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We will produce graduates who will advance society, be competitive in a dynamic global market, and contribute to the economic development of North Dakota, the nation, and the world. We will provide students with a personalized education, fostering innovation and emphasizing technical, leadership, and entrepreneurship skills. We will be internationally recognized for excellence in research, fostering discovery, serving societal needs, and stimulating technology transfer. We will foster an inspiring, supportive, high-performance, teambased work environment. We will engage the community to promote engineering and innovation, inspire young minds, help the regional economy thrive, and display civic responsibility.


We will promote the accomplishments of our alumni, engage them in school initiatives, and serve as a resource for the advancement of their success. Ann and Norman Hoffman........................ 4 Robert Solberg....................................... 5 Larry Jodsaas......................................... 5 Walt Swingen........................................ 6 Alumni Academy..................................... 8 Academy Social.................................... 10 Sioux Awards....................................... 10 Rollin’ on the River............................... 12

Student Profile..................................... 13 Student Projects................................... 14 Unmanned Aircraft................................ 16 Mobile Robotics.................................... 16 Technology Entrepreneurship................... 17 Distance Engineering............................. 18 DEDP Students Return........................... 19 Reaching Out to Students....................... 20

Smart Move Challenge.......................... 22 Reaching Out: Geology.......................... 24 Departments........................................ 26 Geothermal.......................................... 31 Faculty................................................ 33



s new transplants to Grand Forks, my family and I are enjoying UND, the people, and the many perks of a college town. I have to admit that the first winter was a bit colder than what we imagined, but the warmth of the people of North Dakota has turned the cold weather into a very pleasant experience. After the long season of snow and cold, it is astounding how beautiful the summer here is. The picturesque scenery, smell of the fresh air, vivid blue sky, and gorgeous summer nights make it really worth the wait. Bottom line; we feel privileged to be part of UND and the North Dakota family. Time flies, as they say, but I can assure you that it flies at supersonic speed here at the School of Engineering and Mines. I can’t believe that two years have already passed since I joined UND. These years have been very rewarding and this is entirely due to our dedicated faculty and staff, hard working students, and extraordinary alumni and friends. Each day has brought a fresh set of challenges and opportunities, and we are so proud of our achievements. Our faculty and staff have embarked on a bold strategic planning endeavor that will guide us towards the future. Together with our students, community, alumni

and industry friends, we have made great progress in the development of our strategic plan. The building blocks of our vision are listed in the opposite page. On the research front, we have witnessed an unprecedented growth as evidenced by the doubling of both proposal awards and research expenditures over the past two years. The value of new awards for the first 11 months in FY10 was over $7 million. Research expenditures were more than $6 million for the same period. Three new degree programs have been developed: 1) Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, 2) M.S. in Sustainable Energy Engineering, and 3) B.S. in Petroleum Engineering. Regional students will no longer have to leave the state to seek degrees in these areas and non-resident students will be gaining a high quality option for education. After a thorough review by the Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET) last October, all of our B.S. engineering degree programs have been re-accredited. The next general review for all programs will take place in the fall of 2015.

Our unique distance engineering degree program has seen tremendous growth in the last two years. We are proud to be the only school in the United States that offers an entire ABET accredited undergraduate engineering program via distance. The in-residence summer lab program provides invaluable campus experience to students from all over the United States and Canada. One of the most rewarding parts of my job as Dean of Engineering is the privilege of visiting with many of our alumni who continue to impress me with their great accomplishments and success stories. Let me take this opportunity to thank them for their generosity and continuous support. Now, it is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to our inaugural issue of the new Engineering magazine. Turn the pages, enjoy the read, and please let us know what you think; we value your feedback. Sincerely,

Hesham El-Rewini, Ph.D., P.E. Dean

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Ann and Norman hoffman Ann and Norman Hoffman recently gave a gift to the University of North Dakota School of Engineering and Mines to establish The Ann and Norman Hoffman Chair in National Defense/Energetics as well as create the Hoffman Energetics Collection. Norman, a 1959 UND Chemical Engineering graduate, spent his career in the field of Energetics. His career highlights include: • Co-founded Technical Ordnance Inc. which develops and produces explosive components used by our military in defense of our country. • Designed components for the Mercury, Gemini, and Polaris missile space programs. • Developed safe automatic loading and assembly machines for high volume production. • Lifelong member of the NDIA (National Defense Industrial Association). The Chemical Engineering Department is establishing a historical repository for energetics materials in the UND Chester Fritz Library. The Hoffman Energetics Collection will not only preserve the wealth of knowledge that has been developed in the area of energetics over many years, but also support future generations working in this highly specialized area. In 2008 Norm was inducted into the UND School of Engineering and Mines Alumni Academy. F **We are looking for information. Of particular interest is information that is not readily available through standard archival methods. Examples include conference proceedings, contact reports, conference papers not published in proceedings, news clippings, personal files, etc. Please contact: mikemann@

Ann and Norman Hoffman Norman’s Hometown: Mandan, ND


robert SOLBERG

Larry Jodsaas

Bob Solberg, B.S. in Civil Engineering 1969, is very familiar with the global oil and gas industry, having held senior executive positions in his 33 year career at Texaco including president of Worldwide E & P Development from 1998 until his retirement in 2002. Through the generosity and support of Bob and his wife Kris, B.S. in Nursing 1969, UND students will have the opportunity to enroll in the new Petroleum Engineering program at the School of Engineering and Mines this fall. The program received approval from the ND Board of Higher Education on April 8, 2010, helped by the momentum created by the Solberg’s leadership gift. Bob is currently chairman of three corporations: JDR Cable Systems Ltd., manufacturers of seismic cables for offshore surveys and umbilical cables, which connect and remotely operate wells drilled in deep water; Scorpion Offshore Ltd., a company that trades on the Oslo, Norway, stock exchange, provides modern jack-up rigs around the world; and in August 2009 the Board of Directors for Hyperdynamics Corporation, an international oil and gas exploration company, elected Bob as its non-executive chairman. He is a member of the Alumni Academy of UND School of Engineering and Mines and serves on the UND Alumni Association and UND Foundation Board of Directors and UND National Campaign Steering Committee. F

Larry Jodsaas received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1962. Larry worked for Control Data for 28 years until his promotion to vice-president. He purchased Control Data’s semi–conductor division, VTC, Inc., in 1990 and eventually sold it to Lucent Technologies. He continued to operate VTC’s manufacturing arm, which was reorganized as PolarFab in 2000. PolarFab transforms customer-integrated circuit design concepts into silicon solutions through a broad range of bipolar, BiCMOS and BCD processes. PolarFab was sold to Japanese-owned Sanken Electric in 2005. At Homecoming 2008, the University celebrated the grand opening of the Jodsaas Center for Engineering Leadership and Entrepreneurship. The Center, named in honor of Jodsaas and his contributions to the School, could be referred to as a product development think tank — a place where students and faculty can work “outside the box” on the commercialization of various projects. The Center currently presents a series of Engineering Leadership Seminars and the School is in the process of implementing a minor in engineering entrepreneurship. Larry is a Charter Member of the School of Engineering and Mines Alumni Academy and a 2008 Sioux Award recipient. He currently serves on the UND National Campaign Steering Committee and the School of Engineering and Mines Electrical Engineering Advisory Council. F

Bob Solberg Hometown: Lakota, ND

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Larry Jodsaas Hometown: Lisbon, ND


A Legacy to Learning


It started with $500 and a dream to promote construction education in North Dakota. In the mid 1950s John Jardine, 1937 UND Civil Engineering alum, stood up during an AGC board meeting with $500 in his hand and pitched his idea to establish a scholarship program to encourage students to pursue engineering and science education. A young Walt Swingen took his colleague, mentor and friend up on that challenge and the two headed out across North Dakota. This was long before cell phones, GPS and email. Their only calling card was a handshake and their reputations in their industry. John followed US Highway 10 from Fargo to Dickinson while Walt headed out from Grand Forks along US Highway 2 straight west to Williston, ND. Along the way they visited contractors seeking donations for student scholarships. Donations typically ranged from $25–$50, and a large contribution of $100 was cause for much celebration. As Walt put it “I would nearly drop to my knees with gratitude.” This was the beginning. The ND Foundation for Engineering and Science Scholarships was incorporated in 1956. The

2009 Award Presentation Russ Hanson, Exec. VP, AGC, Walt Swingen, Adam Zach, Jonathan Bach, Paul Dietrich, President, Industrial Builders 6

Foundation membership represented three groups, the Associated General Contractors of North Dakota; the North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers; the North Dakota Academy of Science — faculty members from the various schools across the state. The foundation continued awarding scholarships for many years, sometimes 14 to 16 depending on the generosity of the individual contributions from contractors across North Dakota. Fast forward to 1965 and the present day. Associated General Contractors of North Dakota Honors Past Presidents. The Associated General Contractors of North Dakota (AGCND) is an association representing the general construction industry of North Dakota. The association is comprised of four divisions: the highway division, the municipal division, the building division and the associate division. Members are

contractors who own construction companies that construct projects under the above classifications. The associate division is comprised of material suppliers, equipment dealers, bonding companies, etc. Members in all four of the divisions have contributed to the chapter’s scholarship program. After John’s death, the AGC Board of Directors, under Walt’s leadership, voted to honor John’s contributions to the state of North Dakota, the construction industry and his university by establishing the John Jardine Memorial Scholarship. The John Jardine Memorial Scholarship is a full tuition scholarship first awarded in 1964 by the AGCND in recognition of John Jardine’s efforts in the establishment of engineering and science

scholarships throughout North Dakota. The Walter I. Swingen Scholarship was established by AGCND in 1987, and is another full tuition scholarship honoring Walt for his service as past president. Walter I. Swingen, 1952 UND Industrial Engineering alum, has a long history of service to the University and the state. His career as a builder of dams and bridges spans over 60 years. Today, Walt serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Swingen Construction Company of Grand Forks, ND, a family company founded in 1911 and serving the construction industry for four generations. His service to the University includes: -Chairman, AGC Construction Education Committee 1959-1987 which awarded 331 scholarships in engineering throughout ND and MN, totaling over $200,000 -Chairman, Grand Forks Region UND Centennial Drive, 1983 -Board of Directors UND Alumni Association and UND Foundation 1985-1994 -President, UND Alumni Association, 1991-1993 -Member, UND School of Engineering and Mines Advisory Council Walt was awarded the Sioux Award in 1996, the highest honor given by the UND Alumni Association and UND Foundation, and was inducted into the Alumni Academy of the School of Engineering and Mines in 2008. In a letter addressed to Walt Swingen dated December 10, 1997, Dean Alan G. Fletcher summarized the feelings of the School of Engineering and Mines when he wrote: “Your commitment to developing scholarship support for capable young people interested in preparing themselves for careers in the construction industry has been a fine example of your professional commitment to the coming generation. We all know how vital the steady, faithful leadership you have provided is to those colleagues and to those who have been the recipients of your work... Walt, you have truly built “bridges” for the young people who follow in your path, which will help them cross the many chasms they will encounter on their career journeys.” F

Please join us in continuing to honor John, Walt and the members of the Associated General Contractors of North Dakota. Let us know where your careers have taken you. Send information to: Deb Austreng, Director of Alumni and Corporate Relations at Please feel free to attach a photo and update for us to post on our website and/or include in the next issue.

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The Legacy: 45 Years of Scholarships John Jardine Scholarship 1964-65 Robert Torsrud, Leeds, ND 1965-66 Keith Jacobson, Hope, ND 1966-67 William Stephan, Valley City, ND 1967-68 Erling Tufte, Harlow, ND 1968-69 Dennis Omvig, Mylo, ND 1969-70 Donald Folkert, Kenmare, ND 1970-71 Harold Rodenbiker, Rock Lake, ND 1971-72 Mark Bittner, Calvin, ND 1972-73 Mark Bittner, Calvin, ND 1973-74 Ronald Gullicks, Finley, ND 1974-75 Mervin Eriksson, Thief River Falls, MN 1975-76 Glenn Olson, Minnewaukan, ND 1976-77 Mark Lambrecht, Grafton, ND 1977-78 Brad Fossum, Grand Forks, ND 1978-79 Dwayne Sticka, Bismarck, ND 1979-80 Don Hiltner, Langdon, ND 1980-81 Chris Wistrom, Alexandria, MN 1981-82 Tim Vig, Sharon, ND 1982-83 Steve Apanion, Grand Forks, ND 1983-84 David Apanion, Grand Forks, ND 1984-85 Kevin Bittner, Grand Forks, ND 1985-86 Mark Huckle, Valley City, ND 1986-87 Darin Burckhard, East Grand Forks, MN 1987-88 Nathan Gjovik, Grand Forks, ND 1988-89 Duane McGregar, Grand Forks, ND 1989-90 Steve Burian, Bismarck, ND 1990-91 David Kopchynski, Esterhazy, SK 1991-92 Teresa Kopchynski, Esterhazy, SK 1992-93 Tim Gustafson, Buxton, ND 1993-94 Chad Snell, Devils Lake, ND 1994-95 Roger Weisenburger, Valley City, ND 1995-96 Jay Kleven, Minot, ND 1996-97 Jay Praska, Lankin, ND 1997-98 Daniel Smith, Grand Forks, ND 1998-99 Eric Maki, Hibbing, MN 1999-00 Jon Schelkoph, East Grand Forks, MN 2000-01 Adam Rasmussen, Angle In Let, MN 2001-02 Matthew Reid, Grand Rapids, MN 2002-03 Trevor Ghylin, Bismarck, ND 2003-04 Mark Duchene, Faribault, MN 2004-05 Nicholas Stattelman, Clinton, MN, 2005-06 Gabriel Schell, Valley City, ND 2006-07 Casey Ackerman, Wahpeton, ND 2007-08 Brent Freese, Breckenridge, MN 2008-09 Michael Bittner, Fargo, ND 2009-10 Jonathan Bach, New York Mills, MN Walter I. Swingen Scholarship 1988-89 Steve Griffin, Grand Forks, ND 1989-90 Lynn Brilz, Mohall, ND 1990-91 Paul Huston, Duluth, MN 1991-92 Matthew Hollifield, Grand Forks, ND 1992-93 Kevin Frank, Williston, ND 1993-94 Jason Boyle, Devils Lake, ND 1994-95 Derrick Godfrey, Remer, MN 1995-96 Michael Grafsgaard, Devils Lake, ND 1996-97 Scott Zainhofsky, Bismarck, ND 1997-98 Craig Rasmussen, Coon Rapids, MN 1998-99 Melissa Olson, Devils Lake, ND 1999-00 Ryan Callahan, Manvel, ND 2000-01 Eric Deal, Wahpeton, ND 2001-02 Laith Hintz, Bismarck, ND 2002-03 Joseph Zavoral, East Grand Forks, MN 2003-04 Jason Strand, Wimbledon, ND 2004-05 Donovan Voeller, Rugby, ND 2005-06 Jacob Wieland, Minot, ND 2006-07 Shane Steiner, Bismarck, ND 2007-08 Aaron Boonstra, Joseph Tonneson, Glyndon, MN 2008-09 Grant Slick, Baudette, MN 2009-10 Adam Zach, Dickinson, ND


School of Engineering & Mines Alumni Academy


technical excellence resulting in procurement and logistics. Fernanda who began her career with Intel in 1997 now serves as an area manager for Intel, responsible for providing leading edge equipment solutions to meet Intel’s packaging requirements. In addition, she has been an active participant and leader in the Women at Intel Network since 2000, promoting the development of women in the workplace. As part of this group, Philbrick drove the implementation of a mentoring program at Intel. Fernanda and her husband Stephen live in Phoenix, AZ. At a young age, Karen Nyberg, knew

her goal was to become an astronaut. Karen, a native of Vining, MN, pursued her passion by enrolling at UND, participating in UND’s chapter of Society of Women Engineers and earning co-op student positions with NASA in Texas which all culminated to her graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1994. She received her master’s degree in 1996 and a Ph.D. in 1998 from the University of Texas-Austin. At age 22 she


n Friday, October 2, 2009, UND Engineering inducted three new members into its Engineering Academy with a ceremony and reception held in the Jodsaas Center. Fernanda Philbrick came to the University of North Dakota from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An astute learner, she earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1994 and her master’s from UND in 1996. As a student, Fernanda was involved with the Society of Women Engineers. Her connection to this group continued through her professional career, and in 2006, she was awarded the distinction of Emerging Leader for her outstanding

The Alumni Academy is comprised of a select group of alumni, with members inducted annually. The academy was first established in the fall of 2003 to honor the achievements of alumni, to encourage and motivate current students in their academic pursuits, and to create a body of professionals to serve as advisors to the dean of the School on major issues

Dean Hesham El-Rewini congratulates 2009 Engineering Academy inductees Chuck Kummeth, Karen Nyberg and Fernanda Philbrick. 8


received a patent for work done on the Robot Friendly Probe and Socket Assembly and by 2000, Karen was working with a team of fellow NASA engineers as a mission specialist. In 2007 Karen was chosen for her first spaceflight aboard the space Shuttle Discovery. On May 31, 2008, her goal of being an astronaut was realized when she stepped aboard the space Shuttle Discovery and became the 50th woman in space. Karen currently works at the Johnson Space Center and resides in Houston, TX, with her husband Doug. Chuck Kummeth, a native of Jamestown, ND, received his B.S. in electrical engineering from UND in 1993, his M.S.S.E. from the University of St. Thomas in 1989 and his MBA from Carlton School of Business in 1993. Chuck’s early career saw him in a number of technical and management positions where his work on early data cartridges was incorporated into the first Macintosh computers. With a 3M career spanning 22 years, Chuck held several business development roles at the company including director, mergers and acquisitions Industrial Markets; business development director International; general manager Electronics Markets Materials Division and business executive director, Industrial Business, Europe and Middle East. Chuck’s current position, President of Laboratory Consumables Division, Thermo Fisher Scientific, keeps him traveling internationally much of the time. His office is located in Fairport, NY. Chuck’s home is in Lake Elmo, MN, with his wife Angela and family. F

