Young Engineers in the News, July 2013

New Faces of Engineering-College Edition is a program of the National Engineers Week Foundation and its partners. Funding is provided by NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying). Each fall, College Edition recognizes the accomplishments of 3rd, 4th and 5th year engineering students by highlighting their academic successes and student contributions to the industry and participating engineering society. Five of this year’s New Faces of Engineering-College Edition are members of Tau Beta Pi. They are:

1. Brian G. Schuster, NC A 2013, chemical engineering, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
2. Adam J. Leemans, NY U 2013, mechanical engineering, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
3. Arnold C. Zhang, TX D 2013, electrical engineering, Chinese Institute of Engineers
4. Binbin Chen, GA A 2013, biomedical engineering, National Org. of Gay and Lesbian Scientists & Technical Professionals
5. Maria Ramos, NV B 2013, mechanical engineering, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

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Last week, the White House hosted a “We the Geeks” Google+ Hangout on “The Stuff Superheroes Are Made Of.” The event included a panel of engineers and scientists that spoke about work on new “materials and technology with amazing capabilities –seemingly ripped straight from the pages of a comic book or film script.” Read the article from the White House

One of those on the panel was Norman J. Wagner, Ph.D., an engineering professor at the University of Delaware, who is researching liquid armor. Dr. Wagner, PA G ’84, provided a dramatic moment when he attempted to show “how the liquid armor transitions from a fluid-like state to a solid-light state under impact” by stabbing a swatch of Kevlar containing the liquid armor. Read a summary of the event from The Washington Post

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Jonathan M. Sprinkle, Ph.D. (TN G ’99), was profiled by the Arizona Daily Star for being one of two professors from the University of Arizona to have been recently recognized with an early-career award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). His award stems from research he is doing related to “systems that will cut the development time for complex computer-controlled machines,” and a tool he is developing to get K-12 students interested in writing software code.

Dr. Sprinkle and a group of undergraduate engineering students are working on an app “that will allow students at two local high schools to safely pilot a Ford Explorer hybrid using little more than a cellphone app.” Click here to read the article

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