WashU Engineering stories of 2017<p>WashU engineers continued their strong research tradition in 2017, and implemented a new strategic plan — <a href="/our-school/strategicplan/Pages/default.aspx">Leadership Through Excellence. </a><br/></p><p>Here are 10 stories that had the most impact and reach in 2017:<br/></p><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/top%2010%20stories%202017.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <br/> </h3><div class="newsauthor"><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Eleven-new-faculty-to-join-School-of-Engineering-Applied-Science.aspx">1. Eleven new faculty to join School of Engineering & Applied Science </a></h3><div class="newsauthor">“Adding these faculty members at both the junior and senior ranks is a big step in the growth of the size and depth of our research and education programs that are enabled by the expansion of our facilities that is underway," said Aaron F. Bobick, dean.<br/></div></div><div class="newsauthor"><div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <br/> <a href="/news/Pages/Beginning-the-east-end-transformation.aspx" style="background-color: #ffffff; font-family: 'libre baskerville', 'times new roman', serif; font-size: 1.25em;">2. Groundbreaking ceremony marks start of university’s east end transformation project</a><br/></div><div><div data-queryruleid="00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000"><div data-displaytemplate="WebPageItem"><div><div class="newsauthor">Washington University in St. Louis is embarking on a major transformation of the east end of its Danforth Campus. The project includes two new buildings dedicated to engineering.<br/></div></div><div> <br/> </div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/A-probiotic-stress-fix.aspx" style="outline: 0px;">3. A probiotic stress fix</a></h3><div class="newsauthor">An engineer at Washington University in St. Louis is using a mouse model to develop a probiotic that, when mixed into yogurt or taken as a pill, could combat the negative health effects of adrenaline rush and excessive stress.<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/Pushing-the-imaging-envelope.aspx">4. Pushing the imaging envelope</a></h3><div class="newsauthor">An engineer at Washington University in St. Louis plans to push the envelope of microscopic imaging, to better visualize the molecules involved in Alzheimer’s disease. <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/Study-casts-doubt-on-the-warming-implications-of-brown-carbon-aerosol-from-wildfires.aspx">5. Study casts doubt on the warming implications of brown carbon aerosol from wildfires</a></h3><div class="newsauthor">As devastating wildfires rage in California wine country, a team of environmental engineers at Washington University in St. Louis have made a new discovery about wildfire smoke and its effect on the atmosphere.<br/><br/></div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/WashU-engineers-to-study-better-design-for-robotics-autonomous-technology.aspx">6. WashU engineers to study better design for robotics, autonomous technology</a></h3><div class="newsauthor">Xuan "Silvia" Zhang and Christopher Gill received a four-year, $936,504 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how to orchestrate modular power in a modular manner at the mesoscale, an area that has not yet been studied.<br/></div></div> <br/> </div></div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Better-than-a-pill.aspx" style="outline: 0px;">7. Better than a pill</a></h3><div class="newsauthor">With a new $1.7 million award from the National Institutes of Health, a team from Washington University in St. Louis plans to develop a silk-based system to better alleviate the pain and discomfort of osteoarthritis.<br/></div> <br/> </div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Studying-the-brains-suspension-system-in-TBIs.aspx">8. Studying the brain’s suspension system in TBIs</a></h3><div class="newsauthor">New research from a team of engineers at Washington University in St. Louis takes a closer at this “suspension system” and the insight it could provide to prevent TBI.<br/></div> <br/> </div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Test-uses-nanotechnology-to-quickly-diagnose-Zika-virus.aspx">9. Test uses nanotechnology to quickly diagnose Zika virus</a></h3><div class="newsauthor">​Washington University in St. Louis researchers have developed a test that quickly detects the presence of Zika virus in blood.<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/Common-heart-ailment-target-of-new-WashU-Engineering-research.aspx">10. Common heart ailment target of new WashU Engineering research</a></h3><div class="newsauthor">Jon Silva and his team will study how small molecules and proteins interact with ion channels in the heart to cause and prevent arrhythmia, when the heart beats too fast, too slow, or is too unstable.<br/></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div><p>​<br/><br/></p> <span> <div class="cstm-section"><h3>#washuengineers top social media posts of the year<br/></h3><div> <strong></strong></div><div><p style="color: #343434;"> <strong>facebook:</strong><strong> </strong><a href="">Created by a WashU engineer, this gift will inspire.