News about
The University of Iowa College of Engineering
Week of March 22, 2015

E/WEEK College Staff:
Editor:  Wendy Brentner, director of alumni relations and communications
Contributing Writer:  Gary Galluzzo, UI News Services
Technical Consultant:  Susan Beckett, director, Desktop Services
College Web Site:  www.engineering.uiowa.edu


1. College, Rockwell Collins to Host North First Tech Challenge
2. Ozbolat Receives Eldin IE Early Career Award
3. Ankrum Named Finalist in NIH Competition
4. College is Part of US Engineering School Effort to Education 20,000 Students to Meet Grand Challenges
5. Judges needed for NAE “The Next MacGyver” Competition
6. Urban and Regional Planning to Host Open House
7. Grants and Contracts
8. Events for the Upcoming Weeks
9. About E/Week

1. College, Rockwell Collins to Host North FIRST Tech Challenge

March Madness is basketball for many people, but for others it means watching kids and robots in a robotics competition Thursday, March 26 through Saturday, March 28 at the Iowa Events Center, 233 Center St., Des Moines, Iowa.

More than 1,000 high school and middle school students from across the United States will compete in the annual North FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Super Regional, Presented by Rockwell Collins.

At stake is a trip to the finals in the FTC World Championship, April 22-25 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

For more information, go to http://ftcnorth.org/.

2. Ozbolat Receives Eldin IE Early Career Award

Ibrahim Ozbolat, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and co-director of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Group, part of the UI Center for Computer-Aided Design, will receive the Hamed K. Eldin Outstanding Early Career IE in Academia Award June 1 at the IIE Conference and Expo, Nashville, TN.

The award, named for the late University of Iowa engineering alumnus and former College of Engineering professor Hamed K. Eldin (PhD 1951), recognizes individuals in academia who have demonstrated outstanding characteristics in education, leadership, professionalism and potential in industrial engineering.

The award recognizes engineering contributions in application, design, research or development of IE methods by early career IIE members. The award is sponsored by Integrated Systems Technology.

3. Ankrum Named Finalist in NIH Challenge

James Ankrum, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and researcher at the UI Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center, has been selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as one of 16 finalists for Phase 1 of its Follow the Cell Challenge and one of five Follow that Cell prize winners.

James Ankrum's proposal is on "Self-destructing cellular barcode: A versatile tool for single cell analysis."

The goal of the challenge is to stimulate the development of new tools and methods that will enable researchers to predict the behavior and function of a single cell in complex tissue over time. During Phase 1 of the challenge, innovators across a wide range of fields were encouraged to propose theoretical solutions for tracking and analyzing the behavior and function of individual cells over a period of minutes, hours, and even days.

Of the 16 finalists, five prize winners were selected to receive monetary prizes totaling $88,000 and will now advance—along with the additional 11 finalists—to the challenge’s second phase, which requires innovators to generate proof-of-concept data over the next 2 years to compete for a prize of $400,000.

Ankrum will be presented and recognized as part of the 3rd Annual Single Cell Analysis Investigators Meeting April 20-21, 2015, at the Natcher Conference Center on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

4. College is part of US Engineering School Effort to educate 20,000 students to meet Grand Challenges

In a letter of commitment presented to President Barack Obama at the White House Science Fair today, more than 120 U.S. engineering schools -- including the University of Iowa College of Engineering -- announced plans to educate a new generation of engineers expressly equipped to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing society in the 21st century.

These "Grand Challenges," identified through initiatives such as the White House Strategy for American Innovation, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges for Engineering, and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, include complex yet critical goals such as engineering better medicines, making solar energy cost-competitive with coal, securing cyberspace, and advancing personalized learning tools to deliver better education to more individuals.

The UI, along with each of the 122 signing schools, has pledged to graduate a minimum of 20 students per year who have been specially prepared to lead the way in solving such large-scale problems, with the goal of training more than 20,000 formally recognized “Grand Challenge Engineers” over the next decade.
Details of the UI College of Engineering's Grand Challenge Scholars Program are available at http://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/current-students/educational-opportunit....

