Murray Celebrates 50 Years of Teaching, Research
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December 18, 2000
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December 18, 2000
College of Engineering Faculty Honored by Academy of Outstanding
Faculty Engaged in Extension
Twenty-one faculty members of the College of Engineering were
honored in an October 12, 2000, ceremony at NC State University
celebrating the activities of the Academy of Outstanding Faculty
Engaged in Extension. The individuals honored for being charter
members of the Academy were Dr. Larry H. Royster, professor of mechanical
and aerospace engineering; Dr. Rooney Malcom, professor of civil
engineering; Mr. Robert L. Edwards, retired senior engineering extension
specialist, Industrial Extension Service (IES); Dr. Herbert M. Eckerlin,
professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering; Mr. Albert S.
Boyers, lecturer in mechanical and aerospace engineering; Dr. N.
Paul Khosla, professor of civil engineering and director of the
Center for Transportation Engineering Studies (CTES) and the Transportation
Materials Research Center (TMRC); Mr. Jack N. Weaver, head of nuclear
services, Department of Nuclear Engineering; Mr. Clarence L. Smith,
assistant head, Department of Industrial Engineering; Mr. Wayne
Friedrich, senior engineering extension specialist, IES; Dr. William
A. Smith, professor emeritus of industrial engineering; Mr. Ronald
Simpson, head of the Technical Information Center, IES; Dr. Mohamed
M. Fikry, manager of Graduate Engineering Extension Education (VBEE);
Dr. Jaime Trevino, adjunct assistant professor of industrial engineering;
Dr. Charles T. Culbreth, professor of industrial engineering; Dr.
Roy H. Borden, professor of civil engineering; Mr. Gene F. Fornaro,
senior engineering extension specialist and manager of business
development, IES; Mr. James A. Daggerhart, senior engineering extension
specialist and manager of business development, IES; Dr. Charles
W. Mayo, professor of nuclear engineering and director of the Nuclear
Reactor Program; Dr. James W. Leach, associate professor of mechanical
and aerospace engineering; Dr. Joseph R. Davis, industrial engineering
specialist, IES; and Dr. Joseph E. Hummer, associate professor of
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December 15, 2000
Rajala Elected Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Dr. Sarah A. Rajala, associate dean of academic affairs and professor
of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University,
has been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers (IEEE). At its December 3, 2000, meeting the IEEE Board
of Directors acknowledged Rajala's appointment with the citation,
"For contributions to engineering education." The appointment is
effective January 1, 2001.
Rajala is an internationally recognized expert in image and video
processing. Her research interests include engineering education,
the analysis and processing of images and image sequences with application
to the areas of color imaging, image coding/compression, motion
estimation and target acquisition and tracking.
In addition to being the chief academic officer for undergraduate
students in engineering, Rajala is the NC State Southeastern University
and College Coalition for Engineering Education (SUCCEED) site coordinator.
Rajala received her B.S. in electrical engineering from Michigan
Technological University in 1974, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical
engineering from Rice University in 1977 and 1979, respectively.
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December 15, 2000
Genzer Publishes Polymer Research Results in Science
Dr. Jan Genzer, assistant professor of chemical engineering at
North Carolina State University, published his polymer research
in the December 15, 2000, issue of Science. The title of the paper
is "Creating long-lived superhydrophobic polymer surfaces through
mechanically assembled monolayers." NC State post-doctoral research
associate Dr. Kirill Efimenko is co-author on the paper. Support
for this research comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF)
CAREER grant and Genzer's start-up funding from the College of Engineering
at NC State.
The research conducted by Genzer and Efimenko aims at controlling
materials' surface properties through the tailored assembly of molecules.
Specifically, they show that the combination of the self-assembly
with mechanical manipulation of semifluorinated molecules grafted
onto flexible supports provides a means of fabricating "mechanically
assembled monolayers" that form superhydrophobic surfaces with superior
long-lasting barrier properties.
Prior to joining the NC State faculty in 1998, Genzer completed
postdoctoral appointments at Cornell University and the University
of California at Santa Barbara. He was awarded the NSF Faculty Early
Career Development (CAREER) Award in 1999.
Genzer received his diploma in materials science and chemical
engineering from the Prague Institute of Chemical Technology, Czech
Republic, in 1989 and his doctorate in materials science and chemical
engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996.
