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SIUE Promotes STEM Education as Host of Science Olympiad Tournament

5 February 2016, 8:43 AM

Science OlympiadSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville will host approximately 450 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) –motivated students, grades 6-12, at the annual Science Olympiad regional tournament being held from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 on campus. Students from 21 different schools across the region will compete in the day’s interactive, hands-on events.

Teams of 15 students will investigate events ranging from concepts in life, earth and physical science...

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Fourth Annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day Set for Feb. 20

4 February 2016, 1:10 PM

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is hosting its fourth annual “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, in the SIUE School of Engineering building

Approximately 250 girls from grades 5-8 are expected to attend the daylong event that offers exposure to the engineering field. Participants will complete a total of five activities, covering the fields of civil, mechanical, electrical, industrial and co...

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SIUE Kicks Off Black Heritage Month

1 February 2016, 5:05 PM

Black Heritage KickoffThe SIUE Campus Activities Board and the Black Heritage Month committee hosted opening ceremonies for students, faculty and staff at the Morris University Center’s Goshen Lounge
 Monday afternoon, Feb. 1.

Among the speakers were Interim Chancellor Steve Hansen, Venessa Brown, associate chancellor in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, junior Ricky Rush, president of the Collegiate 100, and senior studio art major Kiarya Glover, whose work was on display. Free Black Heritage Month...

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SIUE Congress Forwards Action Items to Chancellor

29 January 2016, 2:40 PM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Interim Chancellor Stephen Hansen addressed the final session of three meetings of the SIUE congress Friday morning, Jan. 29, in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom.

Hansen opened the session by urging the faculty, staff and student attendees to remember what SIUE is – “a master’s comprehensive university.”

Considering the budget crisis in Illinois, Hansen established the congress in November. He believed that the Uni...

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SIUE STEM Center’s Sharon Locke Shares Expertise in WalletHub Study

27 January 2016, 1:40 PM

Sharon Locke, director of the SIUE STEM CenterSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Sharon Locke, PhD and director of the SIUE STEM Center, was included in the Ask the Experts section of a WalletHub study examining 2016’s best and worst metro areas for STEM professionals.

She spoke to how the U.S. can attract and train the best STEM professionals to stay ahead of other countries, as well as how government, employers and educators can increase the number of women and minorities in STEM fields.

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SIUE Spring Enrollment Hits All-Time High

27 January 2016, 8:30 AM

SIUEClass2019Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s spring enrollment of 13,346 students is the largest spring enrollment in the University’s history. Traditional undergraduate enrollment is up 281 students or 2.6 percent over last spring. The University has never enrolled more full-time students (10,214) for a spring semester.

 “Considering the highly competitive higher education marketplace, I’m proud of the tireless effort by the enrollment, advising and marketing staffs...

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SIUE Research to Recommend Strategic Placement of Natural Snow Barriers

12 January 2016, 10:55 AM

Yan Qi, PhD, assistant professor in the SIUE Department of Civil Engineering.Rain has been the Achilles heel of the area as of late, but should flurries begin to fall, a hazardous problem on freeways can be snow drifting that creates slippery driving conditions.

Now, in collaboration with Washington State University, a Southern Illinois University Edwardsville transportation engineer will use funding from a $225,000 Illinois Center for Transportation (ITC) grant to recommend the specific design and placement of natural barriers to combat the issue.

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KSDK Features Inventive Final Exam App Created at SIUE

5 January 2016, 4:03 PM

An innovative project at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville was featured on KSDK’s Today in St. Louis on Dec. 23. The report highlighted the use of AR (Alternative Reality) Exam, a final exam app created by Mark Poepsel, assistant professor of mass communications in the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences, and a team of computer science students.

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SIUE’s Healthcare Informatics Program in Keeping With its Pioneer Pace Will Soon Offer Degree Online

4 January 2016, 1:14 PM

Frank Lyerla, PhD, RN, director of SIUE's Master's of Healthcare InformaticsBecause the demand for healthcare professionals to be adept in information technology is increasing in scope and complexity, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will offer its established Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics program online in August 2016.

“As healthcare facilities work to meet government mandates concerning the use of electronic health records and other information technologies, the need for healthcare professionals with advanced education in informatics is a...

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SIUE Student Engineers Dig Deep to Help Community in Need

22 December 2015, 3:53 PM

Members of the travel team, including SIUE students (L-R) Julian Chastain, Alejandro Alvarez, Sarah Lepp, Caleb Mau and Mustard Seed Peace Project President Terri Cranmer.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering students are on a mission to build a sustainable water distribution system and provide access to clean drinking water in a remote Guatemalan village. Students in the University’s Engineers Without Borders (EWB) organization will travel to the community of Virginia Dec. 30-Jan. 7 to assess the viability of digging a deep well to accommodate the village’s needs.

