Student / Faculty Achievements
UA STUDENT PUBLIC RELATIONS TEAM WON NATIONAL PRIZE
UA’s Public Relations Student Society of America placed first in the national Duck brand College Duck Tape PRSSA Challenge and will receive $1,000 for completing a public relations campaign to promote the UA College Duck Tape on campus. Duck brand, which markets College Duck Tape, a line of Duck Tape prints featuring logos and mascots from more than 40 college teams, challenged PRSSA chapters across the country to develop and execute a well-organized public relations plan to generate awareness of College Duck Tape on campus and host a College Duck Tape-themed tailgate.
TWO STUDENTS RECEIVED UA AWAY SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY ABROAD
The UA Division of Student Affairs has named two students as recipients of the spring 2013 UA Away scholarship, a scholarship initiative that supports learning opportunities for students to work, serve or study away. The UA Away scholarship recipients are Eric Dixon of Montgomery, a senior studying management with a global business concentration who will be studying in Havana, Cuba, for the spring semester, and Cori Fain of Mount Olive, a junior majoring in international studies and Spanish who will travel to Seville, Spain, during the spring.
UA ENGINEERING PROFESSOR APPOINTED TO GERMAN RESEARCH ASSOCIATION
Dr. Bharat Balasubramanian, a professor and center director in the UA College of Engineering, has been appointed chair of the review panel for the transportation program within the Helmholtz Association, an umbrella organization of 18 German research centers that makes recommendations for research spending to the German government and its federal states. Before joining the UA faculty in fall 2012, Balasubramanian was vice president of group research and advanced engineering at Daimler AG, responsible for product innovations and process technologies. At UA, he has an appoint-ment in both the mechanical engineering and electrical and computer engineering departments. He is also executive director of the Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies, a cross-discipline research center focused on automotive innovation.
UA STUDENT RECEIVED PRESTIGIOUS GEORGE J. MITCHELL SCHOLARSHIP
The U.S.-Ireland Alliance has named UA student Sarah E. Johnson to the 2014 class of George J. Mitchell Scholars. In the national competition, 12 students were chosen from some 300 applicants to receive George J. Mitchell Scholarships on the basis of academic distinction, leadership and service. Johnson, of Mesquite, TX, is a UA senior majoring in mechanical engineering and history with a minor in Computer-Based Honors. Her research centers on improving the performance of biofuels with a focus on the potential of butanol as a possible alternative fuel source. George J. Mitchell Scholarship recipients spend a year of post-graduate study at institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Johnson, also a Goldwater Scholar, plans to pursue a doctorate degree. She will study advanced mechanical engineering at Queen’s University Belfast.
UA PROFESSOR ELECTED TO NATIONAL ECOLOGICAL OBSERVATORY NETWORK BOARD
Dr. Amelia K. Ward, professor of biological sciences at UA, has been elected to a prestigious position with the National Ecological Observatory Network. Ward will serve a three-year term on the 15-member NEON board of directors. NEON is a large facility project, funded by the National Science Foundation, created to manage large-scale ecological observing systems and experiments on behalf of the scientific community. Their goal is to contribute to global understanding and decisions in a changing environment using scientific information about continental-scale ecology obtained through integrated observations and experiments. Ward also serves as director of UA’s Center for Freshwater Studies, where her research focuses on the ecology of microbial communities and aquatic plants from ecosystem perspectives.
UA ENGINEERING PROFESSOR HONORED WITH NATIONAL AWARD
Dr. James P. Hubner, associate professor of aerospace engineering and mechanics at UA, was named the 2013 recipient of the Felix Zandman Award for exceptional contributions in the development of measurements and applications with the help of photoelastic coatings. The Zandman Award was established in 1989 by the Society of Experimental Mechanics, an inter-national network of scientists and engineers founded in 1943, in honor of Dr. Felix Zandman for his work with photoelastic coatings. Hubner is the first UA engineering faculty member to win this award since Samuel C. Gambrell Jr., professor emeritus of engineering mechanics, was honored in 1997. Hubner’s research interests in experimental aerodynamics and solid mechanics include luminescent sensing, low Reynolds number flows, micro air vehicles and fluid-structure interactions.
UA COUNSELING PROFESSOR WON NATIONAL AWARD FOR RESEARCH, TEACHING, SERVICE
Dr. Lisa M. Hooper, associate professor of counselor education at UA, has received the Dr. Linda Seligman Award from the American Mental Health Counselor Association. The award is given to educators who have shown dedication and commitment to the field of counseling, including outstanding and humanitarian service to others through teaching, consulting, supervising and research. During her eight-year tenure at UA, Hooper has received numerous national and local awards for her research, teaching and service. Hooper’s research on mental health treatment in primary care has also been recognized. Recently, Hooper was invited to serve on a National Institutes of Health’s review panel on methodo-logy and measurement in the behavioral and social sciences in rural and minority health and primary care decision-making.
UA HONORED TEACHING AWARD WINNERS
The UA National Alumni Association has announced the 2012 recipients of the University’s highest honor for excellence in teaching – the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Awards. Recipients are Dr. Jason Edward Black of the College of Commu-nication and Information Sciences, Dr. Ryan L. Earley of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Robert Glenn Richey Jr. of the College of Commerce and Business Administration and Dr. Elizabeth K. “Liza” Wilson of the College of Education. Established in 1976, OCTA recognizes dedication to the teaching profession and the positive impact outstanding teachers have on their students.
