The four-day Engineering Summer Program drew 27 high schoolers from across the Mid-South area to CBU, June 4-7. Day #1 was an introduction to civil engineering, including outdoor surveying as part of the afternoon session titled “Introduction to Geomatics: GIS/GPS.” Day #2 focused on chemical engineering in the morning session with a workshop in the afternoon titled “Intro to Flight Dynamics.” The participants teamed up in groups to design a paper airplane then competed in the hall to see whose plane could fly the furthest. Day #3 focused on electrical & computer engineering. Dr. Eric Welch (Dean of Engineering) gave a workshop in the afternoon on “Cryptography.” The participants were given an exercise where they had to use a specific key to encrypt a message. Day #4 focused on mechanical engineering. During the morning session, the participants got to use Creo (3-D modeling software) to experiment with designing a cannon. In the afternoon session, they went to the engineering labs to fabricate a small cannon using the lathe and milling machine. They test fired their cannons outside using a firecracker.
Dr. Pong Malasri (Packaging) gave two packaging workshops while he was on vacation in Thailand earlier this summer.
- The first workshop was a one-day workshop entitled “Competitive Packaging for the U.S. Market: Distribution Packaging and Food Packaging Development” sponsored by the Department of American and South Pacific Affairs, Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership. Dr. Malasri gave a presentation on distribution hazards and the importance of pre-shipment test during the first half of the workshop. Drs. Ngamtip Poovarodom and Tunyarut Jingarn of Kasetsart University covered food packaging in the second half. The workshop was held at Dusit Thani Hotel, Bangkok, with almost 300 attendees from food producers, exporters, and members of the Thai Packaging Association. For more information on this workshop: http://uswatch.mfa.go.th/uswatch/th/activity/act_us_watch/detail.php?activity=1626
- The second workshop was a half-day workshop at the Department of Packaging Technology and Materials, Kasetsart University where Dr. Malasri focused his presentation on CBU’s experience in packaging research and ISTA lab and technician certification requirements. About 50 faculty, students, and packaging lab professionals attended the workshop. He also visited the nearby government-funded Thai Packaging Center after the workshop. The center tests packages for customers similar to the CBU Certified Packaging Lab. For more information on this workshop: http://www.agro.ku.ac.th/thai/depart_seminar_detail.php?id=141&dep_id=4
In the picture: (Top) Dr. Pong Malasri received a gift after his presentation at the June 5th workshop from Deputy Director-General Pattrawan Vechasart, Department of American and South Pacific Affairs, Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Bottom) Dr. Malasri received another gift at the June 6th workshop from Dr. Tunyarut Jinkarn, Head of Packaging Technology and Materials Department, Kasetsart University. More pictures can be viewed at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.458998040858864.1073741826.343830122375657&type=1&l=82f2a0f2d4
Congratulations to the following students who received an Engineering Graduate Award at the May 2013 commencement ceremony:
Adam J. Thornton - OUTSTANDING SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING GRADUATE AWARD
This award is presented by the School of Engineering faculty to the School of Engineering graduate who has demonstrated outstanding academic excellence, distinguished leadership, and dedicated service to the University and/or community.
Brian D. Ratcliffe – 2013 PHILIP M. BECKER CHEMICAL ENGINEERING AWARD
This award is presented by the Chemical Engineering faculty to the department graduate who has demonstrated academic excellence and creativity in solving chemical engineering problems
Martin J. Tribo – BROTHER PHILIP MORGAN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AWARD
This award is presented by the Electrical Engineering faculty to the department graduate who has demonstrated academic excellence and outstanding design ability.
Adam J. Thornton– T. HERBERT DARNELL MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AWARD
This award is presented by the Mechanical Engineering faculty to the department graduate who has demonstrated academic excellence and dedicated service to the Mechanical Engineering Department.
The TAPPI Student Chapter at Christian Brothers University has completed its first year with various activities including a TAPPI-CBU golf fundraiser, a fried-rice fundraiser, and participation in the 2013 TAPPI Student Summit in N.C. The chapter elected their new officers for the 2013-14 academic year:
- President : Mallory Harvey (Civil Engineering Major & Packaging Minor)
- Vice- President : Phyo Thoon H. Aung (Civil Engineering Major & Packaging Minor)
- Secretary : Griselda Matos Martinez (Engineering Management & Packaging Minor)
- Treasurer : Patrick Held (Engineering Management with Packaging Concentration)
Looking for a great fall break and college credit for a renewable energy course? Then sign up for ME 496: Special Topics Renewable Energy this fall. Students from ALL MAJORS can join Dr. Davila in Seville, Granada, and Cordoba, Spain over Fall Break, October 12-19, 2013. This course examines the science, engineering, and economics of renewable energy. The trip includes:
- Visits to major sites in Seville, Granada and Córdoba
- Guided visit to Abengoa Solar plant
- On-site orientation
- Welcome lunch and Farewell Dinner
- Housing in centrally located hostels (breakfast included)
- Health insurance
- Transportation to and from airport
- Roundtrip Airfare
- 3 credit hours (if taking ME 496 under full load)
Contact Dr. Davila or Study Abroad for more information. 901-321-3572 or 901-321-4416
A group of Packaging and Electrical Engineering students visited Future Electronics (http://www.futureelectronics.com/en/Pages/index.aspx) distribution center in Southaven, MS on April 5. Future Electronics is a world-class leader and innovator in the distribution and marketing of semiconductors and passive, interconnect and electro-mechanical components. The company operates in 42 countries with its worldwide corporate headquaters in Pointe Claire, Quebec, Canada
The Alpha Delta Chapter of Epsilon Mu Eta, the Engineering Management Honor Society, inducted seven new members on March 22. Graduate Engineering students inducted were Robert L. Bell II, Manuel De Tuya, Rizgar A. Jan and Robbie Webb. Faculty members inducted were Dr. Rita Engler, Charles McCain and Gene McGinnis. These students and faculty have shown both exceptional academic achievement and excellent character. Congratulations to the 2012-2013 members of the Alpha Delta Chapter for their achievements and this recognition, and for the honor they bring to the University.
The Dixon Gallery and Gardens and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Christian Brothers University entered an agreement to develop a GIS database which will allow visitors to the Dixon to identify specific species of trees and plants via their cell phone or other digital device. The Dixon Gallery and Gardens is a local non-profit art gallery and garden. The first phase of the project involves the development of a one-foot contour topographic map and locating existing site structures on the seventeen acre site. The topographic survey will locate all trees, plants, buildings, and roadway within the site. The project began in the spring of 2010 with the completion of a closed traverse along the perimeter of the site.
To view more pictures of the project, click here.