2020 News Releases


K-State gets $1.7 million in CARES Act funds to support Kansas manufacturers coping with pandemic
The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration is awarding a $1.7 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to Kansas State University.

Engineering professors receive defense department grant for work on safety/security-critical systems
Two computer science professors have been awarded $231,000 for a two-year period by the U.S. Department of Defense — Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for development of tools that will assure the safety and security of mission-critical software.

Pavithra Prabhakar to lead on NASA grant to design certifiable, intelligent aerospace control systems
Pavithra Prabhakar, associate professor and Peggy and Gary Edwards chair in engineering in the computer science department, will lead Kansas State University on the project "Evolving and Certifiable Autopilot for Unmanned Aerial Systems, Phase II."

Engineering professor receives NASA and Honeywell grants for work on molecular precursor-derived ceramics and composites
Gurpreet Singh, associate professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, was awarded just over $105,000 for year one of the three-year, plant-directed research and development project by Honeywell.


Engineering professors receive Department of Defense grant for work on safety-critical systems
Two professors of computer science have been awarded just over $400,000 for two years by the U.S. Department of Defense — Army for development of techniques in building safety-critical systems used in military operations.

Architectural engineering student from Alma awarded scholarship
Chelsea Lewis, a bachelor's/master's degree student in architectural engineering with an emphasis in structural engineering, has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship from the Kansas Chapter of the American Concrete Institute.

Pavithra Prabhakar funded by NSF for research on artificial intelligence-based cyber-physical systems
Pavithra Prabhakar, associate professor of computer science, has been awarded $450,000 from the NSF to work on artificial intelligence-based controllers in the three-year project, "Scalable Formal Verification of ANN Controlled Cyber-Physical Systems."

Snead honored with lifetime achievement award
Bruce Snead, director of Engineering Extension in the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Mentorship from the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists.

Pollution Prevention Institute receives EPA grant to provide source reduction assistance to Spirit AeroSystems
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the Pollution Prevention Institute at K-State is among 11 organizations across nine states to receive grant funding totaling $1.16 million to support pollution prevention.


NSF-funded project focuses on improved security of smart devices
Xiaolong Guo, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has received a three-year, $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation Division of Computing and Communication Foundations.

Computer science lab director Arslan Munir funded by NASA for space research
NASA has awarded $750,000 toward a joint project involving researchers at Wichita State University, Kansas State University and the University of Kansas.

Computer science professor funded by NSF for open science research project
Pascal Hitzler, professor and Lloyd T. Smith Creativity in Engineering chair in the computer science department and director of the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, has been awarded nearly $300,000 from the National Science Foundation.

Engineering professor's NSF-funded work could have use in robotics, smart devices
The NSF has awarded Raj Kumar Pal, assistant professor in the Alan Levin Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, more than $300,000 for his work, "Toward mechanical resonators with zero leakage using elastic meta-structures."


Engineering faculty members receive named positions
The Carl R. Ice College of Engineering has announced nine faculty members as the most recent recipients of named positions.

Architectural engineering student earns Gold Award industry scholarship
Architectural engineering student Diego Sanchez has received the Gold Award, a $2,500 scholarship from the Mid-West Concrete Industry Board and Concrete Promotional Group.

Civil engineering assistant professor named White House Fellows national finalist
Eric Fitzsimmons, assistant professor and the Hal and Mary Siegele professorship in engineering, civil engineering department, has a new certificate to frame and display — 2020-2021 White House Fellows national finalist.

Phase three funding awarded for DARPA CASE program involving K-State faculty
Computer science professors Robby and John Hatcliff, and their team led by Collins Aerospace, have been selected for DARPA Cyber-Assured Systems Engineering, or CASE, Phase 3, which includes an additional $550,000 to continue their sabbatical work.

Distinguished graduate faculty award winners show excellence in research, graduate teaching
Internationally recognized researchers in integrated pest management and biofuels are being recognized as the 2020-2021 Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award recipients.


Carl R. Ice College of Engineering names Hallmark as 2020 Company of the Year
The Carl R. Ice College of Engineering is honoring Hallmark Cards Inc. as its 2020 Company of the Year. The selection is based on exhibited commitment to engineering education, high standards and quality performance in the engineering profession.

K-State civil engineering summit focuses on commercial vehicle safety
K-State Department of Civil Engineering faculty will host a 2021 Midwest Commercial Vehicles Safety Summit to reduce the number and severity of commercial vehicle crashes through an exchange of ideas.

Eckels named department head of mechanical and nuclear engineering
Steve Eckels, professor and director of the Institute for Environmental Research at K-State, has been named department head of the Alan Levin Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, effective Aug. 9.