UA EDUCATION PROFESSOR RECEIVED BLACKMON-MOODY AWARD
Dr. Stephen Katsinas, director of the Education Policy Center at UA since 2005, has received the 2012 Blackmon-Moody Outstanding Professor Award. Katsinas, an expert in higher education finance and state/federal higher education policy, is a professor of higher education in the department of educational leadership, policy and technology studies in the College of Education. Also, Katsinas assisted the Office of Academic Affairs and the College of Education in successfully landing a four-year grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to support the Alabama College Transfer Advising Corps, which placed recent UA gradu-ates at 13 hard-to-serve rural community colleges to aid rural students with the transfer navigation process to four-year institutions in Alabama.
CHES PROFESSOR AT UA NAMED TO U.S. ANTI-DOPING AGENCY BOARD
Dr. Ken Wright, professor in UA College of Human Environmental Sciences, has been named to the board of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. The USADA is the nonprofit, independent and non-governmental entity responsible for the testing and results management process in the U.S. for athletes in the Olympics and Paralympics. At UA, Wright is CHES professor and director of the sport management program. Wright has numerous publications, including the seven-video “Sports Medicine Evaluation Series,” a six-video series “Sports Medicine Taping,” a computer-assisted instructional program on sports injuries, and two textbooks, Basic Athletic Training, 5th edition, and Preventive Techniques: Taping/Wrapping Techniques and Protective Devices, 3rd edition.
UAB DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR ELECTED TO INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE
David B. Allison, Ph.D., distinguished professor and associate dean for science in the UAB School of Public Health, was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the IOM is recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues. Membership is reserved for individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commit-ment to service. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.
UAB STUDENT NAMED A FINALIST FOR THE RHODES SCHOLARSHIP
UAB senior Mallick Hossain, a 20-year-old math and philosophy double major from Gadsden, AL, was named a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. Hossain has studied at the London School of Economics, was named a Teach for America Rising Leader and is a member of UAB’s award-winning ethics bowl team. A Goldwater Scholar and former Mr. UAB, Hossain is also a principal second violin in the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra and has conducted research on breast cancer and leukemia.
UAB PROFESSOR DELIVERS KEYNOTE AT UNITED NATIONS
Jennifer Kilgo, Ph.D., professor of early intervention/early childhood special education in the UAB School of Education, gave a keynote speech to the United Nations Family Committee in New York. Kilgo spoke to a crowd of educators, dignitaries and child advocates from around the world on “International Perspectives on Family-Focused, Evidence-Based Practices for Young Children.”
UAB MEDICAL STUDENT GROUP OPENS CLINIC FOR UNDERSERVED
Equal Access Birmingham, a medical student group at the UAB School of Medicine, opened a clinic to provide medical care to underserved Jefferson County residents on November 11, 2012. The clinic, located in the Church of the Reconciler, will provide basic primary care to residents in the Jefferson County Housing Authority Shelter Care Plus program. EAB students have also staffed a free clinic associated with M-POWER Ministries in Avondale since 2007.
UAB PROFESSOR NAMED ADVISOR TO THE STATE’S MEDICAID ADVISORY COUNCIL
Nancy Dunlap, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine and business at UAB, will serve as special advisor to the newly-established Alabama Medicaid Advisory Commission. Dunlap was appointed by Governor Robert Bentley, who says the commission’s goal is to find ways to increase efficiency in Medicaid while also delivering higher-quality care. Dunlap is a well-known expert in business and health policy. She recently completed a 2011-2012 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship for the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the United States House of Representatives.
UAB PROFESSOR NAMED PRESIDENT OF UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA HEALTH SERVICES FOUNDATION
James A. Bonner, M.D., the Merle M. Salter professor and chairman of the UAB Department of Radiation Oncology, was elected as president of the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation. His potentially renewable three-year term began October 1, 2012. The foundation is a nonprofit, group-physician practice including The Kirklin Clinic and The Kirklin Clinic at Acton Road.
UAB CLINICIAN HONORED BY AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS
As a leading clinician and researcher in the prevention of infant death, UAB neonatologist Waldemar A. Carlo, M.D., is on the front lines saving newborn babies. In recognition of his contributions, the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Perinatal Pediatrics presented Carlo with its 2012 Virginia Apgar Award at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition. The award is given annually to an individual whose career has had a continuing influence on the well-being of newborn infants.
UAB ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR NAMED TO ACADEMIA EUROPAEA
Vladimir Parpura, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in the UAB Department of Neurobiology, was named to the Academia Europaea, a European equivalent to U.S. organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Parpura, who earned his medical degree from the University of Zagreb in Croatia and his doctorate in neuroscience and zoology from Iowa State University, is the first UAB-based scientist to be inducted into the organization.
UAB RESEARCHER RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Victor Darley-Usmar, Ph.D., a professor in the UAB Department of Pathology, received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine. Darley-Usmar, who also directs the UAB Center for Free Radical Biology, was recognized for his contributions to the understanding of the role played by free radicals in disease.
UAB OPTOMETRY STUDENT NAMED HELEN KELLER FELLOW
Mechele Mosley, a graduate student in the UAB School of Optometry, was selected as one of four national Helen Keller Fellowship recipients. Mosley, who is studying visual impairments and deaf-blindness, is the fifth fellow to be selected from the School of Optometry since the program began. Mosley is a part of the fifth cohort of the Helen Keller Fellowship. The program’s goal is to improve the quality and quantity of personnel who are credentialed to meet the needs of children with deaf-blindness, as well as to increase leadership in the field.
UAHUNTSVILLE GRADUATE NAMED DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER
Teresa B. Vanhooser (MS ’86 – Administrative Science) has been chosen for the position of deputy director of Marshall Space Flight Center. Vanhooser has been serving as manager of Marshall’s Flight Programs and Partnerships Office (FPPO) since September 2011. In that role, she was responsible for overall management and direction of the office, including an annual budget of $108 million and a combined workforce of more than 400 civil servants and contractors. She held primary responsibility for managing the implementation of the center’s work portfolio in the areas of human exploration projects and tasks; flight mission programs and projects; and International Space Station (ISS) integration and operations. The office also identifies opportunities to develop and maintain partnerships with other government agencies, and international and commercial partners that will help achieve NASA’s vision. “It’s gratifying to watch our graduates as they progress throughout their career,” said College of Business Administration Dean Caron St. John. “We’re proud of Vanhooser’s accom-plishments, and we are confident she will bring advances to the operations at Marshall.” From 2007 to 2011, Vanhooser served as Deputy Manager, Acting Manager, and, subsequently, Manager of the Ares Projects Office at Marshall, responsible for developing the Ares I and Ares V launch vehicles. She was co-Deputy Director of Marshall’s Engineering Directorate from 2004 to 2007. From 2000 to 2004, she served as manager of the Payload Operations and Integration Department, and from 1987 to 2000, she served in the Flight Projects Office in a variety of leadership positions, including Manager of the Space Station Utilization Office, Mission Manager of the MSL-1 and ATLAS-2 missions, and Assistant Manager of the ATLAS-1 mission. Vanhooser began her NASA career at MSFC in 1980 as an engineer in the Ground Systems Analysis Branch, where she was responsible for defining and developing requirements for integration and testing of payloads for the Spacelab carrier. She earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Tennessee Technological University in 1980, and a master’s degree in administrative science from UAHuntsville in 1986.
UAHUNTSVILLE’S CBA LECTURER NAMED ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT
Michelle M. Reavis has been re-elected for a third term (2012-2013) as President of the UAHuntsville Alumni Association. Mrs. Reavis is a lecturer in the College of Business Administration’s Management, Marketing, and Information Systems Department. She is currently teaching MGT 405/505 – New Venture Creation and Entrepreneurship.
UAHUNTSVILLE’S CBA FACULTY RECOMMITS TO JOURNAL OF PRODUCT INNOVATION MANAGEMENT
Dr. David Berkowitz, Professor, recommitted to be a Board Member of the Journal of Product Innovation Management. Dr. Berkowitz has been a member since 2008.
UAHUNTSVILLE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION GRADUATE STUDENT RECEIVES NATIONAL DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION FELLOWSHIP AWARD
Ms. Reba White, a student in the Master of Science in Information Assurance & Security (MS-IAS) degree program at UAHuntsville, received a $5000.00 fellowship from National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). NDIA is America’s leading defense industry association promoting national security. Students who were eligible for the fellowship were those currently enrolled in a graduate studies program, specifically pursuing a course of academic study directly related to Space and Missile Defense in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. Ms. White received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Alabama and received a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Vanderbilt University. In addition to being enrolled in the MS-IAS program, she is currently working as a graduate research assistant at UAHuntsville’s Office of Technology Commercialization, working primarily on the Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne Venture Challenge. The University of Alabama in Huntsville is a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance, certified by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
UAHUNTSVILLE CBA ADJUNCT ASSISTANT PROFESSOR WINS AWARD
Wes Colley, Adjunct Assistant Professor, won an award from the Decatur Corridor Foundation to model traffic at the intersection of US 31 and US 72 Alt/AL 20 in Decatur, AL.
UAHUNTSVILLE CENTER FOR MANAGEMENT & ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CMER) SCIENTIST ATTENDS BLACK BELT 100 TRAINING
Anthony Holden was trained in Innovation Engineering Black Belt 100 at Eureka Ranch in Cincinnati, OH, from October 17-19, 2012. Innovation Engineering is a system for helping manufacturers develop meaningfully unique patentable ideas for a manufacturing renaissance. In the coming year, Anthony will be leading an effort with in CMER-ATN to get these tools and techniques into Alabama industry. On November 2, 2012, Anthony Holden attended ISO 14001 Executive Overview Training hosted by ATN.
UAHUNTSVILLE ECE STUDENT RECEIVED $2000 SCHOLARSHIP FROM INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR OPTICS AND PHOTONICS
Electrical Engineering graduate student Mr. Zeyu Pan received a $2000 Scholarship from the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) among eighty recipients this year in US. The award is intended for the student recipient to attend conferences held by the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).
UAHUNTSVILLE ECE PROFESSOR SHTESSEL JOURNAL PAPERS
-F. Plestan, Y. Shtessel, V. Bregeault, and A. Poznyak, “Sliding mode control with gain adaptation -application to an electropneumatic actuator,” Control Engineering Practice, June 2012, published on line: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.conengprac.2012.04.012.5.
-Y. Shtessel, J. Kochalummoottil, C. Edwards, and S. Spurgeon, “Continuous adaptive finite reaching time control and second order sliding modes” IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information, 2012; doi: 10.1093/imamci/dns013 – published on line.
