|AE Students hanging with Blue|
Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI):
This past year has been a busy one for our university chapter of the Architectural Engineering Institute. During our Spring semester we were able to have guest lecturers from all walks of industry come speak to us at our bi-weekly meetings. These speakers included John Abraam Associate at Strategic Energy Solutions, Andrea Reynolds PE, Director of Structural Engineering at SmithGroupJJR, Michael Cooper Managing Principle at Harley Ellis Devereaux, and two members from SHWGroup, Rich Corona, PE former Principle in Charge (presently at Tetra Tech) and Chris Mackey Principle and Architect. These professionals all spoke on different topics and projects, as well as gave valuable advice to our students.
As the Fall semester began, we welcomed another incoming class of Freshman to our program and many new members to our student organization. After reflecting on the previous year, AEI's new eboard decided to break away from having speakers at meetings and instead look for opportunities for students to gain knowledge through real world experiences outside of the classroom. Learning on the go so to speak. To accomplish this goal, AEI members were able to participate in Dow Energy Solutions Invision Home tour as well as attend presentations given on Dow's Midland, MI campus. AEI students were also invited to a firm tour at Ghafari Associates in Dearborn followed by a guided toured of recently rennovated and expanded Ferndale Public Library by Seth Penchansky of Penchansky Whisler Architects. This was a good chance for students to see what happens in the office and an example of a finished product afterward. Other highlights of the semester include our 3rd Annual ChiliFest at the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Affleck house and an AEI movie night where we watched the Lorax which addressed the scarcity of resources in this light-hearted film. We wrapped up this semester with a Holiday luncheon where we celebrated the end of another successful year with pizza and snacks, and distributed AEI hoodies and tshirts to students who ordered them through out the semester.
|3rd Annual AEI ChiliFest at FLW designed Affeck House|
|AE students on a firm tour at Ghafari Associates|
|AEI GreenTrip at Dow's Invision Home|
2012 proved to be a year for recognition for many students in the AE program. The Spring Engineering Awards Banquet recognized 4 stand-out students as well as welcomed 4 students as the inaugural class of Architectural Engineering Honors Society, Phi Alpha Epsilon. Students awards were presented to Stephen Gunther (Outstanding Student Award), Rachel LaCasse (Outstanding Member of a Student Organization Award), Kimberly Lis (Academic Excellence Award), and Michael Paciero (Outstanding Service Award). Phi Alpha Epsilon inducted Rachel LaCasse, Kevin Lambert, Francesca Montana, and Elizabeth Ozzello for their academic fortitude.
| Spring 2012 Engineering Banquet |
Back: S. Gunther, K. Lis, K. Lambert
Front: R. LaCasse, F. Montana, E. Ozzello
|Phi Alpha Epsilon Induction, Spring 2012|
L to R: Dean L. Frasch, AE Director F. Walters, F. Montana, K. Lambert, R. LaCasse, E. Ozzello
This Fall the national engineering honors society of Tau Beta Pi (Michigan's Eta Chapter) inducted new members from the College of Engineering, 6 of which belonged to our Architectural Engineering program. These inductees were Stephen Gunther, Rachel LaCasse, Kevin Lambert, Francesca Montana, Isreal Ortiz, and Elizabeth Ozzello. Congratulations on all of your hard work!
|Tau Beta Pi induction, Fall 2012|
L to R: I. Ortiz, K. Lambert, S. Gunther, F. Montana, E. Ozzello, R. LaCasse