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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

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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

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.

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.


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 | 303-352-3675

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


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):

For more information on MESA Jamboree (April 27th):

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


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.


Faculty Development Grants – Proposals due April 30, 2012


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.

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: Late proposals will not be considered.

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

Review Timeline
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,




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