-Y. Shtessel, M. Taleb, and F. Plestan, “A novel adaptive-gain super-twisting sliding mode controller: methodology and application,” Automatica, Vol. 48, Issue 5, May, 2012, pp. 759-769.
- B. Mirkin, P.-O. Gutman, and Y. Shtessel, “Coordinated Decentralized Sliding Mode MRAC with Control Cost Optimization for a Class of Nonlinear Systems,” The Journal of the Franklin Institute, Special Issue on Optimal Sliding Mode Control, Vol. 349, Issue 4, May 2012, pp. 1364-1379.
CHAPTERS IN THE BOOK
- Y. Shtessel and C. Tournes, “Higher Order Sliding Modes for Missile Guidance and Control,” Advances in Missile Guidance, Control and Estimation, S. Balakrishnan, A. Truordos, and B. White (eds.), CRC Press, Taylor & Francis, 2012 pp. 195-240.
CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS (PEER REVIEWED)
- Y. Shtessel, C. Edwards, P. Menon, A. Cosby, and A. Bordetsky, “Predictive modeling and retaining connectivity for mobile wireless communication network,” Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security 2012, 13-15 November, 2012.
- P. Menon, C. Edwards and Y. Shtessel, “Evolving Control for Preserving Connectivity Among Agents of Network with Non-Cooperative Moving Agents,” Proceedings of the American Control Conference, Montreal, Canada, June 27-29 2012, pp. 2401-2406.
- J Alan Cosby, Y. Shtessel, and A. Bordetsky, “Uncooperative Multi-agent Communication Network Control, Hybrid LQ Approach,” Proceedings of the American Control Conference, Montreal, Canada, June 27-29 2012, pp. 2830-2835.
- Chandrasekhara Panathula, Farbod Fahimi, and Yuri Shtessel, “Model Predictive Traction Control for Robots on Slippery 3D Terrains,” Proceedings of the American Control Conference, Montreal, Canada, June 27-29 2012, pp. 4257-4262.
- J. A. Rosales, Y. Shtessel, and L. Fridman, “Phase and Gain Margins In Systems with SMC/HOSM,” Proceedings of the American Control Conference, Montreal, Canada, June 27-29
- J. Kochalummoottil, Y. Shtessel, J. A. Moreno, and L. Fridman, “Output Feedback Adaptive Twisting Control: A Lyapunov Design,” Proceedings of the American Control Conference, Montreal, Canada, June 27-29, 2012, pp. 6172-6177.
- B. J. Turner, J. R. Williams, Y. Shtessel, and R. Adhami, “Integral sliding mode autopilot for rocket stabilization with unmatched disturbances,” Proceedings of the Conference on Guidance, Navigation and Control, Minneapolis, MN, August 2012.
- C. Tournes, Y. Shtessel, A. Rosales, and L. Fridman, “Phase and Gain Margins with Third Order Sliding Mode Control: An Integrated Guidance Application,” Proceedings of the Conference on Guidance, Navigation and Control, Minneapolis, MN, August 2012.
UAHUNTSVILLE ECE PROFESSOR JOHN STENSBY’S PAPER
Abu-Sayeed Huque, John Stensby, “An Analytical Approximation for the Pull-Out Frequency of a PLL Employing Sinusoidal Phase Detector”, ETRI Journal, Accepted for Publication – In Press.
CHEMICAL AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING
Chemical Engineering under-graduate student Jessica Click has been awarded a National Buick Achiever Scholarship. Jessica is one of 100 National Buick Achiever scholarship winners and she will receive up to $25,000 a year, renewable up to four years, to go toward her college tuition. She is one of four in the state of Alabama to win this scholarship. As one of the largest scholarship programs in the country, the Buick Achievers program, supported by the General Motors Foundation, rewards students who excel both in the classroom and in the community, but lack financial resources to pursue higher education. Jessica is currently attending the University of Alabama in Huntsville where she is pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering. As a first generation college student, Jessica’s goal is to secure a career in fuel resources. On November 19, 2012, Jessica traveled to the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery for a congratulatory event hosted by Governor Robert Bentley.
UAHUNTSVILLE’S DR. R. MICHAEL BANISH ELECTED TO GOVERNING BOARD OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR GRAVITATIONAL AND SPACE RESEARCH
Dr. R. Michael Banish has been elected as one of two physical scientists to the governing board of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research. ASGSR brings together a diverse group of scientists and engineers to encourage an exchange of ideas bridging basic and applied biological and physical science research and technology in space and gravitational sciences. Members represent academia, government, and industry interests bonded by a common issue, how living organisms and physical systems respond to gravity. As of June 2012, the ASGSB began its transformation to ASGSR as a result of an historical membership vote to expand the charter to include basic and applied physical sciences. As part of the process of adding physical sciences to the scope of interest for ASGSR, they have expanded the breadth of the Board of Governors to ensure representation from both the biological and physical sciences communities. The meeting was held in New Orleans at the Westin New Orleans Canal place on November 28 – December 2, 2012.
