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SSoE InFocus, Spring 2006

  1. 1. Systems Engineering A Network of International Alliances in Research & Education 2 Maritime Domain Awareness 9 CHARLES V. SCHAEFER, JR. SCHOOL OF ENGINEERINGCHARLES V. SCHAEFER, JR. SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING GLOBAL LEADERSHIP IN ENGINEERING INFOCUS Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering Stevens Institute of Technology Castle Point on Hudson Hoboken, N.J. 07030 Phone 201.216.5263 Fax 201.216.8909 www.soe.stevens.edu SSOE SSSOE 10 Engineering Our Future N.J. SPRING 2006 ISSUE VOLUME 4 11 The Green Bullet U.S. - Greek Alliance: Protecting and Restoring the Environment The mission of the conference is to: • Exchange information, experiences and achievements in environmental protection. • Evaluate current applied technologies and innovative ideas for the protection of the environment. • Identify educational, regulatory and research issues for environmental protection. • Advance research that leads to sustainable growth through industrial ecology, design for the environment and prudent utiliza- tion of our natural resources. Engineering faculty at Stevens’ Center for Environmental Systems (CES) played a key role in the creation and organization of the conference, which originally focused on promoting environmental awareness unique to Greece and its industry. Over the years, the conference has expanded its scope to advance environmental issues worldwide through information exchange and fostering collaboration beyond country boundaries. "Stevens is presented with a unique oppor- tunity to showcase its environmental tech- nology and research, and promote its visi- bility at an international level," remarked Dr. Christos Christodoulatos, CES Director. Each conference is organized by Stevens Institute of Technology and a partnering Greek University such as the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the University of Patras, the Technical University of Crete, the Democritus University of Thrace and the University of Thessaly. The upcoming Conference in cooperation with the Technical University of Crete will be held on July 3-7, 2006 in the idyllic port city of Chania on the beautiful island of Crete. It will focus on the following topics: Groundwater and Soil Remediation; Management andTreatment of Solid, Liquid and Gaseous Wastes; Waste Minimization and Pollution Prevention; Protection and Restoration of the Coastal Environment; Water Resources Engineering and Management; Renewable Energy Resources - Sustainable Development; Fate and Transport of Pollutants in the Environment; Ecotoxicology; Environmental Impact Assessment and Risk Analysis; Global Climate Change; Atmospheric Pollution and Control Technology; Environmental Legislation and Policy; and Mathematical Modeling and Systems Analysis. For more information, please visit: http://www.pre8.enveng.tuc.gr Started in the United States in 1992 by a group of Greek and Greek-American scientists and engineers, the Protection and Restoration of the Environment Conference is a biennial meet- ing that offers an important international forum for the dissemination of scientific research and application studies by engineers and scientists on global environmental topics. With more than 250 international participants and exhibitors attracting environmental scientists, engineers, technology implementers and users, as well as policymakers from around the globe, the conference has become world-renowned for its contributions to the creation of a sustainable environment. Global Pharmaceutical Collaboration 8
  2. 2. SPRING 2006 ISSUE VOLUME 4 C H A R L E S V. S C H A E F E R , J R . S C H O O L O F E N G I N E E R I N G Systems Engineering A Network of International Alliances in Research and Education Responding to the Impact of Globalization New Enterprises Global Pharmaceutical Collaboration Maritime Domain Awareness Engineering Our Future N.J. The Green Bullet: Investigating Fate,Transport and Toxicity of Tungsten Alloys SSoE Students Samuel Eichner SPOC: Tools for a Revolution in Pain Management 2005 Regional Champs Gear Up for 2006 National Competition Academic Sparring - The 9th Annual College Bowl Reconfigurable Platforms at the Embedded Systems and Robotics Lab SSoE Heritage John Hovey ‘57 Jim Lloyd ‘70 Stevens Welcomes Three Alumni as New Board Trustees SSoE Faculty Faculty News New Arrivals 2 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 14 15 16 16 17 18 20 CONTENTS FEATURES INFOCUS EXECUTIVE EDITOR Dean George P. Korfiatis CONSULTING Patrick A. Berzinski EDITORS Stephanie Mannino MANAGING EDITOR Christine del Rosario CONTRIBUTORS Dr. Richard Berkof Patrick A. Berzinski Dr. Ronald Besser Dr. Alan Blumberg Dr. Leslie Brunell Samuel Eichner Dr. Hamid Hadim Stephanie Mannino Beth McGrath Dr. Mike Pennotti Dr. Keith Sheppard Dr. Dinesh Verma PHOTOGRAPHERS Jim Cummins Christine del Rosario Samuel Eichner Jan Nazalewicz Special thanks to the Stevens Alumni Association EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR Marta Cimillo GRAPHIC DESIGN KMG Graphic Design Studio www.soe.stevens.edu © 2006 Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering INFOCUS SSOE GLOBAL LEADERSHIP IN ENGINEERING The question of how U.S. engineering schools can maintain global leadership remains at the center of formal and informal discussions within academic circles. Dear Friends and Colleagues, I hope this issue of InFocus finds you well. Today, every leader in our academic community is focused on how globalization will shape the future of engineering education. At its most fundamental level, globalization is the restructur- ing and redistribution of the processes that drive technology development and use, the production of goods and the delivery of services in the global economy. Engineering is a major enabler of such restructuring. We saw the trends in the early 1990s and are fascinated by the rate of change in the global economic picture ten years later. The question of how U.S. engineering schools can maintain global leadership remains at the center of formal and informal discussions within academ- ic circles. Although a well-defined national strategic framework of global competitiveness in engineering education has not been solidified yet, U.S. universities have accelerated substantially their global outreach and presence. The landmark report of the National Academies Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy, Rising Above the Gathering Storm, illustrates the problem and provides a comprehensive set of recommendations for action. The President’s American Competitiveness Initiative, promising to double R&D funding in the physical sciences and engineering over the next ten years starting with FY ‘07, is the first step in shoring the foundations of future eco- nomic growth. Much more needs to be done. Everyone is responsible and everyone must be accountable. This includes the federal government as well as state and local governments and the private sector. InFocus 2006 reports several related initiatives undertaken by the Schaefer School of Engineering. At the heart of our activities is the development and sustainment of an educational environment that prepares our graduates to become leaders in the global economy of the future. Inventiveness, creativity and entrepreneur- ship, as well as an understanding of the forces that shape the global economy, are among the prevailing principles of that environment. International outreach through partnerships with other academic institutions and multi-national companies and industries are expanding our global footprint and making an impact on engineering education worldwide. As always, your input and comments are welcome. My Best Regards, Dean George P. Korfiatis DEAN GEORGE P. KORFIATIS
  3. 3. Explosive Growth In January 2001, the first SE modular course, Fundamentals of Systems Engineering, was conducted in partnership with the Office of Secretary of Defense and Lockheed Martin MS2 at the Defense Acquisition University in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Then, during the summer of 2001, the first regional course was sponsored by ITT in Clifton, N.J., followed by the first on-campus course that fall. In 2003, the first private online course was sponsored by IBM Global Services and the first pub- lic online course was offered via Stevens’ WebCampus Program. Since its inception, the SDOE Program at Stevens has grown significantly with four times as many students in 2005 as there were in 2002. The growth has been fueled by an ever-growing number of industry partners who are seeking systems engineer- ing knowledge and training. Strong industrial and government alliances have been forged with NASA, NSA, FAA, US Army (ARDEC – Picatinny), Lockheed Martin MS2, Sandia National Laboratories, L-3 Communications, IBM, BAE Systems, General Dynamics, ITT, NAVAIR, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, ANSER – Homeland Security Institute, Air Force Institute of Technology and the Defense Acquisition University. In parallel to its revenue growth, Stevens has continually invested in new courses and faculty. Tenured and tenure track SE faculty have doubled since 2001. Dr. George P. Korfiatis, Dean of Engineering, explained, "Systems engineering has been identified as one of the three ‘core’ strengths within the School of Engineering and a key investment area in the coming years." Accordingly, total faculty including tenured and tenure track, full-time research and instructional faculty, guest lectur- ers, and online facilitators have increased nearly six-fold. 32 Today, systems engineering is more important than ever. Systems are becoming increasingly complex and failures, from automobile malfunctions to the crash of a spacecraft on a distant planet, are much more likely to result from unforeseen inter- actions between components than from the failure of a single part. In addition, highly interconnected systems, such as, the Internet offer the promise of new, emergent behavior that may provide unforeseen benefits in the future. For this reason, systems engineers are in high demand and the need for effective education and research in SE has never been greater. To address these needs, the System Design and Operational Effectiveness (SDOE) Program was conceived in 1999 and devel- oped under the Systems Engineering and Engineering Management (SEEM) Department of the Schaefer School of Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology. The SDOE Program was designed to fulfill the needs of practicing engineers for continuing education that is both relevant to their work and academically rigorous. The program offers four-course graduate certificates in Systems Engineering and Architecting, Systems and Supportability Engineering, Agile Systems Engineering and Design, Value Chain Enterprise Systems, and Systems Engineering Management. Certificates may be applied toward a full 30-credit master’s degree and a doctorate. The program also features flexible delivery formats to allow students to integrate courses into their busy personal and professional lives. Courses are offered in a popular one-week modular format and a thirteen-week online format, as well as in traditional semester-based classes. When necessary, special formats have been developed to meet the needs of particular clients or sponsoring organizations. SYSTEMS ENGINEERING A NETWORK OF INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCES IN RESEARCH & EDUCATION Systems engineering (SE) is an interdisciplinary approach to the design and integration of complex systems that focuses on the interfaces and interrelationships between the components of a system, not just the components themselves. SE first emerged in the telecommunications industry of the 1940s and was stimulated by the challenge of developing sophisticated weapon systems for World War II. Following the war, the discipline began to be for- malized and, during the 1950s, academic programs appeared at MIT and elsewhere. The new field found almost immediate appli- cation in the U.S. space program. The success of the Apollo Project in putting a man on the moon is often cited as the ultimate SE triumph. By Dr. Dinesh Verma Professor and Associate Dean for Outreach, Schaefer School of Engineering And Dr. Mike Pennotti Industry Professor and Director, SDOE Program Stevens’ Open Academic Model One of the philosophical values driving this growth is Stevens’ Open Academic Model. Based on an underlying notion of partnership and collaboration, this strate- gy has resulted in an expanding global network of educational and research relationships. Partnerships in Europe From the beginning, the growth of the SDOE Program outside the U.S. owed much of its success to the SDOE Ambassadors, partners who represent Stevens’ SE programs all over the world. These SE partnerships based on the Open Academic Model have flourished in the Nordic Region – home of Stevens’ Scandinavian Summer School. Focused on system opera- tional effective- ness, this school became the first international collaboration with Syntell, AB, based in Stockholm, Sweden. Conceived by Dr. Verma of Stevens and Mr.Tom Strandberg,Technical Director of Syntell, AB, and SDOE Ambassador, it is set up to bring the latest thinking in systems engi- neering and architecting to industry and academia in Europe. Initially, the school was held at locations in Norway, Finland and Sweden, on a rotating basis. For the past three years, school organizers have settled on the Swedish Island of Utö in the Stockholm Archipelago. Located in a bucolic environment that stresses complete immersion in the course, the 1. Promote meaningful alliances with academic partners to develop and leverage "best of breed" thinking and competencies in research and instructional initiatives, leading to the greatest benefit for both students and sponsors. These alliances are essential to developing more consistent standardized terminology and processes within the SE discipline; providing greater stability and credibility within academia. 2. Blur the boundary between the academic setting and the industry/government reality by: I. Offering a fresh perspective to industry and government in an executable form – a specific method, tool, heuristic or template. II. Bringing the industry and government reality into academia in a research- able or usable form – a problem statement, a specific challenge, guest instructors, heuristics and case studies. The Open Academic Model: Dr. Pennotti, Dr. Verma, Ms. Line Johannesen and Mr.Tom Strandberg on the Island of Utö continued on next page www.stevens.edu/sdoe "Stevens Institute is a leader in addressing the changing needs of our Systems Engineers." Mary D. VanLeer Director, Engineering Excellence, Sun Microsystems "Stevens’ Fundamentals of Systems Engineering provided me a framework in which to better communicate, understand and interpret the requirements of my customers, employees and peers." Basilyn D. Bunting Acting Program Director, William J. Hughes Technical Center, FAA "Attending Stevens’ Systems Engineering programs on a remote basis through web- based SDOE courses is not only very efficient, it gives our experienced senior engineers an opportunity to become lead engineers." Anders Karlsson Senior Engineer, Volvo "Stevens has partnered with us to deliver superior systems engineering education with a commercial orientation." Paul R. Popick PMP SEA Business Area Manager, IBM "The level of research out of SDOE is world class and directly applicable to the challenges of industry and government." Ralph G. Giffin, III Vice President, Lockheed Martin
  4. 4. SDOE Ph.D. Candidate: Eirik Hole Oslo, Norway Mr. Hole earned a mas- ters in aerospace engi- neering from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. And he has worked for the Kongsberg Defense and Aerospace, Norway and several German companies including MTU Aero Engines, UGS PLM Solutions and HOOD GmbH. 1. How did you become interested in Systems Engineering? Why Stevens? My background is in aerospace engineer- ing and I have worked as a systems engi- neer on a couple of military aerospace projects in Europe. My interest in systems engineering was probably latent. I have always been interested in performance and behavior on a systems level rather than the details of the technologies and the designs of individual components. My first employer sent me to a short course in systems engineering and from that point on, I was hooked. After some years in the defense industry, I started working as a consultant, imple- menting SE methods and tools in a vari- ety of industries. I soon observed similar patterns and problems and started to get the urge to take some time off to explore this further. A former colleague of mine was pursuing his M.S. in SE in the SDOE Program and pointed me to Stevens and to Dr. Verma. The enthusiasm, momentum and flexibility of the SDOE Program persuaded me to depart from my original plan of a gradu- ate certificate or M.Sc., and pursue a Ph.D. 2. Please explain your research and its real-world application? My research is on the role of system architectures and how the architecting of systems plays in enterprises that get their revenue from developing and marketing technical products and systems. More specifically, I look at how the management of architectural knowledge affects an enter- prise's ability to react effectively and efficiently to significant changes in the marketplace or in the available technologies. The purpose is to give industry tools to increase their capability to react to such changes in a purposeful and constructive way. 3. What inspired the creation of the Architecture Forum? The knowledge of architecting systems resides mainly with practitioners in the trenches of industry. The main motiva- tion for the Architecture Forum was to give practicing system architects a venue to exchange experiences and practices and to establish a benchmark. The other objective was to help ESI and Stevens capture and codify the knowledge that is exchanged and make it generally available. The great thing about the forum is that it brings together architects from diverse indus- tries and different nations. This has fantastic potential for cross-fertilization between com- mercial and government oriented industries, as well as between different cultures. 4. What do you see are the challenges and future of SE architecture research and collabo- ration? In my view, the immediate challenge for system architecting research is to estab- lish a solid scientific foundation. System architecting is currently based on heuristics, per- sonal and general experience, and methods that are proprietary to every organization. To advance this discipline, industry and academia need a common foundation and glossary to enable more efficient collaboration. System architectures and the skills and capability to develop, implement and manage them are critical for success in an increasingly dynamic industrial, commercial, technologi- cal and political environment. They provide a key "roadmap" to tie together opportunities (or threats) with the technical, procedural and organizational solutions to address them. school is a six-day experience, compris- ing approximately 60 hours of classroom time, project work and group activities. The program emphasizes the application of SE and architecting methods and prac- tices. Now, in its eighth year, the school has approximately 200 graduates in the Nordic region. Based on the success of the Scandinavian Summer School, a formal alliance with Växjö University in Sweden was champi- oned by Anders Karlsson, Project Manager with VOLVO Construction Equipment and was signed by Dean Korfiatis of Stevens and Dean Rask of Växjö on September 29, 2004 in Hoboken, N.J. Adopting the Open Academic Model, this alliance takes advan- tage of the enormous opportunities available through collabo- rative research and faculty/student exchanges while bring- ing the sys- tem engineer- ing needs of local Heavy Vehicle R&D companies into the fore- front. Its con- tinuing suc- cess reflects the emerging strength of academia to identify, research and transfer SE knowl- edge to industry. Stevens’ Open Academic Model is contin- ually ratified by the increasing number of similar academic alliances being formu- lated across Europe. For instance, Buskerud University College in Kongsberg, Norway is working with Stevens to deliver live SE courses and a master’s degree. Through the agreement, Buskerud students will earn a master’s degree directly from Stevens until 2008 while Buskerud builds its SE pro- gram. After 2008, Stevens will continue teaching the core set of SE courses while students earn the degree from Buskerud. On January 27, 2006, Dean Korfiatis and President Kristin Ørmen Johnsen of Buskerud signed the agreement in Norway. Similar to Växjö, this agreement is sponsored by five companies in Norway: the Kongsberg Group, Kongsberg Automotive, FMC Kongsberg Offshore Systems, Volvo Aero - Jet Engine Division and Dresser Rand - Industrial Gasturbine Division. This new alliance adds to the growing worldwide network of collabora- tive SE educational and research institu- tions. While future alliances with univer- sities such as the Technical University in Delft, Holland are being discussed, doc- toral level student exchanges are already taking place to enrich the experiences of the students and invigorate SE research. Benefiting both students and sponsors, SE research is also gaining momentum 5 SYSTEMS Engineering...continued from page 3 Dean Korfiatis and Dean Rask signing the agreement between Stevens and Växjö SDOE Ambassadors: Scandinavian Region • Mr.Tom Strandberg, tom.strandberg@syntell.se • Ms. Line Johannesen, line.h.johannesen@kongsberg.com Iberian Peninsula • Mr. Alberto Sols, alberto.sols@electroop.es Indian Sub-continent • Dr. Dinesh Kumar, dkumar1@stevens.edu Ph.D. Exchange Student: Ingar Malmgren Gothenburg, Sweden Ingar Malmgren is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Shipping and Marine Technology at Chalmers University of Technology. 1. How did you hear about Systems Engineering at Stevens? My colleague attended a course in systems engineering organized by Stevens in the summer 2001 and I met Dinesh Verma six months later. The Swedish INCOSE division is very active, so I regularly got news about what was going on at Stevens. In Sweden, systems engineering is not developed as a separate subject but is more integrated into different disciplines such as product development, computer science and environmental engineering. Therefore, it was very interesting to see active research on SE methodology at a general level beyond just adapting it to different domain specific situations. But I can see a change in Sweden; SE is getting more recognized both in industry and at the universities. 