Diane Selleck wins the Student Impact award
The KGCOE Student impact award was created in Fall of 2012 to recognize current KGCOE staff members, whose service goes beyond their regular responsibilities and who have had a significant impact on our students. Diane Selleck was the first recipient of this award. Diane has worked in the Mechanical Engineering office since 1996. Diane currently serves as the Student Information specialist and is the liaison between students and the registrar’s office. Dean Palmer stated “Diane embodies student centeredness, literally treats students like they are family. Students have asked if Diane could be the “reader” at commencement. She is committed, dedicated and caring!”
RIT professor recognized for his research on successes in transfer student recruitment and retention wins ‘Best Paper’ at ASEE regional conference
The American Society of Engineering Education recognized Surendra Gupta, a professor of mechanical engineering in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology, with two distinguished service awards at the society’s St. Lawrence Section Conference in Buffalo, N.Y., in April. Gupta was named the St. Lawrence Section’s Outstanding Campus Representative Award winner, a designation given annually to the faculty member who has achieved excellence in his or her role as the society’s representative on campus, acting as a liaison between the campus and the society, determining members’ interests, promoting individual membership and encouraging involvement with members and students. He also was selected as the Zone I Outstanding Campus Representative, the second time Gupta has received this recognition for his role as an outstanding educator, student advocate and researcher.
Margaret Bailey receives Edwina Award for gender diversity
Whether through educational programming, research in gender equity or mentoring students, Margaret Bailey has been a longtime supporter of women’s success at Rochester Institute of Technology. She was recently awarded the 2011 Edwina Award for these efforts at the sixth annual Women’s Career Achievement Dinner at RIT. Bailey, a professor of mechanical engineering in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, is the founding member of the women in engineering program, WE@RIT. She acts as mentor, teacher and researcher. The Edwina Award for Gender Diversity and Inclusiveness is given by the Center for Women and Gender to honor staff and faculty that have made gender diversity at RIT a significant part of their work. It is named for Edwina Hogadone, who was appointed dean of the College of Business in 1960, becoming the first female dean at RIT and the first female dean of a college of business in the U.S. Nearly 600 people attended the event on May 2 at RIT’s Gordon Field House. It is sponsored by the Center for Women and Gender, the RIT Leadership Institute and the Office of Alumni Relations.
Robert Stevens has been granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
He joined the Mechanical Department at RIT in the fall of 2005. Dr. Stevens’s research lab, Sustainable Energy Lab, has focused on measuring and modeling performance of thermoelectric modules and waste heat recovery systems for power generation applications. To learn more about Dr. Stevens and his research please go to http://www.rit.edu/kgcoe/mechanical/sel/.
Steven Day has been granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering.
He joined the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department at RIT in 2005. Dr. Day has expertise in application methods in experimental and computation fluid mechanics and biological flows. To learn more about Dr. Day and his research please go to http://people.rit.edu/~swdeme/index.html.
John Wellin has been promoted to Senior Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering
Mr. Wellin is currently serving a fifteenth term, now as Senior Lecturer, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Even before his full time appointment at RIT, Mr. Wellin served as an adjunct instructor in mechanical engineering for many years. In total, he has taught over 22 different courses for the department, mostly related to experimentation and modeling, computer programming and utilization, and numerical analysis. Mr. Wellin’s current expertise is in the areas of computer-based instrumentation, data acquisition and control, machine vision, industrial automation, and analog sensor devices.
Timothy Landschoot has been promoted to Senior Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering
He has taught courses in Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Statics and Materials Processing in addition to many lab offerings throughout the Mechanical Engineering department including Cornerstone Design Project Lab, Materials Science Lab, Mechanics of Materials Lab, Thermal Fluids Lab I and Thermal Fluids Lab II. For more information on Mr. Landschoot please visit people.rit.edu/tpleme
Faculty and staff provide strong Pillars of Hope to area elementary students
At first, it was hard for the students to imagine that the tall professor in the suit used to be a seventh grader just like them. But when Chance Glenn started to talk about his life growing up, then showed them his grammar school photo, they heard a story about a boy’s perseverance and a grown man’s dream of being a teacher realized. The students made the connection that there were possibilities for them, too. Glenn and his RIT colleagues are part of the Pillars of Hope program, a City of Rochester initiative, where teams of local professionals adopt an elementary or middle school in the Rochester City School District. Team members visit classrooms, lead activities and infuse the learning with real-world stories and examples of how the adults overcame obstacles that the students might encounter in their own quest for success. The RIT Pillars of Hope group is 2 years old and 48 members strong, says Mechanical Engineering Staff Member Venessa Mitchell, the RIT team organizer. She leads the group, often 10 at a time, for visits to Laurie Payne’s seventh grade class at Nathaniel Rochester Community School in Corn Hill.
To learn more about the RIT Pillars of Hope group, contact Venessa Mitchell by phone 475-2162 or email email@example.com.
Alan Nye Becomes Six-Time Winner of Society of Automotive Engineers Faculty Advisor Award
International award given in recognition of longtime support to student-engineers
The Society of Automotive Engineers International recognized Alan Nye, professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, with the 2009 Faculty Advisor Award. This marks the sixth time the professor of mechanical engineering in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering has received the prestigious award. "I am honored to receive this award from SAE, but I am more honored to work with the students that get involved with the design competition teams, particularly the Formula SAE RIT team," says Nye, who has been advisor to the RIT chapter of SAE since 1978 and advisor to the RIT Formula SAE Racecar team since 1991. "Their involvement on this project gives them such a boost for their careers that it gives me tremendous pleasure just to be a part of it." Nye has received numerous awards for his role as mentor and advisor to the team as well as undergraduates in the college.
Kate Leipold Named FIRST Robotics Volunteer of the Year
Juggling 40 robots, nearly 1,000 students, mentors and volunteers plus coordinating two days worth of team matches takes precision, patience and humor. Kate Leipold made it look easy. For her efforts, the engineering instructor from Rochester Institute of Technology was named 2010 FIRST Robotics Outstanding Volunteer for the Finger Lakes Region. "I'm very proud to be awarded the outstanding volunteer award," says Leipold, an instructor in the mechanical engineering department in RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering. This is the second award Leipold has won for service to FIRST. In 2008 she received the Woodie Flowers Award, another of the prestigious awards given to mentors who lead, inspire and empower teams and demonstrate excellence in teaching science, mathematics and creative design. She was nominated by the team she mentored at Churchville Chili High School.
William Humphrey has been appointed as a lecturer of mechanical engineering at RIT.
Bill is an accomplished mechanical engineer experienced in industrial product development testing and testing systems optimization as well as engineering education. His formal education at Carnegie Mellon University was in the area of atomization and sprays and at Case Western Reserve University he studied aerospace engineering. Bill is committed to enabling students to develop intuitive understanding of fundamental concepts to maximize their ability to retain and successfully apply the concepts beyond the classroom. Bill was previously a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and earned his M.S. from Case Western Reserve University in 1992 and his B.S. from Case Western Reserve University in 1987. Bill has taught as an adjunct faculty member here in mechanical engineering since 2002. In addition to his formal training in Aerospace Engineering, Bill has nearly a decade of industrial work experience in the Automotive Industry with Delphi and Trialon Corporations.