E/WEEK

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E/WEEK
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News about
The University of Iowa College of Engineering
Week of July 24, 2016
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E/WEEK College Staff:
Editor:  Wendy Brentner, director, alumni relations and communications
College Web Site:  www.engineering.uiowa.edu
E/WEEK Archives:  http://list.uiowa.edu/archives/eweek.html
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IN THIS EDITION:

1. Villarini to Receive AGU Macelwane Medal
2. Environmental Science & Technology Publication Pays Tribute to Jerry Schnoor
3. McGehee Co-authors Op-ed on “With Advanced Technology, Drivers Still Control Safety”
4. Lichtenberger Library Conducting Trial of New Online Resource
5. Engineering Faculty, Staff, Take On RAGBRAI
6. Grants and Contracts
7. Alumni: Where Are They Now?
8. About E/WEEK

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1. Villarini to Receive AGU Macelwane Medal

Gabriele Villarini, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and associate faculty research engineer at IIHR--Hydroscience & Engineering, who has been chosen to receive the American Geophysical Union’s James B. Macelwane Medal.

The Medal is presented each year to only 3–5 young researchers selected from the AGU’s 60,000+ members. AGU scientists study everything from the center of the Earth up to space—and everything in between.

The AGU selects the Macelwane Medalists based on their significant contributions to the geophysical sciences as outstanding early career scientists. Villarini and the other medalists will be celebrated at the annual Honors Ceremony and Banquet held during the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco in December. In addition, Villarini will be invited to submit an abstract for the “New Generation of Scientists” Union session during the AGU Fall Meeting.

 

2. Environmental Science & Technology Publication Pays Tribute to Jerry Schnoor

Environmental Science & Technology paid a tribute in its July 5, 2016, issue to Jerry Schnoor, Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and co-director of the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Environmental Science & Technology is a biweekly peer-reviewed scientific journal published since 1967 by the American Chemical Society. It covers research in environmental science and environmental technology, including environmental policy.

"Jerry Schnoor has offered his scientific abilities, leadership, and passion as a Professor at the University of Iowa for 40 years" the publication noted. "He also served as the Editor-in-Chief of ES&T from 2003 to 2014, during which time ES&T expanded in international reach and ES&T Letters was launched. Jerry's scientific contributions have had notable impact in areas such as global air issues, groundwater pollutant transport, and remediation, and they have raised awareness of sustainability on a national and international stage. This issue of ES&T is dedicated to honoring Jerry's impacts on our field."

To read the cover story on Schnoor, go to http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1021/acs.est.6b01430.

 

3. McGehee Co-authors Op-ed on “With Advanced Technology, Drivers Still Control Safety”

Dan McGehee, associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and director of the National Advanced Driving Simulator, co-authored an op-ed piece with Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council and former chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, on “With Advanced Technology, Drivers Still Control Safety” in the Sacramento, CA, Bee.
McGehee and Hersman are attending the Automated Vehicles Symposium in San Francisco, CA.

To read the op-ed piece, go to http://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/news/op-ed-advanced-technology-drivers-....

 

4. Lichtenberger Library Conducting Trial of New Online Resource

The Lichtenberger Engineering Library is conducting a trial of an online resource, titled “Safari Books Online.” (http://proxy.lib.uiowa.edu/login?url=https://trials.proquest.com/trials/...).

The database includes more than 37,000 computer science and engineering books and videos including books in the Deitel Series as well as those published by O'Reilley.

Those in the College of Engineering are being asked to review the online resource by August 17 and provide comments to Kari Kozak, head of the Lichtenberger Library, at kari-kozak@uiowa.edu.

 

5. Engineering Faculty, Staff Take On RAGBRAI

Several College of Engineering faculty and staff members will be participating in the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa.

Those taking on the grueling trip across the state, in part or all the way, are Keri Hornbuckle, David Andersen, Michael Schnieders, Terry Braun (with the Cancer Center Team), Chelle Lehman, and Tom Casavant.

There will be a UI presence in each overnight town staffed by UI riders and support team. A tent will be located right next to the UI Mobile Museum and UI Children’s Hospital road show to distribute giveaways in each community.

The team will use two hashtags for RAGBRAI content: #RAGBRAI and #forIowa.

RAGBRAI is an annual seven-day bicycle ride. Heading into its 43rd year, it is the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world.  The route averages 468 miles and is not necessarily flat.  It begins somewhere along Iowa’s western border on the Missouri River and ends along the eastern border on the Mississippi River.  The route is changed each year.  Eight Iowa communities along the RAGBRAI route serve as “host” communities for overnight stays.

For more on RAGBRAI, go to http://ragbrai.com/.

 

6. Grants and Contracts

Sharif Rahman, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, was awarded a $399,912 grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate “CDS&E: Stochastic Isogeometric Analysis by Hierarchical B-Spline Sparse Grids.”

Fatima Toor, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, received two grants from the National Science Foundation--a $374,920 grant to study “OP: Towards high performance nanowire photonic devices: Novel testing techniques and device structures” and a $50,000 grant to investigate “I-Corps: Customer discovery for silicon nanowire biosensor.”

Venkiteswaran “Mani” Subramanian, professor emeritus in chemical and biochemical engineering, received a $24,593 contract from VB Medicare Private Limited to investigate “Metabolic Engineering of E. coli strains for Producton of 7-Methyl.” Xanthine.”

Nathan Young, research engineer at IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering and director of the Lucille A. Carver Mississippi River Environmental Research Station, received a $7,761 contract from HDR Engineering to conduct a “bathymetric analysis for the City of Ottumwa in the area of their diffuser discharge from the wastewater plant.”

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7. Alumni: Where Are They Now?

Engineering alumnus Dr. Richard Konzen (BSCE 1961) visited the College of Engineering July 20, meeting with Dean Alec Scranton. Konzen is professor emeritus of nuclear engineering at Texas A&M University.

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8. About E/WEEK

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