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IIT STUDENTS READY TO RIDE Poised for the challenge: IIT students Chaemoon Lee (from left), Carl Ferrario, Nathan Ruhl, Emanouel Milanov and Nicholas Taluzek work on the bicycle they plan to enter in the Parker Chainless Challenge this spring. | PHOTO BY MICHAEL ROBERTS
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ome undergrad students from the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Armour College of Engineering are gearing up to compete this spring in the Parker Chainless Challenge, a feat that involves creating a bicycle that operates without a chain. The competition is sponsored by the California-based Parker Hannifin Corporation and students from various colleges and universities from around the country are tasked with designing the bicycle (or tricycle), building it and entering it into the competition, this year being held April 8, 9 and 10 at The Great Park in Irvine, Calif. The goal, according to Matthew Spenko, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace
engineering at IIT, is to get students more familiar with Parker Hannifin and the use of fluid power. It’s not about creating a new product as a chain remains the best way to power a bicycle. “This is definitely not something you would bring to market,” Spenko said.“It’s not a product development type challenge. It’s more about the learning and engineering challenge of doing something different than it is about creating a better bicycle.” The goal is to give the students an open-ended problem to solve. There really is no one solution to the problem of using hydraulics to power a bicycle, Spenko said. According to the specifications for the challenge as outlined by Parker Hannifin, the objective is to “promote original thinking in a competitive setting by combining two technology platforms that are not normally associated with one another – the
bicycle and fluid power.” Parker Hannifin manufactures motion and control technologies and systems, providing engineered solutions for a variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs approximately 57,500 people in 50 countries around the world. There are two different phases of the completion. In the first phase, the students score points based on vehicle and fluid circuit design, hardware selection, analysis of dynamics, fluid flow, expected performance and prototype build date.The students also are tested on time management. All this leads up to the second and final phase of the competition which involves a sprint race, a time trial race, an efficiency challenge and other races designed to test how well each individual team’s bicycle or tricycle performs.
Two years ago, IIT walked away winning six out of seven categories. However, last year (the third year IIT students competed), a part on the bike failed and IIT was knocked out of the competition early, according to Carl Ferrario, project lead for mechanical work on this year’s team. This year, he said, he and his fellow team members are hungry for some redemption. “We’re improving on last year’s design,” said Ferrario, a former bike mechanic and junior at IIT.“We’re feeling confident that we worked out the bug.” The bug, Ferrario added, was going to a completely new design too quickly.They used a tricycle design for the first two years and last year was the first year they used a bicycle. While the competition is important, Ferrario pointed to other benefits of challenge. “It’s that bridge between book learning and working in industry so you can hit the ground running after graduation,” he said. It’s great working with Parker Hannifin because they’re such a big name in the industry.” The students also get a chance to use the latest technology. For example, according to Ferrario, the bicycle he and other students are creating this year is being designed using 3D imaging software. The students are almost finished with the prototype and are eager to move on to the final phase of the competition. Other IIT team members who are part of this year’s Parker Chainless Challenge include Emanouel Milanov, Chaemoon Lee, Nicholas Taluzek, David Cermak and Nathan Ruhl. Parker Hannifin underwrites the entire competition, paying for the parts necessary to build the bikes and transportation to the competition and also awards cash prizes to both the winning students and their school.This year, IIT will
be competing against students from 10 colleges and universities, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Cincinnati, California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo, Purdue University,Western Michigan University, Murray State University, Cleveland State University, the University of Akron, Case Western Reserve University and Ohio University. One of the benefits to Parker Hannifin is it gives the company a chance to find quality engineers. For example, two former IIT students who were team members for previous challenges – Josh Buck and Sean O’Halloran – are now employed in Parker’s aerospace division. Bob Meyer, who competed in the challenge for IIT last year, is now a computer aided engineer in vehicle dynamics and loads for General Motors. He said the competition is a great way for students to work on real projects and get solid experience to prepare them for the real world. “Fluid power is everywhere and it’s been around forever; it’s hugely powerful and versatile,” Meyer said. “Just about the only mark against it is its notorious lack of efficiency. The Chainless Challenge brings this otherwise easy to ignore flaw to center stage.The rules are structured so you can’t just ply the industry standard and throw energy at the bikes to overcome the lack of efficiency.You must design out the inefficiency.” Meyer said he is grateful to Parker Hannifin for creating and executing the challenge. “Anyone can donate to schools but it takes a special kind of company to break the norm and host something like the Chainless Challenge and I think this desire to set the trend is what makes Parker such an extraordinary company,” Meyer said. For more information about the student’s progress in this year’s competition, visit www.engineering. iit.edu.
