E/Week

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E/WEEK
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News about
The University of Iowa College of Engineering
Week of January 22, 2017
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E/WEEK College Staff:
Editor:  Wendy Brentner, director, alumni relations and communications
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. Journal of Polymer Science, Part A, Polymer Chemistry Publishes Scholte, Guymon Paper
2. Civil Engineering Alumna Bang Featured in IMAX Film on Profession
3. Tinker, Day Appointed to Engineering Advisory Board
4. Services Held for Legacy of Iowa Engineering Member Branson
5. College Events for the Coming Weeks
6. About E/WEEK

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1. Journal of Polymer Science, Part A, Polymer Chemistry Publishes Scholte, Guymon Paper

The Journal of Polymer Science, Part A, Polymer Chemistry, has published a paper on polymer structure and properties by recent PhD graduate Jon Scholte and C. Allan Guymon, Sharon K. Tinker Process Safety Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, departmental executive officer of chemical and biochemical engineering, and co-director of the Photopolymerizaton Center.  The paper was featured as the cover subject.

The paper illustrates that the structure of the building units of polymers are very important in determining final polymer structure and properties.

"When the reactive groups are placed on the ends of the monomer building blocks, both hard and soft domains are formed which dramatically increases the strength and flexibility of the material," Guymon explained.

The research was supported by the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on the Applications and Fundamentals of Photopolymerizations housed at the University of Iowa and University of Colorado.

To access the paper, go to http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pola.v55.1/issuetoc.

The Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry is a peer-reviewed scientific journal covering polymer science. The journal is dedicated to studies in fundamental organic polymer chemistry and physical organic chemistry.

2. Civil Engineering Alumna Bang Featured in IMAX Film on Profession

Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy member Avery Bang (BSE 2007 civil engineering) is featured in a new film on the engineering profession that will be released February 17 in IMAX and other large screen theaters.

Bang is CEO of Bridges to Prosperity, a company that aids poor communities in countries like Haiti by building footbridges over dangerous rivers.

The film, "Dream Big: Engineering Our World," provides a highlight for celebration of National Engineers Week February.  It will take viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds. Along the way, the audience will witness how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow.

“I believe that every young woman and girl should understand that they can do this,” Bang says. “This is not only for men, this is not only for a certain class of people, it’s not only for people whose parents or uncles or grandfathers were engineers. Engineering is very accessible, and I think that accessibility can build belief.”

The film creates a visual basis for an effort called "The Girls Night Out," led by the American Society of Civil Engineers.  The events are designed as a kind of prepackaged outreach activity that groups can use with the film. The idea is that museums will invite girls and their female relatives and teachers to the Girls Night Out for film screenings and educational activities to improve girls’ attitudes toward engineering and encourage them to pursue engineering as a potential career.

Following is the "Dream Big: Engineering Our World" profile on Bang--http://www.dreambigfilm.com/team/avery-bang/

To read a USA Today story and watch the movie trailer, go to http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2017/01/18/trailer-imax-dream-....

For more on "Dream Big: Engineering Our World," go to http://www.dreambigfilm.com/.

3. Tinker, Day Appointed to Engineering Advisory Board

The College of Engineering has appointed two alumni as members of its Engineering Advisory Board.

They are Sharon K. Tinker (BSChE 1980) and Christopher Day (BSE 1991 Civil Engineering).  Both will serve four-year terms starting with the April 7, 2017 board meeting.

Tinker, of Ankeny, IA, is retired process safety engineer in the ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company.  After graduation from the University of Iowa, she joined the Exxon Chemical Company and worked in technical and management positions in chemical plants and refineries in Texas, California, Louisiana, and Singapore.  She has served as a member of the UI Chemical and Biochemical Department Advisory Board and the college's Campaign Task Force.

Day, of Muscatine, IA, is vice president and client service manager with the U.S. Federal and International Programs Market at Stanley Consultants, Inc.    He is a licensed professional engineer in four states.    He joined the company in 1992 and was elected vice president in 2012.

The Advisory Board provides value to the college in developing and achieving its strategic plan/vision.  The board provides advice by drawing upon perspectives, knowledge, and experiences from global trends.  Meanwhile, the college provides awareness and knowledge of new technologies and educational trends, and informs the board of its progress in achieving the strategic plan.

Board members benefit by being part of ongoing communication between the world of engineering education as represented by the college and the full spectrum of engineering activities.

Engineering alumni Sharon Tinker (left) and Christopher Day are the newest members of the Engineering Advisory Board.

4. Services Held for Legacy of Iowa Engineering Member Branson

Services were held Sunday, January 15, 2017, for Dan Branson, College of Engineering professor emeritus and Legacy of Iowa Engineering member.
Branson, 88, of Iowa City, died January 9, 2017, at Oaknoll Retirement Residence.

Branson, who served as professor of civil and environmental engineering from 1963-1993 was inducted into the College of Engineering's Legacy of Iowa Engineering in 2011 (https://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/alumni/awards/honor-wall/dan-branson).  The Legacy recognizes faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the College of Engineering who made exceptional historical contributions toward advancing the College in teaching, research, or service during their engagement with the College.

To read Branson's obituary, go to http://www.thegazette.com/obituaries/dan-branson-20170112-0000046536-01.

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5. College Events for the Coming Weeks

January 28 -- FIRST Tech Challenge League Tournament, 7:00 a.m., Central High School, DeWitt, IA.

January 28 -- FIRST Tech Challenge League Tournament, 7:00 a.m., Hills Community College, Ottumwa, IA.

Faculty Innovators Workshop
January 31 – Faculty Innovators Workshop, 5:30-9:00 p.m., Carver Biomedical Research Building, 1289, 285 Newton Road, Iowa City, IA.

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6. About E/WEEK

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