In the Spotlight: Spring 2016

Lindsey Gillaspie: Junior, Computer Engineering

Lindsey Gillaspie


f the 215 computer engineering majors in the college, only 20 are female. That doesn’t bother Singletary Scholar Lindsey Gillaspie; she loves the flexibility the major offers and frequently toggles between computer engineering and computer science interests. Last summer, Lindsey wrote code as a positron emission tomography (PET) scan reconstruction specialist for GE Healthcare in Milwaukee. She says her engineering education enabled her to absorb a steady stream of information quickly. The current president of UK’s Society for Women Engineers, Lindsey strives to be a role model for young women interested in engineering. She is one of the college’s Ambassadors, engineering students who meet with prospective engineering students to share their University of Kentucky experience. Lindsey says the question most frequently asked by students and parents is: “Is engineering as hard as it seems?” Her reply? “If you like it, it won’t be.”

J. Zach Hilt: William T. Bryan Professor, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering

Zach Hilt


n April 4, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) inducted J. Zach Hilt to its College of Fellows. Membership in the College of Fellows consists of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country. Hilt was elected by peers and members of the College for pioneering contributions to bionanotechnology, specifically the development of nanocomposite hydrogels as remotely controlled biomaterials and analyte-responsive drug delivery systems. The formal ceremony took place during AIMBE’s 25th Annual Meeting at the National Academy of Sciences Great Hall in Washington, DC. Hilt is a three-time winner of the department’s outstanding teacher award and is also the faculty advisor for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) student organization. He joined UK in 2004 after receiving his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.

Gail Brion: Chellgren Endowed Professor, Department of Civil Engineering

Gail Brion


ail Brion was recently named a Chellgren Endowed Professor with a stipend to facilitate undergraduate research and curriculum development. Chellgren Endowed Professors are expected to maintain an active research program in their discipline, teach courses in one of the university’s programs of excellence or within their college or department and direct a specific project intended to advance progressive reform of undergraduate education. Director of the Environmental Research and Training Laboratories (ERTL) since its inception in 2002, Brion was recently awarded an NSF research grant titled, “EAGER: The Role of Engineered Systems in Adaptation of Staphylococcus Aureus,” and is working on a plan to provide research experiences to a wide variety of undergraduate students. She has specialized in areas pertaining to environmental engineering since joining the Department of Civil Engineering faculty in 1995.