E/Week

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E/WEEK
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News about
The University of Iowa College of Engineering
Week of December 4, 2016
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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. More than 70 Attend Taiwan Alumni Event
2. Engineering Alumna Tinker Receives Dean's Award for Distinguished Service
3. Craig Just Participates in Cedar Rapids 'Sustainable City Talk'
4. Grants and Contracts
5. College Events for the Coming Weeks
6. Alumni: Where Are They Now?
7. About E/WEEK
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1. More than 70 Attend Taiwan Alumni Event

More than 70 alumni and friends of the College of Engineering attended a special alumni dinner and induction ceremony December 3 in Taipei, Taiwan.
Taiwan has the most Engineering alumni outside the U.S.

As part of the dinner, civil and environmental engineering graduate Cheng-Kung Cheng was inducted into the college's Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy.

Cheng is the 58th distinguished graduate of the college to become a member of the academy.  He was nominated by Ching-Long Lin, Edward M. Mielnik and Samuel R. Harding Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, departmental executive officer of mechanical and industrial engineering, faculty research engineer at IIHR--Hydroscience & Engineering, and researcher at the UI Institute for Biomedical Imaging.

Cheng has devoted his career to research in biomedical engineering, orthopaedic biomechanics, orthopaedic device design, and rehabilitation science / technology. His goal has been to merge engineering techniques with clinical practice to undertake research of direct significance to the medical field.

Cheng was first appointed as the Associate Research Professor at the Department of Medical Engineering of National Taiwan University Hospital when he returned to Taiwan in 1988. In 1995, Professor Cheng established the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory at National Yang-Ming University. The purpose of the laboratory was to educating and training orthopaedic biomechanics expertise, and to improve the quality of research and development in Taiwan.

Major academic contributions and research undertakings of Cheng while at National Yang Ming University are many. They include the impact of aging on joints and bones, enhancement of total knee and hip prosthesis design, development of treatments for intervertebral disc disease, and laboratorial accreditation and product certification.

With outstanding academic achievements and abundant research experience, Cheng has been honored with Research Awards (1988-2000) and Outstanding Research Awards in Biomedical Engineering (2000, 2003) by National Science Council in Taiwan, as well as being bestowed with the Honorary Distinguished Award at the 13th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, Singapore (2008). In 2009, National Yang-Ming University conferred him the qualification of Distinguished Professor and later Distinguished Chair Professor since 2014. In June of the same year, President Ma bestowed upon him the Distinguished Engineering Professor Award (Chinese Institution of Engineers). Due to his contributions in joint prosthesis research, which enhanced the progression of domestic industries and helped gain worldwide recognition, the great honor of Distinguished Sci-Tech Contribution Award by Executive Yuan was granted in 2010.

The Academy honors University of Iowa engineering alumni for their personal contribution toward engineering achievement, leadership, and service to the profession and to society (https://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/alumni/awards/honor-wall/distinguished....

2. Engineering Alumna Tinker Receives Dean's Award for Distinguished Service

Engineering alumna Sharon K. Tinker (BSE 1980 chemical engineering)  received the College of Engineering Dean's Award for Distinguished Service December 1.  In addition to receiving the award, Tinker delivered a Chemical and Biochemical Engineering professional seminar on process safety.

The award is presented to alumni and non-alumni for long-term exceptional commitment and self-sacrifice in advancing the principles and goals of the University of Iowa College of Engineering -- setting an extraordinary example for aspiring students, dedicated faculty and staff, and fellow alumni.

Tinker is retired process safety engineer at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, Baytown, TX.  She currently resides in Des Moines, IA.
After graduation from the University of Iowa, Tinker joined the Exxon Chemical Company and worked in technical and management positions in chemical plants and refineries in Texas, California, Louisiana, and Singapore.

Through an endowment from her, the Sharon K. Tinker Process Safety Professorship in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering was established.  It is currently held by C. Allan Guymon, professor and departmental executive officer in chemical and biochemical engineering and director of the Photopolymerizations Center at the university.

Tinker has been recognized for her contributions with a Young Engineer of the Year Award from the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, an ExxonMobil Chemical Responsible Care Award, and an ExxonMobil Chemical Global Manufacturing Excellence Award.  In the past she has served on the United Way of the Baytown Area Board of Directors in Baytown, Texas, the Torrance Education Foundation Board of Directors in Torrance, California, and the University of Iowa College of Engineering Campaign Task Force and the Chemical and Biochemical Department Advisory Board. She recently was appointed to the College of Engineering Advisory Board.

Tinker is currently a member of the Safety and Chemical Engineering Education (SACHE) Committee of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). She continues to be a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

3. Craig Just Participates in Cedar Rapids 'Sustainable City Talk'

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reported November 29 that the city of Cedar Rapids hosted two University of Iowa scholars, led a discussion about making a sustainable city.

Craig Just, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and assistant faculty research engineer at IIHR--Hydroscience & Engineering, and Charles Connerly, professor of urban and regional planning, gave presentations as part of the first public “Sustainable City Talk.”

To read the complete Gazette story, go to http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/government/cedar-rapids-hosts-sus....

4. Grants and Contracts

Amaury Lendasse, associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, has received a $24,475 grant from Arcadia University of Applied Sciences for “Analytics for Imprecise and Incomplete Data.”

Mike Gannon, research specialist, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, has received an $18,666 grant from Northwest Regional Water for “Joint Wellfield Assessment.”

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5. College Events for the Coming Weeks

December 7 – Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Senior Design Night, 5:00 p.m., Iowa Memorial Union.

December 9 – Biomedical Engineering Graduate Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Presented by Roy Dar, assistant professor of bioengineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

December 17 – FIRST Tech Challenge League Tournament, 7:00 a.m., Nevada Middle School, Nevada, IA.

December 18 -- College of Engineering Undergraduate Commencement – 12:00 Noon, Hancher Auditorium.

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6. Alumni: Where Are They Now?

James Seaba (BSME 1984, MS 1986, PhD 1990) has been named senior director-technology development at the Gas Technology Institute. Chicago.

Joshua Behrendt (BSE 2014 mechanical engineering) is a mechanical foreman with BNSF Railway, Chicago, IL.
 
Matt Menietti (BSE 2009 electrical engineering) has been appointed to the board of FOCUS, St. Louis, a nonprofit organization committed to creating a cooperative, thriving region by engaging citizens in active leadership roles and invluence positive community change.  

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