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									Vol. 80, No. 3, 2008
 VOL. 80, NO. 3, 2008

                        neWS in engineering
                               The OhiO STaTe UniverSiTy COllege Of engineering

 txt: Millennials
      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

   Success on
                                                             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

     the Fast
                                                             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

                                                                               some fun.

                                                                                                                                  News in Engineering

                       Meet Gregory                                                             Departments                       2070 Neil avenue
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                       The college’s new interim dean shares his goals                          24 Research Update                Photographers                        ed Crockett
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                                                                                                30 Student Update                                                      Geoff hulse

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                       a new Materials Research Science and                                                                       Dean and Chairs
                       Engineering Center at the college.

                                                                                                                                  Interim Dean
                                                                                                                                  Gregory N. Washington

                       Exploring                                                                                                  Aerospace Engineering
                                                                                                                                  m. J. “mike” Benzakein

                       the Galaxy                                                                                                 Aviation
                                                                                                                                  Nawal taneja

                                                                                                                                  Biomedical Engineering
                       On this 50th anniversary of NASA, we look at                                                               richard t. hart

                       faculty, student and alumni interactions with                                                              Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
                                                                                                                                  stuart L. Cooper
                       the agency.

                                                                                                                                  Civil and Environmental Engineering
                                                                                                                                  and Geodetic Science

                       Alumni Highlight:                                                                                          Carolyn merry

                                                                                                                                  Computer Science and Engineering

                       Doug Roble
                                                                                                                                  Xiaodong Zhang

                                                                                                                                  Electrical and Computer Engineering
                                                                                                                                  robert Lee

                       See this engineering alumnus’ work at a                                                                    Food, Agricultural
                                                                                                                                  and Biological Engineering
                       theater near you.                                                                                          thomas Bean

                                                                                                                                  Industrial, Welding
                                                                                                                                  and Systems Engineering
                                                                                                                                  Julia higle

                                                                                                                                  Knowlton School of Architecture
                                                                                                                                  ann Pendleton-Jullian

                                                                                                                                  Materials Science and Engineering
                                                                                                                                  rudy G. Buchheit
       Ohio state engineering:
                                                                                                                                  Mechanical Engineering

       Excellence · Impact · Innovation                                                                                           Cheena srinivasan
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                                                                                             Meet Gregory

                                                                                matt treFZ
                                                                                             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
                                                                                             electromagnetic systems.

                                                                                             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
                                                                        student services.
                                                                          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,
       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
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 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.

                                                                                                   (continued on p. 9)
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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
                                                                                    JO mCCULty

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,
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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

                                                             1kg @5,000psi
                                                               The hydrogen carried on the Buckeye Bullet 2 hydrogen fuel
                                                               cell powered streamliner racer

             5 0 ,8 3 3
                                                               $20 million



         ate                                        t   he     The second-largest single gift to the university, donated
             eng                                 ss
                 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
                                                               220 seconds
                                                               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
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       the Galaxy
       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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       Project Puma

          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
       mechanical engineering.

       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.
       next spring.

       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
     solar system.

     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 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
       mission plan.
          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
       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.

                             Logan Krueger
                              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
                                                    his project.

                                                    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
                            Junior, landscape
                             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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       Masha Tolstykh
        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
        Senior, chemical
         Hometown: Cleveland
         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,
                           On the Web: Read more about this research at
                                                                                                                            JO mCCULty

                           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,
        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

     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,
                                                                         On the Web: Read more details about this research at
                                                                Listen to Ozkan
                                                                         describe her work for “Science Friday,” a National Public
                                                                         Radio program, here:
                                                                         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
       country, perhaps.
          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,
          “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
                                                                            Human Ecology
                             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
                            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
engineering                                 buildings.
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,
                                            On the Web:
                                            Randy Moses, (614) 292-1325,
                                            On the Web:
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                       student snapshot
                       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

                                                   marChiNG Ba
                                                                              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

                                                       e UNiVersity
                                                                              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.”
                                                           rChiNG BaND

                                                                              Matthew Caracciolo is the student communications assistant
                                                                              for the College of Engineering.
                                                       UNiVersity ma

                                                                              Katie sherer-taylor dots the “i” at the Ohio state vs. troy game sept. 20.
                                                  the OhiO stat
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                                                                                                                                                     Up to the Challenge:
                                                                                                                                                     students re-imagine
                                                                                                                                                     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: and
                                                   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

                                                          matt treFZ
                                                                       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
                                                                       university level.
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

                                                                                                KeViN FitZsimONs
                                                                                                                   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
                                                                                                                   of Texnikoi.

