In the News, April 2015

Chiedozie (Dozie) Ibekwe, MS B ’11, has been named a recipient of a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship. He plans to pursue a Master of Philosophy in public policy and “will utilize my manufacturing and supply chain management expertise to advise African policymakers on crafting and executing effective industrial policies to boost manufacturing and diversify African economies.”

Ibekwe has been employed at GE, currently as a lead buyer at GE Oil & Gas, since graduating from the University of Mississippi with a degree in electrical engineering. Click here to read an article from the Hotty Toddy (MS), which profiles Ibekwe.

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A group of researchers from Clemson University (SC) has received a National Science Foundation grant for virtual reality factory simulation. The principal investigator is Anand K. Gramopadhye, Ph.D. (SC A ’87), professor & Dean of the College of Engineering and Science at Clemson. The group is called CA2VES, which stands for the Center for Aviation and Automotive Technological Education Using Virtual E-Schools.

“Part of our goal is to smash the perception that manufacturing is dirty work with long hours and low pay,” Dr. Gramopadhye said. “Today’s manufacturing plants use sophisticated equipment. They are clean now. Jobs require highly complex technical skills and decision-making. This will require us to close the knowledge and skills gap.” According to the article, the group will also push to reach women, minorities, and students from rural areas with the toolkits and virtual reality simulations.

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Rowan University has announced that senior mechanical engineering undergraduate student Bethany T. Brigandi, NJ E 2015, has been selected to represent the University at the “Transforming Undergraduate Education in Engineering Phase II: Insights from Tomorrow’s Engineers” workshop organized by the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) beginning April 10 in Washington, D.C. Read the news release for more information

Brigandi is a member and former president of the local Engineers Without Borders chapter, former treasurer of the local Society of Women Engineers chapter, and an active member of the SAE Supermileage team. She interned at Lockheed Martin this past summer and will work there after graduation as part of the corporation’s Engineering Leadership Development Program. Anthony M. Lowman, Ph.D. (NJ E ’93), dean of the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering, nominated Brigandi to participate in the workshop, based on a recommendation from Jennifer A. Kadlowec, Ph.D., professor and chair of mechanical engineering, noting her accomplishments in and out of the classroom.

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