Fall 2016

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Contents

FRONT COVER: The University of Kentucky College of Engineering is investing heavily in strategic initiatives that will help students go from orientation to graduation.

FRONT COVER: The University of Kentucky College of Engineering is investing heavily in strategic initiatives that will help students go from orientation to graduation.

Message from the Dean

 

From Orientation to Graduation

Academic retention, a prominent feature in UK’s strategic plan, has become the college’s top priority.

Final Frontier

Biomedical engineering professor Sridhar Sunderam has devoted his academic career to the mystery and beauty of brain rhythms.

Game of Energy

Nathan Wright has always wanted to go beyond the status quo and create; with his new strategic game based on a world energy crisis, he is doing just that.

Backseat Driver

A car enthusiast, a shoot-for-the-moon internship and the imminent technological shift that will affect us all.

Full Circle

Chris Magruder is giving back to an endowed fellowship that gave him a chance to earn a master’s degree.

Mechanical engineering senior Jon Toth is the starting center for the Kentucky Wildcats football team. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound NFL prospect had started 35 consecutive games for the Wildcats coming into the season and made the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, given to the nation’s top center, for the second time. A workhorse in the classroom as well as on the field, Toth has made the SEC Academic Honor Roll three times while pursuing his degree.

Mechanical engineering senior Jon Toth is the starting center for the Kentucky Wildcats football team. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound NFL prospect had started 35 consecutive games for the Wildcats coming into the season and made the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, given to the nation’s top center, for the second time.
A workhorse in the classroom as well as on the field, Toth has made the SEC Academic Honor Roll three times while pursuing his degree. Photo: UK Athletics

In the Spotlight

 

By the Numbers

 

News & Recognition

 

Class Notes

 

Now You Know

Stained Glass Windows

 

Message from the Dean

Dr. Larry Holloway

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elcome to the fall issue of Kentucky Engineering Journal, the flagship publication of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering. This magazine has won three awards among universities and colleges in the southeast region over the last two years, an accomplishment that not only reflects the craftsmanship that goes into the writing, photography, graphic design, etc., but also that our students, faculty and alumni provide us with numerous outstanding stories to share.

Our undergraduate enrollment grew once again; we now have a record-total of 3,448 students to go with 462 graduate students. The freshman class also reached an all-time high as we welcomed 838 new students to campus—and no one around here thinks we’re done growing!

Growth, however, means little if engineering freshmen don’t become engineering graduates. That is why we are excited about recent high-impact initiatives like our First-Year Engineering program, the Garver Endowed Scholarship Fund and the James and Gay Hardymon Center for Student Success—all of which you can read about in our feature article on academic retention. We want to do our best to raise the percentage of our students who go on to establish productive and rewarding careers in engineering and computer science.

As always, please feel free to share your feedback with us. You help us produce a publication that gets better with each issue. You may send your thoughts to alumni@engr.uky.edu.

Sincerely,

Dr. Larry Holloway Interim Dean

Larry Holloway
Interim Dean