Computer analysis shows that political speeches now use simpler language, express more sentiments
Research by K-State shows how politicians from both major parties have changed their political speech from previous centuries.

Technology Development Institute receives CARES funding to create Innovation Stimulus Program
The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration has awarded the Technology Development Institute at K-State grant funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act to assist regional innovation efforts.

Pollution Prevention Institute awarded US EPA grant
The K-State Pollution Prevention Institute has been awarded $550,000 over the next five years to provide communication and collaboration tools, including a website, in support of the National Small Business Environmental Assistance Programs.

Architectural engineering students awarded national scholarships
Seven Kansas State University architectural engineering students have been named recipients of undergraduate scholarship totaling $28,500 from the Besal Lighting Education Fund.

July 2020

USDA funds technology research for optimum production from better, smarter planting
In a collaborative effort with crop producers, researchers at K-State will introduce the latest technologies for precision planters to help enhance productivity and maximize yield.

Technology Development Institute assists in development of new agricultural product
The Technology Development Institute at the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering has provided a Salina entrepreneur and inventor with the development assistance needed to get his newest product ready for interested manufacturers.

Computer science professor to head NSF-funded open science grid expansion across Great Plains
Daniel Andresen, director of the Institute for Computational Research in Engineering and Science and computer science professor, has received more than $350,000 to lead a project in support of computational and data-intensive research across the region.

Sharda recognized for research and education excellence
Ajay Sharda, associate professor in the Carl and Melinda Helwig Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, has received the Educator/Research Award of Excellence for 2020.

U.S. Department of Energy to fund joint project between Manhattan tech company and K-State mechanical and nuclear engineering department
A team from the Alan Levin Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering has been awarded a subcontract as part of a nearly $1 million, two-year U.S. Department of Energy grant to Radiation Detection Technologies Inc.

June 2020

Computer science program expands offerings to Manhattan Christian College
A program developed by the computer science department in the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering at Kansas State University has expanded its outreach through a new collaboration with Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan.

NSF renews K-State CyberCorps program for five years, $3 million
The CyberCorps: Scholarships for Service program at K-State will continue to build on its history of producing high-quality graduates to meet national, state, local and tribal government demand for skilled cybersecurity personnel.

K-State study reveals asymmetry in spin directions of galaxies, suggests early universe could have been spinning
The patterns formed by spiral galaxies show that the universe may have a defined structure and suggest that the early universe could have been spinning, according to a K-State computational astronomer.

May 2020

Engineering student receives Phase II Small Business Innovation Research Grant from National Science Foundation
Precision Microwave, Inc., founded by Austin Pfannenstiel, doctoral candidate in electrical engineering, has been awarded a $749,554 grant from the National Science Foundation to commercialize a new minimally-invasive tumor treatment device.

Doctoral candidate awarded legacy scholarship
Gennifer Riley, doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering, has been announced as a recipient of the Marie R. Bonebrake Graduate Award, a legacy scholarship established by Case Bonebrake in honor of his wife and K-State alumnus, Marie.

Model of beef cattle, transportation industries as critical infrastructures reveals vulnerabilities
An interdisciplinary team of Kansas State University researchers developed a computer simulation that revealed beef supply chain vulnerabilities that need safeguarding — a realistic concern during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Long-held tradition of vise manufacturing continues with switch to online learning
Timothy Deines, senior instructor in the industrial and manufacturing systems engineering department, has moved to online instruction for his Manufacturing Processes Lab, an undergraduate course he teaches six, three-hour sections of per week.

April 2020

Department of Defense names mechanical engineering and math student a SMART scholar
Sean Cranford, junior in mechanical engineering and mathematics, has received the U.S. Department of Defense SMART Scholarship.

Four K-State faculty honored for excellence in undergraduate teaching
Four Kansas State University faculty members, including Jessica Heier Stamm, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, are recipients of the 2020 Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award.

NSF announces CAREER award for K-State chemical engineer
Ryan Hansen, assistant professor and Steve Hsu Keystone research scholar in the Tim Taylor Department of Chemical Engineering, has been announced by the National Science Foundation as a recipient of its CAREER award.

Engineering honor society announces spring award recipients
The Steel Ring Engineering Honor Society has announced its spring award recipients for Saint Patricia and Saint Patrick, the Clair A. Mauch Steel Ring Advisor of the Year Award and the W. Leroy Culbertson Steel Ring Leadership Scholarship.

A new look at university life: Lecture-only format proves successful when teaching from home
A major shift occurred on the K-State campus following spring break when the university made the switch to remote instruction. Read about how engineering faculty are teaching in this new look at university life.

Chemical engineer working to unlock the role of hydrogen sulfide for treatment of disease
Funded by a National Science Foundation CAREER award, a K-State chemical engineering professor is taking on the challenge of discovering new treatments for diseases such as Alzheimer's and cancer.

