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Annual Speed Golf Scramble raises over $9k for engineering outreach

Annual Speed Golf Scramble raises over $9k for engineering outreach

Alumnus Phil Johnston tees off during the annual golf outing.

The J.B. Speed School Alumni Council sponsored the 2nd Annual Golf Classic for Outreach June 9th at Nevel Meade Golf Course. A 4-person golf scramble, various golf challenges, and a silent auction were held which raises over $9,000.

“All this would not have been possible without the hard work from the Council members, the students, the Dean’s office volunteers, and the Alumni Association, said Norb Paulin, event chairman. “A very special thank you to all participating golfers and sponsors, especially to Neutral Zone who was our event sponsor for the second year.”

Proceeds from the tournament, sponsored in part by Neutral Zone Cardware, go toward outreach efforts offering a variety of hands-on engineering programs. These programs are designed to foster the interest of young children by making science and technology fun and relevant to their world, and to encourage students to continue their study of math and science to prepare them for later college admission and the career opportunities that lie beyond. Speed School offers an array of day camps during the summer months and works closely with 22 elementary and middle schools in the Louisville metropolitan area touching more than 3,000 students each academic year.

A portion of the proceeds from the “Golf Classic Fore Outreach” will be used to update equipment, purchase additional kits and various other program materials as the outreach program continues to grow at a record pace.

UofL Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching Goes to Yampolskiy

University of Louisville President James R. Ramsey has notified Dr. Roman Yampolskiy that he has been chosen to receive the 2015 Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching. President Ramsey and Provost Neville Pinto will host a Celebration of Faculty Excellence in September to honor the faculty's commitment to teaching; service; and scholarship, research and creative activity.

Award winners receive a medallion and a check for $1,000. They will be featured on campus banners later this year.

Dr. Yampolskiy is an Associate Professor of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. He holds a Ph.D. degree from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo. There he was a recipient of a four-year NSF (National Science Foundation) IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) fellowship. Before beginning his doctoral studies, he received a BS/MS (High Honors) combined degree in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology. He held a position of an Affiliate Academic at the Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University of London, College of London. In 2008 he accepted an assistant professor position at the Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville, KY.

At UofL, his teaching interests include: C/C++, Artificial Intelligence, Forensics, and Project Design.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Yampolskiy.

El-Baz named chair of Department of Bioengineering

Dr. Ayman El-Baz has been appointed Chair of the Department of Bioengineering at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering effective October 1 this year. He joined the faculty at UofL in 2006, and is an expert in the fields of bio-imaging modeling and non-invasive computer-assisted diagnosis systems. In  2009, Dr. El-Baz was named a Coulter Fellow for his contribution in the biomedical translational research.

He has developed new techniques for the accurate identification of probability mixtures for segmenting multi-modal images, new probability models, and model-based algorithms for recognizing lung nodules and blood vessels in magnetic resonance and computer tomography imaging systems, as well as new registration techniques based on multiple second-order signal statistics, all of which have been reported at multiple international conferences and journal articles. His work related to novel image analysis techniques for autism, dyslexia, and lung cancer has earned multiple awards, including the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Early Career Translational Research Award in Biomedical Engineering Phase I & Phase II, a Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS), and first place at the annual Research Louisville meeting seven times.

Dr. El-Baz  has been invited to present his research on image-based techniques for early diagnosis of lung cancer at the Siemens Research Corporation and Siemens Medical Solutions. He has been the instrumental in leading nearly $7 million in funded research projects in his career.  He has authored or coauthored more than 300 technical articles (94 journals, 12 books, 42 book chapters, 160 refereed-conference papers, 77 abstracts), and has 12 US patents/disclosures.
 
“Dr. El-Baz is a tremendous asset to the University of Louisville, Speed School, and the entire engineering profession, and I have the utmost confidence in his ability to lead the Bioengineering Department.” said Dr. John Usher, acting dean of Speed School.

Retired faculty thanked for their years of dedication

Nine Speed School faculty have retired from full-time teaching as part of the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program announced by President Ramsey in his 21st Century Status Report.

DepartmentFaculty
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Louis Cohn
Civil & Environmental EngineeringRoswell Harris
Civil & Environmental EngineeringRobert Ullrich
Civil & Environmental EngineeringBrenda Hart
Engineering FundamentalsMel J. Maron
Electrical & Computer EngineeringJames Graham
Electrical & Computer EngineeringBarry Horowitz
Industrial EngineeringWilliam Biles
Industrial EngineeringGerald Evans

"Losing over 300 years of experience from the Speed School is a huge loss, and we are grateful for their many years of dedicated service," said Neville Pinto, Dean. "We wish them all the best in their retirements."

Faculty duo recognized with Outstanding Achievement in Education Award

Drs. Patricia Ralston and Larry TylerDrs. Larry Tyler and Patricia Ralston were recognized by the Louisville Chapter of the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers during the annual banquet on February 24 at the Speed Art Museum. The annual award, Outstanding Achievement in Education, is presented to an individual or individuals within the academic community who has/have contributed outstanding service to education.

“If you ask anyone who has graduated from Speed School in the last 25 years who they remember most, the overwhelming majority will say ‘Ralston and Tyler’,” said john Usher, acting dean of Speed School. “Simply put, these two amazing professors have tagged-teamed to deliver our innovative math and calculus sequence to thousands of engineering students over the years. I am so proud to have them on our faculty and to see them honored with this prestigious award!”

Ralston and Tyler both agreed that it was truly an honor to be recognized as a teaching duo by the KSPE.

"Our interactions while teaching highlight our enthusiasm and encourage students to become engaged," said Ralston.

"Our goal is to inspire students to learn as we develop the topics together and show our passion for teaching," Tyler said.

Tyler is a professor in the Department of Engineering Fundamentals and has an associate appointment in Mechanical Engineering.  He has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, graduate degrees in both mathematics and engineering  with an interdisciplinary PhD that included engineering and physics.

In his 54 years of teaching, Tyler has taught thirty courses covering a broad range of topics from undergraduate engineering mathematics, statics, dynamics, thermodynamics, and other fundamentals courses to graduate courses in engineering mathematics. He has been recognized by students and colleagues for outstanding teaching on many occasions, including the 2008 University of Louisville Distinguished Teaching Faculty Award.

Ralston is professor and chair of the Engineering Fundamentals Department at the J. B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville.  She is also has an associate appointment in the Chemical Engineering Department. As chair of Engineering Fundamentals since its creation in 2007, she has focused on developing faculty teaching excellence through the development, evaluation and adoption of innovative teaching methods, both traditional and technology enabled.

An alumna of UofL, Ralston earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 1979, a master of engineering in Chemical Engineering in 1980, and received a PhD in 1983, also in Chemical Engineering.

UofL’s Logistics and Distribution Institute receives $1 million technology gift

UofL’s Logistics and Distribution Institute receives $1 million technology gift

Drs. Kevin Gue and John Usher accept a $1 million gift from Michael Golway of Advanced Solutions, Inc.

Donation used to enhance newly renovated Speed School lab

The University of Louisville’s Logistics and Distribution Institute (LoDI) has received a $1 million gift of equipment and technology that will help it develop the next generation of engineers.

Advanced Solutions Inc., a Louisville-based software marketing and service company, provided the gift, which included the installation of interactive SMART Board technology and software designed to enhance the curriculum associated with warehouse design and optimization.

LoDI is a university-wide, multi-disciplinary research institute dedicated to finding solutions to challenges facing the logistics industry. The institute’s laboratory, part of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, is primarily used for research and is available for study groups, presentations and instruction.

Several forces have converged in recent years to offer new challenges to the logistics research community, including the rise of e-commerce, robotics, the Internet of Things, crowdsourcing business models and a serious shortage of skilled labor.

LoDI director Kevin Gue said the equipment donated by Advanced Solutions “will become an excellent means through which to communicate the knowledge generated in this institute” and help Speed School students graduate with a competitive advantage.

“Today’s engineers are expected to bring a new level of skill sets to the industry, setting them above the competition,” said Michael Golway, president and CEO of Advanced Solutions. “This donation will enable the faculty to shape graduates for the growing industrial engineering and logistics marketplace while giving students the state-of-the-art tools necessary to compete.”

UofL, UK win large federal grant, join new national network

Nanotechnology to be shared with small business, industry, academia
UofL, UK win large federal grant, join new national network

Pictured are a portion of the NSF Grant team: UofL faculty, Drs. Kevin Walsh, Shamus McNamara, Bruce Alphenaar, along with Dr. J. Todd Hastings, UK Center for Nanoscale Science & Engineering Director.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. –The University of Louisville and University of Kentucky today announced receipt of a $3.76 million grant to create a national center of excellence in micro/nanotechnology. The highly competitive grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is one of just 16 awarded to universities across the country. More than 100 colleges and universities competed for the NSF grant.

UofL and UK are joining a new national network which will make university facilities, tools and expertise in nanoscale science, engineering and technology available to outside users.

Eight  key nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing facilities at UofL and UK will  become a collaborative center for academia, small businesses and industry to “make the next generation of smart products using the tiniest materials” according to Dr. Neville Pinto, UofL interim provost.  “This will be a boon to Kentucky’s economic development future and support the ongoing work of UofL’s Institute for Product Realization (IPR) in our new research park” Pinto said.

The five year grant will be used to:

  • Enhance and upgrade advanced manufacturing equipment at UofL and UK research facilities
  • Add  staff to help train and support up to 500 additional external users
  • Provide seed money for research projects in key advanced manufacturing areas
  • Engage more minorities and women in nanoscale science, engineering and technology.

"The next generation of commercial, medical and industrial products will contain embedded tiny sensors and miniature wireless communication electronics” said Kevin Walsh, director of UofL’s Micro/Nanotechnology Center. “New manufacturing technologies will need to be developed so these smart products can be made quickly, reliably and economically. UofL and UK are tackling those challenges.”

“UK and UofL are developing unique infrastructure and expertise to build miniature solutions for applications in healthcare, energy, security and beyond” said J. Todd Hastings, director of the UK  Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering. “This award enables academic and industrial researchers nationwide to join us.”

Click here to view the press conference recording.

Professional Award in Engineering presented to select alumni

Professional Award in Engineering presented to select alumni

The 2015 recipients of the Speed School Professional Award in Engineering.

Six Speed School alumni were presented with the Professional Award in Engineering (PAE) and one alumna received the Outstanding Young Engineer (OYE) during the 2015 Speed School Homecoming celebration held October 23 at the University Club.

Recipients of the PAE were Molly Hemmeter (Chemical Engineering), Collen Dale Bratcher (Civil & Environmental Engineering), Tarek El-Sadany (Computer Engineering/Computer Science), Robert A. Burckle (Electrical & Computer Engineering), Michael W. Golway (Industrial Engineering), and Andrew H. Susemichel (Mechanical Engineering). The OYE awards will be presented to Erica Hides for Bioengineering. CMTA, Inc. was be recognized as the Outstanding Corporate Partner.

Criteria for the PAE is

  • Outstanding career performance in engineering such as a major executive, inventor, educator, in government service, medicine or the humanities.
  • Exceptional efforts by an individual to foster the professional development of young engineering college students.
  • Exceptional ability in the planning and direction of significant and important projects in technical engineering.
  • Exceptional contribution by an individual to technical engineering knowledge.

Professional Engineering Awards presented at Homecoming Dinner

Professional Engineering Awards presented at Homecoming Dinner

The 2017 recipients of the Speed School Professional Award in Engineering.

Six Speed School alumni were presented with the Professional Award in Engineering (PAE) and one alumna received the Outstanding Young Engineer (OYE) during the 2017 Speed School Homecoming celebration held October 13 at the Brown Hotel.

Criteria for the PAE is

  • Outstanding career performance in engineering such as a major executive, inventor, educator, in government service, medicine or the humanities.
  • Exceptional efforts by an individual to foster the professional development of young engineering college students.
  • Exceptional ability in the planning and direction of significant and important projects in technical engineering.
  • Exceptional contribution by an individual to technical engineering knowledge.

Rudy and Rosalind Lewis were presented with the Leadership Through Inclusion Alumni Award for their contribution to and enhancement to the field of engineering while demonstrating an exceptional understanding of diversity and inclusiveness beyond his/her regular duties.


Dr. Jason Saleem Receives Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Award

Headshot of Jason SaleemThis last September, Dr. Jason Saleem, an Assistant Professor with the Department of Industrial Engineering and the Director of the Center for Ergonomics, received the first ever grant awarded to the Speed School from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for his work on exam room layouts. His work, which synthesizes engineering and psychology, is largely designed for the tacit psychological elements of exam room design particular to doctor/patient interaction.

A former employee at the VA hospital in Indianapolis, Dr. Saleem pioneered research into the use of electronic record keeping in the medical field made mandatory by the Obama administration. He explains, “physicians were angry. Physicians were used to having a relationship with the patient. Now they’re required to do it all when the patient is there to get it all down. Now you have this third entity there (the computer) between interacting with the patient. Physicians value being able to touch the patient, to have a relationship with the patient.”

He adds, “Now they’re focused on the computer and they have to do all this documentation. How do you integrate the computer into that relationship? Now the physicians have to become good at using the computer as a way to enhance their communication with the patient, to involve them with what they’re doing on the computer. Then how do you design that stuff to make it flexible for them to be able to do that?”

But Dr. Saleem is committed to finding a solution that benefits everyone. He says, “When they started putting computers in the room, they would just put them wherever the outlet was. Now you see these wall-mounted flexible arms for computer monitors that results in more eye gaze on the patient, because they are able to spend more time looking at the patient. We’re measuring that in the lab right now. I have real physicians coming in to do simulated patient visits.”

UofL, Speed School partners with The Robotics Education & Competition Foundation to provide scholarships, provide volunteers

Scholarships valued at $60,000 offered to students participating in the annual VEX Robotics Competition

The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation and the University of Louisville’s Speed School of Engineering today announced a partnership to establish new scholarships for students participating in the annual VEX Robotics Competition, which are valued at $60,000. In addition, the University of Louisville will participate at the VEX Robotics World Championship by providing volunteers, campus tours to student competitors, and exhibit as part of College Row, which will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center on April 15 – 18, 2015. Further, the University of Louisville will start a new on-campus VEX U team to participate in robotics engineering competition at the collegiate level.

“The University of Louisville is a critical partner in so many ways and we are pleased to have their support of the REC Foundation Scholarship Program, which now exceeds $2 million in scholarship awards.” said Jason Morrella, President, REC Foundation. “I also appreciate the University’s willingness to provide volunteers. Their valuable contribution of time and talent ensures that the students attending the VEX Robotics World Championship will have a rewarding and enjoyable experience.”

“The University of Louisville, JB Speed School of Engineering is excited to be a community education partner with the VEX Robotics World championship coming to Louisville in April 2015. This partnership is a natural fit as both the Speed School and VEX Robotics world championship are passionate about engaging students interested in STEM through hands on engineering programs,” said Neville G. Pinto, Dean of the Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville. “Speed School students, faculty and staff look forward to welcoming and supporting competitors from across  the globe,  with scholarships, event volunteers, and informational sessions for attendees.”

The REC Foundation manages the VEX IQ Challenge, the VEX Robotics Competition and VEX U, which provides more than 10,000 teams of students worldwide with hands-on, curriculum-based robotics engineering programs while also offering valuable teamwork and problem-solving experience. Teams compete year-round at more than 800+ events, which culminate in April at the VEX Robotics World Championship.

The University of Louisville’s new scholarship offerings will expand the overall scholarship program to more than $2 million available to students participating in the VEX Robotics Competition. The University will manage the application process and students must apply by January 15, 2016. To learn more about the REC Foundation Scholarship Program and the University of Louisville’s application and requirements, please visit www.RoboticsEducation.org/Scholarships or www.louisville.edu/admissions/aid.

The REC Foundation seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, sustainable and affordable curriculum-based robotics engineering programs across the U.S. and internationally. The REC Foundation develops partnerships with K-12 education, higher education, government, industry, and the non-profit community to achieve this work.

The J. B. Speed School of Engineering offers B.S. degree programs in bioengineering, chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering, and computer engineering and computer science accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET. The EAC of ABET accredited Master of Engineering degree is also offered in all of these disciplines. The Speed School is the first engineering school to achieve dual level accreditation by EAC of ABET for its baccalaureate and master of engineering programs.

Walsh named Associate Dean of Research

Dr. Kevin Walsh assumed the position of Associate Dean of Research at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering in January of this year. Since 1980, Dr. Walsh has taught at the university as a member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty. His teaching experience includes work in Microfabrication, MEMS, Semiconductor Physics, Circuits, Electronics, and Calculus. His research includes work with MEMS, No-power Sensors, Nanotechnology, Bistable Devices, Novel 3D Microfabrication Strategies, and Engineering Education.

During his tenure, Dr. Walsh founded and subsequently directed the Micro Nano Technology Clean Room, which started in 1997. He has a history of administrative experience including running the core facility, serving as the president of the Speed Faculty Council, and chairing the Research and Scholarship Committee.

"My position wasn’t well defined. It’s not like do this and this and this,” says Dr. Walsh explaining, “One of the goals when they created this position was to increase research and research dollars. I spend a decent amount of time just overseeing the renovations and doing brainstorming on physical resources to the departments. A fair amount of my time is that."

Dr. Walsh has an array of initiatives meant to encourage growth in terms of research dollars.

“I used to be a tennis coach. I think coaching you tend to spend a lot of time with your young people," Walsh said. "They are the ones that are going to be the nucleus of your program. We’ve reached out to the new faculty. I think if I can get the new faculty successful, it sets them and the school up for future success.”

Additive Manufacturing Workshop offers training and 3D printing kit

December 12th, 2017

 Last Friday, December 8th, the Rapid Prototyping Center hosted a one day additive manufacturing workshop, which provided attendees with a free 3D printer classroom kit for their school, including software, student exercises, curriculum examples and student modules. The event was a joint effort between Tennessee Tech University and Ed Tackett, who led the program throughout the day, helping attendees set up and learn their software. Sponsored by an NSF grant, AM-WATCH, the event is intended to help educators learn how to integrate additive manufacturing into the classroom.

Educators from a variety of locations and backgrounds were in attendance, including teachers and community activists from Indiana, Chicago, and Tennessee. For many, the introduction of 3D printers into their curriculum is an extension of their pre-existing programs, involving AutoCAD and technology.

For Seth Caudill, who teaches advanced manufacturing and higher tech in the West Clark Community Schools in Sellersrburg, IN, additive manufacturing helps realize their vision.

“I’m hoping to give kids something they can hold in their hands, so if they take an idea from their head, they create it with Autocad software, and then they have something tangible they can hold onto," said Caudill. "That really enhances the learning experience.”

Teaching mostly non-verbal students with moderate and severe disabilities, Katherine Cooper of the Churchill Park School in Louisville, sees their 3D Printer as an opportunity to engage her students, many of which have difficulty with basic communication. Echoing the sentiments of Caudill, there is a tactile quality to additive manufacturing that she believes may inspire a deeper degree of understanding and expression.

“Our thoughts were using this for making things for them to manipulate that go with the curriculum that we’re teaching," Cooper said. "Their goals are to interact with objects. If they were reading a book, and we wanted to make an object from the book. Things that the students are willing to touch.”

Hailing from the Chicago Eco House, Ben Anderson and Quilen Blackwell had a different use in mind entirely for their 3D printer. Founded by Blackwell, the organization is a network of non-profits in inner city Chicago, by providing opportunities for at risk youth.

“We use it to spur some economic development in the inner city. From an environmental standpoint, our materials are biodegradable, secondly when you manufacture on locally, you’re cutting off that transportation route. It’s made locally, on demand. Our kids are learning to how to design fidget spinners, or jewelry, or things that people want in specific,” says Blackwell.

Anderson adds, “we’re starting eco works and we’re starting to develop that more, so that the kids can make money, experience entrepreneurship, and get marketable skills like 3D printing. I’m excited to learn more about it and to pass it on.”

View photos from the workshop.

Advanced Energy Materials, LLC Awarded NSF Phase II

A startup company at UofL, Advanced Energy Materials, LLC (AdEM) was awarded NSF Phase II, $750K and is now eligible to seek additional matching funds from the state. The company was founded by Mahendra Sunkara, Conn Center Director, in 2010 to translate the technology developed in U of L laboratory to the commercial space. Vasanthi Sunkara, an MBA graduate from UofL and long-time employee of Louisville Water Company later on joined the startup to lead the business operations. Several students from the Conn Center also helped out with the initial stages of the startup.

AdEM is focused on scale-up and commercialization of inorganic nanowire materials and new nanoscale materials for clean tech energy technologies. They licensed the bulk production of nanowire technology from UofL and is currently involved in designing and developing high performance catalysts, adsorbents and batteries. Their first product was a high performance catalyst called “AdeSulfur” and is used for removing sulfur from a variety of fuels.

“Sulfur removal from fuels is important as it can produce acid rain, increase harmful emissions and hamper the performance of several systems,” said Founder, Mahendra Sunkara.
AdEM first applied for Phase I grants from the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy and received its first SBIR Phase I grant of $180K from NSF in January of 2011 then received SBIR matching funds of $150K from Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development’s funding program. The Phase II proposal was turned down as its intended commercial partner, Li-ion battery maker, was sold to Chinese investors.

Again AdEM won another Phase I grant of $180K for its proposal on nanowire based materials for catalyst applications which they started in January of 2013 along with a second matching funds grant of $150K and went on to receive a Phase II grant of $750K in September of 2014. They are now eligible to receive matching funds from KY Cabinet for Economic Development along.

“This award will allow us to scale-up our technology to ton/day scale,” said Sunkara. “At this scale, we should be able to attract real customers and allow us to become part of Launchpad as well.”

AdEM was also nominated for a TiE50 award and was awarded one of the TiE Top 50 awards in April 2014 at the TiE convention held at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Alphenaar named chairman of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Bruce W. Alphenaar is now chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department effective July 1, 2013.

A Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Alphenaar has been on the faculty of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering since 2000. He also holds the appointment of University Research Scholar in Nanotechnology. Dr. Alphenaar brings to the chairman position a distinguished career as an educator and researcher, and an energizing vision for advancement of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department.

A member of the American Physical Society and the Materials Research Society, Dr. Alphenaar joined the University of Louisville in 2000 after seven years working for Hitachi Europe in partnership with the Cambridge University Microelectronics Centre.

His research focus includes energy scavenging and high-efficiency photovoltaic devices. He has published over 50 peer reviewed journal articles, holds 8 US and European patents, and has been invited to speak on his work at numerous international symposia. Since joining the University of Louisville, he has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on over $35 million in research funding.

Dr. Alphenaar earned his B.S. degree from Trinity College, Hartford CT, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics from Yale University. His experience prior to joining the University of Louisville in 2000 includes industrial research appointments at Phillips and Hitachi, and an academic appointment at Cambridge University. Dr Alphenaar will bring to the position a distinguished career as an educator and researcher, and an energizing vision for advancement of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department.

Alumni honored with Professional Award in Engineering

Five Speed School alumni will be presented with the Professional Award in Engineering (PAE) and two alumni will receive the Outstanding Young Engineer (OYE) during the 2014 Speed School Homecoming celebration. The Oct. 17 reception and dinner will be held at the Hilton Seelbach in downtown Louisville.

Recipients of the PAE are Angela Ciliberti-Riedling (Computer Engineering/Computer Science), David Bradley (Chemical Engineering), Rudy Lewis (Electrical & Computer Engineering), Charles Noon (Industrial Engineering), and Gerald Hubbs (Mechanical Engineering). The OYE awards will be presented to Megan Spencer for Bioengineering and Rusty Crosier for Civil & Environmental Engineering. Cook Medical, Inc. will be recognized as the Outstanding Corporate Partner.

Speed School alumnus tagged to lead Institute for Product Realization

Speed School alumnus tagged to lead Institute for Product Realization

Speed School alumnus David Adams hired as CEO of the Institute for Product Realization

The University of Louisville Foundation executive committee on Dec. 22 named a director for the new Institute for Product Realization and selected Louisville’s NTS Development Co. as its development partner on three business and research parks.

The foundation selected David Adams as CEO of the Institute for Product Realization, a center that will promote research and innovation in advanced manufacturing, logistics, renewable energy and analytics and computing.