JULIE THOMAS OF UAHUNTSVILLE SELECTED AS COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING OUTSTANDING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT
Julie Thomas has been selected as the College of Engineering Outstanding Undergraduate Student. Julie is currently a senior in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. She is a hard worker and has sacrificed time for hobbies and friends in order to meet academic deadlines and goals. Julie participated in the 2011 Summer Research and Creative Experience for Undergraduates (RCEU) program with Dr. R. Michael Banish and is hopeful for a publication from the completed research. Julie attended and competed in the poster competition at the AIChE Regional Conference at Clemson University in South Carolina. She was also awarded the 2012 BP Scholarship due to her outstanding AIChE student chapter contributions. In Summer 2012, Julie participated in the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. There she determined the hydrothermal stability of a mixed-oxide-catalyst-support used to upgrade liquid biomass to bio-fuels. These internships are some of the most competitive in the United States, and allow students to do research with some of the best scientists in the world. Julie accepted a job offer from Southern Nuclear, and began working at Plant Farley in January, 2013.
UAHUNTSVILLE CHEMICAL ENGINEERING UNDERGRADUATE PARTICIPATED IN RESEARCH EXPERIENCE AT CARNEGIE MELLON
During the summer of 2012, Jocelyn Knighting, a senior Chemical Engineering undergraduate, participated in a Research Experience for Under-graduates program at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. The title of the project was “Measuring the Energies of Grain Boundaries in Ca-doped Yttria” where she interned under the guidance off Gregory S. Rohrer, the Department Chair of the Material Science and Engineering Department and Stephanie A. Bojarski, Ph.D. candidate. This research led Jocelyn to become one of the co-authors of “The Relationship Between Grain Boundary Energy, Grain Boundary Complexion Transitions, and Grain Size in Ca-doped Yttria” along with Stephanie A. Bojarski , Shuailei Ma, William Lenthe, Martin P. Harmer, and Gregory S. Rohrer proceeding the 5th International Conference on Recrystallization and Grain Growth 2013 which will appear in Materials Science Forum.
UAHUNTSVILLE’S ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING ACHIEVEMENTS
- Ms. Lin Yang, ECE graduate student, received a Travel Scholarship from the Optical Society of America (OSA) to attend the OSA Graduate Student Leadership Conference held in Rochester, NY in October, 2012. She presented a talk on her research work in the 94th OSA Annual Conference in Rochester, NY.
- Mr. Zeyu Pan, ECE graduate student, received a $2000 Scholarship from the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) among eighty recipients this year in US. The award is intended for the student recipient to attend conferences held by the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).
UAHUNTSVILLE ALUMNUS WINS PRESTIGIOUS GE EDISON AWARD
The University of Alabama in Huntsville College of Engineering alumnus Chris E. Orr (BSE, Electrical Engineering, 1984) has been awarded a General Electric Edison Award for his contributions to the General Electric (GE) Company. The Edison award is named after Thomas Edison, one of GE’s founders and the most prolific inventor in history. Edison award recipients receive a $25,000 grant to fund research at a university of their choice. Orr has selected the UAHunts-ville College of Engineering (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) as the recipient of his grant.
UAHUNTSVILLE PROFESSOR RECEIVED AN NSF GRANT TO DEVELOP NEW TECHNIQUES THAT WILL HELP PROGRAMMERS FIND SOFTWARE BUGS FASTER
Dr. Milenkovic, Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, received an NSF grant to explore techniques for real-time unobtrusive program tracing and debugging in modern multicore embedded systems. UAHuntsville is a lead institution in this collaborative three-year effort that includes a group from Texas State University, San Marcos, led by Dr. Martin Burtscher.
UAH COMPUTER ENGINEERING STUDENTS WIN A $20K INNOVATION AWARD BASED ON THEIR SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT
UAHuntsville College of Engineering alumni Jiake Liu, Chris Heath, Stephen Doud, and Douglas Kirby have won $20,000 in a national search to find and nurture the next big ideas in advanced technology. Their invention, which started as their senior design project at UAHuntsville, won one of three first prize winners of the Best Buy College Innovator Fund, according to a news release from Best Buy. The team won for their Typing Glove – Gauntlet Keyboard, a one-hand glove device that functions as a wireless keyboard.
UAHUNTSVILLE’S INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING AND ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT ACHIEVEMENTS
- Dr. Joseph W. Hamaker has been appointed to the National Research Council’s (NRC) Committee on Human Spaceflight to its Technical Feasibility Panel, which will help the committee evaluate the future of the American space program. Dr. Hamaker received his PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from UAHuntsville for his work on cost estimation of space projects. The panel is being chaired by John Sommerer, who is head of the space sector at John Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). Other notable members of the panel include: former NASA Chief Technologist Bobby Braun; Douglas Cooke, former NASA associate admin-istrator for Exploration Systems; Robert Dickman, former commander of the45th Space Wing; soft spacesuit designer Dava J. Newman; and space architect Guillermo Trotti. Joseph W. Hamaker is a senior cost analyst with The Millennium Group International (TMGI). He performs cost and schedule estimating, risk/uncertainty analysis and related economic assess-ments, cost-estimating tool development, and related work for new and ongoing space projects. Previously, Dr. Hamaker was the director of the Cost Analysis Division of NASA headquarters. In this position, he led the development of independent cost estimates for NASA programs as well as the establishment of strategic management policy for the overall NASA cost-estimating process. Prior to assuming the lead cost position at NASA headquarters, Dr. Hamaker spent 29 years at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the last 16 as manager of the Engineering Cost Office there. He is certified by the Society of Cost Estimating and Analysis as a cost analyst and by the International Society of Parametric Analysts as a parametric practitioner. Dr. Hamaker has a B.S. in industrial engineering from Tennessee Technological University and a B.A. in economics, an M.S. in engineering management, and a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He previously served as a member on the NRC Committee on Cost Growth in NASA Earth and Space Science Missions.
