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The Gift Of Recreation: College Of Engineering, Icon Deliver Innovative Side-By-Side Cycle To Common Ground Outdoor Adventures | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering Dec 2015

The Gift Of Recreation: College Of Engineering, Icon Deliver Innovative Side-By-Side Cycle To Common Ground Outdoor Adventures | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

Dec. 22, 2015 – In the spirit of giving this holiday season, the College of Engineering at Utah State University and ICON Health & Fitness delivered a much anticipated gift to the staff and clients at Logan’s Common Ground Outdoor Adventures.

On Tuesday, USU and ICON donated a student-built side-by-side tandem cycle that helps make outdoor cycling adventures possible for persons with disabilities.


Undergraduate Research Assistant To Present | Eed, Usu College Of Engineering Dec 2015

Undergraduate Research Assistant To Present | Eed, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

Steven Wood, an undergraduate research assistant working with Dr. Wade Goodridge in Engineering Education has been accepted to present research at this year’s upcoming Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR) located at the University of Utah on February 19th, 2016. He will present research on Spatial Ability and its improvement in a Statics curriculum, a new and leading edge of spatial research that has potential impacts on how we educate our engineering students.

Dr. Goodridge stated “I am very happy that Steven has engaged in this work with me as we need to disseminate to the public the importance ...


Undergraduate Research Assistant Receives Eurp | Engineering Education, Usu College Of Engineering Dec 2015

Undergraduate Research Assistant Receives Eurp | Engineering Education, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

Steven Wood, an undergraduate research assistant working with Dr. Wade Goodridge in Engineering Education has been awarded an EURP for this coming year to engage in research in spatial thinking. Steven will work with over a year of collected spatial ability data to discover the significant gains student achieve in it after completing a Statics course. Spatial ability includes the ability to mentally comprehend an object, diagram, model, etc. and be able to manipulate and visualize it in the mind. Numerous studies have found strong evidence that supports the correlation of high spatial ability to success in STEM coursework and ...


Dean Of Engineering Receives Utah Governor’S Medal For Excellence | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering Dec 2015

Dean Of Engineering Receives Utah Governor’S Medal For Excellence | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

Dec. 17, 2015 – Utah State University’s College of Engineering Dean Christine Hailey was among ten state leaders recognized this week by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert for outstanding service in academia, education and industry.

Hailey will receive the Governor’s Medal for Excellence at a special gala event on Jan. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium along with fellow recipients including three other faculty members from USU.


Usu Engineering Study Wins Support From American Heart Association | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering Dec 2015

Usu Engineering Study Wins Support From American Heart Association | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

Dec. 10, 2015 – The American Heart Association is supporting a new study at Utah State University where researchers are developing a technology that may help the human body better protect itself against cardiovascular disease.

Associate Professor of Biological Engineering Jixun Zhan is the chief scientist behind the new study. He and his team are using bacteria to synthesize some of the naturally-occurring compounds found in plants that our bodies already use to combat heart disease.


Master's Thesis Defense By Elizabeth Martinez | Biological Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering Nov 2015

Master's Thesis Defense By Elizabeth Martinez | Biological Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

The Logan Lagoons, Logan City’s Wastewater Treatment Facility ensures 15 million gallons of wastewater are cleaned and filtered each day. With the implementation of new and stricter wastewater effluent standards, the city of Logan now has to guarantee the phosphorous concentration in the effluent is also reduced. Algal biomass produced and harvested from the lagoons has been proven to affect the way nitrogen and phosphorous are removed while having the potential to be converted to biofuels. Therefore, implementing a secondary type clarifier in the Logan Lagoons would produce clean treated water with a reduced phosphorous concentration, and algae feedstock ...


2015 Graduate Researcher Of The Year Award | Biological Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering Nov 2015

2015 Graduate Researcher Of The Year Award | Biological Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

Lifu Xiao received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Fudan University in China, 2011. He has been pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Biological Engineering since 2011 at Utah State University under the supervision of Dr. Anhong Zhou. He obtained a multidisciplinary background in chemistry, biology and engineering working in Dr. Zhou’s lab. His research focuses on developing new methods for sensing and imaging of human disease-related biomolecules and mammalian cells.

Lifu has published five papers in peer reviewed journals. One of his papers, published in Analytical Methods, was ranked as one of the top ten most accessed ...


Meet Micro Joe | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering Nov 2015

Meet Micro Joe | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

Hydrazine is an unstable, flammable liquid that has been used as a propellant in small spacecraft for decades. But the cost of this unique fuel, its transport, storage, servicing and cleanup of accidental releases can be very high, making it difficult for the commercial space industry to expand.


Teaching Computers To See Like We Do | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering Nov 2015

Teaching Computers To See Like We Do | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

Nov. 18, 2015 – Recognizing patterns might be easy for some people, but it’s a difficult skill to teach to a computer. Ask Dr. Xiaojun Qi, a faculty member in USU’s Computer Science Department, who was recently promoted to professor for her innovative research in image processing and computer vision.


How Plants Can Make Stormwater Cleaner | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering Nov 2015

How Plants Can Make Stormwater Cleaner | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

Ever wondered what happens to the surge of stormwater you see racing down your street?


Engineering A New Home: Creating A Repository Collection For Faculty And Building A Larger Digital Presence For The School Of Engineering, Lauren Todd, Emily Symonds Stenberg Nov 2015

Engineering A New Home: Creating A Repository Collection For Faculty And Building A Larger Digital Presence For The School Of Engineering, Lauren Todd, Emily Symonds Stenberg

University Libraries Presentations

This talk is an expanded version of one given at the 2015 MOBIUS conference. Washington University librarians Emily Stenberg and Lauren Todd explain how they created and manage a collection in the university’s repository Open Scholarship for the Computer Science and Engineering department. This presentation will highlight how they developed a step-by-step workflow, addressed customization requests from the department, what really happened once that plan was implemented, and how they handle Bepress troubleshooting and faculty concerns. The presenters will also discuss how this project has helped them offer Open Scholarship as a service to other engineering faculty.


Dr. Allan Guymon Undergraduate Seminar | Biological Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering Nov 2015

Dr. Allan Guymon Undergraduate Seminar | Biological Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

Photopolymerization has taken an increasing prominent role as a tool in providing unique properties for a wide array of advanced materials. The inherent spatial and temporal control allow great ability to tailor processing conditions and change ultimate properties. This talk will focus on two projects, including work from two Utah State alumni, in which photopolymerization enables directed structure both on the micron and nanometer size scale for unique functionality.


Vision: An Engineer's Tool In The Fight Against Eye Disease | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering Nov 2015

Vision: An Engineer's Tool In The Fight Against Eye Disease | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

If you’ve seen the latest news headlines about Dr. Elizabeth Vargis, you’d think she was an ophthalmologist – a medical expert on vision-related disease and treatment. But Vargis is no physician. She’s an engineer – pure and simple.


Dr. Catherine E. Brewer Research Presentation | Biological Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering Nov 2015

Dr. Catherine E. Brewer Research Presentation | Biological Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

Biomass resources are available all around us and are frequently underutilized. These resources can come in the form of agricultural residues like pecan shells or cotton gin trash, forest residues, invasive species like tumbleweed and salt cedar, yard waste, organic materials and nutrients in wastewater, and even garbage on spacecraft. There are many opportunities to use these resources to meet our feed, water, and energy needs—with the right engineering. Thermochemical processes, namely pyrolysis, torrefaction, and hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL), provide platforms to convert low-value materials into heat, power, liquid fuels, adsorbents, fertilizers, and soil amendments. In this presentation, Dr. Brewer ...


Igem Vs. The Cheese Killer | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering Nov 2015

Igem Vs. The Cheese Killer | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

Cheese manufacturing is under attack by a type of virus called bacteriophages. The viruses infect bacteria used in the dairy fermentation process that yields our beloved cheese and yoghurt. Utah State’s 2015 International Genetically Engineered Machines, or iGEM, team has been researching ways to fight back against the virus. The iGEM event is a competition that promotes student involvement in real world synthetic biology research.


A Smarter Baby Monitor | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering Nov 2015

A Smarter Baby Monitor | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

Nate Ruben and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Dr. Jake Gunther can see something on the surface that most people can’t. The two are developing a new technology that uses a video camera to detect a person’s heartbeat. It’s not the first time engineers have tried to remotely measure a heartbeat signal. Medical technology experts have been at it for years with different designs that tether a child or his bedding to an electronic device that alerts parents to the possibility of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS.


Tandemonium | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering Nov 2015

Tandemonium | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

Nov. 2, 2015 — Jay Lindstrom’s love for biking and Laura Birkhold’s enthusiasm for a hands-on project made designing a side-by-side quadricycle perfect for their senior design project. Along with their team members and representatives from Common Ground Outdoor Adventures and Icon Health & Fitness, the group of mechanical engineering students set out to build a unique tandem cycle they dubbed ‘Tandemonium.’


Engineering Thinking | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering Nov 2015

Engineering Thinking | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

Nov. 2, 2015 - It’s no surprise: engineering courses are tough. Professors assign complex homework problems that can take hours to solve, and for some the experience feels like drinking from a fire hose.

Most engineering programs begin with a handful of rigorous courses in statics and dynamics that can be stumbling blocks for some. This has engineering education experts looking for retention solutions and rethinking how these difficult courses are taught.


Engineers Without Borders | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering Nov 2015

Engineers Without Borders | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

Nov. 2, 2015 – Members of the Engineers Without Borders Team Mexico have been working with residents in the community of La Salitrera, Mexico for several years to help eliminate arsenic from water supplies using an improved design on a classic tool – the bio-sand water filter.


Flight Physician - November, 2015, Civil Aviation Medical Association Nov 2015

Flight Physician - November, 2015, Civil Aviation Medical Association

Browse all Civil Aviation Medical Association Newsletters

A twenty-one page newsletter of the Civil Aviation Medical Association. The newsletter provided news about civil aviation medicine and information related to the organization.


