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Spring 2004

May 26, 2004

Ollis to Receive NSF Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars

 

Dr. Ollis

Dr. David F. Ollis, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, has been selected to receive the National Science Foundation (NSF) Director’s Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars. A ceremony to honor all recipients of this award will be held at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, June 2.

The Director’s Award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the scholarship of their discipline and to the education of students in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. It is the highest honor bestowed by NSF for excellence in both teaching and research.

Ollis received his doctorate in chemical engineering from Stanford University. He joined the faculty at NC State in 1984. His research interests include photochemical and biochemical engineering.

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May 25, 2004

ACM Chapter Wins Outstanding Community Service Award

 

http://www.csc.ncsu.edu/news/news_item.php?id=171

May 20, 2004

Antón Named to Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering

 

Dr. Antón

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has named Dr. Annie I. Antón, associate professor of computer science at North Carolina State University, to the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. The publication covers theoretical results and empirical studies with potential impact on the construction, analysis or management of software.

Antón's research focuses on software engineering, requirements engineering, information privacy and security, policy, software processes, web-based software applications and management information systems. She is founder and director of ThePrivacyPlace.org, a research group of students and faculty at four universities that studies the development of technology to help ensure that computer privacy policies are aligned with the software systems that they govern and enforce. She received her doctorate in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1997 and joined the faculty at NC State in 1998.

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May 19, 2004

Gubbins Receives Outstanding Research Award

 

Dr. Gubbins

 

Dr. Keith E. Gubbins, the Worley H. Clark Jr. Distinguished University Professor of chemical engineering, received a 2004 Alumni Outstanding Research Award from the NC State Alumni Association.

NC State officials bestowed the award at the annual Alumni Association Faculty Awards Dinner on May 13.

http://www.ncsu.edu/news/press_releases/04_05/178.htm

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May 19, 2004

NC State Alumni Association Honors 18 as Distinguished Faculty

- from NC State News Services

 

http://www.ncsu.edu/news/press_releases/04_05/178.htm

May 18, 2004

Grant Honored with NSF Presidential Mentoring Award

 

Dr. Grant

Dr. Christine Grant, associate professor of chemical engineering at North Carolina State University, has received the 2003 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). The prestigious award, administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF), recognizes outstanding mentoring efforts designed to enhance the participation of underrepresented groups in science, mathematics and engineering.

On May 6, President Bush announced the names of nine individuals and eight institutions that would receive the award this year. In the eight years the awards have been made, 78 individuals and 62 institutions have been recognized. The awardees are considered exemplars for others interested in developing similar programs. Each award includes a commemorative presidential certificate and a $10,000 grant for continued mentoring work.

Grant is one of only six tenured African-American women faculty members in chemical engineering nationwide. Her outreach activities serve students from K-12 through graduate education. She includes students in her research agenda and gives additional attention to mentoring junior faculty. She is co-director of the NSF Green Processing Undergraduate Research Program and has served as a research mentor to students in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Undergraduate Researchers program and NSF’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program. She also serves as mentor to engineering students at the University of Science and Technology in Ghana, West Africa, where they named a library in her honor.

“Knowledge is power,” Grant said. “That’s my personal philosophy on the mentoring of underrepresented groups and women in science and engineering. I believe that having access to information and properly utilizing this knowledge is a powerful weapon. As a mentor, I believe that the only way to impact the development of successful scientists and engineers from underrepresented groups is to highlight my own successes and challenges for mentees to learn from.”

Grant has received numerous professional honors including the National Technical Association’s Top Women in Science and Engineering Award, NC State African-American Advocacy Award, National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering (GEM) Alumni Recognition Award, Exxon Engineering Foundation Research Award, Alcoa Engineering Foundation Young Investigator Award, 3M Company Young Faculty Award, Dow Chemical Company Young Faculty Award, YMCA Academy of Women Science and Technology Award and a National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers Fellowship. She recently was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and is a member of the Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni of Georgia Institute of Technology.

Grant’s research focuses on evaluating the mechanisms that control fouling and decontamination processes in manufacturing. She has given numerous invited national and international lectures on her research, graduate school and professional development. She received her doctoral degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1989 then joined NC State as the first African-American woman faculty member in the College of Engineering.