“The community does not have any running water,”...

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SIUE’s York Wins Prestigious IEEE Award

22 December 2015, 3:50 PM

Timothy York, PhD, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineeringSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Timothy York, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has earned the coveted 2016 IEEE Donald G. Fink Award. The award recognizes York, and a number of exemplary co-authors, for their paper on the topic of bioinspired polarization imaging sensors.

IEEE is the top place for publishing for many of the fields within electrical and computer engineering,” said York. “To be considered the b...

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Karacal Named Interim Dean of SIUE School of Engineering

21 December 2015, 10:30 AM

karacal-cemSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville has appointed Cem Karacal, PhD, professor and associate dean in the School of Engineering, as interim dean beginning January 1, 2016. Karacal steps in for Dean Hasan Sevim, who is retiring effective December 31, 2015. 

Sevim joined SIUE in 2006 as the Dean of the School of Engineering (SOE) after beginning his career in 1983 at the SIU Carbondale campus as an assistant professor. He eventually rose to associate dean of the SIUC School of Engineerin...

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SIUE Fall Commencement Features More Than 1,100 Graduates

19 December 2015, 9:25 AM

Hansen CommencementVideo9 am Ceremony, 1 pm Ceremony

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Interim Chancellor Stephen Hansen oversaw the 2015 Fall Commencement exercises today. Two ceremonies for the 1,101 eligible graduates began in the morning and concluded this afternoon in the Vadalabene Center on campus.

Hansen focused on the value of an education by quoting Benjamin Franklin, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” He also told the graduates that their “investmen...

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Future Engineers Travel Internationally to Present at SIUE

17 December 2015, 11:14 AM

Lim, Jun O, a junior mechanical engineering student at Tongmyong University presents his senior design project.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville welcomed engineering faculty and students from Tongmyong University (TU) in Busan, South Korea, to campus Dec. 7-9. The visiting students and SIUE engineering students presented their senior design projects to each other, offering a unique view into the variation of experiences and projects within the engineering discipline.

“By seeing other schools’ senior design projects, the students and faculty of both schools participating in this excha...

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SIUE Engineering Students Take First in IEEE Black Box Contest

16 December 2015, 1:00 PM

Meuth-CobianSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering students Frank Cobian and Curtis Meuth took first place in the 2015 Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Saint Louis Section Black Box competition held in mid-November at Saint Louis University. Fellow SIUE students Daniel Crockett and Kristen Collins were runners-up.  

Three teams representing SIUE’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department competed in the contest where stude...

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SIUE School of Engineering Dean Sevim Reflects on Distinguished Tenure

15 December 2015, 1:28 PM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Hasan Sevim, PhD, dean of the SIUE School of Engineering (SOE) since 2006, is retiring at the close of the semester. During his notable tenure, the School has experienced exponential growth and development.

“I came to SIUE, because I found an interesting challenge here,” Sevim recalled. “I was asked to help with the transition to a teacher-scholar model on this campus. I realized that I could significantly contribute if I found...

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Innovative Final Exam App Created at SIUE Provides Unique Academic Experience

11 December 2015, 8:30 AM

SIUE student Mikaela Cotter completes a portion of her final exam using the AR Exam app.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Mark Poepsel, assistant professor of mass communications in the College of Arts and Sciences, is constantly looking for innovative ways to teach students and provide experiential learning in a rapidly changing field.

Keeping with the 21st century mindset of ‘there’s an app for that,’ Poepsel dreamed up an app through which his mass communications students could take a portion of their final exam. With the help of Dennis Bouvier...

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My Journey from the ‘e’: School of Engineering Alum Leads as Campus President

3 December 2015, 2:24 PM

Dr. Robert Mock, president, Johnson & Wales University Charlotte CampusIf success is defined by the accomplishment of an aim or purpose, then Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alum Robert Mock, EdD has achieved that status.

The 1990 School of Engineering alumnus clearly fulfills the University’s mission of developing “professionals, scholars and leaders who shape a changing world.”

Mock became Charlotte campus president of Johnson & Wales University in North Carolina in September. The Urbana, Ill. native began his journey in higher educa...

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SIUE Computer Science Program Proactively “Sprinkles Security” into Studies

30 November 2015, 2:47 PM

Thoshitha Gamage, PhD, assistant professor of computer science.In a world full of computerized information and rapid advances in technology, the need for cybersecurity is paramount for both personal privacy and national security. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is taking an innovative approach in training future computer scientists to combat this pressing concern.

With support from the SIUE Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research, Education and Outreach, Thoshitha Gamage, assistant professor of computer science...

