Norwich University’s College of Professional Schools is committed to educating students in the tradition of university founder Capt. Alden Partridge. By providing our students the means, motivation, confidence and empathy to engage in the problems of our era, disciplined and innovative thinkers will be inspired to create the industries, systems, processes, machines and structures that meet the real-world challenges of our evolving society.

A message from Dean Aron Temkin

Over the summer the campus is verdant and beautiful, but also oddly quiet. In the momentary calm following commencement, this summer issue of the newsletter provides an opportunity to showcase some of the creative work, critical inquiry, and discovery taking place through student research and faculty scholarship across the College.

We are fortunate to live in an age where information is so abundant and so accessible! When the batteries of our computers and smart phones are fully charged we are rich in data, media, and opinion. Of course, this breadth of data does not provide all the answers we need, nor all the solutions we seek. Through research we learn and practice the discovery of meaning from among this richness - and cacophony - of this information.

The included student projects consider how we interact and interface with the Internet, with each other, with forests, and beaches. A sample of faculty projects address issues of craft and making, of high performance modern materials, of behavior patterns in investors, and advanced technology for traffic surveillance.

Several of these projects have received awards and citations, our students and faculty standing out among their peers. They are not only doing valuable work, but through dissemination and publication this work is expanding the body of knowledge in our many fields.



NU architecture student receives research award for excellence

Transformed Airstream trailerArchitecture major Dan Wheeler received the King Student Medal for his independent research project, “Narrative Architecture: An Inquiry into the Cultural Value of Craft.” MORE

Innovation grant sparks (re)making the Archistream project

Transformed Airstream trailerA team of third- and fourth-year architecture students transformed a 21-foot 1969 Airstream Globetrotter into a mobile outreach, education and design center. MORE

Student research spurs policy change in Solar Decathlon

The Norwich Delta T90 house at the 2013 Solar DecathlonBrendan Brogan’s independent study surveyed and critically compared the solar electric and solar thermal systems presented by all collegiate teams participating in the 2013 Solar Decathlon. MORE

Google student veteran scholar explores cheap, pop-up broadband

mobile ad-hoc networksComputer Science junior and Marine Corps veteran Will Perry continues his research this summer into affordable mobile ad-hoc networks. MORE

Akhan Almagambetov

Faculty Awards & Research

Three colleagues have Faculty Development release time to conduct research during this summer and fall. MORE

Students hear from finance, real estate experts in Montreal

Business & Management students in MontrealBusiness and Management students met experts in corporate finance and real estate investment and heard from Norwich MBA alumnus Donna Lisk, the chief financial officer of Lacoste. MORE

Recording frog croaks cheaply focus of senior design capstone

Low-cost audio loggerTwo seniors worked on a capstone design project to develop a low-cost audio logger to record wildlife sounds and environmental conditions in wilderness habitats. MORE

Thermal degradation kinetics of nanocomposite materials

Karen Supan testing nanocompositesFor two years, Dr. Karen Supan has been testing polymers with laser pulse heating, which can simulate the heating that occurs during a ballistic event. MORE

Civil engineering students help Vermont town improve beach access

A Norwich student engineering team provided design assistance for extending roadside parking, controlling erosion, mitigating growing storm water runoff and redesigning changing facilities. MORE

Nursing capstones in summary

Shanyse Lingham presents her capstone project at the School of Nursing day of researchThis past spring the School of Nursing held a research day in which 33 seniors presented papers and posters on their capstone research. MORE

Care of psychiatric patients in the ER

Sign pointing toward emergency entranceWhen a psychiatric patient is included in planning his or her care in the emergency department and after discharge, they are more likely to follow the plan. MORE

Incivility in nursing education

StethescopeSince today’s students are tomorrow’s colleagues, issues of bullying and incivility need to be recognized and addressed in the academic setting before such individuals become staff nurses in the work force. MORE

Featured Project

Archistream project

All photos courtesy of Tolya Stonorov



Ten Norwich University School of Architecture + Art students in Prof. Tolya Stonorov’s design studio spent 3,000 hours on a project to transform a 21-foot 1969 Airstream Globetrotter into a mobile outreach, education and design center. This unique American Institute of Architects, Vermont Chapter (AIAVT) project was made possible through a $42,750 grant from the AIA National Innovation Fund to create an “Archistream.”

The Archistream will travel across Vermont to promote architecture in rural areas. The camper’s redesigned interior features a work and meeting zone, a resource and display area, and a communal sitting space.

The Archistream began its outreach journey this summer at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington, Vt., where visitors explore it and learn about the role of design in our communities.

The Archistream is designed to be a “rolling classroom center and gallery” of sorts that encourages curiosity and creativity around the thought processes and various materials used in building and architecture. Visitors will become more aware of the value architects bring to community planning, historic preservation, disaster mitigation and other processes.

Read more about the project in this feature story published in Seven Days.