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May 17, 2004

Dow Appointed Dean F. Duncan Professor of Mechanical Engineering

 

Dr. Dow

Dr. Thomas A. Dow, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the Precision Engineering Center at North Carolina State University, has been appointed as the Dean F. Duncan Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

The Duncan Professorship was established in 1998 by Hugh M. Duncan of Charlotte, retired president of Southern Precision Spring Co., in honor of his father who graduated from NC State in 1923. The younger Duncan received a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from NC State in 1955. His gift was the first named professorship at NC State’s College of Engineering to be endowed by an individual.

After joining the faculty at NC State in 1982, Dow was instrumental in developing the academic and research program in precision engineering. He also is a charter member of the American Society for Precision Engineering (ASPE) and currently acts as its Executive Director. Dow received a Distinguished Service award from ASPE in 1989.

Dow is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and received the Burt L. Newkirk Award from ASME in 1979. His current research interests include the design of precision machining systems, real-time control and metrology.

Dow received his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University in 1972 and was a research scientist at Battelle’s Columbus Laboratory for the next 10 years until coming to NC State.

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May 14, 2004

Rotenberg Named Outstanding Teacher by Alumni Association

 

Dr. Rotenberg

 

Dr. Eric Rotenberg, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been inducted into the NC State Academy of Outstanding Teachers by the NC State Alumni Association.

NC State officials bestowed the awards at the annual Alumni Association Faculty Awards Dinner on May 13.

http://www.ncsu.edu/news/press_releases/04_05/178.htm

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May 14, 2004

Bourham Named Outstanding Teacher

 

Dr. Bourham

 

Dr. Mohamed Bourham, professor of nuclear engineering, was named as 2004-06 Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor. The Alumni Distinguished Professorship honors the "best of the best" at NC State in both graduate and undergraduate instruction.

NC State officials bestowed the awards at the annual Alumni Association Faculty Awards Dinner on May 13.

http://www.ncsu.edu/news/press_releases/04_05/178.htm

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May 14, 2004

McGraw Receives Outstanding Extension Service Award

 

Christopher McGraw, a manufacturing extension specialist with North Carolina State University’s Industrial Extension Service, western NC region, received an Outstanding Extension Service Award for 2004. The award was announced May 14, 2004, at the College of Engineering spring faculty meeting.

McGraw is responsible for the development and delivery of research and development projects for companies, application of research results and delivery of new technologies to manufacturing operations. He provides educational offerings for managers and workers in areas such as lean manufacturing, set-up reduction, value stream mapping, and visual manufacturing techniques.

During the year, McGraw directed 36 industry-sponsored projects, yielding approximately $490,000 in direct economic benefit to participating companies. He trained over 250 North Carolina workers in lean manufacturing, and he partnered with Advantage West economic development group and with local community colleges to provide management-level educational courses in western North Carolina.

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Media Contact:
Ruthann Cage (919) 515-5353, ruthann_cage@ncsu.edu

May 14, 2004

Williams Receives Outstanding Extension Service Award

 

Williams

 

Barbara L. Williams, Industrial Extension Service (IES) engineering specialist, received an Outstanding Extension Service Award for 2004. The award was announced May 14, 2004, at the College of Engineering spring faculty meeting.

Williams was recognized for her work as an instructor who focuses on the needs of the customer in such areas as lean manufacturing and ISO 9000 training. She instituted improvements in instructional approaches that assisted five companies in achieving international certification for their quality management systems.

Williams also led an interdisciplinary team in managing the Forum for Competitive Advantage, an IES program developed to showcase best practices of NC organizations for member companies.

During the year she completed certification in the ISO/TS 16949 automotive quality management system, allowing IES to better satisfy the needs of the many NC automotive suppliers.

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Media Contact:
Ruthann Cage (919) 515-5353, ruthann_cage@ncsu.edu

May 14, 2004

College of Engineering Spring 2004 Awards Announced

 

http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/news/awards/AwardsSpring04.html

May 13, 2004

Sliwinska-Bartkowiak Named State Professor in Poland

 

Dr. Sliwinska-Bartkowiak

Dr. Margaret Sliwinska-Bartkowiak, adjunct professor of chemical engineering at North Carolina State University and professor of physics at Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) in Poznan, Poland, recently was awarded that country’s highest professor title — State Professor. Polish President Alexsander Kwasniewski honored faculty members receiving this award at the Radzwill Palace in Warsaw, April 2.

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May 11, 2004

Baccalaureate Honors Outstanding NC State Students, Faculty

- from NC State News Services

 

http://www.ncsu.edu/news/press_releases/04_05/169.htm

May 11, 2004

Wilson Named Editor-in-Chief of Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation

 

Dr. Wilson

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has announced the appointment of Dr. James R. Wilson, professor and head of industrial engineering at North Carolina State University, as the new editor-in-chief of The ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation (TOMACS).