ACADEMY MEMBERS Class of 2003 Mark B. Foss, Civil Engineering ‘51 Andrew C. Freeman, Electrical Engineering ‘32 Thomas M. Hamilton, Geology ’67, ‘71 Robert M. Harris, Geological Engineering ‘60 Larry E. Jodsaas, Electrical Engineering ‘63 Raymond A. Kobe, Mechanical Engineering ‘64 LeRoy A. Kuta, Mechanical Engineering ‘64 John C. MacFarlane, Electrical Engineering ‘61 Charles R. Nelson, Civil Engineering ‘62 Harry Nyquist, Electrical Engineering ’14, ‘15 Thomas C. Owens, Chemical Engineering ‘58 Noel G. Watson, Chemical Engineering ‘58 Class of 2004 Bernold M. (Bruno) Hanson, Geological Engineering ‘51 Donald P. Naismith, Mechanical Engineering ‘59 Everett A. Sondreal, Chemical Engineering ‘62 Clifford J. Thomforde, Electrical Engineering ‘41

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President Kelley and First Lady Marcia Kelley congratulate Fernanda Philbrick at the Academy Induction Ceremony.

Everette Webb, Mechanical Engineering ’42, HON’93 Dean R. Wieland, Civil Engineering ‘67 Class of 2005 Ronald R. Belschner, Industrial Engineering ‘62 Sheila J. Galegher, Chemical Engineering ’82, ‘84 Gerald H. Groenewold, Environmental Engineering ’71, ‘72 John (Jack) Nepper, Mining Engineering ‘53 William G. Ness, Electrical Engineering ‘60 Robert A. Solberg, Civil Engineering ‘69 Barbara L. Tischart, Mechanical Engineering ‘77 Class of 2006 Rodney M. Feldmann, Geology ’61, ’62, ‘67 Theodore V. Galambos, Civil Engineering ‘54 Ronald G. Lehrer, Chemical Engineering ‘63 Robert J. Lindgren, Electrical Engineering ‘69 Larry F. Mattson, Electrical Engineering ’62, ‘63 William F. McDonald, Mining Engineering ‘22 Dennis P. Mischel, Mechanical Engineering ‘86 Anna Peterson Walsh, Chemical Engineering ‘41

Class of 2007 John T. (Jack) Crystal, Chemical Engineering ’69, ‘70 Bret J. Fossum, Environmental Geology ‘82 Benedict F. Gorecki, Electrical Engineering ‘62 Ralph J. Krogfoss, Mechanical Engineering ‘43 Curtis L. Orr, Electrical Engineering ‘53 Palmer J. Reiten, Mechanical Engineering ‘43 Gary D. Sanders, Chemical Engineering ‘66 Class of 2008 Sherri Bonacci McDaniel, Electrical Engineering ‘89 John Mark Erickson, Geological Engineering ’68, ‘71 Norman Hoffman, Chemical Engineering ‘59 Walter I. Swingen, Industrial Engineering ‘53 Class of 2009 Charles R. (Chuck) Kummeth, Electrical Engineering ‘83 Karen L. Nyberg, Mechanical Engineering ‘94 Fernanda S. Philbrick, Chemical Engineering ’94, ‘97


Academy Social October 2, 2009, Hilton Garden Inn More than 60 engineering alumni and guests attended the evening banquet honoring all Academy members. The social and dinner included a student design presentation. F

Dorothy and Ben Gorecki, EE ’62, BSBA ’63 and 2007 Academy Inductee. Dorothy and Ben have been generous benefactors to the University and SEM for over a decade.

Ray Kobe and his family pose for a photo along side the SAE car and ME students.

October 1, 2009


Sioux Award Banquet

Karen Nyberg, BSME, 1994 was honored with the Sioux Award, UND Alumni Association and UND Foundation’s highest honor. Pictured here with Tim O’Keefe UND Alumni Association and UND Foundation Executive Vice President and CEO; First Lady Marcia Kelley and President Robert Kelley. 10

Fernanda Philbrick, BSChE, 1994, MSChE, 1996, received the Young Alumni Achievement Award. Pictured here with her husband Stephen, First Lady Marcia Kelley and President Robert Kelley. UND SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MINES

Inspiring Young Minds

Nearly 1,000 area elementary and middle school students had a unique opportunity to see an experienced NASA Space Shuttle astronaut who has grown up in their own backyard. UND’s engineering alumna, Karen Nyberg, spoke to the students about her shuttle mission and her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut. A student from each school was selected as school representative to ask a question. Every student received a lithograph of Nyberg and other souvenirs of the event held Friday, October 2, in the UND Memorial Union Ballroom.

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Karen Nyberg, ’94, presented memorabilia from her space flight aboard the Shuttle Discovery at the Homecoming football game. Pictured from left: Bassel El-Rewini, First Lady Marcia Kelley; President Robert Kelley; UND Alumni Association and UND Foundation Executive Vice President and CEO Tim O’Keefe, ’71; Karen Nyberg, ’94 and Dean of UND School of Engineering and Mines Hesham El-Rewini.


Rollin’ on the River

By: Jan Orvik

The story of two engineering students who paddled the Mississippi


“We just did it,” they said. Storms, wind, and currents made sticking to a plan impossible. And despite adversity, harrowing weather, and primitive living conditions, they’re still friends. “We depended on each other,” they said. “There wasn’t anything to fight about. We were going in one direction, we paddled all day, ate the same food. There were no big decisions to argue about.” They were pretty sore the first few days, and learned the hard way that their tent leaked. They soon grew accustomed to sleeping in mud. “We were the luckiest unlucky people,” said Gavett. “We hit a rock near St. Cloud, MN, and tipped the canoe — nearly bent it in half. A guy downstream gathered our stuff, and we swam for the rest.” “The hardest part was dealing with Mother Nature,” said Gavett, an electrical engineering senior from Mounds View, MN. “It rained about half the days we were on the water. We had a lot of storms,

and there always seemed to be a head wind.” They recalled one storm in Iowa, where winds reached 98 miles per hour, and they and the canoe were thrown into rocks on the riverbank. Their supplies fared even worse: those were hurled ten


any start, but few finish. This summer Scott Gavett and Tom Hilpisch paddled 2,320 miles from the headwaters of the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico. Setting out from Lake Itasca in Minnesota, it took the UND engineering students 69 days to complete the trip. They joined the ranks of just eight to 12 adventurers each year who successfully complete the journey. “It was sheer stubbornness,” said Hilpisch, a chemical engineering senior from Savage, MN. “We would not quit.” The two friends got their inspiration from Edmund Eilbacher, a 2008 aeronautics graduate who had earlier completed the journey. “He planted the seed,” said Hilpisch. “It was a crazy cool idea.” Last May, they bought a canoe, learned how to use it on a calm lake, and then took off with some Army Corps of Engineers maps and a few weeks’ worth of food. As for plans, those went out the window after the first couple of days.



feet away, over a chain-link fence. The people who maintain the locks between dams helped them collect their belongings and lent them their first aid kits. Luckily, they just suffered cuts and bruises. The beautiful scenery along the river and the warmth of people made up for the hardships. One man in Quincy, IL, drove them to a store and bought them groceries, while another replaced their paddles, which broke during a storm, and gave them maps. Then there were the showers — or the lack of them. After the first three days of the trip, they stopped in a backyard and the owner offered showers and a place to stay. By the end of the trip, they had spent three weeks without showering, from St. Louis to the Gulf. “Our standards sank,” Hilpisch said. “We stopped caring.” They camped on sandbars and islands. The entire trip cost around $3,000, with the canoe and gas for the return trip the biggest expenditures. Food cost around $4 to $5 a day for the two of them. They survived on carbs, mainly rice, mac and cheese, pasta, peanut butter-and-honey sandwiches, and canned tuna. The river was busy, especially further south, with tugboats, barges, and pleasure boats. “After Baton Rouge, there were ocean liners,” they said. “They’re fast, huge, and quiet. And they don’t care about canoes.” When they reached Head of Passes, about 15-20 miles from the Gulf, the current was so strong that they ended up paddling in place, and hitched a ride in a fishing boat. “We had our 17-foot canoe in the fishing boat, and they were telling us what a dumb idea it was to paddle to the Gulf. And we thought ‘We’re here, aren’t we?’” After talking a friend into driving down to pick them up, they spent a day in New Orleans. “A lot of people say they wish they’d done something like this,” they reflected. “And a lot of people said we were crazy.” F

