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2001 MATC INTERNS
Front row, left to right: Jeremy Bowers, Andrew Wester, Caleb Strate; Middle row: Alan Swanson, Melissa Andersen, Erin Malchow, Amanda Stahlnecker; Back row: Phillip Varilek, Timothy Colglazier, Jeff Riesselman, Justin Mohlman, Michael Schultes, Brad Webb. Photo by Tom Slocum.


Scott receives faculty awards

Stephen Scott, computer science and engineering, won a Harold and Esther Edgerton Junior Faculty Award from UNL. Two such awards are presented each year to honor outstanding junior faculty members who have demonstrated creative research, extraordinary teaching abilities and academic promise.
Scott also received the 2001 College Distinguished Teaching Award in recognition of his out-standing teaching ability and dedication to student learning.
A 1992 and 1994 NU graduate in computer science, Scott received his Ph.D. from Washington University in 1998.


Third-Rate Performance

Bill Splinter sits on a 1909 “Ford” tractor at the Larsen Tractor Museum Open House held on May 5. The tractor was manufactured in Minneapolis by another company that usurped the Ford name. They hired a hardware store clerk with the last name of Ford, appointed him vice president and called the tractor a “Ford”.
This tractor model’s performance was so bad that it lead to the passage of the Nebraska Tractor Test Law in 1919, which stood as the world standard for more than 30 years.


SAME awards prizes in mentoring program competition

From a hiking/biking trail design to an all-terrain hovercraft, students showed off their work in competition at the Scott Conference Center April 26.
The event marked the end of the 2000-2001 student mentoring program sponsored by the Society of American Military Engineers.
Now in its seventh year, the program matches volunteer mentors from professional firms with teams of students and teachers from area schools to work on “real-world” projects.
Top honors in the high school category went to the team from Daniel J. Gross who developed a design and cost estimate for a soccer field on the school property. The school earned a $1,000 prize and $1,000 scholarship.
Norris Middle School took first place and $1,000 in the middle school category for the design of a technology wing and student center addition.
Awards of $250 each went to Bennington High School, Creighton Prep High School, Kirn Junior High School, Marian High School, Omaha North High School, Thomas Jefferson High School and Westside Middle School.
For more information, contact Roy Singleton at (402) 554-2098, <rsingleton@mail.unomaha.edu> or visit <www.pki.uneb.edu>.


Roosevelt Attends Banquet

Lincoln actor Mark Klemetsrud made a guest appearance as Theodore Roosevelt at the college’s spring banquet. Klemetsrud, a ’94 alumnus of the MFA Theatre Program, has portrayed Roosevelt for the past 11 years in several national parks and organizations. An avid conservationist and proponent of the Panama Canal, Roosevelt pursued his personal and political interests with tenacity and zeal. He toured the canal project in 1906, exasperating the chief engineer and project officials by ignoring their careful plans for his visit. He arrived a day ahead of schedule and quietly slipped ashore the next morning to poke around before anyone showed up. Roosevelt later wrote his son that the project was “an epic feat, and one of immense
significance.” The canal was completed in 1914. Source: <www.discovery.com>

Bits -n- Bytes

• Charles Berryman, construction management, is the new Region IV Director of the Associated Schools of Construction.
• E.Terence Foster, construction systems technology, was appointed to the Board of Governors of the National Institute for Certificationin Engineering Technologies.
• Linda Swoboda, construction management, was elected president of the International Sigma Lambda Chi Construction Honorary Society.


Kudos

• Audra Hansen, a civil engineering student, won the 2001 J.M. Harding Memorial Scholarship given by the Omaha Public Power District.
• Gregor Henze, architectural engineering, received the ASHRAE New Investigator Award.
• Marcia Rowley, dean’s office, won the Floyd S. Oldt Outstanding Staff Award and the Oldt Silver Pen Award from the University of Nebraska Office Personnel Association.
• Kevin Houser, architectural engineering, received the UNO Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award.
• Julia Morse, industrial systems technology, received a first-place award for a paper presented at the Midwest Regional American Society for Engineering Education conference.
• Achintya N. Bezbaruah, an environmental engineering Ph.D. student, received a Canham Graduate Studies Scholarship from the Water Environment Federation. His adviser is Tian Zhang.


Comings and Goings

• New staff: Andrea Gilbert, dean’s office; Dub Kramer, archi-tectural engineering; Karen Moellering, NU Foundation (college liaison).
• Departures: Bobby Grisso, biological systems
engineering, to Virginia Tech University; Meg Johnson, NU Foundation.
• Retirements: Davis Clements (now Emeritus Professor, chemical engineering) and Darrell Watts, biological systems engineering; Roy Sneddon, civil engineering; Millard Beatty, Seh-leh Chou and Y.C. Pao, engineering mechanics.


