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                             Parsons Corporation partners with SEAS
                             Parsons Corporation, a leader in many diverse markets including infrastructure,
                             transportation, water, telecommunications, and aviation, recently partnered with the
                             School of Engineering and Applied Science to create a Rapid Prototyping and Fabrication
                             Lab (RPFL).
                                                                                                                                                                  School of Engineering & Applied Science
                             The RPFL can be used for design review, mock-ups, fit testing, creating patterns for                                                                                    Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056
                             casting applications, new designs and concepts. As part of the School of Engineering
                             and Applied Science, this lab will expand the collaboration between engineering,                                         Volume 5 - Fall 2007

School of Engineering
                             computing and the cross-disciplinary Interactive Media Studies (IMS) Program, and
                             could grow throughout other areas of campus.                                              W      elcome to the fifth
                                                                                                                              edition of the SEAS
                                                                                                                       Newsletter, which is             Message from the Dean
and Applied Science           The most significant piece of equipment in the RPFL is a three-dimensional printer       designed to provide faculty,
                                                                                                                                                        Dear SEAS faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends:
Administration               that makes real physical models from CAD or other design media. The Z Corporation         staff, and friends with news
                             "Z510" prototyping printer puts down successive layers of material to build a three-      about SEAS.                      Welcome to the 2007 issue of the School of Engineering and
Dean: Marek Dollár
                             dimensional model from a series of cross sections. The primary advantage of this piece                                     Applied Science (SEAS) annual newsletter. In this issue,
                                                                                                                       If you have news items to
Senior Associate Dean:       of equipment is its ability to create tangible models in almost any shape.                                                 you will find highlights of important events and interesting
                                                                                                                       share, please contact
Christine Noble                                                                                                                                         developments in the 2006/07 academic year, as well as
                             Miami students with access to the RPFL                                                    Linda Kramer, assistant to
Associate Dean:                                                                                                        the dean at:                     short stories portraying faculty and students’ activities and
                             will gain valuable skills in the areas of
James Kiper                                                                                                               celebrating their so well-deserved awards.
                             visualization and rapid fabrication. Both
Assistant Dean:              areas are of increasing importance to                                                                                      The upcoming academic year promises to be very
Brian Kirkmeyer              corporations and industry. The rapid                                                                                       challenging but, hopefully, also very rewarding. In addition
                             prototyping process is key to future product                                                                               to several program reviews, implementation of new
Assistant to the Dean:
                             success, as was seen recently with Motorola’s
Linda Kramer
                             V70 phone. Rapid prototyping and testing
                                                                                                                       Mark your                        programs, curricular initiatives, and physical infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                        changes, we are now embarking on a long-term strategic Marek Dollár, Dean
SEAS–IT Manager:             allowed this product to enter the market at                                               calendar:                        planning process. As most of you know, in recent years,
Scott Haughin                an accelerated pace.                                                                      Advisory Council                 SEAS has undergone a profound transformation, meeting or exceeding nearly all
                                                                                                                       Friday, November 2, 2007         goals established in fall 2001, and now, six years later, the time has come to identify
                             With the increasing demands world-wide for
Department Chairs                                                                                                      Benton Dedication &              new directions while solidifying our accomplishments.
                             talented, trained, and educated engineering
                                                                         Dr. Michael Bailey-Van Kuren (SEAS)
Computer Science and         students, this collaborative partnership is                                               SEAS Awards Banquet              I hope that, as a result of the planning process, we will establish a plan by which we
                                                                         talks with Governor Strickland about
Systems Analysis:            seen as a "win-win" for Parsons and Miami the new lab and equipment.                      Friday, April 4, 2008            enhance an environment for teaching, learning, and scholarship that is intellectually-
Douglas Troy                 students alike.                                                                           Commencement                     stimulating, interactive, and innovative, and in which our faculty, staff, and students
                                                                                                                       Saturday, May 10, 2008           realize their full potential, as called for by our mission. I challenge all involved in
Computer and Information
                                                                                            Governor Strickland        Divisional Recognition           the process to make sure that the plan will help us to become a model for achieving
                                                                                            holds a press              Ceremony                         synergy between professional and liberal education; between undergraduate and
Diane Delisio
                                                                                            conference in the          Sunday, May 11, 2008             graduate programs; and among scholarship, teaching, and service. I envision our
Electrical and Computer                                                                     new engineering                                             school achieving a position that gives us a special place among other schools and
Engineering: C.S. Chen                                                                      building.                                                   colleges of engineering in the state of Ohio.
Engineering Technology:
                                                                                                                                                        I invite you to participate in the planning process as our school continues
Ayodele Abatan
                                                                                                                                                        on its path of excellence in engineering, computing, and nursing education for the
Mechanical and                                                                                                                                          21st century.
Manufacturing Engineering:
Osama Ettouney

Paulette Worcester            Student Asha                                                                                                              Marek Dollár,
Paper and Chemical
                                                                                                                                                        Professor and Dean
Engineering:                  the equipment
Shashi Lalvani                for Governor
                              Strickland and MU
                              President Hodge.
                                  Engineering and Applied Science building                                                  Student Spotlight
                                  Dedication Ceremony                                                                       Andy Franke, ’0: Student, EPA Officer, and
                                  The School of Engineering and Applied Science new engineering building was formally
                                                                                                                            Blackhawk Pilot
                                  dedicated on Friday, March 30, 2007. The new $23 million building is now the home of
                                                                                                                            Who do Miami University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, the U.S.
                                  the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Manufacturing
                                                                                                                            Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Army have in common? The
                                  Engineering, and Paper and Chemical Engineering. In addition to the new office space,
                                                                                                                            answer is James Andrew “Andy” Franke, 2007 Engineering Technology graduate.
                                  there are associated laboratories, learning environments, faculty and student research
                                                                                                                            Many graduates of the School of Engineering and Applied Science work in private
                                  space, and conference and seminar rooms.
                                                                                                                            industry as mechanical or electrical engineers, computer programmers, or nurses.
                                                                                                                            Andy flies UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters and helps the U.S. government keep an eye
                                                                                                                            on the environment.
                                                                                                                            Andy Franke is a distinguished member of the
                                                                                                                            Ohio Army National Guard and has served his
                                                                                                                            country since 1998. Andy received his Associate
Left to right: MU President                                                                                                 Degree in Engineering Technology, which he says                                         Recognition Ceremony:
Emeritus Garland, MU                                                                                                        played a big role in being accepted into the U.S.                                       Professor Cathy Almquist,
President Hodge, and former                                                                                                                                                                                         PCE, and Professor Jill
                                                                                                                            Army Flight Program. Prior to being a Blackhawk
MU Provost and now President                                                                                                                                                                                        Courte, CIT.
                                                                                                                            helicopter pilot, Andy was a helicopter repair
Crutcher (Wheaton College)
get ready for the Processional.                                                                                             technician and has completed Warrant Officer
                                                                                                                            Aviation Training, at Fort Rucker, Alabama. He is
                                  Academic Processional from Kreger Hall to       Marek Dollár, Dean of the School          also a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Army
                                  the new engineering building                    of Engineering and Applied                Aviation Logistics School and served on active duty
                                                                                  Science and ROTC Color Guard              in support of an Enduring Freedom deployment
                                                                                                                            to Kosovo in 2004-05. Andy adds, “Miami’s ENT
                                  The Dedication Ceremony began with an academic                                            program has helped teach me to be thorough and
                                  processional starting at Kreger Hall (the former home of                                  precise in everything I do, and that has carried
                                  the departments who moved) and processed to the new                                       over into being an army aviator.” The Engineering
                                  engineering building. The Miami University ROTC program                                   Technology program assists in the development
                                  provided a color guard, and the processional was lead by                                  of critical thinking skills and Franke states, “the
                                  President David Hodge and Dean Marek Dollár.                                              ability to analyze a multitude of complex things
                                  The Dedication Ceremony was held on the north                                             and situations in a short period of time is essential   Andy Franke
                                  terrace of the engineering building and included                                          when flying any aircraft.”
                                  remarks from President Hodge and Dean Dollár.                                             Andy returned to school in the fall of 2006 to complete the few remaining courses for
                                  Shawn Webster, Ohio Representative, also spoke and                                        his BS degree. Andy's high energy and positive attitude came in handy as he spent
                                  presented the school with a commendation from the                                         quite a few evenings on the Hamilton and Middletown campuses attending classes.
                                  Ohio House of Representatives. Representative Webster                                     Prior to active duty, Andy completed his AS in 2002. Also that year, he was awarded
                                  also presented, on behalf of Senator Gary Cates,           Miami University President     the ENT department’s Outstanding Engineering Technology Student Award.
                                  a special recognition to Miami University from the         David Hodge
                                  Ohio Senate.                                                                              While attending classes at Miami University, Andy worked as a co-op student at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Recognition Ceremony:
                                                                                                                            the U.S. EPA office in Cincinnati. Andy said the basic understanding of engineering
                                                                Special guests at the Ceremony included Provost Jeffrey                                                                                             Professor C.S. Chen,
                                                                                                                            concepts acquired in engineering classes at Miami provided the skills needed to write   Chair of ECE, and Professor
                                                                Herbst, President Emeritus James Garland, President         and review engineering specs and drawings. After graduation in 2007, the EPA hired      Shashi Lalvani, Chair
                                                                Emeritus Phillip Shriver, Mrs. Winifred Pearson widow       Andy as a general engineer, where he serves as a Contracting Officer Representative     of PCE.
                                                                of President Emeritus Paul Pearson, Ronald Crutcher,        (COR) and Project Officer (PO) managing government construction and mechanically
ROTC Color Guard leads                                          President of Wheaton College in Maryland (formerly          related projects. Franke’s education gave him the knowledge of drawing/drafting
the Dedication Ceremony                                         Miami University Provost), Board of Trustees member         software and the engineering expertise required to simply communicate with other
Processional.                                                   Donald Crain, Carlo Montemagno, Dean of the College         experts in various fields of construction, manufacturing, maintenance, and research.
                                                                of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, several     Andy works under the supervision of experienced engineers and project managers,
                                                                Oxford and township officials, Talawanda School board       where he writes, reviews and enforces project specifications and drawings, ensuring
                                                                members, and Miami University Alumni. Representatives       that the government receives the correct final product.
                                                                from the architectural firm of Burt Hill Kosar Rittelman,
                                                                and representatives from the various construction           We are proud of Andy’s accomplishments and to now have him as a Miami
                                  Ohio Representative           companies were also in attendance.                          University alumni.
                                  Shawn Webster

