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News about the University of Iowa College of Engineering
Week of April 12, 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.ed                       
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IN THIS EDITION:

1. Research Open House Scheduled for April 16
2. Riley to Present on GMOs at April 16 Scholz Symposium
3. Guneratne Earns NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
4. Engineering Students Receive 2015 Goldwater Honors
5. Faculty and Staff Recognized at Awards Ceremony
6. Faculty and Staff Recognized for Years of Service
7. College Honors Student Employees
8. AIAA and SWE Present Perspectives from Space
9. Alpha Pi Mu Sponsors Create YOUR Career Symposium April 15
10. Engineering Staff Advisory Council Sponsors Photo Day April 22
11. College Announces New Thank You Program for Engineering Faculty and Staff
12. SHPE Holds Successful Film Showing
13. Grants and Contracts
14. Alumni: Where Are They Now?
15. Events for the Upcoming Weeks
16. About E/Week                       
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1. Research Open House Scheduled for April 16

The 13th Annual College of Engineering Research Open House (ROH) will take place in the Seamans Center for the Engineering Thursday, April 16. Engineering students will showcase their development as researchers and communicators by presenting posters on their research projects.

Allan Guymon, professor and departmental executive office of chemical and biochemical engineering will conduct a from12:30-1:45 p.m. in the MidAmerican Energy Classroom, 2217 Seamans Center, targeted at undergraduate students who are considering graduate school.  He will discuss:

The application process for graduate school
Information about how to get financial support through fellowships & stipends
Information on BS/MS program
Future job opportunities

To learn more about the Research Open House and its schedule, go to http://www.pageturnpro.com/University-of-Iowa-College-of-Engineering/647....

2. Riley to Present on GMOs at April 16 Scholz Symposium

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will be the subject of the 2015 Paul D. Scholz Symposium on Technology and its Role in Society to be held from 5:00 to 5:50 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at C20 Pomerantz Center.

College of Engineering alumna Kirsten Riley (BSE 2000 chemical engineering) will be the guest speaker.  Riley is strategy and operations lead for Monsanto Company, St. Louis, MO.  She began her career as a project engineer at Monsanto Company's Muscatine, IA, agricultural chemical manufacturing facility. 

After holding production and process engineering roles, Kirsten moved into manufacturing leadership roles, leading both production and service manufacturing groups, including a Roundup manufacturing business unit at Monsanto's Luling, LA, manufacturing plant.  She also holds a Masters in Business Administration from St. Ambrose University.

The free, public symposium was named in 1993 to honor the late Paul Scholz, 20-year Tau Beta Pi advisor and associate dean of the UI College of Engineering (1979-1992). Scholz was inducted as a member of the Legacy of Iowa Engineering (http://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/alumni-friends/honor-wall/legacy-iowa-e...) in 2006.

Co-sponsors are the UI Tau Beta Pi chapter, Tau Beta Pi alumni and the College of Engineering.

3. Guneratne Earns NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Ananda Guneratne, a graduate student in electrical and computer engineering, has earned a 2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.  He is studying under Fatima Toor, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.

He also is a UI Presidential Graduate Research Fellow, which is given to top incoming graduate students. In that role, Guneratne is working with Michael Abramoff, professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences and electrical and computer 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. Engineering Students Receive 2015 Goldwater Honors

Kasra Zarei, a University of Iowa sophomore from Coralville, has received a 2015 Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate award for students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Zarei, a Grand Challenge Scholar and an active member of the UI’s Honors Program, is pursuing degrees in biomedical engineering and biochemistry.

Zarei is currently conducting research on genetic glaucoma models and other computational and medical imaging-based projects with a team led by Michael Abramoff, a professor of electrical, computer, and biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering, who is also a faculty member in ophthalmology and visual sciences in the UI Carver College of Medicine.