2. What attracted you to Stevens? Stevens has a very good reputation in SE research and education. Here, I was able to take classes in different subjects and proceed with my research. Stevens also has interest- ing research in the area of ship design. I saw a lot of synergies between Stevens and my department at Chalmers, which implements SE methodology in ship design. I also really liked Hoboken. There is some- thing special about a city dominated by an old university. There is such a nice atmos- phere. It is small, has a lot of cafes and bars, and is close to NewYork City. 3. What was your experience at Stevens and how will it support your doctoral studies? I’ve learned a lot both from the lectures and from my social life here at Stevens. I think it is very important to interact international- ly in research; it gives new perspectives and a valuable network. The systems engineer- ing classes I took gave me a lot of input for my thesis. I think the systems engineering methodology is very beneficial to sort out complex issues. Logistic systems hold ele- ments from both social science and technol- ogy and the methodology employed must be able to deal with this duality. 2006 International Architecture Forum Participating organizations should under- stand the value of systems architecting and have a clear intent to improve their practices. They should also consider them- selves non-competing to the extent that it will not impede an open and constructive exchange of ideas. Participating individuals should be experi- enced architects at a system/product level. For more information, please contact: Mr. Eirik Hole (U.S.) at ehole@stevens.edu or Mr. Gerrit Muller (Europe) at gerrit.muller@embeddedsystems.nl. 4 Anders Karlsson,VOLVO Articulated Haulers, Line Holm Johannesen, Kongsberg Defense and Aerospace, Norway and Dr.Verma on a tour at Volvo Articulated Haulers in Sweden. 4. What are your future plans in SE? We have recently made a major reorganiza- tion of my department and will put an even stronger emphasis on systems engineer- ing. In this process, I hope my experience here and my contacts at Stevens will be of good use. Next year, I hope to finish my Ph.D. thesis with the preliminary title Logistic-Based Innovation in Ship Design. After that, I’m looking forward to applying these ideas in industry. New product development is a very interesting and challenging area so, we’ll see, maybe that’s where I’ll end up. Regardless, I’m sure that I will make good use of my SE knowledge. That’s what is so fascinating about it; the generality of the basic concepts gives me so many opportunities! Dean Korfiatis and President Johnsen in Norway from collaboration with the Embedded Systems Institute (ESI) in Eindhoven, Holland, where Dr. Verma is a Scientific Advisor. ESI is a leader of embedded systems in Europe with robust sponsor- ship from a number of high-technology Dutch companies, including Philips Medical Systems, Philips Research, FEI, ASML, and Oce. Recently, Stevens and ESI cooperated in founding the International Architecture Forum. Meeting twice a year, alternately in Europe and in the U.S., each forum will be hosted by a participating compa- ny and organized by ESI and Stevens. As a result of the efforts of Dr. Gerrit Muller at ESI and Mr. Eirik Hole at Stevens, the first forum was held in Helsinki on October 4 and 5, 2005, at the NOKIA Research Center. The meeting emphasized practical systems architect- ing and the application of architectural information and knowledge. Its objec- tive was to provide a venue for the exchange of practical experience in the realm of development, implementation and management of system and enter- prise architectures. It also provided a platform for the exchange of ideas for The first International Architecture Forum, Dr. Gerrit Muller (standing, third from left) continued on next page Dean Korfiatis, Christopher Carlsen ‘05, Senior System Engineer, FMCTechnologies, Dr.Verma and Dean Rolf Qvenild of Buskerud www.stevens.edu/sdoe/international
  5. 5. 76 The engineering profession has seen dra- matic changes in recent years, many driven by the effects of globalization. The more obvious examples include the out- sourcing of information technology jobs, especially to Asia, and the off shoring of a broad swath of manufacturing activities that have traditionally represented major sources of employment for engineering graduates. Multi-national companies increasingly are expanding their design as well as research and development functions internationally to take advan- tage of lower cost; local integration with manufacturing facilities, markets and supply chains; and to leverage time zones to reduce design and development cycle times. Concurrent with these changes, businesses have significantly restructured their organizational methods to emphasize flatter more agile structures with an emphasis on multi-disciplinary teams, often working internationally. As a result of these changes, the engi- neering graduate is emerging into a very different work world than a generation ago. It demands that they possess not only strong technical skills as a given, but also a range of other skills and attitudes. Stevens is well placed to respond to the challenge. The broad-based Stevens engineering curriculum has a proven record since 1871 in preparing students to be successful beyond the confines of a narrow technical discipline. The curricu- lum has further evolved to respond to the increased workplace demands for stronger "soft" skills such as teaming, communications, problem solving, man- agement, etc. In this regard, our unique Design Spine, a core design sequence running through all four years, has been a primary vehicle. In the Fall of 2005, we began implement- ing further modifications to the curricu- lum to address the globalization chal- lenge. The Design Spine has been revised to further strengthen the devel- opment of multidisciplinary teamwork skills and also foster creativity. A new emphasis on systems thinking from the freshman year onward has been intro- duced to reflect the reality of the engi- neering enterprise as it has moved away from isolated disciplinary functions to a holistic integration that addresses the full life cycle for a product, process or service. The curriculum is also evolving to embrace the concepts embodied in the strategic direction of the Institute that has been labeled Technogenesis. Please visit: www.stevens.edu/iti/Technogenesis At the undergraduate level, this involves introducing elements that promote a more entrepreneurial mindset in all stu- dents, as well as providing them with more opportunities to learn about entre- preneurship. The initiative also encour- ages students to engage in faculty-men- tored projects that have the potential to generate intellectual property and also support students developing their own entrepreneurial ideas. This new direction is seen as a key enabler to success in the new workplace paradigm. In addressing the globalization challenge, international experience is highly desir- able to develop cultural awareness and broaden perspective. The demands of engineering curricula tend to run counter to the facilitation of international experi- ences. It is usually a challenge to provide transfer credit that will enable a student to stay on track without overloading. That coupled with a lack of language skills and a predisposition against an international experience account for the very low participation of engineering undergraduates nationally. The recent changes to the core curricu- lum, now, provide for up to six credits that can be applied to international expe- riences that meet program educational outcomes in addition to traditional course transfer credits from study abroad. Thus, a student has a far stronger prospect of being able to com- plete a study abroad period without increasing time toward a degree. This change coupled with a strong new focus on international programs will go a long way to encourage Stevens’ students to participate in study and work abroad. We have also been aggressively expand- ing our international agreements. New partnerships in the following cities will benefit undergraduates: Växjö, Sweden; London, England; Istanbul, Turkey; Buskerud, Norway; Beijing, China and Dublin, Ireland. These complement exist- ing consortia arrangements in Limerick, Ireland; Madrid, Spain and Sydney, Australia, together with previous infor- mal arrangements in Rome, Italy; Innsbruck, Austria; Tel Aviv, Israel and Monterrey, Mexico, among others. An additional component of international experience being explored within the Design Spine is an initiative to engage students in international virtual design teams that emulate the real-world para- digm. This initiative can provide an enhanced experience for those students who have already interacted with their foreign design partners during study/work abroad. It can also engage other students, exposing them to the challenges of international teamwork and hopefully also encourage them to spend a broadening period overseas. s Responding to the Impact of Globalization By Dr. Keith Sheppard Associate Dean of Engineering improved practices, as well as the goal-oriented use of architectural knowledge and information in different life cycle phases and enterprise functions. Collaborations in the Indian Sub-continent The SDOE Program has also begun building bridges into Asia through the efforts of Dr. Dinesh Kumar, Professor at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Calcutta and SDOE Ambassador. He has been instrumental in the development and expan- sion of SDOE’s Indian Winter Schools that have been held in Bangalore, India. Through this mechanism, relationships have developed with the faculty at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Bombay. While a more formal agreement between Stevens, IIT Bombay, and the National Aerospace Laboratories is under discussion, SDOE fully expects to expand and diversify its partnerships in Asia throughout the upcoming months and years. As part of this endeavor, Mr. Devanandham Henry has been chosen by IIT Bombay to be their first doctoral candi- date in systems engineering. As a full-time graduate student at Stevens, he will begin his studies in the Fall of 2006. The SDOE Program’s international outreach strategy with a particular emphasis on sys- tems engineering is not accidental. Through the Open Academic Model, it has estab- lished a strong network of educational institutions and industrial partners who have a stake in systems engineering education and research. In the global environment that we live in, and due to the nature of necessary complex systems that do not observe national boundaries, cultures or languages, any program seeking to estab- lish its pre-eminence in systems engineering requires such a strategy. While SDOE continues to strengthen its network of collaborators, partners and sponsors in the United States, equal vigilance has been given to exploring and pursuing all such opportunities on the global stage. s Visiting Research Scholar: Dr. Dinesh Kumar Calcutta Indian Institute of Management, India Dr. Kumar has been researching systems engineering for more than ten years and has written over 50 research articles and two books in the areas of reliabili- ty, maintainability and supportability. He is currently at Stevens on a year-long sabbatical and engaged in collaborative research with Dr. José Marquéz and Dr. David Nowicki in the SEEM Department. 