groups. At the undergraduate level the student population is 39 percent female, and more than 50 percent of the students come from underrepresented groups.”
The department’s fast-growing reputation is attracting top-notch students such as Adrienne Alimasa, an entering freshmen in Biomedical Engineering and a Grove Scholar, who comes with a 96.3 GPA and a 1490 SAT (including a perfect 800 on math) from the Marie Louis Academy in Queens. “Clearly this powerhouse department is preparing the biomedical researchers of tomorrow,” the dean said.
Another major area for the Grove School consists of interdisciplinary efforts in environment and health.
“Our NOAA-Cooperative Remote Sensing Science and Technology Center, led by Professor Reza Kanvillbardi, won another five-year, $12.5 million grant to conduct research in a number of major remote sensing thrust areas, including climate and air quality, coastal remote sensing, and precipitation and water resources,” he said.
“The Remote Sensing team, led by Professor Samir Ahmed, has partnered with North Carolina A&T University to establish a new Interdisciplinary Scientific Environmental Technology Center in North Carolina.
“An interdisciplinary research team led by Professor Fred Moshary has City College partnering with Princeton, the lead university, to establish the Mid Infrared Technologies for Health and Environment (MIRTHE) NSF Engineering Research Center. The other partners include Rice University, Texas A&M and Johns Hopkins. CCNY’s share of direct NSF funding from the center is approximately $1,430,000 over five years.”
The Grove School’s efforts in environmental research have been strengthened with the appointment of Dr. William Rossow as a City University distinguished professor of electrical engineering. Dr. Rossow was a physical scientist at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York and is a collaborator on several of the grants just mentioned.
“The growth of our interdisciplinary research has been enhanced by the influx of other new faculty to the school,” Dean Barba said. “Approximately 36 percent of the engineering faculty is relatively new to the school and almost all of them are working on interdisciplinary research projects and contributing to the development of new interdisciplinary programs.”
The school has begun offering an interdisciplinary program in Environmental and Earth System Engineering, in collaboration with the Division of Science, that leads to a BE degree. Also, it is developing a masters program in sustainable design in collaboration with the School of Architecture and the Division of Science.
“The direct beneficiaries of all this scholarship and research are our students,” the dean said. “It is no surprise that our students leave with a solid engineering education and many of our undergraduate students leave this college with a research experience under their belt.”