News – George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology https://ualr.edu/eit University of Arkansas at Little Rock Tue, 18 Sep 2018 02:44:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Chemical weapons expert to speak April 27 https://ualr.edu/eit/2017/04/21/chemical-weapons-expert-2017/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:47:30 +0000 https://ualr.edu/eit/?p=5342 A chemical weapons specialist of a Nobel Peace Prize winning organization will join the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Department of Chemistry Thursday,…  

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A chemical weapons specialist of a Nobel Peace Prize winning organization will join the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Department of Chemistry Thursday, April 27, to discuss the need for technical input in policy making.

Dr. Jonathan Forman, Science Policy Adviser at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, will present his research,“Science in Multilateral Chemical Disarmament,” at 2 p.m. in the Engineering and Information Technology auditorium.

His research topic addresses the role of science in the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, an international disarmament treaty for weapons of mass destruction. Forman’s work will emphasize the influence of scientist’s work on international diplomacy and analysis the challenges of scientist-policymaker engagement.

Forman has long been an advocate for emerging technologies. After receiving his Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, he worked to develop molecular diagnostic and bioanalytical assay technologies. His work eventually led him to become an independent consultant for process and product development of chip-based assessment platforms.

For more information about the event, contact Brian Berry, chair of the chemistry department, at bcberry@ualr.edu.

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UA Little Rock student hackers win big in Alabama https://ualr.edu/eit/2017/04/12/ua-little-rock-student-hackers-win-big-in-alabama/ Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:06:51 +0000 https://ualr.edu/eit/?p=5338 Two University of Arkansas at Little Rock information science students won Best Use of Amazon Web Services for their project, “Atrocious Apartments,” during the…  

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Two University of Arkansas at Little Rock information science students won Best Use of Amazon Web Services for their project, “Atrocious Apartments,” during the 2017 CrimsonHacks event March 25.

For 24 hours, 200 students from the southeast region visited the University of Alabama for a weekend of innovation for the first Major League Hacking event in the state.

Seniors Michael DiCicco and Karen Watts worked with two students from the University of Alabama to create a hack that would make apartment hunting easier and safer for college students in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The execution of their project won the team a $250 Amazon Web Service credit.

During the event, the group worked to create an online system that would allow apartment hunters to view crimes that occurred within a one-quarter mile radius of an apartment complex and provide a description of the incident and when it happened.

They were able to make these distinctions using Tuscaloosa’s Open Data Portal, which allowed them access to crime reports in all available areas.

In addition, the team gathered information using building permits to include sites of nearby construction as a warning to students who enjoy napping during the day or dislike noise and traffic.

According to the group’s written project, “This is a very relevant tool for a college community. Not only does it help students search for apartments that are historically safe, but it allows for more personalized decisions when picking an apartment.”

When accessing the group’s website, Atrocious Apartments, viewers can access heat maps of building permits or crime data to easily view apartments in areas of town that they’re interested in living.

Along with helping students make the best choice of residence, the group also hoped their tool would encourage managers of apartment complexes to improve their standards to better meet the demands of renters.

This insight helped to establish the next step in their project, which is to incorporate 311 calls, making students aware of any sanitary complaints within the complex, including trash, rats, and cockroaches.
The group also hopes to determine public opinions of each apartment complex using social media keywords, such as great, good, dirty, and terrible to assist students in making residential choices.

For more information, visit Atrocious Apartments online.

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EAC presents 2017 Open House April 7-8 https://ualr.edu/eit/2017/04/05/eac-open-house/ Wed, 05 Apr 2017 21:59:35 +0000 https://ualr.edu/eit/?p=5330 The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s George W. Donaghey Emerging Analytics Center is set to host its 2017 Open House Friday and Saturday,…  

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The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s George W. Donaghey Emerging Analytics Center is set to host its 2017 Open House Friday and Saturday, April 7-8.

Each virtual reality tour, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Engineering and Information Technology building.

The event will feature a number of virtual reality simulations and demonstrations crafted by EAC faculty, staff, and students, including a 26-projector immersive CAVE, Cyberith and Virtuix Omni treadmills, and a number of other mobile devices.

Each tour is scheduled to last up to 40 minutes and will include groups of 15 people. Participants will have ten minutes to experience virtual wonders in three of the four stops. The final stop will be the Virtual Wonderland, a self-paced virtual viewing experience.

