Archive for May 2014

MSE 2014 Pre-Commencement Dinner

Assistant professor Manish Keswani, graduating senior Benjamin Behman and graduate student Rajesh Balachandran

The MSE 2014 Pre-Commencement Dinner took place last Friday, May 16, at the Viscount Suite Hotel. Department head Pierre Deymier congratulated all graduating students and presented the award for Outstanding Senior as well as awards to students and faculty for Excellent Performance at the Student Interface.

Paul K. Neff won the award for Outstanding Senior.

Supapan Seraphin won the award for Most Supportive Senior Faculty Member.

Manish Keswani won the award for Most Supportive Junior Faculty Member.

Manish Kewasi receives Most Supportive Junior Faculty AwardManish Kewasi receives Most Supportive Junior Faculty Award

Graduate student Rajesh Balachandran won the award for Most Helpful TA.

Dr. Deymier personally congratulated each graduating student.

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College Announces Spring 2014 Outstanding Seniors, Grad Students and Teaching Assistants

The UA College of Engineering announced the outstanding seniors, graduate students and teaching assistants for the spring 2014 semester at a commencement luncheon May 5.

See below for details of winners in the categories of Outstanding Seniors, Outstanding Graduate Students, and Outstanding Teaching Assistants.

Outstanding Seniors

Tianna Stefano, aerospace engineering; nominated by Arvind Raman
Auni Kundu, mechanical engineering; nominated by Arvind Raman
Amanda Frazier, biomedical engineering; nominated by Donald Uhlmann
John Hottenstein, biosystems engineering; nominated by Donald Slack
Rachel Barroso, chemical engineering; nominated by Paul Blowers
Derek Smith, civil engineering; nominated by Lianyang Zhang
Casey Mackin, electrical and computer engineering; nominated by Roman Lysecky
Erika McMahan, engineering management; nominated by Michael Arnold
Paul Neff, materials science and engineering: nominated by Erica Corral
Andrew DeSantola, mining engineering; nominated by Moe Momayez
Johnathan Davis, optical sciences and engineering; nominated by Michael Nofziger
Paul Holtfrerich, industrial engineering; nominated by Ann Wilkey
Kwei Tschen, systems engineering; nominated by Young-Jun Son

Outstanding Graduate Students

Omid Kazemi, mechanical engineering; nominated by Parviz Nikravesh
Juan Gonzalez Cena, agricultural and biosystems engineering; nominated by Donald Slack
Mariano Garcia-Soto, chemical engineering; nominated by Roberto Guzmán
Lila Otero-Gonzalez, environmental engineering; nominated by Reyes Sierra
Rui Chen, civil engineering and engineering mechanics; nominated by Lianyang Zhang
Jenna Kloosterman, electrical and computer engineering; nominated by Christopher Walker
Kevin Schwab, engineering management; nominated by Michael Arnold
John Kidd, systems engineering; nominated by Roberto Furfaro
Dan Zhang, systems and industrial engineering; nominated by Jian Liu

Outstanding Teaching Assistants

Like Zeng, aerospace and mechanical engineering; nominated by Cho Lik Chan
Scott Angus, agricultural and biosystems engineering; nominated by Jeong-Yeol Yoon
Vasiliki Karanikola, chemical and environmental engineering; nominated by Paul Blowers
Anshul Agarwal, civil engineering and engineering mechanics; nominated by Robert Fleischman
Shuai Chang, electrical and computer engineering; nominated by Ali Akoglu
Julia Wetherill, electrical and computer engineering; nominated by Michael Marcellin
Byron Cocilovo, optical sciences and engineering; nominated by Robert Norwood
Mingyang Li, systems and industrial engineering; nominated by Jian Liu

See more here.

Ingenuity Reigns at 2014 UA Engineering Design Day

More than 350 students displayed their creations — from a street sweeper onion-harvesting contraption to a towering 3-D printed rocket that passed all its flight tests — during the 12th UA Engineering Design Day. 

If you were due for a heavy dose of ingenuity, the University of Arizona was the place to be yesterday as more than 350 Engineering students displayed and demoed the results of their year-long senior projects.

Solar power ruled, rockets fascinated, cameras detected, medical devices remedied, and sustainability was front and center at the 2014 Engineering Design Day, held May 6 in the UA Student Union Memorial Center and on the UA Mall. Top design teams took more than $14,000 in prizes.

There was the modification of a street sweeper to make it into an efficient onion bulb harvester. For their clean, low-cost design that simply worked well, the multidisciplinary team won the Sargent Aerospace and Defense Voltaire Design Award.

A coveted $1,000 Texas Instruments Analog Design Award went to the team of electrical engineering and systems engineering students who created a meter to detect the power consumption of different devices in homes and businesses.

Students at Tanque Verde High School in Tucson, Arizona, have new educational opportunities and home-grown vegetables and fish, thanks to an agriculture and biosystems engineering team on the greenhouse aquaponics project. They won the Rosemont Copper Best Sustainable Engineering Award.

Two teams created award-winning solar-powered camera systems for a desert environment — one for detecting border crossers, another for monitoring soil erosion.

A $770 automated time-lapse camera system to remotely monitor soil erosion was ready to start collecting data this monsoon season on the Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed near Tombstone, Arizona. The system will sense rain, take photos at 30-second intervals and deliver them on demand to scientists at the Southwest Watershed Research Center.

“Before, someone had to be there on site to monitor the erosion,” said team member Deanna Johnson, a mechanical engineering major, adding that she felt fortunate to work on a “customer-oriented, industry-related project with a client who did a great job of working with us.”

The team’s work was rewarded with a $750 Best Design Documentation Award from Technical Documentation Consultants of Arizona.

Judges deemed the proof of concept design for a saguaro border surveillance system the most manufacturable of the projects on display, and the team took home a $750 prize, sponsored by AGM Container Controls. The solar-powered network of cameras hidden inside saguaro cactuses was created to stream images to border patrol agents and help them identify illegal border crossers. Seismic sensors in use now detect movement, but they cannot identify what is causing the movement, explained team member Sean Baker, a mechanical engineering student.

“They can’t tell the difference between a cow and a person.” he said. “Agents do not always know what type of situation they are walking into or they use valuable time investigating nonincidents, so this will actually monitor what is out there.”

>> Design Day Guide Book: Full list of projects on display at Engineering Design Day.

In the medical arena, award winners included a wireless flow sensor for cerebral spinal fluid, a self-administered tonometer to measure interocular pressure related to glaucoma, a wearable clinical frailty meter to help identify and treat instability and other problems associated with aging, and a cell phone amplifier for people with hearing difficulties.

Second place for best overall design went to a multidisciplinary team — including mechanical, optical science and materials science engineering students — that created an automobile dashboard quality control system. And an aerospace engineering team won the first-place Sensintel Systems Best Overall Design Award for its high-powered rocket altitude-targeting system. The impressive 10-foot black rocket, constructed partially from additive manufacturing, or 3-D printed, components, towered above more than 1,000 people who turned out to see the Design Day creations.

The most exciting part of the project for many of the aerospace engineering team members: the test launch, of course!

“It was a heart-stopping experience,” exclaimed Austin Mills, who also said he was relieved to see the parachute deploy and the rocket return after its 2,000-foot climb. “Sometimes they don’t.”

The UA Engineering Design Day, sponsored by industry and faculty and supported by judges from local and national engineering firms, is the culmination of the Interdisciplinary Engineering Design Program. Many of the projects go on to become real commercial products.

See here for more info and a list of 2014 UA Engineering Design Day prize winners.

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