Kevin Rens Receives CU Denver Annual Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring

Congratulations to Civil Engineering Professor and Chair Kevin Rens on receiving the CU Denver Annual Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring. Kevin was chosen by a selection committee comprised of previous award winners from throughout the university.

Read the announcement from CU Denver Provost Rod Nairn.

Congratulations, Kevin, and thank you for your continued contributions to faculty, students and to the college.

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Kevin Rens
Civil Engineering Professor and Chair

Jason Ren Named Campus Award Winner for Excellence in Research and Creative Activities

Congratulations to Civil Engineering Assistant Professor Zhiyong “Jason” Ren, who has received the campus-level faculty award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activities. Jason was chosen by a selection committee comprised of previous award winners from throughout the university.

Read the announcement from CU Denver Provost Rod Nairn.

Congratulations, Jason, and thank you for your dedication to the college and our students.

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Zhiyong “Jason” Ren
Civil Engineering Assistant Professor

News & Events: week of April 23

Final CEAS Seminar is April 26—lunch will be provided

RSVP NOW! College Year-End Celebration and Awards Ceremony, May 11

You’re invited to attend the Spring Senior Design Competition, May 11

CU Denver Senior Send Off 2012—May 10; faculty and staff are invited to attend

Register now: CU Online Spring Symposium, May 17

Do you have news you’d like to share with the college? Send it to Erica Lefeave.

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Final CEAS Seminar is April 26—lunch will be provided

Dear colleagues and students:

The final CEAS seminar for the spring 2012 semester will occur on Thursday, April 26.
I hope that you will all be there.

Regards,

Titsa Papantoni
Professor of Electrical Engineering
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UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER
College of Engineering and Applied Science
Spring 2012 Seminar Series

Thursday, April 26, 2012
11 a.m., NC 2607/09

Analytic Element Modeling of Groundwater Flow with Heterogeneity, Anisotropy, and Multiple Layers

Dr. Charlie Fitts
Geoscience Department
University of Southern Maine

Abstract
Analytic element (AE) methods simulate groundwater flow using superposition of analytic solutions associated with boundary conditions.  This results in accurate and geometrically flexible simulations, particularly at small scales near wells, barriers, drains, and streams. The approach used here divides the modeled region into polygonal subdomains, each with its own flow model and its own isotropic or anisotropic aquifer parameters. It also allows for flexible layering in multi-layer models; more layers in the area of interest can abut fewer layers or a single layer in the far-field. The distributed source terms due to vertical leakage and transient storage fluxes are modeled with spatially-variable area sinks.  Storage fluxes are determined using finite-difference time steps, just as in MODFLOW.   This approach allows simulation of complex multi-layer, anisotropic, and transient systems while retaining the geometric flexibility of AE methods.

Bio
Charlie is a professor in the Geosciences Department at the University of Southern Maine. His graduate studies included engineering geology and soil mechanics (Cornell) and groundwater modeling  (U. Minnesota).  He wrote the groundwater modeling programs TWODAN, SOLUTRANS, and now ANAQSIM (Analytic Aquifer Simulator). He is author of the textbook Groundwater Science (2002); the 2nd edition will be published in 2012.

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RSVP NOW! Year-End Celebration and Awards Ceremony, May 11

Time is running out as the end of the semester approached. RSVP now for the first annual college year-end celebration and awards ceremony.

Friday, May 11, 2012
11:30 – 2:30
Lawrence Street Center Terrace Room
1380 Lawrence Street

Join students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends as the college celebrates the end of the academic year and the beginning of summer with BBQ, laughs and an award ceremony honoring outstanding faculty, staff, alumni and students.

Contact Erica Lefeave to RSVP; space is limited so don’t wait.
erica.lefeave@ucdenver.edu | 303-352-3675
engineering.ucdenver.edu/celebration

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You’re invited to attend the Spring Senior Design Competition, May 11

Mark your calendars: the Spring Senior Design Competition will be held on May 11 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the North Classroom Atrium. All faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Fifteen teams have registered to compete for cash prizes.
Stay tuned for project details. We hope to see you there!

