University NCEES Award, Job Opening, & R&D (October 2015)

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) recently posted to their Facebook page regarding an honor received by Seattle University’s department of civil and environmental engineering. The NCEES Engineering Award was presented for a project that provided a local utility company with a structural evaluation and seismic retrofit of one of its substation control buildings, which was built before official seismic design provisions existed.

An image of the award with representatives from NCEES, Seattle University, and the utility company (Seattle City Light) was included. Katherine G. Kuder, Ph.D., P.E. (WA D ’00), associate professor and department chair at Seattle University and advisor to the WA Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi was one of the University representatives on hand. Owen M. Kohashi, P.E. (WA A ’91), structural engineering supervisor at Seattle City Light was also on hand.


The Chronicle of Higher Education posted a job listing for the position of school of civil and environmental engineering head and professor in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma state University. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2015, with a target starting date of July 1, 2016. Click here for the full job listing and more information about candidate requirements.


Researchers at Purdue University have developed a “new electronic drug capsule engineered to deliver medications directly to the colon.” Babak Ziaie, Ph.D. (MI G ’91), is the project’s lead researcher and professor of engineering at Purdue and discussed the drug trigger. “There is a magnetic switch and so when it gets close to the magnetic marker that can be worn outside (the body) or can be implanted close to where you want to release it,” said Dr. Ziaie. “When it gets there it will trigger the magnetic switch and it will discharge the capacitor and you have a fuse that basically blows up.”

Read the article for more information about the potential of the “smart capsule” for treatment of gastrointestinal disorders.


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