Engineering Newsletter

July 1, 2015

In this week's update

  1. News & Highlights
  2. Engineering Shoutouts
  3. Welcome Aboard
  4. Jobs, Internships and Co-ops
  5. Notices and Reminders

News & Highlights

Driftmier Gets Summer Makeover

The student lounge, lobby and hallways on the first floor of the Driftmier Engineering Center are undergoing much needed updates and refurbishing this summer. When students return for fall semester, they will see significant progress being made to a new and improved entry to Driftmier, walls lined with photos and video displays rather than dated bulletin boards and posters, and a newly refurbished student lounge, courtesy of some of their fellow students.

In May, college officials met with a focus group of students to determine the needs, wants and desires for an upgraded student lounge. Following this gathering, students volunteered to clean out the site, paint the walls, relocate the lockers and provide input on furnishing selections (lockers are being relocated to the 500 hallway by the vending machines). Pending the delivery of new furnishings, the lounge should be complete prior to the start of the 2015 fall semester. Any student interested in volunteering for the student lounge project may contact Mickey Montevideo ( or text 706-540-6454).

Work is just now underway on the entry way and hallways of Driftmier and is being conducted by UGA's Facilities Management Division and outside vendors.

Pictured: Erin Smith and Nolan Williamson apply a fresh coat of paint to the student lounge. Colors include UGA red and black, along with "silver britches" gray.

Dr. Ben Davis, Stephen Higgins Help NASA Fine-Tune New Space Launch System

Dr. Ben Davis, assistant professor in the College of Engineering and a former NASA researcher, along with Stephen Higgins, a graduate research assistant, are helping NASA determine if a key rocket component can withstand the rigors of the next generation of space flight.

The parts in question—bellows expansion joints—serve several functions in rocket propulsion systems, perhaps most critically as connectors between fuel and oxidizer lines and the rocket’s engines. While bellows joints have been used on rockets for decades, NASA wants to make sure a flow-induced vibration phenomenon in the joints doesn’t pose a risk for its new Space Launch System.

The SLS will be the world’s most powerful rocket and will launch astronauts into a new era of deep space exploration, including missions to an asteroid and eventually to Mars, according to the space agency. Four RS-25 engines, previously known as Space Shuttle Main Engines, will muscle the SLS into space on each of its missions.

Davis, who specializes in research related to structural vibration and flow-induced vibration, and Higgins are using a grant from NASA to assess the structural integrity of bellows joints that are part of SLS design.

For more details, see

Engineering Shoutouts

Engineering's Stephan Durham Provides Expertise for the Braves

His advice has nothing to do with pitching, but Dr. Stephan Durham recently weighed in on the design and construction of a new pedestrian/transit bridge that will provide access for individuals to the new SunTrust Atlanta Braves Stadium. He was quoted in the Sunday edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Read the article here!

Way to go, Narendran!

Narendran Sekar, a doctoral candidate in biological and agricultural engineering,recently attended the Bioenergy Systems Research Institute annual retreat at UGA on May 5 and received second prize in the poster competition in the "Graduate Students and Postdoc" category. He received $200 in recognition of his efforts.

Sekar is under the guidance of Dr. Ramaraja P. Ramasamy. His research focus is engineering photosynthetic microorganisms, such as cyanobacteria for efficient photo-bioelectrochemical energy conversion.

What's black, white and re(a)d all over?

The College of Engineering is all over the latest edition of Columns! See stories about Dr. Tim Foutz, Dr. Jenna Jambeck and Dean Don Leo.

Alcon Internship

Alcon is looking to hire two interns in Johns Creek, GA.

If you're interested, email Lucy Levitt at, and CC Cristina Moore at

Procurement and Materials Co-Op Description of Duties:

-Analysis of spend, pricing, inventory, planning and purchasing data

-Support in requesting and maintaining commercial agreements

-Compliance reporting enhancements

-Process improvement opportunities

-SOP enhancements

-Development and maintenance of Supplier files

-Development of tools to assist with data analysis, compliance and reporting (Excel or Access)

Project Opportunities:

-Example 1: Lead one Procurement and one Planning Strategic Project:

Procurement: Scenario analysis of multi-divisional material savings recognition practices to determine strategy for optimizing savings opportunity identification and recognition in support of Novartis goals and guidelines. Build processes and tools to support resulting strategy.

Planning: Develop standardized material requirement planning tool, based upon production plan, to optimize purchase decision (inventory vs. price vs. need vs. risk).

-Example 2: Participate in Novartis Business Services sponsored Strategic Project:

Spare Parts Optimization Team Participant: Perform data and process analyses and gap analysis, develop global strategy in support of 5 vision care sites, and implement enablers (systems, processes and policies). Lead one or more related workstream at the Atlanta site.

Applications for UGA ARCS financial awards now being accepted

$7,500 annual award for doctoral candidates until completion of degree

$10,000 Global Impact Award for doctoral candidates for 1 year

The Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation, Inc. is a national volunteer women’s organization dedicated to helping the best and brightest U.S. graduate and undergraduate students by providing scholarships in the natural sciences, medicine, and engineering.

UGA and the BHSI have been invited to select six new doctoral students for funding in 2015. These awards, five in the amount of $7,500 per student and one in the amount of $10,000 are given to outstanding graduate students during the 2015-16 academic year; the awards are given directly to the students and are independent of any other funding, including university sponsored assistantships. Recipients of the ARCS Foundation Award, who maintain their academic standing, are funded for three years or through the completion of their doctoral degrees (whichever comes first). Please note that mentors must nominate students and submit applications to the BHSI.

**Most importantly, for FY 2016, one of these six new UGA ARCS Awards will be awarded an ARCS Global Impact Award. This special scholarship of $10,000 will be awarded for one year to a UGA doctoral student whose research does or will have an international effect. For more detailed information about the ARCS Global Impact Award, visit

We encourage you to nominate graduate students who meet the following eligibility criteria by 5:00pm on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Electronic submissions will not be accepted.

Submit applications to:

Dr. Harry Dailey

Director, Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute

University of Georgia

107 Paul D. Coverdell Center

Athens, GA, 30602

Click here for eligibility criteria.

Work with General Electric

GE is recruiting computer systems mechanical, biochemical engineering students for full-time positions and fall internships.

If you are interested, please send Kelley Saussy your 1-page resume and signify if you are interested in a full-time position or internship.

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Repeat Notices

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UGA Alumni Career Fair June 10

Looking to launch a new career or take your current career in a new direction? Join the UGA Alumni Association and UGA Career Services for the 2015 Alumni Career Fair on Wednesday, June 10, from 11-3 pm at the Gwinnett Center. Registration is required! For more details, see