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cuaengineerTHE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA FALL 2007 ISSUEMagnification of an optical digitalcamera developed by engineeringfaculty inspired by the way aninsect’s eye works. Story on page 12


Table of ContentsTable of Contents.....................................inside front coverNew Faculty and Staff.............................inside front coverDean’s Message ...............................................................1Faculty ProfileLasering in on Differences ..........................................2Faculty ProfileTeaching Signals to Share ...........................................3Study Abroad Program Established withHong Kong Polytechnic University ..............................4School of Engineering Explores Research and EducationOpportunities in China, Singapore and Malaysia .......5Collaborative 2+2 Programs Approved forTaiwan and Vietnam.....................................................6Engineering Faculty Earn Nearly$2 Million in Grants......................................................6Burns Faculty Fellowship Established toSupport Junior Faculty ................................................7Didion Honored with 2006 EngneeringDistinguished Alumni Award.......................................7Dean Nguyen: Honored for Editorial Workand Recognized with Numerous Awardsfor Community Service ................................................8Army Night Vision Off-Campus Master’s Program .........8Excellent Engineering Faculty Honoredwith 2007 Kaman Awards............................................9Two Engineering Professors Receive CUA’sTop Faculty Awards from Provost ...............................9Checkups Via Cyberspace .............................................10A Special Gathering Place .............................................10Professors Offer Hope forSpinal Cord Patients ..................................................11Center for Environment and Energy Created ................11IEEE Student Chapter .....................................................12Seeing Better Through Fly’s Eyes..................................12A Capitol Idea for Repairing Frescoes ..........................13For ASME Students, a National Classroom ...................13Training to Play, Playing to Train...................................14Hovercraft to Uncover Landmines.................................14Stealth Senior Design.....................................................15Nagel Foundation Fosters Biomedical Innovations ......15Biomedical Design Center Keeps Growing ...................16Biomedical Conference Puts CUA on the Map..............16CUA Engineers Place Third inNational Design Competition.....................................16Faculty Updates........................................................17–24Student Activities and Awards ......................................24Concrete Canoe Team in Action ....................................25Engineering Week 2007 .................................................25Congratulations to theClass of 2007!................................................back coverPh.D. Dissertations and Advisers .....................back coverSchool of Engineering Contact Information .....back coverNew Faculty and StaffCara Clark, B.A.Cara Clark, B.A., joined the Office of the Dean, in October 2006 as thenew assistant to the dean for project management. Clark received abachelor of arts in liberal studies from California State University, Chico.She brings to the school extensive experience in budget and projectmanagement from her previous employment at the Children’s Museumof Richmond, a nonprofit agency where from 2002 to 2006 she oversaw the administrationof special events and summer camp programs.Angela McRaeAngela McRae joined the Office of the Dean, in December 2006 asthe receptionist, a newly created position in the school. McRae attendedArchbishop Carroll High School and has pursued a bachelor’s degree ininterdisciplinary studies at CUA since January 2007. In 2006 she workedas a leasing agent for the Residences at the Congressional Village inRockville, Md. and as a dental assistant/receptionist at Friendship Endodontics inFriendship Heights, Md.George P. Mavroeidis, Ph.D.George P. Mavroeidis, Ph.D., joins the Department of Civil Engineering asan assistant professor in September 2007. He received a Diploma degreein Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens(Greece) in 1997, an EMS degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in1998 and a Ph.D. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo(SUNY/Buffalo) in 2004. He was postdoctoral researcher at SUNY/Buffalo, at the Institute ofEngineering Seismology and Earthquake Engineering in Greece and at the University ofCalifornia, San Diego. His research interests lie in the areas of earthquake engineering andengineering seismology.Baohong Yuan, Ph.D.Baohong Yuan, Ph.D., joins CUA as an assistant professor of biomedicalengineering in September 2007. He received his bachelor’s degree inengineering in 1997 and his Ph.D. degree in applied physics in 2002,both from the Harbin Institute of Technology, China. He then pursued hisdoctoral study at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn. where heearned his Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering in June 2006. He was a postdoctoralresearcher at Columbia University and a recipient of a pre-doctoral training grant from theDepartment of Defense. His main research areas include optical tomography, spectroscopyand microscopy.Lin-Ching Chang, D.Sc.Lin-Ching Chang, D.Sc., joins the Department of Electrical Engineeringand Computer Science in September 2007 as an assistant professor. Shereceived her B.Sc. degree in information and computer engineering fromChung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan, in 1991, and the M.Sc. and D.Sc.degrees in computer science from George Washington University, in 1993and 1998, respectively. She was an Intramural Research Training Award Fellow at the NIHfrom 2003 to 2007. Prior to joining NIH, she was a senior software engineer at 3ComCorporation. Her research interests include medical image processing, pattern recognition,combinatorial design, information retrieval, database system and messaging systems fortelecommunication applications.


Dean’s MessageI am very pleased to communicate withyou again in this second issue of CUAEngineer. After launching the inauguralissue of the CUA Engineer last year, ourschool has received many complimentsfrom its readers including our faculty, staff,students and alumni and also from administratorsof engineering schools around thecountry. We would like to thank you foryour support and hope to continue toenhance both the size and the quality ofthis publication to meet your expectation.Like the previous year, 2006–2007 has been an exciting one filled withactivities. We continued to expand our academic programs and researchcollaboration with universities in Asia. Highlights of the academic year2006–2007 are presented as follows.■ In the fall semester of 2006, the school welcomed 86 new undergraduatestudents including nine transfer students, representing an 83 percentincrease in new undergraduate students as compared to last year. Thegraduate enrollment has been steady in the last three years. At the schooldiploma distribution ceremony in May 2007, the school granted 40 bachelor’sdegrees, 79 master’s degrees and three doctoral degrees to the graduates.The names of the graduates are listed on the back page of this issue.■ Our faculty continued to be very active in research in terms of researchproposal submission, journal publication and conference participation.The number of published papers and submitted proposals increased substantiallyfrom last year, as reported in the faculty section of this issue.Two members of our faculty received the prestigious National ScienceFoundation CAREER awards for their research. In addition, two engineeringfaculty members received the 2007 CUA provost’s awards for excellencein teaching and research, respectively. See the articles in this issue formore information about the above award recipients.■ At the 2006 annual homecoming luncheon in October 2006, DavidDidion, B.M.E. 1963, M.M.E. 1963, D.Engr. 1972, received the 2006Engineering Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. About 80 peopleattended the luncheon. For full story please turn to page 7.■ The school continued to carry out activities for the maintenance of the ABETaccreditation and has actively prepared for the upcoming re-accreditationvisit in October 2007. The engineering chairs will submit their self-studyreports to ABET by July 1, 2007, and will start finalizing the details for thevisit. After registering for the Fundamental Examination (FE) in June 2006,the engineering juniors took the exam in October 2006. The exam resultsthat I received from NCEES in April 2007 showed some score improvementas compared to last year. The FE results have been incorporated into theoutcome assessment of our engineering programs.■ Three new faculty members—an assistant professor of electrical engineeringand computer science, an assistant professor of civil engineering andan assistant professor of biomedical engineering—join our school inSeptember 2007. Two new staff members joined the school to fill thenewly created receptionist position and the vacant position of the assistantto the dean for project management. Please read the new faculty andstaff section for more details.■ I am happy to inform you that a new faculty fellowship program wasestablished thanks to a generous donation made by the Burns family,four of whose members graduated from our school. This fellowship,named the Burns Faculty Fellowship, will be awarded annually to juniorengineering faculty members to support their research activities. Pleaseread the related article in this issue to learn more about the Burns familyand this new fellowship program.■ For 11 days in October 2006, I visited five major cities of China and severalmajor Chinese universities including Tsinghua University, PekingUniversity, Southeast University, Yangzhou University, the Hong KongUniversity of Science and Technology and the Hong Kong PolytechnicUniversity (PolyU). During the trip, we signed memoranda of understandingwith the above universities for potential collaborative educationalprograms and faculty research collaboration. For more information aboutthe above trip and the established student exchange program, pleaseread the related stories in this issue.■ During a 10-day trip In March 2007, I traveled to Singapore andMalaysia to visit The National University of Singapore and the NanyangUniversity of Singapore and three campuses of the INTI College inMalaysia. See related stories for more details.■ In April 2007 the school signed a MOU with the International Universityof the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City in Ho Chi Minh City,Vietnam, for CUA and HCMIU to start exploring 2+2 and 4+1 degreeprograms. CUA requested and received approval from the CUA AcademicSenate Undergraduate Board to establish the 2+2 programs with theabove university partners. See related article for more details.■ The off-campus master’s degree programs, including the EngineeringManagement Program and the on-site programs at NIH and NSWC-Carderock, are going strong with good enrollment. Recently the schoolwon a proposal for an on-site graduate program at the Department ofthe Army-Fort Belvoir and will start offering courses there in the fallsemester of 2007.As presented above, the school has done very well in the academic year2006–2007 in all aspects including enrollment, research, fundraising andprogram development and we are very proud of its success. I am happy towitness the seeds we planted in the educational programs in Asia in thelast several years began to germinate into some concrete educational programsand international collaboration as the school moves into a new eraof engineering education aiming at producing global leaders. I hope you willenjoy reading this second issue of CUA Engineer and as always I look forwardto receiving your feedback.Charles Cuong NguyenDean, School of Engineeringnguyen@cua.edufall2007 | 1


cuaengineerFaculty ProfileLasering in on DifferencesGiven that Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering John Judge hasthree children under the age of five, it’s fitting that when describing hisresearch, he channels Sesame Street and its classic line: “One of thesethings is not like the others.”In fact, Judge has spent his research career looking for things that arenot as they appear — specifically for that one thing that is not like theothers, even if the differences are hidden to the naked eye. Judge findsthose subtle differences — often in micromechanical systems that couldfit on the head of a pin — by looking at vibration.Judge, who received both the 2007 provost’s teaching award and theBurns Faculty Fellowship, says his research focuses on how small differencesin the shape or size of one part of a micromechanical system, whenall parts are ostensibly identical, can translate into huge differences in thesystems’ vibration behavior. Understanding these effects is crucial fordeveloping new uses for micro- and nanotechnology, such as tiny, ultrafastmechanical resonators for filtering and processing electrical signals, orultra-sensitive arrays of sensors for chemical and biological agents.These days, Judge is using vibration to spot pieces of earth that are notlike the others — plots that may be hiding land mines or improvised explosivedevices, roadside bombs that have been a major weapon of insurgents inIraq. He and a colleague, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering JoeVignola, have created a five-axis laser that detects subtle changes in vibration.Its beam projects down onto a section of ground, and sends a reading to acomputer indicating any abnormal vibration.“You look at the ground and it all looks identical to the naked eye,” Judgesays. “But if you measure how the ground vibrates, the land right above alandmine vibrates differently from undisturbed ground.” In addition to militaryapplications, the technology could aid humanitarian efforts as a land minedetector in places like Vietnam, where villagers and children are still beingkilled or maimed by long-forgotten land mines.Other laser systems currently in development require up to three lasersto gain an accurate reading of a target. Judge’s laser boasts both accuracyand versatility — operating on three moving axes so that one laser canassess an area, moving up and down, front to back, and left to right. Tworotational axes allow a mirror to further direct the laser’s beam, so measurementscan be made from any angle. It’s like having three lasers for theprice of one. Given that vibration-detection lasers can run $200,000 permachine, that’s a serious cost benefit.Judge and Vignola are also working on adding a telescope lens to alaser, to allow it to measure vibration from up to 100 meters away. It couldprovide lifesaving technology for armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan,where a significant number of fatalities are the result of hidden roadsidebombs. “There’s a rock by the side of the road, but is it really a rock or is itan IED disguised as a rock?” Judge asks. In Judge’s vision, a soldier couldpoint the laser at the object from a safe distance and find the answer —before his convoy is on top of it.Sometimes, being “not like the others” has its benefits. Luckily, Judgeknows when to be different.Assistant Professor John Judge2 | cuaengineer


cuaengineerFaculty ProfileTeaching Signals to ShareWhen most people pick up a cell phone, they’re not thinking about the other160 million users in the United States sharing the air space. They’re justtrying to make a call.Lucky for them, CUA electrical engineering professor Phil Regalia is notmost people.“Everyone has to learn to peaceably coexist in the same radio spectrum,”Regalia says of the ever-expanding, wireless-phone market. And it’s anedict easier said than done.For an increasingly contentious band of rival networks, getting their pieceof the airwave pie has become a game of “who can shout the loudest.”“It’s sort of like being in a crowded room of reporters, where you’re tryingto ask questions at the microphone,” Regalia explains. “There is all thiscommotion — everyone’s talking at once — and then one person gets tospeak again and everyone else eventually quiets down.”For years, cell phone providers have all broadcast simultaneously, sharingthe same radio frequency, through a technique called “code division multipleaccess,” based on assigning separate signature codes to each user, until amaximum number of distinguishable codes are allotted.But the United States and nations across the world are rapidly reaching apoint of frequency saturation, as the number of these wireless deviceskeeps expanding.“Pretty soon, everything will be wireless so the issue of getting that manywireless transmitters to function simultaneously is a big, open problem,”Regalia says. “There’s not going to be enough periods of silence left.”In other words, the shouting match has left everyone short of breath. Thatmeans it won’t be enough for networks to simply cooperate “peaceably,”they’re going to have be smarter about the ways they share their resources.The National Science Foundation seems to agree: It recently providedRegalia with a three-year, $120,000 grant to study more intelligent ways toshare the radio resource spectrum of these high-occupancy channels.Currently, each network user is “taught” to send its signals in between oraround other users’ signals, so they can transmit simultaneously. But thesesimultaneous signals are treated as interference, and this lowers the usabledata rate, or how much information can be sent.The professor likens this to a “wifi” hotspot, like the local Starbucks,where too many customers are trying to use the Internet on their laptops atonce, slowing down the whole system.Regalia’s research focuses instead on how the wave forms are behaving,so that networks can understand the behavior and make more intelligentchoices such that a message passes through as though there were nointerference. The basic technique was first discovered in the 1980s anddubbed “dirty paper coding,” based on the analogy of finding the remainingwhite space on paper that already has writing, or is “dirty.” In this way,existing messages on the paper need not impede the paper from carryingadditional messages. The method lay dormant for many years since its successfulapplication is dependent on resolving many technical problems incoding and radio modulation, whose solutions are the goal of ProfessorRegalia’s research.While he acknowledges the problem of shrinking capacity, Regalia takescomfort in the notion that necessity is the mother of invention. And he’shard at work to ensure she provides some offspring.fall2007 | 3


cuaengineerStudy Abroad Program Established with Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityBeginning January 2008, CUA engineering studentswith an interest in the global classroom will get achance to pack their bags—and their T-squares—to participate in a rite of passage so often elusive toundergraduate engineers: a semester abroad.Historically, juniors in the CUA School ofEngineering resigned themselves to trading in astudy abroad program for a semester in PangbornHall in an engineering classroom. Like nursingprograms and other academic pursuits thatrequire specific, intensive science and mathcourses, engineering requirements made it difficult,if not impossible, for CUA engineering students toexperience life, culture and academics in anothercountry. However thanks to a memorandum ofunderstanding that the school signed with theHong Kong Polytechnic University in 2006, onJan. 16, 2007 Dean Nguyen and CUA ProvostJohn Convey and Alex Wai, Ph.D., dean of theFaculty of Engineering of PolyU signed an agreementto establish a student exchange programbetween the two institutions.Under this program, qualified engineeringstudents at CUA may study abroad at PolyU duringthe second semester of their junior year. The CUAengineering programs—biomedical, civil, electricaland mechanical engineering and computerscience—have developed modified curricula fortheir study abroad students to ensure that theycan graduate on time. In particular, coursesapproved against the modified curricula andtaken by the study abroad students can betransferred to the CUA degree programs. Sinceparticipating students will pay full-time tuition atThe MOU signing ceremony at the Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityCUA for the study abroad and will not pay tuitionat PolyU, there will be no change in their existingfinancial aid arrangement in terms of their federaland CUA grants and scholarships. The studyabroad program is also financially attractivebecause the monthly expense including roomand board at PolyU is about $660 as comparedto that of $1,100 at CUA. Students from PolyUcan come to study at CUA under similar arrangementsto the CUA students. Language is not abarrier because all courses are in English atPolyU as Hong Kong was under the Englishinfluence for many years.PolyU is a public university with 12,000 studentsand excellent instructional and research facilities.Hong Kong, where PolyU is located, is a verydynamic and prosperous metropolitan citywith fabulous sightseeing attractions and internationalcuisine.“This study abroad program was established toeffectively deal with the impact of globalization onfuture engineering workforces. Students participatingin this program will gain global knowledge thatwill undoubtedly enhance their job market valuewhen they graduate. The combination of a solidengineering education at CUA and a semesterabroad at an application-oriented institution likePolyU with excellent laboratory facilities willprovide the participating students with a uniqueengineering education,” says Dean Nguyen.Dean Nguyen at his presentation to faculty and students at Southeast University inNanjing, ChinaDean Nguyen with faculty and students of Southeast University in Nanjing, China4 | cuaengineer


