Join us in congratulating Dr. Gary Schafran, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Old Dominion University, recipient of the prestigious American Water Works Association (AWWA) Fuller Award. The Fuller Award is an AWWA National Award given for distinguished service in the water supply field in commemoration of the sound engineering skill, the brilliant diplomatic talent, and the constructive leadership that characterized the life of George Warren Fuller. The award was presented during the Awards Banquet at the VA AWWA Annual Meeting on Wednesday, September 28, 2005.
We would also like to congratulate the ODU team (Martin Malone, Priyanka Mohandoss, Paal Engebrigtsen, and Ram Prasad, all students in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department) who won first place in the 2nd Annual VA AWWA Student Water Challenge.
The teams were given a real world water quality issue on the morning of the competition and had six hours to come up with a solution focusing on the combination of engineering and science to address the problem. This years challenge involved the development of alternatives to lower the concentration of disinfection by-products in a municipal water distribution system. The team utilized their understanding of the water treatment processes, formation of disinfection by-products, water distribution system conditions, and the water industry regulations to develop a solution that minimized structural changes to the existing water treatment and focused on operational changes, thus minimizing the cost to address the situation.
Each team was then asked to give a presentation of their solution to a panel of 6 judges from the water industry and an audience of conference participants. The teams were each being judged on their technical content, visual and oral presentation skills and responses to the judges questions. The results were then announced at the banquet later that evening, and the ODU team was presented with a plaque, a $1,000 check to support the ODU VA AWWA/VWEA Student Chapter, and a traveling trophy that is held by the winning school until next years competition. Congratulations Martin Malone, Priyanka Mohandoss, Paal Engebrigtsen, and Ram Prasad on your outstanding accomplishment!
Dr. Mounir Laroussi, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and researcher at the Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics, has always been working to advance the research of low-temperature plasmas. He recently developed a plasma pencil that has landed on the cover of Applied Physic Letters and has been featured on web sites including Nature.com and PhysicsWeb.
Laroussi envisions the device being used to disinfect small articles of surfaces, treating wounds, or in dentistry, attacking plaque-causing bacteria in the mouth. He believes that after further experiments with technology this device could allow precise elimination of cancer cells.
The dean of ODUs Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology, Oktay Baysal, commented: This invention is yet another testimonial that Dr. Laroussi and his colleagues in the college think boundlessly when it comes to applying such disruptive technologies so innovatively.
Read more: ODU news article on Laroussis Plasma Pencil
Bill Lester, who gave up a high-tech management career to compete full time as a racecar driver, spoke at the Old Dominion University Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology on Wednesday September 7, 2005. Lesters seminar was open to the public, but particularly addressed young engineers interested in motor sports. All participants were eager to hear of his adventures both on and off the racetrack.
Lester earned a degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkley, in 1984. Before he was doing laps around the speedway, he went to work for the Hewlett-Packard Company as a project manager. Today he drives the No. 22 Toyota Tundra for Bill Davis Racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
At his seminar he described how his background in engineering helped him launch a career in motor sports. He explained how racing requires constant development and maintenance of highly sophisticated engineering design and products to keep the vehicle in full working condition, in addition to professional driving abilities.
Dr. William D. Stanley, Eminent Professor Emeritus in the Department of Engineering Technology, is the author of a new book recently published by Delmar Learning entitled Technical Analysis and Applications with MATLAB. This book integrates basic mathematical concepts with the use of MATLAB and includes such topics as differential and integral calculus, differential equations, statistics, curve-fitting and Fourier series and transforms. The major attribute of the book is that it integrates mathematical topics into the MATLAB environment. The concepts are first covered analytically using simple numbers and concepts, followed by the use of MATLAB to deal with more complex and realistic values. The book is accompanied by a CD containing over 600 Power Point slides and voice lectures on the subject matter.
Dr. Abdelmageed Elmustafa, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been asked to give an oral presentation at the Fall 2005 Symposium of Materials Research Society, a highly selective conference in Boston Massachusetts in November. Elmustafa will be describing research, which employs nanoscale modeling and simulations of nanoindentation creep of nanostructured materials to examine the relationship between the strain rate sensitivity exponent of the hardness measured in nanoindentation creep and the strain rate sensitivity exponent of the flow stress measured using conventional uniaxial testing. The study of nanoindentation creep of materials impacts a wide-range of materials, in nanoelectronics, electro-optics, photonic band-gap materials, tribological coatings, and microelectronic interconnects.
