News about
The University of Iowa College of Engineering
Week of April 19, 2015

E/WEEK College Staff:
Editor:  Wendy Brentner, director of alumni relations and communications
Contributing Writer:  Gary Galluzzo, Anne Bassett, UI News Services,
Technical Consultant:  Susan Beckett, director, Desktop Services
College Web Site:  www.engineering.uiowa.edu


1. UI Engineering Undergrad Named Top Student Employee in Iowa, Four Additional Engineering Students Honored with Certificates
2. Culpepper Receives NSF Fellowship
3. Engineering Students Attend 2015 Honors at Iowa Recognition Banquet
4. Research Open House Poster Winners Announced
5. Photo Day for College of Engineering Faculty and Staff
6. Grants and Contracts
7. Events for the Upcoming Weeks
8. About E/Week

1. UI Engineering Undergrad Named Top Student Employee in Iowa, Four Additional Engineering Students Honored with Certificates

Christopher (C.J.) Winters says it was easy to decide where he was going to work at the University of Iowa as a student employee nearly two years ago. But he had no idea the choice to become a lab assistant in the UI Carver College of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine would impact his life in so many positive ways.  

“I had three or four job offers,” says Winters, a senior biomedical engineering major from Oelwein, Iowa. “It’s the best thing I’ve ever done so far. I’ve learned so much from everyone and working here was one of the major deciding factors in wanting to become a doctor.”

Winters was originally hired to assist a junior faculty member with research studying allergic asthma. But when that faculty member left, Winters continued to help maintain the research project and, according to his supervisor, his efforts far exceeded expectations. He’s also conducted an independent research project and is first author in an article that will be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. In addition, he’s made important contributions to two other publications.

Now, Winters can add being recognized as the State of Iowa Student Employee of the Year to his list of accomplishments. He’s one of nine UI students recognized for exemplary performance in campus jobs.

Winters was also named the UI Student Employee of the Year, based on criteria established by the National Student Employment Association. Supervisors nominate students for reliability, quality of work initiative, professionalism, and uniqueness of their contributions.

“C.J. is extremely organized and very reliable, and he’s the only undergraduate student in my lab who has ever conducted a complete independent research project,” says Isabella Grumbach, UI associate professor of internal medicine and a member of the Pappajohn Biomedical Institute. “The quality of his work is extraordinary and you can always count on him—we really do.”

As for Winters, he says the real recognition belongs to Grumbach and her team because the opportunity to be a student employee helped him not only learn important skills, but help confirm his career path.

Now, he’s looking forward to starting this fall at the Carver College of Medicine and either specializing in rural medicine or working in academia.

“Everyone here really helps me out, and I could never say thank you enough,” says Winters. “As an undergrad, I’m the one who is lucky to be learning from all of them.”

President Sally Mason will honor Winters and other campus winners during an April 21 luncheon.

National Student Employment Week runs April 12-18. “We really want to thank all student employees,” says Cindy Seyfer, senior associate director in the Office of Student Financial Aid. “The university couldn’t meet its teaching, research, and service goals without their dedication and hard work.”

Other UI Engineering award recipients include:

Tim Tvedte (Certificate of Distinction)

Tvedte, a fourth-year biomedical engineering major from West Branch, Iowa, has been employed with CAMBUS since August 2012. Now, he trains approximately 80 new transit coach operators each year along with evaluating 135 bus drivers. When CAMBUS experienced a shortage of drivers during fall 2014, Tvedte helped train over 106 new drivers to meet the needs and maintain service. He’s also evaluated the training process and made several improvements to the training manual and program, and as his nominator put it, he truly believes in the three “S’s” of CAMBUS (Safety, Service and Schedule) and performs as a seasoned professional.

Kaleb Bozorgzadeh (Certificate of Appreciation)

Bozorgzadeh, a fourth-year electrical and computer engineering major from Marion, Iowa, has been employed as an HPC Systems Administrator for ITS – Research Services since August 2012. Bozorgzadeh has the primary ownership of vetting and creating new high performance computing user accounts, and suggests and implements changes for improvements to this process. He also has reviewed and rewritten scripts for the HPC reporting system to improve reporting and remove anomalous results. According to his nominator, Bozorgzadeh is comfortable working as part of the ITS team to raise concerns and jumps in to fix issues—and even senior staff seek him out with questions.

Ian Brauer (Certificate of Appreciation)

A fourth-year electrical and computer engineering major from Waterloo, Iowa, Brauer has been employed in the Language Media Center since August 2012. According to his nominator, Brauer is a self-starter who volunteers for new opportunities. In spring 2014, he helped record and produce three videos featuring Fulbright foreign language teaching assistants from Tanzania, South Korea, and Egypt, which was a collaborative effort with other UI staff and graduate students. He also volunteered to manage the computer-loaner program, so that machines could be updated and circulation could be improved to reduce wait time for customers.