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CU Denver Senior Send Off 2012—May 10; faculty and staff are invited to attend

Thursday, May 10 from 4-7pm at Rock Bottom Brewery on 1001 16th Street

Anyone who’s graduating, faculty, staff, friends, and family are welcome!

$1.25 Parking with validation from Rock Bottom in the Independence Plaza Parking garage

Please RSVP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/seniorsendoff2012

More information is available at: http://www.ucdenver.edu/life/services/studentlife/Events/Pages/Senior-Sendoff.aspx

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CU Online Spring Symposium, May 17

Registration is now open for the CU Online Spring Symposium. If you teach online classes, this is an opportunity to make your courses better. All CU Denver faculty are invited to attend free of charge. Register now at cuonline.edu/symposium.

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News & Events: Week of April 16

April 19 CEAS Seminar: Toward Early Glaucoma Diagnostics: The Use of Nonlinear Optical Imaging Techniques

RSVP now: College Year-End Celebration and Awards Ceremony

Save the Date: Spring 2012 Senior Design Competition

Middle School MESA Day competition draws 600 students

Colorado Center for Health and Wellness open on Anschutz Medical Campus

Have news you’d like to share with the college? Send it to Erica Lefeave.

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April 19 CEAS Seminar: Toward Early Glaucoma Diagnostics: The Use of Nonlinear Optical Imaging Techniques

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER
College of Engineering and Applied Science
Spring 2012 Seminar Series
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Thursday, April 19, 2012
10:00a.m., NC 2607/09

Toward Early Glaucoma Diagnostics: The Use of Nonlinear Optical Imaging Techniques

Dr. Tim Lei
Department of Electrical Engineering
University of Colorado Denver

Abstract
Glaucoma has been the leading cause of blindness in the United States and affects 60 million people worldwide. One of the major risk factors of Glaucoma is the evaluation pressure of the intraocular fluid. The increased fluid pressure in the eye is believed to cause damages to the optical nerves and ultimately results in permanent loss of vision. Therefore, it is important to develop non-invasive optical imaging techniques to identify early degeneracy in the fluid outflow system inside the eye to prevent the fluid pressure build up. Nonlinear optical imaging techniques allow functional and molecular specific imaging in biological tissues without the needs of exogenous fluorescent labels. In this talk, I will discuss the technical challenges of imaging the trabecular meshwork, which is the entrance of the outflow system of the eye and our achievements of using nonlinear optical techniques including second harmonic generation, two-photon excitation autofluorescence and coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microscopy to achieve excellent imaging resolutions and to extract valuable diagnostic information to determine the health of the fluid outflow system in the eye to determine early onsets of glaucoma.

Bio.
Prof. Tim C. Lei is an assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Colorado Denver. In addition, he also holds adjunct appointments of the Departments of Bioengineering, Physiology and Biophysics, and Medicine at the University. His research interests focus on applying and developing advanced optical imaging and spectroscopic techniques to study important biomedical problems. Several projects that he is currently researching include: 1) developing nonlinear imaging techniques for early glaucoma detection and diagnostics, 2) measuring protein dynamics and interactions using fluorescent correlation techniques in cell membranes and in lipid rafts for renal diseases, and 3) determining the optical scattering properties of brain tissue to understanding neural circuitry functions using optogenetic proteins.

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RSVP now: College Year-End Celebration and Awards Ceremony

It’s time to RSVP for the first annual college year-end celebration and awards ceremony!

May 11, 2012
11:30 – 2:30
Lawrence Street Center Terrace Room
1380 Lawrence Street

Join students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends as the college celebrates the end of the academic year and the beginning of summer with BBQ, laughs and an award ceremony honoring outstanding faculty, staff, alumni and students.

Contact Erica Lefeave to RSVP; space is limited so don’t wait.
erica.lefeave@ucdenver.edu | 303-352-3675

engineering.ucdenver.edu/celebration

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Save the Date: Spring 2012 Senior Design Competition

Mark your calendars: the Spring Senior Design Competition will be held on May 11 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the North Classroom Atrium. All faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

Stay tuned for more information.

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Middle School MESA Day competition draws 600 students

On Friday April 13, approximately 600 middle school students from around the state converged on the Auraria Campus for the Middle School MESA Day Competition.

