MARCH 2017

In celebration of Women's History Month, the School of Engineering is highlighting the achievements of some of our talented female faculty members, alumni, and students.

Attacking Infectious Disease by Hijacking Cells

Fabris4.JPGRutgers Engineering's Laura Fabris is playing a key role in a project to design "TIPS," or therapeutic interfering particles, that will infiltrate and out compete influenza, HIV, Ebola, and other viruses.

For the first time in virology, Fabris, associate professor in materials science and engineering, and her team will use imaging tools with gold nanoparticles to monitor mutations in the influenza virus when it enters cells. This study is part of a nationwide, multidisciplinary collaboration involving virologists, evolutionary biologists, mathematicians, and materials scientists with funding from the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Read more here>>

Fashioning Safe Choices in Fabric Dyes

At the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and under the direction of Nina Shapley, CBE associate professor, environmentally sustainable fabric dyes are among the next wave of innovation at Rutgers engineering.Shapley.jpg

Working in partnership with Jane Palmer, a Los Angeles textile designer who has a passion for using natural and environmentally friendly dyes to color fabrics, Shapley is researching new technologies that could move mass-market fabric dyeing away from its polluting and energy consuming ways.

Last year, Shapley and Palmer secured a $225,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to move natural-dye technology toward commercial viability. Read more here>>

Documenting Impacts on Stream Water and Sediments from a Wastewater Disposal Facility

fracking2water_cycle_final_assessment2HighRes.jpgWastewater from oil and gas operations - including fracking for shale gas - at a West Virginia site altered microbes downstream, according to a Rutgers-led study published in Science of the Total Environment. The study showed that wastewater releases altered the diversity, numbers, and functions of microbes. "My hope is that the study could be used to start making hypotheses about the impacts of wastewater," said Nicole Fahrenfeld, lead author of the study and assistant professor in Rutgers' Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Much remains unknown about the impacts of wastewater from fracking, she added. Read more here>>

GRIST Lab Develops Security Protocols Via Gaming

What 1703_rutgers_engineering-8141.jpgif playing cops and robbers could inform how defense strategies are built for response to real attacks? That's the thinking behind the GRIST project being developed at Rutgers' Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering with support from the National Science Foundation. "Using game theory, the study of mathematical models of conflict and cooperation between intelligent decision makers, we can build a game where we would divide the decision makers as attackers and defenders, then use the game to better understand which infrastructures the attacker would go for," said Melike Baykal-Gursoy, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering, director of the Laboratory for Stochastic Systems, and lead researcher on the project. Read more here>>

SoE Students and Big Ten Athletes

WTENNIS_Lee_Chloe_Fall'16.jpegEngineering is among the most challenging majors for a student-athlete to pursue, according to The intense workload, demanding course requirements, and inflexible scheduling obstacles don't necessarily play well with team practices and travel schedules. At the School of Engineering a select group of students are rising to the challenge, and among them are a number of talented women competing as Big Ten and Rutgers athletes. Read more here>>

Alumna Named Among "Most Powerful Female Engineers"

Rutgers Engineering alumna Reates Curry ranked fourth amongreates-curry.jpg 43 powerful women engineers recognized by Business Insider during National Engineers Week in February. These developers, designers, engineering directors, bio scientists, nuclear scientists, and rocket scientists were celebrated for "leading important tech teams at important companies...and building cool, cutting-edge technologies at startups."

Curry is a technical expert and human factors specialist at Ford Motor Company. She studied biomedical engineering at Rutgers, earning a doctoral degree. Read more here>>

Find out more about Reates Curry in the Alumna Spotlight below.


"What I did at Rutgers really played a big role in where I've ended up in my career!"

Just one year after earning her doctoral degree in biomedical engineering from Rutgers, Reates Curry started at Ford Motor Company - and never left! This two-time recipient of the Henry Ford Technology Award and Technical Expert and Human Factors Specialist credits her engineering education for helping her "think outside of the box" to meet the challenges of work and life. Read the Q&A here>>

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