</a><br/></p><p style="color: #343434;"> <strong>twitter:</strong><strong> </strong><a href="">These are the stories behind our scholarships (Video)</a></p><p style="color: #343434;"> <strong>instagram: </strong><a href="">Fresh off the press! #washuengineers #WashU17</a><br/></p></div></div></span> <p> <br/> </p>2017-12-18T06:00:00ZWashU engineers continued their strong research tradition in 2017, and implemented a new strategic plan — Leadership Through Excellence. Q&A with Adam Kuchy '14<img alt="Adam Kuchy" src="/news/PublishingImages/Adam%20Kuchy.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p><strong>Employer:</strong> McGrath & Associates Inc.</p><p><strong>Job Title: </strong>Project Engineer</p><p rtenodeid="32"><strong>Undergraduate Degree: </strong>BS, Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Ambrose University</p><p><strong>How has your Master's Degree helped your career? </strong>The WashU MCM degree enabled me to get my foot in the door of the construction industry and introduced me to a career in the construction/built industry on the project management side of the table. </p><p><strong>What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career? </strong>I have failed in the past and realize that I am not immune to failure in the future, but I am never going to back away from trying and continuing to better myself, the people around me, and my any project that I am involved with in the future.</p><p><strong>Who was your favorite professor during your program? </strong>It is difficult to narrow it to a single instructor. Roger Loesche challenged each us in each class and week to "learn something new every day," a skill I am passing onto my children. Paul Todd Merrill opened our minds to the idea that construction should be done with an "environmental point of view." It can be both financial and ethically beneficial to the owner and to Earth. Of course, Steve Bannes cannot be left out. From my first class to my last class with him, he was supportive, challenging and insightful in both my education and progress in the construction industry.</p><p><strong>Best piece of advice for future student? </strong>If you are unsure that you will have time to commit to the program, there is always a way. You will find that it will take a large commitment on your part and your family, but WashU has endless resources to support you.  </p><p><strong>What is your ultimate long-term goal? </strong>My goal is to continue to succeed in construction project management and always extend a hand to lift others up, even when it puts them in a better position than me. I hope I never stop learning, and when I can, teach others what I have been taught.  <br/></p>Adam Kuchy2017-11-14T06:00:00Z"Paul Todd Merrill opened our minds to the idea that construction should be done with an "environmental point of view." It can be both financial and ethically beneficial to the owner and to Earth."<p>​Master of Construction Management, Class of 2014<br/></p> House debuts at Solar Decathlon 2017<div class=""><div class="iframe-container"> <iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" src=""></iframe> <br/><br/></div></div><div> <br/> </div>Buildings use much of the world’s energy. To fight global warming, we must make buildings better. <br/><img alt="CRETE House 2017" src="/news/PublishingImages/Crete%20house%20WashU%20engineering.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​Over the past two years, more than 100 Washington University in St. Louis students from the <a href="">Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts</a> and the <a href="/Pages/home.aspx">School of Engineering & Applied Science</a> have worked with industry partners to design, fabricate and now finally construct <a href="">CRETE House</a>. The structure is part of Solar Decathlon 2017, a biennial competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.<br/></p><p>After the competition, the resilient, net-zero energy house will be permanently installed at the university’s <a href="">Tyson Research Center</a> as a residence for visiting scientists.<br/></p><div> <a href=""><img src="/news/PublishingImages/WashU%20Engineers%20Solar%20Decalthlon.gif" alt="" style="margin: 5px;"/></a></div><div class="cstm-section"><h3>Mission: Create a More Sustainable Future<br/></h3><ul><li> <a href="" style="font-size: 1em; background-color: #ffffff;">WashU Team Website</a><a href=""><br/></a></li><li> <a href="">Facebook</a><br/></li><li> <a href="" style="font-size: 1em; background-color: #ffffff;">@TeamWashUSolar</a><br/></li><li><p> <a href="">#SD2017</a> or <br/><a href="">#solardecathlon</a><br/></p></li></ul></div> <br/> <div> <span> <div class="cstm-section"><h3>Media Coverage<br/></h3><div> <strong>Realtor Magazine:</strong> <a href="">Is This House Indestructible?