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December 15, 2000
Helmlinger Named to Office
Teresa (Terri) Helmlinger, executive director, Industrial Extension
Service, was recently installed as vice president of the Southeast
Region of the National Society of Professional Engineers, effective
through July 2002.
December 14, 2000
Lazzi Awarded Whitaker Foundation Research Grant
Dr. Gianluca Lazzi, assistant professor of electrical and computer
engineering at NC State University, has been awarded a biomedical
engineering research grant from the Whitaker Foundation to pursue
his research in biomedical engineering. The grant was awarded for
Lazzi's investigation of the use of a high data rate telemetry link
for a new generation of retinal prosthesis to restore sight in the
blind affected by Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) and Age Related Macular
Degeneration (AMD). The three-year period for the $232,578 grant
begins on January 1, 2001.
According to the Whitaker Foundation website, the Whitaker Foundation
is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to improving human
health through the support of biomedical engineering. Since its
inception in 1975, the foundation has awarded more than $524 million
to colleges and universities for faculty research, graduate fellowships
and program development. The Biomedical Engineering Research Grants
program supports research projects that enable young investigators
to establish academic careers in biomedical engineering.
Lazzi is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers (IEEE). In 1996 he was awarded an International Union
of Radio Science (URSI) Young Scientist Award. He is author or co-author
of more than 50 international journal articles or conference presentations
on FDTD modeling, wireless antennas, dosimetry and bioelectromagnetics.
Lazzi's research interests include antennas for wireless communication,
safety assessment for human exposure to electromagnetic fields,
medical applications of electromagnetic energy and numerical techniques
for the solution of electromagnetic problems.
Lazzi received his Dr.Eng. in electrical engineering from the
University of Rome "La Sapienza," Rome, Italy, in 1994 and his Ph.D.
in electrical engineering from the University of Utah in 1998.
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December 7, 2000
Lazzi Cited in IEEE Transactions
Dr. Gianluca Lazzi, assistant professor of electrical and computer
engineering at NC State University, had his publications cited 15
times in the November 2000 issue of IEEE Transactions on Microwave
Theory and Techniques, a special issue entitled "Medical Applications
and Biological Effects of RF/Microwaves." Of the 29 papers in the
issue, 9 contained references to papers Lazzi either authored or
co-authored. Lazzi's research is in computational electromagnetics
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December 6, 2000
Vouk Elected Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Dr. Mladen A. Vouk, professor of computer science, has been elected
a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
(IEEE). At its December 3, 2000, meeting the IEEE Board of Directors
acknowledged Vouk's appointment with the citation, "For contributions
to engineering of reliable software-based systems." The appointment
is effective January 1, 2001.
Vouk, along with Dr. Sarah B. Berenson, professor of mathematics
education and director of the Center for Research in Math and Science
Education at NC State, is working with the Girls on Track Project
to design computers to be used as tools in the project.
Vouk's research interests include software engineering, scientific
computing, computer-based education and high-speed networks.
Vouk received his B.S. in physics and his Ph.D. in solid state
physics and scientific computing from the University of London,
Kings College, in 1972 and 1976, respectively.
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December 5, 2000
Engineering Faculty Receive Holladay Medal
Two faculty members from the College of Engineering, along with
three other NC State faculty members, were awarded the Alexander
Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence for 2000. The Holladay Medal,
the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member by the Board of Trustees,
recognizes faculty contributions in teaching, research and service.
The 2000 Holladay Medal recipients will be honored at the NC State
Honors Convocation in May 2001.
College of Engineering recipients are Dr. John A. Bailey, professor
of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Dr. Salah E. Elmaghraby,
professor of industrial engineering.
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December 4, 2000
NC State Students Receive Nuclear Engineering Awards
NC State nuclear engineering graduates Stacy Parker and Jon Earnhardt
were recognized at the American Nuclear Society (ANS) awards banquet
at the ANS winter meeting. Parker (B.S. NE 2000) won the undergraduate
design competition, which is intended to promote excellence in the
design aspect of nuclear engineering education. Earnhardt (Ph.D.
NE 1999) received the Mark Mills Award for the best original technical
paper contributing to the advancement of science and engineering
related to the atomic nucleus by a graduate student.
According to Dr. Paul J. Turinksy, head of the department of nuclear
engineering, the Mark Mills Award is the highest recognition given
by ANS to a graduate student, and NC State students have won this
award three of the past four years.