Technology Development Institute assists state's small businesses, manufacturers with COVID-19 through Great Plains TMC initiative
The Technology Development Institute at the Kansas State University Carl R. Ice College of Engineering has assembled a COVID-19 resource guide and is disseminating this information through the Great Plains Technology and Manufacturing Cluster initiative.

Engineering leadership honorary selects new members
The Steel Ring Honor Society at K-State has inducted 21 new members for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Matthew J. O'Keefe named new dean of Carl R. Ice College of Engineering
An accomplished materials engineer and experienced administrator will become the next dean of the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering at Kansas State University.

March 2020

New Coffman chair seeks to maximize value of undergraduate teaching resources at K-State
Julia Keen, the Bob and Betty Tointon engineering chair and professor of architectural engineering and construction science, will serve as the Coffman chair for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Keen co-authors textbook
K-State's Julia Keen and Tom Lawrence at the University of Georgia, published a new textbook, "High-Performance Buildings Simplified: Designing, Constructing and Operating Sustainable Commercial Building."

Architectural engineering student wins top ASHRAE scholarship
A K-State student in architectural engineering has been awarded an ASHRAE national scholarship for the next academic year.

Carl and Melinda Helwig invest in naming the biological and agricultural engineering department at K-State
At its March 18 meeting, the Kansas Board of Regents approved the naming of the department in the Helwigs' honor.

Graduate students receive awards for their State Capitol poster presentations
Arvind Damodara Kannan, doctoral student in civil engineering, received a $500 scholarship at the 17th Capitol Graduate Research Summit at the State Capitol in Topeka.

February 2020

K-State Engineering Extension wins 2020 Vernier Engineering Contest
Vernier Software and Technology selected the Kansas Energy Program, K-State Engineering Extension, as the winner of the 2020 Vernier Engineering Contest. Winners receive $1,000 cash, $1,500 in travel expenses and $3,000 in Vernier equipment.

Engineering professor receives prestigious NSF CAREER award
Dong Lin, assistant professor in the industrial and manufacturing systems engineering department, has been awarded a $500,000, five-year National Science Foundation grant from its Faculty Early Career Development Program.

Hasler honored with Mabes Award by professional lighting society
Fred Hasler, associate professor of architectural engineering and construction science, recently received the Robert H. Mabes Award from the Kansas City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society.

Technology Development Institute helps Overland Park racing aftermarket parts company gain traction
The Technology Development Institute, or TDI, at the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering is helping BOE Fabrication, an Overland Park company, in its drive to success in the Lotus car high-performance racing market.

K-State engineering students bring home top awards in poster competitions
Students from civil and architectural engineering were awarded the top prizes in both undergraduate and graduate poster competitions at the 43th Scholer-Peterson Concrete Conference Feb. 14 at Kansas State University.

AGC Student Chapter travels to Texas for winter break service project
The Associated General Contractors Student Chapter at K-State travels to Beaumont, Texas, for winter break service project.

Dean of Carl R. Ice College of Engineering candidate finalists announced
The search committee announces four finalists who will interview for the dean of the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering position and invite you to attend the open forums presented by each candidate.

Online degree programs rise in latest U.S. News & World Report rankings
The university continues to rank highly for engineering online graduate degree programs.

Engineering professor to lead US and UK teams as part of NSF-funded research involving phosphorous levels in soils
A project led by an engineering professor and funded by the National Science Foundation through its program Signals in the Soil, United Kingdom Research and Innovation, is expected to strengthen national and economic security of both the U.S. and the U.K.

January 2019

2020 Carl R. Ice College of Engineering Ambassadors named
The Kansas State University Carl R. Ice College of Engineering has made its selection of 33 students for membership in the Engineering Ambassadors organization.

Chemical engineering professor recognized with named position
Bin Liu, associate professor in the Tim Taylor Department of Chemical Engineering, has been named the William H. Honstead Professor in Chemical Engineering.

Civil engineering professor part of award-winning research team cited by U.S. Department of Defense program
Prathap Parameswaran, assistant professor of civil engineering, was part of a team of professionals recognized with the 2019 Environmental Security Technology Certification Program Project-of-the-Year Award for Environmental Restoration.

K-State teams place in regional Association for Computing Machinery programming contest
The K-State Association for Computing Machinery team won second place at a regional competition, securing its invitation to the national competition, which will take place in February. The team will compete for a chance to advance to Worlds.

National Science Foundation grant to fund study of measuring emotions with cybersystems
David Thompson, assistant professor in the Mike Wiegers Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has been awarded nearly $500,000 by the National Science Foundation's Information and Intelligent Systems: Core Programs.

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