News about
The University of Iowa College of Engineering
Week of September 14, 2014

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. Iowa Board of Regents Approves Engineering Building Expansion
2. Sedlak to Speak on Urban Water Challenges at Sept 19 Valentine Lecture
3. New App Introduced for Engineering Career Fair
4. Events Celebrate Book Exploring Life, Pioneering Work of Hans Albert Einstein
5. Funds Available for Innovations in Teaching with Technology
6. Lichtenberger Engineering Offers Xpress Class on Scifinder
7. Call for Nominations for the President & Provost Award for Teaching Excellence
8. Storer Award Competition Announced
9. Events for the Coming Weeks
10. About E/Week

1. Iowa Board of Regents Approves Engineering Building Expansion

The Iowa Board of Regents today gave the University of Iowa permission to proceed with a capital improvement project for a South Annex Addition to the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences.

The Board signed off on a plan to build a 65,000-square-foot addition to the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences. The $37 million addition would adjoin the current Seamans Center and extend the complex southward, toward Burlington Street. The new building is expected to be paid for without any state money.

The building request comes as engineering experiences significant growth: 2,120 undergraduates were enrolled in the college in 2014, a 77 percent rise from 2005. The student interest ties nicely with engineering’s job-placement rate: 98 percent of engineering students in fiscal 2013—the most recent year available— found jobs within 90 days of graduation.

Meanwhile, engineering faculty continue to successfully compete for research funding, despite a competitive climate. Research expenditures grew to $56 million in fiscal 2013 from $29 million in fiscal 2004—a 94 percent increase. The college excels in computer simulation, human factors, environmental health solutions, biotechnology, medical imaging, hydraulics and water/air resources, photo-polymerization, and sustainability.

2. Sedlak to Speak on Urban Water Challenges at September 19 Valentine Lecture

The University of Iowa College of Engineering will hold the fourth annual Richard L. Valentine Distinguished Lecture from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. Friday, September 19, in 101 Becker Communications Studies Building on the UI Campus. The talk is free and open to the public.

David L. Sedlak, Malozemoff Professor in Mineral Engineering, University of California-Berkeley; Co-director of the Berkeley Water Center; and Director of the Institute for Environmental Science and Engineering (IESE) will present on "Water 4.0: An Answer to Urban Water Challenges of the 21st Century."

Sedlak’s research focuses on fate of chemical contaminants, with the long-term goal of developing cost-effective, safe, and sustainable systems to manage water resources. He is particularly interested in the development of local sources of water. His research has addressed water reuse--the practice of using municipal wastewater effluent to sustain aquatic ecosystems and augment drinking water supplies--as well as the treatment and use of urban runoff to contaminated groundwater form contaminated industrial sites as water supplies.

For more information, go to http://www.pageturnpro.com/University-of-Iowa-College-of-Engineering/60033-2014-Valentine-Lecture/index.html#1 or contact Jenni Rumping at jenni-rumping@uiowa.edu or 319-335-5646.

3. New App Introduced for Engineering Career Fair

The University of Iowa College of Engineering has introduced a new app to help students prepare for career fairs.

The app is readily available for download to smart phones, tablets, and other portable devices using "uicareerfairplus."

It includes information on companies and agencies that have signed up for the September 25 Fall Engineering Career Fair, 1:00-6:00 p.m. in the Main Lounge of Iowa Memorial Union. There also are a fair map that corresponds to booth numbers for each company and agency and a connection to announcements about the fair, including companies that have registered.

In addition, the app features a Career Fair 101 section.  It enables students to add career fair events to their calendars, research the companies attending the fair, find companies using filters and mark them as favorites, use the fair map to see favorites and plan routes, dress the part, practice elevator speeches, and share tips on how to impress a recruiter.

There also are links to the University Career Fair September 23 and the Actuarial Science, Insurance & Risk Management Career Fair October 1.

The app was created by Career Fair+ (http://www.careerfairplus.com/) for the University of Iowa.

4. Events Celebrate Book Exploring Life, Pioneering Work of Hans Albert Einstein

Three upcoming events will celebrate the publication of a new book by Robert Ettema and Cornelia F. Mutel, exploring the life and work of Hans Albert Einstein, a 20th-century pioneer in the field of river engineering. The book offers new insights into the Einstein family and the complex relationship between father and son, documented with personal letters and other original materials never before shared outside the Einstein family.