“I am so thrilled with the selection of Dave Adams as the CEO of the  Institute for Product Realization," said. Dr. John Usher, Dean of the Speed School of Engineering.  " I can tell you, and so will anyone else who knows him, that he has an incredible passion for UofL and Speed School.  When you combine that with his impressive career accomplishments and his expertise in financial management, entrepreneurship, and innovation, you have a really special person to lead the IPR.  I am looking forward to working closely with him on this extremely complex and challenging project that will reap tremendous benefits for UofL.”

The IPR beta site is located off Brandeis Avenue and includes the FirstBuild facility, Engineering Education Garage and UL Additive Manufacturing Competency Center. The IPR will eventually be moved to a yet-to-be-constructed building in the coming Belknap Engineering and Applied Sciences Research Park.

Adams who earned a bachelor's and master's degrees in Industrial Engineering from the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, comes to UofL from The BVI Group, an Indianapolis-based consulting firm he founded in 2007 to serve the strategic and operational needs of businesses and private equity firms. He also worked for former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to lead the operational improvement and merger of the state’s $30 billion pension systems and was a founding member of the executive team that grew i2 Technologies Inc. into a software giant.

In another move, the foundation selected NTS as its official development partner of the Belknap research park, which will be built behind the Speed School, as well as the J.D. Nichols Campus for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in downtown Louisville and the ShelbyHurst Research and Office Park on UofL’s Shelby Campus in eastern Jefferson County.

NTS was chosen after it responded to a request for qualifications issued by the foundation in September. It beat out one other respondent, Louisville’s Jefferson Development Group.
NTS already has worked with the foundation to build three office buildings at ShelbyHurst and a parking garage on the J.D. Nichols campus.

Aly Farag wins Trustees Award

UofL trustees announced the selection of Aly Farag as the receipient of the 2015 Trustees Award during the April 2 meeting.

A professor of in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, Farag has graduated more than 25 doctoral students, taught nearly 20 different courses and co-authored nearly 400 peer-reviewed research manuscripts. He’s also established the Computer Vision and Image Processing Laboratory at UofL. The CVIP Lab, which focuses on computer vision, biomedical imaging and biometrics, has been recognized around the world as a center of excellence.

For his efforts, Farag has received the Trustees Award. UofL trustees announced the selection at an April 2 meeting. The highest honor given by the trustees, the award recognizes outstanding contributions to the student experience and carries with it recognition on a plaque in the Swain Student Activities Center and a prize of $5,000.

Read the UofL Today feature on Farag.

Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Online Course offered in Summer 2015 term

Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Online Course offered in Summer 2015 term

Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Online Course offered in Summer 2015 term

The Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville is again proud to offer an online Applied CFD course for Summer Semester 2015 through the Department of Chemical Engineering. This course is uniquely tailored for both graduate students and non-degree seeking career engineers in need of introductory CFD training.

CFD is a cutting edge software tool increasingly used in industry and research for predicting fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, chemical reactions, and related phenomena by numerically solving the set of governing mathematical equations that describe these processes.

CFD analysis is used for:

  • conceptual studies to test new processes and designs
  • overcoming complex product development and technical challenges
  • high level and detailed troubleshooting
  • redesign of existing systems for greater efficiency

Economically sound results!
CFD analysis reduces the cost and total effort required for design, testing, and experimentation/data acquisition.

Goal
This course teaches the software and techniques toward CFD proficiency for simulating and predicting phenomena of fluids-related engineering problems.

Objectives
Learn to solve fluid flow problems using FLUENT, the leading commercial CFD package. Topics include software and techniques for geometry creation, meshing, model and solver setup, and post-processing of results. This CFD course emphasizes applications in balance with theory.

Concepts Covered

  • Geometry Generation: 2D & 3D geometry generation
  • Meshing: 2D, 3D, mesh quality, resolution, numerical diffusion
  • Computation: Convergence and stability, steady state, un-steady state, Newtonian and Non-Newtonian fluids, heat transfer, and turbulence models
  • Post-Processing

 

Complete flexibility
Our cyber instruction runs on YOUR time, unlike the traditional classroom. Access the course and assignments at any time, day or night, from any location.

Eligibility
Register as a non-degree seeking student or for elective credit towards graduate degree in progress.Prerequisite: undergraduate Fluid Dynamics.

Student Benefits
Non-degree seeking students enjoy
access to Ekstrom Library, student recreation centers, and all other UofL facilities and organizations.

About the Instructor
Dr. Eric Berson is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Louisville. His extensive experience with CFD modeling of a diverse array of flow systems and reactors has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications. He has performed CFD modeling for industry clients, university collaborators, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Department of Energy.

For More Information
Download course information flyer, call (502)852-1567 or contact Dr. Berson via email.

Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Online Course offered in Summer 2016 term

Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Online Course offered in Summer 2016 term

Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Online Course offered in Summer 2016 term

The Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville is again proud to offer an online Applied CFD course for Summer Semester 2015 through the Department of Chemical Engineering. This course is uniquely tailored for both graduate students and non-degree seeking career engineers in need of introductory CFD training.

CFD is a cutting edge software tool increasingly used in industry and research for predicting fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, chemical reactions, and related phenomena by numerically solving the set of governing mathematical equations that describe these processes.

CFD analysis is used for:

  • conceptual studies to test new processes and designs
  • overcoming complex product development and technical challenges
  • high level and detailed troubleshooting
  • redesign of existing systems for greater efficiency

Economically sound results!
CFD analysis reduces the cost and total effort required for design, testing, and experimentation/data acquisition.

Goal
This course teaches the software and techniques toward CFD proficiency for simulating and predicting phenomena of fluids-related engineering problems.

Objectives
Learn to solve fluid flow problems using FLUENT, the leading commercial CFD package. Topics include software and techniques for geometry creation, meshing, model and solver setup, and post-processing of results. This CFD course emphasizes applications in balance with theory.

Concepts Covered

  • Geometry Generation: 2D & 3D geometry generation
  • Meshing: 2D, 3D, mesh quality, resolution, numerical diffusion
  • Computation: Convergence and stability, steady state, un-steady state, Newtonian and Non-Newtonian fluids, heat transfer, and turbulence models
  • Post-Processing

 

Complete flexibility
Our cyber instruction runs on YOUR time, unlike the traditional classroom. Access the course and assignments at any time, day or night, from any location.

Eligibility
Register as a non-degree seeking student or for elective credit towards graduate degree in progress.Prerequisite: undergraduate Fluid Dynamics.

Student Benefits
Non-degree seeking students enjoy
access to Ekstrom Library, student recreation centers, and all other UofL facilities and organizations.

About the Instructor
Dr. Eric Berson is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Louisville. His extensive experience with CFD modeling of a diverse array of flow systems and reactors has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications. He has performed CFD modeling for industry clients, university collaborators, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Department of Energy.

For More Information
Download course information flyer, call (502)852-1567 or contact Dr. Berson via email.

Bertocci recognized with 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award for Bioengineering by University of Pittsburgh

UofL and the J.B. Speed School of Engineering are pleased to announce that Dr. Gina Bertocci was recognized by the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering with the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award. The award was presented at Swanson School’s annual banquet held in April.

Dr. Bertocci, BSME ’83, MSME ’91, PhD BioE ’97, Endowed Chair of Biomechanics and Professor, Bioengineering Department, University of Louisville, was named the Department of Bioengineering Distinguished Alumna. Dr. Bertocci earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her PhD in Bioengineering in 1997 also from the University of Pittsburgh. Upon receiving her PhD, she became a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, with secondary appointments in Bioengineering and Pediatrics, where she remained through 2004. In 2004, Dr. Bertocci joined the University of Louisville, where she is a Professor in Bioengineering and Endowed Chair of Biomechanics. Dr. Bertocci is also the Director of the Injury Risk Assessment and Prevention Laboratory, established in 1997.

Dr. Bertocci’s research interests include the application of injury biomechanics to the early detection of child abuse and the study of pediatric injury risk in falls. She also conducts research in the areas of wheelchair transportation safety and accessibility, and more recently has developed an interest in the field of canine orthopedic biomechanics. Dr. Bertocci has over 60 peer-reviewed journal papers and 120 conference proceedings. Her research has been funded through agencies that include the National Institutes for Health, Center for Disease Control, National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research, National Institute for Justice, the Arthritis Foundation and Paralyzed Veteran’s of America.

Biddle named Speed Alumni Fellow

The UofL Alumni Association established the Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award and the Alumni Fellows program in 1983. These awards recognize graduates who have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields and are exemplary ambassadors for the university and their college or school. Recipients reflect the high standing and character of their alma mater.

Michael Biddle has been named Alumni Fellow for the J.B. Speed School of Engineering for 2013.

He started MBA Polymers about 20 years ago - literally from his garage in California. In addition to leading the technology and business development, he raised over $150 million from private, VC, PE and strategic investors to fund the development and growth of MBA Polymers.

Biddle worked for several large companies, namely GE, Cummins and Dow, before striking out on his own in 1992. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, both with high honors. He was also a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University (Executive MBA).

Biddle has received numerous international awards. He won the prestigious 2012 Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Business (previous winners include Al Gore, Kofi Annan and Gro Harlem Brundtland – the former President of Norway), the 2010 Economist Innovation Award for Energy and the Environment, the 2006 Intel Tech Museum Award and was named a 2006 World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer. Biddle also won the first Thomas Alva Edison Award for Innovation and the first Ascent Award for Entrepreneurship. Biddle’s TED talk has over 1 million views and hundreds of positive comments across the Internet, being hosted by over 50 different websites.

Biddle and his wife, Elisabeth, have two children.

Building Operator Certification Instructor Positions Available

December 1st, 2017

 The J.B. Speed School of Engineering’s Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) is partnering with the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) to bring the Building Operator Certification (BOC) program to KY, an energy efficient training program for operators of commercial buildings. The BOC offers opportunities to gain teaching experience, to network with other professionals, and as an avenue of professional development. Funded by the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI), the BOC is currently seeking qualified instructors with experience in operations and maintenance. Instructors teach full day classes in their areas of expertise, using BOC materials and curriculum covering a wide range of topics including building systems, energy conservation, benchmarking, HVAC systems and controls, facility lighting, environmental health and safety regulation, indoor air quality and facility electrical systems.

Instructors are treated as individual contractors, and classes will be assigned based on availability and interest. MEEA does not require a minimum number of classes per year, nor do they guarantee that instructors will be assigned a certain number per year. The application goes through an approval process that may take up to 45 days, so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Some funding available to purchase instructor books and provide travel reimbursements for up to six new instructors to shadow other instructors. These will be made available to the first six instructors to have their applications submitted and approved. New instructors are typically required to cover their own expenses during the training process.

Applications should be submitted directly to Haley Keegan with MEEA at . Please also email Haley with any questions or contact her directly at (312) 374-0928.

To learn more about KPPC, contact Lissa McCracken, Executive Director, at (502) 852-0965 or or visit the website at www.kppc.org.

Conn Center to grow hemp for scientific, educational purposes

Conn Center to grow hemp for scientific, educational purposes

Hemp planted on UofL's Belknap campus for scientific and education purposes

Crop to be used to explore uses in manufacturing, fuels

The University of Louisville’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research has begun growing industrial hemp to enhance its research in fuels and manufacturing.

In partnership with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the University of Kentucky Agriculture Department, UofL researchers have planted hemp in a 40-by-40-foot plot adjacent to the center offices in The Phoenix House on the Belknap Campus. Nearby plots will be planted with switchgrass and kenaf, two other plants that have similar potential as fuels.

Unlike its better-known relative, marijuana, industrial hemp has none of the chemicals that produce a “high” for its users, making it worthless as a recreational drug. The hemp plant does, however, boast long, dense fibers that already are proving valuable in some manufacturing applications. It also has a woody core that may be effective once compressed as a supplement to or replacement for fossil fuels.

Research will be carried out by Jagannadh Satyavolu, biofuels theme leader at the Conn Center; Noppodon Sathitsuksanoh, assistant professor of chemical engineering; and Eric Berson, associate professor of chemical engineering. Seven other Kentucky universities are conducting research on hemp, but UofL is the only one focusing on the plant as a fuel resource.

“Hemp is cleaner and cheaper to produce than coal, oil or other resources,” said Mahendra Sunkara, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Conn Center. “It could solve many of the nation’s future energy needs while providing a new, lucrative cash crop for Kentucky’s farmers.”

In addition to using the plot for research, the Conn Center will use the planting to educate the public on the uses for and benefits of industrial hemp.

“We want to eliminate the stigma that is attached to hemp,” said Andrew Marsh, the center’s assistant director. “When people learn the characteristics of the crop and understand its potential for economic development, we think they will become advocates for its production.”

For more information, contact Marsh at (502) 852-8597 or andrew.marsh@louisville.edu .

View photo gallery of planting.

Cyber Defense Team Takes Home 3rd Place at Midwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

Cyber Defense Team at Regional Competition

May 17, 2017

The University of Louisville JB Speed School Cyber Defense Team is a measured response to an increasingly hostile digital landscape. This year, the team took third place at the Midwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) at Moraine Valley Community College on March 17th and 18th. The Cyber Defense team is a student interest group relative to, but not part of the Speed Association for Computing Machinery, dedicated to cyber security, both offensive and defensive with meetings once a week to discuss security topics and host hands-on training. Sponsored by the Department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science, the team is multi-disciplinary, mentored by Ron Lile since 2011, who sees his position as the moral and administrative support for the students.

“When I came in 6 years ago and went to the nationals, they were on top of their game. From that point on, I started seeing a downward spiral. They were good enough to get to the regionals. For most of those years, they were consistently able to get to the regional level. But they were not very competitive. This year, is really a step up in the right direction,” Lile says adding of his own involvement, “Personally, I’m going to try to do everything that I can to build on this. Try to do a little bit of more serious recruiting for the team.”

This year was an especially difficult competition, as the CDT lost in the preliminary round to Northern Kentucky University on February 4th. To account of that, the team had to pick up the wildcard ticket, which meant that they had to compete and win against nine states to gain entry into the competition. On March 4th, they did just that.

“At all three levels of competition, the teams are placed in a ‘real world business environment’ where computing systems of all types has already been placed in various states of vulnerability. Then, after being given a brief period to familiarize themselves with the environment, the teams are hammered/attacked by a Red Team, while at the same time being expected to keep up with the everyday needs of the users they support,” says Lile.

Operating without faculty involvement, Lile believes in the self-sufficiency of the team’s leadership.

“To me, this speaks volumes about their character and technical/educational capabilities. Being able to regularly compete at the regional level, completely depending upon themselves for training is truly amazing. For the past few years, Mehdi Sabraoui has been a huge part of that leadership, with Ben Brown representing the team this year as the captain,” says Lile.

He adds, “In my opinion, this type of competition and student involvement epitomizes what a university should be all about.”

You can learn more about the Cyber Defense Team here.

Finalists for Engineering Dean Announced

The University of Louisville has announced four candidates for the position of dean of the J.B. School of Engineering. The finalists will each spend two days on campus meeting with administration, faculty, staff and students and touring engineering facilities on Belknap campus.

Dr. J. Cole Smith, Professor & Department Chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering at Clemson University will visit UofL January 11 and 12.

The second candidate is Dr. Mei Wei, Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education at the University of Connecticut. She will be on campus January 22 and 23.

January 25 and 26 will bring Dr. Emmanuel G. Collins, John H. Seely Professor and Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering, at Florida A&M University – Florida State University (FAMU-FSU) College of Engineering (COE). Collins also serves at Director, Center for Intelligent Systems, Control, and Robotics.

The final candidate, Dr. Arvin Agah, will be in Louisville on January 30 and 31. Agah is currently the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs for the School of Engineering, and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Kansas.

The search committee, chaired by Dr. Robert Fox, University Libraries, and co-chaired by Dr. Kevin Walsh, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, consists of nine faculty members, representatives from Speed School staff, student body, alumni, the Commission for Diversity and Racial Equality (CODRE), and a Provost designee.

For more information about the engineering dean search, visit http://louisville.edu/provost/faculty-personnel/searches/.

DePuy named Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Dr.  Gail W. DePuy has taken over the role of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from Dr. Michael Day at the J.B Speed School of Engineering. Dr. Day will return to teaching after a sabbatical during the spring 2015 semester. Dr. DePuy is a Professor of Industrial Engineering, and has been a faculty member at the Speed School since 1995. She is highly regarded as an educator for her teaching excellence, concern for student engagement and welfare, and innovation in the classroom.

During her tenure at the University of Louisville, Dr. DePuy has won numerous teaching awards.  Her area of scholarship is manufacturing logistics. She has led a successful research program that has attracted over $2.4 Million in external research funds. Dr. DePuy's research program has greatly benefited a large number of our students at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.

Dr. DePuy served as Director of Graduate Programs in Industrial Engineering,  and chairs the Speed School Graduate Education Committee. She has been extensively involved as a leader in curriculum development both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. DePuy  is passionate about programs that support pathways for children to learn about science and engineering and strengthen diversity in engineering.

DePuy receives 2017 INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine Giving Back Award

Assoc Dean Gail DePuy standing on the front porch of the JB Speed Building.Dr. Gail DePuy is a recipient of the 2017 Giving Back Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Giving Back Award honors college and university administrators who go above and beyond their everyday leadership duties and “give back” to their campuses and communities. Associate Dean of Academic & Student Affairs for the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, DePuy will be featured, along with 38 other recipients, in the April 2017 Leadership Support and Giving Back issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Giving Back Award recipients were nominated by their colleagues and selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity based on their outstanding demonstration of social responsibility; involvement with students, faculty, staff, and the community; and commitment to serving underrepresented populations. Each honoree is recognized for his or her passion, dedication, and support for diversity and inclusion.

"Dr. Gail DePuy has demonstrated amazing leadership here at the Speed School in the promotion of diversity and inclusiveness." said Dr. John Usher, acting dean of Speed School. "As Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs, she and her team have implemented an array of outreach and educational  programs to attract and support a diverse group of students, as well as fostering the growth of new student organizations that, in turn, help our students succeed as engineers.  I am very proud of her work as a colleague, mentor and role model!"

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected DePuy because of her leadership and steadfast commitment to diversity and inclusion with the engineering community.

“The Giving Back Award is being awarded to leaders of institutions of higher education who exemplify what it truly means to ‘give back’ to others,” says Holly Mendelson, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “These administrators are role models, and we honor their efforts to promote diversity and inclusion on their campuses and in their communities.”

Other recipients of the 2017 Giving Back Award include:

  • Sefa Aina, Pomona College
  • Philip S. Bailey, PhD, California Polytechnic State University
  • Andra Basu, PhD, MEd, Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Venessa A. Brown, PhD, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Marc Burnett, Tennessee Technological University
  • Marie Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, MPH, MBA, FCCP, FASHP, FAST, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Kathryn B. Chval, PhD, University of Missouri
  • Patrick Coggins, PhD, JD, EdS, Stetson University
  • Daryll Coleman, PhD, Lane College
  • Deborah Deas, MD, University of California, Riverside
  • William E. Easterling, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Nitza Milagros Escalera, JD, EdM, Fordham University
  • Greer Glazer, RN, PhD, CNP, FAAN, University of Cincinnati
  • Natalie Gibson, Kentucky Community and Technical College System
  • Craig Hillemeier, MD, Penn State Health
  • Lisa Kirtman, PhD, California State University, Fullerton
  • Paul L. Koch, PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Ming Li, EdD, Western Michigan University
  • Elizabeth G. Loboa, PhD, University of Missouri
  • Linda Logan, PhD, Olivet College
  • Patrice Gouveia Marks, PhD, Raritan Valley Community College
  • Shane P. Martin, PhD, Loyola Marymount University
  • Maureen A. O'Rourke, JD, Boston University
  • Rafael Ortega, MD, Boston University
  • Tonantzin Oseguera, EdD, California State University, Fullerton
  • Jennifer Rosato Perea, JD, DePaul University
  • Clyde Wilson Pickett, MEd, Community College of Allegheny County
  • Yasmin S. Purohit, PhD, Robert Morris University
  • Fatima Rodriguez-Johnson, SUNY Geneseo
  • Paula T. Silver, PhD, Widener University
  • William Silver, PhD, Sonoma State University
  • Kelli Sinclair, Waubonsee Community College
  • Christina Swaidan, EdD, MEd, Westfield State University
  • Charles Taber, PhD, Stony Brook University
  • David E. Thomas, EdD, MEd, Community College of Philadelphia
  • Gregory Townsend, MD, University of Virginia
  • Roberta J. Wilburn, EdD, ThD, Whitworth University
  • Victor Wilson, MEd, University of Georgia

A call for nominations for the Giving Back Award was announced in October 2016. Award recipients include administrators of both community colleges and baccalaureate-granting institutions.

For more information about the 2017 Giving Back Award and INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, visit insightintodiversity.com.

Doctoral candidates to participate in hooding ceremony

Dr. Beth A. Boehm, Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies has announced award and honors recipients for the Spring 2015 Commencement.

These individuals were nominated by their program's Chair, Director of Graduate Studies or their faculty mentor. After careful review by The Scholarship and Awards Committee of the Graduate Council, these individuals were recognized as outstanding in their respective disciplines.

The following students were invited to the Doctoral Hooding and Graduation Ceremony on Friday, May 8, 2015, 4:00 PM, Kentucky International Convention Center. During the ceremony, doctoral recipients will participate, with their faculty mentors, in the vesting ceremony and will have their degrees conferred by President James Ramsey.

The John Richard Binford Memorial Award will be presented during the May 8th ceremony. The Binford Award is presented to the doctoral degree recipient who excels in both scholarship and leadership within his or her discipline. This year's recipient is:

  • Abdallah Eteleeb
    Computer Science and Engineering;
    Associate Professor Eric Rouchka
    Dissertation:  An Island-Based Approach for RNA-Seq Differential Expression Analysis

Speed School students receiving the Graduate Dean’s Citations are:

  • Venkata Durgaprasad Gullapalli
    Civil Engineering; Professor Mark French
    Dissertation:  Nanoscale Electrode Architectures for Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage
  • Eslam Abdelfattah Mostafa
    Electrical Engineering; Professor Aly Farag
    Dissertation:  Face Modeling for Face Recognition in the Wild
  • Matthew Joseph Nitzken
    Electrical Engineering; Co-Chairs Associate Professor Ayman El-Baz and Associate Professor Tamer Inanc
    Dissertation:  Shape Analysis of the Human Brain

    The following students have completed their Ph.D.:

      • Behnaz Abdollahi
        Electrical Engineering; Co-Chairs Assistant Professor Hermann Frieboes and Assistant Professor Karla Welch
        Dissertation:  Computational Methods to Predict and Enhance Decision Making with Biomedical Data
      • Marc Bjoern Beck
        Computer Science and Engineering;
        Co-Chairs Associate Professor Roman Yampolskiy and Associate Professor Ahmed Desoky
        Dissertation:  A Forensic Software Toolkit for DNA Steganalysis
      • Raymond Rex Dsouza
        Mechanical Engineering; Professor Gina Bertocci
        Dissertation:  Development of a Surrogate Bruising Detection System to Describe Potential Bruising Patterns Associated with Common Childhood Falls
      • Shuangshuang Jiang
        Computer Science and Engineering;
        Professor Hichem Frigui
        Dissertation:  Semantic Indexing of Video Simulations for Enhancing Medical Care During Crises
      • Shanshan Li
        Civil Engineering;
        Associate Professor Thomas Rockaway
        Dissertation:  Comprehensive Assessment of the Performance of Stormwater best Management Practices on Belknap Campus at University of Louisville
      • Arsalan Paleshi
        Industrial Engineering; Co-Chairs Professor Gerald Evans and Assistant Professor Ki-Hwan Bae
        Dissertation:  Simulation-Based Optimization of Mitigation Strategies for Pandemic Influenza
      • Daniel Allen Porter
        Mechanical Engineering;
        Associate Professor Thomas Berfield
        Dissertation:  Bi-Stable Buckled Energy Harvesters Actuated Via Torque Arms
      • Ata Radfar
        Civil Engineering;
        Associate Professor Thomas Rockaway
        Dissertation:  Artificial Neural Network Models for the Analysis of Permeable Pavement Performance
      • John Lawrence Tatarko
        Chemical Engineering;
        Associate Professor Gerold Willing
        Dissertation:  The Production, Properties, and Applications of the Zinc Imidazolate ZIF-8
      • Venkat Kalyan Vendra
        Chemical Engineering; Co-Chairs Professor Mahendra Sunkara and Associate Professor Delaina Amos
        Dissertation:  Nanoscale Electrode Architectures for Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage

        Ph.D. candidates to participate in doctoral hooding ceremony

        Dr. Beth A. Boehm, Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies has announced award and honors recipients for the Winter 2014 Commencement.