TOMACS covers research on all aspects of systems modeling and computer simulation, with emphasis on discrete event simulation. The journal publishes applications, reviews and tutorials on such topics as combined, distributed and hybrid simulation, simulation and computer graphics, process generators and random number generation.

Wilson received his Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Purdue University. He joined the faculty at NC State in 1991 and has served as head of the department since 1999. His research interests include probabilistic and statistical issues in the design and analysis of large-scale simulation experiments, analysis of output processes, improving simulation efficiency using variance reduction techniques, optimization using multiple-comparison and search procedures, and applying all these techniques to the analysis of production systems.

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May 11, 2004

Hassan Awarded Holladay Medal

- from BulletinOnline

 

http://www.ncsu.edu/BulletinOnline/05_04/holladaywinners.htm

May 11, 2004

April Pride of the Wolfpack Award Winners Announced

 

April “Pride of the Wolfpack Award” winners in the College of Engineering are Bogdan A. Burlacu, Linda Legnasky and Jason C. Low. Burlacu, research associate for the civil, construction, and environmental engineering department, built a highly customized infrastructure that supports student, staff and faculty computing needs. Legnasky, accounting technician for the materials science and engineering department, is a reliable motivator who has revamped the accounting position, introducing numerous money-saving policies and procedure. Low, research assistant for the industrial engineering department, has received numerous positive comments for his teaching of IE 216 — Manufacturing Engineering Practicum.

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May 10, 2004

Tractor Design Competition Showcases Collegiate Talent

- from ASAE International

 

St Joseph, Michigan—The 2004 ASAE International 1/4-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition will take place June 3–6, 2004, at the Quad City Downs in East Moline, Illinois. The popular competition, now entering its seventh year, boasts an impressive field of university teams from the United States and Canada. Making its first appearance in the contest will be a team representing the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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May 10, 2004

First Native-American Park Scholar Makes a Difference

- from NC State News Services

 

Making an impact in people’s lives is important to Shelly Strickland.

So NC State’s first Native American Park Scholar and double major in biomedical and biological engineering will attend medical school at East Carolina University in the fall.

But becoming a doctor won’t begin Strickland’s odyssey to help people. That quest started years ago.

Strickland is a tireless champion of the Lumbee tribe. She is vice president of NC State’s Native American Student Association, and developed and implemented a program – Striving for Excellent Leaders for the Future – to help Native American youth in the Triangle develop cultural awareness and leadership skills.

Strickland also fulfills many community service duties as the reigning Miss Indian North Carolina. She volunteers at urgent care facilities and health clinics, and has worked to serve the homeless. Her resume of service helped her to win the 2004 College of Engineering Senior Award for Citizenship and Service.

While attending NC State, Strickland won Udall and E.J. Tyson Memorial scholarships, was a National Collegiate Scholar, and was inducted into Gamma Beta Phi, Golden Key and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies.

Strickland is the daughter of Sandra and Ronald Strickland of Maxton, N.C. She can be reached at 910/521-4688 or srstric2@unity.ncsu.edu.

May 6, 2004

Engineering Professor Grant Honored with NSF Mentoring Award

- from NC State News Services

 
Dr. Grant

Dr. Grant

http://www.ncsu.edu/news/press_releases/04_05/164.htm

May 4, 2004

Engineering Professor Haugh Honored with NSF Presidential Award

- from NC State News Services

 
Dr. Haugh

Dr. Haugh

http://www.ncsu.edu/news/press_releases/04_05/161.htm

 

 

 

 

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April 27, 2004

Frey Appointed to EPA Scientific Advisory Panel on Pesticides

 

Dr. Frey

Dr. H. Christopher Frey, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at North Carolina State University, has been appointed to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) scientific advisory panel.

The panel serves as the primary scientific peer review mechanism for the EPA Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances and will provide recommendations to the EPA concerning pesticide impact on health and the environment. Frey, an internationally recognized expert in probabilistic exposure assessment, was nominated for membership by the National Institutes of Health and will serve a four-year term beginning April 30.

Frey’s research interests include air pollution prevention and control; modeling of the performance, emissions and cost of process technologies; exposure assessment; and quantitative analysis of variability and uncertainty in energy and environmental systems. He received his PhD in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University and joined the faculty at NC State in 1994.

