In October 2016 Dean Michael Quinn delivered a keynote lecture at A Culture of Ethics: Engineering for Human Dignity and the Common Good, a conference hosted by the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. In his presentation, Quinn described the long-term benefits of a formal education in ethics, how ethics education fits the mission of Catholic universities, and the importance of developing courses that help students see the connections between ethics, current events, and their personal lives. Quinn’s lecture, “Tuning In to Ethics,” is now available online.
On October 18, Kristin Schauble, a senior electrical engineering major, placed first in the sixth annual NDConnect undergraduate research competition held at the University of Notre Dame. Her project, “Nucleating high-k dielectrics on MoS2 using plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD),” was completed at Duke University last summer under the supervision of Professor Aaron Franklin.
In March 2016 two seniors in mechanical engineering, Elias Baker and Brian Wu, were part of a team that won a $1,000 “Judges Also Really Liked” prize at the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge, held at the University.
In March 2016 physics major Grace Jesensky won an “Outstanding Presentation” award at the national meeting of the American Physical Society in Baltimore.
In January 2016 a team of undergraduate and graduate students from the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering took first place and a $5,000 prize at the inaugural Iasa IT Architecture Competition.