                            Student Spotlight                                                                         Immediately following the
                                                                                                                      Ceremony and ribbon-cutting,
                            Lauren Bruns, ’0: A student of many talents                                              guests were invited to an
                            Lauren was a star the moment she entered the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering     Open House of the building,
                            (MME) department. She began her Miami career as an engineering management-                which included lab tours
                            manufacturing major in 2002. She excelled in her introductory engineering courses         and demonstrations, faculty
                            and decided to also major in mechanical engineering.                                      and student research poster
                                                                                                                      displays, senior design projects,
                            Lauren is intelligent, congenial, mature, and                                             student organization tables,
                            organized, or more accurately stated “super                                               and more.
                            organized.” While having all these excellent
                            traits she also has a very laid back, calming                                             “The School of Engineering and
                            demeanor. She literally can do just about                                                 Applied Science is committed
                            anything - and on time. She can work in the                                               to creating an environment
                                                                                                                                                            From left to right: Ohio Representative Shawn
                            machine shop, run a meeting; design a part or                                             for teaching, learning, and
                                                                                                                                                            Webster, Board of Trustees member Donald
                            process, and lead a cheer with a pre-schooler at                                          scholarship that is intellectually    Crain, President Emeritus James Garland,
                                                                                                                      stimulating, interactive, and President Ronald Crutcher (Wheaton College),                 Dedication Ceremony
                            half time of a Miami basketball game - all this                                                                                                                                      Coordinator: Linda Kramer,
                            while being the consummate professional, with                                             innovative, and in which our          President David Hodge, Provost Jeffrey Herbst,       Assistant to the Dean.
                            a smile, and a confident attitude.                                                        faculty, staff, and students          Dean Marek Dollár.
                                                                                                                      realize their full potential. This
Recognition Ceremony:       She was a member of Dean’s Student Advisory                                               new facility will help us fulfill this commitment. This new building is the most visible
Professors Scott Campbell   Council, serving as President in 2006. She was                                            manifestation of Miami’s commitment to engineering and computing. When you enter
and Donald Byrkett, CSA.    a member of the Society of Women Engineers                                                this facility, you enter the future of the School of Engineering and Applied Science,
                            (SWE) and served as a valued member on the                                                the future that transcends disciplines, is adaptable to change, and open to the world.”
                            MME Chair Search committee (2006-07). She                                                 Marek Dollár, Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
                            also worked as a “grader” (assisting faculty with
                            grading assignments) throughout her time in the
                            department, culminating in being the grader for
                                                                                Lauren Bruns with Dean Dollár
                                                                                                                      Final phase of new SEAS complex
                            three faculty members in her final semester.
                                                                                                                      nears completion
                            Outside of SEAS, Lauren was a five-year member of the nationally-ranked Miami Dance       The final phase of the School of
                            Team. As captain of the team during the 06-07 season, she helped lead the team to a       Engineering and Applied Science
                            5th place finish at Nationals, their highest-ever finish. She was affectionately known    (SEAS) facilities plan—Benton Hall
                            as the “dancing engineer.”                                                                renovation, is approaching completion.
                            Lauren interned with a small precision machining company in Cleveland for two             This space will house the SEAS Dean’s
                            summers. She also spent two summers as a logistics engineer with the Boeing Company       office, SEAS-IT, and the Computer
                            in Houston, TX. She was a part of the Boeing/NASA product support team for the            Science and Systems Analysis (CSA)
                            International Space Station, working in Mission Control during spacewalks.                department. By the start of spring
                                                                                                                      semester, 2008 we expect to have
                                                                            Lauren is now working full-time with      all of SEAS under one roof in our
                                                                            Deloitte Consulting as a Systems          new complex.
                                                                            Analyst. She is based out of Cleveland,                                              Benton Hall renovation is nearly complete!
                                                                            but spends most of her time at various    The ground floor area in the renovated
                                                                            client sites around the country. We       Benton will be a 24/7 space and will
                                                                            miss Lauren and her enthusiasm,           contain our SEAS open computer lab,
                                                                            however we know that we have to let       four team rooms, several computer
                                                                            our students go and transcend into the    classrooms, and specialized CSA
                                                                            big world; spread their wings and fly.    laboratory space. The SEAS Dean’s
                                                                            Lauren will soar.                         office will be located on the first
                                                                                                                      floor along with 3 classrooms and
                                                                                                                      a renovated Patton auditorium that
                                                                                                                      will accommodate nearly 400 people.
                                                                                                                      The Computer Science and Systems
                            Lauren Bruns                                                                              Analysis department and faculty offices,
                                                                                                                      along with some additional classroom
                                                                                                                      space, will occupy the second floor.       Welcome to the Dean’s Office Suite

                                                                                                                                                                                   ...continued on next page                           
Engineering                  We anticipate moving the Dean’s office and the SEAS-IT group the week before
                                                                                                                            Undergraduate Researcher Patricia Casal
                             Thanksgiving 2007. The CSA department will move over the winter break in mid-
Technology                   December. Everyone should be in place for the January 14 start of second semester.             Patricia Casal, a chemical engineering major, spent the summer as a research assistant
BS Completion                The renovated Benton Hall will be (re)dedicated on April 4, 2008.                              in the Paper and Chemical Engineering department as well as taking classes for her
                                                                                                                            degree. Patricia’s work involved the scale-up of two different apparatus aimed towards
Program                      Still under construction is the parking garage extension behind the new engineering            industrial electrospinning of nanofibers. She was successful in spinning from a multi-
Accredited                   building (450 spaces). Upon completion, this garage extension will connect to the existing     port spinning device that can be scaled for spinning on web-fed systems. Patricia also
                             207 spaces under the new engineering building. By the end of the summer 2008, a grassy         worked with the instrumentation lab in modifying a rotating drum system to one with
The Technology
                             landscaped quad will be completed on top of the garage complex and parking in both garages     rotating disks, and showed that the new apparatus was capable of spinning fibers at
Accreditation Commission
                             will be available.                                                                             a fast rate. Her work on nanofibers can have applications in the paper, environmental,
of the Accreditation Board
for Engineering and                                                                                                         and chemical industries.
Technology (TAC/ABET)
has accredited two of
Miami’s regional campus
                                                                                                                            Undergraduate Researcher Greg Newstadt
BS completion programs.                                                                                                     Greg Newstadt has been working on improving Global Positioning System (GPS) range
The programs recognized                                                                                                     measurement accuracy by studying the
were mechanical                                                                                                             satellite orbit, clock drift, and ionosphere
engineering technology                                                                                                      delay error. He researched database
(MET) and electro-                                                                                                          Continuously Operating Reference
mechanical engineering                                                                                                      Stations (CORS) maintained by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Recognition Ceremony:
technology (EMET)                                                                                                           National Geodetic Survey and developed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Professor Lei Kerr, PCE.
of the Department of                                                                                                        mathematical models and solutions to
Engineering Technology       Parking garage excavation behind the          Dean Dollár standing in his new “office-to-be”   account for the measurement errors.
(ENT), which is located      new SEAS complex                                                                               His work will eventually lead to the
on Miami’s Hamilton and                                                                                                     development of higher accuracy, low cost
Middletown campuses. The                                                                                                    GPS receivers. Greg's work is funded by
accreditation was back-      SEAS Academic Awards Banquet                                                                   multiple external grants from the Nation
dated to 2004. This is a                                                                                                    Science Foundation (NSF) and from the
                             The School of Engineering and Applied Science Awards Banquet is a celebration of
significant achievement                                                                                                     Air Force Office of Scientific Research
                             teaching excellence and outstanding research by faculty within SEAS. This year,
for the department. It                                                                                                      (AFOSR). A journal paper based on this
                             the awards banquet was held in conjunction with the new engineering building                                                                Undergraduate researcher Greg Newstadt
signifies the excellent                                                                                                     work is under preparation.
                             dedication ceremony, on March 30, 2007 at the Marcum Conference Center. The following
quality of engineering
                             three stories highlight the awards presented at the banquet.                                   Greg was also the recipient of the 2006-07 Institute of Navigation (ION) Undergraduate
technology faculty, staff,
                                                                                                                            Scholarship and a Harrison Scholar. He graduated in May 2007 with a double major in
and laboratory facilities
available at Miami on its    Dennis and Bridgette Orwig Family Outstanding                                                  electrical engineering and physics, with a minor in mathematics. He will pursue his graduate
                                                                                                                            studies in electrical engineering at the University of Michigan starting in fall 2007.
regional campuses.
                             Research Award
                             The criteria for the research award include: Importance of the research toward progress        Astronaut Buzz Aldrin presents Scholarship
                             in the discipline, creativity of the thought process and methods behind the research,
                                                                                                                            Greg Newstadt, an electrical
                             and original breakthroughs in conceptual frameworks, conclusions, and methods.
                                                                                                                            engineering and physics major,
                             This year’s award went to Qihou Zhou, associate professor of electrical and computer           received a $10,000 scholarship
                             engineering. Professor Zhou has achieved an international reputation in the area of            through the Astronaut Scholarship
                                                           remote sensing and the science of the upper and middle           Foundation (ASF) on Wednesday,
                                                           atmosphere. He came to Miami University five years ago           Sept. 27, 2006. The award was
                                                           from the Arecibo Observatory, National Astronomy and             presented by Buzz Aldrin, who
                                                           Ionosphere Center in Puerto Rico where he has been               walked in space on the Gemini 11
                                                           a research associate for 11 years. He has published              mission and explored the moon on
                                                           sixty-two referred journal articles in leading journals          Apollo 11, the first lunar landing
                                                           of his field.                                                    mission. Dr. Aldrin is a member
                                                                                                                            of ASF, a nonprofit organization
                                                             One of the best measures of the significance of a              established in 1984 by the six         Buzz Aldrin presents scholarship to Greg
                                                             faculty member’s research is the number of times               surviving members of America’s         Newstadt
                                                             other researchers refer to his or her work. According          original Mercury astronauts.
                             Dennis Orwig and                to “Scientific Citation Index, Expanded,” Dr. Zhou’s
                             Qihou Zhou                      publications are cited nearly 700 times.                       Greg is from Louisville, KY, and has been an intern with NASA’s Glenn Research Center
                                                                                                                            where he developed models of power loads for the International Space Station.

