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2012 and Earlier

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    Spring 2012

    In February 2012, Professor Bedoya represented the department at the 2012 Engineering Summit in Colorado Springs. In March, Professor Fraser did a presentation at the Girls in the Middle Conference at Lamar Community College

    In February 2012, the Department held its annual meeting of its Advisory Boards for the BSE and BSIE programs. Representatives were in attendance from: Atlas Pacific, Goodrich, GPS Source, LB Foster, Portec, Progressive Rail Technologies, Pursell & Purswell, TTCI, and Xcel Energy.

    In March 2012, Professor Yuan attended IEDC, the Interdisciplinary Engineering Design Education Conference where she learned about trends and issues in design education, especially international and interdisciplinary trends.

    In March 2012, Professors Jaksic, Paudel, and Yuan attended the annual conference of the Rocky Mountain Section of the American Society of Engineering Education at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Professor Paudel won the best paper award and Professor Yuan won the best presentation award.

    On 12 April, the student IIE chapter presented a panel on Lean Manufacturing including Jessica Montano from Goodrich, Bart Peterson from LB Foster, and Mike Hannabass from Vestas.

    On 17 April, the Department held an initiation for eight new members of the Order of Engineer

    Professor Jaksic judged the 4H robotics competition at the 2012 Colorado State Fair. Colby McKibbin, an Engineering Sophomore, working with a Haptic device to control a robot arm in a Virtual Environment. In a summer research project with Professor Paudel, Colby modeled an robot arm and created a simulation to control the motion of the arm for a pick-move-place operation.

    In May 2012, engineering seniors presented their four senior projects:

    • The design and construction of an autonomous rover to retrieve a sample from a remote location, Charles Rodosevich, Richard Chaparro, Jose Ramos, and Charlie Rodosevich

    The design of a plant for torrefaction (a process to improve the energy density of biomass), Ben Igbaerase and Danny Haugen, and the design and implementation of autonomous stage speakers, Jake Callaghan.

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    Summer 2012

    On 28-31 May, the seven engineering faculty members plus Dr. Joel Gray, Otero Junior College, initiated a summer-long project, sponsored by the STEM Learning Center, to implement sustainability, service learning, and educational technology in the engineering curriculum. The workshop resulted in action items that will be completed during the summer and the 2012-13 academic year.

    On 10-13 June, four engineering faculty members attended the American Society for Engineering Education annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, and presented the following papers:

    • Fraser, Jane M., and Abhijit Gosavi. "Systems Engineering Education in the U.S.: Textbooks and Programs."
    • Jaksic, Nebojsa I. "A Mechatronics Experiment: Introduction to Linear Motors."

    At the awards banquet, Professor Fraser was inducted as a Fellow of the Society and Professor Jaksic began a two-year term on the ASEE Board of Directors. In addition, Professors DePalma and Jaksic attended day-long workshops on Sunday of the conference to learn about new teaching techniques and technology.

    A paper by Professor Jaksic recently appeared in print:

    • Nanotechnology Reviews 1(3), pages 281-287, June 2012.

    In June 2012, through the CSU-Pueblo Foundation, the Department of Engineering at Colorado State University-Pueblo received a $2000 grant from Xcel Energy. This grant was made through the Education focus area for Xcel Energy's corporate giving, part of the company's effort to support nonprofit agencies providing services in towns and cities served by Xcel Energy.

    "The success of our company is directly related to the health of our communities," said Monique Lovato, Xcel Energy's director of Corporate Giving. "While Xcel Energy's employees invest in our local communities with charitable contributions and volunteer time, these grants are another way Xcel Energy shows our commitment to improving the quality of life in the towns and cities we serve."

    Through its focus area grants, Xcel Energy supports nonprofit 503(c)(3) organizations that: improve science, technology, engineering, economics, and math education; improve and enhance the natural environment; help individuals achieve economic self-sufficiency; and that provide access to arts and culture. In 2011, the company contributed $3.9 million in focus area grants to organizations across its eight-state service territory, which includes Colorado.

    The Department of Engineering will use the grant to create a women in engineering group that will deliver hands on engineering demonstrations to Girl Scouts groups in Pueblo and the San Luis Valley, working with Girl Scouts of Colorado. The goals are to help retain current women engineering students and to educate prospective students about engineering. "Engineers help make the world better and I hope we can convey that excitement to a new generation," said Jane Fraser, chair of the Department of Engineering.

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    Fall 2012

    In August, Professor Paudel attended the 4th Annual CREW Symposium: Superior Forecasting & Operation at CSU in Fort Collins. CREW is the Center for Research and Education in Wind. Prof. Paudel was able to interact with researchers and industry people, and he gained understanding of the current trends in wind energy, its challenges, and scope in future research and development.

