E/WEEK

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E/WEEK
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News about
The University of Iowa College of Engineering
Week of April 24, 2016

E/WEEK College Staff:
Editor:  Wendy Brentner, director of alumni relations and communications
Contributing Writer:  Tricia Brown, UI News Services
College Web Site:  www.engineering.uiowa.edu
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IN THIS EDITION:

1. Engineering Students Ponnaluri, Wagner Receive Hancher-Finkbine Honors
2. Biomedical Students Grab Second Place at Medical Devices Conference
3. Four Engineering Students Receive NSF Fellowships
4. Zarei Receives UI Student Innovator Award
5. College to Celebrate First NEXUS Open House
6. Ghamari to Receive UI Teaching Assistant Award
7. Black Girls Do Science Set for April 30
8. UI Foundation Features Rockwell Collins, Operator Performance Lab Partnership
9. Organizer Takes $6,000 Prize in Storer Engineering Student Entrepreneurial Start-up Award Competition
10. Virtual Reality Gets Real with SantosHuman Inc. Predictive Models and Worldviz VR Development System
11. Events for the Upcoming Weeks
12. About E/Week

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1. Engineering Students Ponnaluri, Wagner Receive Hancher-Finkbine Honors

Two College of Engineering students received some of the University of Iowa's highest honors April 12 at the 99th Finkbine Dinner.  They are Sailahari Ponnaluri and Samantha Wagner, both majoring in biomedical engineering.

Ponnaluri received the Distinguished Student Leader Award.  She will graduate this spring with a degree in biomedical engineering, with honors, and with a special emphasis in cardiovascular biomechanics. Her current research project with Edward Sander, professor of biomedical engineering, uses state-of-the-art biological assay and imaging techniques to help limit scar formation in human tissues. This project led Ponnaluri to an experiential-learning opportunity as a software-development intern with IDx LLC, a company working on advanced optical-imaging methods for disease diagnosis and treatment.

Ponnaluri has held two elected positions for the professional engineering fraternity Theta Tau, is an Engineering professional development peer advisor, served as the high school conference chair for the Society of Women Engineers, mentors for the Women in Science and Engineering program at the University of Iowa, and is lead tutor for the College of Engineering. Her volunteer work includes promoting the success of the FIRST Tech Challenge program as a judges’ assistant, community outreach chair, and coach; participating for the past three years at the University of Iowa Dance Marathon; and volunteering as a Veteran’s Hospital service escort.

Wagner, a senior member of the women’s diving team from Marion, IA, received the Robert Ray Faculty Athletic Representative Award.  She will graduate in December 2016 with a BSE in biomedical engineering. As a member of the Hawkeye diving team, Wagner is a three-time letter winner and member of the 2015 and 2016 Big Ten Championship teams. She posted personal-best scores in the 1-meter springboard (265.50) and 3-meter springboard (208.12) and registered a top-five finish during the 2013–14 season. She was named Academic All-Big Ten twice during her career and made the UI dean’s list for two consecutive semesters.

Wagner was service chair for the Iowa Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (ISAAC) during the 2015–16 academic year. She is a past participant of the Hawkeye HealthCARE program, where she gained valuable experience with and exposure to various health care fields. She has conducted research under the direction of UI faculty and volunteered in the emergency department at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Following graduation, she plans to attend medical school.

In 1917, William Finkbine and Carl Kuhnle hosted the first awards dinner for UI men. In 1921, Finkbine’s daughter, Dorothy Finkbine Sauers, and her aunts introduced a similar dinner for women. The events were combined in 1972, and to this day are supported by an endowment established by W. Finkbine, as well as other alumni, friends, and the UI Foundation.

2. Biomedical Students Grab Second Place at Medical Devices Conference

A four-member student team from the UI Department of Biomedical Engineering received second place in the Student Design Showcase April 12 at the Fifth Annual Design of Medical Devices Conference in Minneapolis, MN. The showcase promotes and publicizes excellence in medical device design by teams of undergraduate and graduate students conducted as part of their course work.

The team included Andrea Caceres, Amanda Smith, Claire Castanedo, and Molly Berringer. All are seniors.

Their project, "Intussusception: A Pain in the Butt," involved the design of an efficient and easy to use method to alleviate intussusception (telescoping of the bowel) in children under three.

