November 2012

 

Awards and Grants

Dr. Yuanfang Cai, assistant professor of computer science, received a two-year grant from National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project “Collaborative Research: Teaching Software Modularity through Architectural Review.” The amount of the grant going to Drexel is $68,444.

Dr. Yossef Elabd, professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, was awarded $145,009 from NSF for his research titled "Collaborative Research: Development of Anti-fouling Electrochemical Membranes for Water Treatment."

Dr. Jeremy Johnson, professor of computer science, and his colleagues from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, received a grant from DARPA to develop “High Assurance Spiral: Scalable and Performance Portable Domain-Specific Control System Synthesis.” The grant comes from DARPA’s High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems (HACMS) program. The grant is four and a half years, worth over $7 million with Drexel receiving $450,000.

Dr. Vibha Kalra, assistant professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, was awarded a five-year $400,000 NSF-CAREER grant for her research titled ”CAREER: Highly-ordered Electrode/Catalyst Assembly in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells for Enhanced Catalyst Utilization.”

Bill Mongan, professor of Computer Science, was recognized by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) as a recipient of the ACM Senior Member designation. The senior member grade recognizes those ACM members with at least 10 years of professional experience and five years of continuous professional membership who have demonstrated performance that sets them apart from their peers.

Dr. Paul Oh, professor of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics and Director of Drexel Autonomous Systems Lab, was recently awarded a three-year $649,999 grant from NSF for a three- year research study to examine the reaction forces and torques associated with applying robotic arms to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Dr. Mira Olson, assistant professor in the Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering department, has been selected to receive the McGraw-Hill/AEESP Award for Outstanding Teaching in Environmental Engineering & Science.

Dr. James Rondinelli, assistant professor of Materials Science and Engineering, is one of 51 awardees, out of a total 560 applicants, of a $300K Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Awards (YFA) working to design materials at the atomic level.

Dr. Masoud Soroush, professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has been awarded a $102,569 grant from NSF for his research titled, "Collaborative Project: GOALI: Acrylic Resins Product and Process Design through Combined Use of Quantum Chemical Calculations and Spectroscopic Methods.

Drs. Ying Sun of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics and Christopher Li of Materials Science and Engineering, were awarded a $250,001 grant by NSF to investigate using Janus Nanoparticles to develop improvements in low-cost, high-output inkjet methods for printing functional nanoparticles on to flexible substrates.

Dr. Baris Taskin, associate professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Dr. Kapil Dandekar, associate professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering and associate dean of research for Drexel University’s College of Engineering, were awarded a $400,000 NSF grant to develop tiny wireless networks on microchips.

Dr. Antonios Zavaliangos, department head and professor of Materials Science and Engineering, has been selected as an Alpha Sigma Mu Fellow.

Presentations

Dr. David Breen, associate professor of computer science, presented the paper “Video Analysis Algorithms for Automated Categorization of Fly Behaviors” at the 8th International Symposium on Visual Computing, held in Rethymnon, Greece, July 16-18, 2012. The paper describes video analysis algorithms that generate feature vectors that may be used to categorize fly behaviors.

Dr. Bruce Char, professor of computer science, presented at two regional meetings of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). He presented “Computation Lab” to the ASEE Spring 2012 Mid-Atlantic Conference held at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del., April 20-21, 2012. He presented “Creating autograded questions for technical courses” at the 2012 ASEE Northeast Section Conference held at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in Lowell, Mass., April 27-28, 2012.

Dr. Moshe Kam, department Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering, addressed an international audience on August 14, 2012 at the Cultural Ministers Summit in Edinburgh on the subject, "Engineering as a Liberal Art."

Appointments

Dr. Spiros Mancoridis, professor of computer science, has been named interim department head for the 2012-13 academic year, succeeding Dr. Jeremy Johnson, professor of computer science, after 10 years of dedicated service and inspirational leadership. Dr. Johnson will return full time to teaching and research.

Dr. Michael Waring, assistant professor in the Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering department recently became the chair of the research sub-committee of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers Technical Committee (TC) 2.4. The scope of ASHRAE TC 2.4 is concerned with indoor particulate matter, including the measurement of its properties, its removal from indoor spaces with filtration and purification equipment, and developing standards for the evaluation of those particulate matter filters and air purifiers.

News

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security re-designated Drexel University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Systems Security Education. Drexel will contribute to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure to promote the President’s National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace for the academic years of 2012 to 2017.

Solar panels, like those commonly perched atop house roofs or in sun-drenched fields, quietly harvesting the sun’s radiant energy, are one of the standard-bearers of the green energy movement. But could they be better – more efficient, durable and affordable? That’s what engineers from Drexel University and The University of Pennsylvania are trying to find out, with the aid of a little nanotechnology and a lot of mathematical modeling. Click here to learn more about Soaking up the Sun: Drexel-Penn Partnership to Develop More Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Panels.