Throughout the day, the students had an opportunity to “showcase their engineering might” by competing in a wide array of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) challenges. Events included Bio Bowl, Math Quest and a STEM spirit video challenge, as well as contests to build bridges, prosthetic arms, straw towers and wind-energy devices.

“All of the students did an excellent job,” says Paul Rakowski, director of student services for the CU Denver College of Engineering and Applied Science. “I’m always impressed by the caliber of students this event draws and how excited they are to learn about STEM.”

Rakowski was one of many people who volunteered their time to judge the various events.

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Colorado Center for Health and Wellness open on Anschutz Medical Campus

Monday April 16 is opening day at the Colorado Center for Health and Wellness. Doors open at 5 a.m.

The fitness center’s new, extended hours take effect Monday:
Monday – Thursday: 5 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday: 5 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Center membership is ongoing, so there’s still time to join one of the most unique and revolutionary wellness initiatives in the country. Call 303-724-WELL (9355) to speak with a Membership Advisor, or email membership@coloradocenter.com.  You can also visit the Center during business hours; we’re located at the corner of E. Montview Blvd. between Racine and Quentin Streets on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

For more details, visit http://coloradocenter.com/our-facility/fitness-center.
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News & Events: week of April 9


CSIS Seminar April 10: The Influence of Environment in Type 1 Diabetes Susceptibility
Heidi Utt Receives Outstanding Staff Award
RSVP now: College Year-End Celebration and Awards, May 11
Nominations for outstanding students due to Dean’s Office April 13
Volunteer judges needed for upcoming MESA events
Lab safety reminder from Department of Environmental Health & Safety
Call for applications: faculty development grants

Have news you’d like to share with the college? Send it to Erica Lefeave.

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CSIS Seminar April 10: The Influence of Environment in Type 1 Diabetes Susceptibility

The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems presents: Jill Norris, Professor and Chair of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health

LOCATION: CU Building, Room 490
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 beginning at 12 p.m.

PRESENTATION TOPIC: The Influence of Environment in Type 1 Diabetes Susceptibility

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY
Dr. Jill Norris is Professor and Chair of Epidemiology in the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH). She has been with the University of Colorado Denver since 1990. She has served as founder and director of the PhD program in Epidemiology and as President of the CSPH Faculty Council.  She teaches courses in research methods, genetic epidemiology and genetic analysis.  Dr. Norris’ primary research interests are the epidemiology of type 1 diabetes and celiac disease with a particular focus on the impact of nutrition on the immune system; the genetic epidemiology of obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes; and the epidemiology of rheumatoid arthritis.

REMOTE LOG-IN
For those wishing to participate in the seminar via remote log-in, the directions are as follows:

  1. Go to the following link: https://connect.cuonline.edu/csis_seminar_spring_2012/
  2. Enter the discussion as a guest. You will not need a password.
  3. If you have further questions regarding remote log-in, please contact Byron Boyle

CU Denver’s Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems includes the inter-disciplinary IGERT grant, and is presently a joint center created in partnership between the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the School of Public Affairs. If you are interested in joining CSIS, or would like more information about the center, please contact Dr. Anu Ramaswami.

For information or comments on CSIS seminar, contact Zeljko Spiric.

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Heidi Utt Receives Outstanding Staff Award

Congratulations to Heidi Utt, Continuing Engineering Education Program manager, on receiving the 2012 College of Engineering and Applied Science Outstanding Staff Award.

The committee received two exemplary nominations this year and while they found both candidates to have impressive records, they unanimously agreed to name Heidi as this year’s award recipient. She will receive her award at the college’s Year-End Celebration and Awards Ceremony on May 11.

Congratulations again to Heidi on this achievement.

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RSVP now: College Year-End Celebration and Awards, May 11

College of Engineering and Applied Science Year-End Celebration

Friday, May 11, 2012
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lawrence Street Center, Second Floor Terrace Room

Join engineering students, faculty, alumni and friends as the college celebrates the end of the academic year with lunch and an awards ceremony. Awardees include outstanding students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as the winners of the spring senior design competition.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Erica Lefeave
erica.lefeave@ucdenver.edu | 303-352-3675

RSVP is required; tickets will be issued for lunch. Space is limited.

