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.

Ten faculty members awarded summer research grants

Ten faculty members were awarded summer research grants through the Office of Sponsored Programs. The grants are for tenured and tenure-track faculty through two programs: Summer Faculty Grants and Senior Summer Faculty Grants.

This year’s grants went to the following faculty members:

Nurgul Aitalieva, assistant professor of public policy: “Trust and Public Support for Government Spending: A Cross-National Examination”

Jeff Casazza, associate professor of theatre: “The Integrated Actor: Reconnecting the Voice, Mind and Body”

Zesheng Chen, assistant professor of computer science: “Information Dissemination in Online Social Networks”

Qing Hao, assistant professor of mechanical engineering technology: “Computational Modeling of Effect of Blood Flow Dynamics on Thrombus Growth”

John Licato, assistant professor of computer science: “Advancing Developmental AI with Late Piagetian Theory”

Punya Nachappa, assistant professor of biology: “Factors Determining Vector Competence in Three Thrips Species Ability to Transmit Soybean Vein Necrosis Virus”

Vamsi Nalam, assistant professor of biology: “Evaluation of Soybean Transgenics Expressing a Host Defense Regulatory Gene, PHYTOALEXIN DEFICIENT4 (PAD4) For Enhancing Resistance to Soybean Aphid”

Lucas Rodesiler, assistant professor of secondary education: “For Teachers, By Teachers: An Investigation into Teacher-Generated Online Professional Development”

Abe Schwab, associate professor of philosophy: “Rethinking Conflicts of Interest”

Lachlan Whalen, associate professor of English and linguistics: “Ireland Unfree: Contemporary Irish Republican Prison Writing”