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December 1, 2000
Strenkowski Named Interim Assistant Dean for Research
Dr. John S. Strenkowski has been named interim assistant dean
for research at North Carolina State University effective December
1, 2000. Strenkowski replaces Dr. Gordon Lee, who has been named
associate dean for research in the College of Engineering at San
Diego State University.
Since 1978 Strenkowski has been a faculty member in mechanical
and aerospace engineering at NC State, where he is now a professor;
from 1995 to 1997 he was also associate department head of mechanical
and aerospace engineering. In 1998 he received the ASME Blackall
Machine Tool and Gage Award.
Strenkowski received his B.S. in aerospace engineering from the
University of Virginia in 1972, his M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics
from M.I.T. in 1973 and his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from
the University of Virginia in 1977.
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NC State College of Engineering to Hold First Annual Freshman
Engineering Design Day
The College of Engineering at North Carolina State University
announces the First Freshman Engineering Design Day to be held Wednesday,
December 6, 2000, in the Talley Student Center Ballroom on the NC
State campus from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Freshmen Engineering Design Day provides a venue for the Fall
2000 entering class in the College of Engineering to present the
results of their semester-long project from the Introduction to
Engineering and Problem Solving course. Each student team in the
course has designed, built and tested a simple engineering project.
Examples of projects include a balsa-wood bridge, a web page, a
catapult and a miniature electronic robot. Student teams will be
presenting their designs in a "trade show" format, and a design
contest will be held.
The public and the media are invited to attend. Members of the
media planning to attend may call Jerome Lavelle for directions
or more information.
Media Contact: Jerome P. Lavelle, 919/515-2315 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Fulp Selected Outstanding Earth Science Educator
Mr. William L. "Rocky" Fulp has been selected as the Outstanding
Earth Science Educator in a Non-traditional Setting by the SE-Section
of the National Association of Geology Teachers. The award, which
recognizes excellence in earth science education, is supported by
the NC Mining Commission, the Carolinas Section of the Society of
Mining Engineers, and the NC Aggregates Association.
Fulp directs the "Down-to-Earth" educational program, which is
supported by the NC State Minerals Research Laboratory.
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Engineering Faculty Inducted into AOFEE
Two faculty members from the College of Engineering were inducted
into the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension (AOFEE)
recently. This newly established honor recognizes outstanding work
in extension and outreach activities throughout the State of North
Carolina. Such activities help the University live up to its mission
as a land-grant institution.
College of Engineering inaugural inductees, along with six other
NC State faculty members, are Dr. Joseph Davis, industrial engineering
specialist, and Dr. Joseph Hummer, associate professor of civil
Gubbins Wins William H. Walker Award for Chemical Engineers
Dr. Keith E. Gubbins, W. H. Clark Distinguished University Professor
of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, has
been awarded the William H. Walker Award for Excellence in Contributions
to Chemical Engineering Literature from the American Institute of
Chemical Engineers. He is the T.R. Briggs Emeritus Professor at
The award, sponsored by Celanese Chemicals, is presented to honor
one outstanding contribution to the chemical engineering literature
each year. Gubbins will be recognized for his seminal contributions
to the chemical engineering literature in the field of molecular
modeling and simulation properties of liquid mixtures and nano-porous
materials. The award-winning paper was published in Reports on
Progress in Physics in 1999 and is entitled "Phase separation
in confined systems." Gubbins will receive a plaque and $5,000 at
an awards ceremony in Los Angeles during the annual meeting of the
American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Gubbins, who joined the NC State faculty in 1998, received his
B.Sc. in chemistry from the University of London in 1958 and his
Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of London in 1962.
His research interest is the behavior of non-dimensional fluids
and solids at the molecular level.
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Liu to Present Artificial Retina Research at NSF Seminar
Dr. Wentai Liu, professor of electrical and computer engineering
at NC State, will give an invited presentation at an upcoming seminar,
"Research to Develop an Artificial Retina," on November 22, 2000,
at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Washington, D.C. Liu
will share experiences about research he has conducted to develop
an artificial retina prosthesis.
The purposes of the seminar are to inform NSF personnel and officials
from other funding agencies about research and development being
conducted worldwide to perfect a chronic retinal prosthesis and
to discuss the context in which NSF provides support for this research.
Haugh Wins Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award
Dr. Jason M. Haugh, assistant professor of chemical engineering
at North Carolina State University, has been awarded a Camille and
Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award for 2000. This award gives an unrestricted
research grant of $40,000 to new faculty at the beginning of their
research and teaching careers.