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Nominations for outstanding students due to Dean’s Office April 13

Nominations for Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Students are due to the Dean’s Office on April 13. To nominate a student, send the student’s name to Petrina Morgan. The awards will be given at the college’s Year-End celebration on May 11.

The Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Student Awards replace the college’s Outstanding Senior Award. The decision was made to change the format to make the award more inclusive to all students, regardless of when they graduate. Contact Petrina if you have additional questions.

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Volunteer judges needed for two upcoming MESA events

We are pleased to announce the Middle School MESA Day and the High School MESA Engineering & Science Jamboree Design Challenges for 2012.

MESA Day Design Challenge (Middle School Competition)
This Friday, April 13, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., University of Colorado at Denver PE Events Center
To sign up to be a judge or volunteer for MESA Day, contact Anney.

MESA Engineering & Science Jamboree (High School Competition)
Friday, April 27, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., University of Colorado at Denver PE Events Center
To sign up to be a judge or volunteer for the MESA Jamboree contact Anney.

Sign up for one or both events by Monday, April 2nd!

Each year, Colorado MESA, a program designed to encourage minority and female students to prepare themselves for pursuing college majors in mathematics, engineering and science, hosts competition events at the middle school and high school level: The MESA Day Design Challenge and the MESA Engineering & Science Jamboree Design Challenge.

The MESA Day and MESA Engineering & Science Jamboree Design Challenges are hands-on engineering competitions. Students compete in a series of mathematics, engineering and science related projects including constructing wind turbine and website design.

Judges score and evaluate teams based on their designs, presentations, or knowledge with an award ceremony following the competitions. Qualifying students will also go on to compete in the national MESA USA Design Challenge at the University of Washington in Seattle this summer.

For more information on MESA Day (April 13th): http://www.cmesa.org/projects/MESA_day.html

For more information on MESA Jamboree (April 27th): http://www.cmesa.org/projects/HSEJ.html

For this year, some things to note:

  • The Wind Energy competition is the national challenge for this year. We will be needing 20 judges for this category. The winning team will go on to compete in the national MESA USA Design Challenge.
  • The winner of the Video/Internet category will have their video featured on the Colorado MESA website
  • Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will not have a Team Rocket Challenge this year.

Use the MESA competitions as a community outreach opportunity! This event is a great opportunity for companies to participate in community outreach. Please forward this message to your colleagues.

Questions? Contact Anney at 303-556-8547 or anney@cmesa.org

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Lab safety reminder from Department of Environmental Health & Safety

This information is intended for those people who oversee research laboratories to make you aware of two recent events that have focused national attention on laboratory safety in academia.

On October 19, 2011, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board released a report on a laboratory explosion at Texas Tech University in 2010. More information is available at http://www.csb.gov/newsroom/detail.aspx?nid=386.

On December 27, 2011, the Los Angeles District Attorney filed felony charges against a UCLA professor and the Regents of the University of California for violations of labor laws in the death of a researcher that occurred almost three years earlier. The tragic death resulted from a laboratory accident. More information is available at http://articles.latimes.com/2011/dec/28/local/la-me-1228-ucla-death-20111228.