The public is invited to attend these events at no charge:
* Book reading by the co-authors, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, Prairie Lights Bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City
* Seminar by the co-authors, “Hans Albert Einstein — Albert’s Son and Pioneering Engineer,” 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18,Seamans Center, Room 1505, University of Iowa College of Engineering, Iowa City (reception and display of Einstein family materials will follow the talk)
* Seminar by Robert Ettema, “John Fisher Kennedy — Student and Statesman of Water Engineering," 1:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19, C. Maxwell Stanley Hydraulics Lab, Seminar Room, UI College of Engineering, 320 S. Riverside Dr., Iowa City

Co-authors Ettema and Mutel will also be the guests on Iowa Public Radio’s Talk of Iowa, 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m.

5. Funds Available for Innovations in Teaching with Technology

The University of Iowa Academic Technologies Advisory Council will be accepting proposals for the Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

The goal of the Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards program is to raise the level of teaching and learning at the UI by supporting significant and innovative instructional technology projects that have the potential to directly impact student success and retention.

Projects that call for the use of collaborative learning strategies and student use of emerging technologies for teaching and learning are encouraged. These projects should be considered "proof-of-concept" projects that are new to the UI.

For more information on the Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards program, including awards granted in previous years and detailed information on the guidelines for submitting a proposal, visit http://its.uiowa.edu/itta/.

6. Lichtenberger Engineering Library Offers Xpress Class on Scifinder

The Lichtenberger Engineering will offer a short 30-minute course on Scifinder, Wednesday, September 17, 3:30 p.m., 2001C Seamans Center.  Sara Schieb, Sciences Education and Outreach Librarian will be the instructor.

SciFinder provides instant access to the largest collection of chemistry research and information.

7. Call for Nominations for the President & Provost Award for Teaching Excellence

The Council on Teaching invites nominations for the President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence.  This award represents the highest level of achievement in teaching given at the University of Iowa. The council seeks nominations of outstanding faculty with sustained records of teaching excellence. Demonstration of the nominee’s commitment to students and compelling evidence of their contributions to student learning and outcomes in and out of the classroom must be included. Three clinical-track or tenure-track faculty members and one instructor in a lecturer, visiting faculty, or adjunct faculty position will receive the awards.  Each award carries a $3,000 honorarium.

Information and forms can be found on the Council on Teaching website http://www.uiowa.edu/~cot/CTA/ctamenu.htm. Nominations should be submitted electronically to Jennifer Montgomery (Jennifer-j-montgomery@uiowa.edu), in the Office of the Provost by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 5, 2014.


8. Alumni: Where Are They Now?

Ofer Sivan (BSE 2003 electrical engineering) has been named to the Corridor Business Journal’s 2014 list of Forty Under 40.


9. Events for the Coming Weeks

September 16 – Student Org Sundae Social, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Second Floor Lobby, Seamans Center.

September 18 – Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging Seminar, 12:00 Noon-1:00 p.m., Medical Alumni Auditorium, E331-General Hospital. Jacob I. Sznajder, M.D., Professor Medicine and Cell and Molecular Biology; Chief, pulmonary and critical care medicine at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University will speak on, “Personalized Medicine: Historical and ethical considerations.”

September 18 – Industrial Engineering Graduate Seminar, 3:30 p.m., 3315 Seamans Center.  Angus L.M. Thom Mclean III of Rockwell Collins will present, “Turtles all the way down – The problems of simulation philosophy.”

September 18 – Mechanical Engineering Professional Seminar, 5:00 p.m., W10 PBB, Dr. Tim Marler of the Center for Computer-Aided Design will present, “Digital Human Modeling and Survivability.”

September 19 – IIHR Seminar, 1:30 p.m., SHL.  Rob Ettema will present “John Fisher Kennedy—Student and Statesman of Water Engineering.”

September 24 – Graduate Student Gathering, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Fethke Rooftop Terrace, 4210 SC.  Milan Sonka, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Research, invites all engineering graduate students to an informal gathering to discuss cross-college research.

September 25 – College of Engineer Career Fair, 1:00-6:00 p.m., Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union.


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