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Continuing Education Opportunities — Fall 2001

ELEC 498/898, Section 1, Special Topics: “Data Acquisition and Digital Signal Processing” The course presents information on the process of converting analog data into digital format usable by a computer and some of the techniques used to process the digital data. Extensive background in computer programming and mathematical techniques is not needed, but those with this background will not be excluded. Class meets Mondays from 7:00 to 9:40 p.m., W145H Nebraska Hall (may also be taught via VTEL if there is enough interest). For more information, check course schedule information on the Web at <www.engr.unl.edu/ee>, or contact Jerald Varner by phone, (402) 472-1982 or e-mail <jvarner@unlserve.unl.edu>.

ENGM 448/848, Advanced Mechanics of Materials, 3 cr. Stresses and strains at a point. Theories of failure. Thick-walled pressure vessels and spinning discs. Torsion of noncircular sections. Torsion of thin-walled sections, open, closed, and multicelled. Bending of unsymmetrical sections. Cross shear and shear center. Curved beams. Introduction to elastic energy methods. Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:00 to 9:15 a.m., W193 Nebraska Hall (may be taught by interactive TV if there is enough interest).

ENGM 451/851, Intro to Finite Element Analysis, 3 cr. Matrix methods of analysis, The finite element stiffness method. Computer programs. Applications to structures and soils. Introduction to finite element analysis of fluid flow. Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., W106 Nebraska Hall.

ENGM 480/880, Numerical Methods, 3 cr. Computers and programming. Roots of algebraic and transcendental equations. Simultaneous algebraic equations. Numerical integration and differentiation. Ordinary initial-value problems. Error analysis. Ordinary boundary value problems. Two-dimensional problems. Digital computer simulation by CSMP. Emphasis is placed on the application of numerical methods to the solution of engineering problems. Class meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 to 10:20 a.m., W106 Nebraska Hall.

For more continuing education listings, go to the college’s Web site: <www.nuengr.unl.edu> and click on “Extended Education.”

Class Notes

• E. Dean Carlson, CivE ’58, is one of 74 engineers elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering as its Class of 2001. Election to the Academy is one of the highest professional honors accorded an engineer. Carlson is secretary of transportation for the Kansas Department of Transportation. The Academy’s announcement of the new members cites Carlson’s “outstanding leadership and dedication in developing national highway policy, systems management initiatives, and research programs.”

• Rodney J. Clifton, CivE ’59, has been named the 2001 UNL Civil Engineering Distinguished Alumnus. Born in Orchard, Clifton is dean of engineering and Rush C. Hawkins University Professor at Brown University in Providence, R.I.

• Craig W. Cannon, AgE ’40, writes: “I have decided to downsize my retirement hobbies. No more logging, saw milling, farming and raising sheep. I will be helping my son (Thomas) at his veterinary clinic in Lindale, Texas.”

• Erratum: Gajendra Munjal received a master’s degree in industrial engineering in 1985. Contacts regrets the error.

Scholarship Fund Update

The Engineering Alumni Fund for Academic Excellence was established by the Alumni Board last year to give the college a competitive advantage in recruiting high-quality students. The board set a minimum goal of raising $50,000 to support two or more scholarships yearly. Scholarships are designated for incoming freshmen and transfer students.

Thanks to the generosity of our alumni and friends, we have exceeded our goal. Gifts and pledges to the fund total approximately $55,000 as of this date. Your support of our students is very much appreciated.

Scholarship Recipient Jennifer Wagner

M.I.S. Engineering Wins Scott Entrepreneurial Business Award

M.I.S. Engineering, Inc. in Lincoln has won the Walter Scott Entrepreneurial Business Award that recognizes entrepreneurial achievement through the application of technology.

College alumnus Jeff Lewis, MSEE ’92, is owner and president of the firm. M.I.S. Engineering produces multiple-layer and flexible printed circuit boards. The firm has employed students from the university and other higher education institutions in the Lincoln area.

The Scott Business Award honors firms with a presence in Nebraska that have created partnerships and links with NU in the area of technology. The business award includes a $10,000 grant to be used for promotion or creation of multiple student work experiences in the fields of information science, technology and engineering.

M.I.S. Engineering is collaborating with the High Energy Physics Group, a team of faculty members in NU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, to build high-speed electronics for the D-Zero experiments scheduled to run this year.

The modules will be used in experiments at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. They are an important part of an upgrade of the detector used to discover the “top quark” in 1995. The modules will be used for enhanced studies of high-energy particle interaction.

The firm also has collaborated with Lee Lauderback, chemical engineering, on custom electronic assemblies that measure light intensity for the study of crop growth. A new revision of the detector will begin in the next few months.

The firm is expanding to a new 60,000 square foot facility, where new equipment and staff will offer turn-key assembly to customers. Additional information on M.I.S. Engineering is available at <www.miseng.com>.

Jeff Lewis stands outside his company’s facility in Lincoln. Lewis is national board representative for the Engineering & Technology Alumni Board.

Upcoming College Events

June 3-8 Nebraska MESA Summer On Campus, Week 1
June 10-15 Nebraska MESA Summer On Campus, Week 2
June 25-29 PKI Academy of Excellence
July 16-20 Bright Lights Engineering Camp
Oct. 1 Engineering Alumni/Student Golf Scramble


• Lori Marie Dervin, EE ’84, Dec. 12, 2000, Vallejo, Calif. An Omaha native, Dervin worked as an electrical engineer for Kodak in Rochester, N.Y., before moving to Vallejo. She was an avid hiker, camper, backpacker and bird-watcher.
• Warren D. George, EE ’42, Jan. 3, 2001, Littleton, Colo. George retired from the Federal Communications Commission as engineer-in-charge of the Denver District engineering office. He spent more than three years in radar technology with the Seventh Army Air Force during World War II.

Alumnus Wins $125,000 on “Millionaire”

Steven Flynn, ChemE ’91, kept his cool and walked away from the popular game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” with $125,000.

On the Feb. 18 broadcast, Flynn won the fastest-finger question to advance to the “hot seat.” He answered questions on a variety of topics, including the lyrics to a 1972 Jim Croce song and the location of a hole in the ozone layer. Flynn decided to stop at the $250,000 question, although his guess would have been correct.

In addition to the $125,000, Flynn won the money to cover the tax share by appearing on the show’s “tax-free week.” He told Philbin that some of the money would be used for his upcoming wedding.

Flynn lives in Elkhorn and works as a process development engineer for 3M Company in Valley.