A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends
MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
As we continue making progress to provide an exceptional experience for our students, I want to report that the second phase of the John C. Wahl thinkTANK has been completed. The initial designs of the thinkTANK included an area for food and drinks because of strong student input during the initial focus groups. In the end we were not able to make it fit in the final design. However, we have succeeded in creating this space for students to refuel as they engage in their daily academic routines.
I am happy to announce the grand opening of Sisters' Brew Coffee House on the Janssen Engineering Building (JEB) first floor, right down the hall from the initial remodeling. To commemorate the opening, we are hosting a Ribbon Cutting, February 19, 2014 at 9:30am. If you are on campus stop by for free coffee, specials, snacks and prize giveaways.
Our coffee house ribbon cutting also coincides with a very important event taking place across the nation, National Engineers Week, February 16-22. This year’s theme is “Discover Engineering: Let’s Make a Difference.” Started in 1951, National Engineers Week is intended to bring attention to the contributions engineers make to society. It is also a time for engineers to emphasize the importance of learning math, science, and technical skills.
As I think about this year’s theme and our 125th Anniversary celebrations, I think about the difference U-Idaho engineers have made in the past, are currently making, and will make in the future. With the recent passing of professor emeritus John Law of Electrical Engineering (1975-99), I think about his work at the INL and NASA as well as his influence on our Associate Dean for Undergraduates, Joe Law, his son. I think of the 4,500 plus Vandal engineers currently living and working in the state of Idaho. One hundred of these Vandal engineers own businesses and make an important difference for our economy and the lives of the workers they employ. I also think about the 165 Vandal engineers who work for Micron, one of the top 500 companies in the world, and the difference they are making to the microelectronics industry around the globe. Further, I think about our students involved with the Engineers Without Borders program and their upcoming trip to Chiwirapi, Bolivia. This summer these students will construct a village water well as part of their commitment to improve the quality of life for local families. Finally, faculty in the College of Engineering spent over $15 million dollars conducting research last year. Imagine the benefits this research will have in the coming years.
It is clear that we are making a difference at the University of Idaho, College of Engineering. To mark National Engineers Week I’d like to hear from you about the difference you are making and/or about the difference the University of Idaho, College of Engineering made in your life. I encourage you to “like” the College of Engineering's Facebook page to learn about what we are doing and post something of your own with the hashtag #uidahoengr or #uieweek to be included in our recognition of National Engineers Week.
Larry A. Stauffer, Dean
Cyber Security Symposium: Public-Private Partnerships
The College of Engineering’s Center for Secure and Dependable Systems
(CSDS) at the University of Idaho will be hosting its first Cyber Security Symposium: Public Private Partnerships April 8-9, 2014 on the U-Idaho Moscow campus. The Public Private Partnerships Symposium is an opportunity for academic researchers, software and system developers from industry and government to meet and discuss state of the art, and state of practice research, technologies, and processes related to cyber security. The symposium seeks submissions from academia, industry and government presenting novel research, case studies, and best practices on all practical and theoretical aspects of cyber security. Here is where you can find additional information and submission guidelines
NSBE U-Idaho Chapter 7th Annual Distinguished Engineers Lecture
The University of Idaho chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE-UI) will host the 7th Annual Dynamic Engineers Lecture and Dinner, Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 5:00 pm in the Student Union Building, Vandal Ballroom. This year’s featured speaker is Dr. Walter Davis, President and CEO of Morris Allen & Associates, Inc. Morris Allen & Associates Inc., is a U.S. based firm that provides international engineering, information technology and management consulting services. Dr. Davis is a U.S. Air Force combat veteran with a distinguished 30 year career in the federal government serving in the White House, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, and Department of Education. Dr. Davis is recipient of the 2013 Minority Enterprise Advocate (MEA), Engineering & Technology Executive of the Year award and he is widely recognized as a champion of the veterans and minority business communities. The event includes dinner and is free for students, $10 for others. Additional information can be found at: http://www.uidaho.edu/engr/newsevents
Creating A Legacy To Attract Women To Engineering
Robert “Bob” Furgason, PhD, ’56, ’58,’06 (honorary doctorate), has been a champion for female engineers at the University of Idaho for decades. As head of the university’s chemical engineering department from 1965-1974, he initiated the first student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers here. The support continues today as he and his wife Gloria ’81 recently pledged $250,000 to create a new scholarship endowment. “The Robert and Gloria Furgason Family Engineering Scholarship Endowment will make a difference by encouraging and enabling more women to become engineers at the University of Idaho,” said Larry Stauffer, Dean of the College of Engineering. The Furgasons are no strangers to the university. In addition to both being alumni, Bob served as dean of the College of Engineering in 1974, and four years later, became the vice president for academic affairs and research. The couple currently resides in Corpus Christi, Texas where they are known as leaders and champions for many non-profits. They have two sons, Steven ’88 and Brian.For more information on giving to the College of Engineering, contact Mary Lee Ryba at (208) 755-4916 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Christina Randal at (208) 885-6774 or email@example.com; or Eric Billings at (208) 885-7978 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 Design EXPO Judge Applications Being Accepted
Do you want to become a judge for the 2014 University of Idaho, College of Engineering Design EXPO? If so, the Design EXPO organizing committee is now accepting online applications. Judging opportunities are available for booth and poster exhibits, as well as technical presentations. Judges are an important part of the Design EXPO experience so please consider applying today. To submit your application for consideration go to www.uidaho.edu/expo today. This year’s event is presented by Micron and will take place May 2, 2014. For Design EXPO questions please visit www.uidaho.edu/expo or email email@example.com.
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