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or Benjamin Braddock in the 1967 movie “The Graduate,” the word was “plastics.” For students looking for a hot career ticket now, there is no one word, according to college and university leaders and advisors. The top majors that employers are looking for include perennial favorites such as engineering, computer science and business and finance, said Linda Moore, director of career services at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Health care, especially majors that require more education such as occupational or physical therapy, is also in demand. The National Association of Colleges and Employers found that more than 57 percent of responding employers intend to hire finance majors this year, said Doug Reichenberger, director of career services at Southern Illinois UniversityCarbondale. More than 56 percent intended to hire accounting majors, and more than half want to higher computer science and
mechanical engineering majors. Those aren’t the only majors that are getting hired, Moore said.The same companies that want business or finance majors also want to bring communications or psychology majors into their workforces to take advantage of their interpersonal skills. “They can go into human resources or recruiting,” Moore said.“But they can also get management training positions.They embed them with the business and finance majors.” Reichenberg said the experience of recent graduates at SIU supports those trends. More than 40 percent of December 2014 graduates who already have jobs are working in business-related fields.The next largest group is working in fields that emphasize interpersonal relations, including social work, education and similar settings.The third largest group is working in engineering, he said. The most important thing, Moore said, is for students to keep their options open when the start college and spend time during their first
year to find out what careers are available to them. “It might turn out that they want to do something that they never heard of,” Moore said,“Many students are picking from the slice of the pie they know, and they don’t even see the rest of the pie.They need to use their career center, and use it early.” tudents at Governors State University are asked to do something similar, choosing a broad area of study as a freshman before narrowing their choice of major down their junior year, university president Elaine Maiman said. It’s part of the Governors State plan for students’ first two years, a new program in an institution that until this year only offered degree completion for students who did their first two years elsewhere and graduate programs. A survey released by the Association of American Colleges and Universities shows that employers of all kinds value people who can communicate well in speech and in writing, think critically and work well with others, Maimon said.The first two years at Governors State in all areas emphasize the development of those skills across curriculum areas.
Taking direction: Saadah Ottman, an occupational therapy student at Governors State University, listens to instructions. Occupational and physical therapists are in high demand, according to university officials. | SUPPLIED PHOTO SEE TOP FIELDS, PAGE 5
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Hands-on lessons: Melissa Naegele, who is working on her doctorate of physical therapy degree at Governors State University, works through exercises with fellow doctoral of physical therapy student Katie Taylor. Students who earn their doctorates in physical therapy are always in high demand, according to Governors State president Elaine Maimon. | SUPPLIED PHOTO
Students who start as freshmen at Governors State take at least three classes each semester with students assigned to the same learning group, with a dedicated core of faculty members and a career counselor assigned to work with them from their first semester, Maimon said. Students also will hear from people who work in the broad areas they are interested in so they know what they need to pursue their goals. “For example, to be licensed as a physical therapist, you must have a doctoral degree,” she said.“If that’s what you want to do, you need to major in something that will prepare you for that.” raduates in Governors State doctoral programs in occupational and physical therapy are in high demand, Maimon said, as those who receive doctorates in nursing.
Students who receive health care qualifications at the community college level are also in demand, said Steven Gustis, manager of career services at College of DuPage. Graduates of the college’s dental hygiene program are in especially high demand now, he said, as are registered nurses and certified nursing assistants. Home health services especially are looking for workers, he said. Students also can start an engineering degree at College of DuPage, and, if they meet requirements, finish their degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The program “sets them up for almost guaranteed admission at U of I,” Gustis said, noting that students enter the U of I engineering school as juniors.“And that’s a very SEE TOP FIELDS, PAGE 7
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At Southern Illinois University Carbondale, we know that hands-on, real-world experience in college will give our students the edge after they graduate. That’s why our students have opportunities to gain experience through our Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism. That’s why our students can conduct research guided by faculty mentors as early as their freshman year. That’s why our students can translate big ideas into viable businesses through the Student Innovation Incubator program. That’s why our students can gain leadership and other skills in more than 450 registered student organizations. That’s why our students are on stage, in the orchestra, publishing newspapers, delivering newscasts, managing investments and much, much more. SIU’s faculty members are accessible and dedicated to helping our students achieve success within and beyond the lecture hall, providing real-world experiences that deliver critical thinking skills and translate to competitive career opportunities. At SIU, we give students all of the advantages of a small college plus the brains – and experiences – of a major research university.
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EIU CONTINUES TO RECEIVE HIGH MARKS FROM U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT You may have heard Eastern Illinois University is the No. 4 public regional university in the Midwest, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. The faculty and staff at Eastern Illinois University is proud to receive this kind of recognition from such a well-respected publication — also note that U.S. News bumped the university up five spots to a No. 31 ranking among hundreds of Midwestern regional universities offering master’s degree programs — but it’s no surprise to see EIU ranked as high as it is compared to its peers in Illinois and the 12-state Midwest region. After all, the combination of academic excellence, student life opportunities and superior value offered at EIU isn’t easily matched.
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Management Information Systems (MIS) S A L A RY
EARLY CAREER $47,100 MID-CAREER $76,800 2
Computer Engineering (CE) S A L A RY
EARLY CAREER $40,100 MID-CAREER $76,700 3
Electrical Engineering (EE) S A L A RY
EARLY CAREER $49,300 MID-CAREER $75,200 4
Business & Information Technology (IT) S A L A RY
EARLY CAREER $37,900 MID-CAREER $74,500 5
Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) S A L A RY
EARLY CAREER $39,200 MID-CAREER $71,700 6
Construction Management S A L A RY
EARLY CAREER $42,900 MID-CAREER $70,600 7
Occupational Health and Safety S A L A RY
EARLY CAREER $49,800 MID-CAREER $68,500 8
Computer Science (CS) S A L A RY
EARLY CAREER $41,800 MID-CAREER $68,400 9
Dental Hygiene S A L A RY
EARLY CAREER $60,400 MID-CAREER $68,400 10
Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) S A L A RY
EARLY CAREER $41,700 MID-CAREER $68,300
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Academic Excellence The 14:1 student-faculty ratio and average class size of 17 guarantee EIU students will always have access to the kind of personal relationships with their instructors they can’t find at just any institution. Students who choose EIU appreciate this, too, as illustrated by the fact that the university continues to tout the highest freshman retention rate (79 percent) and the highest graduation rate (60 percent) among all Illinois public universities in its class. A Living-Learning Community But, a college student’s opportunity for growth shouldn’t begin and end in a classroom or laboratory, and at Eastern, faculty and staff take that belief to heart. EIU presents myriad opportunities for growth as an individual through participation in one — or many — of the university’s hundreds of registered student organizations covering a wide variety of interests and subjects. In addition, the active Office of Student Community Service serves as a representation of the university’s commitment to volunteerism. Beginning from the first days an EIU student spends on campus, the importance and personal benefits of community are instilled upon them. The faculty and staff of EIU think this shows in the number of additional hours students put into volunteering during the remainder of their stay, which recently went over a half million. A Tremendous Value In a time when skyrocketing tuition and slashed admission standards are a reality at nearly every other similar school, EIU has done neither. The university’s already affordable tuition rates — available not only to in-state students but also residents of neighboring states — remained constant from last year to this year. At the same time, EIU managed to maintain the same standard of excellence students, faculty, and alumni have grown to expect for those entering our university. The faculty and staff of EIU truly believe you could search the entire region and not find a better value for your college dollar. Ask yourself now,“Am I EIU?” If you think you could be, begin your #FuturePanther journey by visiting us at www.eiu.edu.
