Spring, 2014 - Alum Uses Senior Design Experience in Restaurant Venture
Anthony Pigliacampo (MechEngr '02) was always the type of engineer who loved building things more than solving equations. While at CU-Boulder, he took every class he could that let him turn ideas into real things. One, taught by Jackie Sullivan and Larry Carlson at the ITLL, made a huge impact on him - students brainstormed product ideas, built prototypes and wrote business plans. "I am not a very artistic person, but creating products felt like art to me," says Pigliacampo...Read More
The awards program was started in 2005 to annually recognize extraordinary performance by Mechanical Engineering faculty in the previous year. Selections are based on ratings from the annual performance evaluation process. The Woodward award recognizes outstanding performance across the three areas of faculty responsibility: research, teaching, and service.
Outstanding Researcher: Mark Borden, Ronggui Yang
Outstanding Undergraduate Educator: Jeff Knutsen
Outstanding Graduate Educator: Peter Hamlington
Outstanding Service: Daria Kotys-Schwartz
Woodward Outstanding Faculty Award: Daven Henze
Associate Professor Mike Hannigan, Instructor Daria Kotys-Schwartz and PhD student Janet Tsai won a Best Paper Award at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference for "Learning Statics by Feeling: Effects of Everyday Examples on Confidence and Identity Development." The paper examined a novel teaching approach, the body-based approach using active learning to structure the implementation of everyday examples in recitations as part of an engineering statics course.
Professor Emeritus David Kassoy renewed a subcontract from the University of California, Irvine to Kassoy Innovative Science Solutions, LLC, for "Reduced Basis and Stochastic Modeling of a Liquid Propellant Rocket Engine as a Complex System" under a grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Additionally, Kassoy's paper on non-diffusive ignition of a gaseous reactive mixture will be published inCombustion Theory and Modeling.
Professor Emeritus Frank Kreith published "Sustainable Energy Systems" in August, which will be used in A special issue of the ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineeringwas published to celebrate Professor Emeritus Frank Kreith's 91st birthday. The edition focused on his lifetime accomplishments and contributions to the field of solar energy.
The research results were presented at the AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting. Professor Shelly Miller and Associate Professor Noah Fiererreceived an award from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and NSF for their research on mold damage in homes. Over the past year, they have been studying the microbial communities in 15 homes along the Front Range. Recent floods significantly impacted half of the study homes and changed the direction of their research to focus on documenting flooding's impact on mold in homes.
Assistant Professor Mark Rentschler received the Charles A. Hutchinson Memorial Teaching Award, which recognizes faculty in the College of Engineering and Applied Science who have made outstanding contributions to teaching.
Associate Professor Ronggui Yang has been elected incoming chair of the ASME Nanoengineering for Energy and Sustainability Steering Committee. ASME is a not-for-profit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods.