Engineering Professor Earns ASHRAE Andrew T. Boggs Service Award
Presidential Member and University of Kentucky professor Donald G. Colliver, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, has received the Andrew T. Boggs Service Award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) at its Annual Conference held in Albuquerque, New Mexico during June 26-30.
The award recognizes past recipients of the Distinguished Service Award for continuing their unselfish, dedicated and distinguished service to the Society. Colliver previously received this award in 1995. Seven years later, he became president of ASHRAE, serving in 2002-03.
ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of some 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.
UK Grabs Runner-up Spot in ASABE ¼-Scale Tractor Competition
The University of Kentucky ¼ Scale Tractor Team brought home the Second Place Overall and Second Place Pull Performance trophies in the 13th Annual ASABE International 1/4-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition, held June 3-6, in Peoria, Illinois. The ASABE Annual International 1/4-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition provides university students with a design experience in which they must build a tractor from the ground up, document their market research, testing and development; present their design to a mock corporate management team; and demonstrate performance in a live tractor pull.
Twenty teams from across the U.S. and Canada competed in this year’s competition. The University of Illinois Illini Pullers took top honors followed by UK, Nicholls State University, University of Saskatchewan, and Purdue University. The five earned their top finishes by performing consistently well among all of the judging categories: Oral Presentation, Written Design Report, Static Design Judging, Maneuverability and Performance (tractor pull).
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers is a professional and technical organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. This was the 13th year ASABE has sponsored the competition, and UK’s 12th straight entry.
Chemical Engineering Faculty Member Honored with Research Award
This past March, Dr. Kimberly Ward Anderson, Gill Eminent Professor of Chemical Engineering, received a University Research Professorship for 2010-2011 from the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees. Anderson was among five University of Kentucky faculty members awarded a research professorship, which carries a $40,000 award to support research.
With the award Dr. Kimberly Ward Anderson will investigate the physical properties of cancer cells and the role of these properties in metastasis. The award will provide funding for Anderson to bring in a Ph.D. student to aid with research in this area. The award also provides funding to further catalyze recent initiatives to promote collaborations between faculty in the College of Engineering and researchers at UK’s Markey Cancer Center.
In addition to her research in the department of chemical and materials engineering, Anderson is director of an Integrative Graduate Education Research Traineeship (IGERT) that provides funding for Ph.D. students pursuing interdisciplinary research in Engineered Bioactive Interfaces and Devices. Anderson is also director of a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer program. She also serves as director of undergraduate studies for chemical engineering at the College of Engineering.
Engineering Students Receive Goldwater Scholarship Recognition
In April two College of Engineering students were recognized by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. Junior Jenna Shapiro, was named a Goldwater Scholar for 2010, an award worth approximately $7,500 per year for up to two years of undergraduate study in mathematics or the natural sciences covering expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board.
Jason Rexroat earned an honorable mention recognition from the scholarship program. He currently is pursing computer engineering and electrical engineering majors as well as a minor in mathematics. He is also an active participant in the Kentucky Space program at the College of Engineering.
Jenna Shapiro currently is pursuing a chemical engineering major and biology minor. Shapiro serves as a committee chair for the UK Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers and a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. She also participates in undergraduate research in UK’s Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering.
“I hope that this award promotes recognition, not only for my own work and that of other student researchers, but also for the quality of education and research that is provided at UK,” said Shapiro.
Shapiro plans to pursue a doctoral degree in chemical engineering with a focus on biomedical applications. She would eventually like to conduct research to develop cancer treatments and teach at a research-intensive university.
UK students win big at the AIChE Southern Regional Conference
University of Kentucky chemical engineering students and the student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) were again prominent at this year’s AIChE Southern Regional Conference, held this past April.
A team of seven chemical engineering students entered their “Calipari Powered” car in the Chem-E-Car competition. They designed a car powered by a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell. In addition to the team leader Juan Carlos Cordova, members were Kevin Baldridge, Ben Carpenter, Tuan Ho, Brandon Murray, Christina Russell and Hamzah Saiyed.
The UK AIChE student Chapter officers are: Isaac Bennett, President; Juan Carlos Cordova, Vice-President; Alex Heilman, Secretary; Laura Wallace, Treasurer. Dr. J. Zach Hilt is the chapter adviser.
