Message from the Dean
A Special Holiday Gift
A Unique Leaderhip Opportunity
One of the Best Online Masters
December EXPO Snapshot
TranLIVE Student of the Year
Giving Back: Burt Berlin '47
IRA Charitable Rollovers
"Like" Us on Facebook
A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends
MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
Happy Holidays! We’ve put together a special holiday greeting that I wanted to share with you, click here.
As faculty, staff, and students wrap-up the fall semester and prepare for winter break, I want to highlight some of this semester’s activities. This semester we’ve welcomed 367 freshman undergraduates and 67 new graduate students to our programs. We played host to nearly 100 junior and senior high school students from across Idaho and Washington for our annual Women in Engineering Day. Our faculty and staff were vital in planning Envision STEM Day, an event that welcomed over 500 prospective students and their families to the Moscow campus and introduced them to our engineering programs and opportunities. Our students even had the chance to sit around the table with the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, to discuss the future of the transportation system.
Our students have also made great strides this semester. Graduate student Rory Lilley, for example, will travel to Washington D.C. in January to accept the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Center, TranLIVE (Transportation for Livability by Integrating Vehicles and the Environment) student of the year award. Rory has been an integral leader behind the success of our Vandal Racing SAE Formula Hybrid team. And Sophie Milam, the First Vandal on Mars, kind of, she was selected among hundreds of applicants to participate in a 273 day NASA HI-SEAS Mars seclusion mission in Hawaii. In fact, Sophie graduated commencement weekend while living in her 36-foot-diameter geodesic “dome” Mars-like habitat.
Back here on earth we also celebrated fall commencement in a dome, the Kibbie Dome. The College of Engineering graduated 100 undergraduate and graduate students this fall. We wish them all the best as they begin the next steps in their careers, whether that be in industry, the public sector, or academia.
Our development team has also been hard at work wrapping up the Inspiring Futures campaign that ends this month. In all, friends and alumni of the College of Engineering have committed over $18 million to make a bold investment in the college’s future. Mechanical engineering alumni and former Boeing engineer, like Burt Berlin ’47 featured below, have made significant gifts that will help educate tomorrow’s engineering leaders and build on the college’s 100 plus year legacy.
Also, as many of you may know, we are faced with a unique opportunity this coming year 2015. We are looking to fill department chair positions in all of our departments. No, there has not been a mass exodus, it is one of those infrequent occurrences where, due to retirements and shifting responsibilities, we are faced with assembling an entirely new leadership team. It’s a very exciting time and I am looking forward to putting a new team in place and working with them to create the future vision for the college. If you would like to learn more about our chair searches or know someone who would be a good fit, feel free to share our chair searches video and information.
Most importantly, thank you to the entire Vandal engineering family for your continued efforts to make the College of Engineering an exceptional place to work and learn. I want to wish you all a happy holiday season.
Larry A. Stauffer, Dean
A SPECIAL HOLIDAY GIFT: 2015 EXPO PREVIEW
Click on the gift box above for a special holiday treat from the College of Engineering and a preview of one of the fantastic interdisciplinary engineering designs that will be on display at this coming year's 22nd Annual Engineering Design EXPO this May 1, 2015. Happy holidays!
A UNIQUE LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY: 2015 CHAIR SEARCHES
The College of Engineering is hiring department chairs in every department in 2015. This presents the college with the opportunity to create a new leadership team with a new vision while also providing prospective hires an environment where they truly can shape the future of the college. For more information we have prepared a video and special website
COMPUTER SCIENCE ONLINE MASTERS ONE OF THE BEST
Computer Science Online
, recently analyzed hundreds of online programs nationwide. The goal? To see which colleges have stand-out online master's degrees in one of twelve computer science and tech-related disciplines. The University of Idaho Computer Science Department online Master's in Computer Science has been named one of 2015's best!
Congratulations to our Computer Science department and Engineering Outreach
programs for delivering excellence in education.
DECEMBER EXPO SNAPSHOT
Earlier this month senior capstone teams previewed many of the projects that will be featured in this year’s Engineering Design EXPO May 1, 2015. Click the image above to view a selection of images from project teams working on: a stroke rehabilitation device, an efficient & clean turbo two-stroke engine, Vandal marching band remote controlled robotic drum set, and wireless high altitude parafoil technology.
TRANLIVE STUDENT OF THE YEAR: RORY LILLEY
The College of Engineering congratulates mechanical engineering graduate student Rory Lilley for being selected the 2014 TranLIVE student of the year. TranLIVE or Transportation for Livability by Integrating Vehicles and the Environment is a university research consortium led by the University of Idaho focused on developing technologies to reduce the environmental impact of the transportation system. Rory has been an instrumental leader, organizer and technical consultant to our championship Vandal Racing Formula Hybrid SAE race car team.
GIVING BACK: BURT BERLIN '47
Former Boeing engineer Burt Berlin grew up on a homestead in southern Idaho and graduated in 1947 from the College of Engineering with a mechanical engineering degree. Burt was fortunate to have Henry Gauss and Jesse Buchanan as professors, which as he says, now have buildings named after them. Burt has been giving to the university for 25 years and recently established the Burt Berlin Mechanical Engineering Scholarship Endowment with a $1 million planned gift.
IMPORTANT NEWS ON IRA CHARITABLE ROLLOVERS
On December 16th, Congress passed HR 5771, the “Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014.” This is expected to be signed by President Obama. The Act extends the provisions of the IRA Charitable Rollover. Individuals who are over age 70 ½ are eligible to make a tax-free transfer of up to $100,000 from their IRA directly to a qualified charity. If you are interested in making an IRA Charitable Rollover or year end gift to the College of Engineering please contact our development team as soon as possible, your gift must be received by December 31st to qualify. You can reach our Development Director, Christina Randal at 208-885-6774.
The College of Engineering partners with corporations and industry in many ways. The Office of Corporate Relations is the front door to the University of Idaho for business and industry. To learn more about how you can use our expertise to reach your business goals click here.
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