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Year in Review 2016

Let’s take a look back at the best of a bright 2016 for the MU College of Engineering. There were too many achievements to list all in one place, but here are some of the high points of the year that was. We look forward to seeing how the College can find ways to top these great accomplishments in 2017!

Buildings & Facilities

Lafferre Hall Ribbon Cutting

From left: Mizzou Interim Chancellor Hank Foley, Gov. Jay Nixon, College of Engineering Dean Elizabeth Loboa, UM System Interim President Michael Middleton cut a ribbon held aloft by quadcopter drones at Thursday's ceremony commemorating the completion of the Lafferre Hall renovation project.

From left: Mizzou Interim Chancellor Hank Foley, Gov. Jay Nixon, College of Engineering Dean Elizabeth Loboa, UM System Interim President Michael Middleton cut a ribbon held aloft by quadcopter drones at Thursday’s ceremony commemorating the completion of the Lafferre Hall renovation project.

The College of Engineering celebrated the completion of the Lafferre Hall renovation project with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Read this story…

Naka Hall

Photo of the Naka family with the new building sign outside Naka Hall

Members of the Naka family pose outside Naka Hall and the sign bearing the namesakes, F. Robert and Patricia Naka.

The University of Missouri changed the name of Engineering Building West to F. Robert and Patricia Naka Hall in honor of esteemed Engineering alumnus F. Robert Naka and his wife, Patricia. Read this story…

Foundation Gifts Van

The quartet poses in front of the van and Memorial Union.

In front of the van the Foundation recently donated to the College.

The UMCOE Foundation responded to a grant request and generously provided funds to purchase a new 15-passenger van for the College. Read this story…

Grants & Awards

NGA awards College $12 million contract

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency awarded the College of Engineering a five-year, $12 million contract to deliver a comprehensive data science education program that will provide cutting-edge analytical training for the NGA workforce and potentially other members of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Read this story…

NIH awards $1.5 million grant

A group photo inside a bank of computing devices.

From left: Timothy Middelkoop, research computing director; Dima Shin, translational bioinformatics director; Richard Hammer, pathologist; and Chi-Ren Shyu, project director. Image courtesy of the Division of IT.

MU’s College of Engineering, College of Veterinary Medicine and School of Medicine received a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help the University of Missouri pave the way in health informatics. Read this story…

Fast Track awards

Xu Han, assistant research professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and William Jacoby (pictured), associate professor of bioengineering, earned Fast Track awards in support of their commercialization efforts.

Read about Xu Han…

Read about Bill Jacoby…

NSF Career award

Rohit Chadha, assistant professor of computer science, earned a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for $436,035 in support of research on “Automated analysis of security hyperproperties,” for the next five years. Read this story…

Coulter Program funds new rounds of research

Photo of Dean Loboa speaking to audience

“One of the College of Engineering’s biggest strengths is the ability of its brilliant faculty to work with health professionals to produce groundbreaking biomedical innovations,” said Elizabeth Loboa, dean of engineering and professor of bioengineering at MU, at Tuesday’s Coulter Program Awards ceremony. Photo by Justin Kelley/University of Missouri Health Care

The Coulter Program funded a new round of collaborative research between the College of Engineering and School of Medicine and announced additional funding to continue the program for five years. Read this story…

Civil engineering faculty, 5 students receive EPA grant

A group of students and a faculty member look over data on laptops.

Danh Vu, Jingjing Dai, Emily Kahanic, Maria Fidalgo and Tori Balise Fidalgo received an Environmental Protection Agency P3 grant for their project, “Water quality monitoring at hydraulic fracturing sites using molecularly imprinted porous hydrogels.”

Five students and civil engineering Associate Professor Maria Fidalgo received an EPA People, Prosperity and the Planet grant. Read this story…

Faculty Accomplishments

Faculty collaborators get 1 of 3 awarded NIH BRAIN Initiative grants

David Schulz and Satish Nair pose near a microscope.

Satish Nair, a University of Missouri professor of electrical and computer engineering, and three MU faculty collaborators submitted one of only three researcher training course proposals to receive funding from the National Institutes of Health BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) aimed at cross-training researchers in computational neuroscience. Read this story…

O’Connell earns Kemper award

O'Connell and Schatz shake hands as Loboa and Foley applaud.

Robert O’Connell received one of the 2016 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence.

Robert O’Connell, professor of electrical and computer engineering, received one of the 2016 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence. Read this story…

Fulbright Program

Civil engineering Professor Vellore Gopalaratnam was elected to the Fulbright Specialist Program. Read this story…

MIT recognizes research

Tony Han, associate professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, works with the Baidu’s Deep Speech 2 speech recognition system, which was named one of the 10 breakthrough technologies of 2016 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Technology Review. Read this story…

NSF chooses ECE professor as program director

Shubhra Gangopadhyay, C.W. LaPierre Endowed Chair Professor of electrical and computer engineering, was selected as a National Science Foundation program director through its Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA). Read this story…

Amazon best-seller

Cover of Nuclear Batteries and Radioisotopes.

