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June 2016

Engineering team earns National Science Foundation award for biofuel manufacturing project
With today's economy and society highly dependent on liquid transportation fuels, development of domestically produced and environmentally safe alternatives is increasingly important.

Beef Cattle Institute's Beef Scholars program provides opportunities for students, resources for beef industry
Eight Kansas State University students, including three from the College of Engineering, are serving as the inaugural participants in the Beef Cattle Institute's Beef Scholars program this summer. 

K-State engineers and geographer share water research at Chinese universities
Stacy Hutchinson, professor of biological and agricultural engineering, and Shawn Hutchinson, associate professor of geography, recently presented research at Jilin University in Changchun and China Three Gorges University in Yichang. 

Thankful Thursdays: Engineering students work to restore homes and historic landmarks
From Seneca, Kansas, to New Orleans, Louisiana, to Mobile, Alabama, Kansas State University engineering students have worked to restore homes and historic landmarks. Through it all, philanthropic gifts from alumni and friends helped make it possible.

University selects faculty members for Oz to Oz research awards
Four Kansas State University faculty including Dunja Peric, associate professor of civil engineering, have received Oz to Oz Fellowship Awards to conduct research in Australia. 

Stokes awarded alumni professorship
Robert Stokes, professor and department head of civil engineering, is the recipient of the Civil Engineering Alumni Professorship Honoring Dr. Robert Snell. 

Hatcliff awarded engineering professorship
John Hatcliff, professor of computer science, is the recipient of the Lucas-Rathbone Professorship in Engineering.

University's quarter-scale tractor team places second at international competition
For the 18th time in the last 19 years, the K-State quarter-scale tractor A team has placed in the top three at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers' annual International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition.

Collaborative effort earns Best Diversity Paper award from American Society for Engineering Education
Lydia Yang, assistant professor in the department of special education, counseling and student affairs, and Bette Grauer, assistant dean of retention, diversity and inclusion in the College of Engineering, have received the Best Diversity Paper award.

May 2016

Engineering professor elected fellow in professional society
Zhijian Pei, professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering at Kansas State University, has been elected to the 2016 Society of Manufacturing Engineers College of Fellows. 

K-State Alumni Association honors international, multicultural students for achievements
The K-State Alumni Association has recognized two recent College of Engineering graduates with International Leadership Awards. The students were presented with their awards earlier this month at the K-State Alumni Center.

Engineering, computer science, finance students earn SHIELD Scholarships from Phillips 66
Phillips 66 and Kansas State University have selected the new SHIELD Scholars for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Kirmser Awards recognize exceptional undergraduate scholarship at Kansas State University
Excellence in research has earned several K-State College of Engineering students recognition through the third annual Kirmser Undergraduate Research Awards.

Engineering department undergoes name change
The department of computing and information sciences in the College of Engineering at Kansas State University has officially become the department of computer science, effective April 7.

Engineering professor named to professional society fellow status
Liang-Wu Cai, associate professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering at Kansas State University, has been named a 2016 fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, in recognition of his significant engineering achievements.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers hosts activity day
The Kansas State University chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers hosted the third annual Noche de Ciencias hands-on activity day April 9 at Turner High School in Kansas City, Kansas.

Architectural engineering senior from Garden City named scholar of the year
The Committee of Fellows of the American Council of Engineering Companies has selected Kansas State University's Jeremy Ensz, senior in architectural engineering, Garden City, as its 2016 Scholar of the Year.

Civil engineering senior awarded national fellowship
Yadira Porras, Kansas State University senior in civil engineering, has been awarded the American Concrete Institute Richard N. White Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year.

April 2016

Engineering Hall gets a boost from ExxonMobil employees
"I have had the chance to work and live in locations around the world. None of that would have been possible without the great launch from K-State," said Steve Kirchhoff '79, explaining why he led ExxonMobil colleagues in supporting Engineering Hall.

College of Engineering selects 21 seniors for Steel Ring membership
The Kansas State University College of Engineering Steel Ring Honorary Society has chosen its members for the 2016-2017 academic year. The 21 seniors were inducted into membership April 21.

Undergraduate poster forum highlights engineering research
Sixty-two Kansas State University engineering undergraduate students participated in the spring 2016 Engineering Undergraduate Research Poster Forum, April 15, in the Engineering Complex atrium. 

Engineering research project may allow future consumers to 'buy and sell' electricity
With falling prices and increased awareness in creating a sustainable future, higher numbers of consumers are choosing to install roof-top solar generation. 

