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Larry Stauffer Dean of the College of Engineering University of Idaho

Vandal Engineering News

 Message from the Dean
 Save the Date for 2014 Engineering Design EXPO presented by Micron
 A Design Snapshot Preview
 James "Jim" Edward McKim Endowment
 The Benifits of Giving
 UI IDaho Falls Names New Associate Dean
 Faculty Outreach with Gear Up Students
 Mountainous Ecosystem Sensor Array
 UI National Society of BLack Engineers
 Pactrans Student of the Year

A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends


As I write this message the fall semester is winding down and students are busy taking exams and faculty are just as busy grading them.  On the fun side there are holiday get-togethers before everyone goes off for winter break.
The university is making final preparations for our 125th Anniversary.  Celebrations will kick-off in Boise on January 22nd and be followed by events in Moscow on January 30th, the actual day the university was founded in 1889.  Later in the year there will be celebrations in Coeur d'Alene and in Idaho Falls.  Learn more about 125th anniversary events, and don't forget that the College of Engineering is working to update our college’s history as I mentioned in the last newsletter.
I was excited to recently visit with students at our end of the semester capstone design snapshot.  Over thirty first and second semester student teams presented work many of which will be on display at our annual Design EXPO to be held this year on May 2, 2014.  There was work as varied as electric car battery energy management, an autonomous underwater vehicle, a marching band drum robot, and designs to enable individuals living with prosthetic limbs. I was very impressed by the level of detail and professionalism on display and hope you will consider joining us to support this nationally recognized program, so save the date!
Finally, as we move into 2014 it would be remiss of me not to mention our Inspiring Futures capital campaign.  We have made great progress in the College of Engineering toward our goal of raising $15 million.  To date with the generous support of donors we have raised over $12 million.  The Inspiring Futures campaign underscores our need to make a bold investment today to help us insure the future we envision in engineering.  In this season of giving there are great benefits to making a donation to the College of Engineering, not only will your donation assist us in continuing our legacy of educating tomorrow’s engineering leaders but there are built-in tax and financial benefits, see below, that make giving that much easier.  So please consider giving before the end of the year.   Happy holidays.


Larry A. Stauffer, Dean


Save the Date for 2014 Engineering Design EXPO presented by Micron

University of Idaho College of Engineering EXPO 2014As we usher in the new year one thing is on everyone’s mind and that is the 2014 College of Engineering Design EXPO.  The College of Engineering’s annual Design EXPO is not only a twenty-one year tradition showcasing the innovation of our students but is also an opportunity to invite young learners, industry partners and community members to come and experience the research and design solutions happening at the University of Idaho’s College of Engineering.  This year’s event presented by Micron will take place on May 2, 2014.  Please save the date and look forward to more information as EXPO draws near. For questions about Design EXPO or how you can participate, email our EXPO committee.



A Design Snapshot Preview

Engineering students representing over thirty teams presented a preview of their design work in a recent senior capstone design snapshot.  Student teams provided poster displays and made formal technical presentations of their design projects for the student and faculty audience.  Several design projects will be featured at this year's Design EXPO in May.  There was an impressive range of work on display.  Below is only a sample of the many innovative projects.

University of Idaho College of Engineering Automatic prosthesis liner donning aid for lower limb amputees
Automatic prosthesis liner donning aid for lower limb amputees.
Sponsor: Puget Sound VA.
Project team: Matt Guthrie, Allyson Labrum, Jennifer Rainey, Jordan Simonson and Samantha Sutherland.

University of Idaho College of Engineering Society of Automotive Engineers Battery energy storage and management system
Battery energy storage and management system for the Society of
Automotive Engineers (SAE) team formula one electric vehicle.

Sponsor NIATT.
Project team: Blazon Ingram, Antonio Telleria and Chihan Wang.
  Here are additional photos of design snapshot.



Parents of Mechanical Engineering Alum to Provide Engineering Scholarships

The College of Engineering would like to recognize Edward and Marilyn McKim.  They are establishing an endowment to provide a permanent income stream for engineering scholarships in honor of their son, James “Jim” Edward McKim, mechanical engineering class of ’84.  Edward and Marilyn moved the family from Colorado to Rupert, Idaho in 1957, and Jim was the only one of their four children to attend the University of Idaho.  Jim McKim currently works as a production engineer for the TaylorMade-Adidas Golf Company in Carlsbad, California.  Jim is married to Linda (Benson), an alumna of the College of Letters and Sciences class of ‘72.


