2016 - 2017 Faculty & Staff Briefs

Messenger, Abtahi

Dr. Amir Abtahi

Associate Professor, Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Roger Messenger

Professor Emeritus, Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Amir Abtahi, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering, and Roger Messenger, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus in the FAU Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science co-authored the undergraduate/graduate level textbook, "Photovoltaic Systems Engineering, Fourth Edition." In an overview from the publisher, CRC Press, the primary purpose of the book is to provide a comprehensive set of photovoltaic (PV) knowledge and understanding tools for the design, installation, commissioning, inspection, and operation of PV systems. In addition to practical system information, this new edition includes an explanation of the basic physical principles upon which the technology is based and a consideration of the environmental and economic impact of the technology. The material covers all phases of PV systems from basic sunlight parameters to system commissioning and simulation, as well as the economic and environmental impact of PV.

Lynn Asseff

Lynn Asseff

Director of Operations, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Initiated into the Pi Alpha Alpha International Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration, April 18, 2016 by the FAU chapter.

Cai

Dr. George (Guo-Qiang) Cai

Professor, Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering

Co-authored the book "Elements of Stochastic Dynamics," with Weiqiu Zhu, Ph.D., Professor and director of the Institute of Applied Mechanics in the Department of Mechanics, at Zhejiang University, China. In an overview from the publisher, World Scientific, stochastic dynamics has been found in fields such as physics, chemistry, biology, ecology, economy, finance, and many branches of engineering including Mechanical, Ocean, Civil, Bio, and Earthquake Engineering. The book aims to meet the growing need to understand and master the subject by introducing fundamentals to researchers who want to explore stochastic dynamics in their fields and serves as a textbook for graduate students in various areas involving stochastic uncertainties.

Dhanak

Dr. Manhar Dhanak

Professor and Director of SeaTech - The Institute for Ocean & Systems Engineering, Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering

Co-authored the book "Springer Handbook of Ocean Engineering," with Nikolas Xiros, Dr. Eng., associate professor at the University of New Orleans. According to the publisher, Springer this handbook is the definitive reference for the interdisciplinary field that is ocean engineering. It integrates the coverage of fundamental and applied material and encompasses a diverse spectrum of systems, concepts and operations in the maritime environment, as well as providing a comprehensive update on contemporary, leading-edge ocean technologies. Coverage includes an overview on the fundamentals of ocean science, ocean signals and instrumentation, coastal structures, developments in ocean energy technologies and ocean vehicles and automation. It aims at practitioners in a range of offshore industries and naval establishments as well as academic researchers and graduate students in ocean, coastal, offshore and marine engineering and naval architecture.

Elishakoff

Dr. Isaac E. Elishakoff

Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering

Received the ASME's prestigious Worcester Reed Warner Medal. This medal is awarded to an individual for outstanding contribution to the permanent literature of engineering. The recipients should have published progressive ideas relating to engineering, scientific and industrial research associated with mechanical engineering; the design and operation of mechanical and associated equipment; industrial engineering or management, organization, operation, and the concomitants of each; or other subjects closely associated with those mentioned. To qualify as having permanent value, any paper or treatise should not be less than five (5) years old.

Frisk

Dr. George Frisk

Professor, Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering

Selected by the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering Editorial Board to be a 2016 Outstanding Reviewer. Outstanding Reviewers will be recognized in the January 2017 issue of the Journal.

Furht

Dr. Borko Furht

Professor and Director of NSF Research Center, Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Guest speaker at the 14th Vienna Congress com•sult, that will be held in Vienna, Austria January 17, 2017. The event will focus on the general topic "Call for Future". The congress is one of the most renowned international economic-political congresses of the region.