Industrial engineering students earn Culbertson Steel Ring Scholarships
Two industrial engineering seniors from Kansas State University have been honored for their leadership in student organizations and activities. 

Cross-disciplinary design team wins special award at Architectural Engineering Institute Student Design Competition
A team of 10 K-State students from three programs in the College of Engineering was honored with a special award during the 2016 Architectural Engineering Institute Student Design Competition.

Phillips 66 renews support for programs across Kansas State University
Phillips 66 is continuing its support of Kansas State University with a $500,000 gift.

Student chapter hosts successful regional event; qualifies for nationals in team competition
Kansas State University's American Institute of Chemical Engineers student chapter hosted nearly 300 students and faculty from 12 surrounding universities, and alumni and industry members at the 2016 Mid-America Student Regional Conference.

Students have strong showing at American Nuclear Society Student Conference
Undergraduate nuclear reactor operator Max Nager, junior in mechanical engineering, and reactor operator Matthew Myers, won Best Presentation in the Accelerator Applications Division for their paper at the 2016 American Nuclear Society Student Conference.

College of Engineering student group named national small chapter of the year
Kansas State University's student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers has been selected the society's Small Chapter of the Year.

March 2016

Mechanical engineer builds 'ready-to-go' battery electrode with glass-ceramic
A Kansas State University mechanical engineer has developed a paperlike battery electrode that may improve tools for space exploration or unmanned aerial vehicles. 

Computing and information sciences students forming new special interest group
Computer information science students are forming K-State's chapter of the Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence. Individuals from different disciplines with an interest artificial intelligence are invited to collaborate in research. 

Wilken receives university award for undergraduate mentoring in research
Lisa Wilken is the 2016 recipient of the University Distinguished Faculty Award for the Mentoring of Undergraduate Students in Research.

Six Kansas State University educators receive Presidential Awards for outstanding work
Lisa Wilken is one of six Kansas State University educators receiving 2016 Presidential Awards for going above and beyond in providing education, development and vision to students and professors. 

Hohn awarded professorship in chemical engineering
Keith Hohn, professor of chemical engineering, has been appointed as the William H. Honstead Professor in Chemical Engineering.

Kansas State University design team ties for first place in regional competition
A team of five Kansas State University students tied for first place in the 2016 Great Plains Low Impact Development Student Design Competition in Omaha, Nebraska, March 7-9.

Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry awards summer research and travel grants
Kansas State University's Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry has selected two engineering students for summer research and travel grants.

Opening of Engineering Hall to be marked by ribbon-cutting ceremony
A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday, April 1, will mark the official opening of Engineering Hall, the 108,000-square-foot addition to the engineering complex at Kansas State University.

Two alumni join Kansas State University College of Engineering Hall of Fame
Two distinguished alumni of Kansas State University's College of Engineering, Glen Fountain and Fred Steiers, will join the college's Hall of Fame in an April 2 ceremony.

Kansas State University College of Engineering alumni honored for career success
Professional career accomplishments during their first 20 years following graduation from Kansas State University has earned 11 College of Engineering alumni the college's Professional Progress Award.

Kansas State University's sophomore leadership honorary selects members for 2016-2017
Two College of Engineering students have been selected as Silver Key members for the 2016-2017 school year.

Junior in mechanical engineering to receive Presidential Award for undergraduate research
Sarah Stevenson, junior in mechanical engineering, Wichita, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Presidential Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Student in Research.

University honors four with Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award
Kevin Wanklyn, instructor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, is one of four faculty members being recognized with the 2016 Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award for making a difference in the classroom.

Michael Duncan's memory lives on through gift to support Engineering Hall
"It's so important that students have a great place to learn and grow. It encourages them," said Candace Duncan, who made a gift to name the James Michael Duncan, MD Meeting Room in honor of her late husband, a 1974 graduate of the College of Engineering.

SORA using K-State engineering, Olathe campus to improve health care
SORA Medical Solutions LLC is using Kansas State University's engineering expertise and Olathe campus to improve health care.

College of Engineering names assistant dean for student services
Andy Fund, academic advisor, instructor and research assistant for the electrical and computer engineering department at K-State, will become assistant dean for student services in the College of Engineering effective May 1.

Kansas State University nominates six students for Udall Scholarship
Mark Ronning, junior in electrical engineering, is one of six K-State students nominated for the Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship.

NSF grant to help engineering researcher with work improving manufacture of ultra-thin precision parts
Shuting Lei, professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, has received a National Science Foundation Manufacturing Machines and Equipment grant for his work on machining precision parts.

