Institute’s Peggy Matson offers job-hunting tips for grads As we near commencement season, students at universities and colleges across the nation are preparing to enter the job market. That includes building up their resumes, completing dozens of job applications and participating in interviews. <br/><img alt="" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Matson,%20Peggy.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Peggy Kepuraitis Matson, program director of Graduate Studies in Engineering Management and of Project Management at the Sever Institute, has a few words of advice for those looking to stand out in a crowded field.  <h3>Research and Set Your Priorities</h3><div>Identify five or so companies of interest and learn all you can about them, including their values and company culture. Seek them out at career fairs, speaker events, University alumni networking opportunities and informational interviews. You don’t have to turn down opportunities that may arise, but it helps to focus your search. <br/></div><h3>Make a Good First Impression  </h3><div>When you meet a potential employer, lead with a warm and strong handshake. Then do what you can to show them your true character. Express your larger passions. Be polite, respectful and show intellectual humility.  <br/></div><h3>Lead with Your Strengths </h3><div>Start with your professional background, even if you don’t have industry experience as an engineer. For example, introduce yourself by saying “I’m a project manager who …" or “I am an electrical engineer who …”  Then finish the thought with a concise statement about you.<br/></div><h3>Be Direct and Concise </h3><div>Following your introduction, use one or two short, descriptive phrases that paint a picture of your skills and interests. For example, “I’m a project manager who gets things done,” “I am an electrical engineer who excels in the space between business and technology,” and “I'm finishing my master’s in cybersecurity, and I’m passionate about preventing cyberattacks.” Have a short story to tell that illustrates those attributes: a passion, a class project, an experience. Everyone tends to look the same on paper, so use every meeting as a chance to stand out. <br/><br/><br/></div>Peggy MatsonDanielle Lacey2019-04-09T05:00:00ZPeggy Kepuraitis Matson, program director of Graduate Studies in Engineering Management and of Project Management at the Sever Institute, has a few words of advice for students entering the job market. student wins grand prize at national precast design competition<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/Pages/master’s-student-wins-grand-prize-at-national-precast-design-competition/precast-competition-edit.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />A master's student in the McKelvey School of Engineering was a member of the team that recently won the grand prize at the inaugural Project Precast Design Competition in Louisville, Kentucky. <div><br/></div><div>Kinga Iwona Pabjan, a student studying construction management in the McKelvey School of Engineering and architecture in the Sam Fox School of Design, worked with two other students from the University of Arizona and Clemson University to submit the winning proposal and win $3,000. <div><br/></div><div>"It was a shock to find out that my team won, simply because all the project proposals and presentations were very strong and worth winning," Pabjan said. "But ultimately, I was thrilled and happy that the judges saw the value in our proposal." </div><div><br/></div><div>The competition, which was hosted by the PCI Foundation, required teams to design a four-stall horse barn in less than two days. The PCI Foundation is an educational entity that supports the precast concrete industry. </div><div><br/></div><div>Only 15 students were selected from throughout the nation to compete.</div><div><br/></div><div>"The 15 students were stellar examples of highly intelligent, competitive, team-oriented and enjoyable leaders of tomorrow," Marty McIntyre, executive director of the PCI Foundation, wrote in a statement. </div><div><br/></div><div>Along with Pabjan, four other students from Washington University in St. Louis were selected: Jairo LaVerde, Rachel Madryga, Taili Zhuang and Alexis Raiford. LaVerde, Madryga <g class="gr_ gr_58 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="58" data-gr-id="58">and</g> Raiford also are students in the construction management program. Students who were selected to take part in the competition were also invited to attend the PCI Foundation's annual trade show. <br/></div><div><br/></div><div>"The greatest value of this design competition was the knowledge that I gained," Pabjan said. "All the students competing were exposed to the latest technological advances in the precast industry and had the chance to collaborate with experts, as well as peers who share similar interests."