College of Engineering at Western New England University to Host Emerging Engineers Exhibition

Posted April 23, 2014


The Western New England University College of Engineering is hosting its Emerging Engineers Exhibition on Thursday, May 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Alumni Healthful Living Center. The event will feature exhibits by students in the Freshman Innovation class and Senior Engineering Capstone Design projects. The exhibits will be judged by Enginering faculty, industry representatives, and alumni. This event is free and open to the public.

The Emerging Engineers Exhibition will showcase 80 senior design projects and 40 freshman product innovation projects. The exhibitions feature innovative student inventions. Those in attendance will have the chance to speak with the students behind these novel ideas and learn about their implementation. The College of Engineering emphasizes innovation and engineering practice and integrates it throughout the entire curriculum starting with the Freshman Innovation class and culminating with the Senior Capstone Design project.

Senior design projects are required of all graduating engineering students including those studying biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, and mechanical engineering. These year-long projects are the capstone of their education and affords them the chance to apply what they have learned in the classroom to an innovative product that improves the quality of human life. In the past, these projects have resulted in ground-breaking inventions, patents, and award-winning papers and presentations while giving students real-world experience.

Freshman product innovation projects allow students to gain experience and knowledge at an early stage of their education with innovation and design of a new product. It helps students to better understand what they can expect during the next few years as a student at Western New England University and gives them the chance to showcase their talents at the very beginning of their educational journey. Showcasing their work alongside the senior design projects gives first year students something to aspire to and allows them to gain invaluable knowledge from their peers.


Disabilities Experts Discuss Social Justice

Posted April 22, 2014

As part of the Theories of Justice course in the Law and Society major, students participated in a panel discussion that examined the complicated notions of a just society as it relates to the values of liberty and equality. This roundtable discussion on disability rights allowed the students to apply concretely what they have considered theoretically over the course of the semester and to hear from several prominent practitioners in this field as to how they conceive of a just society for disabled individuals.


Freshman Kiara Don explained, “I was really shocked to hear that the unemployment rate for people who are blind is consistently at about 70%. That’s just wrong and we need to fix that injustice.” Senior Sarah Wiles added, “I learned a lot about the discrimination issues facing children with disabilities in public education, and I want to lean more”. The panel of practitioners included; Bonni Alpert, Assistant Dean for Student Disability Services, Western New England University; Deborah Dorfman, Staff Attorney, Center for Public Representation; Jennifer Laverty, Enforcement Advisor, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination; Charlotte Mann, Doctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, Western New England University; and Ronald Gallagher, Director, Western Massachusetts, Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.


Gross Named Vice President for Enrollment Management at Western New England University

Posted April 21, 2014


Bryan J. Gross of Great Neck, NY, has joined Western New England University as Vice President for Enrollment Management. Dr. Anthony S. Caprio, University president, recently announced the appointment following a nationwide search. Gross will have the opportunity to build on the many successes of retiring Vice President for Enrollment Management, Charlie Pollock, who first joined the University in 1977.

“We are pleased to have Bryan Gross join our University team. With his broad experience in student recruitment strategies and retention programs, I’m confident Bryan will make a significant contribution to the University as we approach our centennial anniversary,” said President Caprio. As an institution-wide leader, Gross plans to engage the University community in various conversations about enrollment and retention priorities and galvanize the University around common enrollment goals.

Gross currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, where he has worked since early 2012. His previous positions include serving as the Associate Vice President of Admissions (2010-2012) and Dean of Admission (2007-2009) for the University of Bridgeport, where he also served in several other capacities during his tenure there (2004-2012).

Gross is familiar with the Springfield area having taught at the SABIS International Charter School, Springfield College, and Holyoke Community College. He received his Master of Education degree from Springfield College and his undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University.

In his current role at St. John’s, Gross is responsible for the Offices of Undergraduate and Graduate Admission, Adult and Veteran Services, Registrar, and International Student Support Services at the Queens, Manhattan, and Rome campuses. With more than 52,000 undergraduate applications annually, he manages one of the larger undergraduate enrollment programs in the country.

Gross serves as an external reviewer for the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC) and has presented at conferences internationally on best practices in international student recruitment. He plans to bring to Western New England University a creative approach to marketing, a commitment to strategic planning and a leadership style that is positive and collaborative.

Gross will begin his work at the University on July 1.


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