Oral Presentation Details:
- Kevin Baldridge, “Development of oxidant-active polymeric nanoparticles for the regulation of doxorubicin mediated chemotoxicity.”
- Chelsie Bottom, “RC materials based on nanocomposite sol-gel systems.”
- Eric Coker, “Synthesizing iron and iron oxide nanoparticles in the membrane domain.”
- Lisa He, “Development of nanocomposite shape memory polymers.”
- Alex Heilman, “Investigation of dynamic relaxation properties of poly(methyl methacrylate)/silica nanocomposites.”
- Jenna Shapiro, “Characterization of PEG-iron oxide hydrogel nanocomposites for combined hyperthermia and chemotherapy treatment of cancer.”
Poster Presentation Details:
- Joseph Amundson, “Selectivity among calcium, ferrous, and ferric ions in a polyvinylidene fluoride membrane with polyacrylic acid functionalization.”
- Justin Byarski, “Catalase loaded biodegradable hydrogels for the prevention of bacteria diversification.”
- Juan Carlos Cordova, “Biodegradable poly(beta-amino ester) hydrogels as tissue engineering scaffolds for growth plate regeneration.”
- Craig Needham, “Adsorption of simple sugars onto molecularly imprinted silica films.”
- Luke Richardson, “Catalyst Optimization for Glycerol Dehydration Chemistry Using Systems Engineering Tools.”
UK Students, Alumni Named Fulbright Scholars
Earlier this past May Samantha Meenach, a 2010 graduate with a doctoral degree in chemical engineering from the University of Kentucky was one of five students and alumni selected as recipients of Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships from the university.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
Meenach holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering all from UK. She was awarded the Fulbright to complete postdoctoral research on the project “Development of Nanoparticles for Dual Drug Delivery for Novel Cancer Therapy.” Meenach has accepted an offer to serve as a postdoctoral researcher at Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. Her long term goals include becoming a professor and continuing her research.
For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit the web site http://fulbright.state.gov
Alum’s Drug Delivery Research Shows Promise
While scientists have developed many powerful drugs and therapies for diseases, they had not been able to find a way to deliver the fragile drugs safely to the location of the disease directly. Previous efforts to deliver these drugs into the body have either failed to bypass the body’s immune system or, more commonly, have proven toxic. However, in May UK College of Engineering alum Mark Davis (chemical engineering ’77, ’78, ’81) was recognized for his emerging discoveries on miniscule capsules to transport cancer-fighting drugs to their intended targets within the human body.
Mauro Ferrari, chairman of NanoMedicine and Biomedical Engineering at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston believes this innovation “will change medicine completely.”
Davis’ infiltrating particles find blood vessels leading to tumor cells. Once inside the cell, the particle essentially falls apart and releases RNA-interfering drugs. According to Davis, “This is the first time ever to show that as you increase the dose in a patient, you could see increased accumulation in tumor cells in patients.” When the scientists broke open the tumor cells they found the RNA-interfering drugs had shut down exactly the genes they were hoping to stop.
“It’s really the smoking gun we were looking for,” Davis said.
After several more years of tests it is likely that the drugs could be approved for widespread distribution and patient use.
Civil Engineering Announces 2010 Honorees
Nine outstanding graduates of the University of Kentucky’s Department of Civil Engineering were honored at a reception and banquet at the Downtown Lexington Hilton on April 17. The department annually spotlights the achievements and contributions of distinguished alumni, together with the Construction Management Founders Society, which began this tradition in 1993.
The honorees are as follows:
- Young Construction Engineer of the Year Award: Brian C. Jones, Class of 2000, currently residing in Birmingham, Alabama. Jones is a senior project manager for Gray Construction’s Birmingham office.
- Young Construction Engineer of the Year Award: David L. Lambert Jr., Class of 1999, resides in Lexington. Lambert is a senior project manager for Messer Construction.
- Young Civil Engineer of the Year Award: Samantha Jones Wright, Class of 1996 and 1997, resides in Lexington. Wright is a transportation engineer for Wilbur Smith Associates.
- Lifetime Achievement Award, Construction Management Founders Society: Claude A. “Skip” Berry III, Class of 1973, resides in Eminence, Ky. Berry is president of Wehr Constructors’ Kentucky Division.
