Summer 2018: R.B. Annis School of Engineering Update

Students & Faculty Present at Engineering Conference

Two students from the R. B. Annis School of Engineering (RBASOE) participated in the poster presentation at the 2018 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) IL-IN Section Conference held at Purdue University in April 2018. Both projects were part of the DesignSpine projects undertaken by the sophomore students at the School of Engineering.

Allison Zwickl ’20 (software engineering) presented her team’s work on the design of a custom orthosis for enhanced patient healing outcome. The project was a collaboration between the Schools of Engineering and Occupational Therapy, with Dr. David Olawale, assistant professor, R.B. Annis School of Engineering, and Dr. Erin Peterson, assistant professor of occupational therapy, supervising.

Bailey Wilder ’20 (software engineering) presented his team’s work on the design of a mobile water distribution system, a project sponsored by the Citizens Energy Group.

Also attending the conference were Dr. Stephen Spicklemire, associate professor of physics, and Dr. David Olawale. Dr. Olawale presented a paper co-authored with Dr. Jose Sanchez, director of the R. B. Annis School of Engineering, and Dr. Stephen Spicklemire, titled, “UIndy Engineering DesignSpine: Engineering Leadership Development through Interdisciplinary Teams and Early Exposure to Real Life Problems.”

High school students gather in teams in the Ideation Room to work on a timed project as they compete for engineering scholarships  on Monday, February 19, 2018. (Photo:  D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

Photo:In February, the R.B. Annis School of Engineering Scholarship Competition challenged high school students to work together to produce a plan for a prototype ice melter. The students were judged on their teamwork, presentation skills and creativity. Eleven students earned full-ride scholarships.

Faculty Research

Dr. Octavian Nicolio, associate professor of engineering, published “Extending an Interpreter program written in C++ over a computer network using the TCP protocol” in the Academic Journal of Science.

Dr. Olawale published “Enhanced fabrication process for in situ triboluminescent optical fiber sensor for multifunctional composites” in Measurement.

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