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2018 UD/UDRI Research Fellows Named

Alex Morgan (UDRI) and Bob Wilkens, associate dean, announced the pairing for the 2018 UD/UDRI Summer Research Fellowship Program last week. The program matches School of Engineering (SoE) faculty with UDRI researchers with the goal of expanding areas of research that are fundable by outside parties. Faculty lend their expertise while learning more about UDRI’s research, capabilities and personnel.
“Last year’s collaborations produced new funding proposals, papers and updated curriculum in advanced manufacturing,” Wilkens said. “We were extremely impressed by the quality of the presentations at the fall recap session.
The names of the faculty selected, and their UDRI partners, are listed below.
  • Feng Ye and Jitendra Kumar:  Modeling and Simulation of Solid State Battery Control Systems
  • Bob Lowe and Susan Hill:  Modeling and Simulation of Composite Properties Under High Strain Rates
  • Amy Neidhard-Doll and Wally Hoppe/Dathan Erdahl:  Design of Bio-compatible Additive Manufacturing Structures for Medical Implants and Devices
  • Markus Rumpfkeil and Alex Briones:  Computational Optimization of Combustors for Turbine Engines

Engineering Students Work Across Disciplines to Address Dayton Opioid Epidemic

A large group of students, city officials, addiction service providers and people in recovery, economic development leaders, and workforce development professionals, among others, gathered last week at Fitz Hall. The group was brainstorming ideas for a recycling enterprise for Montgomery County and city buildings to provide jobs with a purpose for people in recovery or newly released from prison. Read more about the group’s plans here.

“Ghana Guys” Build Cultural Connections through ETHOS

The ETHOS experience is unlike other study abroad programs because of its technology focus. By bringing their prior engineering knowledge to a developing country and adapting to local needs and resources, future engineers like the “Ghana Guys” have the ability to work with communities by developing appropriate technology or conducting research. Their contributions are unique opportunities to contribute alongside their host organizations, leaving both changed for the experience. Learn how a summer abroad broke stereotypes for these engineering students.


Afternoon of Service

During last week’s spring break, School of Engineering faculty and staff spent the afternoon at one of three local charities doing volunteer work. Groups served at The Foodbank in Dayton packing weekend meals for school children and passing out food to senior citizens;  at Aullwood Audubon Center cleaning barns and helping prepare for the Center’s pancake breakfast fund raiser; and at Hannah’s Treasure Chest bundling diapers and moving donations of clothing for children in need. 

The afternoon of service opportunity was so well received it will be offered once per term going forward.  
"I truly enjoyed my time yesterday at the Dayton Foodbank and I appreciate you (Dean Rojas) giving us the opportunity to do service in our community, said Nancy Striebich, senior administrative assistant.  "Not only did we fill a great need but it was a wonderful opportunity to spend time with other faculty and staff in the SoE.  It was a great community building activity!"

Another faculty member noted: "It was genuinely my pleasure and honor to participate in an afternoon of service with my co-workers.  I look forward to the next opportunity to do so.  I think all college professors could afford a bit more time in service alongside the folks who make their lives easier to help them remember what is really important in this world.  It doesn't revolve around our classes or our research" 
(l-r) Malcolm Daniels, Stephanie McChesney, Mark Diller, Julie Motz, Michelle Strunks and Karen Updyke at Aullwood Audubon Center.
(l-r) Aaron Altman, Jill Morgan, Jeanne Issenmann, Mary Harbach, Nancy Striebich,
Eric Grimm, Raul Ordonez, Scott Schneider, Nan Holler-Potter, Heather Juhascik,
Julieta Phillips, Scott Segalewitz, Nancy Chase, Jayme Everhart, Ken Bloemer and
Judy Grant at The Foodbank.
Edna Hickey and Ting Li at Hannah's Treasure Chest
Participating in the Afternoon of Service but not pictured above:
Kelly Kissock, Teri Stemley, Margie Pinnell, Bob Wilkens, Shawnee Breitenstein,
Mary Ann Dodaro, and Peg Mount.
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