E/WEEK

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E/WEEK
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News about
The University of Iowa College of Engineering
Week of April 13, 2014
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E/WEEK College Staff:
Editor:  Wendy Brentner, director, alumni relations and communications
Contributing Writer:  Gary Galluzzo, University of Iowa News Services
Technical Consultant:  Susan Beckett, senior systems administrator
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. Engineering Dominates Student Worker Awards
2. Real Property Intelligence Grabs Storer Entrepreneurial Award
3. Villarini Receives NSF Grant to Better Understand Extreme Weather Events
4. Langenfeld Receives Stanley Award
5. Daily Iowan Reports on What Scientists Look Like
6. Stern Receives Office of Naval Research Grant
7. Santos, Iowa Flood Center Featured in UI Mobile Museum
8. College Introduces New Publications
9. College Events for the Coming Weeks
10. About E/WEEK

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1. Engineering Dominates Student Worker Awards

Dave Bein, a third-year mechanical engineering major originally from Silvis, Ill., has been named the State of Iowa student employee of the year, one of seven University of Iowa students recognized for exemplary performance in campus jobs.

Bein also was named the UI campus student employee of the year, based on criteria established by the National Student Employment Association.
Supervisors nominate students for reliability, quality of work initiative, professionalism, and uniqueness of their contributions.

“We want to thank not just this year’s winners, but all student employees,” says Cindy Seyfer, senior associate director in the Office of Student Financial Aid.
“The university couldn’t meet its teaching, research, and service goals without them.”

Bein has worked with the UI College of Engineering’s Center for Computer Aided Design and the Virtual Soldier Research lab since 2011, parlaying his personal experience as a U.S. Marine into his role as resident military advisor.

He helped create more than 100 detailed 3D models of Marine Corps weapons and gear, a key component in the lab’s successful bid for a contract to optimize the equipment loads soldiers carry. He’s since expanded into avatar design, software testing, motion capture, and other elements that go into creating the world’s most advanced virtual soldier, Santos.

Bein has traveled to Quantico, Va., to meet with software end users and collect date for Marine equipment and procedures. He is liaison to program managers at the Quantico and coordinates much of the communication between the UI team and the base.

President Sally Mason will honor Bein and other campus winners during an April 22 luncheon. Other College of Engineering award recipients include:

Ben Goert (Certificate of Distinction)

Goert, a fourth-year electrical engineering major from Iowa City, Iowa, is project manager on a $15,000 research project at the Center for Computer Aided Design, where he’s worked since 2010. He’s published a conference paper and presented his work independently. Working on a U.S. Air Force grant, he coordinated 10 different projects into one software package, an example of his knack for managing complexity.

Brett Herring (Certificate of Distinction)

A fourth-year civil engineering major from Carlisle, Iowa, Herring has worked for Planning, Design, and Construction in Facilities Management since 2011. He oversaw implementation of new GPS systems, generated critical documents for FEMA-funded projects, and helped develop a campus accessibility map. As a student supervisor, he trains peers to take on similar work.

Abhinav Sharma (Certificate of Appreciation)

A third-year mechanical engineering major from Cameroon, Sharma is an undergraduate research assistant in the Center for Computer Aided Design. He has developed a facial expression engine for the advanced virtual soldier simulation Santos, and now is working on a muscle model—delivering work in weeks and months rather than years. He also represents the Virtual Soldier Research lab during events and tours.

2. Real Property Intelligence Grabs Storer Entrepreneurial Award

The University of Iowa College of Engineering has announced that the student business plan for a company named "Real Property Intelligence" is the winner of its 2013-14 Hubert E. Storer Engineering Student Entrepreneurial Start-up Award.

Real Property Intelligence's flagship product is RP3, or Real Property Probability Prediction.  RP3 wraps BIG data, artificial intelligence, and risk analysis into a powerful web interface to revolutionize the multi-billion dollar Automated Valuation Model (AVM) industry.  AVM is a mathematical tool that can provide real estate valuations.  Lending institutions, investment groups, and other real estate professionals run over one billion AVM's per month worldwide at a rate of $10-25 per AVM run.

The Real Property Intelligence management team includes Lee Nicholson, CEO; John Nicholson, COO and CTO; and Bailey Smith, CFO.  John Nicholson is a PhD candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The annual award, established in 2002 and funded by an endowed gift from the late College of Engineering alumnus Hubert E. Storer (BS 1959 industrial engineering), currently provides $7,500 of initial financial support for a College of Engineering student technological business plan.  Storer was president, owner and founder of Storer Equipment Company, Shreveport, LA.