Cody Geest (Certificate of Appreciation)

A fourth-year electrical and computer engineering major from Iowa City, Iowa, Geest has been employed as an application developer for Business Services since January 2015. Initially employed with CAMBUS in August 2011, Geest is a standout example of someone utilizing his coursework and learning from the classroom to make improvements across campus, according to his nominator. He volunteered while at CAMBUS to help develop web applications to assist with driver training and evaluation processes, then moved on to Business Applications in order to use his technical expertise even more. He is currently working through Business Services to assist Parking and Transportation with a Helios application.
In addition, the College of Engineering honored more than 300 students who are employed by the college in celebration of National Student Employment Week April 12-18.

The students in the college handle a variety of duties, including office work, assisting faculty, research activities, general science work, computer support, and library assistance.

The students are recognized alphabetically at /sites/default/files/files/Student%20Employees.pdf.

2. Culpepper, Todd Receive NSF Fellowship

Johnathan Culpepper, a graduate student in civil and environmental engineering, and Jocelyn Todd, a senior in biomedical engineering, have received 2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. 

Culpepper is studying under Michelle Scherer, professor and departmental executive officer of civil and environmental engineering.

Todd is a varsity student-athlete at the University of Iowa, is focused on biomaterials and biomechanics, and has a minor in German. She is captain for Iowa's DI Track and Cross Country teams.  She is an ICRU Fellow studying in the UI Orthopaedics Biomechanics Laboratory.  In 2014, she was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, awarded to letter winners in the Big Ten athletic conference who are in at least their second academic year at their institution who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

3. Engineering Students Attend 2015 Honors at Iowa Recognition Banquet

The following students were recognized at the Annual 2015 Honors at Iowa Recognition Banquet held April 11.

Brett Austin, biomedical engineering major, and Harrison Freund, majoring in electrical engineering, received the Rhodes Dunlap First Year Scholarship. 

Alec Archer, electrical engineering major, Dylan Mann, biomedical engineering major, and Hanley Sayavong, civil engineering major, received Rhodes Dunlap Second Year Scholarships. 

Kasra Zarei, second-year biomedical engineering student, was named to The Fellows Project, a program that challenges each Fellow to develop a knowledge of the self that will deepen their intellectual life, strength their engagement with the academic community and foster authenticity and confidence in their person and professional relationships.

Alexandra Bartlett, third year student majoring in chemical engineering and finance, received a Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Scholarship. 

Allison Kindig, senior majoring in industrial engineering, William Tollefson and Christopher Winters, both majoring in biomedical engineering, received the Honors at Iowa Scholar Award.  The award is presented to extraordinary graduating seniors.

Amy Brewster, Director of Global Experiences and Academic Advisor, received the Honors Advising Award. 

4. Research Open House Poster Winners Announced

The 13th Annual College of Engineering Research Open House was held April 16.  Over 150 research posters were on display in the Seamans Center. 

The 12th Annual Student Luncheon and Recognition Ceremony was held on April 17.  The following poster winners were announced at the ceremony: 

Graduate Poster Awards:

Biomedical Engineering:  Gohar Manzar for the poster: “Generation of Functional Pancreatic Î?-cells from Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Derived from a Type I Diabetic Patient’s Skin Cells.”

Chemical & Biochemical Engineering: Jacob Mclaughlin for the poster: Lyotropic Liquid Crystal Templated Stimuli-responsive, Super-absorbent Copolymers
Civil & Environmental Engineering: Nick Herkert for the poster: “Spatial and Temporal variations of airborne Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in the Metropolitan Chicago area.”

Electrical & Computer Engineering: Myung Cho for the poster: Block Iterative Reweighted Algorithms for Super-Resolution of Spectrally Sparse Signals
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering: Michael Conger for the poster: “Validation of cfd-mbd fsi for high fidelity simulations of full-scale wam-v sea trials with suspended payload.”

Center for Bioinformatics & Computational Biology: Mark Christopher for the poster: “Optic nerve head shape predicts development of POAG.”

Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research: Negin Sobhani for the poster: “Using emission tagging method to understand the source sectors and geographical regions contributions to PM2.5 concentration over the Arctic”
IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering: Chad Drake for the poster: “Nutrient trading in Iowa: a Pilot Study in the Catfish Creek Watershed.”

IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering: Nicholas Thomas for the poster: “Coupled Surface-Subsurface Hydrologic Modeling to Assess Distributed Flood Mitigation Practices.”

Center for Computer-Aided Design Jacob Kersten for the poster: “Internal Viscera Representation Within A Digital Human Model.”

Iowa Institute of Biomedical Imaging: Satyananda Kashyap for the poster: “Cartilage Loss in Osteoarthritic Varus/Valgus Knees: Automated 3D MRI Analysis using Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI).”

Undergraduate Best Poster Awards were awarded to:

Rae Ann Corrigan, Biomedical Engineering, for the poster “Protein Structural Optimization of Cancer Gene Wild-Types and Mutations.”

Nathan Bryngelson, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, for the poster ‘”NOAA Tall Tower.”

Alex Zeppieri, Civil and Environmental Engineering, for the poster “One-Of-A-Kind Cork Chair.”

Hanbin Tao, Electrical and Computer Engineering, for the poster “Investigation of a Broad Spectrum Analyzer for the Real-time Quantification of Dissolved Nitrate.”

Kasra Zarei AND Zachary Behrendt, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, for the poster “An Automated Approach to Quantifying the C-Start Response in Tadpoles with Vestibular Alterations.”

Kasra Zarei, Center for Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, for the poster “Objective Quantification of Flicker Fusion Threshold.”

Robert Dunscombe, Center for Computer Aided Design, for the poster titled “Predicting Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC).”

Ella Wasseiler, Grand Challenges Scholars Program, for the poster “Hardware Based Random Number Generator for the Further Encryption of a Linux Computer.”

The Popular Choice Award is granted to the favorite posters among the visitors to the Open House.

The third place Popular Choice Award went to Ninggang Shen from Mechanical & Industrial Engineering for “Laser Peen Forming of Sheet Metal with a Surface Integrity Analysis.”

The second place Popular Choice Award went to Hamad Salehi from Mechanical & Industrial Engineering for “Cognitive Decline, Work and Technology Use: Exploring the Relationship.”

And finally, the 1st place Popular Choice Award was awarded to Yin Yu from Biomedical Engineering for “Engineering an augmented healing response for functional articular cartilage repair.”

5. Photo Day for College of Engineering Faculty and Staff

The Engineering Staff Advisory Council will be hosting a photo day from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. April 22 in 4511 Seamans Center. 

To schedule an appointment go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4caaaa2ba7f85-photo.

6. Grants and Contracts

Thomas Schnell, associate professor in the department of mechanical and industrial engineering and director of the Operator Performance Laboratory, received a $76,920 subcontract for “Single Pilot Understand through Distributed Simulation (SPUDS). 

Weiyu Xu, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, received a $64,094 grant for “Achieving full potential of massive MIMO Systems: theories and algorithms.


7. Events for the Upcoming Weeks

April 23 – Library Xpress Class, 2:30 p.m., 2001C, Seamans Center.  Karen Fischer, Collection Analysis Librarian, will present Open Access.  Learn the basics of Open Access and how it helps authors retain intellectual property rights. 

April 23 – Industrial Engineering Graduate Seminar, 3:30 p.m., 4030 Seamans Center.  Dr. J

April 23 – 2015 Hawkeye Innovation Summit event, 5-6:30 p.m., Nebraska Room, 335 Iowa Memorial Union.  Arthur Krieg, M.D. will present, “Shifting from R to D: The ABC’s or translating a great scientific idea into a great startup.” The event is sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development.

April 24 – Biomedical Engineering Graduate Seminar, 3:30 p.m., 2229 Seamans Center.  David T. Corr, associate professor of biomedical engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will present, “Creating spatially-precise cell cultures via 2D/3D laser direct.”

April 24 – Environmental Engineering & Science Graduate Seminar, 3:30 p.m., 3315 Seamans Center.  Lee Hauser, EES MS candidate will present, “Predicting episodic ammonium excretion by freshwater mussels via gape response and heart rate.”

April 30 – Phil’s Day. Phil--short for philanthropy--refers to the many faculty, staff, alumni, and friends who make donations to the UI, as well as the collective impact of their gifts.  If you have made a donation to the University or have been the beneficiary of a gift to the UI (or both) . . . Phil's Day is for you.  The University of Iowa is taking a day to celebrate philanthropy on campus.

May 1 – Engineering Computer Services 30th Birthday Celebration, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Engineering Student Commons. 

May 5 – Multi-ethnic Engineering And Science Association 20th Anniversary Celebration.  Reception at 6:00 p.m., Second Floor Lobby, followed at 7:00 p.m. for a recognition program, 1505 Seamans Center. 


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