E/Week

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E/WEEK
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News about
The University of Iowa College of Engineering
Week of July 1, 2018

E/WEEK College Staff:
Editor:  Wendy Brentner, director of alumni relations and communications
Contributing Writer:  Lynn Davy, UI News Services
College Web Site:  www.engineering.uiowa.edu
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IN THIS EDITION:

1. Iowa Professor Protects Disadvantaged from Floods
2. UI Formula SAE Team Participates in 2018 Formula SAE Lincoln Race
3. Three Schools Selected for Femineer ™ Adopt a School Program
4. Demir Earns ASFPM Outreach/Media Award
5. Engineering Students Named to Spring 2018 President’s and Dean’s List
6. Tonya Peeples to Become Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion at the Pennsylvania State University
7. Grants and Contracts
8. Alumni: Where Are They Now?
9. Events for the Upcoming Weeks
10. About E/Week
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1. Iowa Professor Protects Disadvantaged from Floods

Iowa Now, the University of Iowa news source, features a special story on the devastation after Hurricane Katrina that led Eric Tate to a career change and a new focus.

When IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering researcher Eric Tate hears about a hurricane that’s about to slam into the coast, he doesn’t immediately think of pelting rain, strong winds, and dangerous waves. Most likely, he’s thinking about a community’s low-income neighborhoods, which his research shows are more likely to be negatively affected by big storms and flooding.

To read the complete story, go to https://uiowa.edu/stories/ui-tate-protecting-disadvantaged-floods?utm_so...


2. UI Formula SAE Team Participates in 2018 Formula SAE Lincoln Race

The University of Iowa Formula SAE team recently returned from the 2018 Formula SAE Lincoln race in Lincoln, NE.

Iowa Formula was recognized for its dedication in front of more than 500 students and participating companies. To watch the recognition, go to https://youtu.be/fKKa6jrE-5Y?t=8m55s

For the past 1 1/2 years, a General Motors employee has been working with the UI team to provide advice. Now GM and the team are working toward a mentor relationship.

"We were able to share the story of our initial sponsorship outreach with GM and they were very impressed with our team’s initiative," David Movitz, Iowa Formula Team Principal said. To learn more about the team, visit www.iowaformula.com

 
3. Three Schools Selected for Femineer ™ Adopt-a-School Program

Three Iowa schools have been selected for the University of Iowa College of Engineering Femineer(TM) school program. They are Beckman Catholic High School, Dyersville, IA; Highland Middle School, Riverside, IA; and Linn-Mar High School, Marion, IA.

The Adopt-a-School Program assists schools in starting up the UIowa COE Femineer Program at their sites for the 2018-2019 academic year. Teachers will be trained August 6-8 at the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa in Coralville, IA.  The program engages participants through highly creative, hands-on activities. By engaging with real-world applications, Femineer™ students acquire the technical knowledge and practical skills necessary to become confident and strong in their future careers.

The funding to support the Femineer™ Adopt-a-School Program was generously raised through the University of Iowa Center for Advancement We are PHIL GOLDrush Campaign.

The Femineer™ Program was created and funded by Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Engineering in 2013 to inspire additional females to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in their education and career. The program provides K-12 students with project-based learning, female engineering student mentors, and opportunities to visit Cal Poly Pomona, while building a sustainable program and community for current and future STEM leaders.

The University of Iowa became a Femineer™ Affiliate in 2016. Initial seed funding for Femineers™ was provided by the Southeast Iowa STEM Innovation Fund and the University of Iowa College of Engineering Project Lead The Way Program. It is the first university affiliate outside of California. The University of Iowa College of Engineering Femineer™ Program was piloted during the 2017-2018 school year with two cohorts in the state of Iowa.


4. Demir Earns ASFPM Outreach/Media Award

Ibrahim Demir, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and associate faculty research engineer at IIHR--Hydroscience & Engineering, received the Outreach/Media Award June 21 from the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM).

Demir was recognized for his new artificial-intelligence algorithm called the “Flood AI Alpha.”