Dr. Peter K. Kilpatrick, head of the Department of Chemical Engineering,
noted that this is a very prestigious award, with only 15 recipients
nationwide for 2000.
Haugh received his B.S. in chemical engineering from NC State
in 1994 and his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
in 1999. His research interests include biomedical and biochemical
engineering, signal transduction networks and mammalian cell engineering.
Lee Named Fellowship Recipient by NCNI and Aprisma Management
FROM APRISMA MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGIES
Dr. Wenke Lee, assistant professor of computer science at NC State,
has been named one of this year's North Carolina Networking Initiative
(NCNI) Graduate Fellowship recipients by NCNI and Aprisma Management
Technologies. This scholarship will foster the development of next-generation
applications to deploy into NCNI's high-speed network and support
Aprisma Management Technologies, a pioneer in e-business infrastructure
management solutions, has donated to the NCNI Fellowship Program
for the second consecutive year. This program provides annual support
to graduate students and researchers at UNC-CH, Duke, and NC State
exploring advanced networking technologies.
"We are very pleased to award these fellowships to the professors
and students in North Carolina," said Dr. Lundy Lewis, director
of research at Aprisma.
Lee's project, Integrating Network Management and Intrusion Detection,
focuses on the study of how network management information can be
used by an intrusion detection system to detect early indicators
of Denial-of-Service attacks before they disrupt network services.
Lee will use the fellowship to support a graduate student working
on this project.
"Resource allocation is critical to the continued development
and early deployment of next-generation Internet technologies. The
fellowship has enabled the researchers at Aprisma and NCSU to collaborate
closely on research projects," said Lee.
Mitchell Elected to IEEE Education Society Administrative Committee
Dr. Tony L. Mitchell, assistant dean of engineering student services
and director of minority programs in the College of Engineering
at NC State University, has been elected to serve a three-year term
on the administrative committee of the Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Education Society.
Mitchell has more than 20 years of experience in university-level
teaching and administration. He has been director of minority programs
in the College of Engineering since 1995. While director he has
increased the number of scholarships available to attract top minority
students and implemented programs to increase minority retention.
Mitchell received his B.S. in mathematics from NC Agricultural
and Technical State University in 1970, his M.S. in information
and computer science from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1975
and his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at NC State
University in 1987. He has been a senior member of IEEE since 1989.
NC State Engineering Professor Receives R.J. Reynolds Award
Dr. B. Jayant Baliga, Distinguished University Professor of Electrical
Engineering at North Carolina State University, received the 16th
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Award for Excellence in Teaching,
Research and Extension in a ceremony held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov.
1, in 216 Mann Hall at NC State. The award presentation was followed
by Baliga's lecture, "Trends in Power Discrete Devices."
The award, established in 1981 by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. of
Winston-Salem through the N.C. State Engineering Foundation, honors
an engineering faculty member who has demonstrated superiority in
activities that relate to the university's three-fold mission of
teaching, research and extension. The recipient is given a $25,000
prize distributed over five years.
An internationally recognized leader in power semiconductors and
high voltage integrated circuits, Baliga owns over 100 patents,
including his recent invention of an electric switch that can significantly
improve the energy efficiency of appliances and vehicles. His research
interests focus on various aspects of power devices. Baliga has
published over 550 scientific papers.
Baliga has been a member of the College of Engineering faculty
since 1988. He is the founding director of the Power Semiconductor
Research Center (PSRC), an international, industry-supported center
established in 1991 that is recognized as the premier research organization
for power semiconductor technology in the world. The PSRC provides
a unique learning environment for students as well as state-of-the-art
research and development in the area of power semiconductors. Baliga
has graduated 25 master's and 23 doctoral students who are now working
in the semiconductor industry.
Baliga is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic
Engineers (IEEE). His awards include his 1993 election to the National
Academy of Engineering, the highest distinction bestowed on engineers.
In 1997 Scientific American magazine named him one of the eight
heroes of the semiconductor revolution.
Baliga received his bachelor's degree in 1969 from the Indian
Institute of Technology in Madras, India, and both his master's
and doctoral degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1971
and 1974, respectively.
Department of Nuclear Engineering Recognized for Service
The Department of Nuclear Engineering has been recognized by the
National Organization of Test, Research and Training Reactors (TRTR)
for a half-century of service to nuclear reactor research. On October
18 the department was presented with a plaque recognizing the department's
NC State Engineering Course Ranked Top E-Commerce Course Site
NC State University's course CSC 513, "Electronic Commerce Technology,"
has been ranked number two in Google's ranking of most valuable
e-commerce course sites available on the Web.