cuaengineerSchool of Engineering Explores Research and Educational Opportunities inChina, Singapore and MalaysiaDean Nguyen has traveled extensively throughout Asia over the last two yearsvisiting more than five Asian countries, forging relationships with universitypresidents and faculty and crafting memoranda of understanding (MOU) withmajor engineering institutions. The established relations would includesemester-abroad options and dual-attendance programs such as a 2+2bachelor program, with two years of study at CUA and two years at a partnerschool. As a result of last year’s trip to Asia, a proposal for the establishmentof 2+2 programs with two universities in Vietnam and Taiwan wasrecently approved by the Undergraduate Board of the CUA Academic Senate.Nguyen is also working to establish another option known as a 4+1 bachelor’s/master’sprogram, enabling a student to simultaneously receive a bachelor’sdegree at one university and a master’s degree at the partnering university.The partnership will also encourage faculty collaborations betweenschools, including sabbatical leaves and joint authorship of research papers.These partnerships will provide a mechanism, allowing for the best andbrightest Asian students to attend CUA for a semester in the semesterabroadoption or two years in the 2+2 programs—and hopefully entice themto return for graduate school. Drawing qualified graduate students fromother countries to pursue master’s and doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees at CUA is along-term objective of these programs, according to Dean Nguyen, who saysthere is a shortage of qualified graduate students to fill these degree programs.And given that approximately 70 percent of the faculty members atthese partner universities earned their advanced degrees at major U.S. universities,says Nguyen, it makes sense to advertise CUA as a top choice forforeign engineers looking to continue their education in the United States.Last fall, the dean’s city-hopping schedule packed six universities in fourcities into just 11 days. The trip began in Beijing at what Nguyen refers toas the “Harvard and MIT of China,” Tsinghua University and PekingUniversity, where the country’s prestigious engineering schools are located.Accompanied by Professor Frank Pao, the engineering school’s director ofdevelopment of international engineering programs, Nguyen then traveledfrom Beijing to Hong Kong, stopping along the way in Nanjing, Yangzhou andShanghai. During the fall semester of his trip, he visited SoutheastUniversity, Yangzhou University, the Hong Kong University of Science andTechnology and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. At each institution,the dean met with university presidents, as well as deans and engineeringprofessors, offering presentations about CUA, its academic programs andpartnership opportunities to each school. At a result of this trip, the deansigned memoranda of understanding (MOU) with Southeast University andHong Kong Polytechnic University to explore educational and researchopportunities between the institutions.Continuing to expand the scope of the CUA international programs, thedean traveled to universities in Singapore and Malaysia during the springsemester. In Singapore, he visited the National University of Singapore andthe Nanyang University of Singapore, and in Malaysia, three campuses ofthe INTI College. As a result of this trip, the School of Engineering signeda MOU with the INTI College to explore the development of 2+2 and 4+1programs with this college. The dean is exploring a student exchangeprogram with Nanyang University of Singapore.Dean Nguyen says he plans to ease his globetrotting travels after avisit to schools in Bangalore, India, sometime in the next year. His choiceof partnering countries and universities is strategic and follows one hotlydebated business trend: outsourcing. Asian countries, along with India,have become the major recipient of a diffusion of engineering work asmore American companies shift production overseas.“We need to look to the future and prepare for that,” Nguyen says.“We’re going to train our students to not only become competent engineers,but also to have great potential to become managers and leaders in theengineering global market.” He is confident that a CUA student who boastsengineering-abroad studies in China, Vietnam or another foreign countrywill make them a more attractive candidate in the professional world.And one CUA engineering professor, in particular, may take some pride inthe dean’s most recent pick of partnering schools: Associate Professor ofCivil Engineering Lu Sun is a graduate of one of the engineering school’slatest partners, Southeast University in Nanjing, China.Dean Nguyen received an honorary professorship from President Lui of SoutheastUniversity in Nanjing, China.Signing ceremony of MOU between CUA and INTI College, Subang, Malaysiafall2007 | 5


cuaengineerCollaborative 2+2 Programs Approved for Taiwan and VietnamIn May 2007, the undergraduate board of the CUAAcademic Senate approved a proposal submittedby the School of Engineering, SOE, to establish2+2 programs with two universities in Asia: TheFu Jen Catholic University, FJCU, in Taiwan andthe International University of the VietnamNational University-Ho Chi Minh City, HCMIU, inVietnam. The approved 2+2 programs with thetwo Asian universities will enable the SOE toaccept Asian students who complete the firsttwo years at their home institutions and intendto complete the last two years at the SOE in adegree program.The establishment of the 2+2 programs isthe result of the following up of a memorandumof understanding, MOU, that the SOE signedwith the FJCU during Dean Nguyen’s trip toTaiwan last year and an MOU with the HCMIUin April 2007.Students from FJCU and HCMIU who wish tobe admitted to the 2+2 programs must successfullypass two evaluation stages, the first withthe CUA Office of Undergraduate Admissions(OUA) and the second with the SOE. They mustEngineering Faculty Earn Nearly $2 Million in GrantsThis past academic year, five members of the CUA engineering school wereawarded significant grants from the National Science Foundation and theU.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Rehabilitation Research and DevelopmentService totaling almost $2 million.The awards include two NSF Faculty Early Career Development, CAREER,Program awards and an Early Career Award from the Wallace H. CoulterFoundation. The NSF CAREER award seeks to honor young scientists whoseactivities best integrate the realms of research and education, building thebasis for long-term contributions to their fields. It is considered the foundation’smost prestigious award in early career development.“The School of Engineering is thrilled to have three members of ourfaculty distinguished for their work at such an early age in their careers,”said Dean Nguyen. “They have joined a team of cutting-edge scientists, asPeter Lum, Phillip Regalia, Otto Wilson and Lu Sun6 | cuaengineerapply to OUA as international transfer students.Their admissibility to CUA will be first evaluatedby the admission criteria set by OUA for transferand international students, which may includeGPA, equivalent SAT scores and English proficiency.After the students meet the standards ofthe OUA as general international transfer applicants,their credentials will be further evaluatedby the SOE. This second evaluation may considerletters of recommendation from former teachers,knowledge of relevant technical subjects andprospects for success at the School of Engineering.The students will not be officially admitted to theproposed 2+2 program until they are approved byboth OUA and the SOE.These 2+2 programs are the first-ever internationalprograms established at the SOE. DeanCharles Nguyen reacted enthusiastically to theUndergraduate Board’s approval of the 2+2 programs.“These programs will not only enhancethe diversity and internationality of our school,but also potentially help resolve the shortage ofqualified graduate students and research assistants.We hope to encourage the participatingstudents to continue their graduate studies withus after they finish.” The SOE expects to welcomethe first group of students from Vietnam inSeptember 2007.Dean Nguyen and the administrators of Saigon TechnologyUniversity in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnamevidenced by other grants recently awarded to their colleagues.”Lu Sun, associate professor of civil engineering, has been awarded a fiveyear,$410,000 NSF CAREER award to study the effects of vehicle traffic onhighway design. Otto Wilson, assistant professor of biomedical engineering,has been awarded a five-year, $450,000 NSF CAREER award, titled “BoneInspiration in Research and Education.” Wilson will use the unique structureand function of bone to develop materials to stimulate bone healing andmodeling at the whole tissue, cell and molecular levels.Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Jessica Ramella-Romanhas been awarded a $230,000 Early Career Award from the Wallace H.Coulter Foundation that will fund two years of research related to measuringoxygen levels in the retina of diabetes patients.Two other engineering faculty members, Phillip Regalia, professor ofelectrical engineering and computer science, and Peter Lum, assistant professorof biomedical engineering, recently received separate grants from theNSF and Veterans Affairs, respectively, totaling almost $700,000.Regalia has been awarded an NSF award for research totaling $120,000. Thethree-year grant, titled “MUCHO: Two problems in Multi-User Communicationsfor High Occupancy channels,” will study the specific problems created by theovercrowding of modern wireless devices sharing limited wavelengths.Lum has been awarded a three-year, $562,000 grant from the Departmentof Veterans Affairs’ Rehabilitation Research and Development Service to furtherdevelop neurorehabilitation abilities in stroke victims. The grant, titled“Extension of the MIME robotic system for stroke rehabilitation,” will workto improve arm function following a stroke.


cuaengineerBurns Faculty Fellowship Established to Support Junior FacultyA new faculty fellowship has been established through a generous donationof the Burns family — four of whom are graduates of the CUA School ofEngineering: Robert Burns (BME ’51) and his three sons Matt (BEE ’80),Mark (BEE ’82) and John (BEE ’85). This new faculty fellowship program isthe latest addition to the school’s faculty awards that aim to recognize andsupport excellent faculty. In 2001 the school established the Kaman’sfaculty excellence awards from an endowment of Charles H Kaman (B.A.E. ’40).Sixty years ago, in 1947, Bob Burns returned home from serving in WorldWar II, and enrolled in engineering classes at CUA on the GI Bill. He graduatedwith a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree in 1951 and worked foran engineering firm in Washington, D.C. He helped the firm open a branchoffice in Philadelphia, where it was working on a project for the localairport. When the project was completed, Burns stayed to start his ownfirm in Philadelphia.Years later, when he began discussing college with his sons, Burns toldthem they could go to college anywhere they wanted — as long as it wasCatholic University. Today their family business, the Burns Group, is a multidisciplinaryengineering and design-build firm in Philadelphia with expertisein aviation and transit.The Burns family has been loyal to CUA during the last 60 years. BobBurns served on the Alumni Association’s Board of Governors and chaired adonor recognition society for the Annual Fund in the early 1980s. The familymembers have been generous annual donors to the university. In March2007, the family announced its desire to establish an endowment for a facultyfellowship program at CUA to support the research of junior faculty of theSchool of Engineering. In April 2007, Dean Nguyen, accompanied by MarkRoberts, development director, visited the Burns family at the Burns Group’sheadquarters in Philadelphia where they met Bob, Betty and Matt Burns andone of the dean’s former students, John Burns, who received an electricalMark Burns (BBE ’82), Matt Burns (BEE ’80), Dean Charles Nguyen and Mr. and Mrs.Robert Burns (BME ’51) at Commencement 2007. Not pictured is John Burns (BEE ’85).engineering degree in 1985. At the visit, the dean thanked the family membersfor their generous donation. Later the family members attended the2007 diploma distribution ceremony at the School of Engineering where thedean formally announced the inaugural of the Burns Faculty Fellowship programand gave the family an appreciation plaque. At a diploma distributionceremony that spring, Matt Burns presented award plaques to the inauguralBurns Fellows, John Judge and Zhaoyang Wang, who both are assistant professorof mechanical engineering.To be named a Burns Fellow, faculty members must submit a proposaloutlining their research plan, and be chosen by a selection committeeconsisting of the members of the school’s executive committee. The payoutof the endowment will be used to subsidize the expenses of the researchactivities of the Burns Fellows. The school expects to award up to two Burnsfellowships every academic year.Didion Honored with 2006 Engineering Distinguished Alumni AwardEngineering alumnus David Didion, B.M.E. ’63,M.M.E. ’63, D.Engr.’72, received the 2006Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award and washonored at a Homecoming luncheon sponsoredby the School of Engineering in October 2006.Dean Nguyen and David Didon, D.Engr., at the homecomingluncheonEstablished by the School of Engineering in 2004,this award has been used to annually honor worthyengineering alumni for their achievementsand contributions in their fields. Nominations forthis award can be made by faculty, students andstaff to the school executive committee thatmakes the selection and recommendation to thedean for his final approval.Dean Nguyen presented Didion with a plaquesignifying the award at the luncheon attended byabout 90 alumni, faculty, staff, students and CUAadministrators. After accepting the plaque, Didiongave a speech summarizing his experience withthe faculty of the School of Engineering and howhis CUA education has shaped his principles andcareer. Describing his reaction to learning of thehonor, he said “This is the best phone call Ireceived from the dean’s office.”Didion received his bachelor, master’s andDoctor of Engineering degrees from CUA, andthen served on CUA’s engineering faculty from1962 to 1971, before joining the National Instituteof Standards and Technology in 1971. He wasnamed a NIST Fellow in 1995 and retired fromfull-time service in 2002. He presently serves onthe CUA Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board.A private engineering consultant, Didion alsoteaches mechanical engineering courses forthe part-time Master’s degree programs atJohns Hopkins University and at the Universityof Maryland . He is a recipient of numerousawards, including the Hall Gold Award from theU.K. Institute of Refrigeration and the first GustavLorentzen Award from the International Instituteof Refrigeration. He is a Fellow of the AmericanSociety of Mechanical Engineering and theAmerican Society of Heating, Refrigerating andAir Conditioning Engineers. Didion serves on orchairs numerous technical committees withinASHRAE and IIR. He is a past United States editorof the International Journal of Refrigeration.fall2007 | 7


cuaengineerDean Nguyen: Honored for Editorial Work and Recognized withNumerous Awards for Community ServicesDean Nguyen, received numerous awards during the 2006–07 academic yearfor his editorial service for a journal he founded and for his community services.In July 2006 the World Automation Congress, WAC, gave Dean Nguyenthe Tenth Anniversary Award of the International Journal of IntelligentAutomation and Soft Computing, AutoSoft, the WAC official journal, in Budapest,Hungary. The dean was honored with this award for his service to the journalas its founder (1996), editor-in-chief for eight years (1996–2004), foundingeditor and chair of the AutoSoft advisory board since 2004.In August 2006, in Westminster, Calif. at the annual “Writing for AmericaContest” sponsored by the local community, Dean Nguyen received a MemberResolution No. 2580 from the California Legislature Assembly for his “dedicationand contributions in the area of education to the people of the Stateof California.” He also received a Certificate of Special CongressionalRecognition jointly from Viet Bao Newspaper and Congresswoman LorettaSanchez for “outstanding achievements, wonderful service and exemplarycontributions to the community of California,” as stated in the certificate.In November 2006, while in Beijing, Dean Nguyen received a phone callfrom the president of the Vietnamese American Medical ResearchFoundation, VAMRF, informing him that the award selection committee ofthe foundation decided to grant the dean the 2006 Excellence in CommunityService Award. VAMRF, a research-oriented foundation annually selects twopeople from a nomination pool to receive the foundation awards. They aretraditionally given to the recipients on the second day of the lunar calendar,i.e. the day after the Lunar New Year. Dean Nguyen went to Garden Grove,Calif. and accepted the award on Feb. 19, 2007, the second day of the 2007Lunar Calendar.Asked what he thinks about the awards he received, Dean Nguyen said,“When providing the services to various communities, I never expected toreceive any awards and recognition, but I am humbly honored to receivethem. I hope these awards will enhance the visibility of CUA and the Schoolof Engineering.”Dean Nguyen and Imre Rudas, President of the Budapest Technology University, at the WACaward receptionState assembly woman Lynn Daucher and Dean Nguyen at the resolution presentationceremonyArmy Night VisionOff-Campus Master’s ProgramThe departments of electrical and mechanical engineering have teamedup to offer an off-campus graduate program at the Army Night VisionLaboratory, NVL, at Fort Belvoir, Va. Beginning fall 2007, CUA is offeringtwo courses per semester at NVL leading to M.S. degrees in eitherelectrical engineering or mechanical engineering. CUA was awardedthis program after submitting the winning proposal in a competition thatincluded a number of local universities. This new program, combinedwith an existing off-campus program at the Naval Surface WarfareCenter, NSWC, Carderock Division, establish a strong CUA presencein two of the United States most prestigious federal laboratories.8 | cuaengineer


cuaengineerExcellent Engineering Faculty Honored with 2007 Kaman AwardsSen Nieh, Ph.D., professor of mechanical engineering, and Phillip Regalia,Ph.D., professor of electrical engineering and computer science werehonored as the recipients of the 2007 Kaman Award for Faculty Excellence.They were recognized at the annual year-end luncheon and at the 2007diploma distribution ceremony, where each received an award plaque. Inaddition, each award recipient received a monetary gift.Nieh received the 2007 Kaman Award for Faculty Excellence in Teaching.He was nominated by several of his students. In the spring semester of2007, Nieh taught three graduate level courses for graduating seniors inmechanical engineering. One student wrote in his nomination, “Dr. Nieh isextremely passionate about his teaching.” Wrote another student, “His abilityto take sprawling mathematical formulas and break them into simple andcomprehensive examples makes even the most demanding subjects enjoyable.His self sacrifice and concern for each student’s learning prove that heis deserving of the award.” Based on all submitted nominations, Niehreceived the highest average course evaluations scores with 9.5/10 foroverall teacher and 8.6/10 for the overall course.Regalia was selected as the recipient of the 2007 Kaman Award forFaculty Excellence in Research. During the academic year 2006–2007,Regalia submitted five research proposals to NSF and NIH and received amajor grant from NSF to support his research in multi-user communicationsfor high occupancy channels. He published two papers in IEEE Transactionsand one in Proceedings of the IEEE. He also published four conferencepapers and several book chapters. He advised two doctoral students andserved as the faculty adviser of one doctoral student. Regalia was a corecipientof the 2006 Kaman Award for Faculty Excellence in Teaching. He isan IEEE Fellow and editor-in-chief of EURSAIP J. Wireless Communicationsand Networking.Two Engineering Professors Receive CUA’s Top Faculty Awards From ProvostEngineering professors John Judge and Lu Sunwere among five CUA faculty to receive ProvostAwards in May 2007. Judge won an award forexcellence in teaching during the precedingyear; Lu Sun won for excellence in research duringthe preceding year. The awards come with acash prize of $2,500.Judge, assistant professor of mechanicalengineering, has been nominated for this awardfor two consecutive years, indicating the esteemwith which his colleagues and students view histeaching. Students have indicated that he isalways prepared for class, knows his materialwell, and — most significantly — is able toexplain complex technical ideas in a way that iseasily understood.Sun, an associate professor of civil engineeringwho specializes in transportation engineering,frequently has presented papers and invitedlectures in the United States and abroad. In2006, he saw the publication of five articlesand the acceptance of two others in some of themost important journals in his field. He hasattracted about $1.7 million in sponsored funding,The Kaman Awards for Faculty Excellence are funded by a generousendowment by Charles H. Kaman (B.A.E., 1940) and are granted annually.Awardees for research are nominated by faculty, while teaching awardeesare nominated by students and/or faculty. The nominations are evaluated bya selection committee consisting of the members of the School of EngineeringExecutive Committee. The committee presents its final recommendation tothe dean for his final approval.Professor Sen Nieh and Professor Phillip Regaliaincluding a recent CAREER award from theNational Science Foundation.CUA professors recognized at the annual Provost Awards by Very Rev. O’Connell, president of the university (standing,center) and outgoing Provost John Convey (standing, right) include: (seated, from left) Peter Shoemaker, John Judge,James Youniss, Lu Sun, and (standing) Timothy Noonefall2007 | 9


cuaengineerCheckups Via CyberspaceFor low-income patients, gaining access to medical care can be difficult,but for low-income seniors, just getting to that place of service is often thehardest part.That’s why collaboration between the biomedical engineering departmentand the nursing school is bringing a nurse to their homes — virtually — andchanging the face of health care.Through a grant from the Department of Commerce, biomedical engineeringdepartment chair Binh Tran and Associate Professor of Nursing Kathy Buckleyhave spent the last two years shaping the idea of telehealth. Taking 25 patientsat a time, they focused on seniors at the Edgewood Community who sufferedfrom diabetes and high blood pressure. They provided seniors with a bloodpressure cuff, a weight scale and glucometer — all hooked up to a computerbox that attached to the phone line, and by extension, their very own nursingstaff. Patients take measurements every day that are automatically uploadedto a CUA server, where nurses can examine the data for any irregularities.On a weekly basis, nursing students gather patient’s data and make a“virtual house call” through a video phone.“The goal is to teach these patients to manage themselves and changetheir habits,” Tran says. The daily measurements and video phone interactionprovide constant feedback that keeps patients motivated. And for seniorswho often have no easy access to transportation and then, in many cases,spend hours sitting in a waiting room, having a virtual phone call is “almostKathy Buckley, Ph.D., responding to a patient through the Telehealth systemlike having a nurse on call,” Tran says, noting that if a patient calls with aquestion or problem, the nursing staff will respond within 24 hours.Patients enrolled in the program have their virtual nursing staff for threemonths before a new group of patients come into the program. The hope isthat after 90 days, patients can monitor themselves.Tran expects this telehealth system eventually to be the working modelfor larger outpatient care facilities that are able to serve large numbers ofseniors at one time.A Special Gathering Place: School of Engineering’s Alumni Garden Opens in Spring 2008Engineering’s Alumni Garden10 | cuaengineerAlumni, faculty and students will join Dean Nguyen and senior universityofficials May 2008 to dedicate the School of Engineering’s Alumni Garden. Thegarden is located on the exterior ground level of Pangborn Hall.“The Alumni Garden will be a special gathering place for our Engineeringcommunity. We envision an outdoor café, where students and faculty canrelax or study between classes,” said Dean Nguyen. “We will have wirelessInternet access, music playing through speakers in the background, andlighted walkways.”Crews began work last spring on the brick walkways and stone walls. Newlandscaping with trees and shrubs was planted. Wrought-iron tables and chairswere added this summer. Renovations will be completed in early fall.“The Alumni Garden will be a constant reminder to our students that greatthings are ahead of them,” Dean Nguyen said. “Our alumni are at the top oftheir fields. Some have become the ambassador to a foreign country, CEOof an international firm, a United States Navy Admiral, president of a university,and excellent faculty at other universities. We have named this garden inhonor of our alumni to celebrate their accomplishments.”The School of Engineering will inscribe the names of selected alumni andfaculty on the stone walls of the garden. Parents will also be able to honortheir son or daughter’s graduation by adding their child’s name to the “Wallof Achievement.”This is the latest capital improvement to Pangborn Hall, home to theengineering school since 1961. In 2003 Very Reverend David M. Connell,C.M., university president, dedicated a newly renovated Anthony J. ScullenRoom, named for a former dean. The Scullen Room is used for conferences,seminars and special events.


cuaengineerProfessors Offer Hope for Spinal Cord PatientsCUA assistant professors of biomedical engineeringJessica Ramella-Roman and Joseph Hidler havereceived a $150,000 grant from the Christopherand Dana Reeve Foundation to conduct medicalresearch in the care of persons with spinal injuries.Complications from pressure sores — one ofthe biggest problems facing spinal cord injuryvictims — led to the 2004 death of actorChristopher Reeve, who suffered a spinal cordinjury in 1995. One of the factors that Ramella-Roman and Hidler believe leads to pressure soresis a condition called autonomic dysreflexia, whichoften occurs in individuals with spinal cord injuriesin their upper back or neck.Since the lower extremities can no longercommunicate with the brain due to the injury,the body’s natural neurological response incorrectlyresponds to any stressful stimulation —even the need to urinate — by constricting theblood vessels in parts of the body below theinjury site. Because blood flow is reduced, lessoxygen reaches soft tissues such as the skin,ultimately leading to pressure sores.To investigate this phenomenon, Ramella-Roman has invented a novel fiber-optics-basedsensor that measures the oxygen levels in softtissue up to a centimeter under the skin. She andHidler will use the device on a group of spinalcord-injured subjects to measure the extent towhich autonomic dysreflexia is causing changesin skin oxygen levels and thus making the patients’skin more susceptible to pressure sores.The two professors’ previous research on onepatient in whom they artificially induced a singleepisode of autonomic disreflexia found that oxygenlevels dropped by as much as 40 percent in thelower extremities and blood flow dropped by asmuch as 60 percent.One of the possible results of the researchfindings will be to educate individuals with spinalcord injuries on perceiving and ultimately controllingepisodes of autonomic dysreflexia, whichmay result in the prevention of pressure ulcers.Center for Environment and Energy CreatedCivil engineering Professor Hsien Ping Pao thinkshe’s found the way to curb global warming, onebatch of fertilizer at a time.Last December, the School of Engineeringlaunched a new Center for Environment andEnergy under Pao’s direction. It is the formalizedunion of two colleagues who first started sharingnotes on the subject of global climate change 10years ago, when now Visiting Professor JerryShang worked for the U.S. Department ofEnergy. Shang now joins the center — andCUA’s faculty — as the center’s chief scientist.Shang and Pao are specifically interestedin the science of carbon sequestration, whichinvolves taking CO2 from power plants andremoving the carbon through scrubbing andconverting it into a water soluble fertilizer thateventually breaks down, leading the carbon tounderground aquifers, and eventually turning itinto limestone, a stable form of carbon. Shangcalls sequestration an environmental “win-win,”because it removes carbon from the air andprovides fertilizer.Pao refers to this form of carbon sequestration,as “Mother Nature’s Carbon Tax,” but says it hasnot been researched outside of China. SomeChinese fertilizer companies actually producecarbon to add to fertilizer, but Pao and Shang’smethod would utilize carbon that would otherwisebe polluting the air and adding to thegreenhouse effect.The center is pursuing funding from the UnitedNations and the World Bank, two internationalinstitutions that Pao believes will see the benefitof this system, especially for developing countriesthat rely heavily on agricultural production.The center will offer workshops as well asshort academic courses for students andoutside professionals and civil servants, inthe hope of educating those in the field aboutcarbon sequestration. Pao says the center willcollaborate with a professor at Western KentuckyUniversity, likely doing the bulk of their fieldwork using a smokestack in that region.The benefits of this form of sequestrationcould be huge, says Pao, who notes that morethan 50 percent of America’s power plants arefueled by coal, an available and cheap sourceof fuel. If Pao and Shang’s theory holds, “thenwe can still use coal,” Pao explains.The pair plans to expand the center in thecoming year, devoting funding and resourcesto proving their theory.fall2007 | 11


cuaengineerIEEE Student ChapterWhat do an X-box and an iPod have in common?Besides mass-consumer appeal, they both havefound their way into the creative designs of CUAelectrical engineers.The CUA student chapter of the Institute ofElectrical and Electronics Engineers had a busyacademic year, putting a new spin on a classicphysics experiment, working with U.S. veteransat the National Rehabilitation Hospital, and ofcourse, launching a few rockets.The Rubens’ Tube, also known as the standingwave flame tube, is a classic physics experimentfor electrical engineering students demonstratinga standing wave. It shows the relationship betweensound waves and air pressure. A length of pipeis perforated along the top and sealed at bothends—one seal attached to a small speaker, theother to a gas grill. Once the speaker is turnedon, pressure changes caused by the soundwaves will cause the flames to heighten in someareas and to lower in others. That’s where theiPod comes in. This year, IEEE students hookedthat speaker up to the mp3 player, watchingpressure changes brought by classic rock.IEEE students also helped turn entertainmentinto rehabilitation, working with CUA professorsin the Center for Applied Biomechanics andRehabilitation Research. The center has deviseda way to control a Microsoft X-Box video gamesystem so that soldiers with amputations cantrain their muscles in a fun, engaging manner.An artificial hand can be opened, closed ororientated by the amputee contracting theremaining muscles on his upper arm, but inorder to accurately control the artificial hand,a high level of skill is required to turn thosedriving muscles on and off. Through intensivetraining, people can learn how to turn muscleson and off in a highly efficient manner. CABBR,with the help of IEEE students, hoping tomake that intensive training a little moreentertaining — and giving veterans a chanceto enjoy a pastime so many Americans takefor granted: playing video games. (For more onthis initiative see page 14.)Seeing Better Through Fly’s EyeAssistant Professor Scott Mathews and Associate Professor Mark Mirotznik with the PERIODIC systemThrough its convex, compound eye, a fly createsan array of images, a panoramic view that enablesthe insect to detect motion 10 times faster thanthe human eye and so escape even the quickestflyswatter. Seeing and recording an array ofimages, however, offers possibilities for visualinformation beyond the temporal. Department ofElectrical Engineering and Computer ScienceAssociate Professor Mark Miroztnik andAssistant Professor Scott Mathews, along with amultidisciplinary, multi-site team of researchers,have married the “fly’s eye imaging system” toa computerized camera system, a PracticalEnhanced Resolution Integrated Optical DigitalImaging Camera, dubbed PERIODIC. “Arrayimaging systems are an important step in thedesign of optical-digital integrated imagingsystems,” says Miroztnik. “They outperformsingle-lens systems while maintaining a thinform and a wide angle of view.”The PERIODIC camera system resembles acircuit-board sandwich, with the array of lenseson the front and green circuit boards in the middlecarrying information to a computer. Mirotznikexplains, “The optical sensor and software componentswork in concert to solve underlyingcomplex image registration and reconstructionproblems in near real-time and produce highdefinition, multi-layer images.”The prototype, funded by a DisruptiveTechnology Office challenge grant, greatlyimproves the resolution and dynamic range ofimagery, removes glare and performs spectralfiltering. It has moved the emerging “array imagingparadigm,” Miroztnik says, “toward systemsthat can maximize the information content ofimages relative to a set of prescribed imagingtasks.” Such tasks include iris recognition biometricsachieved through super-resolution, glarereduction through polarization, extended depth offocus by changing the focal point of lenses andcombining those images, and enhanced dynamicrange through the use of neutral density filters.Miroztnik and his team are particularly gratifiedby application of the technology to burninjury assessment. “The most critical factorsdetermining whether or not burn patients recoverare rapid assessment of the degree of burnsand quick, appropriate treatment,” saysMiroztnik. Severe burns destroy subcutaneousblood vessels, decreasing the flow of blood totissues, which can result in the death of tissueand loss of limbs as well as significantly increasingthe chance of life-threatening infection.“Using multi-spectral imaging through a 1650 nmspectral filter, we can accurately measure bloodoxygen levels in a patient’s skin and give doctorsthe rapid evaluation of the extent of tissue damagethey need to initiate appropriate treatment.”“With the PERIODIC camera system, we’veopened the door on the design and versatility oflenslet array systems,” Miroztnik concludes, “butwe’re looking forward to considering many moreaspects—the use of diffractives, GPU integrationand the difficult nonlinear numerical optimizationproblem of joint approaches for registration andreconstruction.”12 | cuaengineer


cuaengineerA Capitol Idea for Repairing FrescoesOverlays of data on images of walls for the Capitol buildingfresco deterioration projectProfessor Vignola working on the Capitol building frescodeterioration detection projectMost Americans may not realize this, but you don’t have to travel to Italy toview an original fresco. More than 100,000 square feet of space is coveredwith the plaster artwork in the nation’s Capitol building, and one CUA professoris helping to ensure those frescoes are preserved for future generations.Mechanical engineering Assistant Professor Joe Vignola is using somevery state-of-the-art laser technology to help preserve the centuries-old art.Frescoes, a type of mural painting that dates back to the pre-Christian era,are created by mixing dried pigment into wet plaster. They can last forthousands of years without fading in color, but are vulnerable to plasterfailure, water damage and decay.For centuries restoration teams have tried to repair frescoes, often byinjecting plaster directly into the frescoes to bond them back to the wall.Restoring a fresco is relatively easy, says Vignola. Determining which areasof a massive fresco are vulnerable, on the other hand, can be the trickyFor ASME Students, a National ClassroomASME students tour Capitol Power plant.Professor Vignola working on the Capitol building frescodeterioration detection projectpart. Historically, restoration teams have relied on a “tapping and listening”method, detecting loose areas by listening for a hollow sound — anarguably subjective system.That’s where Vignola’s laser comes in. By bouncing laser beams off thefresco surface, Vignola can get a computer reading that detects vibration ina fresco. The degree to which a given area of plaster resists motion givesan extremely accurate reading of a fresco’s structural integrity. The greaterthe vibration, the likelier that a fresco is about to fail.Vignola was contacted by the U.S. Capitol curator five years ago and hasbeen assessing portions of the capital’s frescoes ever since. He estimatesthat so far he’s covered about 7,000 square feet of fresco, thanks to a grantfrom the architect of the Capitol. But there’s still quite a bit of plaster left tocover and Vignola plans to keep looking for trouble spots.Mechanical engineering students know firsthand that Capitol Hill is full ofhot air. Last fall, members of the student chapter of the American Society ofMechanical Engineers toured the Capitol Power Plant, observing systemssuch as boilers, heat exchangers and pollution control systems. The purpose ofthe visit was to examine how theoretical knowledge of mechanical engineeringapplications is put into practice.But why stop there when things are just heating up?Interest from the visit was so high that club organizers scheduled afollow-up trip to the Potomac Generation Station in Alexandria, Va., duringthe spring semester so that students could examine a full-scale city powergeneration station in action.ASME also took to the skies, visiting the National Air and Space MuseumSteven F. Udvar-Hazy center located at the Dulles international airport. TheUdvar-Hazy is unlike most other museums in that every item exhibited isthe real thing — not merely an artist’s rendition or a display model.Students were able to see up close some of the most influential aircraft andaerospace related memorabilia from the last 100 years, including the SR-71, the Space Shuttle and jumpsuits from the U2 spy plane missions.fall2007 | 13


cuaengineerJunior electrical engineering student Brandon Gooddemonstrates the Train and Play systemTraining to Play, Playing to TrainEverybody knows that kids who play video gamescan move a mouse or joystick like lightning. Themotions themselves may be repetitive, but whocares? It’s fun.What if someone brought the fun of a videogame to the repetitive tasks of physical therapy?With a start-up grant of $8,500, electrical engineeringAssistant Professor Scott Mathews, incollaboration with the National RehabilitationHospital, is doing just that: exploring ways tobring the fun and challenge of video games to therepetitive tasks that comprise physical therapy.For amputees—especially soldiers returningfrom Iraq—facing the prospect and promise oflearning to use technologically advanced prosthetics,the prospects look a little brighter.“We call it ‘train and play,’ ” says Mathews,attaching electrodes that used to be connected toa joystick to his biceps and triceps. “Amputeesmust retrain remaining muscles to control thefunctions of lost muscles through the prostheticinterface. Instead of hours of boring repetition,we want them to be able to just plug into thevideo and have fun.”Mathews, who designed the circuitry, flexeshis arm, sending out an electrical impulse thattravels down the wires to the X-box monitor. Onscreen a box moves from left to right, up anddown, until Mathews succeeds in placing it inthe open space and goes on to the next one.“The electrode is reading the muscle activity inwhat would be an amputee’s stump,” he says.“It’s not easy to learn, but once the muscleshave been trained, the prosthesis can be fitted.”The technology has utility not only foramputees, Mathews says. “We think this type oftherapy could help many people with all kinds ofcognitive/muscular issues—children with attentiondeficit and hyperactivity disorder to helpthem learn to focus; people with cerebral palsy,to train them to flex specific muscles and gainsome control over their movements.”The next step for the train and play model is aclinical trial. Then Mathews hopes to tap fundingto create more refined circuitry that controlsmore complex video games to help amputeesgain fine motor control. Says Mathews. “Wewant to move beyond button pushing to morecomplicated motions. For amputees holding acup of coffee is a miracle.” A miracle worthworking—and playing—for.Hovercraft to Uncover LandminesMechanical engineering and computer science seniors usually look forwardto one key rite of design-passage: creating and building a hovercraft. Thisyear, mechanical engineering Assistant Professor Joe Vignola gave hisstudents an additional challenge: use their powers for good.“I felt very strongly that we needed to focus senior design on doingsomething useful,” Vignola says.This year, design students were asked to conceptually develop a prototypehovercraft for autonomous detection of landmines. The hovercraft would notbe radio controlled, but rather it would make its own decisions and navigateand survey on its own. This was the first time that students were asked todesign a hovercraft that was not manually operated by a driver.“Landmines are an atrocious problem in the Third World,” Vignola says,often in places that haven’t seen active warfare in decades. It’s not armedforces that suffer, Vignola notes, but rather local children and villagers whocan be severely maimed or killed by stepping on an old landmine.Students were asked to focus solely on the structure of the hovercraft,not on developing new landmine detection technology. The primary goal ofthe design exercise was to create a new type of platform that could carryexisting technology into areas that would be hazardous for humans to ventureinto. The technology operating inside the hovercraft would find suspiciousburied objects and mark them with a GPS signal.The project to build this prototype, that is a collaboration betweenmechanical engineering and computer science, has been an important one,says Vignola, noting that the days of mechanical engineers working in avacuum no longer exist.Seniors finished a workable prototype and next year’s design class willpick up where the previous group of designers left off, beginning to buildthe structure. They’ll have some money to work with: a $62,000 grant fromthe U.S. State Department Office of Humanitarian Demining. The rising seniordesign class will spend the fall assembling and testing the hovercraft, inadvance of a scheduled demonstration in March at a military testing facility.Image of a Hovercraft prototype14 | cuaengineer


cuaengineerStealth Senior DesignTwo CUA electrical engineering seniors may have found a solution to a sophisticated electromagneticproblem that has long perplexed engineers. They hope to have those findings published in a peerreview journal this year.Daniel Brosius and Christopher Ratto decided to take a closer look at frequency selective surfacesas part of their electrical engineering and computer science year-long senior design project.The phrase “frequency selective surfaces” may sound like engineering jargon, but it is at the heartof defense technology. Military planes and ships use extensive radar to communicate with their headquarters,gather information and detect enemy coordinates. But this radar makes an otherwise stealthyplane or naval ship easily detected by an enemy’s own radar. Frequency selective surfaces allow theship’s antenna to operate and its radar to function, while deflecting enemy radar to avoid detection. Inother words, the ship or plane is encased in a surface material that selectively lets only certain, desiredfrequencies pass through.By doing so, says electrical engineering Assistant Professor Scott Mathews, “You create a plane orship that is nearly invisible to enemy radar, but still has fully functional radar.”Engineers solved the “forward” problem of selective surfaces years ago. They are now able to determinewhat frequencies will pass through a given surface’s geometry—as well as what frequencies thatgeometry will deflect or absorb. And so they can build a particular shape with those known variables inmind. But working from the other direction—taking a known radar and creating a geometric patternbased on that radar—has long eluded engineers.“Ships designers want to say ‘Here’s the radar that my ship uses. What pattern do I need to makemy ship invisible and make my radar still work?” say Matthews. “That is the inverse problem and noone’s completely solved it yet.”Brosius and Ratto set about to solve that far more complex inverse problem: Given a desired electromagneticperformance that you want to allow through, what shape or what geometry must be created toget that performance?Brosius and Ratto used an iterative method employing the Mat Lab program and an algorithm forsolving the forward problem, known as the “Periodic Method of Moments” or PMM. They started bymaking a random guess as to the desired geometry and then entered the guess into the PMM.Depending on the outcome, they continued making changes to the geometry, each one bringing themhopefully closer to the sought-after result. By making modifications that brought them closer to theirend goal, the pair eventually created the geometry that matched the desired frequency. They then builtseveral frequency selective surfaces and measured their electromagnetic performance to see if theactual results matched up with the desired performance.It did.“This work is really, really sophisticated stuff,” says Matthews. “They’re two of the brightest studentswe’ve had come through here in a long time.”Mathews, in collaboration with Associate Professor Mark Mirotznik, receives funding from the Officeof Naval Research to study frequency selective surfaces.Nagel FoundationFosters BiomedicalInnovations2007–2008 Nagel Scholars with Dr. and Mrs. Dan andIngeborg SoberNine CUA biomedical engineers have beenselected as Nagel Scholars for the 2007–2008school year, an honor which, for the lastdecade has been synonymous with enterpriseand academic excellence.Since 1998, the CUA biomedical engineeringdepartment has received generous support fromthe Edward M. Nagel Foundation to recognizeand offer financial support to the program’s topscholars. To date, the foundation has providedCUA — one of just six universities in the nationaffiliated with the organization — with morethan $500,000 in scholarships. Nagel Scholarsare required to have demonstrated outstandingacademic achievement, service and communityinvolvement. They are also chosen for theirentrepreneurial acumen and industry in thefield. The average GPA among the comingyear’s designated scholars is a 3.78.The 2007–08 Nagel scholars are: CaitlinMatyas (’08), Bradley Miller (’08), ThomasGiuliani (’09), Emily Casadaban (’09), TheresaMurray (’10), Megan Jamiokowski (’10),Katherine Rucky (’10), Jenna Graham (’11),Patrick Noonan (’11). Scholars receive a $5,000scholarship for each of their four years of undergraduatestudy.Recent graduates of the Nagel scholar programhave found places of distinction in both doctoralprograms and industry. For example, StephanieKennedy, a 2003–2005 Nagel scholar, is attendingDuke University on full academic scholarship,where she is earning a Ph.D. in biomedicalengineering in the area of biomedical imaging.Lindsay DiRomualdo, a 2003–2004 scholar, isnow working for Medtronic Corporation in thearea of biomedical implants.fall2007 | 15


cuaengineerBiomedical Design Center Keeps GrowingBiomedical ConferencePuts CUA on the MapThis past spring, the biomedical engineeringdepartment hosted the Southern BiomedicalEngineering Conference at CUA — the firsttime CUA has hosted such a gathering. Eightyengineers, academics and students participatedin the conference, and graduate or undergraduatestudents comprised about half of thatnumber. Faculty and members of industryand government, including speakers fromJohnson & Johnson and the U.S. Food andDrug Administration, attended the three-dayconference. Of the attendees who had submittedabstracts in advance of the conference, 50presented their papers, which will be publishedin a volume in the coming months.In 2003, CUA’s biomedical engineering created theBiomedical Engineering Design Center in PangbornHall to answer the need for a dedicated designspace for biomedical engineering students to conductsenior design projects. A fabrication spacewas installed, along with three work stations fordesign teams.In the past four years, the number of CUA biomedicalengineering students has nearly doubled,and the design center itself has expandedtwice more to accommodate more design teamsand the current 65 undergraduate biomedicalengineering majors. The center now featureseight work stations, each capable of supportingdesign teams of three to four students. Eachworkstation is equipped with state-of-the-artequipment for computing design, fabrication andproto-typing, and testing equipment.For students in their junior and senior yearcompleting design projects, and for Binh Tran,the department chair, having a fabrication spaceinside the renovated studio was critical. Transays he believes biomedical engineers need tolearn how to build models, not just create adesign in a computer and then send it off to amachine shop to be constructed. So now designstudents have access to drill bits, lathes, bandsaws and raw materials and are expected tocreate a 3-D working proto-type of their designby the end of a one-semester design studio.Tran also sees this studio as a means to bringCUA into the forefront of the nation’s biomedicalengineering programs.“We want to be competitive in national designcompetitions,” Tran says. “These renovationshave enabled us to participate in those competitions.”It has also better enabled the school tobring those competitions and conferences toCUA’s campus. This year, CUA hosted a biomedicalconference (see sidebar) bringing students,professors and professionals from across thecountry for several days of discussions andpaper presentations on contemporary topics inbiomedical engineering.Given the steady growth of the biomedicalengineering department, the current studio mayneed to be expanded yet again before too long.But for Tran, those are welcome growing pains.CUA Engineers Place Third in National Design Competition.Two CUA biomedical engineering students aim to take the heavy lifting out of the medical profession —and they are earning national accolades along the way.The two students set out to find a safer, more efficient way to transport patients from the hospitalbed to various testing areas as part of their junior design project two years ago. Transferring patientswho are immobile or obese from hospital bed to gurney to MRI table can place a physical strain onhealth care workers and risk injury to the patient — not to mention take up critical time. The students,Afshin Nabili and Roland Dinga, continued the project the following semester as part of an independentstudy under the direction of department chair Binh Tran.After finishing the design and prototype, they entered the project, “Patient Imaging TransferringSystem (PITS),” in the Accessible Medical Instrumentation National Student Design Competition. Nabiliand Dinga’s design was judged against more than 50 designs from around the country, most of themsubmitted by seniors who had spent two design semesters completing their final product. The pairplaced third in their category, patient transfer-and-positioning device, and earned a $500 prize.The goal was to design a system in which the patient never has to get out of bed — technically.This could be achieved by designing a new kind of gurney with a detachable surface. The top portionremains under the patient whether they are in a hospital bed or on the gurney. The patient can be slideasily from bed to gurney and locked into place. The PITS device also can be converted into a wheelchairfor better transport. Once at the lab, the removable portion slides from gurney to testing table.The students designed the material to be compatible with MRI equipment.“There’s definitely a gap in the marketplace,” says Tran. “There’s nothing like it out there right now.”Which is why Tran is in the process of getting the design patented. The patent disclosure is currentlybeing reviewed by the university’s patent committee, which will make a recommendation soon as towhether to sponsor the patent application.16 | cuaengineer


cuaengineerFacultyGrants■ Ahmed, F., (PI), “Watermarking and SteganographicSolution for Secure Multimedia,” Naval ResearchLaboratory, Oct 2006–April 2007, $22,325.■ Ahmed, F., (PI), “Data Analysis for CAD Systems,”Riverain Medical group, Sep 2006–May 2007,$37,659.■ Brown, J.S., (PI), “Design, Manufacture, andTesting of a Micro–Scale EHD Conduction Pump,”NASA, Oct. 1, 2005–Dec, 31, 2006, $24,997.■ Brown, J.S., (PI), “Identification and Evaluation ofWorking Fluids for High Temperature HeatApplications (Including Replacements for R-114),”ASHRAE, April 3, 2006–April 1, 2007, $68,497.■ Brown, J.S., (Co-PI), “Research on AutomatedPlanning and Programming for Intelligent Systems,”National Institute of Standards and Technology, April1, 2006–March 31, 2007, $260,197.■ Hidler, J.M., “Gait restoration in hemiparetic strokepatients using goal-directed, robotic-assisted treadmilltraining,” Sub-Contract Principal Investigator:Joseph M. Hidler, Ph.D. Agency: National Institute onDisability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Nov.1, 2002–Oct. 31, 2007, $503,384.■ Hidler, J.M., “Smart over-ground body weight supportsystem,” National Institute on Disability andRehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Nov. 1, 2005–Oct.31, 2008, $448,483.■ Hilder,J.M., “National Capital Area RehabilitationResearch Network (NCARRN),” Co-PrincipalInvestigator: Joseph Hidler Agency: NationalInstitutes of Health, Oct. 1, 2005–Sept. 30, 2010,$517,785 ($3,715,503 total).■ Kilic, O., (PI), “Accelerated ReconfigurableProgramming for Hybrid Modeling and Analysis ofComplex Systems,” Defense University ResearchInstrumentation Program (DURIP), April 2007,$54,000.■ Lade, P.V., “Experimental Investigation of StressRotation Effects in Soils,” Small Grant for ExploratoryResearch (SGER), National Science Foundation, PI:P.V. Lade, March 1, 2004–Feb. 28, 2007, $68,023.■ Lade, P.V., “Instability of Geological Materials UnderThree-Dimensional Stress Conditions,” AmericanChemical Society (The Petroleum Research Fund).PI: P.V. Lade, May 1, 2004–April 30, 2007, $80,000.■ Lucko, G., “Enabling Higher Dimensionality ofTemporal-Spatial Analysis Applied to LinearScheduling of Construction Operations Based onSingularity Functions in Structural Engineering,”National Science Foundation, July 1, 2007–June30, 2009, $67,571.00.■ Lucko, G., (PI) Tsopelas, P., (Co PI) “TeachingStructural Design, Construction Practices, andSustainable Technologies for Mitigation of NaturalDisaster Damages in Coastal and Fault Areas ofDeveloping Regions,” National Collegiate Inventorsand Innovators Alliance, July 31, 2006–July 30,2009, $42,450.■ Lum, P.S., (PI), “Extension of the MIME robotic systemfor stroke rehabilitation,” U.S. Department ofVeterans Affairs Rehabilitation R&D, April2007–March 2010, $562,400.■ Lum, P.S., (subcontract PI), “Motion analysis ofreaching movements in Cerebral Palsy,” NationalRehabilitation Hospital (Garvey - PI), June2006–May 2007, $25,000.■ Lum, P.S., (subcontract PI), “Robot-assisted overground gait training using a knee-ankle exoskeleton,”National Rehabilitation Hospital–AssistiveTechnology Research Center, Nov 2006–Oct 2008,$214,000.■ Mathews, S.A., “A Practical Enhanced-ResolutionIntegrated Optical-Digital Imaging Camera (PERIOD-IC) System,” UT-Battelle, 2005–2006, $79,000.■ Mathews, S.A., “Development of a MyoelectricInterface for XBOX Video Games,” NationalRehabilitation Hospital, 2006, $12,471.■ Mathews, S.A., “Process Development for LaserCutting of Fiber Sensor Sleeves,” EM PhotonicsInc.,2006–2007, $30,000.■ Mathews, S.A., (PI), Ramella-Roman, J.C., (Co-PI), “Compact Multi-aperture Camera,” DisruptiveTechnology Office (DTO),” subcontract TheUniversity of New Mexico. 2007, $112,000.■ Mathews, S. A., (PI), Mirotznik, M.S., (Co-Investigator), Disruptive Technology Office of theDirector of National Intelligence, “Compact MultiapertureImaging Camera”, 2007 funded for$112,000.■ Mirotznik, M., M.S., (PI) and Judge, J., J.A., (Co-PI), “Structural Monitoring of Large Plates viaDistributed Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors,” NorthropGrumman Corporation, Dec.2006–May 2007,$50,000.■ Mirotznik, M., M.S., and Mathews, S.A., “SpectralShaping of Materials by Statistically DitheringFrequency Selective Surfaces,” Office of NavalResearch (ONR), 2005–2007, $154,800.■ Mirotznik, M., M.S., (PI), Office of Naval Research(ONR), “Spectral Shaping of Materials by StatisticallyDithering Frequency Selective Surfaces,” 2005–2007funded for $154,800.■ Mirotznik, M.S., (PI), Judge, J., J.A., (Co-PI),Northrop Grumman Corporation, “Distributed OpticalSensing of Large Composite Plate Deflections,”2006–2007 funded for $50,000.■ Mirotznik M., M.S., (PI), “Vibration Monitoring ofa flexible composite plate using Fiber-Brag stainSensor Arrays,” Northrop Grumman, Nov. 2006–April2007, $50,000. (Tsopelas, P., Collaborator).■ Ramella-Roman, J.C., (PI), “Evaluation of Bio-Photonic Techniques,” The Johns HopkinsUniversity, Jan. 2006–Sept. 2006, $25,000.■ Ramella-Roman, J.C., (PI) “The influence of skinhypoxia in the formation of skin ulcer and skin thickeningin individuals with autonomic dysreflexia,” NIH-NICHD/ NINDS, June 2006–May 2007, $25,000.■ Ramella-Roman, J.C., (PI), “Characterization ofSkin Optical Response for Human Signatures,” TheJohns Hopkins University, Jan. 2006, Sept. 2006,$25,000.■ Regalia, P. A., (PI), “MUCHO: Two problems inMulti-User Communications for High Occupancychannels,” National Science Foundation, Jan.2007–Dec. 2009, $120,000.■ Sun, L., “Evaluation of Pavement MaintenanceManagement Systems for The District of Columbia,”District Department of Transportation, Feb. 2007–Jan.2009, $96,000.■ Sun, L., “CAREER: Stochastic and Dynamic Interactionof Vehicle-Pavement Systems and Its Application toTransportation Infrastructure,” National ScienceStudents demonstrate the water pump during Engineering Week to see who can fill the bucket fastestfall2007 | 17


cuaengineerFoundation, Sept. 2007–Aug. 2012, $410,000.■ Sun, L., “IREE: A Parametric Study and Verification ofInversion Algorithm Through Field NondestructiveTesting of Highway and Airport Pavements,” NationalScience Foundation, Oct. 2006–April 2008, $94,000.■ Sun, L., and Zhao, S., (Co-PI). “Applications of DriverBehavior Based Microscopic Traffic Simulation inTransportation Systems and EnvironmentalAssessment,” National Science Foundation, Sept.2006–March 2008, $30,000.■ Sun, L., “Characterizing Uncertainty Distribution ofGround Surface Responses Caused by an ImpulseExcitation,” American Chemical Society PetrolumeResearch Foundation, Jan. 2006–Dec. 2008, $35,000.■ Tran, B.Q., (Co-PI), “Community-based ClinicaleStorefront @ Edgewood Terrace,” Dept ofCommerce, Oct. 2004–Sept. 2007, $679,000.■ Tsopelas, P., (PI) and Ruzzene, M., (Co-PI)“Honeycomb and Re-entrant Periodic Architecturesfor Vibration Hazard Mitigation and ImprovedPerformance of Structural Assemblies.” NationalScience Foundation, Sept. 2002–Dec.2006,$300,000.■ Vignola, J., (Co-PI) and Judge, J., J.A., (Co-PI)“Autonomous Hovercraft Platform for LandmineDetection Technology,” CUA Grant-in-aid, March2007–Sept. 2007, $9800.■ Vignola, J., (PI) “Thermal test bed for multiplerefrigerants and exchangeable components,”NASA, $2500.■ Vignola, J., (PI) “Two phase thermal loop for undergraduatethermal sciences laboratory at TheCatholic University of America,” ASHRAE, $5140.■ Wang, Z., (PI) “Research of Algorithms forBiometric Data Compression and Verification,”SETECS, Inc. Dec. 2006–May 2007, $24,000.■ Wang, Z., (PI) “Development of Vapor PressureModeling Schemes for PEMs Subjected to Pb-freeSolder Reflow Temperature,” USM Foundation, Dec.2005–Aug. 2006, $43,000.■ Wilson, Jr., O.C. “CAREER: Bone Inspirartion inResearch and Education,” National ScienceFoundation, March, 2007–Feb. 2012, $450,000.Presentations and Publications■ Voyiadjis, G.Z., Abu Al-Rub, R.K., “The effect ofsurface or interface energy on size dependent plasticityat the micron and submicron length scales,”2007 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition, FL, 2007.■ Abu Al-Rub, R.K., Voyiadjis, G.Z., “Modeling andsimulation of the micromechanics of localizeddamage and fracture in inelastic solids at highspeed impacts,” 18th ASCE Engineering MechanicsDivision Conference, VA, 2007.■ Abu Al-Rub, R.K., Voyiadjis, G.Z., “Surface/interfaceeffects on size dependent plasticity in micro andnano systems,” 18th ASCE Engineering MechanicsDivision Conference, VA, 2007.■ Voyiadjis, G.Z., Abu Al-Rub, R.K., “The effect of surfaceor interface energy on size dependent plasticityat the micron and submicron length scales,” in Proc.2007 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition, FL, 2007.■ Abu Al-Rub, R.K., Voyiadjis, G.Z., and Bammann,18 | cuaengineerD.J., “A thermodynamic based higher-order gradienttheory for size dependent plasticity,” InternationalJournal of Solids and Structures, Vol. 44, pp.2888–2923, May 2007.■ Abu Al-Rub, R.K., “Prediction of micro- and nanoindentation size effect from conical or pyramidalindentation,” Mechanics of Materials, Vol. 39, pp.787–802, Aug. 2007.■ Ahmed, F., “A Dual Fourier-Wavelet DomainAuthentication-Identification Watermark,” OpticsExpress, vol. 15, No. 8, pp. 4804–4813, April 2007.■ Ahmed, F., “An integrated Fingerprint Verificationmethod using a composite-signature based watermarkingtechnique,” Optical Engineering (in press).■ Osicka, T., Freedman, M.T., Ahmed, F.,“Characterization of Pulmonary Nodules onComputer Tomography (CT) Scans: The Effect ofAdditive White Noise on Features Selection andClassification Performance,” in Proc. SPIE vol. 6512,Medical Imaging 2007: Image Processing; SanDiego, Feb 2007 (in press).■ Brown, J.S., “Predicting Performance ofRefrigerants using the Peng-Robinson Equationof State,” International Journal of Refrigeration(in press).■ Brown, J.S., “Preliminary Selection of R114Replacement Refrigerants Using FundamentalThermodynamic Parameters,” HVAC&R Research(in press).■ Brown, J.S., “Methodology for AssessingRefrigerant Performance Potential,” IAPGMechanical Working Group 2006 Meeting, NASAGlenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH, May 2006.■ Brown, J.S., “A Methodology to Select ReplacementRefrigerants,” Two-Phase Thermal TechnologyWorkshop, NASA Goddard, Applied PhysicsLaboratory of Johns Hopkins, Sept. 2006.■ J.P.A. Dewald J.P.A., and Hidler, J.M., “Anatomyof R&D: Incorporating load-cell sensors into fMRI,”Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry, pp. 150,May 2006.■ Hidler, J.M., Hodics, T., Xu B., Dobkin, B., andCohen, L., “MR compatible force sensing systemfor real-time monitoring of wrist moments duringfMRI testing,” J. Neuroscience Methods, 155(12),300–307, 2006.■ Dromerick, A., Lum, P., and Hidler, J.M., “ActivityBased Therapies,”Journal of NeuroRX, 3:428–438,Oct. 2006.■ Neckel, N., Nichols, D., Pelliccio, M., and Hidler,J.M., “Abnormal synergy patterns and weakness inindividuals with chronic stroke,” Journal ofNeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 3:17, 2006.■ Hidler, J.M., “Inverse-Dynamics Based Assessmentof Gait using a Robotic Orthosis,” IEEE Engineeringin Medicine and Biology Society, New York, NY, 2006.■ Neckel, N.D., Wisman, W., and Hidler, J.M., “Limbalignment and kinematics inside a Lokomat roboticorthosis,” IEEE Engineering in Medicine and BiologySociety, New York, NY, 2006.■ Nichols, D., Neckel, N., and Hidler, J.M., “Jointmoments exhibited by chronic stroke subjectswhile walking with a prescribed physiological gaitpattern,” APTA 2007 Combined Sections Meeting,Boston, MA, 2007.■ Blonien, N., Lee, S.J., and Hidler, J.M., “Comparisonsof joint kinematics, joint kinetics, and emg patternsfor treadmill versus over-ground gait,” APTA 2007Combined Sections Meeting, Boston, MA, 2007.■ Hosler-Smythe, C., Wisman, W., Neckel, N., andHidler J.M., “Kinematic trajectories while walkingwithin the Lokomat robotic gait-orthosis,” APTA 2007Combined Sections Meeting, Boston, MA, 2007.■ Perez, M.A., Nielsen, J.B., Drucaroff, B., Hidler, J.M.,and Cohen, L. G., “Effect of voluntary contractionof lower limb muscles on motor evoked responsesin the contralateral resting leg,” Society forNeuroscience Annual Meeting, 2006.■ Neckel, N.D., and Hidler, J.M., “Method for motiontracking inside the lokomat robotic orthosis,”American Society of Biomechanics AnnualMeeting, 2006.■ Hidler, J.M., “Robotic devices beyond clinical tools:their role in diagnosing motor impairments,”American Spinal Injury Association Annual Meeting,June 2006.■ Judge, J.A., “A two-dimensional mechanical resonatorarray filter with reduced sensitivity to disorder,”4th Joint Meeting of the Acoustical Society ofAmerica and the Acoucstical Society of Japan,Honolulu, Hawaii, 2006.■ Vignola, J., Judge, J.A., Lawrence, E., Jarzynski, J.,and Houston, B. “Analytic and laser vibrometrystudy of squeeze-film damping of MEMS cantilevers,”in Proceedings of the 7th InternationalConference on Vibration Measurements by LaserTechniques and Short Course, Ancona, Italy, 2006.■ Bishop, S., Tsopelas, P., Judge, J.A., and Vignola, J.“Direct mechanical landmine excitation with LDVsurface measurements,” in Proceedings of the SPIESymposium on Defense and Security 2007, Orlando,FL, 2007.■ Judge, J.A., Photiadis, D.M., Houston, B.H., andVignola, J.F. “Attachment Loss from MicromechanicalResonators in the Limits of Thick and Thin SupportStructures,” Journal of Applied Physics, Volume 101,Number 1, 013521, Jan. 2007.■ Kelly, W.E., “Standards for Design of HighPerformance, Green, and Sustainable Buildings,”NIST Standards in Trade Workshop for Iraq,Gaithersburg, MD. 2006.■ Kelly, W.E., “Quality Assurance and QualityImprovement in Engineering Education,”Council on Higher Education Accreditation,CHEA, Washington, 2006.■ Kelly, W.E., “Green Building and High PerformanceDesign,” NIST Standards in Trade Workshop for theMid East, Gaithersburg, MD 2006.■ Kelly, W.E., “Introducing Sustainable Design,”ASTM Symposium on Common Ground, ConsensusBuilding and Continual Improvement: Standardsand Sustainable, Washington, DC, 2007.■ Kelly, W.E., “Assessment and Improvement-DefiningBest Practice,” in Proc ASEE Mid-Atlantic Conference,New Jersey Institute of Technology, (conferenceCD), 2007.


cuaengineer■ Kilic, O., “Multiple Scattering Effects inElectromagnetic Wave Interactions with Sea Spray,”in Proc. of IEEE Int. Conf Antennas and Propagation,Hawaii, 2007.■ Kilic, O., “Modeling Electromagnetic WaveInteractions with Sea Spray,” in Proc. InternationalConf. Advanced Computational ElectromagneticsSociety, Verona, Italy, 2007.■ Weiss, S., Kilic, O., Dahlstrom, R. and Patterson, C.“FEKO Simulation of a Wedge Mounted FourElement Array Antenna,” in Proc. International Conf.Advanced Computational Electromagnetics Society,Verona, Italy, 2007.■ Mirotznik, M., Kilic, O., and Mathews, S.,“Antireflective Coating for Antennas Embedded inHigh Dielectric Substrate,” in Proc. of InternationalConf. URSI SNC/USNC and EMTS, Ottawa, Canada,2007.■ Lade, P.V., Yamamuro, J.A., and Bopp, P.A. “Drainedand Undrained Strengths of Sand in AxisymmetricTests at High Pressures,” Proceedings of the SecondJapan-U.S. Workshop on Testing, Modeling andSimulation, held in Kyoto, Japan, Sept. 8–10, 2005,published by ASCE as Geotechnical SpecialPublication No. 156, Geomechanics II: Testing,Modeling and Simulation, Edited by Poul V. Lade andTeruo Nakai, 2006, pp. 87–102.■ Yamamuro, J.A., and Lade, P.V., “Mechanics ofInstability of Sand at High Pressures,” Proceedingsof the Second Japan-U.S. Workshop on Testing,Modeling and Simulation, held in Kyoto, Japan, Sept.8–10, 2005, published by ASCE as GeotechnicalSpecial Publication No. 156, Geomechanics II: Testing,Modeling and Simulation, Edited by Poul V. Lade andTeruo Nakai, 2006, pp. 374–389.■ Lade, P.V., “Assessment of Test Data for Selectionof 3-D Failure Criterion for Sand,” InternationalJournal for Numerical and Analytical Methods inGeomechanics, Vol. 30, No. 4, 2006, pp. 307–333.■ Lade, P.V., “Modeling Failure in Cross-AnisotropicFrictional Materials,” International Journal of Solidsand Structures, 2006 (in press).■ Lade, P.V., Nam, J. and Hong, W.P. “Shear Bandingand Cross-Anisotropic Behavior Observed in laboratorySand Tests with Stress Rotation,” CanadianGeotechnical Journal, 2006 (in press).■ Abelev, A.V., Gutta, S.K., Lade, P.V., and Yamamuro,J.A. “Modeling Cross-Anisotropy in GranularMaterials,” Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE,2006 (in press).■ Lade, P.V., “Failure Criterion for Cross-AnisotropicSoils,” Journal of Geotechnical and GeoenvironmentalEngineering, ASCE, 2006 (in press).■ Lucko, G., “An Activity and Arrow Arranging Algorithmfor Clarity in Schedule Network Diagrams,” Invitedconference presentation at 2006 InternationalConference on Computing in Civil Engineering of ASCEat the Joint International Conference on Computingand Decision Making in Civil and Building Engineering,Montréal, Québec, Canada, June 14–16, 2006.■ Lucko, G., Hildreth, J. C., Vorster, M. C., “ForecastingResidual Value for Heavy Construction Equipment,”in Proc. International Construction InnovationsStudent dance at the end of Engineering WeekConference (The Construction Innovations 2006Book—Advances in Technology, Management, andPractices), Peoria, IL, Oct. 30–31, 2006, 20 p.■ Lucko, G., “An Activity and Arrow ArrangingAlgorithm for Clarity in Schedule NetworkDiagrams,” in Proc. Proceedings of the 2006International Conference on Computing in CivilEngineering of ASCE at the Joint InternationalConference on Computing and Decision Making inCivil and Building Engineering, Montréal, Québec,Canada, June 14–16, 2006, 10 p.■ Lucko, G., “Student-Centered Learning EnvironmentDuring Undergraduate Education in ConstructionEngineering and Management—Developing aConstruction Consulting Project,” in Proc. Proceedingsof the ASCE and CIB 2nd Specialty Conference onLeadership and Management in Construction, GrandBahama Island, The Commonwealth of the Bahamas,May 4–6, 2006, pp. 341–349.■ Lucko, G., Vorster, M. C., Anderson-Cook, C. M., “TheUnknown Element of Owning Costs—Impact ofResidual Value,” Journal of Construction Engineeringand Management, Vol. 133, No. 1, pp. 3–9, Jan. 2007.■ Lucko, G., Anderson-Cook, C. M., Vorster, M. C.,“Statistical Considerations for Predicting ResidualValue of Heavy Equipment,” Journal of ConstructionEngineering and Management, Vol. 132, No. 7, pp.723–732, July 2006.■ Garvey, M.A., Giannetti, M.L., Alter, K.E., Lum, P.S.,“Cerebral palsy: new approaches to therapy,” CurrNeurol Neurosci Rep, Vol. 7(2), pp. 147–155, March2007.■ Lum, P.S., Burgar, C.G., Van der Loos, M., Shor, P.C.,Majmundar, M., Yap, R., “MIME robotic device forupper-limb neurorehabilitation in subacute strokesubjects: A follow-up study,” J Rehabil Res Dev, Vol.43(5), pp. 631–642, Sept.–Oct. 2006.■ Kahn, L.E., Lum, P.S., Rymer, W.Z., Reinkensmeyer,D.J., “Robot-assisted movement training for thestroke-impaired arm: Does it matter what the robotdoes?” J Rehabil Res Dev, Vol. 43(5), pp. 619–30,Sept.–Oct. 2006.■ Patten, C., Dozono, J., Schmidt, S., Jue, M., Lum,P.S., “Combined functional task practice anddynamic high intensity resistance training promotesrecovery of upper-extremity motor function in poststrokehemiparesis: a case study,” J Neurol PhysTher, Vol. 30(3), pp. 99–115, Sept 2006.■ Dromerick, A.W., Lum, P.S., Hidler, J., “Activitybasedtherapies,” NeuroRx, Vol. 3(4), pp. 428–438,Oct. 2006.■ Lum, P.S., Uswatte, G., Taub, E., Hardin, P., Mark,V.W., “A telerehabilitation approach to delivery ofconstraint-induced movement therapy,” J RehabilRes Dev, Vol. 43(3), pp. 391–400, May–Jun 2006.■ Lum, P.S., “Results of clinical research studies utilizingrobotic devices: Is there evidence for theiruse?” 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the AmericanSpinal Cord Association (ASIA), Symposium entitled“Rehabilitation Robotics: A general framework,”Boston MA, 2006.■ Dromerick, A.W., Schabowsky, C., Monroe, B., Holley,R., Lum, P.S., “Reaching performance in persons withtrans-radial amputation deprived of visual guidance,”National Academy of Sciences conference on SmartProsthetics: Exploring Assistive Devices for the Bodyand Mind, Irvine CA, 2006.■ Auyeung, R.C., Kim, H., Mathews, S.A., and Piquè,“Laser Direct-Write of Metallic Nanoparticle Inks,”The 4th International Congress on Laser AdvancedMaterials Processing, Kyoto Japan, 2006.■ Mathews, S.A., “Application of Laser Direct-WriteTechniques to the Prototyping of High PerformanceFrequency Selective Surfaces,” Princeton University,fall2007 | 19


cuaengineerGraduation 2007Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,Princeton NJ, 2006.■ Mathews, S.A., and Mirotznik, M., “PERIODIC: AMulti-Aperture Imaging System,” US Army NightVision Laboratory, Fort Belvoir VA, 2006.■ Barnard, R., Pauca, V.P., Torgersen, T.C., Plemmons,R.J., Prasad, S., van der Gracht, J., Nagy, J., Chung,J., Behrmann, G., Mathews, S.A., and Mirotznik, M.,“High-resolution iris image reconstruction fromlow-resolution imagery,” SPIE Optics and Photonics,San Diego CA, 2006.■ Ramella-Roman, J., Kandimalla, H., Dinga, R.,Nabili, A., Mathews, S.A., Duncan, D., Nguyen, Q.,“A lenslet-based device for measuring oxygen saturationin the retina,” SPIE Photonics West, SanJose, CA, 2007.■ Mathews, S.A., Auyeung ,R.C. and Piqué, A., “Useof Laser Direct-Write in Microelectronics Assembly,”Proceedings of the 4th International Congress onLaser Advanced Materials Processing, May 2006.■ Mathews, S.A., Mirotznik, M., and Piqué, A., “RapidPrototyping of Frequency Selective Surfaces byLaser Direct-Write,” SPIE-Photonics West, San JoseCA, 2007.■ Piqué, A., Mathews, S.A., Pratap, B., Auyeung, R.C.,Karns B.J., and S. Lakeou, “Embedding ElectronicCircuits by Laser Direct-Write,” MicroelectronicEngineering, Vol. 83, pp.2527–2533, July 2006.■ Mathews, S.A., Auyeung ,R.C. and Piqué, A., “Useof Laser Direct-Write in Microelectronics Assembly,”Journal of Laser Micro-Nanoengeering, Vol. 2, No. 1,pp. 103–107, April 2007.■ Auyeung, R.C., Kim, H., Mathews, S.A., and Piquè,“Laser Direct-Write of Metallic Nanoparticle Inks,”Journal of Laser Micro-Nanoengeering, Vol. 2, No. 1,pp. 21–25, April 2007.■ Mathews, S.A., Creazzo, T., and Mirotznik, M.,“Design of Diffractive Elements at MillimeterWavelengths using Subwavelength CylindricalMicrostructures,” accepted for publication inMicrowave and Optical Technology Letters, April2007.■ Barnard R., Pauca V.P., Torgersen T.C., Plemmons R.J., Prasad S., Van der Gracht, J., Nagy, J., Chung,J., Behrmann, G., Mathews, S.A., and MirotznikM.S., “High-Resolution Iris Image Reconstructionfrom Low-Resolution Imagery,” Proceedings of SPIE,Advanced Signal Processing Algorithms, Architecturesand Implementations XVI, Vol. 6313, 2006.■ Schuetz, C.A., Mirotznik M.S., Shi, S., Schneider, G.J.,Murakowski, J. and Prather, D.W., “Optical Techniquesfor Sparse-Aperture, Millimeter-Wave Imaging,”Proceedings of SPIE, Passive Millimeter-Wave andTerahertz Imaging Technology IX, Vol. 6211, 2006.■ Barnard, R., Gray, B., Pauca, V., Torgersen, T.,Mirotznik, M.S., Van der Gracht, J., Plemmons, R.,Behrmann, G., Mathews, S. A., and Prasad S., “PERI-ODIC: State-of-the-Art Array Imaging Technology,”Proc. 2007 ACM Southeast Conference, March 2007.■ Plemmons, R., Prasad, S., Mathews, S. A.,Mirotznik, M.S., Barnard, R., Gray, B., Pauca, V.,Torgersen, T., Van der Gracht, J., and Behrmann, G.,“PERIODIC: Integrated Computational Array ImagingTechnology,” OSA Technical Digest, Conference onComputational Optical Sensing and Imaging (COSI),Vancouver, 2007.■ Smith, J.R. and Mirotznik, M.S., “Effect ofShadowing on Propagation over Rough Water,”Proc. App. Comp. EM Soc., Verona, March 2007.■ Curt, P.F., Durbano, J. P., Bodnar, M. R., Shi, S.,Mirotznik, M.S., “Enhanced Functionality forHardware-Based FDTD Accelerators,” AppliedComputational Electromagnetics Society (ACES)Journal, Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 39–44, March 2007.■ Mirotznik, M.S., Mathews, S.A. and Creazzo, T.,“Design of Diffractive Elements at MillimeterWavelengths using Subwavelength CylindricalMicrostructures,” Microwave and Optical Tech.Letters, accepted for publication, March 2007.■ El-Mahdy, A. E., Namazi, N.M., “Turbo equalizationof time varying multipath channel under class-Aimpulsive noise,” IEE Proc. Communications, Vol.153, No 3, pp 341–348, June 2006.■ Namazi, N.M., Burris, R., Gilbreath, G.,“AnalyticalApproach to the Calculation of Probability of BitError and Optimum Thresholds in Free-SpaceOptical Communication,” Optical Engineering, 46,Feb. 2007.■ Namazi, N.M., Grant, K., Burris, R., Moore, C., Mahon,R., Rabinovich, W., Gilbreath, G., “Demodulation ofAnalog Data in Free-Space Optical CommunicationSystems using Discrete Wavelet Transformation,”SPIE, San Diego, CA, July 2006.■ Nguyen, C.C., and Cleary, K., “An Intelligent Approachto Robotic Respiratory Motion Compensation forRadiosurgery and other Interventions,” Proceedingsof the Seventh Biannual World Automation Congress,WAC 2006, Budapest, Hungary, July 2006.■ Nguyen, C.C., “Outlook of Medical Robotics,” talkgiven at INTI College Subang Jaya, Malaysia, March2007.■ Ling, S.C. and Pao, H.P., “Origin of vortical action asthe fabric of the universe,” in Proc. Conf. of GlobalChinese Scholars on Hydrodynamics, Shanghai,China, 2006, pp. 19–25.■ Pao, H.P., and Ling, S.C., “A precision water-leveland sediment monitoring system—an update,”in Proc. Conf. of Global Chinese Scholars onHydrodynamics, Shanghai, China, 2006, pp. 287–290.■ Pao, H.P., and Ling, S.C., “Intense nonlinear internalsolitions in oceans — field observations andnumerical simulations,” Department of MechanicalEngineering, Hong Kong University of Science andTechnology, Hong Kong, 2006.■ Ling, S.C., and Pao, H.P., “Origin of vortical actionas the fabric of the universe,” Department ofMechanical Engineering, Hong Kong University ofScience and Technology, Hong Kong, 2006.■ Ramella-Roman, J.C., Boulbry, B., and Germer T.,“Hemispherical Imaging of Skin with PolarizedLight,” Saratov Fall Meeting, Optical Technologies inBiophysics and Medicine VIII, Internet Session, 2006.■ Boulbry, B., Ramella-Roman, J.C., and Germer, T.,“Imaging of superficial skin lesions by spectroscopicscattering ellipsometry,” Optical Imaging2006 Fifth Inter-Institute Workshop on OpticalDiagnostic Imaging from Bench to Bedside, NationalInstitutes of Health, Bethesda MD, 2006.■ Ramella-Roman, J.C., “Polarized light MonteCarlo,” Optical Waveguide sensing and imaging inmedicine, environment, security and imaging. NATOAdvanced Study Institute, Ottawa Canada, 2006,Invited talk.■ Ramella-Roman, J.C., Boulbry, B., and Germer, T.,“Polarized light imaging of skin surface effects,”Optical Waveguide sensing and imaging in medicine,environment, security and imaging. NATO AdvancedStudy Institute, Ottawa Canada, 2006, Invited talk.■ Ramella-Roman, J.C., Kandimalla, H., Dinga, R.,Nabili, A., Mathews, S.A., Nguyen, Q. D., “A lensletbaseddevice for measuring oxygen saturation inthe retina,” SPIE-BIOS, San Jose, 2007.■ Ramella-Roman, J.C., Kandimalla, H., Dinga, R.,Nabili, A., Mathews, S.A., Nguyen, Q. D., “A lensletbaseddevice for measuring oxygen saturation inthe retina” in Proc. SPIE, Ophthalmic TechnologiesXVII, 2007.■ Ramella-Roman, J.C., Boulbry, B., and Germer, T.,“Hemispherical Imaging of Skin with PolarizedLight,” SPIE—Saratov Meeting, 2007.■ Ramella-Roman, J.C., MonteCarlo models ofpolarized light into scattering media, in NATO ASIon Optical Waveguide Sensing and Imaging,Springler, 2007.■ Ramella-Roman, J.C., Polarized light scattering inskin, hemispherical scattering, NATO ASI on OpticalWaveguide Sensing and Imaging, Springler, 2007.■ Regalia, P. A., “Information Hiding,” IEEE Signal20 | cuaengineer


cuaengineerProcessing Society, Baltimore Chapter, Baltimore, MD,Sept 18, 2006.■ Regalia, P. A., “Information Hiding: A tutorial informationtheory viewpoint” IEEE Signal ProcessingSociety, Washington, DC Chapter, College Park, MD,Dec. 6, 2006.■ Walsh, J. M., and Regalia, P. A., “Iterative constrainedmaximum likelihood estimation via expectationpropagation,” in Proc. International Conference onAcoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, Toulouse,France, May 2006, Vol. 5, pp. 713–716.■ Regalia, P. A., and Huang, D.Y., “Eigenstructurealgorithms for multirate adaptive lossless FIR filters,”IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Vol. 54,pp. 1386–1398, April 2006.■ Walsh, J. M., Regalia, P. A., and Johnson, C. R., Jr.,“Turbo decoding as iterative maximum likelihoodsequence detection,” IEEE Transactions on InformationTheory, Vol. 52, pp. 5426–5437, Dec. 2006.■ Regalia, P. A., Filtrage Adaptatif RII (in French), inFiltrage Adaptatif : Théorie et Algorithmes, Paris,France, Lavoisier, 2006, Chapter 5.■ Sun, L., “Monte Carlo simulation based pavementperformance prediction using AASHTO design equation,”Pavement Engineering Workshop, SoutheastUniversity, Nanjing, China, May 1–2, 2006.■ Sun, L., “Traffic flow theory: the state of the art,”Workshop on Advancement in Modern HighwayTransportation, Northeast Forest University, Harbin,China, Jan. 5–6, 2007.■ Sun, L., “Transportation infrastructure asset management:the history, present and future perspective,”The 6th NACOTA Conference, Dalian, June23–24, 2006.■ Sun, L., and Luo, F., “Steady-State DynamicResponse of Bernoulli-Euler Beam on A ViscoelasticFoundation to A Platoon of Moving Dynamic Loads,”in Proc. The 4th International Conference on StructuralHealth Monitoring, Zhejiang University, China, Oct.18–20, 2006.■ Sun, L., “Steady-state seismic response of slabs ona viscoelastic foundation to quiescent and movingharmonic loads,” Journal of Applied Mechanics,ASME, (in press).■ Sun, L., and Luo, F. “Nonstationary dynamic pavementloads generated by vehicles traveling at varyingspeed,” Journal of Transportation Engineering,ASCE, (in press).■ Sun, L., and Luo, F. “Arrays of dynamic circular loadsmoving on an infinite plate,” International Journal forNumerical Methods in Engineering, (in press).■ Sun, L., Cai, X. and Yang, J. “Genetic algorithmbased optimal vehicle suspension design,” Journalof Sound and Vibration, Vol. 301, pp. 1–2, 2007.■ Sun, L., and Greenberg, B.S., “Optimization-basedpriority synthesis from pairwise comparisons inmulticriteria group decision-making,” Journal ofOptimization Theory and Applications, Vol. 130,pp. 2, 2006.■ Sun, L., “Analytical dynamic displacement responseof rigid pavements to moving concentrated and lineloads,” International Journal of Solids and Structures,Vol. 43, pp. 4370–4383, 2006.■ Sun, L., Kenis, W. and Wang, W., “Stochastic spatialexcitation induced by a distributed contact withhomogenous Gaussian random fields,” Journal ofEngineering Mechanics, ASCE, Vol. 132, pp. 7,714–722, 2006.■ Bertera, E.M., Tran, B.Q., Wuertz, E. Bonner, “HealthTechnology Knowledge, Attitudes and PracticesAmong Low Income Older African Americans,”American Public Health Association, GerontologicalHealth section, Boston, MA, 2006.■ Bertera, E.M., Tran, B.Q., Wuertz, E., Bonner, A.,“Health Technology Knowledge, Attitudes andPractices Among Low Income Older AfricanAmericans,” Gerontological Society of America,Dallas, Texas, 2006.■ Tran, B.Q., “Enabling technologies for the agingcommunity: Self-management of chronic illness viathe Clinical eStorefront at Edgewood Terrace,”American Society on Aging, Chicago, IL, 2007.■ Tran, B.Q., Buckley, K.M., Bertera, E., Wuertz, E.,“Clinical eStorefront: Applications of Tele-monitoringfor disease self-management in low-income seniors,”Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference,Washington, DC, 2007.■ Nabili, A., Dinga, R., Tran, B.Q., “Patient ImagingTransfer System (PITS): Novel device for patienttransport and transfer in imaging facilities,”Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference,Washington, DC, 2007.■ Bertera, E., Tran, B.Q., Wuertz, E., “AttitudesTowards New Health Technologies And TheirRelationship To Successful Aging Among OlderAfrican Americans Residing In Affordable Housing,”J Telemed and Telecare, 2007 (in press).■ Gardner-Bonneau, D., and Tran, B.Q., “WorkshopReport: Interfaces for Home Healthcare Devices,” inAccessibility and Usability Considerations forMedical Instrumentation, Eds. J.M., Winters andM.F. Story, CRC Press, 2006.■ Bishop, S., Tsopelas, P., Chen, T., Judge, J.,“Contact-probe based excitation method for minedetection: application on a VS1.6 Italian landmine,”Annual SPIE Defense and Security Symposium,Orlando, FL, April, (2006).■ Roussis, P., Tsopelas, P., Constantinou, M.C.,Buchanan, R., and Reinhorn, A.‚”Computer Programfor Three-Dimensional Nonlinear Dynamic Analysisof Seismically Isolated Structures,” First EuropeanConference on Earthquake Engineering andSeismology, Geneva, Switzerland, 3–8 Sept., PaperNo 1110. (2006).■ Ucak, A., Tsopelas, P., “Effect of Soil StructureInteraction in Seismic Isolated Bridges,”Proceedings of the 23rd Southeastern Conference onTheoretical and Applied Mechanics, Mayagüez,Puerto Rico, May 21–23, (2006).■ Ucak, A., Tsopelas, P., “Response of SeismicIsolated Bridges Including Soil Structure InteractionEffects,” 4th International Conference on EarthquakeGeotechnical Engineering, Thessaloniki, Greece, June25–28, (2007).■ Lucko, G., Tsopelas, P., Garland, T. J., González-Rugelli, R. Lee, T. M., Molineaux, J. P., “Disaster-Mitigating Design and Practice: A Student-CenteredProgram Developing Sustainable and Earthquake-Resistant Designs for Residential Structures inDeveloping Regions,” 2007 ASEE Annual Conference,Honolulu, Hawaii, June 24–27, (2007).■ Ucak, A., and Tsopelas, P., “Deformation capacitiesof tubular thin walled columns under bi-directionalcyclic loading,” Pacific Structural Steel Conference2007, Steel Structures in Natural Hazards, Wairakei,New Zealand, 13–16 March (2007).■ Bishop, S., Vignola, J.F., Judge, J., Tsopelas, P., andKurdila, A., “Direct mechanical landmine excitationwith scanning laser Doppler vibrometer surfacemeasurements,” Annual SPIE Defense and SecuritySymposium, Orlando, FL, April 2007.■ Bishop, S., Tsopelas, P., Chen, T., Judge, J.,“Contact-probe based excitation method for minedetection: application on a VS1.6 Italian landmine,”Annual SPIE Defense and Security Symposium,Orlando, FL, April 2006.■ Roussis, P., Tsopelas, P., Constantinou, M.C.,Buchanan, R., and Reinhorn, A.‚”Computer Programfor Three-Dimensional Nonlinear Dynamic Analysisof Seismically Isolated Structures,” First EuropeanConference on Earthquake Engineering andSeismology, Geneva, Switzerland, 3–8 Sept., PaperNo 1110, 2006.■ Ucak, A., Tsopelas, P., “Cellular and CorrugatedCross-Sectioned Thin-Walled Steel Bridge-Piers/Columns: Improving Strength and DuctilityCapacities of Conventional Cross Sections underCyclic Lateral Loading,” International Journal ofStructural Engineering and Mechanics, Vol 24, No.3,355–374, 2006.■ Han, S., Tsopelas, P., Baz, A., “Active/Passive SeismicControl of Structures,” Journal of EarthquakeEngineering, Vol.10, No4, 509–526, 2006.■ Prazenica, R.J., Kurdila, A.J., Vignola, J.F., “Spatialfiltering and proper orthogonal decomposition ofscanning laser Doppler vibrometry data for thenondestructive evaluation of frescos,” Journal ofSound and Vibration, Vol. 304, page 735–751,July 24, 2007.■ Romano, J., Bucaro, J.A., Abraham, P.B., Vignola,J.F., “An Application of a Local Inversion Algorithmfor Fault Detection Utilizing LDV Measurements,”Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Vol.121, Nun. 5 May 2007, pages 2667–2672.■ Judge, J.A., Photiadis, D.M., Vignola, J.F., Houston,B.H., and Jarzinski, J.,“Attachment Loss of MEMSResonators in the Limits of Thick and Thin SupportStructures,” Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 101,Num. 1, 013521, Jan. 2007.■ Vignola, J.F., Judge, J., Jarzynski, M., Zalalutdinov,B.H., Houston, J.A. Baldwin., “Effect of viscous loss onmechanical resonators designed for mass detection,”Applied Physics Letters 88, 041921, 2006.■ Bishop, S.S., Vignola, J.F., Judge, J.A.,Tsopelas, P.,Kurdila, J.A.,“Direct mechanical landmine excitationwith scanning laser Doppler vibrometer surfacemeasurements,” SPIE, Vol. 6553, Orlando, FL,May 7, 2007.■ Diggs, E.C., Bilgen, O., Kurdila, A.J., Kochersburger,fall2007 | 21


cuaengineerK., D. Inman, D., and Vignola, J.F., “Structural characteristicsvia SLDV for a class of morphing microair-vehicles,”Proc. SPIE Int. Soc. Opt. Eng. 6561,65611F, May 2, 2007.■ Vignola, J.F., Judge, J.A., Lawrence, E., Jarzynski,J., Houston, B.H.,“Analytic and laser vibrometrystudy of squeeze film damping of MEMS cantilevers,”Proceedings of SPIE—Volume 6345,Seventh International Conference on VibrationMeasurements by Laser Techniques: Advances andApplications, Enrico P. Tomasini, Editor, June 2006.■ Marchetti, B., Vignola, J.F., Cannella F., and CasoT.,“Development of a coupled numerical-experimentalanalysis based on laser Doppler vibrometryfor the dynamic characterization of silicon-basedmicro paddle oscillators,” Proceedings of SPIE—Volume 6345, Seventh International Conference onVibration Measurements by Laser Techniques:Advances and Applications, Enrico P. Tomasini,Editor, June 2006.■ Bishop, S.S., Judge, J.A., Vignola, J.F., Smith, C.M.,Chen, T., Panagiotis T., “Contact-probe-based excitationmethod for mine detection: application on aVS1.6 Italian landmine,” SPIE Vol: 6217, May 18,2006.■ Vignola, J.F., “Scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometer(SLDV) Measurements of Plaster Status at the USCapitol,” Washington, DC chapter meeting of theAcoustical Society of America, May 16, 2007.■ Judge, J.A., Vignola, J.F., and Mathews, S.A.,“Atwo-dimensional mechanical resonator array filterwith reduced sensitivity to disorder,” J. Acoust. Soc.Am. 120, 3330 (2006).■ Wang, Z., and Xing, Y., “Advanced experimentaltechniques for whole-field nano-mechanics measurement,”in Proceedings of the SEM AnnualCongress and Exposition on Experimental and AppliedMechanics, St. Louis, Missouri, 2006.■ Wang, Z., and Han B., “Advanced iterative algorithmfor randomly phase-shifted interferograms withintra- and inter-frame intensity variations,” Opticsand Lasers in Engineering, Vol. 45, pp. 274–280,Feb. 2007.■ Wang, Z., Du, H., and Bi, H., “Out-of-plane shapedetermination in generalized fringe projection profilometry,”Optics Express, Vol. 14, pp. 12122–12133,Dec. 2006.■ Wang Z., and Bi, H., “Comments on fringe projectionprofilometry with nonparallel illumination: aleast-squares approach,” Optics Letters, Vol. 31, pp.1972–1973, July 2006.■ Wilson, Jr., O.C., Kennedy, S., Kennedy, K., Fahmy,N., Mitchell, J.W., and Anderson, W.A., “NanoscaleHetero-coagulation and Adsorption Phenomena:Magnetic Bone Mineral,” presented at the NationalEducators Workshop (NEW 2006), Cincinnati, OH,Oct. 2006.■ Wilson, Jr., O.C., Lema Ricks, L., Rivera, G., Blair, E.,Kennedy, S., and Mehl, P., “Oleylamine ModifiedMagnetic Nanoparticles,” presented at MaterialsScience and Technology Conference (MS&T 2006),Cincinnati, OH, Oct. 15–19, 2006.■ Wilson, Jr., O.C., and Roque, A.C.A., “Adsorption ofGum Arabic on Bioceramic Nanoparticles,” presentedat Materials Science and Technology Conference(MS&T 2006), Cincinnati, OH, Oct. 15–19, 2006.■ Wilson, Jr., O.C., and Hull, J., “Surface Modificationof Nanophase Hydroxyapatite with Chitosan,”presented at Materials Science and TechnologyConference (MS&T 2006), Cincinnati, OH, Oct.15–19, 2006.■ Wilson, Jr., O.C., Omokanwaye, T., Fahmy, N.,and Hoffland, L., “Hydrothermal Synthesis ofNanoboehmite,” presented at Materials Scienceand Technology Conference (MS&T 2006),Cincinnati, OH, Oct. 15–19, 2006.■ Wilson, Jr, O.C., Marshall, L., Cabrera, S., Bicksler,E., Houston, H., “Nanophase Chitosan/HydroxyapatiteFilms for Orthopaedic Implants,” Intl. J. Med. Impl.Dev., (April 2006) (in press).■ Gyer, L.S., Kulkarni, P., Bruck, H., Gupta, S.K., andWilson, Jr, O.C., “Replamineform Inspired BoneStructures (RIBS) Using Multi-piece Molds andAdvanced Ceramic Gelcasting Technology,” MaterSci Eng C, (June 2006) (in press).■ Wang, Y., Lee, J.J., Lloyd, I.K., Wilson, Jr., O.C.,Rosenberg, M., Thompson, V.P., “High ModulusNanopowder Reinforced Dimethacrylate MatrixComposites for Dental Cement Applications,” J.Biomed Mater. Res. A, (July 2006) (in press).■ Williams, D.N., Gold, K.A., Pulliam-Holoman, T.R.,Ehrman, S.H., and Wilson, Jr., O.C., “SurfaceModification of Magnetic Nanoparticles Using GumArabic,” J. Nanopart. Res., 8 (2006) 749.■ Wilson, Jr., O.C., and Roque, A.C.A., “Adsorption ofGum Arabic on Bioceramic Nanoparticles,” Mater.Sci. Eng. C, April 2007 (in press).■ Wilson, Jr., O.C., and Hull, J., “Surface Modificationof Nanophase Hydroxyapatite with Chitosan,” Mater.Sci. Eng. C, April 2007 (in press).■ Wilson, Jr., O.C., Erin Blair, Stephanie Kennedy,Gloryvee Rivera, Patrick Mehl, “Surface Modificationof Magnetic Nanoparticles with Oleylamine and GumArabic,” Mater. Sci. Eng. C, April (in press).Activities■ R.K. Abu Al-Rub., Ph.D., electrical engineering andcomputer science, served as a committee member,Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC,Jan. 2007.■ F. Ahmed., Ph.D., electrical engineering and computerscience, was invited to speak on “SecureContent Distribution—How does WatermarkingHelp?” at the College of Information Studies at theUniversity of Maryland College Park in Nov. 2006.He served as the program committee member ofthe Multimedia Systems and Applications IXConference at the SPIE International Symposium onOptics East, Boston, MA, 2006. He coached theCUA Cardinals programming team in the ACMCollegiate Programming Competition. He reviewedpapers submitted to Journal of Electronic Imaging,EURASIP Journal of Wireless Communications andNetworking, Optical Engineering, Information HidingWorkshop, ICCIT.■ J.M. Hidler., Ph.D., bio-medical engineering, servedas associate editor for the Journal of Neuroengineeringand Rehabilitation. He also served on grant reviewpanels for the National Institute on Disability andRehabilitation Research, the National Institutes ofHealth, the Paralyzed Veterans Association andVeterans Affairs.■ W.E. Kelly., Ph.D., civil engineering, served in 2006as chair of the Personal Certification AccreditationCommittee of the American National StandardsInstitute, ANSI, and as chair of the EducationCommittee of ANSI and the institute’s ExecutiveCommittee of the Board of Directors. In 2006 hewas an ABET Evaluator and a member of the NRCTRB Committee on Options for StreamliningStandards for Intelligent Transportation Systems2006–2007.■ O. Kilic., Ph.D., electrical engineering and computerscience, has been elected as a member of theAdCom Committee for IEEE Antennas andPropagation Society. She has also served as thevice chair for Commission A and as a full memberfor Commission B for the U.S. for the InternationalUnion of Radio Science. She has served as areviewer for the ACES (Applied ComputationalElectromagnetics Society), URSI and IEEE AP-S2007 conferences. She organized a special sessionon “Electomagnetic Modeling in MaritimeEnvironment” for ACES 2007.■ P.V. Lade., Ph.D., civil engineering, served as coeditorof proceedings (with Professor T. Nakai ofJapan) of The Second Japan-U.S. Workshop onTesting, Modeling and Simulation in Geomechanics,held in Kyoto, Sept. 8–10, 2005.■ G. Lucko., Ph.D., civil engineering, has served asassistant specialty editor for the project planningand design specialty area of the Journal ofConstruction Engineering and Management sinceFeb. 2007. He was a review panel member forthe Directorate for Engineering of the NationalScience Foundation in 2007, and, since Sept.2006, served as lead mentor for the CareerDirections for Students in Architecture, Construction,and, Engineering Mentor Program, ACE, at BellMulticultural High School in Washington, DC. He isa reviewer for the Journal of Construction Engineeringand Management (Jan. 2005–present), Journal ofComputing in Civil Engineering (May 2006–present),Automation in Construction (Oct. 2005–present), andJournal of Green Building (June 2006–present).Lucko has been track coordinator for the ConstructionEngineering and Project Planning track of the 2007Winter Simulation Conference in Washington, DC,since May 2006; a member of the technicalcommittee and track chair for the 2007 ASCEConstruction Research Congress on Grand BahamaIsland, The Commonwealth of the Bahamas sinceNov. 2006; and a reviewer for the 2007 ASCEInternational Workshop on Computing in CivilEngineering in Pittsburgh, PA, since Feb. 2007.■ E. Taub, E., P.S. Lum., Ph.D., biomedical engineering,applied for a U.S. patent entitled “AutociteWorkstation and Systems and Methods Therefor,”application #11425105, 2006. He served on agrant review panel, U.S. Department of Education22 | cuaengineer


