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.

OACS Receives Facing Project Grant

The Office of Academic Internships, Cooperative Education, and Service Learning (OACS) received a $1,500 grant from The Facing Project and the Indiana Campus Compact.

The grant will support a Facing Project book titled Facing Financial Hardship in Fort Wayne., which will be written by students and other volunteers in the community.

The book will focus on people involved with a United Way initiative called ALICE in Fort Wayne. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed . This description represents the growing number of individuals and families who are working, but are unable to afford the basic necessities of housing, food, child care, health care, and transportation.

The Facing Project is a nonprofit that connects people through stories with the goal of strengthening communities. The project provides tools, a platform, funds, and inspiration so communities can share the stories of citizens through the talent of local writers, artists, and actors.

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


Eight Visual Communication and Design Students Participated in “The Pitch”

Eight visual communication and design students designed, created, and presented marketing materials in the American Advertising Federation (AdFed) spring competition known as “The Pitch.”

The students participating on IPFW’s team included:

  • Danielle Doepke (senior)
  • Dustin Keeslar (junior)
  • Elijah VanDine (junior)
  • Emily Franson (junior)
  • Jacqueline Warfield (junior)
  • Nick Vincent (senior)
  • Rachel Edwards (junior)
  • Sean O’Leary (senior)

The students are in Graphic Design III: Publication and Design, advised by John Motz, continuing lecturer in graphic design and director of the design center.

The event is a graphic design competition that gives students hands-on experience while helping a local non-for-profit that needs design, marketing, and advertising assistance. This year’s client was the Women’s Bureau.

Each team designed and created a year’s worth of marketing material for each of the Women’s Bureau’s 2016 events, along with graphics to support the agency’s core social media presence.

Judges told the team that they “knocked it out of the park,” producing work that rivalled agency work they had seen. The CEO of the Women’s Bureau plans to use some of their designs this year.

The team produced a broad variety of materials:

  • yard signage for their building
  • window vinyls for their building
  • awards certificates
  • glass etched awards and wine glasses
  • “Proud Supporter of the Women’s Bureau” stickers
  • t-shirts, stickers, posters, water bottles, e-mail blasts, and billboards for their Walk/Run event
  • advertisements and e-mail blasts for their Pop Up Shop event
  • photo backdrops and pop up banners for their events
  • plans for a new event called the “Design a Shoe” contest, plus all of the collateral for (posters, sign-up cards, e-mail blasts, social media etc).
  • newspaper and magazine ads
  • thank you mailers
  • brochures
  • 2 professional level videos to be used as social media posts and potential tv spots
  • invitations for their gala event
  • car decals
  • table tents
  • a 68 page comprehensive social media strategy book that detailed how best to use social media, with examples of how each of the organization’s social media accounts will look during each of their events

Abdullah Eroglu Receives NSF Research Grant

Abdullah Eroglu, chair of electrical and computer engineering and professor of electrical engineering, received a $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The funding will continue his work on the control and ciagnostics of electronically commutated motors (EMCs). Yaya Mahamat (grad student, electrical engineering) will assist with the research.

EMCs are used widely in industry, including applications in HVAC systems and refrigeration and cooling units. The technology developed in the Energy Conversion Laboratory will help EMC manufacturers and service providers control their machines remotely using radio signals, while also increase energy efficiency and simplifying field maintenance.

This is the second NSF grant received by faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The highly-competitive NSF grant program aims “to spur translation of fundamental research to the market place, to encourage collaboration between academia and industry, and to train NSF-funded faculty, students and other researchers to understand innovation and entrepreneurship.”