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neWS in engineering
The OhiO STaTe UniverSiTy COllege Of engineering
on the Move
From the Dean
The past few months have accentuated the interdisciplinary problems will be the mantra
struggles of our country and globe on all of the 21 century engineer. We also must
levels: risks to the economy, raw materials, reconsider how we reward faculty instruction;
consumption and the lifestyles to which we we need to have greater rewards in place for
have become accustomed. faculty who are innovative or great teachers.
With all the problems before us, we as We have, in fact, recently adopted several
engineers must endeavor to respond. of the “Engineer of 2020” principles, which
If we were to parse out current challenges in mainly focus on a well-rounded engineer:
energy, global warming, aging infrastructure, • enhancing and personalizing education
security and conflict, water, communication to meet today’s student needs under the
and trade, all are predominantly engineering guidance of our Engineering Education
problems. We all know these issues are not Innovation Center;
new. So what’s different? • hiring practicing engineers as faculty
Now we compete in a world dominated and inviting them to work with students
by time. Information and decisions travel at through our capstone programs and our
light speed. We need people who can make new Ohio Innovation Initiative (see p. 7);
GreGOry WashiNGtON, iNterim DeaN
decisions and act quickly and rationally. This • continuing emphasis on interdisciplinary
dictates a very rigorous learning by facilitating teamwork among
training. When you look engineering and other disciplines through
for individuals trained various centers, such as our new National
to think logically, who Science Foundation Materials Research
are interdisciplinary at Science and Engineering Center (see p. 8);
the core and who can • and promoting engineering and
make decisions quickly, technology literacy through new courses
engineers are more we plan to offer universitywide.
competent than any. Some of those “Engineer of 2020”
How we prepare recommendations have long been successful
our engineering here at Ohio State, such as encouraging
students for this rapid, global domain is a students to aspire to advanced degrees;
question engineering colleges are examining improving math, science and engineering
nationwide, spurred by the 2005 National education at the K-12 level with outreach
Academy of Sciences “The Engineer of 2020” efforts; and teaching the essence of
report that began reinventing engineering engineering, with design, prediction, building
education. We must differentiate the degrees and testing, in the first year of college
we offer here at Ohio State from those offered education through our Fundamentals of
nationally and internationally if we’re going to Engineering program.
compete in a world market. The way we are preparing students for the
First, we’ve got to globalize our curriculum challenges facing the world is to return to
and our educational process. That doesn’t what made us great as Americans throughout
necessarily mean sending our students to our history. We must go back to the ingenuity,
study abroad, although that’s part of it. It really innovation and creativity that have essentially
means infusing in our students a mindset that made us a great country — and infuse these
they are in a global community. The problems into the development of the next generation
they have to solve in classrooms and labs of students.
should not just be those affecting the United
States but also nations around the world.
Second, we need to look at ways to make
the curriculum more flexible so students
acquire more breadth, because solving
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16 Millennials on the Move
illUSTraTiOn matt treFZ
Get ready to be impressed as we introduce you to today’s students in the College
of Engineering, where they not only excel in the classroom but fill their hours
with service activities, study abroad, research, entrepreneurship — and even
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Ohio state engineering:
Excellence · Impact · Innovation Cheena srinivasan
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If you receive an e-mail from the new leader of the College
of Engineering, one of the first things you’ll notice is the
exclamation point he always adds after the initials he uses as
his signature — a move that says a lot about the energy and
enthusiasm he brings to the position.
Gregory Washington was appointed interim dean Oct. 1,
succeeding William A. “Bud” Baeslack III, who was hired
as provost at Case Western Reserve University. Washington,
College of engineering interim Dean Gregory Washington (left) visits with who was promoted from associate dean for research, is a
General motors representatives Chris Brandly (center), a manufacturing professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and
planning manager who leads the Gm recruiting team, and mel stewart, the interim director of Ohio State’s Institute for Energy and
senior manager, academic relations, at the engineering Career expo the Environment. He has been involved in research in the
during fall quarter. design and control of smart material systems, the design and
control of hybrid electric vehicles, and the design of smart
Here, he shares his insights about the college, engineering
education and his motivation.
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What specific goals do you have for the College?
The primary and overarching goal is to continue with the strong and groundbreaking strategic plan that was put in process by
Dean Baeslack. In general, I plan to focus on three areas: revenue, reputation and retooling.
We’re going to increase and use our revenue more efficiently by maintaining federal support but growing relationships with
industry in interdisciplinary research, using the increased revenue to develop innovative programs at the cutting edge of education.
We want our reputation to be in alignment with the achievements of our faculty and students, who do tremendous things. These
are things people need to know about our college. If you look at our research dollars, if you look at student production, if you look
at many of these entities, our numbers have increased far greater than many of our counterparts, but our rankings have not. Most
of this is about perception. We haven’t marketed ourselves as strongly as we should; this is one thing we plan to change.
And we need to retool. Our college faculty will change dramatically over the next five to seven years due to retirements or job
changes. We need to plan an infrastructure to bring in new faculty and orient them so they are ready to prepare students for the
global future. We’re retooling to differentiate ourselves from national as well as international competition.
How do you see yourself relying on alumni to meet Students, faculty and staff admire your energy and
some of these challenges? ambition. What inspires or motivates you?
Our alumni are critical to reaching these challenges. We Overall, it’s watching others succeed and knowing I could
actively call on our alumni for scientific and technical help. be a part of helping other people succeed. I love to be in an
We now have at least five former executives from industry environment where people say, “You can’t. This can’t be done.
working at the college to help us with research and curriculum You can’t do it.” I think there’s something to be gained when
development, and we intend to do much more of that. We people finally figure out that they can. A lot of that is from my
depend on our alumni for their feedback. We have advisory own background and upbringing; I was always told I couldn’t.
boards in all of our departments, and we have a strategy And I’ve always been able to succeed even in that environment.
council in our college. I am now working on putting together So that’s where the passion and energy come from.
what I call a vanguard group, which is a small group of highly It doesn’t matter what the problem is in front of us. If we put
successful individuals who will help chart the course for this our minds to it, if we become passionate about it, if we get our
college for the next 20 years. And finally, we depend on alumni hearts right, we can solve virtually any problem. Everything we
for financial support. These major problems that are afflicting need is here; we just have to arrange it and organize it properly.
the country will not be solved by government. It doesn’t have
the capacity to solve these problems, but private individuals What do you do to unwind?
coupled with industry and universities do, and that’s what’s
going to solve it. Lift weights. And I like playing games with my kids. My
wife, Nicole, and I have a 6- and an 8-year-old, both boys. We
What is your teaching philosophy, and what do you do a lot of fun things like football and lots of thought games.
hope students gain from their education here at the We play lots of strategy games in my house: Connect Four,
College of Engineering? checkers, chess, UNO, games that require you to think and be
strategic. I’m very big on that because I think these are the skills
I fundamentally believe there’s a mismatch between the way that are important as we look forward in life.
many engineering faculty teach and the way many engineering
Jim BrOWN, OsUmC
students learn. To give an example: Engineering students
generally are more “big picture.” They want to know why a
concept is important. Engineering faculty tend more to teach
the focus of “how” to solve a specific problem. Engineering
students prefer to reason visually, but most of their instruction
is verbal, more by lecture. One of my fundamental beliefs
in teaching is you should use as many different teaching
styles and as many pieces of information to reach as many
different students as possible. In my classes, for instance, I take
advantage of the technology students are using and often have
visual learning, methods of both induction and deduction and
lots of active and peer-to-peer learning. We have to appeal to all
of the different ways in which students learn. This is important
for diversity because our students have a much more diverse U.s. sen. John Glenn (left) speaks with (from left) interim Dean Gregory
background and thought process in terms of how they learn. Washington; richard hart, Department of Biomedical engineering chair;
Our teaching has to be aligned with that. and William marras, director, Ohio state Biodynamics Lab, and professor
of industrial, welding and systems engineering, before “engineering and
medicine: the Prescription for an aging Population,” a Nov. 5 panel discussion
in recognition of the 10-year anniversary of Glenn’s 1998 space mission.
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College Names New associate Deans
formerly held by Robert J. Gustafson, who is now director of
the Engineering Education Innovation Center, in July.
Until Tomasko steps in, Ann D. Christy, associate professor
of food, agricultural and biological engineering, will serve
as interim associate dean for undergraduate education and
Tomasko, who joined Ohio State in 1993, received his
doctoral degree in chemical engineering from the University
mOses tOmasKO Christy
of Illinois. He was promoted to professor in 2005 and currently
Engineering faculty members have been appointed to college serves as director of the Honors Collegium. He received the
associate dean positions. Ohio State Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2002.
Randolph (Randy) L. Moses has been named the College His research focuses on thermodynamics, separations and
of Engineering’s interim associate dean for research, replacing materials processing, promoting the use of environmentally
Gregory Washington, who is the college’s new interim dean. benign solvents in chemical and materials processing. His
Moses, who received his doctoral degree in electrical current focus is the application of supercritical fluids to the
engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State processing of polymers and pharmaceuticals.
University, joined Ohio State in 1985. In addition to serving Christy joined Ohio State in 1996 and received her doctorate
as associate dean, Moses will retain his faculty position in the in environmental systems engineering from Clemson
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. University. She is a 2006 recipient of the Ohio State Alumni
His research accomplishments include three Lumley Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Research Awards and the Research Accomplishment Award Her primary research interests include bio-environmental
from the College of Engineering, as well as an Outstanding engineering, field and laboratory studies of solid waste
Research Contributions award from the Defense Advanced management systems, landfill bioreactors, fracture flow
Research Projects Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. hydrogeology and containment support as well as design
He is also a recipient of the Harrison Faculty Award for of ground water and soil bioremediation systems. She has won
Excellence in Engineering Education. more than 15 teaching and service awards, and her
David L. Tomasko, professor of chemical and biomolecular work has been published in more than 70 education and
engineering, has been named associate dean for undergraduate technical publications.
education and student services. Tomasko will fill the position,
Biomedical engineering adds Undergraduate major
The Department of Biomedical Engineering has introduced a new undergraduate
major in biomedical engineering. While the department has had a graduate
program since 1971 as well as an undergraduate minor program for several years,
the undergraduate major received its final approval Oct. 7 from the Ohio Board of
The objective of the biomedical engineering undergraduate program is to provide
educational opportunities for students to creatively integrate engineering and life
sciences so graduates can successfully pursue:
• Advanced study • Advanced study • Careers in biomedical
leading to research or leading to research or engineering
professional practice professional practice industries or related
in biomedical in health care technical and
engineering professional fields
The major will start with a small cadre of up to 25 exceptional students, beginning
winter quarter 2009, and will steadily increase to a projected full capacity of 75
students per class.
More information about the new major is available online at www.bme.ohio-state.
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Building engineering excellence through Diversity
By mary Juhas
While I think this quote (right) by Ms. Abzug, who in 1976
was the first woman to run for the U.S. Senate from New York,
was appropriate for the 1970s (and today), I would only add “Our struggle today is
that schlemiels from all underrepresented minorities and those
with disabilities be promoted as quickly as white, male, able- not to have a female
bodied schlemiels, especially in engineering.
After 13 years in higher education, most recently serving Einstein get appointed
as the senior assistant dean for diversity and outreach in
Ohio State’s College of Engineering, I was thrilled when as an assistant
an opportunity arose to take my own passion for building engineering excellence
through diversity to the national level. professor. It is for a
I have just returned to the university after serving two years at the National
Science Foundation as a program director, which gave me an opportunity to help the woman schlemiel
Foundation create programs to broaden participation in the STEM fields. I was hired
in October 2006 with the charge to create a sustainable roadmap for diversity in the to get as quickly
Directorate for Engineering and to reach out to the academic community and work
within the engineering directorate and across other NSF directorates to address policy promoted as a male
issues in a holistic way to help reach this goal.
With a clean slate and a reasonable budget that underscored NSF’s commitment schlemiel.”
to diversity, I undertook the most exciting and meaningful challenge of my career as
an engineer. — U.S. Rep. Bella Abzug (1920-1998)
My accomplishments at NSF could not have been realized in such a short time
span without the aid of the Engineering Diversity Working Group, which had
representation from all the engineering divisions. This group of women and men was
actively involved in important directorate-wide activities such as the drafting of the Mary Juhas, ’89 Ph.D. MSE, joined Ohio
first Broadening Participation Plan for Engineering, which will drive NSF engineering State as a research scientist in materials
directorate business practices to be inclusive of underrepresented groups. science and engineering in 1998 and was
Another new program, “Broadening Participation Research Initiation Grants in named senior assistant dean for diversity
Engineering” (BRIGE), provides funding to help faculty members, including those and outreach in the College of Engineering
from underrepresented groups, engineers at minority-serving institutions and in 2002. This fall, she also was appointed
persons with disabilities, to initiate research programs early in their careers. The program director of the new Project CEOS,
goals are to increase the number of proposals to the Directorate for Engineering Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State.
from individuals who can serve as role models for the U.S. engineering workforce (Read more about Project CEOS on p. 6.)
of the future and to support innovative plans for recruiting and retaining a broad
representation of researchers. In its inaugural year, the BRIGE program successfully Contact:
funded 20 percent of submitted proposals from early career faculty members from Mary Juhas,
underrepresented groups — exceeding the engineering directorate’s typical funding (614) 688-8239, firstname.lastname@example.org
level of approximately 15 percent.
My program funded the first workshop for Women Engineers in Advanced
Academic Positions, with participants who hold positions from the dean and above
who discussed issues from building interdisciplinary research to surviving today’s
fiscal challenges. I also funded a workshop, “Bridges to Engineering Research 2020:
a Foundation for National Partnerships,” at North Carolina A&T State University, a
historically black institution, to bring together engineering deans from major research
universities and minority-serving institutions to initiate research partnerships.
Although these two years passed more quickly than I had wished, I am gratified
in knowing that my programs will continue due to NSF’s commitment to building
engineering excellence in our country through diversity.
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Career award Boosts Bioengineering researcher’s Work
Samir Ghadiali, a new associate imaging, drug delivery and even cancer treatment, when the
professor of biomedical engineering, bubbles are injected into a patient’s bloodstream. However,
received a National Science Foundation microbubbles also cause significant injury when they form
CAREER Award of $375,000 for in the lungs of patients who are breathing on a mechanical
“Mechanobiology of Microbubble ventilator. Ghadiali is using a sophisticated combination of
Induced Cellular Injury in the computational modeling and high-resolution microscopy to
Pulmonary System.” Scientists have reveal how microbubbles damage cells. Ultimately, the project
discovered that tiny gas bubbles, called may lead to new drugs that prevent lung injury
“microbubbles,” can enhance ultrasound during ventilation.
