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Cincinnati calling – “We engineer better”

I am currently hosted by the Novel Device Laboratory headed by Prof. Jason Heikenfeld who is not only a talented scientist but also a successful entrepreneur founder of Eccrine Systems. His lab is located on the 9th floor the Rhodes building and is part of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences or short CEAS.

The NDL has been very welcoming. The team is extremely nice, and you can feel a real “lab culture” here – and I am not only talking about the numerous beer-related events! 🙂 The laboratory benefits from state-of-the-art infrastructure but I realized that regarding many points, like office space and infrastructure for example, we do have luxury problems at ZHAW! And the students (PhDs included) are cleaning the labs and offices regularly! Hummm… I might finally bring few things back home 🙂

The CEAS is well known at UC and engineering is highly valuated. They have an appealing motto “We engineer better (TM)” that is reminding me the “Es braucht fähige Ingenieure. Wir bilden sie aus” from another famous institution!

One of my aims during this sabbatical year is to foster exchanges between our institutions and put in place a partnership agreement for students and staff exchange. I have been meeting lots of people at the international offices from the different colleges here, with SoE representatives. In addition, I am in contact with potential UC students who would love to come to ZHAW! I am convinced that UC could be an optimal partner for whole ZHAW (and not only the SoE). If you are a ZHAW student or a faculty interested in an exchange or if you would like to learn more about UC, do not hesitate to contact me!

 

I wish you all a good fall semester start!
Mathias*
*) Mathias Bonmarin is a senior lecturer at the ZHAW School of Engineering. Recently, he was honoured to get a prestigious Fulbright scholarship and therefore he’s at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio for one year as a visiting professor.

Cincinnati calling – The University (Go Bearcats!)

Hi everyone! Time has come to give you an insight about my new home: The University of Cincinnati or UC. Timing could not be better as the university will celebrate its 200 years in 2019!

The moto of this huge party “We are Boldly Bearcat” (if you have read my precedent posts, you should by now know what a bearcat is!):

 

Where to start… Humm… I think the first thing you notice here: this is HUGE! Almost 45’000 students. Although for American standards the campus is quite small and compact – it is an urban campus located in the city of Cincinnati – coming from Switzerland it is almost a city! Actually, the campus is split in two parts: a main campus and a medical campus, both lying next to each other. There are different free university bus shuttles that will drive you within, between and around the campuses. In the middle of the main campus the large Nippert stadium can handle more than 40’000 bearcats fans. A nice aerial video of the main campus can be found here:

 

The university is honorably ranked – I believe it would be good for ZHAW to think about ranking especially if one wants to attract exchange foreign students and faculty – with many programs in the top 50. Besides, it benefits from a very good reputation across the nation. UC has been called a “research heavyweight” and “one of America’s top public research universities”. UC scientists invented the world’s first electronic organ, antihistamine, heart-lung machine and oral polio vaccine and Neil Armstrong was even a professor here! Famous alumni have reached the supreme court, the stages of Broadway (the College-Conservatory of Music CCM is internationally renowned) or even designed and built the golden gate bridge in San Francisco. The Children hospital is one of the best in the nation, let’s hope though that we will not have to visit it.
Below you will find some pics from the main campus!

 

Next time more info about the College of Engineering and Applied Science CEAS and my host institute the Novel Device Laboratory who has been very welcoming and supportive.
Don’t forget: Let’s go UC! 

 

See you soon!
Mathias*
*) Mathias Bonmarin is a senior lecturer at the ZHAW School of Engineering. Recently, he was honoured to get a prestigious Fulbright scholarship and therefore he’s at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio for one year as a visiting professor.

Cincinnati calling – The Queen City

After a few weeks in Cincinnati I can tell you a little bit more about the city. Cincinnati has many nicknames the probably most deserved being “The Queen City”. It is definitely a beautiful city with a long history (for the US of course).

The origins: The city was created in 1788 with the name “Losantiville”. In 1790, Arthur St. Clair, governor of the Northwest Territory, changed the name of the settlement to “Cincinnati” in honor of the Society of the Cincinnati, made up of revolutionary war veterans, of which he was a member. The named “Cincinnati” itself comes from “Cincinnatus” – if like me you were sleeping during your Latin lectures in high school, check: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucius_Quinctius_Cincinnatus. The name is actually not the only Latin reference, the city being built on seven hills – if you do not know what I am talking about then you probably missed all your Latin lecture and I can’t help you 🙂
Cincinnati expanded quickly and was the door to the west. Due to it’s location at the border between the north and the south – cross the Ohio river and you are in Kentucky, it also plaid an important role during the American civil war.

The German heritage: In Cincinnati, it is not uncommon after a hot summer day – and believe me it is very hot and humid – to enjoy a good local beer in a Biergarten with a Bretzel (they call it Pretzel) and eventually a Bratwurst. The German heritage is all around the city and not only in the family names of its inhabitants. Walk through the renovated “Over-the-Rhine” neighborhood and enjoy the fantastic architecture (see pics). For a good local beer stop at: http://www.rhinegeist.com/

 

If you are planning to come to the mid-west or visit Chicago. Make a short stop in Cincinnati. It is definitely worth it!

See you soon!
Mathias*
*) Mathias Bonmarin is a senior lecturer at the ZHAW School of Engineering. Recently, he was honoured to get a prestigious Fulbright scholarship and therefore he’s at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio for one year as a visiting professor.

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