August 9-22, 2010


August 9, 2010

Faculty News


The National Science Foundation has awarded a $359,095 grant to Profs. Baoxia Mi (CEE) and Yongsheng Leng (MAE) for their project, “Integration of Experiments and Simulations for Molecular-Level Understanding of Membrane Fouling Mechanisms."  

Prof. Vesna Zderic (ECE) has received a $20,000 subcontract with Weidlinger Associates to serve as their university collaborator on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Innovative Research R43 grant, entitled "Simplified GUI Toolkits for High Fidelity Simulations of Therapeutic Ultrasound.”  The main objective of this grant is to develop a simple yet powerful suite of graphical user interface (GUI)-based simulation tools for simulation studies of high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) transducers and systems.

Books & Papers:

"Student and Faculty Perceptions of Engagement in Engineering", an article by Prof. Shelly Heller (CS), Cheryl Beil, Kim Dam and Belinda Haerun, was published in the Journal of Engineering Education, July 2010, vol. 99, no 3.  The purpose of this published study was to begin to understand how students and faculty view the term “engagement” as it relates to their engineering courses. The two key questions asked were: 1) How do faculty and undergraduate students define engagement?, and 2) How are their definitions similar or different?

Conferences, Workshops, & Presentations:

Prof. Howard Eisner (EMSE) presented a half-day tutorial entitled "Systems Acquisition and Integration" at the 20th Anniversary INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering) International Symposium 2010. It was held in Chicago, IL, July 11-15. Prof. Eisner also participated in a full-day meeting of the INCOSE Fellows to explore systems engineering issues relevant to the overall membership.

Prof. Michael Plesniak (MAE chair) attended the 40th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference and Exhibit June 28 – July 2, in Chicago, IL.  He chaired Session 18-FD-8: Vortex Dominated Flows: Jets and Geophysical Flows. He also participated in the Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee (FDTC) Plenary meeting, FDTC Experimental and Theoretical Fluid Dynamics subcommittee meeting, and the Fluid Dynamics Highlights subcommittee, which he chairs.  Prof. Plesniak also attended the ASME 10th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis (ESDA 2010) at Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey, July 12-14.  At this conference, he served as track chair of the Fluids Engineering Track, which consisted of seven sessions of contributed, peer-reviewed papers.  He chaired Session K-4: Instability, Turbulence and Shear Flows.


The ICDRM (Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management) will be joined this month by visiting research scholar Dr. Maki Fukami of Kyoto University.  Dr. Fukami will research and publish emergency management practices in the U.S. and will be visited by a group of five Japanese scholars who are interested in the EMSE crisis, disaster, and risk management curriculum.

Dr. Byron Erath, post doctoral scientist in MAE working with Prof. Michael Plesniak, attended the 7th International Conference on Voice Physiology and Biomechanics (ICVPB), 2nd International Conference on Advances in Laryngeal Biophysiology (ICALB), and the 11th Biennial Phonosurgery Symposium, July 6-10, in Madison, WI.  He and co-authors presented their papers, entitled "A theoretical model of the pressure distributions arising from asymmetric intraglottal flows," and "Application of asymmetric flows, acoustic coupling, and enhanced parameter estimation to a two-mass model of the vocal folds."

Student News

CEE student Eric Rosenfield presented an oral presentation and a poster entitled "Anti-biofouling nanocomposite MF/UF membranes: synthesis and mechanism elucidation," coauthored with Yaolin Liu and Prof. Baoxia Mi, at the North American Membrane Society Annual Conference, Washington, DC, July 17-22.  At the same conference, CEE student Yaolin Liupresented a poster entitled "Combined organic and inorganic fouling of forward osmosis membranes,” co-authored with Prof. Baoxia Mi.