NsF Grant targets improved Culture
Professor to help for Women in science
Launch energy The Ohio State University will use federal funding to help female faculty advance
in the sciences by launching a five-year initiative to increase the presence and success
Center in india of women at all faculty ranks and in faculty leadership positions across the STEM
disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The National Science
Bhavik Bakshi, professor of chemical Foundation awarded Ohio State a $3.6 million grant to fund a program called Project
and biomolecular engineering and co- CEOS, or Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State.
director of the Center for Resilience, has Participating units in Project CEOS are the College of Biological, Mathematical and
formed a partnership with the University Physical Sciences within the Federation of the Arts and Sciences, and the Colleges of
Institute of Chemical Technology Engineering and Veterinary Medicine.
(UICT) in Mumbai, India, to help launch Mary Juhas, senior assistant dean for diversity and outreach in the College of
the new Centre for Energy Bioscience. Engineering, has been named program director to oversee the day-to-day operations
UICT and its partners, including Ohio of Project CEOS.
State and Purdue University, have Carolyn Merry, chair of civil and environmental engineering and geodetic science,
received a grant of approximately is the College of Engineering representative to the project. She is responsible for
$6 million from the Indian government developing targeted entrepreneurship training, with emphasis on business processes
to establish the center, with a mission associated with licensing and commercializing technology, for women who are center
to find new bio-based technologies for directors and research team leaders.
reducing India’s growing dependence on Specific goals of Project CEOS include retaining all of the current female assistant
petroleum fuels and cut down emission professors in STEM disciplines from hiring through promotion and tenure; achieving
of greenhouse gases. Bakshi will co- 30 percent representation by women among the 80 faculty hires anticipated over
advise graduate students working on the next five years in the participating colleges; hiring at least six new faculty who
evaluating the life cycle environmental are African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American or Native-American women;
and economic implications of various appointing at least three additional women as associate deans and chairs; and
fuel options. He has been given a visiting increasing entrepreneurial activity done by women by 50 percent.
professor appointment at UICT for this On the Web: Read more about Project CEOS online at www.osu.edu/news/
purpose. In addition, there are funds in newsitem2147.
the grant for bringing the UICT graduate
students to Ohio State and Purdue for a
few months. Chaykowski appointed executive Director
for engineering advancement
Stephen B. Chaykowski has been named executive director for engineering
advancement. He joins Ohio State from the Cleveland Clinic, where he served as
senior director for development.
In his new position, Chaykowski will coordinate the efforts of the Office of
Development and Office of Communications for the College. He will oversee
all fundraising efforts and initiatives, alumni relations, print and electronic
communications and the College of Engineering Web site.
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engineering, Business Join Forces Faculty awards and honors
in New Capstone Program Jennifer evans-Cowley, associate professor, city
and regional planning, received the Outstanding
The new Ohio Innovation Initiative program in the college’s Use of technology and Urban and regional
Engineering Education Innovation Center will better prepare Planning award from the technology Division of the
business and engineering students for solving practical american Planning association for work by evans-
industrial problems while helping to revitalize Ohio’s Cowley and her students to aid hurricane Katrina
industrial sector. recovery in harrison County, miss.
“Innovation is the engine that holds the greatest promise l.S. fan, professor, chemical and biomolecular
to revitalize industrial companies that are critical to the Ohio engineering, was named one of the “One
economy,” says Charles Martin, a 1960 engineering physics hundred engineers of the modern era” by the
alumnus, who is supporting the initiative through the Charles american institute of Chemical engineers for his
D. and Twyla R. Martin Foundation. contributions in fluidization and powder technology,
The initiative’s premise is that a company’s existing management team may be too which has led to significant process improvements
engaged in the day-to-day operations of the enterprise to conceive new approaches in the chemicals and fuels industries, and received
to the business, including the application of new, innovative technologies and/or the 2008 award for innovation in Coal Conversion
business practices. from the international Pittsburgh Coal Conference.
“Bright, creative individuals — our engineering students — from outside the the fontana Corrosion Center received the
company may be better positioned to identify and develop big ideas and innovations Distinguished Organization award from NaCe
that can have a transforming effect on the future of the enterprise,” says Peter Rogers, international for its 60 years of leadership and
director of the initiative. “And working with company managers, staff, competitors, contribution to the corrosion community through
vendors and customers to solve a broad array of problems gives students a better education, research and professional development.
understanding of businesses and prepares them to make significant contributions as Patrick J. fox, professor, civil and environmental
they enter the labor force.” engineering and geodetic science, received the
Rogers, a senior manufacturing executive with more than 30 years of industrial Chandra s. Desai excellent Contributions medal
experience on both the operations management and business development side of from the international association for Computer
companies, has held leadership positions at entities including BH Thermal Corp., G.E. methods and advances in Geomechanics and
Schmidt Inc., Sensotec Inc., Edison Welding Institute and Battelle. He received his the international Geosynthetics society award
doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts and is chief for his research contributions on the strength of
operating officer, co-owner and co-founder of MastCheck Inc., a Columbus company geosynthetic clay liners. in addition, he received
specializing in inspection products and services. the 2008 thomas a. middlebrooks award from
“I’ve been successful working with engineering students to create innovative the Geo-institute of the american society of Civil
solutions, and I’ve witnessed the excitement and energy they bring to an industrial engineers.
environment. Creating these collaborative teams provides Ohio companies with an Denny guenther, professor, mechanical
effective resource that can have a transforming effect on their future,” Rogers says. engineering, has been named a Fellow of
The initiative will be launched as a pilot program in winter and spring quarters. the society of automobile engineers for his
“This program is designed to be a collaboration between student teams and international reputation as a prolific researcher,
corporate partners whereby companies benefit by getting fresh new ideas for their author and educator in automotive design, vehicle
growth and students gain practical experience in confronting real world challenges handling and stability, and accident injury analysis.
working in interdisciplinary teams comprised of both engineering and business Jozsef gozon, professor, civil and environmental
members,” says Martin, who is chairman, CEO and chief investment officer of Mont engineering and geodetic science, received a
Pelerin Capital, an investment management firm he founded in 2005. In 2007, he Golden Diploma from miskolc University, hungary,
received the College of Engineering’s Benjamin G. Lamme Meritorious Achievement for 50 years of service in mining.
Medal, the college’s most prestigious honor for alumni. James gregory, assistant professor, aerospace
The college is seeking Ohio manufacturing executives interested in participating engineering, and Ji-Cheng (J.-C.) Zhao, associate
in the new program. For more information, contact Rogers at email@example.com or professor, materials science and engineering, were
(614) 579-3462. among 82 of the nation’s brightest young engineers
selected for the National academy of engineering’s
14th annual U.s. Frontiers of engineering
Brian K. hajek, senior research engineer and
associate chair, nuclear engineering, received
the 2008 arthur holly Compton award from the
american Nuclear society.
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materials science and engineering Professor Nitin Padture (left), who will direct
the new materials research science and engineering Center, works with doctoral
student Jenny Dorcena on a project to make iron oxide nanowires that could be
used to develop computers that store more data in less space, process data faster
and consume less power.
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Ohio state awarded Prestigious faculty awards and honors, cont.
materials research Center l. James lee, professor, chemical engineering,
received the Council for Chemical research’s 2008
By Pam Frost Gorder malcolm e. Pruitt award and the 2008 Plastics
engineering/technology (Fred O. Conley) award
A new $10.8 million interdisciplinary research center at Ohio State University will from the society of Plastics engineers.
study and develop materials for tomorrow’s electronics. William rich, professor emeritus, mechanical
The National Science Foundation awarded funds to Ohio State over six years to engineering, received the american institute
establish a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). With this, of aeronautics and astronautics 2008
the university joins a national network of 27 MRSECs that foster active collaboration Plasmadynamics and Lasers award.
between universities and industry. george l. Smith, professor emeritus, industrial and
To the $10.8 million in NSF funds, the university will add a $6.2 million cost share, systems engineering, received the Fred C. Crane
bringing the total funds to $17 million. Distinguished service award from the institute of
The Ohio State MRSEC will be called the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), industrial engineers.
and it will marshal Ohio State’s considerable expertise in electronic materials. The robert h. Wagoner, professor, materials science
CEM faculty members are experts in understanding and manipulating materials and engineering and mechanical engineering,
from plastics to semiconductors to unique hybrid materials on the atomic, molecular, received an honorary doctorate from the technical
nanometer and micrometer levels. University of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj, romania.
The Ohio State CEM is the largest among the five new MRSECs that were awarded eric Walton, retired senior research scientist,
by NSF out of 87 applications in a national competition held every three years. electroscience Lab, received the 2008 antenna
“This is a first for Ohio State and for the state of Ohio,” says Nitin Padture, professor measurements techniques association
of materials science and engineering and director of the center. “The fact that we won Distinguished achievement award.
this highly sought-after center speaks volumes about the outstanding quality of our Deliang Wang, professor, computer science and
faculty team and its interdisciplinary research, and the excellent infrastructure and engineering, received the 2008 helmholtz award
support we enjoy.” from the international Neural Network society for
The cornerstone of the new center will be research into magnetoelectronics, he his contributions in sensation and perception.
explains. Also known as spintronics, this approach utilizes the spin of electrons in William e. Wolfe, professor, and Tarunjit Butalia,
atoms to push beyond looming barriers for computer chips. This focus emerged from research scientist, civil and environmental
two years of collaborations within two interdisciplinary organizations at Ohio State: engineering and geodetic science, were
Electronic & Magnetic Nanoscale Composites of Multifunctional Materials and the recognized by the U.s. ePa’s Coal Combustion
Institute for Materials Research. Products Partnership with the 2008 award for
Magnetoelectronics could be the key to developing computers that store more data research.
in less space, process data faster and consume less power. A computer with this kind Steve yurkovich, professor, electrical and
of integrated magnetic memory would function as soon as it was switched on — no computer engineering and mechanical engineering,
“boot up” needed. is the recipient of the 2008 John r. ragazzini award
To make that happen, researchers must not only develop new materials but also in Control education from the american automatic
find new ways to study and manipulate materials. The 21 CEM faculty members — in Control Council.
departments as diverse as chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering, and
electrical and computer engineering — are collaborating across disciplines to do just
that and to integrate their research with education.
“A significant number of undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral
scholars will be educated and trained under the auspices of the CEM,” Padture says.
“The creation of this large and diverse work force in highly interdisciplinary materials
research will contribute toward maintaining U.S. global leadership in the field of
advanced materials and related technologies.”
Ohio State is already home to another NSF-funded materials-related center,
the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC), which supports research
in nanotechnology. Only eight universities nationwide boast both an NSEC and
a MRSEC: University of California, Santa Barbara; Cornell University; Harvard
University; University of Pennsylvania; Northwestern University; University of
Massachusetts; University of Wisconsin; and now Ohio State.
Pam Frost Gorder is assistant director of research communications at Ohio State.
Nitin Padture, (614) 247-8114, firstname.lastname@example.org
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it all adds Up
some key College of engineering figures
Maximum square footage of the Solar
Decathlon house, which is being built by
students competing in the fall 2009 U.S.
Department of Energy-sponsored competition
The hydrogen carried on the Buckeye Bullet 2 hydrogen fuel
cell powered streamliner racer
5 0 ,8 3 3
ate t he The second-largest single gift to the university, donated
ine ering alumni living acro anonymously for the exploration of outer space. Part of the
funds will go toward the John Glenn Chair in the Department
of Aerospace Engineering.
The number of 2008 first-quarter
Amount of time in which the Mars Panoramic Scanner, a new
freshmen declaring engineering as their camera system by Rongxing (Ron) Li, professor of civil and
major — the most of any major here at environmental engineering and geodetic science, can scan the
Ohio State horizon and form a full 360-degree panorama
VOL. 80, NO. 3, 2008 eXPLOriNG the GaLaXy 11
Five decades ago, NASA began
its mission to pioneer the future
in space exploration, scientific
discovery and aeronautics research.
Ohio State College of Engineering
students, alumni and faculty
could fill a book with their own
experiences with the agency. Here
are just a few of their stories, in
honor of NASA’s 50th anniversary.
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enhancing access to space
Jack McNamara, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, and Andrea Serrani,
associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, are using $1.2 million
this image, captured from animation video, illustrates the in funding from NASA to investigate SCRAMjet-propelled hypersonic vehicles,
X-43a research vehicle, which is a hypersonic vehicle which obtain the oxidizer for combustion from the atmosphere rather than carrying
representative of models Jack mcNamara and andrea it on board. The research will focus on developing innovative multi-disciplinary
serrani are using to conduct research for Nasa. models that capture unique interactions between the vehicle structure, propulsion,
Nasa DryDeN FLiGht researCh CeNter COLLeCtiON aerodynamic and control systems.
Four aerospace engineering students traveled to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in
Houston in 2008 to test a new technique for extracting oxygen from lunar soil. The
team members — Rachel Neff, Richard Jedrey, Elizabeth Carruthers and Michael
Boehler — conducted the experiments aboard NASA’s C-9 aircraft. The flight
simulated lunar gravity, which is about one-sixth of Earth’s gravity.
“The reason this process is so interesting is that it may be possible to set up ‘gas
stations’ on the moon,” says Neff, who graduated cum laude with honors in spring
2008 and is a project engineer at ASE Technologies in Greenville, S.C. “Any space
mission launched from Earth could swing by the moon to pick up oxygen for its trip.”
Jedrey plans to complete a co-op rotation at Johnson Space Center before
graduating next summer. Boehler is finishing his degree and staying at Ohio State to
aerospace engineering students rachel Neff (left) and obtain a master’s degree. Carruthers, also a Johnson Space Center co-op, expects to
michael Boehler perform an experiment in simulated graduate in spring 2010.
lunar gravity aboard a Nasa C-9 jet.
Ohio state moonbuggy team members sara Canale moonbuggy
(front) and ian Gilmore, both welding engineering
seniors, guide their vehicle through Nasa’s 2008 Great An Ohio State team of welding engineering students had an impressive showing
moonbuggy race at the U.s. space & rocket Center. at the 15th annual Great Moonbuggy Race, sponsored by NASA in spring 2008 at the
Canale and Gilmore graduated in spring 2008 and are U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. Student teams designed vehicles that
welding engineers in houston. Canale works for acute addressed engineering problems similar to those faced by the original Moonbuggy
technological services; Gilmore is employed by CrC- team during the Apollo 15 mission in 1971.
evans automatic Welding. The Ohio State team was named the Rookie of the Year, received the Pit Crew
Award for ingenuity and persistence in overcoming problems during the race, and
placed ninth overall. The team’s Moonbuggy is a manually powered vehicle, similar to
two recumbent bicycles, joined and pedaled through a 0.7-mile lunar terrain surface.