<br/></div></div>Pabjan, third from left, stands with her teammates after they've been presented with their prize at the Project Precast Design Competition.Danielle Lacey2019-03-18T05:00:00ZKinga Iwona Pabjan’s submitted the winning proposal at the inaugural Project Precast Design Competition, hosted by the PCI Foundation. collaborate to bolster cybersecurity in St. Louis region<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/100523_dhk_downtown_st_louis_416%20copy.jpg?RenditionID=2" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>In an unprecedented academic collaboration, a group of six St. Louis-area universities <g class="gr_ gr_34 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear Grammar multiReplace" id="34" data-gr-id="34">has</g> formed the Gateway Higher Education Cybersecurity Consortium to bring together area institutional leaders to make St. Louis a frontrunner in cybersecurity education and research.</p><p>The consortium will address the region's need for qualified cybersecurity professionals in this fast-growing field and address the growing global threat of cybercrime, which is expected to cost the world $6 trillion a year by 2021, according to research by Cybersecurity Ventures. In addition, the consortium is teaming with St. Louis-based GlobalHack to host a fall 2019 hackathon focused on cybersecurity for students from each of the six universities and others in the region.<br/></p><p>"The goal of this consortium is to bring together some of the great minds of cybersecurity in the region, learn from each other and help each other," said David Reddick, executive director of the consortium. "There is world-class research going on in these institutions, and this is a way to pull together the faculty to find ways to work together and solve problems. The opportunities in front of us are limitless."<br/></p><p>High-profile <g class="gr_ gr_33 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear ContextualSpelling ins-del" id="33" data-gr-id="33">cyberattacks</g> and data breaches such as those on Facebook, Equifax, Home Depot and Target have made cybersecurity analysts and engineers among the fastest-growing careers in the world, yet demand for highly-qualified leaders exceeds supply: Experts predict a shortage of 3.5 million cybersecurity professionals by 2021, according to Cybersecurity Ventures. In the St. Louis metropolitan area, there are about 4,000 cybersecurity job openings and a very low supply of qualified workers, according to CyberSeek. Addressing that challenge requires a unified effort and will put St. Louis at the forefront of cybersecurity research, similar to its leadership in the plant science and medical research fields, Reddick said.</p><p>The initial six institutions in the consortium, known as GHECC, are Fontbonne University, Saint Louis University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Webster University and Washington University in St. Louis. Each university offers degree and/or certificate programs in cybersecurity and is represented at the dean level on the consortium's board of directors and on the executive committee by a faculty member. In the future, the consortium plans to include other universities in the region that offer degree or certificate programs in cybersecurity.  </p><blockquote>"As dean of McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University, I continually hear from industry about the urgency of educating future cybersecurity professionals; our students also have a tremendous interest in developing expertise in this computing discipline," said Aaron Bobick, GHECC chairman and president and dean of the McKelvey School of Engineering.  "The collective wisdom of the leadership at these six universities positions this consortium to make a substantial impact in cybersecurity in the St. Louis region and beyond."</blockquote><p>"The consortium also is a way for us to get the word out to major corporations in this area that there are cybersecurity professionals in the making among the member universities," said Joe Scherrer, director of the Cybersecurity Strategic Initiative, and program director, Graduate Studies in Information Systems Management and Cybersecurity Management at Washington University in St. Louis. "The members have worked together for more than 18 months to get the consortium up and running, which shows their commitment to this pioneering initiative."</p><p>"St. Louis' corporate, startup and governmental communities are experiencing dramatic growth and demand for cyber-trained professionals," said Dennis E. Lower, president <g class="gr_ gr_38 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="38" data-gr-id="38">and</g> CEO of Cortex Innovation Community. "All of our business sectors: ag-tech, fin-tech, <g class="gr_ gr_32 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear ContextualSpelling ins-del" id="32" data-gr-id="32">bio-tech</g>, medical, logistics and military have reached out for help in addressing this talent gap, which if unaddressed, will significantly limit our regional economic growth. It is imperative that our area higher <g class="gr_ gr_40 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear ContextualSpelling" id="40" data-gr-id="40">educational</g> institutions band together to collaboratively fill this talent pipeline requirement; the Gateway Higher Education Cybersecurity Consortium is the strategic response to meet this need."