        These individuals were nominated by their program's Chair, Director of Graduate Studies or their faculty mentor. After careful review by The Scholarship and Awards Committee of the Graduate Council, these individuals were recognized as outstanding in their respective disciplines.

        The following students were invited to the Doctoral Hooding and Graduation Ceremony on Friday, December 18, 2015, 3:00 PM, KFC Yum! Center. During the ceremony, doctoral recipients will participate, with their faculty mentors, in the vesting ceremony and will have their degrees conferred by President James Ramsey.

        The following students have completed their Ph.D.:

          Sam Abdollahian
          Civil Engineering
          Associate Professor Thomas Rockaway
          Dissertation:  Assessing the Water Quality Benefits of Green Infrastructures Stormwater Control Measures

          Masoudeh Ahmadi
          Chemical Engineering
          Associate Professor Gerold Willing
          Dissertation:  Heat Transfer Mechanisms in Water-Based Nanofluids

          Amine Ben Khalifa
          Computer Science and Engineering
          Professor Hichem Frigui
          Dissertation:  Multiple Instance Fuzzy Inference

          Maria de Lourdes Carreon Garciduenas
          Chemical Engineering
          Professor Mahendra Sunkara
          Dissertation:  Plasma Catalysis Using Low Melting Point Metals

          Jubin Chen
          Mechanical Engineering
          Associate Professor Thomas Berfield
          Dissertation:  Mechanics of Electrode Materials in Lithium Battery Applications

          Takiyah K. Cooper
          Computer Science and Engineering
          Associate Professor Ahmed Desoky
          Dissertation:  Excluisve-Or Preprocessing and Dictionary Coding of Continuous-Tone Images

          Stefan Jedeck
          Industrial Engineering
          Assistant Professor Li Yang
          Dissertation:  Spare Parts on Demand Using Additive Manufacturing:  A Simulation Model for Cost Evaluation

          Farid Nemati
          Civil Engineering
          Professor William McGinley
          Dissertation:  Macro Model for Solid and Perforated Masonry Infill Shear Walls

          Swathi Sunkara
          Chemical Engineering
          Professor Mahendra Sunkara
          Dissertation:  New Visible Light Absorber for Solar Fuels: GaSbN

          Kai Zeng
          Industrial Engineering
          Professor Brent Stucker
          Dissertation:  Optimization of Support Structures for Selective Laser Melting

            Sixteen engineering students invited to doctoral hooding ceremony

            December 12, 2017

            Dr. Beth A. Boehm, Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies has announced award and honors recipients for the Winter 2017 Commencement.

            These individuals were nominated by their program's Chair, Director of Graduate Studies or their faculty mentor. After careful review by The Scholarship and Awards Committee of the Graduate Council, these individuals were recognized as outstanding in their respective disciplines.

            The following students were invited to the Doctoral Hooding and Graduation Ceremony on Friday, May 15, 2017, 3:00 PM, KFC Yum! Center. During the ceremony, doctoral recipients will participate, with their faculty mentors, in the vesting ceremony and will have their degrees conferred by Interim President Dr. Greg Postel.

            Speed School students receiving the Graduate Dean’s Citations are:

            • Nadieh Mohamadi Moghadam
              Electrical Engineering
              Associate Professor Hongxiang Li
              Dissertation:  Queue Stability Analysis in Network Coded Wireless Multicast
            • Tegjyot Singh Sethi
              Computer Science and Engineering
              Professor Mehmed Kantardzic
              Dissertation:  Dynamic Adversarial Mining – Effectively Applying Machine Learning in Adversarial Non-Stationary Environments

            The following students have completed their Ph.D.:

            • Behnoush Abdollahi
              Computer Science and Engineering
              Professor Olfa Nasraoui
              Dissertation:  Accurate and Justifiable:  New Algorithms for Explainable Recommendations
            • Jasmin Beharic
              Electrical Engineering
              Professor Cindy Harnett
              Dissertation:  Applications of Polarized Metallic Nanostructures
            • Heba Mohamed Elgazzar
              Computer Science and Engineering
              Professor Adel Elmaghraby
              Dissertation:  Network Science Algorithms for Mobile Networks
            • Mohammad Ghavami
              Civil Engineering
              Assistant Professor Qian Zhao
              Dissertation:  Cationic Surfactant Modification and Its Impact on the Engineering Behaviors of Montmorillonite
            • Yisen Guo
              Mechanical Engineering
              Associate Professor Yongsheng Lian
              Dissertation:  Numerical Investigation of Drop Impingement on Dry and Wet Surfaces
            • Bashir Hasanzadeh
              Civil Engineering
              Professor Zhihui Sun
              Dissertation:  Testing and Modeling of the Thixotropic Behavior of Cementitious Materials
            • Sadra Javadi
              Civil Engineering
              Assistant Professor Qian Zhao
              Dissertation: Engineering Applications of Organic Surfactant Modified Bentonite in Sorptive Soil Barriers
            • Joseph Latham
              Electrical Engineering
              Professor Michael McIntyre
              Dissertation:  Observation and Estimations Study for Sensorless Control of Linear Vapor Compressors
            • Brandon Lavery
              Chemical Engineering
              Co-Advisors Professor Mahendra Sunkara and Professor Thad Druffel
              Dissertation:  Novel Processing Approaches for Thin Film Solar and Related Technologies
            • Mohammad Taghi Mohebbi
              Electrical Engineering
              Associate Professor Michael McIntyre
              Dissertation:  Control of Power Electronic Interfaces in Distributed Generation
            • Gopi Chand Nutakki
              Computer Science and Engineering
              Professor Olfa Nasraoui
              Dissertation:  A Framework for Adaptive Topic Tracking on Social Media Streams
            • Marie Kristine Riggs
              Mechanical Engineering
              Professor Gina Bertocci
              Dissertation:  A Novel Approach to Assess Minimally Invasive Surgical Device Failure Utilizing Adverse Even Outcome Severity and Design Complexity
            • Hanwen Yuan
              Mechanical Engineering
              Co-Advisors Professor Robert Keynton and Professor Stuart Williams
              Dissertation:  Fabrication and Characterization of a Micro/Nanofluidic Platform for Electroporation
            • Shanshan Zhang
              Industrial Engineering
              Assistant Professor Li Yang
              Dissertation:  Design, Analysis and Application of a Cellular Material/Structure Model for Metal Based Additive Manufacturing Processes

            Doctoral hooding ceremony to be held May 12

            May 11, 2017

            Dr. Beth A. Boehm, Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies has announced award and honors recipients for the Spring 2017 Commencement.

            These individuals were nominated by their program's Chair, Director of Graduate Studies or their faculty mentor. After careful review by The Scholarship and Awards Committee of the Graduate Council, these individuals were recognized as outstanding in their respective disciplines.

            The following students were invited to the Doctoral Hooding and Graduation Ceremony on Friday, May 12, 2017, 3:00 PM, KFC Yum! Center. During the ceremony, doctoral recipients will participate, with their faculty mentors, in the vesting ceremony and will have their degrees conferred by Interim President Dr. Greg Postel.

            Mahsa Badami is the recipient of the Guy Stevenson Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies and will give the student commencement address during the hooding ceremony.

            Speed School students receiving the Graduate Dean’s Citations are:

            • *Mahsa Badami
              Computer Science and Engineering
              Assistant Professor Olfa Nasaroui
              Dissertation:  Polarization in Recommender Systems
            • *Faezeh Tafazzoli
              Computer Science and Engineering
              Professor Hichem Frigui
              Dissertation:  Vehicle Make and Model Recognition for Intelligent Transportation Monitoring and Surveillance
            • *Zhenzhen Xie
              Chemical Engineering
              Associate Professor Xiaoan Fu
              Dissertation:  Electronic Nose for Analysis of Volatile Organic Compounds in Air and Exhaled Breath

            The following students have completed their Ph.D.:

            • Jasmin Beharic
              Electrical Engineering
              Associate Professor Cindy Harnett
            • Jaafar Ben-Abdallah
              Computer Science and Engineering
              Assistant Professor Olfa Nasaroui
            • Jeffery Wayne Borden
              Mechanical Engineering
              Associate Professor Michael Voor
            • Scott Douglas Cambron
              Mechanical Engineering
              Professor Robert Keynton
              Dissertation:  Development and Evaluation of a Biocompatible Electroactive Sensor for Continuous Blood Pressure Measurement
            • Chen Cao
              Electrical Engineering
              Assistant Professor Hongxiang Li
              Dissertation:   Low-Resolution ADC Receiver Design, MIMO Interference Cancellation Prototyping, and PHY Secrecy Analysis
            • Alejandro Martinez Garcia
              Chemical Engineering
              Professor Mahendra Sunkara
              Dissertation:  New Light Absorbers for Renewable Hydrogen for Renewable Hydrogen Production:  Chemical Vapor Deposition of Nearly Epitaxial III-V Semiconductors & Other Films for Unassisted Water Photoelectrolysis
            • William C. Harrington, Jr.
              Industrial Engineering
              Assistant Professor Ki-Hwan Bae
              Dissertation:  Performance Analysis of Organizations as Complex Systems
            • Brandon Wayne Lavery
              Chemical Engineering
              Professor Mahendra Sunkara
              Dissertation:  Scalable Manufacturing of Solar Cells Using Intense Pulsed Light
            • Santanu Mukherjee
              Mechanical Engineering
              Assistant Professor Sam Park
              Dissertation:  Development and Degradation Analysis of Novel Nanostructured Transition Metal Oxide (TMO) Anodes for Aqueous Sodium and Lithium Ion Batteries
            • Ernur Saka
              Computer Science and Engineering
              Assistant Professor Olfa Nasaroui
            • Li Yang
              Civil Engineering
              Assistant Professor Young Hoon Kim
              Dissertation:  Non-Contact Based Structural Damage Assessment Using Stochastic Subspace Identification and Finite Element Modal Updating
            • Hanwen Yuan
              Mechanical Engineering
              Professor Robert Keynton
              Dissertation:  Micro/Nanofluidic Platform for Nanoscale Cellular Electroporation
            • Yibo Zhang
              Civil Engineering
              Professor J. P. Mohsen
              Dissertation:  A Tool to Evaluate Sustainability of Pavement Maintenance Projects

            Dr. Amir Amini Elected to the AIMBE's College of Fellows

            Dr. Amir Amini Elected to the AIMBE's College of Fellows

            Dr. Amir Amini

            Dr. Amir Amini was recently elected to the College of Fellows at the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE, which represents the most accomplished and distinguished medical and biological engineers responsible for innovation and discovery. Dr. Amini was nominated for membership as a result of contributions to the field, peer-reviewed by the College of Fellows Selection Committee.

            A nonprofit, AIMBE is an honorific society that serves as the authoritative voice and advocate for the value of medical and biological engineering to society. It is an organization of leaders in their fields, consisting of academic, industrial, and professional society councils; and the individually-elected members of the College of Fellows.

            Dr. Stuart Williams receives funding from the NASA Kentucky EPSCoR Program

            Stuart WilliamsAn alumnus of the Speed School born and raised in Louisville, Dr. Stuart Williams has an affinity for infinity and beyond. A recently tenured member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Williams was recently awarded funding from the NASA Kentucky EPSCoR Program for his work on “Enhanced Science on the ISS: Influence of Gravity on Electrokinetic and Electrochemical Assembly in Colloids,” which exams the impact of weightlessness on particle solutions.

            You might see a colloid in detergent or blood, any solution that might separate over time. Williams and his team will work to determine if there is any way to suspend that process, which will add longevity to products that may otherwise have a limited shelf life.

            “Think of a colloid as any particle that stays in homogeneous suspension. We are trying to determine the impact of specialized nano-particles and how they prevent micro-particles from aggregating. We’re using certain chemical and electro-field means to control it and to understand the governing mechanisms to use that knowledge and apply it to future products,” explains Williams.
            Williams gravitated towards Mechanical Engineering as a field with a diverse array of study. After the events of 9/11, Williams, then an undergraduate, had the opportunity to intern at San Dimas National Laboratory, who at the time had received a generous amount of funding to work on chemical sensors for bomb detections. It was there that Williams found his focus.

            “We had the lowest level security clearance, but we didn’t always know what we had in our hands. There was interesting stuff going on, and I thought this is neat. Let me stick with this. Let me make a difference. That blossomed into continuing to educate myself and learn everything I can,” says Williams.

            Attending Purdue in pursuit of his PhD, Williams’ was exposed to manipulating particles. When Deep Water Horizon happened, a host from NPR contact his advisor, who specialized in particle visualization, to get an idea of the environmental impact. That attention helped bring in funding, which again gave Williams new opportunities for research.

            He says, “I learned how to use particles and fluids into how to learn how to get information from that. In that case, particles were able to give us information. I built research on that. What kind of information can I gain from particle behavior?”

            Now Williams is a backed by a multi-disciplinary team of students and researchers, all at varying stages of their education and with different motivations. One of Williams roles is to ensure the continuity of the project, and navigate the many moving parts that comes with working with NASA.

            “It is a team approach. Every once in a while, people do their own thing. It is a managerial role,” he says. “I talk to NASA. Their launch time is always fluctuating. We can’t become reliant on their timeline, because it’s not set in stone. You have to make sure that students are properly trained. There is a lot of communication and making sure people are on the same page.”

            Ultimately, he hopes that this is one leg of his research, and one that may yield another tool for use in stabilizing solutions.

            “The scientist in me, wants to understand the physics in how this works. We have some goals in terms of why this physical mechanism does what it does. Once we can understand the fundamentals, then we can apply it. Then we can apply it to products,” says Williams.

            Zhang Receives NSF Career Award

            May 25, 2017

            Headshot of Harry (Hui) ZhangExplaining higher-dimensional space is in many ways an expression of the inexpressible, and exactly the kind of work that Dr. Hui Zhang is engaged in. A professor in the department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science since the Fall of 2015, Zhang was recently awarded an NSF Career Award for his work, “CAREER:  Visualizing Mathematical Structures in High-Dimensional Space.”

            Higher Dimensional Space
            It’s a heady topic to reduce to layman’s terms, although a challenge that Zhang is more than eager to engage. His work materializes a theoretical space that is neither a destination or physically reproducible place, but a mathematical construct used in higher level equations and formulas.

            “In the mathematical world, 4th dimensional, 5th dimensional, etc. Human beings can only perceive 3d space. But when the computation is about xyzabc. It’s about equivalence, how one entity is equivalent to another one in high dimensional space,” explains Zhang.

            He continues adding, “This is purely mathematical. The 4th dimensional world is the fourth axis. We use a lot of very interesting phenomena. In our 3-dimensional space a ribbon can go into a ring and lift up the ring. In 4-dimensional space, this is not possible. A ring would fall through the ribbon. This kind of analogy from 1-dimensional to 2 dimensional to 3-dimensional… many of these phenomena that I’m trying to visualize already existed in a mathematical book (on the page).”

            Applications
            Zhang’s ambitious project is meant to help negotiate a logical puzzle impossible for many to perceive. His visualizations offer new opportunities for mathematicians, educators, and students to engage daunting hypothetical research.

            He explains, “From a computer science perspective, many of the techniques that we use for visualization can be used for a lot of other areas. Within mathematical areas, it has two applications. First it helps mathematicians with their hypotheses. Second, it helps with students to visual interface, to try for things without theory, how to navigate 4-dimensional space.”

            El-Baz Named to UofL Top 4 Faculty Favorites

            Dr. Ayman El-Baz has been named a “Top 4” Faculty Favorite of 2015-2016 through an online poll of university students.

            El-Baz joined the faculty at UofL in 2006, and is an expert in the fields of bio-imaging modeling and non-invasive computer-assisted diagnosis systems.  In  2009, he was named a Coulter Fellow for his contribution in the biomedical translational research. Most recently, El-Baz has been appointed Chair of the Department of Bioengineering at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering effective October 1.

            One nomination stated that he is a “Fascinating teacher with a lecture method that ensures a full understanding of the subject material” while another submitted “He keeps his audience alert by challenging their minds.”

            “Dr. El-Baz is a god among mere mortals. He is a leading expert in the field of Medical Imaging and cares enough to truly impart his knowledge to his students,” declared another student. “He is a very approachable man and one of the greatest professors I have ever had the pleasure to learn from. Words cannot describe the respect I have for him.”

            El-Baz and all nominated faculty favorites will be honored at luncheon on February 10, 2017 in conjunction with the 2017 Celebration of Teaching and Learning.

            “I am delighted so many students took the time to nominate their favorite faculty member because it demonstrates how much they appreciate our faculty’s efforts,” said Dr. Gale S. Rhodes, Associate University Provost and Executive Director of the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning.

            Other Speed School faculty who received nominations were:

            DepartmentFaculty Member
            BioengineeringHermann Frieboes
            BioengineeringMartin O'Toole
            BioengineeringThomas Roussel
            BioengineeringPatricia Soucy
            BioengineeringMichael Voor
            Chemical EngineeringDelaina Amos
            Chemical EngineeringThomas Starr
            Computer Engineering/Computer ScienceHichem Frigui
            Computer Engineering/Computer ScienceAdrian Lauf
            Computer Engineering/Computer ScienceRoman Yampolskiy
            Engineering FundamentalsGale Crush
            Engineering FundamentalsAdrienne Parsons
            Engineering FundamentalsPatricia Ralston
            Industrial EngineeringErin Gerber
            Mechanical EngineeringSundar Atre
            Mechanical EngineeringThomas Berfield
            Mechanical EngineeringEllen Brehob
            Mechanical EngineeringWilliam Hnat
            Mechanical EngineeringKevin Murphy
            Mechanical EngineeringGary Osborne

            El-Baz Students Receive Houchens Prize Back to Back

            El-Baz Students Receive Houchens Prize Back to Back

            Fahmi Khalifa, 2014 Houchens Prize Winner

            Fahmi Khalifa, Electrical and Computer Engineering major will receive the 2014 John M. Houchens Prize. He is the second student of Dr. Ayman El-Baz, bioengineering associate professor and interim department chair, to receive this prize with the first being Ahmed Elnakib in 2013. He is being co-advised by Dr. El-Baz and Dr. Karla Welch.

            Khalifa joined the Bioimaging Laboratory at UofL as a graduate research assistant in 2009 and will be graduating this May. He received his bachelors and masters in Electrical Engineering at Mansoura University in Mansoura, Egypt in 2003 and 2007, respectively. He is currently completing his Ph.D. at UofL with a primary focus in the area of medical image analysis.

            “I am thrilled to receive the John M. Houchens Prize for the outstanding dissertation. This is the most prestigious award I have ever received during my graduate studies at the University of Louisville, and it is a great honor for me,” said Fahmi Khalifa.

            While working on his Ph.D., Khalifa has authored and co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications that have been published in a number of prestigious journals in the filed including IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, NMR in Biomedicine Biotechnology Journal, and Medical Physics.

            He has spent the last several years developing computer-aided diagnostic (CAD) systems for the evaluation of human organ functionality using contrast-enhanced medical images. He has used these CAD systems to help improve early detection of acute renal transplant rejection and functional assessment of myocardial perfusion among many other things.

            Khalifa was also the recipient of the Citation Paper Award from the Society of UroRadiology (SUR) in 2011, the Outstanding Student at Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in 2012, and the Theobald Scholarship Award in 2013.

            “I feel extremely happy and very proud that two of my Ph.D students have received the John M. Houchens Prize for outstanding dissertation. It is also very exciting to have had both of my students receive this award back to back.” said Dr. El-Baz.

            Dr. El-Baz teams with Dr. Susan Harkema for SPARC Grant on Bladder Control

            Dr. Ayman El-Baz

            December 4, 2017

            In 2014, Dr. Susan Harkema, professor in UofL's Department of Neurological Surgery, assembled the team that developed an implantable device in a patient with spinal cord trauma that grants them the temporary ability to walk. Part of that team was current department of Bioengineering chair Dr. Ayman El-Baz, who is continuing his work with Harkema on a new project entitled, “Functional Mapping with Lumbosacral Epidural Stimulation for Restoration of Bladder Function After Spinal Cord Injury,” which aims to attend to deficits in urologic function after spinal cord injury, specific to bladder dysfunction.

            “I am the one who worked with Dr. Harkema to find the best combination for the software to guide them to make the charge and discharge of the blood,” says El-Baz. He adds of their newest project, “We are writing the software that Dr. Harkema needs to help the patient to charge and discharge."

            El-Baz earned his PhD in bioimaging, a path shaped by personal experience after a member of his family experienced kidney failure. After a successful transplant, El-Baz realized that the new kidney would require further scrutiny and attention to prevent another failure, and began developing non-invasive imaging tech for acute renal regeneration.

            He sees his work with Harkema as an opportunity at growth, not only in his interdisciplinary connections, but in his ability to evolve his own skills, applying them where they may make a positive cultural impact.

            “I’ve started to learn about the human neural system. It’s a new field for me. I started to see how the neuro-system is correlated with blood, heart rate, muscle activation. This grant opened a lot in front of me," said El-Baz. "It’s a little different than lung or prostate cancer, because it has more than one trend. If you want to view cancer, it usually has one similarity. But this is completely different depending on the injury. This can control the patients breath, heart rate, blood functionality. This is why during this project I’m learning a lot. We discover something."

            Their efforts have yielded a SPARC (Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions) grant, which is new type of grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) that is milestone driven. Each year is built around a milestone, with further funding providing with each successive achievement met. For now, that grant is capped at a three-year period, with a possibility for more based on their ability to meet their goals.

            “We have monthly meetings with NIH to check our progress. Dr. Harkema divides the work. My job here is to design the software to visual the signals (from imaging) into something you can see," said El-Baz. "It’s better to take the signal and visualize it as an image. In order to make the bladder to start to charge, I have to visualize that all muscles are not activated to see what the best is to get the bladder charging.”

            Elaine Allen recognized with Outstanding Performance Award

            Elaine Allen is presented with the 2013 Outstanding Performance Award by President James Ramsey and Provost Shirley Willihnganz.President James Ramsey honored 11 staff members Nov. 18 for their hard work, dedication to students and the university, leadership and public service at the annual Outstanding Performance Award reception. Three people received honorable mentions. Among the 11 staff members recognized was Speed School's Elaine Allen, program manager, J.B. Speed School of Engineering, dean’s office.

            Allen has worked at Speed School for more than 37 years. Her outstanding performance comes from the passion she has for her work, deep knowledge of UofL, an unwavering commitment to saying “Yes, we can find a solution to your problem,” transparent affection for students, exemplary initiative in helping co-workers with both professional and personal needs, a genuine interest in people and their welfare and an unmatched commitment to the well-being and reputation of Speed School.

            Engineering faculty honored for years of service

            Several Speed School faculty members with 25+ years of service to UofL were among the 45 people President James Ramsey and Provost Shirley Willihnganz honored at the Faculty Service Awards ceremony May 4, 2015.

            The annual Faculty Service Awards honor faculty who have been at UofL 25 or more years, in five-year increments. They receive dinner at the University Club and Ramsey and Willihnganz present each with a certificate. Faculty with 25 years of service get a choice of a captain’s chair or rocker. Those with 30, 35, 40, 45 or more years receive a crystal bowl with the name and years of service engraved on it.

            40 years


            30 Years


            25 Years

            Engineering majors selected as Homecoming Candidates

            UPDATE: Katy Ashby named to Top 5 Homecoming Queen Candidates. The winner will be crowned during halftime of Saturday's football game! Learn more about Katy Ashby.

             

            Congratulations Katy Ashby and Kyle Withers

            Katy Ashby is a junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering. She is Vice President of Speed School Student Council (SSSC), and an SGA Senator. Katy is also a Speed School Admissions Ambassador, Shadow Host, works with the Leadership Advantage Program, and is a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority, and serves as a Cardinal Host. She is sponsored by SSSC. Learn more about Katy Ashby.

            Kyle Withers is a senior Civil Engineering major. He is a former Speed School Senator, Triangle Fraternity Alumni and is a fifth year representative for SSSC. He is sponsored by SSSC.

            UofL will crown the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen during halftime of the football game Saturday, Oct. 18. Congratulations and good luck to our Speed School students!