“This is the first time for Ohio State to have a team entered in the competition,” says
team member Sara Canale. “We have alumni down there (in Huntsville); they were
very proud of our showing.”
COUrtesy OF the OhiO state mOONBUGGy team
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A team of Ohio State sophomores placed third in the 2008
NASA Fundamental Aeronautics Competition to design the next-
generation DC-3-type aircraft. Aerospace engineering majors Kevin
Disotell, Robert Craun, Nachiket Deshpande, Alvaro Hernandez,
Masha Tolstykh, Stephen Norris and Kevin Holcomb Jr. and
mechanical engineering major Matthew Hansen emphasized
performance and efficiency in a design of an aircraft they called
the “Puma.” Meeting NASA specifications, the team designed the
Puma to cruise at Mach 0.8 and carry 25,000 pounds of payload. It would leap from
the runway in 3,000 feet and be outfitted with noise abatement technologies, such as
a variable area bypass nozzle on the aircraft’s twin GE CF34-10 engines to minimize Ohio state’s Puma is named after the mountain lion, a
flow instabilities that lead to noise. The Ohio State entry also explored alternative fuels quick and nimble animal that can leap from the ground in
such as biofuel and lighter materials. a short distance, because the aircraft was designed to
“This design competition was an excellent way for us to engage with challenges be a short takeoff and landing vehicle.
facing the aerospace industry: the need for better fuel economy, greater access to
airports and decreased noise levels,” says Disotell, project leader.
imaGe By KeViN GeCsi
As a result of the competition, team members Craun, Deshpande and Holcomb
received summer internships at NASA.
“It was a privilege to work with the talented NASA employees on a real aeronautics
modeling and analysis problem, the Blended Wing-Body aircraft, which gave me
much exposure to various areas of research as well as experience in systems thinking,”
says Deshpande. “I feel like I have reached a new level of thinking, of comprehension
and of capability after being there.”
The 2008-2009 team has expanded to 23 students majoring in aerospace, civil and
Lunar exploration this artist’s rendering shows an astronaut’s-eye view of
the lunar navigation system, called the Lunar astronaut
NASA awarded Rongxing (Ron) Li $1.2 million to develop a navigation system for spatial Orientation and information system, that ron Li
astronauts on the moon. Images taken from orbit and from the moon surface will and his colleagues are developing.
create maps of lunar terrain; motion sensors on lunar vehicles and on the astronauts
will allow computers to calculate their locations; and signals from lunar beacons, the
lunar lander and base stations will give astronauts a picture of their surroundings
similar to what drivers see when using a GPS device on Earth. Li, the Lowber B. Ohio state engineers are designing a system to extract
Strange Designated Professor of civil and environmental engineering and geodetic oxide and metal byproducts from an oxygen reactor
science, works on the project with Alper Yilmaz, assistant professor, and Bo Wu, to cast them for use in other lunar applications. the
research associate, also from Li’s department, as well as researchers from NASA, system is operated using a countergravity casting
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California at Berkeley. In method, which uses a pressure differential to push
addition, NASA selected Li as one of 24 scientists to participate in research related to a molten material up a tube into a mold that sits above
new moon exploration mission, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, scheduled for launch the furnace.
metals on the moon
Doru Stefanescu, Ashland Research Professor in the Department of Materials
Science and Engineering, and Evan Standish, a master’s student, are investigating
metal casting as it relates to a NASA project to build a permanent base on the moon.
NASA has a long-standing goal of generating oxygen on the moon from lunar soil,
and a process being developed at MIT with capability to do so would produce as
byproducts molten oxides, iron and silicon. Stefanescu and Standish are examining
the means of extracting those oxide and metal byproducts from an oxygen reactor to
cast them for use in other lunar applications. Technical difficulties include problems
related to the very high temperature of the molten materials (1,650 degrees Celsius)
and the high reactivity of the molten lunar soil with containment materials. So far,
NASA has funded the project at $100,000.
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imaGe COUrtesy OF Nasa
imaGe COUrtesy OF raLPh rOCKOW
Ohio state alumnus ernest Levert is an engineer at Lockheed martin, which is
working with Nasa’s Constellation Program on the development of the Orion
spacecraft, shown here in an artist’s rendering, that will return humans to the
moon and prepare for future voyages to mars and other destinations in our
ernest Levert, ’82 WE
Production Operations Technical Excellence Staff
and Senior Staff Manufacturing Engineer, Lockheed Martin
Missiles and Fire Control, Dallas this artist’s rendering depicts the apollo descending to the moon. engineering
From 1995 to 2002, Levert and colleagues at Lockheed alumnus ralph rockow worked on the lander’s descent engine, part of which is
Martin Missiles and Fire Control developed welding systems showing in the rendering as the conical shape emitting exhaust, as an engineer
for the heat rejection system and the photovoltaic radiators for and manager for trW’s space technology Laboratories.
the International Space Station.
He discovered the direction for his career at Ohio State, when ralph rockow, ’58, B.S. and M.S. ME
astronaut Ronald McNair spoke at an awards banquet. Founder and President, Exodyne Inc., Phoenix
“He said, ‘Pick an area of your career and become an expert; As a manager and engineer at then-TRW’s Space Technology
don’t be a typical welding engineer.’ So I took every class Laboratories in Redondo Beach, Calif., in the mid- to late
Professor Charles Albright offered and specialized in power 1960s, Rockow was responsible for a team that designed and
beam processes,” he says. developed 80 percent of the engine that landed Neil Armstrong
Levert is chairman of the International Institute of Welding and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin on the lunar surface in 1969.
Commission IV, Power Beam Processes. He frequently speaks “We started on the thrust chamber, the nozzle extension and
at school career days, giving students “Ron McNair Words the gimbal ring system on the descent engine for the Apollo
of Wisdom,” he says of his inspiration, who died in the 1986 Lunar Landing missions,” Rockow remembers. “The lunar
Space Shuttle Challenger explosion. “I share with them: You can excursion module descent engine was used to retro brake the
become a rocket scientist.” return of the Apollo 13 mission for re-entry into Earth’s orbit
Now Levert, a 2004 College of Engineering Distinguished for the safe ocean landing of astronauts James Lovell, Fred
Alumnus, works on the launch abort system for the Orion, part Haise Jr. and John Swigert Jr.”
of NASA’s Constellation Program to send human explorers back In 1982, Rockow started his own company, Exodyne, a
to the moon and then other destinations in the solar system. holding company with subsidiaries in areas such as developing
“It was a great personal experience to have worked with some safety features for transportation, training and educating young
of these astronauts,” he says, “and then there’s the fact that my people through subsidiary Dynamic Educational Systems Inc.
work is now in outer space.” and being involved in real estate investments.
Rockow, who sits on Ohio State’s foundation board and
many committees at the College of Engineering, has received
a number of special recognitions from Ohio State, including
The Sequel the Benjamin G. Lamme Meritorious Achievement Medal, the
Considering the five decades of NASA history and nearly most honored award presented by the College of Engineering,
50,000 Ohio State engineering graduates, we’re sure more and the 2003 University Distinguished Service Award.
of you have stories about having worked on a NASA Rockow says his conversations with people about his career
project. Do share! We’ll post responses online or in a almost always gravitate toward his Apollo experiences.
future edition of News in Engineering. “This program was separated from others in my career based
on the fact that President Kennedy said we were going to put a
Send your information to email@example.com or News in man on the moon by 1970. We were all driven to accomplish
Engineering, ATTN: Editor, The Ohio State University, that goal,” Rockow says. “It’s like anything in life, leadership is
College of Engineering, 025 Hitchcock Hall, 2070 Neil what counts. When you’re working on a program comparable
Ave., Columbus, OH 43210. to the Apollo program, you know you’re working on something
that’s going to be historic.”
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the View from Cloud Nine
By tim Priser
As I stood in the Horseshoe with my
diploma in my hand in 1987, nothing
could have forecast my career path. Yet engineering alumnus tim Priser worked on the entry, descent and landing
that was where my ascent to cloud for the Phoenix mars Lander, shown here partway through assembly and
nine began. testing at Lockheed martin space systems, Denver, in september 2006. in this
Preparing for the Phoenix Lander’s photograph, the lander’s fan-like circular solar arrays have been spread open
entry, descent and landing on Mars — a for testing. the arrays were in this configuration when the spacecraft was
project we began in 2005 — was the most active on the surface of mars.
exhaustive test and analysis program our Nasa/JPL/Ua/LOCKheeD martiN
industry has ever formulated and executed under a cost-capped
When we launched Phoenix from Earth in August 2007,
we were confident in our EDL design under nominal and days of landing, we had made our first trench in the surface,
reasonably off-nominal scenarios. But we still re-doubled again revealing the water ice that resides just below the surface.
our efforts during the 10-month cruise phase to drive down At that point, the scientists were joining me on cloud nine,
remaining risks. Two months prior to EDL, we loaded the because their dreams and designs were coming to fruition just
handful of robustness modifications on-board and declared like mine did on EDL day.
ourselves ready. From that point forward the only thing left to Thinking back to 1987 and holding that diploma, my career
do was execute. path has been more of a random walk than a targeted set of
With the lander’s three major configuration changes, 22 goals and objectives. To my fellow alumni and current students:
pyrotechnic events and a velocity change from 12,500 to 0 mph, I know some of you have very clear ambitions and destinations.
all in less than 15 minutes, our second-guessing haunted every But for those of you who don’t: Don’t worry. Let your interests
waking and sleeping moment. As the day drew nearer and the and your talents and your evolved experiences propel you
spacecraft and operations team continued to perform flawlessly, along. Who knows? Maybe you’ll also sit on cloud nine — or
it all became very surreal. It was like watching a test — a very the northern plains of Mars — some day.
nominal test — and yet this was the real deal. Everything and
everyone involved executed perfectly; Phoenix landed May 25. Read more about the Phoenix Mars Mission online at
Now I know personally that the view from cloud nine truly phoenix.lpl.arizona.edu.
is spectacular. After working so hard, for so long, with so many
committed people, the feeling of accomplishment was simply Editor’s Note: Tim Priser, a 1987 aeronautical and aerospace
wonderful. engineering graduate, shares his experiences of leading the
Following the perfect landing, the work continued. We had Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) Design for the Mars Phoenix
a new machine on the surface of Mars that needed care and Lander as an engineer with Lockheed Martin Space Systems.
feeding and also needed to be exercised in the manner for The company awarded him its teamwork and leadership NOVA
which it was sent. Our descent thrusters blew the loose soil Awards, given to employees in honor of outstanding contributions
away directly under the nozzles and exposed the top of the to Lockheed Martin’s mission and business objectives, for his work
ice — the ice that we were sent to look for. And within a few on the Phoenix mission.
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on the Move
Meet the engineering students of today
By Joan Slattery Wall and Matthew Caracciolo
Photos by Jo McCulty
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They type text messages on cell phones while walking down
stairs to a classroom, balance a morning java in one hand
while steering their bikes down Neil Avenue with the other,
and listen to their iPods while checking their phones for
messages as they make their way across the Oval.
And that’s just the technology end of things.
If you could describe today’s College of Engineering
students in one word, “multi-taskers” might be the best fit.
Wait until you learn what occupies the time of some of these
students we’ve highlighted for you in this edition of News
in Engineering. We found them not only studying for heavy
course-hour loads and doing research with professors but also
launching service organizations, starting their own businesses today’s College of engineering undergraduates
and serving as officers of multiple student groups. Oh, and excel in the classroom, but you’ll also find them
they do make time for hobbies: learning a foreign language, rushing off to the other multiple facets of their lives:
playing guitar and piano, traveling and dancing, just to sports, band, service and leadership activities
name a few. and research.
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The students we’ve highlighted are just a handful of examples sections; students can apply to be Scholars if they are in the
representative of the entire college student body, as evidenced top 20 percent of their high school class and have relative
by these impressive statistics: ACT and SAT scores of at least 27 or 1220, respectively.
• The average Ohio State freshman engineering student • For the 2007-2008 school year, approximately 65 percent
scored 28.5 on the ACT. The average for all students of engineering undergraduates earned university and/or
nationally: 21.1. College of Engineering scholarships, totaling more than
• By commencement, 67 percent of Ohio State engineering $10 million, based on their academic performance.
undergraduates have engineering experience through co- Last year the college established the Engineering Education
ops or internships. Innovation Center to guide ever-changing efforts to meet the
• Thirty percent of engineering undergraduates are members needs of these always-on-the-move students.
of the university’s Honors or Scholars programs. Honors Read on. We’re sure you’ll be impressed with the young
students must be in the top 10 percent of their high school Buckeyes roaming the halls of your alma mater … as well as our
class and have a score of at least 30 on the ACT composite “Guiding the Way” notes — a selection of the college’s efforts to
or 1340 or higher on the SAT critical reading and math ensure students’ success following graduation.
Senior, mechanical engineering
Hometown: West Salem, Ohio
Making Tracks: Since his freshman year, Logan has been a member of the Buckeye
Baja SAE team, an experience that gave him inroads to four internships: three with
Polaris Industries, a company that makes ATVs, and one with Xtrac Motorsport
Transmissions. He is obtaining an entrepreneurship minor through Fisher College
of Business, where he is a member of Business Builder’s Club. He also is a member
of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, and he plays intramural sports including sand
volleyball, hockey, flag football and softball. To unwind, he plays piano and acoustic
Full Speed Ahead: “My Baja experience got me all of my jobs. It taught me how to
use money wisely, how to lead people, and how to recruit people, which was a hard
thing to do considering that being a team member is voluntary rather than a class
What’s next: “I’m taking an entrepreneurship minor through Fisher College of
Business. I absolutely love those classes. That’s ultimately where I want to end up. I’m
getting the engineering degree for credibility and background, and I want to run a
business myself or be part of a small business where I have a lot of decision-making
What was most surprising to you about living in a campus dorm? “I
was surprised at how many kids were shut-ins. I lived in the honors dorm.
I came here to leave the door open and chat and meet people. It was
surprising how many other students were plugged in to music or video
games with their doors shut.”
