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Building engineers: UD College of Engineering embraces national Maker Movement

Creative people across the globe are using off-the-shelf products and materials to design and build novel devices ranging from robots that carry out simple household chores to inexpensive cartridges that deliver life-saving medications. The so-called Maker Movement has gained momentum over the past several years due largely to new technologies like 3-D printers and readily available information about how to use them, as well as to a variety of support services offered through platforms such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Local Motors.

Engineering honors: Epps receives Owens-Corning Award for groundbreaking polymer research

Thomas H. Epps, III has been selected as the 2015 winner of the Owens-Corning Early Career Award by the Materials Engineering and Sciences Division (MESD) of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Epps is the Thomas and Kipp Gutshall Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and associate professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Delaware. The award recognizes outstanding independent contributions to the scientific, technological, educational, or service areas of materials science and engineering by people who are under the age of 40.

Broad impact: Museum kiosk and radio show bring science from UD lab to the public

April Kloxin thinks science rocks, and she wants everyone from grade-schoolers to grandparents to think that too. So her research group at the University of Delaware is reaching out to the public through an interactive kiosk at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, as well as through a radio show on the University’s student-run radio station, WVUD.

UDEI symposium: UD Energy Institute event addresses clean energy challenge

Termites strike terror into the hearts of homeowners, but they could provide a nonpolluting way to convert coal to methane if microbes from their gut can be sent below ground as tiny miners. This novel concept was presented at the University of Delaware Energy Institute annual symposium at the Clayton Hall Conference Center on May 13. The event attracted more than 50 people from the energy community to address the clean energy challenge.

Engineering role models: Haines fund continues to support women in engineering

When Richard Haines graduated from the University of Delaware in 1957 with a degree in chemical engineering, the number of women graduates in engineering could literally be counted on one hand. Today, one out of every four engineering undergraduates at UD is a woman, but Haines knew that a large, permanent base of dollars could help nudge the percentage upward. So in 2013, he and his wife, Janet, gave a $300,000 gift to the College of Engineering to help advance women in engineering.

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