E/WEEK

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E/WEEK
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News about
The University of Iowa College of Engineering
Week of September 28, 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. Two Engineering-related Companies Receive $600,000 in State Economic Development Support
2. Lin Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics
3. Eight New Members Appointed to College Young Alumni Advisory Board
4. More Than 100 Employers to Participate in Engineering Career Fair
5. International Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships Holds Open House September 29
6. College Events for the Coming Weeks
7. Alumni: Where Are They Now?
8. About E/WEEK

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1. Two Engineering-related Companies Receive $600,000 in State Economic Development Support

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board made awards totaling $600,000 to two Iowa City/Coralville area startup companies with close ties to the College of Engineering.

Iowa Adaptive Technologies (IAT), based in Coralville, has developed a product, the IAT SmartSwitch, in order to address the needs of the large number of patients with limited physical and communication abilities. The company was founded and is led by biomedical engineering graduate student Ben Berkowitz, who won a Storer Engineering Student Entrepreneurial Start-up Award in 2013.  The IAT SmartSwitch uses patented technology to detect the smallest intentional gestures a patient can produce (i.e. finger tap, eye movement, tongue click, etc.) and provides multiple output controls that are compatible with existing nurse call systems and speech generating devices. The IAT SmartSwitch can be easily implemented into the current market due to its simple design and compatibility with existing nurse call systems and other devices. The board awarded Iowa Adaptive Technologies a $100,000 loan through the Demonstration Fund to move forward with clinical field trials and additional marketing and sales efforts.

Coralville-based VIDA Diagnostics, Inc. is the first-in-class diagnostics and therapeutic imaging informatics company for the early detection, diagnosis and treatment planning of pulmonary disease.  It was co-founded by Joe Reinhardt, professor and departmental executive officer of biomedical engineering, and Milan Sonka, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging.  In the emerging era of cost containment and value-based imaging services, VIDA extends the current value of medical imaging to the objective, repeatable, measurable standard demanded by pulmonary clinicians for critical decision support. The board approved a $500,000 loan through the Iowa Innovation Acceleration Fund so VIDA can continue to grow commercialization channels and further refine and develop its product.

2. Lin Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics

Ching-Long Lin, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, faculty research engineer at IIHR--Hydroscience & Engineering, and researcher at the Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD), one of the highest honors in the professional society of fluid mechanics.

Lin is honored "for his contribution to multiscale flow physics and computational techniques, including pulmonary tracheobronchial and acinar flows, image-based data-driven human lung models, lattice-Boltzmann methods, coherent structures in atmospheric boundary layer and four dimensional data assimilation."

Lin will be recognized at the annual APS DFD meeting November 23-25 in San Francisco.

3. Eight New Members Appointed to College Young Alumni Advisory Board

Eight recent alumni of the College of Engineering have been appointed to three-year terms on the Young Alumni Advisory Board.

They are Liz Risius (BSE 2013 electrical engineering, integration engineer/technical project manager, Epic Systems, Madison, WI; Ian Flynn (BSE 2011 industrial engineering), director of engineering, Raining Rose, Cedar Rapids, IA; Kayla Kamber (BSE 2012 industrial engineering), industrial engineer/lean tech, Mars Chocolate North America, Chicago, IL; Michael J. Lee (BSE 2008), product line manager, Schneider Electric, Cedar Rapids, IA; Alyssa Neiers (BSE 2010 biomedical engineering), Medical Murray, North Barrington, IL; Alyssa Assano Reinhardt (BSE 2011 chemical engineering), chemical process engineer II, Rockwell Collins, Inc., Cedar Rapids, IA; Stephanie Swiatlo (BSE 2013 biomedical engineering), engineer I, Baxter Healthcare, Round Lake, IL; and Nicholas Turner (BSE 2011 civil engineering), project engineer, JEO Consulting Group, LLC, South Sioux City, NE.

The board -- established in 2007 -- helps the college in achieving its strategic plan and vision by providing input and advice in the areas of:
* Perspectives, knowledge and experiences as a student and as a new engineer in the workplace.
* Engaging young alumni in the life of the College.
* Supporting the University of Iowa Alumni Association goal to engage more students and young (age 30 and younger) alumni as well as increase opportunities for young alumni participation.
* Creating in young alumni a strong interest and commitment to the College and developing a network of mutually beneficial relationships among alumni, students and faculty.
* Developing a loyalty to the College so alumni will want to invest in the College with volunteer and financial support.

4. More Than 100 Employers to Participate in Engineering Career Fair

The Fall 2014 Engineering Career Fair held September 25 kicked off an active recruiting season for full-time engineers, interns and co-ops.

More than 100 manufacturing, consulting, healthcare, IT, government and non-profit organizations attended. 

The College of Engineering also introduced a new app to help students prepare for career fairs. The app, "U of I Career Fair Plus" is available for download through the iTunes and GooglePlay stores.

There also are a fair map that corresponds to booth numbers for each company and agency and a connection to announcements about the fair, including companies that have registered.

In addition, the app features a Career Fair 101 section.  It enables students to add career fair events to their calendars, research the companies attending the fair, find companies using filters and mark them as favorites, use the fair map to see favorites and plan routes, dress the part, practice elevator speeches, and share tips on how to impress a recruiter.

5. Carrica Receives Navy Grant

Pablo Carrica, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and faculty research engineer at IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, has received a $14,700 grant from the U.S. Department of the Navy to conduct probe research.

6. International Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships Holds Open House September 29

Students and faculty members interested in international study, research, or teaching can visit the International Programs for our International Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships Open House to learn how to apply for different types of merit-based awards. The event will be held from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the International Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre.

At 4 p.m. during the event, International Fellowships Specialist Karen Wachsmuth will present information on applying for awards, such as the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Stanley Awards for International Research, the German Academic Exchange Service Awards (DAAD), the Critical Language Scholarships, and the Boren Awards.  You'll also have the chance to meet former Stanley, Fulbright, and DAAD student grantees who will share their stories and experiences abroad.

A reception will be held immediately following the information session to celebrate the close of this year’s Fulbright application season.  This year’s applicants, former Fulbright awardees, and faculty will attend.

Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students are welcome to attend both events.

For more information contact Karen Wachsmuth, international fellowships specialist, International Programs, karen-wachsmuth@uiowa.edu, 319-335-1436.

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1. College Events for the Coming Weeks

October 1 – Library Xpress-Patents, 3:30-3:45 p.m., Library Computer Classroom 2001C Seamans Center.  Basic introduction to what is a patent and how to complete patents searches.  Patents provide inventor exclusive rights to products they produce and also give great detailed information on certain products and methods.  Taught by Kari Kozak, head, Lichtenberger Engineering Library.

October 2 – Mechanical Engineering Professional Seminar, 5:00-5:50 p.m., W10 Pappajohn Business Building. Scott Coffel, director of the Hanson Center for Technical Communication, will speak on "Communicating Professionally as an Engineer."

October 2 – Mechanical Engineering Graduate Seminar, 5:00-5:50 p.m., W10 Pappajohn Business Building. Scott Coffel, director of the Hanson Center for Technical Communication, will speak on "Communicating Professionally as an Engineer."

October 2 – IEEE General Meeting, 6:30 p.m., 2133 Seamans Center.

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2. Alumni: Where Are They Now?

David Larson (BS 1977 industrial engineering), vice president-strategy and business development for Deere & Company, Moline, IL, has retired.

Philip Parsons (BS 1966 civil engineering), founder and president of Parsons Engineering Products, Minneapolis, MN, has sold his company.  Parsons Engineering Products specializes in water pollution control.

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