This family-friendly event requires all attendees to register and present a printed or digital ticket at check in. Guests should arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled tour.

Children must be 8-years-old and 54 inches to operate demo equipment.

For more information, contact Kendra Boyle at eacinfo@ualr.edu or purchase tickets online.

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UA Little Rock ASCE student chapter takes first place in conference category https://ualr.edu/eit/2017/04/04/asce/ Tue, 04 Apr 2017 20:32:59 +0000 https://ualr.edu/eit/?p=5319 The University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Engineering and Information Technology is proud to announce its student chapter of the American Society…  

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Heather Hightower won first place in the professional paper and presentation category of the 2017 ASCE Deep South Student Conference.

Heather Hightower

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Engineering and Information Technology is proud to announce its student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) as winner of a category during the 2017 ASCE Deep South Student Conference.

Accompanied by faculty advisor Nickolas Jovanovic, a total of 22 students represented UA Little Rock in this year’s conference hosted by the University of Memphis. With the help of chapter president, Heather Hightower of construction management, UA Little Rock secured the first place title in the professional paper and presentation category.

During the competition, Hightower submitted a 2,000 word paper and gave a five minute oral presentation on the topic, “Is it ethical for university engineering faculty to teach technical subject matter to engineering students without obtaining professional licensure?” to a panel of professional engineers.

She was awarded a $200 cash prize for her work and received exceptional commentary from Deep South judges.

UA Little Rock students competed against several surrounding universities including Arkansas State University, University of Mississippi, Louisiana Tech University, and the University of Memphis.

Out of the 14 schools to compete, UA Little Rock was one of six universities to take home a first place title.  

Breaking the university’s record with such a large number of attendees, UA Little Rock’s ASCE student chapter was able to participate in all six conference events for the first time.

As a fairly new organization, established in November 2013, the UA Little Rock ASCE student chapter exceeded expectations in a number of ways, including constructing and presenting a concrete canoe for the first time.

UA Little Rock students who were instrumental in helping prepare for this year’s conference, along with Hightower, were treasurer Magen Schlesier of civil and construction engineering and conference coordinator, Vianca Martin of civil and construction engineering.

Competition team members included:


Concrete Canoe
Team Captain Blake Johnston, civil and construction engineering
Assistant Sam Kincannon, civil and construction engineering
Manvill Allen, civil and construction engineering
Amanda Hall, construction management
Harrison Hayworth, civil and construction engineering
Hunter Hobby, civil and construction engineering
Palmer Lane, civil and construction engineering
Magen Schlesier, civil and construction engineering
Logan Snapp, civil and construction engineering
Jorge Vasquez, civil and construction engineering


Steel Bridge
Team Captain Casey Baker, civil and construction engineering
Assistant Jonathan Henderson, civil and construction engineering
Nicole Compton, civil and construction engineering
David Greenwood, civil and construction engineering
Dee Osieczko, civil and construction engineering
Jonny Picking, civil and construction engineering


Surveying
Team Captain William Beggs, construction management
Natasha Carlson, construction management
Jose Garcia, construction management


Environmental
Kassandra Castrillo, environmental engineering


Professional Paper & Presentation
Heather Hightower, construction management

Next year’s Deep South Student Conference will be hosted by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

To join or sponsor UA Little Rock’s ASCE student chapter, contact President Heather Hightower at hlhightower@ualr.edu or faculty advisor Nickolas Jovanovic at nsjovanovic@ualr.edu.

 

 

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EIT professor to participate in South Big Data Hub Roundtable Series https://ualr.edu/eit/2017/03/08/nitin-agarwal-2017/ Wed, 08 Mar 2017 20:10:38 +0000 https://ualr.edu/eit/?p=5236 Dr. Nitin Agarwal, Jerry L. Maulden-Entergy chair and professor of information science, will serve as one of four experts in the South Big Data…  

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Dr. Nitin Agarwal, Jerry L. Maulden-Entergy chair and professor of information science, will serve as one of four experts in the South Big Data Hub Roundtable Series, “Anti-Social Computing: Bots, Lies, and the New Environment.”

The series will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Central Standard Time Thursday, March 9 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Those interested in viewing the discussion can watch the series live online through the free webcast or on the South Big Data Hub YouTube Channel.