- Lifetime Achievement Award, Construction Management Founders Society: Donn E. Hancher, Terrell-McDowell Emeritus Chair Professor of Construction Engineering and Management, UK, resides in West Lafayette, IN. Hancher spent 40 years as an award-winning teacher at Purdue University, Texas A&M University, and UK.
- Lifetime Achievement Award, Construction Management Founders Society: George Daniel “Dan” Martin, Class of 1969, resides in Lexington. Martin oversaw many notable road and bridge projects, including the Camp Nelson Bridge over the Kentucky River and the I-64 tunnels beneath Cherokee Park in Louisville.
- Civil Engineering Career Achievement Award: Gordon R. Garner, Class of 1968 and 1970, resides in Prospect, Ky. Garner was the first commissioner of public works for the newly merged Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government in the 1970s and served a long tenure as executive director of the Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District.
- Civil Engineering Career Achievement Award: Yang H. “Pete” Huang, Civil Engineering Emeritus Professor, UK, resides in Lexington. A recipient of the Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Professor Award, Huang served as a professor at UK for 26 years and is the author of two widely-published books in the field of civil engineering.
- Civil Engineering Career Achievement Award: Robert W. “Bob” Vaughn, Class of 1963, resides in Middlesboro, Ky. A member of the UK College of Engineering Hall of Distinction, Vaughn co-founded Vaughn & Melton Consulting Engineers which is now in its 44th year with offices in three states.
Computer Science Announces Departmental Awards
Five students and faculty members were honored at the College of Engineering awards banquet this past spring semester. They were:
Xuwei Liang – Recipient of the Curtz Award; Shi Tan-Kwan, ACM/UPE Senior of the Year; Devin Cook, ACM/UPE Outstanding Teaching Assistant; Scott A. Southerland, recipient of the Outstanding Academic Performance Award; and Dr. Ken Calvert, ACM/UPE Outstanding Professor.
CS Department takes part in high school STLP contest and Game Design boot camp
The UK Computer Science department continued to reach out to high school students last spring semester during the annual STLP State Championship Programming Contest and the Game Design Boot Camp.
During the STLP contest high school and middle school students were introduced to programming basics and learned the fundamentals of game design, basic game-development techniques, and necessary programming skills to create a fully functional game using the GameMaker engine.
The Game Design Boot Camp was organized as a one-day intensive boot camp for teenagers who are excited about electronic gaming and want to explore it as a career. One of the main intentions for the camp is to present technical elements of a computer game with the goal to inspire and motivate students so they develop deeper interest in technology and IT fields. The boot camp helps students to better understand academic requirements for becoming a successful IT person and for some a successful game developer.
The Grant County Library, where the contest and boot camp was held, received a grant from the Library Services and Technology Act funds, distributed by the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.
Both programs were lead by Dr. Jerzy W. Jaromczyk and the UK Computer Science students.
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Engineering students instrumental in successful Idea State U business team, competition.
In April, UK’s College of Engineering and the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics teamed up for competition at the Idea State U – Kentucky Student Business Concept and Business Plan Competition in Lexington with their “WARPT Display” concept.
WARPT Displays has developed technology to cost effectively transform any previously installed window or free-standing project surface into an interactive touch screen. While capacitive touch sensing is widely used in mobile devices, it is often cost prohibitive for large installations. However, WARPT Displays’ touch screens are designed to not only revolutionize the way companies and customers think about in-store marketing, but also entertainment and community outreach through the development of customizable software applications.
The interdependent business and engineering team took second place in the business plan track of the competition earning a total of $7,728.95 in award money. Students on the business plan team included Sam Nicaise, a Spring 2010 electrical engineering alum, Michael Carrico, electrical and computer engineering major; Jeremy Elias, also a Spring 2010 electrical engineering graduate; Reagan Miller, electrical and computer engineering major; Garrett Ebel, a recent management and decision information sciences graduate; and Andrew Goodale, management and marketing major from Madisonville.
Engineering Student Awarded NSF Research Fellowship
UK College of Engineering alum, Sam Nicaise, was honored with a government-funded National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship during his last semester at UK, this past spring. The fellowships present students with more than $100,000 to use toward research-based masters or doctoral degrees.
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in the U.S. and abroad.
Nicaise, and other NSF fellows, receive a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 along with a $10,500 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, a one-time $1,000 international travel allowance and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S., or foreign institution of graduate education they choose.
