E/Week

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E/WEEK
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News about
The University of Iowa College of Engineering
Week of June 18, 2018
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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. Algharrawi  Earns UI Inventor Award
2. Area Leaders Get Look at Newest UI Driving Simulator Addition
3. Creative Space Paper Published in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship
4. Three UI Students Win WiSE Scholarships
5. Grants and Contracts
6. About E/WEEK

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1. Algharrawi Earns UI Research Foundation Inventor Award

Khalid Algharrawi, doctoral candidate in chemical and biochemical engineering, has received the 2016 University of Iowa Research Foundation Inventor Award for his research project on “Methods for Production of 7-methylxanthne from Caffeine and Theobromine via Metabolic Engineering of Escherichia coli Strain BL21 (DE3).”

The intellectual property has been optioned to V. B. Medicare Private Limited (Bioplus) by the UI Research Foundation.

Algharrawi received an MS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Baghdad, Iraq in 2005. He was then appointed as an assisting lecturer at the Chemical Engineering department of the University of Baghdad from 2005 and continued till 2010 in which he was awarded a scholarship from the Iraqi Prime Minister Office through the Higher Committee of Educational Development in Iraq to pursue a Ph. D. degree in chemical and biochemical engineering at the UI.
His research focuses on developing a novel bio-process to produce methylxanthines from economical feed-stocks catalyzed by metabolically engineered E. coli. Currently, methylxanthines are produced only by chemical methods which are complicated, expensive and not favorable by the environment.  The process he is developing is using economical feed-stocks such as caffeine and being carried out by one single N-demethylation reaction at room temperature.  Moreover, the bio-process is environmentally friendly.  


2. Area Leaders Get Look at Newest UI Driving Simulator Addition

Johnson County leaders and other area officials on Wednesday learned about ongoing research at the University of Iowa's driving simulator and had a chance to take a look inside its newest test vehicle: a 2017 Tesla Model S.
The event was covered by the Iowa City Press-Citizen (http://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/local/2017/06/15/area-officials-...) and by the Cedar Rapids Gazette (http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/university-of-iowa-driving-simula...).


3. Creative Space Paper Published in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship

A paper by Kari Kozak, head of the Lichtenberger Engineering Library, has been published on the unique Creative Space in the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship.

In collaboration with the UI College of Engineering, the Lichtenberger Engineering Library opened a Creative Space in Fall 2016 on the second floor of the Seamans Center (2001C). The renovated room in the library includes tinkering stations featuring different technologies and tools, as well as collaborative work areas with white boards and computer monitors that can split into as many as four independent screens.

Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship publishes substantive content of interest to science and technology librarians. It serves as a vehicle for sci-tech librarians to share successful initiatives and innovative ideas, and to publish peer-reviewed or board-accepted papers, including case studies, practical applications, theoretical essays, web/bibliographies, and research papers relevant to the functions and operations of science and technology libraries in all settings. Through its columns ISTL also publishes reviews, opinions, and best practices.

To read the published paper, go to http://www.istl.org/17-spring/apps.html.

For more on the Creative Space, go to https://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/news/engineering-library-opens-new-cre....


4. Three UI Students Win WiSE Scholarships

Three University of Iowa undergraduate students have earned scholarships from Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE).

Laura Hult, a junior in global health studies, and Melissa Adrian, a sophomore in statistics and mathematics, each received the $1,500 Carol Fethke WiSE Scholarship.

Rachel Harder, a junior in biochemistry, earned a $2,375 J. Lynn Stoll Scholarship.

Both scholarships are awarded annually by WiSE, a UI program that focuses on helping females in all the STEM majors, despite its name specifying just science and engineering.


5. Grants and Contracts

Juan Martin, assistant research engineer at IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, received a $50,000 contract from Candent Technologies, Inc., for “Reduced Cavitation High Efficiency Outboard Propulsors for Small Planing Craft.”

Tom Schnell, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and director of the Operator Performance Laboratory, received a $29,958 contract from Rockwell Collins, Inc. for “UAS Monitoring Electric Transmission Line Construction.”     

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