STUDENT PROFILE ASHLEY PUTNAM Hometown: Hazen, ND Graduated from Hazen High School in 2005. Attended UND and obtained BSEE in December 2010 and expected to obtain my MSEE in December 2011 with a minor in Entrepreneurship. EXTRACURRICULARS: Society of Women Engineers (SWE) (numerous leadership positions), Dakota Venture Group (completely student run venture fund…no Monopoly money used here! We invest anywhere from $20k-$40k in local startup companies), Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), former Formula 1 team member (fSAE) at UND. ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS: Spring Break 2010 was a real treat. What’s better than trekking 2,000 miles roundtrip with a couple of stinky boys? Engineers Without Borders International Conference. That’s what. A few ambitious electrical engineering students and I are attempting to start an organization known as Engineers Without Borders. It’s a national organization allowing both professionals and university students participation. We approve projects ranging from waste management and water purification to proving solar energy usually in a third world country. We take an assessment trip to the project location, determine the issues at hand, take samples, return home to find a solution and collect materials, and then return to the project site to put the project in motion. It’s great exposure to diverse cultures and actually applies our education to help those less fortunate than ourselves. EMC^2: A medical device startup company I’ve recently founded. We have a product known as the Muscle Maze which helps make muscular rehabilitation fun and easy through the use of a gaming interface. Physical and occupational therapy patients learn how to flex and extend their muscles with finesse to control a computer game of their choice on the internet. SUMMER CO-OP: Returning for my third rotation at Rockwell Collins (an avionics company) in Cedar Rapids, IA. I have worked as a reliability test engineer in government systems and will return as a systems engineer working on government radio communication systems. PEACE CORPS (MI): Currently in the process of adapting an integrated Masters of Engineering program with the Peace Corps. F

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UND First Lady Marcia Kelley stopped by the Expo and visits here with Dean Hesham El-Rewini and mechanical engineering faculty member Ralph Johnson.


Students Jeremy Kukowski and Jon Rairdon display their Ridge Runner “Off-Road” Rollerblades. 14


Top left: Brandon Steinhauer and Tristan Hase explain their project, the MultiShot T-Shirt Cannon(one of two projects sponsored by the Ralph Engelstad Arena) to President Kelley. Middle left: ME students Richard Burich, Kellin Geisler, Ryan Meiser, Jessee Witmer and Eric Nelson, with sponsorship from the Ralph Engelstad Arena designed a new hockey netting suspension system which will be installed after the arena completes its renovation. What previously took six men to do is now just a push of a button thanks to the work of these engineering minds. Bottom left: Mechanical Engineering students unveil the 2010 Formula SAE car.

Pictured are Jason Blakely, Rob Horn, Mariusz Czarnomski, Wally Lang, (VP, Transmission, Minnkota Power Co-op), Dave Loer, (President and CEO, Minnkota), Dean Hesham El-Rewini, Anthony Schanilec, Monty Bulzomi, Dylan Dyke, Jon Bach, Kevin Landsverk, Michael Mettler

Freeman Award, May 13, 2010 The annual competition, held in honor of Andrew “Andy� Freeman, UND SEM Alumnus and former general manager of Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc., requires individuals or teams of engineering students to present their senior design project to a panel of distinguished engineers. First Place: $2,000 cash award to two electrical engineering students, Mariusz Czarnomski and Jason Blakely. Their design, the free space laser communications devise provides wide bandwidth and high security capabilities to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operating intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance missions. Second Place: $1,000 cash award to a team of ME students Dylan Dyke, Kevin Landsverk, Michael Mettler, and Monty Bulzomi. The team designed a self-centering claw for an Andros F6A Robot commonly used by bomb squads. The claw was designed to grip a door knob sufficiently to both turn and push/pull a door open. Third Place: $750 was shared between two teams. The chemical engineering team of Joel Downs, Tom Hilpisch, Rob Horn, and Tony Schanilec developed a process to produce commercial grade benzene and tolune from crop oil feed stock. A pedestrian bridge in the Osgood development of SW Fargo, ND, was the design of civil engineering students Jonathan Bach, Elita Castleberry, Terri Odegaard, John Cartier and David Ackert.

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Engineering Dean Hesham El-Rewini congratulates Jason Blakely before he heads to Fort Worth, TX, to begin his career with Lockheed Martin. 15

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Engineering


he Unmanned Aircraft Systems Engineering (UASE) Laboratory is dedicated to the design, flight test, and evaluation of UAS payloads for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) military missions, as well as civilian and environmental applications related to precision agriculture, atmospheric science research, and search and rescue. This laboratory is co-directed by Dr. Richard R. Schultz (Electrical Engineering) and Dr. William H. Semke (Mechanical Engineering), and it is an affiliate of the UAS Center of Excellence headquartered Electrical and mechanical engineering students preparing the Super Hauler for a payload flight test at within the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Camp Grafton South, a National Guard training facility about 90 miles west of Grand Forks. From 2007-2010, the UASE Laboratory has employed over 30 undergraduate and graduate students in electrical aircraft that require a runway for take-offs and landings. UASE and mechanical engineering. The students work primarily with Lab personnel also collaborate with Lockheed Martin in Eagan, two UAS platforms – the Super Hauler, capable of flying larger MN, to fly miniature payloads on the Desert Hawk III, a manpayloads up to 30 pounds in weight, and the Lockheed Martin portable mini-UAS that is hand-launched and crash lands at Desert Hawk III, capable of flying miniature payloads up to 1.2 a specified GPS waypoint. A number of interesting payloads pounds in weight. Currently, UND owns and operates two Super have been built and flight tested by our students during the past Hauler UAS vehicles, which are front-engine, gasoline-powered several years. F

Mobile Robotics



multidisciplinary senior design team of four electrical engineering and four mechanical engineering students led by Dr. Naima Kaabouch (Electrical Engineering) and Dr. Jeremiah Neubert (Mechanical Engineering) have been preparing for their first entry in the NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition. Each team is required to build a robot that autonomously collects regolith, a very fine sand that covers the surface of the moon. The most innovative solutions will be used by NASA in the development of an autonomous mining robot, with regolith used as a building material for a permanent moon base. The competition takes place at the Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, FL. About 24 universities will be represented, some of which have competed in many robotics competitions for over a decade.

President Kelley visits with Jake Saari, Ed Dillman and Ben Frings as they discuss the Lunar Mining Robot. 16


Technology Entrepreneurship


ypically, business plan competitions around the nation involve mostly M.B.A. students and undergraduate management and marketing majors. Through the Jodsaas Center for Engineering Leadership and Entrepreneurship and a strong partnership with the Entrepreneurship Department in the College of Business and Public Administration, we have been strongly encouraging our engineering students to compete in regional and national business plan competitions with their senior design and graduate research projects. Even though this concept is relatively new to our students, they are already doing quite well. In particular, many engineering student teams have been forming to compete in the annual InnovateND Idea Plan Competition, held each spring for North Dakota firms. Electrical engineering undergraduate and graduate students have been starting in a number of high-tech companies to compete in business plan competitions over the past several years: Agri-Geo Designs – Remote monitoring of irrigation systems through ultrasound sensing. Competed in the 2009 InnovateND Idea Plan Competition, and included one campus student and one Distance Engineering Degree Program student. Field of View – Unmanned Aircraft Systems-based aerial imaging for precision agriculture applications. Preparing for the 2010 InnovateND Idea Plan Competition, and includes both electrical and mechanical engineering students. Quick-Diaper – High quality and fast washing/drying of cloth diapers to promote their use over disposables. Competed in the 2009 InnovateND Idea Plan Competition and is preparing for InnovateND 2010. Machine Visionaries – Avionics and software for Unmanned Aircraft Systems autonomous mid-air

collision avoidance. Took one of five top awards at the 2008 InnovateND Idea Plan Competition, and competed in national business plan competitions at Rice University, San Diego State University, the University of Manitoba, and the University of Nebraska. signFYI – RFID technology to automatically change price signs for products on the shelf in retail outlets. Competed in the 2010 University of Manitoba business plan competition, and is preparing for the 2010 InnovateND Idea Plan Competition. Includes students from the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Entrepreneurship. SunAir Power – Generation of energy from multiple renewable sources, including solar and wind. Took first place in a statewide business plan competition affiliated with the North Dakota Marketplace for Entrepreneurs in January 2009, competed in the 2009 InnovateND Idea Plan Competition, and is preparing for InnovateND 2010. F

Thomas James, Greg Johnson (quick diaper project) and Gauthier Kossman (UAV) work in the Jodsaas Center design lab. SUMM E R 2 0 1 0


Summer 2010 DEDP on Campus for Lab Experiences


ND offers the only ABET accredited undergraduate curriculum in chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering via distance delivery—online courses and on-campus condensed laboratories. The current course delivery format includes streaming or downloadable online lectures, which are available within two hours after each course is taught on campus. Distance students and on-campus students are on the same semester schedule. The laboratories are taught on-campus in the summer in a very condensed format; a one credit lab can be completed in five days, and the two and three credit labs can be completed in about 14 days. The program is a part-time program, developed for working adults who cannot attend a traditional college setting. The program enrollment has grown from eight students in 1989 to over 300 hundred students in 2010. F

The School of Engineering and Mines is to be commended for its unique Distance Engineering degree program (DEDP) and for the valuable service that it provides to students who would not otherwise be able to obtain an engineering degree from the university. Used by both students around the world as well as on campus, it provides a valuable complement to regular resident instruction, and its inresidence summer lab program provides beneficial opportunities for on-campus and distance-education students alike. ­–ABET Accreditation Review, October 2009

Below: Civil Engineering students working in the wind tunnel lab.