Abramoff agrees with the Goldwater Foundation’s endorsement of Zarei’s talent: “I hired Kasra as an intern out of high school, before he even started classes in engineering, and he has shown himself to be exceptionally gifted and self?motivated. As a second-year student, he has already turned a graduate-level project into a globally accessible tool that will move vision science forward substantially. The Goldwater Foundation made the right choice in supporting this promising young scientist.”

Undergraduates conducting research in the STEM fields must apply for nomination to represent the UI and their home department in the 2016 Goldwater competition. For more information on this process, visit the Honors Program website or contact Kelly Thornburg directly before May 15 at kelly-thornburg@uiowa.edu

As a second-year scholar, Zarei will receive up to $7,500 in funding for tuition, fees, books, and room and board for both his junior and senior years of undergraduate study. He plans to pursue a doctoral degree and perform research in medical imaging, focusing on image-guided detection and treatment of eye diseases and neurological disorders.

Congress established the Goldwater Scholarship in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, and to challenge and support outstanding young scholar-researchers. Find a full list of 2015 Goldwater Scholars on the Goldwater Foundation website.

The foundation also recognized UI junior Alexandra Bartlett with an honorable mention. The Clive, Iowa, native is pursuing degrees in chemical engineering and finance, and conducting research with Allan Guymon, UI professor of chemical and biochemical engineering, studying polymer scaffolds that may advance stem-cell treatments for age-related macular degeneration.

Bartlett will continue exploring the application of nanotechnology in her graduate studies with the goal of cultivating cross-disciplinary solutions to genetic diseases.

Zarei and Bartlett worked with UI Honors Program director of scholar development Kelly Thornburg, the university's Undergraduate Fellowships Committee, and a supportive community of faculty and research mentors to develop their ideas into proposals.

5. Faculty and Staff Recognized at Awards Ceremony

The Annual College of Engineering Faculty and Staff Awards Recognition Ceremony was held April 3. 

Special recognition was given to Gary Galluzzo of UI News Services who will retire June 30.  Gary has the THE critical link to tell the stories of the many people, accomplishments, programs, and initiatives coming from the College of Engineering for the past 39 years.  Through his news relations expertise he has helped to make the UI College of Engineering a recognized leader in engineering education and research. 

Charles Stanier, associate professor of chemical and biochemical engineering was recognized with the 2015 Faculty Excellence Award for Service.  Stanier, who serves as director of graduate studies has lead initiatives to decrease the time to degree and improve graduate student recruitment and retention.  Research done in his air-pollution laboratory provides unique and important services to society.

Ching-Long Lin, professor in the department of mechanical and industrial engineering received the Faculty Excellence Award for Research.  His research focuses on fundamental pulmonary fluid dynamics.  He has developed advanced image registration techniques and geometrical modelling algorithms to create a multi-scale imaging-based lung model. 

Jon Kuhl, professor of electrical and computer engineering received the faculty excellence award of teaching.  One of his nominators cited his “uncanny ability to present difficult material in a manner that students find both understandable and interesting.”  He is a recognized mentor in and out of the classroom and devotes countless hours to the creation of new projects for students. 

Ibrahim Demir, assistant research scientist at IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering received the Staff Excellence Award for Research.  He is the key developer of the Iowa Flood Information System, which is the cornerstone of the service that the Flood Center provides to the people of Iowa.  The system provides hydrologic context for over 1,000 communities located near streams and rivers in Iowa. 

Susan Beckett, Director of Desktop Services, was recognized with the Staff Excellence Award for Service.  She was recognized for her service to the College of Engineering as charter member of the Engineering Staff Advisory Council, member of the Strategic Planning Committee for 2004-05 and 2007-10 and creator of the World Flags project that hangs in the Student Commons.  She has served on UI Staff Council and the Council on the Status of Women.  Outside the University she served as a founding member of the RVAP program and is an active participant in the Iowa Women’s Music Festival.

Jill McNamara, assistant to the Dean was the recipient of the Mary Sheedy Staff Excellence Award.  “Jill’s friendly demeanor, calmness, and her positive attitude are second to none.  Many letters note that Jill can consistently calm distressed professor, graduate students, and members of the community.  Jill treats everyone with a high level of respect, and in turn, can easily gain respect from all levels of coworkers.”