</a> <br/><br/><strong>Construction Forum St. Louis:</strong> <a href="">WUSTL Architecture Students Build Concrete Energy Savings</a><br/></div></div></span></div><br/>Liam Otten the past two years, Washington University students have worked with industry partners to design, fabricate and now finally construct CRETE House as part of Solar Decathlon 2017.Y Q&A with Xiaoyan 'Jo' Zhou '15<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/Xiaoyan%20Zhou%20(Jo).jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p rtenodeid="30"><strong>Currently pursuing a PhD at University of Florida</strong></p><p><strong>Undergraduate School and Degree:</strong> Bachelor of Management, Shandong Institute of Business and Technology</p><p rtenodeid="31"><strong>How has your Master's degree helped your career? </strong>The master's program not only allowed me to learn advanced management knowledge systematically, but also provided me with precious opportunities to experience the real industry world. Therefore, the program helped me to lay a solid foundation for my future academic study and helped me to realize the top concerns within the industry. Some courses within the program have team research projects and presentations, which helped to inspire research interests and improve communication skills. All the support I have received while at WashU encouraged me to pursue a PhD.</p><p rtenodeid="32"><strong>What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career? </strong>Starting a PhD degree with support from the warm and friendly faculty and staff members at WashU.</p><p rtenodeid="33"><strong>Who was your favorite professor during your program? </strong>Thomas Browdy</p><p rtenodeid="34"><strong>What was your favorite course and the biggest insight you gained? <br/></strong><em>Course: </em>Applying Innovations within Organizations<br/><em>Insight:</em> Innovation is the key to help your business remain ahead in today's competitive world.</p><p rtenodeid="35"><strong>Best piece of advice for future student? </strong>Take the advantage of the flexibility of the curriculum to learn more, to exchange ideas with people from different programs and to build up your social network.</p><p rtenodeid="36"><strong>What is your ultimate long-term goal? </strong>To teach in a university or to join the consulting/R&D department of an enterprise.</p><br/><br/><br/><span> <div class="cstm-section"><h3>WashU Women & Engineering</h3><div> <strong></strong></div><div style="text-align: center;">Women & Engineering was established as an organization for engineering alumnae from Washington University in St. Louis to support each other; inspire and mentor our women students; and help shape the School of Engineering & Applied Science.</div><div style="text-align: center;"> <br/> </div><div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 1em;"><a href="/alumni/programs-events/Pages/women-engineering.aspx">>> Read more & get involved</a></span></div></div></span><br/>​​Xiaoyan 'Jo' Zhou2017-09-28T05:00:00Z​​Xiaoyan 'Jo' Zhou is currently pursuing a PhD at University of Florida.<p><span style="font-size: 20px;">Master of Project Management, Class of 2015</span><br/></p> Q&A with Ralph Killebrew '16<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/Ralph%20Killebrew.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p><strong>Employer:</strong> Spectrum </p><p><strong>Job Title:</strong> Senior Internal Auditor-IT</p><p><strong>Undergraduate Degree:</strong> BS, Information Science Computer Technology</p><p rtenodeid="51"><strong>How has your Master's degree helped your career? </strong>My master's degree helps me by allowing me to think critically and learning from the collaboration with others. Additionally, I would say my master's from Washington University has allowed me to bridge the gap between the "Geek Speak," if you will, and senior leadership.</p><p rtenodeid="52"><strong>What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career? </strong>Obtaining my CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification<br/></p><p rtenodeid="53"><strong>Who was your favorite professor during your program? </strong>I can't really say I had a favorite. I believe when the program was being created, <a href="">they hired a rockstar group of instructors.</a> Each one lives and breathes the subject they teach, and I learned a lot from each and every last one of them. I truly I like all of the professors in the <a href="">cybersecurity program at WashU</a>, but if I had to pick one, it would be Ozzie Lomax (risk management).</p><p rtenodeid="54"><strong>What was your favorite course and what was the biggest insight you gained? </strong>They were all great classes, but my favorite course of the program was Crisis Communication. It taught me how to stay calm under loads of pressure and to communicate an effective and concise message. The simulation was awesome as well.</p><p rtenodeid="55"><strong>Best piece of advice for future student: </strong>Be ready to be challenged, be ready to work hard and be open to collaborating with others. </p><p rtenodeid="56"><strong>Ultimate long-term goal: </strong>My long-term goal, which I hope will not be too long from now, would be to become a chief information security officer.<br/></p>Ralph Killebrew2017-09-21T05:00:00Z"My master's degree helps me by allowing me to think critically and learning from the collaboration with others."<p>​Master of Cybersecurity Management, Class of 2016<br/></p>