E/WEEK

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E/WEEK
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News about
The University of Iowa College of Engineering
Week of March 29, 2015
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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. KCCI-TV: 72 Teams from 13 States Battle in Robotics Competition
2. UI Biomedical Engineers Impress Lt. Governor with Patent-pending Medical Devices
3. College to Exhibit at Hawkeye Caucus March 31
4. College Events for the Coming Weeks
5. About E/WEEK
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1. KCCI-TV: 72 Teams from 13 States Battle in Robotics Competition

Some 72 teams from 13 states are competing at the 2015 North Super Regional Championship at the Iowa Events Center.

To watch the video, go to http://www.kcci.com/news/kevin-cooney-take-you-to-robotics-competition-u...

To view photos, go to http://www.kcci.com/news/photos/32051556

The competition running Thursday through Saturday is for the chance to advance to the FTC World Championship.

Kevin Cooney caught up with the teams Friday as they prepared their robots for competition.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is for grades 9-12 (ages 14 to 18). It's an annual competition designed to ignite interest in science, engineering, and technology.

Teams have six weeks to build a robot to compete in the game using a kit of parts provided by FIRST and a standard set of rules.  The 2015 game is called RECYCLE RUSH.   Two alliances of three robots each score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter.

This year, about 73,000 high-school students are competing on nearly 3,000 teams.

2. UI Biomedical Engineers Impress Lt. Governor with Patent-pending Medical Devices

A device that helps surgeons to remove sutures more efficiently during eye surgery was one of five presentations given March 25 by students in the University of Iowa biomedical engineering senior design program.

The students are completing their projects in conjunction with the Iowa Medical Innovations Group, which combines students from the disciplines of engineering, medicine, law, and business.

Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds visited with the students and learned that all five teams have filed provisional patents for their medical devices and technologies. After thanking the students and faculty for being invited to the presentation, she told students she was keeping her remarks brief because she wanted “to listen and learn."

In the case of the “Ophthalmology Suture Extractor,” team member Alex Brown showed Lt. Gov. Reynolds that the invention has the ability to combine two surgical steps in one. The device slides onto a pair of tweezers where it can be used to cut sutures as well as remove them, thereby eliminating the need to use scissors.

The primary users of the device would be medical residents and doctors. If the device is shown to be sufficiently safe and easy to use, then it may also be of value to nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Sarah Vigmostad, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, says that the goal of her students is to develop a product during the academic year, then decide whether to form a company.

Commenting on the value of the March 25 presentation session, she says, “It gives the students a new way of looking at their work. They have an opportunity to describe the impact of their work to someone who hasn’t been involved in the process.”

The Ophthalmology Suture Extractor team is composed of: Alex Brown of Batavia, Illinois; Jena Edwards of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Yang Wu of Shanghai, China; Kimberly Johnson of Des Moines, Iowa; David Maddox of Orem, Utah; Michael Redmond of Sioux City, Iowa; Deepti Sharma of Fairfield, Iowa; and Michelle Wallace of Johnston, Iowa.

In addition to the students, the project involved Field Mentor Dr. Brad Sacher, resident in ophthalmology in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, and Biomedical Engineering mentor James Ankrum, assistant professor of biomedical engineering.

3. College to Exhibit at Hawkeye Caucus March 31

The College of Engineering will have four exhibits at the annual University of Iowa Hawkeye Caucus, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the Rotunda of the State Capitol in Des Moines.

Exhibiting will be FIRST Tech Challenge; Outreach, Admissions, Scholarships & Inclusion Services; Project Lead the Way; and the Iowa Flood Center.

The university’s Iowa Caucus is held to inform legislators and other state government people about accomplishments, resources, and assets available on campus.

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4. College Events for the Coming Weeks

March 31 – Hawkeye Caucus at the State Capitol, 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Rotunda, State Capitol, Des Moines.  Engineering exhibits will be on FIRST Tech Challenge; Outreach, Admissions, Scholarships & Inclusion Services; Project Lead the Way; and the Iowa Flood Center.

April 2 -- Industrial Engineering Professional Seminar, 3:30-4:20 p.m., 40 Schaffer Hall.  Andrew Kusiak, professor and departmental executive officer of mechanical and industrial engineering, will speak.

April 2 -- Mechanical Engineering Graduate Seminar , 3:30-4:20 p.m., MidAmerican Energy Classroom, 2217 Seamans Center.  Dr. Hyunkyoo Cho, University of Iowa, will speak.

April 3 – Engineering Faculty and Staff Reception and Awards Ceremony, 3:30-5:00 p.m., First Floor Pierce Atrium and Stanley Auditorium, Seamans Center.

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