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The College of Engineering is pleased to announce the awarding of the prestigious Thomas G. Chapman Fellowship to Elyse Canosa, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in the MSE department’s Heritage Conservation science program. Elyse completed her master’s degree last year, on carbon isotope analysis of 19th century paper negatives, and she will now focus on corrosion resistance of photographic materials. She works at the Arizona State Museum and volunteers at the Center for Creative Photography. Elyse has also worked at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute and the New York University Conservation Center, where she assisted students in the use of spectrophotometers to perform color and light measurements. The Chapman Fellowship award is $10,000.
The College of Engineering Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon was held on May 8, 2013 in the SUMC-Catalina Room. Elsa Morales, Administrative Associate in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering (MSE), received the 2013 William Primm Cosart Award. The prestigious award honors and rewards staff for exceptional service in support of the College's mission. Elsa was nominated by MSE Department Head Pierre Deymier: "Elsa is fully dedicated to her programs and her students. She tirelessly advises, guides, and assists students with academic and administrative issues. This help is given with her expert touch as well as a lot of personal care.” Elsa was awarded a $1,500 cash award.
MSE Professor Robert Erdmann was invited by the Netherlands RKD (Rijkbureau voor Kunsthistorische Dokumentatie) and CODART (an international network of curators of Dutch and Flemish art) to deliver a lecture entitled "Technically Analyzing Art in the Digital Age" on May 21st, 2013.
Dr. Erdmann, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), is currently a Fellow-in-Residence at NIAS, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the humanities and social sciences. His projects there include applying computer vision and machine-learning techniques to automated analysis of the canvases of paintings.
The UA College of Engineering announced the Outstanding Seniors, Outstanding Graduate Students and Outstanding Teaching Assistants for the spring 2013 semester at a spring commencement luncheon on May 1, 2013. A record number of awards, 34, were made. MSE senior Bradley Rubin and Ph.D. candidate Russell Beal were both recipients of awards. Further reading
MSE was well represented at 2013 Engineering Design Day on April 30th. Eight senior students were part of multidisciplinary teams: Brian Akpan, Nathan Fenstemaker, Hyun Jun Ji, Chelsea Miller, Andrew Phipps, Bradley Rubin, Brian Rule, and Zachary Smith.
Hyun Jun Ji and his team won the $500 award for Best Physical Implementation of Analytically Driven Design, bestowed by Tucson’s Latitude Engineering LLC. The project entitled High Force Damper Test was sponsored by Tucson’s Airtronics Inc.