1. What is the mission of the Indian Winter School and what impact will it have on edu- cation in India? We have had three winter schools on systems engineering whose objective is to provide in-depth knowledge in various concepts of systems engineering for decision-makers, scientists, engineers, and project leaders in Indian companies. Case studies were prepared from an Indian context and it was a unique experience, not just for the students who attended these winter schools but also for the instructors. Due to the popularity of the school, systems engineering was included as one of the modules in the training program of scien- tists recruited by the Defense Research and Development Laboratory (DRDO). Every year, DRDO recruits more than 400 scien- tists. Now, all of them go through a sys- tems engineering training program. 2. Why India? Why Stevens? India is one of the largest growing economies in the world and it is a primary destination for all kinds of outsourcing. This makes India an attrac- tive destination for systems engineering education and research. And Stevens is without any doubt the leader in systems engineering research and teaching. 3. What SE research is focused in India? Most of the research in India is focused around design optimization, reliability and supply chain management. I would like to see more research in system architecture and system integration. Collaboration between Indian Institutes and Stevens will further strengthen this research in India. I am sure it will be a win-win proposition. 4. What is the future of SE in India and glob- ally? SE as a subject is getting popular in India. More Institutes have started offering programs in SE. When the projects get big- ger and bigger, SE is the only option that program managers can use to manage the projects. Stevens has an important role to play in popularizing SE. The success of SE at Stevens will ultimately decide the future of SE across the world. SYSTEMS Engineering...continued from page 5 Businesses have significantly restructured their organizational methods to emphasize flatter more agile structures with an emphasis on multi-disciplinary teams, often working internationally. Ph.D. Exchange Student: Devanandham Henry Bangalore, India Mr. Henry has a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology and a master’s in Aerospace Systems Engineering from the Centre for Aerospace Systems Design and Engineering (CASDE) at the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay. He has been work- ing in Bangalore with the Aeronautical Development Agency for the past nine years. 1.What is your current involvement with Systems Engineering in India? Currently, I am associated with the newly formed Special Interest Group in SE (SIG-SE) at CASDE in planning and conducting SE activi- ties for the benefit of the Indian Aerospace Industry. 2.What are your first impressions of Stevens? Stevens interacts very well with industry, which is vital for a discipline like SE that cannot exist purely within the academic domain. I am impressed with the wide range of SE activities and the Stevens’ way of han- dling SE education & research that has gained recognition by many. I am very excit- ed about joining Stevens. 3. In your opinion, what are the strengths that India and the U.S. offer to SE research? Why is collaboration so beneficial? SE is the only way to handle many of today’s complex multidisciplinary projects. It is also an evolv- ing discipline with tremendous potential for research and collaboration. The rich experi- ence of the U.S. and the brainpower of India can be a terrific combination. Together, we can contribute towards the growth of the SE discipline and put it to effective use, globally and for mutual benefit. 4.What are your plans after obtaining your Ph.D. from Stevens? I am interested in spreading the SE message in India, particu- larly amongst the Indian Aerospace commu- nity. I also like teaching. So, I hope to find a position that would give me a chance to do these and also continue my association with Stevens. Dr. Pennotti (center rear) and Dr. Dinesh Kumar (front right) with members of the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore
  6. 6. Pharmaceutical/health- care manufacturing facil- ities are built for a wide variety of different prod- ucts, namely bulk pharma- ceutical chemicals, oral solid dosage forms, sterile manufacturing facilities, biotechnology, oral liquids and aerosols, and R&D facili- ties, as well as medical devices and diagnostic equip- ment. Although the products vary, the industry is driven by consistently strong regulatory and legal concerns, primarily because lives are at stake and lia- bilities for errors can be enormous. Technical and regulatory challenges in these diverse manufacturing facilities have generated a broad need for edu- cation. To address the wide range of educational opportunities, Stevens Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT) in Dublin, Ireland have formulated an exciting new initiative intended to make a quantum improvement in pharmaceutical higher education around the world. Dr. Constantin Chassapis and I from Stevens, along with Drs. Ed Carey and Adrienne Fleming from ITT, recognized the importance of edu- cational collaboration amid this complex and increasingly global pharmaceutical economy. Focused on the needs of the industry in manufacturing/pro- duction and technical product development, including phar- maceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, diagnostics and personal care product companies, we co-founded the International Center for Pharmaceutical Education (ICPE). Based on the strengths of both Stevens, and ITT’s existing Pharmaceutical programs, this Center provides a comprehen- sive suite of multilevel creden- tials and qualifications covering professional certificates, and graduate and undergraduate degrees. ICPE allows corporate employees with a wide range of educational backgrounds to obtain specialized qualifications for career development and to improve the per- formance of the pharmaceutical industry. Furthermore, course delivery involves a flexible blended approach involving online e-learning, practical sessions and classroom tutorials to meet the time con- straints of a busy work environment. Both Stevens and ITT are located in areas that have high concentrations of local and global pharmaceutical-related companies.These companies employ thousands of engineers, scientists and related support personnel. Further, the global pharmaceutical industry includes manufacturing plants and personnel around the world, but concentrated in locations in North America, Europe and Asia. It is this worldwide industry that presents an opportunity to provide edu- cation on many levels. Other areas of collaboration at ICPE include: expanding our international educational partnerships to other coun- tries, developing international standards for multilevel pharmaceutical education and promoting exchange students on an international basis for hands-on educa- tion in pharmaceutical companies. For more information, please contact me at rberkof@stevens.edu. s New technologies and systems are under development to accurately map out and describe the present and near-future condi- tions occurring in both our atmospheric and marine environment. Real-time knowledge, known as maritime domain awareness (MDA), is a necessary ingredient to amelio- rating threats which may befall our infra- structure. Research conducted at the Center for Maritime Systems (CMS) and the CEOE Department by faculty and students will enable accurate, dynamic and confident responses to a full spectrum of maritime threats. In support of the NewYork City emergency management and anti-terrorism efforts, our research team was part of a large Urban Dispersion Program study conducted in mid-town Manhattan in August 2005. As part of this study, funded by both the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency, perfluorocarbon tracer gases were released and the dispersion of the tracer gases was monitored using a network of sensors. To understand the background meteorology which disperses the gas, investigators from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory and CMS researchers deployed a radar wind profiler and launched weather balloons from the Stevens campus which transmitted data to computers at the CMS. The weather bal- loons, approximately 1 m in diameter at launch, carried a small instrument package that measured temperature, humidity, wind and pressure. After we received permission from the FAA and Newark Airport air con- trollers, the balloons were launched at two- hour intervals during six intensive opera- tional periods by undergraduate and gradu- ate students. In most cases, the balloon rose to approximately 10 km (six miles) before it broke and finally drifted into the Atlantic Ocean. Initiatives led by the director of the CMS, Dr. Michael Bruno, and I have also focused on solving the unique problems that con- front the urbanized coastlines and water- ways of New York Harbor. These problems include safe navigation, port security and water and sediment contamination. The solution of these seemingly disparate prob- lems inherently involves knowledge of the marine environment. One of Stevens’ responses was to develop the New York Harbor Observing and Prediction System (NYHOPS) - an Urban Ocean Observatory - which provides a wealth of real-time data about tides, waves, winds, currents, temperatures and salinities in the waters of New York and New Jersey. Our team of staff and students sought out the South Street Seaport Museum's 1885 schooner, Pioneer, which recently celebrat- ed its 120th anniversary. The Pioneer was outfitted with the latest marine sensor tech- nology in the form of a computerized water quality monitoring system. In partnership with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP), the sensor system measures water tempera- ture, salinity and dissolved oxygen in New York Harbor from the Pioneer as it conducts its public sails. As with the balloon-based data acquisition, the marine data is also fed via a wireless network to computers at the CMS where it is quality controlled and dis- played on the Internet. We hope to expand our efforts by adding water quality sensors onto the NYCDEP’s harbor survey vessel, the Osprey, and on two high-speed commuter ferries that crisscross the harbor. A very real example of the importance of maritime domain awareness came, sadly, on Christmas evening 2005 when two police officers from the Jersey City Police Department accidentally drove their truck into the waters of the Hackensack River. I was asked to help locate the missing officer. By analyzing the records of water currents at the site of the accident, I concluded that the missing officer would initially remain in the vicinity of the truck. Then, the currents would move the officer’s body slowly upstream. His body was eventually recov- ered four days later approximately 90 feet from where his truck went into the river. In order to improve NYHOPS forecasts, CMS researchers funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), are investigating the limits to pre- dictability in estuarine and coastal ocean models. Skillful forecasting has advanced substantially over the past 10 years through the advancement of computing, observa- tion and telecommunications systems, development of better models and associat- ed data-assimilation techniques. However, uncertainties still exist. Some are associat- ed with a lack of a complete understanding of, or an inherent limitation of, the pre- dictability of highly complex processes. Others are linked to the need for better knowledge of the underlying bathymetry and improved forecasting of the overlying atmosphere and associated fresh water inflows. Our DARPA research will quantify the reasons why forecasts go wrong by using new approaches to uncertainty analy- sis which will lead to more refined NYHOPS forecasts. s Maritime Domain Awareness NEW ENTERPRISES 8 9 By Dr. Alan Blumberg Director of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering (CEOE) Global Pharmaceutical Collaboration A very real example of the importance of maritime domain awareness came, sadly, on Christmas evening 2005 when two police officers from the Jersey City Police Department acciden- tally drove their truck into the waters of the Hackensack River. By Dr. Richard S. Berkof, P.E. Professor and Director of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing ICPE Steering Committee: Dr. Richard Berkof, Dr. Constantin Chassapis, Dr. Ed Carey & Dr. Adrienne Fleming ITT is a technical college currently offering undergradu- ate and graduate courses specializing in the needs of the pharmaceutical industry. And it operates a fully equipped pilot pharmaceutical plant, the National Pharmaceutical Education Centre for Ireland used by leading pharmaceuti- cal companies. The Center includes: a 2,000 sq. ft. Bulk Formulation Pilot Plant, a 2,000 sq. ft. Biotechnology Suite, and a 3,000 sq. ft. Technology Development &Transfer Laboratory. Stevens offers master’s degree and graduate certificate pro- grams in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing which cover multidisciplinary engineering and manufacturing topics for individuals in primary GMP operations (pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices) and supplier support operations (architect/engineer/construction firms and equipment manufac- turers/suppliers). www.stevens.edu/pharma ICPE www.stevens.edu/nyhops
  7. 7. "America’s progress has been synonymous with innovation. Thorough grounding in science and mathematics contributes to people’s full participation in the professional, civic, and intellectual possibilities avail- able in American society. Corporate growth and econom- ic development...are inextricably tied to technological advance- ment. To continue to grow, how- ever, the U.S. needs a technologi- cally literate society and an engineering-minded workforce. Unfortunately, these are two key areas in which our education system often fails to meet the mark. The good news is that a solution can be found in our K-12 classroom." ASEE, 2004 Evidence indicates that the need for technically savvy workers is not being met. In recent years, compa- nies have annually spent almost $60 billion on training, much of which paid for workers’ training in basic skills that should have been taught in school. Meanwhile, poor performance in teaching math and science eliminates many of the best and brightest children from the ranks of future scientists and engineers. With little chance to learn how science and math skills might translate into profes- sionally useful knowledge, students are unable to make informed choices about further education and work options. "No one should have to wait until after high school to be exposed to engineer- ing. Early exposure to engineering will help high school students make better decisions on course selection." John Brighton, NSF As a result, many students drop out in frustration; other, potentially capable stu- dents never consider these subjects in the first place. In both cases, precious human and institutional resources are squandered. Furthermore, females and minorities are underrepresented in both our college-level engineering programs and in the national engineering workforce. In response to this urgent need and with major funding from the State of New Jersey, Stevens’ Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) has launched Engineering Our Future N.J.: Preparing Students to Succeed in the Technological World. The program aims to demon- strate the value and estab- lish an infrastructure to integrate pre-engineering into the K-12 curriculum such that all students—not only those who choose elective engineering cours- es—experience engineering as a core component of their pre-college education. To this end, CIESE is conducting a pilot project involving 36 New Jersey teachers from elementary, middle, and high schools to demonstrate the impact on student learning in science, mathematics, and pre-engineering competencies. And also to assess interest and motivation in the curriculum and in engineering careers. The goal is to show results that will lead to a policy change in N.J.’s edu- cational standards requiring all students to engage in grade-appropriate pre-engi- neering activities from elementary through high school. Features of the K-12 engineering curricu- lum materials include: • Hands-on learning, emphasizing the social good of engineering and its rele- vance to the real world. • Interdisciplinary approach, connecting engineering to other required disciplines. • Ensuring that teachers are able to meet curriculum and learning objectives through focused lessons aligned to sci- ence and mathematics standards. • Making engineers "cool" through proj- ects such as restoring the infrastructure of New Orleans or designing rides at Disney World. Partners in this effort include: Boston’s Museum of Science, N.J.’s Department of Education, the Society for Automotive Engineers, the National Action Council for Minorities in Education and the Charles Edison Fund. For more information, please visit: www.stevens.edu/ciese/eofnj To continue to grow, however, the U.S. needs a technologically literate society and an engineering-minded workforce. "One out of ten jobs in the U.S. computer, software, and information technology industry will move overseas in the next two years. One in four IT jobs will be off- shored by 2010." FinancialTimes, 3/17/04 "At least 3.3 million white-collar jobs and $136 billion in wages will shift from the U.S. to low-cost countries like India, China, and Russia by 2015." CNN/Money, 3/13/03 "The business community is concerned that far too many students in our nation’s schools are not prepared to succeed in the world economy…More public-private efforts will be needed, particularly in programs proven to raise student achievement and interest in math, science, and engineering – the fields that drive future innovation." The Business Roundtable, 3/24/04 10 NEW ENTERPRISES "Tungsten is a metal of extraordinary properties that make it uniquely suitable for a wide vari- ety of uses, from house- hold necessities to high- ly specialized applica- tions," said Dr. Christodoulatos, direc- tor of the CES. "Since its discovery, tung- sten and its compounds have been per- ceived as environmentally benign, a notion that has recently been challenged." In September 2001, the CES initiated a research program addressing various aspects of the environmental chemistry, toxicology, and fate and transport of tung- sten and tungsten heavy alloys (WHA). Recently published findings from these studies (Environmental Forensics, 5, 5-13, 2004) indicate that tungsten dissolves under mild environmental conditions and this brings about acidification of soils and depletion of their dissolved oxygen con- tent. In addition, when mixed with soils in amounts greater than 1 percent, tungsten triggers changes in soil bio-communities that result in the death of soil microorgan- isms, red worms and plants (Chemo- sphere, 61, 248-258, 2005). This groundbreaking research work at the CES could not have been timelier, as tung- sten was detected in biological and drink- ing water samples in Fallon, Nev., and two other communities, where clusters of child- hood leukemia were observed. This find- ing has alarmed public health, environ- mental, and regulatory agencies, who are considering the regulation of the chemical element and its compounds. In military applications, tungsten-based alloys and composites are being used or are under evaluation for potential use in small-, medium-, and large- caliber ammu- nition and kinetic energy (KE) penetrators. WHA are mainly composed of tungsten (88-95 percent) with variable amounts of iron, nickel and cobalt making up the remaining fraction of the formulation. Small quantities of copper and manganese may also be present depending on the par- ticular alloy com- position. Understanding environmental and health effects is a high priority in the development of future weapons systems containing heavy metals. CES research revealed: • Large amounts of tungsten were found in solution when tungsten powder, tungsten bearing alloy pieces, or tungsten penetra- tor fragments (from firing/impact tests) were exposed to aqueous solutions. •Tungsten appears to undergo strong uptake by clay minerals and organic soils. The sorption-desorption process showed strong hysteresis. • Experiments performed to assess the potential interactions between tungsten and lead in firing range soils showed that the pH dependence of the leaching behavior of Pb and W is opposite. • Tungsten is not an inert metal in environmental systems and it produces strong toxic effects at high dosages. The ongoing research conducted by Stevens’ CES on corrosion mechanisms of tungsten alloys and tungsten composites will further elucidate the potential impact that element may have on the environment. s _____________________________________________ Patrick A. Berzinski is a consulting editor for SSoE InFocus THE GREEN BULLET: INVESTIGATING FATE, TRANSPORT AND TOXICITY OF TUNGSTEN ALLOYS By Patrick A. Berzinski In this study for the U.S. Army, the research team from Stevens’ Center for Environmental Systems (CES) sought to determine whether tungsten- based alloys might present a more environmental- ly safe alternative to heavy metals currently used in military ballistics applications – thus, the term "Green Bullet." Among the CES experts perform- ing the research were Washington Braida, Christos Christodoulatos, Dimitris Dermatas, Agamemnon Koutsospyros, N. Strigul and Nicolai Panikov. This groundbreaking research work at the CES could not have been timelier, as tungsten was detected in biological and drinking water samples in Fallon, Nev., and two other communities, where clusters of childhood leukemia were observed. The Center for Environmental Systems is recognized as a leader in generating new scientific knowledge for the creation of innovative technologies, sound environmental policy and sensible resource management. Recently, ranked by popular download of Science Direct, CES was awarded two top "25 Hottest Articles" for Removal of Arsenic from Water by Zero- Valent Iron by Sunbaek Bang, George P. Korfiatis and Xiaoguang Meng (Journal of Hazardous Materials) and Removal of Arsenic from Groundwater by Granular Titanium Dioxide Adsorbent by Sunbaek Bang, Manish Patel, Lee Lippincott and Xiaoguang Meng (Chemosphere). Science Direct is the online delivery system of Elsevier, the world's largest scientific, technical and medical information provider and publisher. 11 By Beth McGrath Engineering Our Future N.J.