Farewell Bruce Bishop | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering Oct 2015

Farewell Bruce Bishop | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

Oct. 31, 2015 – For Bruce Bishop, a cozy retirement is still a ways off. On his last official day of work in June, the former dean and professor of civil engineering was waist deep in activities at the Water Lab and taking on a new project to showcase the College of Engineering across South America.


New Research Lab Making A Splash | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering Oct 2015

New Research Lab Making A Splash | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

Nov. 1, 2015 – WARNING: You will get wet. The mechanical engineering students who work inside one of Utah State’s newest research centers don’t mind getting the occasional work-related soak. The whole lab is one giant splash zone and the creative workshop of newly-hired assistant professor of mechanical engineering Dr. Tadd Truscott.


All About The Buzz | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering Oct 2015

All About The Buzz | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

Oct. 30, 2015 – On a warm spring day at the USU Organic Farm, computer science professor Dr. Vladimir Kulyukin delivers a few puffs of sweet-smelling pine cone smoke into one of his beehives and gently opens the top. Everything appears normal, but it’s not your average backyard beekeeping setup. Kulyukin’s hives are equipped with electronics that monitor temperature, audio and video —all powered by solar energy and controlled by a credit card-sized Raspberry Pi computer.


Engineering Answers: Elegant Solutions Start With Simple Ideas | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering Oct 2015

Engineering Answers: Elegant Solutions Start With Simple Ideas | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

Courtney Richards was inspired to create her solar-powered backpack while working as a report writer for a paleontologist. While on long surveys both her camera and GPS would often run out of power making it impossible to do her job properly. She realized the problem could be solved with a portable power supply system which she created for her senior project.


Supplying Vegas | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering Oct 2015

Supplying Vegas | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

Oct. 30, 2015 – The community of Las Vegas, Nev., is acting to assure a reliable water supply by building new intake facilities at Lake Mead. After a series of drought years dropped Lake Mead levels to historic lows, the Southern Nevada Water Authority is moving forward with an ambitious project to keep the water flowing, and they’re turning to the Utah Water Research Lab to help do it right.


Usu Power Electronics Lab Collaborates With Strongwell | Utah State University Power Electronics Lab, Usu College Of Engineering Oct 2015

Usu Power Electronics Lab Collaborates With Strongwell | Utah State University Power Electronics Lab, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

USU has teamed up with Strongwell. Strongwell was awarded the ACE Award at this year's Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) in Dallas, TX. This year's entry by Strongwell featured its DURAGRID® HD-4000 2.5" grating panels, manufactured at the company's Chatfield, Minnesota location, used at the Utah State University Electric Vehicle and Roadway (EVR) research facility in Logan, Utah. The EVR serves as the vehicle systems integration facility for the Center for Sustainable Electrified Transportation (SELECT). Magnetic transfer plates are housed beneath the grating which charge electric vehicles in motion.


Going Back To Teton Dam | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering Oct 2015

Going Back To Teton Dam | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

Oct. 30, 2015 - Standing at a lookout on the upper banks of the Teton River in Southeastern Idaho, a handful of civil engineering students try to imagine the giant structure that should be standing firmly in front of them.


A Legacy Of Gratitude | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering Oct 2015

A Legacy Of Gratitude | College Of Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

Nov. 1, 2015 - It was standing room only at an Aug. 25 special event where the College of Engineering honored two fellow Aggies and longtime supporters who are helping more young people graduate with a degree in engineering.

Faculty, students and university officials gathered to celebrate the ongoing support of Richard and Moonyeen Anderson of Wellsville, Utah. At the special ceremony, Mr. Anderson and USU President Stan Albrecht pulled the cords on a 30-foot-wide veil, uncovering the new name of the 12-year-old engineering classroom building.


Spac 2015 Announcement | Electrical And Computer Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering Oct 2015

Spac 2015 Announcement | Electrical And Computer Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

IEEE USU Student Branch is excited to announce SPAC 2015: The Practice of Innovation. The Student Professional Awareness Conference (SPAC) will be held on March 28, 2015. We are putting on this event to help students get connected with industry and better prepare them for their future careers.

The 2015 program includes speakers from IEEE and a key speaker who works as a Disney Imagineer. We are planning multiple workshops, such as technical discussions by companies and current innovators, Arduino and/or soldering workshops, and python and MATLAB workshops. During the conference, there will be tables set up for students ...


Tackling Salinity In The Colorado River One Ion At A Time | Biological Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering Oct 2015

Tackling Salinity In The Colorado River One Ion At A Time | Biological Engineering, Usu College Of Engineering

College of Engineering News

10/27/2015 - It’s one of the most overtaxed waterways on the planet, and its shrinking flow is only part of the problem.

The Colorado River travels 1,500 miles through seven U.S. states before reaching the Gulf of California. Throughout its long journey the river supplies water for approximately 40 million people and is used to irrigate more than five million acres of land in the Western U.S. and Mexico.