Guiding the Way
One of Logan’s classes was Engineering 494, “From Great
Ideas to Great Products,” taught by alumnus Phil Schlosser,
’65 engineering physics and ’67 M.S. and ’72 Ph.D. nuclear
engineering, an entrepreneur himself who has started three
companies and holds 22 patents. Students in the course form
teams that perform a quarter-long, in-depth engineering
design, manufacturing and market analysis of a technical
product. Following his passion, Logan chose a 4-wheel ATV for
Whether he’s behind the wheel or working with tools in hand, Logan Krueger
says his experience working on the Buckeye Baja sae team has been a boon
to his college years.
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Carol Udoh (left) tutors Lindsay roberts, a junior, during her job as a teaching
assistant for the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular engineering. Carol
was helping Lindsay understand how to use an entropy equation of state.
Carol and biomolecular engineering What’s next: “After this past summer internship,
senior, chemical I was given a full-time offer for the Engineering
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio Development Program at General Mills, and I’m
Singing praise: Carol will graduate in March. Meanwhile, she serves as the leaning toward taking that offer.”
finance chair for the National Society of Black Engineers and mentors members. What do you do to unwind? “I go running and
She has been involved in the African American Voices gospel choir and then eat double-stuffed Oreos.”
volunteers for many high school outreach programs for Women in Engineering.
“For example, four or five times a quarter, I do a lab for a group of girls that Guiding the Way:
shows how chemical engineering can be used in making lip gloss,” Carol says. In addition to volunteer service that
“We try to recruit 11th- and 12th-grade high schoolers to do engineering at undergraduates like Carol offer to student
Ohio State.” organizations, the college has more formal service-
Quality time: “I like to talk about the quality of education here. A lot of high learning opportunities such as Engineers for
school students come here and talk about schools with higher rankings, but I Community Service, ECOS, which promotes life-
like to talk about my good experiences here. My time at Ohio State has been long professionalism via educational experiences
good to me.” using engineering skills for service projects.
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Pat electrical and computer engineering engineering, and I am really glad that when I was a kid, my
Senior, parents got me involved in activities like Science Olympiad. So
Hometown: Wickliffe, Ohio when I’m mentoring, hopefully I can show that kind of passion
A Dynamic Presence: Pat is busy researching for engineering to the people I work with.”
“Dynamic Movement in Bipedal Locomotion,” making What’s next: Pat wants to teach at the university level.
a robot capable of high-energy movements such as What was the most interesting thing you found in your
running or jumping. He also is a teaching assistant for dorm room or apartment when you moved out last spring?
Fundamentals of Engineering for Honors, helps Ohio “I found a soaking wet dress shirt in a plastic bag.”
State FIRST Robotics as a mentor for the Columbus
School for Girls, is a Eta Kappa Nu member Guiding the Way:
and plays the E-flat cornet in the Ohio State Even as undergraduates, Pat and his peers can conduct
University Marching Band. Pat has volunteered research. “Our undergraduate students engage in research in
at the South Side Settlement House in different ways, from theoretical modeling to prototype design
Columbus and was on and field testing,” says Randy Moses, interim associate dean for
the leadership team research. “Students apply classroom knowledge to unsolved
for the E-Council problems and develop independent thinking and technical
Career Expo. communication skills on the way. They get to work one-on-
Mentoring to one with faculty members and share with them in the thrill of
Inspire: “I love discovery and the creation of new ideas and knowledge.”
Laura Tufts computer science and engineering
Freshman, electrical engineering and
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Sleep is not an Option: Laura is involved with several clubs
at Ohio State. She is a member of the Ohio State Honors and
Women in Engineering programs, Society of Women Engineers
and College Republicans. The publicist in the Association
of Computing Machinery for Women club, she was recently
accepted into Leadership Ohio State. When she’s not attending
club meetings or going to class, she manages to find time to be
an office assistant in Lincoln Tower.
eD CrOCKett, OhiO state marChiNG BaND
Destined for Success: “I’ve learned a lot about myself. I think
leadership qualities are essential in attaining success in the
world, and I have pretty lofty goals.”
What’s next: Laura wants to be a chief information
Pat Wensing joins tBDBitL on the officer for a Fortune 500 company.
practice field before the Buckeyes What is on your computer
faced Penn state in the ’shoe Oct. 25. desktop? The 2008 Pittsburgh
Wensing plays the e-flat cornet. Penguins team photo.
Guiding the Way:
Since 2006, Brad Clymer, associate professor of electrical and
“ECOS fulfills a critical need by providing computer engineering and biomedical informatics, has satisfied
opportunities for students to collaborate and the technology appetites of students like Laura by uploading
practice engineering for the benefit of people in movies of his lectures to the Internet. Then students who have
need,” says John Merrill, director of the First- scheduling conflicts can get the lectures and all students can
Year Engineering Program and instructor for the review them as often as necessary while doing homework and
Honduras Service Learning course. “Our students studying for exams. “I have had very supportive comments
have been able to work in Honduras on behalf of from the students since I started doing this,” Clymer says. “It
orphaned children, conduct assessment projects is especially helpful for students to be able to see complicated
in Nicaragua and Mexico, and develop new methods like how to do convolution or solve circuit analysis
projects with farmers in Guatemala. At the same problems again and again. Since I have started this, the exam
time, they work close to home with Columbus scores in courses with these topics have improved dramatically.”
childcare centers and retirement communities.
They develop technical knowledge, leadership Laura tufts works as an office assistant in the Lincoln tower dorms. Between work,
skills and cultural understanding that they can internships, classes and hobbies, she often subsists on just two hours of sleep a
apply locally and globally.” night, which she insists is plenty of rest to keep her going.
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masha tolstykh (center) assists first-year engineering students (from left) Brandon mcKenzie, Drew
stratton, megan Feagles and rob Kapaku in the Fundamentals of engineering for honors lab, where she
is a teaching assistant. “i like working with students and helping them understand the basics that all
engineers need to know,” she says.
Katie architecture O’Lone
Hometown: Mason, Ohio
Serving her community: Katie is president of the SERVitecture club, a recently
established community service group for Knowlton students that focuses on
architecture-related service projects. Katie is also a member of Architecture Scholars
and is involved in several intramural sports. She was a captain for her soccer
intramural team. Katie also traveled to London her freshman year for the Architecture
Scholars spring break study abroad trip.
Sharing Space: “As a landscape architecture student, your interaction with the
community is close. We understand how space works in a community, and we apply
that knowledge in studio.”
What’s next: “I think I would like working in a multi-disciplinary firm.”
What’s the most played song on your iPod? “the ‘Mamma Mia!’ soundtrack”
Guiding the Way:
Kay Bea Jones, associate professor, architecture, leads the College of Engineering’s
International Task Force, which is charged with recommending how the college
can provide significant international experiences for its students like Katie at both
the undergraduate and graduate levels. “The 21st-century engineer needs technical
aptitude along with multilingual and cultural awareness, knowledge of world markets,
and professional flexibility and mobility,” Jones says. “But perhaps the most important,
and immeasurable, value of study abroad is the impact it has on an individual’s life
and future. Opportunities to explore new environments and meet others often lead to
profound lessons about oneself.”
Katie O’Lone and fellow students are designing a ballpark for the Clintonville (Ohio) Knights as a project
of serVitecture, a student service organization of which O’Lone is a founding member and president.
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Senior, aeronautical and astronautical engineering What’s next: Masha plans to pursue a master’s degree in
Hometown: Solon, Ohio aerospace and then obtain a research and development position
High Ambition: Masha is secretary of Sigma Gamma Tau within the industry. “I want to do computational fluid dynamics
and was a member of the Project Puma team for the 2008 with mathematical modeling. I really like programming and
NASA Fundamental Aeronautics Competition to design a next- computers. I think I’m going to try to integrate my aerospace
generation DC-3-type aircraft. For four quarters she has been a education with my mathematical and computer background.”
teaching assistant for Fundamentals of Engineering for Honors, What do you take on your Chipotle burrito? Guacamole,
and she received Ohio State’s Medalist Scholarship and is on the and lots of it.
dean’s list. Her hobbies include travel and dancing. She is fluent
in Russian and has studied Spanish extensively. Guiding the Way:
Exploring her Options: Masha had two internships with Engineering Career Services facilitates connections between
Procter & Gamble, one in fabric care in Lima, Ohio, and one students and the hundreds of local, regional and national
in blades and razors in Boston. “I really enjoyed the R&D work employers who recruit engineering graduates like Masha. More
I got to do this summer in Boston. That’s the most valuable than 81 percent of the college’s graduating seniors in the class
thing I took away, knowing what I want to do in life,” she of 2007 had commitments even before commencement, with
says, adding that the fabric care internship allowed her to see 65 percent already hired into jobs and 16 percent reporting
the manufacturing aspect of engineering. “When you design graduate or professional school plans. In 2007, 67 percent of all
something in research and development, it should be easy to undergraduate engineering students had one or more quarters
implement on the manufacturing side. Integrating the design of co-op or intern experience prior to graduation.
process between the stages of research and development and
manufacturing is something all engineers should know about.”
Rahim and biomolecular engineering
Leading Others: Rahim is president of Iota Phi Theta fraternity, where he has improved his people
skills and conducts service activities such as mentoring middle school students. He conducts research
on hemoglobin-based blood substitutes in associate professor Andre Palmer’s lab. He also is Unity
Chair for the National Pan Hellenic Council, president of Lambda Psi Minority Engineering
Honorary, and a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, American Institute of
Chemical Engineers and Band of Brothers. An independent business owner through Amway
Global, Rahim has held internships with Procter & Gamble and IBM.
From the Books to the Lab: Rahim enjoys solving real problems through research: “You get to
apply what you learned, and you learn new skills. One example would be your analytical skills,
because you’re controlling your experiment and truly understanding the way things behave.
One of the most important things you learn is meaningful collaboration. There are hundreds
of people doing related research, and you learn to communicate with them and hopefully get
collaborators or at least build off of what they found as opposed to redoing it yourself.”
What’s next: Rahim would like to be a professor in bioengineering and is particularly interested in
doing stem cell research.
What would be your typical Saturday attire? During the day I’d dress comfortably because I’d
probably study, so sweats, a T-shirt and maybe a hoodie. When I go out, of course, I dress to impress.
GQ, that’s me, with a button-up shirt and jeans and dress shoes.
Guiding the Way:
The College of Engineering offers students like Rahim opportunities to hone their leadership skills
through traditional student teams, including Concrete Canoe, Bio-environmental Design or vehicle
projects at the Center for Automotive Research. Classroom options include a seminar, taught by Tau
Beta Pi alums who are practicing engineers throughout the United States, that gives students training
in teamworking and interpersonal skills.
rahim Bamba is working on a project to purify hemoglobin with associate professor andre Palmer. “after we purify the
hemoglobin, we are trying to recreate a synthetic cell using polymer materials to surround the hemoglobin,” Bamba says,
explaining that this method of creating blood substitutes would eliminate viruses and blood type concerns.
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Generating electricity from Lost energy
By Pam Frost Gorder
Considering all that money we pour into our gas tanks, our vehicles’ engines don’t
give us a very good return on the investment.
Some experts argue that only about 25 percent of the energy produced by a typical
gasoline engine is used to move a car or power its accessories, and nearly 60 percent
is lost through waste heat — much of which escapes in engine exhaust.
Joseph Heremans, an Ohio Eminent Scholar and professor of mechanical
engineering and physics, and an international team of colleagues have invented
a new material that will make cars more efficient by converting that heat wasted
through engine exhaust into electricity, with twice the efficiency of anything
currently on the market.
Scientists call such materials thermoelectric materials, and they rate the materials’
efficiency based on how much heat they can convert into electricity at a given
Previously, the most efficient material used commercially in thermoelectric
power generators was an alloy called sodium-doped lead telluride, which had a
“thermoelectric figure of merit,” or efficiency rating, of 0.71. The new material,
thallium-doped lead telluride, has a rating of 1.5 — more than twice that of the
previous leader. What’s more important to Heremans is that the new material is most
effective between 450 and 950 degrees Fahrenheit — a typical temperature range for
power systems such as automobile engines.
The same technology could work in power generators and heat pumps, says
A thermoelectric device would make a practical addition to an automobile,
Heremans says, because it is simple and lightweight and has no moving parts to wear
out or break down.
“The material does all the work,” he explains. “It produces electrical power just like
conventional heat engines — steam engines, gas or diesel engines — that are coupled
to electrical generators, but it uses electrons as the working fluids instead of water or
gases and makes electricity directly.”
“Thermoelectrics are also very small,” he adds. “I like to say that thermoelectric
converters compare to other heat engines like the transistor compares to the vacuum
Heremans expects the new material could be used in commercial applications
within five years.
In another automotive technology project, Heremans is working with Ford Motor
Co., Visteon, BSST and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Renewable
Laboratory to accelerate the development of thermoelectric systems that provide the
heating, ventilation and air conditioning in vehicles. The partnership in December
received $4.2 million in funding, with an equal cost-share by the partners, from the
Department of Energy. In this research, Heremans is investigating materials that
convert electricity into cooling. He hopes to develop a zonal thermoelectric HVAC
system that reduces energy consumption by one third.
Pam Frost Gorder is assistant director of research communications at Ohio State.
Joseph Heremans, (614) 247-8869, firstname.lastname@example.org
On the Web: Read more about this research at
Joseph heremans, an Ohio eminent scholar and professor of mechanical engineering and physics,
has developed a new high-temperature thermoelectric alloy, thallium-doped lead telluride, that
could be used to convert heat wasted through engine exhaust into electricity.
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engineering and Oncology: Developing solutions for surgeons
On a typical “I had built a system to use AC selectively detect cancer cells in vitro and
day at the College current to detect particles of soot in in mouse models.
of Engineering, diesel engines. That is now a commercial Heremans and the team also
you might find product sold by Delphi that goes into determined that the probe oncologists
Joseph Heremans diesel-powered construction vehicles would use during surgery required
improving and military vehicles in Iraq,” he says. a penetration length on the order of
thermoelectric “The first cancer detection idea we had 2 to 3 centimeters, so they now are
converters so they was based on exactly the same idea: investigating the use of either near-
harvest energy Attach gold nanoparticles to the cancer infrared or X-ray light energy ranges as
more efficiently and cost-effectively. and detect them with microwaves. The the light for the imaging probe.
But when he learned that surgeons goal of this project is to give a tool to Because iodine labeling of cancer
need a better way to test cells for cancer the surgeon, no matter what technology already is an established technique, and
right in the operating room, his research is used. This is the way I’d run a GM because X-ray fluorescent probes exist
took a detour. product development.” commercially, they also are investigating
Heremans, an Ohio Eminent Scholar After a couple of ideas came to dead the use of X-ray fluorescence of non-
and professor of mechanical engineering ends, the team settled upon using an radioactive iodine as a possible route.
and physics, teamed up with Ohio State organic dye — found with the help of After those studies are completed, the
oncology surgeon Edward Martin Jr., Claudia Turro, an Ohio State chemistry team will seek manufacturers to produce
M.D., and other faculty members in professor — that fluoresces in infrared a handheld probe that doctors could
medicine, engineering, pharmacy and light. They are investigating ways to use in the operating room to find the
chemistry to look for a solution. bond it to antibodies that would find the cancerous cells.