  8. 8. The primary market will include pain management physicians (physiatrist), sports medicine, athletic trainers, physical thera- pists, chiropractors, and family and general practi- tioners. Based upon the Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the poten- tial market is estimated at $1.5 billion with an additional conservative estimate of $1.8 billion globally; creating a combined $3.3 billion market. Ideally, the SPOC device will be as common as the stethoscope in a physician’s hand, signaling a new era in pain diagnosis where the idea of chronic muscle pain will be virtually nonexistent. SPOC does not compete with current methods of pain diagnosis. Instead, it enhances current methods of diagnosis and treatment. MRI scan, CT scan and X- Rays are often inconclusive as stand-alone diagnostic tools, but when used in con- junction with SPOC technology a precise and accurate diagnosis is viable. A physi- cian equipped with these modalities will be able to prescribe a more conservative treatment. SPOC also complements the pharmaceuti- cal industry by helping doctors to properly correlate the prescription of pain killers or other drugs to the exact source of pain. This will help patients achieve lasting relief by pharmaceutics alone, rather than more drastic procedures such as surgery. By incorporating two technologies, one of clinical methodology and one for device technology, SPOC has developed a com- bined diagnostic package that allows for a revolution in the accuracy and precision of muscle pain diagnosis. The first is a diag- nostic method developed more than 50 years ago by a series of key opinion lead- ers in pain management. The contempo- rary expert in this field is Dr. Marcus, whose patented version of this methodol- ogy allows for the diagnosis of muscles in a dynamic natural state. This simple fea- ture greatly increases the precision of the diagnosis while the unique methodology provides isolation of the pain generator increasing accuracy. The device developed by SPOC incorporates leading- edge technology for trans-cuta- neous-electroneural stimulation, a safe, effective and proven way of stimulating muscle. The patented “Dr. Marcus method” and the SPOC device are inher- ently linked, a powerful innova- tion in the management of chronic pain. SPOC was conceived at Stevens as a senior design project in Professor Hazelwood’s Biomedical Engineering Senior Design class during the autumn of 2004. Building on the initial meeting with Dr. Marcus, SPOC developed function- al prototypes that were delivered in February 2005. Success of the senior design project spurred the current business relationship. The students, together with Professor Hazelwood, Vice President Helena S. Wisniewski, Office of University Research & Enterprise Development, and Dr. Marcus, launched SPOC. The company founders are Castle Point Holdings, Dr. Marcus, Ryan Stellar, Jeckin Shah and Daniel Silva. SPOC’s device was aired on WABC 7 in the New York area in March 2005. And the most recent design was used successfully by Dr. Marcus at the Norman Marcus Pain Institute in New York City without any adverse affects. Human clinical trials are scheduled to begin at NYU in spring 2006. Results from the clinical trial will provide data that shows the efficacy of the device and methodology. s _____________________________________________ Patrick A. Berzinski is a consulting editor for SSoE InFocus My name is Samuel Eichner and I am from Clifton, N.J. I am a sophomore Co-op stu- dent here at Stevens where I am majoring in Computer Engineering. I became intrigued by photog- raphy when I was young. The concept of being able to capture a moment in time and look back on it in perfect clarity forever interested me most. The types of pho- tography I primarily do are macro photography (taking very high-quality pictures of small objects such as insects and flow- ers), nature photography, photo- journalism and light painting. In December of 2004, I began experimenting with light paint- ing by photographing Christmas lights at night and my friends raving with glow sticks and LEDs. It was months later that I learned this is called light painting and that there is a whole style of photography associated with it. I recently experi- mented with a second style of light painting in which I set up the picture in total darkness and then take the picture by holding the shutter open while I "paint" the light onto the subject using a flashlight. The picture Violin is an exam- ple of this and is one of my favorite pic- tures. My other favorite pictures include: Ants on a Flower, Guard Rails, Feeding Bee, Field of Blossoms, Where I sit to see the City, Blue Star, Arcing, Rail Gun, Wilting Hope and Watch a Snowflake Grow. I consider these pic- tures my favorites because they were the most rewarding; as they were either difficult to take or just a lot of fun. From the time I was a kindergartner, designing train tracks for my toy trains and building Lego models, I knew I was going to be an engineer. I love problem solving and working with my hands to design and construct ways to accom- plish goals. I thoroughly enjoy being creative and express- ing myself through my work. With my camera in hand, I can be as creative as I want when setting up and taking pic- tures and I can express myself through my unique style and perception of the world. Inspiration for my photography is often spur of the moment. When something catches my eye, I photograph it without thinking twice. I also look at the work of other artists to get new ideas and possibly learn new tech- niques. I am still unsure of what I plan on doing after I graduate, but I am sure it will involve computers or computer electronics. s "From the time I was a kindergartner, designing train tracks for my toy trains and building Lego models, I knew I was going to be an engineer. I love problem solving and working with my hands to design and construct ways to accomplish goals." 13 SAMUEL EICHNER ‘09 SSOE STUDENTS INFOCUS 12 SPOC: TOOLS FOR A REVOLUTION IN PAIN MANAGEMENT Stevens’ Proof of Concept (SPOC), LLC, a new Technogenesis® start- up company, has developed a clinical and technological platform that promises to greatly increase the accuracy with which muscle pain is diagnosed and to drive down health care costs associated with chronic pain. SPOC has set forth to capitalize on an opportunity to work with Dr. Norman Marcus, a leading pain management physician, to develop a medical device to facilitate his revolutionary method for pain diagnosis. The patented “Dr. Marcus method” and the SPOC device are inherently linked, a powerful innovation in the management of chronic pain. By Patrick A. Berzinski Dr. Marcus www.flickr.com/photos/descvert Vikki Hazelwood By Samuel Eichner
  9. 9. Embedded systems are application- specific computing systems that contain both hard- ware and software tailored for a partic- ular task and are generally part of a larger system. They are almost everywhere in our lives, in cell phones, cars, washers,TVs, printers, digital cameras and common robotics. Embedded systems often fall under the category of reactive and real-time systems, meaning they contain sensors or similar elements which constantly interact with the external environment and must com- pute certain results or take certain actions within their envi- ronment through actuators in real- time, without delay, as in the case of mobile robots. "Generally speak- ing, my current research interests include real-time embedded intelligent systems and robotics," said Professor Yan Meng of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. "My students and I work on research proj- ects such as a self-reconfigurable embed- ded system platform using System-on-Chip technology," she said. "Basically, a real-time complex system – for example, an autonomous mobile robot – must adapt to highly dynamic envi- ronments and emer- gencies under real-time constraints." A significant amount of processing power is needed for such complex applications. The resources in the embedded general processors are typically very limited, which imposes significant challenges for software development. "Instead of pushing the limit of software design," said Meng, "we turned our atten- tion to reconfigurable hardware and devel- oped a dynamically reconfigurable embed- ded system platform by integrating Field Programmable Gate Arrays, or FPGA, and embedded processors in a system-on-chip environment." This new platform can dramatically reduce the overall system responding time and greatly increase system robustness and fault-tolerance, and is in the process of implementation in a mobile robot, Pioneer 3DX, in the Embedded Systems and Robotics Lab. Meng is also seeking to extend this reconfigurable platform to the design of intelligent computing systems and devices, which can adapt to environments through self-learning. Her ongoing research projects on robotics include multi-robot coordination and com- munication. Multi-robot teams are desir- able in some scenarios, such as planetary exploration or urban search and rescue. Multi-robot systems are more advanta- geous than a single expensive robot in several ways, including attributes such as parallelism, robustness, scalability and simpler programming for each unit. With acquired multiple robotic systems, manag- ing the communication, dynamic task allo- cation and cooperation among multi- robots becomes challenging. "Our research focuses on building an opti- mization model of multi-robot cooperation, as well as dynamic task allocation under good or bad communication situations," said Meng. s On October 11, 2005, Faculty Advisor, Dr. Ronald Besser, accompanied Stevens’ Chapter of the AIChE to the 2005 Regional College Bowl. Vivek Nittala, President of the Student Chapter, along with Keyur Shah and Yuri Voloshin took second place beating NJIT and Rutgers but narrowly missing the one point that would have tied them with Princeton. The competition tested their knowledge of chemistry, physics and engineer- ing. Each team of three is randomly given pre-selected questions. The teams then have one minute to answer and if they finish before the bell, the mod- erator, a chemical engineer, offers feedback and a chance to refine their answer. During the four or five rounds of questions, two independent judges decide the points awarded to each team based on their answer using a 1-5 scale with 5 as a perfect score. "Their involvement in the College Bowl exposes them not only to their regional peers but also practicing engineers, industry leaders and potential future employers," said Dr. Besser. "They had a great time and chose to In 2005, the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Student Chapter at Stevens entered the 14th annual National Student Steel Bridge Competition. With the support of the Senior Design Coordinator, Dr. Leslie Brunell, P.E., the ASCE Chapter Advisor, Dr.Yusuf Billah and significant support from Schiavone Construction Company the team competed successfully both locally and nationally. The Stevens team placed first at the regional competition in the areas of economy, construction speed and weight, receiving first place overall in the Metropolitan Regional Competition. And the team was competitive against 50 other teams across North America in the National Competition held in Orlando, Florida. The design team was led by captains Kurt Fischer and Russell VanSweden, both Civil Engineering seniors. The rest of the team included: Mark Ramirez, Ellis Farmer, Christopher Erickson, James Meyers, Katherine Martinez, Andrei Kuzin, Kevin Chen, Brad Miller, Jessica Molinari and Jay Peterson. These students worked throughout the year to design, finance, con- struct, test and implement this exciting project. Their efforts paid off. They learned a great deal at nationals and will use this new knowledge to design a more com- petitive bridge for the 2006 competition. The details of this annual competition can be found at http://www.aisc.org s Academic Sparring - The 9th Annual College Bowl 15 By Patrick Berzinski Reconfigurable Platforms at the Embedded Systems and Robotics Lab SSOE STUDENTS INFOCUS 14 donate half of their prize money to Stevens’ AIChE Chapter." Currently, AIChE student members hold social events on campus and visit local chemical plants. And in the spring, they plan to attend the North East Regional Spring Student Conference to be held at Penn State. This weekend-long event hosts poster presentations of student research projects, social events and a chemical car competition featuring student-built models propelled by novel chemical reactions. To find out more information on Stevens’ AIChE Student Chapter, please contact: Dr. Ronald Besser at 201.216.5257 or rbesser@stevens.edu. "My students and I work on research projects such as a self-reconfigurable embedded system platform using System-on-Chip technology..." 