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Dayton Engineering Moves Up in Rankings

The University of Dayton School of Engineering has once again been named a Top Graduate Program and Top Online Engineering Program by U.S. News & World Report. The School advanced up two places this year and is tied with Notre Dame as the top Catholic engineering program.
After rising nine positions last year, UD moved up from 56th to 54th in the rankings this year thanks to strong sponsored research totals. UD’s online engineering graduate program took the 51st slot in that category. Rankings from the past two years can be accessed here.

McIntosh Award Winner to Study Mechanical Engineering

The W.S. McIntosh Memorial Leadership Award, the most prestigious scholarship offered by the University of Dayton, includes full tuition, room and board to the University and a four-year paid internship with the city of Dayton. The award honors W.S. McIntosh, a civil rights leader in Dayton in the 1960s. 
The committee met 12 phenomenal young people from throughout Montgomery County before selecting Cameron Rucker as the 2018 recipient.  Cameron, a senior attending Northmont High School, describes himself as a student-athlete with emphasis on being a student. 

Cameron maintains 3.946 GPA, is among the top 10 percent of his graduating class, and a member of the National Honor Society. He plays football and basketball and runs track. Outside of school, he volunteers at nursing homes and with elementary students at sports camps in local schools. Cameron will study mechanical engineering in the fall and play on the football team.  
Northmont senior Cameron Rucker received a leadership award and scholarship for being an exceptional student athlete. Pictured left to right: Northmont Superintendent Tony Thomas, Rucker and University of Dayton President Eric Spina.

News Briefs

Kristen Comfort, whose research into three-dimensional cellular modeling to simulate multiple systems within the body, was recognized with a $40,000 Colgate Palmolive Grant for Alternative Research this month in Houston.  The prestigious award highlights current research efforts that make an impact in minimizing the utilization of animal models in toxicology-based research.
Kenya Crosson, associate professor of civil engineering, was named a Woman of UD: Trailblazer as part of the Women’s Center’s celebration of Women’s History Month. Dr. Crosson is the first female African-American tenured faculty member in the School of Engineering.  She joins such notable women as Marianist founders, Mother Adele and Marie-Therese, along with contemporaries Deb Bickford, associate provost for academic affairs, and Amy Lopez-Matthews, executive director of the Center for Student Involvement. Read about all 15 recipients here.
Denise Taylor, associate professor of civil engineering, has been selected to participate in the 2018-2019 Global Education Seminar (GES) cohort and will travel to Ghana and Cameroon next spring. The GES program, now in its eighth year, provides faculty with the opportunity to advance internationalization priorities of academic units by supporting faculty projects that advance curriculum, research and scholarship, and/or engagement with international resources and partners.
Vijay Asari, professor of electrical and computer engineering, visited the National University of Littoral (UNL), Santa Fe, Argentina, as a Fulbright Specialist in November of last year.  While there, he taught a course, Computer Vision and Image Understanding for graduate and senior undergraduate students of UNL and a few graduate students from the National University of Entre Rios (UNER) and presented a talk, Computational Intelligence and Machine Perception for Autonomous Systems, to faculty and researchers at UNER.
Kevin Hallinan, professor of mechanical engineering, was quoted in an NPR story on Emerson’s research on heating and cooling at the Helix Innovation Center.  You can read and listen to the story here.
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