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SIUE Engineering Duo Wins Best Paper at International Conference

24 November 2015, 5:55 PM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering graduate student Sheetal Bagga and recent graduate Rakeem Shelby (MS ’15) were awarded best paper at an international conference in Seattle.

 The 23rd Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Spatial Information (ACM SIGSPATIAL) International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems was held November 3-6.

Shelby’s and Bagga’s paper, entitled “Component Moving Region...

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SIUE Student Engineers to Make Winters Warmer and Summers Cooler for Beverly Farm Residents

20 November 2015, 10:43 AM

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Residents of Beverly Farm in Godfrey will soon have a new heating and cooling system installed in their building, courtesy of the engineering prowess of students at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. 

“We are upgrading the entire HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) system in the Chappee Cottage in order to make it a more energy efficient and sustainable building,” said Paul Cefaratti, president of the student branch of the Americ...

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SIUE School of Engineering Adds Mechatronics and Robotics Degree

9 November 2015, 11:00 AM

Hasan SevimThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering is adding a bachelor’s program in mechatronics and robotics engineering. The Illinois Board of Higher Education approved the program earlier in August.

“Mechatronics and robotics engineering is a well-known discipline in many industrialized countries, but there are just a handful of programs in the U.S.,” said Hasan Sevim, dean of the SIUE School of Engineering. “With the endorsement of some regiona...

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SIUE Featured on KSDK’s Show Me St. Louis

29 October 2015, 3:50 PM

campus-autumnSIUE Interim Chancellor Steve Hansen and Cougars men’s basketball Head Coach Jon Harris were featured in a piece aired during KSDK-TV’s Thursday (Oct. 29) edition of Show Me St. Louis. View it here.

SIUE is a participating sponsor in the Get to Know Metro East campaign, which was launched earlier this year to help everyone in the Metro East get to know their community better, embrace the people who live and work here, and promote the many attractions.

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Enthusiastic Students Snack on Kettle Corn at First Midterm Check-In

22 October 2015, 1:45 PM

Midterm CheckinA variety of University administrators were on the Stratton Quad Thursday, Oct. 22 during mid-day to assist the Office of Student Affairs as they provided free kettle corn to students and hosted a midterm “check-in” with those students. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Jeffrey Waple introduced the event as a new tradition.

Photo (L-R): Freshman School of Nursing students Riley Sinclair, of Monticello, and Autumn Kerner, of Mackinaw, visit with Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs ...

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SIUE School of Engineering Earns ASC National and Regional Awards

22 October 2015, 11:15 AM

Two Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering construction management competition teams placed in the top three during the Associated Schools of Construction Region III conference held in Downer’s Grove October 14-17. 

“Our students continued their tradition of excellent performance at the regional and national open construction management competitions,” said Chris Gordon, chair of the Department of Construction.  “We see from these and ot...

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SIUE’s Onal to Present at Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

20 October 2015, 8:16 AM

Sinan Onal, PhD, assistant professor of industrial engineering in the SIUE School of Engineering.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Sinan Onal, PhD, an assistant professor of industrial engineering in the School of Engineering, is one of “70 of the nation’s most innovative, young engineering educators.” He will present at the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 7th Annual Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Symposium to be held Oct. 25-28 in Irvine, Calif. 

“Dr. Onal took the pedagogy of senior design course to another level in th...

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Annual SIUE Day Draws Community Leaders

15 October 2015, 10:30 AM

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Nearly 200 community leaders and business people attended the 10th annual SIUE Day community event Thursday, Oct. 15, at Dunham Hall on the SIUE campus.

The Illinois Business Journal sponsored the breakfast affair. IBJ Editor and Partner Dennis Grubaugh, and President and Publisher Al Ortbals represented the publication, which has been a sponsor since the event’s inception. Grubaugh served as chair of this year’s event. Grubaugh and his three children are a...

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Proceed with Caution: SIUE Alum Opens Raven’s Curse Haunted House

14 October 2015, 1:59 PM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering alum Kip Polley has a cryptic knack for creating graphic effects and horrifying characters that can send chills down a person’s spine. The entrepreneur is frightening Southern Illinoisans at Raven’s Curse Haunted House, a new attraction located in Centralia.

The 2005 SIUE graduate founded Pale Night Productions, a special effects production company, while completing his bachelor’s in manufacturing engineering. Pol...

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Interim Chancellor Hansen Introduces 9% Budget Realignment Plan

13 October 2015, 1:15 PM

Steve Hansen

SIUE Interim Chancellor Stephen Hansen today introduced a nine percent realignment spending plan for the remainder of fiscal 2016 during the annual chancellor’s address Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom.

Approximately 500 faculty, staff, students and community representatives heard Hansen deliver a proactive approach to the budget issues hanging over the University system as the state of Illinois government remains in a budget stalemate.