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Space Grant                    Undergraduate researcher Guy Litt                                                          Arthur Olson Generational Teaching Excellence                                                   Major research
Scholarship                    Guy Litt, a junior in the Paper and Chemical Engineering department majoring in            Award Recipients                                                                                grants in
Mathew Cosgrove was the        environmental engineering management, was awarded a 2007 Undergraduate Summer                                                                                                              SEAS: 2006
recipient of a Junior Ohio     Scholar research position to synthesize, characterize, and assess the performance of       To qualify for this award, the candidates prepared teaching portfolios that included
                                                                                                                          their teaching philosophy, information about their scholarship of teaching, description         • Michael Bailey-Van
NASA Space Grant (ONSG)        CuO/Fe2O3 catalysts for the oxidation of ethanol vapors.                                                                                                                                     Kuren (MME), PARSONS,
Scholarship in 2006-2007.                                                                                                 of their innovative and creative teaching approaches, and the varied methods that they
                               Guy compared both the physical properties and catalytic activity of catalysts prepared     utilize to evaluate their classroom teaching.                                                     Rapid Prototyping and
Mat worked with faculty                                                                                                                                                                                                     Fabrication Laboratory,
                               by a flame aerosol method with those prepared by wet chemistry methods. He used
mentors Dr. Jade Morton                                                                                                   This year, two outstanding faculty members were                                                   $100,000.
                               XRD, SEM/EDX, BET surface area, and TEM to characterize his catalysts. He found
and Dr. Qihou Zhou (both                                                                                                  given this award. The recipients were: Jade Yu Tong
                               that the flame aerosol catalysts had higher catalytic activity than the wet incipient                                                                                                      • Cathy Almquist (PCE),
from the Electrical and                                                                                                   Morton, associate professor of electrical and computer
                               catalysts, most likely due to their higher surface area and more uniform dispersion of                                                                                                       Environmental Protection
Computer Engineering                                                                                                      engineering; and James Moller, associate professor of
                               CuO over the Fe2O3 support.                                                                                                                                                                  Agency, Phase II:
department) on developing                                                                                                 mechanical and manufacturing engineering.
an innovative algorithm to                                                                                                                                                                                                  Testing of a Pilot-
                               Guy plans to submit a manuscript for publication to “applied Catalysis A” based upon
correct GPS measurement                                                                                                   A nominator for James Moller wrote: “One constant                                                 Scale Ozone-Enhanced
                               his summer research experience. His mentor was Dr. Catherine Almquist, an associate
errors caused by                                                                                                          about Dr. Moller’s performance in all these activities                                            Catalytic Reactor for
                               professor in the Paper and Chemical Engineering department.
the ionosphere.                                                                                                           is his quality work. He designed and tremendously                                                 Treatment of Waste Gas
                                                                                                                          improved course materials, assessment tools, lab and          James Moller and Andy Olson         Emissions from the Pulp
Mat presented the work
at the 63rd Institute of       Buzz Aldrin tours the new engineering building                                             class assignments, and design projects of the courses                                             and Paper Industry,
                                                                                                                          he taught. With his leadership, knowledge of modern                                               $69,419.
Navigation Annual Meeting      Dr. Aldrin took time out of his busy schedule to tour the new engineering building where
                                                                                                                          technology, and professional practice, he turned many                                           • Fazeel Kahn (MME),
held in Boston, MA in April,   he talked to current students about their research, classes, and projects.
                                                                                                                          labs into effective hands-on learning environments.”                                              United States Air
2007, and is a co-author
of a conference paper                                                                                                                                                                                                       Force, Development of
                                                                                                                          About Jade Morton, a nominator wrote: “Dr. Jade Morton
on the subject. Mat is a                                                                                                                                                                                                    Morphing Structures for
                                                                                                                          has demonstrated high quality performance in improving
junior with a triple major                                                                                                                                                                                                  Aircraft Using Shape
                                                                                                                          course materials, developing new design projects and
in electrical engineering,                                                                                                                                                                                                  Memory Polymers,
                                                                                                                          laboratory exercises, and creating an exciting pedagogy
mathematics, and                                                                                                                                                                                                            $81,772.
                                                                                                                          in the classroom. She has been actively participating in
statistics. He is active in                                                                                               curriculum development for the new majors in electrical                                         • Lei Kerr (PCE) & Andrew
multiple student advisory                                                                                                                                                               Andy Olson, Jade Yu Tong            Sommer (CHM),
                                                                                                                          and computer engineering.”
                                                                                                                                                                                        Morton, and Marek Dollár            Department of Energy,
boards and societies. Mat
also received the Senior                                                                                                                                                                                                    Defect Chemistry Study
ONSG scholarship for the                                                                                                  Special Recognition Awards                                                                        of Nitrogen Doped ZnO
2007-08 academic year,                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thin Films, $407,068.
                                                                                                                          On behalf of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Dean Marek Dollár and
and is a recipient of the                                                                                                 Associate Dean Christine Noble expressed sincere gratitude and thanks to Jack G.                • Eric Bachmann (CSA)
Institute of Navigation                                                                                                   Williams, project architect and manager, for his dedication to the construction of the            & Xiaoping Yun, Naval
(ION) Undergraduate                                                                                                       new engineering building.                                                                         Postgraduate School,
Scholarship.                                                                                                                                                                                                                Navy Modeling and
                                                                                                                          Also recognized with sincere gratitude and thanks was Steve Nearhoof of Burt Hill Kosar           Simulation Office
                                                                                                                          Rittleman architectural firm for his commitment to the design and construction of the             (NMSO), Sourceless
                                                                                                                          new engineering building.                                                                         Position Tracking Using
                                                                                                                          As those of us in the School of Engineering and Applied Science know, Christine Noble has         Small Inertial/Magnetic
                                                                                                                          been instrumental in the design and construction processes of the new SEAS facilities.            Sensors, $90,000.
                                                                                                                          Dean Dollár expressed his heart-felt appreciation for Christine’s leadership in this project.   • Jade Morton (ECE) &
                                                                                                                          She has been an outstanding liaison and advocate for all phases of the design and                 Qihou Zhou (ECE),
                                                                                                                          construction of the new SEAS facilities. Her efforts are sincerely appreciated!                   United States Air
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Force, Integrated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Reconfigurable Aperture,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Digital Beam forming,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and Software GPS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Receiver for UAV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Navigation, $183,889.