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April 26, 2004

Turinsky Wins Compton Award in Education from American Nuclear Society

 

Dr. Turinsky

Dr. Paul J. Turinsky, department head and professor of nuclear engineering at North Carolina State University, will receive the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Arthur Holly Compton Award in Education at the society’s national meeting on June 15. The award recognizes his outstanding contributions to education in the field of nuclear science and engineering.

In 2002 Turinsky was awarded the U.S. Department of Energy E.O. Lawrence Award in Nuclear Technology. He serves as director of the Electric Power Research Center. His research is centered on developing improved nuclear reactor core analysis and design software tools, with specific focus on nuclear fuel management optimization.

Turinsky received his doctorate in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty at NC State in 1980.

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April 21, 2004

Zikry Elected Fellow of ASME International

 

Dr. Zikry

Dr. Mohammed A. Zikry, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University, was recently elected Fellow of ASME International, the leading professional society for mechanical engineers. Zikry received this honor for his research achievements and contributions to the engineering profession. His research interests include dynamic plasticity and fracture, computational solid mechanics and multiscale modeling of material microstructures and advanced materials. He received his doctorate in applied mechanics from the University of California-San Diego. In 2002 Zikry was named Professeur, Premiere Classe, Troiseme Echelon at the Université Louis Pasteur, in Strasbourg, France. In 2001 he received the Ralph Teetor Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineering. Zikry joined the NC State faculty in 1990.

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April 20, 2004

Rajala Elected Chair of ASEE Professional Interest Council IV

 

Dr. Rajala

Dr. Sarah A. Rajala, professor of electrical and computer engineering and associate dean for research and graduate programs in the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, has been elected chair of Professional Interest Council (PIC) IV for the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), effective June 24.

PIC IV is the Council for General Issues in Engineering Education. Its main goal is to promote, encourage and facilitate ASEE activities pertaining to engineering education with emphasis on teaching and learning related research, diversity, libraries, graduate studies and technology. As chair, Rajala will have administrative responsibility for the council and serve on the board of directors for ASEE. She is outgoing chair of the Women in Engineering division of ASEE.

Rajala joined the faculty at NC State in 1979.

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April 9, 2004

Two Engineering Students Awarded Goldwater Scholarships

 

http://www.ncsu.edu/news/press_releases/04_04/140.htm

April 7, 2004

College of Engineering Presents Awards for Excellence

 

The College of Engineering at North Carolina State University announced the 2004 Awards for Excellence at a recognition ceremony in Mann Hall, April 7.

Dr. Nino A. Masnari, dean of the College of Engineering, and Dr. Sarah A. Rajala, associate dean for research and graduate programs, presented awards to Dan Green, Laura Stephenson and Natalie Worth.

Green, director of information technology for electrical and computer engineering, won for his work developing and maintaining an effective system for managing the department's hardware, software and networking needs.

Stephenson, computer consultant and coordinator of distance learning programs, won for her resourceful and inventive approach to enhancing program quality, as well as for her efforts in creating and equipping a mini-studio in Page Hall.

Worth, administrative manager in chemical engineering, won for her overall command of the policies, procedures, finances, personnel appointments and many other aspects central to the department. Other nominees included Margaret E. Hudacko, webmaster for electrical and computer engineering, and Brian D. Koehler, academic advisor and coordinator of the First Year Engineering Program in the College's office of academic affairs.

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April 7, 2004

Gubbins to Receive Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award

 

Dr. Gubbins

Dr. Keith E. Gubbins, W.H. Clark Distinguished University Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, has been selected to receive an Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award, given in recognition of the importance of research as an integral function of NC State.

Gubbins’ current research is in the area of computational nanoscience and is currently focused on novel nanoporous materials and self-assembled structures and their use in chemical processing. According to Gubbins, these structures possess many novel properties that could form the basis of future technologies, including energy storage, sensors and separation processes.

Gubbins, who joined the NC State faculty in 1998, received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of London in 1962. He won the Alpha Chi Sigma Research Award in 1986 and the William H. Walker Award for Excellence in Contributions to Chemical Engineering Literature in 2001, both from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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April 7, 2004

Hodgson, Lada to Receive Awards at IIE Annual Conference

 

Dr. Thom J. Hodgson, Distinguished University Professor of Industrial Engineering and James T. Ryan Professor of Industrial Engineering and Furniture Manufacturing at North Carolina State University, will receive the Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) at the annual IIE conference in May.

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April 6, 2004

Chao Attends Kluwer's Scientific Roundtable in Amsterdam

 

Dr. Chao

Dr. Xiuli Chao, professor of industrial engineering and operations research at North Carolina State University, was one of seven scientists worldwide invited to attend a scientific roundtable hosted by Kluwer Academic Publishers, a leading science and engineering publisher.

