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Message from the Dean (June 2005)

Welcome to the June 2005 edition of Enginews, the monthly online newsletter of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science.

This issue contains several articles about faculty, students and alumni who use engineering to develop innovative solutions to a wide array of problems.

Prof. Joachim Grenestedt of our mechanical engineering and mechanics department, for example, has designed and tested small tabs that give pilots another control feature when flying some small airplanes.

Brian Newbury, who just completed his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering, spent four years using state-of-the-art equipment at Argonnes National Laboratories to uncover the secrets of brass manufacturing in 17th-century India.

Lee Blaney, who just earned a B.S. in environmental engineering, was recently invited to Washington, D.C., by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to describe an ambitious goal. Lee wants to take iron recovered from the sludge of water treatment plants and use it to reduce the amount of arsenic that is present in the groundwater in various regions around the world.

David Bell, a junior in our bioengineering program, is studying the mechanical and physical properties of the eustachian tube in hopes that doctors might soon have novel therapies with which to treat middle ear infections.

Chris MacDonald, who just completed B.S. degrees in electrical engineering and engineering physics, also has a goal related to medicine. Chris is heading to Australia with a Fulbright scholarship to do research on biocompatible coatings that could help people who receive transplants and other artificial medical implants.

I hope you enjoy reading Enginews. As always, feel free to click on the icons and drop a line to Kurt Pfitzer with suggestions for improvement and with ideas for stories and photos.

Best wishes,
S. David Wu

Posted on Sunday, June 05, 2005

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