            Learn more about Homecoming 2014

            Engineers Without Borders to host information session

            This Tuesday evening, Engineers Without Borders (EWB) are hosting an information session with Faina Matveeva on General Electric Appliances. A Russian immigrant, Matveeva has lived in Lexington for the last twenty years, where she attended the University of Kentucky graduating last year with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. During her undergraduate, Matveeva became involved with the EWB, which she remains engaged with presently.

            She moved to Louisville to work at GE, where she had previously co-oped. Currently she is employed in the Supply Chain Development Program at GE Appliances working as a continuous improvement engineer in GEA’s plastics and injection molding plant rotational position, where she works six months in different aspects of Supply Chain Operations.

            “I fell in love with the city and the work I was doing,” she explains of her co-op time, adding, “It’s manufacturing, so it’s very practical problem-solving. I like to say the environment in which I work is fast-paced and people-oriented, and I find that to be an environment in which I thrive.”

            Since graduating, she has served with in the EWB USA on a regional level as the KY and WV State Representative between the national headquarters and the chapters in KY and WV, currently serving as the Great Lakes Regional co-president. Her love of EWB is twofold: working with communities around the world for sustainable solutions and to provide real world training opportunities to burgeoning engineers.

            Matveeva carefully balances her professional and community service carefully. She believes, “I’ve found it not to be a burden to juggle my personal life with my job and EWB USA. I enjoy the work that I do and the people I’m surrounded by. I’m very early in my career and I’m sure the balance will become trickier as I progress. I want to make service in engineering a priority in my life, and I hope I’ll be able to do that for many years to come.”

            While you’ll have to wait for Tuesday to get her talk on applying her degree to her career, she has some advice to anyone looking to get into the work place soon.

            “If you’re in engineering, follow what you like! The job stability will be there if you’re willing to look for it and to work for it. So, you may as well pursue a field of engineering that will keep you curious and interested for upwards of 40 years of your life! There’s plenty of variety within engineering to find a niche where you feel like you really belong—don’t compromise that possibility for yourself,” says Matveeva.

            The Engineers Without Borders meeting is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21st in Vogt. Free pizza will be available for anyone hungry to learn more.

            Faculty Favorites Named For 2016-2017

            Tom BerfieldThirty members of the Speed Faculty were recognized as 2016-2017 Faculty Favorites, with representatives from each department. Joining the Speed School in 2008, Dr. Thomas Berfield has garnered accolades from his students for his engaging teaching methods. A member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Berfield is approachable, available, and committed to making his class as memorable as it is informative. 

            Students had this to say about Berfield through their anonymous submissions:

            • Tom is excellent as a teacher. Normally it is difficult to get a large class to engage in a lecture but Tom manages to do so. Through loads of diagrams and object lessons such as "the exploration of how a pressure vessel could rupture through a comparison with hot dogs, then the class gets to eat the hot dogs" lets him connect with his students. He always is kind and friendly with his students. I can think of no better option for the faculty favorite choice for the fall semester of 2016.”
            • Dr. Berfield is the best professor I've had, and he makes class enjoyable and simple. If you need help, he is there to help and will make sure you understand the content.
            • I had the pleasure of taking Dr. Berfield's 'Experimental Stress Analysis' class this semester and thoroughly enjoyed the class setting and material. Teacher is very approachable and is willing to help.
            • "T Berf was great, effectively taught the material, was available outside of class to answer questions and clarify material, provided lots of help for the ME 324 Lab, overall a great professor and great guy. The hot dogs were a great bonus too."


            Other Speed faculty who received nominations were:

            DepartmentFaculty Member
            BioengineeringNathan Brown
            BioengineeringAyman El-Baz
            BioengineeringHermann Frieboes
            BioengineeringSteven Koenig
            BioengineeringJonathan Kopechek
            BioengineeringMartin O'Toole
            BioengineeringTommy Rousel
            Chemical EngineeringJames Watters
            Civil & Environmental EngineeringMark French
            Civil & Environmental EngineeringW. Mark McGinley
            Computer Engineering Computer ScienceAntonia Badia
            Computer Engineering Computer ScienceIbrahim Imam
            Computer Engineering Computer ScienceRoman Yampolskiy
            Engineering FundamentalsJeff Hieb
            Engineering FundamentalsPatricia Ralston
            Engineering FundamentalsLarry Tyler
            Industrial EngineeringLihui Bai
            Mechanical EngineeringJeffery Borden
            Mechanical EngineeringEllen Brehob
            Mechanical EngineeringKevin Murphy
            Mechanical EngineeringGary Osborne
            Mechanical EngineeringSam Park
            Mechanical EngineeringGlen Prater
            Mechanical EngineeringSrinivasan Rasipuram
            Mechanical EngineeringChris Richards
            Mechanical EngineeringStuart Williams

            For the full list click here.  

            The Fall 2017 nomination period opens on November 13 and closes on December 15. The Spring 2018 nomination period opens on April 2 and closes on May 4.



            Faculty Honored During Celebration

            As part of 2014 State of the University Week, the administration Sept. 16 held the 2014 Celebration of Faculty Excellence. The awards were conferred by Provost Shirley Willihnganz and William Pierce, executive vice president for research and innovation.

            “Great universities have great faculty,” UofL President James Ramsey said in his remarks. “We have a great faculty – a truly amazing faculty – at the University of Louisville.  We have a faculty who excel in teaching, service, scholarship, research and creative activity.  A faculty who care.  A faculty who raise the bar for all of us as a university.”

            The 13th annual ceremony recognized:

            • Recipients of the President’s Distinguished Faculty Awards in the areas of excellence in outstanding scholarship, research and creative activity; service; and teaching;
            • Recipient of the President’s Exemplary Multicultural Teaching Award;
            • 2013 faculty winners of the Community Engagement award;
            • 2013-2014 Paul Weber Award for Departmental Excellence in Teaching;
            • New endowed chairs and professors;
            • New Distinguished University Scholar and University Scholars; and
            • Those whose creative work has resulted in new patents, licenses and options.

            Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity

            • Recognizing departments engaged in sustained efforts to promote teaching excellence through implementing best practices in teaching and learning;
            • Rewarding departmental faculty teams who collaborate in exemplary ways to enhance student learning;
            • Encouraging and rewarding those who implement research-based initiatives to document student learning at the departmental and unit level; and
            • Supplementing departmental efforts to sustain meaningful innovations in teaching and learning.

            President’s Distinguished Faculty Awards

            Award winners receive a medallion and a check for $1,000. They will be featured on campus banners later this year.

            Steven Koenig, professor, Speed School of Engineering. Koenig is the Endowed Chair of Cardiac Implant Science in the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute and a professor in the departments of bioengineering and surgery. He helped developed an advanced heart failure research program that conducts clinical, engineering and scientific research and development to clinically translate novel diagnostic tools and innovative therapies for advanced heart failure. His broad research focus is to understand physiologic responses and remodeling of the heart, vasculature and end-organs during mechanical circulatory support for the treatment of advanced heart failure to improve heart failure patient outcomes and restore quality of life.

            Dr. Koenig was also recognized as a new Endowed Chair Faculty.

            Distinguished Faculty Awards in Service

            Service to the Profession

            Jacek Zurada, professor, Speed School of Engineering. Zurada has been with the University of Louisville since 1981 and serves as a professor of electrical and computer engineering. He authored or co-authored several books and over 370 papers in computational intelligence, neural networks, machine learning, logic rule extraction, and bioinformatics, and he has delivered over 100 presentations and seminars throughout the world. His work has been cited over 8,000 times. Since 2009, he delivered 13 keynote or plenary invited conference talks in Mexico, Chile, Netherlands, China, Singapore, Turkey, Poland, and Italy. He has served as a PhD. advisor to 19 students. He serves as the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) V-President, Technical Activities (TAB Chair), and also chairs the IEEE TAB Management Committee.

            Distinguished Faculty Awards in Teaching

            Distinguished Teaching Professor Award for Full-time Teaching

            Jeffrey Hieb, associate professor, Speed School of Engineering. Hieb is an associate professor in the department of engineering fundamentals. In his teaching, he focuses on innovative and effective use of tablets, digital ink and other technology. He is an ASEE campus star and in 2010 he won the best paper award at the Workshop on the Impact of Pen-based Technology on Education for his paper “A digital ink and computer algebra system mashup to enhance classroom learning.” Since 2011, he has been using the flipped classroom model in some of his classes and recently redesigned Introductory Calculus to use the National Center for Academic Transformation’s emporium model redesign. Since 2005, he has been working in the area of cyber security for industrial control systems.

            New Endowed Faculty

            Kevin Gue, Speed School of Engineering. Gue is the Mary Lee and George F. Duthie Endowed Chair of Engineering Logistics and director of UofL’s Logistics and Distribution Institute. Gue’s research addresses the design and control of logistics systems, with a focus on distribution, warehousing and material handling. He is co-inventor of the warehouse aisle designs known as the Flying-V, Fishbone and Chevron, work that received multiple best paper awards and the Technical Innovation in Industrial Engineering Award in 2009. He and his wife, Bonnie, have eight children and three grandchildren.

            Distinguished University Scholars

            Mahendra Sunkara, professor of chemical engineering, Speed School of Engineering. Sunkara is a distinguished university scholar and the director of the Conn Center for Renewable Energy. He joined UofL in 1996 and has established a research lab focused on diamond and related materials. His technology on scalable manufacturing of nanowires is being commercialized through a startup, Advanced Energy Materials, LLC. His current research interests include renewable energy technologies such as solar cells, Li Ion batteries, production of hydrogen from water and process development for growing large crystals of diamond, gallium nitride and bulk quantities of nanowires.


            Farag selected as IEEE Fellow

            Farag selected as IEEE Fellow

            Dr. Aly Farag

            Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for one of the Association's most prestigious honors, elevation to IEEE Fellow. Less than 0.1% of voting members are selected annually for this member grade elevation. Dr. Aly Farag was selected for his contributions to image modeling and biomedical applications.

            At UofL, Dr. Farag founded the Computer Vision and Image Processing Laboratory (CVIP Lab) which focuses on imaging science, computer vision and biomedical imaging. He has authored over 350 technical papers, edited two volumes on Deformable Models for Biomedical Applications (Springer 2007). He is the author of the text book Biomedical Image Analysis: Variational and Statistical Approaches – Cambridge University Press, 2014.

            During the past two decades, Dr. Farag has been principal investigator of a number of major projects funded by the NSF, DoD, NIH and various federal and industrial organizations in the United States. He has graduated 30 MS and 20 PhD students, mentored a 20 postdoctoral researchers, and currently advising 12 MS and PhD students. He holds five US patents on object modeling, computer-aided diagnosis, and visualization.

            Congratulations Dr. Farag on this well deserved honor!

            Federal grant puts UofL on cutting edge of digital manufacturing research

            Federal grant puts UofL on cutting edge of digital manufacturing research

            Dr. Glen Prater speaks to the press about UofL's involvement in the cutting edge of digital manufacturing research.

            LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville is one of the prime players in a consortium of Midwestern universities and companies selected to participate in a Chicago-based advanced manufacturing institute.

            The award of a U.S. Department of Defense grant as part of a planned $320 million Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) Institute was announced today by President Obama. The institute is part of Obama’s initiative to establish a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, which calls for a network of independent, public-private entities performing advanced manufacturing research. UI Labs, a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative affiliated with the University of Illinois, will oversee the new DMDI operation.

            The DMDI Institute will be headquartered in Chicago with a network of manufacturing partner and research sites across the U.S. – including one at UofL. The institute’s goal will be to increase the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector of America’s economy by developing software, data management tools and innovative, networked production processes that reduce costs and improve efficiencies for both large companies and small/medium sized manufacturers.

            Selection as a DMDI Institute site places UofL on the cutting edge of the digital manufacturing movement, according to university officials. It is expected to bolster the university’s efforts to build an applied science and engineering park on a 39 acre site south of the Belknap Campus, give the state’s manufacturers access to technologies and tools they need to be competitive in a changing global marketplace, provide co-op and research opportunities for students, and ultimately, create new jobs.

            It also is expected to raise UofL’s stature as an institution where groundbreaking research is performed.

            The funding base for the initiative includes a $70 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. That grant will be leveraged by investments and support commitments of $250 million from industry, academia, government and community partners.

            “The University of Louisville is focused on providing the skills and technology to boost economic opportunities for Kentuckians,” said UofL President James Ramsey. “This federal award will help us build on our competitive advantage in manufacturing, provide more jobs for Kentuckians and establish UofL as a leader in advanced manufacturing, design and innovation.”

            As it participated in the extremely competitive DMDI bidding process, UofL and the rest of the proposal team were aided by support from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. Letters of recommendation also were submitted to the Department of Defense by U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, and U.S. Reps. John Yarmuth, Harold “Hal” Rogers and Andy Barr.

            Official White House press announcement

            Grant will help Conn Center expand

            LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A grant from the National Science Foundation will allow University of Louisville’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research to expand its facilities and staff. The five-year, $20 million award is being made to the state for the “Powering the Kentucky Bioeconomy for a Sustainable Future” project, a collaborative, multi-institutional research effort. The funding comes from NSF’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), an initiative to build the country’s research and development capacity and to advance its science and engineering capabilities. An additional $4 million is being provided by Kentucky’s EPSCoR program.

            The project will address the significant challenges the state faces as its energy economy transitions toward renewable resources. Areas of focus will be electrochemical energy storage, biomass feed stocks and nanocomposite membranes.

            UofL’s Conn Center will receive $4.2 million in grant funds over five years, according to its director, Dr. Mahendra Sunkara. The center, founded at UofL’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering in 2009, leads research that increases homegrown energy sources to meet the national need while reducing energy consumption and dependence on foreign resources.

            “The Conn Center will utilize these valuable resources from the NSF EPSCoR program toward our goal of becoming a national center of excellence,” Sunkara said. “Using the award, we will hire several key faculty and staff for energy research, advance science and technology frontiers, and develop industry interactions.”

            Specifically, the Conn Center will hire at least three faculty members and a senior research scientist for energy storage. They will strengthen ongoing research in energy storage, biofuels/biomass conversion, and electrolytes and membranes of faculty members (Gamini Sumanasekera from Physics, Eric Berson from Chemical Engineering, Cindy Harnett from Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mark Running from Biology) and Conn Center staff (Thad Druffel, Jagannadh Satyavolu and Jacek Jasinski). There also will be opportunities for at least seven to ten PhD students to participate in the project.

            In addition to UofL, other institutions involved in the research effort are the University of Kentucky, Kentucky State University, Northern Kentucky University, Western Kentucky University, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, Big Sand Community & Technical College and Bluegrass Community & Technical College.

            UofL wins grant to help women, minority scientists become entrepreneurs

            By Mark Hebert

            The University of Louisville, Indiana University and Missouri University of Science and Technology will be helping women and minority faculty, staff and student innovators improve their success in securing money to commercialize their inventions.

            The National Science Foundation has awarded a $225,000 grant for a pilot program, called AWARE: ACCESS: Building Innovation Capacity through Diversity. UofL is the lead institution for the grant.

            “Women and underrepresented researchers have great ideas that need to be translated into the marketplace” said Rob Keynton, UofL’s director of research initiatives and lead investigator of the program. “Unfortunately, these innovators have had limited success in securing federal business grants and other funding. We hope to change that with this new program.”

            According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, woman-and minority-owned small businesses receive less than 16 percent of federal grants (SBIR/STTR) to move their research and technology to the marketplace.

            “Increasing the participation of women, African-Americans, and other underrepresented groups in the technology industry is an important social and economic challenge in America. AWARE: ACCESS will help lay the foundation for making significant progress on this issue,” said Malcolm Townes, associate director of Missouri S&T’s Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development.

            The pilot program has four major goals for women and minority academic innovators:

            • Identify, engage and mentor them to pursue entrepreneurship as a career
            • Expand educational, experiential and networking opportunities
            • Enhance their competitiveness for federal grant applications
            • Create a regional ecosystem for entrepreneurs and sharing of best practices by UofL, IU and Missouri S&T

             

            “We are thrilled to help Midwestern female and minority entrepreneurs become better equipped to compete for federal funding through this regional grant from the NSF,” said Padma Portonovo, program manager at the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

            NSF Program Director Jesus Soriano said “The National Science Foundation recognizes the tremendous potential of women and underrepresented groups in innovation. We hope the AWARE: ACCESS program will enable more underserved groups to achieve their technological and commercial potential and enhance U.S. leadership in science and engineering discovery.”

            The chairperson of the Speed School Diversity Committee, Keynton is a professor of the Bioengineering Department and the Lutz Endowed Chair of Biomechanical Devices.

            AWARE: ACCESS is an acronym for Advancing Women And UnderRepresented Entrepreneurs: ACCelerating Entrepreneurial SucceSS.

            Erica Gray & Celeste Atchison Recognized for their commitment to Diversity

            The Speed School is proud to announce that two members of the engineering community were recently recognized for their achievements in helping to engender and foster a safe and diverse environment. Erica Gray, a co-op coordinator in the Co-op office and advisor for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) at the Speed School, received the Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award, while Chemical Engineering student and a charter member of Speed Spectrum, Celeste Atchison, received the Diversity & Inclusion Visionary Award.

            Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award
            Headshot of Erica Gray

            Gray joined Speed School in 2015, and the University in 2012. Since then, Gray has balanced her responsibilities as a staff member in the co-op office as an advisor for Chemical and Electrical Engineering majors, with her continuing work with the students in NSBE. Currently, Gray is working towards a doctorate in Educational Leadership at Spalding University. Her research/dissertation topic is the “Self-Efficacy and Support of First-Generation College Students.”

            Noting both her commitment and professionalism, Gray’s advocates offer high praise for her efforts, which have touched many.

            One nominator notes that Gray, “ has a clear commitment to diversity and inclusion both personally and professionally. She works tirelessly to ensure that each student feels supported individually and as a cohesive group. Not all student organization advisors thoroughly advocate for their advisees or advertise their organization events, but Erica is quick to spread the word about NSBE's events (and other diversity events) through emails and flyers.”

            “Her patience and willingness to listen to students tell their stories and concerns is truly admirable. Furthermore, she is a strong advocate for each of her students and is never one to back down from an unjust or unfair situation; she will stand up for what is right, embodying a true representation of an ally,” admits another.

            Diversity & Inclusion Visionary Award

            Senior Chemical Engineering major Celeste Atchison is a founding member and former president of the Speed Spectrum organization for LGBTQ+ engineering students. Her efforts have proven pivotal in building and sustaining the center, enduring at times facing adversity from others on her campus. Currently the treasurer for the organization, she has taken an active role in LGBTQ+ and diversity training offered at UofL, as well as work on Safe Zone training for faculty and staff.
 
Atchison’s leadership expands to her role as treasurer of the Society of Women Engineers. She has also been on the Diversity Week Student Committee (2016), as well as served on the Women’s Leadership Conference Committee (2015, 2016). It’s through her accomplishments that she has become so widely recognized as a guiding voice in the Speed Community as a tireless advocate for women and the LGBTQ+ community at large.

            One proponent considers Atchison, “ the definition of an ally. Her commitment to diversity and inclusion shines through in everything she does academically, professionally, and personally.”

            Another says, “I have worked with Celeste in various capacities and am always impressed with her passion for learning about other identities and experiences, her willingness to step in and support students of all races, ethnicities, abilities, gender identities/expressions, sexual orientations, religions, etc., and her ability to never shy away from identifying ways in which Speed can create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff.“

            Dr. Kevin Gue Receives 2017 Reed-Apple Award

            Headshot of Kevin GueDirector of the Logistics and Distribution Center (LoDI) and professor in the department of Industrial Engineering, Dr. Kevin Gue was recently awarded the 2017 Reed-Apple Award, a lifetime achievement award that recognizes industry leaders who have made exceptional and continuing contributions to material handling and material handling education. Awarded by The Materials Handling Education Foundation, a philanthropic arm of MHI, a trade group representing the material handling and logistics industry, Gue’s continues to innovate in the field of logistics, with ongoing research addresses order fulfillment for e-commerce and high-density, puzzle-based material handling.

            “I am one of very few researchers whose entire career has been focused on the material handling field. I’ve been fortunate to have had a couple of good ideas that were well-received by the industry and by my colleagues," Gue said. "All of my research has come from collaboration with good friends and colleagues. I am especially grateful to John Bartholdi at Georgia Tech, Russ Meller at Fortna (and formerly the University of Arkansas), and Kai Furmans at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology—all brilliant scholars who have helped shape my career.”

            His career continues to evolve with his research, working towards efficiency measures for warehousing intended to reduce labor costs.

            Looking forward he explains, “I plan to extend my work with Kai Furmans at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology on the subject of decentralized control of modular material handling systems. The idea is to develop material handling systems that behave like Legos, in that you can plug them together to perform specific functions, then reconfigure them easily to do something else. We remain hopeful that these ideas will find applications in industry in the near future.”

            Gue believes that he could not have succeeded in his efforts without the help of his colleagues and peers along the way. Humbled by his accolades, he admits, “It’s always nice to be appreciated. I am thankful for the long standing relationships I have had with leaders at MHI and the Material Handling Education Foundation, and for the many great colleagues who have helped me along the way. Research and education is a team sport.”

            Dr. Gautum Gupta Receives Award from the Los Alamos National Lab

            Headshot Gautum GuptaLate March, Dr. Gautum Gupta received an award from the Los Alamos National Lab for the development of 2D materials. A recent addition to the university with experience in the area of solar cells and electro-catalysts, Gupta is as an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering with a background working with the LANL.

            In particular, Gupta and his team are looking for a more efficient power source for a vehicle. Electric powered vehicles are limited in range and scope, due not only to the fuel source, but in terms of battery life.

            He explains, “Most current EVs use lithium-ion batteries that store no more than the equivalent of 16-24 kWh of energy in a single charge, short of the amount of energy in a gallon of gasoline. A subcompact car with a 10-gallon gas tank can store the energy equivalent of 7 Teslas, 15 Nissan Leafs or 23 Chevy Volts, according to industry sources.”

            His solution is to develop a system fueled by solar energy that breaks down water molecules, which can be harnessed to power the vehicle, for more efficiently than an electric power system.

            “We have been primarily setting up our lab to go from solar to water splitting, to use sunlight to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. We focus on rationally designing the materials for clean energy applications. Right now, the only catalyst that is good is platinum. We’re developing materials that are cheaper, to replace platinum with non-precious metal catalysts to make it more affordable. We need new materials,” says Gupta.

            Part of his effort is to develop affordable and durable 2D materials to work in conjunction with the system.

            “We invest in renewable energy. We keep pushing and developing new materials and show good applications and good performance,” says Gupta adding, “First step is your developing good solar cell materials. Second part is that you are developing catalyst to break the water into hydrogen and oxygen. The next step is that we need good materials, so that we can form water again in a fuel cell and get energy out.”

            Henderson named UofL Alumnus of the Year

            Henderson named UofL Alumnus of the Year

            Bruce Henderson, 2017 UofL Alumnus of the Year

            The CEO of one Louisville’s family-run companies is the latest recipient of the highest honor bestowed by the University of Louisville Alumni Association.

            Bruce Henderson, co-owner, chairman and chief executive officer of Henderson Services, is the 2017 Alumnus of the Year. Henderson will be honored at the annual Wilson Wyatt Alumni Awards ceremony in October.

            The Wilson Wyatt Alumni Awards recognize prominent graduates who have earned distinction in their careers and been exemplary ambassadors for the university. Along with Henderson, the Alumni Association selects 13 Alumni Fellows representing UofL schools, colleges and units. New this year are awards honoring alumni from University Libraries and Student Affairs.

            “The accomplishments of this year’s awardees exemplify the impact UofL graduates have locally, nationally and globally,” said Josh Hawkins, assistant vice president of the Alumni Association. “We are excited to honor Bruce and our 13 alumni fellows because of their countless contributions to both the university and their respective communities.”

            Henderson Services is an electrical contracting construction firm that began in Louisville in 1919. Henderson, a third-generation owner, has been leading the company since 1979. He graduated from UofL's J.B. Speed School of Engineering with both his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and his master of engineering in electrical engineering in 1973.

            He is a longtime supporter of UofL, serving on numerous boards and committees including the Board of Overseers, Speed School Industrial Board of Advisors, Speed School Electrical and Computer Engineering Board of Advisors, Pediatric Advisory Board, Athletic Association Board and the Alumni Association Board.

            Henderson and the Alumni Fellows will be recognized at an event 6 p.m., Oct. 12, at the Galt House Hotel.