                                                                                                                                              Vineet Arya is a
                                                                                                                                            two-time graduate
                                                                                                                                            of Ohio State,
                                                                                                                                            with a bachelor’s
                                                                                                                                            degree in electrical
                                                                                                                                            engineering in
     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.
                                                                                                                                                                         KeViN FitZsimONs

         Eisenman was married to Dorie-Ellen,
       whom he met at Ohio State, and father to
       Brian, Kelly and Tracie.
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     alumni highlight

                                                                                                                                                                          COUrtesy OF 20th CeNtUry FOX
     Doug roble
     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
                              creating movie
                              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.”
                                What he

                                                                                                                                                                          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
     water effects.
       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

                                                                                                                                                                  JO mCCULty
       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
       in 1966.
          “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
       receives tenure.
          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.
      38      NeWs iN eNGiNeeriNG

                                                                                                      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, send an e-mail                                engineer for Lockheed martin            administration in Washington, D.C.
            to, 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,             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.                              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,                  richard Kennedy, ’78 m.s. GeO, is the    rohit goyal, ’95 m.s., ’99 Ph.D. Cse,   for Progress energy at the company’s                                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.                                             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,                              1980s                                    Chicago.                                texas, and an adjunct professor at                            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.;                                     ’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,                                                    corporate and      Wash.                                   matthew mottern, ’05 m.s., ’07 Ph.D.                                              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,               research at Ohio state’s College of      Disney imagineering in Orlando, Fla.    Bryan neely, ’05 We, is a                          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,                 technical analyst at Celanese in         Durham, N.C.                            Drew norman, ’07 Ce, is an estimator                                  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,         senior ceramic research engineer         for arcelormittal in Cleveland.         with the football Buckeyes from 2002                            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,          ernest levert, ’82 We, is chairman       development at amsted rail, where       Columbus Dispatch sports section.                            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,                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
       of Business.

       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

       now known as truck One. LeFevre                        & astrONaUtiCaL eNGiNeeriNG                 eNGiNeeriNG                            eNGiNeeriNG

       was instrumental in setting up Ohio          agr       aGriCULtUraL eNGiNeeriNG          eCe       eLeCtriCaL & COmPUter       larCh      LaNDsCaPe arChiteCtUre

       state’s first regional campus, in            arCh      arChiteCtUre                                eNGiNeeriNG                 mCrP       master OF City & reGiONaL

       Newark, in 1957. he established the          arCheng   arChiteCtUraL eNGiNeeriNG         ee        eLeCtriCaL eNGiNeeriNG                 PLaNNiNG

       howard e. LeFevre ’29 Fellowship             aTmSCi    atmOsPheriC sCieNCes              em        eNGiNeeriNG meChaNiCs       me         meChaNiCaL eNGiNeeriNG

       at the austin e. Knowlton school of          avn       aViatiON                          eng       eNGiNeeriNG                 meTe       metaLLUrGiCaL eNGiNeeriNG

       architecture and has supported the           Bme       BiOmeDiCaL eNGiNeeriNG            engPhyS   eNGiNeeriNG PhysiCs         mine       miNiNG eNGiNeeriNG

       WOsU stations and the Department             BSS       sUrVeyiNG                         env       eNVirONmeNtaL eNGiNeeriNG   mSe        materiaLs sCieNCe &

       of athletics. he was the recipient           C&rP      City & reGiONaL PLaNNiNG          faB       FOOD, aGriCULtUraL                     eNGiNeeriNG

       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

       Distinguished service award in 1976,         Che       ChemiCaL eNGiNeeriNG              geOmaT    GeOmatiCs eNGiNeeriNG       We         WeLDiNG eNGiNeeriNG

       the ralph Davenport mershon award            CiS       COmPUter & iNFOrmatiON            ie        iNDUstriaL eNGiNeeriNG

       in 1986, and the everett D. reese                      sCieNCe
40    NeWs iN eNGiNeeriNG

     Faculty Focus
     Designing education
     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
     these days.
        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

                                                                                                                                                                   JO mCCULty
     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.”
     and sustainability.
        “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.
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       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
       renew acquaintances with friends and professors and to meet       You also can give us your news by sending an e-mail to
       current faculty and students. Brutus Buckeye, the Ohio State or by contacting Kerry Gastineau, director of
       cheerleaders, engineering student project teams and the Glee    alumni relations, (614) 292-3912,
       Club also are expected to attend.                                 To receive Alumni E-News in an occasional e-mail, send
         For more information about the event, contact Kerry           your request 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.

                                                                                                           JO mCCULty

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