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December 2016

Summer internship leads to scholarship for K-State's Bell
Cement company Ash Grove presents one of its two intern scholarships to Brandon Bell, senior in IMSE.

Fulbright experience expands professor's global perspective
Stacy Hutchinson, K-State professor of biological and agricultural engineering, recently spent five weeks in Dnipro, Ukraine, as a participant in the Fulbright Specialist Program.

Fall 2016 Faculty Development Awards and University Small Research Grants announced
Hitesh Bindra, MNE, and Lisa Wilken, BAE, are recipients of a Faculty Development Award and University Small Research Grant, respectively, awarded each fall and spring by the Office of the Vice President for Research through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Associated General Contractors Student Chapter gives back to Manhattan community
The K-State Associated General Contractors Student Chapter assisted the Chapman Center for Rural Studies with the design and construction of a Story Store recording booth for "Going Home: Hidden Histories of the Flint Hills."

November 2016

K-State student selected for Japanese National Honor Society-College Chapter
John Boyington, MNE, is among the more than 800 college and university students who have been inducted into the Japanese National Honor Society-College Chapter.

Promising business ideas earn student entrepreneurs $20,000 from K-State Launch
Tyler O'Briant and Sam Rozell, seniors in EE; and Austin Pfannestiel, doctoral candidate in EE, were awarded cash prizes in the challenge. 

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers members score high at national conference
Chapter members of the K-State Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers were part of first- and second-place winning teams at the organization's 2016 national conference, Nov. 2-5, in Seattle, Washington.

Undergraduate students selected to join Kansas State University cancer research teams
Mariah Brown, Megan Richards, Tristan McCallister and Anna Brokesh, BAE; Zachary Lock, CHE; Daniel Clausing and Whitney Cox, EE; and Elshaddai Abamegal and Gabrielle Phillips, ME, are nine of the 47 students selected for the Johnson Cancer Research Center undergraduate research mentoring and award program.

10 Kansas State University graduate students earn honors at Research and the State
Four of the 10 graduate students were from the College of Engineering, and will present their research at the Capitol Graduate Research Summit in February 2017 at the Statehouse in Topeka.

University's Center for Hazardous Substance Research receives $5 million to continue brownfield restoration work
The K-State Center for Hazardous Substance Research has been awarded a five-year, $5 million cooperative agreement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to continue assistance to local governments and tribes in U.S. EPA Regions 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Twelve electrical and computer engineering students initiated into honorary
K-State's Eta Kappa Nu chapter, the honor society for electrical and computer engineering students, initiated 12 new members on Oct. 26.

K-State teams place at regional competition
Student competition teams from the architectural engineering and construction science department competed in the annual Associated Schools of Construction Region 4 2016 Construction Management Competition, Oct. 26-29, in Nebraska City, Nebraska. 

October 2016

Kansas State University researcher receives $1 million from DOE to advance safety in nuclear reactors
Hitesh Bindra, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, has received more than $1 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Energy for nuclear reactor safety research and work.

Kansas State University students named Cargill Global Scholars
Edgar Duarte, sophomore in chemical engineering, was one of 10 U.S. students selected as 2016 Cargill Global Scholars.

Kansas State University intern program identifies big savings for Kansas industries
The K-State Pollution Prevention Institute Intern Program concluded its 11th year this summer with seven interns from three Kansas universities.

Kansas State University researchers sign agreement with Mahindra & Mahindra Limited Farm Equipment Sector
Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. will sponsor the biological and agricultural engineering department in Kansas State University's College of Engineering to provide testing and validation of new tractor models.

College of Engineering students attend fall 2016 Engineering Leadership and Innovation program kickoff event
Twenty-one College of Engineering students met for the kickoff event of the Engineering Leadership and Innovation, or ELI, program Aug. 29 in Engineering Hall.

Engineering extension selected as educational partner by FLIR Systems Inc.
The engineering extension department at K-State has been selected as an educational partner by FLIR Systems Inc. As a result of this selection, FLIR will offer the department a 50 percent discount toward the purchase of a thermal camera.

September 2016

K-State chemical engineering and chemistry faculty members awarded Department of Energy grant to develop a new ammonia synthesis process
Large-scale production of ammonia is required to supply the nitrogen that supports the global food system.

Increasing efficiency, reducing waste: Student plays key role as Bayer intern
Sam Oxandale, junior in mechanical engineering, Kearney, Missouri, was an integral piece of a new project for Bayer's environmental and utility services technical plant in Kansas City, Missouri.

