News about
The University of Iowa College of Engineering
Week of August 30, 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.edu


1. College Welcomes New Faculty and Staff
2. News form the Lichtenberger Engineering Library
3. Engineering Professional Development Publishes Career Resource Manual
4. Info Session on India Winterim Scheduled for September 8
5. Grants and Contracts
6. Alumni: Where Are They Now
7. Events for the Upcoming Weeks
8. About E/Week

1. College Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

Laura Vasser is the new administrative services coordinator for Engineering Student Services, 3124 Seamans Center.  She earned her B.S. in English and Psychology from Iowa State University.  Before joining the College she worked in the Engineering Career Services Office at The Ohio State University. 

Tara Hoadley is the new administrative services coordinator for Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, 3131 Seamans Center.  She is a graduate of the University of Iowa.  Before joining the College, she was employed with the Purchasing Department.

Deanne Wortman is the new director of the Nexus of Arts and Engineering, 2321 Seamans Center.  She earned a BFA, MA and MFA, all from the University of Iowa.  Her role is to bring engineering and art students together.  Stop by her office to see her work in foil imaging. 

Zachary Bluvstein is a systems administrator with Engineering Computer Services (ECS).  He earned a BS in information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  He was previously employed with the University of Wisconsin Medical College. 

Fred McClurg, senior application developer joined the ECS staff in June. 

David Kristensen is an assistant professor of biomedical engineering.  His research specialty is computational biology / bioinformatics / genomics of microbial organisms and evolution of their proteins. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Computer Science at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Campus, a Ph.D. in Structural and Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics at Baylor College of Medicine, and completed his Postdoctoral Associate Training at Stowers Institute for Medical Research. His overall career objective is to use his scientific training at the interface between biology and computer science to improve the human condition via medically-relevant basic research and to educate future generations of scientists to do the same.  Prior to joining the College, he was a postdoctoral IRTA Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. 

Ruben Beltran Del Rio is a lecturer in Industrial Engineering.  For the past 25 years he has served on the faculty at Monterrey Institute of Technology, Juarez Campus.  His areas of specialization are statistical analysis for quality improvement, process optimization and supply chain operations.  This fall he will be teaching Quality Control, coordinating the Industrial Engineer Sophomore seminar and working with the PEDE program. 

2. News from the Lichtenberger Engineering Library

The Lichtenberger Engineering Library has 20 new computers, desks, and chairs in the main study space.  A new overhead high-speed, face-up book capture scanner has been added. 

The following tools have been added to the Tool Library:
* Raspberry Pi 2: Credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV. Capable of doing everything a desktop computer can do.
* MaKey MaKey Kit: Includes MaKey MaKey board, USB cable, jumper wires, alligator clips and a roll of copper tape. Encourages students to find new ways with which to interact with their computer.
* Wireless Temperature Probe: Download “Vernier Graphical Analysis” app from the App Store or Google Play and get graphical data sent directly to your smartphone.

To view all items in the tool library, go to: http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/c.php?g=132195&p=863086

New or updated resources include:
* RSMeans Cost Books 2015 editions, a series of 12 books that cover data for construction and building costs allowing for the development of quick, comprehensive bids or estimates
* Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Technical papers, provides access to over 175,000 continuously updated technical reports.  Subjects include aerospace, automotive, and commercial vehicles.  :   http://purl.lib.uiowa.edu/saetech

Meet the new library staff:
Qianjin (Marina) Zhang, engineering and information librarian, who will focus on informatics and data management. 
Carol Grow Johnk, library, library assistant, who will focus on social media and outreach. 

3. Engineering Professional Development Publishes Career Resource Manual

Engineering Professional Development has published a new Career Resource Manual, designed to help students chart their engineering careers.

The 40-page manual covers resume and cover letter writing; networking, professionalism, and career fairs, interviews; gaining experience, and navigating job offers and post-college success.  Guidelines and examples of resumes, cover letters, interview questions and more are all included. 

The manual is available in print from the Student Development Center, 3124 Seamans Center, and on-line at
http://www.pageturnpro.com/University-of-Iowa-College-of-Engineering/675... Resources/index.html#1.

Peer advisors are available Monday through Friday in the Engineering Student Services Office, 3124 Seamans Center, for one-on-one assistance. 

4. Info session for India Winterim Scheduled for September 8

Come learn about the India Winterim class being offered again by Professors Marian Muste and Allen Bradley! An informational session about the application process, deadlines, and scholarship funding opportunities will be held Tuesday, September 8 from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. in 3124 Seamans Center.

Course overview:  Students will learn about sustainable resource management, through a case study in water usage in a rural agricultural valley in northern India. By working on projects with local partners, you will gain insights on how the culture, economics, and the environment will shape the future in this area and determine the sustainability of critical water resources. You will also get a chance to travel in India, visit historical cities (Delhi and Jaipur), and see breathtaking sights (the Taj Mahal and the Ganges River).

5. Grants and Contracts

George Constantinescu, received a $49,448 subgrant from Iowa State University for “Improving traffic safety through better snow fences: Image based methods to measure snow volume and the snow relocation coefficient.”


6. Alumni: Where Are They Now?

Allison Kerndt (BSE 2002, JD 2005) joined the Davis Brown Law Firm in Des Moines, IA. 

Yin Yu (MS 2012, PhD 2015) is a research fellow at Harvard Medical School. 

Tyler Latcham (BSE 2014 chemical engineering) is a graduate student at the University of Iowa pursuing JD and MBA degrees. 


7. Events for the Upcoming Weeks

August 31 – John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center Venture School Information Session, 9:00 a.m., Medical Education Research Facility (MERF), Room 2189. 

September 3 – General Mills breakfast bar and optional resume reviews, 8-11 a.m., 2nd Floor Lobby, Seamans Center. 

September 3 – General Mills Lunch & Learn Panel Discussions, 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m., 3124 Seamans Center.  UI College of Engineering alumni will share what it is like to work for General Mills, as well as resume and career fair tips.   

September 3 – Library Xpress Class, 2:30 p.m., 2001C Seamans Center.  Protein Database: 3-D Protein Structures

September 3 – IIBI Medical Imaging Seminar, 3:30 p.m., 3505 Seamans Center.  Gary Christensen, professor of electrical and computer engineering will present, “Lung image registration and analysis.”

September 4 – Environmental Engineering & Science Graduate Seminar, 3:30 p.m., 2229 Seamans Center.  “Matthew Nonnemann, assistant professor of occupational and environmental health, UI College of Public Health, will present, “Influenza virus aerosol measurement and occupational exposure in swine production.”

September 10 – Library Xpress Class, 2:30 p.m. 2001C Seamans Center, Chemical Compound Data


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