3. Villarini Receives NSF Grant to Better Understand Extreme Weather Events

A prestigious award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will help a University of Iowa College of Engineering professor to develop a better understanding of the physical processes responsible for the occurrence of hydrometeorological extreme events affecting the continental United States.
Gabriele Villarini, UI assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and assistant research engineer at IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, has been selected by the NSF to receive a 2014 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. As an award recipient, over the next five years Villarini will receive $508,405, effective May 1.

Villarini, who has extensive experience in examining past U.S. extreme events, in particular heavy rainfall, flooding, and hurricanes, says that the continental United States will be the study focus because it is plagued by a large array of natural hazards having extensive social and economic impacts. The study will focus on flooding and heavy rainfall, high and low temperature extremes, and tropical and extra-tropical storms.

“This research represents a comprehensive step forward in our understanding of the processes responsible for the occurrence of extreme events,” Villarini says.

“My proposed research aims at examining whether extreme hydrometeorological events tend to occur in clusters, with periods of enhanced activity alternating to quieter periods. Moreover, if they cluster, what are the physical processes responsible for this behavior?”

Villarini received his CAREER Award for the project titled “Temporal Clustering of Hydrometeorological Extremes.”

The CAREER award is the most prestigious NSF honor for junior faculty and recognizes research and teaching excellence, as well as scholars who are likely to become future academic leaders. The awards, presented to engineers and scientists across the country, are designed to help universities attract and retain outstanding young faculty members.

4. Langenfeld Receives 2014 Stanley Award

Kathryn Langenfeld, a civil engineering student with an environmental emphasis, has received a Stanley Award for International Research to conduct research abroad or pursue learning activities in international studies that are not available on the UI campus.

Langenfeld will travel Matagalpa, Nicaragua, to assess the feasibility of implementing a river monitoring system.  She received $2,500 toward her research project.

The Stanley Awards for International Research are funded by the Stanley-University of Iowa Foundation Support Organization. Recipients are expected to spend a minimum of four weeks abroad and must plan to return to the UI for at least one semester after the period abroad and before graduation.

5. Daily Iowan Reports on What Scientists Look Like

The Daily Iowan reports that 60 girls roamed the University of Iowa Seamans Center April 12 for the second Black Girls Do Science, a day camp for fourth- to eighth-graders to dispel some of these stereotypes and to allow girls interested in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematic fields to experiment in these areas.

6. Stern Receives Office of Naval Research Grant

Frederick Stern, George D. Ashton Professor of Hydraulics & Engineering, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, and faculty research engineer at IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, has received a $95,000 research grant from the US Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research.

Stern will study stochastic SBD for reduction of added-powering/motions/slamming for surface ship in real seas.

7. Santos, Iowa Flood Center Featured in UI Mobile Museum

College of Engineering research, including Virtual Soldier Research and the Iowa Flood Center, is featured in the new UI Mobile Museum.

Starting this week, the UI Pentacrest Museums (the Old Capitol Museum and the Museum of Natural History) and Office of the State Archaeologist are bringing some of the state’s natural and cultural treasures to Iowa communities in a new Mobile Museum.

The 38-foot-long RV—custom built by Winnebago Industries in Forest City—makes its inaugural appearance next weekend at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge for the Iowa Academy of Science meeting April 11-12 before heading to Decorah, Osage, and Council Bluffs, to name a few of the scheduled destinations.

For more information, go to http://now.uiowa.edu/2014/04/mobile-museum-take-ui-research-and-discover....

8. College Introduces New Publications

Two new publications have been delivered electronically on line.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering has published a brochure used last week at the 2014 Design of Medical Devices Conference at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

The brochure summarizes important unique characteristics of the department, as well as illustrates the key areas of research conducted by its faculty.

The brochure is available at http://www.pageturnpro.com/University-of-Iowa-College-of-Engineering/575....

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has introduced its 2014 CEE Highlights brochure.  It provides an “annual report” look at the department, including faculty achievements, undergraduate highlights, graduate student highlights, research experience for undergraduate students, and undergraduate and graduate degrees conferred.

The brochure is available at http://www.pageturnpro.com/University-of-Iowa-College-of-Engineering/576....

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9. College Events for the Coming Weeks

April 18, 2014 -- Environmental Engineering and Science Graduate Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Long Classroom, 3505 Seamans Center.  Hayden Ausland, CEE EES MS degree candidate, will speak on 'Measurement and Modeling of Nitrate in a Poplar Tree Vadose Zone During Dormancy.’

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