                                                                                                                          Marek Dollár, Jack G.          Marek Dollár, Steve             Marek Dollár, Christine Noble,
                                                                                                                          Williams, and Christine        Nearhoof, and Christine         and President Hodge

0                                                                                                                        Noble                          Noble
The ACM has                   Regional Campus Research Award Recipient                                                         Undergraduate Researcher Evan Briggs
returned to Miami             The SEAS Regional Campus Research Award was presented                                            Evan Briggs is a junior chemical engineering student and
The student Association       on April 20, 2007 at the SEAS Regional Campus Advisory                                           a recipient of the 2007 Undergraduate Summer Scholar
for Computing Machinery       Council Meeting held on the Middletown campus. The                                               award. Under the supervision of Dr. Lei Kerr, he is working
(ACM) chapter has             recipient was Carolyn Mason, RN, MSN.                                                            on the development of new material, p-type transparent
reactivated here on                                                                                                            semiconductor. The p-type transparent conductor has
Miami’s campus.               Carolyn’s research interests are spiritual care in nursing,
                                                                                                                               wide device applications including high efficiency solar
                              developing community partnerships to aid in the care of the
Over the past year, the                                                                                                        cells, ultraviolet light-emission diodes, UV photodetectors,
                              chronically mentally ill, and cultural diversity. By combining
ACM sponsored such                                                                                                             spintronics, displays, transparent thin-film transistors and
                              her service and research, Carolyn was instrumental in
events as the High School                                                                                                      gas sensors.
                              assisting faith-based organizations to develop partnerships
Programming Contest and                                                                        Paulette Worcester, Carolyn
                              with agencies that care for the chronically mentally ill of      Mason, and Marek Dollár         With the help of a paper and chemical engineering graduate
the Annual CSA picnic,        Butler County, Ohio.                                                                             student, he has successfully developed the deposition
which was held jointly with                                                                                                                                                                    Undergraduate
                                                                                                                               processes for Pt catalyst layer and CdS:Cu layer and is
the ACM-W (the ACM’s          Carolyn has published significant work in the nursing care of mentally ill parents who are                                                                       researcher
                                                                                                                               currently testing their performance in dye sensitized solar     Evan Briggs
Committee on Women in         trying to appropriately care for their children. In combining her teaching and research,                                                                                                     Recognition Ceremony:
                                                                                                                               cells. Evan will continue his research project at National
Computing) in the lobby of    Carolyn has opened the eyes of many students who do not know what it would be like to                                                                                                        Professor William “Bo”
                                                                                                                               Renewable Energy Lab in the summer of 2008 and apply the developed material to
the Engineering Building.     be homeless, mentally ill, and trying to do the best for one’s children. Carolyn is passionate                                                                                               Brinkman, CSA.
                                                                                                                               other types of solar cells based on his research results obtained at Miami University.
The ACM also resurrected      about the vulnerable people in our society and her research seeks to improve their lives.
the annual CSA Senior
of the Year award, and        Young Alumna Endows Scholarship                                                                  Undergraduate Researcher Robert Conner
initiated an annual                                                                                                            Under the guidance of Dr. Fazeel Khan of the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Professor of the Year                              Helping to make college affordable for a deserving student is an
                                                                                                                               department, Robert Conner worked on a summer research project that involved the
award. Congratulations                             honorable way of making a contribution to Miami. Establishing an
                                                                                                                               investigation of airflow through an internal combustion engine with the aim of improving
to Dr. William Brinkman,                           endowed scholarship so soon after graduation is exemplary. That             charge efficiency to achieve higher mileage and performance.
CSA Professor of the Year                          is exactly what Disha Patel (’02) aimed to do when she established
for 2006-2007; and Dan                             the Disha Patel Learning Leadership and Service Scholarship in              The imposition of new environmentally-oriented legislation in nearly all major
Janosik, CSA Senior of                             2006. Disha, who graduated as a Harrison Scholar, while majoring            automotive markets is posing daunting engineering challenges in a field that has already
the Year.                                          in Computer Science and Systems Analysis (CSA), established a               tapped the most economically accessible solutions to improve combustion efficiency.
                                                   $25,000 scholarship endowment. The Patel Scholarship will benefit           In an internal combustion engine, the camshaft is intricately involved in controlling the
                              Disha Patel,         students in CSA, who have academic merit and financial need, a              flow of gasses through the combustion chambers. In this project, the camshaft and
                              CSA Alumna                                                                                       associated valve operation has been identified as an avenue for continuing the pursuit
                                                   demonstrated commitment of service to the community, strong
                              leadership skills, good character, and a desire to utilize their Miami education for the         for greater engine efficiency through computer modeling, numerical fluid dynamics
                              greater good of society.                                                                         simulation, and prototyping.

                              “Giving back to the community and to others has always been something very important             Robert developed a computer model that provides data on critical parameters associated
                              to me. I feel a genuine desire to give back to my alma mater for what it has given me"           with the operation of a cam/valve system. He also prepared an animated simulation
                              says Patel.                                                                                      using a commercial fluid dynamics package. The effects of changing various cam/valve
                                                                                                                               related parameters can now be easily investigated. A 3-D cam profile, which provides
                              “Disha was a stellar student and has continued her good work as an alumna, by                    several performance advantages over existing technologies, is being investigated using
                              contributing generously of her time and her resources to make Miami a better place” stated       these tools. Construction of a prototype will soon be completed.
                              Dr. Doug Troy, Chair of the Computer Science and Systems Analysis department.

                              After Miami, Disha attended the University of Cambridge, obtaining her Masters degree in         Undergraduate Researcher Kyle Green
                              Management from Judge Business School. Disha now lives in Thousand Oaks, California,
                                                                                                                               Kyle Green, who is majoring in computer engineering, with a minor in computer science,
                              and works as an IT Manager at Amgen Corporation. She currently is the Vice President
                                                                                                                               spent his summer working on a prototype hardware platform for race horse training
                              of Miami’s SoCal Alumni Association, training for a triathlon, and finds time to give back
                                                                                                                               purposes. Kyle developed an embedded system                                                 Professor and chair
                              to her community by volunteering at a homeless shelter.                                                                                                                                      Paulette Worcester, NGS,
                                                                                                                               that interfaces with multiple sensors, including a
                                                                                                                               Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, an inertial                                       congratulates a nursing
                                                                                                                               sensor, and a horse heart rate monitor that monitors
                                                                                                                               the position, velocity, posture, and physiological
                                                                                                                               conditions of a race horse. This unit communicates
                                                                                                                               with a base station at which trainers can receive
                                                                                                                               the measurements in real time and use our custom
                                                                                                                               software for training analysis. Kyle will present his
                                                                                                                               work at the 2007 Institute of Navigation Global
                                                                                                                               Navigation Satellite Systems conference in Fort Worth, Undergraduate researcher
                                                                                                                               TX in September 2007.                                  Kyle Green