</p><p>The consortium members plan a variety of events throughout the region to engage corporations in need of hiring trained cybersecurity professionals as well as students through engaging and practical coursework, corporate and government-sponsored projects, hackathons and other events. It also plans to hold a career fair focusing on providing internship and job opportunities for students.</p><p>For more information about <g class="gr_ gr_31 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear ContextualSpelling ins-del multiReplace" id="31" data-gr-id="31">GHECC</g>, visit <a href=""></a>.<br/></p>Beth Miller 2019-03-13T05:00:00ZSix regional universities are teaming up to address the area's need for qualified cybersecurity professionals and to address cybercrime.<p>Consortium will team with GlobalHack to host a hackathon focused on cybersecurity for students from each of the six universities and others in the region<br/></p> at work – Nasim Daryaee: Illuminating the East End<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/WashU-East-End-women-Nasim-Daryaee-19ix9cl-1024x654.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>Washington University women are rolling up their sleeves and getting the job done on the East End construction site in a variety of ways, from engineering to project managing to communications. Here’s another in a series spotlighting women students, staff and alumni who are contributing to the transformation.</p><p>One of the first projects architect Nasim Daryaee was assigned to work on as a master’s degree candidate at the <a href="">Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis</a> was a review of the Danforth Campus’ outdoor lighting — all of it, from the fixtures that illuminated Brookings Drive to the sconces that line the walkways of the South 40.</p><p>“It was time to evaluate the campus lighting,” said Daryaee, who graduated in 2015 with master’s degrees in architecture and construction management and is now a project engineer with McCarthy Building Companies. “I walked through campus with a GPS and located and catalogued every single light fixture on campus.”</p><p>It was a meticulous work that took about a year of days — and nights — measuring and recording the fixtures, observing the lit areas and determining whether the particular light met the area’s needs, and then making recommendations on adjustments and upgrades.</p><p>“We ended up updating the whole system to LED lighting, saving energy in the process and going green,” Daryaee said. “You might not have even noticed how much the campus lighting has improved and became more environmentally friendly. The whole project was fascinating.”</p><p>And the fact that it came at WashU, the campus where Daryaee studied architecture after leaving her home country of Iran, was welcomed with open arms. Now she’s back here daily again as a project engineer for McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., specifically assigned to the construction of James M. McKelvey, Sr. Hall.</p><p>It’s another chance to illuminate the Danforth Campus, this time with a building that will be a hallmark of the newly renamed <a href="">McKelvey School of Engineering</a>. And it comes on the heels of her first assignment with McCarthy as a project engineer: the expanded and renovated museum below the Gateway Arch. Daryaee first became familiar with the Arch as a college freshman in Iran, when she saw it on the cover of a book on international architecture.</p><blockquote>“I’m very proud of being part of the Arch project,” she said, “but I’m even prouder of being part of this project at WashU because it’s my school.”</blockquote><p>A typical day on the job begins for Daryaee around 6:30 a.m, when she begins by walking the job site checking on the trade contractors and making sure “they’re fresh, they’re safe, have all the safety equipment and they have everything that they need to consider for that day’s tasks.”</p><div class="wp-caption alignright" style="text-align: center; max-width: 60%; z-index: 1; margin: 0px 0px 15px 20px; float: right; caret-color: #555555; color: #555555; font-family: "source sans pro", "helvetica neue", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 21.6px; width: 770px;"> <a href=""><img data-attachment-id="2106" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="760,507" data-comments-opened="0" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"11","credit":"Joe Angeles\/WUSTL Photos","camera":"Canon EOS 5D Mark IV","caption":"5.4.2018--Nasim Daryaee, WashU alum and project engineer for McCarthy Construction, Nasim Daryaee onsite of the McKelvey buiding on the East End project.