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April 6, 2004

Electrical and Computer Engineering Student Wins AFCEA Graduate Scholarship

 

Mark Alan Chancey, a master’s student in electrical engineering at North Carolina State University, has been awarded the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Ralph W. Shrader Graduate Scholarship.

Chancey received the scholarship for his work on photonic devices for underwater communications. He is developing a short-range, high-bandwidth optical communication system that could be integrated into wet suits and masks to help divers communicate with underwater vehicles and other divers.

Former Navy Vice Adm. Herb Browne, president and CEO of AFCEA International, presented the award. AFCEA “serves as a bridge between government requirements and industry capabilities, representing top government, industry and military professionals in the fields of information technology, communications and intelligence.”

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April 6, 2004

March Pride of the Wolfpack Award Winners Announced

 

March “Pride of the Wolfpack Award” winners in the College of Engineering are William R. Beaudoin, Jean-Pierre Bernoux and Sandra G. Bronson. Beaudoin, systems programmer for Information Technology and Engineering Computer Services (ITECS), integrated and maintained more than 50 software applications on 300 Eos Lab machines. He also helped research, design and develop the infrastructure and application set for the new administrative desktop environment. Bernoux, contract manager for the materials science and engineering department, has developed several computer applications that save time and increase departmental efficiency. Bronson, administrative assistant for the electrical and computer engineering department, managed a variety of important tasks for the Center for Embedded Systems Research.

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March 29, 2004

Williams Wins NSF Career Award for Secure, Reliable Software Research

 
Dr. Williams

Dr. Williams

Dr. Laurie A. Williams, assistant professor of computer science at North Carolina State University, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (Career) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), effective April 1, 2004. The award is one of the highest honors given by NSF to young university faculty in science and engineering.

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March 29, 2004

Ollis Co-Editor of Liberal Education in Twenty-First Century Engineering

 
Dr. Ollis

Dr. Ollis

Dr. David F. Ollis, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, recently has completed co-editing Liberal Education in Twenty-First Century Engineering: Responses to ABET/EC 2000 Criteria.

The book, published by Peter Lang, “shows paths forward for all faculty involved in the ‘liberal education’ of engineering undergraduates. Beginning with an exhortation for liberal education, it includes the EC2000 criteria and their historical origin, as well as example institutional and individual responses to these criteria. Topics include communication, ethics and professional responsibility, contemporary issues, art and aesthetics, and the integration of engineering and the humanities.”

Ollis is a past program chair and division chair of the Liberal Education Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

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March 29, 2004

Masnari Appointed Vice Chair of the ASEE Engineering Deans Council

 
Dean Masnari

Dean Masnari

Dr. Nino A. Masnari, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and dean of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, has been appointed vice chair of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Engineering Deans Council (EDC), to complete the term of current vice chair John Anderson. Masnari’s term will be April 1, 2004, through June 29, 2005. The EDC is the leadership body for deans of engineering at U.S. colleges.

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March 25, 2004

February Pride of the Wolfpack Award Winners Announced

 

February “Pride of the Wolfpack Award” winners in the College of Engineering are Elizabeth Bell, Renee Howard and Anna Rzewnicki. Bell, information processing assistant for the Center for Advanced Electronic Materials Processing, created two new websites, reworked an existing website and helped with three online courses after acquiring web design skills through continued education classes. Howard, student services assistant for the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, continually displays an enthusiastic, detailed and effective approach to her job. Rzewnicki, associate director of external relations for the Department of Computer Science, helped organize the department’s open house and the groundbreaking event for Engineering Building 2. She also arranged a major news conference and has generated numerous news stories for the department.

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March 23, 2004

Two Win Prestigious Gates Cambridge Trust Scholarships

- from NC State News Services

 

http://www.ncsu.edu/news/press_releases/04_03/114.htm

March 23, 2004

Rizkalla Wins Distinguished Service Award from American Concrete Institute

 
Dr. Rizkalla

Dr. Rizkalla

Dr. Sami H. Rizkalla, distinguished professor of civil engineering and director of the Constructed Facilities Laboratory in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University, has been awarded the Delmar L. Bloem Award for Distinguished Service by the American Concrete Institute (ACI). He received the award in recognition of his leadership of the ACI technical committee on fiber-reinforced polymers. Rizkalla also is a Fellow of ACI. He received his bachelor’s in civil engineering from Alexandria University, Egypt, in 1965 and his master’s and doctorate from NC State in 1974 and 1976, respectively.