DEDP--civil engineering students on campus : Rob Esquivel, Chicago, IL; Loren Lee, Bismarck, ND; John Cartier, Cumberland, RI; Terri Odegaard, Bemidji, MN

Fluid Control Lab, DEDP chemical engineering students: Pete Hessedal, Edina, MN; David Tice, Raleigh, NC; Manuel Vela(chemical/mechanical engineering) Spring, TX; Justin Tomlinson, Columbia Heights, MN with professor Darrin Muggli 18


Distance Engineering Degree Program Students Return to Campus for Commencement 2010


obert John Stannert, pictured here with Dean Hesham El-Rewini, his wife Michelle and Mike Mann, Chair, Chemical Engineering, was on campus to receive his B.S. in Chemical Engineering, during Spring 2010 commencement. UND President Robert Kelley chose to tell Rob’s inspiring story from the commencement podium. President Kelley told how Rob used to work on the railroad as a locomotive engineer and decided to join our distance engineering program eight years ago. His work schedule made it necessary to study in the darkened train engine by flashlight. He moved at least four times and each move made it more difficult for him to continue but completed his degree one course at a time with dedication and with support from the chemical engineering faculty and staff. In fact, he was offered a “real” engineering job two years before his graduation. Robert currently lives in Houston, TX, where he works as a project engineer for an international based firm. In a recent note Robert wrote the following: My fondest memories of the program were the summers I attended lab and I have truly been blessed with lifelong friendships that were established as a result. It was an honor to have President Kelley tell my story at commencement and I sincerely hope that by including this in the UND Engineering magazine, it will inspire others to follow their dreams as well. In closing, my father once told me and I quote “Son, it doesn’t matter how you start off in life, what’s important is how you end up in life.” That always stayed with me. I would like to thank the entire faculty and staff for helping make my dream a reality. Sincerely, Robert Stannert

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Elita Bartley Castlleberry, Monte Vista, CO, received her B.S. in Civil Engineering and is pictured here with her husband Henry and daughters Marcelina and Cecelia near Gamble Hall on UND’s campus. Before joining our distance engineering program five years ago, Elita received a B.S. in environmental science from Texas A&M and M.S. in environmental engineering from Washington State. When her career goals changed, Elita found it necessary to take undergraduate engineering classes to get the design and structures background she needed. UND Distance Engineering Program was the perfect fit. She passed the EIT/FE exam on her first try. She writes, “I found the instruction at UND through distance engineering superior to that in engineering classes at WSU and A&M. I could not be happier with the quality of instruction I received from UND.” Robert Eugene Marini, pictured here with his wife Marion, returned to campus to receive his B.S. in Civil Engineering. Bob was among the first to join our Civil Engineering Distance program six years ago (Civil Engineering started their distance program later than the rest of engineering). Bob has been operating his own practice in landscape architecture and environmental planning for over 20 years. He decided to pursue Civil Engineering to not only diversify a practice based on ecological preservation but to technically offer a justification with engineering skills obtained at UND and to promote environmentally sensitive solutions to design and planning. One reason Bob chose UND’s distance program was because it is the only accredited program in the country. Bob currently lives in Fort Myers, FL. F


Access for American Indian Students into Engineering Education (AAISEE).


other math courses. The success of the first year of this program was evident when three of these students entered UND School of Engineering and Mines in the fall 2008. This past January 2010, UND Engineering hosted its third computer build with additional funding for the past two years coming from the National Science Foundation (NSF). A group of 16 students, chosen by their high schools, attended this year’s program. Ralph Johnson, assistant professor in mechanical engineering, said he likes to ask the students before they begin if they feel comfortable taking apart a computer and then asks the same question after the workshop. “Usually only a few hands go up at first,” he said, “but after, all the hands go up. The point of assembling their own computer is

to build their comfort with the things engineers do.” While on campus, the students also have an opportunity to meet the dean of engineering, visit UND American Indian Center and receive a tour of UND. When they left campus after the two day build, the 16 students took their personally built computers home with them to aid their future studies in engineering, math and science. To date, 44 students have completed the computer build program. F


n 2007 the School of Engineering and Mines initiated a new Native American outreach program, Access for American Indian Students into Engineering Education (AAISEE) to address national statistics showing that Native Americans continue to be underrepresented in the engineering field even as the number of students continuing on to higher education has steadily grown. AAISEE provides peer support, tutoring, and faculty support for America Indian students interested in the field of engineering. Initially funded with a generous award from 3M Corporation, the program began with a two-day computer build camp in which 14 Native American students, 12 seniors and two juniors chosen by their high schools came to SEM. They assembled computers from components and uploaded software systems. Upon completion they were able to keep the computer systems. From this first group emerged six students who attended the Summer Bridge program taking classes in pre-calculus, algebra and

Dean El-Rewini visits the computer build class.



Taylor McMillin, a high school freshman from Roseau, MN, works with plastic foam cups and straws to build a water purification system at the Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) competition at UND. UND Engineering hosted the annual competition on February 17, 2010, and gave ten teams from area schools the opportunity to explore and experience engineering as part of E-Week activities. Themed “Water, Water Everywhere,” the competition showed students first hand how engineers in various disciplines, including environmental engineers, civil engineers, and mechanical engineers, are involved in the protection and delivery of the world’s water supply. Herald photo by John Stennes.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering held in February as part of E Week activities. UND Engineering students assisted fifth grade girls at South Point Elementary School in East Grand Forks with experiments and spoke to them about the possibilities of becoming an engineer.

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Smart Move Challenge—FIRST® LEGO® League—2010



learn to make positive contributions to society. UND engineering utreach to students in grades K-12 had always been a is currently promoting the Jr. FLL program for grades K-3 and strong component of UND engineering’s community the FIRST® Tech Challenge, which uses the FLL robot platform relations efforts and its student organizations. Open with the LEGO® Tetrix addition for high schools. houses with a variety of hands-on activities for elementary and In 2003 the international program had no registered teams in middle school students, girl scout badge days, and the Junior North Dakota. UND Engineering Outreach Coordinator Cheryl Engineering Technical Society’s TEAMS event were instrumental Osowski had to not only excite teachers, kids and parents about in making these activities a success. In an effort to capitalize on the program, but had to acquire the financial resources necessary past successes in K-12 outreach and to take our efforts to another to promote and host a sanctioned championship tournament at level, the School decided to establish and promote a new, but UND. proven program. Osowski began traveling across North Dakota, visiting “We were looking for a program with a proven record of Marketplace for Kids events, school board conventions, success in helping K-12 students develop an interest in science, engineering and mathematics,” says Cheryl “I wish my school had offered FLL when I was a kid”, says Ryan Buss, a Junior in Mechanical Osowski, UND School of Engineering and Mines Engineering at UND and pit crew manager for the FLL tournament. “I plan to go back to my school Outreach Coordinator. “FIRST’s robotics programs district to encourage them to get involved.” always came to the top of the list of quality, handsteacher training workshops, science centers, and recruiting on learning programs.” many personal teacher and parent acquaintances. “We got the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology® minimum number of teams to hold a competition that year. Once (FIRST) is an organization founded by inventors Dean Kamen word spread about the competition, numbers grew and teams and Woodie Flowers (MIT) in 1989 in order to develop ways from out-of-state attended the UND tournament,” said Osowski. to inspire students in engineering and technology fields. UND engineering faculty, staff and students organize the The organization is the foundation for the FIRST® Robotics competition and serve as judges, referees, team mentors and Competitiom, FIRST® LEGO® League, Junior FIRST® LEGO® technical support. Cheryl Osowski serves as the ND’s FLL League, and FIRST® Tech Challenge competitions. Operational Partner. Osowski and mechanical engineering FLL is a competitive sport that introduces younger students associate professor Marcellin Zahui both have served as officials to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based at the World FLL Competition held in Atlanta, GA. robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover Regional science and engineering professionals and regional corporate exciting career sponsors make the ND FLL Championship Tournament a huge success. possibilities UND alumni Jay Kleven, B.S. in civil engineering, 1996, and, through served as a judge of the research project segment of this year’s the process,

