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Posted by: sls60 on Apr 28, 2009
Dr Richard Mistrick
Department of Architectural Engineering, PSU

Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Room 114 Earth-Engineering Sciences Building
Category: Alumni News
Posted by: sxc1 on Apr 23, 2009
Engineering Science and Mechanics is honored to host Dr. Eric Cummings as a 2009 Outstanding Engineering Alumnus (OEA). Cummings (B.S. E SC 1989) is the founder and president of Cool Earth Solar, a company dedicated to making solar farming economically competitive. Cummings also founded LabSmith, Inc., a company that sells innovative laboratory products. Cummings has patents in the areas of solar-concentrator architectures and, spread-spectrum barcodes which can indicate minute amounts of tamper to micro-fabricated dielectrophoretic sorters of cells, bacterial, and viruses. He has refereed publications in microfluidics including two foundational scientific discoveries: the theory of ideal electrokinesis and the methodology of insulator-based dielectrophoresis.

Dr. Cummings will be recognized with other OEA awardees during a College wide event scheduled April 26 -27, 2009.

Posted by: sxc1 on Apr 22, 2009
Stanton Sollenberger, a master's degree student in engineering science and mechanics, has received three prestigious awards since January 2009.

Sollenberger's paper, "Effect of Stress Concentrations in Flexible Matrix Composite Driveshafts," won first place in the American Helicopter Society's (AHS) Robert L. Lichten Competition, Mid-East Region. He is now eligible to compete at the international level.

The same paper earned Sollengberger the 2009 AHS/NASA Summer Internship Award from the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. The award gives him the opportunity to intern for one of three NASA Aeronautics Centers.

Sollenberger also was named the winner of the 2009 American Helicopter Society Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship in the Master of Science category. The award recognizes students who show an interest in a career in the vertical flight industry.

Sollenberger is advised by Charles Bakis, distinguished professor of engineering science and mechanics, and Ed Smith, professor of aerospace engineering.

Source: Curtis Chan
Posted by: sls60 on Apr 13, 2009
Dr. Tansel Karabacak
Dept. of Applied Science,
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

3:35pm - 4:25pm
114 Earth Engineering Sciences Building
Posted by: sxc1 on Apr 8, 2009
Dr. Judith A. Todd, P. B. Breneman Department Head Chair, will host a Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence (STRIDE) Workshop on Thursday, April 16 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. in Ballroom D of the Nittany Lion Inn.

Drs. Wayne Jones and Katherine Spindler, University of Michigan faculty members of the STRIDE Committee, will provide information and advice about practices that will maximize the likelihood that diverse, well-qualified candidates for faculty positions will be identified, and, once selected for offers, recruited, retained, and promoted. This workshop is for all faculty and administrators involved in hiring, including Chairs, Associate Chairs, faculty search committees, and other department members involved with recruitment and retention.

Workshop Topics will include:
Strategies for Recruiting a Diverse and Excellent Faculty
What are the obstacles?
How do schemas affect faculty careers?
Best practices in searching and hiring
Data-based approaches to address issues of climate, recruitment, retention, promotion, visibility and authority in leadership

There will also be Breakout Sessions. To register for the workshop please e-mail Dawn Nelson,, 863-7966, or Stacy Smith,, 865-4523.
Posted by: sxc1 on Apr 7, 2009
Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Charles G. Binder Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, will present a seminar titled "Sculptured Thin Films as Nanoengineered Metamaterials, in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of McMaster University, on Tuesday, April 14, 2009.
Category: Alumni News
Posted by: sxc1 on Apr 6, 2009
Dr. Emil Hayek
Dr. Emil Hayek, (B.S., E SC), Akron General Medical Center, has opened Western Reserve Heart Care, a cardiology testing and treatment facility offering heart care and noninvasive testing. The key to the service is that it provides consultative service with cardiac diagnostic testing on site thereby reducing a potential two to three week wait for patients to speak with their doctors. In 2008, Western Reserve Heart Care was honored with a Council of Small Enterprises (COSE's) Ten Under 10 Small Business Awards. For additional informtion, visit Western Reserve Heart Care.

Dr. Hayek is a member of American Board of Internal Medicine (Cardiovascular Disease); the American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)' and Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology (Nuclear Cardiology)
Posted by: sls60 on Apr 6, 2009
Dr. Craig F. Bohren
Department of Meteorology, PSU

Wednesday April 8, 2009

Room 114 Earth-Engineering Sciences Building
Category: Alumni News
Posted by: sxc1 on Apr 1, 2009
The ESM Alumni Advisory Board will host a tailage for this year's Blue/White game. Activities begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 25. For event details and alumni registration visit: