Newsmakers, April 2014

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) recently announced the results of the membership-wide vote for the 2014-15 ASEE officers. Joseph Rencis, Ph.D., was elected as president-elect and Col. Bobby Grant Crawford, NY U ’85, was chosen as the vice president. Col. Crawford is an associate professor and director at the U.S. Military Academy. Dr. Rencis is Dean of Engineering at Tennessee Tech University. See the full list of newly elected officers here

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A team of engineering students from the University of Central Florida (UCF) took first place in the speed trials for both the woman’s and men’s sections of the east coast ASME Human Powered Vehicle Competition. The team also won first place in the innovation and endurance categories. The team is comprised of eight UCF engineering students, including Brian J. Myers, FL D 2014. Read the article for more information and images of the human-powered vehicle “Knightrike” and the team members

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Earlier this week, John C. Houbolt, Ph.D. (IL A ’40), passed away at the age of 95. According to his obituary, he was a chief aeronautical scientist at NASA that played a vital role is the successful moon landing in 1996. From NASA’s website: “Mr. Houbolt was the catalyst in securing U.S. commitment to the science and engineering theory that eventually carried the Apollo crew to the moon and back safely.”

He was vocal in arguing in favor of a lunar orbit rendezvous as opposed to “building a huge rocket or launching a craft while orbiting earth.” He also spent part of his career serving in the Army Corps of Engineers. His undergraduate degree in civil engineering was earned at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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