Though the cases are pending, these events reiterate the expectation that universities and faculty ensure that their students and employees work in a safe environment. It is prudent that the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus make sure that we are taking appropriate steps to protect the safety of all laboratory workers. The Department of Environmental Health & Safety has been reviewing and revising the content of training, analyzing the results of laboratory audits to collect trends and metrics that are incorporated into training and safety announcements, and working closely with investigators and administration to ensure safety of all laboratory workers.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Maintain a consistently strong safety culture in your laboratories. Two very visible actions are to ensure that all laboratory workers use proper personal protective equipment at all times and that floors, counters, hoods, and shelves in your laboratory are kept free of clutter.
  • Ensure that all of your laboratory workers have both general laboratory safety training through EHS and that you provide additional laboratory-specific training to address potential hazards in your laboratories. Make sure that all training is well documented. Visit the EHS training webpagefor links and instructions to the following safety courses:
    • Lab Safety Training (U00050) for all new hires working in labs.
    • CU: Chemical Waste Management (U20037)
    • Blood Borne Pathogens/Exposure Control Training (U00069)
    • Radiation Safety Training
  • If you are planning on hosting student interns in your laboratory, please have them register for our newly rolled out laboratory safety training program.  There are three phases to the program: (1) In-person laboratory safety training class, typically conducted at the downtown campus but is also offered at the Anschutz Medical Campus; (2) completion of on-line safety training (actual courses required to be determined either at the in-person training or based on input from assigned laboratory); (3) completion of on-the-job training during the first week of the laboratory rotation. More information is available through our partner – the Experiential Learning Center at the Downtown Campus: 303 556-6656.
  • EHS has implemented a Chemical Hygiene Plan requirement.  Some labs have completed their Chemical Hygiene Plan  – Thank you. Stay tuned for additional guidance and information on how to develop your lab specific Chemical Hygiene Plan.Promptly address all unsafe conditions. Remember that EHS can provide assistance to you in identifying, assessing, and mitigating hazards.

Please review these issues with your laboratory group, and feel free to contact ethan.carter@ucdenver.edu.  303-724-0345 with any ideas for improving laboratory safety on campus.

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Call for applications: Faculty Development Grants

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR 2012/2013 – Proposals due April 30, 2012

Purpose
The Faculty Development Grants have undergone changes since their inception as the Faculty Development Center has continued to seek ways to optimize the limited funds we can make available to faculty. This year the Center for Faculty Development Advisory Board has recommended that we offer grants in three categories: (A) $10,000 (two awards),  (B) $5,000 (three awards), and (C) $2,000 (ten awards).

These grants are intended to enhance the quality of teaching and/or research/creative work. Among those items to be supported in all three categories are: (1) attending workshops and conferences related to teaching and/or research/creative work, (2) employing student assistants involved in research work, (3) supporting professional development, (4) converting existing courses to newer technologies, and (5) obtaining special equipment or software.

Examples of ineligible expenses include (1) faculty release time or salary, (2) student tuition reimbursements, and (3) travel to attend a conference to present the project results. Collaborative projects are encouraged.

Eligibility
Eligible faculty members for these awards are those holding a full-time appointment at the UC Denver Downtown Campus, in any of the following categories: 1) untenured, tenure-track faculty; 2) tenured faculty; 3) instructor or senior instructor; or 4) clinical teaching track. (Non-tenure-track faculty can apply only for projects related to teaching unless their contracts include a stipulation that they engage in scholarly activity.)  A faculty member can receive only one faculty development grant every other year; faculty members who received a Faculty Development Grant in the summer of 2011 are ineligible this year. A faculty member who receives a Faculty Development Grant must submit a report of activities by December 1, 2013

Proposal Components
The 2012 Faculty Development Grant proposals should contain the sections listed below. Applications can be submitted in one category only in this competition. A review committee comprised of CFD associates and previous grant awardees will review the applications. Proposals that are incomplete or unclear to the reviewing panel will not be judged; proposals should effectively communicate project plans and goals.

  • Cover page with required signatures (see below).
  • Project Significance (Not to exceed two pages, single-spaced in length)
    • Describe the significance of the project in your research/creative works and/or teaching activities. Do so in language that can be understood by the reviewing panel that may or may not be from your discipline. Projects described in terms that cannot be understood by the reviewing committee will not be funded.
  • Project Outcomes  (Not to exceed 1 page, single-spaced in length)
    • What are the expected final products from this funding within a year of the award? Be sure to explain how the requested funding will directly impact these products.
  • Budget and Timeline(Not to exceed 1 page, single-spaced in length)
    • A timeline should provide specific milestones with realistic time given to each stage of the project.  A detailed and realistic budget must be provided.  The requested budget must be explicit; the reviewing panel will award only budget items deemed to be essential to achieving the stated outcomes of the project.
  • Vita (Not to exceed 2 pages.)
    • Include an abbreviated CV highlighting the most relevant activities and accomplishments that will give the review committee important background for interpreting your proposal. Highlight any recent funding received.

