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Fall 2018 ME Advisory Board Meeting Highlights

Fourteen advisory board members, eleven faculty/staff, and more than twenty current students joined in the October 1st evening meeting that occurred ahead of the Fall Career Fair. The meeting was organized by our new advisory board chair, Caitlin Owsley (Janicki Industries) in collaboration with Steve Beyerlein (ME chair) and Chloe Rambo (ME liaison in the college development office).

GOALS FOR THE MEETING

  • Meet and greet with students/faculty/staff in the senior design suite
  • Tour of IRIC, thinkTANK, and Student Center
  • Development report and discussion
  • Overview of COE Recruiting and Retention
  • Department update

TOUR OF ROBOTICS LAB AND IRIC BUILDING

  • Presentation from Joel Perry and Eric Wolbrecht
  • Projects: Blue Sabino and Finger 2.0 (robotically assisted rehabilitation for stroke victims)

TOUR OF THINKTANK AND NEW MICRON STUDENT CENTER

  • Resources and common space for younger students
  • Freshman advisors
  • Engineering Club storage areas

DEVELOPMENT REPORT

Vandal Giving Day resulted $63k from 167 gifts in 2018

  • Raised most money of any college
  • Highest % of staff and faculty participation across the University
  • Matching funds from Micron Foundation and Dean of Engineering doubled impact

What our donors make possible for the College of Engineering

  • Scholarships, (like the ME Advisory Board Scholarship), ~$423,000 for FY18
  • Engineering Ambassadors, ~$15,000 this year
  • Competition Projects, $10,000 – 12,000 for FY18
  • EXPO Sponsorships, ~$100,000 for 2018
  • Facilities Upgrades, $600,000+
  • Discretionary Funds for ME Department, ~$19k for FY18, 143 gifts from 68 donors

ME Fundraising Priorities

  • ME Advisory Board Scholarship
    • ME is the only advisory board to fund a scholarship for students
    • Funds and resources will be evaluated March 2019, and students will be selected for scholarship following
    • Total amount awarded ranges from $1250-2000 (depends on donations received)
  • Upgrades to Equipment in Machine Shop & Labs
    (Replacement of 60-year-old manual lathes is a top priority.)
  • ME Development Fund
    • ME Student Clubs: ASME, Clean Snowmobile Competition Team, SME, SWE, NSBE
    • Student Travel: conferences, workshops, industry tours
    • Matching funds for infrastructure improvements: equipment, facilities
    • Special events: transportation for seminar speakers, faculty/student meals with visitors
    • Alumni Relations: ME newsletter, alumni social gatherings, AB meetings, mailings

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING RECRUITING AND DIVERSITY INITIATIVES

Paulette House and Patrick Determan gave a college level view of recruiting/retention/diversity and shared online resources.

DEPARTMENT UPDATE

  • ME Department was recognized as having one of the top three annual assessment reports across campus in a recent mid-cycle institutional accreditation review by Northwest Consortium of Colleges and Universities
  • New ABET Student Learning Outcomes (1-7) replace the older (a-k)
  • Next ABET visit will be in fall 2019. We will be drafting our Self Study this spring and asking for feedback.

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Mailing Address:

Mechanical Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 0902
Moscow, ID 83844-0902

Phone: 208-885-6579

Fax: 208-885-9031

Email: medept@uidaho.edu