            Bioengineering Senior Hadley Hendrick Wins Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Essay Contest

             A student in Bioengineering, senior Hadley Hendrick is the winner of the Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Essay Contest, which is designed to raise awareness of the historical sociological attitudes toward women of the 20th Century and their impact on individuals and society as a whole. A member of Women 4 Women, a professional board that prepares women to become leaders on campus and in the community, Hendrick balances her time between her work as a member and her education, which is a full time commitment.

            Passionately Curious

            Inspired by her uncle, who suffers from quadriplegia, Hendrick wanted to pursue a field of study that could help others like him to live better lives. Initially interested in pursuing medicine, Hendrick is uneasy with the sight of blood, but still wanted to do something that could positively impact the lives of others. No less committed to her vision, she has developed and pursued a passion in bioengineering.

            “If doctor’s don’t have the tools that they need, they can’t do their job. That’s going back to the source of how I can make an impact. My uncle can’t even tie his own shoes. Seeing him, he loves technology. He’s one of the most technology advanced people in the household, so that he can write emails, and stay up with the news, even though he can barely use his hand. He uses his knuckle for the mouse. He has a lot of patience,” says Hendrick.

            Her Story

            Sponsored by the Tachau family, the contest encouraged students to consider the struggle of women in the workplace, and how those efforts continue to shape the world around us. Named for Dr. Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau, a chair in the History department, the first woman to hold the position of chair at the University, Hendrick’s essay attended to the difficulties posed to Tachau, and how she overcame them.

            She says, “My essay talked about the work that she did. She wrote a ton of letters to different people in our state legislature at the time and worked with different groups to work mainly on gender equality as that related to higher education. Also looking at it as a more social issue across the board. It also talked about and how that relates to now. How the work that she did was really important, but not quite as intersectional as it could be.”

            Intersectional feminism focuses on the experiences of women of all social stripe, regardless of race, ethnicity, or economic class, something that Hendrick focuses on in her time in Women 4 Women.

            Part of the Women’s Center, she explains of the group that they are, “dedicated to increasing education mainly, awareness through different topics. We are affiliated with the Women’s Center. We utilize them for resources for different events.

            Life After Graduation

            Ideally, Hendrick hopes to work in a medical device, part of her continuing pursuit of helping others whenever possible. In the meantime, she stays especially busy in her various extracurricular activities.

            “I don’t have a life. I do a lot. It’s not easy, but it’s been one of the most important things for me, because it gave me a community on campus that engaged with social justice issues. Not just for women, but for LGTBQ+, people of color… it’s been really useful to me. It was definitely something that I really wanted,” says Hendrick.

            IEEE Recognizes Dr. Amini with the Distinguished Lecturer Award

            The world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), has honored Dr. Amir Amini, Speed School’s Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Endowed Chair in Bioimaging, with the Distinguished Lecturer Award for Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS). Dr. Amini has a long list of professional accolades which can be viewed at his webpage .

            Medical imaging became a technical area of interest for Dr. Amini since he had a strong interest in signal and image processing and gravitated towards the analytical methods that Electrical Engineering offered. Recognizing that the field of medical imaging has revolutionized medical diagnostics (it is on the list of the top 20 engineering achievements of the 20th Century by the National Academy of Engineering), he decided to devote his career to better the human condition through contributing to the field of medical imaging.  At the University of Louisville, where significant effort is devoted to research on cardiovascular disease, one area that his group has focused attention on is development of cutting edge MRI methods for imaging blood flow.The video below is result of joint work with colleagues in the Department of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division, and  with his recent Ph.D. graduate, Dr. MJ Negahdar, who as of August has joined Speed School as Research Associate of Electrical Engineering:

            View video of 4D Magnetic Resonance flow imaging method

            The video displays results from a new 4D Magnetic Resonance flow imaging method which was utilized to acquire the through-plane velocity components of blood exiting the heart as a function of time in the systolic phase of the cardiac cycle through the aortic valve of a normal volunteer.

            " I feel energized by students at Speed School and have a keen interest in passing on my excitement for signal and image processing and medical imaging to them.  I also work with my M. Eng., M.S., and Ph.D. students on a daily basis to ensure that they receive a solid foundation in performing medical imaging research and that they move on to successful industrial and academic careers." -Dr. Amini.

            The Medical Imaging Laboratory's recent graduates have been placed in top academic (Stanford and Yale) and industrial labs (Philips Medical Systems).

            "The University of Louisville and J.B. Speed School of Engineering have provided me with an environment to flourish and to develop a research program that has resulted in this professional award. The award has already resulted in travel to several institutions in the US and will soon take me to places as far as Chile, Argentina, Peru, and Malaysia where I will be an academic ambassador for the University and will deliver lectures on our research. Even though I am not from Louisville, I feel a strong sense of pride in the University, the Speed School, and the Department of Electrical Engineering." - Dr. Amini.

            J.B. Speed School recognizes excellence in undergraduate & graduate education; our engineering school takes pride in faculty members such as Dr. Amini for reaching outstanding professional accomplishments such as this one.

            "The field of medical imaging is truly an exciting field of research and it is where engineers are making significant impact and improving human health through their innovation and research.  It is a field that is at the cross roads of traditional areas of engineering such as signal and image processing with clinical diagnostics." -Dr. Amini

            Interim administrative positions approved by UofL Board of Trustees

            University of Louisville Board of Trustees approved the appointment of all nominated Speed School of Engineering Interim Associate and Assistant Deans as recommended by Interim Dean Dr. Gail DePuy.  As of July 1, 2017 the following interim administrative appointments will begin.

            Interim Associate Dean of Administration, Planning and Faculty Affairs, Dr. J.P. Mohsen

            Dr. J.P. Mohsen, Chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering Dr. Mohsen's job duties include leadership and management of Speed School faculty affairs, accreditation, alumni affairs/development, strategic planning, Speed IT and marketing. This position will supervise the Speed School's Directors of Communications and Marketing, IT, and Data Analytics. Dr. Mohsen has served as the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department Chair for 13 years.  As such he has experience in many of the job duties of this Interim Associate Dean of Administration, Planning and Faculty Affairs position including promotion and tenure of faculty, ABET accreditation preparation, leadership in execution of strategic plan, and supervisory experience of both faculty and staff.

            While Dr. Gail DePuy serves as Interim Dean of Speed School, her job duties as Assoc. Dean of Academic and Student Affairs will be divided between two positions; Interim Asst. Dean of Academic Affairs and Interim Asst. Dean of Student Affairs.

            Interim Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Erin Gerber

            Headshot of Erin GerberDr. Gerber's job duties include leadership and management of the engineering undergraduate and graduate programs and curricula, course and classroom management. This position will supervise the Speed School's Director of Graduate Affairs. Dr. Gerber will split her time between Interim Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Industrial Engineering Assistant Professor. Dr. Gerber has served as a lecturer and Assistant Professor at UofL since 2013. She is generally regarded as a premier undergraduate and graduate instructors as evidenced by her evaluations and award nominations. She is a graduate of Speed School’s BS, MEng, and PhD programs and therefore is familiar with the engineering undergraduate and graduate programs from both the student and faculty perspective. Dr. Gerber has served as a member of the Speed School's Undergraduate Education Committee and the Student Affairs Committee where she has demonstrated an interest and aptitude for academic policy.

            Interim Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Heidi Neal

            Headshot of Heidi NealMs. Neal's job duties include leadership and management of Speed School student affairs including outreach, recruiting, admissions, academic advising, student success, retention, diversity initiatives, student organizations, co-operative education, and career development. This position will supervise the Speed School's Directors of Admission, Student Success and Career Development. Ms. Neal has served as the J.B. Speed School of Engineering Director of Student Success for 3 years. Previously she was a recruiting coordinator for the UofL College of Business, Associate Director of Enrollment Services and Career Services at Ivy Tech, and Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement at Nova Southeastern University.  Through her current and previous positions she has gained experience in the primary areas of this Interim Assistant Dean of Student Affairs position; outreach, recruiting, advising, student success, and career development.

            While Dr. Mohsen serves as Interim Associate Dean of Administration, Planning and Faculty Affairs, his current CEE Department Chair position will be filled by an Acting CEE Department Chair.

            Acting Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Chair, Dr. Zhihui Sun

            Zhihui SunDr. Sun's job duties include leadership and management of Speed School's Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) department. She has served as a CEE faculty member since 2005 and has been the PI or co-PI on $1.88M in research grants/contracts,and  has published over 70 refereed journal articles and conference proceedings. Dr. Sun has served as a member of many departmental, unit, and university committees.
             

            Jay Whitacre awarded UofL renewable energy prize

            Jay Whitacre awarded UofL renewable energy prize

            Jay Whitacre, 2018 Leigh Ann Conn Prize Winner

            December 4, 2017

            An international pioneer in sustainable energy technology who specializes in ultra-low-cost, water-based energy storage solutions has been awarded the 2017 Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy from the University of Louisville.

            Jay Whitacre, PhD, director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, will give a public talk at UofL and receive the Conn Prize medal and $50,000 award in March. The biannual award recognizes outstanding renewable energy ideas and achievements that have had a proven global impact.

            Whitacre’s sodium-ion batteries, which use only water-based chemicals, are an economical way to incorporate renewable energy into the grid. Whitacre has received 16 United States patents and multiple international patents. The company he founded, Aquion Energy, is now rapidly growing after being acquired in the summer of 2017.

            “Dr. Whitacre is a world-class scientist and entrepreneur dedicated to the viability of low-cost energy storage,” said Greg Postel, interim UofL president. “The University of Louisville celebrates his research and its positive influence. In a changing world of energy use, he is an outstanding winner of the Leigh Ann Conn Prize.”

            The prize, which is administered by UofL’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, is named for the late daughter of Hank and Rebecca Conn, who are center supporters and prize benefactors.

            “This revolutionary battery technology and Jay’s resilient entrepreneurial spirit demonstrate a vitality that resonates. It’s what we all need,” Hank Conn said. “It is exciting to recognize his innovations and their translation into impactful technology.”

            The inaugural Conn Prize was won in 2013 by Dr. Michael Graetzel, developer of the dye-sensitized solar cell. The 2015 prize was awarded to Dr. Dan Nocera for the development of the Artificial Leaf and large-scale flow battery.

            Nominations for the 2019 Leigh Ann Conn Prize competition run Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2018; visit http://leighannconnprize.com/.

            John Usher named acting dean

            Dr. John Usher has agreed to serve as acting dean of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering effective May 11. He will serve in this role as Dean Neville Pinto assumes the position of interim executive vice president and university provost at the conclusion of this academic year.

            Currently serving as associate dean for administration, planning and faculty affairs, Dr. Usher has been a member of the UofL family for many years, first as an undergrad and grad student and, since 1987, as a member of the faculty.

            In addition to his role as associate dean, Dr. Usher has extensive experience as a department chair, serving as professor and chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering from 2005 to 2012.

            He is a renowned researcher, with more than $8 million in funded research for organizations including General Electric, the National Science Foundation, IBM and the Office of Naval Research. Dr. Usher is well published, with more than 100 papers and other publications to his credit.

            He also is an accomplished and popular teacher. In fact, the university recognized him in 2001 with its Distinguished Teaching Professor Award for his excellence in the classroom.

            Keynton named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

            December 14th, 2017

            Dr. Rob Keynton

            UofL bioengineering researcher Robert S. Keynton has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The announcement was made Dec. 12, 2017.

            Keynton is a professor and the Lutz Endowed Chair of Biomechanical Devices of the Department of Bioengineering at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. Keynton was founding chair of the bioengineering department, which under his tenure grew into the most productive basic and translational research department in the Speed School. He is also the director of research initiatives in the office of the executive vice president for research and innovation.

            “I am humbled by the nomination and support from my colleagues at UofL and I am truly honored to have been selected to be a member of the National Academy of Inventors and to be associated with such a prestigious group,” Keynton said.

            Keynton’s research focuses on Lab-on-a-Chip devices, microsensors, biomedical devices and biomaterials. He joined UofL in 1999 and has co-founded three companies with UofL colleagues. His career has centered on multidisciplinary research, which includes more than $51 million of funding from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and the Veterans Administration.

            Keynton is the fifth UofL researcher to be named an NAI Fellow including  Kevin M. Walsh, Associate Dean of Research & Physical Facilities and Samuel T. Fife Endowed Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering in 2014.

            The new NAI Fellows will be inducted April 5 as part of the Seventh Annual NAI Conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection in Washington, DC.

            As an undergrad, Keynton studied engineering science and mechanics at Virginia Tech. Upon the completion of his degree, he attended the University of Akron for his master’s and PhD, focusing specifically on cardiovascular fluid mechanics.

            “There is a history of my grandfather on my dad’s side, he had a heat stroke. It’s cardiovascular related," he said. "My grandfather on my mother’s side, died from cardiovascular disease. I wanted to do research in that area that would help people down the road.”

            His first teaching position was as an assistant professor at  Louisiana Tech University. There Keynton developed an interested in micro/nano technology, training himself on the matter in their clean room, before moving to Louisville for his ongoing tenure in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. In that time, Keynton has has been involved in multidisciplinary research that includes over $48 million (over $16 M currently active) of funding from NIH, NSF, DHS, DOE, DoD, NASA, Coulter Foundation, Helmsley Trust and the Veterans Administration. That research has included work on explosive detection systems, spinal cord rehabilitation, and heavy metal sensors that can help prevent water contamination, among many others.

            “Those were all fun projects. They resulted in things that have been continuous entities within the university that are recognized," said Keynton. "I like to build things, I like to grow things. That’s why helping to build the department was fun. Now, by moving into the EVPRI office, I get to build more things.”

            With each successive project at the University, Keynton has expanded his scope, pulling back from the specificity of the MNTC to his work helping to craft the Bioengineering Department, and now in his role as director of Research Initiatives. It’s there that Keynton hopes to continue his multi-disciplinary work in growing the university’s research opportunities.

            “When I was the department chair, I’ve always enjoyed working and mentoring with their faculty to help them be successful. Within six years, we were number one in research in 6 years. That’s the kind of faculty I work with, who have a passion for their research,” said Keynton. “On a personal level, it is nice to have your work recognized and appreciated and have others see the value in it. All the work that we’ve been doing over the years to see that we’ve been contributing to society as a whole.”

            Kleier named Speed School Alumni Fellow

            Kleier named Speed School Alumni Fellow

            Alan Kleier, '76 Bachelors, '77 MEng

            The University of Louisville Alumni Association has named the J.B. Speed School of Engineering Alumni Fellow for 2014. Alumnus Alan A. Kleier has distinguished himself as an engineer and been an exemplary ambassador of UofL. Kleier and the other alumni award recipients will be honored on Thursday, Oct. 16 at the 2014 Alumni Awards.

            Kleier graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1976 and an M.Eng. in mechanical engineering in 1977.

            In 2013, Kleier retired as vice president for Chevron’s mid-continent business unit. His 36 year career began in 1977 in domestic and international oil and gas for Texaco, working as a petroleum engineer in the producing department in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Kleier spent 25 years with Texaco prior to their merger with Chevron in 2001. Kleier was with Chevron for 12 years and served in the following various leadership roles around the world.

            During Kleier’s tenure with Chevron, he was a member of the management committee that served as a resource to implement best practices sharing across organizations, monitor deployment of key initiatives and processes and promote accountability for meeting business plan commitments. Kleier’s experience in the diverse domestic and international oil and gas industry included responsibility in drilling, production, exploration, new field development, major capital projects, business development and commercial and fiscal negotiations with a focus on improving company safety and environmental performance in every aspect of the business.

            Kleier gives a yearly presentation to students at the Speed School concerning what true "success" is. He discusses with students the different things he did through his career and why.

            Kleier and his wife, Janetta, live in Seminole, Florida and have three children.

            Dr. Jonathan Kopechek awarded the Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association

            Headshot of Jonathan Kopechek

            June 21, 2017

            A junior faculty member of the Bioengineering department, Dr. Jonathan Andrew Kopechek was recently awarded the Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association. The grant offers research funding to help junior investigators establish independent research careers. The project, entitled “Ultrasound-Targeted Delivery of miRNA Therapeutics for Cardiac Repair after Myocardial Infarction,” work is to evaluate whether targeted delivery of micro-RNA therapeutics to the heart can suppress pathological ventricular remodeling and promote cardiac repair following a heart attack.

            “In this project, we will explore ultrasound and microbubble-targeted therapeutic delivery in a mouse model of myocardial infarction. We expect to work on this project for three years and we hope to follow it with additional studies assessing efficacy in large animal models before proceeding to clinical trials. We also plan to continue investigating the mechanisms involved in facilitating targeted delivery to the heart with this therapeutic approach,” says Kopechek.

            A graduate from Ohio State University, with a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati, his studies educational background is split between Electrical & Computer Engineering and Bioengineering, with an emphasis on medical imaging. As a bioengineer with expertise is in the areas of ultrasound imaging and the development of microbubbles for therapeutic delivery, Kopechek is part of a multi-disciplinary team working on the project.

            He explains, “Our team includes Dr. Roberto Bolli, Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine and Director of the Institute of Molecular Cardiology, and Dr. Guruprasad Giridharan, Associate Chair of Bioengineering and a member of the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute.”

            Continuing he adds, “Dr. Bolli and his team have extensive research and clinical expertise in cardiac therapy and biology, and Dr. Giridharan has significant expertise in modeling and testing of cardiovascular flow dynamics. I have over 10 years of research experience in the field of image-guided therapy. Our collaboration brings together a significant amount of knowledge and experience across a wide range of disciplines, which will be invaluable for this project.”

            The grant scored in the top 0.28% of applicants, which is no small feat.

            “The Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association is designed to support promising beginning scientists as they transition toward independence in cardiovascular research. This grant provides funding that will enable Dr. Kopechek to build a strong Bioengineering research program at UofL. The success of his grant application reflects well on the Department of Bioengineering, the Institute of Molecular Cardiology, and the Speed School of Engineering at UofL,” says Dr. El-Baz.

            Kopechek is optimistic that their research could provide realistic and affordable treatment for heart patients, while learning more about their promising delivery system.

            “Our ultimate goal is to reach the stage where our research can be translated to the clinic for patient care. Ultrasound and microbubbles are already approved for clinical use, so we expect that our approach will be a feasible non-invasive treatment for patients. At the same time, we also hope to learn more about the mechanisms of action for ultrasound and microbubble-targeted therapeutic delivery,” says Kopechek.

            Latest grant gives UofL trifecta in efforts to commercialize research

            by John Karman

            The University of Louisville has received a three-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to create an Innovation Corps Site to strengthen the innovation ecosystem in the region and nationally through networking and training opportunities.

            I-Corps sites support researchers working to move their technology into the marketplace by providing infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and modest funding.

            With this new award, UofL becomes the only university in the country to receive three of the most prestigious innovation-associated awards – the NSF I-Corps, National Institutes of Health Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) and Coulter Translational Research Partnership grants. All three support the translation of research into viable commercial products. UofL announced the REACH award last week. It received the Coulter grant in 2011.

            Given their shared goals, all three programs will work together to establish UofL as a world leader in innovation.

            “The I-Corps grant further advances UofL’s efforts to aid researchers in bringing discoveries to the marketplace,” said William Pierce Jr., executive vice president for research and innovation. “Already having received Coulter and REACH awards, we feel like we’ve hit the trifecta.”

            Goals of the UofL I-Corps project include strengthening Kentucky’s high-tech industries, particularly in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, and creating a group of researchers and graduates who can translate innovations to the market and foster business development.  The UofL I-Corps Site program is a multidisciplinary partnership between the J.B. Speed School of Engineering and the College of Business’s Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship.

            “The UofL I-Corps Site will provide a catalyst for STEM entrepreneurial discovery and business development, which will stimulate the creation and growth of new, high-tech industries and higher paying jobs, while at the same time developing the entrepreneurial infrastructure of the state,” said Robert Keynton, Lutz Endowed Chair for Biomechanical Devices and chairman of the Department of Bioengineering in the Speed School. Keynton is principal investigator and Forcht Center director Van Clouse is co-principal investigator on the I-Corps grant.

            Senior Holly McTaggart Receives Outstanding Collegiate Member Award from the Society of Women Engineers

             This last August, Holly McTaggart, a senior in the Industrial Engineering department, was recognized as by the Society of Women Engineers with an Outstanding Collegiate Member Award. According to the SWE, the award is granted to, “collegiate members who have made an outstanding contribution to SWE, the engineering community and their campus.”

            A non-traditional student upon her return in 2014, McTaggart was excited to parlay her industry experience in a leadership at Amazon into a formal degree, with her sights set on a masters in Engineering Management, post-grad. A California native, McTaggart has found a balance between her education and professional pursuits, balancing her co-ops as at Jim Beam as a Maintenance Reliability Engineering Intern and current position as an IT Service Desk Agent at Compucom with her work with the SWE, which she sees as an opportunity to give back to the community.

            “I have gained so much valuable leadership skills, as well have learned how to set goals and achieve them. My personal and professional networks have grown dramatically, which really sets me up for success in my career. I know that I will always have my SWE network to back me up and encourage me to create and achieve great success in my life. I am anticipating the time when I can give back to SWE and become a life member. I plan to continue encouraging females in this field and always be on the lookout for ways that I can improve someone’s future the way that SWE has improved mine,” says McTaggart.

            McTaggart gravitated immediately towards the SWE. Since then, she has held positions first as the Diversity Chair, then as the Secretary, and last year as the organizations local President. Wanting to continue on, McTaggart currently holds the position of Region Collegiate Representative for Region, which oversees all 32 collegiate sections in our region. That position comes with a number of responsibilities, including helping to organize the leadership,

            “When I transferred I was told that Speed had a lot of resources for women in engineering, so I was on the lookout to make sure I was utilizing all of my options. My personal goals aligned perfectly with SWE.  I firmly believe that females are much more likely to pursue a career in engineering or stem in general when they see other females already there,” says McTaggart.

            She adds, “I want to be a role model for both females and males that it is okay to pursue a career in engineering even if it is not in the most “traditional” way.  I believe that SWE builds up females in engineering to be more confident and better leaders in their fields. SWE has provided me ample opportunities to build my network that never would have been accessible in other avenues.”

            She took her receipt of the Outstanding Member award as an honor, humbled even to be nominated let alone recognized. Persevering through difficult times during her leadership, enduring a heavy workload and personal sacrifice, McTaggart worked against any doubts to ensure an increase in membership numbers and engagement, and feels satisfied at her accomplishments, while remaining optimistic for a continuity of her work.

            “At times I felt I was putting in too much effort and was not sure if my efforts would be worth it in the end. At some point last year the tables started to turn.  I really saw my leadership team step up into their roles, I saw our members engaging and participating in our section, and I started to see how we were impacting our little community at Speed school,” she says. McTaggart adds of her team, “At the end of the spring semester I held an awards ceremony to honor all of our leaders and the effort they all put it.”

            Dr. Mahendra Sunkara Named 2016 KSEF Fellow

            Headshot of Mahendra SunkaraFor the last two decades, Dr. Mahendra Sunkara has served as an educator and innovator in his field. His efforts in materials research, energy, storage, and variety of innovative technologies, including coatings and material synthesis and processing, made him the ideal candidate for director of the Conn Center for Renewable Resources, a position that he has held since it opened for operations. Dr. Sunkara is the founder of Advanced Energy Materials, an innovator in clean fuel solutions.

            Recently, Dr. Sunkara was appointed a 2016 KSEF Fellow. The KSEF, or Kentucky Science & Engineering Foundation, is an organization that according to their website “invests in research and development activity to promote innovation, new product development and commercialization, to advance new ideas and technologies that could add value to scientific and economic growth in Kentucky.”

            The KSEF Fellow honor is reserved for people with significant contributions in the advancement of excellence in science and engineering in Kentucky. This distinction is meant to foster science and engineering innovation-based entrepreneurial culture in the Commonwealth.

            But Dr. Sunkara has a very practical approach to his award. He admits, “I put in my package, and I was supported by the right people. A technical director at Clareon. The vice president for research supported it. He knows that I’m a prolific inventor that could potentially grow to tens of employees. In fact, they’re moving to a facility near First Build.”

            He continues, “On top of that, they know my work from the Conn Center. We’ve been promoting that innovation in this area. They all know that we promote startup companies and making them successful. About six companies out of the Conn Center right now have actually received public funding. They all happened in the last four to six years. My company is leading the way.”

