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June 2017

State's largest engineering college adds bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering
The College of Engineering at Kansas State University, with recent approval from the Kansas Board of Regents, will add biomedical engineering as its 11th Bachelor of Science degree program.

Report features article, software developed by K-State civil engineering professor
Hayder Rasheed, professor of civil engineering, authored a report and developed software that was recently featured by the Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University and National Academy of Science's Transportation Research Board. 

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ™ names engineer's graphene aerogel as world's lightest 3-D printed material
A Kansas State University engineer has co-developed 3-D printed graphene aerogel that GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS has declared the lightest 3-D printed material in the world.

Computer science students win at Kansas City Startup Weekend
Team Zoobot, led by two Kansas State University computer science students, took first-place honors at Kansas City Startup Weekend 2017, June 9-11, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Coding a growing field with opportunities for various education levels and backgrounds, expert says
More jobs in coding and computer science are available now than ever, and the number is only growing, according to Scott DeLoach, computer science department head at Kansas State University.

Clark named 'Engineer of the Year'
Gary Clark, senior associate dean for the College of Engineering, and professor of biological and agricultural engineering, has been named the 2017 Engineer of the Year by the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers. 

NSF grant to support engineering professors' development of triboelectric nanogenerators
Two Kansas State University mechanical and nuclear engineering professors have a received a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Mechanics of Materials and Structures Program.

University's quarter-scale tractor teams once again in the winners' circle
For the 19th time in the last 20 years, a K-State's quarter-scale tractor team has won or placed in the top three at the annual American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers' International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition.

Student body president selected to prestigious program
Jack Ayres, senior in chemical engineering and student body president, has been selected to the 2017 National Student Congress of the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship.

May 2017

Computer scientist to use Young Investigator Award to optimize autonomous autos
Self-driving cars, robotic vacuum cleaners and thermostats exemplify the kind of autonomous systems research that played a role in a faculty member receiving a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research's Science of Autonomy Program. 

Mechanical engineering student from Topeka receives select scholarship for promise in his profession
Kansas State University student Michael Brown, Topeka, has been named a 2017 Praxair Engineers of Tomorrow Scholarship winner from the Executive Leadership Council.

Department of Defense names civil engineering senior a SMART scholar
Chad Olney, Kansas State University senior in civil engineering, Winfield, has been awarded a Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation, or SMART, Scholarship for Service for the 2017-18 academic year.

Engineering advising coordinator's proposal selected for international conference
Mary Vesper, advising coordinator in the Kansas State University College of Engineering Academic Success Center, has been selected to present a sponsored session at the 2017 NACADA Annual Conference, Oct. 11-14, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Kansas State University student from Overland Park a 2017 Cargill Global Scholar
Cargill Inc. has recognized Nathan McClain, sophomore in computer science and physics, for his potential as a leader and researcher in the spheres of food, farming and financial risk management.

Loughmiller earns excellence in teaching award
Katie Loughmiller, Kansas State University assistant professor of architectural engineering and construction science, has been named a recipient of the 2016 Associated Schools of Construction Excellence in Teaching Award.

Electrical and computer engineering professor presents research in Denmark
Behrooz Mirafzal, Kansas State University associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and a Michelle Munson-Serban Simu keystone research faculty scholar, was a recent guest lecturer at Aalborg University in Denmark.

Undergraduate poster competition highlights engineering research
Seventy-four Kansas State University engineering undergraduate students from eight engineering departments recently participated in the 2017 Engineering Undergraduate Research Poster Competition. 

Engineering honor society welcomes new members
Twenty-two new members of the Kansas State University College of Engineering Steel Ring Honor Society were recently inducted for the upcoming academic year.

Five faculty members named newest university distinguished professors
Anil Pahwa, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was named a 2017 university distinguished professor, a lifetime title that is the highest honor the university bestows on its faculty members.

April 2017

Steel Bridge Team wins regional competition, qualifies for nationals
The Kansas State University Steel Bridge Team won first place at the American Society of Civil Engineers/American Institute of Steel Construction Mid-Continent Student Regional Conference April 21 at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. 

Kansas State University team breezes to high finish in wind turbine competition
The Wildcat Wind Power Team is the second-place winner in the 2017 Engineering Challenge of the Collegiate Wind Competition.