Application and Review Process
Complete the application cover sheet and submit your proposal electronically to: center.facdevelopment@ucdenver.edu. Late proposals will not be considered.

Proposals are due to the Center for Faculty Development by 5 p.m. April 30, 2012.

Review Timeline
SELECT DATES
April 30, 2012             Deadline for faculty members to submit applications
May 4, 2012                Proposals sent to review committee
June 1, 2012                Results disseminated
July 1, 2012                 Funds available
June 30, 2013              Last day to spend funds
December 1, 2013       Report of activities and results due in the Center for Faculty Development

Please note: Faculty are responsible for obtaining IRB approval prior to data collection.
If you have questions, please call or send an e-mail message to: Ellen Stevens, Director, Center for Faculty Development, 303-315-3030, center.facdevelopment@ucdenver.edu.
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Heidi Utt receives Outstanding Staff Award

Congratulations to Heidi Utt, Continuing Engineering Education Program manager, on receiving the 2012 College of Engineering and Applied Science Outstanding Staff Award.

The committee received two exemplary nominations this year and while they found both candidates to have impressive records, they unanimously agreed to name Heidi as this year’s award recipient. She will receive her award at the college’s Year-End Celebration and Awards Ceremony on May 11.

Congratulations again to Heidi on this achievement.

Heidi Utt
Heidi Utt, CEEP Program Manager

News & Events: Week of April 2

CEAS seminar April 5: Electromagnetic Imaging in Structural Health Monitoring and Nondestructive Evaluation: Industrial and Medical Applications
Save the date: College Year-End Celebration & Awards
Volunteer judges needed for two upcoming MESA events
SHPE hosts conference for high school students
Faculty Development Grants – Proposals due April 30, 2012

Do you have news you would like to share with the college? Send it to Erica Lefeave.

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CEAS seminar April 5: Electromagnetic Imaging in Structural Health Monitoring and Nondestructive Evaluation: Industrial and Medical Applications

College of Engineering and Applied Science
Spring 2012 Seminar Series

Thursday, April 5, 2012
10:00a.m., NC 2607/09

Electromagnetic Imaging in Structural Health Monitoring and Nondestructive Evaluation: Industrial and Medical Applications

Yiming Deng, PhD and He Huang, PhD
Department Of Electrical Engineering
University of Colorado Denver

Abstract
The safety of complex engineered systems and critical infrastructures, such as aircraft, nuclear reactors, bridges, pipelines and ships are important to ensure society’s industrial and economic prosperity. Unfortunately, since much of the world’s population live in close proximity to water and humidity and some structures and systems are often subjected to harsh environmental or operating conditions, structural deterioration, especially corrosion cannot be avoided. There has been an increasing interest in emerging sensing and imaging technologies in recent years to monitor and identify the onset of structural damage at its early stage. Meanwhile, the calculation of pair-wise interaction is useful in numerous research areas that are as diverse as biophysics, physics, computation chemistry, astrophysics, and engineering, to name a few. For structural health imaging and sensing systems, the interactions between the sensors and structures that needed to be imaged can be modeled using this pair-wise relationship. Extensive research and significant progress in this field have greatly expanded the applications and sophisticated the systems design, however, it is known that advances in complex systems computation and modeling is still greatly desired and a robust and efficient modeling tool for understanding those interaction is missing. In other words, the structural damage imaging data acquisition and processing, i.e. reconstruction and characterization or accurate forecasting of remaining service time, require prohibitive computational resources and always remain challenging. In this seminar, Dr. Deng will present the research and development of the state of the art electromagnetic imaging techniques carried in his Lab that are used in both engineering and clinical fields to determine the state or internal conditions of structures and human body on the basis of information contained in measured signals and images without the use of destructive approaches. His postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Huang will introduce a project they are working on for developing a novel and fast imaging and data analysis mechanism using an optimized fast multipole method, accelerated Cartesian expansion that can significantly reduce the data acquisition and analysis time for large-scale structural monitoring and imaging. If successful, the research has the potential to revolutionize the way of monitoring complex engineered systems and critical infrastructures with optimized sensor design and deployment.

