E/Week

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E/WEEK
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News about
The University of Iowa College of Engineering
Week of March 26, 2017
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E/WEEK College Staff:
Editor:  Wendy Brentner, director, alumni relations and communications
Contributing Writer: Mikael Mulugeta, IIHR Hydroscience & Engineering
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. College of Engineering Publishes Latest Issue of Iowa Engineer Magazine
2. Engineering Alumnus Mena Appointed Chilean Environment Minister
3. First Graduate With Naval Hydrodynamics Certificate
4. Grants and Contracts
5. College Events for the Coming Weeks
6. About E/WEEK

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1. College of Engineering Publishes Latest Issue of Iowa Engineer Magazine

The latest digital issue of Iowa Engineer Magazine, published for College of Engineering alumni and friends, is now available at
http://www.pageturnpro.com/University-of-Iowa-College-of-Engineering/775...

This issue features:

* The new Computer Science and Engineering degree program, a joint effort of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
* Priya Pennathur's research on electronic health records that balances the human touch with high tech tools
* Liz Risius (BSE 2013), alumna working as an Integration Engineer and Technical Project Manager with Epic systems
* Introduction of the eight new faculty members who joined the College in Fall 2016
* The appointment of Ching-Long Lin to the Edward M. Mielnik and Samuel R. Harding Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

It also has traditional favorite features such as College Briefs, Class Notes and In Memoriam.

2. Engineering Alumnus Mena Appointed Chilean Environment Minister

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has appointed University of Iowa College of Engineering distinguished alumnus and deputy environment minister Marcelo Mena-Carrasco (MS 2003, PhD 2007 civil and environmental engineering) as the new minister of the environment, following the resignation of Pablo Badenier from the post.

Badenier resigned to join the presidential campaign of senator Carolina Goic, who is currently vying to be the presidential nominee for the ruling Nueva Mayoría coalition.

Mena had been serving as deputy environmental minister since the start of the Bachelet administration in March 2014.

During the past several years, Mena-Carrasco joined forces with UI colleagues as well as officials of the city of Santiago, Chile, to implement a dramatically improved pollution-forecasting model for the city of Santiago. Armed with accurate forecasts, the government has been able to reduce automobile usage and other pollution-causing activities during certain weather events and enable millions of people to avoid exposure to pollution-fouled air.

Mena-Carrasco is a member of the college’s Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy and received the 2013 UI International Impact Award.

For more on Mena-Carrasco, go to:
http://breathelife2030.org/news/marcelo-mena-qa/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/marcelo-mena
https://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/alumni/awards/honor-wall/marcelo-mena-...

3. First Graduate With Naval Hydrodynamics Certificate

This May, senior mechanical engineering student Sean Seelau will be the first student to receive a certificate in Naval Hydrodynamics from the University of Iowa.

After receiving a grant from the Office of Naval Research in the summer of 2015, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering researchers Pablo Carrica and James Buchholz developed the certificate for undergraduate students.

“IIHR has a very long history of graduate education on naval hydrodynamics,” says Carrica, a professor of mechanical and industrial engineering. “We’ve done a lot of research for the Navy using facilities like the tow tank and the wave basin.

We thought, ‘Why not make that background and those tools available to undergraduate students?’”

The certificate, which became available to students in the 2016 spring semester, requires completion of 18 semester hours from a pool of courses focusing on fluid dynamics, experimental and numerical methods, and naval hydrodynamics. Two courses, Computational Naval Hydrodynamics and Experimental Naval Hydrodynamics, were created specifically for the certificate, and multiple students working toward the certificate are expected to graduate in December 2017.

Seelau says he became interested in pursuing the certificate because of the open-ended projects, the opportunity to use various IIHR facilities, and his interest in fluid dynamics.

The lab class that is offered allows you to design the experiments yourself, which challenges our problem-solving skills in the way real jobs will,” says Seelau. “I was put in situations where I’d be given a task but wasn’t told how to do it. It’s a very hands-on and real to life process.”

The certificate aims to give students the technical and leadership skills that will prepare them for civilian careers in Navy science and technology positions, as well as other supporting industries.

Working with ships, autonomous underwater or surface vehicles, drones, and aerospace all use the same tools that we teach in our certificate,” says Carrica.

“If students are interested in doing research on hydrodynamics or aerodynamics, this certificate would be great for them.”

Carrica and Buchholz also plan to engage high school students through outreach programs, designed to teach STEM principles inspired by hydrodynamics problems in naval architecture.

Seelau, who lives in Cedar Rapids with his wife and children, worked for over 20 years, mostly for a telecommunications company, before attending the UI in 2013. He says he plans to look for work involving fluid dynamics in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area.

“I’m definitely looking for a job involving fluid dynamics,” says Seelau. “Maybe with alternative energies like wind turbines or working for a consulting firm, potentially with the infrastructure of buildings and their air flow systems and piping. My work will involve fluid dynamics in one way or another.”

4. Grants and Contracts

Ryan J. Clark, research specialist, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, received a $39,999 grant from the US Department of the Interior, US Geological Survey, for “Scientific Borehole in Northeast Iowa.”

Marcela S. Politano, research engineer, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, received a $92,187 grant from the US Department of Defense, Army Corps of Engineers, for “Lower Granite Dam Forebay Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Modeling.”

Rebecca Whitaker, coordinator, FIRST Tech Challenge Programs, outreach admissions scholarships and inclusion services, received a $5,000 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, for “Iowa Space Grant Consortium – ‘Opportunities for Hands-On Experiences (OHOE) for students.’”

Albert Ratner, associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, received $2,084 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, for “Iowa Space Grant Consortium- ‘Midwest Regional High Powered Rocket Competition.’"

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5. College Events for the Coming Weeks

March 30-April 1 – FIRST Tech Challenge North Super Regional, US Cellular Center/DoubleTree Hotel, Cedar Rapids, IA.

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6. About E/WEEK

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