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Fall 2013MichaelBowlingtalks about his education atUK, his success at AT&Tand the importance ofthinking globally.

Chemical engineeringprofessor ChristinaPayne joined the faculty of theDepartment of Chemical and MaterialsEngineering in 2012 after serving asa research scientist at the NationalRenewable Energy Laboratory in Golden,Colo. She has wasted no time makingher mark, recently receiving publicationin the September 3, 2013 issue of theprestigious journal Proceedings of theNational Academy of Sciences of theUnited States of America (PNAS).The article, “Glycosylated linkers inmultimodular lignocellulose-degradingenzymes dynamically bind to cellulose,”featured collaborators from the UnitedStates, Sweden and Belgium in a studythat uncovered new functionality in anintrinsically disordered protein region.Earlier this year, Dr. Payne co-authoredan article characterizing a salt-tolerantcellulose from a wood-boring crustaceanthat appeared in the June issue of PNAS.2Fall 2013www.engr.uky.edu3

EDITORIAL BOARDJeff SnowLisa AtkinsonKelly HahnJulie Martinez12CREATIVE DIRECTORJulie MartinezMessagefromthe DeanWRITERKelly HahnGRAPHIC DESIGNAaron CamenischPHOTOGRAPHYLee ThomasStephen PattonMatthew BartonWelcome to the inaugural issue of Kentucky Engineering Journal. I am excited that the University of KentuckyCollege of Engineering is once again producing a bi-annual digital and print publication that showcasesour outstanding research, faculty, students and alumni.In this issue, we are featuring Dr. Sue Nokes’ research team’s efforts to engineer eco-friendly biofuels fromcorn stover, wheat straw and other crops—an ambitious project that is funded through a nearly 7 milliongrant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). We are also happy to tell the story of graduate studentand recent NSF research fellowship winner Anastasia Kruse, who serendipitously discovered the engineeringeducation she sought in her own backyard. Additionally, in this issue we take a retrospective look at thecareer of retiring mining engineering professor Andrew Wala and we put our alumni spotlight on 1990electrical engineering graduate Michael Bowling, who is now senior vice president of corporate strategyfor AT&T. Finally, make sure you read the back page interview with stalwart civil engineering professorHans Gesund, who just began his 56th year of teaching at UK. His wife has a philosophy about retirementworth remembering!The college is buzzing with great stories and I am confident you will enjoy hearing about them in this andfuture issues of Kentucky Engineering Journal.Sincerely,CORRESPONDENCEAND CHANGE OF ADDRESSUniversity of KentuckyCollege of Engineering251 Ralph G. Anderson BuildingLexington, KY 40506-0503(859) NT COVERFormer UK Student ActivitiesBoard president Michael Bowling(BSEE ’90) is making the most ofglobal opportunities and leadingAT&T to new heights.16The Farm of the FutureDr. Sue NokesAt the Top of His GameDr. Andrew WalaUpward MobilityMichael BowlingThe Comforts of HomeAnastasia KruseTicket to RideMike Marberry28By the Numbers30In the Spotlight32News & Recognition36Class Notes38 Out of the LabDr. Hans GesundJohn Y. WalzDean4Fall 2013www.engr.uky.edu5

On paper, Dr. Sue Nokes’ project is officiallytitled: “On-Farm Biomass Processing:Toward an Integrated High-SolidsTransporting/Storing/Processing System.”Those in the know refer to it as“The farm of the future.”Dr. Sue Nokes, chair of the Department of Biosystems and AgriculturalEngineering at the University of Kentucky, is spearheading a multi-disciplinary,multi-institutional team of researchers that is investigating ways to produceenvironmentally-friendly biofuels from post-harvest leftovers like wheat strawand corn stover, as well as crops grown specifically for fuel processing, includingindigenous switchgrass and miscanthus. The results of this project could play animportant role in reducing the United States’ dependence on foreign oil.“That is the ultimate goal,” confirms Dr. Nokes, “to replace a portion ofpetroleum-based fuels, and to bring some of the fuel profits back to the farm.”The four-year 6.9 million federal grant was one of eight awarded nationally forresearch into biofuels, bioenergy and biobased products. The 21 member research6Fall 2013www.engr.uky.edu7