Combined Board Meeting of the College
The Batten College of Engineering and Technology held a Combined Board Meeting on September 22, 2005. The meeting consisted of members from the College's Advisory Board, Development Steering Committee and Corporate Circle Partners. The meeting provided an opportunity for the members of the various groups to come together for an update on the college and to share their committee activities with the entire group. Some of the topics discussed included the BCET Strategic Plan, university wide initiatives for 2005-2006 and the scheduling of key events.
Center for Experimental Aeronautics Advisory Board
The Advisory Committee for the Center for Experimental Aeronautics met on September 23, 2005. Six graduate students made brief presentations on their research projects and the committee then visited the NASA 14x22 and Langley Full Scale wind tunnels. The responses from the committee were highly complimentary concerning the academic programs in experimental methods and their prospective wind tunnels. Committee input will be included in a final report to NASA for the current Grant period, due later this Fall.
Engineering Technology Advisory Boards
The Industrial Advisory Committees met on Friday September 23, 2005. The committee discussion centered around the upcoming ABET accreditation visit, the EET program objectives and outcomes, results of the most recent senior, alumni, and employer surveys, and some minor course curriculum issues that will impact the university catalog.
VATPDC Advisory Board Meeting
On September 14, 2005, The Virginia Applied Technology & Professional Development Center held its first joint Advisory Board meeting. The meeting was attended by representatives from businesses around Hampton Roads, and Jeff Kohler, director of VPMEP. The focus of the meeting was the joining of the two former organizations, TAC and C2E2, and the future of VATPDC.
In March 2005, Tom Wunderlich was appointed as the Executive Director of the Career Management Center at Old Dominion University. Prior to his appointment as the Executive Director, Tom served as the Career Management Center Liaison to the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology for 14 years.
Judy White has been appointed as the Director of Experiential Education Programs for CMC and will supervise the CMC activities in both the Colleges of Business & Public Administration and Engineering & Technology.
|Beverly Forbes began as a Coordinator in the Engineering Career Management Center in July 2003, and she is now a Career Management Center Assistant Director and Liaison to the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology. Beverly is an ODU alumnus (1979, 1987), and she worked in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Old Dominion University from 1978 until 1997.|
Tiffanie Rosier has been hired as a Career Consultant, working with students in the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology as well as the College of Business and Public Administration. Tiffanie has an undergraduate degree from James Madison University and a masters degree from Western Kentucky University.
Stephanie Crockett has been hired as Coordinator of the Engineering Coop/Intern Program. Stephanie has an undergraduate degree from King College and is pursuing a masters degree in counseling at ODU.
The Engineering Satellite Office of the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology is located in Kaufman 132, and staff may be reached by calling (757)683-5341.
Abdel-Motagaly, K., Guo, X., Duan, B., and Mei, C., Active Control of Nonlinear Panel Flutter Under Yawed Supersonic Flow, AIAA Journal, Vol. 43, No. 3, pp. 671-680, 2005.
Mohieldin T., "Handbook of Accreditation: Preparation for ABET," 2005, University of Bahrain Press, Kingdom of Bahrain.
Mohieldin T., Luetke, N., and Ayhan,T., "Transient and Steady Analysis of Hydrogen Combustion in a Dual Mode Scramjet Engine," Proceedings from the International Hydrogen Energy Congress and Exhibition IHEC 2005, pp. 1-14, July 2005.
Tolk, A., and Diallo, S., Model-Based Data Engineering for Web Services, IEEE Internet Computing Magazine, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 65-70, July/August 2005.
Basco, D., Beach Engineering, Economics, and the Environment, Invited lecture, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, August 2005.
Basco, D., Beach Engineering, Economics, and the Environment, Invited lecture, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand, August 2005.
Mohieldin, T., "What Is Limiting our Ability to Fly Faster: Future of Airbreathing Propulsion Technology," Invited lecture, Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon, Turkey, July 6, 2005.