    Several students from the Department of Engineering participated in the research poster session sponsored by the CSU-Pueblo College of Science and Mathematics in November:

    • C.L. McKibbin, B. Lickiss, and Professor Ananda Paudel. "Virtual Reality and Haptics Implementation."
    • Ram Sakamuri, Kenny Morrison, and Professor Ananda Paudel. "Highway Transportation Modeling in Virtual Environment."
    • Shane Swearingen and Professor Leonardo Bedoya Valencia, "An Integer Linear Programming Model for Staff Scheduling in a Local Emergency Department."
    • Alexander Whitt and Professor Neb Jaksic. "The Sky is the Limit: CSU-Pueblo Quadcopter."

    During fall semester, a team of students from Professor Bedoya's class in Facilities Location and Layout is working with Bob Schmidt, Pueblo County Engineer, to recommend a location for a proposed MRF (Materials Recovery Facility) to support recycling in southeastern Colorado. Students will gather data and use analytical tools to define a set of possible locations and to design the layout for a standard MRF.

    The Department held a welcome back pizza lunch for all engineering students.

    In Fall 2012, FTE (Full Time Equivalent) enrollment in the Department of Engineering was up 30%. The enrollment has almost doubled since Fall 2008. Two new courses (Advanced Robotics and Virtual Reality) were introduced as part of the new MS in Engineering.

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    Summer 2010

    BSE (Mechatronics) student Charles Rodosevich received a 2010-2011 scholarship from the Coalition of Pueblo Engineers.

    On Saturday 14 August 2010, the Department of Engineering and the Southeastern Chapter of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society co-sponsored an event to highlight renewable energy. Repowering Southern Colorado: Renewable Energy Expo and Virtual Solar Tour involved, held at CSU-Pueblo, had exhibits from solar, wind, and geothermal providers, as well as local nonprofit groups. A Virtual Solar Tour DVD was shown and exhibitors had presentations on various aspects of renewable energy. Planning is underway for the third annual Expo which will be held on 6 August 2011.

    On Monday 16 August 2010, the CSU-Pueblo Foundation hosted the first Engineering Community Convocation Celebration. Approximately 100 CSU-Pueblo employees and community guests toured engineering facilities and watched engineering exhibits, including solar cookers, a student created simulation of the flow of cars in CSU-Pueblo parking lots, Lego robots, a patented robotic gripper invented by Dr. Jaksic, a street light project with Black Hills Energy, and an automatic guitar tuner and a chemostat, each designed and built by CSU-Pueblo Engineering students. A signing ceremony was held for the John M and Jean C Fraser Engineering Scholarship, recently endowed by Professor Jane M Fraser to honor her parents. The document was signed by Professor Fraser, by DenaSue Potestio, Executive Director of the CSU-Pueblo Foundation, and by Speedy the Robot. Darla K. Skolnekovich, the first recipient of the scholarship, expressed her gratitude for the scholarship.

    • Fraser, Jane, and Abhijit Gosavi. What is Systems Engineering?
    • Spencer, Dawn, and Nebojsa Jaksic. Flexible CIS Laboratory Environment Employing Multi-Boot And Virtual Computing
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    Fall 2010

    Professor Jane Fraser was the keynote speaker for the CSU-Pueblo annual scholarship luncheon, Friends and Scholars Luncheon Celebration, September 30, 2010

    In September 2010, the Department of Engineering received a very generous donation of equipment from John Arvidson. Mr. Arvidson was on the staff of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, formerly NBS, the National Bureau of Standards) from 1966 to 1986, in the Cryogenics and Fracture and Deformation Divisions. After leaving NIST, he founded Materials Research and Engineering, Inc., which performed engineering testing, including cryogenic and high temperature testing, static testing, fatigue testing, thermophysical properties, strain gage service, field testing, component testing, and specimen preparation. He retired a number of years ago and recently closed his lab in Longmont, Colorado. Because of his wife's roots in Pueblo, and because one of his sons started his education at CSU-Pueblo, Mr. Arvidson has a warm spot in his heart for this university, and offered his lab equipment to the Department of Engineering, including several Instron machines, hardness testers, and various cryogenic and high temperature devices designed and built by Mr. Arvidson. With support from Dean Carrasco for moving expenses, help from B&C Steel in Denver, and extraordinary effort by the Department's lab technician Paul Wallace, the equipment has been moved to Pueblo. The equipment will support engineering education and faculty research. We are very grateful to Mr. Arvidson. Thanks also to Goodrich in Pueblo, which is storing some of the equipment until we can integrate it into our labs.

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