E/WEEK

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E/WEEK
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News about
The University of Iowa College of Engineering
Week of May 24, 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
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IN THIS EDITION:

1. UI Performance Lab Plays Key Role in Rockwell Collins’ First Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) Training Exercise with Certified MILS
2. Carver Charitable Trust Leaders Visit New Biomechanics, Mechanobiology Laboratory
3. Alumni: Where Are They Now
4. About E/Week
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1. UI Operator Performance Lab Plays Key Role in Rockwell Collins’ First Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) Training Exercise with certified MILS

The UI Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL), a unit of the Center for Computer-Aided Design, played a major role in the May 19 Rockwell Collins's performance of the first successful Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) air combat training flight using production JSAS (Joint Secure Air combat training System) equipment.

The LVC demonstration included a live Aero L-29 jet trainer with the JSAS equipment onboard, emulating a 5th-Gen F-35 fighter, operated by the Operator Performance Lab.  The training flight was attended by military officials.

Tommy Dodson, vice president and general manager of Surface Solutions for Rockwell Collins, said, “This exercise highlighted that 5th-Gen and 4th-Gen aircraft pilots can both see significant training benefit when simulating a high threat combat environment.”

To view a video of the LVC demonstration, using OPL's Aero L-29 research jet, go to https://youtu.be/OswBDDUeL10.

To read more about the first Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) training exercise with certified MILS, go to the Rockwell Collins news release at http://www.rockwellcollins.com/Data/News/2015_Cal_Yr/GS/FY15GSNR36-LVCde....

The Operator Performance Laboratory conducts research on human-in-the-loop and intelligent autonomous systems to increase efficiency, inter-operability, and safety. Systems of particular interest include flight decks, airborne sensor systems, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) systems, and automotive user interface systems.  The lab has a long history of working with Rockwell Collins on key avionics projects.

2. Carver Charitable Trust Leaders Visit New Biomechanics, Mechanobiology Laboratory

Troy Ross, executive administrator, and Lynne Sasmazer, program director, at the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust visited the newly finished Carver Biomechanics & Mechanobiology Laboratory May 21 at the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences.

The laboratory is a gift of the charitable trust, which has a long history of supporting a broad cross-section of academic and research initiatives at the University of Iowa.  Funding was matched by the College of Engineering.

The laboratory is a shared resource for the study of how cells, fluids, tissues, organs, and implants respond to physical forces.  Affiliated biomedical engineering faculty include Seth Dillard, lecturer and laboratory manager; Michael Mackey, associate professor; M.L. Raghavan, Robert and Virginia Wheeler Faculty Fellow of Engineering and professor; Ed Sander, assistant professor: and Sarah Vigmostad, assistant professor.

Laboratory research includes:
* Assaying cells and tissues to quantify mechano-biological activity
* Testing tissue mechanics to understand the mechanical behavior of biological tissues and biomaterials
* Quantitative imaging of cells using inverted phase contrast time-lapse microscopy and custom software for data acquisition and analysis
* Simulating blood flow using experimental flow loops to study implant performance under the action of pulsable flow conditions in the heart and vessels
* Preparing and testing stents used to repair arteries
* Measuring cellular flow using microscopic particle image velocimetry to study how red blood cell hemolysis and cancer cell metastasis take place

For more photos of the visit, go to https://www.flickr.com/photos/133058285@N08/sets/72157653213793301.

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3. Alumni: Where Are They Now?

Jeremy Fortier (BS 1997 civil engineering) is senior project manager – planning, design, and construction with Ascension Health. 

Linda (Flach) McDaniel (BSME 1985) currently serves on the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration Board of Directors. 

Michael DePierro (MS 2005, PhD 2006 chemical and biochemical engineering) has been invited to the 2015 National Academy of Engineering’s 2015 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. 

Abbie Bys (BSE 2007 biomedical engineering) is a product manager for Label Insight Incorporated.

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