Bios.
Yiming Deng
received his B.Sc. in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 2003 and PhD in electrical engineering from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA in 2009. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at University of Colorado Denver (CU-Denver), USA since 2009. He is also a scientific staff member at Colorado Translational Research Imaging Center (CTRIC). His current research interests include: structural health monitoring (SHM), hybrid electromagnetic imaging sensors, numerical modeling and simulation for nondestructive evaluation (NDE) and medical applications, medical imaging and image analysis, inverse problems. Dr. Deng is a member of IEEE, ASNT, CCTSI and full member of Sigma Xi. He is the winner of FAA-ATA Better Way Award in 2005 and ASNT Faculty Grant Award in 2010.

He Huang received his PhD degree in Physics from Michigan State University in 2011. He also holds a MS degree in Astronomy from Beijing Normal University, China and worked as research assistant and associate in the computational electromagnetics group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at MSU. He has been extensively involved in several NSF funded projects and served as PI and co-PI for projects funded by Chinese government, such as “Voronoi diagram in the Galaxy Evolution” when he was a faculty member at BNU. Recently, Dr. Huang’s research interests have spanned to a large number of fast computational methods in electromagnetics and electromagnetic wave propagation for complex media and screened interaction on the lattice gas system, analyzing computationally the critical behavior of thermoelectric compound system, signal sampling and noise analyzing of NGC spectrum. Starting January 2012, he joined CU-Denver Imaging and Image Processing Lab as a postdoctoral fellow and his current research interests include innovative multipole sensing and imaging theory, signal sampling process and its stochastic processes’ physics re-modeling, fast image reconstruction and numerical simulation.

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Save the Date: College Year-End Celebration and Awards

College of Engineering and Applied Science Year-End Celebration

Friday, May 11, 2012
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lawrence Street Center, Second Floor Terrace Room

Join engineering students, faculty, alumni and friends in celebrating the end of the academic year with lunch and an awards ceremony.
Awardees include outstanding students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as the winners of the spring senior design competition.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Erica Lefeave
erica.lefeave@ucdenver.edu | 303-352-3675

RSVP is required; tickets will be issued for lunch. Space is limited.
Stay tuned for more information.

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Volunteer judges needed for two upcoming MESA events

We are pleased to announce the Middle School MESA Day and the High School MESA Engineering & Science Jamboree Design Challenges for 2012.

MESA Day Design Challenge (Middle School Competition)
Friday, April 13, 8am to 3pm, University of Colorado at Denver PE Events Center
To sign up to be a judge or volunteer for MESA Day, contact Anney.

MESA Engineering & Science Jamboree (High School Competition)
Friday, April 27, 8am to 3pm,University of Colorado at Denver PE Events Center
To sign up to be a judge or volunteer for the MESA Jamboree, contact Anney.

Sign up for one or both events by Monday, April 2nd!

Each year, Colorado MESA, a program designed to encourage minority and female students to prepare themselves for pursuing college majors in mathematics, engineering and science, hosts competition events at the middle school and high school level: The MESA Day Design Challenge and the MESA Engineering & Science Jamboree Design Challenge.

The MESA Day and MESA Engineering & Science Jamboree Design Challenges are hands-on engineering competitions. Students compete in a series of mathematics, engineering and science related projects including constructing wind turbine and website design.

Judges score and evaluate teams based on their designs, presentations, or knowledge with an award ceremony following the competitions. Qualifying students will also go on to compete in the national MESA USA Design Challenge at the University of Washington in Seattle this summer.

For more information on MESA Day (April 13th): http://www.cmesa.org/projects/MESA_day.html

For more information on MESA Jamboree (April 27th): http://www.cmesa.org/projects/HSEJ.html

For this year, some things to note:

  • The Wind Energy competition is the national challenge for this year. We will be needing 20 judges for this category. The winning team will go on to compete in the national MESA USA Design Challenge.
  • The winner of the Video/Internet category will have their video featured on the Colorado MESA website
  • Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will not have a Team Rocket Challenge this year.

Use these MESA competitions as a community outreach opportunity!
This event is a great opportunity for companies to participate in community outreach. Please forward this message to your colleagues.

