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Contact Denise Engebrecht
Phone: (208) 364-6123
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Boise, ID 83702


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Contact Debbie Caudle
Phone: (208) 282-7983
Fax: (208) 282-7929
Email: debrac@uidaho.edu

1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402

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Engineering Outreach
Phone: (208) 885-6373
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Announcements, Awards and Achievements

Dr. Eric WolbrechtDr. Eric Wolbrecht earned best paper award for 2011 in the IEEE journal Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, for the paper titled Optimizing Compliant, Model-based Robotic Assistance to Promote Neurorehabilitation.

Dr. Judi Steciak, Dr.Steve BeyerleinDr. Karen Den Braven and Dr. Ralph Budwig, researchers in the Center for Clean Vehicle Technology in the National Institute of Advanced Transportation Technology, recently won $292,000 from the Murdock Foundation which will go into the Combustion Lab in Boise and the Small Engine Lab in Moscow.

Equipment purchased with the award will significantly expand the capability of the group's research. For several years they have been developing innovations using alternative fuels and ignition technology in internal combustion engines. The equipment—a high-resolution infrared camera and engine exhaust analyzers–will help them obtain better data to verify catalytic ignition models and characterize laboratory engine emissions.

Tory KampferTory Kampfer, nominated by Dr. Alton Campbell in the Honors College, is an Alumni Award for Excellence recipient. The Alumni Award for Excellence is presented to approximately 40 undergraduate senior-level students… who have achieved outstanding academic success and have demonstrated career and professional preparation as well as campus and community leadership and involvement.

In addition to her major in mechanical engineering, Tory is picking up a minor in Mathematics, has been active in both the Honors program and Alternative Spring Break. A senior in the Mechanical Engineering department, she has been a moving force in the student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and on the ASME Micro Baja team.

Garrett Hanson, MSME student under Dr. John Crepeau, was chosen to participate in the Computational Physics Student Summer Workshop held at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The Workshop offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to work directly with leading LANL researchers on the development and application of cutting-edge methods in theoretical design and computer, computational, and statistical sciences. A highly-competitive program with several hundred applicants from some of the best universities in the United States, Garrett was one of the 20 students admitted.

Diego Juarez, junior from Paul, Idaho, was chosen as a Hispanic College Fund College and Career Institute Scholar for the 2011-2012 academic year. This is an award for students who personify HCF's commitment to education, leadership, and community service. Diego’s scholarship award was sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Branden PoulsonBrendan Poulsen, Ph.d. candidate finishing his degree Fall 2011, along with Dr. Karl Rink, earned Best Paper Certificate of Merit for the Outstanding Paper in Energetic Components and Systems. Brendan presented the paper, titled “Modeling the Energy Release Characteristics of THPP Based Initiators,” at the 46th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference in July.

Alan Chatterton, finishes fourth at the national ASME Old Guard Competition; first University of Idaho regional win in over a decade.

The Old Guard Competition, a forum for undergraduates to make formal technical presentations about a design project or a research project in which they have been involved, takes place in conjunction with regional student conferences sponsored by ASME. Winners of Old Guard Competitions at the regional level are given all-expense paid trips to the ASME national meeting to re-present in a special conference session.

Alan Catterton and Russ PorterAlan won the Old Guard competition this past spring at Eastern Washington University where he presented his senior design project for Idaho National Laboratory on An Apparatus for Removing Cadmium Salt from the Anode Shaft of an Electrorefiner used in the Treatment of Spent Nuclear Fuel. He presented at the ASME national meeting this past November in Denver where he won fourth place among a dozen student competitors from ASME regions around the globe. Alan's team also won a booth award at the 2011 Design Expo for their work. Alan now works as a design engineer for Wagstaff, Inc., in Spokane.

The Old Guard Competition is supported by ASME life members who continue paying dues to support competition expenses/prizes. Many of these members also judge the student presentations.

NSBE Students at conference in DenverAhmed Abdelnaby, Ph.D. student working with Dr. Gabriel Potirniche, was awarded first place in the poster session competition at the Technical Research Exhibition of the National Society of Black Engineers regional conference held in Denver, Colorado, November, 2011. The poster title is "Finite Element Modeling of a Back Grinding Process for Through Silicon Vias (TSV)." Ahmed placed third in the oral session competition.

Technical Research Exhibition (TRE) is designed to showcase NSBE members’ skills in technical writing, theoretical research, and oral presentation. The competition provides an opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students, and technical professionals, to present their research findings while encouraging undergraduate students to showcase their research and pursue graduate degrees. TRE is held during the Fall Regional Conferences (FRCs) and National Convention.

Palouse Sprint TriathlonBob Stephens, Don Elger, and John Crepeau represented the ME Department in fine style in the Palouse Sprint Triathlon held September 10, 2011 in Moscow. The annual race consists of a 500 yard swim, a 15 kilometer bike ride and a 5 kilometer run.
(Dr. Stephens’ shirt compliments of Adobe Photoshop.)

Joe Plummer has left the Mechanical Engineering Department to take a job at Schweitzer Engineering in Pullman. We want to express our appreciation for all that Joe did for us during his fourteen years with our department.