The goal of the roundtable discussion is to examine how new developments, including trolls and bots, shape conversations, shift national rhetoric, and build bridges among groups who might not otherwise connect.

Throughout the conversation, experts will discuss how fake news spreads and the role of various forms of actors in constructing, spreading, responding to, and observing such news.

Featured on the panel along with Agarwal is Dr. Kathleen Carley, professor of computation, organizations, and society at Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Huan Liu, professor of computer science and engineering at Arizona State University, and Dr. Rand Waltzman, senior information scientist at the RAND corporation in Santa Monica, Calif.

Lea Shanley, co-executive director of the South Big Data Hub at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will serve as the moderator.

For more information, visit the South Big Data Hub website.

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EIT to host chili cook-off https://ualr.edu/eit/2017/02/24/chili-cook-off-2017/ Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:14:06 +0000 https://ualr.edu/eit/?p=5214 Students from the George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock are excited to announce…  

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chilicookoff3Students from the George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock are excited to announce the 6th annual EIT Chili Cook-off Saturday, Feb. 25.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. in the EIT lobby. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to bring their best chili recipes to submit for the competition.

The winner of the chili cook-off will be decided by the taste testing participants. The person who receives the most votes will be presented with the traditional red painted toilet seat.

Along with the chili cook-off, students will have the opportunity to showcase their engineering skills during the CO2 Dragster Race.

“This is a great way for our faculty and students to come together on a more social level,” said Vernard Henley, assistant dean of the college.

Students will work in teams of up to four people, constructing a car from tools provided by EIT student services. Kits are still available and include a block of wood to represent the body of the car, wheels, shaving tools, and a CO2 cartridge.

The winner of the competition will be the team whose car travels 75 feet at the quickest speed. Each team member will receive a $25 reward from Dean Whitman.

For more information contact Ashley Henry, senior recruitment and outreach coordinator, at 501.569.8597.

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Dr. Kenji Yoshigoe bids the university farewell https://ualr.edu/eit/2017/02/10/dr-kenji-yoshigoe-2017/ Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:22:17 +0000 https://ualr.edu/eit/?p=5175 For the past 12 years, Dr. Kenji Yoshigoe, department chair and professor of computer science, has served the University of Arkansas at Little Rock…  

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Kenji Yoshigoe

Dr. Kenji Yoshigoe

For the past 12 years, Dr. Kenji Yoshigoe, department chair and professor of computer science, has served the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the College of Engineering and Information Technology with determination and patience.

He leaves the university to embark on a new journey at the University of Tokyo in Japan where he will be joining a team of faculty to establish a new college of information, which will be known as Innovation and Design.

“This is a big challenge that the University of Tokyo is pushing to promote producing new start-up companies,” Yoshigoe said. “It’s a great opportunity and challenge that I’m willing to take.”

During his time at UA Little Rock, Yoshigoe saw the enrollment of computer science programs double. He also founded the UA Little Rock Computational Research Center and led the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security’s National Center of Academic Excellence in cyber defense education.

To add to his lists of accomplishments, Yoshigoe brought several state and federal grants to the university to promote research and education in Arkansas.

“I’m going to miss most of the university,” Yoshigoe said with a smile. “I’m really going to miss my colleagues and my students.”

 
As he says his final goodbyes, the college celebrates Yoshigoe for his hard work and efforts to make the university a greater place to receive a quality education.

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EIT Career Fair set for Feb. 14 https://ualr.edu/eit/2017/02/03/eit-career-fair-set-for-feb-14/ Fri, 03 Feb 2017 21:55:06 +0000 https://ualr.edu/eit/?p=5151 Students in the College of Engineering and Information Technology have the opportunity to wow employers from more than 40 companies in central Arkansas during…  

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Students in the College of Engineering and Information Technology have the opportunity to wow employers from more than 40 companies in central Arkansas during its upcoming EIT Career Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

“This career fair is always very successful,” said EIT student worker Mya McCray. “It gives students a chance to make a great first impression and because of it, many students have been offered jobs and internships. Some have even received jobs later on down the line.”

The career fair will last from noon to 4 p.m. in the Jack Stephens Center. The cost is free for all UA Little Rock students and $5 for non-students.

Professional attire is required for all attendees, along with a resume.