            According to Dean Usher, “Dr. Sunkara is a well-deserving recipient 2016 KSEF Fellow honor. Because of his outstanding efforts as a Professor of Chemical Engineering, Distinguished University Scholar, and Director of the Conn Center for Renewable Energy, Dr. Sunkara is a huge asset to the JB Speed School of Engineering and the University of Louisville. He teaches our students, provides countless hours of service to the profession, and pursues groundbreaking research and entrepreneurial endeavors that contribute to the overall excellence of science and engineering here in Kentucky and beyond. We are all very proud to have him as a colleague.”

            Dr. Sunkara believes in the people that surround him. He says, “It’s the people. Almost all my students support it. It’s basically having a lot more students, who are very bright, who believe in my mission. The company that I started have five PhD graduates working there. I don’t have to spend time. It’s a measure of having bright people for the public. That’s what’s happening right now. I’m not involved with other startups, but my team leaders in the center are involved in getting them up and running.”

            Ultimately, it’s the work that drives his continued innovation and drive for creative solutions.
            He says, “I’ve always believed in filing for patents, publishing in journals, and training very bright students. I look at them as a resource. With innovation, you can retain the brightest people. That’s the dream for the state, is that you train all these bright people, but they end up leaving the statement. The link between an academic organization and the community, can support each so much, so that they can support one another in innovation.”

            Dr. Michael McIntyre Partners with GE Appliances on a Cooler Refrigerator

            Dr. Michael McIntyreDr. Michael McIntyre, a Kentucky native and Speed School alumni recently tenured in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, spent part of his time this summer partnering with GE Appliances to help bring good things to life. With previous experience with the company, McIntyre used his relationships in the industry and knowledge of electrical engineering to help craft a compressor designed to make refrigeration units more energy efficient.

            He summarizes, “It’ll help their refrigerator products to use less energy,” McIntyre said. He added that in doing so intend to help GE “stay in the marketplace when energy standards become more challenging and difficult to meet.”

            A senior electronic design engineer at General Electric from 1998 to 2003 and again 2006 to 2007, McIntyre has worked on the design for his Linear Vapor Compressor Control since August of 2013. Through his research in power electronics, control systems, and in the area of electrical energy systems, he has received several patents with more pending.

            With continued work with GE Appliances and the promise of more innovation on the horizon, McIntyre remains on the “lookout for self-motivated students interested in working on cutting-edge problems in Nonlinear Control Systems with applications in Electrical Engineering Systems. Interested students with a strong mathematical background and/or an aptitude for fundamental research are encouraged to contact Dr. McIntyre for details. Check here for more information of University Fellowship and Research Assistantship.”

            Mechanical Engineering PhD grad claims Guy Stevenson Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies

            Mechanical Engineering PhD grad claims Guy Stevenson Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies

            Robert James Loomis lll, winner of the Guy Stevenson Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies

            Robert James Loomis lll is the winner of the Guy Stevenson Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies, which honors a former Graduate Dean. The Stevenson Award is presented to a doctoral degree recipient who excels in scholarship, leadership, and other areas within his or her discipline. Loomis will carry the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies banner at commencement ceremonies.

            According to his thesis advisor Dr. Balaji Panchapakesan, "James is the type of graduate student every advisor dreams of. James can take an idea and transform it experimentally into new avenues of scientific research." Such abilities are a clear mask of excellence in research and show great promis for a future as an academic/industry leader. James's doctoral work has opened new avenues of research in functional nanocomposites. Two of his articles on grapheme-based photomechanical actuators and grapheme-based photoconductive devices, published in the journal Nanotechnology, were downloaded more than 3000 times within a year of their publication. Both of these works were showcased by the Nanotechnology journal, which publishes more than 1000 papers every year from scientists all around the world, as "top gems" in 2012. His mentor notes that "even one paper being showcased in the annual highlights of the journal is a significant achievement for anyone's research, let alone two within the same year." James' recent work on incorporating thermally expanding mircosphere in nanotube-based polymer composites has opened a new line of thought on how to design future stimuli responsive materials with large changes in size, density, mechanical and electrical properties.

            James joined Dr. Panchapakesan's group from industry with no prior experience in academic publication. However, at the time of this award, he has published nine journal articles and has an upcoming article in the new journal called Scientific Reports by NATURE publishing group. Further, James' work had led to several patent applications and featured cover images in journals. His work will have significant impact in the area of functional composites for years to come.

            In addition to the Stevenson Award, James is also a recipient of the Graduate Dean's Citation. He delivered the outstanding student address at the doctoral hooding ceremony for the University of Louisville held May 10 at the KFC Yum! Center.

            James was mentored by J.B. Speed School of Engineering Associate Professor, Dr. Balaji Panchapakesan.

            Under the lights: Midnight Mayhem offers off-road contest Oct. 3

            Trimble County event expected to attract 700 students from 50 universities
            Under the lights: Midnight Mayhem offers off-road contest Oct. 3

            The UofL Baja SAE racer flies over a hill during a competition.

            Hundreds of college students will converge Oct. 3 for some Saturday racing that tests their stamina and vehicle design skills during the Midnight Mayhem competition that University of Louisville students host and organize for off-road cars.

            More than 700 students bringing about 100 cars from nearly 50 universities across the United States and Canada are expected to compete at Nickota Motorsports Park, 373 Buck Run Road, in Bedford, Ky. Competition begins at 9 a.m. with the main event -- an endurance race on a dirt track -- running from 8 p.m. to midnight. Spectator admission is $5.

            Teams will drive four-wheel, off-road vehicles called Baja SAE racers. In the endurance race, the vehicle completing the most laps wins. Drivers can switch out when they need to refuel the student-designed vehicles, which use 10-horsepower stock engines and fuel tanks.

            The UofL student chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) is host of the event.   Three UofL teams, involving 25 Speed School of Engineering students, will race in Midnight Mayhem using vehicles from previous years of competition.

            UofL's Baja SAE teams and others race in competitions regionally and nationally, but this night invitational event at a motocross track began in 2008 as an unofficial race that gives teams racing experience in the fall before the official competitions resume in the spring and summer.

            As a new feature this year, four cars, including one from UofL, will be outfitted with cockpit cameras so the teams can stream video live to YouTube from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The live broadcast will be at http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC40ndmAsPKjePmIhiuL4dAA

            UofL students raise funds for, design, manage, build, test, promote and drive their vehicles. Although they do not receive course credit for the work, they apply the technical and project management concepts learned in class to building and racing the vehicles under time and budget constraints.

            For more information, check www.ULMidnightMayhem.com or contact team captain Chris Gruner at 859-380-6087 or cmgrun01@gmail.com or mechanical engineering alumnus and head organizer Alex Bays at 859-321-7102 or bays.alexander@gmail.com.

            Mohsen Announced as the 2014 ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering Award Recipient

            Mohsen Announced as the 2014 ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering Award Recipient

            Dr. JP Mohsen

            The Computer in Civil Engineering Award was established by the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) in order to recognize outstanding achievements and contributions in the use of computers in the practice of civil engineering. It’s rewarded annually to a member of the ASCE with the presentation of a plaque and cash prize.

            This year the award will be presented to Dr. J.P. Mohsen, Ph.D., Professor and Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering here at UofL. Dr. Mohsen received his Bachelors of Science and Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering and Master of Engineering in Engineering Management and Industrial Engineering at UofL and went on receive his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He has taught at UofL since 1981.

            "Receiving this award is an honor for me since I am being recognized by my peers." said Mohsen, "This award is based on the culmination of many years of service to the profession and validates the long-term commitment that I have made to the university as well as the field of civil engineering."

            He has been involved with the ASCE since 1991, beginning as a faculty advisor at UofL and now involved in the Geomatics Education Committee, Review Webinar Instructor for the Civil PE Sessions, and PE Review Webinar Coordinator for the Civil, Environmental, and Structures. He’s also been involved with the ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) and served as the president from 2009-2010.

            He has received a number of awards for his outstanding teaching and service not only to the university, but also to the community, including the George K. Wadlin Distinguished Service Award, Civil Engineering Division in 2011, Outstanding Campus Representative Award in 2010, Distinguished Teaching Professor in 2009 and many more.

            The award will be presented during an International Civil Engineering event in Orlando, Florida in June.

            Outreach Program takes STEM initiatives to school in style

            Outreach Program takes STEM initiatives to school in style

            Speed School takes STEM initiatives to local schools in this colorfully wrapped van.

            Speed School's outreach van is turning heads. Director of Outreach Program Gary Rivoli said folks on the roadways are waving and honking at him as he drives his newly skinned outreach van on the streets of Louisville.

            "I've had two people from new schools stop me in parking lots to see about starting an engineering program in their school," Rivoli said. He visits more than 20 schools on a regular basis promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives to more than 2,400 students.

            The van was a gift to Speed School last spring and was made possible by a generous donation of Kosair Charities with special thanks to John and Wallace Sanders. Bottom Sign Co. of New Albany, IN, produced and installed the custom wrap.

            "It's so colorful and fun," said Rivoli. "It shows everyone how much fun it is to be an engineer."

            Dr. Juw Won Park receives NIH Award for work with circular RNA

            Headshot of Juw Won ParkDr. Juw Won Park, an assistant professor in the department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science, recently received a National Institute of Health award for his work on “Detecting and characterizing circular RNAs using high-throughput sequencing data.” Park began his career with a focus on bio-informatics, completing his undergraduate degree at Korea University in Computer Science, before traveling to the United States to obtain a masters and PhD from the University of Iowa, with his post-doc work at UCLA.

            Research Park
            Using the Zika-Virus as their sample source, Park and his team put safety first in their efforts to explore the possibility of circular RNA. To do so, Park is collaborating with Dr. Donghoon Chung in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology who is going to get the infected and non-infected Zika-Virus infected samples. Further research will be handled UofL Genomics Facility with Dr. Wolfgang Zacharias. Chung will prepare the specimen, Zacharias does the sequencing, and Park will do the analysis of the high throughput data with Dr. Nigel Cooper, director of the Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network, serving as the PI.

            Bio-Informatics to Alternative Splicing
            His work evolved to include the visualization of genomics data, which intends to catalog the various genetic pairings that comprise the human genome. Initially, his work mixed visualization and statistical genetics, with the goal of trying to find a candidate location of the gene that’s responsible for a specific trait.

            He says of the evolution of his work, “I jumped into the bio-informatics field and into the analysis of alternative splicing data. A human has about 30K genes. A plant like rice has 50K genes. Humans are a lot more complicated. From one gene, you’re not using the whole gene to make one protein. You select part of the genes to make a protein.“

            Circling a Solution
            As such, Park’s work centers around alternative splicing, an internal editing process that results in protein synthesis, combining in ways that often have a diverse array of effects, both positive and negative. At the start of his tenure at the Speed School, Park was introduced through his research to the concept of circular RNA, which is a form that bonds and interacts differently. It was that revelation that has served as the thrust for his current efforts.

            He explains, “The linear form of MRNA has a start and end. There is a degradation mechanism that looks for the head and tail, and eats from the head, so that it doesn’t get translated into protein. Not all get translated into proteins. Maybe it doesn’t have enough ribosomes to translate into RNA.

            He adds, “The circular RNA does not have a head and tail. It’s circular. Because of its structural characteristics, it’s more resistant to the degradation mechanism. It stays there a lot longer than the linear form. Sometimes it does good things and sometimes it does bad things. Circular RNA is common neural and cancer cells. Circular RNA can be formed by any genes. Some suppresses the disease like cancer. Sometimes, some types of circular RNA supports the cancer, or even metastasis.”

            Utilizing these tools, Park intends to compare cancer cells and normal cells with the goal of  detecting the same circular RNA cells that are commonly resisting cancer cells.

            “Let’s say someone has lung cancer. I get tissue from the lung cancer and healthy cancer. I sequence it. I find the same circular RNAs, but you’ve got 1000 in the cancer tissue, but 5 in the healthy tissue. That would suggest that one is supporting the cancer,” says Park.

            Park’s research involves sorting and analyzing thousands of RNA material, and using that data to compare and contrast the useful and destructive RNA. Micro-RNA, which binds two genes and then suppresses their translation, prohibits transcription from DNA to RNA or translation from RNA to protein.

            “What is fascinating is this: circular RNA lives longer. There is a micro-RNA and it’s supposed to go to gene A to prohibit the transcription or translation. But you have the circular RNA that has the binding site of the micro-RNA. It has a competing situation,” says Park. “I’m going to develop a tool that detects and quantify circular RNA in both conditions. My second goal is to develop some visualization tool that visualizes the binding sites within circular RNAs; if we are lucky, we probably know the function of the circular RNA.”

            Ph.D. candidates to participate in doctoral hooding ceremony

            Dr. Beth A. Boehm, Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies has announced award and honors recipients for the Winter 2014 Commencement.

            These individuals were nominated by their program's Chair, Director of Graduate Studies or their faculty mentor. After careful review by The Scholarship and Awards Committee of the Graduate Council, these individuals were recognized as outstanding in their respective disciplines.

            The following students were invited to the Doctoral Hooding and Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, December 18, 2014, 3:00 PM, KFC Yum! Center. During the ceremony, doctoral recipients will participate, with their faculty mentors, in the vesting ceremony and will have their degrees conferred by President James Ramsey.

            The Guy Stevenson Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies will be presented to Speed School student:

            • Ahmed Reda Amin EL-Barkouky
              Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
              Mentor:  Professor Aly Farag
              Dissertation: Mathematical Modeling for Partial Object Detection


            Speed School students receiving the Graduate Dean’s Citations are:

            • Elom Akabua
              Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
              Mentor:  Associate Professor Tamer Inanc
              Dissertation: Semi-Blind Robust Identification and Robust Control Approach to Personalized Anemia Management
            • Darryl Felix D’Souza
              Ph.D. Computer Science and Engineering
              Mentor:  Associate Professor Roman Yampolskiy
              Dissertion: Avator CAPTCHA: Telling Computers and Humans Apart Via Face Classification and Mouse Dynamics
            • Ahmed Reda Amin El-Barkouky
              Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
              Mentor:  Professor Aly Farag
              Dissertation: Mathematical Modeling for Partial Object Detection
            • Hamdi Jenzri
              Ph.D. Computer Science and Engineering
              Mentor:  Professor Hichem Frigui
              Dissertation: Context Dependent Spectral Unmixing
            • Nicholas Francis Jewell
              Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
              Mentor:  Professor John Naber
              Dissertation: Development of a Power Monitoring and Contral System to Provide Demand Side Management of Electric Vehicle Charging Activity
            • Fengjuan Liu
              Ph.D. Civil Engineering
              Mentor:  Associate Professor Zhihui Sun
              Dissertation: Early-Age Hydration and Microstructural Development of Portland Cement Paste
            • Ali Mahmoud
              Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
              Mentor:  Professor Aly Farag
              Dissertation: Utilizing Radiation for Smart Robotic Applications Using Visible, Thermal, and Polarization Images
            • Ahmad Abdusalam Firjani Naef
              Ph.D. Computer Science and Engineering
              Mentor:  Professor Adel Elmaghraby
              Dissertation:A Non-Ivasive Image Based System for Early Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer
            • Ahmed Magdy Shalaby
              Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
              Mentor:  Professor Aly Farag
              Dissertation: Shape/Image Registration for Medical Imaging: Novel Algorithms and Applications

            The following students have completed their Ph.D.:

            • Youssef Ait Boudial
              Ph.D. Industrial Engineering
              Mentor: Professor Gerald Evans
              Dissertation: Project Management and Its Relation to Long-Term Project Success: An Empirically Based Theoretical Framework
            • Haythm Balti
              Ph.D. Computer Science and Engineering
              Mentor: Professor Adel Elmaghraby
              Dissertation: Temporal Contextual Descriptors and Applications to Emotion Analysis
            • Mark M. Crain
              Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
              Mentor: Professor Shamus McNamara
              Dissertation: Multilayer Electret Activated by Direct Contact Silicon Electrode
            • Dustin Ray Cummins
              Ph.D. Chemical Engineering
              Mentor: Professor Mahendra Sunkara
              Dissertation: Phse Transformation of Metal Oxide Nanowires to Dichalcogenide Nanostructures
            • Abderrazzak Faiz
              Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
              Mentor: Associate Professor Shamus McNamara and Professor Ellen Brehob
              Dissertation: Nanoporous Bi2Te3 Thermoelectric Based Knudsen Gas Pump
            • Anis Hamdi
              Ph.D. Computer Science and Engineering
              Mentor: Professor Hichem Frigui
              Dissertation: Ensemble Learning Method for Hidden Markov Models
            • Qingwen He
              Ph.D. Chemical Engineering
              Mentor: Associate Professor Gerold Willing
              Dissertation: Investigation of Stabilization Mechanisms for Colloidal Suspension Using Nanoparticles
            • Kyle M. Hord
              Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
              Mentor: Associate Professor Yongsheng Lian
              Dissertation: Numerical Study of Leading Edge Vortex Circulation Development on Finite Aspect Ratio Perching Wings
            • Hamidrez Kazemi
              Ph.D. Civil Engineering
              Mentor: Associate Professor Thomas Rockaway
              Dissertation: Evaluation the Effectiveness and Hydrological Performance of Green Infrastructure Stormwater Control Measures
            • Mai Dung Thi Nguyen
              Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
              Mentor: Professor Guruprasad Giridharan
              Dissertation: The Second Generation of the CCCM System for In-Vitro Cardiac Tissue Engineering
            • Phani Chakravarthy Polina
              Ph.D. Computer Science and Engineering
              Mentor: Anup Kumar
              Dissertation: SDSF: Social-Networking Trust Based Distributed Data Storage and Co-Operative Information Fusion
            • Surangkana Rawungyot
              Ph.D Computer Science and Engineering
              Mentor: Professor Hichem Frigui
              Dissertation: Identification, Indexing, and Retrieval of Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CRP) Scenes in Video Simulation Mdical Crises
            • Guanying Ru
              Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
              Mentor: Assistant Professor Hongxiang Li
              Dissertation: Studies on Efficient Spectrum Sharing in Coexisting Wireless Networks
            • Martin Johannes Reinhold Schmidt
              Ph.D. Industrial Engineering
              Mentor: Professor Gail DePuy
              Dissertation: Variation in Railway Operations as Function of Infrastructure Changes
            • Abolfazi Shaefaie
              Ph.D. Civil Engineering
              Mentor: Professor Arthur Parola
              Dissertation: Classification System of the Physical Streambed Habitat
            • Hiren Vrajlal Trada
              Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
              Mentor: Professor Kevin Walsh
              Dissertation: Development of a Thin-Film Porous-MicroElectrode Array (P-MEA) for Electrical Stimulation of Engineered Cardiac Tissue
            • Mu Heng Zhang
              Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
              Mentor: Associate Professor Yongshen Lian
              Dissertation: Numerical Investigation of Hydrodynamic Focusing and Coutler Principle in a Microfluidic Device

            Reilly named Speed Alumni Fellow

            Reilly named Speed Alumni Fellow

            Tim Reilly, 2017 Speed Alumni Fellow

            The UofL Alumni Association established the Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award and the Alumni Fellows program in 1983. These awards recognize graduates who have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields and are exemplary ambassadors for the university and their college or school. Recipients reflect the high standing and character of their alma mater.

            Tim Reilly has been named Alumni Fellow for the J.B. Speed School of Engineering for 2017.

            A Louisville native with over 30 years of experience in industry, Reilly has dedicated his career in service to innovative technologies that help connect communities. Tim graduated with a BA in Electrical Engineering from the J.B. Speed School in the winter of 1984, returning to complete his MA during December of 1986. After his education, Tim went on to work as a software engineer for Motorola in Florida, where he worked on early connectivity issues for radio devices, the precursor to cellular technology. He parlayed that experience into a brief stint at Sun Electronics as a Senior Software Engineer in 1990, before returning to Motorola in 1994 as a Lead Software Engineer.

            As his experience grew, so did his ambition, returning to Louisville in 1994 as a Senior Software Engineer at Innovative Electronic Designs. Staying in Louisville since, Tim went on to found Stonestreet One, Inc., where he served as President, CTO, and CEO until September 2014. There, Tim helped develop roadmap technology, while balancing his work as an administrator and project manager for the business. Most recently, Tim helped with the acquisition of Stonestreet one by Qualcomm, Inc., where he currently serves as the Senior Director of Business Development. In his current role, he works on wireless solutions for products such as smart watches, sport watches, fitness trackers, and health and wellness devices.

            Renewable energy prize goes to Harvard chemist Daniel Nocera

            Renewable energy prize goes to Harvard chemist Daniel Nocera

            Dr. Daniel Nocera

            World-renowned chemist and professor Daniel Nocera, the Patterson Rookwood Professor of Energy at Harvard University, has won the 2015 Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy from the University of Louisville, which recognizes outstanding renewable energy ideas and achievements with proven global impact.

            Nocera is recognized for two energy storage creations. The first is his “Artificial Leaf,” a renewable energy device that synthetically duplicates the direct solar-to-fuel steps of photosynthesis, the process by which plants use sunlight to split water into hydrogen and oxygen to create fuel for themselves. The Artificial Leaf was named Innovation of the Year for 2011 byTime magazine.

            The second is a low cost, rechargeable “flow” battery for scalable centralized (grid) and distributed (microgrid) energy storage at the megawatt-hour (MWh) scale. Nocera’s innovations address the storage of energy until needed, the most critical challenge of widespread implementation of renewables.

            In August 2014, Lockheed Martin purchased the assets of his company, Sun Catalytix, including the associated flow battery invention, and is fast-tracking this technology at the MWh scale under the new venture Lockheed Martin Advanced Energy Storage, LLC. The energy storage cost using Nocera’s flow battery is half that of traditionally used vanadium-based flow batteries.

            In March 2016, Dr. Nocera will give a free public talk in Louisville about his winning work. He will receive the Conn Prize medal and $50,000 award at the formal Leigh Ann Conn Prize Laureate ceremony.

            "Dr. Nocera is a world class scientist addressing the grand challenges of making energy conversion and storage more efficient and economically viable. The University of Louisville values his research, and we are proud that he is the 2015 winner of the Leigh Ann Conn Prize," said UofL President James Ramsey, who will confer the award.

            The prize, managed by UofL’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, is named for the late daughter of Hank and Rebecca Conn, who are center supporters and the prize benefactors. The inaugural prize was won in 2013 by Dr. Michael Graetzel, developer of the dye-sensitized solar cell.

            "Dr. Nocera is an astute global thinker working to bring energy to the world, especially in developing nations,” Hank Conn said. “This battery technology shows vision arising from highly diverse, yet targeted expertise. His work parallels the initiatives and scientific endeavors at UofL’s Conn Center."

            Nominations for the 2017 Leigh Ann Conn Prize competition run January 1 to December 31, 2016; criteria and directions are at http://leighannconnprize.com. For more information, contact Andrew Marsh at 502-852-8597 or LeighAnnConnPrize@louisville.edu .

            Research Park sneak peek unveiled

            by John R. Karman III, communications and marketing

            The University of Louisville has unveiled bold new images that depict how its Belknap Engineering and Applied Sciences Research Park might look when completed.

            The conceptual renderings, created by Louisville firms Stengel Hill Architecture and Qk4, show a vibrant research complex adjacent to the J.B. Speed School of Engineering on UofL’s Belknap Campus.

            See photos here.

            The park, which is being developed by the University of Louisville Foundation, will include research facilities for the engineering school, offices for applied sciences researchers and space for private companies that want to form partnerships with the university. It will be anchored by the Institute for Product Realization, consisting of a co-creation hub, research and education space, micro-factory and “launch pad” for emerging private companies.

            The park “will position emerging businesses and products alongside faculty, students and researchers at UofL,” said Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, “That collaboration will help develop the innovations that will support Kentucky businesses and ultimately grow Kentucky jobs.”

            According to a 2012 independent report, the research park will have an overall economic impact to the state of up to $709 million over 30 years and will create up to 15,990 construction, research and development and other jobs.

            Manufacturing, logistics, renewable energy and analytics and computing will be areas of concentration at the park.

            Infrastructure work is well underway on the 39-acre site, and two flyover ramps providing access to the park are nearing completion. The Kentucky General Assembly provided $20 million toward the $31 million in road and ramp construction associated with the project.

            “We appreciate the commitment of state and local government leaders to this project,” said UofL President James Ramsey. “Without funding for an access road and other infrastructure, this future home of innovation, research and economic development could not happen.”

            Ramsey presented artists’ renderings of the planned park Sept. 18 with help from Beshear, State Rep. Larry Clark, Louisville Metro Council President Jim King, UofL Board of Trustees Chairman Bob Hughes and Speed School Dean Neville Pinto.