Mohieldin, T., "Usage of Fluent Software in Heat Transfer and Combustion," Invited seminar, Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon, Turkey, July 7-8, 2005.
Nguyen, D., Scalable Sparse Finite Element MPI Implementation for Large-Scale Analysis and Optimal Design of Aerospace Structures, Invited research seminar, University of Hawaii, Manoa, July 14, 2005.
Azzouz, M., and Mei, C., Nonlinear Flutter of Cylindrical Panels Under Yawed Supersonic Flow Using Finite Elements, Paper No. AIAA 2005-2373, 46th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, Austin, TX, April 2005 (CD-ROM).
Basco, D., Beach Engineering, Economics, and the Environment, Keynote speaker, Beach Nourishment Symposium, Busan, Korea, August 9, 2005.
Baysal, O., From Very Fast to Very Small, On Current and Future Aeronautics Research, Keynote lecture, 3rd International Aerospace Conference, Ankara, Turkey, August 22-25, 2005.
Diallo, S., Dupigny, K., Sun, B., Tolk, A., and Turnitsa, C., A Layered Web Services Architecture to Adapt Legacy Systems to Command and Control Information Exchange Data Model (C2IEDM), Paper No. 05E-SIW-034, European Simulation Interoperability Workshop 2005, Toulouse, France, June 27-29, 2005.
Guo, X., Przekop, A., and Mei, C.,Supersonic Nonlinear Panel Flutter Suppression Using Aeroelastic Modes and Shape Memory Alloys, Paper No. AIAA 2005-2372, 46th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, Austin, TX, April 2005 (CD-ROM).
Li, Q., Phairoh, T., Huang, J. K., and Mei, C., Active Control of Nonlinear Free Vibration of a Beam and a Composite Plate Using Piezoelectric Self-Sensing Actuators, Paper No. AIAA 2005-2120, 46th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, Austin, TX, April 2005 (CD-ROM).
Mielke, R., Modeling and Simulation in Hampton Roads, Luncheon speaker, Hampton Roads Technology Council, Norfolk, VA, August 9, 2005.
Mohieldin T., Luetke, N., and Ayhan,T., "Transient and Steady Analysis of Hydrogen Combustion in a Dual Mode Scramjet Engine," Presented at the International Hydrogen Energy Congress and Exhibition, Istanbul, Turkey, July 13-15, 2005.
M. Salim Azzouz is a doctoral degree student and research assistant, Department of Aerospace Engineering and is completing an internship with Siemens VDO Automotive, Newport News, Va.
David R. Basco, Ph.D., P.E., is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the director of the Coastal Engineering Centre.
Oktay Baysal, Ph.D., P.E., is a professor and eminent scholar, Department of Aerospace Engineering, and dean, Batten College of Engineering and Technology.
Saikou Diallo is a Modeling and Simulation (M&S) masters degree student and a research assistant at the Battle Lab, Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center (VMASC), Suffolk, Va.
Kevin Dupigny is an M&S masters degree student and a research assistant at the VMASC Battle Lab.
Bin Duan, Ph.D., is an ODU alumnus (2001) employed as a senior systems engineer for Claritas Inc., Arlington, Va.
Xinyun Guo, Ph.D., is an ODU alumnus (2005) and is employed as a mechanical engineer for Siemens VDO Automotive, Newport News, Va.
Jen-Kuang Huang, Ph.D., is the chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Qinqin Lee is a masters degree student and research assistant in the Department of Aerospace Engineering.
Chuh Mei, Ph.D., is a professor and eminent scholar in the Department of Aerospace Engineering.
Roland Mielke, Ph.D., is a university professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the interim executive director of VMASC.
Taj Mohieldin, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Engineering Technology.
Duc Nguyen, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Thongchai Phairoh is a doctoral degree student and research assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Adam Przekop, Ph.D., is an ODU alumnus (2003) and is employed as a staff scientist for the National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.
Bo Sun is an M&S masters degree student and a research assistant at the VMASC Battle Lab.
Andreas Tolk, Ph.D., is a senior research scientist at VMASC.
Charles Turnitsa is an M&S masters degree student and Battle Lab engineer at VMASC.