Nicaise, also an Astronaut Scholar, just finished his degree in electrical engineering this past Spring. While at UK, he has conducted undergraduate research working on solutions for problems associated with electrical power generation using photovoltaics combined with nanotechnology. Nicaise will use his NSF fellowship toward his doctoral studies and research in electrical engineering at MIT. Upon completion of his doctorate, his long term goals include further research into photovoltaics.
College Announces Faculty Appointments
Dr. Thomas Lester, Dean, College of Engineering announced on July 13, 2010 that the following faculty appointments had been approved by the Provost for the Electrical and Computer Engineering department:
Dr. Laurence Hassebrook reappointed as the Blazie Professor
Dr. Zhi Chen reappointed as the Kentucky Utilities Professor
Elizabeth Fadde: Co-op Congratulations
Materials engineering senior Elizabeth Fadde was selected as the 2010 UK College of Engineering, Lou Takacs Cooperative Education Award recipient in June. This award is given annually to a student who has completed at least three co-op semesters and demonstrated invaluable performance and results from that experience.
Fadde served as a co-op at General Electric (GE) Aviation for all three rotations where she worked as a materials applications engineer in the repair department to create a system that rank welds based on their material integrity. In her second rotation, Elizabeth conducted various leading indicator evaluations resulting in the extension of field use of high pressure turbine (HPT) blades. During her final rotation in the summer of 2009, Fadde served at GE Energy’s Engineering Headquarters where she managed cross-functional teams and led in developing a braze repair for advanced materials that are now being introduced into the fleet.
For her efforts, Fadde received five GE Awards of Excellence. She was also extended an offer into the GE Energy’s Edison Engineering Development Program, a two-year engineering leadership program for GE’s top talent in Greenville. Fadde accepted.
Research Society Approved
A new university chapter of the Materials Research Society (MRS) was approved for the University of Kentucky on August 12, 2010. MRS consists of over 15,100 members from the US and also from nearly 70 other countries with almost 50 active collegiate chapters.
The MRS-UK chapter will primarily focus on bringing together all the students and faculties across UK campus that are conducting materials-related research whether graduate or undergraduate; share and promote materials research and education within UK and in our community; and highlight the good work in Kentucky locally and globally.
Student members of MRS-UK Chapter (2010-2011) are: Borgohain, Rituraj (President), Deshpande, Rutooj D (Vice President), Li, Juchuan (Secretary), Kaur, Aman (Treasurer), Bing hu (Member), Purushothaman, Balaji (Member), Sreeramoju, Mahendra K (Member), Patil, Nikhil D (Member)
Dr. Yang-Tse Cheng, Chemical and Materials Engineering and Dr. Bruce Hinds, Chemical and Materials Engineering, Chemistry serve as faculty advisors.
Renowned Manufacturing Professionals Elected to SME 2010 College of Fellows
In September, I.S. Jawahir was named a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. This special honor is given by SME to those manufacturing engineers who have made “outstanding contributions to the social, technological and educational aspects of the profession” and is a recognition of long and distinguished service in the field.
Dr. Jawahir holds the James F. Hardymon Chair in Manufacturing Systems and is Professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He is also director of the new initiative in the U.K. College of Engineering that will become the Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing early in 2011.
An internationally recognized researcher and educator, his work has significantly advanced the knowledge and application of machining principles through modeling and optimization of metal machining processes. His most recent research activities include sustainable product design and manufacturing. He is also the Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Sustainable Manufacturing and the Technical Editor for the Journal of Machining Science and Technology – An International Journal.
UK Alumnus Receives National Honor
Dr. Merl Baker, BSME, ’45 and a 2003 inductee into the UK College of Engineering Hall of Distinction has been named the Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Alumnus for 2010. This award, which was presented in October, recognizes alumni who have demonstrated outstanding adherence to the ideals of Tau Beta Pi and fostering a spirit of liberal culture in society on the local, national, and international scales.
Dr. Baker’s was recognized for his achievements that “exemplify the diverse contributions that engineers make to society, and they demonstrate your breadth of interest, unselfish activity, and true spirit of integrity and excellence in engineering.”
“I am very pleased to be advised of my selection as the 2010 Tau Beta Phi Outstanding Alumnus, said Baker. “It is a great honor that I accept with humility and I value highly the criteria on which the award is based.”
