Four students from West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) have been named recipients of the University’s A.W. “Alex” Walmsley Engineering Scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year: Joseph Ferguson, Travis Allen, Coty Lusk and Joshua Painter.
Ferguson is a freshman electrical engineering student from Montgomery, W.Va. Allen is a freshman from Mount Nebo, W.Va., in the electrical engineering program. Lusk is a junior electrical engineering student from Fenwick, W.Va. A native of Kanawha County, Painter is a junior electrical engineering major.
The scholarship provides financial assistance for West Virginia students enrolled in WVU Tech’s electrical engineering program that demonstrate academic promise. Preference is given to students from Kanawha, Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh and Mercer counties.
The Walmsley Electrical Engineering Scholarship was established in 2009 by John T. Jack Walmsley in honor of his father, Alexander Wareing Walmsley. Alexander Walmsley was a registered professional engineer serving the Alloy, Glen Ferris and Hawks Nest communities. He was also a member of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers.
West Virginia University Institute of Technology honored the Class of 2013 during the 114th Commencement on the Montgomery campus on Saturday, May 11, 2013. The ceremony recognized 171 graduates.
WVU Tech CEO Carolyn Long congratulated the graduates during the ceremony. “You have been asked to study hard, think creatively and push your intellectual boundaries. We are here to today to celebrate that your dream of a college education has come true. Congratulations!”
West Virginia Secretary of Transportation and WVU Tech alumnus Paul Mattox, Jr., provided the Commencement Address. A 1982 civil engineering graduate, Mattox now manages the Division of Highways, with an annual budget of $1.1 billion, as well as the seven other agencies under the Department of Transportation.
The University’s Academic Awards Committee presented the Leadership Citations, which were established by former Tech president and professor emeritus Dr. Leonard C. Nelson in 1978. The awards are given to one student from each College who has demonstrated academic excellence and extensive campus and community involvement. This year’s recipients were Casey Orndorff from the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences and Monika Becker from the College of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences. Senior John Dunn was also honored during the ceremony as the NASPE Major of the Year by the WVU College of Physical Education and Sport Sciences.
Mattox offered final advice to the graduates, saying, “Be confident in the knowledge that the education you’ve received at this great institution has given you all the tools you need to be successful. All you have to do now is apply them.”
The Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences at West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) recently inducted Eric Fleshman and Nathan Settle into the engineering honor society of Tau Beta Pi. Fleshman is a senior electrical engineering major from Rupert, W.Va. Settle is also a senior electrical engineering student and is from Hurricane, W.Va.
Tau Beta Pi is the second-oldest honor society, founded at Lehigh University in 1885, and is the only engineering honor society representing the entire engineering profession. Members inducted into Tau Beta Pi are conferred this honor through their attainments of distinguished scholarship and exemplary character. The WVU Tech Chapter of Tau Beta Pi is one of now 241 U.S. colleges and university chapters with a total initiated membership of approximately 540,000. The WVU Tech Chapter of Tau Beta Pi was first founded in 1972 and has inducted 1,035 members.
A West Virginia University Institute of Technology faculty member has won a $5,000 ‘mini-grant’ from the state to help prepare proposals with the goal of obtaining a much larger research funding award.
Dr. Deborah Chun, assistant professor of mathematics, received a mini-grant from the Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research.
The mini-grant provides replacement salary for an uninterrupted period of time for a faculty member to write research or research equipment proposals during the summer. Each winning faculty member agrees to submit a proposal for funding from an external agency or foundation as a result of obtaining the mini-grant.
“The Mini-Grant Program is an investment in research, education, and ultimately, in economic development,” said Jan Taylor, Ph.D., Director of Research. “By allowing these faculty members the opportunity to concentrate on external research proposals, the state ultimately may realize benefits well beyond its $30,000 investment.”
The Mini-Grant Program is funded by the West Virginia Research Challenge Fund, which lays the foundation for many of the state’s competitive grant programs. For more information about that fund and other programs managed by the Division of Science and Research, visit www.wvresearch.org.
The Center of Excellence for Cyber-Physical Systems (WVCECPS) at West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) will be hosting the first annual Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) Symposium on Thursday, May 2. The event will feature six of the leading CPS researchers. Topics include the applications of CPS in smart grids, landslide detection, underground coal mines, emergency response and environmental monitoring.
Cyber-Physical Systems are engineered systems whose operations are monitored, coordinated, controlled, and integrated by a computing and communication core embedded in all types of objects and structures in the physical environment.
“Emerging CPS will be coordinated, distributed, and connected, and must be robust and responsive. The CPS of tomorrow will need to far exceed the systems of today in capability, adaptability, resiliency, safety, security, and usability,” explained Dr. Houbing Song, WVCECPS founding director and visiting assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at WVU Tech. “CPS will transform the way people interact with engineered systems, just as the Internet transformed the way people interact with information.”
The event will include the following five presentations: “Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things” with Dr. Houbing Song, WVU Tech; “Cyber-Physical Systems: A Smart Grid Perspective” with Joseph Januszewski, WDT; “Automated Analysis of Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar Images for Monitoring the Transportation Infrastructure” and “An Enhanced Grid-Based Bayesian Approach to Target Tracking” with Andrea Vaccari and Dr. Qian Sang, University of Virginia; “Protecting Underground Coal Mine Workers and First Responders with Breadcrumb Sensor Networks” with Dr. Hengchang Liu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and “Cyberinfrastructe, Virtual Environments and Getting Physical” with Dr. Jack Smith, WV Higher Education Policy Commission. A total of five West Virginia State Professional Development Hours may be obtained at this conference.