For Heremans, the project started to cancer cells when injected into patients. The work has received $90,000 in
look much like a patented solution he So far, the theory has worked on mouse funding in Interdisciplinary Materials
had found when he worked as a research antibodies. Their next step following the Research Grants from Ohio State’s
fellow at Delphi Research Labs, a General near-infrared path is to experiment with Institute for Materials Research.
Motors spinoff in Michigan. the dye-antibody conjugate to make it
Federal Grants support engineering research
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded L.S. Fan Ness Shroff, Ohio Eminent Scholar and professor,
$2.8 million to continue his research on clean coal technology. electrical and computer engineering and computer science
Fan, a Distinguished University Professor and the John and engineering, has received a five-year, $6 million Multi-
C. Easton Professor of Engineering in the Department of disciplinary University Research Initiative grant from the
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has developed new Army Research Office for his project “MAASCOM: Modeling,
technology, called Coal Direct Chemical Looping, to efficiently Analysis, and Algorithms for Stochastic Control of Multi-Scale
convert coal into hydrogen and/or electricity while capturing Networks” to explore the impact of long-range dependence on
carbon dioxide. Such a technology can be applied to existing military networks.
pulverized coal combustion power plants without the need for Carolyn Sommerich, associate professor, industrial, welding
major modifications. and systems engineering, and Steven Lavender, associate
With the new grant, Fan will continue to improve the professor, industrial, welding and systems engineering and
technology, which uses the assistance of a patented iron oxide- orthopaedics, have received a three-year, $1 million grant
based composite oxygen carrier particle, through experimental from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
testing under bench and sub-pilot scales to show its technical to continue work with their novel model of carpal tunnel
and economical advantages. syndrome with partners John Buford, associate professor,
Fan is working on the project with the Babcock and Wilcox physical therapy, School of Allied Medical Professions, and
Co., CONSOL Energy Inc., CRI/Criterion Inc. (a Shell William Pease, chair, physical medicine and rehabilitation,
company), Air Products and Chemicals Inc., and Clear Skies College of Medicine.
Consulting. In addition to the Department of Energy funding, Ji-Cheng (J.-C.) Zhao, associate professor, materials science
the Ohio Coal Development Office has agreed to provide cash and engineering, received U.S. Department of Energy grants
support of $300,000, and Ohio State will provide cost sharing of $1.1 million for “Aluminoborane Compounds for On-Board
of $473,738. Other project participants will provide an in-kind Vehicular Hydrogen Storage” and $1.2 million for “Lightweight
cost share of $339,284. Intermetallics for Hydrogen Storage.”
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Protecting Computer Networks from internet Worms
College of Engineering scientists model of the early stages of worm growth. With Saurabh
may have found a new way to combat a Bagchi, assistant professor of electrical and computer
dangerous form of computer virus. engineering at Purdue, they developed a model that calculated
The methods effectively contain the the probability that a virus would spread.
spread of an Internet worm by restricting “The difficulty was figuring out how many scans were too
the total number of scans originated many,” Shroff says. “You want to make sure the number is small
from any machine. Administrators can to contain the infection. But if you make it too small, you’ll
isolate suspicious machines that have interfere with normal network traffic.
sent too many scans and quarantine “It turns out that you can allow quite a large number of scans,
them for checkups and repairs. and you’ll still catch the worm,” he says, noting that his team
Ness Shroff, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Networking and chose 10,000 as the optimum number because it is well above
Communications and professor of computer science and the number of scans a typical computer network would send
engineering, and his colleagues have discovered how to contain out in a month. “An infected machine would reach this value
the most virulent kind of worm: the kind that scans the Internet very quickly, while a regular machine would not. A worm has
randomly, looking for vulnerable hosts. The worm then to hit so many IP addresses so quickly in order to survive.”
overloads computer networks. He and his colleagues are working on adapting their strategy
The key, Shroff and his team found, is for software to monitor to stop targeted Internet worms — ones that have been
the number of scans that machines on a network send out. designed specifically to attack certain vulnerable IP addresses.
When a machine starts sending out too many scans, a sign that
it has been infected, administrators should take it off line and Contact:
check it for viruses. Ness Shroff, (614) 247-6554, email@example.com
Shroff was working at Purdue University in 2004 when On the Web: Read more details about this research at
doctoral student Sarah Sellke suggested making a mathematical researchnews.osu.edu/archive/networm.htm.
a Better Way to make hydrogen from Biofuels
A professor of chemical and “Our research lends itself to what’s called a ‘distributed
biomolecular engineering has found a production’ strategy,” Ozkan explains. “Instead of making
way to convert ethanol and other biofuels hydrogen from biofuel at a centralized facility and transporting
into hydrogen efficiently. it to gas stations, we could use our catalyst inside reactors that
Umit Ozkan, who conducted the are located at the gas stations. We could store the biofuel and
research, says a new catalyst makes make hydrogen on the spot.”
hydrogen from ethanol with 90 percent The new dark gray powder is made from tiny granules of
yield, at a workable temperature, and cerium oxide, a common ingredient in ceramics, and calcium,
using inexpensive ingredients. covered with even smaller particles of cobalt. It produces
Ozkan says the new catalyst costs less than others being hydrogen with 90 percent efficiency at 660 degrees Fahrenheit
developed around the world because it does not contain (around 350 degrees Celsius), a low temperature by industrial
precious metals, such as platinum or rhodium. standards.
“Our catalyst does not use any precious metals and is much “Whenever a process works at a lower temperature, that
less expensive — by thousands of dollars in some cases,” Ozkan brings energy savings and cost savings,” Ozkan says. “Also, if
says. the catalyst is highly active and can achieve high hydrogen
Ozkan’s catalyst could help make the use of hydrogen- yields, we don’t need as much of it. That will bring down the
powered cars more practical in the future, she says. size of the reactor and its cost.”
Umit Ozkan, (614) 292-6623, firstname.lastname@example.org
On the Web: Read more details about this research at
researchnews.osu.edu/archive/biohydro.htm. Listen to Ozkan
describe her work for “Science Friday,” a National Public
Radio program, here: www.sciencefriday.com/program/
archives/200808224. (Click on the play button under “Listen.”)
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more than meets the eye
a visualization system allows transitioning among perspectives.
A military UAV surveys the ground
below. Air traffic controllers on the
nearby base, meanwhile, monitor the
airspace of the UAV and other aircraft.
And satellites provide the view of
multiple airspaces — over an entire
David Woods and Alex Morison have
developed a visualization system that
allows a commander to transition among
all of the perspectives provided by those
different sensors and vehicles in order
to make better decisions in any given
Called a “perspective controller,” it
enables humans to explore environments
where they are not physically located
by extending their natural perceptual
ability. Woods, a professor of industrial,
welding and systems engineering and
director of the Cognitive Systems
Engineering Laboratory, and Morison, a
doctoral candidate in industrial, welding
and systems engineering, have built a
prototype system — a computer screen
mounted to a five-degree-of-freedom
arm — that uses a remote camera
network to see classrooms, buildings alex morison (left) and David Woods demonstrate how the perspective controller can be used to explore
and the environment surrounding their environments remotely by transitioning among various views using video camera networks.
offices at Ohio State.
Through the system, cameras are tied
to the computer view in much the same way your eyes and your commander can lose track of what is going on in the scene
observations are tied to your head movements and your natural of interest as he or she switches between the view from the
desire to explore your world. The perspective controller device UAV and from the control tower while trying to incorporate
is constructed so that its mechanics are designed to match a the overview from the satellite. With the new technology of
perspective-taking theory developed earlier by Woods and a perspective control, switching among views is eliminated. The
former doctoral student. commander simply sees the multiple perspectives available and
For example, in the military scene, cameras would be moves smoothly toward the view that is most interesting for the
mounted on the UAV, air traffic control tower and satellite. The task at hand.”
commander at the military base who wants to understand the Woods is in the process of filing for a patent on the
conditions in the area would physically pull back the controller perspective controller. In addition to military aviation or
arm to view the entire scene on the computer screen from the surveillance uses, he envisions its applications in areas such as
perspective of the satellite. If he notices an incoming plane that disaster response.
he knows is blocked from the view of the UAV and the control Woods’ work results from a larger Army Research Laboratory
tower, he could move the controller arm toward the direction project, which over eight years has provided $8 million in
of the UAV and navigate around so the camera on board is funding to cognitive and computer science engineers at Ohio
facing the incoming plane. Then he could zoom in on it and State as part of a Collaborative Technologies Alliance among
determine whether it is a fellow pilot or an enemy. government, industry and university representatives.
Woods emphasizes how the system mixes the natural
expertise of human perception and judgment with the range of Contact:
sensing networks to overcome data overload. David Woods, (614) 946-0123, email@example.com
“With this tool, you can explore a world you are not in
physically,” he explains. “With today’s technology, the military
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College of engineering Boyer Award for Excellence in Teaching
Innovation, for outstanding contributions to the
2008 Faculty awards improvement of undergraduate engineering education: Kevin
Passino, electrical and computer engineering; John Merrill,
The College of Engineering annually honors faculty first-year engineering; Harold Walker, civil and environmental
members for their teaching and research. Here is a engineering and geodetic science; Roger Dzwonczyk, College
summary of the 2008 honorees: of Medicine; and Erin Galloway, College of Education and
Stanley E. Harrison Award,
presented to an early to mid-career “Building Bridges” Excellence Award, for a non-
faculty member and based on excellence engineering faculty member at Ohio State whose collaborative
in teaching, exceptional fundamental work with the college has advanced the excellence, impact and
or applied research or a single or reputation of both colleges and the university: Karen A. Bell,
unique contribution to engineering College of the Arts
or architecture concepts: Hesham
El Gamal, electrical and computer Charles E. MacQuigg Award, presented by students
engineering, for his fundamental to faculty who have demonstrated interest in and willingness to
contributions in the area of wireless communications; his help students: Richard Freuler, Fundamentals of Engineering
dedication to educating, training and graduating doctoral for Honors; Prasad Mokashi, mechanical engineering; and
students of the highest caliber; and his leadership role in Charles Drummond, materials science and engineering
building the curriculum in the communications area at both
the graduate and undergraduate level. David C. McCarthy Engineering Teaching
El Gamal has pioneered the area of algebraic space-time Award, for junior faculty and staff who create more
coding in wireless communication and developed a systematic innovative and effective teaching and learning: Richard
approach for designing multi-antenna wireless systems with Freuler, Fundamentals of Engineering for Honors
high throughput and reliability. He has worked in Cairo, where
he helped launch the first research center in Egypt, at Nile Dean’s Meritorious Service to Students
University, focusing on intelligent wireless networks. He is also Award, for someone from outside Ohio State for exemplary
the principle investigator on a major collaborative teaching service to students: Ronald Harris, volunteer teaching and
contract between Ohio State and Nile University, in which mentoring of undergraduates; Eric Setzler, Burgess and Niple;
Ohio State faculty will teach classes at Nile and visit its Wireless Megan Moses; Peggy Williams, Avantec Technologies Inc.;
Intelligent Networks Center, of which he is founding director. Toula Xenikis, Scotts Co.; and Monica Valdez, Nestlé
Faculty Diversity Excellence Award, for
Peter L. & Clara M. Scott actions that support the college’s priority goal of achieving
Award for Excellence in excellence through diversity and creating an environment and
Engineering Education, organizational culture in which all individuals are accepted,
given to a senior faculty member respected and valued: Diane Foster, civil and environmental
who has achieved both national and engineering and geodetic science
international status as a leading educator
and researcher: James C. Williams, Honda-OSU Partnership Award, for significant
materials science and engineering, for contributions to promoting and strengthening this historic
his pioneering work in aerospace alloys partnership: James C. Wolever, Honda of America
research and materials science policy and education. Manufacturing Inc.
Williams has held research and leadership positions at
Boeing Corp., Rockwell International and General Electric. He Innovators Award, for innovation in the development
was president of the Mellon Institute and dean of engineering of a product and/or technology originating from the Ohio
at Carnegie Mellon University and at Ohio State. His specific State research enterprise: W.S. Winston Ho, chemical and
focus has been on phase transformations, microstructural biomolecular engineering, and Rongxing Li, civil and
evolution and mechanical properties of titanium alloys. His environmental engineering and geodetic science
previous honors include serving as commissioner on the
National Research Council Commission for Engineering and Lumley Interdisciplinary Research Award,
Technical Systems and as chair of the Los Alamos National presented to a team with excellence in interdisciplinary
Laboratory Division Review Committee, Materials Science and research through co-authored publications, joint-sponsored
Technology, and receiving the ASM Gold Medal award (1992) research programs and co-advised students: Mohammad
and the TMS Leadership Award (1993). Samimy, mechanical engineering, and Andrea Serrani,
electrical and computer engineering
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Lumley Engineering Research Outside Looking in:
Awards, presented to a select group
of outstanding researchers who have VisiBuilding to help soldiers search buildings safely
shown exceptional activity and success in
pursuing new knowledge of a fundamental By tom Knox
or applied nature:
As a soldier stands outside of a
Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska, civil and suspected insurgent’s door, sweat on his
environmental engineering and geodetic brow and full of concern, his mind races:
science What is behind this door?
José Castro, industrial, welding and Over the next two to three years,
systems engineering College of Engineering researchers
Edward Collings, materials science and will work with Raytheon, a defense
engineering technology firm, to build a sensor set
Eylem Ekici, electrical and computer that will allow soldiers to sense inside
Hesham El Gamal, electrical and computer Electrical and computer engineering
engineering researchers John Volakis, Randy Moses,
Somnath Ghosh, mechanical engineering Bob Burkholder, Ron Marhefka and
Joel Johnson, electrical and computer Emre Ertin are in the second of three
engineering phases of the U.S. Defense Advanced
Harold Keener, food, agricultural and Research Projects Agency (DARPA) the VisiBuilding sensor technology would enable
biological engineering VisiBuilding project, which aims to remote searches of structures to keep military or rescue
Kurt Koelling, chemical and biomolecular develop sensor systems that provide personnel out of harm’s way.
engineering information on building interiors.
