Srivishnu and Chaojun win Dean’s Prize

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Great Stuff! Thanks!

I want to thank all of the students, staff and the faculty who contributed to the School of Engineering’s UnConvention activities last week. There were lectures, the Design Showcase on Thursday, and Saturday’s activities in our labs and around campus. Thanks to all of you for making the School of Engineering’s contribution to the University’s event a success.

So, on the topic of the Design Showcase, congratulations are due to Team ChBE Pandas, who won the Excellence in Engineering Design Award—all $5,000 of it! The team is made up of Apoorv Bhargava, Prachi Bhalwalkar, Shelby Reinhardt, Erte Xi, Valicia Miller and Kavita Venkateshwar, all chemical engineering majors. The team designed a self-sufficient chemical plat to upgrade raw natural gas and clean water used in fracturing. Their advisor is Ken Cox and they all deserve hearty congratulations!

There were more winners on Thursday at the Design Showcase and you can see who won here: Special thanks go to Maria Oden and her crew, Amy Kavalewitz, Carlos Amaro, Joe Gesenhues and Christine Gardner. I know this event takes a lot of planning and execution and it was a great success. Thank you!

Our Explore Engineering lab tours and demos on Saturday were very well done!. Thank you all for your efforts. This morning we got an email from a staff member who brought her middle-school son who wants to be an engineer. She said they greatly enjoyed the demos and learned a lot and that “the seeds of his future were being planted.” Now that’s a great result. ..

The fellow with the red nose is “Beaker,” aka Andy Coughlin, bioengineering grad student, and the one with the green face is “Professor Honeydew,” aka BJ Gill, a bioengineering MD/PhD student. Both are in Jennifer West’s lab. I wonder if there’s something in the water there!

Winning the Dean’s Prize was “Modern Vibration Control of Swaying Buildings,” presented by Srivishnu Vemuru and Chaojun Huang, graduate students in civil engineering. These guys got perfect scores in all categories by all judges, so they must have been doing something right. They get the $500 prize! Satish Nagarajaiah, professor of civil engineering, is their sponsor. Congratulations to you all!

The second place winner was Shannon Eichman, chemical engineering postdoc in Matteo Pasquali’s lab. Her demo, “Single-walled Carbon Nanotube Dynamics” won her the $300 second prize. Good job, Shannon!

We had a three-way tie for third place, with “Checking the Air We Breathe: Aerosol Chemistry Lab,” Owen Gong, graduate student in environmental engineering, lead presenter; “Carbon Nanotubes: The Next Electrical Wire?” with Dmitri Tsentalovich, graduate student in chemical engineering, lead presenter; and “mobileSpiro,” Peter Chang, lead presenter. I’m throwing in an extra hundred dollars so each of the teams that worked on these presentations have $100 to share. Congratulations to you all!

I want to send special thanks to the students of the National Society of Black Engineers, led by Christa Clarke, bioengineering major. These students had a table where kids could build rockets from film canisters that were propelled by Alka Seltzer in the morning and in the afternoon, made a lot of liquid nitrogen ice cream. Thank you for all your hard work!

Barbecue and Bill$

The REA gave away a record amount in scholarships at the picnic on Saturday—around $100,000. That’s a good chunk of change! There were so many winners named that we’re posting them online and you can find out who they are here:



Edwin L. Thomas

William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering