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Facultivities: Republic of Turkey, mine wars and cloud computing

WVU Tech’s faculty members are dedicated to the advancement of the fields they teach. Outside of the classroom, they’re researchers, writers, presenters, go-to experts and road warriors who share their passion for learning with the world.

Here’s what our faculty members have been up to:

Dr. David M. Yost (Career and Technical Education) published an article entitled “Adapting LEAN Principles to Career and Technical Education” in the February, 2016 edition of Techniques, the national journal for career and technical educators. Dr. Yost also serves on the Executive Board of the Association for Career and Technical Education Research (ACTER).

Dr. Farshid Zabihian (Mechanical Engineering) served in a Fellowship for Visiting Scientists sponsored by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK). Dr. Zabihian traveled to Turkey, the Netherlands and Germany between December 7, 2015 and January 9, 2016. During this trip, Dr. Zabihian attended three conferences, presented three papers and delivered an invited speech at Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi in Izmir, Turkey.

Dr. Paul Rakes (History) was featured in the PBS American Experience documentary “The Mine Wars.” Dr. Rakes worked with the show during production to provide guidance in historical research, help separate legends from historical facts and connect the show with other scholars.

Dr. Houbing Song (Electrical and Computer Engineering) was recognized as a finalist for the 2015 Innovator of the Year Award by TechConnect West Virginia on November 16, 2015.

Dr. Song also gave an invited talk entitled “Standardization Efforts for Green Metrics under Data Explosion” in the IEEE Green ICT initiative rapid reaction standardization workshop (RRSW) on November 24, 2015, in Heathrow, United Kingdom; served as the chair of the technical program committee of 4th IEEE International Workshop on Cloud Computing Systems, Networks, and Applications (CCSNA), December 6-10, 2015, in San Diego, California; and participated in a NSF Workshop on Applications and Services in the Year 2021 on January 27-28, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Song has also recently collaborated on eight peer-reviewed journal papers in IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, IEEE Access, Sensors (MDPI), PLOS ONE, and Smart Computing Review.