We have to make sure we don’t slow the farmerdown just to get the lower-value biomass. Everythingabout this process has to work for them.team includes faculty members from UK, North CarolinaState University and the University of Wisconsin, as wellas researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory andthe Agricultural Research Service—not to mention severalundergraduate and graduate students—representingthe disciplines of biosystems engineering, chemicalengineering, chemistry, microbiology, plant and soil8Fall 2013science and horticulture.“The team we put together is first class. It is a lot offun working with these people,” comments Dr. Nokes.Because wheat straw and corn stover are composedof glucose and in abundant supply on a typical farm,Dr. Nokes and her team have organized their researcharound a process that will utilize microorganisms toconvert simple sugars to butanol. According to the “farmof the future” model, which is displayed on the first floorof the Charles E. Barnhart Building and also transportedto various conventions and expos, 1,250 acres of wheatwould likely yield 4,100 bales of wheat straw, 1,250acres of corn would make approximately 1,900 bales ofcorn stover and 250 acres of switchgrass could produce2,500 bales of switchgrass in one year. However, theseare not the round bales normally associated withhay; instead, the bales in the team’s model are large,rectangular blocks that weigh close to 1,500 pounds.Producing such bales requires special machinery, whichwww.engr.uky.edu9

is why biosystems and agricultural engineering professorMike Montross has been working with CNH America,a leading manufacturer of agricultural and constructionequipment, on designs for a new kind of baler that ispulled behind the combine so the farmer only has to gothrough the field once.But what remains once the pre-treatment andmicroorganism have done their work? Dr. Nokes saysthe resulting liquid is a mixture of several chemicals thatneeds to be separated from the water. This is where UKchemical engineering professors Barbara Knutson andStephen Rankin lend their expertise to the project.“We have to make sure we don’t slow the farmer downjust to get the lower-value biomass,” says Dr. Nokes.“Everything about this process has to work for them.”“Again the process has to be a low cost and low capitalinvestment because it’s on the farm. At this point, wejust want to remove the water and not try to separate thechemicals. They will have to be separated eventually, but ifwe can just send them off the farm we will have densifiedthe energy,” Dr. Nokes clarifies.To streamline the process, rectangular-shaped bunkersilos are used to house the bales. Because the treatmentsare flushed with waterthrough speciallydesigned overheadsprinklers, farmers canleave the bales tied—atime and energy-savingaspect built into thesystem to make theprocess as efficient aspossible.The end result is that fourtractor trailer loads of baledenergy crop are condensedinto one tanker truck,minimizing the transportationcosts off the farm. Thechemicals will eventually beseparated at a refinery. Thecrude butanol is kept and theleftover lignin and celluloseare discarded. But whathappens to the solid refuseonce the liquid is collected?Dr. Nokes says researchers areinvestigating several options,among them combusting the biomass, recycling it ontothe land and even feeding it to cattle.By the end of theproject, we have to showthat what we are proposingis 20% less detrimentalto the environment thanusing petroleum.At this time, researcherson the team are workingon both chemical andbiological pre-treatmentsthat can achieve theall-important first step in the process—removingunnecessary material. Plants contain a woody substancecalled lignin in addition to the cellulose needed forthe microorganism to produce glucose. Because themicroorganism used in the process cannot use lignin,one of the research areas involves how to effectivelyremove the unwanted parts of the energy crops so themicroorganism can get to the cellulose unimpededby what it cannot handle. Dr. Nokes explains that tomaximize their resources, the team is looking at collectingthe processing liquid and systematically recycling itthrough the sprinklers.“Farmers have the time and space to let the agents workthrough the bale. Operators can regularly take off theproduct, separate what they want and send what isn’tneeded back in for another round.”10 Fall 2013“An important part of our research is the life cycleanalysis. By the end of the project, we have to show thatwhat we are proposing is 20% less detrimental to theenvironment than using petroleum.”So how are farmers responding to this vision for the farmof the future?“We have had farmers ask us if they should start buildingbunker silos and we’ve said, ‘Not just yet,’” Dr. Nokeslaughs. “We have experienced success at the bench scaleand now we’re working on a larger scale. Next we will trya 1,500 pound bale and keep scaling up. Our mandate isto discover what works and then optimize.”This section of UK’s North Farm is devoted to alternating rows of miscanthus andswitchgrass—energy crops grown for eventual conversion to biofuels.www.engr.uky.edu 11