Rongxing Li, civil and environmental Along with seeking hidden enemies,
engineering and geodetic science soldiers could use VisiBuilding to automatically estimate interior floor plans and
Chia-Hsiang Menq, mechanical locate concealed materials, all without ever entering the building. Having this kind of
engineering advance information could save lives during military operations.
Randolph Moses, electrical and computer “This is the first time to consider the possibility of generating building layouts
engineering without ever having to open a door,” Volakis says.
Emily Patterson, industrial, welding and Researchers at Ohio State are focusing on developing algorithms to process sensor
systems engineering data that then provides building layout features.
P. Saday Sadayappan, computer science “You can think of it as a stethoscope: Stick it on the wall and then it shows you
and engineering what’s happening on the other side. You might not have to stick VisiBuilding on
Mohammad Samimy, mechanical the wall, you might be 10 feet away, but it’s the same idea,” says Moses, the college’s
engineering interim associate dean for research.
Kubilay Sertel, electrical and computer The researchers create the images by using sensor data collected from the building
engineering from different angles. With successive sensor sweeps, they create a more complete
James Schmiedeler, mechanical picture of the building interior. The resulting images from the sensor sweeps may be
engineering messy because of the furniture and desks inside the building — one of the problems
David Tomasko, chemical and researchers are trying to tackle.
biomolecular engineering Engineers now working on VisiBuilding’s second phase, which consists of building
Charles Toth, civil and environmental a prototype and conducting field tests, will soon begin the final stage of the research to
engineering and geodetic science complete the device and put it into soldiers’ hands.
Robert Wagoner, materials science and
engineering Tom Knox is a former student communications assistant for Engineering
Allen Yi, industrial, welding and systems Communications. Story and photo approved for public release, distribution
engineering unlimited, DARPA.
Lingying Zhao, food, agricultural and
biological engineering Contact:
John Volakis, (614) 292-5846, firstname.lastname@example.org
On the Web: www.ece.osu.edu/~volakis
Randy Moses, (614) 292-1325, email@example.com
On the Web: www.ece.osu.edu/~randy
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Katie sherer-taylor: For most Ohio State students, the chance to participate in
one of the greatest college football traditions in the country is
right on the dot slim to none. For Katie Sherer-Taylor, it was just a matter of
By matthew Caracciolo “I started playing sousaphone to be in the marching band and
dot the ‘i,’” says Sherer-Taylor, a fifth-year materials science and
ND, eD CrOCKe
engineering student. This September, she was the lucky band
member who had the privilege to dot the “i” for the Ohio State
vs. Troy game. “It was one of those things that’s hard to put into
words. It’s hard to remember the little details. You’ve worked for
four years to get to that spot.”
Sherer-Taylor had two weeks to prepare to dot the “i,” since
the previous week’s game was away, but the night before and
morning of the Troy game were still like any other football
the OhiO stat
“The sousaphone has to be shined the night before every
game,” she says, adding that game morning routines include
donuts and rehearsal.
Choosing to play the sousaphone might have been an easy
decision, but when it came to selecting a major, the stakes were
a little higher.
“My sister was already studying materials science and
engineering when I was looking at colleges,” she says, “but I
also liked the mix of chemistry and physics.”
Coming to Ohio State seemed to be a much easier pick.
“A lot of it was the band,” she explains, “but it didn’t hurt that
they had a good engineering program.”
Sherer-Taylor has been taking advantage of both aspects
while on campus. Besides being a member of the marching
band, she applied her engineering experiences at Ohio State
in internships with Diamond Innovations and Quaker Oats
and two internships with CC Technologies. She also received
the Women in Engineering Outstanding Academic Award
sponsored by Northrup Grumman.
“The internship with Quaker Oats wasn’t as engineering-
related as the other ones,” Sherer-Taylor explains, “but it was
probably the most interesting. I got to see the entire production
On top of her internships, she also found time to be a
teaching assistant in the Fundamentals of Engineering for
Honors program, a series geared for first-year students.
“When I went through it as a first-year, I really enjoyed it,”
Sherer-Taylor adds. “I saw what a good springboard it was. It’s
, KareN CrOC
interesting to go through the program as a freshman and then
go through it again as an assistant with the knowledge you have
from classes since then.”
Matthew Caracciolo is the student communications assistant
for the College of Engineering.
Katie sherer-taylor dots the “i” at the Ohio state vs. troy game sept. 20.
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Up to the Challenge:
vehicles of the future
By matthew Caracciolo
A vehicle re-engineered by a team of College of Engineering Research and professor of mechanical engineering. The team
students placed third in the nation this spring in a U.S. also received six silver medals and a bronze.
Department of Energy competition to improve automotive After the competition, the Department of Energy named
technology in vehicle efficiency and tailpipe emissions. Ohio State as one of 17 universities selected to participate in
The Ohio State Reverb was announced among the winners the next competition, called EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge,
at the conclusion of Challenge X at the nation’s Capitol. Only in which students, over a three-year period, must re-engineer
17 teams were selected to participate in the competition, which a 2009 Saturn VUE to achieve improved fuel economy and
involved re-engineering a Chevy Equinox, a crossover sport reduced emissions while retaining the vehicle’s performance
utility vehicle, to make it more environmentally friendly yet still and consumer appeal.
attractive for consumers. “In keeping with the marketing, recruiting and engineering
“The team left nothing unnoticed and did absolutely from last year, the team is making an effort to build and test
everything to go the extra mile,” says Eric Schacht, a team components to be used in the Saturn VUE,” says Schacht.
leader who is a senior in electrical engineering. “We chose a In September, the team traveled to the GM Renaissance
vehicle design that is very much in tune with market demand, Center in Detroit, where donated products, upcoming reports
which helped get everyone excited about the task at hand.” and rules were reviewed in preparation for the competition.
During the four-year Challenge X competition, the Reverb The team is also busy keeping the Reverb on the road,
team increased the vehicle’s fuel economy to 32.5 mpg from promoting Ohio State Engineering.
24 mpg and the 0-60 mph acceleration to 9 seconds from 10 All this activity may discourage some students, but for
seconds. The team also demonstrated that the Ohio State- Schacht, the experience has been a blessing.
designed diesel after-treatment could reduce criteria emissions “When evaluating where I wanted to spend my spare time
JOhN NeaL, CeNter FOr aUtOmOtiVe researCh
by 70 to 80 percent with only a 1 percent loss of fuel economy. in college,” he says, “I saw no better way than to increase my
In addition to taking third place overall, the Ohio State resume and at the same time work on a fun project.”
Challenge X team won the Published Technology Report
and Control Strategy Presentation awards; first place in the On the Web: www.osuchallengex.com and ecocar.osu.edu
MathWorks model-based design; and third place in both
Outreach and Freescale Semiconductor: Silicon on the move.
In five categories, the Reverb team received gold medals,
which denote that the vehicle exceeds expectations and is eric schacht, an Ohio state Challenge X team leader and senior in
essentially a production-ready prototype in those categories, electrical engineering, drives the reverb through an official handling run
says Giorgio Rizzoni, director of the Center for Automotive during the competition.
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engineering students Win Premier scholarship awards
By tom Knox
One of the most prestigious national awards for undergraduate researchers studying
the sciences has been awarded to three College of Engineering students.
Seniors Craig Buckley, a chemical engineering major; Ehsan Sadeghipour, in
mechanical engineering; and Christine Zgrabik, in engineering physics, received the
highly competitive Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.
Craig Buckley’s research involves finding a better method of preparing
biocompatible polymers for tissue engineering through the use of elemental gold
nanoparticles. One possible application of this work is in special coatings for
implanted probes that can provide deep brain stimulation.
“Deep brain stimulation through probes implanted directly into the brain is
becoming more common as a treatment for advanced Parkinson’s disease,” he says.
College of engineering students (from left) ehsan However, the usefulness of this treatment diminishes over time as the immune
sadeghipour, mechanical engineering; Craig response to the probe can cause neuronal death in the surrounding tissue. Buckley
Buckley, chemical engineering; and Christine expects his coatings to prevent the body’s natural cells from having negative reactions
Zgrabik, engineering physics, received the highly to the probes.
competitive Barry m. Goldwater scholarship. He plans to earn a doctoral degree in chemical engineering, conduct research
on nanotechnology for biochemistry and biomedical applications and teach at the
NsF Fellows Ehsan Sadeghipour’s research could be used to build a more efficient transmission
in a walking robot. He is designing a new type of magneto-rheological damper, which
National fellowships are helping is a piston and cylinder with fluid inside that makes it more difficult for the piston to
engineering students further their research move. Research has shown that putting a spring with the robotic transmission at the
as they pursue graduate degrees. knee joint can increase the energy efficiency of a bipedal robot.
Hannah Gustafson and Julie “Safe and autonomous bipedal robots may be used to increase the quality of life for
Thompson received National Science our society and especially the elderly without changing the makeup of our human-
Foundation Graduate Research centered environment,” Sadeghipour says.
Fellowships, which provide three years Upon graduation, he plans to attain a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering to
of support for study leading to research- teach at a university and conduct research in controls at the nano level.
based master’s or doctoral degrees, totaling Christine Zgrabik’s main research project was to find new semiconductor materials
nearly $121,500 for each award recipient. that are cheaper, easier to produce and more widely available in electronics.
Gustafson, a graduate student in “Semiconductors are important in many different realms of electronics as they are
mechanical engineering, works to make used in common items such as computers, cell phones and MP3 players,” Zgrabik
crash-test dummies more biofidelic by said.
testing different types of impacts on the Her research involved studying the electrical properties of single crystal zinc oxide
dummies and relating those test results as a semiconductor and trying to understand why it behaves as it does electrically.
to data on cadavers. She’s finding that not “If we understand how it works, we are able to modify and control its electrical
all crash-test dummies respond the way characteristics, and it could become an important next generation semiconductor,”
an actual human might during a vehicle she explains.
accident. Gustafson notes that she could After her undergraduate studies, Zgrabik plans to pursue a doctoral degree in
use her funding for a potential project applied physics and conduct research in medical imaging at a large laboratory.
to find factors that influence rib fracture The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, awarded to 321 students nationwide this year,
tolerance. 52 of whom are engineering students, provides $7,500 for up to two years.
Thompson, who also studies
biomechanics, is enrolled in the BS/
MS track of mechanical engineering
and works in the Neuromuscular
Biomechanics Lab at Ohio State. She uses a
forward dynamic computer simulation for
her research to investigate how changing
the prosthetic component alignment in
total knee replacements will affect the
knee motion and function.
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Awards and Honors
Two teams of students received first- Project from the Small Town and Rural his presentation “Hollowfiber Filtration
and second-place Achievement Awards Planning Division of the American of Hemoglobin.” His research seeks a safe
as best among seven Columbus, Ohio, Planning Association in recognition of alternative to blood transfusions.
entries in the 2008 Hines Student Urban their work to aid the Hurricane Katrina Geodetic science doctoral students
Design Competition. Teams had to recovery in Harrison County, Miss. Karla Edwards and Shahram Moafiporr
have five graduate students from at least The students are Joshua Anderson, Ian received the 2008 Topcon Positioning
three different disciplines. The winning Beniston, Ma’ayan Citron, Nathan Systems Graduate Student Award.
teams included graduate students from Leppo, Bridget Troy, Erica Wicks and The annual awards recognize research
architecture, city and regional planning, Rickie Yeager. achievements of the geodetic science
landscape architecture and real estate. Rohit Belapurkar, a doctoral student graduate students and are given for
The first-place team members were Kelly in aerospace engineering, won second exceptional achievements in graduate
Casto, real estate; Mark Lundine, city place in the master’s division of the research in the art and science of satellite
and regional planning; Zhiguo Chen, American Institute of Aeronautics navigation and geodetic surveying.
landscape architecture; Ryan Szymanski, and Astronautics Foundation Student Don Liang, a doctoral student in
real estate; and Kyle Wade, architecture. Competition for his master’s thesis paper materials science and engineering,
The second place team members were “Decentralized Distributed Engine received a first-place Mars Fontana
Cyrus Dioun, real estate; Matt Leasure, Control Systems under Communication Award for Corrosion Engineering, from
Justin Weidl and Brandon Mark, Constraints,” which he co-authored NACE International for his project
city and regional planning; and Kris with Rama K. Yedavalli, professor of “Development of Chromium-Free
Cochran, architecture. aerospace engineering. Welding Consumable for Austenitic
Three engineering and architecture Mary Cavanaugh, a doctoral student Stainless Steel.”
students have received Wolfe Study in materials science and engineering, Vineet Rawat, a doctoral student in
Abroad Scholarships. This scholarship received a first-place Marcel Pourbaix electrical and computer engineering,
was established by John F. Wolfe, Award for Corrosion Science from received a second-place best paper
chairman and CEO of the Dispatch NACE International, the National award at the 2008 International IEEE
Printing Co., and has been given Association of Corrosion Engineers, for Antennas and Propagation Symposium
annually since 1999. Twenty-five her project “Statistical Characterization for “A Domain Decomposition for Time-
scholarships, in the amount of $2,000 of corrosion Initiation and Damage Harmonic Electromagnetics.”
each, are awarded each year. Accumulation in AA 7075-T651.” Valentina Samodelov, a senior in
The engineering and architecture Laura Christobek, a sophomore mechanical engineering, was selected
awardees, along with their chosen in mechanical engineering, has been to participate in the 2008-2009
country of study, are Amy DeDonato, named to a new President’s Council Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange
a junior majoring in architecture on Sustainability at Ohio State. for Young Professionals, a scholarship
(Italy); Charles Murman II, a University President Gordon Gee program designed to give participants
sophomore majoring in industrial created the council to help coordinate understanding of everyday life, education
systems engineering (France); and the university’s efforts regarding of and professional training in Germany
Matthew Suguitan, a junior majoring in environmental sustainability. and the United States.
mechanical engineering with a minor in Frederick Crawford, a sophomore in Kenton Williams received a one-
German (Germany). chemical and biomolecular engineering, year university fellowship to pursue his
Master’s degree students in city and received a first-place undergraduate doctorate at MIT as well as a three-year
regional planning received the Jim research award from the New Mexico fellowship from the Ford Foundation.
