March 2015

From the Dean

Greetings from the SIUE
School of Engineering.

Why SIUE? That was the question I heard most when I first became the dean of the School of Engineering. The warm welcome I received from the faculty, staff, students and administrators made me feel like I would be valued by the SIUE community.

While I still enjoy watching our students work on their homework and projects from the third floor cat-walk, it is very gratifying to dwell on what we have accomplished and the positive things that have been set in motion over the years, despite the many challenges we face. These accomplishments include:

  • Developing an engineering community with members from area high schools, community colleges, and engineering, manufacturing, information technology, and construction companies, added to our alumni, faculty, staff and advisory boards.
  • Seeing our enrollment numbers rise to the point that required the building of our annex to accommodate the growing number of students.
  • Reporting the prestigious teaching and scholar awards won by School of Engineering faculty.
  • Watching our dedicated faculty and staff lead our summer camp students to develop and expand their minds to new discoveries.
  • Watching our students step up to a challenge and provide solutions for communities in need and win collegiate competitions.
  • Seeing evidence that our newly graduated students are finding great jobs.
  • Hearing the parent of a potential student tell other families - "If your son or daughter wants to go into engineering, send them to SIUE".

The challenges are not over and there are still achievements to be completed. Together, as an engineering community, we will go far.


Hasan Sevim, Dean

School of Engineering Celebrates 9th Annual Awards Banquet

On February 26, approximately 300 students, faculty, staff, alumni and industry friends gathered to celebrate the academic excellence, service and leadership of its most outstanding engineering community members.

Included in the program was Kip Polley who spoke about the development of his company Pale Night Productions (PNP).  PNP was founded in 2005, shortly before Kip graduated with his bachelor's in manufacturing engineering.  Polley and his team pioneered the concept of video integrated animatronics (VIA). 

VIA technology combines high definition video content with traditional elements of animatronics giving participants the performance of a live actor, with the interactivity and 3-dimensionality that they would not get from a video. Pale Night Productions is located in St. Louis and produces turn-key attractions for domestic and international clients.

View the list of award recipients >>
View the photo gallery >>

Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery Sponsors SIUE Summer Camps 

The Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery presented a $20,000 check to the SIUE School of Engineering on Tuesday, Feb. 24.  Phillips 66 is sponsoring SIUE's Engineering Summer Camp by providing support for equipment, activities and 10 scholarships to students who demonstrate financial need.

The camp is designed to introduce participants to various areas of engineering, computer science and construction. Campers design and program a video game, build robots, bridges, rockets and hydro-powered vehicles. They also get to see envrionmental engineering in action.

Learn more >>

SIUE Mechanical Engineering's Gorlewicz Invited to Engineering Disruption Leadership Summit

Dr. Jenna Gorlewicz, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been invited by the American Society of Engineering Education's (ASEE) executive director to present and be a part of the Engineering Disruption Leadership Summit, jointly sponsored by the ASEE, National Academy of Engineering and EDUCAUSE, in September.

Read more about the Summit >>

SIUE Engineering Alumnus is Highland Gigabit Challenge Winner

SquareFruit Labs of St. Louis, a company headed by SIUE School of Engineering alumnus Chico Weber, BS '13 (mechanical engineering), recently won the inaugural City of Highland Gigabit Challenge.

Created by the city of Highland, in partnership with the Metro East Small Business Development Center, the competition was designed to identify and reward start-up companies that utilize technology to develop and market products or services.

Learn more about the challenge >>


In The News

Honors Day
April 12, 2015

Botball Tournament
April 25, 2015

May & June 2015

Spring Commencement
May 9, 2015

Summer Classes Begin
May 11, 2015

Residental Summer Camps
June 7-12, 2015
June 21-26, 2015
July 5-10, 2015

Summer Preview SIUE
June 29, 2015

Fall Classes Begin
August 18, 2015

October 3, 2015

Fall Commencement
December 19, 2015


In Memoriam


Alumni News

Michael D. Busch, '98
Michael is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer.  He currently works as a project manager at Oates Associates designing transportation projects ranging from interstate highways to local streets.  

Read more about Michael >>

Aaron Detmer, '03
Since receiving his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Aaron has conducted engineering design and site work, and also drafted mechanical, plumbing and fire protection systems for a variety of facilities including government, educational, pharmaceutical and health care. Currently he is a project engineer for G&W Engineering where he advises clients in how to use different types of building systems to produce more sustainable designs. 

Ryan Freeman, '01
Ryan received a bachelor's in mechanical engineering at SIUE in 2001 and currently is the vice president of operations, commercial projects at McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. in St. Louis. 

Read more about Ryan >>

Tolga Tanriseven, '03
Originally from Turkey, Tolga graduated with his electrical engineering degree in 2003. In 2008, while watching men and women try to approach each other and make a connection, inspiration struck. He created, a digital community through which both genders share relationship-based experiences and opinions to help one another.  



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