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Friday, June 5, 2015


-- The School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science hosted an engineering design competition on May 27 as part of ITS partnership with Leadership Pittsburgh Class XXXI. Over the last few months, Leadership Pittsburgh worked in conjunction with Arif Sirinterlikci, head of the Department of Engineering, to promote a puzzle design competition called "Catapulting Creativity and Technology" to area high schools. Entries were received from North Hills High School and Cornell High School. The winning team, and other members from the North Hills CAD Club, came to campus of May 27 to have their design 3-D printed. They also toured RMU's engineering facilities and received instruction on additive manufacturing and 3-D printing applications from RMU faculty. RMU faculty and staff participants included: Arif Sirinterlikci, Rika Carlsen, Paul Badger, Maria Kalevitch, Matt Maurer, Sarah MacDonald, as well as the following RMU engineering students: Isaac Swink, Ronald Schlebusch, and Abdullah Badawi.

-- Thirty-one Cyber Forensics and Information Security students attended a two-week conference on national security through the Washington Center in Washington D.C. Students were taught by experts in the field of cyber and national security. The group attends the seminar annually under the direction of Karen Paullet, assistant professor of computer and information systems. 

-- RMU Online was ranked No. 6 for Best Online Colleges in Pennsylvania for 2015. analyzed data from every accredited post-secondary institution in the United States to find the top schools in each state. The site highlighted the university's "instructional design team that works with faculty to develop effective and engaging online courses." The rankings measured the count of online bachelor’s degrees available, student-faculty ratio, 6-year graduation rate, availability of academic/career counseling services, acceptance rate, and loan default rate, among others.

-- Speaking of RMU's distinguished online programs. U.S. News and World Report has ranked RMU in three seperate categories for Best Online Programs for Veterans. The university was awarded the No. 22 spot for Best Online Degree in Information Systems, No. 100 in Best Online Bachelor's Programs, and No. 112 in Best Online Education Programs. The methodology behind the ranking looks at affordability, accessibility of professors, and reputation, as well as the school's participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program. To see everything that was calculated, click here. 

-- The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and the APRN Psychiatric Mental Health Certificate Program have each been re-accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for 10 years.“This is an incredible accomplishment for our School of Nursing and Health Sciences,"  says President Gregory Dell’Omo. "Their outstanding leadership has affirmed RMU’s place as a leading provider of health care education throughout the Pittsburgh region and beyond.” Click here for the full story.

-- Denise Ramponi, assistant professor nursing, has been named director of the DNP program effective June 1. Ramponi takes over from Interim Director Susan Van Cleve, who led the program through its recent re-accreditation. Ramponi’s many honors include being selected as a Fellow in Academy of American Association of Nurse Practitioners, a Fellow of Academy of Emergency Nursing by the National Emergency Nurses Association, and earning the Cameo of Caring Award for Advanced Practice in 2003. In 2014, she was the recipient of the national Frank L. Cole Nurse Practitioner Award from the Emergency Nurses Association, recognizing a clinical expert who delivers compassionate and clinically expert care in the emergency care setting.

-- Did you miss one of the commencement ceremonies, or President Dell'Omo's "Last Lecture"? Have no fear. We have videos: 

-- See why Denis Rudd, Letrell Crittenden, and Peggy Outon, among others, were in the news in May in the latest RMU in the News.


-- Suzie Kardong Edgren, director of the RISE Center, has been selected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and will be inducted in October. The American Academy of Nursing includes 2200 national nurse leaders in education, management, practice, and research and represents deans, chancellors, executives, and political leaders across the country. Kardong Edgren is the first RMU faculty member to receive this honor.

-- Nadine Englert, head of the Department of Nursing, has been accepted as a 2015 Fellow for the Leadership in Academic Nursing Program sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Englert was among 40 nursing leaders selected out of a large pool of qualified applicants to represent RMU in this prestigious program, which will occur in July.  The fellowship program has been in existence for just over a decade, representing approximately 400 leaders in academic nursing.

-- Ergin Erdem, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering, made a presentation titled “Design and Development of a Digital Light Processing (DLP) 3-D Printer” during the 2015 RAPID Conference recently held in Long Beach, Calif. The project also involved Arif Sirinterlikci, head of the Department of Engineering, and several current and former students. 

During the same conference, biomedical engineering students Isaac Swink (senior) and April Krivoniak (junior) made a poster presentation on 3-D printing orthotics. The presentation also involved Sirinterlikci and Won Joo, assistant professor of biomedical engineering.

-- Arif SIrinterlikci and Isaac Swink published a paper titled “3-D Printing Orthotic and Prosthetic Devices in Medical Manufacturing


-- Please join the RMU campus community for a Garden Party and Farewell to President Gregory and Polly Dell'Omo M’12 in honor of their 10 years of leadership and service to Robert Morris University, Monday, June 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Rudolph Family Gardens. Food and drink provided as the RMU family wishes a fond farewell to the Dell'Omo family.


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