“This symposium is the first step to create a collaborative academy-industry-government program centered around CPS to foster economic development, academic development and scientific innovation in West Virginia,” said Dr. Zeljko “Z” Torbica, dean of the WVU Tech Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences. “The establishment of WVCECPS opens the door to opportunities and will increase the role of WVU Tech in technology-based economic development.”
Registration for the event will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Conference fees are as follows: IEEE/ACM members are $80, Non-members are $100, government agency employees are $60 and students are $30. Walk-ins will be accepted provided there is room for a rate of $120.
West Virginia University Institute of Technology’s Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences recognized 59 current students at the annual STEM Awards Banquet on April 18, 2013. Honorees were selected by their academic department based on academic accomplishments.
“This event recognizes the achievements of our College’s best and brightest students, and celebrates their outstanding accomplishments,” explained Dr. Zeljko “Z” Torbica, Dean of the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences. “I am extremely proud of each and every one of these students.”
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West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) is proud to announce that West Virginia Secretary of Transportation and WVU Tech alumnus Paul Mattox, Jr., will provide the 2013 Commencement Address during the May 11 ceremony.
“We greatly appreciate Secretary Mattox’s ongoing support of his alma mater and look forward to having him back on campus,” explained WVU Tech CEO Carolyn Long. “It’s a pleasure to have a WVU Tech alumnus of his professional stature join us in celebrating our graduates’ accomplishments.”
Mattox was appointed Commissioner of Highways in January 2005 and Secretary of Transportation in January 2006. Since 2006 he has successfully managed the Division of Highways, with an annual budget of $1.1 billion, as well as the seven other agencies under the Department of Transportation. During his tenure, Secretary Mattox has overseen the administration of more than $4 billion in construction projects across the state. He has extensive experience in designing and managing public works projects for highways, bridges, water, wastewater systems and site development.
A 1982 graduate of WVU Tech, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. He also has a master’s degree in engineering from Marshall University. Mattox is a graduate of Leadership West Virginia, and a registered professional engineer in West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky, Florida and Alabama. He is also a registered professional land surveyor in West Virginia.
He is the appointed chairman of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) Standing Committee on Aviation. He sits on the AASHTO Board of Directors, serves as co-chair of the AASHTO/Federal Highway Administration/American Council of Engineering Companies Committee and serves on the Climate Change and Strategic Planning committees. He also serves on the WVU Tech Institutional Board of Visitors.
West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today for the university’s new Student Success Center located on the third floor of the Vining Library. The center will coordinate all first-year advising, academic peer tutoring, and workshops covering topics such as study skills and time management.
WVU Tech faculty, staff and students from across campus gathered with Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) officials to celebrate the new center. Student leaders participated in a ribbon cutting to commemorate the event.
The center is one of WVU Tech’s newest initiatives to fulfill CEO Carolyn Long’s mission to Recruit. Retain. Rebuild. “Our number one priority is student success,” said Long. “They are the present and future of Tech.”
The center includes a computer lab, study rooms, a multipurpose conference room and office space for the director and academic advisors. The computer lab includes computers and specialized software, as well as laptop computers for student use in the library. The project, totaling more than $400,000, was funded by the West Virginia Legislature upon approval by the HEPC last May.
“The center is a comfortable place for students to gather, learn and access the resources they need to succeed. Academic advising and support services improve our students’ transition to college and offer them the tools they need to reach their personal and academic goals,” explained Kelly Hudgins, Director of Student Success Programs.
The center’s hours will be 8 a.m. 9 p.m. Monday thru Thursday, 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m. on Friday, and 4 p.m. 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Dr. Ernest Nester, former Tech dean and professor emeritus, passed away earlier this week. A Virginia native, Nester was the first in his family to earn a college degree and went on to earn a doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Virginia. A strong believer in the value of education, he spent his professional life teaching others.
Nester started teaching at Tech in civil engineering in 1966 and continued until his retirement in 1996. He became chair of civil engineering in 1979 and was appointed dean of engineering in 1986. He served as Dean of Engineering until 1993, at which time he went back to full time teaching until his retirement. Nester was awarded emeritus status in 1997.
“He had taught an estimated 3000 students in his career at Tech,” commented Dr. Steve Leftwich, civil engineering chairman at WVU Tech. “Ernie was a great mentor and role model to the many who knew him.”
“While I did not personally know him, he was known for fondness for his students and his genuine desire to help them learn and succeed,” said Dr. Zeljko Torbica, dean of the WVU Tech Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering & Sciences.
On Friday, March 22, WVU Tech joined forces with more than 50 WVU and WVU Extension programs for WVU’s Day at the Legislature. WVU Tech provided hands-on, interactive presentations highlighting academic programs from across the University including chemistry, forensic investigation and nursing.
Tech’s representatives included Dr. Hasan El-Rifai, assistant professor of chemistry; Dr. Evelyn Klocke, nursing department chair; Andrew Wheeler, visiting associate professor of forensic investigation, along with admissions and administrative staff.
West Virginia 4-H’ers, Master Gardeners, Community Educational Outreach Service members, and WVU Extension volunteers from across the state attended the event. As WVU Tech CEO Carolyn Long explained, “This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce these individuals to the many academic opportunities available at WVU Tech.”
View photos from the event online.