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                          Robot Dog becomes a Physical Therapy Assistant                                             Engineering Study Abroad in Poland
                                                                  This past academic school year, Dr. Michael        On June 4, Emily Yeager (EGM), Erika
                                                                  Bailey-Van Kuren, associate professor of           Burk (EGM), Colleen Nagy (EE) and
                                                                  mechanical and manufacturing engineering,          Andrew Reynolds (CHE) joined Dr.
                                                                  provided a senior capstone challenge for           Carter Hamilton on a new adventure—
                                                                  four students for their year-long project. The     “Engineering Study Abroad in Poland.”
                                                                  challenge: Could “Aibo,” a programmable            The students traveled to Krakow,
                                                                  mechanical dog made by Sony, be put to             Poland for a 6-week study abroad
                                                                  use as an assistant to a human physical            hosted by the Akademia Górniczo-
                                                                  therapist working with developmentally             Hutnicza University of Science and
                                                                  delayed children?                                  Technology (AGH), one of the leading
                                                                                                                     technical universities in Europe. The
                          “Bobo,” the physical therapy              Twenty seniors applied for the project and the
                                                                                                                     program was held in collaboration with
                          assistant robot dog                       four selected were: Erin Gatta, Alicia Morris,
                                                                                                                     San Diego State University (SDSU),
                                                                    Andrea Van Houten, and Aaron Morgenstein.
                                                                                                                     who brought 22 students to Krakow.
                          The first challenge for the four, after learning Aibo’s programming language, was to                                                Miami and SDSU students meeting with the
                          research the kinds of muscle-control problems that make it difficult for young patients    Students’ summer studies were            Rector (President) of AGH University
                          to walk, run, jump, play ball, and ride a tricycle.                                        comprised of three classes: Women in
                                                                                                                     Polish Heritage taught by AGH faculty; Engineering Economics taught by SDSU faculty;
                          The team worked with Amy Vollmer, a physical therapist who works at McCullough-
                                                                                                                     and Statics taught by Miami University faculty. Each class fulfilled Miami curriculum
                          Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford. The students needed to determine what movements
                                                                                                                     requirements for engineering degrees.                                                           The renovated Benton Hall
                          would be most productive for the children, and how they could program in fun, too,                                                                                                         gets a new cupola.
                          since so much of Vollmer’s therapy is meant to feel like play.                             In addition to class work, students enjoyed a tremendous cultural experience,
                                                                                                                     receiving guided tours of Auschwitz/Birkenau, the Wieliczka salt mines, and several
                          After months of research and programming, the capstone students took Aibo to
                                                                                                                     historic centers of Krakow, including Kazimierz and the Schindler Factory. On the
                          Vollmer’s class at Marshall Elementary, where she is also a physical therapist. The
                                                                                                                     weekends, students traveled together to other European destinations, such as Prague,
                          Miami students filmed as Vollmer and Aibo—nicknamed by the children as “Bobo”
                                                                                                                     Budapest, Vienna, and Athens. Student-hosts from AGH helped the American students
                          —asked the preschoolers to walk, extend their arms, sit up tall, balance, and the
                                                                                                                     integrate into the Krakow life and provided a wonderful cultural exchange between the
                          complex airplane stretch.
                                                                                                                     two countries.
                          “The children were very successful,” Vollmer said later. “To the best of their ability,
                                                                                                                     AGH organized student/faculty tournaments in ping-pong and soccer, and arranged
                          they did better [with Bobo] than they did imitating me.” Aaron Morgenstein, who will
                                                                                                                     several group activities, dinners, and outings. On July 4th, the American students
                          enter the University of Kentucky medical school this fall, remarked that robotics are
                                                                                                                     turned into the hosts sponsoring an Independence Day celebration, and invited all
                          the future of medicine and you need to understand them in order to be successful in
                                                                                                                     AGH students and any international students studying at AGH. Young people from
                          the medical field.
                                                                                                                     countries all over Europe attended the festivities that were capped off by an impressive
                                                                                                                     fireworks display.
                          Graduate Student Researcher Rong Zhang                                                     The workshop ended on July 13th with new bonds in place between two countries,
                          Rong Zhang, a graduate student in the Paper and                                            three universities and twenty-six students. Building on the success of the program,
                          Chemical Engineering department, conducts her                                              Dr. Hamilton will lead another study abroad in Krakow in summer 2008.
                          research under the supervision of Dr. Lei Kerr, and is
                          also the winner of 2007 SEAS Research Forum Best
                          Student Poster Award. Rong graduated in August 2007
                          and has obtained a full scholarship to pursue her PhD
Students participating    at Purdue University.
in the SEAS Recognition
Ceremony.                 Rong presented an easy method to systematically                                            The Department of Computer and Information Technology at Miami University held the
                          control the dimension and shape of zinc oxide (ZnO)                                        third annual IT Forum on Friday, February 23, 2007 on the Middletown Campus. The IT             Recognition Ceremony:
                          crystal in thin films for application in fabrication of                                    Forum 2007’s theme was, Connecting With Our World. This was an opportunity for the              Graduating student with
                          inexpensive solar cells. By selectively increasing the                                                                                                                                     Professor Jade Morton, ECE.
                                                                                                                     55 information technology professionals, students, and educators to share their ideas,
                          amount of cadmium, an additive to the deposition            Graduate student researcher
                                                                                                                     experiences, and insights about the ever changing world of IT. The theme reinforced the
                          bath, the ZnO crystals become shorter and fatter, Rong Zhang
                          transforming from long-and-slim hexagonal rods                                             reality that IT is no longer relegated to the back room, but is a vital part of so many areas
                          to fat-and-short hexagonal pyramids, and then to                                           of our lives, including broadcasting, healthcare, business, security, and communication.
                          twinning hexagonal dots. The ability to make thin films with desired morphology
                                                                                                                     The keynote speaker was David Morgan, Director of Information Technology, Premier
                          allows for synthesis of high efficiency solar cells. Research performed by Rong is novel
                                                                                                                     Health Partners along with other professionals: Pam Berry – The Berry Company;
                          and innovative.
                                                                                                                     Kevin Clay – Win Wholesale; Mark Haake – Small Business Computer Consultants;
                          Her work is published in Journal of Solid State Chemistry and is titled “A simple method   Bob Hall – CONTECH Construction; Annette Higgins – Cash Flow Solutions, Inc.; and
                          for systematically controlling ZnO crystal size and growth orientation.”                   George Nenni and Brain Page – Dominion Dealer Solutions.

                             Engineering Technology expands articulation                                                 ASME Community Service Project: Remote
                             agreements                                                                                  Control Easel
                             Engineering Technology on the regional campuses has expanded its articulation               Miami University’s student section of the
                             agreements with five additional two-year colleges in Ohio to deliver bachelor’s             American Society of Mechanical Engineers
                             completion degree programs in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology.                    (ASME) is proud to be a part of a community
                             The expanded articulation agreements include delivering the bachelor’s completion program   service project to design and build a remote
                             in engineering technology via distance-learning to the following two-year colleges in       control easel. After hearing about the struggles
                             Ohio. The following are the active articulation agreements in which we currently have       that Miami graduate art student Matt Addison
                             enrolled students.                                                                          faced, the students of ASME quickly decided
                                                                                                                         to help. Matt is a talented artist who has not
John E. Karro,               •   Cincinnati State Technical and Community College - Cincinnati, Ohio
                             •   Columbus State Community College - Columbus, Ohio                                       been able to produce his paintings very easily
Assistant Professor
                             •   Cuyahoga Community College - Cleveland, Ohio                                            since suffering a stroke that left him paralyzed
Computer Science &           •   Edison Community College - Piqua, Ohio                                                  on the left side of his body, and partially
Systems Analysis             •   James A. Rhodes State College - Lima, Ohio                                              immobilized on the right side. The goal of this  Shown left to right: ASME members
                             •   North Central State College - Mansfield, Ohio                                                                                            Kevin Sigmund, Asha Ananthu, and
PhD and MS in computer                                                                                                   project is to allow Matt to create his artworks
                             •   Shawnee State University - Portsmouth, Ohio                                                                                              Mike Lang
science, University          •   Sinclair Community College - Dayton, Ohio                                               with greater ease and convenience. ASME
of Virginia; BS in           •   Sinclair Community College Dual Admission Agreement                                     President Asha Ananthu took the lead and formed a team to design and construct a
mathematics, College of      •   Southern State Community College - Hillsboro, Ohio                                      special remote control easel that can move horizontally and vertically using a joystick
William and Mary.            •   Stark State College - North Canton, Ohio                                                remote control. This way Matt will be able to reach all areas of his art medium while       Recognition Ceremony:
                             •   Terra Community College - Fremont, Ohio                                                 still sitting comfortably in his chair.                                                     Professor and Chair Osama
John comes to Miami          •   Washington State Community College - Marietta, Ohio                                                                                                                                 Ettouney, MME.
University from              •   Zane State College - Zanesville, Ohio                                                   The team worked very hard to make painting easier for Matt, and most of the
Pennsylvania State                                                                                                       components to make the easel were donated by various organizations. ASME would
University where he was      Computer Science and Systems Analysis                                                       like to thank Automation Direct, Flexlink, Brighton Steel, the School of Engineering
a research associate in
bioinformatics. Research     Alumni Conference                                                                           and Applied Science, the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering,
                                                                                                                         and the Miami University Associated Student Government for all of their generous
area: Bioinformatics,        On March 30, 2007, Computer Science and Systems Analysis (CSA)                              contributions and support of this project. This project would not be so successful
and within this field, the   held their annual Alumni Conference. Alumni, students, and faculty                          without them all!
creation and application     participated in and helped organize this year’s event, which was a
of algorithms addressing     huge success, bringing together alumni in academia and industry                             Currently the remote control easel is set for completion and turnover to Matt early
the problems related to      and students within the CSA department. Covering a myriad of                                in this fall semester. This remote control easel is just one example of the many great
comparative genomics         topics, the conference was organized into four different tracks:                            things that Miami University’s engineering students of ASME can and will do for those
and the analysis of          Career Development, Career Spotlight, New Technologies, and Real-                           in need in our community. In addition to Asha, the team members were Spencer
                             World Case Studies. Alumni traveled from many parts of the USA,                             Birchfield, Natalie Carne, Cynthia Chavez, Sarah Day, Zak Dziczkowski, Mike Eilers,
genomic structure.
                             as far as the West Coast, to be a part of this event.
                                                                                                                         Bob Green, Greg Haggy, Mike Lang, Jake Mayer, Joe Reep, Andrew Reynolds, Stefanie
                             The keynote, delivered by Andrea Budraitis (’84), provided valuable                         Ries, Kevin Sigmund, and Joe Stilla.
                                                                                                     Andrea Budraitis,
                             knowledge to both alumni and current students on the power of
                                                                                                     keynote speaker
                             building one’s own personal network. Andrea currently holds the
                             position of Principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP.                                         Graduate Student Researcher Brad Geltz
                             Another important highlight of the conference was the dedication ceremony of the            Dr. Mike McCollum, assistant professor in the Electrical and
                             new engineering building, housing the departments of Manufacturing & Mechanical             Computer Engineering department, and graduate student Brad
                             Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Paper and Chemical Engineering.       Geltz received a grant from the Dayton Area Graduate Studies
                             Alumni and students were able to take a tour of the new building which includes state       Institute (DAGSI) to develop an augmented reality system by
                             of the art technology and equipment. (CSA’s new building will be dedicated at the April     integrating a global positioning system sensor, panoramic night
                             4, 2008 Alumni Conference!)                                                                 vision goggles, and several other sensors into a helmet to be used
                             Alumni of CSA, Kevin Fessenden and Disha Patel co-chaired the Conference. It was            by HALO (High Altitude-Low Opening) parachute jumpers.
                             Disha’s first year as a conference organizer and she will continue as chair for the 2008    Utilizing resources available at both Miami University and Wright-
                             conference. Disha stated: “I was excited by the involvement of our alumni, faculty,
                                                                                                                         Patterson Air Force Base, the goal of the project is to provide a
                             and students at this year’s event. It truly was a successful event! It was great to hear
                                                                                                                         live feed of data for a parachute jumper to utilize while in free Graduate student
                             the many different topics discussed at this event and to share in the new SEAS building
                             dedication. Future students that come through the School of Engineering and Applied         fall. This includes a guide to the desired landing zone and various researcher Brad Geltz
                             Science are a lucky group!” Kevin chaired the 2006 conference, so 2007 marked the end       statistics including velocity and orientation. Once the jumper has
                             of his term as conference organizer. Kevin stated: "I think this was the best conference    landed, the system will provide navigation details to various secondary targets. The data
                             we have put on yet, and I am glad to see that it turned out so well, especially since       gathered during decent is recorded for post-mission analysis purposes. The completed
                             it will be the last one that I will have the pleasure of helping to organize. Oh, who am    project will provide a novel system that can be incorporated into both training and
                             I kidding? I'll probably be back to help out in the future, and I'm excited to see what     battlefield scenarios.
                             Disha has in store for us next year!"

