News about
The University of Iowa College of Engineering
Week of August 21, 2016

E/WEEK College Staff:
Editor:  Wendy Brentner, director of alumni relations and communications
Contributing Writer:  Rebekah Tilley, UI Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development
College Web Site:  www.engineering.uiowa.edu


1. Sugiyama Receives SAE Award
2. Hart Earns Two Prestigious Scholarships
3. Medicine’s Thorny Problems Tackled by Multidisciplinary Iowa Medical Innovation Group
4. Lichtenberger Engineering Library News
5. Call for Submissions for the 2016-2017 Hubert E. Storer Student Entrepreneurial Start-up Award Competition
6. Grants and Contracts
7. Alumni: Where Are They Now
8. Events for the Upcoming Weeks
9. About E/Week

1. Sugiyama Receives SAE Award

Hiroyuki Sugiyama, associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, has received a SAE Excellence in Oral Presentation Award for his presentation "Tire Dynamics Simulation for Transient Braking and Cornering" at the SAE 2016 World Congress.

The presentation, delivered as a technical keynote, focused on a high-fidelity physics-based flexible tire model that he developed for predicting the transient tire dynamics under hard braking and cornering maneuvers.

The work was accomplished with his PhD student Hiroki Yamashita and in collaboration with the US Army TARDEC and Yokohama Rubber.

2. Hart Earns Two Prestigious Scholarships

Robert Hart, doctoral student in mechanical engineering, has received two prestigious scholarships.  Hart is studying under Olesya Zhupanska, professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Arizona. Zhupanska is a former faculty member in the UI Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

Hart's first is the $5,000 Dr. Jackie Rehkopf Scholarship, presented by the SPE® Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE). The scholarship is from an endowed fund that has been set up to honor Rehkopf, a long-time SPE ACCE committee member, SPE Automotive Division board member, and automotive composites researcher.  He will receive the scholarship at the September 7-9 conference in Novi, MI.

Hart's second scholarship is the 2016 American Society for Composites PhD Research Scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year, to be presented September 20 at the ASC conference, Williamsburg, VA.  The award consists of a $1,000 grant and reimbursement of travel expenses up to $1,250 including conference registration to help him attend the annual ASC Technical Conference and accept the award at the conference banquet.

Hart won his Rehkopf scholarship with the topic:  Multi-Physics Effects in Carbon Fiber Polymer Matrix Composites.  Discussing why his research will be of interest to those working in the transportation composites field, Hart notes, “My project will focus on developing theoretical models for designed optimal composite structures for multifunctional applications. I’ll explore the use of new, advanced reinforcement media (e.g. carbon nanotubes, buckypaper, and graphene) that provide optimum combinations of electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties.  My areas of interest include damage modeling and the influence of damage on the multi-physics response in advanced composites. This research should eventually lead to the development of “smart structures” with capabilities like real-time damage sensing that will be of interest to manufactures of aerospace as well as ground vehicles.”

In addition to being a doctoral candidate at the College of Engineering, Hart also is a U.S. Department of Defense SMART Scholar and works in collaboration with the U.S. Army Tank and Automotive Research and Development Engineering Center (TARDEC). Before starting his Ph.D. study, Hart worked for three years as an R&D and project engineer in the plastics industry for Centro Inc. (North Liberty, Iowa, U.S.A.). In that role he led the design, budget proposal, and construction of an industry-leading laboratory for material testing of cross-linked polymers. He also served as the plastics materials expert on a team that developed a novel fire-retardant, multilayer-composite fuel tank for applications in extreme operating environments. The tank was successfully commercialized and is now the flagship product produced at a new manufacturing facility Centro operates in Brazil. Upon returning to university, Hart served as a graduate teaching assistant for a mixed graduate/undergraduate course on composite materials where he was able to draw on his industry experience to guide students as they developed their own composite design projects.  He also served as a guest lecturer when the primary instructor was traveling. He holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iowa. After graduating with his doctorate in 2017, Hart will work at TARDEC full time and continue to advance composites research in the ground-vehicle sector.

3. Medicine’s Thorny Problems Tackled by Multidisciplinary Iowa Medical Innovation Group

All innovation is driven by one simple thought: “There’s got to be a better way to do this.”

That thought is the beginning of every project tackled by the Iowa Medical Innovation Group (IMIG), a University of Iowa program that brings together students from the colleges of law, medicine, engineering and business to develop an idea for an original medical device. From design, to prototype, to business plan and patent, IMIG students collaboratively work to find a better way of doing “this.”

In a basement computer lab in the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences, four heads cluster around a single laptop watching a YouTube video. Rather than the Evolution of Dance, the undergraduate IMIG engineering team of Molly Berringer, Andrea Caceres, Claire Castaneda and Amanda Smith are watching videos of a medical procedure to correct an intussusception. Usually occurring in children under age 5, intussusception occurs when a portion of the bowel folds in on itself like a telescope. It’s incredibly painful and requires immediate medical intervention.

As a new fellow at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Manish Bajaj, M.D., observed the traditional intussusception procedure used to correct this collapsing of the bowel. In layperson terms, air is forced into the bowel to straighten it back into place. The method requires a gentle and consistent force of air pressure – air delivered by an air pump and air pressure maintained by, well, any means necessary.