- Sampson Gholston, Associate professor, was reappointed to the National Baldrige Quality Award Board of Examiners for 2012. In addition, he was reappointed to the Sterling Award Board of Examiners for 2013. This is the Quality Award Program for the state of Florida. It is modeled after the National Baldrige Quality Award Program.
- Presentation – Lean Educators Conference 2012, September 27-29, Norfolk, VA. “Development and Testing of a Proposed Method to Understand an Employee’s Perception of Lean Implementation”, P. Componation, S. Shetty, and S. Gholston. (Note that Sushill Shetty is recent Ph.D. graduate from UAH, May 2011.)
UAHUNTSVILLE’S PROFESSOR EMERITUS TO RECEIVE AMS AWARD
Dr. Dick McNider received the award for “Outstanding contribution to the advance of applied meteorology” from the American Meteorological Society at its annual conference in January. McNider is a distinguished professor emeritus in UAH’s Department of Atmospheric Science. The AMS honored McNider for his innovative contributions to dealing with agricultural drought by improving monitoring and forecasting technology, and for promoting sustainable irrigation in the Southeast. The AMS award for applied meteorology is for someone with noteworthy contributions to the direct application of meteorological or climatological knowledge to the fulfill-ment of industrial or agricultural needs or in research and development of scientific knowledge, which can meet such needs. The January 2013 AMS conference was held in Austin, TX.
UAHUNTSVILLE WOMEN’S STUDIES / SALMON LIBRARY PRESENTED COFFEEHOUSE WRITERS SERIES
In November, the Women’s Studies Program and the Salmon Library collaborated to feature poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction by the Best Writing Friends Forever (BWFFs) in the Salmon Library Art Gallery. The Coffeehouse Writers Series features local writers and poets several times each semester.
UAHUNTSVILLE’S FRANCES C. ROBERTS TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE ALABAMA WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME
Frances C. Roberts, whose “pioneering spirit” and leadership helped to establish UAHuntsville as one of the top research institutions in the nation, will be inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame in March 2013. “I am delighted for Dr. Roberts to have this richly deserved honor. Her contributions to Huntsville’s history have benefited thousands of people who may not recognize her name today. Inclusion in the Hall of Fame is a fitting tribute to a true pioneer among professional woman in the state of Alabama,” said Dr. Johanna Shields, professor emerita of history at UAHuntsville. Dr. Roberts, who taught history when the University of Alabama Extension Center began operation in January 1950, was the university’s first full-time faculty member. She estab-lished the History Department and later served as chairperson. Roberts also served as director and founder of the university’s Academic Advisement and Information Center. On May 14, 1988, she was honored with the dedication of Roberts Hall on the UAHuntsville campus. Roberts devoted 29 years of dedicated service to UAHuntsville, and 18 years to the Alabama Public School System. The Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame was founded in 1970, and is located at Judson College in Marion, AL.
UAHUNTSVILLE WOMEN’S STUDIES PRESENTED TWO PUBLIC LECTURES BY WRITER AND ACTIVIST LESLÉA NEWMAN
In late November, poet, writer, and activist Lesléa Newman visited UAHuntsville and delivered two public lectures encouraging tolerance for diversity. The keynote evening lecture was “He Continues to Make a Difference: The Story of Matthew Shepard,” an event which honored the legacy of Matthew Shepard by promoting the importance of anti-bullying. The second lecture, delivered to UAHuntsville Honors students and guests from campus and from the North Alabama community, was “The Gender Dance: Picture Books that Challenge Stereotypes.” Co-sponsors for Lesléa Newman’s visit to UAHuntsville include the Office of Student Affairs (as part of its SafeZone program), the Office of Diversity, the Honors Program, the Humanities Center, POWER (the Women’s Studies student organization), the UAHuntsville Gay-Straight Alli-ance, and the Student Sociological Association. Community partners include the Alabama Writer’s Forum, the Interfaith Mission Service, the Interweave group of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville, GLBT Advocacy and Youth Services, and Temple B’nai Sholom.
DR. GILCHIRST, COMMUNICATION ARTS, RECEIVES TOP JOURNAL ARTICLE AWARD
Dr. Eletra Gilchrist was awarded the Top Journal Article of Award by the African American Communication & Culture Division of the National Communication Association in November, 2012 at their convention in Orlando, FL. The award was for her article, “Cultural Dis/Continuity in African American and Ghanaian Mothers’ Voices and Identities” (2012) (with Dr. Sakile Camara), Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 41(1), 81-108.
DR. CLARKE ROUNTREE SERVED ON FINNISH DISSERTATION COMMITTEE
Dr. Clarke Rountree served as “Respondent” to a Finnish dissertation on the World War II rhetoric of Lutheran military clergy at the University of Jyväskylä in October 2012. (The respondent asks all the questions of the candidate during a public dissertation defense.) He also joined the committee to vote on passing the candidate following the defense.
COMMUNICATION ARTS STUDENT WINS A TOP PAPER AWARD
Sara Erdner, a Communication Arts major, won a Top Paper Award from the Spiritual Communication Division of the National Communication Association in November, 2012 at their convention in Orlando, FL. Her paper, “The Influence of Nonverbal and Verbal Communication on the Construction of a Young Adult’s Spiritual Life,” was based upon her senior thesis.