Mining engineering professor Andrew Walais calling it a career in December; his currentresearch output suggests otherwise.In December 1956, a young skier from the mountainousregion of Beskidy, Poland named Andrzej (Andrew)Wala was on the verge of realizing one of his deepestaspirations: becoming a competitive skier. A successfuljunior national skier, Wala was days away from travelingto France where he would make his debut on the Polishnational team.But the day before he was scheduled to depart, the 18year old Wala fell during a training session and broke hisleg, effectively ending his skiing career before it had achance to begin. After the accident, Wala’s skiing coachoffered not only words of consolation, but also wise wordsof direction.“He told me, ‘Andrzej, now it’s time to go to college,’ herecalls with a grin. “So I started studying for the entranceexam.”Thus, a fruitful career in mining engineering andeducation was born out of personal disappointment anda radical change in plans. Wala enrolled at the Universityof Mining and Metallurgy in Krakow and majored inelectrical engineering. Five years later, he joined the StrataMechanics Research Institute at the Polish Academy ofSciences as a research engineer in the Mine VentilationGroup. The group’s goal was to perform innovativeresearch dedicated to monitoring and automating theventilation systems of Polish coal mines. There, Wala12 Fall 2013found the niche where he would invest the rest of hiscareer—mine ventilation.In 1980, Dr. Wala was invited by University ofKentucky professor and former countryman Kot Unrugto teach a mine ventilation course at UK as a visitingprofessor. At that time, mining engineering was an areaof concentrated study within the Department of CivilEngineering and there was no mining ventilation lab.However, while in Poland, Dr. Wala and his team hadgained experience designing and building measuring andcontrol instruments; he was well-prepared for the task offounding a lab at UK. When it opened, the lab had nopeer among the other mining engineering schools in theUnited States.“When I look back on my career, setting up the mineventilation lab at UK from scratch is the achievement ofwhich I am most proud,” smiles Dr. Wala. Eventually,he would consult and help create similar labs at theUniversity of Nevada, Reno and the University of WestVirginia.Dr. Wala’s passion for safe mine ventilation systems iswhy he is still fully engaged in research and productdevelopment, despite entering “phased retirement” in2009. That was the year Dr. Wala was awarded a five-yeargrant worth 1.2 million from the National Institute forOccupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to improve airwww.engr.uky.edu 13

flow in underground coal mines. Those acquainted withhis research say that while he is formally retiring fromUK in December, they have seen little evidence of Dr.Wala slowing down. The result is that he and two of hisPh.D. students have invented truly breakthrough mineventilation software.“The safety and the health of miners working inunderground mines is the most important concern inmining,” he insists. “No underground mine can functionsafely without a properly operating and managedventilation system.”“We are developing two unique softwareIn 2010, Dr. Wala was awarded the Howard L. HartmanAward, which recognizes distinguished contributions inpractice, teaching or research in the field of undergroundventilation engineering. Not surprisingly, Dr. Wala’sdevotion to miner safety has endeared him to industryleaders such as Patriot Coal executive vice president MikeDay.the ventilation system using computational“Dr. Wala is an exceptional educator and outstandingleader in the mining industry. He has providedinstruction, guidance and friendship to mining engineersfor over five decades and laid a foundation of learningthat has positively influenced many careers in the miningfield,” said Day when asked about the professor’s impact.Once retired, Dr. Wala plans to enjoy traveling with hiswife, Elzbieta (Elizabeth). He is currently eyeing theSouth American countries of Argentina, Brazil and Chileas their first stops. However, officially retired or not, inall likelihood he will continue monitoring changes in themining industry.Dr. Wala has been an outstanding faculty member at UK forover 30 years. His energy and enthusiasm for serving the university,industry and the students will be his legacy.– Rick Honaker, Department of Mining Engineering chair14 Fall 2013What DoesDr. Wala’sSoftware Do?“Because of our computer-dependent society, in 10-15years I suspect there will be no miners undergroundperforming actual mining operations and mining will bedone completely by remote control,” speculates Dr. Wala.“This will bring a new world of challenges for futuregenerations of mining engineers to control and solve.”products. One student is working on softwarethat will allow for a ventilation networkanalysis of a 1-dimensional flow combinedwith a 3-dimensional flow through part offluid dynamics (CFD). Combining thesetwo dynamic models into one hybrid modelis unprecedented. The other student isdeveloping industry-oriented CFD simulationsoftware for the design and analysis of faceventilation systems. Both of these softwareprograms will help us simulate the ventilationscenarios in underground mines and solvecomplex problems, such as diluting methaneto avoid explosions and removing harmfuldust from around machine operators. Whereasbefore we could only show the patterns ofair flow 1-dimensionally, we now have thesoftware to see how air is behaving dynamicallyin 3-dimensions as it flows through the mine.Obviously, the spaces the coal miners inhabitare 3-dimensional and we need to understandthese as such.”- Dr. Andrew WalaLet’s hope those future engineers are as talented,resourceful and passionate as the man whose abbreviatedskiing career led to innumerable contributions to thesafety of miners worldwide.www.engr.uky.edu 15