Dr. Peter R. Wurman, assistant professor of computer science,
is the instructor for this course. Wurman is co-director of E-commerce@NCState,
an initiative by the colleges of Engineering and Management that
focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to research, teaching and
NC State also holds the number one spot on the rankings list with
Dr. Michael A. Rappa's course, "Managing the Digital Enterprise."
Rappa is a Distinguished University Professor in the business management
department of the College of Management.
Other institutions represented in the top ten are Stanford University
Graduate School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, Lehigh
University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Michigan
Business School, Indiana University School of Library and Information
Science, University of California Santa Cruz and Vanderbilt University.
WolfWare Team Wins Outstanding Service Award
The information technology WolfWare team was honored Tuesday,
October 24, at the Celebration of Teaching and Learning held in
the Talley Student Center Ballroom and Galleries at NC State. The
team, together with the Zen 2/NT lab environment team, received
the Award for Outstanding Service to Teaching and Learning. The
award recognizes support service that makes classroom excellence
WolfWare is a Web-based course management system designed to improve
and simplify online course development and delivery. Built within
the campus Eos/Unity computing environment, WolfWare uses Registration
and Records, TRACS and course-catalog data to create online locations
for all courses. It automatically generates rolls and class mailing
lists and provides a discussion utility and secure directories for
assignment submission and copyrighted materials.
WolfWare team members are Charles J. Brabec, Louis L. Harrison,
Tim K. Lowman, Ellen McDaniel and Jeffrey S. Webster.
Provost Kermit L. Hall and Harry M. Nicholos, IT manager of Web
services, presented the award, a check for $1,000.
Open Source Media Day Links NC State, Red Hat and IBM
A briefing session to announce a joint initiative among NC State,
Red Hat and IBM was held October 18 in the Alumni Building at NC
IBM and NC State have worked together recently to develop open
source technology using mainframe computers. According to Barry
W. Eveland, IBM Vice President and Senior North Carolina Executive,
IBM believes strongly in open source, and he is enthusiastic about
the platform provided by Red Hat Linux in this initiative.
In conjunction with the Red Hat University Program, Red Hat and
NC State will advance the application of open source software by
integrating the Red Hat Linux open source operating system into
NC State's Eos computing environment. As Matthew J. Szulik, President
and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat, said, "The revolution takes
place in academia," and Red Hat therefore values their association
with a major university such as NC State as they move forward with
their University Program.
Visitors and media representatives were able to view the results
of the new initiatives in a demonstration at the College of Engineering's
Student Computing Center Laboratory in room 100 Leazar Hall.
Dean Nino A. Masnari of the College of Engineering at NC State
commented that this initiative is the "perfect marriage of a long-successful
company and a young start-up that will change the world. NC State
is pleased to be involved with these companies and delighted to
be part of the new initiative."
"This is Engineering at NC State" to be Held November 11, 2000
The College of Engineering at NC State will host a program called
"This is Engineering at NC State" on Homecoming morning, Saturday,
November 11. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
beginning in the lobby of Mann Hall.
There will be light refreshments followed by a panel of students
from each department discussing and answering questions about engineering
at NC State. This will be followed by tours of the departments on
If interested in attending, please call the NC State Engineering
Foundation office at (919) 515-7458 or e-mail email@example.com
to make a reservation.
Engineering Staff Member Wins State Employee Incentive Bonus
Willie A. "Tony" Pearson, senior producer/director of video communications
services in distance education and learning technologies applications
at NC State, has won a 1999-2000 State Employee Incentive Bonus
Program award. Pearson's idea was to replace a tungsten lighting
system with long-life fluorescent fixtures designed for television
use. This improvement saved the University money by reducing energy
consumption and the need for room cooling.
In addition to a monetary award, Pearson will receive a certificate
signed by Governor Hunt.
Grainger Named Interim Department Head of Electrical and Computer
Dr. John J. Grainger has been named interim department head of
electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University,
effective September 16, 2000. Grainger replaces Robert M. Kolbas,
who became the department head of electrical and computer engineering
on September 15, 1995.
