Kern Family Foundation recommits to UD partnership
The University of Dayton School of Engineering will strengthen its ties to industry and the community plus work toward graduating engineers with entrepreneurial mindsets thanks to continued support from the Kern Family Foundation.
Since 2008, more than 4,000 UD students have benefited from the School of Engineering's partnership in the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), a national coalition of universities with the mission of graduating engineers with entrepreneurial mindsets and tools to create personal, economic and societal value through their work.
This 44-month, $2 million award will allow the University of Dayton School of Engineering to:
Hire industry and community liaisons
Engage at least 20 industry and community partners and 30 engineering faculty
Impact 50 courses
Arrange more opportunities for students to visit companies to see examples of engineering in action
Facilitate three faculty workshops on bringing industry and community experiences to the classroom
Each fall, the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) honors outstanding faculty members from its 17 member colleges and universities. Congratulations to Dr. Kenya Crosson, associate professor of civil engineering, who was nominated for a Faculty Excellence Award by the University of Dayton. She joined five other UD faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, service and scholarship. Awards were presented in November during a ceremony held at the Dayton Art Institute. Congratulations, Kenya!
Earthquake Expert Spends Sabbatical in Turkey and Russia
For his current sabbatical, Dr. Ömer Bilgin, associate professor with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, was invited to Turkey to conduct earthquake research at the Boğaziçi University and the University’s Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute. While in Turkey, Bilgin also visited Russia and taught a course at the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU). Well known in the fields of geotechnics, soil dynamics and earthquake engineering, Bilgin contributes to numerous professional journals and presents his research at conferences worldwide. To read more about his sabbatical activities click here.
Hannah’s Treasure Chest Benefits from Project Linus
For the past year and a half, faculty and staff members from the School of Engineering have gathered during their lunch hour to make blankets for children in need. Last year the blankets went to Dayton Children’s Hospital. This year, Hannah’s Treasure Chest was the recipient. The thank you note the group received stated in part, “The 50 blankets you recently donated to us are so appreciated and needed. All kids love to snuggle with a soft blanket and feel warm and secure. Thank you for thinking of us and the many boys and girls who will be happy recipients of your gifts.”
The project is led by Teri Stemley, assistant to the dean, and Liz Mancini, academic adviser, with funds to purchase fabric donated from the Engineers Week penny drive.
Proud Grandpa x2
Congratulations to Todd Imwalle, School of Engineering advancement advocate and senior director of development, on the birth of twin granddaughters, Caroline and Paige. As a first-time grandparent, he is in for double the pride and joy.