            Watch video recap of the press conference.

            River City Rocketry Team Lands First Place in NASA Student Launch Competition

            River City Rocketry Team Lands First Place in NASA Student Launch Competition

            University of Louisville River City Rocketry, winners of NASA's Student Launch Competition

            May 18, 2017

            After five years of competition, the River City Rocketry team at the JB Speed School at the University of Louisville, finally took home the first-place prize. A testament to the skill and dedication of the constituent team members, River City Rocketry functions without the support of an Aerospace program, gleaning knowledge from their individual programs, pulling from the internet, or finding outside tutorials to fine hone their skills. Perhaps more noteworthy, the team operates without the added incentive of a grade, making this an entirely elective activity for everyone involved.

            “They pour their hearts and souls into the team. They are ridiculously dedicated to the team," said says team captain Kevin Compton. "I was so confident that even if we didn’t win first, that we really did win first. The fact that we even did just proves how much hard work and perseverance can get you somewhere. The best and worst thing is that we don’t get credit or paid for it. We just love building rockets and want to see something get built from nothing.”

            A senior in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Compton was drawn to engineering in high school, participating in Battle Bot and High Mileage Competition, before acceptance into the NASA Student Launch project during his sophomore year at Harper College. Inspired by his efforts, Compton continued on the team after transferring to the University of Louisville in the Spring of 2015.

            As the team captain, Compton balances his responsibilities as a leader and delegator. He admits, “My job, especially this past season, was basically the glue that kept everything together. I knew every part of the project. I didn’t know the fine details, but I knew what was needed to get it done. When you get focused, especially when you’re the lead, you kind of put your blinders on. This year, I was able to realize that more, when someone was focused on one activity, instead of looking at the big picture.”

            It was a close competition, predicated equally on vehicle performance and launch procedure. The team had a number of objectives, including showing procedural documentation and follow up, the most important aspects of the competition according to Compton. Additionally, the team had to land a section of the rocket as secondary mission, accomplished here with the use of a detachable drone, navigated partially through GPS tags. Of course, they also have requirements for the launch ceiling of the flight.

            Compton explains, “If you go over 5600 feet, your flight is disqualified. We were able to get within two lengths of the rocket. To how close the competition was between us, Vanderbilt, and Cornell, I think it came down to altitude. They were both 200 to 300 off of their altitude, ours was 23 feet. Our goal was to have it plus or minus 33 feet. We won the vehicle design award.”

            "Everyone needs to realize the immense amount of work that these students have done, all on their own time and with zero academic credit," said Dr. John Usher, Interim Speed School Dean. "This is not just building a rocket, but rather it includes preparation of an 800-page document, website, outreach program to kids, safety manual, multiple design reviews with NASA, and much more."

            The team walked away with a $5000 first place prize, which they have already committed to next year’s project. Ultimately, it’s less about a victory and more about the experience, and continuity of the team. Compton believes the project valuable as a learning opportunity for hands on engineering. Not only are students introduced to the manufacturing reality of fabrication –what is and isn’t feasible- but they are afforded critical workforce skills.

            “Even when they go on co-op, they don’t even question how we can write, because they see what we did on co-op or see what we do on the rocket team. You’ve got to know how to technical write,” said Compton.

            As to their victory lap, in addition to going out for drinks with team alumni, Compton and team may visit an actual launch, possibly at Space X, although they’re happy to visit any site this summer.

            Rocket team takes 2nd place

            Rocket team takes 2nd place

            2015 River City Rocketry Team Photo

            by John Karman

            The University of Louisville’s rocket team, River City Rocketry, soared to a second-place finish at the recent NASA Student Launch challenge. The team has earned a spot in the top three at the high-powered competition in three consecutive years.

            NASA announced winners of the challenge this week. Vanderbilt University was the overall champion of the April 11 event at Bragg Farms in Toney, Ala., near NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. About 35 college teams from 18 states and Puerto Rico participated.

            In addition to its second-place overall finish, the UofL team brought home awards for vehicle design, project review and safety.

            River City Rocketry consists of students from the J.B. Speed School of Engineering who share an interest in aerospace and aeronautics. UofL doesn’t offer a formal aerospace program – as many of its competitors do – so the students design and build their rocket on their own time.

            Emily Robison, a three-year member of River City Rocketry, said strong performances at the NASA event have earned the team a place among the most elite competitors there.

            “It proves a lot,” she said. “We can hold our own with them. I think it speaks a lot to our school and the team itself.”

            Participants in the student launch program spend eight months designing, building and testing small high-powered rockets, scientific payloads and ground support equipment using the same launch criteria as NASA. They also maintain websites that document their work and create local educational campaigns to share their enthusiasm for rocketry.

            Robison said the UofL team spends an average of 20 hours a week preparing for the competition and once devoted 40 hours to the project in a single weekend.

            “There are times when we are really stressed,” she said. “The rocket team – it is my job.”

            Saleem recognized for mentorship of masters students

            Dr. Jason Saleem recognized as Outstanding Faculty Mentor of Masters Students

            December 15, 2017

            An Industrial Engineering assistant professor was recognized for his work with masters students at the December 15, 2017, doctoral hooding and ceremony held at the KFC Yum! Center.

            Jason J. Saleem, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Industrial Engineering, was presented with the Outstanding Faculty Mentor of Masters Students award by Dr. Beth A. Boehm, Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. Saleem earned his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech University, and then served as both a research scientist and technical information specialist at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs before coming to UofL in 2015. Dr. Saleem's research interests focus on the integration of human factors engineering and ergonomics with development of clinical information systems (CIS). His research involves innovation for next-generation electronic health records (EHRs) and health information technology (HIT) to support higher quality care and safety. His research also focuses on provider-patient interaction with respect to exam room computing, as well as the coordination of multiple computer devices in a healthcare setting.

            The student who nominated Dr. Saleem for this award praised his diligence and tirelessness in helping the student achieve all that was possible. "By commencement, I will have a total of three publications, with the potential of three more pending review...These publications would not be possible without Dr. Saleem providing me with the opportunity and mentorship throughout the process."

            In just two years at the University of Louisville, Dr. Saleem has mentored elevent students to the completion of master's projects, and another four through master's theses. Dr. Suraj Alexander, chair of Industrial Engineering, endorsed this nomination, noting "Dr. Saleem's personal attention to their success has motivated students to purse doctorald degrees and successfully compete for graduate fellowships in highly ranked doctoral programs."

            Seasoned educator tapped to lead additive manufacturing training center

            by John R. Karman III

            The leader of the soon-to-open training center on the University of Louisville’s Belknap Campus is a well-recognized educator in the additive manufacturing field.

            Ed Tackett is currently director of The RapidTech Center at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. He will become director of educational programs at the UL Additive Manufacturing Competency Center – and a UofL employee – on July 1.

            The UL AMCC, which is scheduled to open this fall, will train engineers and other professionals from around the world on sophisticated 3D printing and other additive manufacturing machinery. UofL announced in May that it is opening the new training center with UL LLC, the Northbrook, Ill.-based global science safety company.

            The center will be located on Arthur Street in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering’s Institute for Product Realization. Training initially will focus on metals, with a curriculum covering design set up, machine assembly, and parts production, inspection and testing.

            Tackett was selected after a national search. He has led UC Irvine’s RapidTech Center, which helps researchers and entrepreneurs quickly design and build product prototypes, since 2010. He held previous positions with the South Orange County (California) Community College District, San Diego Community College District and the United States Navy.

            “I am proud to be joining the elite team at the University of Louisville to assist them in continuing development of their advanced manufacturing ecosystem,” Tackett said. “I have spent 20 years in additive manufacturing training and education around these technologies. With the strong public-private partnerships forged at UofL, we will be unparalleled in our ability to deliver certification of materials, processes, machines, parts, safety, quality control and workforce training.”

            “Ed is well known nationally for his additive manufacturing training work,” said Thomas Starr, associate dean for research and a professor of chemical engineering at the Speed School. “He is the perfect person to lead this partnership with UL.”

            Speed School announces partnership, opens maker space at Nativity Academy

            Speed School announces partnership, opens maker space at Nativity Academy

            Nativity Academy students and community tour the maker space after the official ribbon cutting.

            The University of Louisville’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering has entered a partnership with Nativity Academy at St. Boniface, and officials cut the ribbon today on a new maker space created there.

            The goal of the partnership is to encourage lifelong education in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields at Nativity Academy. The school, located at 529 E. Liberty St., is an independent Catholic middle school serving families that demonstrate financial need.

            The Speed School built out and equipped the new maker space, which has a laser cutter, 3-D printer, band saw, drill press and other machines. The space is meant to be an innovative learning hub with equipment to design and build solutions to real-world problems.

            A gift from Martha and Frank Diebold made the project possible. Frank Diebold earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1973 from Speed School.

            “This maker space will be a place where kids can do hands-on engineering projects and interact with our Speed School students,” said acting Speed School Dean John Usher. “But more importantly, it’s a place to ignite their passion for high tech and help them build their self-confidence.”

            The partnership with Nativity Academy is similar to one announced in December between UofL and West End School, a free, private, college-preparatory school for at-risk elementary and middle school boys.

            As part of both partnerships, Speed School will schedule engineering educational events, and Speed School students will provide weekly tutoring sessions.

            In addition, Speed School will offer up to five full-tuition scholarships to graduates of each school who earn their high school diplomas in spring 2018 and beyond.

            Click here to view the full gallery of photos taken at the official grand opening.

            Speed School announces partnership, opens maker space at West End School

            Speed School announces partnership, opens maker space at West End School

            Speed School Dean, John Usher, explains to students of West End School how the 3D printer works in the newly open Maker Space in their school.

            The University of Louisville’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering has formed a Signature Partnership with the West End School and, today, officials cut the ribbon to open a new maker space created there.

            The goal of the partnership is to encourage lifelong education in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields at the West End School. The school, located at 3628 Virginia Ave., offers a free, private, college-preparatory education to at-risk elementary and middle school boys.

            The Speed School built out and equipped the new maker space, which has a laser cutter, 3-D printer, band saw and other machines. The space is meant to be an innovative learning hub with equipment to design and build solutions to real-world problems.

            A gift from Martha and Frank Diebold made the project possible. Frank Diebold earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1973 from Speed School.

            As part of the partnership, Speed School also will schedule quarterly engineering educational events at West End School, and Speed School students will provide weekly tutoring sessions there.

            In addition, Speed School will offer up to five full-tuition scholarships to West End School graduates who earn their high school diplomas in spring 2018 and beyond.

            “The J.B. Speed School of Engineering is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the West End School,” said Speed School Dean John Usher. “This new maker space will be a great place for WES students to learn about engineering, science and innovation through hands-on projects and activities. It also provides our own engineering students with a chance to mentor young kids and gain experience with outreach and community engagement.”

            “This relationship paves the way for our boys to choose the field of engineering and earn scholarships,” said West End School Chairman Paul Perconti. “This has become a reality as a result of the visionary leadership of UofL President James Ramsey, Provost Neville Pinto and Dean John Usher.”

            Speed School Faculty Share their Fulbright Experiences

            University of Louisville faculty members recently nominated to participate in Fulbright sponsored programs overseas are now back on campus with stories to share

            Brent E. Stucker

            Brent E. Stucker, Professor and Clark Chair of Computer Aided Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering, JB Speed School of Engineering, was awarded the Fulbright-VTT Grant in Science, Technology and Innovation. He was asked to visit Findland’s globally networked multi-technological contract research facilities. VTT is dedicated to providing high-end technology solutions and innovation services to a broad range of industries worldwide. Dr. Stucker’s specialty and extensive experience in additive manufacturing (AM) made him the perfect candidate for this opportunity. VTT was able to utilize Dr. Stucker’s expertise from Jan 1 to June 30, 2013 by working with Dr. Stucker to develop a research and development road-map for successful implementation of AM in Finland and through offering companies in Finland the opportunity to meet with Dr. Stucker for consultation regarding advanced manufacturing technologies relevant and available to their particular needs.

            VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is an applied research organization with research labs sponsored by the Finnish government. They provide a variety of technological services to their customers’ businesses by providing them with access to a cross-disciplinary technological and business expertise, unique research facilities and high-end resources, and comprehensive partnership networks. In addition, they help promote the creation of new business in Finland.

            Dr. Stucker traveled to Finland accompanied by his family; he was able to enjoy his stay as a tourist both professionally and personally. “I wanted my family to enjoy our time there”, “This was a win-win situation, where I was able to secure approximately $2M of funding to UofL while my family and I were experiencing sharing a 900 sq-ft living space in a foreign culture,” Dr. Stucker says. Due to the duties assigned to him, he had the opportunity to visit different cities while in Finland to visit companies interested in AM and its impact on their business. In addition to providing consulting services, he gave talks about international research and partnership opportunities regarding additive manufacturing. Assessing different companies and advising on how they can make use of the resources they already had to improve what they produce in a cost-effective way, not only had value for the companies but for Dr. Stucker who gathered a lot of insight from this experience and was able to develop partnerships for future endeavors.

            Jacek M. Zurada

            Jacek M. Zurada, professor of electrical and computer engineering, J.B. Speed School of Engineering, 2013 Vice President-Elect for Technical Activities at the prestigious professional organization known as IEEE (www.jacekzurada.org), was awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant from the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State. He was chosen to visit the University of Catania, Italy, where he conducted seminars on computational learning, data mining and computational intelligence tools for data mining; participated in workshops; worked with undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students, and mentored junior faculty. Dr. Zurada was impressed by the University of Catania’s strengths as a premier metropolitan research university and its interdisciplinary profile. The UC engineering programs were of high quality, with traditional research and publication engagements; students were very well prepared.

            While in Catania, Dr. Zurada was invited to tour the UC Seismic Center that monitors volcano Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano, located on the eastern side of Sicily. He was very impressed by the research facility; this experience and having to walk from his residence to work every day (“felt like a daily workout due to Catania’s steep hills”) were among the two most entertaining.

            Dr. Zurada sees the value of this project has been in its wide impact and cross-fertilization of research and publishing activity. It has increased expertise at the host university that had not been available locally in Catania; the series of several in-discipline seminars and publication-oriented workshops has enhanced general research effectiveness of young local researchers.

            “I learned that even at quality institutions such as the University of Catania there are unmet needs that this Fulbright program can fill out. In turn, I also learned that their EE program offers courses that would benefit our students at the University of Louisville” says Dr. Zurada.

            Dr. Zurada is expecting a PhD Scholar from Catania to collaborate with on his research. He plans to visit UofL in Spring of 2014.

            Kyung A. Kang

            Kyung A. Kang, professor and graduate program director of Chemical Engineering Department, JB Speed School of Engineering, was granted a Fulbright Senior Lecture Award/Visiting Professorship to the University of Oviedo in Oviedo, Spain. The University has three main campuses and research centers. She was stationed in the Department of the Chemical and Environmental Engineering, the School of Chemistry. She was impressed with the multidisciplinary academic program, the research facilities at the University of Oviedo; she found the students were highly motivated to learn.

            The main tasks for Dr. Kang’s Fulbright project were to develop and teach special courses for the fourth year undergraduate students in the Biotechnology Program, and also for the graduate students in the School of Chemistry. The students were instructed in English to provide them with the oral communication skills in English. Students were taught how to initiate a research project; how to work in a group; how to prepare facility information required for the project, professional biographies, budgets and budget justifications, and technical documents to propose a research project. She also participated in teaching biotechnology lab courses designed by multi-disciplinary faculty members. She felt this course was well designed and offering these lab courses in U.S. universities would be of great benefit for biengineering students, also as a “certificate offering course” for biotech industry employees via the Continuing Education Programs.

            Dr. Kang also visited various research institutes (e.g., universities of Zaragoza, Granada, and Barcelona, as well as the host university) and gave seminars on her own research because she felt it was important to share research activities in two countries. This effort resulted in a joint research project with the University of Zaragoza.

            The University of Oviedo is supported by the Spanish Government and the tuition is kept very low. Due to the current financial crisis in Spain, this year faculty salaries were cut significantly. “I heard no complaints because they realized the seriousness about their current situation,” says Dr. Kang; “Everyone was dedicated and great to work with.”

            Dr. Kang enjoyed her stay in Spain very much. She found people were nice, the country was beautiful and culturally rich, and food was excellent (she really liked Spanish Tapas).

            Dr. Kang encourages other faculty to apply for Fulbright programs to have more global visions. It also provides a great opportunity for research collaborations and for exchanging in faculty and students.

            Dr. Kang still keeps contact with the University in Oviedo; she has been trying to recruit graduate students for the UofL Chemical Engineering programs.

            Speed School shows off new business center

            Speed School shows off new business center

            Speed School Business Center Manager Laura Netwon cuts the ribbon during an open house.

            by John R. Karman III

            The J.B. Speed School of Engineering on Tuesday unveiled its new business center, a shared-service space where employees handle a wide range of human resources, financial, accounting and grant-related tasks.

            The center, which brings together unit business managers from the Speed School’s eight academic departments and its office of academic affairs, is located on the second floor of the Vogt Building in space that previously housed an open computer lab. It officially opened last month and has 10 staff members, led by business center manager Laura Newton.

            The center shares space with the Speed School’s information technology operation.

            John Usher, Speed School’s associate dean for administration, planning and faculty affairs, oversaw the creation of the business center. He said its formation will allow the school to significantly improve the quality and timeliness of business processes, provide better accountability to those served and meet the university mandate to improve financial controls.

            “It’s been a good thing to centralize and get all these people together,” Usher said.

            The new center also will serve as a pilot study, according to Usher, for UofL to examine how it might implement similar shared-service operations across the university, as part of UofL’s 21st Century Initiative. And the creation of the center was called for in the Speed School 2020 Strategic Plan.

            Speed School Dean Neville Pinto noted that the need for a shared-service center was identified in late 2011, and plans for the space were developed in the past year.

            He called the center an example of the university’s “responsible stewardship” and said it will enable the staff there to “do things more efficiently and effectively.”

            Speed School students recognized with Graduate Dean's Citations

            Dr. Beth A. Boehm, Interim Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies is very pleased to announce honors to be awarded to graduate students during the December 19th  commencement events.

            Speed School students recognized were:

            The John M. Houchens Prize for Outstanding Dissertation

            Ahmed Abd-Elrahman Elnakib
            Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
            Mentor:  Co-Chairs Associate Professor Ayman El-Baz and Associate Professor Tamer Inanc

            The Graduate Dean’s Citations
            Mostafa Aly Ahmed Abdelrahman
            Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
            Mentor:  Professor Aly Farag

            Artur Abdullin
            Ph.D. Computer Science and Engineering
            Mentor:  Assistant Professor Olfa Nasaroui

            Ahmed Abd-Elrahman Elnakib
            M.Eng. Electrical Engineering
            Mentor:  Co-Chairs Associate Professor Ayman S. El-Baz and Associate Professor Tamer Inanc

            Mingxiao Li
            Ph.D. Chemical Engineering
            Mentor:  Assistant Professor Sean Fu

            Abdallah Abd Elghafar Mohamed
            Ph.D. Computer Science and Engineering
            Mentor:  Associate Professor Roman Yampolskiy

            Minqi Zhu
            Ph.D. Chemical Engineering
            Mentor:  Associate Professor Moises Carreon 

            Nominations were solicited from Chairpersons, Director's of Graduate Studies, and the graduate faculty at-large.  The Scholarship and Awards Committee of the Graduate Council reviewed all nominations and made recommendations for the awards.

            Speed team gets DOD grant to study effect of radiation on computer memory devices

            By John R. Karman III

            Standard computer memory devices can be damaged by radiation exposure; a huge problem in the event of a dirty bomb attack or nuclear power plant accident.

            Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), which combine electrical and mechanical elements on a silicon microchip that measures less than the width of a human hair, are thought to be more impervious to radiation damage. But no one has done a careful study on the devices until now.

            The Defense Threat Reduction Agency, a branch of the U.S. Department of Defense, has awarded the University of Louisville a $1.05 million grant for three years to conduct such a study. UofL’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering is collaborating with Vanderbilt University on the project.

            “This is a great example of the kind of groundbreaking research that our engineers do every day,” said John Usher, acting dean of the Speed School. “They are working – often in partnerships with other universities, agencies and companies – to make our world a better, and safer, place.”

            UofL built the MEMS devices for the study in its Micro/Nano Technology Center and characterized them at the Speed School. The devices are being exposed to radiation at Vanderbilt’s Institute for Space and Defense Electronics and will be returned to UofL for follow-up studies.

            Speed School professor Bruce Alphenaar, chairman of the electrical and computer engineering department, is principal investigator on the project. Kevin Walsh, Samuel T. Fife Endowed Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the founding director of the Micro/Nano Technology Center, and Shamus McNamara, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, are co-principal investigators.

            “People haven’t done a lot of work in this area, so we don’t know exactly what to expect,” Alphenaar said. “But this type of study is essential before MEMS can be used in radiation-exposed environments.”

            The J.B. Speed School partners with Kindred Healthcare on The Hive, a shared collaborative space

            November 17th, 2017

             Yesterday, the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering unveiled The Hive, a collective work space created in partnership with Kindred Healthcare Inc. Spearheaded by Dr. Adel Elmaghraby and the Computer Engineering and Computer Science department, the Hive is a collaborative incubator located at 1601 S. Floyd Street, a shared meeting intended to aid in the development of technologies for the aging-care industry.

            The opening featured three guest speakers, including UofL Interim President, Dr. Gregory Postel, Kindred Sr. Vice President and Chief Information Officer Charlie Wardrip, and Mayor Gregory Fischer.

            According to Dr. Postel this is, “part of the plan between industry and academics, to enable our students to take part in industry, beyond taking classroom in a classroom setting. It allows for opportunities potentially for students to join the workforce. You’ll be seeing more and more of these types of partnerships popping up.”

            “In this particular partnership we’re working with our friends at Kindred Healthcare. It allows our researchers in CECS to develop apps for our aging population,” adds Postel.

            Speaking next, Wardrip focused on the benefits to their clients that this partnership will create. He says, “Students gain real world experience, and in return, we gain fresh perspectives. These applications are already in use to increase efficiency, which frees our employees to focus on what matters: the patients.”

            Rounding out the guest speakers, Mayor Fischer spoke briskly about the opportunities that the partnership between the Speed School and Kindred brings to the city, both in specific to job growth, and in Louisville’s relationship with the global market. He says, “Louisville has more companies in the aging industry than anywhere else in the world. We’re grateful that Kindred is here in Louisville. Great cities are cities that are constantly innovating. We look forward to tremendous growth.”

            Staff recognized for years of service

            Staff recognized for years of service

            Sandy von Hoven

            University of Louisville administrators recognized 347 employees with 6,475 years of combined experience for their service at the 31st Annual Staff Recognition Luncheon Friday, Aug. 29th

            Employees who have worked at the university for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years were recognized at the event held at the Brown and Williamson Club at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Those being honored for Distinguished Service of 40 and 45 years were treated to reserved parking and special tributes.

            Among the Distinguished Service honorees was Sandy von Hoven from Speed School’s Office of Cooperative Education & Career Development.

            Speed School staff recognized at the luncheon

            NameDept.Years of Service
            Sandy von HovenAcademic Affairs40
            Ron LileCECS30
            Susan BestAcademic Affairs25
            Leigh Ann Elles   
            Academic Affairs20
            Mike MartinMNTC20
            Cary WoolardBioengineering15
            Scott CambronBioengineering10
            Doug JacksonECE10
            Mike MillerECE/Computer Vision and Image Processing Lab10
            Ken O’HaraKPPC10

            Steel Bridge Team Competes at National Competition

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            Dr. Zhihui Sun Made Acting Chair of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department

            Zhihui SunEffective July 1st, Dr. Zhihui Sun became the acting chair of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department. Sun began her career at the University in the Fall of 2005 as a tenure track professor, now a full professor, where she has focused her research and educational coursework on fundamental structural courses, with a focus on construction materials, early-age properties of concrete, non-destructive testing, microstructure, and numerical simulation. While serving as chair, Sun has a variety of ideas for how to serve the CEE community that she hopes to implement in an effort to build upon the continued success of the program.

            Sun says of her goals that she hopes, “to move ahead with the established research program and expand the research profile by helping and encouraging junior faculty members; to train our undergraduate and graduate students with up-to-date knowledge and skills to better serve our community; to create a better learning environment for students with improved facility; and to build strong ties among alumni, employers, students, and advisory board with constituency communications.”