“The success of the procedure depends on keeping an air tight seal around the child’s bottom,” explained biomedical engineering student Claire Castaneda who worked on the IMIG intussusception project. “To keep the air tight seal, clinicians will use duct tape or pull someone else into the room whose job is just to hold things in place. If you watch the procedure on YouTube, you notice everyone does it a little differently and it’s super ad hoc.”

To learn more, go to http://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/news/medicine%E2%80%99s-thorny-problems....

4. Lichtenberger Engineering Library News

A new creative space opening this fall. The Engineering Library and Engineering Technological Centers are collaborating on a Maker/Creative Space. (http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/eng/creative-space/)
* 3D Scanners: Matter & Form; Sense 3D; Structor for iPad; Xbox Kinect
* Virtual Reality Station: Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset; Leap Motion Controller
* 3D Cameras: 360fly 4K & RICOH Theta
* 2 Collaboration Tables: each with 43” (4K) quad monitor; stationary computer; laptop jacks
* Modeling Station: 4 Computers; Leap Motion Controllers; Wacom Drawing Tablets; 3D Modeling Software
* Tool Library: Canon PowerShot Camera; Tape Measure; Screwdrivers; Light Meters; Webcam; Creative Boxes; other Technology Tools; Hand Tools; Measuring Tools; and LabQuest Equipment.  Tool Library website: http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/toollibrary

New and Updated Resources include:
* Jane’s Online
* Synthesis Series—Digital Library of Engineering & Computer Science
* RSMeans
* Current Protocols
* MIT Books
* Springer Material
* SAE Technical Papers

E-books are on the shelves. 

5. Call for Submissions for the 2016-2017 Hubert E. Storer Student Entrepreneurial Start-up Award Competition

The College of Engineering is announcing the 2016-2017 Hubert E. Storer Engineering Student Entrepreneurial Start-up Award Competition. The award provides a $5,000 prize to the best-judged business plan submitted by engineering undergraduate and graduate students.

Through a generous gift from the late Engineering alumnus and entrepreneur Hubert E. Storer (BS 1959 industrial engineering), president, owner and founder of Storer Equipment Company, Shreveport, LA, the College of Engineering established the Hubert E. Storer Engineering Student Entrepreneurial Start-up Award to provide initial financial support of College of Engineering students’ technological business plans.

Any University of Iowa College of Engineering undergraduate student or graduate student (except international students) is eligible to compete for the Storer Entrepreneurial Start-up Award. (Due to Federal laws, international students are not eligible for the award.)

Students will submit entries – in the form of formally written business plans – to the College of Engineering Dean’s Office (deadline is March 1, 2017). Plans may be submitted in person (3100 Seamans Center) or via email attachment (fred-streicher@uiowa.edu). A review panel will judge the entries, and "elevator pitch" presentations will be made by the student finalists in front of the panel. The panel will recommend an award recipient to the College of Engineering Dean.
Undergraduate student award recipients enrolled in a College of Engineering degree program will be allowed to register their award as a qualified internship on their transcript. Each student recipient will have access to an entrepreneurial mentor, provided by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.
Any student company receiving a Storer Award may re-submit a business plan in the following year's competition for additional funding.
For more information, go to

6. Grants and Contracts

Daniel McGehee, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and director of NADS, received a $30,000 contract from Toyota Motor Corporation for “A pilot analysis of driver safety belt use, timing, and position in naturalistic driving.”

Thomas Schnell, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and director of the Operator Performance Laboratory, received a subcontract in the amount of $99,981 for “LVC Wireless Network Evaluation.”


7. Alumni: Where Are They Now?

David Blanco (BSE 2010) is employed with SK&A, Washington, D.C. as a structural engineer. 

Mackenzie Myhre (BSE 2011), senior OEM account manager for CIVCO Medical Solutions, has relocated to New York City.

Gregory Kirsch (BSE 1987), partner and head of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP, has been named Georgia’s Patent Law “Lawyer of the Year” for 2017 by The Best Lawyers in America.  In addition to this recognition, Mr. Kirsch has previously been selected for inclusion by The Best Lawyers in America for Patent Law since 2007. He has also been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Intellectual Property Law 2007-2016, Georgia Super Lawyers and Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite. Recently, Mr. Kirsch was selected to Intellectual Asset Management’s (IAM’s) 2016 IAM Patent 1000 list of the world’s leading patent professionals.

Anthony Melchiorri (BSE 2011) has authored eight science fiction novels.  His novels blend biomedical technology with thrillers and science fiction.  (www.anthonyjmelchiorri.com)

James Seaba (BSE 1984, MS 1986, PhD 1990) was named senior director, technology development, at the Gas Technology Institute. 


8. Events for the Upcoming Weeks

August 31, 2016 – Engineering Student Organization Kick-Off Meeting, 3124-West; 4:00-5:00 p.m.  Upcoming events, room reservations policy, youth policy and financial procedures will be discussed. 

September 8 – Lichtenberger Engineering Library Open House, 2:30-4:30 p.m.  See the new Creative Space. 

September 9 and September 12 – Study Abroad information for engineering students.

September 13 – Student Abroad Fair, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Second Floor, University Capitol Centre.

September 15 – India Winterim information session.


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