Nebraska Engineering Fall, 2005
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Student Kudos

Ph.D. student Erica Bowden received the prestigious 2006 F.V. Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Acoustical Society of America. The fellowship, valued at $55,000, was established by the ASA to further the science of and education in acoustics. Fellows receive a stipend, provided jointly by the Hunt estate and a fund established by the Acoustical Society, to support their research at an institution of their choice. Bowden will spend one year abroad doing postdoctoral research in Sweden. For more information about this award, go to: html#hunt. In addition, Ph.D. student Jonathan Rathsam received the 2005 Martin Hirschorn IAC prize from the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, valued at $5,000. For more information, go to: http://www. doc. Both students work with Lily Wang, assistant professor of AE.

Anagh Lal, a graduate student in computer science and engineering, received the 2006 Folsom Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award for his thesis, “Neighborhood Interchangeability for Non-Binary CSPs & Application to Databases,” which he defended in spring 2005 under the supervision of Dr. Berthe Y. Choueiry, associate professor of CSE. The research was supported by an NSF CAREER award and a Graduate Faculty Fellowship from UNL’s Research Council. Anagh works as a senior program analyst at the Metropolitan Utilities District in Omaha.

The student chapter of Mechanical-Electrical Specialty Contracting (MESC) reached the Final Four in the Mechanical Contractors Association of America’s national competition. Other schools in the Final Four are Purdue University, the University of California at San Louis Obispo and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. The student delegation traveled to Maui, Hawaii, in March to compete for the national championship. Team members are Anne Arant, Brandon Limoges, Ben Johnson, Pat Rainbolt, Bill Jansen, John Tinius and Mark Hofschulte.

Construction Management’s Sigma Lambda Chi chapter collected and donated 724 pounds of food to the Lincoln Food Bank, a 418 percent increase over last year’s 173 pounds of food, to serve those in need within the Lincoln community. The group’s advisor is Terry Stentz.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) student chapter received several honors at the International Builders Show in January. UNL and Southeast Community College shared the Outstanding Student Chapter award. This is the second consecutive year that UNL has won the award. The NAHB Women’s Council granted Erin Royal, a senior in construction management, the “National Housing Endowment Strategies for Success” scholarship. The scholarship is for $1,000. More information about the award can be found at issues/2005-09-27/3.html. In addition, Nicole Karr, construction management, received the Centex Homes/National Housing Endowment Build Your Future scholarship, valued at $3,000, and Ryan Robertshaw was named the outstanding student.

The American Institute of Constructors (AIC) Constructor Certification Commission reported that more than 83 percent of CM students passed its examination. Nationally, the results are 59.9 percent.