Promotion and Tenure

• Jennifer Brand, chemical engineering, promoted to associate professor and granted tenure.
• John Stansbury, civil engineering, promoted to associate professor and granted tenure.
•Atorod Azizinamini, civil engineering, promoted to full professor.
• A. John Boye, electrical engineering, promoted to full professor.
• Hossein Noureddini, chemical engineering, promoted to research associate professor.
• Peter Revesz, computer science and engineering, promoted to full professor.
• Dean L. Sicking, civil engineering, promoted to full professor.

Transportation interns work in Lincoln, Omaha

Thirteen students learned about the real world of transportation engineering this summer through an internship program that placed them at area consulting firms and public agencies.
The internship program is administered by the Mid-America Transportation Center. Sixty students have participated in the program since it began in 1996.
Interns worked for their sponsors for thirteen weeks and Transportation interns work in Lincoln, Omaha went on a three-day field trip to transportation facilities in the Midwest.
This year’s sponsors are: City of Lincoln Public Works Department, E&A Consulting, Ehrhart, Griffin & Associates, HDR, HWS Consulting, Kirkham Michael, Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, Nebraska Department of Roads, Olsson Associates and The Schemmer Associates.
For more information, visit <www.matc.unl.edu>.



LOAD TESTING
Academy of Excellence students used K’nex to build and test bridges in one of several instructional modules for high school students and teachers. More than 90 participated in the June 25-29 program in Omaha.
Photos by Deb Derrick.



Ag Engineering Emeritus Olson Dies

Emanuel “Ole” Olson, retired professor of agricultural engineering, died May 26. He was 85.
Olson was a professor of agricultural engineering and extension agricultural engineering until 1978. He was a World War II Army veteran, 1942-1945; a retired colonel; U.S. Army Reserve; and received the Bronze Star in 1945.
He was a member of the Eastridge Presbyterian Church; Lincoln Engineers Club; Midwest Tool Collectors Association; Early American Industries Association; National Society of Professional Engineers; Gamma Sigma Delta; Epsilon Sigma Phi; Kiwanis; American Society of Agricultural Engineers.
Olson was a member of several professional committees of American Society of Agricultural Engineers, ASAE; farm structure division, ASAE (chairman); Midwest plan service committee (more than 25 years); and the livestock environmental science committee.
Olson was awarded 13 blue ribbons for educational booklets, ASAE, 1946-1978. He also was presented with the Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award, Professional Engineers, in 1973, and was elected Fellow of ASAE in 1975.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; a son; a daughter; several grandchildren; siblings; nieces and nephews.


Sherrard receives Fulbright award

Joseph H. Sherrard, Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, was awarded a Fulbright grant to lecture in Guatemala this summer.
Sherrard is one of approximately 2,000 U.S. Fulbright program grantees this year. A Ph.D. graduate of the University of California, Davis, he is the author or co-author of approximately 130 technical articles and reports on environmental engineering. He has received three Fulbright-Hays lectureship awards to provide college-level instruction in Ecuador.


Creighton Prep High School students display their
all-terrain hovercraft. Photos by Deb Derrick.



Major Grant Awards

• Stephen Scott, “Making Exponential-Time Learning Algorithms Efficient,” National Science Foundation, $299,953.

• Michael Meagher, “Fermenta-tion,Recover and Purificationfor the HC Fragment of the Botulinum Neurotoxin from Pichia Pastoris,” U.S. Army Research, $1,841,029.

• Ram Narayanan, “Random Noise Monopulse Radar Technique for Covert Tracking of Missiles in Flight,” DoD EPSCoR, $300,000.

• Yuris Dzenis, “Fundamentals of Fabrication of Nanofiber Assemblies by Electrospinning,” National Science Foundation, $360,000.

Architectural engineering concentration added to Master of Engineering program

Students in the Master of Engineering program can now choose among five areas of concentration.
The college has added architectural engineering to the professional, practice-oriented degree program. Other concentration areas are in construction, engineering management, software engineering and telecommunications engineering.
The non-thesis Master of Engineering is geared toward the working professional. Students develop a plan of study consisting of fundamental core courses and a wide variety of electives.
For more information on the degree, contact Michael Riley at (402) 472-3495, e-mail <ieidrile@engunx.unl.edu> or visit <www.nuengr.unl.edu>.


Husker Power

The Husker baseball team celebrates the victory at Buck Belzer Field that led to their first-ever trip to the College World Series in June. The team includes #40 Jeff Blaesing, a pitcher and construction management student from Lockport, Ill. The Huskers’ 50-16 season earned Dave Van Horn Baseball America’s Coach of the Year award.

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