Purple reigns in EPA's national Campus RainWorks green infrastructure design competition
Erica Schmitz and Kelsey McDonough, both BAE, are two members of an interdisciplinary team from K-State that took first place in the EPA-sponsored national college competition.

University's 2017-2018 Coffman chair to focus on classroom tutoring
K-State's 2017-18 Coffman chair for distinguished teaching scholars, Todd Easton, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems, plans to help other faculty members improve their teaching abilities by incorporating tutoring during lectures.

Architectural engineering students awarded Lighting Education Scholarships
Five K-State architectural engineering students — Trevyn Sell, Heather Randolph, Whitney Luck, Danielle Porter and Darci Kern — have been awarded undergraduate scholarships totaling $18,500 from the Besal Lighting Education Fund.

Kansas State University student to research plants producing new antibiotics in Germany
If new antibiotics could come from plants, they would be an addition to the world's arsenal of bacteria-fighting tools, according to Gabrielle Phillips, a K-State sophomore in mechanical engineering.

K-State senior elected president of national organization
Casey Bertelsman, senior in architectural engineering, was elected national student body president of the Architectural Engineering Institute for the 2017-18 academic year during the organization's annual conference in Oklahoma City last week. 

Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge awards $75,000 to student entrepreneurs
The team of Tyler O'Briant and Sam Rozell, both EE, placed fourth in the recent Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge with their pitch for Eyas, a drone system designed for use by law enforcement and emergency management personnel.

Kansas State University students, alumni among newest NSF Graduate Research Fellows
Diane Collard, senior in chemical engineering, is among 2,000 students nationwide to receive the three-year fellowship.

Success adds up for university math team members in Putnam competition
Two College of Engineering students have placed highly in the 77th annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, the most prestigious mathematics contest for undergraduates at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

K-State Alumni Association honors eight K-State students for excellence
Michael Reichenberger, doctoral candidate in nuclear engineering, will be recognized by the K-State Alumni Association for outstanding achievements throughout his college career during an awards luncheon on April 18 at the K-State Alumni Center.

K-State's Associated General Contractors student chapter attends national convention
K-State’s Associated General Contractors Student Chapter recently attended the 2017 AGC of America National Convention in conjunction with the CONEXPO-CON/AGG trade show March 6-9. K-State's AGC student officers enjoyed several networking opportunities.

Cyber Defense Club ties for second place at national cybersecurity competition
Six members of Kansas State University's Cyber Defense Club tied for second place at Argonne National Laboratory's second annual Cyber Defense Competition.

Six Kansas State University educators receive Presidential Awards for outstanding work
Ronaldo Maghirang, professor of biological and agricultural engineering and associate dean for research and graduate programs, will receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. 

March 2017

Cyber Defense Club invited to national competition at Argonne National Laboratory
Six members of the university's Cyber Defense Club are competing in Argonne National Laboratory's Cyber Defense Competition 2017 on Saturday, April 1, at the laboratory's facility in Lemont, Illinois.

Engineer patents waterlike polymer to create high-temperature ceramics
Using five ingredients — silicon, boron, carbon, nitrogen and hydrogen — a Kansas State University engineer has created a liquid polymer that can transform into a ceramic with valuable thermal, optical and electronic properties.

Heier Stamm earns NSF CAREER award for study of coordinated response efforts in public health emergencies
Jessica Heier Stamm, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, is the fourth K-State faculty member — and the third from the College of Engineering — to receive a National Science Foundation CAREER award this semester.

Two graduate students named winners at statewide research summit
Zheng Zhao, doctoral student in biological and agricultural engineering, was on of two Kansas State University graduate students who received statewide recognition for their Kansas-related research at the 14th Capitol Graduate Research Summit, March 10, at the State Capitol in Topeka.

Two alumni join Kansas State University College of Engineering Hall of Fame
The Kansas State University College of Engineering Hall of Fame will induct two new members on April 1.

College of Engineering alumni earn honors for career success
The Kansas State University College of Engineering will honor 10 alumni for professional career accomplishment during the first 20 years following their graduation. The honorees will be recognized at ceremonies on the Manhattan campus April 1.

Esmaeily elected to fellow status in national engineering society
Asad Esmaeily, professor of civil engineering, has been elected to fellow status by the American Society of Civil Engineers. 

Two Kansas State University buildings win building awards contest
The Berney Family Welcome Center and Engineering Hall are the Judges Choice winner and runner-up, respectively, for state building awards by the Associated General Contractors of Kansas Inc. 

