Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
Quarter Scale Tractor Team Rides Again
The UK Tractor Design Team fared well in this year’s competition in June with an overall seventh place finish, third in pull performance (winning one of the heats), first in the Cook-Off (recapturing this title), and first place in X-Team Pull Performance. The students represented the University in a very professional and competitive manner.
Fisk Selected as a New Face of Engineering in USA Today
Congratulations to Courtney Fisk, from biosystems and agricultural engineering, who was selected as a National Engineering Week New Face of Engineering 2010. In the full page ad in USA Today, Fisk was identified as one of a handful of young engineers who have been recognized for their work and research in energy. The ad was created to celebrate National Engineering Week and to recognize “Young engineers have done just that and in the process have discovered ways to make a world of difference.”
Courtney currently serves as an engineer in the CAER Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis Group.
For more information visit the National Engineers Week site.
Chemical and Materials Engineering
Seven Students Attend Materials Science and Technology Conference
Seven undergraduates from the B.S. program in materials engineering recently attended the Materials Science and Technology Conference in Pittsburgh, Oct. 25-29. Three of these individuals were recognized for their achievements:
Paul Rottmann won 3rd place in the National Student Speaking Contest. Paul presented a paper based on research performed as part of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program at Washington State University; a total of 14 students participated in the contest.
Elizabeth Fadde received an honorable mention in the Undergraduate Poster Competition for her research on nanoporous palladium-nickel thin films, performed under the direction of Dr. John Balk.
Adam Floyd was awarded the Edward J. Dulis Scholarship from ASM International. This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student in materials science and engineering based on academic merit and includes financial support of $1,500. In addition, Adam was appointed to the President’s Council of Student Advisors within the American Ceramic Society.
Chemical and Materials Senior Wins Best Undergraduate Research Poster
Luke Richardson, a senior in chemical and materials engineering at the Paducah Extended Campus Program, won the Best Undergraduate Research Poster Award for his poster titled “Optimizing the Catalytic Cycle for the Dehydration of Biobased Glycerol to Economically Viable C3 Compounds” at the 1st International Congress on Sustainability Science and Engineering in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The University of Kentucky AlChE is “Outstanding Chapter”
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Student Chapter at the University of Kentucky was recently honored at the AIChE Annual Meeting in Nashville last November. The UK Student Chapter received an Outstanding Chapter Award for the 22nd consecutive year. This award, which recognizes student participation and the strength of the local program, is awarded to only 10% of student chapters annually.
The UK AIChE Student Chapter from Paducah (UK Engineering Extended Campus) was similarly honored in Nashville. The Paducah cohort, who served as co-hosts for the National Student Conference, earned an Outstanding Chapter Award for the 8th consecutive year.
A total of 59 UK chemical engineering undergraduates attended the annual meeting, participating in technical and professional sessions. Ten UK students presented results from undergraduate research in the undergraduate student poster session, with three of these individuals earning one of the prestigious poster awards:
- Juan Carlos Cordova, 1st place award for the materials engineering & sciences section.
- Andrea Ramsey, 1st place award for the environmental section.
- Chelsie Bottom, 2nd place award for the food, pharmaceutical and biotechnology section.
The UK AIChE student chapter also participated in the video contest sponsored by AIChE Computing and Systems Technology Division. The University of Kentucky was awarded $200 for their efforts, and the video was showcased at the Annual Student Conference Bash.
The President of the AIChE Student Chapter in Lexington is Isaac Bennett; Luke Richardson serves as the President in Paducah. Faculty advisors for the student chapters are Professor Zach Hilt (Lexington) and Professor David Silverstein (Paducah).
ASCE to Host Regional Concrete Canoe Competition
The Concrete Canoe Team is preparing the host this year’s Ohio Valley Student Conference competition on April 22-23. UK’s chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) will host 11 area teams in Lexington’s Jacobson Park.
The team’s project manager is Benjamin Mason. Michael Brockman is mix design engineer. Michael Heckert serves as mold construction engineer. The analysis engineer is Matt Quigley. Fundraising is coordinated by Clay Greenwell.
The ASCE team began the planning and design phase in September 2009. The canoe, named “CATLAS,” has been partially constructed. So far, the team has designed a concrete mix strong enough to meet the demands of the competition yet light enough to pass the flotation test. Testing multiple concrete batches led the team to determine the best option. A form frame was designed and constructed, and the after pouring the concrete cured for 28 days.
The team still needs to sand, stain and seal the concrete to finish the canoe. They will then prepare an oral presentation and design report, as well as a product display that shows the methodology behind the canoe’s construction. They also need to practice paddling in the canoe for the race event.
“We are definitely looking forward to the competition and would love to reach our goal of qualifying for the national competition,” Mason said. “We are also hoping to set the stage for the UK Concrete Canoe team to excel for years to come.”
Civil Students Honored at Awards Banquet
Seven outstanding civil engineers were honored April 25, at the Department of Civil Engineering’s annual awards banquet. Awards recognized lifetime achievement, career achievement, young construction engineer of the year and young civil engineer of the year. Award recipients were: Billy Harper (‘66) and David R. Houchin (‘70) for the Construction Management Founders Society Lifetime Achievement Award, Chad P. Conley (‘01) for the Young Construction Engineer of the Year Award, and Charles R. (Ron) Lovan (‘69, ‘71), Ben T. Quinn (‘66), and John W. Scott (‘61) for the Civil Engineering Career Achievement Awards.