\r\rPhotos by Joe Angeles\/WUSTL Photos","created_timestamp":"1546947946","copyright":"WUSTL Photos","focal_length":"16","iso":"125","shutter_speed":"0.004","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="190108_jaa_nasim_daryaee_0503-2ishb3c" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" class="wp-image-2106 size-full" src="" alt="" style="vertical-align: middle; border-width: 0px; margin: 5px; width: 596px;"/></a> <p class="wp-caption-text" style="margin-top: 8px; margin-bottom: 6px; line-height: 1.333; font-size: 0.875rem; color: #4c4c4c;">Daryaee onsite of McKelvey Hall on the East End project. (Photo: Joe Angeles/Washington University)</p></div><p>An example: If something on the site needs to be moved with a crane, Daryaee will meet with the team to lay out what specific tasks are needed to complete the job; make sure all the equipment and personnel is on hand; and conduct what is called a Task and Hazard Analysis. Then she’ll return to her office in the trailer and spend time on various tasks throughout the day that include checking the digital model of the site — a chance to use her digital design degree — doing paperwork or communicating with subcontractors.</p><p>She even finds it important to carve out time to work out or go for a run during her lunch hour with co-workers or friends. “Thankfully, we have a small room on the worksite where we can work out. I like to work out with my colleagues. It increases teamwork.”</p><p>It’s that teamwork that she finds beneficial, especially being a woman in such a prominent position in a field traditionally dominated by men. “At first it was tough to find myself in construction, but McCarthy, through a program called McCarthy Partnership for Women, has been very supportive. They are committed to ensuring I have opportunities for growth in roles that I’m interested in.”</p><p>It’s a job well-suited for her.</p><p>“I manage and analyze all critical data to inform all stakeholders. Customizing all information to all parties important to the site: the owner, the design team, all my subcontractors, my build guys, my staff. It’s all communication and managing information.”</p><p>And it’s a job in which respect is earned, not given. “When I’m consistent and I’m showing that I know what I want and that I know what I’m doing, people start noticing. ‘Oh, she knows what she’s talking about.’</p> <p>“And then the respect comes, too, and that’s important. That’s a whole game-changing, turning point.”<br/></p> Leslie McCarthy Iran to WashU - Sever graduate finds her light in project engineering era in engineering to begin at Washington University<p>​</p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox" contenteditable="false"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read abdb52fc-e2f3-4ad0-9502-27fc91fb9fc7" id="div_abdb52fc-e2f3-4ad0-9502-27fc91fb9fc7" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_abdb52fc-e2f3-4ad0-9502-27fc91fb9fc7" unselectable="on" style="display: none;"></div></div><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/131101_sjh_jim_mckelvey_53.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>Furthering its strong trajectory as a leader in research and innovation, the Engineering school at Washington University in St. Louis is taking a major leap forward and reaffirming its commitment to tackling the world’s great engineering challenges with renewed vigor, an ambitious strategic vision <g class="gr_ gr_58 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="58" data-gr-id="58">and</g> a new name.<br/></p>The School of Engineering & Applied Science will be renamed the James McKelvey School of Engineering in honor of trustee and distinguished alumnus Jim McKelvey Jr., who has made an unprecedented and transformative investment in the school.<br/> <br/>“The McKelvey name has become synonymous with innovation and entrepreneurship in the St. Louis region and well beyond,” said Chancellor Mark Wrighton. “There is no better way to make a statement about what our Engineering school stands for than by giving it a name that represents being ahead of the curve and blazing a trail of creative problem solving through technology.<div><br/>“This is a historic milestone for the university and comes at a perfect time — when we are sharpening our efforts to advance innovation and entrepreneurship, coupling science with technology in all fields from computer science to biomedical engineering and attacking global challenges such as energy and the environment. We are tremendously grateful to Jim for this investment, which expands the significant contributions the McKelvey family has made to this institution.”<div><br/>The commitment will be used to fund endowed scholarships and professorships, as well as the dean’s highest priorities for advancing the school and its impact on lives and communities in St. Louis and around the world. In particular, the commitment will allow the school to create educational and research programs that integrate computing with the humanities, social sciences, arts <g class="gr_ gr_72 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="72" data-gr-id="72">and</g> other disciplines, and it will support the school’s effort to enhance the region’s innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem. In addition to major support for facilities, McKelvey Jr.’s past giving includes scholarships and general support for the Engineering school.