Electrical engineering alumnus Michael Bowlingis rising through the ranks at AT&Tone zip code at a time.It’s not easy keeping up with Michael Bowling.“We won’t be moving this time, however,” he laughs.In August, we talked with the AT&T chief marketingofficer for business solutions about his areas ofresponsibility: network sourcing, hosting, cloud andapplication services, mobility and IP networking. Heshared what it was like to lead an organization of 4,000people that accounts for around half of AT&T’s revenue.That this change will not require the Bowlings to movefrom their residence in Dallas is no small thing; the globalopportunities that have come Michael’s way throughAT&T have taken him to Chile, Brazil, Venezuela, Peruand Mexico. Each move has advanced Michael furtherin a career that has coincided with our world’s increasingdemand for total connectivity.Then, on September 1, Michael was appointed seniorvice president of corporate strategy—his 13th positionwith the company he joined after graduating fromthe University of Kentucky in 1990. As a result, he ishanding over his chief marketing officer responsibilitiesand integrating himself into a new position with newopportunities.16 Fall 2013But Michael’s progress at AT&T is probably no surpriseto those who knew him during his undergraduate years atthe University of Kentucky. The two-term president of theStudent Activities Board and president of Kappa Sigma whowas named the Otis A. Singletary Outstanding Senior Malehas always been interested in pushing himself.www.engr.uky.edu 17

“A lot of what I learned in those organizations preparedme for life and work,” Michael recalls. “I enjoyed playinga bigger role on the UK campus and broadening myhorizons beyond academics.”him to become chief marketing officer for BellSouth’swireless group in Lima, Peru. He considers a businessturnaround he facilitated there to be one of his top careerachievements.Hired by BellSouth as a technical specialist upongraduating with a bachelor’s degree in electricalengineering, Michael began eyeing global openingswithin the company (BellSouth was purchased byAT&T in 2006). After earning an MBA from VanderbiltUniversity in 1997, he began working in an internal groupthat specialized inconsulting and businessdevelopment abroad.His first taste ofinternational operationscame in 2000 asproduct marketingdirector for BellSouthInternational. In thatrole, Michael ledprojects in Guatemala,Ve n e z u e l aandChile—experiencesthat have convincedMichael that today’sengineering studentmust avail him orherself to internationalopportunities.With international business comes the necessity ofliving abroad, and the Bowlings have proven they arean adaptable family. When Michael served as presidentof AT&T Mexico from 2009-2012, his wife, Nicoleand three young children, Isabella, Mark and Webb,acclimated themselves to the culture. When a promotionreturned the family toDallas, the children weredisappointed to leave theirfriends and life in Mexico.Mobile andwireless networks arechanging the waywork is done andthey will continue tochange and improveour lives. I’m glad tobe a part of it.“The amazing benefitof working abroad isthat you get a muchbroader perspectiveon what you do,” he reasons. “You see new ideas thatexpand your creativity and it helps you better interfacewith other cultures. It changed my perspective on theway we do business. Also, if you look at the trend, it’snot just big companies who are thinking globally, butsmaller ones who are experiencing international growthas well. Students would certainly be served by taking amore global view.”Michael’s success in South America opened the way for18 Fall 2013“I believe that if I wereasked to work in Chinaor Latin America, our kidswould jump at the chance.In fact, one of themrecently asked, ‘Wherewe are going to move thisyear?’” shares Michael.Perhaps such a move willcome in time, but for nowMichael is embracing hisnew role in corporatestrategy and workinga l o n g s i d e AT & T ’ssenior managementand leadership. As hespeculates about thefuture, he speaks with thepalpable enthusiasm of one who has an enviable birds-eyeview of the telecommunications industry.“I am excited about what new mobile technologies aredoing to change business and change life. We now carrydevices that have our life on them, and our devices areconnected to other devices. Mobile and wireless networksare changing the way work is done and they will continueto change and improve our lives. I’m glad to be a partof it.”www.engr.uky.edu 19