Students at the conference competed from a broad cross-section of universities, including Rice, Yale, Air Force Academy, University of Minnesota, and University of Michigan.

The world's largest premiere medical devices conference consists of four-days of career fair, scientific poster sessions and technical/scientific sessions.

3. Four Engineering Students Receive NSF Fellowships

Four College of Engineering students have received 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.

They are Hunter Schroer (https://www.linkedin.com/in/hunter-schroer-18aa2077), a PhD candidate in civil and environmental engineering studying under Prof. Craig Just; Kathryn Langenfeld (https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathryn-langenfeld-35326bb9), an undergraduate student in civil engineering, also studying under Just; Kathryn Klarich (https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathrynklarich), a master's student in civil and environmental engineering, studying under Prof. David Cwiertny, and Ian Nessler (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ian-nessler-a64149a1), a senior majoring in chemical engineering.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

4. Zarei Receives UI Student Innovator Award

Kasra Zarei, a senior in biomedical engineering, has received the University of Iowa Student Innovator Award.

The award honors undergraduate and/or graduate students conducting research/scholarly innovation or new technology development that is recognized as highly original work and has led to intellectual property.

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development presented the award at its “Celebrating Excellence: Discovery and Innovation Awards Ceremony” April 13.

The annual event recognizes faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars/fellows, graduate students, undergraduate students and mentors who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments to research in their field. Also recognized are faculty and student innovators working to take their research to market as startups, products, and medical treatments.

5. College to Celebrate First NEXUS Open House

The UI College of Engineering will celebrate its first NEXUS Open House April 27, during which the college will showcase creative endeavors at the interface of Engineering and the Arts.

Here is the schedule:

1:00-4:00 p.m. -- NEXUS Office, 2321 Seamans Center. See the marble machine, 3D pen drawings, color it in puzzle, foil printer, and more.
2:00-3:00 p.m. -- Mural Wall, 2nd Floor Lobby. Participate in painting a section of the mural on the construction wall for the new annex with our Artineers.
2:00-4:00 p.m. -- Creative Projects by Faculty, Staff, and Students, 3111 Seamans Center. See the Coral Reef project, view some amazing photography, and get information about current and past projects our students have been involved in.
4:00-5:00 p.m. -- NEXUS Reception – Fethke Rooftop Terrace (2217 Seamans Center rain location). Brief remarks by Dean Alec Scranton and a celebration of the NEXUS of Engineering and the Arts.

For more on NEXUS, go to http://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/news/nexus-engineering-arts.

6. Ghamari to Receive UI Teaching Assistant Award

The University of Iowa Council on Teaching has selected Mohsen Ghamari, PhD candidate in mechanical engineering, as a recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for 2016.

The council noted that Ghamari's philosophy of teaching and learning, classroom evaluations, and strong support garnered from students and faculty, made his nomination stand out from among the many candidates, and clearly demonstrated his excellence in teaching.

Ghamari is currently a research assistant conducting experimental studies of combustion behavior of isolated droplets with polymeric and nano-particle additives; handling the design, fabrication and testing of a pressurized spray system to study injection pattern of modified fuel at low temperatures; working on numerical simulation of co-firing coal and biomass, and numerical simulation of urea injection into a utility boiler to control NOx emission and meet EPA regulations.

Ghamari will receive his certificate May 6 at the Council on Teaching Awards Reception.

7. Black Girls Do Science Set for April 30

The University of Iowa will hold a Black Girls Do Science event from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. April 30 at the Kirkwood Regional Center, 2301 Oakdale Blvd, Coralville, IA.

Black Girls Do Science is a one-day program encouraging underrepresented fourth- through eighth-grade girls to pursue a career in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field.

The event consists of workshops facilitated by University of Iowa faculty and students. The activities are challenging and interactive and require the assistance of collegiate student volunteers.

8. UI Foundation Features Rockwell Collins, Operator Performance Lab Partnership

The University of Iowa Foundation has featured the long and growing partnership between Rockwell Collins, Inc. and the Operator Performance Laboratory, a research unit of the UI Center for Computer-Aided Design.

