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Professional Notes for Feb. 26, 2014

This week's notes feature faculty John Abraham, Stephen Brookfield, Massimo Faggioli, Paul Gavrilyuk, Amy Levad, Manjeet Rege, Gregory Sisk and AnnMarie Thomas; and staff James Rogers.
Workers expect the Afton site to be mostly empty of debris by Oct 18. (Photo by Mike Ekern '02)

Lessons From a Broken Bridge

Three pieces of the I-35W bridge will serve to remind engineering students that the things they build will have lasting impact.
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School of Engineering’s STEPS Camp Lands Prestigious Tekne Award

Tekne Awards are given annually by the Minnesota High Tech Association in honor of companies, innovations and people for technological breakthroughs that improve the lives and futures of people living in Minnesota and around the world. STEPS, which is short for Science, Technology and Engineering Preview Summer Camp for Girls, won in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education division.
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Facilities, Engineering Building Plans Unveiled

St. Thomas has unveiled plans for a new south campus building to meet the needs of the university’s facilities operations and the School of Engineering. Construction is planned to begin March 31 on the 28,000-square-foot building on the parking lot north of McCarthy Gymnasium, and will be completed by September.
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Alumni Listed as Inventors on Recent Patent

Students with innovative engineering ideas participate in St. Thomas’ Senior Design Clinic each year. Four of those former students now are listed as inventors on a U.S. patent issued in August.
Workers expect the Afton site to be mostly empty of debris by Oct 18. (Photo by Mike Ekern '02)

Depth of Field: Bridge Work

More than 12,000 pounds of debris from the 35W bridge collapse has arrived on campus. The remnants will serve as a reminder to those who aspire to engineer a better future for all of us.
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Squishy Circuits

How School of Engineering professor AnnMarie Thomas is using play dough to inspire the engineer in all of us.
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Three Juniors Honored by Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program

Ryan Augustin, a junior majoring in biochemistry, was awarded a prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, an award that honors outstanding students who plan to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. Juniors Elizabeth Annoni and Mark Painter were named honorable mentions.
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U.S. News Ranks Graduate Programs

St. Thomas graduate and professional programs in business, education, law and social work are included in the Best Graduate Schools rankings published today (March 12) by U.S. News & World Report.
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A Passion for Alternative Energy That Crosses Borders

There is a great need for social entrepreneurship with the goal of developing economical and robust systems that provide fresh water and electricity. The engineering challenges are significant but surmountable. It simply takes will and funding.
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Dr. Ron Bennett Wins Tekne Lifetime Achievement Award

The annual Minnesota Tekne Awards honor those who play a significant role in discovering new technologies that educate, improve lifestyles and impact the lives and futures of people living in Minnesota and all over the world.
Dr. Camille George poses next to the Ultralight Mod Pod, a breadfruit drier she co-designed last year. (Photo by Mike Ekern '02)

Dr. Camille George Engineers the Future of Breadfruit

Dr. Camille George of St. Thomas' School of Engineering is helping to revolutionize the way breadfruit is incorporated into the livelihoods of people in developing nations. Last month she travelled to Kauai, Hawaii, to install a breadfruit-drying device she co-designed with adjunct engineering professor Bob Bach for the National Tropical Botanical Gardens.