Paul Munn, a double major in mechanical engineering and German studies, has been awarded a prestigious Cultural Vistas Summer Internship in Germany for summer 2016. The paid internship will be with a German engineering firm yet to be determined. Munn will join more than 300 students and professionals who take part in Cultural Vistas programs outside the United States each year. The Cultural Vistas program provides opportunities for students to gain valuable international work skills, improve German language abilities, and experience German life and culture.
Shiley School of Engineering
The Shiley School of Engineering has received three grants totaling $45,000 for undergraduate student research projects dealing with environmental and sustainability issues. The research involves collaboration with other schools and organizations, and each project is funded by a $15,000 grant from the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities (The Alliance) and the Katherine Bisbee II Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. The grant’s funds are to be applied to projects that are easily discernable, have an element of creativity, and show a long-term benefit to the people and/or natural areas of Oregon.
The first grant involves the second phase of a partnership with George Fox University and Portland General Electric (PGE), who last summer jointly did research on solar-thermal energy production. The project, submitted by UP engineering professor Heather Dillon, provided students and faculty with a “real world” challenge in terms of renewable energy science. Students and faculty developed an automatic load control algorithm to control the electrical load based on variations in local weather. The two universities worked together closely last summer and developed project paths that allowed both schools to end up with relevant laboratory data and experiments. George Fox engineering professor Chad Stillinger was a collaborator on the project, which received feedback from industry partner PGE.
A second grant, submitted by Cara Poor, engineering, will explore the cooling effect, water retention, and water quality from ecoroofs in the Portland area. Collaborators include Ted Eckmann, environmental studies, and Lewis and Clark College environmental studies professor Jessica Kleiss. Industry advisor is Henry Stevens of the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services.
A third grant, submitted by Jordan Farina, engineering, will focus on testing and analyzing the performance of a natural gas compressor prototype used to fuel NW Natural fleet vehicles. Collaborator on the project is George Fox University chemistry professor Davida Brown. The industry advisory is NW Natural. The Katherine Bisbee II Fund creative conservation research project is funded by a grant to The Alliance from the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF).
The Alliance represents 18 of Oregon’s regionally accredited, nonprofit private higher education institutions. For more information about The Alliance, go to www.oaicu.org.
The Shiley School of Engineering has received three Katherine Bisbee II Fund OCF Grants of $15,000 each to support undergraduate conservation research projects. Heather Dillon, Jordan Farina, and Cara Poor will use the grants to support the following undergraduate conservation research projects:
- Solar Thermal Energy Production Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration (University of Portland, George Fox University, & Portland General Electric)
- Novel Natural Gas Compressor: Investigation & Evaluation (University of Portland, George Fox University, & NW Natural)
- How sustainable are ecoroofs? An evaluation of the cooling effect, water retention, and water quality from ecoroofs in the Portland Area (University of Portland, Lewis & Clark College, & the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services).
The Katherine Bisbee II Fund creative conservation research project has been funded by a direct grant to The Alliance from the Oregon Community Foundation.
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Two University of Portland students have been named University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation. Students Ryan Cebula ’16, engineering, and Katie Heitkemper ’17, business, have completed training to join the national program that empowers student leaders to increase campus engagement with innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and design thinking. Cebula and Heitkemper are two out of 150 students from 52 U.S. higher education institutions who were accepted into the program. The new fellows join three UP alumni from previous cohorts: Taylor Hendricks, Cole Preece, and Kevin Bastien.
The University Innovation Fellows program is run by Epicenter, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by Stanford University and VentureWell. Fellows design innovation spaces, start entrepreneurship organizations, host experiential learning events and work with faculty to develop new courses. For more information go to this link.
Shannon Danforth, a senior in civil engineering, was awarded a Byron E. Jones Scholarship, which supports a student each at Portland State University, University of Portland, Oregon State, and Oregon Institute of Technology with a $1,500 annual scholarship. The award is given through the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) Oregon Section.
Byron E. Jones was a senor field engineer for the Portland Cement Association and the 1982 recipient of the “Engineer of the Year Award” for the Oregon ASCE section (Mark Kennedy, engineering, won the award in 2015). Jones was president of the ASCE Oregon Section in 1969. His family started the Byron E. Jones Scholarship Fund, originally for programs at OSU and PSU, after his death in 1984.
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Engineering professor Deborah Munro will be discussing the current status of her research on developing a sensor to measure the onset of spinal fusion on Wednesday, October 14, from 6:30 t0 7:30 p.m., in Shiley Hall room 301. Munro recently presented her work at the Medical Electronics Symposium at Marylhurst University. All are welcome to attend, and pizza and drinks will be provided.
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Engineering professor and associate dean Mark Kennedy has received the 2014-2015 Oregon Engineer of the Year Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Kennedy was nominated and approved by unanimous vote from the ASCE board. According to ASCE Oregon president Jason Magalen, those awarded best exemplified dedication to profession, public service and continuing education.
During his 19-year tenure at the University, Kennedy has created many opportunities for Shiley School of Engineering students to work and study abroad. He has worked with students on major research projects both in the Shiley Hall labs and in the field, traveling internationally with students to help provide people access to clean water.
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University of Portland alumnus Donald T. Galarneau, a 1949 University graduate, has donated $50,000 to the Donald P. Shiley School of Engineering for the purchase for a high speed camera. Galarneau’s former employer, General Electric Company, will match his gift, raising the overall value to $100,000. Galarneau worked at GE for 35 years as a field engineer. A Portland resident, Galarneau earned a degree in physics at the University and served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. His interests at the University of Portland include the engineering and science programs. He often attends University reunions and events and is involved with the local Catholic radio station KBVM.
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The Shiley School of Engineering is sponsoring a talk by Purdue University professor Tanya Faltens (“nanoHUB.org: an Open Access Science and Engineering Gateway for Research and Education in Nanotechnology and Related Fields”), on the National Science Foundation’s nanoHUB technology platform, on Thursday, June 18, from noon to 1 p.m., in Franz Hall room 212. Her talk is free and open to faculty, staff, students, and the public, especially those who have an interest in nanotechnology.
Faltens is the educational content creation manager for the Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN), which created the open access nanoHUB.org cyberplatform. Her presentation will provide an overview of nanoHUB’s online resources, and give examples of their use for the study of nanoscale science and engineering.
Currently the world’s largest virtual nanotechnology user facility, with over 330,000 users, nanoHUB was established in 2002 with the mission of supporting the National Nanotechnology Initiative through its innovative platform for sharing research and educational resources with a diverse user community.
After an introduction to nanoHUB, a hands-on workshop and open discussion will be held, and those who plan to attend are encouraged to bring a laptop computer with internet access to explore nanoHUB. Creating a free nanoHUB account in advance and installing the latest version of Java will expedite the process of running simulation tools.
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The provost’s office, School of Education, mathematics department, and Shiley School of Engineering invite faculty to attend a free conference on campus, the Texas Instruments Leadership Summit: College and Career Readiness in STEM Education, on Friday, May 29, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Bauccio Commons boardroom. While the summit is oriented towards pre-college, faculty members can easily transfer information to the college level, and may be able to better understand the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) preparation that incoming students bring with them.
Keynote speaker will be Chris Dede (pictured), Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Breakfast and lunch will be provided during this half day summit and there is an outstanding speaker line up with both national and local perspectives. Space is limited so please register soon if you plan to attend.