News about
The University of Iowa College of Engineering
Week of March 1, 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. Mattes is Part of Research that Shows Chilean Clues to Earth’s Climate Change History
2. Hertz, Goddard Join Epicenter’s University Innovation Fellows
3. Weber to Serve on UI Presidential Search Committee
4. Engineering Students Named to President’s List
5. Iowa Robotics Team Lends Backup Robot after Chinese Team Loses its Own in Transit
6. Careers in Bioinformatics and Big Data Information Session, March 9
7. Grants and Contracts
8. Alumni: Where Are They Now
9. Events for the Upcoming Weeks
10. About E/Week                       

1. Mattes is Part of Research that Shows Chilean Clues to Earth’s Climate Change History

Tim Mattes, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and associate faculty research engineer at IIHR--Hydroscience & Engineering, is part of a University of Iowa research effort that has found Chilean clues to Earth's climate change history.

The university research team is studying sediment samples from an Andean lake that can fill in data about the Younger Dryas, a 1,300-year-long cold snap and drought that happened approximately 12,800 years ago.

The research team is analyzing those samples with Mattes, who is able to pull DNA out of the sediment to figure out how organisms living in the lake changed throughout the Younger Dryas.

To read the complete story about the research, go to http://now.uiowa.edu/2015/02/researcher-finds-chilean-clues-earths-clima....

2. Hertz, Goddard Join Epicenter’s University Innovation Fellows

Engineering students Ana Hertz and Aaron Goddard have just completed training to join Epicenter’s University Innovation Fellows, a national program that empowers student leaders to increase campus engagement with entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, design thinking and venture creation. 

They are among 123 new Fellows to join the current network, for a total number of 291 Fellows from 114 schools.

The program is run by Epicenter, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by Stanford University and VentureWell. 

Hertz and Goddard are supported by faculty Sarah Vigmostad, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, and Lynn Allendorf, acting director, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, and director, Bedell Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory.

To read a list of strategic priorities that Hertz and Goddard have planned, go to 

3. Weber to Serve on UI Presidential Search Committee

Larry Weber, Edwin B. Green Chair in Hydraulics, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and director of IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, has been named to the University of Iowa Presidential Search and Screen Committee.  The Iowa Board of Regents appointed 21-member board, headed by Jean Robillard, UI vice president for medical affairs is charged with identifying candidates for Board consideration in conjunction with the search consultant, Parker Executive Search.

For more information on the presidential search, go to

4. Engineering Students Named to President’s List

Forty-four College of Engineering undergraduate students have been named to the President's List for the 2014 fall semester.

The President's List was established in the fall of 1983 to recognize academic excellence. In order to be included on the list, a student must have a minimum 4.0 grade point average (4.0 is an A) in all academic subjects for the preceding two semesters, with a total of at least 12 semester hours of credit per semester during that period.

To view a list of UI students who made the President's List, go to

Students are listed alphabetically by hometown, state and country.

Students have the option to share this honor through their own uimerit page

5. KCRG-TV:  Iowa Robotics Team Lends Backup Robot after Chinese Team Loses Its Own in Transit

KCRG-TV, Cedar Rapids, IA, reported that a group of Chinese robotics competitors got an assist from some Iowa communities after their robot was lost en route to Iowa City last weekend.
The group found out their airline lost the robot after landing in Chicago on Friday. They were set to compete in a FIRST Tech Challenge event at Regina High School on Saturday, an event promoted by the University of Iowa’s College of Engineering.

Upon finding out the robot was gone, students in Solon decided to let the Chinese team borrow their spare robot, said local event partner Rebecca Whitaker.

“When they checked in at seven [to the competition], they had made a mini version of the robot that was lost,” Whitaker said.

The Chinese team worked to program the robot throughout the night. Members said nothing would have been possible without the help of other teams, which were from Iowa and a few surrounding states.

“Some teams gave us some other materials, in total four teams helped us,” said Owen Li, 14, of the Shenzhen Middle School in China. “It kind of is a spirit of helping each other, so I think this experience is kind of meaningful.”

The Chinese students ended up winning the design award, which will allow them to compete in another Iowa competition next month.

“They were completely thrilled, completely thrilled,” Whitaker said. “Hopefully we’ve been able to open our arms and say, you know what, come on over to Iowa we love you here.”

The team got another surprise Tuesday when the airlines notified them that the lost robot had been found.

6. Careers in Bioinformatics and Big Data Information Session March 9

An information session on Careers in Bioinformatics and Big Data Information will be held March 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m., University Capitol Centre, 2520D.

Personalized genomic medicine is crating multiple opportunities for persons compatible with handling, processing, and analyzing huge datasets. 

Learn about careers in bioinformatics and big data that are integral to personalized genomic medicine.  Find out how to become part of the talent pipeline in this rapidly growing area of healthcare.

5:30-5:40    What is Personalized Medicine?
5:40-6:30    Panel Discussion
6:50-7:30    Breakout Session

7. Grants and Contracts

Soura Dasgupta, professor electrical and computer engineering, received a $20,458 contract from Raytheon BBN Technologies for “Arrays at Commercial Timescales.”

Nathan Young, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering received a $120,000 contract from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation for “Development of enhanced floodplain mapping datasets from the Iowa statewide floodplain mapping program.”


8. Alumni: Where Are They Now?

Alumni living and working in Chicago and surrounding areas are invited to attend an alumni meet and Greet, March 12, 5:30 p.m. at the Kerryman, 661 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL.  RSVP by called 319/335-5340, or emailing engineering-adm or through the University of Iowa College of Engineering Facebook page. 


9. Events for the Upcoming Weeks

March 2 – Human Factors & Ergonomics Meeting, 6:30 p.m., 118 MLH.  Don Triggs, senior safety engineer at Whirlpool, Amana, IA, will talk about his work in injury prevention/reduction within ergonomics, process improvement, and new equipment/products.

March 3 – CIMBA Italy Study Abroad will be offering free hot chocolate at their information table, 1-3 p.m., Second Floor Lobby, Seamans Center.  Learn about taking Statics this summer in Italy.

March 4 – iHealth, UI Student Health Fair, 2:30-6:30, Campus Recreation and Wellness Center

March 5 – Library Xpress Class on PubMed, 2:30 p.m., 2001C Seamans Center.  Liz Kiscaden, Head of Hardin Library Services, will discuss PubMed, the database which contains over 19M biomedical citations from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. 

March 6 – Biomedical Engineering Graduate Seminar, 3:30-4:20, Summers Electronic Classroom, 2229 Seamans Center.  Taher Saif, Gugstell Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present, “Role of mechanical micro environment in health and disease.”

March 9 – Careers in Bioinformatics and Big Data, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 2520D University Capitol Center.

March 11 – Perfecting your poster presentation, 12:30 p.m., 3124 Seamans Center.

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