Spring 2017

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Contents

FRONT COVER: From maps of scenicness to maps of faces, Nathan Jacobs is using satellite and ground imagery to create better ways of visualizing data.

FRONT COVER: From maps of scenicness to maps of faces, Nathan Jacobs is using satellite and ground imagery to create better ways of visualizing data.

Message from the Dean

 

Eclipse Day

A total solar eclipse will cross western Kentucky on August 21 and a team of UK engineering students will be there.

Maps 2.0

New tools have enabled computing cartographers like Nathan Jacobs to produce maps you never knew you needed.

The Spirit of Radio

Mitch Mullins and Grant Sparks are bringing new school optimization to an old school radio station.

Know Thyself

Alumnus W. Terry Strange is back on campus and teaching a leadership class.

Life and Legacy

The Aubrey Donald May Scholarship Fund is a story about delight, appreciation and giving back.

In the Spotlight

 

“60 Minutes” reporter Bill Whitaker and Department of Computer Science Chair and Professor W. Brent Seales discuss the Digital Restoration Initiative, in which Seales virtually unwraps manuscripts too damaged to be physically opened. A segment about Seales’ research is scheduled to appear in an upcoming episode.

“60 Minutes” reporter Bill Whitaker and Department of Computer Science Chair and Professor W. Brent Seales discuss the Digital Restoration Initiative, in which Seales virtually unwraps manuscripts too damaged to be physically opened. A segment about Seales’ research is scheduled to appear in an upcoming episode.

Hall of Distinction

 

News & Recognition

 

Class Notes

 

Now You Know

Class Composite Photos
 

Giving Back

Message from the Dean

Dr. Larry Holloway

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Welcome to the spring issue of Kentucky Engineering Journal, the flagship publication of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering. In February, this magazine received a third-place award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education for best magazine among all schools in the Southeast Region. That is a significant accomplishment for a university, let alone a college within a university!

As you read, one theme you might notice is student excellence on display outside the classroom. A multidisciplinary research team is preparing for the first total solar eclipse to be visible in Kentucky since 1970. Two computer engineering students are putting their knowledge of optimization to use here on campus at WRFL. Another duo took first place honors in JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Code For Good hackathon in Columbus, Ohio by inventing an app to support Feeding America.

While top-notch classroom training is essential to any substantial engineering program, students deepen their learning when they can apply it through student organizations, competitions, Co-op rotations, internships, research teams and more. We are perpetually striving to create more ways for students to engage in activities that combine their classroom education with real-world challenges and opportunities. It makes a tremendous difference in how well-equipped our graduates are upon leaving UK.

We appreciate hearing from you—what you liked in each issue, what you didn’t like. If you have any feedback you would like to share with us, send an email to alumni@engr.uky.edu. Happy reading!

Sincerely,

Dr. Larry Holloway Interim Dean

Larry Holloway
Interim Dean