News about
The University of Iowa College of Engineering
Week of January 25, 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. Tomova to Speak During “STEM Celebration of MLK”
2. Nominations for Michael J Brody Award Due March 12
3. Alliant Energy/Errol B. Davis Achievement Applications Due Jan 30
4. Grants and Contracts
5. Alumni: Where Are They Now
6. Events for the Upcoming Weeks
7. About E/Week                       

1. Tomova to Speak During “STEM Celebration of MLK,” January 23

A "STEM Celebration of MLK" will be presented from 3:30-5:00 p.mm. Friday, January 23, in the Stanley Auditorium, 1505 Seamans Center.

Dr. Maggy Tomova of the UI Department of Mathematics will speak on "Finding Inspiration in the Work of Dr. King."

It has been more than 50 years since the March on Washington and yet the work of Dr. Martin Luther King remains relevant today. Tomova's talk will take a tour of some famous quotes by the civil rights leader. She will share personal stories from the daily life of her singer-gender, multi-racial family and talk about her work with low-income high school students.

The celebration is sponsored by the UI Department of Mathematics, Applied Math and Computational Sciences Program, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, and the UI/Sloan Cener. Refreshments will be served. The talk is open to the public.

2. Nominations for Michael J Brody Award Due March 12

The Faculty Senate invites nominations for the Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service to the University and the State of Iowa. Each year this award honors 1-3 faculty members for their exceptionally dedicated and imaginative service contributions to the University or its external constituencies. Faculty may be nominated by faculty, staff, students or off-campus constituents.

This is one of the highest honors the university offers faculty; it was created by faculty, for faculty, and is awarded in memory of Professor Michael J. Brody.

Visit the Faculty Senate website, http://www.uiowa.edu/facultysenate/michael-j-brody-award, for information about the award and nomination criteria.

Consider nominating a colleague for exceptional service. Nominations are due Thursday, March 12, in the Faculty Senate Office, 604 Jefferson Building (JB). Contact Laura Zaper (laura-zaper@uiowa.edu) with questions.

3. Alliant Energy/Errol B. Davis Jr. Achievement Award Applications Due Jan 30

Applications for the Alliant Energy/Errol B. Davis Jr. Achievement Award are due January 30, 3015.
To be considered for an Alliant Energy/Erroll B. Davis, Jr., Achievement Award, students must:
* Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate at the University of Iowa and scheduled to receive a degree within the 2015-16 academic year or 2016 summer term
* Be a student pursuing a degree in the colleges of business or engineering
* Be a member of one of the following underrepresented groups: African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian, Asian, Pacific Islander, or East Indian, or from a racial or ethnic group traditionally underrepresented in the fields of business or engineering
* Be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien

The award requires that students also submit two letters of recommendation from faculty members or advisors.

The Alliant Energy/Errol B. Davis, Jr. Achievement Award recognizes academic achievement in business or engineering, leadership in campus and community organizations, and potential for future career success. The recipient of this award will also receive a $5,000 scholarship.

Complete applications (including letters of recommendation) are due by January 30, 2015, and must be submitted via the online application located at http://diversity.uiowa.edu/awards/alliant-energy-award.

4. Grants and Contracts

Troy Lyons, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, received $120,051 in funding for CHA Citizens Energy Group design/construction solutions.

Larry Weber, Edwin B. Green Chair in Hydraulics, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and director of IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering received $50,000 for Iowa League of Cities. 


5. Alumni, Where Are They Now?

Thomas Bang (BSE 2011) is a bridge engineer with McNary, Bergeron & Associates, Broomfield, CO.

Jessie Huisinga (BSE 2004 biomedical engineering), assistant professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science and senior scientist, Landon Center on Aging at the University of Kansas Medical Center, who is featured in a YouTube video on "MS and Carepartnership." The video also can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-ctopExDiI&sns=fb.

Stephanie Swanson (BSE 2011) has recently joined Hendrickson, Romeoville, IL, as a project engineer.  In December she graduates with an M.S. in Interdisciplinary Engineering from Purdue University


6. Events for the Upcoming Weeks

January 22 – Dan Reed, Vice President for Research and Economic Development will present, “Beowulf Clusters: From Research Curiosities to Exascale,” celebrating the 20th anniversary of Beowulf HPC clusters.  1-2:15 p.m., 2520 D University Capitol Center

February 3 – Engineering Career Fair, 1-5 p.m., Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union. 

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