<br/></div><div><br/></div><div> <blockquote>“Under the strong leadership of Dean Aaron Bobick, the Engineering school is positioned for true greatness, and this is the right time to step forward with this investment,” McKelvey Jr. said. “Engineering fields are moving at an exponential growth rate, and to keep up with that requires tremendous investment of resources: human, physical and financial.”</blockquote>“This is a great day for the School of Engineering and for the university,” said Chancellor-elect Andrew D. Martin. “We are embarking on a new era that builds on the momentum and energy under Dean Bobick’s leadership. We will unleash the tremendous potential of our smart and talented students and faculty and see where their talents will take us in the new world of technology and innovation. Thanks to the unwavering generosity and support of the entire McKelvey family, the possibilities are limitless. We are profoundly grateful.”<br/>  <br/>McKelvey Jr.’s family — including his wife, Anna; his father, James McKelvey Sr., an alumnus and iconic former dean of the Engineering school; his late mother, Edith McKelvey; and his stepmother, alumna Judith McKelvey, MD — has a long legacy of dedication to Washington University. “We are a Washington University family through and through,” McKelvey Jr. said. “This university has meant so much to us, and it is my privilege to continue our role in providing for the Engineering school’s future.”<br/> <br/>“We are extraordinarily grateful to Jim Jr. and his family for their incredible history of generosity to the Engineering school. Particularly now, while we stand poised to truly transform our approach to research, innovation <g class="gr_ gr_60 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="60" data-gr-id="60">and</g> learning, this new commitment will allow us to advance the McKelvey School of Engineering into the next tier of top engineering programs in this country and the world,” said Bobick, who also is the James M. McKelvey Professor.</div><div><br/>  <blockquote>“This tremendous gift creates new opportunities for our students and faculty to tackle the world’s greatest engineering challenges, and to dramatically expand computing throughout the university. At the same time, it helps ensure that a diverse population of students will have access to a world-class engineering education and enable the school to be a catalyst for economic development for the St. Louis region and beyond,” said Bobick. <br/></blockquote> <br/>Founded in 1857, Washington University’s Engineering school promotes independent inquiry and education with an emphasis on scientific excellence, innovation <g class="gr_ gr_66 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="66" data-gr-id="66">and</g> collaboration without boundaries. With top-ranked research programs in biomedical engineering, environmental engineering <g class="gr_ gr_67 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="67" data-gr-id="67">and</g> computer science, the school attracts many of the best students from around the world to its 40 different degree programs. The school recently launched several new graduate programs, including an interdisciplinary doctoral program in imaging science, one of only two such programs in the United States; an innovative doctoral program that combines data sciences with social work, political science and psychological and brain sciences; and a new master’s program in cybersecurity engineering. New bachelor’s programs include environmental engineering, a joint business <g class="gr_ gr_68 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="68" data-gr-id="68">and</g> computer science degree, and a joint math and computer science degree. Key components of the university’s current east end campus transformation include two major facilities for engineering: James M. McKelvey, Sr. Hall (to open in 2020) for the Department of Computer Science & Engineering and other computational programs, and Henry A. and Elvira H. Jubel Hall (to open in 2019) for the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science. Since 2000, the school has invested more than $250 million in new and renovated space, which includes 700,000 square feet in the new engineering complex.<br/> <br/>McKelvey Hall was made possible by a $15 million commitment from McKelvey Jr. in 2016 to honor his father who, during his 27 years as dean, transformed the Engineering school from a regional program into a nationally prominent research institution. McKelvey greatly strengthened the quality of the undergraduate and graduate curricula, particularly in emerging fields including computer science; significantly increased both undergraduate and graduate student enrollment; expanded the faculty; dramatically increased federal and other research funding; and grew the endowment for the school more than tenfold from $4 million to nearly $52 million. He also oversaw a remarkable expansion of the school’s footprint on the Danforth Campus.</div><div><br/> <div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: "libre baskerville", "times new roman", serif; font-size: 1.25em;">About Jim McKelvey Jr.</span><br/>Jim McKelvey Jr. is a successful serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Square, <g class="gr_ gr_56 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-del replaceWithoutSep" id="56" data-gr-id="56">a revolutionary</g> financial services and mobile payment company credited with empowering businesses of all sizes around the globe.<br/> <br/>McKelvey Jr. is an independent director of the St. Louis Federal Reserve but is better known for his involvement in several St. Louis­-based startups, including Six Thirty (co-founder), LaunchCode (founder), Third Degree Glass Factory (co-founder), Mira Publishing (founded when he was a Washington University student) and Square, the company he founded in 2009 with Jack Dorsey. He also is the author of “The Art of Fire: Beginning Glassblowing,” the leading textbook for novice glassblowers.<br/> <br/>As a child, McKelvey Jr. spent formative time at the Engineering school with his father during his tenure as dean. He applied early decision to Washington University and enrolled in 1983, graduating in 1987 with degrees in economics and computer science. While a student, McKelvey Jr. wrote two computer programming textbooks.<br/> <br/>In 2012, the Engineering school presented McKelvey Jr. with its Alumni Achievement Award to recognize his groundbreaking entrepreneurship. In 2017, the university recognized him with the Robert S. Brookings Award, which honors individuals for their extraordinary dedication and generosity to Washington University. In addition to currently serving as a university trustee, he also has served as a member of the Alumni Board of Governors. <br/></div></div></div>​<span> <div class="cstm-section"><h3>McKelvey Family<br/></h3><div style="text-align: center;"> <strong><img class="ms-rtePosition-3" src="/news/PublishingImages/131101_sjh_jim_mckelvey_53.jpg?RenditionID=3" alt="" style="margin: 5px;"/></strong> </div><div style="text-align: center;"> <strong>​Jim McKelvey Jr.</strong><br rtenodeid="69"/></div><div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 12px;"></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><ul style="color: #343434; padding-left: 20px; caret-color: #343434;"><li>Serial entrepreneur<br/></li><li>Co-founder of Square<br/></li><li>Wrote two computer programming books while in school<br/></li><li>WashU BS '87 — economics and computer science<br/></li></ul></div><div style="text-align: center;"> <strong><img src="/news/PublishingImages/James%20McKelvey.jpg?RenditionID=3" alt="" style="margin: 5px;"/>​ </strong></div><div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="text-align: center; color: #343434;"><a href="/news/Pages/Using-bacteria-to-create-a-water-filter-that-kills-bacteria.aspx"> </a><strong>James McKelvey Sr.</strong></span><br/></div><div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 12px;"></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><ul style="color: #343434; padding-left: 20px; caret-color: #343434;"><li>WashU MS '47, PhD '50 — chemical engineering<br/></li><li>WashU Engineering Dean for 27 years<br/></li></ul></div></div></span>​​  ​ <br/><br/>Jim McKelvey Jr. has made an unprecedented and transformative investment in engineering education at Washington University. (Photo: Sid Hastings/Washington University)Julie Hail Flory​Renamed McKelvey School of Engineering will take innovation, technology and academics to new heights <p>​Renamed McKelvey School of Engineering will take innovation, technology and academics to new heights  <br/></p> WashU Engineering stories of 2018<p>​WashU engineers continued their strong research tradition in 2018. Here are 10 stories that had the most impact and reach in 2018:<br/></p><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/top%2010%20stories%202018.jpg?RenditionID=12" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><div class="newsauthor"><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Deans-Podcast-Engineering-the-Future.aspx" style="font-family: "libre baskerville", "times new roman", serif; font-size: 1.25em; background-color: #ffffff; color: #9e0918; outline: 0px;">1. Engineering the Future: The Future of Energy</a><br/></div><div><div data-queryruleid="00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000"><div data-displaytemplate="WebPageItem"><div>The first episode of Dean Aaron Bobick’s new podcast features Professors Vijay Ramani and Rich Axelbaum.</div><div><br/></div><div class="newsauthor"><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <a href="/news/Pages/New-faculty-join-School-of-Engineering--Applied-Science-.aspx" style="background-color: #ffffff; font-family: "libre baskerville", "times new roman", serif; font-size: 1.25em;">2. New faculty join School of Engineering & Applied Science</a><br/></div><div><div data-queryruleid="00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000"><div data-displaytemplate="WebPageItem"><div><div class="newsauthor">A diverse group of new faculty joins the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, bringing the total number to 96.5 during the 2018-2019 academic year.