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March 22, 2004

ASME Announces Clark Scholarship Winners

 

The North Carolina State University student section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), along with their parent organization ASME International, recently awarded the Lucy and Charles W. Clark Scholarship to Brian C. Adams, Eric F. Dunn, Adriadn I. Ortega and Hooman B. Noori. They were selected for the award based on their positive impact on the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Founded in 1880, ASME International is a nonprofit educational and technical organization serving a worldwide membership of 125,000. The NC State student section of ASME is one of the largest and most active groups in the nation.

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Web link: http://www.asme.org

March 17, 2004

Bullard Named Outstanding New Teacher by SE Section of ASEE

 
Lisa Bullard

Bullard

Lisa Bullard, lecturer and director of undergraduate studies for the Department of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, was selected to receive the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Southeastern Section Outstanding New Teacher Award. The award is intended to recognize a faculty member who has less than four years of teaching experience and who has demonstrated excellence in the classroom. The ASEE is a nonprofit member association dedicated to promoting and improving engineering and technology education.

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Web link: http://www.asee.org

March 17, 2004

Lavelle Co-Authors Ninth Edition of Engineering Economic Analysis

 
Dr. Lavelle

Dr. Lavelle

Dr. Jerome P. Lavelle, assistant dean in the College of Engineering and associate professor of industrial engineering at North Carolina State University, has just completed co-authoring the ninth edition of Engineering Economic Analysis for Oxford University Press.

The book offers comprehensive coverage of financial and economic decision-making for engineering projects, with an emphasis on problem solving, life cycle costs and the time value of money. Several changes have been made for this edition. A new chapter, entitled Accounting and Engineering Economy, has been added. Chapter 10, Probability and Uncertainty, has been rewritten to emphasize how to make good choices by considering the uncertainty that is part of every engineering economy application. And Chapter 13, Replacement Analysis, has been rewritten to clarify the comparison of existing assets with newer alternatives.

Lavelle earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ohio University in 1984 and 1986 respectively, and his doctorate from NC State in 1992, all in industrial engineering.

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March 9, 2004

Hood Wins NC State’s Watauga Medal for Distinguished Service

 

http://www.ncsu.edu/news/press_releases/04_03/094.htm

March 8, 2004

Computer Science Graduate Students Garner Top ACM Prizes

 

Two graduate students in the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University placed first and second in the Association of Computing Machinery Student Research Competition, held at the ACM Conference for Computer Science Educators in Norfolk, Virginia, March 5. The competition was sponsored by Microsoft Research.

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March 4, 2004

Grant Elected to AIChE Board of Directors

 
Dr. Grant

Dr. Grant

Dr. Christine S. Grant, associate professor of chemical engineering at North Carolina State University, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Grant, who was elected based on her activities and demonstrated leadership within AIChE during the past 15 years, will help the 17-member board oversee the institute’s activities. In addition to her new responsibilities, Grant is a board representative to the institute’s Chemical Engineering Technology Operating Council, which disseminates technical information through meetings, publications and industry/technology alliances. She recently completed her term as the chairperson of AIChE’s Minority Affairs Committee, a group dedicated to increasing the successful participation of underrepresented groups in chemical engineering at all academic levels — from K-12 to faculty.

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Web links: AIChE, http://www.aiche.org

March 3, 2004

Computer Science Students, Teacher Win International Contest

 

Martin Davidsson and Ryan Sturmer, computer science students at North Carolina State University, have been named student winners of the International Challenge for Eclipse (ICE) contest. The students won for the Eclipse plug-in they developed last fall as a semester project in their software engineering course, CSC 326.

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March 3, 2004

Peer-to-Peer Paradigm Project Garners NSF Career Award for Harfoush

 
Dr. Harfoush

Dr. Harfoush

Dr. Khaled Harfoush, assistant professor of computer science at North Carolina State University, has received a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), effective March 15, 2004. The award is one of the highest honors given by NSF to young university faculty in science and engineering.

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March 2, 2004

Solihin Receives NSF Career Award for High-Performance Server Research

 
Dr. Solihin

Dr. Solihin

Dr. Yan Solihin, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University, is the recipient of a Faculty Early Career Development (Career) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), effective March 1, 2004. The award is one of the highest honors given by NSF to young university faculty in science and engineering.