Anastasia Kruse didn’t know UK could offer her ahigh-quality engineering education; advice from anunlikely source convinced her otherwise.Don’t tell our dean, John Walz, but the University ofKentucky College of Engineering owes someone in thechemical engineering department at Virginia Tech—where he was chair—a hearty thank you for sending usAnastasia Kruse.When Anastasia was researching universities withengineering programs her senior year of high school,she intentionally omitted the University of Kentuckyfrom her list of prospective institutions. A lifelongLexington resident, Anastasia was ready for a change ingeography and college presented the perfect opportunityto experience life in a new state.20 Fall 2013Upon visiting Virginia Tech—widely regarded as anational leader in engineering education and research—Anastasia received quite unexpected advice.“The people in their college of engineering pointed outthat I actually had a great engineering school in mybackyard,” she recalls. “I hadn’t seriously considered UKfor engineering, but the people at Virginia Tech only saidgreat things about it.”And that’s how Virginia Tech helped UK land an eventualNational Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate ResearchFellowship winner.www.engr.uky.edu 21

Once Anastasia began seriously considering UK for herengineering education, she discovered the Chemical andBiopharmaceutical Engineering Certificate program,which accepts 10 new students per year and allowsthem to take special classes offered by the College ofPharmacy. The track exposes students to areas like drugformulation and development as well as processing andmanufacturing. Anastasia was intrigued.“The biopharmaceutical track appealed to me becausewhile I was interestedin pharmaceuticalstudies, I didn’t likethe idea of pharmacyschool,” she says. “Ididn’t want to domore school on topof my undergraduateeducation.”“Dr. Anderson has been a great role model for me, bothto see where she has gotten and how hard she has had towork to get there. Her roles in the college demonstratethat she really cares about the direction of the college.”While spending a summer engaged in a ResearchExperiences for Undergraduates (REU) program withDrs. Anderson and Hilt, Anastasia was bit by the researchbug. Suddenly graduate school was a far more appealingoption than when she had entered school. Her gradeswere excellent and sheapplied to Vanderbilt,Georgia Tech, CarnegieMellon, Purdue andUK. Could UK competewith such schools—threeof which were ranked inthe top 10 on the 2014U.S. News & WorldReport “Best EngineeringGraduate Schools” list?Anastasia is one of ourdepartment’s best graduatestudents. She has madesignificant progress on herinnovative and exciting researchwhile taking a full load ofchallenging courses.Anastasia can onlylaugh at that laststatement since she isAfter visiting eachnow working on herschool, Anastasia paredPh.D. in chemicalher choices down toengineering here atUK and Purdue. WhileUK; however, as aweighing her options,- Dr. Kimberly Ward Andersonfreshman she couldn’tshe was offered a positionhave accounted for thewith the Integrativeinfluence of chemicalGraduate Educationengineering faculty advisors like Drs. Kimberly Wardand Research Traineeship (IGERT) program, which isAnderson and Zach Hilt who introduced her to a possiblesupported by the NSF. The offer, combined with thefuture in research.local support of her advisors, led Anastasia to make thecounterintuitive decision to get her Ph.D. at the same“During my sophomore year, Dr. Hilt asked if I wantedinstitution that awarded her a bachelor’s degree.to do undergraduate research,” Anastasia remembers. “Isaid, ‘Sure! I didn’t even know I could!’ That was when ICount Dr. Anderson among those glad she did.began working on cancer therapy research.”“Anastasia is one of our department’s best graduateAnastasia says Dr. Anderson, then director ofstudents. She has made significant progress on herundergraduate studies in the Department of Chemicalinnovative and exciting research while taking a full loadand Materials Engineering and now associate dean forof challenging courses,” she confirms.administration and academic affairs, has also served asa mentor—not just in the area of research, but also as aDrs. Anderson and Hilt also played significant roles infemale in a largely male dominated industry.Anastasia’s NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Studentsvying for the fellowship may only apply during the final22 Fall 2013www.engr.uky.edu 23

