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E/WEEK
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News about
The University of Iowa College of Engineering
Week of July 16, 2017

E/WEEK College Staff:
Editor:  Wendy Brentner, director of alumni relations and communications
College Web Site:  www.engineering.uiowa.edu
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IN THIS EDITION:

1. UI Continental Crossings Shares Nicaraguan Bridge Building Blog
2. UI Engineering Alumna Kuraitis-Kennedy Featured in Honda Video
3. Memorial Service for Professor Emeritus Y. King Liu Scheduled from July 21
4. Alumni: Where Are They Now
5. About E/Week
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1. UI Continental Crossings Shares Nicaraguan Bridge Building Blog

Members of the University of Iowa Continental Crossings group (https://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/current-students/student-organizations...) are spending the summer in Nicaragua building bridges as part of a Bridges to Prosperity team and the new Engineering Service Projects course in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The students have initiated a blog to journal their summer bridge building activities. To access the blog, go to http://continentalcrossings.com/blog/.
The course is taught by Craig Just, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and assistant faculty research engineer at IIHR--Hydroscience & Engineering.

Students participating in Nicaragua are Anthony Emigh, Paige Salz, Mayra Corona, Logan Kirby, Sandra Castillo-Aguirre, Chris Sullivan, and Elly Martens. Engineering alumnus Patrick Miner also is participating, as is Ricardo Mantilla (https://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/faculty-staff/ricardo-mantilla), assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and assistant faculty research engineer at IIHR.

Continental Crossings assists communities in Nicaragua to build footbridges to overcome the rural isolation experienced during the rainy season. The bridges give communities essential access to hospitals, schools, and economic opportunities. The Continental Crossings team works throughout the school year to design and fundraise for a community. To accomplish this, they use the guidelines and expertise of technical advisers at the non-profit organization of Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) to design cost efficient and safe pedestrian bridges. Their goal was raise $20,000 to pay for the bridge materials by hosting pancake breakfasts, car washes, bake sales, stadium cleanups, and receive donations to pay for the bridge each year.

Bridges to Prosperity (https://www.bridgestoprosperity.org/) is a United States-based nonprofit organization that partners with local governments to connect their rural last mile via pedestrian bridges.  Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy member Avery Bang (https://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/alumni/awards/honor-wall/avery-l-bang) is chief executive officer of Bridges to Prosperity.


2. UI Engineering Alumna Kuraitis-Kennedy Featured in Honda Video

University of Iowa College of Engineering alumna Kristina (Kuraitis) Kennedy (BSE 2000 mechanical engineering) is the latest subject of the "What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda" video series.

Kennedy, a senior engineer and quality project leader with Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in Columbus, OH, helps bring the voice of the customer to the product development team to enhance Honda products.

"Diversity of thought is going to make us all stronger, it's going to make us all better, it's going to make our products better," said Kennedy. "Customers that we serve don't all use a car in one way, so it's important for our product development team to relate to those different voices and reflect that to our products."

Four years ago, Kennedy helped create a network of female Honda engineers to help connect the women of the company. Her goal was to help the women find a mentor and meet new people. In her spare time, Kennedy enjoys volunteering for her daughter's Girl Scout troop. She often incorporates science, engineering and math activities into her troop meetings. Kennedy says she is inspired by their 'nothing is impossible' mindset.

The What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda video series focuses on Honda associates who live out Honda's commitment to The Power of Dreams, a global theme that encourages Honda associates to conceive ideas that will create new value for customers and society and then show the determination required to bring those dreams to life. In addition, the video series spotlights the inspiring efforts of Honda associates in their work and in the community.
To watch the video, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=181Scha87PQ.


3. Memorial Service for Professor Emeritus Y. King Liu Scheduled for July 21

A memorial gathering for Dr. Y. King Liu, founder and president of University Northern California will be held Friday, July 21, 2017, 7-8 p.m.

Dr. Liu was recruited in 1978 to further develop the undergraduate biomedical program at the University of Iowa.  In 1993 left the UI to establish the University of Northern California, Petaluma, CA.  

He has received many honors ranging from the NIH Research Career Development Award to Advisor-at-Large for the Committee on Hearing, Acoustics, and Biomechanics (CHABA) of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Liu was awarded many research grants and contracts by several Institutes of the NIH, NSF, CDC, the U.S. Army and Air Force, and private foundations.

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4. Alumni: Where Are They Now?

Vincent LaPelusa (BSE 2017) is a membrane process operator with GE Power and Water.

Nathan Bryngelson (BSE 2017) is an electrical applications engineer with Yokogawa Corporation, Newnan, GA.  

Kristian (Kuraitis) Kennedy (BSE 2000), senior engineer with Honda R&D Americas, Inc., was recently featured in the “What Makes a Honda. Who Makes a Honda” series.

Amanda Smith (BSE 2016) is a research and development engineer 2 with Boston Scientific, Marlborough, MA.  

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