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High-tech monitoring of digital information keeps America secure pendent network of information The digital age has made online information widely available technology infrastructures, includboth for good and bad purposes. ing the Internet, telecommunications networks, computer systems When it comes to the nation’s and embedded processors and security, monitoring, tracking, controllers. America’s Navy has securing and analyzing digital data is a key factor in defending highly technical computer scientists and computer engineers who intelligence networks. develop tools and techniques in Creating a line of cyber warfare defense is the U.S. Navy’s the information environment that ensure situational awareness, proresponsibility, which has a comvide defense against attacks and munity charged with masterdeliver tactical advantages. ing the capabilities, tools and Some of the day-to-day jobs techniques required to effectively collect, process, analyze and ap- include gathering data through sources ranging from advanced ply information. This is a growing field, and in- cyberspace operations to undividuals interested in careers in manned surveillance systems, computer science and computer converting data into actionable intelligence, and maintaining engineering will find excellent cutting-edge communications opportunities with the Navy. Enlisted sailors and naval officers networks that effectively share specialize in information-intensive and safeguard information. It’s all part of the mission for those who fields that include information serve in the professional areas management, information technology, information warfare, cyber of information and technology warfare, cryptology, intelligence, in America’s Navy — for those meteorology and oceanography. warriors who do battle within the cyberspace domain. Collaboratively, they develop and defend vital intelligence, Brandpoint networks and systems.They also manage the critical information that supports the U.S. Navy, joint and national warfighting requirements, maintaining the Navy’s essential technological edge. Cyberspace High-tech training: Enlisted sailors and naval officers is the interdespecialize in information-intensive fields. | BRANDPOINT
FEEL THE VIBE OF SUCCESS AT NMU A campus visit is one of the most important steps in selecting a college or university.Websites and brochures offer useful information and a snapshot preview, but a visit gives you a personal “feel” for whether the campus and surrounding community will be the ideal fit. At Northern Michigan University, you can take a guided campus tour, meet one on one with a professor from your intended major, talk with an admissions counselor and learn about more than 300 clubs/organizations and other aspects of student life. Drop by an NMU dining establish-
ment. Attend a university or community event.Take advantage of a lodging discount. Mention “ski free” when scheduling a winter visit and NMU will give you a one-day pass to ski or snowboard at nearby Marquette Mountain. “I recommend that high school students visit every place they’ve applied at,” said Dave Lucas, head of the NMU physics department and pre-med program, who has worked with the campus visit program for several years.“It always pays off in the end. It’s a bit of a hassle and takes time and money, but once they do it they see how important
and useful it is. I enjoy helping someone make a good decision—whether or not they enroll in my program.” You can also explore the natural wonders that surround campus — from Lake Superior beaches to forests — and the recreation options they afford. The pristine environment is complemented by a contemporary vibe and entrepreneurial spirit that make Marquette and the NMU campus so special. Don’t take our word for it. See for yourself by scheduling a visit at www.nmu.edu/admissions/ campusvisit.
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Upcoming Spring Admission Events
Understanding Your Financial Aid
March 24, 2015 | 6-8 p.m. Get one-on-one assistance in understanding the financial aid process!
March 26, 2015 | 4:30-7 p.m. Open House is designed for adult students. Whether you’re interested in one of our nine graduate programs, looking to complete a certificate, or transferring after attending another institution, you’ll have the opportunity to speak with faculty and staff about: Graduate Programs Transferring to Mount Mary Accelerated & Certificate Programs Adult Student Options & Resources
April 25, 2015 | 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Designed for high school sophomores and juniors, Preview Day will help you get a head start on the college admission process. You’ll learn about scholarships, financial aid, and student activities offered at Mount Mary University! Plus, speak with current Mount Mary students and faculty about your academic and extracurricular interests, and enjoy a student-led tour of our beautiful campus.
CREO 2015: Ignite Annual Student Designer Fashion & Art Show
2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53222 Register for upcoming events or schedule your individual visit online at:
Friday, May 8, 2015 | mtmary.edu/creo You’re invited to a live, student-designed, runway production and art show at Harley-Davidson Museum®in Milwaukee!