Segedy Award for Outstanding Student Alliance for Minority Participation for Williams graduated with his bachelor’s
degree in mechanical engineering spring
Going Green Shannon Yee, a master’s degree
student in mechanical engineering, has
Ellis Robinson,. a senior in chemical engineering, has received a five-year Hertz Fellowship and
been named a Morris K. Udall Scholar for his demonstrated will continue his education at University
commitment to a career related to the environment. of California, Berkeley, where he will
He is an aspiring environmental engineer who intends to study thermal science. The Fannie
go to graduate school, where he plans to research, teach and and John Hertz Foundation awards
lead engineering-service initiatives. Eventually, he hopes the fellowships for doctoral studies
to hone his introductory technical skills into formidable to promising applied scientists and
tools targeted at eliminating poverty through the creation engineers with the potential to change
of appropriate environmental technology in and for the world for the better.
developing areas of the world
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2008 engineering alumni awards
texnikoi Outstanding alumnus
Each year the active membership of
Texnikoi selects one of the younger
alumni of the College of Engineering as
a recipient of the Texnikoi Outstanding
Alumni Award; this award is based upon
their achievements since graduation, as
evaluated in light of the objectives
Vineet Arya is a
of Ohio State,
with a bachelor’s
degree in electrical
the Benjamin G. Lamme meritorious achievement medal 1993 and an
MBA from the
The Benjamin G. Lamme Meritorious Achievement Medal, the College of Engineering’s Fisher College of
most prestigious award, is presented annually to a technical graduate for meritorious Business in 2000. Arya is the founder
achievement in engineering. and CEO of Everest Technologies, an IT
consulting company in Worthington,
Michael D. Winfield, a native of Grove City, Ohio, received his bachelor of Ohio, that provides software design,
chemical engineering degree from Ohio State in 1962 and earned a master’s of architecture, development, testing and
business administration degree from the University of Chicago. implementation services.
Winfield began his career at Universal Oil Products Co., a world leader in Arya leads the overall strategic
providing technology, products and services to the oil refining, petrochemical and gas business direction and also lends
processing industries. In 1992 he was named president and CEO of the company. He oversight to Everest’s daily operations.
has received patents for improvements in catalytic reforming, hydrocracking and fluid His devotion to building strong,
catalytic cracking. long-lasting customer relationships is
Now retired, Winfield is a previous College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni the foundation of Everest’s business
awardee who also received the Fuel and Petrochemicals Award from the American philosophy. His extensive experience as
Institute of Chemical Engineers and an honorary membership in the Instrument an IT consultant, manager and executive
Society of America. He received, on behalf of Universal Oil Products, the National is a key factor in the success of Everest
Medal of Technology Award from the U.S. government, an honor symbolizing Technologies.
continuous innovation and commercialization of technology that has made a For more than a decade, Arya
dramatic, positive impact on mankind. has been responsible for supporting
Winfield has been active in technical societies such as the American Institute of technology initiatives in the areas of
Chemical Engineers, American Petroleum Institute, Catalyst Society of America, e-commerce, supply chain management
American Chemical Society and the National Petrochemical and Refining and logistics and distribution. His work
Association. includes the design, development and
Winfield and Arlene, his wife of 44 years, have two sons and three daughters and implementation of several mission-
live in Long Grove, Ill. critical systems for clients such as Gap,
Limited Brands and J.Crew.
An avid cricket fan, Arya helped
establish the Cricket Club and the
Midwest Cricket Tournament during his
time at Ohio State.
Arya resides in Lewis Center, Ohio,
with his wife and two children.
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meritorious service Citation 2008 Distinguished alumni awards
The Meritorious Service Award gives The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize achievement of alumni in the fields of
public recognition to non-alumni and/ engineering or architecture by reason of significant inventions, important research or
or alumni of the college who have been design, administrative leadership or genius in production.
singularly significant in the college’s quest
for excellence. Navy Banvard, ’82 ARCH Michael Heschel, ’64, ’67 M.S. IE
Malibu, Calif. Austin, Texas
Mark Eisenman Co-founder, Van Tilburg, Banvard & Retired Executive Vice President,
earned his Soderbergh AIA Kroger Co.
bachelor’s degree John Baysore, ’83 WE James Houseman, ’68, ’70 Ph.D. CER
in civil and Grand Rapids, Mich. Powell, Ohio
environmental President and CEO, Dematic Corp. President and Chairman, Harrop
engineering and Thomas Claugus, ’73 CE Industries Inc.
geodetic science Marietta, Ga. Allan Johnson, ’59 CE
from Ohio State President, GMT Capital Highland Heights, Ohio
in 1972. Dan Cooperrider, ’79 AGR Retired Administrative and Operating
Eisenman, who passed away in Cross Lanes, W.Va. Head, Ohio Turnpike Commission
March, was president of Korda/Nemeth President, Mid-Atlantic Group of Vyomesh Joshi, ’80 M.S. EE
Engineering Inc. in Columbus, Ohio, Oldcastle Materials San Diego
between 1995 and 2007. He worked on Alfred Devereaux Jr., ’63, ’73 Ph.D. GEO Executive Vice President, Hewlett-
the design of many of the buildings on (honored posthumously) Packard Imaging and Printing Group
his alma mater’s campus, including the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Daniel Kramer, ’80 EE, ’82 M.S., ’89
Hagerty Hall renovation, the Peter L. and Environmental Protection and adjunct Ph.D. BME
Clara M. Scott Laboratory mechanical professor, Florida A&M and Florida State Dublin, Ohio
engineering building, the Psychology University Director, Program Management Office,
Building, the Sisson Hall addition Frederick Dodge, ’48 ME Medical Device Solutions Group, Battelle
and renovation, the Heffner Wetland Scottsdale, Ariz. M. Tamer Özsu, ’81 M.S., ’83 CIS
Research and Education Building and Retired Vice President of Technology Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
buildings on the Newark, Lima and and Production, Honeywell Europe Professor and Director, David R.
Wooster campuses. Greg Ficke, ’76 M.S. NUCENG Cheriton School of Computer Science,
While he was proud of his professional Mason, Ohio University of Waterloo
accomplishments, he was especially Retired President, Cincinnati Gas & John Rumberger Jr., ’72 B.S. and M.S.,
devoted to his community service work. Electric Co. ’76 Ph.D. AAE
He was past president of the Dublin- Edward George, ’01 LARCH Hopewell, N.J.
Worthington Rotary Club, vice president Brentwood, Tenn. Director of Cardiac Imaging, Princeton
of the Worthington Arts Council and Founder and Part Owner, EDGE Group Longevity Center
twice past chairman of the Worthington
Chautauqua committees, the first time the 2008 College of engineering Distinguished alumni awardees are (front row, from left), michael heschel, John
having served as part of the Worthington Baysore, Dorie-ellen eisenman (widow of awardee mark eisenman), melissa Devereaux (widow of awardee
Bicentennial Committee. He also was alfred Devereaux Jr.) and Frederick Dodge, and (back row, from left) Dan Cooperrider, James houseman, Greg
pleased to have his company contribute Ficke, Navy Banvard, allan Johnson and Daniel Kramer. Not pictured: edward George, Vyomesh Joshi, m. tamer
to the sponsorship of Ohio State’s Mini Özsu and John rumberger Jr.
Baja Design Competition.
Eisenman was married to Dorie-Ellen,
whom he met at Ohio State, and father to
Brian, Kelly and Tracie.
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COUrtesy OF 20th CeNtUry FOX
m.s. ’87 and Ph.D. ’92, computer
science and engineering
By adam King
When a 14-year-
old Doug Roble
saw “Star Wars”
in 1977, he knew
magic was what he
wanted to do with engineering alumnus Doug roble developed the software tool that produced this flood scene from
the rest of his life. “the Day after tomorrow.”
COUrtesy OF NeW LiNe CiNema
never could have imagined, however,
happened more than three decades after
that childhood dream. Early this year,
the computer science and engineering
alumnus accepted his second award from
the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences, this time for developing a
software tool that allows graphic artists
in the movie industry to create surging
His fluid simulator software was
featured in “The Lord of the Rings:
The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Day
After Tomorrow” and “Pirates of the
Caribbean: At World’s End.”
“For a geek like me, this is the ultimate software developed by roble also was used to simulate the flood waters in the movie “the Lord of the rings: the
job,” says Roble, who is creative director Fellowship of the ring.” artists then merged the water formed in the shape of horses with the flood to create the
of software for Digital Domain in Venice, effect shown in this image.
Calif. “You have impressive software
engineers, mathematicians and creative dissertation work to develop the TRACK interested in the technical side of the
people sitting next to fantastic artists, system for camera position calculation industry and for artists.
and they can take the tools you create and scene reconstruction. It essentially “Good artists who aren’t afraid of
and do fabulous things with them.” helps artists analyze filmed images to programming or math are the most
This summer, Roble was honored once better determine where to add graphics. sought-after people in our biz,” Roble
again by being invited to be a member of TRACK earned Roble his first adds.
the visual effects branch of the academy, Technical Achievement Award, in 1998. Roble’s recent work includes the
which requires members to have eight Computer science and engineering summer 2009 movies “G.I. Joe: Rise of
years of working in the industry and professor Rick Parent, under whom Cobra” and “Transformers: Revenge of
experience working in a supervisory role Roble studied while attending Ohio the Fallen” as well as “The Curious Case
in the making of films, Roble explains. State, sees Roble as a role model for of Benjamin Button,” which came out in
“It’s a very exclusive club, and it’s great current students who hope to get into the December. Although Digital Domain is
fun participating in academy stuff with film business. keeping the precise details under wraps,
people I’ve heard about all my life. It’s the “For students coming through Ohio surely Roble will push the envelope for
ultimate if you’re into movies, and I am State, or other places for that matter, digital effects yet again.
very much into movies!” Roble says. seeing Doug receive these awards makes
After receiving his doctorate from the possibility of success in the industry Adam King is associate editor of
Ohio State, Roble was immediately much more feasible,” Parent says. onCampus, Ohio State’s faculty and
hired by Digital Domain as a software Roble suggests fluency in math staff newspaper.
engineer. He expanded on his and programming both for students
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the Lowries honor slider with Professorship
in Chemical and Biomolecular engineering
By terri stone
William G. “Bill” Lowrie fondly recalls his experiences in
Professor H.C. “Slip” Slider’s classes during the mid-1960s.
In addition to his chemical engineering major, Lowrie
decided to focus on petroleum engineering in classes taught
by Slider, who suggested that his students spend a summer
working for an oil company.
When Lowrie learned through Slider that Amoco was
reinstituting a program for entry-level laborers, he applied and
was soon on his way to Lake Charles, La., where he worked for
two summers and was offered a job upon his graduation
“I have a deep sense of gratitude for what Slip did and the
doors he opened for me,” Lowrie says. “That initial involvement
with him during my early days of school had a profound assistant professor Jessica Winter and chemical engineering major John
impact on my life. My relationship with him influenced where I Larison, right, help then-reynoldsburg (Ohio) high school student Kunal Parikh
ultimately wound up in my career. learn about introductory laboratory research in the College of engineering.
“Being an engineer in an oil field means no two days are Parikh is now a chemical engineering student at Ohio state.
alike. There are short-term results, and it makes the work a
great deal of fun.”
riCK harrisON, OhiO state aLUmNi assOCiatiON
Lowrie spent his entire career at Amoco and retired as president of the company
in 1999. He and his wife, Ernestine, now residents of Brays Island Plantation, S.C.,
established the H.C. “Slip” Slider Professorship in Chemical and Biomolecular
Engineering in appreciation of Slider’s teaching and mentoring of chemical
engineering and petroleum engineering students. The fund will provide salary and
program support for an untenured, highly promising faculty member, who will
hold the distinction for the lesser of five academic years or until the individual
Jessica Winter, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and
biomedical engineering, is the first faculty member to hold the professorship. She is
researching plastic coatings that could someday help neural implants treat conditions
such as Parkinson’s disease and macular degeneration.
Lowrie took note of Winter’s dedication to the undergraduate students she mentors
and was impressed to hear that a high school senior who worked in her lab eventually
decided to come to Ohio State to study chemical and biomolecular engineering. William G. Lowrie, ’66 Che, makes comments
Slider, too, was devoted to undergraduate education. after receiving the alumni medalist award at
Slider joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942, with his crew giving him the the Ohio state University alumni association’s
nickname of “Slippery,” eventually shortened to “Slip” and used for the rest of his 50th annual recognition banquet this fall. the
life. After earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering in 1949, he joined award is presented to alumni who have gained
Shell Oil as a field engineer and rose to division reservoir engineer, gaining several national or international distinction as outstanding
years of industrial experience before returning to Ohio State as a professor. It was a representatives of a chosen field or profession
career he cherished until his retirement in 1983. During his tenure, he also served as and who have brought extraordinary credit to the
a consultant to major oil companies around the world. He passed away in 2007 at the university and significant benefit to mankind.
age of 83.
“For some time, I have wanted to find a way to attach his name to the department in
perpetuity,” Lowrie says.
Slider’s widow, Jennie, was initially speechless when the Lowries told her about the
“When I heard what they wanted to do, I had tears in my eyes. Everyone in our
family was pleased,” she says. “Honoring Slip in this way was totally unexpected.” Terri Stone is manager of publications and
internal communications for
On the Web: Read more about Winter’s research online at University Development.
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coordinates activities of delegates 2000s
Alumni Updates are compiled using submissions from from 52 countries whose expertise adam alexander, ’01 LarCh,
College of Engineering alumni. If you would like us to include lies in power beam processes. Levert is an environmental protection
information about your career changes, fill out an update form is a senior staff manufacturing specialist for the Federal highway
online at engineering.osu.edu/alumniupdate, send an e-mail engineer for Lockheed martin administration in Washington, D.C.
to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the editor at (614) 292-4064. Feel free to missiles and Fire Control in Dallas. Outaiel araar, ’06 ise, works for
include a color photo if you wish. Jeffrey ramsey, ’80 Cis, is a senior Cargill inc. in sidney, Ohio.
engineer for L-3 Communications in Jonathan Blank, ’01, ’02 m.s., ’08
Camden, N.J. Ph.D. mse, is a material application
1950s Brian Stephens, ’87 aae, is engineering team leader for Ge
ronald martin, ’56 ie, is a retired supervisory engineer for the U.s. aviation in Cincinnati.
alumni Contacts supervisor for GmC and resides in Navy and is based in New Bern, N.C. rakesh Dhaka, ’07 m.s. mse, is a
DO yOU haVe a qUestiON aBOUt markleville, ind. mike Williams, ’81 Cis, ’83 ee, works research project engineer at U.s.
the COLLeGe OF eNGiNeeriNG? at raytheon Co. in tucson, ariz. steel Corp. in munhall, Pa.