6. Faculty and Staff Recognized for Years of Service

During the Annual Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony, recognition was given to the following staff members for their years of service to the College of Engineering:

Five Years:
Jennifer Ambrose, Hanson Center for Technical Communication
Amy Brainard, UI Foundation
Jacquie Stoltze, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering
Jan Waterhouse, Engineering Administration
Sherri Eagle, Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Ten Years:
Omar Ahmad, National Advanced Driving Simulator
Daniel Ceynar, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering
Melanie Laverman, Center for Computer-Aided Design
Jill McNamara, Engineering Administration
John Millsap, Facilities Director
Marcela Politano, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering
Sarah Williams, Engineering Computer Services

Fifteen Years:
Brian Miller, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering
James Goss, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering

Twenty Years:
Nancy Schneider, Engineering Student Services
Fred Streicher, Engineering Administration

Twenty-Five Years:
John Kostman, Engineering Electronics Shop
Connie Mutel, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering

7. AIAA and SWE Present Perspectives from Space

Are you interested in space?  If so, come check out a presentation by Sandy Magnus on Perspectives from Space.  Sandy is an engineer by trade, who went on to complete 5 missions as an astronaut. Student chapters of AIAA and SWE have joined forces with Rockwell Collins to make this presentation happen.

Admission is $10 for AIAA/SWE student members and $15 for students (non-AIAA/SWE members). Dinner is included with admission, and transportation will be provided by AIAA and SWE members. If you are interested or have any questions, contact Kayla by Sunday, April 19th at kayla-racinowski@uiowa.edu.

8. College Honors Student Employees

The College of Engineer honored more than 300 students who are employed by the college in celebration of National Student Employment Week April 12-18.

The students in the college handle a variety of duties, including office work, assisting faculty, research activities, general science work, computer support, and library assistance.

The students are recognized alphabetically at /sites/default/files/files/Student%20Employees.pdf.

9. Alpha Pi Mu Sponsors Create YOUR Career Symposium April 15

Create YOUR Career Symposium will be held Wednesday, April 15, 7:30 p.m. in 3321 Seamans Center.  Thinking about graduate school? Maya and Mahmoud are PhD students, specializing in ergonomics, and will talk about how to use a graduate degree in industry as well as ergonomics. Interested in entrepreneurship? The Iowa Research Foundation will provide a unique perspective on how the structure of copyright laws plays a role in industry. Want to stand out? Russ Rein, from HNI, will talk about how to stand out in industry. He is an engineer that has been through it all--entry level engineer to recruiter for the second largest office furniture manufacturer in North America. Questions? Email Sammy samantha-gordon@uiowa.edu.

10. Engineering Staff Advisory Council Sponsors Photo Day April 22

ESAC will be hosting a photo day on April 22.  IIHR’s Aneta Goska has generously agreed to take head shots of any COE faculty or staff member in need of a new or updated photo.  Goska will also be able to accommodate groups for those groups wanting a photo.  A group of three or less will not need to make any special arrangements with Goska.  If you would like to have a group of four or more, please let me know (jennifer-rumping@uiowa.edu) so that I can work with Goska to make this happen.  The time frame for the event will be 11:00 am to 4:00pm.  The location for the photo day is 4511 Seamans Center. Click the link below to sign up for a time slot.
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4caaaa2ba7f85-photo

11. College Announces new Thank You Program for Engineering Faculty and Staff

The College of Engineering has initiated an online Thank You programs that is accessible to anyone from the College website (http://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/forms/coe-staff-faculty-recognition-tha...)

Anyone – faculty, staff, students, visitors – may submit a Thank You nomination for any current College of Engineering staff, faculty, or student employee. 

Recipients will receive a card and token appreciation from the College and their name will be posted on the College of Engineering Recognition page. 

