School of Engineering Embarks on First Hong Kong Student Exchange

School of Engineering Embarks on First Hong Kong Student Exchange


Visit Brings Closer


A delegation from Taiwan’s Chung Yuan Christian

University visited the ong>Schoolong> ong>ofong> ong>Engineeringong> on Oct.

26, 2007. Led by President Cheng and his wife, the

group included Prong>ofong>essor S. P. Tung, dean ong>ofong> the

College ong>ofong> Science; Prong>ofong>essor S. H. Wang, director

ong>ofong> the Center ong>ofong> Alumni Services; and Prong>ofong>essor J.

T. Teng ong>ofong> the Department ong>ofong> Mechanical ong>Engineeringong>.

In 2006, Dean Nguyen worked with Teng, then

dean ong>ofong> CYCU’s College ong>ofong> ong>Engineeringong>, to draft a

memorandum ong>ofong> understanding with CYCU, which

fostered collaboration between the two schools.

The CYCU delegation came to CUA to forge a closer

partnership relation between two institutions and

for further discussion ong>ofong> collaboration on 4+1

and 1+1 graduate degree programs.

The delegation toured the research and instruction

laboratories at the departments ong>ofong> biomedical engineering

and electrical engineering. The group also

met with Provost James Brennan and Very Reverend

David M. O’Connell, C.M., the university president.

The visit concluded with a dinner hosted by

Dean Nguyen and his wife at their home, attended

by the delegation and several engineering faculty.

CYCU president visited with CUA president,

Father O’Connell.

CYCU president and CUA provost Brennan,

during the CUA visit.

U.S. Department ong>ofong> Defense Honors

CUA Graduate Student

Rocco Arizzi has been overcoming hurdles since the age ong>ofong> 3, when he was diagnosed with

spinal muscular atrophy. Last December, Arizzi was recognized for his many accomplishments in

the face ong>ofong> adversity: The Catholic University graduate student and Naval Surface Warfare Center

employee received the Department ong>ofong> Defense Outstanding Employee with a Disability Award for

2007 — the only naval employee worldwide to receive that honor.

Arizzi, who is wheelchair bound and has limited use ong>ofong> his hands, has been balancing his doctoral

research with a full-time job with the center in Washington, D.C., for the last four years as

he works toward a doctorate in electrical engineering.

“There are a lot ong>ofong> ways that people with disabilities can participate in our national defense and

they may not realize it,” Arizzi says. “I hope something like this will, in the future, put into the minds ong>ofong>

children with disabilities that they can make a positive impact on their country — without necessarily

being a soldier.”

Arizzi has been raising awareness about spinal muscular atrophy — and the potential for those

afflicted to lead full and active lives — since he was selected as the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s

Goodwill Ambassador for New Jersey at age 4. He became the National Goodwill Ambassador soon after.

At age 16, Arizzi Rocco was one ong>ofong> 200 Texas high school students chosen to attend the

Texas Academy ong>ofong> Mathematics and Science, a two-year early entry college program, at the

University ong>ofong> North Texas. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the

University ong>ofong> Texas in San Antonio. And while enrolled in his master’s degree studies at Florida

Atlantic University, Arizzi worked as an adjunct algebra instructor and tutor at a local community


“Rocco’s achievement is truly exceptional and well deserved,” said Mark Mirotznik, associate

prong>ofong>essor ong>ofong> electrical engineering and Arizzi’s doctoral adviser. “CUA's Department ong>ofong> Electrical

ong>Engineeringong> is very fortunate to have a graduate student like him. He is a very gifted engineer, conducting

research on how naval ship designers can learn from nature when designing new electronic

sensing systems. Above all, however, he is simply a great person who inspires everyone around him.”

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