New President, ASU Scholar, & IChemE Global Award (Dec. 2016)

Central Connecticut State University has appointed Zulma R. Toro, Ph.D. (KS B ’82), as the 13th president of the university. Dr. Toro previously served as interim chancellor, executive vice chancellor, and provost at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She will begin her new position on January 3, 2017.

Click here to read the announcement with more information on Dr. Toro who will become the first female president of Central Connecticut State University.


Ngoni Mugwisi, AZ B 2017, was recently profiled by Arizona State University (ASU) for receiving a Rhodes Scholarship. He was selected as one of two Zimbabwean Rhodes Scholars “on the basis of (their) intellect, character, leadership and commitment to service.”

According to the article, his motivation to study electrical engineering at ASU has to do with the conditions in his hometown of Gweru. “So what happens in Zimbabwe and many parts of Africa, every day the electricity is cut off. That is because of many problems with the generation and distribution of power. I was always inspired to solve that problem,” said Mugwisi. “A degree in electrical engineering would enable me to do that.”


A collaborative research project undertaken by the BP International Centre for Advanced Materials partnering with researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) won the Oil and Gas Award at the IChemE Global Awards 2016. One of the leaders of the projects was Nancy R. Sottos, Ph.D. (DE A ’86), an engineering professor at UIUC.

Entitled “Autonomous Detection of Damage in Coatings,” the team developed an additive to coatings that causes cracks to change color when damage occurs, making cracks easier to detect without the need for expensive technology. Read the news article for a video and details on the potential benefits of this research on the oil and gas industry.


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