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Simi Hoque and Brian Kane talk about their Eureka! experience this summer in new video (Aug 14th, 2015)


The following video, published by UMass Media Relations, summarizes another successful summer at UMass for the Eureka! Girls Inc. group of Holyoke. BCT’s Simi Hoque, who coordinated their visit to UMass, introduces the many workshops in the video. One of the workshops – on building macaroni bridges – was run by BCT graduate students Carl Fiocchi, Nariman Mostafavi, […]

Engineered wood in wind turbine blades: Focus of Clouston’s NSF-funded summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) (Aug 12th, 2015)

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The UMass Offshore Wind Energy Program hosted an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) this summer. BCT Professor, Peggi Clouston, along with her PhD student, Rachel Koh from Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, mentored and supervised two of these students in research projects that explored the use of engineered wood laminates in offshore wind turbine blades. […]

Crowdfunding Campaign Underway for Wood on the Plaza Project (Aug 6th, 2015)


Together with her graduate students, BCT Associate Professor Peggi Clouston is starting a crowdfunding campaign to turn the idea of a 30-foot wooden gridshell into reality. The project involves a large public art exhibition on Wood Architecture and Engineering to be held on the Plaza of the UMass Fine Arts Center. The plan is to build a […]

Eureka Girls Build and Test Bridges with BCT PhD Students (Jul 28th, 2015)


BCT Ph.D. Candidates Carl Fiocchi, Nariman Mostafavi, and Soroush Farzinmoghadam sponsored a session for “Eureka” which is on campus for the month of July. Eureka is a fantastic program where young women are exposed to opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math. In this session, “Why Buildings don’t Fall Down – Building with Macaroni” the […]

Some summer reading: Follow our BCT students’ internships! (Jun 24th, 2015)


Many students in BCT sign up for construction-related summer work, either as internships, practicums, or just as a job that relates to their studies. They always have amazing experiences, which lets them practice what they learned during the semester. What we fond, though, was that in the past, their experiences were often just reported to their immediate faculty supervisor, which […]