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Maketopolis: UA Engineering Student Clubs Come 'Out of the Workshop and Into the World'

Do-it-yourselfers, roboticists, inventors, hobbyists, artists, bike modders, time lords, metalworkers, potters, hackers, steampunks, weavers, builders, woodcrafters, sculptors, tinkerers, programmers, car customizers -- all are welcome. Student clubs from the UA College of Engineering will be turning out in force March 1 to support Tucson’s first maker festival, Maketopolis.Students from the Baja, Formula, IEEE and video game developers clubs, plus UA-supported teams from the Tucson Pumpkin...



UA and Arizona Celebrate STEM Fields with Annual SciTech Festival

The UA joins the state of Arizona during the months of February and March to celebrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics with the annual Arizona SciTech Festival.During February and March, more than 400 expos, workshops, discussions, exhibitions and tours at locations across the state of Arizona will bring science and technology to the public. The annual Arizona SciTech Festival provides education and information about how discoveries and innovations in math, science, engineering...



ACerS PCSA Seeking Student Delegates and Representatives

The Recruitment Committee for the President's Council of Student Advisors (PCSA), the student-run organization of The American Cermamic Society (ACerS), is looking for dedicated and motivated undergraduate and graduate students to get involved in PCSA and to apply for a member position as a delegate or a representative. The annual delegate meeting will be held the weekend prior to Materials Science & Technology 2014 taking place in Pittsburgh this October. The annual delegate meeting gives...



The Sound of Destruction

What do kidney stones, a shrimp’s lunch, and fire-fighting foam have in common? The answer lies in the destructive power of sound waves, which UA College of Engineering researchers are investigating as a means of eliminating toxic chemicalsResearchers at the University of Arizona College of Engineering have come up with a novel way to help the U.S. Air Force dispose of stockpiles of dangerous chemicals -- using nothing more than sound waves.The Air Force has a large stockpile -- almost 11...



UA STEM Outreach Reveals the Wonder of It All

SHPE/UA Science Day yields plenty of Aha! moments for Tucson middle school students.When the students talked about how “it is all around us,” they were not speaking of the unusually heavy rain that drenched the southwest last week. They were talking about science, technology, engineering and math.In no way did the soaking dampen the enthusiasm of the nearly 160 Mansfeld Middle School students who were on the University of Arizona campus Nov. 22, 2013 for the annual SHPE/UA Science Day,...



NSBE Announces Inaugural Wildcat of the Month

 The student club wants to recognize members for their accomplishments and to inspire othersThe UA student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers recently announced that materials science and engineering senior Jeremy Hamilton has been voted the club’s first Wildcat of the Month.Club president and chemical engineering junior Iesha Batts said the club established the award to improve the quality of student club members. “Recognizing people for their accomplishments and dedication...



MSE Prof Robert Erdmann to assist with $7.5M Air Force Project to Predict Material Failure

 MSE Assistant Professor Robert Erdmann will be Co-Primary Investigator on a $7.5 million dollar Air Force Project to predict material failure. The multi-university research project is headed by Erdogan Madenci, professor with the UA Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering department, and will research how to predict damage and failure of materials used in applications spanning microchips to spaceships. The UA engineering team will collaborate with researchers at the University of Texas, San...



UA Engineering Alum Establishes MSE Scholarship in Father's Name

 “Financial assistance is simply a vehicle to transport dreams to a place of fruition,” said Pete Hushek, president of Phoenix Heat Treating.Hushek recently established the Charles J. Hushek Scholarship in memory of his father, Charles “Chuck” Hushek, who founded Phoenix Heat Treating in 1963. The younger Hushek’s major -- metallurgical engineering -- no longer exists at UA, and the endowed scholarship will support undergraduate students in the UA College of Engineering’s materials science and...



Tech Launch Arizona: Taking Ideas to Market

Of the 500 or so steps in making a computer microchip, up to 100 involve avoiding contamination.One UA researcher has a better idea, a way to dramatically improve the cleaning steps.  He’s Manish Keswani, assistant research professor of materials sciences and engineering. But how can he prove that his idea to dislodge nanoscale particles from microchip surfaces is a good bet for investors? It’s not easy to get even good ideas to the market. Happily for Keswani, he was at the right place at just...



UA Engineering Alum Sets Up Scholarship to Honor Former Professor

University of Arizona Engineering alumnus John Rodgers recently established a perpetual scholarship in honor of Tom Morris, former head of the UA department of mining and metallurgy.Rodgers graduated from UA in 1972 with a bachelor's in metallurgical engineering, and in 1974 with a master's in the same. Rodgers describes his former professor and department head as “one of the greatest gentlemen I’ve ever met.” Tom Morris died in 1994 at age 78, and the metallurgical engineering major no longer...

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