“We cann...

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SIUE to Participate in AAC&U’s LEAP Challenge

9 October 2015, 10:15 AM

Parviz AnsariSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville will join the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) LEAP Challenge case study project.

The LEAP (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) challenge is about preparing students to advance their learning by solving complex problems through high-impact practices such as research, collaborative projects and experiential learning. Participating institutions will work with the AAC&U to develop a set of case studies underscoring how t...

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SIUE Career Fair Connects Students with Nearly 150 Regional Businesses

7 October 2015, 3:06 PM

2015 SIUE October Career FairSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville students have the opportunity to network with area employers during the University’s annual October Career Fair being held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today and Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Meridian Ballroom of the Morris University Center. Representatives from nearly 150 regional businesses are in attendance.

Today’s career fair catered to students within the School of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, as well as all non-teaching majors. Thursday...

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SIUE Students Travel to See Pope Francis in Philadelphia

5 October 2015, 9:10 AM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Catholic Campus Minister Samantha Kennedy and seven SIUE students joined a contingent of Eastern Illinois University students in a pilgrimage to see Pope Pope FrancisFrancis during his visit to Philadelphia the weekend of Sept. 26-27.

The SIUE group joined 49 EIU students Friday, Sept. 25, for a 12-hour bus ride from Charleston to Philadelphia. Kennedy said the EIU connection came from being in the same Diocese of Springfield and having worked closely with them in ...

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SIUE Inducts Eight to Alumni Hall of Fame

2 October 2015, 8:50 AM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville honored eight remarkable graduates at the 2015 SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame ceremony Friday, Oct. 2, in the Morris University Center. These alumni have achieved exploits in their respective fields, are role models and are testament to SIUE’s educational excellence.

The 2015 honorees listed by their college or school:

Julion-Wrenetha

School of Nursing: Dr. Wrenetha Julion, BS Nursing ’80 Dr. Wrenetha Julion is a professor in the Rush University Colleg...

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SIUE Engineering Students Capture Aerial Views of ‘e’ in Space

1 October 2015, 1:58 PM

SIU 'e' flies 20 miles above EarthStunning aerial images show Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s signature ‘e’ flying 20 miles above Earth. SIUE’s 2,660-acre campus, the city of St. Louis and more of the areas landscape are featured in the distance. Two GoPro cameras attached to a helium-filled weather balloon captured the photographs and video images.

Three SIUE engineering students launched the balloon and assorted instrumentation from campus. The project was spearheaded by Alex Anderson, Jona...

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Free App Developed by SIUE Engineering Students Featured in Engineering News-Record

30 September 2015, 11:00 AM

SIUE School of Engineering students have combined with Mark Grinter and Anne Werner, assistant professors of construction in the School of Engineering, to develop an app that helps construction engineers avoid cracking from plastic concrete shrinkage.

Computer science seniors Bryan Allen, Daniel Grote and Zachary Smith created a publicly available tool useful to construction engineers. In their required two semester long senior assignment project, they were assigned to a client, Grinter and Wer...

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SIUE School of Engineering Receives ABET Reaccreditation

28 September 2015, 11:20 AM

Hasan SevimThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering’s programs have received continued accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) through as far as 2021.

The rigorous process requires years of data collection and continuous improvement based on self-assessment. The School and each program do a comprehensive self-study, which is followed by a campus visit from a highly trained team of experts.

“ABET accreditation for the SIUE Schoo...

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2015 SIUE Homecoming Welcomes Alumni

28 September 2015, 8:30 AM

HomecomingSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville is celebrating 2015 Homecoming with a weeklong series of events targeting current students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members. This year’s events begin Monday, Sept. 28, running through Sunday, Oct. 4 on the SIUE campus.

This year’s student theme is “Turn Up the E.” The schedule of events will include: a comedy show featuring Mind Reader Eric Dittleman; a hot wing eating contest; a golf cart parade; a talent show; a ca...

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SIUE Graduate School Open House Set for Oct. 14

22 September 2015, 10:15 AM

Jerry WeinbergThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Graduate School will host its annual Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 14. The event will consist of two identical sessions: 11 a.m. -1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. in the Morris University Center’s Meridian Ballroom.

Prospective graduate students will receive information about SIUE’s various graduate programs, graduate admission requirements, graduate student services and financing a graduate education, including graduate assistantships and competitiv...

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lllinois Center for Transportation Shines Spotlight on SIUE Professor

6 February 2015, 8:03 AM

Ryan Fries

Ryan Fries, associate professor and graduate program director in the Department of Civil Engineering at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is being recognized by the Illinois Center for Transportation.

Fries’ project efforts and achievements are featured in an Investigator Spotlight, published by the Illinois Center for Transportation.

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