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Mill 19 at Hazelwood Green


The ceremony marking the official signing for the development of former Mill 19 site as the home of "ARM - Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute" was held in Hazelwood Green on November 20,2017. The $250 Million ARM Institute is based on the public private partnerships concept and last of the President Obama's National Network of Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (NNMII). It is also supported by Carnegie Mellon University's Manufacturing Futures Initiative (MFI) along with a $20 Million grant from R.K. Mellon Foundation. RMU SEMS was represented by the Dean Dr. Maria Kalevitch and Dr. Arif Sirinterlikci, Head of Engineering, and will soon become a member of the ARM Institute. 
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STEM Career Fair, Oct. 26, 2017

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Representatives from local businesses and organizations were in attendance at the School of Engineering, Mathematics & Science for the STEM Career Fair.  Here to recruit for both internships and full-time employment, the fair was held in the John Jay Gym. The event was free and open to all RMU students and alumni. Some of the companies in attendance were: Atrium Innovations, CGI, Data Warehouse Consultants, CONSOL Engergy, Inc., FedEx Ground, Geo-Solutions, Gregori Construction Inc., Highmark Health, Internship Nepal, Rebdev. LLC, ServiceLink, Sippel Co., Inc., Superbolt Inc.

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Robert Morris University's School of Engineering, Mathematics & Science Graduates Industry-Ready Engineers

Robert Morris University (RMU) is answering this demand with its School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science...


GE tour

Site Tour - GE Center for Additive Technology Advancment (CATA)


Dean Maria Kalevitch, Dr. Arif Sirinterlikci, Dr. Rika Carlsen and six engineering students took a site tour of GE's Center for Additive Technology Advancement (CATA) last Friday (9/22/17).  President Howard, David Jamison, Derya Jacobs, and Xavier Hickman were also in attendance.

The group toured the facilities and learned about GE's work in additive manufacturing from Jennifer Cipolla, who runs the center.  The students also had the chance to meet with a recent RMU engineering alumnus who works at the center.

SEMS Brunch with the Dean Sept. 16, 2017

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RMU Flying Colonial Team flew their way to a 9th place finish out of 37 teams!

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A team of 5 RMU Mechanical Engineering students (Roger Pogoda, Luke Schubert, Madison Parks, Nick Mummau and Drew Garbenis) competed in the 2017 Red Bull Flugtag competition at the Pittsburgh Regatta. There were 37 teams from all over the country competing! 

Over the course of 3 months the students constructed a huge glider that had a wingspan of 20 ft. The glider was designed to be light weight and sturdy to give the team the farthest distance possible.

They worked really hard and dedicated a large portion of their summer to this competition!

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As part of the competition, the students performed a 30 second skit where they were dressed as Colonial and British soldiers and battled it out on top of the flight deck. After the skit one of the students took his place on the glider and was launched off of a 22 ft. high deck.

The team held their breath as the Roger Pogoda piloted the glider 45 ft. before plunging into the Allegheny River. The judges showed their scores and the RMU Flying Colonial Team flew their way to 9th place!

Congrats to the Flying Colonial team! 

Dean Maria Kalevitch attended Allegheny Conference On The Road -ATI

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Robert Morris University to establish a 3D Printing/Advanced Manufacturing Lab at the Pittsburgh based Energy Innovation Center  (Excerpt below from EIC Vol 2 No. 2, May, 2017 Newsletter)

EIC 3D lab

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Christine Bryant, SEMS BOV
Christine Bryant, SEMS Board of Visitors member, was a panelist for the May 18thWomen Leadership in STEM, hosted by United Way, United for Women and The Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce.

Christine Bryant, Senior Vice President, Coatings, Adhesives & Specialties – North America, Covestro, pictured here on the far right, significantly contributed her expertise to the panel discussion –
Women Leading the Way in STEM. 


Lego Robert Morris - Engineering Project


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Robert Morris University engineering students Hannah Arnold and Andrew Mason built a Robert Morris bust using LEGOs.  The bust is based on a 3D laser scan of the plaster bust currently located in the Heritage Room. This project was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Arif Sirinterlikci, University Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and Head of Engineering.

Working with the STL file, (a file generated by a CAD program containing the data for the three-dimensional object), which was obtained by Dr. Sirinterlikci's 3D scan from 2006, the team converted the data into an OBJ file (a standard 3D image format that can be exported and opened by various 3D image editing programs). The OBJ file was then input into multiple LEGO digital design software for breaking the geometry into LEGO bricks.

The expertise of Hannah and Andrew allowed the team to manually modify the digital design and optimize the brick structure. The bust is made hollow for weight control and accommodating future changes - including adding of animation features. The Colonial hat of Robert Morris was also made removable by replacing some of the LEGO bricks with LEGO tiles for accessibility to the cavity.

The Lego Robert Morris project was conducted in the Spring of 2017 semester, between February and early May. Engineering students Steven Lopez and Cyber Forensics and Information Security student Hannah Bartus also contributed to this project.

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Picture above shows the LEGO bust along with the 3D metal bust printed in small scale by the EXONE's R2 powder printer. Both are based on the same 3D scan. 

RMU 2017 Graduate Commencement - Coach Tomlin

Coach Tomlin

2017 Undergraduate Presidential Awards

May 3, 2017

Kelsey Paxton, BS Biology, and Matt Scolieri, BS Engineering (Mechanical Engineering Concentration), received the 2017 Undergraduate Presidental Award at yesterday's event.  

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Maria Kalevitch, Keynote Speaker at WLMP Graduation Event
April 26, 2017

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Women's Leadership & Mentorship Program - WLMP

CEO Lecture Series: Be Curious, Be Courageous, Be Colorful

Featuring: Jerry MacCleary
President, Covestro LLC



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BMLDI  STEM Symposium

Special thanks go to SEMS faculty Dr. Arif Sirinterlikci, Dr. Bill Dress, Dr. Chris Groendyke,   Dr. Matt Maurer,  Dr. Won Joo, Dr. Woodrow Winchester and Dr. Anthony Robins, as well as Dr. Chester Thompson, Director, Student Support and Community Outreach Programs and Co-Director of the Black Male Leadership Development Institute  Additional thanks to our SEMS staff Sarah MacDonald, as well as our NSBE students Nolen Keeys, Warren Buzzell Jr., Daniela Nikama, Zubayr Hussan, Kairel Powell and Jessica Gonzalez.  

SEMS Annual Career Fair

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Dean Maria Kalevitch shown here with visiting Rooney Scholars - Drs. Monwabisi Gantsho and Moloko Ramashala-Gantsho

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The R.K. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $350,000 grant to the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science to build a 3-D printing/additive manufacturing lab and classroom at the Energy Innovation Center next to downtown Pittsburgh. Construction will begin next fall, and the school will teach its three certificate programs at the facility. Also, last week SEMS invited high school girls to campus to meet one-on- one with female professionals and undergraduate students and learn about STEM careers. Professionals were RMU alumni working at Curtiss-Wright, GAI Consultants, Michael Baker International, Summa, Philips Respironics, and Comtec Manufacturing.

Won Joo, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, received a $17,000 research grant from the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology to support a project to improve pedestrian safety for senior citizens.

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