FLL Judges: Lt. William (Gene) Bentley, GFAFB, and EE graduate student Ziming Wang. 22


competition. His expertise as an engineer with EAPC was extremely relevant to the project topic of this year’s competition – “Smart Move.” The kids were asked to identify a problem with the way people, animals, information and goods travel in their community, to create an innovative solution to that problem, and find a creative way to share what they learned with their community. “The FLL competition is an excellent way to teach the awareness needed to address large-scale problems while simultaneously engaging young students into their communities,” says Kleven. “A large portion of the project evaluation was how much interaction the students had with their community while formulating their problem, evaluating their chosen problem, and presenting their solution to the problem.” The teams who did the most comprehensive inclusion of their communities into their processes scored highest. Kleven gives the competition high marks for the skills learned by the students involved. “This process of public engagement and the necessary ability to think and interact in a public setting is directly related to how engineers need to work within their careers. All engineers at some point need to be effective communicators to groups of people, regardless if these

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This past January, 2010, more than 30 teams of fourth through eight graders from North Dakota, northwest Minnesota and South Dakota came to the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks to compete in the North Dakota Championship FLL tournament. groups are public citizens in a large public informational meeting, corporate managers in a corporate board meeting, engineering project managers in a small group team meeting, or potential clients during an interview. The FLL project competition starts to instill the skills and confidence needed to be an effective communicator in these situations. Besides, the kids get to build with Legos which is a lot of fun in its own right!” North Dakota legislature has funded grants for schools who want to compete. “Providing financial support and training and support for coaches is critical to the program’s growth,” says

Osowski. “When we get to 40 teams competing in North Dakota, we will have to expand the program to include qualifying tournaments which will be held in other parts of the state.” Osowski is now attempting to grow teams to compete in the high school program, FIRST® Tech Challenge and the Jr. FLL program for kids ages 5-8. She acquired a grant that supports travel, supplies, and a consulting fee for a current FIRST® coach who is presenting workshops across the state to promote all FIRST® programs and to support coaches. F


Reaching Out: Geology for and by Students (of all ages)


which include rocks, minerals, and fossils of North Dakota and elsewhere and exhibits pertaining to natural energy resources. The centerpiece of the museum is the Triceratops display, featuring a fully reconstructed skull and other associated bones discovered, collected, and prepared by faculty, staff, and students from UND. Other favorite displays include the fluorescent minerals and the rocks and fossils that are built into the wall. Efforts are made to construct new displays, allowing for new experiences and learning opportunities for returning visitors. While the museum tour is the primary focus of the visits, small-group activities ensure that visitors have the best experience possible.

Hands-on activities that coincide with the tours are held either in a laboratory or the F.D. Holland Jr. Library, which allows visitors to examine rock, mineral, and fossil specimens up close; discuss the uses of the specimens in their everyday lives; and learn what fossils can tell geologists about the past. Younger visitors are most excited by the opportunity to touch and hold real dinosaur bones, which is rare in most museum settings. Other all-age favorites include using a piece of unrefined graphite (the mineral used for


tudents in the University of North Dakota (UND) Department of Geology and Geological Engineering lead and participate in various outreach projects throughout the year. These activities focus on the treasures of Leonard Hall and are almost as varied as the ages of the patrons, who range from preschoolers to UND teacher education students. Group numbers range from 10 to 80 at one time, and well over 600 scheduled visitors are given personal tours every year. While most of these activities are led by graduate students, both undergraduates and faculty and staff members assist with the details. Attractions include tours of the Leonard Hall lobby museum, hands-on activities, stream table demonstrations, and even “Magma Tagma.� Lobby museum tours are the main component of the outreach program. During tours, patrons receive a personalized explanation of the displays,

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pencil lead) to write with and floating rock pumice in water. Karew Schumaker, a geology graduate student, states, “It’s exciting to watch the reactions of the younger kids when I tell them that they eat rocks, then show them a piece of halite (rock salt) and compare its cubic shape to that of ordinary table salt.” For very large tour groups, a physical activity is included to demonstrate the geologic processes of volcanic rock. “Magma Tagma” is a modified version of the game “Tag,” which can be used to demonstrate how crystals form and grow larger in volcanic rocks. This is done by choosing one or two kids to be the initial “crystals” and have them run around and tag other kids. Once tagged, the kids hold hands and by doing so the crystal grows larger. Once the crystal is large, it is harder to move, which shows that in nature, larger crystals in magma become immobilized. Stream table demonstrations were used by tour guides to present and discuss various topics such as stream erosion and flooding, which are relevant and timely to Grand Forks and the surrounding region. Stream table demonstrations

show firsthand the effects of building homes on floodplains, the use of dikes for flood mitigation, and proper building materials for dams. According to Matthew Weiler, another geology graduate student, “It’s fun to watch and listen to the reactions of both the younger and older visitors when toy houses are swept away by stream table floods.” Currently, the stream table activity is not available because the “table” has succumb to old age. However, plans are in the works to raise funds for the purchase of a smaller, more portable stream table and/or the construction of a working volcano model. While outreach activities involve a significant amount Darin Buri, geology library manager, demonstrated the use of of time and energy, geology petrographic microscopes. students readily volunteer and find them both rewarding and current president of SGE, has allocated challenging. “The little kids ask a lot of money for the development of teaching questions, and I enjoy trying to answer kits. The teaching kits will be prepared, them at a level they can understand,” self-contained units focused on a single says Matthew Burton-Kelly, a geology geologic topic that can be taken to schools graduate student. Although the and used in classrooms. “We recognize focus is geology, the students hope that it is not always possible for a class that the tours and outreach activities to visit Leonard Hall, so this is a way will spark a general interest in to bring a little bit of geology to them.” science and engineering in the Although the kits will be designed to be visitors. The tours and hands-on presented by a geology student volunteer, activities have been so well received they could be checked out by teachers that geology students are hoping to use in their classrooms. In the past, to expand their outreach efforts. home-schooled families have checked Two student organizations within out microscopes; once constructed, the the geology department, Sigma teaching kits could also be available to Gamma Epsilon (SGE) and the them. Association of UND Geologists If you would like to schedule a tour or (AUG), have been especially other outreach activity, contact the UND prominent in supporting outreach Geology Department at 701-777-2811 or activities and providing volunteers e-mail your request to karew.schumaker@ to lead tours. Matthew Weiler, F

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Accreditation All of our B.S. engineering degree programs have been re-accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET). The next general review for all programs will take place in 2015.

Chemical Engineering

Sustainable Energy Engineering programs were approved and are being implemented: a B.S. concentration in Chemical Engineering and a new SEM wide M.S./ME program. The current undergraduate student credit hours delivered by the department is 40% above our five-year average due in part to enhanced recruitment and retention efforts. Undergraduate student head count is 27% above the five-year average. The department has added three new faculty members through the success in their research program. The first female faculty member in the department’s history was recently added.

Research productivity as measured by peer-reviewed journal publications (21), refereed conference papers (11) and patents (1) was strong: five major publications per faculty member. All of our AY08 graduates are employed (92%) or enrolled in Ph.D. programs (8%). A MOU with North West University, South Africa’s leading university in coal and biomass related research, will facilitate the exchange of graduate students and faculty. A B.S. to M.S. bridge program was established with California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Two students are enrolled for the fall semester. The UND SUNRISE Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site was noted for supporting more students than any other site in the nation.

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Enrollment currently stands at 215 undergraduate and 15 graduate students. After 11 successful years at the helm, Dr. Charles Moretti is stepping down from the departmental chair position and Dr. Harvey Gullicks was appointed to the chair position effective June 1, 2010. Dr. Moretti will continue to lead the use of AutoCAD, Civil 3D a host of modeling software packages, such as Hydromantis GPS-X biological wastewater treatment software, in our curriculum.


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ASCE 2009-2010 Steel Bridge Team Overall 5th Place in ASCE 2010 Steel Bridge Competition—L-R:  Eric Lothspeich; Martin Halvorson, Michel Norstrem, Jacob Kowalski, Corey Smaaladen



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Scott Zainhofsky (B.S. 1997, M.E. 2000) was honored with the NDSPE Young Engineer of the Year award for 2010, attesting to the quality of the graduates from our program. Mr. Zainhofsky is the Director of Secondary Roads for the North Dakota Department of Transportation. We wish to acknowledge the April 13, 2010 passing of Ivan Jensen, respected member of the faculty until his retirement in 1985. Ivan held the chair position in Civil Engineering for many years, was active in structural engineering consulting, and was honored by NDSPE in 2009 as the PE in North Dakota holding the longest continuous registration of 60 years. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. Dr. Jerath has been appointed as the Graduate Program Director. He will assist the department to increase the numbers of graduate students, particularly Ph.D. students, improve graduate program assessment, and improve the department’s graduate program delivery, research facilities and resources. His work on a textbook on Structural Stability for Elsevier Publications is on-going. In February 2010, Dr. Iraj Mamaghani published Chapter 11, “Stability of Angle Members” in the Guide to Stability Design Criteria for Metal Structures, 6th edition, edited by Ronald Ziemian, ISBN: 978-0-470-08525-7. Dr. Moretti, Dr. Mamaghani, Bruce Dockter, Luke Falken, and Joe Tonneson received notification that “Evaluation of Penetrating Sealers for Reinforced Concrete Bridge Decks,” Paper 09-0497, will be published in the Journal of the Transportation Research Board. Dr. Nabil Suleiman published his book, Truck Configurations and Highway Pavements: A Methodology to Model and Assess Impacts, ISBN 978-3-639-13513-8, VDM Publishing, Saarbrucken, Germany (2009).