Dr. Baker will be presented with the award at the 2010 Tau Beta Pi Convention in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania in October. A 2011 Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Alumnus Scholarship of $2,000 will be presented in his honor to a student to be selected by the Tau Beta Pi Fellowship Board.
Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing Welcomes Scholarship Recipient
This past July, the German Academic Exchange Organization awarded a scholarship to Mr. Timo Externbrink, a student from the Technical University Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany within the competitive Research Internship in Science and Engineering (RISE) Program to spend three months at the Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing and Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky’s College of Engineering under the supervision of Professor Dusan P. Sekulic.
The RISE Program, covers monthly scholarship throughout the duration of stay, travel expenses, health, accident and personal liability insurance.
Mr. Externbrink will be working for three months in the brazing laboratory with Dr. Sekulic on the real time, in situ investigation of the spreading of Al-Al and Al-Steel metal systems during brazing.
Alum Reaches Milestone
Robert M. Drake Jr. BSME ’42 was recognized in September by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) on his 35th anniversary as a member of NAE. Dr. Drake is a University of Kentucky Fellow and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (1974), the University of Kentucky Hall of Distinguished Alumni (1979), and honorary member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1980).
Mining Professor Honored
Dr. Andrzej M. Wala, professor, Mining Engineering, received the 2010 Howard L. Hartman Award at the 13th U.S./North American Mine Ventilation Symposium which was held in Sudbury, Ontario this past June. The award is presented biannually to a recipient elected by the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Board of Directors.
The Howard L. Hartman Award, established in 1989, recognizes distinguished contributions in practice, teaching or research in the field of underground ventilation engineering. Dr. Wala has more than 40 years of experience in mining engineering education and research and service to the mining industry in the area of mine ventilation. He is nationally and internationally renowned in underground mine ventilation and has consulted with companies on underground mining operations located in countries throughout the world. He has provided 30 years of service to the University of Kentucky.
Paducah Faculty Member Receives Education Award
Dr. Y. Charles Lu, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at UK’s Paducah campus, was selected as a 2010 SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award recipient this past March. The SAE Teetor Program stimulates contacts between younger engineering educators and practicing engineers in industry and government.
Established in 1953, this award is administered by the Teetor Educational Award Committee and consists of a framed certificate, a trip to a major SAE meeting, and two years of SAE membership.
UK-Paducah Announces Award Winners
The poster by UK-Paducah student Kelsie Travis was judged the best in the ASME District C Old Guard Technical Poster Competition at the Student Professional Development Conference held in St. Louis on April 8-11. A $200 prize accompanies this award. Travis’s poster involved work completed in the capstone design course sequence for Ingram Barge Company related to bearing wear.
Also, congratulations on a job well done for the ASME student design competition team, Michael Mizell, Chris Conner, Brandon Meeks, and Kelsie Travis. The design team did not win, but did a very nice job in designing and building a device for sorting recyclable items and represented UK-Paducah very well.
Dr. Sara Liu received the Phelps Award, named in memory of Finis Sargent Phelps and Florence Grubbs Phelps. The purpose of this award is to emphasize quality, promote academic excellence, and reward competence in teaching in the liberal arts and sciences. Dr. Liu, who has a doctorate in aerospace engineering, is a joint faculty member of WKCTC and the University of Kentucky at Paducah campus.
College of Engineering Students Present at Symposium in China
Chemical and materials engineering students Luke Richardson from the Paducah campus and Andrea Ramsey from the Lexington campus traveled to Hangzhou, China in May with Dr. Jeffrey Seay to attend the Second International Symposium of Sustainable Chemical Product and Process Engineering. Both students participated at the conference by presenting posters detailing the results of their undergraduate research projects.
Ramsey won the Best Undergraduate Research Award for the student poster competition. Her research, “Development of Multidisciplinary Region Specific Economic Models for Integrated Biorefining” was co-authored with Sumesh Sukumara and supervised by Dr. Jeffrey Seay.
Paducah Competes in Baja Challenge
The UK Paducah Baja team competed in the 2010 Baja SAE Rochester Wet World Challenge at the Rochester Institute of Technology from June 11-13. The team finished 40th overall out of 92 registered teams with a 24th place finish in Suspension and Traction and 36th place finish in the endurance race.