Newport News Ships Us a New Display
If you’ve walked past the office recently, then you’ve seen another new addition to our growing family here in the Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering department. On Wednesday, November 20th, Newport News Shipbuilding honored us with another gift. In addition to the new banner over the stairs, we now have a display with a model multi-purpose aircraft carrier built by Newport News Shipbuilding. The top of the ship shows just some of the fleet of 3,200 ships that the vessel can hold. The model is of an actual ship that Newport News has on their site. Pictured to the right is Mrs. Debbie Duncan and Mr. Glenn Morgan with our very own Dr. Bilbao and the men who installed it. We can’t get too attached to the display. It’s temporary and will be leaving us sometime next year, but until then, feel free to come take a look at it. Check out more pictures of the display in our media gallery.
“Educating Rita in the Time of MOOC” by Dr. Gad-el-Hak
Our very own Dr. Gad-el-Hak, who has authored countless books and articles, was recently featured in VCU’s Spectrum. His op-ed titled “Educating Rita in the Time of MOOC” takes a look at the progressive shift from traditional classroom settings and learning to one-on-one teaching with online courses. To read the article and more on it follow the link.
Newport News Shipbuilding Comes Bearing Gifts!
Christmas came a little early for our department. The Newport News Shipbuilding visited our department on October 16th for a lecture and to reward four undergraduate students in our department with a scholarship. Congratulations to Lauren Waugh, Joshua Eubank, Daniel Metz and Charles Quann
who each received the 2013-2014 Newport News Shipbuilding Scholarship for Outstanding Undergraduate Students in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering. They are pictured to the left. There is also a new edition to the wall on the third floor. As you ascend the stairs, where the nuclear engineering banner once was is now a banner dedicated to shipbuilding. It even has some of our alumni on the right side of the banner. The picture below is of our own Dr. Tepper and Dr. Bilbao along with Mr. Fletcher, Mr. Morgan and Ms. Duncan. A main takeaway from the lecture and visit is to be aware of the internship that are offered at the Newport news Shipbuilding. They are always looking for eager applicants who are willing to learn. Keep that in mind and thanks to Glenn Morgan and Barry Fletcher who came down to talk us!
Dr. Sama Leon y Bilbao recently made a guest appearance in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. As a guest-columnist, she wrote about the bright future Virginia has in nuclear energy.The North Anna and Surry Nuclear Power Plants produce a lot of the electricity for the state, which she emphasizes in her article. Check out the full article on the Richmond Times website and another article that she was mentioned in written by Peter Bacque. Congratulations Dr. Bilbao!
Graduate Students Get A Lesson in Global Etiquette
All of the seminars that we have in our department pertain to academics and can usually be directly linked with research; however, the seminar given on October 11th gave a more real world lesson. Laura Lemza, a Career Advisor from Career Services, took time out to do the department’s first of many professionalism seminars. Students conducted group discussions, and later broke into groups to not only talk about etiquette in America but in other countries as well. A topic like this is fitting seeing that diversity is so prominent both on campus and in this department. The groups took about 20 minutes to discuss various etiquette rules and techniques from across the globe that was called “Business Etiquette Do’s and Don’ts. Since our department is so diverse, there was a lot of exchanging of ideas and you could tell that there were things that each student learned not only about other students in the department but also about a whole other country that, for the most, part is foreign to them. As a group, they culminated a list of all the do’s and don’ts by country on the white board at the front of the room. After seeing the complete list, the graduate students were able to see the stark differences between American etiquette and etiquette in countries like India, Nepal, and Ethiopia among many. The purpose of the seminar was to switch things up a little. Professionalism is a skill that everyone can use in their everyday life and it’s an essential tool to making a good impression on someone. It’s equally important to know etiquette from other countries for a couple reasons, a main reason being for common courtesy. The plan is to continue these seminars throughout the semester.
Dr. John Kelly Thanks Us
Dr. John Kelly, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Reactor Technologies in the Office of Nuclear Energy, visited our department a while back and gave a lecture on nuclear energy. Recently, he wrote Dr. Bilbao and sent his thanks for being such a great host to him and his assistant, Lori. He not only thanked Dr. Bilbao but also our dean, Dr. Barbara Boyen, and our chair, Dr. Gary Tepper. We hope everyone enjoyed his lecture as much as he enjoyed giving it and hopefully we will see him here again in the future. Thanks again for dropping by Dr. Kelly!
ABET Accreditation Renewed
The Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, or ABET, has renewed our accreditation for the next six years. Our Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering has been accredited since October of 1999 while our Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a nuclear concentration has held its accreditation since October of 2011. We would like to thank ABET for the renewal as well as Dr. Speich for his leadership in the process and Dr. Bilbao for her establishment of the only ABET accredited nuclear engineering program in Virginia. Click here to see all the other departments who have also received this great news.