                        High School Programming Contest XXI                                                         Miami University hosts the MultiCultural
                        On April 27, 2007, the Department of Computer                                               Leadership Program
                        Science and Systems Analysis hosted its
                        twenty first annual high school programming                                                 Each summer, future leaders and captains of industry
                        contest. Eighteen teams participated from                                                   are invited to the Oxford Campus of Miami University
                        the following high schools: Carmel (Indiana),                                               to participate in the annual MultiCultural Leadership
                        Edgewood, Lakota East, Lakota West,                                                         Program (MLP). These specially-selected college bound
                        Loveland, Middletown, Seven Hills, St. Xavier,                                              high school students represent the very finest in terms of
                        and Sycamore.                                                                               academic achievement and future leadership potential.
                                                                                                                    At the MLP they have an opportunity to network with one
                        The programming contest requires teams of                                                   another and attend specialized workshops in the areas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Nancy Kern-Manwaring,
                        four students to solve programming problems                                                 of education, business, and engineering. The workshops
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Assistant Professor
                        using one computer. Teams read descriptions       High school students solving              are designed to provide an introduction to the various       Students preparing to
Recognition Ceremony:                                                                                                                                                                                              Nursing
                        of problems and write computer programs to programming problems                             career fields in these areas.                                make paper
Professor and Chair
Douglas Troy, CSA.      solve as many problems as they can in four                                                                                                                                                 MS in nursing with
                        hours. The supported languages include Java, C++, C#, and Visual Basic. During              This year nine future leaders attended the program.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   a focus on advance
                        the contest, teams submit their programs to judges who verify the correctness of            Their studies and workshops included learning about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   maternal/child nursing
                        the programs. Teams receive a penalty for incorrect submissions. Teams are ranked           the history of engineering, modern engineering design
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   from Syracuse University,
                        according to the number of problems solved, with ties being broken by the speed at          processes as examples of critical thinking, and basic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   NY; BS in nursing from
                        which the problems were solved. Sycamore High School took first place; Lakota East          aerodynamic principles. The group also worked in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the University of Iowa;
                        finished in second place; and Seven Hills in third place.                                   a computer lab where they analyzed airfoils and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and is a Registered
                                                                                                                    determined optimal angles of attack. They later put
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Nurse (RN).
                        In the past 21 years, over 1000 students have participated as contestants, many             everything they had learned to work by building and
                        of them participating several years in a row. Some of these students have come to           flying gliders. On their final day, they learned about and                                     Nancy has been teaching
                        Miami to study computer science, and most of them help run our contest as one of            made paper from pulp. Everyone had a great time and          Students discuss                  as a visiting assistant
                        the judges.                                                                                 learned about the many wonders of engineering.               aerodynamic principles            professor in our nursing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   program since 2006.

                        Making a Difference in Tanzania                                                             Diane Delisio named “Outstanding Faculty                                                       Prior to coming to Miami
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   University, she was on
                        Mechanical Engineering junior and American                                                  Academic Advisor”                                                                              the faculty of the nursing
                        Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)                                                                                                                                                     department at Spalding
                                                                                                                                                 Each year, the Office of Student Services at the
                        fundraising co-chair, Natalie Carne spent her                                                                                                                                              University, Louisville, KY.
                                                                                                                                                 Middletown Campus selects one faculty member to
                        summer in Tanzania, a country in East Africa.                                                                            be honored as an Outstanding Academic Advisor.
                        Together with other engineering students from                                                                            Dr. Susan I. Brown, Academic Advisor on the Middletown
                        all over the United States, Natalie helped the                                                                           Campus, presented this year’s award to Diane Delisio, Chair
                        local Tanzanian people take care of biomedical
                                                                                                                                                 of the Computer and Information Technology department
                        equipment at their hospitals. Natalie worked at
                                                                                                                                                 at the Middletown and Hamilton Campuses.
                        Machame Hospital in Moshi, Tanzania, where                                                  Diane Delisio and
                        she repaired and refurbished donated medical                                                Susan I. Brown
                        equipment. In addition, she wrote instruction
                        and repair manuals in Swahili for each piece Shown second from left is
                                                                        Natalie Carne                               Anna Dollár recipient of E. Phillips Knox
                        of equipment, which will make it easier for the
Recognition Ceremony:   local people to maintain the equipment on their own.                                        Teaching Award
Professors Dmitriy      Before starting work at Machame Hospital, Natalie spent a month in intensive training to                                 Anna Dollár, associate professor of mechanical and
Garmatyuk and Jeffrey                                                                                                                            manufacturing engineering, is a recipient of Miami University’s
                        learn Swahili and to develop a basic familiarity with the types of biomedical equipment
Herdtner, ECE.                                                                                                                                   most prestigious teaching award—the E. Phillips Knox
                        with which she would be working. During her time in training Natalie lived in Tanzania
                        with a host family who had two small children. Their youngest child, daughter Anita,                                     Teaching Award. This award was established by E. Phillips Knox
                        grew quite fond of Natalie and enjoyed learning about the United States and playing                                      (Miami ’68) to recognize creative, innovative, and engaging
                        American games during their evening time together.                                                                       teaching methods at the undergraduate level. The award was
                                                                                                                                                 presented to Dr. Dollár by President Hodge at the December
                        When the training was over, Natalie worked full time at Machame Hospital. Even though                                    2006 Commencement Ceremony in Millett Hall.
                        she is a mechanical engineering major, Natalie said her electronics and circuits classes
                        were very useful to her, especially when she had to fix a power supply. Natalie also        President Hodge presents    In addition to this award, Dr. Dollár has received numerous
                        refurbished and repaired centrifuges, foot operated aspirators, wheelchairs, and a blue     Anna Dollár with the        awards for teaching and teaching scholarship, including the
                        ray device used to treat jaundice. We are very proud of Natalie and of how she is using     E. Phillips Knox award      SEAS Outstanding Teacher Award (2004), the Illinois Institute
                        her engineering skills to help others. This is an excellent example of engineering at its                               of Technology (IIT) Excellence in Teaching Award (1998), and
                        basic level, and how engineers serve society.                                               the Barnett Excellence in Teaching Award (1996) from IIT’s mechanical materials and
                                                                                                                    aerospace engineering department.

