Congratulations to Rawan
One of our own graduate students, Rawan Al-Nsour, was awarded a prize for Excellence in Scholarship at the 2014 Graduate Research Symposium. On behalf of the faculty and staff, congratulations.
Professor Gad-el-Hak in NPR
In honor of National Engineers Week, Professor Gad-el-Hak wrote an article for NPR titled “The Three Faces of Engineering. Click here to read the full article.
Congratulations to Dr. Longest
In 2013, Dr. Longest, Dr. Mike Hindle and graduate student Jinxiang Xi received a patent for their new invention called “Effective delivery of nanoparticles and micrometer-sized pharmaceutical aerosols to the lung through enhanced condensational growth”. The Richmond Times Dispatch wrote an article on their work towards the patent. Click here to read more. Again, congratulations on your patent Dr. Longest.
Professor Gad-el-Hak in Richmond Times Dispatch
Our very own Professor Gad-el-Hak served as a guest columnist for the Richmond Times Dispatch earlier this week. His article focuses on the advent of curiosity research. Read more here.
Newport News Donates an Aircraft Carrier
In addition to the new banner over the stairs, Newport News recently donated to our department a display with a model aircraft carrier similar to one in their shipyard. Pictured to the right is Mrs. Debbie Duncan and Mr. Glenn Morgan with Newport News Shipbuilding along with Dr. Sama Bilbao, Director of Nuclear Programs and the men who installed it. View 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 see the article, follow this link.
Newport News Shipbuilding Scholarships and Banner
The Newport News Shipbuilding visited on October 16th for a lecture and to award 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.
Newport News also donated a banner to the department which symbolizes our relationship in the nuclear engineering world. Pictured, at left, is Dr. Gary Tepper, Chair of the Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department and Dr. Sama Bilbao, Director of Nuclear Studies at VCU, along with Mr. Fletcher, Mr. Glenn Morgan and Ms. Debbie Duncan from Newport News Shipbuilding.
Dr. Sama Leon y Bilbao recently wrote an editorial in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. As a guest-columnist, she highlighted the bright future Virginia has in nuclear energy. View the full article on the Richmond Times website.
Graduate Students Get A Lesson in Global Etiquette
Laura Lenza, a Career Advisor from VCU School of Engineering Career Services, hosted a professionalism seminar for our graduate students. Students participated in group discussions geared towards learning about etiquette in the U.S. and other countries. VCU recognizes diversity in its faculty, students and staff. This seminar gave the Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering students a better perspective on global etiquette which better prepares them for the professional environment.
Dr. John Kelly Thanks Us
Dr. John Kelly, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Reactor Technologies in the Office of Nuclear Energy, visited our university and hosted a lecture on nuclear energy. To view the letter he sent acknowledging his visit, click here.
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 first ABET accredited nuclear engineering program in Virginia. Click here to see all the other departments who have also received this great news.