ACM Team Reaches Contest Finals
Congratulations to Mark Hays, Tom Dodson, Stefan Kendall and their faculty adviser and coach Dr. Jerzy Jaromczyk. They placed third in the ACM Regional Programming Contest held at UK (and simultaneously at other locations in the region) and traveled to Harbin, China to compete with teams from all over the world at the International Finals in February. Out of over 7,000 teams from over 1,800 universities in 88 countries, they finished in the top 100!
“They are recognized as being in the top one percent of programmers, which is a great position to be in. And they are able to interact with other great programmers at these contests, and bring the results of those interactions back to the computer science program at UK, which provides us with a good pipeline of success,” said Jaromczyk.
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering Student Scores Big with Astronaut Scholarship
Space Shuttle Astronaut Robert “Hoot” Gibson presented University of Kentucky Electrical Engineering senior Samuel Nicaise with a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) during a public presentation and ceremony on Oct. 15. The Astronaut Scholarship is the largest monetary award given in the United States to science and engineering undergraduate students based solely on merit.
Nicaise is dedicated to finding a solution to the problems associated with electrical power generation, specifically coal fired power plants, and is working toward a solution using photovoltaics combined with nanotechnology.
“Students like Samuel are the pioneers of our future,” said Gibson. “He will forever be included in the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s elite group of Astronaut Scholars. Our scholars have gone on to work with the Hubble telescope, discovering the furthest galaxy documented to date, helped design several of the world’s most prestigious fighter jets, have been named some of the top 50 technical leaders by Scientific America and much more.”
Senior Design Day
On Dec. 4, Senior Design Day was held for Fall 2009. Twenty students made up five teams for the competition. Projects this year were: HVAC – Dual Controlled Geo-Thermal Heating and Ventilation Control Systems, Camera – In-Camera 360 Degree Panoramic Imaging using CHDK, GPS – GPS Speed and Distance Sensor for Skiers and Snowboarders, The Marauder’s Map, Solar Robot – Renewable Energy Robot.
The Solar Robot Team (Adam Parks, Brian Casey, Tim Cook and Nate Lannan) won first place. Second place was Camera Team (Larry Profitt, Andrew Asman and Kung Piow Yeong) and third place was The Marauders’s Map (Jon Boitillier, Kyle Hawes, Adam Niggebrugge and Alan Scott). Dual Controls (Dmitriy radyk, Justin Daniels and Jeff Kimberly) and GPS (Ryan Gooch, Christina Lenz, Dustin Curtsinger and Aaron Young) earned Honorable Mention.
Mechanical Engineering Students Participate in the 2009 Cessna/Raytheon Student Design/Build/Fly competition
Sixteen students and two faculty members from the Department of Mechanical Engineering made their way to Arizona to participate in the 2009 Cessna/Raytheon Student Design/Build/Fly competition from April 17-19 in Tucson. The competition is affiliated with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
Design/Build/Fly is a competition in which students from AIAA chapters at universities all over the world are invited to design and compete with an unmanned aircraft. The competition requires students to design, manufacture, and demonstrate the aircraft flight performance that meets the specifications.
Team members on the trip were: Tony Blaker, Ben Craigmyle, Sarah Lynn Dennis, Jonathan Griffith, Dan Roettgen, Stephanie NeCamp, Tim Riley, Keith Bezanson, Brady Doepke, David Miller, Alex Thompson, Hassan McGinnis, Britney Thompson, Claire Dodson, Jim Burgess, Tyler Porter, Dr. Suzanne Smith and Dr. Raymond LeBeau.
Doctoral Candidate Wins Cross-Cultural Scholarship
Mehmet Saracoglu, a doctoral candidate in mining engineering, was one of three University of Kentucky students presented with the Viji Jeganathan Award for Cross-Cultural Understanding. The award and a $1,000 scholarship applicable toward tuition for the fall 2009 semester were awarded to Saracoglu by the UK Office of International Affairs.
Saracoglu, a native of Turkey, has been at the heart of a movement on the UK campus that builds cultural and religious understanding, appreciation and celebration. Along with students of various faiths, Saracoglu founded the Interfaith Dialogue Organization (IDO) at UK. As a student, he embodies the mission of IDO, which is to promote dialogue, friendship, understanding, respect and love toward fellow human beings by sharing cultures and spiritual traditions of the world’s religions.
Solar Car Team
UK Students Show Solar Car to Toyota Executives
In October, members of the UK College of Engineering Solar Car Team were invited to visit the North American headquarters for Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing (TEMA) to display Gato del Sol III for Toyota executives and employees. Toyota is one of the current sponsors of Gato del Sol III. Toyota employees stopped by to view Gato del Sol III, check out design and race plans for Gato del Sol IV and ask questions of the team members about all aspects of the car. The highlight of the day was a visit by TEMA President/CEO, Ted Agata who greeted team members and took Gato del Sol for a spin around the property.