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Dr. Howe Lim and Donovan Voelle have received notification that the manuscript HEENG-746 “Regional Flood Estimations in Red River Using L-moment-Based Index-Flood and Bulletin 17B Procedures” will be published in the August 2010 Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. Dr. Gullicks is the principal investigator for pilot studies of the aerobic digestion of Grand Forks Wastewater Treatment Plant Waste Activated Sludge and review of the Draft Operational Plan for the Red River Valley Water Supply Project, currently in preparation by his graduate student, Grant Slick, and the joint venture of consulting firms, AE2S, Inc. and Black and Veatch.

Electrical Engineering The Department of Electrical Engineering is fostering collaborations on student projects throughout UND and with regional high-tech firms. We have been collaborating extensively throughout the School of Engineering and Mines (Departments of Chemical, Mechanical, and Geology and Geological Engineering), as well as across campus with the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (Departments of Aviation, Space Studies, and the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence), the College of Business and Public Administration, and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Active partnerships with industry include Lockheed Martin (Eagan, MN) and Laserlith Corporation (Richmond, California, and Grand Forks, ND).

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering M.S. in Sustainable Energy Engineering B.S. in Petroleum Engineering

“The creation of these new degree programs continues our tradition as a world leader in energyrelated education and research. Regional students will no longer have to leave the state to seek degrees in these areas and non-resident students will be gaining a high quality option for education.” Dean El-Rewini

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Dr. Sima Noghanian, director of the Applied Electromagnetics and Wireless Communications Laboratory, and her team of undergraduate and graduate students are working on designing antennas for various aerospace and biomedical applications. Two current projects include “Microwave Imaging for Breast Cancer Detection” and “Smart Antennas for Space Suit Communication.” A new emphasis on biomedical engineering-related research is growing throughout the School of Engineering and Mines. Research activities conducted by the BRAIN (Biomedical Research And INnovation) team of undergraduate and graduate students working in the Biomedical Signal Processing (BSP) Laboratory directed by Dr. Reza Fazel include brain signal characterization, the development of a brain-computer interface, and human performance evaluation for astronauts. Electroencephalography, or EEG, brain signals are being characterized with a focus on human epileptic seizures. The goal of this research project is to introduce an innovative hybrid method in the characterization of brain signals for predicting and detecting epileptic seizures. In collaboration with North Dakota State University, Professor Prakash Ranganathan is deeply involved in engineering and science outreach to American Indian high school and tribal college students studying on North Dakota’s five reservations. With support from the Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduate Research and Education (NATURE) program offered through the North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR), Prakash designed summer camp and Sunday Academy sessions on sensors and LEGO Mindstorms mobile robotics for delivery to American Indian high schools and tribal colleges via the state-wide Interactive Video Network.

In order to provide electrical engineering students at UND with state-of-the-art research and design opportunities, new power electronics, electric drives, and renewable energy systems laboratories have been established within the department. Experiments have been designed to provide our students with advanced research opportunities and to let them work on hands-on projects related to sensing, real-time hardware control, the design of power electronics converters/ inverters and their associated digital signal processing-based controls, conventional and intelligent motor control techniques such as PID, vector, and neuro-fuzzy control, renewable and distributed energy systems, and fuel cell technologies.

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Dr. Joseph Hartman, professor, appointed department chair effective June 1, 2010. The department conferred two masters degrees in fall 2009, and had one undergraduate each complete the program in Geology and Geological Engineering. Six undergraduates applied for graduation in spring 2010, two each in Geology, Geological Engineering, and Environmental Geoscience. Twenty-three students are pursuing graduate degrees in the department. Risa Madoff, Ph.D. Geol candidate, has been awarded a Summer Doctoral Research Fellowship from the UND Graduate School for 2010. This academic year, highlights of student field trips included western Montana (paleontology), northern Minnesota (geomorphology) and Utah, Arizona and New Mexico (spring break).


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Dr. Reza Fazel (wearing the space suit) is about to have Pablo de Leon, director of the UND Space Suit Laboratory, place a helmet on his head. Electrical engineering graduate student Ahmed Rabbi is adjusting an electrode cap on Dr. Fazel’s head to measure selected EEG brain signals. 28


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The number of externally funded research projects (15) and total dollar amount of the awards ($8.76 million) are new highs for the department. The department continues to be the home to the Petroleum Research Education and Entrepreneurship Center of Excellence (see feature article on page 33). PREEC researcher Dongmei Wang recently had proposals funded by the North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC) and the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA). Dr. Phil Gerla and Dr. Scott Korom both have continued research in various areas of water quality and watershed management, with several active projects each. Paleontologist Joseph Hartman also has much active research in progress, including a grant funded by the USGS.

Dr. Dexter Perkins and Dr. Ron Matheney continue to be part of a multi-institution team working on a project for the NSF on science education for undergraduates. Dr. Jaakko Putkonen is in the early stages of an Antarctic research project funded by the NSF. Dr. Zhegn-Wen “Zane” Zeng continues research on Enhanced Oil Recovery on projects funded by NDIC and DOE. Dr. Will Gosnold is part of a team that includes Southern Methodist University, Cornell, Texas Tech, Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, Siemens Research Corp. and the Geothermal Resources Council to prepare a National Geothermal Data System, and is working with the state of Minnesota to research its potential for Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS).

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Dr. Matthew Cavalli has been appointed to chair the department effective June 1, 2010. Dr. Manohar Kulkarni is currently the Director of Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Forrest Ames was named the Associate Dean for Academic Affair for the School of Engineering and Mines in August, 2009. The Mechanical Engineering Department is maintaining its tradition of educational and scholarly excellence. The quality of our students and faculty is reflected in the accomplishments of our graduates, including NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg and Debbie Jacklitch-Kuiken, one of the National Society of Professional Engineers’ Young Engineers of the Year for 2009.

UND engineering students won 3rd place and $1000 in a new state-wide/regional business plan competition hosted by the UND Department of Entrepreneurship and Alerus Financial. Team members David Dvorak, Jonathan Alme, Mariusz Czarnomski, and Matt Maurer developed the plan for a company that sells specialized aerial imagery products obtained using Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Pictured are Jim Faircloth (Alerus Financial), Jonathan Alme, David Dvorak, Larry Pate (UND), Phil Mckenzie (Digi-Key). SUMM E R 2 0 1 0


The faculty and staff continue to seek new ways to attract new students: • Professor Lowell Stanlake and Dr. Chean Ngo introduce many engineering freshmen to computer-aided drafting and engineering design in the ME/ENGR 101 courses. • Drs. Semke, Kulkarni, and Cavalli recently collaborated with Rick Henry, a physics teacher at Larimore High School, to develop a series of laboratory exercises and demonstrations to make facilities at UND accessible to students across the state. • Drs. Marcellin Zahui and Jeremiah Neubert were heavily involved with the recent FIRST Robotics competition held on the UND campus. • Dr. Semke and Professor Ralph Johnson were recognized as UND Faculty Stars.