DR. CHRISTINE SEARS, HISTORY, PUBLISHES HER FIRST BOOK
Christine Sears’s first book was published in September 2012. American Slaves and African Masters: Algiers and the Western Sahara, 1776-1820, published by Palgrave.
DR. JOE CONWAY, ENGLISH, ENJOYS THREE MAJOR RESEARCH SUCCESSES
Dr. Joe Conway published an article this past year and has had two papers accepted for presentation: “Making Beautiful Money: Currency Connoisseurship in the Nineteenth-Century United States” was published in Nineteenth-Century Contexts; “Stephen Burroughs: The Criminal as Public Spirit,” will be delivered at the conference for the American Historical Association in January 2013; and “Bound By Sound: Poe and the Captivating Voice of Ideology,” was delivered at the “Captivity Writing Unbound” conference at the University of South Alabama in October, 2012.
DR. ERIC SMITH, ENGLISH, HAS JOURNAL ARTICLE PUBLISHED
“There’s No Splace Like Home: Domesticity, Difference, and the Long Space of Short Fiction in Vandana Singh’s The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet” The Society for Utopian Studies Annual Conference. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. October 5, 2012.
UAHUNTSVILLE ALUMNI AND PART-TIME INSTRUCTOR RECEIVES HER PH.D.
Dr. Kem Roper, MA English 2002, received her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Louisville this December.
UAHUNTSVILLE’S MUSIC DEPARTMENT RECOGNITIONS
William Bargetzi, Trombone
- Performed with the Huntsville Symphony, October, December, 2012
- Performed as part of the Tennessee Valley Jazz Society’s “Jazz Is Cool In School” event in conjunction with Ellis Marsalis’ visit to Huntsville regarding Jazz Education, October, 2012
- Performed with the UAHuntsville Wind Ensemble/AMC Band for The Planets, November, 2012
- Served as faculty for the UAHuntsville Honor Band, November, 2012
- Performed in the World Premiere of Keith Taylor’s Jazz Mass, November, 2012
- Performed with the group The Irish Tenors, December, 2012
- Performed with the group Celtic Woman, December, 2012
Erin Colwitz, Director of Choirs, Assistant Professor of Music
- Inducted into Delta Kappa Gamma, professional fraternity (women educators), October, 2012
- Presented clinics on the island of Oahu at four different high schools, November, 2012
- Guest conductor at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, November, 2012
- Conducted world premiere of Keith Taylor’s “Missa ex Tempore”, December, 2012
Dr. Peter Gillies, Tuba
- Performed with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, April, 2012
- Performed with the Huntsville Chamber Winds, September, 2012
- Performed for President’s Installation, September , 2012
- Performed with the Brass Band of Huntsville, October, 2012
- Co-conducted “The Planets” with AMC Band and UAH Wind Ensemble, November, 2012
- Conducted the Brass Band of Huntsville, Huntsville Community Chorus Children’s Choir, December, 2012
- Guest Conducted Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, December, 2012
Deborah Loach, Percussion
- Played Marimba at Carnegie Hall, May, 2012
- Served on Faculty for Tennessee Valley Music Festival, June, 2012
- Performed Timpani with Huntsville Symphony, September, 2012
- Performed with Mobile Symphony, September, 2012
- Performed with Mobile Opera, October, 2012
- Performed with Micheal W. Smith, December, 2012
Dr. David Ragsdale, Associate Professor of Music
- Conductor, Huntsville Youth Orchestra, October 2012, December, 2012)
- Adjudicator, Appalachian Marching Band Festival (NC), October, 2012
- Conductor, UAH Wind Ensemble Fall Gala Concert, October, 2012)
- Conductor, US Army Materiel Command Band and UAH Wind Ensemble, “The Planets”, November, 2012
- Administrator, UAH Honor Band Festival, November, 2012
- Conductor, UAH Wind Ensemble, Fall Commencement Exercises
Hunter Thomas, Bassoon
- Artist Faculty, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, June/July, 2011 (Fifth year)
- Principal Bassoon, Huntsville Symphony, 2011-2012 (Fifteen years)
- Yuletide Bassoons, 2012 (Ninth year)
Ken Watters, Trumpet
- Served as Head Adjudicator & Guest Artist at the Baker University Jazz Festival, Baldwin City, KS, November, 2012
- Recorded “Live for iTunes” Project with Hip-Hop stars B.o.B., October, 2012
- Performed on several recordings backing various R&B, Rock & Jazz artists as a member of the Muscle Shoals Horns, October- December, 2012
Dr. Ron Wray, Associate Professor of Music
- Masterclass for UAH Honor Band, November, 2012
- Faculty Representative for Music Department booth at “The Planets”, November, 2012
- Multiple cases as Chair for the UAH Student Conduct Board, September-November, 2012
- Birmingham Music and Art Alliance Development Committee
- Music Department Piano Search Committee, December, 2012
- Music Department Voice Search Committee, December, 2012
- Tenure/Promotion committee for David Harwell, October, 2012
- Completion of Woodwind Quintet “Half Past Seven”, November, 2012
- Began unnamed woodwind quintet, November, 2012
- Began unnamed work for strings and woodwind, December, 2012
Phil Weaver, Classical Guitar
- Live radio concert, WLRH Public Radio 89.3, with flutist Rosa Vidro Richardson, October, 2012
- Faculty Recital at Union Grove Gallery with Rosa Vidro Richardson, October, 2012
- Solo concert and masterclass, Fountain City Arts Center, Knoxville, TN, November, 2012
- Guest artist for Trinity United Methodist Church concert “Carols of Christmas” with the Huntsville Youth Symphony, December, 2012
Karen Young, Soprano
- Guest performer for Women’s Economic Development Council’s, “Women Honoring Women” Annual Awards, September, 2012
- Guest performer with Huntsville Chamber Winds, September, 2012
- Guest clinician for UAHuntsville Music Department’s All-State Choir Blitz, September, 2012
- Faculty Recital, UAHuntsville Dept. of Music, October, 2012
- Director, UAHuntsville Opera Scenes Program, November, 2012
UAHUNTSVILLE CHEMIST ON SABBATICAL IN GERMANY
Bernhard Vogler spent the fall semester on sabbatical leave as visiting scientist at the University of Hohenheim in Germany.
