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Industry Recognition for Engineering Alumnus

Manufacturing Engineering magazine has named Lee College of Engineering alumnus Chris Tyler as one of its "30 under 30" industry professionals who has demonstrated "exceptional talent and leadership in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, which are the essential underpinnings of manufacturing."

Tyler, who earned a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University in May, accepted a position with Boeing in St. Louis to continue his research on difficult-to-machine materials, according to the article.

The magazine pointed out that Tyler’s research into the creation of a database that contains ideal conditions for milling and turning based upon type of material, tool geometry and tool wear has earned high praise in the manufacturing industry.

Research Helps Forge Cross-Cultural Connections

A new College of Education study is revealing the effects of cross-cultural interactions in the classroom, and how educators can better communicate with students from different backgrounds.Published in the journal Teaching Exceptional Children, the research “A Journey, Not a Destination: Developing Cultural Competence in Secondary Transition” looks specifically at educators who help culturally and linguistically diverse special education students transition from school to the adult world.

Tiana Povenmire-Kirk is a project coordinator at the College of Education and one of the study’s co-authors. She said cultural competence training can make a major difference in the classroom.

"Although research indicates it is important that students see individuals who have similar backgrounds in positions of authority, cultural competence development can greatly improve the services all educators deliver, and the experiences of students from diverse backgrounds," said Povenmire-Kirk.