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University Features ETHOS Program in Docuseries

A key part of studying abroad is immersing yourself in your host country’s culture. The University’s ETHOS program offers a study abroad experience combined with service learning to form an experiential learning adventure like no other. 
The ETHOS program is being featured in a three-part docuseries in which the viewer follows two engineering majors, Ellen and Michael, as they experience life in La Paz, Bolivia. Watch Ellen and Michael positively impact the lives of others here.

Local STEM Teachers to Gain International Experience Thanks to NSF Grant

Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation program, a group of local middle and high school STEM teachers will be participating in a yearlong development program. Teachers will be paired with a faculty mentor, travel internationally to work on an ETHOS project with a partner agency, then create curriculum for their classrooms. Kellie Schneider, associate professor in the Department of Engineering Management, Systems and Technology, is the PI with support from Associate Dean Margie Pinnell and Malcolm Daniels, director of the ETHOS program.  The grant is in partnership with Central State University. Learn more about the unique program here.

UD Grad Student Participates in Additive Manufacturing Symposium

Dimitri Papazoglou, a doctoral student studying electrical and computer engineering, was selected to present his research for a Student Presentation Competition. The event was held in conjunction with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International Symposium on Structural Integrity of Additive Manufactured Materials and Parts.

Papazoglou presented his research at the Symposium in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 7, 2019. Papazoglou has been working with Amy Doll, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, on her research into additively manufactured orthopedic implants.  He is working with an algorithm that can detect when a manufacturing defect is present. Read more about Papazoglou here.

Autonomous Drones Could Help Rescuers Identify People in Need During Disasters

When disasters happen, first responders are critical in the safety and recovery of survivors, but damage to infrastructure hampers the response team and endangers their efforts to help those who need it most. Drones can be useful in such situations, but most require individual pilots to fly the unmanned aircrafts by remote control. This limits how quickly rescuers can view an entire affected area and can delay actual aid from reaching victims.

Due to this issue, Vijayan Asari, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is developing systems that can help spot people or animals using autonomous drones. Read more about his exciting research here.

SoE Afternoon of Service Helps Tornado Victims

Faculty and staff volunteers from the School of Engineering gave their time to the Dayton Foodbank on July 12, providing groceries to 221 local families devastated by the tornadoes in late May. Our volunteers loaded groceries such as eggs, milk, peanut butter and rice into the vehicles of families in need through the Foodbank’s drive-thru pantry. 

Sandy Furterer and Kellie Schneider from the Department of Engineering Management, Systems and Technology were also volunteering by process mapping to observe the volunteering processes in attempts to streamline and improve efficiencies. 

“I find the afternoon of service to not only be a good thing to do for our community, but I also think it helps the reputation of the school and provides a great teaming experience that strengthens the working relationships of those who volunteer,” said faculty member Eric Balster. “I am very interested in finding creative ways to encourage ECE faculty to volunteer as well.”

Thank you to everyone that dedicated their time to helping the tornado victims. We encourage all faculty and staff to give back to our community!

Welcome New Additions

Congratulations to Libby Lopresti, senior administrative assistant, who welcomed grandson Wesley “Wes” Blake Koenitzer, 7 lb. 8 oz. and 20” long, on May 15.
Another Flyer was added to the engineering family on July 12! Congratulations to Daisy Aspiras, administrative assistant in the Vision Lab and grants coordinator in the Office of Cooperatve Education, and her husband, Theus, a research scientist in the Vision Lab, on the arrival of Zachariah David Aspiras who came into this world at 5 lb. 11 oz.
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