<br/></div></div><div> <br/> </div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Cancer-immunotherapy-target-of-WashU-mechanobiology-research.aspx" style="outline: 0px;">3. Cancer immunotherapy target of WashU mechanobiology research</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">One of the latest treatments for cancer is immunotherapy, which involves genetically modifying a patient’s own immune cells to fight tumor growth and spread. An engineer and an immunology researcher at Washington University in St. Louis are collaborating to find a better way to prepare and treat these immune cells to maximize their effectiveness in patients.<br/></div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <br/> </div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Sinopoli-named-chair-of-WashU-electrical-systems-engineering.aspx">4. Sinopoli named chair of WashU electrical & systems engineering</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">Sinopoli represents 'a new generation of electrical engineers'<br/></div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <br/> <h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"></h3><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/In-the-media-WashU-startup-SentiAR-Inc--awarded-$2-2M-NIH-grant.aspx">5. In the media: WashU startup SentiAR Inc. awarded $2.2M NIH grant</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">SentiAR Inc., a startup that spun out of Washington University in St. Louis’ School of Medicine and School of Engineering last year, has been getting a lot of media attention.<br/><br/></div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/New-imaging-technique-to-use-bioinspired-camera-to-study-tendon,-ligament-damage-.aspx">6. New imaging technique <g class="gr_ gr_46 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" id="46" data-gr-id="46">use</g> <g class="gr_ gr_44 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins doubleReplace replaceWithoutSep" id="44" data-gr-id="44">bioinspired</g> camera to study tendon, ligament damage</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor"><g class="gr_ gr_45 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="45" data-gr-id="45">Camera</g> uses polarized light to measure changes in ligament often injured by baseball pitchers<br/></div></div> <br/> </div></div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/A-first-look-at-McKelvey-Hall.aspx" style="outline: 0px;">7. A first look at McKelvey Hall</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">It’s the final piece of the East End Transformation at Washington University in St. Louis, and new renderings of James M. McKelvey, Sr. Hall demonstrate how the building will incorporate seamlessly into the project.<br/></div> <br/> </div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Bigger-proteins,-stronger-threads-Biosynthetic-spider-silk-Fuzhong-Zhang-Biomacromolecules.aspx">8. Bigger proteins, stronger threads: Synthetic spider silk</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">Engineering scientists use bacteria to create biosynthetic silk threads stronger and tougher than before<br/></div> <br/> </div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Making-sense-pictures-of-medical-data-Alvitta-Ottley.aspx">9. Making sense of pictures, medical data</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">Improved visual communication with patients could lead to more informed health-care choices.<br/></div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <br/> </div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Hopeful-technology-could-change-detection-diagnosis-of-deadly-ovarian-cancer.aspx">10. 'Hopeful technology' could change detection, diagnosis of deadly ovarian cancer</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">Ovarian cancer claims the lives of more than 14,000 women in the U.S. each year, ranking fifth among cancer deaths in women. A multidisciplinary team at Washington University in St. Louis <g class="gr_ gr_41 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" id="41" data-gr-id="41">has</g> found an innovative way to use sound and light, or photoacoustic, imaging to diagnose ovarian tumors, which may lead to a promising new diagnostic imaging technique to improve <g class="gr_ gr_40 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="40" data-gr-id="40">current</g> standard of care for patients with ovarian cancer. <br/></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div><div class="cstm-section"><h3>#washuengineers top social media posts of the year<br/></h3><div><strong></strong></div><div><p><strong>facebook:</strong><strong> </strong><a href="">Engineering alumnus Bob Behnken chosen as one of NASA's astronauts who will fly spacecraft to and from the International Space Station.</a><br/></p><p><strong>twitter:</strong><strong> </strong><a href="">Who earned the first U.S. medal of the 2018 @Paralympics? A WashU engineer — Kendall Gretsch '14!</a><br/></p><p><strong>instagram: </strong><a href="">Catch 'em if you can. More rain in #STL now... #WashU #cherryblossoms</a><br/></p></div></div><p><br/></p>2018-12-17T06:00:00ZWashU engineers continued their strong research tradition in 2018. These are 10 stories that had the most impact and reach in 2018.