UAHUNTSVILLE ATMOSPHERIC SCIENTIST LEADS TEAM DEVELOPING AIR QUALITY APP
Atmospheric Science Assistant Professor Udaysankar Nair is the project leader for the development of a free air quality app supported by funding through NASA’s applied sciences program. The development team also includes app developer Manil Maskey from UAHuntsville’s Information Tech-nology and Systems Laboratory (ITSC), satellite data expert Sundar Christopher, a professor of atmospheric science, and Ken Keiser, a research scientist in the ITSC. ITSC scientist Yu-Ling Wu modified the forecast model to use satellite data and Denise Berendes in the ESSC is the operations manager. MobileAQI™ (Mobile Air Quality Index) uses data from instruments on board NASA and NOAA satellites to supplement pollution estimates available from other sources, to give a more accurate and reliable report on fine particulates (particles no bigger than 2.5 microns) in the air. People with respiratory problems can get an instant up-to-date local report on a key air pollutants and forecasts for hour-by-hour air quality as much as 24 hours in advance.
UAHUNTSVILLE EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE STUDENTS MEET NASA ADMINISTRATOR
Earth System Science Master’s students met with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Associate Admin-istrator Michael O’Brien while attending the International Astronautical Congress in Naples, Italy, in early October to discuss their use of data from NASA satellites and their collaborations with NASA while conducting their research.
UAHUNTSVILLE’S NURSING ACHIEVEMENTS
- Dr. Susan Alexander, Clinical Assistant Professor, Dr. Haley Hoy, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Manil Maskey, ITSC, were awarded external funding from the North American Transplant Coordinators Organization in the amount of $5,838 for their project entitled “Technology as a Medium to Effectively and Efficiently Educate Nurses about Organ Donation and Transplantation.”
- Dr. Pam O’Neal, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs was selected to serve as Clinical Research Coordinator for Huntsville Hospital.
- Dr. O’Neal also has agreed to serve as the Institutional Review Board Chair for UAHuntsville, effective January 1, 2013, and this is a three-year term.
FACULTY AND STUDENT PUBLICATIONS
- Alexander, S. & Hoy, H. “Supporting learner success: Pre-Enrollment through outcomes evaluation.” Distance Education in Nursing Frith, K.H., & Clark, D. New York: Springer Publishing Company, 2012. 65-79.
- Dowdy, D. “Emotional Needs of Teens with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.” Journal of Pediatric Nursing (2012) 27, 55-64.
- Dowdy, D. “PCOS.” Just for Women (2012) 20.
- Frith, K., Clark, D., Distance Education in Nursing. New York: Springer Publishing Company, 2012.
- Frith, K.H. “Holidays Eye Openers.” Just for Women (2012) 58.
- Frith, K.H., Anderson, E.F., (2012). Improve care delivery with decision support. Nursing Management, 43(12), 52-54.
- Milosevic, M., Jovanov, E., Frith, K., Vincent, J. Preliminary Analysis of Physiological Changes of Nursing Students during Training. 34th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. San Diego, August 28 – September 1, 2012.
- Hoy, H., Frith, K.H., Alexander, S., & Willson, P. (2012). APRN Direct Care Core: Matching Curricular Guidelines to Certification Exam Test Blueprints. Journal of Professional Nursing, supplement September-October.
OTHER FACULTY RECOGNITIONS
- Dr. Susan Alexander, Clinical Assistant Professor, received the NPAA Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Regional Award for North Alabama. The award was presented to Dr. Alexander during the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama Conference in Birmingham, AL, on November 29, 2012.
- Ms. Donna Herrin-Griffith, Clinical Associate Professor, was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing on October 13, 2012.
- Dr. Lori Lioce, Clinical Assistant Professor, was selected for membership in the American Nurses Association’s Political Action Committee Leadership Society by the ANA PAC Board of Trustees in October, 2012. The society inducts fellows who demonstrate extraordinary political talent and recognize the connection between policy, political participation, and professional leadership supporting these beliefs with service and action.
- Dr. Lori Lioce, Clinical Assistant Professor, was honored with The Living Legacy Award as a distinguished alumni of the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University in Birmingham, AL, in November, 2012.
- Masters’ Nursing students Gladys Alabi, Katrina Culp and Laura Noblitt placed second in the College of Business Entrepreneurial Club E-Launch Business Plan Competition in October, 2012. Their proposal was for an adult day care center-convenience care.
- Mr. Charles Misori, a native of Cameroon in Central Africa, and graduate of UAHuntsville, is nurse practitioner for the newly opened NC Health Care Clinic in Priceville, AL.