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    As the upcoming academic year quickly approaches, we have much to reflect upon and be proud of at CEAS. I am pleased to report that nearly 700 of our students graduated on May 1 and 2, at the Doctoral Hooding & Master’s Recognition and Undergraduate Ceremonies. With the help of our highly ranked co-op program and cutting-edge curriculum, 97% of these graduates have already found a job and are hitting the ground engineering.
    Joining a distinguished group of alumni, our graduates now enter a world in which engineering innovation and breakthroughs are of the utmost importance to further advance society and humankind. I wish them all the best of luck as they embark on their future, ready to rise to the challenge. Congratulations, Class of 2015!
    This fall, we’ll be welcoming more than 1,000 freshmen students—the Class of 2020—and we couldn’t be more ready for them. The college is on the move, redefining engineering pedagogy and the student experience through state-of-the-art learning spaces, domestic and international learning opportunities, and the expertise of our faculty.
    The university’s commitment to supporting our growth—the “50 in 5” hiring initiative—has allowed us to bring more than 20 new faculty members onboard in the past two years. Their exceptional credentials significantly enhance our students’ learning experience, bolster our research capacity and substantially improve our national and global reputation. Our faculty continually contribute to our college’s excellence as they garner achievements, including the University’s 2015 Faculty Awards. Of the 16 esteemed awardees, four of our own engineering professors received this high honor. Dr. Awatef Hamed received the Faculty Career Award; Drs. Mark Schulz and Vesselin Shanov received the Established Entrepreneurial Achievement Award; and Sang Young Son received the Emerging Entrepreneurial Achievement Award.
    As you may already know, we believe that collaboration among the colleges and with our industry and community partners is the key to our future. Our work with the Colleges of Nursing and Medicine in establishing the Collaboratory House on the Maple Knoll campus has received statewide acclaim as a model for superior senior citizen quality of life. In late April, the University signed a formal affiliation agreement with Maple Knoll, making our decades-long partnership official. This alliance is rewarding not only for our students but also for the community as a whole—together, we are producing innovations that bring joy to living.
    Additionally, the college continues to strive toward greater diversity in the field of engineering, and we’re making remarkable advancements in STEM education along the way. The college, along with the UC Scholars Academy, has teamed up with Hughes STEM High School on a new Summer Bridge Program. The program celebrated its first graduation of 11 students on June 26. Congratulations, graduates — we look forward to following your promising academic careers in the years ahead!
    All of us here at the college wish you a safe and enjoyable summer. Look for our next issue when we celebrate our astounding incoming class.

Dr. Widen Tabakoff
College remembers Dr. Widen Tabakoff, professor of Aerospace Engineering

An early pioneer in jet and aerospace propulsion, Dr. Widen Tabakoff, passed away on June 6. Professor Tabakoff joined the college in 1959 and was the founder of the aerospace engineering graduate program and the GE cooperative education program.

From food waste to fuel, CEAS does Energy Sustainability better

CEAS researchers take aim at reducing the U.S.’s annual 40% of food waste and are now able to convert waste into solid fuels, biodiesel and other products.

Jeff Kastner and Eugene Rutz with UVG representatives
CEAS faculty work with regional high schools in Guatemala

CEAS professor Jeffrey Kastner and academic director Eugene Rutz jumped at the invitation to help implement a STEM-based high school outreach program at Universidad Del Valle de Guatemala (UVG).

Alexia Gaines
First Year CEAS student wins scholarship to study in Korea

Fulfilling her passion for Korean language and culture, Alexia Gaines, first year electrical engineering student, will spend spring semester 2016 in South Korea.

CEAS researcher and aerospace engineering students take home three awards at Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Science Symposium (DCASS).

Goutham Mylavarapu, senior research associate, and CEAS students Matthew Pinchak and Owen Macmann each won “Best Presentation” awards at the 40th Annual American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ (AIAA) Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium (DCASS). Best Presentation awardees are selected based on merits, which include innovation and level of effort, technical contribution and presentation quality.

Matthew Davenport
CEAS biomedical engineering student receives National Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields. Matthew Davenport was among this year’s winners of the prestigious award..

Laser shock peening lab Rhodes Hall, UC
Exclusive “laser shock peening” technology is improving aircraft reliability and lifetime

Researchers S.R. “Manny” Mannava and Vijay K. Vasudevan, both professors in the department of mechanical and materials engineering, have joined in a unique partnership with Airbus to make airplanes more resilient, longer lasting and more efficient.

Ben Landis, MD
First BMI (Biomedical Informatics) certificate awarded

Benjamin Landis, MD, received the first BMI certificate to pursue pediatric cardiovascular genetic research. The BMI graduate certificate is a joint program between CEAS and UC’s College of Medicine in partnership with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. An interdisciplinary field, BMI combines knowledge of informatics and medical sciences to assist in the management of health and biomedical information.

CEAS students are “Engineers of the Month”

Each Engineer of the Month has demonstrated excellence in the classroom, success in their co-op assignments, and leadership through extracurricular activities on campus and/or in the community.
New Assistant Director appointed

The Division of Professional Practice and Experiential Learning (ProPEL) has hired Jim Tappel for the newly created position of Assistant Director of the Engineering and Technology Team at ProPEL. Some of Jim’s responsibilities include:

  • Serving as the main point of contact between the CEAS and ProPEL.
  • Working with individual departments in order to identify needs and coordinate appropriate support.
  • Working with the Colleges to determine growth targets for programs in order to maintain quality opportunities in combination with high placement rates.
  • Support and facilitate employer engagement opportunities for both research and co-op students participating in the Aerospace Engineering Program.
If you have an opportunity for a UC student or are interested in starting a co-op program, please contact Jim at 513-556-9771 or email him at

Brandon Cook
Brandon Cook, aerospace engineering graduate student and NASA intern receives two prestigious awards

Cook was recognized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) as an emerging aerospace professional. His innovative guidance, navigation and control research on unmanned aerial systems awarded him $2,500. In addition to this achievement, he won the 2015 National Omicron Delta Kappa John D. Morgan Graduate Scholarship.

Ralph Christie
CEAS Distinguished Alumnus, Ralph Christie, elected unanimously as ACEC Chairman

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) announced that CEAS alumnus, Ralph W. Christie, Jr., P.E., was elected to be the organization’s new chair.

Hope to see you at the 22nd Annual CEAS Alumni Association

Scholarship Fund Golf Outing

Monday, September 14, 2015
Walden Ponds Golf Course, Fairfield, Ohio

Baldwin Society members support CEAS

Over the years the colleges of Engineering and Applied Science have been preparing young men and women for leadership in industry, science and technology. Support from alumni and friends has made the difference between what students pay in tuition and what it really costs to educate them. We invite you to become a member of a partnership community that provides ongoing support to CEAS by joining or renewing your membership in the Baldwin Society. For assistance, contact the CEAS Office of Development at (513) 556-6271 or

W.E.B. Tour Event
September 1, 2015
Alumni and Friends of UC Reception
Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana, Pasadena, California
Special CEAS tour of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory:
    9/1 – 2:30 p.m. or 9/3 – 9:00 a.m.
For more information contact: or call 513-556-6279

Homecoming Weekend
October 23–25, 2015 (UC vs. UConn, 10/24, game time TBA)

Baldwin Society Reception
Friday, October 23, 2015, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

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