E/WEEK

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E/WEEK
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News about
The University of Iowa College of Engineering
Week of September 18, 2016

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

1. UI Wins $3 Million Grant to Launch Water Sustainability Graduate Program
2. Stern to Receive Panel Excellence Award
3. Toor Selected for Forty Under Forty Honor
4. External Review Committee Will Host Open Forums for Faculty and Staff
5. Bai Delivers Two Key Note Addresses in United Kingdom
6. Fall Edition of Enterprise Iowa Features College of Engineering Research
7. Midwest Big Hackathon Scheduled for October 8-9
8. ATAC Accepting Proposals for Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards
9. IISE Student Chapter to Raise Funds with Baseball Cap Sales
10. Grants and Contracts
11. Alumni: Where Are They Now
12. Events for the Upcoming Weeks
13. About E/Week
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1. UI Wins $3 Million Grant to Launch Water Sustainability Graduate Program

The University of Iowa has received a five-year, $3 million National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) grant to develop a Sustainable Water Development graduate program.

Located in the UI College of Engineering, the program will launch in the fall of 2017 and will train about 50 master's and doctoral students. Funding for these trainees will be provided by the NRT grant, a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant from IIHR–Hydroscience & Engineering, and grants from program faculty.

This innovative graduate program will train a new generation of water sustainability professionals to address the tangle of water, food, and energy challenges facing resource-limited communities, which include rural, often agricultural-based communities, as well as poor urban centers and developing countries. It is the only NRT-funded training program of its kind in Iowa.

A graduate certificate in Sustainable Water Development also will be offered to all graduate students at the UI.

2. Stern to Receive Panel Excellence Award

Frederick Stern, George D. Ashton Professor of Hydroscience and Engineering, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, and faculty research engineer at IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, has been selected to receive the Panel Excellence Award from the Applied Vehicle Technology (AVT) Panel, part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Science & Technology Organization (STO).

He will receive the award September 29 at the AVT Panel Dinner.

The STO is a NATO subsidiary body, created within the framework of the North Atlantic Treaty signed in Washington DC in 1949. It was established to meet the best advantage of the collective needs of NATO, NATO nations, and partner nations in the fields of science and technology.

3. Toor Selected for Forty Under 40 Honor

Fatima Toor, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named to the 2016 Forty Under 40 Class, sponsored by the Corridor Business Journal. 
Toor conceived the idea of a silicon-nanowire-array optoelectronic cartridge for cancer biomarker detection, and assembled a small group of principals to form a company called Advanced Silicon Group in hopes of someday manufacturing and marketing the product. Earlier this year, the company was named a semi-finalist in the SPIE Startup Challenge, a prestigious tech startup contest, at the 2016 Photonics West Conference.

In November, Toor was a finalist for a Technology Association of Iowa Rising Star Award. Nominated by Jennifer Ott, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center training and outreach liaison, she noted "Dr. Toor encourages diversity of all kinds in her research group as a critical component of achieving excellence and creativity in research."

4. External Review Committee Will Host Open Forums for Faculty and Staff

The Office of the Provost is conducting a regularly scheduled review of the College of Engineering this fall.  A review committee has been formed and will meet with key UI constituents inside and outside of the College of Engineering on September 19-20.  As part of the review process the committee will hold an open forum for all College of Engineering staff on Monday, September 19 from 9:30-10:30 am in 2520D UCC.  An open forum for the faculty to meet with the review committee will be held on Monday, September 19 from 11-noon in 2520 UCC.  In addition, the committee extends to Engineering faculty and staff members the opportunity to provide comments to the committee through a confidential email account prov-rev-engineering@uiowa.edu.  Comments will be accepted until 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 20.  Contact bernd-fritzsch@uiowa.edu or Associate Provost Kevin Kregel, kevin-kregel@uiowa.edu with any questions. 

College of Engineering, Collegiate Review Committee:
* Bernd Fritzsch, Chair, Professor, Department of Biology
* Cheryl Reardon, Associate VP for Research & Economic Development
* Debora Liddell, Professor and DEO, Educational Policy and Leadership Studies
* Steven Cramer, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
* Dawn Tilbury, Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan

5. Bai Delivers Two Key Note Addresses in United Kingdom

Er-Wei Bai, professor and departmental executive officer of electrical and computer engineering, delivered two key note speeches recently in the United Kingdom.

The first was presented September 2 during the United Kingdom Automatic Control Council (UKACC) biennial International Conference on Control (http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/Control2016).   Established in the 1950’s, UKACC is an umbrella organization of several United Kingdom professional societies including The Institution of Engineering and Technology, The Institute of Measurement and Control, The Institution of Mechanical Engineers and The Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Bai also delivered a key note speech August 30 during the UK-China Consortium on Shaping Low Carbon Energy Future in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The consortium was attended and supported by managing officials from the United Kingdom funding agency Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC), British Council Newton Fund, and National Science Foundation of China as well as the Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China and Minister Counsellor of Science and Technology, Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom. The consortium brought together over 70 researchers and industrialists to discuss innovative ideas for shaping low carbon energy future (http://ukchinaenergy.com)

6. Fall Edition of Enterprise Iowa Features College of Engineering Research

Enterprise Iowa, a newsletter produced by University of Iowa Office of Vice President for Research and Economic Development, features College of Engineering research.