2005 Regional Champs Gear Up for 2006 National Competition 2005 Regional Champs Gear Up for 2006 National Competition The Stevens team placed first at the regional competition in the areas of economy, construction speed and weight, receiving first place overall in the Metropolitan Regional Competition. 2006 National Competition Members of this year‘s team, Andrei Kuzin, Kevin Chen, Mun Lai Wong and Anthony Marandola, have succeeded in coming up with a unique design in preparation for the regional competition in April 2006. The top-two teams will move on to the national competition in Salt Lake City, Utah. Let’s wish them luck. The team is also continuously look- ing for support to help with the fab- rication of the bridge. Contributions from sponsors will go toward steel sections, transportation, welding costs, safety equipment and testing. We will proudly represent all spon- sors on our competition t-shirts and program. For more information, please contact me, Dr. Leslie Brunell, at lbrunell@stevens.edu or 201.216.5337. Dr. Yan Meng
  10. 10. John Hovey, ‘57, believes in giving back. He has continu- ously supported Stevens through gener- ous donations over the years and has champi- oned causes in Paterson, N.J., as well. Hovey’s ties to Paterson go back nearly 40 years. Early in his career, after earning his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, Hovey was a sales represen- tative for John Royle and Sons, a Paterson-based com- pany. He then founded Videx Equipment Corporation, a wire and cable machinery company, also located in Paterson and of which he is still president. Hovey’s connection to Stevens did not end after he earned his degree. He has maintained ties with Stevens and encourages his fellow alumni to stay involved with their alma mater. "The involvement and help of alumni is beneficial to both the school and to the alumni – it works both ways," he said. "It’s important to stay involved with Stevens not only to continue friendships, but to help Stevens become a better school in the future. This is vital to the health of the university and nation- al education system. Private universi- ties are a critical part of the national education system." In addition to his charitable giving, Hovey has hosted several fund-raisers for Stevens at his sprawling carriage barn, in Wycoff, N.J., which houses his impressive collection of antique cars. Hovey, an antique car enthusiast with a collection that includes a 1900 Panhard- LeVassor, was able to combine his pas- sion for automobiles with philanthropy to bring together members of the Stevens community for several enjoy- able events. His charitable involvement in Paterson nonprofits includes 20 years of serving on the board of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, during which he was board chairman for five years. Hovey also holds a seat on the board of Paterson’s Memorial Day Nursery School, one of the oldest preschools in the country. In the 1990s, he was cofounder of the Alexander Hamilton Charter School in Paterson. He contin- ues to support the school after assisting in its transformation to the Alexander Hamilton Academy, which still follows the charter school model although it is now run by the Paterson Public School district. "It was the first charter school in New Jersey to be taken over by the public school district and made into an academy," said Hovey, adding that from the time of its inception to the present, standardized test scores have skyrocketed. For Hovey, one of the biggest benefits of helping Stevens and other nonprofits is that he enjoys it. "It’s really fun to be involved in something you can directly make a difference in," he said of the charter school effort. "You can do it through Stevens, as well as through other nonprofits." s 17 This fall, theTrustees of Stevens elect- ed three new members, Ralph W. Selitto, John Schepisi and Ronald P. LeBright, to its Board of Trustees. "I look forward to working alongside our new trustees as Stevens continues to focus on enhancing its national reputation, research capabilities, and undergraduate and graduate programs," said Harold J. Raveché, president of Stevens. "The active involvement of these new members, all of them alumni, in the important work of the Stevens board will be a great asset in advancing toward our shared goals. As alumni, they understand Stevens’ long- standing commitment to excellence in research and education. At the same time, they each bring unique work experiences and professional expertise to the table." Selitto ‘71 was appointed to a two-year term as an Alumni Trustee. He is a resident of Edison, N.J., and a partner at the law firm of McCarter & English in Newark, N.J. He is an intellectual property attorney who focuses on the global procurement, main- tenance and enforcement of patents, trademarks and copyrights. Selitto is a member of the Stevens Patent Committee and has worked with Stevens’ Office of University Research and Enterprise Development on various licensing and procurement projects designed to promote the growth and commercialization of the Institute’s intellectual property portfolio. This past year, Selitto led attorney-wide fund-raising efforts for the Edwin A. Stevens Society. He is the current fund- raising captain for the Class of ‘71. Schepisi ‘65 will serve as a Charter Trustee for a three-year term. He resides in Bergen County, N.J., and is the president of Schepisi & McLaughlin, P.A. in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. His firm’s general practice areas include real estate development, complex litigation, construction, municipal and higher education law. He currently serves on the board of direc- tors of Interchange Financial Services Corporation, Interchange Bank, the Board of Governors of Hackensack University Medical Center and is chairman of the Mullet Bay Apartments Association. Schepisi is also a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America as well as the American, New Jersey State and Bergen County (past president 1983-84) Bar Associations. He has repre- sented Bergen Community College since 1988. Previously, he served as the Edgewater Planning Board Attorney, Fort Lee Borough Attorney, Demarest Borough Attorney and as a Trustee of Englewood Hospital. He was active in his class’ fund- raising effort for its 40th reunion. LeBright ‘55 was also appointed a Charter Trustee for a three-year term. He lives in Sea Bright, N.J. Before retir- ing, he was senior vice president at ABB Lummus Crest (now ABB Lummus Global, Inc.). Prior to that, he served as president, chief executive officer and treasurer at H.R. International, Edison; president, chief executive officer at Procon International, Des Plaines, Ill., (1981-83); and managing director of Alesa Alusuisse Engineering, Zurich, Switzerland (1979-81). Earlier, he was general manager of the Houston Division of C.E. Lummus, a proj- ect manager at M.W. Kellogg in NewYork City and began his career as a production engineer at Baker and Co., Inc. LeBright was active in his class’ 50th reunion, held in June 2005. s __________________________________________ Stephanie Mannino is the Editorial Specialist for Stevens News Service. Stevens Welcomes Three Alumni as New Board Trustees Jim Lloyd, ‘70 looks back fondly on his memories of Stevens, where he earned his Ph.D., mas- ter’s and bachelor’s degrees in materials science and engineer- ing. "I’d always liked science as a kid, so I decided to go to Stevens," said Lloyd, a native of Oradell, N.J. "Metallurgy was a very interest- ing department, with many interesting people. I had most of my classes in the Navy Building." While the Navy Building is no longer standing, Lloyd’s career path is a testa- ment to the strength of the former metallurgy program. After graduate school, Lloyd worked in research and development at IBM before heading to Digital Equipment Corporation. He served as a visiting scientist at Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung in Stuttgart, Germany, and headed his own consulting firm for five years. Additionally, Lloyd has taught thermodynamics and materials science at Stevens and N.Y. Polytechnic Institute and served as a guest lecturer at many universities. Lloyd, who has pub- lished more than 75 professional papers, was ultimately drawn back to where he began years earlier: IBM. He now works in the research department of IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center. He specializes in reliability science and engineering, focusing on electromigra- By Stephanie Mannino SSOE HERITAGE 16 JIM LLOYD ‘70 "The joy of doing it is really a driving force behind doing research," he said. "I’ll sit there doing an experiment and think, nobody’s ever seen this before, which is really cool..." JOHN HOVEY CLASS OF 1957 tion and metallization reliability for chip and packaging applications, and low-k dielectrics. "I’ve been developing new materials for integrated circuits for five years," said Lloyd. He truly enjoys his work, which is why he has remained in the research field. "The joy of doing it is really a driving force behind doing research," he said. "I’ll sit there doing an experiment and think, nobody’s ever seen this before, which is really cool – and it is." He also developed an interest in sculp- ture. "I first got into sculpture at Stevens taking Paul Miller’s art course. He taught me how to weld. We held graduate art shows, and that’s really when I got into it," said Lloyd. Lloyd has spent the past few years revisit- ing his love of sculp- ture. While each piece is unique, they all arise out of the same basic method. "I weld car parts together," he said. "I haven’t seen anyone doing quite what I do. I am compelled to create art and make stuff." His pieces, sculpted from old car exhaust systems, have begun to receive recognition and have been exhib- ited in local museums. Lloyd is also an aviation enthusiast and pilot. In 1986, he reenacted the first flight across the U.S., in a "replica" of the Vin Fiz Wright Flyer, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the flight. "It wasn’t a true replica because it is much safer than the original," said Lloyd. Despite modern improvements to its design, the plane’s engine failed several times during his two-month journey and he and his crew had to contend with bad weather. "We had to rebuild the plane halfway across the country," he said. "But it was a real adventure and I was able to have a lot of the same experiences as the original pilot." During his flight, he met many people who were present for the original. "We asked them to sign the wing of the airplane and by the time it reached California it was covered with signatures." These days, Lloyd enjoys giving lectures about early aviation and his flight at museums, and maintains a website (www.vinfiz.net) devoted to aviation, which also includes links to many of his sculptures. s continued on next page “It’s important to stay involved with Stevens not only to continue friendships, but to help Stevens become a better school in the future.”
  11. 11. Technogenesis™ Startup Acquired for $17.5 Million PlasmaSol Corporation, an envi- ronmental technology start-up founded by faculty and students, has been acquired by Stryker Corporation for $17.5 million. The basic technology at the core of PlasmaSol is an invention known as Capillary Discharge Non- Thermal Plasma. This technology will allow Stryker to provide sterili- zation equipment for some of its MedSurg Equipment products. "In 1999, a group of faculty and graduate students founded a compa- ny to commercialize a patented environmental technology," said President Harold J. Raveché. "Six years later, this company is recog- nized as a valuable technology asset by a major American corporation." Dr. Erich Kunhardt and Dr. Kurt Becker of the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics began work to generate large-volume cold plas- mas in 1996. In 1999, Professors Kunhardt, Korfiatis and Christodoulatos co-founded PlasmaSol to commercialize the non- thermal plasma technology with graduate students Kurt Kovach, Seth A. Tropper and Richard Crowe. For more information, please visit: www.plasmasol.com Water Filtration Patent Drs. Xiaoguang Meng and George Korfiatis were awarded a patent for an iron powder and sand fil- tration process in the treatment of water contaminated with heavy metals and organic com- pounds. The device is com- prised of at least one iron filter connected in series to a sand filter. Removal of contaminants from water is enhanced by the application of a source of vibratory energy to the iron filter. Oxidizers and coagulants may be mixed with the water after passage through the iron filter and before entering the sand filter to increase efficiency. Treatment solutions for the removal of heavy metals and organic compounds from soil and waste water are also viable. An Office of Naval Research Grant to research Cross-Layer Cooperation for Energy Efficiency in Wireless Sensor Networks: Game Theoretic Solutions has been awarded to Dr. Cristina Comaniciu over a three-year period. "This project addresses the problem of efficient design for energy-sensitive sensor networks in military applica- tions," said Comaniciu. "I propose a cooperative design in which distributed protocols are implemented in the network by enforcing cooperation in a two-dimensional plane: horizontally among different sensor units; and vertically, among various layers of the protocol stack." These design solutions are based on game theo- retic models, in which players individually act to maximize their own utility metric. In the context of sensor networks, they become a measure related to the energy consumption for transmitting useful information bits across the network. Dr. Comaniciu’s book, Wireless Networks: Multiuser Detection in Cross-Layer Design, written with Narayan Mandayam and H. Vincent Poor, offers a new perspective on the benefits and tradeoffs of multiuser detection for future generation wireless net- works. The book presents a survey of state- of-the-art research on cross-layer design for resource allocation in wireless networks using multiuser receivers. The National Science Foundation (NSF) Funds a Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education Program Led by Dr. Frank Fisher, an interdisciplinary team con- ducting research in various areas of nanotechnology has been funded to develop Virtual Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Nanotechnology. The program involves self-contained multimedia learning modules based on video documentation of under- graduate nanotechnology research projects and are designed to introduce students to nanotechnology concepts in the context of the active research being done at Stevens. The team includes: Dr. Pochiraju and Dr. Shi in Mechanical Engineering; Dr. Libera and Dr. Du in Materials Engineering; Dr. Sukhishvili in Chemistry; Dr. Man in Electrical and Computer Engineering; and the Center for Innovation in Engineering & Science Education. Dr. Kate Abel was recently installed as the president of the Epsilon Eta Mu - the Engineering Management Honor Society and was also elected president of the Engineering Management Division of the American Society for Engineering Education. Dr. John Farr, Director of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, has been appointed to serve on the Air Force Studies Board of the National Academies. He is also serving on the aca- demic advisory boards of the Systems Engineering Programs at the State Dr. Fisher FACULTY NEWSFACULTY NEWS The Advanced Materials, Manufacturing andTesting Information Analysis Center (AMMTIAC) contract was awarded to Alion Science andTechnology with Stevens’ Design and Manufacturing Institute (DMI) as a sub-contractor providing design, materials, a manufacturing knowledge-base and research services. Department of Defense Information Analysis Centers (IACs) develop critical reviews and knowl- edge-based products from academic, commercial and defense research. AMMTIAC will leverage materials, manufacturing and non-destructive evaluation technologies in the design, development, testing and evaluation, manufacturing, operations and sustaining of military systems. Operations are expected to be collocated between Alion facilities and DMI with significant involvement of undergraduate and graduate students. The sub-contract to Stevens is valued at $1.122 million over three years. AMMTIAC provides DMI, directed by Dr. Kishore Pochiraju, an exciting new avenue to continue its key contri- butions to the defense product development and manufacturing communities well into the foreseeable future. FACULTY NEWS 18 Dr. Pennotti takes advantage of a recent visit to London to catch up with recently minted Ph.D. Leeza Osipenko who has been appointed Senior Research Fellow at the University of Warwick Medical School in Coventry, England, where she works on the socio-economic aspects of prenatal screening as part of a project funded by the EU. Advised by Dr. Farr, her disserta- tion was titled, System Dynamics in Early Health Technology Assessment Prenatal Screening Technology. University of New York at Stonybrook, Polytechnic University, the U.S. Military Academy, and the University of Ottawa. He is also co-chairing a panel on Systems Requirements, Architecture and Integration for a two-year study on The Army’s Evolving Role in Homeland Defense/Homeland Security and Defense Support of Civil Authorities for the Army Service Board. The NSF Funds Dr. Uf Tureli’s Research, NeTS: ProWiN:Wireless Interference: Characterization and Effect on Network Performance. His work focuses on the development of quantifiable interference characteristics of wireless receivers; intention- al and unintentional transmitters; the establish- ment of a means of understanding and characterizing interference temperature; and the use of this critical information to enhance interference modeling-capabilities of existing network simulation tools. Dr. Tureli will use a newly acquired distrib- uted radio network testbed to perform exper- iments as well as analytical and numerical studies. Currently, he is supervising three senior design groups that will build hard- ware for the project with the AFOSR funded Defense University Research Instrumentation Project (DURIP) entitled, Distributed Radio Network Testbed. NSF CAREER Award Dr. Wei Jiang of Systems & Engineering Management was awarded a five-year CAREER grant to research, Data Quality Management Through Statistical Quality Control and Data Mining. Data quality is important due to the emer- gence of large volumes of data. Many busi- ness and industrial applications rely on the quality of information stored in diverse data- bases and data warehouses. Dr. Jiang’s research will develop a systematic methodol- ogy of data quality analysis and improve- ment to achieve robust decision making under imperfect information environments. The outcomes are expected to provide a concrete basis of data quality management, which can be applied to different data-inten- sive applications. Ultimately, it will also have a broader impact on advanced theory and the methodology of information quality management, enhanced decision making and the creation of a workforce of data quali- ty assurance researchers and practitioners. The NSF has awarded Dr. Constantin Chassapis and his team a grant to study how to create an accredited online under- graduate mechanical engineering degree. His research team includes: Drs. Hamid Hadim, Sven Esche and Frank Fisher in Mechanical Engineering; Robert Ubell, Dean for Online Learning and Corporate Development; and Associate Dean Keith Sheppard, School of Engineering. Over the next year, their research will reveal how to best develop, implement and assess the online program. Cornerstone Donation Two electronic force measuring machines, BOSE/EnduraTech ELF 3300 and 3200 models, were recently donat- ed to Dr. Arthur Ritter, Director of Biomedical Engineering, from Clinical Engineering Services (CES), Inc.’s: Thomas R. Haher, M.D. Stevens’ class of 1972; Antonio Valdevit, Director of Engineering; James Leible, CEO; and John McNichols, COO. As desktop versions of the hydraulic Instron Testing Machine (used in the mechanical testing of materials) they are designed to work with biological materials and implants. CES’s endowment is intended to establish a comprehensive biomechanical engineering testing facility - a cornerstone to developing one of finest Biomedical Engineering Labs in the country. Principles of Biomedical Engineering, by Dr. Ritter and his co-authors, Professors Stanley Reisman of NJIT and Bozena B. Michniak of the N.J. Center for Biomaterials, is a text book designed for sophomore- or junior-level introductory courses. It covers topics in cell physiology, hemodynamics, the cardiovas- cular system, biomedical signals processing, biomechanics and tissue engineering from an analytical point of view. Dr.Tureli Retention of engineering students contin- ues to be a major problem affecting engineering schools across the country. Unsuccessful experiences within freshmen courses contribute heavily to student attrition. Since a solid foundation in mathematics and physics is a necessity for engineering students, enhancing these courses to include engineering applica- tions is expected to improve the retention of subject matter, provide a basic under- standing of how to apply key concepts for engineering problem solving and make learning more enjoyable. As part of the RIEE initiative, our interdisci- plinary team of professors, Pat Miller- Mathematics, Ed Whittaker-Physics and Pete DeLancey and myself-Engineering, have developed application modules and proof-of-concept methodologies to enhance this integration of math and physics into the engineering curriculum. Our project goals are: (1) research effective methods of teaching calcu- lus and physics to engineering stu- dents, (2) identify the key competencies in math and physics that are necessary to core engineering courses, (3) develop sample modules addressing these compe- tencies, (4) formulate a common method- ology for systematic problem solving of math and physics in engineering applica- tions, (5) create a coordinated set of course outcomes and related assessment methods, (6) develop physics lecture demonstrations that reinforce the connec- tion to engineering and take advantage of active learning concepts and (7) conduct assessment of the modules and methodologies. This project will have an immediate posi- tive impact on the freshman and sopho- more courses in mathematics, physics and related engineering core courses, while its sustained implementation is expected to improve the entire engineering curriculum relating to student retention, quality of learning and overall learning experience. For more information, please contact me at ahadim@stevens.edu. s Research and Innovation in Engineering Education (RIEE) Enhanced Integration of Math and Physics into the Engineering Curriculum By Professor Hamid Hadim, Mechanical Engineering http://riee.stevens.edu/ Dr. Pochiraju Dr. Comaniciu Dr. Abel continued on next page Drs. Whittaker, Hadim, Miller and DeLancey "RIEE provides resources, both through a seminar series and a set of catalyst grants, to enable faculty to re-think and re-engineer their coursework to improve student learn- ing in the undergraduate engineering curriculum," said Beth McGrath, Director of CIESE. "Our strategy is to pilot some innovative course redesign projects aimed at improving student learning."

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