Civil & Environmental Engineering
2011 CAREER Award
Mechanisms of Hydration Kinetics and Property Evolution in Activated Slag and Fly Ash Multi-Phase Sustainable Binder Systems.
Sulapha Peethamparan’s research focuses on the development, characterization and applications of novel infrastructure materials, with an emphasis on energy and environmental issues.
Peethamparan is working on producing a new type of cement-free concrete mixture made from industrial by-products such as ground granulated blast furnace slag (waste product from steel plants) and fly ash (waste product from thermal power plants). This new generation of concrete is expected to revolutionize the construction industry, with better performance, lower CO2 foot print and lower embodied energy.
Peethamparan and her team are conducting both experimental and modeling studies to understand micro/nano scale behavior of this activated material system in order to predict and control its macro scale behavior.
Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering
2009 CAREER AWARD
An Experimental Investigation of the Flow Fields over Bio-Inspired and Finite Span Wings Undergoing Dynamic Stall.
Doug Bohl’s research focuses on the dynamic stall of airfoils, which is important in the development of a wide array of technologies ranging from wind turbines to high-performance aircraft.
Through his research, Bohl is working to develop a bio-inspired strategy, based on the flippers of humpback whales, to control or delay dynamic stall.
Bohl uses a measurement technique he helped develop, molecular tagging velocimetry, to quantify the velocity and vorticity fields in the critical region near the airfoil leading edge for finite aspect ratio airfoils, an area for which data does not currently exist.
Civil & Environmental Engineering
2009 CAREER Award
Resuspension of Environmental Pollutants: an Investigation of Mechanical and Electrostatic Forces.
Andrea Ferro interests focus on indoor air quality and human exposure to particulate pollutants, in particular particle resuspension.
Her research integrates experimental and theoretical research to characterize and model the behavior of resuspended particles from human walking. Ferro and her team employ chamber and wind tunnel studies to quantify resuspension factors and modeling studies to develop and validate a theoretical resuspension model.
Ferro’s research could result in changes in the selection of materials used in buildings; guidance for emergency response to chemical and biological agents; and human behavior modification and policy changes to reduce exposure to resuspended pollutants.
Liu Awarded Air Force Grant
, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, received a $360,000 grant from through the U.S. Air Force Young Investigator Research Program.
Air Force Office of Scientific Research officials awarded grants to only 43 of the 242 scientists and engineers who submitted research proposals.
Liu hopes that his project’s outcome will greatly enhance the safety of next generation aircraft. His observations will assist in the development of a new, alternative and systematic approach for real-time fatigue reliability assessment of aircraft structures under different scenarios.
He proposes an innovative method to find metal fuselage fatigue in a much finer detail. Crack growth will be observed at a nanometer scale using scanning electron microscopy. Advanced imaging analysis will be used to investigate how the fatigue crack initiates and propagates.
Conry Receives IEEE Award
Susan E. Conry
, Distinguished Service Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the 2011 IEEE William E. Sayle II Award for Achievement in Education from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Conry was honored for her “outstanding technical contributions and service in computer science and engineering education and accreditation.”
Conry has been a key player in major curriculum development efforts in the computing disciplines organized by the IEEE Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
In 2002, she became the first member of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET to representing the software engineering discipline. Today, Conry is a member of the executive committee of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET and ABET’s Accreditation Council. As chair of the Engineering Accreditation Commission she is responsible for administering all engineering program accreditations in the country.
Conry has been designated a fellow of the IEEE for her contributions to engineering education; an ABET Fellow for her contributions to computer science and engineering accreditation and leadership in the development of the Computer Science Accreditation Board (CSAB); and a CSAB Fellow in recognition of outstanding contributions to computer science education and accreditation.
Cetinkaya Elected ASME Fellow
Professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Cetin Cetinkaya
has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
Cetinkaya is a researcher in the field of vibration, elastic wave propagation, thermoelasticity, MEMS-based sensors, particle adhesion and removal, and symbolic computing. His recent research found key applications in the characterization of pharmaceutical materials and manufacturing monitoring, and adhesion/removal of nano/micro-particles in the semiconductor industry.
His research group has, for the first time, experimentally demonstrated the existence of rolling resistance moment in micro-particles based on a non-contact method he introduced. It also developed the first acoustic non-contact/non-destructive drug tablet quality monitoring and characterization and real-time compaction monitoring systems.