The unique partnership between the University of Iowa College of Engineering and Rockwell Collins—an aerospace and defense engineering company headquartered in Cedar Rapids—spans more than 40 years and allows students like Johnson to work with faculty and professional engineers on relevant and challenging projects, using state-of-the-art technology. This creative dynamic, along with the company’s longtime philanthropic support for scholarships and research, has helped the college continue to grow.

Rockwell Collins is a leading destination for graduates: In the last five years, 100 UI engineering students have received full-time internships, and the firm has hired 72 UI engineering graduates.

Perhaps nowhere is the physical impact of Rockwell Collins more visually apparent than at the Iowa City airport, where UI associate professor and chief pilot Tom “Mach” Schnell presides over a fleet of two L-29 Delfin jet aircraft and an MI-2 twin turbine helicopter, among other research aircraft and simulators—some outfitted with state-of-the-art Rockwell Collins avionics.

To read the complete UI Foundation story, go to http://www.uifoundation.org/ai/soaring-to-new-heights/.

9. Organizer Takes $6,000 Prize in Storer Engineering Student Entrepreneurial Start-up Award Competition

The University of Iowa College of Engineering has announced that the student business plan for a company named Organizer is the winner of its 2015-16 Hubert E. Storer Engineering Student Entrepreneurial Start-up Award.

Organizer, a collaborative software solution to improve the productivity, communication, and coordination for organ donor networks, will receive $6,000 from the college to help advance the company's business.

The founders include Dalton Shaull, CEO and human physiology undergraduate student at the University of Iowa, graduating in May 2016. Shaull brings four years of research and internship experience to the team in software, scientific research methodology, and employee management. Eric Pahl, CTO, is a biomedical engineer and graduate from the University of Iowa with Engineering and University Honors, including a Technical Entrepreneurship Certificate in Spring 2015. Pahl is currently studying health informatics in pursuit of a PhD in Spring 2020, at the University of Iowa.

Organizer is a medical software company developing a suite of products designed to improve the productivity, communication and coordination surrounding organ transplant recovery. The company uses collaborative and communicative technologies to tackle some of healthcare’s greatest problems. Its products utilize the versatility of smartphone technology and the internet to provide intelligent communication and coordination between organ donation professionals.

Organizer is currently testing its product at two customer sites -- Iowa Donor Network and LifeSource -- and is continually recruiting and building out its business development and research teams.

The annual Storer award, established in 2002 and funded by an endowed gift from the late College of Engineering alumnus Hubert E. "Bud" Storer (BS 1959 industrial engineering), currently provides $6,000 of initial financial support for a College of Engineering student technological business plan. Storer was president, owner, and founder of Storer Equipment Company, Shreveport, LA.

10. Virtual Reality Gets Real with SantosHuman Inc. Predictive Models and Worldviz VR Development System

WorldViz and SantosHuman Inc. (SHI), a company that grew out of ongoing research at the University of Iowa, have begun co-development to integrate SHI predictive models into the Worldviz VR development platform, enabling users to rapidly develop virtual reality applications that accurately reflect and predict human physical performance and interactions with virtual objects and environments.

SHI’s technologies (now commonly referred to as Santos®) predict human behavior through validated, first-principles-based mathematical models. These models predict and analyze human performance while taking into consideration strength, fatigue, flexibility, balance, vision, posture, external forces, clothing, equipment, and the environment as input parameters.

Vizard, developed by WorldViz, was designed from its inception as a VR development and simulation engine capable of supporting a wide variety of input and output devices such as of HMDs, 3D projection systems, haptic devices, motion capture suites and other input devices. Vizard is currently deployed across 1500+ Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions and government agencies and is used to help those organizations solve real-world problems in areas such as product design, education, training, marketing, and research.

For more, go to http://www.santoshumaninc.com/news_SHI_WorldViz_collab.html.

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11. Events for the Upcoming Weeks

April 27 -- First NEXUS Open House, 1:00pm to 5:00pm, Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences.

April 28 -- College of Engineering Faculty-Staff Reception and Awards Ceremony, 3:00pm to 4:30pm, First Floor Atrium and Stanley Auditorium, 1505 Seamans Center.

April 30 – Black Girls Do Science. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kirkwood Regional Center, 2301 Oakdale Blvd., Coralville.

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