year of their undergraduate degree and the first year oftheir graduate program. Anastasia applied her senior yearwith discouraging results.“Not only did I not get it, but I got poor reviews on myessays,” she admits. “The application is substantial andinvolves writing three essays, so I debated whether to evenapply again. Dr. Hilt and Dr. Anderson encouraged meto try again, so I did. I pulled out my old essays, realizedthat they really were awful and worked harder on them.I was pleasantly surprised when I got it.”The fellowship willfund Anastasia’stuition and researchfor the rest of herPh.D. program.Herresearchinvolves targetingnanoparticles forhyperthermiaapplications incancer therapy.Studieshavedemonstrated thatthe presence ofheat increases theeffectiveness ofradiation and chemotherapy treatments. Anastasia saysthat if magnetic nanoparticles can be conjugated withpeptides that specifically target cancer cells, scientistscould induce hyperthermia—intense heat—at thetumor site.year and as an Engineering Ambassador for three years).This past spring, she faced her toughest challenge whenshe took 14 credit hours (above full-time for a graduatestudent), served as a teaching assistant, supervised fiveundergraduate researchers in the cell culture lab andadvanced her own research.“I would get to the lab every morning at 7:15 and stayuntil 6,” she answers when asked how she survived. “ThenI would go home and do homework. I had to figure outhow I learn and work best—especially working withothers when stressed—and maintain consistency. I waspushed to the limit,but I learned a lotabout myself.”I had to figure out how I learnand work best—especially workingwith others when stressed—andmaintain consistency. I was pushedto the limit, but I learned a lotabout myself.“If successful, we would get the same treatment resultswith a lower dosage of chemotherapy and/or radiation,leading to fewer side effects.”Anastasia is not, and has not been, afraid to work hard.She admits that as an undergraduate, she studied orworked on homework whenever she was awake Sundaythrough Friday afternoon (it would be unfair to pointout that this must be an exaggeration since she somehowfound time to serve as the American Institute of ChemicalEngineers (AIChE) student chapter president for one24 Fall 2013Now that hercourseworkiscomplete,Anastasiaisalready proactivelydevising strategiesto avoid becomingcomplacent.“Without thestructure of classes,it’s easy to comeinto the lab around 10 or 11 in the morning becauseno one checks up on you. I have tried to combat that bycoming in at 7:30 every day and working until 5 or 6.Again, it’s simply being consistent,” she says.It is that kind of discipline and determination thatmakes Anastasia a shining star among the over 500students pursuing graduate degrees in the UK Collegeof Engineering.Dean Walz’s vision is that seniors evaluating graduateschools will regard UK just as highly as the historicallyrenowned engineering schools on Anastasia’s list. Herstory certainly lends credibility not only to the hope thatit can happen, but that it is happening already.But for goodness’ sake don’t tell him how she got here.www.engr.uky.edu 25

I have been moresuccessful in my careerthan I ever would havethought possible as ayoung man. It has givenme a strong sense ofgratitude and a desire tohelp a young person inKentucky move forwardwith an education in atough economy.Alumnus Mike Marberry’s chemical engineeringscholarship links the past to the future.years, is designed to provide not only scholarship aid,but also contribute to student enhancement. In additionto annually awarded scholarships, chemical engineeringstudents will receive funds to attend annual conferencesand take interactive field trips.“My first time on a plane was as a graduate student atUK,” he recalls. “I had been conducting proprietaryresearch for Phillips Petroleum and was given theopportunity to fly to Bartlesville, Okla. to present myresearch to the sponsors. It’s one of my fondest memoriesof my time at UK.”Mike was inducted into the College of Engineering’sHall of Distinction in 2005 and serves on the advisoryboard for the Department of Chemical and MaterialsEngineering. Whether visiting for an advisory boardmeeting or greeting the newest Hall of Distinction class,Mike enjoys returning to the university he wanted toattend since childhood. “I can’t say enough about therole the University of Kentucky played in developingmy passion for learning and cultivating the disciplineand problem solving skills I have used throughout mylife and career,” he reflects.Mike is a proud UK alumnus who earned his bachelor’sdegree in chemical engineering in 1981 and his master’sdegree in chemical engineering in 1983. His successfulcareer has enabled him to create a new scholarship thatbecame available to chemical engineering students in2012. The scholarship, which totals 50,000 over fiveMike’s generosity provides a fitting link between the pastand the future. “I have been more successful in my careerthan I ever would have thought possible as a young man.It has given me a strong sense of gratitude and a desire tohelp young people in Kentucky move forward with aneducation in a tough economy.”26 Fall 2013Photo credit: Robin NelsonMike Marberry is CEO of J.M. Huber, one of the largestfamily-owned companies in the world. Huber’s engineeredmaterials have been enhancing consumer productsranging from pharmaceuti

Michael Bowling 20 The Comforts of Home Anastasia Kruse 26 Ticket to Ride Mike Marberry 28 By the Numbers . of glucose and in abundant supply on a typical farm, . The group’s goal was to perform innovative research dedicated to monitoring and automating the