Congratulations to civil engineering students Ronson Fox and Kevin Johnk who participated in the University Honors and Leadership Program graduation ceremony on May 10; they are part of the second class to go through the program.
Each student received a medal for their participation in the university-wide undergraduate honors program, and several students won special awards. Within the program, students are divided into two tracks: Academic Honors or Leadership Studies. Johnk received the Outstanding Graduate Award for the Leadership Studies Track.
In their final year of engineering curriculum, undergraduate students in the College of Engineering and Applied Science take a Senior Design class that gives the student an important design experience that is the culmination of the knowledge and skills they have learned up to this point. It is the first time in the curriculum that engineering students formally learn about such things as solving a problem for someone else, design tradeoffs, cost and budgeting, documentation of process and product, scheduling tasks with lead time, and experiencing all sorts of human factors involved in teamwork. Each semester the college holds a competition where industry judges select top projects and teams for recognition.
Many of the following projects participated with a first draft of their project in the Fall, and are competing again with a more complete version of their Fall projects. The spring 2013 competition will take place on May 17 in the North Classroom Atrium on the Auraria Campus. Projects will be judged between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m.; the winners will be announced around 1 p.m.
Heming Wang, a PhD student in civil engineering, has been selected to receive the inaugural Denver Campus Outstanding Dissertation Award. Recommended by Assistant Professor Jason Ren, Wang was one of many graduates nominated for this award.
Jimmy Kim, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering has accepted an invitation to be the Chair of American Concrete Institute Committee 440I (Fiber Reinforced Polymer -prestressed concrete). Kim will lead the committee consisting of 34 members. Kim has been a member of the American Concrete Institute since 2004 and has been contributing to Committee 440 for 9 years. Kim has also been chairing Committee 345 (Concrete Bridge Construction, Maintenance, and Repair) consisting of 50 members since 2012. Kim led two technical documents, “Guide for Widening Highway Bridges” and “Guide for Maintenance of Concrete Bridge Members,” for the benefit of the bridge engineering community. Kim organized three technical sessions in Minneapolis, MN, in 2013 as part of the committee activity: “Advanced Materials and Sensors toward Smart Concrete Bridges: Concept, Performance, Evaluation, and Repair.”
Kim’s research interest includes infrastructure rehabilitation using advanced composite materials, intelligent structural systems, and science-based structural engineering. His research has resulted in 72 journal papers and one book “Recent Advances in Maintenance and Repair of Concrete Bridges. Another book is forthcoming in Fall 2013, “Advanced Composites in Bridge Construction”. Most of his papers were published in top-tier journals in his area of expertise. He currently advises four PhD and six MS students and two more PhD students will be joining his group in Fall 2013. Kim is a member of the editorial boards of three international journals and is a licensed professional engineer in the Province of Ontario, Canada.
The American Concrete Institute organized in 1904 is the world’s leading authority on concrete technology. It has 98 chapters worldwide, including more than 20,000 members in 108 countries. Conforming to its mission ‘Provide knowledge and information for the best use of concrete” the institute publishes technical documents, provides a standard certificate program for the industry, conducts educational seminars and encourage student involvement in the concrete field.
The UCD Student ITE will hold its last meeting for the year on May 1st, and will elect next year’s board, along with lunch and a presentation by the RTD FasTracks Transit-Oriented Development group! Come learn about and run for the board positions available and hear about the future of development and transit in Denver!
Wednesday, May 1st, 12pm-1pm
CU Building, Room 490
1250 14th Street
Chris Yakacki, assistant professor in mechanical engineering, recently served as a guest editor for Polymer Reviews, the second-most cited polymer review journal. As guest editor, he created a special issue entitled “Shape-Memory and Shape-Changing Polymers.”
“Shape-memory and shape-changing polymers are a dynamic class of materials that can challenge and transform the way we look at engineering materials,” says Yakacki. “I wanted to create an issue that covered as many aspects of these materials as possible: ranging from how to characterize their behavior, to how they can be utilized for medical devices, to how researchers can model their behavior. The issue has some great contribution from leaders in the field from all over the world.”
The opportunity to serve as a guest editor came as part of the CU Denver External Research Mentor Program. Yakacki won the award last fall with Patrick Mather of Syracuse University as his mentor. Mather is the Director of the Biomaterials Institute at Syracuse and serves on the editorial board of Polymer Reviews. He also visited the college as part of the CEAS seminar series in March.
Erica Lefeave, college communications specialist, has been chosen as this year’s CEAS Outstanding Staff. The award, which includes a cash prize as well as a commemorative plaque, will be presented at the college Year-End Celebration on May 17.
As the winner of this year’s award, Erica will be appointed to serve on the selection committee for next year’s Outstanding Staff award.