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February 26, 2004

Conte Receives Young Achievement Award

 

Dr. Conte

 

Dr. Thomas Conte, professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University, has been selected by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to receive the department’s ECE Young Achievement Award for 2004 in recognition of his “outstanding professional contributions to the field since graduating from the University of Illinois.” The award is limited to only one or two recipients per year. Conte will receive the award at the University of Illinois ECE Distinguished Alumnus Awards Banquet on September 24, 2004. Conte received his master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1988 and his PhD in electrical engineering in 1992, both from the University of Illinois.

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February 16, 2004

Hood (NE '52, MSNE '53) to be Honored at Founders' Day Dinner

 

[Editor's note, Engineering Communications, NC State University: Although not mentioned in the press release below, Edward E. Hood received his bachelor's degree in 1952 and his master's degree in 1953, both in nuclear engineering. He has served on the Board of Directors of the NC State Engineering Foundation, Inc. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Hood retired in 1994 as Vice-Chairman of the Board and Executive Officer of General Electric.]

Hood, McKinney, Younts to be Honored at Founders' Day Dinner
- from NC State University's News Services

February 12, 2004

January Pride of the Wolfpack Award Winners Announced

 

January “Pride of the Wolfpack Award” winners in the College of Engineering are Robbie S. Little, Kenneth M. Tate and Janice L. Wong. Little, software manager for the information technology and engineering computer services department, developed and implemented a desktop software management system that allows College of Engineering faculty to download and install onto their computers the same software that their students use in campus computer labs. She also converted social security numbers to new student identification numbers on all College of Engineering academic and administrative files. Tate, director of the computer science department's ePartners program, was instrumental in garnering the donations necessary to launch the Dr. K.C. Tai Memorial Endowment Fund, which will support software engineering students and faculty. He also developed a leadership course for undergraduates in which alumni leaders of industry shared their professional experiences and insights. Wong, contract manager for the nuclear engineering department, put the finishing touches on a flurry of grant proposals submitted to the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Education Research program.

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February 11, 2004

Krute Receives ASEE Continuing Professional Development Award

 

Dr. Krute

 

Dr. Linda D. Krute, director of distance education for the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, has received the Joseph M. Biedenback Distinguished Service Award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Krute received the award – the highest national honor given by the society’s Continuing Professional Development Division – at the ASEE Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration, held February 3-6 in Biloxi, Miss.

Krute was honored for her “noteworthy leadership and service within the division and in recognition of outstanding service to continuing professional development of engineers.” As part of her duties as director of distance education for the College of Engineering, a post she has held since 2002, Krute also directs the Engineering Online program. This program was designed for working professionals, providing credit courses in engineering and computer science over the Internet.

ASEE is a nonprofit member association, founded in 1893, that is dedicated to promoting and improving engineering and technology education. ASEE members include more than 12,000 deans, professors, instructors, students and industry representatives nationwide.

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See related story on Dr. Linda Krute at www.engr.ncsu.edu/news/innerviews/krute.html.

February 10, 2004

Snyder Elected Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

 

Dr. Snyder

 

Dr. Wesley E. Snyder, professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University, has been elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), effective February 27.  Snyder will be honored at the institute's 13th Annual Event, held February 26 to March 1 in Washington, D.C.

Snyder will receive the honor in recognition of his contributions to the field as well as his "demonstrated interest, concern and involvement with critical issues affecting medical and biological engineering."

Snyder has a long-standing research interest in medical imaging, especially concerning the use of computer-assisted diagnostics to improve the quality of images derived from Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners.  He recently co-authored a textbook entitled "Machine Vision" that takes a closer look at image analysis and machine vision systems.  Snyder also is a paramedic, an advisor for the Emergency Medical Training (EMT) club on campus and a member of the NC State biomedical engineering faculty.

AIMBE was established in 1992 to promote public awareness of, and interest in, the field of medical and biological engineering.  This year's AIMBE event is titled "Imaging and Bioengineering:  Partners for the Future" and will focus on new frontiers of imaging and bioengineering.

Snyder joined the NC State faculty in 1976.  He received his bachelor's degree (1968) in electrical engineering from NC State, and his master's (1972) and doctorate (1975) in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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February 2, 2004

NC State Computer Science Senior Honored
at Brotherhood Dinner

 

Machon B. Gregory of Greensboro, a senior computer science major at North Carolina State University, was one of six outstanding African-American students recognized at the 21st annual University-Community Brotherhood Dinner held Friday, December 12, at the McKimmon Center.