Better Understand Your Out-of-Pocket Costs

Did you know that with a $2,000 gift to the University of Idaho your actual out-of-pocket cost is only $300?  Recent Idaho tax code changes greatly benefits donors to Idaho education institutions and a few other specific Idaho charities.  For any Idaho tax payer considering making a gift to the College of Engineering before December 31st this is critically important information.  Idaho code section 63-3029A increases the tax credit available to all households with an Idaho tax obligation, available each year through December 31, 2015. Please note the tax credit is only available to taxpayers itemizing tax deductions.  If you are interested in giving to the College of Engineering, send us an email, or call our Development Office at 208-885-5201.  Our development professionals will be happy to discuss your wishes to support the college.  Here is an example of how the tax benefits can work for you.



Lee Ostrom Appointed Associate Dean and Director of Academic Programs

Following a national search, the University of Idaho has appointed Lee Ostrom as associate dean for the College of Engineering and director of academic programs for the university’s Idaho Falls Center.  Ostrom currently serves as the director of the college’s industrial technology program and will begin his new role effective January 5, 2014. 
“As a faculty member at the Idaho Falls Center, Lee Ostrom has a detailed understanding of the opportunities and challenges for both students and the university in the region.  Building on this understanding he will ensure that the University of Idaho continues to deliver high-quality relevant educational programs to the residents of Idaho Falls and eastern Idaho,” said Bob Smith, associate vice-president and executive officer for the Idaho Falls Center. Click here for the complete release.    


Professor Michael Santora Challenges Clarkston High School Students

Students in the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) from Clarkston High School recently spent their afternoon with Electrical Engineering Professor Michael Santora. The GEAR UP program is a Department of Education program designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.  The cohort of freshmen students were introduced to the basic principles of electrical circuits, and wiring by Professor Santora and then given a common wiring challenge faced by homeowners.  Professor Santora hoped that by using an everyday example the activity would be both instructive and entertaining. “The students were very engaged, they asked great questions, and completed the wiring task I presented them, I could definitely see some prospective engineers in the bunch,” said Professor Santora.
University of Idaho College of Engineering Professor Michael Santora
Professor Michael Santora explaining basic wiring techniques.



CEO Work to Measure the Long-Term Effects of Climate Change

The MESA or Mountainous Ecosystem Sensor Array project is an interdisciplinary effort between the College of Engineering and the College of Natural Resources.  Professor Herb Hess of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Katy Kavanagh in the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences along with engineering graduate students Derek Neal and Doug Frome, and technician Paul Robinson worked to construct and deploy MESA. 
MESA is a three-station network of instruments located in the remote Frank Church Wilderness area that collects data about a wide range of biological processes, from leaf wetness and tree girth to temperature and humidity to snow depth and bear traffic.  The data is stored locally and then transmitted through a self-configuring network to servers the researchers can access. Professor Hess and his graduate students worked to design MESA’s completely sustainable renewable energy system and the electronic data collection and transmission system.  MESA researchers hope to use the continuous flow of data coming from the array to gain a better understanding of the long-term effects of climate change.
A recent article on MESA was featured in Environmental Monitor journal.



NSBE Students Sweep Awards at Regional Conference in Los Angeles

the National Society of Black Engineers LogoRecently members of the UI chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) travelled to Los Angeles to participate in “Engineering and Leadership in Harmony” the NSBE Region VI, Fall Regional Conference.  Three members returned to Moscow with a first, second andT third place awards in the Technical Research Exhibition (TRE).  TRE is designed to showcase NSBE members' skills in technical writing, theoretical research, and oral presentation. 1st place went to civil engineering doctoral student and vice president of NSBE-UI, Sherief Elbassouni.  2nd place was awarded to Shrikant Bhise a senior mechanical engineering major and third place went to Hemraj Shahi an electrical engineering doctoral student. NSBE has been active on the UI campus since 2007 providing support for individuals who are typically underrepresented in the engineering and science community.


UI's Andrew Hooper Chosen from Five  Northwest Universities

UI Mechanical Engineering Student Andrew Drew HopperUI mechanical engineering master’s student Andrew (“Drew”) Hooper has been selected as the 2013 PacTrans Region 10 University Transportation Center (UTC), student of the year.  PacTrans is a coalition of transportation professionals and educators representing the five northwest universities of Oregon State University, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, University of Idaho, University of Washington, and Washington State University.  PacTrans is based in Seattle at the University of Washington.  Drew was selected as the most exceptional student studying transportation within the regional UTC.  Drew’s expertise in the area of clean and efficient direct-injected two-stroke engine development was instrumental in the success of the 2013 UI Clean Snowmobile Team who won third place overall in the national challenge and collected a record number of 10 other trophies and awards. Drew’s senior design work also led to a patent on a synchronous charge trapping (SCT) two-stroke engine.  Drew recently graduated and has taken a position as a project engineer with Polaris to work on developing the next generation of clean two-stroke engines.


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