Glegg

Dr. Stewart Glegg

Professor and Director of the Center for Acoustics and Vibration, Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering

Co-authored the book "Aeroacoustics of Low Mach Number Flows," with William Devenport, Director of the Virginia Tech Stability Wind Tunnel and Director of the Center for Renewable Energy and Aerodynamic Testing, at Virginia Tech. According to the publisher, Elsevier Aeroacoustics of Low Mach Number Flows: Fundamentals, Analysis, and Measurement provides a comprehensive treatment of sound radiation from subsonic flow over moving surfaces, which is the most widespread cause of flow noise in engineering systems. This includes fan noise, rotor noise, wind turbine noise, boundary layer noise, and aircraft noise. Beginning with fluid dynamics, the fundamental equations of aeroacoustics are derived and the key methods of solution are explained, focusing both on the necessary mathematics and physics. Fundamentals of turbulence and turbulent flows, experimental methods and numerous applications are also covered. The book is an ideal source of information on aeroacoustics for researchers and graduate students in engineering, physics, or applied math, as well as for engineers working in this field.

Kang

Dr. Kevin Kang

Assistant Professor, Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering

Received a grant from the Osteo Science Foundation for $50K. A prestigious award given to select applicants with promise to make a substantive impact in the field of soft and hard tissue regeneration. The title of the proposal is "Multiple Channels in Bioceramic Scaffolds Promote Rapid Vascularization and Robust Bone Formation". Kang has also published his first FAU journal article in the Advanced Functional Materials journal.

Khoshgoftaar

Dr. Taghi M. Khoshgoftaar

Motorola Professor, Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Organized and chaired a workshop on Large-Scale Deep Learning for Data Mining at the 22nd ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, August 13-17, 2016 in San Francisco, California. The workshop focused on applications of deep learning and more than 400 people were in attendance. It included the presentation of ten papers and a keynote speech by Dr. Li Deng, Chief Scientist for AI Microsoft Research and ASG.

Kim

Dr. Mike Kim

Assistant Professor, Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering

Received a grant from the Florida Center for Environmental Studies for $50K. The title of the proposal is "Microfluidics for Methane Production and Carbon Storage in Deep Underground Reservoirs".

Mejia

Digna Mejia

Coordinator, Academic Support Services, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering

Appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Palm Beach Housing Authority for a two year term.

Nagarajan

Dr. Sudhagar Nagarajan

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering

Received the Exceptional Faculty Award, FAU Northern Campus Achievement Award 2015-2016 for his outstanding achievement and service to the northern campuses.

Petrie

Dr. Maria Petrie

Associate Dean for International Affairs, Professor, Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Awarded the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) Duncan Fraser Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education. The award recognizes individuals who have made innovative and meritorious contributions having a significant impact on the advancement of engineering education. The 2016 award is presented at the IFEES annual awards dinner during WEEF & GEDC 2016 in Seoul, South Korea, on November 9, 2016. The winner will receive a medal, a citation, a one-time monetary prize of US $1,000, a roundtrip, economy class air ticket, and three nights lodging to receive the award.

Sobhan

Dr. Khaled Sobhan

Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering

Co-authored the Korean version of the textbook, "Principles of Geotechnical Engineering" with Braja M. Das,Ph.D., Dean Emeritus, College of Engineering and Computer Science, California State University, Sacremento. An introductory text in soil mechanics that offers an overview of soil properties and mechanics together with coverage of field practices and basic engineering procedures.

Su

Dr. Tsung-Chow (Joe) Su

Professor, Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering

Delivered a keynote lecture at the International Conference of Maritime Technology at China's Harbin Engineering University, July 16 - 18, 2016. Su chaired a technical session on robotics and gave a talk titled, "Control Design of a Hybrid Autonomous Underwater Vehicle with Internal Actuators," based on the recent work of his doctoral candidate, Bo Li. Su also visited Harbin’s State Key Laboratory on Underwater Vehicle Technology, where he gave a presentation about the research activities of his department.

Teegavarapu

Dr. Ramesh Teegavarapu

Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering

Awarded the prestigious "Fulbright Scholar Award" to work on research related to "El Nino Dynamics and its Impacts".


Co-authored the book "Sustainable Water Resources Planning and Management Under Climate Change," with Elpida Kolokytha, Ph.D., associate professor, at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece and Satoru Oishi, Ph.D., professor, at the Kobe University, Kobe, Japan. According to the publisher, the book offers insights into the different approaches and methodologies for adaptive water resources management, capacity building and institutional analysis.