Nuclear Batteries and Radioisotopes

Electrical and computer engineering Professor Mark Prelas and a group of students published a book, Nuclear Batteries and Radioisotopes, that spent time as the No. 1 new release in Nuclear on Amazon. Read this story…

EPA Water Committee selection

Baolin Deng, C.W. LaPierre Professor of civil and environmental engineering, was selected to serve on the Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board’s Drinking Water Committee until 2018. Read this story…

Panacea’s Cloud

Prasad Calyam, assistant professor of computer science, and Sal Amad, assistant professor of surgery in the MU School of Medicine and medical director of the Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care Units at MU Health Care, presented Panacea’s Cloud at the Consumer Electronics Show. Read this story...

Student Achievement

Rocketing to first place

Mizzou SEDS members looking up at the sky.

Members of the Mizzou Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, joined by family members and other spectators, watch their dual-stage rocket successfully deploy its parachute seconds after reaching a top altitude of more than 5,700 feet.

Mizzou’s chapter of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space was victorious in the University Student Rocket Challenge. Read this story…

‘Recordly’ wins RJI student competition

Zolbayar Magsar, Sintia Radu, Yaryna Mykhyalyshyn, Anna Maikova and John Gillis pose for a photo in gray shirts.

Team Recordly won the 2016 Reynolds Journalism Institute Student Competition for their audio transcription app.

Computer science graduate student Zolbayar Magsar and computer engineering undergrad John Gillis, along with several journalism students, developed the application Recordly, which won the RJI Tech Showcase Student Competition, earning them an audience with key players in Silicon Valley. Read this story…

Mizzou NSBE group, students lauded at conference

Mizzou NSBE members pose for a group photo with their award.

Mizzou’s NSBE chapter was named the Most Outstanding Chapter in the MO Zone.

Mizzou’s National Society of Black Engineers chapter was named the Most Outstanding Chapter in the MO Zone, and vice president Walta Abraham was named Most Professional Collegiate Member in Region V, which encompasses most of the Midwest, as well as Texas. Read this story…

1907 Celebration honors women in engineering

A total of 19 students, five members of the faculty and staff and two alumnae were honored at the first-ever 1907 Celebration of Women in Engineering, hosted by the University of Missouri Women in Engineering Center. Read this story…

Duo wins nanotech image contest

Hines and Davis pose in front of Lafferre Hall's Overholser Atrium.

Ryan Hines, left, and Ben Davis.

Mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate students Ben Davis and Ryan Hines won the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office’s EnvisioNano student nanotechnology image contest. Read this story…

Grad student wins MU research award

Andrew Buck, a graduate electrical and computer engineering student, earned the Donald K. Anderson Graduate Research Assistant Award from MU. Read this story…

Mizzou HKN earns outstanding chapter

2015 IEEE HKN class poses in an auditorium.

The University of Missouri HKN chapter was one of just 22 to earn an Outstanding Chapter Award for the 2014-15 academic year.

Out of the more than 230 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Eta Kappa Nu chapters at universities worldwide, the MU chapter was one of just 22 to earn an Outstanding Chapter Award. Read this story…

NSF awards 7 graduate research fellowships to Mizzou engineers

Five NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipients pose on one of the Columns in front of Jesse Hall.

Of the 10 University of Missouri students selected this spring by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) to receive funding to attend graduate school, seven were engineers. Five are current undergraduates.

Of the 10 University of Missouri students selected this spring by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program to receive funding to attend graduate school, seven were engineers. Read this story…

Even More from a Great Year

Fall Career Fair sees record-breaking attendance

Two men talk with resumes and notes handy.

David Vaughn (right), a civil engineering senior, talks to Dan Dudley of the Boeing Co. at the Fall 2016 University of Missouri College of Engineering Career Fair.

Mizzou Engineering’s Fall 2016 Career Fair set new records for participating companies and students. Read this story...

College partners with EWF on doctoral fellowship

The Executive Women’s Forum and the College of Engineering partnered on a fully-funded doctoral fellowship for a female computer science student. Read this story…

Staff member honored for international leadership

Photo of Miguel Ayllon

Miguel Ayllon

Miguel Ayllon, director of international engineering and STEM programs for MU, Ayllon was one of 10 MU faculty and staff members to receive a 2016 Excellence in Education Award from MU Student Affairs and the Parent Leadership Council. Read this story…

CELDi hosts first symposium

Mizzou’s Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution (CELDi) site hosted the organization’s Fall 2016 Industrial Advisory Board Meeting and Research Symposium, a first for MU. Read this story...

Donor generosity makes $1.2 million in scholarships

The generosity of our donors led to the awarding of $1.2 million in MU Engineering scholarships. Read this story…

There were so many great accomplishments in the College of Engineering this year that even this lengthy compilation could not capture them all. Again, thank you all for your hard work and congratulations on your achievements. Here’s to an even bigger and better 2017!