Since 1977 Grainger has served as professor of electrical and
computer engineering at NC State. Grainger has also served as director
of the Center for Electric Power Systems Research. He is the College
of Engineering faculty senator at NC State. In 1984 Grainger received
the Edison Electric Institute's Power Engineering Educator Award
for teaching excellence.
Grainger received his BE in electrical engineering from National
University of Ireland in 1961, his MS in electrical engineering
from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1964, and his PhD
in automatic control theory and electric power systems engineering
from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1968.
Electrical Engineering Student Wins Faculty Scholarship
Christina M. Hammock of Jacksonville, NC, a senior in electrical
engineering, has received the Faculty Senior Scholarship for 2000-01.
The scholarship recipient is chosen based on "academic excellence,
intellectual breadth, and depth of character" and is voted on by
College of Engineering faculty. As the winner of this scholarship,
Hammock will receive an award of $3,000.
Along with numerous other activities, Hammock participates in
the Society of Physics Students and the Society of Women Engineers.
She was the 1999 southeast US coordinator of the Day of Silence
Project and is active in the Technician's photography department.
Hammock's short-term goals are to serve in the US Peace Corps
as an electrical engineer then begin a career in the US as an electrical
engineer/physicist in research and development for industry. Her
long-term goal is to be involved with the NASA space program or
with an aeronautical company that conducts microgravity research.
Fedkiw Named Associate Department Head of Chemical Engineering
Dr. Peter S. Fedkiw has been named associate department head of
chemical engineering at North Carolina State University, effective
August 16, 2000. Fedkiw replaces Peter K. Kilpatrick, who became
the department head of chemical engineering on January 1, 2000.
Since 1989 Fedkiw has served as professor of chemical engineering
at NC State. Fedkiw has helped establish a national reputation for
NC State in electrochemical reaction engineering. In 1984 he received
the Outstanding Young Researcher Award from Sigma Xi, the Scientific
He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American
Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Electrochemical Society, the
American Association for the Advancement of Science and Sigma Xi.
Fedkiw received his BChE in chemical engineering from the University
of Delaware in 1974 and his PhD in chemical engineering from the
University of California, Berkeley, in 1978.
Rizkalla Named Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering and
Dr. Sami H. Rizkalla has been named Distinguished Professor of
Civil Engineering and Construction at North Carolina State University.
He has also been appointed director of the Constructed Facilities
Laboratory (CFL). Both appointments were effective August 16, 2000.
Since1979 Rizkalla has been associated with the University of
Manitoba, Canada, as a professor. He is noted for numerous professional
achievements, and he has received 25 honors and awards, including
the National Transportation Award of Achievement in 1995.
He is a member of Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, and numerous
other organizations and is a fellow of the American Society of Civil
Engineers, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, the Engineering
Institute of Canada and the American Concrete Institute. Since 1995
he has also been president of Intelligent Sensing for Innovative
Structures (ISIS) Canada.
Rizkalla received his BSc in civil engineering from Alexandria
University, Egypt, in 1965 and his master's and PhD degrees from
NC State in 1974 and 1976, respectively.
Chao Named Co-Director of Operations Research
Dr. Xiuli Chao has been named co-director, with acting co-director
Dr. Elmor Peterson, of the graduate program in operations research
in the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University,
effective August 16, 2000.
Since 1989 Chao has served as professor in the Department of Industrial
and Manufacturing Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
In 1998 Chao received the Erlang prize from the Applied Probability
Society of the Institute For Operations Research and Management
Sciences (INFORMS), of which he is a member. His research interests
include queing networks, reliability sequencing and scheduling,
multi-criteria decision making and manufacturing systems. He is
the recent recipient of a three-year NSF grant entitled "Studies
of Stochastic Production and Distribution Systems."
Chao received his BS in applied mathematics from Shandong University,
China, in 1983, his master's in operations research from Columbia
University in 1986 and his PhD in operations research from Columbia
University in 1989.
NC State's College of Engineering Receives NSF Presidential Award
(For more information about this award, see the story below, Minority
Programs Win 2000 Presidential Mentoring Award)
From left to right: Dr. Sarah A. Rajala, associate dean of
engineering for academic affairs, Dr. Tony L. Mitchell, assistant
dean of engineering and director of Minority Engineering Programs
and Dr. Laura J. Bottomley, director of the Women in Engineering
Program, represented the College of Engineering at an awards ceremony
in Washington, D.C.