Student from Overland Park to serve as student body president; Wichita student to serve as vice president
Students have elected Jack Ayres, junior in chemical engineering, as president and Olivia Baalman, junior in computer science, as vice president.

More efficient irrigation techniques focus of new grant
With results from a newly awarded grant, K-State College of Engineering researchers will take the lead in providing knowledge for whole-field irrigation decisions as well as site-specific variable-rate irrigation techniques.

Professor's work on reducing soil evaporation earns prestigious NSF CAREER award
Melanie Derby, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, will use a $500,000 Faculty Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation for her project, "Altering Transient Soil Evaporation Mechanisms through Hydrophobicity."

Graduate student alumnus wins thesis award previously won by his major professor
Luke Muggy, 2015 doctoral graduate in industrial engineering, has been awarded the Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research Institute Best Doctoral Thesis Award — the same award won by his major professor and nominator Jessica Heier Stamm. 

College of Engineering awards six Keystone Research Scholars
The College of Engineering established the Keystone Research Scholars Program to recruit and retain top scholars, who though in the early stages of their academic careers, are in high demand for faculty positions throughout the country. 

Computer science team awarded grant to aid in innovative medical care for the military
Computer scientists at Kansas State University are partnering with Adventium Labs in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to develop tools for modeling and evaluating the safety and security of a new breed of app-based medical systems. 

K-State, KU investigators receive $300,000 NIFA grant to study radar sensing to help gather plant trait data
David Steward, professor of civil engineering, will collaborate with investigators from agronomy, mathematics and engineering for an interdisciplinary approach.

February 2017

Student group hosts Native American leadership summit
The K-State student chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and K-State Student Governing Association Diversity Programming Committee co-sponsored the Midwest Native American Student Leadership Summit Feb. 18. 

K-State Associated General Contractors student chapter awarded chapter of the year at national level
The K-State Associated General Contractors student chapter was awarded the 2016 National Student Chapter of the Year award by AGC of America. The award was based on the body of work performed by the student chapter during the 2015-2016 school year.

Sunderland Foundation supports academic success at Kansas State University's College of Engineering
The Sunderland Foundation, Overland Park, has given a gift of $200,000 to the College of Engineering at Kansas State University.

Urban air quality, ozone control focus of university's latest NSF CAREER award winner
The National Science Foundation has recognized Kansas State University's Placidus Amama through its Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, Program.

Architectural engineering students earn national scholarships
Two K-State seniors in architectural engineering have been awarded national scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year from the ASHRAE organization, formerly called the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

Union student employees honored with scholarships
Christopher Kreiser, CHE; Jacob Phillips, IE; and Zachary Goodner, CNSM; have each been awarded a Jon Levin Student Union General Scholarship.

Chen one of 58 awardees of U.S. Department of Defense Young Investigator Research Program
James Chen, Kansas State University assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, has been awarded $360,000 from the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Program.

College of Engineering Ambassadors named for 2017
The Kansas State University College of Engineering has announced the selection of 36 students for membership in the Engineering Ambassadors organization.

K-State Associated General Contractors of America Student Chapter completes winter break service project in Birmingham, Alabama
Twenty K-State students along with faculty advisers and a construction industry representative from Wichita participated in Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge program in Birmingham, Alabama, during winter break.

Loughmiller honored with regional teaching award
Katie Loughmiller, assistant professor of architectural engineering and construction science, is a recipient of the Associated Schools of Construction Region 4 Regional Teaching Award. 

January 2017

Textron Aviation invests $100,000 in College of Engineering at Kansas State University
Thanks to a donation from Textron Aviation, the Textron Aviation Women in Engineering Conference Room in Kansas State University's College of Engineering will elevate engineering education initiatives that help broaden the field to all future innovators.

Engineering students awarded scholarships
Two seniors in architectural engineering have been awarded scholarships from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

The Advanced Manufacturing Institute partners with state on grant program for Kansas innovators, entrepreneurs
The Advanced Manufacturing Institute and the Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship at Kansas State University have partnered with the Kansas Department of Commerce on a new grant program for Kansas innovators and entrepreneurs.

Three Kansas State University students receive prestigious Gilman scholarships to study abroad
Thomas Anjard, junior in IMSE, received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in the Czech Republic.

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