ME students working on DOE sponsored turbine systems research. • •

Engineering on a year-long research project about composite repair methods, sponsored by LM Glasfiber. Dr. Ames has served as a consultant on several turbine and fluid-flow-related projects and has developed a new compressible flow setup with the aid of both undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. George Bibel developed a one-day training seminar, substantially based on his book, Beyond the Blackbox: The Forensics of Airplane Crashes, and has delivered it three times to Boeing personnel in Seattle. F


Our research activities have been recognized at the local, regional, and national levels. • Dr. Neubert collaborated with the Biology Department to win a grant from the National Science Foundation for a new robotic workstation to aid in both research and robotics education. He also received a renewal of his Non-Tenured Faculty Grant from 3M related to techniques for identifying highway sign maintenance needs. • Dr. Semke continues as co-director of the Unmanned Aerial Systems Engineering Laboratory, part of UND’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Center of Excellence. Years of work came to fruition last spring when Dr. Semke saw the imaging system formerly known as AgCam lift off from Cape Canaveral, headed for the International Space Station. • Dr. Cavalli received a grant from NSF for work on diffusion bonding of joints for high temperatures and is collaborating with Dr. Brian Tande from Chemical

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Geothermal Power: Developing new energy frontiers alongside familiar sources

By: Juan Miguel Pedraza University Relations—UND

Two large Department of Energy grants allow School of Engineering and Mines researchers to develop cutting-edge alternative energy research


he U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently awarded a total of approximately $3.47 million in two grants to several School of Engineering and Mines faculty researchers as part of its ongoing geothermal energy development program. The grants to UND will be used to explore electric power generation from geothermal resources in the western part of the state. “Pursuing new frontiers in energy research is one of our strategic priorities at UND Engineering,” said Hesham El-Rewini, professor and dean, UND School of Engineering and Mines. “These two awards from DOE recognize the quality of the research conducted by our faculty and students. We are determined to continue to explore energy technologies that are economically competitive, reliable, sustainable, and environmentally acceptable.” The SEM researchers who received the grants – William Gosnold, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, Geology and Geological Engineering and principal

feet. Another system will be set up in an investigator; Mike Mann, Chester Fritz oilfield operated by Continental ResourcDistinguished Professor and chair, Chemes Inc., also in western North Dakota. ical Engineering and Associate Dean for Both sites are in Bowman County. These Research, co-principal investigator; and power plants will be operated and moniHossein Salehfar, professor and vice chair, tored for two years to develop engineerElectrical Engineering, co-principal ining and economic models for geothermal vestigator—are well-known as researchers ORC energy production. F in the broad area of alternative energy. Lorraine Manz (North Dakota Geological Survey) and Richard LeFever, associate professor of Geology and Geological Engineering, provided critical data for identifying and defining the resource. A Geothermal ORC system will be installed at an oil field operated by Denbury in western North Dakota where geothermal fluids occur in sedimentary formations at depths of 10,000 Cooling down plant, Bowman, ND


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ORC Technology: Turning wastewater into clean energy


he Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) Technology planned for use in the Department of Energy’s geothermal projects by UND SEM researchers and their industry partners is a familiar one, but its use at petroleum drilling sites will allow what is essentially a waste product to be converted into clean energy production.


Closed-loop, clean energy systems Geothermal waters are a by-product of the petroleum industry’s drilling process. Generally, they would be reinjected into the formation or used for secondary recovery. “Geothermal water in oil fields, at present is considered simply under the general term of wastewater,” said Will Gosnold. Recent developments in ORC technology mean that lower-temperature geothermal waters, such as those found extensively in most sedimentary basins, including North Dakota’s Williston Basin, can be used to generate electricity at competitive rates. “As the technology has been demonstrated to work, we are now applying it to new situations,” said Mike Mann. This includes matching the right technology with the conditions, and optimizing systems. “We’re modeling to get the most electricity for the least price.” Connecting to the grid A significant piece is connecting to the local electric utility in a way that allows them to then sell the electricity generated. It also is part of the larger picture on the frontier of new energy technology. “This project fits very well into what is being called the Smart Grid,” said Hossain Salehfar. Traditionally, electricity largely has been generated at a single, centralized location. Now, the trend is moving toward distributed power sources. “Instead of a central location, we have power production in many places,” said Salehfar. A drilling site generating electricity from geothermal waters would be an example, as would an individual wind turbine. In addition to technical and economic viability, the team is looking to prove this is a way to generate clean energy in a long-range scope. “We want it to run for 20 years or more,” said Mann. “Our goal is not just one and done. We want to choose the right conditions to show this can be duplicated over and over.”

Center of Excellence incubates DOE projects


he two new DOE Geothermal Energy projects being undertaken at SEM, worth nearly $3.5 million, were developed as part of the PREEC project. The Petroleum Research, Education, and Entrepreneurship Center of Excellence (PREEC), is one of the Centers of Excellence established and funded by the North Dakota Department of Commerce. “It is one of the major missions of the Center of Excellence to promote geothermal power,” said Will Gosnold, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, Geology and Geological Engineering. The PREEC faculty team also includes Mike Mann, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor and chair, Chemical Engineering; Hossein Salehfar, professor and vice chair, Electrical Engineering; Richard LeFever, associate professor, Geology and Geological Engineering, and Zhengwen Zeng, assistant professor, Geology and Geological Engineering. “It’s the link with the oilfield geothermal waters,” said Gosnold. PREEC’s state funding provided the mechanism to acquire significant federal funding from DOE. It also means partnership with UND researchers and new business opportunities for several companies active in the Williston Basin, including Encore Acquisition, Berrendo Geothermal Inc., Continental Resources Inc., and Denbury Resources Inc. In addition, Gosnold said local contractors in the Dickinson area are expected to become involved with the project as it moves forward, as well as a local electric co-op. PREEC also provides support for 13 students, both graduates and undergraduates. “This is a training and education opportunity for them as well,” said Salehfar. This article is supplemented by information from www.commerce. F

This report contains information from research by Gosnold, et al; J.J. Brasz and G. Holdman, and J. Lund and T. Boyd. F By: Carissa Green University of North Dakota


Will Gosnold, Zhengwen Zeng, Mike Mann, and Xuejun “John” Zhou at the Rocky Mountain Oil Field Test Center near Casper, WY. UND SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MINES


Discovery Award

University of North Dakota President Robert O. Kelley has bestowed the University’s highest honor for faculty, the Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorship, on Dr. Michael Mann, professor and chair of chemical engineering. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry and mathematics from Mayville State University in 1979. He received his master’s degree in chemical engineering from UND in 1981. His Ph.D. in energy engineering was received in 1997, also from UND. He also completed an independent study for his master’s of business administration degree from UND in 1988. Mann has established a singular reputation in his academic career at UND as an exceptional researcher and teacher, and for his outstanding track record of service to the University and community. Since 1999, Mann has been awarded 27 grants as principal investigator totaling in excess of $2.2 million, and more than 50 grants as co-PI with funding totaling more than $15 million. He is, indeed, one of UND’s most prolific and accomplished researchers, leading the chemical engineering department to the 2005 Fellows of the University Award for Departmental Excellence in Research. He was the recipient of the 2006 Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Individual Excellence in Research. Mann is internationally recognized for his expertise and accomplishments in energy technologies. His principal areas of interest and expertise include advanced processes and technologies within the energy industry. Mann also has served as a group and project manager at the UND Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC). A key indicator of Mann’s performance is his outstanding academic record. His efforts in multi-disciplinary proposal submissions have been exceptionally successful. Funding success rates in engineering typically are less than 10 percent. Mann has a documented success rate topping 50 percent. He received a National Science Foundation Career Award, one of the highest achievements in science and engineering, in 2001, two years after joining the chemical engineering faculty as associate professor. F

During the Red River Valley Research Corridor Milestones and Horizons Conference held on Monday, October 12, 2009, U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) honored two of the region’s most widely recognized innovators for their contributions to the Research Corridor. Dr. Richard Schultz of Grand Forks was presented with the “Discovery Award” for his outstanding leadership and service in building and raising the visibility of the region’s research enterprise and for groundbreaking scientific and applied research that has a regional, national or global impact. Schultz currently serves as chair of the UND’s electrical engineering program and chief technology officer for Machine Visionaries, a UND spin-off company dedicated to the commercialization of aviation electronics for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry. He works closely with UND’s UAS federally recognized Center of Excellence to develop cutting-edge technologies. F


Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor

These Research Corridor awards are intended to recognize people who have demonstrated success in the kinds of endeavors that are proven factors in creating thriving, innovationdriven economies, including cutting-edge scientific inquiry, translation and application, and mobilizing collaboration of the triple helix consisting of university, business and government,” said Dr. Delore Zimmerman, director of the Red River Valley Research Corridor Coordinating Center.

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The North Dakota Spirit Faculty Achievement Award was established by the University of North Dakota Foundation to recognize significant contributions by faculty in teaching, research, and service. The Award was presented during the Founders Day Banquet to four SEM Faculty. Pictured are Brian Tande, (assistant professor chemical engineering) Dean Hesham El-Rewini, Lance Yarbrough, (assistant professor geology and geological engineering), William Semke (associate professor, mechanical engineering), Michael Mann (Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor and Chair, chemical engineering) and Hossein Salehfar, (professor, electrical engineering). F

Dr. Dexter Perkins, professor, Geology and Geological Engineering, was honored as North Dakota Professor of the Year, and nominee for the CASE U.S. Professor of the Year. Professor Dexter is pictured here with UND President Robert O. Kelley during Founders Day. F

A reception was held in May to honor faculty who had recent book publications. Pictured are Zhen-Wen Zeng, assistant professor, geological engineering; George Bible, professor, mechanical engineering; Dean Hesham El-Rewini; Nabil Suleiman, associate professor, civil engineering; Dexter Perkins, professor, geology. Yes, George and Dexter did exchange books!



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