Grand Challenge Engineers will be trained through special programs at each institution that integrate five educational elements: (1) a hands-on research or design project connected to the Grand Challenges; (2) real-world, interdisciplinary experiential learning with clients and mentors; (3) entrepreneurship and innovation experience; (4) global and cross-cultural perspectives; and (5) service-learning.

The training model was inspired by the National Academy of Engineering-endorsed Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP), established in 2009 by Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, Olin College, and the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering in response to the NAE’s 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st century. There are currently 20 active GCSPs and more than 160 NAE-designated Grand Challenge Scholars have graduated to date. Half of the graduates are women—compared with just 19 percent of U.S. undergraduate engineering students—demonstrating the program’s appeal to groups typically underrepresented in engineering.

More information on this initiative, including a copy of the letter of commitment, is available at http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/14373/15549/15785.aspx. The initiative grew out of a 2014 workshop organized by the American Association of Engineering Societies, Epicenter, Engineers Without Borders USA, EPICS, and the NAE Grand Challenge Scholars Program.

5. Judges Needed for NAE “The Next MacGuver” Competition

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering, and the creator of the TV show MacGyver recently launched a worldwide crowdsourcing competition called “The Next MacGyver.”!

The contest is seeking ideas for a scripted television show featuring a female engineer as a leading character. Winners will be paired with top Hollywood producers to develop a pilot script that will be pitched to networks. For those not entering the competition themselves, volunteers are needed to be a judge of the initial submissions. These will be reviewed by people from the entertainment industry, media/TV/film school professors, and engineers.

Initial ideas will be submitted in the form of a one-page document that includes title/genre, series synopsis, main character description, a paragraph on the pilot story, and one sentence on each of three. Judges will be sent about 50 submissions to review via a ranking system that will be provided.

More information about the contest can be found at this link: http://www.thenextmacgyver.com/.

For those interested in serving as a judge of the initial submissions, email jhunziker@nae.edu. The submissions will be available for review in late April with judges’ input due by May 25.

6. Urban and Regional Planning to Host Open House

The School of Urban and Regional Planning graduate program will host a spring Open House on Friday, March 27, 2015, from 3:00-5:00 p.m., in the Michigan Room, Iowa Memorial Union

Faculty members, alumni, and students will talk about career opportunities and planning at the University of Iowa. Students in the program come from many different undergraduate majors, and graduates secure jobs in government, private consulting firms and non-profit organizations. Pizza and refreshments will be served.

No RSVP is required.  For more information, visit urban.uiowa.edu or call 319-335-0032.

7. Grants and Contracts

Gregory Carmichael, Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, received a $75,960 grant from the U.S. National Aeronautics & Space Administration for “ObseRvations of Aerosols above Clouds and the intEractions (ORACLES).”

Fred Stern, George D. Ashton Professor of Hydroscience and Engineering, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, and research engineer at IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, received a $200,280 contract from the U.S. Department of Justice for “Verification and validation and analysis LCSI and LCS3 water-jet propelled model and full-scale performance including detailed analysis of the waterjet/hull interaction.”


8. Events for the Upcoming Weeks

March 26 – IIBI Medical Imaging Seminar, 2-3 p.m., 4259 Pappajohn Biomedical Discoveries Building.  Samantha Dilger MS, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Radiology, University of Iowa will present, “Pushing the boundaries: Feature extraction from the lung improves pulmonary nodule classification.”

March 26 – Mechanical Engineering Graduate Seminar, 3:30 p.m., MidAmerican Energy Classroom, 2217 Seamans Center. Addis Kidane, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, University of South Carolina, is the speaker.

March 26 – Mechanical Engineering Professional Seminar, 3:30 p.m., 125 Trowbridge Hall.  Elizabeth Christiansen, director, UI Office of Sustainability is the speaker.

March 27 – Biomedical Engineering Graduate Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Summers Electronic Classroom, 2229 Seamans Center. Jose Assouline, president and CSO of NanMedtrix, will present “The audacity of a start up with biomedical aspirations: the future of nantotechnology in diagnostics and therapeutics.”

March 31 – Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Airliner Restaurant.  The newly established student organization is open to all students interested, majoring/minoring and hoping to pursue a career in science-related or engineering fields.


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