* Manny Villafana, Engineering benefactor
* Carver Medical Device Design Lab
* Iowa Medical Innovation Group
* Organizer, 2016 Storer Award recipient
* Santos Human, Inc.
* ATV Virtual Reality Simulator
* Self-Cleaning Culvert
* UI Scientists Using Sunlight, Water to Make Clean Energy

The complete electronic newsletter can be viewed at
http://universityofiowa.cmail19.com/t/ViewEmail/d/B5D8E9E1462DF49F/F1B60...

7. Midwest Big Hackathon Scheduled for October 8 and 9

Student developers, designers, and data enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the Midwest Big Data Hackathon on October 8 and 9 at the University of Iowa.
The two-day event will bring together members of the data community to develop creative ideas for big data applications. The event is free, and participants will enjoy free meals, compete for prizes, and receive items.
All students are welcome to join the event. IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering and the Iowa Flood Center are among the sponsors of the hackathon.
To learn more, visit http://bigdata.uiowa.edu or contact event chair Ibrahim Demir at ibrahim-demir@uiowa.edu.

8. ATAC Accepting Proposals for Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards

The University of Iowa Academic Technologies Advisory Council (ATAC) will be accepting proposals for the Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards September 15-October 17.

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.

Priorities: In the spirit of innovation, all new ideas are welcome, but the focus must be on instruction with a significant technology component. Priority will be given to projects that, if proven successful, can be replicated throughout the university. Cross-disciplinary projects are encouraged, but not required.

Audience: Projects that primarily improve the instruction of undergraduates are encouraged. However, this program is not limited solely to undergraduate education.

Awards: A total of $100,000 is available for awards. The number of awards will be determined by the quality of the applications. A single award or multiple awards may be made. Applications can be made to support the costs of hardware, software, and personnel. Funding is not available to support faculty salaries.

During the preparation of proposals, applicants are encouraged to contact Steve Tomblin in Information Technology Services at 319-335-6271 or steven-tomblin@uiowa.edu for assistance in determining whether your project is suitable for the funding program.

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/.  

9. IISE Student Chapter to Raise Funds with Baseball Cap Sales

The student chapter of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers are selling black baseball caps with IOWA Engineering on them.  The cost is $15. 

If interested in purchasing a hat, contact jessica-schmeiser@uiowa.edu.

10.  Grants and Contracts

Witold Krajewski, Rose & Joseph Summers Chair in Water Resources Engineering, professor of civil and environmental engineering, faculty research engineer at IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, and director of the Iowa Flood Center, has received a $221,812 grant from the National Aeronautics & Space Administration for “exploring utility of SMAP products for real time flood forecasting.”

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11.  Alumni: Where Are They Now?

Memorial services for Engineering alumnus Dick Roseberry (BSME 1952) of Cape Coral, FL, were held September 18, 2016.  (http://www.cedarmemorial.com/Obituary/2016/Sep/Richard-Roseberry/)

Rachel (Crome) Hahn (BSE 2011), employed with General Mills, Cedar Rapids since 2011 has accepted the position of Start Up Manager.  She is orchestrating the refurbishment and startup of a 10 MW co-generation power and steam plant. 

Beth Westlake Blanco, P.E. (BSE 2007, MS 2009, MS 2010) recently moved to Washington, D.C.

Adam Smith (BSE 2010) joined HDR, Des Moines, in July as a water/wastewater engineer.

Sailahari Ponnaluri (BSE 2016) is a graduate student at Penn State University.

Amanda Smith (BSE 2016) is an R&D Engineer with Boston Scientific, Boston, MA.

Anne Buchele Campbell (BSE 2009) is an associate project manager at Walt Disney World.

Kayla (Kamber) Hill (BSE 2012) is an industrial engineering manager with Mars Chocolate North America. 

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12. Events for the Upcoming Weeks

September 19 – External Review Committee Open Forum for College of Engineering staff, 9:30-10:30 am, 2520D University Capitol Centre.

September 19 – External Review Committee Open Form for College of Engineering faculty, 11:00 – 12:00 Noon, 2520D University Capitol Centre.

September 22 – Chemical Engineering Professional Seminar, 5:00 pm, Stanley Auditorium, 1505 Seamans Center.  Rhett Livengood (BSE 1985) of Intel will present.

September 22 -- Continental Crossings General Meeting, 7:30 p.m., 4030 SC

September 23 – Environmental Engineering & Science Graduate Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Joseph B. and Rose P. Summers Classroom, 2229 Seamans Center.  Hunter Schroer, PhD candidate, will present “Transformation Products of Insensitive Munitions Explosives in Biotic Systems.”

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