In December, he was awarded a grant from Microsoft as part of its “AI for Earth” program (https://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/news/demir-wins-microsoft%E2%80%99s-%E...)

More information about AI for Earth can be found on the website:  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/aiforearth

The award was established to acknowledge exemplary efforts on the part of media to increase information and/or awareness of flood issues with the general public. It is also for an individual, private organization or governmental unit or agency that have increased information and/or awareness of flood issues with the general public.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers is an organization of professionals involved in floodplain management, flood hazard mitigation, National Flood Insurance Program, and flood preparedness, warning and recovery. ASFPM is a respected voice in floodplain management practice and policy in the United States because it represents flood hazard specialists of local, state and federal government, research community, insurance industry and the fields of engineering, hydrologic forecasting, emergency response, water resources and others.


5. Engineering Students Named to Spring 2018 President’s and Dean’s List

Eighty-seven engineering students were among the 522 named to the spring 2018 President’s List.  

The president’s list was established in the fall of 1983 to recognize academic excellence.  In order to be included on the list, a student must have a minimum 4.0 grade point average (4.0 is an A) in all academic subjects for the preceding two semesters, with a total of at least 12 semester hours of credit per semester that period.  

For a complete list of students named to the President’s List, go to:
https://now.uiowa.edu/2018/06/ui-students-named-presidents-list-spring-2018

Of the 5,389 student named to the spring 2018 Dean’s, List, 592 were engineering students.  

Undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, the Tippie College of Business, and University College who achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 or higher on 12 semester hours or more of UI graded coursework during a given semester or summer session and who have no semester hours of “I” (incomplete) or “O” (no grade reported) during the same semester are recognized by inclusion on the dean’s list for that semester.

For a complete list of students named to the Dean’s List, go to
https://now.uiowa.edu/2018/06/ui-students-named-deans-list-spring-2018


6. Tonya Peeples to Become Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion at the Pennsylvania State University

Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity and Outreach Tonya Peeples has accepted the position of Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion at The Pennsylvania State University.

Peeples has served as Associate Dean for Diversity and Outreach at the UI College of Engineering since 2013. She has provided a remarkable level of leadership in Outreach, Admissions, Scholarships and Inclusion services including management of Directors of Admissions and First Year Experience, Scholarships and Recruitment, Diversity and K-12 Outreach, Project Lead the Way, First Tech Challenge, and Women in Science and Engineering.  As Director of Ethnic Inclusion Effort for Iowa Engineering, she has coordinated recruiting and retention efforts for underrepresented graduate students, facilitating the transition program for entering undergraduates, supporting multicultural engineering student organizations, and coordinating corporate proposals for funding these diversity programs.

As an individual researcher, administrator, and leader in the state and national community, Tonya has made an impact on improving the STEM pipeline through personal commitment, local partnerships, institutional leadership and effective collaboration. Her research in bioprocesses under extreme environments and environmentally beneficial biocatalysis is internationally renowned. She has served as associate director at the UI Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing and as researcher at the UI Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.  Her impact as advisor to student groups creates a benchmark for others to follow.  For example, she mentored the National Society of Black Engineers, National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, Multi-Ethnic Engineering and Sciences Association, and Society of Women Engineers.  During her time at the UI, Tonya has advised and mentored dozens or graduate, undergraduate, and high school students.

A farewell reception will be held Thursday, July 12, 5:30 pm in the Old Capitol Museum, First Floor Rotunda.  Please RSVP to jill-mcnamara@uiowa.edu

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7. Alumni, Where Are They Now?

Jie Zeng (PhD 2006) was recently promoted to the position of principal engineer at the South Florida Water Management District.  

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8. Grants and Contracts

Mona Garvin, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, received a $78,000 contract from the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  

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9. Events for the Upcoming Weeks

July 27 – RAGBRAI Open House, Noon-5 pm, John Deere Walkway.  The Colleges of Education and Engineering will co-host an open house for alumni and friends participating in RAGBRAI.  Stop by for a delicious slice of watermelon and swag (while supplies last).  Tour the newly renovated N110 space in the Lindquist Center and the new Seamans Center Annex.  Covered bike parking available.  


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