WaNt tO FiND Ways tO reCONNeCt With yOUr 1960s raymond yurick, ’86 Che, is a senior richard Delmont, ’05 mse, is a
aLma mater Or FeLLOW GraDUates? Peter Jasanis, ’69 aae, is retired process engineer at Chemstress project engineer for the Protective
ChOOSe The alUmni COnTaCT infOrmaTiOn as the Long range Land attack Consultant Co. in akron, Ohio. Group, which custom designs and
fOr yOUr DeParTmenT: Projectile program manager at installs advanced lightweight armor
aerospace engineering Lockheed martin in Orlando, Fla. 1990s systems for military aircraft and land
James W. Gregory, assistant professor, aerospace Brian Delmonico, ’95 me, is a project vehicles. he resides in miramar, Fla.
engineering, (614) 292-5024, email@example.com 1970s engineer for UtilX Corp. in Lewis andrew emge, ’06 m.s., ’08 Ph.D.
Knowlton School of architecture victor harris, ’73 eNGPhys, is a Center, Ohio. mse, is an engineer/technologist at
Becky Lonardo, (614) 247-7244, computer specialist with Office of the Jason gehrmann, ’97 Ce, is a Ge in evendale, Ohio.
firstname.lastname@example.org Director of National intelligence in solutions architect for hP in eden michael fiorino, ’01 me, ’03 m.s.
aviation Washington, D.C. Prairie, minn. NUCeNG, is a senior reactor operator
a.J. iarussi, ’90 aV, email@example.com richard Kennedy, ’78 m.s. GeO, is the rohit goyal, ’95 m.s., ’99 Ph.D. Cse, for Progress energy at the company’s
www.bigtent.com/groups/osuaas lead application software developer is co-founder and vice president Brunswick Nuclear Plant, near
Biomedical engineering for the Boeing Co. in seattle. of engineering of neosaej Corp. in southport, N.C., and resides in Kure
richard t. hart, professor and chair, (614) 292-9733, michael Kerner, ’72 arCh, is a code Burlington, mass. Beach, N.C.
firstname.lastname@example.org development engineer for Dietrich Keith grider, ’94, ’96 m.s. me, is Zaher Kassas, ’03 m.s. eCe, is a
Chemical and Biomolecular engineering industries inc. in Pittsburgh. an engineering program manager research and development engineer
sherry stoneman, (614) 292-7907, for insight Product Development in at National instruments in austin,
email@example.com 1980s Chicago. texas, and an adjunct professor at
www.chbmeng.ohio-state.edu/alumni Darin Beach, ’88 ise, is deputy Brent harle, ’92 m.s. We, ’93 m.s. texas state University.
Civil and environmental director of FDi at Bretagne mse, is lead engineer of asset erin martin, ’01 Ce, is a project
engineering and geodetic Science international in rennes, France. integrity for Canadian Natural engineer at Lidstone & associates
Carolyn merry, professor and chair, (614) 292-2771, David emerling, resources Ltd. in Calgary, Canada. inc. in Fort Collins, Colo.
firstname.lastname@example.org; www.alumni-osu.org/~civilengr ’81 me, of West Pierre Kwan, ’98 Ce, is a Washington alexander moore, ’07 Cse, is a
Computer Science and engineering Bloomfield, state drinking water business leader software developer for tDCi in
Carrie stein, (614) 688-5390, or sherry Little, (614) 292- mich., conducts for hDr engineering in Bellevue, Columbus, Ohio.
5973, email@example.com corporate and Wash. matthew mottern, ’05 m.s., ’07 Ph.D.
www.cse.ohio-state.edu/alumni-society foundation Brian mcfarland, ’96 LarCh, is a mse, is an engineer at intel Corp. in
electrical and Computer engineering relations for the Center of automotive senior development manager at Walt hillsboro, Ore.
Carol Duhigg, (614) 292-7392, firstname.lastname@example.org research at Ohio state’s College of Disney imagineering in Orlando, Fla. Bryan neely, ’05 We, is a
www.ece.osu.edu/aboutus/alumni.html engineering. Jason mudd, ’96 ise, is a Lean six manufacturing engineer for
industrial, Welding and Systems engineering amy hulsizer, ’89 ise, is a senior sigma Consultant for iBm and lives in Caterpillar in Waco, texas.
Darline Wine, (614) 292-6351, email@example.com technical analyst at Celanese in Durham, N.C. Drew norman, ’07 Ce, is an estimator
www.iwse.osu.edu/alumni.cfm Florence, Ky. robert Schofield, ’96 mse, is a with Kokosing Construction Co. in
materials Science and engineering James Kiser, ’81, ’83 m.s. Cer, is a manufacturing technology engineer Columbus, Ohio. a long-snapper
Cameron Lindsey, (614) 292-6255, firstname.lastname@example.org senior ceramic research engineer for arcelormittal in Cleveland. with the football Buckeyes from 2002
www.mse.eng.ohio-state.edu/alumni at Nasa’s Glenn research Center in leslie Wood, ’96 mse, is the through 2006, he has been writing a
mechanical engineering Cleveland, Ohio. director of international business column, “always a Buckeye,” for the
emily Burkhart, (614) 292-9432, email@example.com ernest levert, ’82 We, is chairman development at amsted rail, where Columbus Dispatch sports section.
www.mecheng.ohio-state.edu/alumni of the international institute of he is responsible for technical and Barbara Padgett, ’01, ’05 m.s., ’08
for general information or departments not listed Welding Commission iV, one of commercial activities for wheels, Ph.D. mse, is a project engineer for
Kerry Gastineau, director of alumni/ae affairs and special the top leadership positions in the axles, and wheel sets around the CC technologies, a DNV company, in
projects, (614) 292-3912, firstname.lastname@example.org welding field. as chairman, Levert globe. he is based in Chicago. Dublin, Ohio.
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Jayson Parrish, ’07 mse, is a quality medal and College of engineering professor at the Knowlton school of interested in lean/Six Sigma?
engineer at Kohler in Kohler, Wis. Distinguished alumni award in 1999. architecture until his retirement in Ohio state’s Fisher College of Business
yoseph Setiadi, ’00 ise, is an he received an honorary doctorate 2002. he received the Distinguished offers online and classroom training
engineering manager for CsC of humane letters from the university Faculty service award from and certification in Lean and six
Worldwide in Columbus, Ohio. in 2002. Knowlton in 1997 and the university’s sigma solutions through its executive
andrew Stroman, ’07 aae, is a richard lawrence Spetka, ’50 ie, of Distinguished service award in education program.
stress analyst with the Boeing Co. in mount Vernon, Ohio, died sept. 27, 2007. his service in coordinating six sigma is a disciplined, data-
everett, Wash. 2008. Ohio state’s Campus master Plan driven approach for eliminating
heidi Theunissen, ’06 m.s. arCh, is a Joseph P. Walsh, ’38 mete, of continues to influence the university’s waste by improving the quality of
designer at Cook+Fox architects LLP Poland, Ohio, died march 9, 2008. built environment. organizational processes, products
in New york. Paul e. young Jr., ’55 arCh and and/or services. Lean principles
Diana Tout, ’00 Ce, is a project professor emeritus of architecture, emphasize innovation pointing to the
engineer at hNtB Corp. in Columbus, of Columbus, Ohio, died June 23, streamlining of operations processes
Ohio. 2008. young was chairman of the and the improvement of administration
Joshua Tuggle, ’05 mse, of Grove Department of architecture at Ohio effectiveness.
City, Ohio, is an engineer at CC state from 1970 to 1978 and a full For more information, visit fisher.osu.
technologies, a DNV company, in edu/exec or call Donald Gray, program
Dublin, Ohio. manager, at (614) 292-8574.
Brian Wilson, ’00 Cse, of London,
Ohio, is director of technology for
Ohio state’s Fisher College
William arthur, ’49 Che, of Columbus, Keith D. Trott, ’86 Ph.D. EE, of Shrewsbury, Mass., was promoted to
Ohio, died Feb. 12, 2008. an Engineering Fellow at Raytheon. The Fellows Program is reserved for
mark eisenman, ’72 Ce, of the top 4 percent of the organization and recognizes significant individual
Worthington, Ohio, died march 19, contributions to the success of the company and to the engineering
2008. profession. Most recently, Trott was the engineering team lead for the
Jeffrey elias, ’82 Che, of Columbus, design and development of the EHF and X-Ka SATCOM Antennas for the
Ohio, died may 10, 2008. U.S. Navy’s Zumwalt class destroyer program.
James P. fenstermaker, ’49 ee, of Before joining Raytheon, he spent three years as a group leader for the
Westerville, Ohio, died July 4, 2008. Mission Research Corp., Electromagnetics Applications Group, Combat
Bruce gurney, ’51 ee, of san marcos, Applications Division, in Valparaiso, Fla. Prior to working at Mission
Calif., died may 11, 2008. Research Corp., he completed 25 years with the U.S. Air Force, including
frederick B. hamel, ’48 me, of allison more than five years as an autopilot/instrument technician on the FB-
Park, Penn., died Jan. 25, 2008. 111A, where he achieved Master Technician status. He completed his
howard e. lefevre, ’29 arCheNG, military career with the rank of lieutenant colonel with nearly 20 years of
a Granville, Ohio, resident who experience in Air Force laboratories.
was a regional trustee emeritus of
the Ohio state University Newark
campus, died June 30, 2008. in 1946 major Codes
he founded B&L motor Freight, aae aerONaUtiCaL CSe COmPUter sCieNCe & iSe iNDUstriaL & systems
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of Ohio state awards including the Ce CiViL eNGiNeeriNG & BiOLOGiCaL eNGiNeeriNG nUCeng NUCLear eNGiNeeriNG
alumni Centennial award in 1970, the Cer CeramiC eNGiNeeriNG geO GeODetiC sCieNCes PeTe PetrOLeUm eNGiNeeriNG
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in 1986, and the everett D. reese sCieNCe
40 NeWs iN eNGiNeeriNG
for Future engineers
By Joan slattery Wall
It’s fairly typical for a professor, not
unlike a student, to trek across campus
carrying a laptop and cell phone
Blaine Lilly, on the other hand, has
been spotted lugging a bumper. From a
car. A Honda Accord, to be exact.
The associate professor of industrial,
welding and systems engineering and
mechanical engineering has also arrived
to classes with desktop and laptop
computers, gears, injection moldings
and perhaps his most common teaching
tools — Kodak disposable cameras and
one-piece aluminum cans.
“I can pick up about any product other
than a paper clip and talk about it for
half an hour. That’s an exaggeration,” he
says after a hesitant pause that makes you mechanical engineering graduate student tony Lushman (right) demonstrates for associate professor
think he may not be stretching the truth Blaine Lilly an alcohol stove that Lushman and fellow students designed for a class project. Lushman’s
at all, “but I love this stuff.” team adapted the stove, which fits inside the cooking pot and can be easily carried with the handle that
The “stuff ” that makes classes exciting collapses onto the pot, for use by military troops based on Lushman’s experience as a National Guard
for Lilly and his students — he has member serving in afghanistan. “While we were overseas we constantly needed a small heating element
received four teaching awards since he of some sort to heat up water or food but always had a hard time getting one other than creating a fire pit,”
joined the faculty at Ohio State full time Lushman says. “most of the time we ended up eating raw (hard, cold) ramen noodles right out of the bag,
in 1998 — is product design, specifically or eating/rubbing ground coffee beans from instant coffee pouches on our gums to stay awake during 12-
in the areas of new product development plus-hour perimeter security shifts.”
“For me product design is much bigger into GM’s apprenticeship program. design. Aside from a German university,
than just engineering. That’s what I tell “I liked the Ohio State courses, and Folkwang Hochschule, and the highly
my students,” says Lilly, who also holds I ended up taking 19 quarters with no respected Technical University of Delft
an adjunct faculty appointment in the break, working my way through school in The Netherlands, he was surprised
College of the Arts’ design department for a mechanical engineering degree,” he to find that the United States is further
and collaborates with the Center for says. During a work layoff in the 1980s along in meshing the two disciplines.
Entrepreneurship at the Fisher College of he went for his master’s and eventually His goal is to develop a more integrated
Business as well as ergonomics experts in a doctorate, both at Ohio State, and engineering/design program at Ohio
the College of Engineering. realized he enjoyed teaching at the State.
His interest sprang from an industry university level. “I tell my students the first day of
career as a production worker at General “Being a manufacturing guy, I taught class: My goal is that when you leave
Motors that he started after originally manufacturing processes and became this class, you are no longer able to pick
earning an Ohio State bachelor’s degree more interested in products. My courses up anything without looking at it and
in English. “I was going to write the evolved into product design,” he says, asking, ‘Who is this made for, how was it
‘Great American Novel’ and live off the adding that these days more and more made, and how could I make it better?’”
movie rights,” he grins, “but that didn’t engineering students are taking design as Lilly says. “That’s what engineering is all
work out.” a minor. about — how to make things better.”
Instead, as the fourth person in his Following that interest, Lilly recently
family to seek a career as a tool and returned from a yearlong sabbatical in
die maker, Lilly started taking college Europe investigating how engineers
engineering courses to gain acceptance abroad are integrating production with
VOL. 80, NO. 3, 2008
a WaCO biplane landed on the Oval during engineer’s
Day activities in 1927, marking the second time in history
that an aircraft touched down on campus. in 1917,
university trustee Charles F. Kettering, a 1904 electrical
engineering alumnus, landed a Wright-Dayton biplane in
a field west of townshend hall. he had been appointed
to a committee, along with aviation pioneer Orville
Wright, to determine what university property would be
suitable for an airfield for the aviation school.
PhOtO COUrtesy OF OhiO state UNiVersity arChiVes
mark your Calendar Please Keep in touch!
12th Annual Buckeye Reunion Under the Stars Submit your address changes or alumni updates by filling
6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, 2009 out the form on our Web site. You can find it by visiting
Please join us on the Hitchcock and Knowlton Hall patios to engineering.osu.edu/alumniupdate.
renew acquaintances with friends and professors and to meet You also can give us your news by sending an e-mail to
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mike Farley (right), an instructor at the Ohio state
College of Engineering U.S. Postage
University airport, and meredith Frederick, a senior 2070 Neil Ave. PAID
aviation major and student assistant for airport external Columbus, OH 43210-1278 Columbus, Ohio
relations, discuss the full-sized Cirrus sr22 that was 14019.011000.61804 Permit No. 711
displayed on the patio between hitchcock hall and
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Knowlton school of architecture Nov. 19-21 in honor of
aviation history month. hundreds of students stopped
by to learn more about Ohio state aviation. the Cirrus
arrived in five parts in a 40-by-8½-foot trailer pulled by
a pickup truck. then it was assembled — without the
engine — by aviation students, airport employees and
Cirrus representatives. more than eight decades ago, an
airplane was actually flown onto campus grounds. For
that story, see page 41.