Yvonne Cook passes energy exam
Yvonne Cook, engineering extension, passed a four-hour, 130-question energy exam. The exam is one of the first steps on Cook's journey to achieve the designation of certified energy manager from the Association of Energy Engineers.

February 2016

Engineering professor recognized with regional teaching award
Ray Buyle, associate professor of architectural engineering and construction science and Tointon Construction management chair at Kansas State University, has been named a recipient of the 2016 Associated Schools of Construction Regional Teaching Award. 

Goddard to receive lifetime achievement award
James Goddard, professor of architectural engineering and construction science in the College of Engineering at Kansas State University, has been honored with the Associated Schools of Construction Lifetime Achievement Award.

Researchers develop 3-D printed diagnostic device that can rapidly detect anemia
Researchers at Kansas State University's Olathe and Manhattan campuses are using 3-D printers to develop a low cost, point-of-care device that can quickly detect anemia.

Two engineering professors make top 25 list
Don Gruenbacher and Medhat M. Morcos, faculty members of electrical and computer engineering at Kansas State University, have been recognized as two of the 25 top professors of electrical engineering at OnlineEngineeringPrograms.com.

A good night's sleep: Engineers develop technology for special needs children
A Kansas State University engineering team is using a National Science Foundation grant to help special needs children through technology that connects sleep data with daytime learning.

Melhem honored with teaching scholar endowment
Hani Melhem, professor of civil engineering, has been appointed the Darold and Debbie Davis Cornerstone Teaching Scholar in Civil Engineering. 

CEO of Aspera Inc. to speak on birth and growth of high-speed transport platform for Eyestone Lecture
Kansas State University alumna Michelle Munson, chief executive officer for Aspera Inc., will present the College of Engineering's Eyestone Lecture at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in 1109 Engineering Hall.

Starrett selected to Academy of Civil Engineers
Steve Starrett, associate professor of civil engineering, has been elected a member of the Missouri University of Science & Technology Academy of Civil Engineers. 

Kansas State University student creates real change in Des Moines through design residency program
Kelsey McDonough, doctoral student in biological and agricultural engineering, was part of the fifth annual RDG Design Residence.

Steward honored with outstanding faculty member endowment
David Steward, professor of civil engineering, has been appointed the Thomas and Connie Paulson Civil Engineering Outstanding Faculty Member. 

Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol features six students from Kansas State University
Geordy Williams, CIS, is one of six undergraduate researchers who will present their work at the Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol Feb. 18 in Topeka. His faculty adviser is Mitchell Neilsen, CIS.

AGC student chapter experiences unique winter break
The Associated General Contractors of America student chapter in the architectural engineering and construction science department at Kansas State University once again embarked on a service project over winter break.

Ambassadors named for College of Engineering
The Kansas State University College of Engineering has announced the selection of 22 students for membership in the Engineering Ambassadors organization.

Computing and information sciences students attend CyberCorps career fair
Eleven students from the department of computing and information sciences in the College of Engineering attended the 2016 CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service career fair Jan. 12-14 in Arlington, Virginia. 

Hossain recognized for contributions to lightweight aggregate use
Mustaque Hossain, professor of civil engineering, has been chosen by the directors of the Expanded Shale, Clay and Slate Institute to receive the 2016 Frank G. Erskine Award for his outstanding contributions to the use of lightweight aggregate. 

K-State junior wins prestigious scholarship
Jacquelyn Sommers, junior in architectural engineering, has received one of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers' largest undergraduate awards — the Reuben Trane Scholarship.

January 2016

NSF CAREER award supports researcher's cyber-physical systems work
Pavithra Prabhakar, assistant professor of computing and information sciences, has received a five-year $446,000 CAREER award to develop better transportation, health care and energy systems.

Engineering extension awarded grant for energy-related services
The Office of Engineering Extension received a $48,200 grant to partner with the Kansas Corporation Commission to offer no-cost energy audits, renewable energy site assessments and related services to small businesses and agricultural producers.

Undergraduate poster forum highlights engineering research
Undergraduate engineering students at Kansas State University have earned honors for their work at the College of Engineering's recent Undergraduate Research Forum.

Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry awards spring grants
Kansas State University's Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry has selected three engineering students for research and travel grants for their undergraduate research.

Biological and agricultural engineering professor honored for precision ag work
Ajay Sharda, assistant professor of biological and agricultural engineering, has been named the 2016 Conservation Systems Precision Ag Researcher of the Year. 

Two engineering professors make Top 25 list
William Dunn and Terry Beck, both professors of mechanical and nuclear engineering at Kansas State University, have been recognized as two of the 25 top professors of mechanical engineering. 

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