            Not only does Sun look forward to her interim leadership, but she is happy to have the chance to give back. She admits of her co-workers in the department, “I enjoy working with my wonderful colleagues. We have a very nice team of faculty and staff, who always put our students in their first consideration. Everyone is nice, helpful, and cooperative, which make running a department a team effort.”

            UL, UofL create center to train workers for additive manufacturing

            UL, UofL create center to train workers for additive manufacturing

            The 50/50 partnership become official when the presidents from both UL and UofL signed the agreement on May 12, 2015.

            UL LLC, a global safety science organization, and the University of Louisville are launching a 3D printing training facility called the UL Additive Manufacturing Competency Center (UL AMCC). It is set to open in fall 2015 adjacent to the university campus.

            Developed for established additive manufacturing technical and business professionals, the end-to-end training center will be a hub for advancing manufacturing knowledge and workforce expertise.

            Specifically, the UL AMCC will offer hands-on training in additive manufacturing for metals and curriculum covering design set up, design corrections, machine set up, part production, post-processing and parts inspection, testing and validation. The training will allow professionals to understand how to produce metal parts and emerging materials through additive manufacturing, establish safety systems, identify hazards from materials and machines and manufacture parts with safety built into designs.

            “Applying the University of Louisville’s deep and practical research expertise in metals and manufacturing education with UL’s rich history in safety science will bridge the workforce development gap and empower professionals with cutting-edge training in this advanced technology,” said UL CEO Keith Williams. “Through the UL AMCC, UL is committed to meeting ever-evolving safety and quality needs and accelerating knowledge transfers within the 3D printing industry.”

            “We’re excited about our partnership with UL,” said UofL President James Ramsey. “This is another collaboration with a world-class company that will help us build our reputation as THE university for advanced manufacturing, training and moving research to the marketplace.”

            The UL AMCC will join UofL’s global advanced manufacturing campus, the Institute for Product Realization (IPR), and collaborate and share knowledge with other corporate residents, including GE and Local Motors’ FirstBuild.

            “As an integral part of the IPR, the UL AMCC will provide engineers and manufacturers with a melting pot of valuable information and resources and provide a direct connection from our academic research and UL’s certification and safety expertise to practical 3D printing applications,” said Neville Pinto, dean of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering and a professor of chemical engineering at UofL.

            As additive manufacturing technologies rapidly evolve, UL AMCC will update course curriculum and introduce new content every six to 12 months. Looking forward, UL will develop a formal workforce additive manufacturing certification program during 2016 to help designers, engineers and operators expand from traditional manufacturing techniques into additive manufacturing techniques.

            “We anticipate the UL AMCC will expand over time to take on additional innovations to advance manufacturing,” said Simin Zhou, vice president of Digital Manufacturing Technologies at UL. “As additive manufacturing gets deeper and more integrated into production lines, the training center will evolve real time to arm workforces with the most up-to-date knowledge and best practices.”

            To learn more about UL AMCC, visit UL.com/3dptraining. For information on specific courses or to register, email 3dprinting@ul.com .

            About UL 3D Printing

            UL 3D Printing is a trusted and reliable partner to 3D printing equipment and material manufacturers, retailers and commercial and industrial companies. UL, with its 120-year history in safety science, is collaborating with the emerging 3D printing industry to advance education and training, close the knowledge transfer gap, enhance and simplify compliance and interact with regulators on future issues. UL has a rich history as an independent organization with deep expertise in standards, compliance, testing, certification, manufacturing processes and engineering. For more information, visit UL.com/3DP.

            About UL

            UL is a premier global independent safety science company that has championed progress for 120 years. Its more than 10,000 professionals are guided by the UL mission to promote safe working and living environments for all people. UL uses research and standards to continually advance and meet ever-evolving safety needs. We partner with businesses, manufacturers, trade associations and international regulatory authorities to bring solutions to a more complex global supply chain. For more information about our certification, testing, inspection, advisory and education services, visit UL.com.

            UofL named to GE's elite ‘executive schools’ list

            UofL named to GE's elite ‘executive schools’ list

            GE Executives visit UofL's Speed School of Engineering

            LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering has been named to General Electric Co.'s select list of "executive schools" and inclusion on the list is expected to mean more job opportunities for UofL students.

            GE notified UofL officials of the school's selection last week, according to Speed School Dean Neville Pinto. Schools are selected for the list based on how well graduates meet GE business and leadership program needs and company culture. Academics, diversity, research relationships and proximity to GE facilities also are considered.

            Just 47 institutions have earned the executive school designation, according to information from GE. The list includes Indiana University, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Notre Dame and Georgia Tech. UofL is the first executive school in Kentucky.

            Pinto said the executive school designation will generate more internship, co-op and full-time employment opportunities for UofL's engineering students.

            "We are delighted that a global industrial leader has selected the J.B. Speed School as an executive school," he said. "We are now part of the top 50 engineering schools for GE recruitment. Seventy percent of GE’s engineering hires are from executive schools."

            The new hires are frequently tapped for entry leadership programs at GE and given the chance for advancement within the company, according to Pinto.

            "Additionally, I expect that the designation will provide many additional opportunities for us to partner with GE, building on an already rich relationship," he said.

            UofL and GE currently collaborate on a number of research projects and university professors teach courses at GE’s Appliance Park.

            Recently, GE announced plans to open its first micro-factory, called FirstBuild, on UofL’s Belknap Campus.

            UofL project to take place on International Space Station

            UofL project to take place on International Space Station

            Dr. Stuart Williams explains his research to Representative Ed Whitfield.

            by John Karman, III

            A NASA grant is allowing the University of Louisville and two other state schools to do research aboard the International Space Station that could result in advances in solar energy, advanced manufacturing and other fields.

            The project led scientifically by the University of Louisville,is a collaboration with scientists and engineers from the University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University, involves physics experiments on colloids -- mixtures of microscopic particles suspended throughout a substance. Examples of colloids include milk, which has microglobules of butterfat suspended in whey, and blood, which contains blood cells suspended in plasma.

            UofL mechanical engineering assistant professor Stuart Williams, the project’s principal scientific investigator, said the exact nature of the experiments to be performed still is being determined. Research on the space station is expected to begin June 2015.

            Williams said the space station setting provides a “unique research environment” and will help scientists explore how particles interact in zero gravity.The research “will yield insight into the physics of colloidal interactions, which is important for the development of the next generation of sophisticated materials,” he said.

            According to researchers, understanding colloidal physics is needed to develop new materials with enhanced energy, thermal, optical, chemical and mechanical properties. Potential applications include more efficient solar energy panels, stronger and lighter aerospace materials and less expensive electronic displays.

            Williams said the collaborative nature of the coming project will raise the state’s profile in colloidal research.

            The project’s managing principal investigator is Suzanne Smith, UK’s Donald and Gertrude Lester Professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium.

            The team also includes Gerold Willing, UofL associate professor of chemical engineering, Hemali Rathnayake, WKU assistant professor of chemistry, Janet Lumpp, UK associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and NASA partner Ronald Sicker.

            UofL taps Auburn professor to lead logistics institute

            The University of Louisville’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering has hired a veteran professor from Auburn University to lead its Logistics and Distribution Institute.

            UofL taps Auburn professor to lead logistics institute

            Kevin Gue

            Kevin Gue, who served 10 years as the Tim Cook associate professor of industrial engineering at Auburn, starts at UofL Aug. 18.

            In addition to being director of LoDI, he will join the industrial engineering faculty as the Duthie Chair of Engineering Logistics.

            Gue succeeds Sunderesh Heragu as LoDI director. Heragu left UofL last year for a position at Oklahoma State University.

            LoDI is responsible for sustaining a high-quality research environment by facilitating interdisciplinary and applications-oriented research that benefits both the Louisville academic and business communities.

            Gue has an interest in the design and control of logistics systems, especially those inside distribution centers and factories. His recent research has involved the study of the design of aisles in a warehouse and ways of improving service performance of order fulfillment systems.

            UofL’s first renewable energy prize goes to Swiss chemist Michael Graetzel

            Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy Recipient Michael GraetzelLOUISVILLE, Ky. — Swiss chemist Michael Graetzel, noted for his discovery of a new solar cell that’s easier and less costly to produce than silicon-based cells, has won the first $50,000 Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy from the University of Louisville.

            Graetzel, professor and director of the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, is recognized for merging nanoscience with photoconversion by developing the dye-sensitized solar cell, known as the “Graetzel cell.” These cells convert sunlight into electricity using earth-abundant materials at efficiencies exceeding thin-film silicon-based cells; however, production costs are dramatically lower. Mass production began in 2009.

            Graetzel holds more than 50 patents and has written two books and more than 1,200 publications. His work makes him one of the mostly highly cited chemists worldwide, and his concepts have spawned hundreds of research groups and multiple conferences.

            In spring 2014, Graetzel will give a public talk in Louisville about the winning work and participate in other events. He will receive the Conn Prize medal and the award, which recognizes outstanding renewable energy ideas and achievements with proven global impact.

            “Dr. Graetzel is the international leader in making solar energy more efficient, practical and affordable. The University of Louisville values his research, and we are proud that he is the first winner of the Leigh Ann Conn Prize,” said UofL President James Ramsey, who’ll confer the award.

            The prize, managed by UofL’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, is named for the late daughter of Hank and Rebecca Conn, who are center supporters and the prize benefactors.

            “Recognizing renewable energy innovations of such high caliber is a wonderful way to memorialize Leigh Ann,” Hank Conn said. “We are excited because the science is proven and it’s being translated into the world. The choice of Michael Graetzel mirrors the work conducted at the Conn Center and reinforces everything we’ve strived for these past five years. She would be proud.”

            Nominations for the 2014 Leigh Ann Conn Prize competition run Jan. 1-June 1, 2014; criteria and directions are at www.conncenter.org/leigh-ann-conn-prize. For more information, contact Andrew Marsh at 502-852-8597 or email.

            Usher to serve as acting dean

            Dr. John S. Usher, associate dean for administration, planning and faculty affairs, has been selected to serve as acting dean beginning July 1. Usher will fill the void while current dean, Neville G. Pinto, steps into the role of Interim Executive Vice President and University Provost at UofL

            Usher has been a faculty member at UofL's Speed School for more than 30 years in the Department of Industrial Engineering. He served as department chair from 2005 to 2012. He was recognized by the university in 2001 with its Distinguished Teaching Professor Award for his excellence in the classroom.

            A renowned researcher, with more than $8 million in funded research, Usher has more than 100 papers and other publications to his credit.

            A native of Louisville, Usher received his bachelor's and master's degrees from UofL.

            "I appreciate Dr. Usher stepping up to fill this vital position, and I know Speed is in great hands during Dr. Pinto’s absence. I hope you’ll join me in congratulating Dr. Usher and wishing him well in this new role," said Shirley C. Willihnganz, Executive Vice President and University Provost.

            Usher to step down; DePuy named acting dean

            May 3, 2017

            Dr. Gail DePuy will take the role of acting dean of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering on July 1. As Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at Speed, Dr. DePuy has an intimate knowledge of the school and is highly regarded for her teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, her extensive research background and her service in various capacities for the school and university.

            A professor of Industrial Engineering, Dr. DePuy’s research focus lies in the areas of production planning, health care engineering and operations research. She has written more than 80 technical papers and has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than $2.4 million of funded research.

            DePuy takes over for Dr. John Usher who is stepping down after two years as acting dean. Dr. Usher plans to take a sabbatical from July through December before returning to the University in January as a tenured professor in industrial Engineering.

            An external search for a permanent dean has been announced and a search committee has been formed.


            Walsh takes over as associate dean of research

            Walsh takes over as associate dean of research

            Dr. Kevin Walsh

            Dr.  Kevin Walsh has taken over the role of Associate Dean for Research from Dr. Tom Starr at the J.B Speed School of Engineering. Dr. Walsh is the Samuel T. Fife Endowed Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and has been an award-winning faculty member at the Speed School since 1993, and as the Director of the Micro/Nano Technology Center (MNTC) until Dec. 2015. He was instrumental in establishing the Lutz cleanroom facility in 1997 and later oversaw its re-design and expansion into the MNTC that is now housed in the Shumaker Research Building.

            His list of credentials and accomplishments is extensive, with recent notables include:

            • Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, 2015 (1st at UofL);
            • PI on 5-year $3.76M NSF National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure Award (just recently announced)
            • Member of the NSF Future Nanotechnology Infrastructure Support Program National Advisory Committee, 2014;
            • Member of the Kentucky Science Center Board of Directors, 2014;
            • Member of the Advisory Committee for the Executive Office of the President of the United States for the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) for Regional State and Local (RSL) Initiatives (2011 - present);
            • Kentucky Science Center (KCS) Ambassador of the Year Award, 2013;
            • President of the UofL Speed Faculty Council, 2013; Author of over 100 scientific articles and holder of 10 awarded patents;
            • Two-time recipient of the Speed School of Engineering Research Award (1998-2000 and 2007-2009).

            "I look forward to having Dr. Walsh join the Speed School leadership team as we seek to systematically increase our research productivity, improve our overall infrastructure, and raise our national research profile," said. Dr. John Usher, Acting Dean of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. "He is eager to begin a proactive dialog with department chairs, faculty, center directors, research staff,  students and university administration to gather ideas and feedback in support of new initiatives to help us best achieve our research goals."

            Dr. Walsh is a Speed alumnus having earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 1978, and a Master’s of Engineering in Electrical Engineering in 1985. He earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1992.

            Dr. Tom Starr, who stepped down after 11+ years as Associate Dean, will continue his service on the Chemical Engineering faculty and serve as director of the Rapid Prototyping Center.

            Walsh named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

            A researcher from the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville has been named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

            Kevin M. Walsh, Ph.D., director of the Micro/Nano Technology Center, was among 170 new Fellows named. He will be inducted by Deputy U.S. Commissioner for Patent Operations Andy Faile of the United States Patent and Trademark Office during the 4th Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors on March 20, 2015, at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Suzanne T. Ildstad, M.D., director of UofL’s Institute for Cellular Therapeutics, is also a newly named Fellow of the NAI.

            “As a premier metropolitan research university, UofL strives to develop ideas into discoveries, then to translate these into forms that benefit all,” said UofL Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation William M. Pierce Jr., Ph.D. “Drs. Ildstad and Walsh are two of our many brilliant and dedicated scholars who do this every day. We are very proud of them and their achievements.”

            Those named today bring the total number of NAI Fellows to 414, representing more than 150 prestigious research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutions.

            Included among the NAI Fellows are 208 members of the other National Academies, 21 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, 16 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation, 10 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Science, 21 Nobel Laureates, 11 Lemelson-MIT prize recipients, 107 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows, and 62 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Fellows, among other awards and distinctions.

            To qualify for election, NAI Fellows must be academic inventors named on U.S. patents and nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society and support and enhancement of innovation.

            Walsh is a professor and holder of the Samuel T. Fife Endowed Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. He also is founding director of the Micro/Nano Technology Center (MNTC), home of the nationally ranked, class 100, $10 million 10,000-square-foot cleanroom in which dust particles are totally eliminated so one can successfully design and prototype ultra-miniature devices and systems for a variety of  fields including  microelectronics, health care, consumer products and defense.

            Walsh has 12 awarded patents and is co-founder of four technical start-up companies – Assenti, Intellirod Spine, UltraTrace Detection and Simon Sounds.  He has published over 150 technical papers in the areas of micro/nanotechnology and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and his research group has won over $35 million in external research funding from the National Science foundation, NASA, National Institutes of Health and others. He has twice been presented with the school’s top Research Award for the 3-year periods of 1998-2000 and 2007-2009.

            Under his leadership, the MNTC has brought in over $55 million of research awards into UofL. In 2008, Walsh and his team started the "KY nanoNET Initiative" a statewide network funded by the National Science Foundation for the coordination of micro and nanotechnology efforts in the Commonwealth.

            Walsh earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from UofL and a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering (microelectronics/MEMS) from the University of Cincinnati.

            “It’s a tremendous honor to be one of the first researchers at the University of Louisville to be inducted into the National Academy of Inventors,” said Walsh. “It’s been very exciting these past 25 years building nationally competitive micro/nano capabilities at UofL and working with extremely talented faculty, engineers and students applying this futuristic technology to a  variety of challenging problems.

            Yampolskiy Given Outstanding Early Career in Post Secondary Education Award

            The Kentucky Academy of Science presented Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy, Professor of Computer Engineering and Computer Science, with the Outstanding Early Career in Post Secondary Education Award recently.

            Dr. Yampolskiy holds a Ph.D. degree from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo. There he was a recipient of a four-year NSF (National Science Foundation) IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) fellowship. Before beginning his doctoral studies, he received a BS/MS (High Honors) combined degree in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology. He held a position of an Affiliate Academic at the Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University of London, College of London. In 2008 he accepted an assistant professor position at the Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville, KY.

            He had previously conducted research at the Laboratory for Applied Computing (currently known as Center for Advancing the Study of Infrastructure) at the Rochester Institute of Technology and at the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors at the University at Buffalo. He is an alumnus of Singularity University (GSP2012) and was a visiting fellow of the Singularity Institute. Dr. Yampolskiy’s main areas of interest are behavioral biometrics, digital forensics, pattern recognition, genetic algorithms, neural networks, artificial intelligence and games.

            Dr. Yampolskiy is an author of over 100 publications including multiple journal articles and books. His research has been cited by numerous scientists and profiled in popular magazines both American and foreign (New Scientist, Poker Magazine, Science World Magazine), dozens of websites (BBC, MSNBC, Yahoo! News) and on radio (German National Radio, Alex Jones Show). Reports about his work have attracted international attention and have been translated into many languages including Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Romanian, and Spanish.

            Yampolskiy has won multiple teaching awards at the departmental, university, and even national level. His students have chosen him as the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 “Faculty Favorite”, 2010-2011 “Top 11” faculty at the University of Louisville, and 2012 “of the Year”. In 2013 a committee of professors from universities across the United States recognized him as a Top 10 “Online College Professor of the Year” - a national recognition. He feels that he has come a long way and grown considerably in skill since his first teaching experiences.

            To date, he has been an instructor (or TA) for 10 different courses at three different universities (two public, one private). He has lectured, taught labs and recitations for graduate and undergraduate courses, small seminars with just a dozen of students as well as large courses with as many as 160 students. He has designed new courses and modified existing ones. He experienced working with advanced CS students and with non-majors who are typically not very enthusiastic about computer science in general. In addition to general introductory courses in computer science he has also taught courses in Artificial Intelligence, Forensics, and Engineering Design.

            Yampolskiy Named to UofL Top 4 Faculty Favorites

            Thirteen Speed School faculty members have been nominated for the 2013-2014 Faculty Favorites award. All faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants who were nominated received a formal letter of recognition from the Provost, along with a certificate, and are invited to attend the Faculty Favorite Reception, to be held during the lunch program at the 2015 Celebration of Teaching and Learning on Friday, February 6, 2015, at Shelby Campus.

            As Speed faculty member with the most nominations, Roman Yampolskiy has been name in the "Top 4” Faculty Favorites. He will be recognized campus-wide through UofL Today and on a banner that is displayed on the front of Ekstrom Library in early February. Instructors are eligible to be featured as a "Top" Faculty Favorite every four years.

            "Dr. Yampolskiy is a very detailed professor. He presents the material in a way that it makes it easier to understand. He never denied my request for help. He really cares about his students and their success." Cristina Heisler, BS '12, MEng '13

            Students had this to say about Yampolskiy through their anonymous submissions:

            • “This professor makes computer programming intriguing in terms of possibilities.  His class makes me want to explore technological communications even further.  He is open-minded and understanding.”
            • “A wonderful professor who understand what it means to be a scholar.  One who is in touch with technology, problems, and solutions.  Few understand how to motivate and get students to push themselves and work.  Dr. Yampolskiy understands.”
            • “I would like to take this opportunity to nominate my favorite professor thus far at the University of Louisville--Dr. Yampolskiy of Speed School.  After transferring to UofL from the University of Kentucky, I was pleasantly surprised with the change in the quality of instruction provided by the faculty.  While I've had some struggles with the technicalities of Speed School, ... the quality of teaching that was afforded to me in my CECS 130 course (C/C++) was anything but a struggle.  In my opinion, Dr. Yampolskiy is the embodiment of the ideal professor--he is clearly an intelligent man, especially in regard to the material his course(s) cover; he is an extremely personable and understanding instructor, qualities I often found myself lusting for during my two years at UK's engineering program, only to be sorely disappointed; and he is also surprisingly witty, a quality that helps facilitate interaction between himself and his pupils, both in class and out of class, by making everyone around him feel more at ease and comfortable.  I truly feel I learned a great deal more than I might have had I had a different instructor for this course.   I do not typically make it a point to voice my opinion about people, and my perspective on them, but as you can see, this is an exception--just as Dr. Yampolskiy is to the teaching profession.  I highly recommend Dr. Yampolskiy for any and all accolades he may qualify for; he has greatly enhanced my experience here at UofL, and he has helped solidify my optimistic opinion on the school as a whole during the past (my first) semester here at the University of Louisville.”


            Other Speed faculty who received nominations were:

            Department Faculty Member
            BioengineeringAyman El-Baz
            BioengineeringHermann Frieboes
            BioengineeringPatricia Soucy
            Computer Engineering Computer ScienceIbrahim Imam
            Computer Engineering Computer Science
            Roman Yampolskiy
            Civil & Environmental EngineeringMark French
            Engineering Fundamentals
            Larry Tyler
            Industrial EngineeringTim Hardin
            Mechanical EngineeringTom Berfield
            Mechanical EngineeringJeffery Borden
            Mechanical EngineeringGary Osborne
            Mechanical EngineeringSam Park
            Mechanical EngineeringStuart Williams

            Jane Duncan, staff member in the Electrical & Computer Engineering department, also received a nomination for her support to students.

            The Fall 2014 nomination period opens on November 17 and closes on December 19. The Spring 2015 nomination period runs April 6 through May 8.

            Yampolskiy Talks Artificial General Intelligence in Sweden

            Yampolskiy Talks Artificial General Intelligence in Sweden

            Dr. Roman Yampolskiy

            Dr. Roman Yampolskiy was invited to Sweden earlier this month to speak at their “Emerging Technologies and the Future of Humanity” conference. The speakers at the event discuss certain scientific discoveries and the effects-both good and bad- they would have on our world.

            The event was in held in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden March 17th. Professors from prestigious universities around the world were invited along with members of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences and scientifically literate public

            “It was a great honor to be selected to discuss the future of humanity in such a high profile setting. I was very proud to represent the University of Louisville as other speakers came from very prestigious institutions such as the University of Oxford and it was great to bring such level of international recognition to the Speed School,” said Dr. Yampolskiy. “To date it is the highest profile event to which I was invited as a keynote speaker and I am glad that I was able to shape the debate and to discuss cooperative opportunities with many European scientists.”

            Dr. Yampolskiy, an Assistant Professor in the Computer Engineering and Computer Science Department at U of L, attended as a keynote speaker to discuss the possible breakthroughs in creating Artificial General Intelligence.

            “After summarizing the arguments for why Artificial General Intelligence may pose significant risk, I will survey the field’s proposed responses to AGI risk, with particular focus on solutions advocate in my own work,” said Dr. Yampolskiy.

            Yampolskiy’s main areas of interest include behavioral biometrics, digital forensics, pattern recognition, genetic algorithms, and artificial intelligence and games. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Buffalo and has been with U of L since 2008.

            Yang receives doctoral research award

            Dr. Li Yang is the 2012 recipient of the Rapid Prototyping Journal Engineering Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. Yang was presented the award on August 12 at the 24th International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium in Austin, Texas.

            The title of his research was "Structural Design, Optimization and Application of 3D Re-entrant Auxetic Structures." The work was selected by the Senior Editor of the journal as the winner in the Additive Manufacturing category.

            Dr. Yang is an assistant professor in the Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Louisville's J.B. Speed School of Engineering after completing his doctoral work in Industrial Engineering at North Carolina State University. Prior to his arrival at UofL, Yang worked at B/E Aerospace, Inc. in Everett, Washington as a certification engineer. B/E Aerospace is a leading manufacturer of aircraft passenger cabin interior products for the commercial and business jet aircraft markets.

            The Engineering Outstanding Doctoral Research Award includes an award of 1,000 Euros, a certificate and the prospect of an offer of publication of the work in the Rapid Prototyping Journal.