Burns & McDonnell invests $500,000 in Engineering Hall at Kansas State University
Burns & McDonnell has pledged $500,000 to support Engineering Hall, the new expansion to Kansas State University's engineering complex.

Shultis endowed by teaching excellence fund
J. Kenneth Shultis, professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, has been named a recipient of the Ike and Letty Evans Cornerstone Teaching Scholar Excellence Fund in the College of Engineering.

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

Maghirang named associate dean for research and graduate programs
Ronaldo Maghirang, professor of biological and agricultural engineering, has been named associate dean for research and graduate programs in the College of Engineering at Kansas State University effective Sept. 11. 

Researchers awarded grant to develop microfabricated device for the rapid discovery of bacterial interactions
Ryan Hansen, chemical engineering, and Thomas Platt, biology, both assistant professors, received a National Science Foundation grant to develop a microwell array platform for high-throughput screening and discovery of microbial interactions.

Kansas State University researchers map links between salmonella and sepsis
Research by industrial engineering and biology researchers at Kansas State University marks a significant milestone in the battle against sepsis, the second highest cause of death in intensive care units in the U.S.

College of Engineering's top company for 2016 is Henderson Engineers
Henderson Engineers Inc. in Lenexa is the College of Engineering's 2016 Company of the Year.

Former interim named department head of computer science
Scott DeLoach was named head of the department of computer science at Kansas State University in September 2016 after having previously served as interim head since 2014. 

August 2016

K-State Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers wins national awards at conference
K-State's Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers was recognized with the Gold Award at the annual conference in May. Three students also were awarded national scholarships. 

Doctoral candidate receives national fuel cycle research award
Michael Reichenberger, doctoral candidate in nuclear engineering, received a second-place prize in the Innovations and Fuel Cycle Research Awards sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

K-State senior speaks at Kansas Department of Health and Environment awards ceremony
Jacquelyn Sommers, senior in architectural engineering, provided acceptance remarks on behalf of the Coleman Company at an awards ceremony hosted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Aug. 10.

Keen cited by professional organization with two top awards
Julia Keen, Kansas State University professor of architectural engineering and construction science, and the Bob and Betty Tointon engineering chair, has been recognized by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers.

Engineering team takes second in international ag, biological design contest
A Kansas State University team earned four awards and placed second overall in an international design-build competition in Orlando, Florida.

Erickson, Brase team up for book about solar infrastructure
Larry Erickson, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Center for Hazardous Substance Research, and Gary Brase, professor of psychological sciences, have published "Solar Powered Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles." 

Kansas State University engineers to engage Chicagoans in air pollution monitoring, help environmental justice communities
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded three K-State researchers and seven Chicago organizations a $750,000 grant to investigate if giving communities access to low-cost portable air pollution monitoring devices could help improve air quality.

Kansas State University researcher develops industry standard for concrete railroad ties
Concrete railroad ties are becoming stronger and safer, thanks to researchers at Kansas State University. Bob Peterman, professor of civil engineering, leads the research team.

July 2016

Three from Kansas State University named to fellow status
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers recognized three Kansas State University professors as fellows at its 2016 annual international meeting July 17-20, in Orlando, Florida.

Rezac attends Higher Education Resource Services Summer Institute
Higher Education Resource Services Luce Program for Women in STEM Leadership awards Mary Rezac one of four scholarships to Bryn Mawr gathering.

Faculty and students garner honors at professional society meeting
K-State was well represented by faculty and students from the biological and agricultural engineering department at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers 2016 Annual International Meeting, July 17–20, in Orlando, Florida.

Electrical and computer engineering professor presents at international conference
Behrooz Mirafzal, associate professor in the electrical and computer engineering department, served as a session chair and presented two papers at the International Conference on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems.

Soldan honored with distinguished service award
David Soldan, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Kansas State University, has been named recipient of the 2016 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-Eta Kappa Nu Distinguished Service Award. 

Goddard honored with distinguished faculty endowment
James Goddard, professor in the architectural engineering and construction science department, is the recipient of the Hutton Family Distinguished Faculty Fund in Construction Science at Kansas State University. 

Electrical engineering faculty member to receive Paslay Professorship
Caterina Scoglio, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is the recipient of the LeRoy and Aileen Paslay Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

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