The College of Engineering at North Carolina State University
has been selected as one of the institutional recipients of the
2000 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics
and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) to be presented at an awards
ceremony Thursday, September 7, in Washington, D.C., by the National
Science Foundation (NSF). This prestigious award honors outstanding
achievements in and contributions to mentoring in the science, mathematics
and engineering fields.
The PAESMEM program, administered by the NSF for the White House
Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), is designed to demonstrate
the Administration's recognition that mentoring and role modeling
are important to the development of talent among groups underrepresented
in the science, mathematics and engineering fields; namely, minorities,
women and people with disabilities. As part of the award, the college
will receive a grant of $10,000 for enhancing its mentoring activities.
The ceremonies are held in conjunction with a symposium entitled,
"Broadening Participation in the Scientific and Technological Workforce
through Mentoring," held at the Westin Fairfax Hotel, Washington,
D.C. Symposium attendees include invited leaders of national scientific
associations and educational institutions, practioners and policymakers,
and government officials. Invited speakers include Dr. Duncan Moore,
associate director for technology of the White House OSTP, and Dr.
Joseph Bordogna, deputy director of the NSF. Award recipients will
participate in special panel sessions to offer their insights about
effective mentoring practices.
Representing NC State University's College of Engineering at the
events are Dr. Sarah A. Rajala, associate dean of academic affairs,
which oversees the college's programs for minorities and women;
Dr. Tony L. Mitchell, assistant dean of engineering and director
of Minority Engineering Programs; and Dr. Laura J. Bottomley, director
of the Women in Engineering program.
Dr. Nino A. Masnari, dean of the College of Engineering, states,
"The College of Engineering has, for several decades, kept as one
of its top priorities the goal of increasing the number of women
and underrepresented minorities and implementing programs that nurture
and guide them toward success. We are extremely pleased to receive
this prestigious award recognizing these efforts."
Technical contact: Dr. Sarah A. Rajala, firstname.lastname@example.org
The NSF news release is on http://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/news/press/00/pr0059.htm.
Minority Programs Win 2000 Presidential Mentoring Award
The NC State University College of Engineering programs for minorities
and women were recognized September 7 as one of 10 individuals and
10 institutions to receive the 2000 Presidential Award for Excellence
in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). The
award honored individuals and groups that have been confirmed as
national leaders in encouraging minorities, women and people with
disabilities to pursue careers in scientific, engineering and technical
fields. Dr. Tony L. Mitchell, assistant dean and director of Minority
Engineering Programs; Dr. Laura J. Bottomley, director of the Women
in Engineering Program, and Dr. Sarah A. Rajala, associate dean
for academic affairs, traveled to Washington, D.C., for the national
recognition ceremony and toured the White House.
In addition to the annual awards ceremony, reception and tour
hosted by representatives from the White House and National Science
Foundation, awardees receive a commemorative presidential certificate,
congratulatory letter from the President and a $10,000 grant to
support their mentoring efforts for the next two years. The 2000
mentoring awards activities included a formal symposium consisting
of four plenary sessions: three that focused on mentoring at the
pre-college, undergraduate and graduate levels and a fourth on ideas
for leveraging the award to sustain and expand mentoring efforts.
President Clinton said of the recipients, "We must draw upon our
nation's full talent pool to maintain U.S. leadership across the
frontiers of scientific knowledge. We honor these individuals and
institutions who have contributed so much through their mentoring
efforts to achieve greater diversity throughout the ranks of our
scientific and engineering workforce."
In 1996 the President, through the National Science and Technology
Council, established the PAESMEM program to recognize the critical
importance played by visible role models and the power of mentors
to affect the development of talent among groups traditionally underrepresented
in science, mathematics and engineering. Institutional presidential
mentors are organizations that, through their programs, have enabled
a substantial number of students to successfully pursue and complete
relevant degree programs.
Programmatic efforts responsible for the NC State success are
coordinated through the College's Minority Engineering and Women
in Engineering programs. Their collective goal is not only to provide
an environment for success for the students in the underrepresented
groups, but also to improve the climate and learning environment
for all students. Key engineering efforts contributing to this national
recognition include a peer-mentoring program for underrepresented
minorities, a peer-mentoring program for women students, a high-school-to-college
bridge program, professional student development courses tailored
for minority students, K-12 outreach, engineering acclimation residential
experiences for high school students, and mentoring and faculty
advising of student chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers,
the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the American
Indian Science and Engineering Society. These programs and activities
create a supportive network for the students and enhance the quality
of their learning as they prepare for engineering careers.