Computer Science Capstone Team Wins IEEE Grant

A computer science senior project team of Brice Aldrich, Devin Aspy, and Zach Pratt were awarded an IEEE Standards Education Grant for their capstone project, sponsored by INdigital Telecom. The team is advised by Zesheng Chen, assistant professor of computer science.

Their project, “Redundant Failover Seamless-IP-Stack (RFSIS),” about creating an Internet Protocol Stack (i.e., IP-Stack) that supports seamless redundant failover for legacy systems and for future Internet-of-things (i.e., IoT) applications.

The IP-Stack is designed to provide a quick response to failover, in order to backup systems within user-land. It will more specifically be beneficial in the telecommunications industry, where most working systems are archaic and do not provide seamless failover technology.

The IEEE Student Grants require that student projects apply or implement industry standards. The team must submit an application paper for publication by the IEEE upon completion of the project. This is the second time a computer science department team won this grant.

Three Computer Science Students Earn “Best Paper” Award

A paper titled “Exploring Web-based Visual Interfaces for Searching Research Articles on Digital Library Systems” by Maxwell Fowler (grad student, computer science), Chris Bellis (’16), and Chris Perry (’16), received the Best Student Paper Award at the 27th Modern Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science Conference at the University of Dayton.

The paper will be published in the conference proceedings.

The team was advised by Beomjin Kim, chair and professor of computer science.

Janine Bennett Receives Competitive National Fellowship

Janine Bennett (senior, biology) was awarded the nationally-competitive 2016 American Society for Microbiology-Undergraduate Research Fellowship (ASM-URF) for $5000. The fellowship is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) in microbiology.

As part of the fellowship, she will receive a stipend for completing a research project this summer and presenting her research at the ASM Microbe meeting in New Orleans next June.

Thanks also goes to Eric Link, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Frank Paladino, chair and professor of biology, for providing supplemental funding.

Student Team Wins Environmental Engineering Competition

A team of undergraduate engineering students won first place among 17 universities in the Environmental Engineering competition of the ASCE Great Lakes Student Conference at Illinois Institute of Technology on April 15 – 16, 2016.

The team included Sankey Everson (captain; senior, civil engineering), Andrew Magsam (senior, civil engineering), Adam Dreihaus (junior, mechanical engineering), and Abby Laudenschlager (junior, civil engineering) from the IPFW Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

The faculty advisor was Dong Chen, associate professor of civil engineering.

The competition involved designing wastewater treatment processes and to troubleshoot problems.

Nine Visual Communication and Design Students Win Ad Fed Awards

Nine Visual Communication and Design students won big at the American Advertising Federation (AdFed) Fort Wayne Ad Honors on Saturday, Feb. 27. The competition celebrates the best advertising-related design work from both students and professionals.

The contest includes over 50 categories such as publication, outdoor board, non-traditional advertising, broadcast commercial, and stationery package.

Student Best in Show
Marketing Media Campaign for Meli
Amanda Pappas

Student Gold Award
Marketing Media Campaign for Meli
Amanda Pappas

Sales Promotion Package for Camelia
Amanda Pappas

Self Promo for Adventure Supply Kit
Sean O’Leary

Student Silver Award
Publication Design for Handglovery
Alexandra Tsiguloff

Publication Design for Sprout
Amanda Pappas

Cinematography for IPFW Holiday Card
Bryttani Bair, Tanya Riveron, Tyler Dager, Jenny Girardot, Sam Sewards, David Adams


Student Research Featured at Honors Showcase

Six senior students who presented their honors project research at the 2016 Spring Honors Showcase on April 8 will join the four Fall Showcase presenters as Honors Medal and Certificate Recipients at the May 2016 Commencement.

The students gave presentations and then conducted a question and answer session with the audience.

The presenters were:

Justin Anderson (senior, industrial engineering technology),  “Manufacturing Process Optimization”; Faculty Mentor: Ramesh Narang, associate professor of manufacturing and construction engineering technology

Sarah Bercot (senior, French/English): “The Algerian Revolution: Zhor Zerari’s Prison Poetry in Translation”; Faculty Mentor: Nancy Virtue, professor of French

Sean Godfroy (senior, English): “The Art of World-building: How to Construct Your Own Reality”; Faculty Mentor: Mary Ann Cain, professor of English

Luisa Pires Luciano (senior, political science): “Case Studies in the Conflict Transformation Process: An Analysis of Rwanda and South Africa”; Faculty Mentor:   Quinton Dixie, associate professor of religious studies

Grayson Ostermeyer (senior, biology),  “Effects of Nutraceuticals on Proliferation of Spleen Cells of Tilapia In-Vitro”; Faculty Mentor: Ahmed Mustafa, professor of biology

Crysta Terry (senior, psychology): “Search Strategy of Tilted Mice on a Barnes Maze”; Faculty Mentor: Ryan Yoder, associate professor of psychology