                            Progress in Paper Physics Conference                                                        Miami Game Expo                                                                           • Alex J. Slamka,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “Tomographic Analysis
                            The Department of Paper and Chemical Engineering (PCE) hosted the Paper Physics             The Department of Computer Science and Systems Analysis hosted its second annual            of Electrical Activities in
                            Conference at the Marcum Conference Center on October 1, 2006. Eighty-five delegates        Game Expo. This event is a semester-long project in which teams of high school students     the Brain,” Qihou Zhou
                            from 11 countries arrived in Oxford for the 2006 Progress in Paper Physics seminar.         design and implement a computer game. At the end of the semester, the teams come            (Electrical and Computer
                            This meeting was combined with the International Paper Physics Conference and the           to campus to present their game and see the games developed by the other schools.           Engineering)
                            Fundamental Research Symposium, and constitutes the annual meeting of researchers           This year’s Game Expo included 10 high school teams from Edgewood, Lakota East,           • Robert J. Connor,
                            and scientists dealing with the physics of paper.                                           Lakota West, and Sycamore. In total, 44 students participated.                              “Design and Production
                            We were very pleased that, in addition to university faculty and scientists from research   After game presentations, students vote for the best game in the following categories:      of a Three Dimensional
                            labs, there were 35 representatives from the paper industry in attendance. Conference       Best Visual Effects, Best Game Play/Most Fun, Most Innovative Game, Best Sound              Camshaft,” Fazeel
                            delegates were from the USA, Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany,          Effects, Most Sophisticated, Best User Interface, and Best Overall Game.                    Khan (Mechanical
Andrew Sommers,                                                                                                                                                                                                     and Manufacturing
                            Japan, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Assistant Professor                                                                                                     The quality of games was very impressive, with a team from Lakota West winning              Engineering)
Mechanical and              The conference was organized and chaired by Douglas Coffin, a faculty member in PCE         four of the seven awards. Their game was a networked, multi-player game called “Ant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Brendan A. Buholzer,
Manufacturing               and the Chairman of the TAPPI Paper Physics Committee, which held its meeting during        Wars.” The 2008 Game Expo will include games developed in CSA 487 – Game Design
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “A Development of
Engineering                 the conference. Fifty technical talks were delivered on topics dealing with tomography      and Implementation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Design and Analysis
                            of paper, mechanical responses of paper, forming of fibrous networks, dimensional
PhD and MS in                                                                                                                                                                                                       Methodology for Snap-
                            stability, fiber properties, and nanotechnology.
mechanical engineering                                                                                                  Inspiring Future Women Engineers                                                            Through Prediction in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hypersonic Aircraft
from the University         Eight master’s students and one undergraduate student from the paper and chemical
of Illinois at Urbana-                                                                                                  Meaghan Geist and Kate Zechman, co-presidents of Miami                                      Structures ,” Amit
                            engineering department participated by assisting with the technical sessions. About
Champaign; BS in                                                                                                        University’s student section of the Society of Women                                        Shukla (Mechanical
                            20 students from PCE219, “Statics and Mechanics of Materials,” attended technical
                                                                                                                        Engineers (SWE), organized this year’s highly successful                                    and Manufacturing
mechanical engineering      sessions and enjoyed talking with delegates during the breaks.
                                                                                                                        Girl Scout Day. Girl Scout Day is the SWE’s largest event                                   Engineering)
from Clemson University.
                            The Paper Science and Engineering Foundation hosted a special presentation at the Miami     and has, over the years, earned quite a reputation among
Prior to coming to Miami                                                                                                Girl Scout troops in the area. This year’s theme was “Space”                              • Guy F. Litt, “The
                            University art museum. A distinguished researcher in paper physics, John Waterhouse,
University, Andrew was                                                                                                  and Miami University welcomed 115 fifth and sixth grade Girl                                Oxidation of Ethanol
                            and his wife Mona, a native of Sweden and a respected artist who works with handmade
a research assistant                                                                                                    Scouts from around the area for an experience that was “Out                                 Through CuO/Fe2 O3
                            paper, presented a joint talk entitled “The Art and Science Connection.”
and teaching fellow                                                                                                     of this World.” With the help of all our volunteers, including                              Catalysts Prepared by
in the Department of        The meeting was a success and the delegates came away with an understanding of              help from American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME),                                  Flame Aerosol Method,”
Mechanical Science          why Miami University is a great place for paper science education and research.             the girls “soared” from one planet to the next learning about                               Catherine Almquist
and Engineering at the                                                                                                  the different kinds of engineering.                                                         (Paper and Chemical
University of Illinois.                                                                                                                                                                                             Engineering)
                                                                                             Paper Physics              The day’s activities focused on basic engineering principles
Research area: air-side                                                                                                                                                                                           • Evan P. Briggs,
                                                                                             Conference, Marcum         including statics, mechanics, dynamics, materials,
convective heat transfer,                                                                                                                                                                                           “Growth and
                                                                                             Conference Center          structures, and papermaking, and helped the girls earn their
energy systems,
                                                                                                                        Math Whiz, Making it Matter, Science Sleuth, and Computer Girl Scouts participating         Characterization of
micro-fabrication,                                                                                                                                                                    in engineering activities     P-Type Conductor for
                                                                                                                        Fun badges all in one busy day. While the main goal of Girl
and surface wettability.                                                                                                Scout Day is a fun time for everyone, it also serves a much                                 Solar Cell Applications,”
                                                                                                                        higher purpose of acquainting young women with the field of engineering. Women have         Lei Kerr (Paper and
                                                                                                                        traditionally been underrepresented in the engineering disciplines, and Girl Scout Day      Chemical Engineering)
                                                                                                                        is intended to help improve that situation. We hope some of the young women who           SEAS congratulates these
                                                                                                                        attended Girl Scout Day will be so inspired that they follow through with a career in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  outstanding undergraduate
                                                                                                                        engineering. With role models like Meaghan and Kate, it’s a sure thing!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  researchers. You will find
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  more information about

                            Ron Brown (PSE
                                                                                                                        Senior Design Project: Portable Material                                                  some of these students’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  research work throughout
                            Foundation), John
                            Waterhouse, Mona
                                                                                                                        Testing Demo Equipment                                                                    this newsletter.
                            Waterhouse, and                                                                             The design team consisting of Tom Houtz and
                            Doug Coffin (PCE)                                                                           Dwayne Platt, senior engineering technology
                                                                                                                        students, designed and built a patentable material
                                                                                                                        tester for Mar-Test Corporation of Cincinnati,
                                                                                                                        Ohio. The unit will be used by their sales team to
                                                                                                                        demonstrate Mar-Test’s material testing capabilities.
                                                                                                                        Considerations for the design included load
                                                                                                                        cell interfacing to LabView and proper material
                                                                                                                        selection for demonstration purposes. Dynamic
                                                                                                                        loads and active control of simple structures are       Patentable material test
                                                                                                                        easily demonstrated.                                    for Mar-Test Corporation,
                                                                                                                                                                                Cincinnati, OH
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SEAS Students                   Regional Campus Computing Awards                                                          SEAS Divisional Recognition Ceremony
as MU                           Each year, Miami’s regional campuses                                                      Dean Marek Dollár presided over the annual SEAS Divisional Recognition Ceremony
Undergraduate                   in Hamilton and Middletown have award                                                     which was held in the new Goggin Ice Arena on Sunday,
                                ceremonies to honor their graduates and                                                   May 6, 2007. During the event nearly 250 students were
Summer Scholars                 outstanding students. The Computing and                                                   recognized. Twenty three students graduated cum laude,
The Undergraduate               Information Technology (CIT) department                                                   six students graduated magna cum laude, and nine
Summer Scholars program         supports all computing majors at the regional                                             students graduated summa cum laude!
is an initiative aimed at       campuses and selects several of these students
                                                                                                                                                  Timothy “TJ” Bittel was our
heightening the intellectual    each year to receive awards.
                                                                                                                                                  student speaker and graduated
challenge of the learning
                                The Middletown Campus Honors Ceremony                                                                             with a major in engineering                                        Deborah Stevison,
environment at Miami
                                was held Friday evening, April 27, 2007, and                                                                      management—environmental                                           Assistant Professor
University. For summer                                                       Middletown winners pictured with Dr.
                                the following awards were presented by CIT                                                                        specialty from the School of
2007, ten SEAS students                                                      Catherine Bishop-Clark are Stephanie                                                                                                    Nursing
                                Professor and Regional Campus Assistant Dean Doll, Patty Woloszyn, and Matt Gay                                   Engineering and Applied Science.
were selected as scholars.
                                Catherine Bishop-Clark:                                                                                           He also received minors in                                         MS in forensic nursing
The students, their
                                • Outstanding first-year computing major: Matt Gay                                                                both economics and operations       Dean Marek Dollár presided     from Xavier University
research projects, and their                                                                                                                                                          over the ceremony
                                • Outstanding continuing computing major: Patty Woloszyn                                                          management from the Farmer                                         (Cincinnati); BS in nursing
faculty advisors were:
                                • Outstanding student in computers and society: Stephanie Doll                                                    School of Business.                                                from the University of
• Jonathan D. Wright,                                                                                                                                                                                                South Carolina; and is a
  “Evaluation of Geometric      The Hamilton Campus Honors Ceremony was held Friday evening, May 4, 2007, and                                     He was nominated and selected for this honor because of his
                                                                                                                          Timothy “TJ” Bittel,                                                                       Registered Nurse (RN).
  Properties of Maps,”          the following awards were presented by CIT Assistant Professor, Jill Courte:                                      involvement inside and outside of the School of Engineering
                                                                                                                          student speaker                                                                            Deborah has been
  William Brinkman II           • Outstanding computing students: Otis Clark III and Krista Still                                                 and Applied Science. Inside the Miami community, TJ was an
                                • Outstanding computing student (non-major): Shirley Korey                                                        active member of the Dean’s Student Advisory Council, Rowing       teaching as a visiting
  (Computer Science and
                                                                                                                          Club, and Associated Student Government funding board. He also helped to establish         assistant professor in our
  Systems Analysis)
• Brendan A. Barth,
                                Miami Students Receive TAPPI Scholarships                                                 the African School Advancement Program (ASAP), a student organization that promotes        nursing department since
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     2006. Prior to coming to
                                                                                                                          cross cultural understanding and the advancement of primary and secondary education
  “Web Window for               The Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) Technical Divisions                                                                                                 Miami University, she was
                                                                                                                          in Africa. He also was awarded two prestigious student awards: the Presidential
  Annotation Querying           Scholarship Program is intended to encourage talented science and engineering                                                                                                        an adjunct instructor at
                                                                                                                          Distinguished Service Award and the Provost Academic Achievement Award.
  System,” Valerie Cross        students to pursue careers in the paper industry and its associated industries, and                                                                                                  the University of Cincinnati
  (Computer Science and         to promote interest in the particular scientific, engineering or technological focus of   Outside of the Miami community, TJ completed a study abroad program in China,              Raymond Walters College,
  Systems Analysis)             each division.                                                                            attended NASA’s Microbe in Space Workshop Huntsville, Alabama, held an internship          the Nurse Education
• John H. Mulski,                                                                                                         for the Operations Department of JPMorgan Chase & Company, and developed a                 Director at Summit
                                Two Miami Paper & Chemical Engineering students received TAPPI Division Scholarships
  “Parallelizing 3D                                                                                                       comprehensive and educational webpage for the public on the usage and ramifications        Behavioral Healthcare in
                                this year. Garrett Verhagen, a senior, received the TAPPI Coating and Graphic Arts
  Ontology Visualization                                                                                                  of solar panels in southwest Ohio.                                                         Cincinnati, and a crisis
                                Division Scholarship. Katy Lysaght, a junior, received the TAPPI Environmental Division
  Algorithms,” Valerie                                                                                                                                                                                               services coordinator/
                                Scholarship. Erica Suding, a senior, received the Deborah Ann McNutt Memorial             Our guest speaker was Mr. John A. “Jack” Scott, President and Chief Operating Officer of
  Cross (Computer Science                                                                                                                                                                                            nurse at the Forensic and
                                Scholarship. This scholarship honors the memory of Deborah Ann McNutt and                 Parsons, one of the world’s largest engineering and construction companies. Recognized
  and Systems Analysis)                                                                                                                                                                                              Mental Health Services in
                                encourages participation in PIMA/TAPPI activities and attendance at the PIMA/TAPPI        as an expert in the field of the destruction of biological agents and weapons, Mr.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Hamilton, Ohio.
• John T. Ragle,                Student Summit.                                                                           Scott has led the development of technologies, processes and facilities for: disposal
  “Using Model-Drive                                                                                                      of stockpiled U.S. and Soviet nuclear weapons; disposal of radioactive wastes; non-
                                Congratulations to these three students for their outstanding academic and
  Development to Populate                                                                                                 incineration technologies for treatment of hazardous materials; and technologies for
                                professional performance, and for receiving these scholarships in recognition of their
  a Semantic Web Service                                                                                                  the handling of radioactive and hazardous materials.
  Repository,” Gerald
  Gannod (Computer
  Science and Systems                                                                              Pictured from left
  Analysis)                                                                                        to right are: Katy
• Jason R. Pennington,                                                                             Lysaght, Garrett
  “Novel Radar Signaling                                                                           Verhagen and
                                                                                                   Erica Suding
  Concept and Architecture
  via Software Modeling,”
  Dmitriy Garmatyuk
  (Electrical and Computer
    ...continued on next page                                                                                                                                                              Mr. John A. “Jack”
                                                                                                                                                                                           Scott, President
                                                                                                                                                                                           and Chief Operating
                                                                                                                          Engineering Technology graduates with Dean Dollár                Officer of Parsons