Hosted by Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, the Brotherhood Dinner was established in 1982 to recognize African Americans who have made significant contributions as scholars and humanitarians. Gregory was recognized for his high academic achievements and extensive campus and community service. In addition to being on the Dean’s List every semester he’s been at NC State, Gregory is a volunteer computer science tutor and serves as a peer mentor for the minority student affairs department and the College of Engineering. He is a three-year member of the National Society of Black Engineers. Gregory said he will most likely pursue a Ph.D. in computer science upon graduation from NC State.

Five other students representing NC State, St. Augustine’s College and Shaw University were honored during the dinner. This year’s primary honoree was Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, president of Bennett College in Greensboro and the first African-American woman to serve as president at Spelman College in Atlanta.

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See www.ncsu.edu/news/press_releases/03_12/352.htm for more information.

January 31, 2004

Gard First to Hold Pratt Assistant Professorship

 

Dr. Kevin G. Gard, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been awarded the William J. Pratt Assistant Professorship in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University. Gard is the first to fill the professorship funded by a gift from William J. Pratt, chairman and chief technical officer of RF Micro Devices.

The largest individually donated professorship in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Pratt professorship provides funding for salary enhancement, new equipment and student fellowships. Pratt established the professorship to help the College of Engineering attract a new faculty member who specializes in the analog and radio frequency design field. Pratt’s company makes integrated circuit chips for wireless applications.

An alumnus of the College of Engineering, Gard earned his bachelor’s degree in 1994 and his master’s degree in 1995 both in electrical engineering from NC State. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California at San Diego in 2003. His research interests include analog, radio frequency and mixed mode circuit design, microwave devices and circuits, computer-aided design and modeling, communications and signal processing, nanoelectronics and photonics.

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January 30, 2004

December Pride of the Wolfpack Award Winners Announced

 

December "Pride of the Wolfpack Award" winners in the College of Engineering are Rekha Balasubramanyam, Maria M. Barbour and Dr. Gary R. Weinberg. Balasubramanyam, research assistant in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has shown dedication and efficiency in handling the financial and administrative activities of a new department. Barbour, administrative secretary for the Industrial Extension Service, keeps track of a busy and constantly changing schedule for the executive director while keeping an entire department prepared to meet multiple commitments. Weinberg, long-time director of engineering tutorial and writing assistance programs for the Office of Academic Affairs, volunteered to teach a section of E101 and helped improve the major writing components for the course. He also voluntarily took a major role in the freshman engineering Design Day and staffed several engineering information sessions.

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January 15, 2004

Crotts, Harrelson Inducted into Theta Tau 2003 Alumni Hall of Laureates

 
   

Crotts

 

Dr. Harrelson

 

Theta Tau, the oldest and largest professional fraternity in engineering, has inducted two College of Engineering alumni into their 2003 Alumni Hall of Laureates, the highest prestige and honor achieved by their members.

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January 14, 2004

Noori Named R.J. Reynolds Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

 

Dr. Noori

 

Dr. Mohammad N. Noori has been appointed the R.J. Reynolds Professor and Head of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at North Carolina State University, effective January 5, 2004. He has served as professor and head of the mechanical and aerospace engineering department at NC State since November 1999.

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January 12, 2004

Carbonell, Gubbins Elected AIChE Fellows

 
   

Dr. Carbonell

 

Dr. Gubbins

 

Dr. Ruben Carbonell, Frank Hawkins Kenan Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and director of the Kenan Institute for Engineering Technology and Science at North Carolina State University, and Dr. Keith E. Gubbins, W.H. Clark Distinguished University Professor of Chemical Engineering at NC State, have been elected Fellows of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

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January 8, 2004

Kelly To Receive 2004 Marvin Johnson Award

 
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Dr. Kelly

 

Dr. Robert M. Kelly, Alcoa Professor of Chemical Engineering and director of the Biotechnology Program at North Carolina State University, has been selected to receive the 2004 Marvin Johnson Award in recognition of outstanding research contributions in microbial and biochemical technology from the Biochemical Technology Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Kelly's pioneering work on the biology and biotechnology of extremophilic microorganisms, especially those from hot springs and deep sea hydrothermal vents, was cited as the basis for this recognition. He will receive the award and present a seminar on his research at the spring meeting of the ACS in Anaheim, California, in March 2004. Kelly received his bachelor and master's degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from NC State in 1981. He joined NC State as a professor of chemical engineering in 1992.

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January 7, 2004

Averitt Honored by Computerworld for IT Leadership

- from NC State University’s Bulletin Online

 

http://www.ncsu.edu/BulletinOnline/01_04/averitt.htm

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