A few of the companies expected to attend the career fair include Dillard’s IT, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Henderson Engineers, Inc, Nabholz Construction Services, and the Venture Center, along with a host of others.

“The great thing about this event is that students can find the employer that best fits their needs,” McCray said. “Business students may not be interested in engineering companies, but they could definitely find something that works for their field.”

For students who wish to have an up close and personal interaction with employers before the career fair, the college will host an EIT Meet and Greet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13 in the Donaghey Student Center Ledbetter hall.

This intimate meeting will not only provide more one on one time for students and employers, but it will also build students’ confidence as they are able to have effective dialogue with professionals in their desired fields.

For more information, contact Ashley Henry at alhenry@ualr.edu or register for the career fair here.

 

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Dr. Richard Wang talks CDO during CIS Colloquium Series https://ualr.edu/eit/2017/02/02/cis-colloquium-series-2017/ Thu, 02 Feb 2017 18:49:04 +0000 https://ualr.edu/eit/?p=5134 On Friday, Jan. 27, Dr. Richard Wang, director of the MIT Chief Data Officer and Information Quality Program and founder and executive director of…  

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Richard Wang

On Friday, Jan. 27, Dr. Richard Wang, director of the MIT Chief Data Officer and Information Quality Program and founder and executive director of the Institute for Chief Data Officers at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, spoke to students and faculty about the importance of the Chief Data Officer (CDO) during the CIS Colloquium Series.

With more than 30 students in attendance, Wang encouraged each of them to attend major universities, as opposed to Wall Street, to conduct meaningful research and have their work published.

“I’ve seen many CDO’s come and go,” Wang said. “Don’t be discouraged with what you’re doing. It may take 30 years before people recognize your work.”

As the role of the CDO is fairly new, Wang broke down the importance of the officer’s position in the company, what he or she produces in the company, and his or her role to peers.

As he continued to inform and share with students the functions and duties of the CDO, he invited them to volunteer at an upcoming CDO meeting to get a sneak peek at how the professionals operate.

From April 6-7, Wang will host the first International Society of Chief Data Officers meeting in Little Rock. He explained that he wanted the metropolitan city to be a platform for CDO’s to thrive and operate.

As one of 1,100 CDO’s in the world, for many years, Wang has been considered a pioneer and leader in the field. He has served as the Deputy CDO and Chief Data Quality Officer of the U.S. Army, founded the Institute of CDO’s at UA Little Rock, and organized the International Conference on Information Quality along with a number of other things.

“It’s important to have a standard approach if you want to be a CDO,” Wang said. “Here is your toolkit.”

Wang soon hopes to work with students to prepare them for life in the field as well as fund graduate assistants in hopes to give them real world experience.

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BEST Robotics Winners 2016 https://ualr.edu/eit/2017/01/24/best-robotics-winners-2016/ Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:18:15 +0000 https://ualr.edu/eit/?p=5113 Listed below are the winners of UA Little Rock’s 2016 BEST Robotics competition: Best Rookie Team – Howard County 4-H Spirit & Sportsmanship Award…  

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Listed below are the winners of UA Little Rock’s 2016 BEST Robotics competition:

Best Rookie Team – Howard County 4-H

Spirit & Sportsmanship Award – Athens Bible School

Blood, Sweat, & Duct Tape Award – Poyen High School

Most Robust Machine – eSTEM High School

Founders Award – ASMSA

Perseverance Award – Hillcrest High School

Joshua Shaw Award – Central High School

Diversity Award – North Caddo Magnet High School

It’s Alive Award – Spring Hill High School

Arkansas Traveler Award – Academies of West Memphis; Gosnell High School

Engineers-In-Training Awards – 1) Pulaski Heights Middle School; 2) Forest Heights STEM Academy; 3) Lake Hamilton Jr. High School

Engineering Notebook Awards – 1) Athens Bible School; 2) Parkview High School; 3) ASMSA

Team Exhibit & Interview – 1) Athens Bible School; 2) Nashville High School

Robot Performance Awards – 1) Athens Bible School; 2) ASMSA; 3) Forest Heights STEM Academy; 4) Central High School

BEST Awards – 1) Athens Bible School; 2) Central High School; 3) Nashville High School

Photos from the competition are available here:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/ualr.eit/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1015462729883

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