Questions? Contact Anney at 303-556-8547 or anney@cmesa.org

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SHPE hosts conference for high school students

On March 20, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineering (SHPE) hosted 70 students from area high schools, including Boulder High School, Westminster High School and West Denver Prep. The conference, Shape Your Future with STEM, had ten presenters, six of which were students. Director of Student Services Paul Rakowski was among the presents and spoke to the students about STEM careers.

“The students were very interested in what types of careers are available in the STEM fields,” says Rakowski. “They asked great questions and were very engaged.”

Learn more about SHPE.

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Faculty Development Grants – Proposals due April 30, 2012

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR 2012/2013

Purpose
The Faculty Development Grants have undergone changes since their inception as the Faculty Development Center has continued to seek ways to optimize the limited funds we can make available to faculty. This year the Center for Faculty Development Advisory Board has recommended that we offer grants in three categories: (A) $10,000 (two awards),  (B) $5,000 (three awards), and (C) $2,000 (ten awards).

These grants are intended to enhance the quality of teaching and/or research/creative work. Among those items to be supported in all three categories are: (1) attending workshops and conferences related to teaching and/or research/creative work, (2) employing student assistants involved in research work, (3) supporting professional development, (4) converting existing courses to newer technologies, and (5) obtaining special equipment or software.

Examples of ineligible expenses include (1) faculty release time or salary, (2) student tuition reimbursements, and (3) travel to attend a conference to present the project results. Collaborative projects are encouraged.

Eligibility
Eligible faculty members for these awards are those holding a full-time appointment at the UC Denver Downtown Campus, in any of the following categories: 1) untenured, tenure-track faculty; 2) tenured faculty; 3) instructor or senior instructor; or 4) clinical teaching track. (Non-tenure-track faculty can apply only for projects related to teaching unless their contracts include a stipulation that they engage in scholarly activity.)  A faculty member can receive only one faculty development grant every other year; faculty members who received a Faculty Development Grant in the summer of 2011 are ineligible this year. A faculty member who receives a Faculty Development Grant must submit a report of activities by December 1, 2013

Proposal Components
The 2012 Faculty Development Grant proposals should contain the sections listed below. Applications can be submitted in one category only in this competition. A review committee comprised of CFD associates and previous grant awardees will review the applications. Proposals that are incomplete or unclear to the reviewing panel will not be judged; proposals should effectively communicate project plans and goals.

  • Cover page with required signatures
  • Project Significance (Not to exceed two pages, single-spaced in length)
    • Describe the significance of the project in your research/creative works and/or teaching activities. Do so in language that can be understood by the reviewing panel that may or may not be from your discipline. Projects described in terms that cannot be understood by the reviewing committee will not be funded.
  • Project Outcomes  (Not to exceed 1 page, single-spaced in length)
    • What are the expected final products from this funding within a year of the award? Be sure to explain how the requested funding will directly impact these products.
  • Budget and Timeline (Not to exceed 1 page, single-spaced in length.
    • A timeline should provide specific milestones with realistic time given to each stage of the project.  A detailed and realistic budget must be provided.  The requested budget must be explicit; the reviewing panel will award only budget items deemed to be essential to achieving the stated outcomes of the project.
  • Vita (Not to exceed 2 pages.)
    • Include an abbreviated CV highlighting the most relevant activities and accomplishments that will give the review committee important background for interpreting your proposal. Highlight any recent funding received.

Application and Review Process
Complete the attached application cover sheet and submit your proposal electronically to: center.facdevelopment@ucdenver.edu. Late proposals will not be considered.

Proposals are due to the Center for Faculty Development by 5 p.m. April 30, 2012.

Review Timeline
SELECT DATES
April 30, 2012             Deadline for faculty members to submit applications
May 4, 2012                Proposals sent to review committee
June 1, 2012                Results disseminated
July 1, 2012                 Funds available
June 30, 2013              Last day to spend funds
December 1, 2013       Report of activities and results due in the Center for Faculty Development

Please note: Faculty are responsible for obtaining IRB approval prior to data collection.
If you have questions, please call or send an e-mail message to: Ellen Stevens, Director, Center for Faculty Development, 303-315-3030, center.facdevelopment@ucdenver.edu

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