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                              Recently, Mr. Scott was a key advisor to the government of Japan for treatment
                              and disposal options of more than 2 million Japanese chemical weapons buried and
                                                                                                                            Catherine B. Almquist granted Tenure and
                              abandoned in China. He also led the team for the design and construction of the facilities    Promoted
                              in Russia to dispose of the Russian stockpile of chemical nerve agents.
                                                                                                                            Catherine B. Almquist has been granted tenure and promoted to
                              Mr. Scott was instrumental in establishing Parsons Scholarships at numerous universities,     associate professor of paper and chemical engineering. She earned
                              co-funded a rapid prototype development laboratory for our school (SEAS), and                 a bachelor of science from The Ohio State University, a master
                              developed a 100% distance-learning master’s degree program in project management              of science from the University of Cincinnati, both in chemical
                              at Texas A&M. Parsons also sponsors more than 80 internships for college students in          engineering; and her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the
                              related fields of science and engineering.                                                    University of Cincinnati.

                              Mr. Scott received a Bachelor of Engineering in mechanical engineering from Youngstown        Cathy joined the Department of Paper and Chemical Engineering
Amy Weeks,                    State University in 1971. He also holds a Masters of Engineering in industrial engineering    in 2001. Prior to coming to Miami University, she worked as a Catherine B.
Assistant Professor           from Texas A&M, which he received in 1973.                                                    chemical engineer in process research and development, and in Almquist, PCE
Nursing                                                                                                                     contract research. She now teaches a variety of chemical and
                                                                                                                            environmental courses in the Paper and Chemical Engineering department. She is
MS in nursing from Wright
                                                                                                                            distinguished in the area of environmental science and engineering, and received an
State University; BS in
                                                                                                                            Institute of Environmental Science Fellow award in 2004.
nursing from the University
of Cincinnati; and is a
Registered Nurse (RN).                                                                                                      Elizabeth V. Howard granted Tenure and Promoted
Amy has been teaching
                                                                                                                                               Elizabeth Howard has been granted tenure and promoted to associate      This banner will soon come
as a visiting assistant
                                                                                                                                               professor of computer and information technology. She received          down! The actual door
professor in our nursing
                                                                                                                                               a bachelor of science in computer engineering from Wright State         connecting Benton to the new
department since 2004.                                                                                                                                                                                                 engineering building will soon
                                                                                                                                               University, and a master of science in systems analysis from Miami
Prior to coming to Miami                                                                                                                                                                                               be in place.
                                                                                                                                               University. She was the first tenure-track faculty member to be hired
University, she was on
                                                                                                                                               into the newly created Department of Computer and Information
the faculty of the nursing
                              Last minute adjustments!                       “We did it!”                                                      Technology, which originated in 2001. She also has experience in
department at the
                                                                                                                                               business and industry as a computer engineer.
University of Cincinnati                                                                                                    Elizabeth V.
                                                                                                                            Howard, CIT
and the Christ Hospital
School of Nursing.
                              Second Annual SEAS Research Expo                                                                                 “Liz” has distinguished herself as an outstanding teacher and has
                                                                                                                                               received the SEAS Arthur Olson Generational Teaching Excellence
                              The second annual School of Engineering and Applied Science Research Expo was held            award, the Miami University Middletown Excellence in Teaching award, the Greater
                              on Friday, March 20, 2007 in the new engineering building. This was an excellent venue        Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities Celebration of Teaching award,
                              for faculty and students from all SEAS departments to present their research. Posters         and the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education award for faculty excellence
                              on display throughout the building allowed other faculty and students to learn about
                                                                                                                            in teaching.
                              personal investigations. Nine of our faculty, at least one from each department, gave
                              short presentations about their research. The highlight of the day was a presentation by
                              Dr. Steve Rodgers, senior scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory entitled “Qualia-
                              based computing—Does my computer 'feel'?”
                                                                                                                            Carolyn H. Mason granted Tenure and Promoted
                                                                                                                            Carolyn Mason has been granted tenure and promoted to associate
                              Awards were given for the best student posters. The undergraduate winner was Jeff             professor of nursing. She earned a diploma from Highland School
                              Cooper, a computer science student. The winner of the graduate student competition
                                                                                                                            of Nursing in Oakland, California, a bachelor of science in nursing
                              was Rong Zhang from the paper and chemical engineering department.
                                                                                                                            from California State University, and a master of science in
                                                                                                                            nursing–public health nurse specialist from the University
                              Traditional baccalaureate degree in nursing                                                   of Illinois.

                              This fall, the Department of Nursing is enrolling students in a new four-year traditional     Carolyn has over 24 years of experience in nursing education. She
                              baccalaureate degree in nursing. Fifteen students are entering the sophomore year             joined the Miami University Department of Nursing in 1986 as a        Carolyn H.
                              of the program and will be taking two nursing courses each semester, along with               visiting assistant professor, and in 2001, she was the successful     Mason, NSG
                              their Miami Plan courses. For the third and fourth years, the students will mostly take       candidate for an assistant professor position. She has published
                              nursing courses that involve practicum experiences in local hospitals and community
                                                                                                                            five book chapters and nine articles in scholarly journals, and has made presentations
                              agencies. This class will graduate in May 2010, and be eligible to take the National
                                                                                                                            at 14 national and international public health meetings. Her research interests include
                              Council Licensing Exam, which is required to be a registered nurse in all states.
                                                                                                                            spiritual care in nursing, developing community partnerships, and cultural diversity,
                              Planning for the program began in the fall of 2004. University approval was granted           with emphasis on helping faith-based agencies form partnerships with mental health
                              in September 2006, and the Ohio Board of Nursing granted approval in May 2007.                agencies that care for the chronic mentally ill; issues of chronic mentally ill who
                              Previously, (but still offered), students were required to stop out at the associate degree   are parenting children; and promoting cultural diversity through international
                              in nursing, take the licensing exam, and return to complete a baccalaureate degree.           nursing experiences.
                              The new program does away with the required stop-out, which will be more appealing
                              to high school students who are looking to major in nursing.

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