The College of Engineering is successful because of the creativity, dedication, and hard work of our staff and faculty. We encourage you to look for opportunities to thank a staff or faculty member in the College of Engineering when someone goes out of their way to be of value by providing excellent service to a student, faculty member, staff member, or visitor in support of the mission of the College.

Here are the guidelines for the Thank You Program:
* Anyone – faculty, staff, students, visitors – may submit a Thank You nomination.
* All current College of Engineering staff, faculty, and student employees are eligible to receive a Thank You card.
* Nominators do not have to be in a supervisory role.  Co-worker nominations are strongly encouraged.

To nominate someone, please fill out the form below.
* Thank You nomination forms are submitted electronically and the nominator will receive an electronic acknowledgement.
* The recipient will receive a Thank You card from the Dean and a token of appreciation from the College, sent via campus mail.
* Recipients will be listed on the College of Engineering Recognition web page unless they opt out.

If you have any questions, contact Jan Waterhouse at 335-5767.

12. SHPE Holds Successful Film Showing

Andrea Diaz, vice president of the student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, recently organized a campus campaign in response to a March 23 $240 million commitment in STEAM- Science, Technology, Engineering arts, and Mathematics at the annual White House Science Fair.

As part of the initiative, the "Let Everyone Dream" campaign has announced a more than $90 million campaign to expand STEAM opportunities for groups of people typically underrepresented in the STEAM fields. The "Youth and Family Focused Media" campaign is a more specific campaign within the "Let Everyone Dream" and is the reason the Society of Hispanic and Professional Engineers (SHPE) national organization has partnered with the White House.

SHPE hopes to help with the distribution and viewing of the film as part of the campaign to create the visibility of Latinas in STEAM. The SHPE chapter held a community screening of the documentary "Underwater Dreams" April 9, organized by Diaz and attended by more than 100. The documentary tells the story of four high school students, and sons of Mexican immigrants who come together to build an underwater robot and enter the only collegiate level national underwater robotics competition, taking on other major universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Diaz reported that SHPE received positive feedback from the undergraduate student population present at the event.

The College of Engineering, Outreach, Admissions, Scholarships and Inclusion Services (OASIS), Center for Diversity and Enrichment sponsored the event.

13. Grants and Contracts

Ibrahim Ozbolat, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and co-director of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Group, has been awarded a $300,947 grant from the National Science Foundation for bioprinting of bone tissue into defect sites on animal models in surgery settings.

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14. Alumni: Where Are They Now?

Steve Maddocks (BSE 1991 industrial engineering) has been promoted to director of operations-frozen for H. J. Heinz Company, Cedar Rapids, IA.

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15. Events for the Upcoming Weeks

April 15 – Create YOUR Career Symposium, 7:30 p.m., 3321 Seamans Center. Join us for an evening of dynamic speakers! Thinking about graduate school? Maya and Mahmoud are PhD students, specializing in ergonomics, and will talk about how to use a graduate degree in industry as well as ergonomics. Entrepreneurial? The Iowa Research Foundation will give you a unique perspective on how the structure of copyright laws plays a role in industry. Want to stand out? Russ Rein, from HNI, will talk about how to stand out in industry. He is an engineer that has been through it all--entry level engineer to recruiter for the second largest office furniture manufacturer in North America. This is the perfect time to get some last minute motivation! Questions? Email Sammy samantha-gordon@uiowa.edu. Hope to see you there!

April 16 – Library Xpress Class on Data Management, 2:30 p.m., 2001C Seamans Center.  Qianjin Zhang, Engineering and Informatics Librarian, will present an introduction to an online tool called DMP-Tool to create data management plans that meet institutional and funder requirements. 

April 17 – Biomedical Engineering Graduate Seminar, 3:30 p.m., 2229 Seamans Center.  Angela K. Pannier, Associate Professor, Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will present “Designing nonviral gene delivery systems using modeling, nanotopography and corn?”

April 19 – BMESS 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament, 3-6 p.m., South Gym of the Fieldhouse.  Co-ed teams of 5+.  Cost is $1 per player.  For more information contact emily-m-miller@uiowa.edu
                       
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