cuaengineerGraduation 2007NIDRR Switzer Research Fellowship Program in2007and on a grant review panel, U.S. Departmentof Veterans Affairs Merit Review Board “Stroke”panel, 2007.■ S.A. Mathews., Ph.D., electrical engineering andcomputer science, was session chair for LaserApplications in Microelectronic and OptoelectronicManufacturing XII, SPIE Photonics West, San DiegoCA, 2007. He served as faculty adviser for the CUAIEEE Chapter from 2003 to 2007.■ C.C. Nguyen, D.Sc., Dean, was elected to membershipin the Advisory Committee for the InternationalJournal of Intelligent Computing in MedicalInformatics and Image Processing, TSI Publisher, inJuly 2006. He was also chosen to be an associateeditor of the IEEE Systems Journal, Institute ofElectrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE Publisherin July 2006. He was a panelist for the “Moving Upthe Career Ladder Workshop” at the National YouthLeadership Development Camp Len Duong 2006,Triangle, VA, in May 2006 and a keynote speaker atWriting on America and Teen Writing Award Dinner,Viet Bao, Westminster, CA, in August 2006. He visitedTsinghua University and Peking University inBeijing, China; Southeast University in Nanjing,China; Yangzhou University in Yangzhou, China; andHong Kong University of Science and Technologyand Hong Kong Polytechnic University, both in HongKong, where he gave presentations and signedmemoranda of understanding in Oct. and Nov.2006. He also visited National Singapore University,Singapore and the Malaysian schools NanyangTechnological University, INTI InternationalUniversity College, Putra Nilai; and INTIInternational University College, Subang; INTIInternational University College, Penang. He gavepresentations and signed memoranda of understandingin March 2007. He attended and gavepresentation at World Automation Congress 2006,WAC 2006, Budapest, Hungary, July 2006.■ H.P. Pao., Ph.D., civil engineering., served as apanel reviewer for graduate fellowship environmentalengineering, U.S. Environmental ProtectionAgency. He attended and served as session chairmanat the Conference of Global Chinese Scholarson Hydrodynamics in Shanghai, China. With DeanNguyen he traveled to China and Hong Kong inOctober and November, visiting six universities foracademic exchange programs and research collaboration.In March he traveled with the dean toSingapore and Malaysia and visited five campusesof three universities for international collaboration.■ P.A. Regalia., Ph.D., electrical engineering andcomputer science, serves as editor in chief of theEURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications andNetworking. He served as tutorials co-chair for theIEEE International Conference on Acoustics,Speech, and Signal Processing, in Toulouse, France,May 2006. He is an associate editor for the IEEETransactions on Circuits and Systems, served as amember of the Executive Committee of theEuropean Network of Excellence in WirelessCommunications (NEWCOM, EC contract no.507325) and continues as subject editor for theInternational Journal of Adaptive Control and SignalProcessing.■ J.C. Ramella-Roman., Ph.D., biomedical engineering,served as a chair for the Optical Interactionswith Tissue and Cells XVII, Session of OpticalProperties II, Photonics West SPIE, BIOS 2006, inSan Jose CA. 2007.■ L. Sun., Ph.D., civil engineering, served as thepaper reviewer for Journal of EngineeringMechanics, Journal of Sound and Vibration, Journalof Infrastructure Systems, Journal of AppliedMechanics, Proceedings of Royal Society: Series A,and Journal of Transportation Research Board. Healso was a member of two proposal review panelsfor National Science Foundation.■ B.Q. Tran., Ph.D., biomedical engineering, and O.C.Wilson Jr., Ph.D., biomedical engineering, coorganizedthe 23rd Southern BiomedicalEngineering Conference hosted by the Departmentof Biomedical Engineering, April 13–15 inWashington, DC. Tran also was associate editor ofthe IEEE Transactions on Information Technology inBiomedicine, 2006. He served as reviewer forJournal of Rehabilitation Research & Development,2006. He served as reviewer for RESNA’s AssistiveTechnology Journal, 2007. He served as reviewerfor the National Institute on Disability andRehabilitation Research’s Rehabilitation EngineeringResearch Center (RERC) grant program.■ P. Tsopelas, Ph.D., civil engineering, associateeditor for the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering,(2004–present). He served as reviewer for Journalof Structural Engineering (ASCE), EarthquakeSpectra (EERI), Journal of Engineering Mechanics(ASCE), Earthquake Engineering and StructuralDynamics, Scientia Iranica, and Engineering Structure.■ Z. Wang, Ph.D., mechanical engineering, attendedthe Society of Experimental Mechanics AnnualCongress and Exposition on Experimental andApplied Mechanics and served as chair of OpticalMethods technical session in St. Louis, Missouri,June 2006. He was reappointed secretary of theElectronic Packaging Committee of SEM, June2006. He served on the NSF proposal review panelin December 2006. In 2006, he also served as apaper reviewer for Optics and Lasers in Engineering,International Journal of Fracture, Optics Letters,Experimental Mechanics, and Journal of AppliedMechanics.fall2007 | 23


cuaengineerAwards■ Judge, J.A., Charles H. Kaman Award forExcellence in Teaching, Catholic UniversitySchool of Engineering, 2006.■ Nguyen, C.C., D.Sc., dean, Certificate of SpecialCongressional Recognition from Viet Bao and congresswomanLoretta Sanchez for “outstandingachievements, wonderful service and exemplarycontribution to the community of California,”Westminster, California, Aug. 27, 2006.■ Nguyen, C.C., D.Sc., dean, Member Resolution No.2580 from the California Legislature Assembly fordedication and contributions in the area of educationto the people of the State of California,Westminster, Calif., Aug. 2006.■ Nguyen, C.C., D.Sc., dean, 10th Anniversary Awardfrom the International Journal of IntelligentAutomation and Soft Computing (AutoSoft), for contributionas founder, past editor in chief, foundingeditor and advisory board chair of AutoSoft, WAC2006, Budapest, Hungary, July 2006.■ Nguyen, C.C., D.Sc., dean, Honorary professorshipfrom Southeast University, Nanjing, China, Nov.2006.■ Nguyen, C.C., D.Sc., dean, 2006 CommunityService Award from the Vietnamese AmericanMedical Research Foundation, Garden Grove, Calif.,Feb. 2007.■ Regalia, P. A., Charles H. Kaman award forExcellence in Teaching, Catholic University, 2006.■ Sun, L., CAREER Award, National ScienceFoundation, January 2007.■ Sun, L., Award University Provost Award forExcellence in Research and Scholarship, TheCatholic University of America, 2006.■ Ucak, A., Tsopelas, P., “Effect of Soil StructureInteraction in Seismic Isolated Bridges,” 3rd Prizein paper competition. Proceedings of the 23rdSoutheastern Conference on Theoretical andApplied Mechanics, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, May21–23, (2006). (presented by Ucak, A.).StudentsActivities and Awards■ Gregory S. Cook, junior, civil engineering, AmericanConcrete Institute National Capital Chapter AnnualStudent Award, 2006.■ Timothy J. Garland, junior, civil engineering, GlenConstruction Company Endowment Scholarshipthrough Associated Builders and ContractorsMetropolitan Washington Chapter, 2006. He alsoreceived the 2007 ASCE-NCS Outstanding StudentAward and the 2007 Dennis F. McCahill Award forService in civil engineering.■ Max Tsala, senior, civil engineering, 2007 TimothyW. Kao Award for Academic Excellence in civil engineering.■ Christopher P. Logsdon, junior, civil engineering,Associated Builders and Contractors MetropolitanWashington Chapter Scholarship, 2006.■ Cathryn Jensen, senior, Megan Payne, senior,Stephen Sizer, senior, and Caitlyn Matyas, junior,biomedical engineering were named 2006–07Nagel Scholars. They all also received the 2006–07Tau Beta Pi scholarships.■ Afshin Nabili, Roland Dinga, and Megan Payne,seniors in biomedical engineering, received 3rdPlace in the 2006 National Accessible MedicalInstrumentation Design Competition for their designproject entitled: “PITS: Portable Imaging TransferSystem.” Tran served as their faculty supervisor onthe project.■ Megan Payne, senior, biomedical engineering,received the 2007 CUA President’s Award, thehighest honor to a graduating student by TheCatholic University of America.■ Cathryn Jensen, senior in biomedical engineering,received the 2007 H.T. Atabek Award for AcademicExcellence. She also received the 2007 BMESAward for Service Excellence to the Department ofBiomedical Engineering.■ Alper Ucak, master’s degree candidate, civil engineering,3rd Prize of the Paper Competition in the23rd Southeastern Conference on Theoretical andApplied Mechanics, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, May21–23, (2006). for the paper: “Effect of SoilStructure Interaction in Seismic Isolated Bridges,”Proceedings of the 23rd Southeastern Conferenceon Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Mayagüez,Puerto Rico, May 21–23, (2006). He also took secondplace in the Poster Paper Competition inPresentation at the annual meeting of The NewMadrid Chapter of the Earthquake EngineeringResearch Institute, St. Louis University, St. Louis,MO, Feb. 1, 2007, for the paper “Emerging Issuesin Seismic Isolated Bridges: Effect Of Soil-StructureInteraction” Earthquake-Hazard Poster Competition,The New Madrid Chapter of the EarthquakeEngineering Research Institute, St. Louis University,St. Louis, MO Feb. 1, (2007), Alper Ucak, Xu, D.■ Erica Gonzalez, sophomore, civil engineering,received the 2007 ASCE-NCS Hathaway Memorial,in the amount of $1,500.■ Boshra Iravani, sophomore, civil engineering, wonthe 2007 ASCE-NCS Williams Memorial in theamount of $1,500.■ Alexander N. Walendziak, junior, civil engineering,won a $1,000, ASCE-NCS Scholarship.■ Kathryn Kazior, sophomore, civil engineering,received an $8,000 National Oceanic andAtmospheric Administration (NOAA) 2007 NOAAHollings Scholarship.■ Rose Lucas, junior, civil engineering, received a$6,000 National Science Foundation ResearchExperience for Undergraduates Award through Dr.Sun, which she will use to study in China.■ Kelly A. McDonald, junior, civil engineering, won a$2,500 Construction Financial ManagementAssociation Scholarship (through AssociatedBuilders and Contractors Metropolitan WashingtonChapter).■ Matthew T. Brady, sophomore, civil engineering,received an Associated Builders and ContractorsMetropolitan Washington scholarship in the amountof $1,500.■ Michael J. Kuklinski, sophomore, civil engineering,received an Associated Builders and ContractorsMetropolitan Washington Chapter 2007 ABCScholarship for $1,000.■ Andrew R. Kalna, sophomore, civil engineering,won a $1,000 2007 ABC Scholarship fromAssociated Builders and Contractors MetropolitanWashington Chapter.■ Hassan Taherinejad, graduate student, civil engineering,received a scholarship of $1,000 fromAssociated Builders and Contractors MetropolitanWashington Chapter.■ Brian Logsdon, senior, civil engineering, received a2007 ABC Scholarship for $1,000 from AssociatedBuilders and Contractors Metropolitan WashingtonChapter.■ Erica C. Gonzalez, sophomore, civil engineering,received a 2007 CMAA National Capital ChapterScholarship for $1,000 from ConstructionManagement Association of America NationalCapital Chapter.■ Michael J. Kuklinski, freshman, civil engineering,won a 2007 CMAA National Capital ChapterScholarship for $1,000 from the ConstructionManagement Association of America NationalCapital Chapter.■ Matthew T. Brady, freshman, civil engineering, wasawarded a $1,000 2007 CMAA National CapitalChapter Scholarship from the ConstructionManagement Association of America NationalCapital Chapter.■ Paul de Vuyst, freshman, civil engineering, receiveda $1,000 2007 CMAA National Capital ChapterScholarship from the Construction ManagementAssociation of America National Capital Chapter.■ Kathryn Kazior, sophomore in civil engineering,received from Construction ManagementAssociation of America National Capital Chapter a2007 CMAA National Capital Chapter Scholarshipfor $1,000.24 | cuaengineer


Concrete Canoe Team In ActionEach year students from CUA’s student chapter of the American Society ofCivil Engineers, join students from universities around the country in theConcrete Canoe Competition.Students build their vessels out of concrete, reinforced according tocertain preset rules and challenging specifications that change every year.Long enough to carry four, the canoes must pass a swamp test beforestudents are allowed to take it out in deeper water. In this test, thecanoes must continue to float after being intentionally filled with water.The concrete mix must be sufficiently light without the addition of anybuoyant materials such as Styrofoam. In addition, the concrete mustalso be strong enough to survive several in-water competitions carryingup to four students.Engineering Week 2007Among the student projects demonstrated during Engineering Week2007, the electrical engineering students pictured below used theancient—a flame—and the modern—a popular mp3 player—to bringa classic electrical engineering experiment to life. They created a‘Ruben’s Tube,’ also known as the standing wave flame tube, whichshows the relationship between sound waves and air pressure. For a fullexplantation of this experiment see page 12.As always, the hard-working students were more than ready at theend of the week to kick up their heels at the annual ball, as the onespictured below seem to be doing quite well. Students put on the dog fordancing, conversing and dining at Maggiano’s, a D.C. Italian eatery. Allwork and no play? No way. At the ball Dean Nguyen announced thatelectrical engineering was the winner of the Engineer’s Week 2007.Engineering week IEEE Ruben Tubes Project2006–2007 concrete canoe team building their craftEngineering week ballTwo hardy canoeists test out the boat’s ease of use, speed under paddle and maneuverabilityfall2007 | 25


CUA Engineering: Cutting-edge Research Driving Superb EducationSchool ofEngineeringCharles C. Nguyen, Dean202-319-5160Jeffrey Giangiuli, DirectorEngineeringManagment Program202-319-5191Binh Q. Tran, ChairDepartment ofBiomedical Engineering202-319-5181Poul Lade, ChairDepartment ofCivil Engineering202-319-5163Nader Namazi, ChairDepartment ofElectrical Engineeringand Computer Science202-319-5193J. Steven Brown, ChairDepartment ofMechanical Engineering202-319-5170Doctor of PhilosophyH. Scott CoombeYuangsheng MeiNeil Dominic WestonMaster of BiomedicalEngineeringNiveen A. FahmyGetachew Gebrewold GebremichaelGowharosharieh IravaniRafael Gonzales LagosSong-Joo LeeFuria Thomas MasaweKimberley Roslyn Daneille MensahJanine Asiddao NiervaThomas Steven SeacristJames L. Swiger IIIMatthew B. WagnerMaster of Civil EngineeringIsrael ArteagaBurak BasogulLeroy Danforth Jr.Paul De VuystJacquelyn Renee GloverJennifer Sinclair HankersonMaureen Jill LagasRodrigo Gonzalez RugelesAnupont ThaicharoenpornBenjamin Peter TromblyPatrick St. Xavier WilliamsHelene C. ZoghbiMaster of Electrical EngineeringDavid Allyn BatesAli BolourianKevin P. BurnettHeather Dawn HalbergMarc Mehrdad SepantaieCongratulations to the Class of 2007!Master of MechanicalEngineeringPatrick O'MalleyMaster of Science inComputer ScienceEytan Z. ApelbergJoy Alviar AquinoWalid BenmohamedSilvia M. CastilloMatthew E. EearlyJacqueline Renate FradySteven Darnell GrantJaswanth GunduUwen T. HallBrandi Aundria JohnsonDave Flomo Johnson Jr.Saythavy KhianthalatJeremiah KulandaTesfaye W. LemmaJennifer LiebermanTracie Adell LomaxThomas A. Martin Jr.Robin Antoinette NewmanKolawole OgunlanaPatricia Obiageri OkorieBhavesh J. PatelMahfuzur RahmanMarie SelvanadinSheel D. ShahMichael P. SnyderUthaiwan SrimongkolpitakRohan Roderick StewartYemeserach WorkuMaster of Science inEngineeringAdam BorczChristopher Wren CzaplakWesley S. CorleyH. Scott Coombe, Dissertation: Oxygen-Enriched Combustion of Hydrocarbon Fuels. Sen Nieh, Ph.D., adviser, Mechanical Engineering.Yuangsheng Mei, Dissertation: Minimum Delay Path and Capacity Assignment for Restoration in Mesh and Ring-Mesh Optical Networks. Mohammed Arozullah, Ph.D.,adviser, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.Neil Dominic Weston, Dissertation: Three Dimensional Trajectory Determination using Rigid Body Kinematics from Phase Contrast Magnetic Resonance Imaging VelocityFields. Joseph Hidler, Ph.D., adviser, Biomedical Engineering.R E A S O N . F A I T H . S E R V I C E .Emma Mahan CoxKatherine Anne Dixon-PeughThomas Patrick Flaherty IIIJoshua Jacob HertzbergIan L. JohnsonAmeen AbdulRahman KatebNikolaus Thomas KeapprothAdam Kristian KuehneJames Thomas LeonardMarkeeva A. MorganTiomothy W. NewberryEric Aloys RueschMatthew David SermonTimothy E. StacyTodd Michael StansfieldBrian ThompsonAnne Marie Gunshinan TombrosDavid Matthew SimpriniDwight Edward Smith Jr.Joshua B. StubblefieldYuanyuan WangGlenn Kenta WashingtonRodolfo J. WhittemburyBachelor of BiomedicalEngineeringAlbert Arthur Adams IIIRoland DingaGowharosharieh IravaniJohn Anthony IvanoffCathryn Michelle JensenAfshin NabiliMegan Elizabeth PayneStephen Charles SizerBachelor of Civil EngineeringPaul CzarPatrick Ryan DavisTimothy John GarlandChristopher Patrick LogsdonPh.D. Dissertations and AdvisersMax Harley TsalaColin M. WhitakerBachelor of ElectricalEngineeringNicholas M. BarabachDaniel Geoffrey BrosiusDaniel Patrick CliffordMartin D'CruzeFikru GenneneShawn P. McGovernChristopher R. RattoAndrew Nicholas RielNeil Fritoj SmithJames A. VezerisJames Garth YeamanBachelor of MechanicalEngineeringRichard Tarrant Bischoff IIIErica Lee DietrichClinton John Farrell Jr.Raymond Angelo LociceroStephen C. Mariconti Jr.Kevin Patrick MilstedJonathan E. RetzbachDaniel J. TroyAlan L. Van EppsSean Peter WhitfieldEdward WinsorBachelor of Science inComputer ScienceJustin Patrick MolineauxAriel B. QuinonesBachelor of Civil Engineeringand ArchitectureAndrea DelGuidiceRyan MullenTHE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICASchool of EngineeringWashington, DC 20064NON PROFIT ORG.U.S. POSTAGEPAIDPERMIT 711WASHINGTON, D.C.

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