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    Approximately 735 CEAS students graduated last weekend with the following breakdown of degrees: associate-2, baccalaureate-493, MEng-41, MS-162 and PhD-37. Congratulations to the students for their dedication and hard work. Congratulations also to all the family members and friends who helped the students achieve their dreams.
    I congratulate Dr. Ephraim Gutmark, Ohio Eminent Scholar and Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Professor of Otolaryngology, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovation at the 2014 Business Courier Innovation Awards on April 10. Also, Eugene Rutz and Jim Tappel (as part of the four member UC MOOC, Massive Open Online Course team) received the Innovative Uses of Technology in Teaching award at the University Award Ceremony on April 17.
    CEAS was recently announced as a partner with the University of California-Irvine in the newly established Center for Advanced Design and Manufacturing of Integrated Microfluidics (CADMIM) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Congratulations to Dr. Ian Papautsky, CEAS Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, who will serve as the UC-CEAS CADMIM director.
    I hope you were able to attend the College Awards Banquet last month as we recognized our Distinguished Alumni. This year's award recipients were: Engineering Technology Distinguished Alumnus Award, William K. Flemming (BS Construction Management, 1979); Herman Schneider Distinguished Alumnus Award, Michael D. Valentine (BS Electrical Engineering, 1973); and Lifetime Achievement Award (posthumous), Jason R. Lemon, PhD (BS Mechanical Engineering, 1958).
    We are transforming the spring College Awards Banquet into a series of WE ENGINEER BETTER™ (W.E.B.) Tour events staged throughout the year in cities across the country. Modeled on President Ono's highly successful #HottestCollegeinAmerica tour, the first W.E.B. Tour will take place in Houston on May 15 followed by Northern Kentucky on June 19. Other venues under consideration are Chicago, Washington D.C., northern and southern California, Charlotte and even as far as Taipei, Taiwan.
    This transformation to a road format should make it more convenient for many of you who support the college to participate directly in events that showcase our success - the success that you help make possible. This mobile approach is very appropriate given the many CEAS alumni living outside Cincinnati and our increasing national and international presence. Please be on the lookout for specific announcements.
    Thanks to everyone for making this year such a stellar success.

CEAS Outstanding Graduate Receives UC's Highest Award for Undergraduates

Brad Theilman, biomedical engineering, is one of five recipients of the Presidential Medal of Honor.

Elizabeth DeBenedictis awarded the Herman Schneider Medal of Honor

DeBenedictis, a mechanical engineering senior, is recognized for her "distinction as an exemplary co-op student - one who has taken fullest advantage of the unique opportunities of a cooperative education."

A promise from one family member to another leads to a senior design project turned life-changing invention.

Debbie Flaig's and Ian Wright's mechanical engineering technology senior project aids AMC patients in basic grooming and lifestyle tasks.

Carson David QiuFeng Berter was born with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, or AMC, a rare congenital condition affecting his joints.
The UC Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) student chapter and the College of Engineering and Applied Science hosted UC's first hackathon, "Revolution UC," on April 5-6.

What is a hackathon you ask? Jonah Back, head of UC's ACM student chapter and co-organizer of Revolution UC, explains: "A hack is applying your knowledge about computing in an effort to solve a problem that someone else may not even know they have. A hackathon is a continuous 24-hour period in which the brightest minds in the computer science field come together to give it all they've got to create the best hack possible."

Jonah Back and Ken Addison showcase their mobile app Snippet, at McHacks.

The Construction Management UC Bearcat Team makes their sales pitch at the 2014 OCA Estimating Competition.
UC hosts its first construction management competition - the New Builders Competition.

The University of Cincinnati hosted its first construction management competition on Friday, March 7, 2014. The New Builders Competition - or NewB for short - is designed "to advance the next group of young construction professionals in their growth of becoming the leaders of tomorrow in the construction industry."

Photo: Bruce Crippin, Business Courier
Canstruction Cincinnati 2014

UC students used 3644 cans to create "Ducking the Obstacles of Hunger" benefitting the Freestore Foodbank.

UC's Medical Device Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program (MDIEP), Department of Biomedical Engineering host "Do it or mDIEp Day".

MDIEP works with clinicians to solve real clinical problems with real medical device solutions. The program is an integral part of biomedical engineering and is a cross-disciplinary effort with four colleges participating: the College of Engineering and Applied Science; Design, Architecture, Art and Planning; Carl H. Lindner College of Business; and College of Medicine. Eleven teams presented their work in an elevator pitch format to mock investors from the UC and local industry community as they competed in a mock venture fund competition with millions of "Bearcash" dollars at stake.

The winning team, "Curved Hypodermic Needle: Vascular Access for Obese Patients," shows off their Bearcash bundles.

Tom Byar
Aerospace alumnus Tom Byar lives a simple lifestyle so he can give back to his alma mater through a scholarship fund for undergraduate students.

In recognition of his parents, Byar established the Knowlson and Irene Byar Endowed Scholarship Fund for undergraduate aerospace students. He believes that it is important to give back and is steadfast in his spirit of giving. "Once you decide that giving is something you want to do, it is only a short step to the realization that anything worth giving to is worth giving to repeatedly."

University of Cincinnati Research Institute (UCRI) serves to connect UC experts to industry partners, facilitate commercialization of research and enhance cooperative and experiential learning experiences for UC students.


Distinguished Alumni honored at Banquet, April 11, 2014

- Engineering Technology Distinguished Alumnus
        William K. Flemming, BSCM 1979
- Herman Schneider Distinguished Alumnus Award
        Michael D. Valentine, BSEE 1973
- Lifetime Achievement Award (posthumously)
        Jason R. "Jack" Lemon, PhD, BSME 1958

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