Faculty and Student Accomplishments: October 2013

View the recent accomplishments of Manhattan College’s faculty and students.

Faculty Accomplishments

Anirban De, Ph.D., P.E., associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, presented a lecture, “Mitigation of blast effects on underground structure using compressible porous foam barriers” at the Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien), Vienna, Austria, in July 2013 as part of the 5th Biot Conference on Poromechanics. The lecture is based on a paper he published in "Poromechanics V” with coauthors Alberto Morgante (CEEN Class of 2013) and Prof. Thomas F. Zimmie (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute).  The research leading to this work is part of an ongoing project funded by the National Science Foundation.

Iem Heng, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, presented “Do You Know What You’re Breathing?” at the 2013 Maker Faire in New York City, Sept. 21-24. In collaboration with HabitatMap, Sonoma Technology and the New York Hall of Science, Heng designed and fabricated an AirCasting device for monitoring environmental air quality, such as particle matters, noise pollution, CO, NO2, temperature and humidity. Computer engineering majors Raymond Yap ’16M and Marcelo Lopez '15, and electrical engineer major Swari Patel ’15 also attended to help showcase several prototypes of the device.

Heng along with the assistance of Yap, also conducted a live workshop at the Make Magazine’s Urban Sensor Hack session on Google Hangout, Oct. 8. The session included a step-by-step process for making your own AirCasting particle monitor.

George B. Kirsch, Ph.D., professor of history at Manhattan College and a celebrated sports historian, wrote a letter to the editor, “Is Baseball Still the National Pastime?” which appeared in the Oct. 3, 2013 edition of The New York Times on Oct. 3. The letter was in response to Jonathan Mahler’s "Is the Game Over?” (Sunday Review, Sept. 29).

Student Accomplishments

Ghislaine Mayer, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, and biology majors Mastanna Eraifej ’14 and Richard Wilson ’14, co-authored a paper “Co-endemicity of Plasmodium falciparum and HIV-infections in Treated Patients is Uncorrelated” that was published in the Journal of Bacteriology and Parasitology, Vol. 4, Issue 4 (2013).

Thomas Cambria ’14, an electrical engineering major, was selected as a winner of the 2013 Metropolitan Club chapter of the Association of Old Crows (AOC) scholarship. The AOC, a national professional organization of electronic defense, selects recipients on the basis of academic achievement and/or financial need. He will be honored at the chapter's annual scholarship banquet at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, Long Island on Nov. 15, 2013.

The following students were 2013 recipients of The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) scholarship: Electrical Engineering majors Marc Belevan ’14, Thomas Cambria ’14, and Mario DiMondo ’15; Civil Engineering majors Casey Barrett ’15, Dionel Del Orbe ’16, Michelle DePinho ’16, Andrew Foertsch ’16, Cheng Lin Jia ’15, Kaitlyn Parlow ’14, Blake Pizzola ’16, Rebecca Reilly ’14, Michael Vavrica ’14; Chemical Engineering majors Ishmael Mejia ’16 and Jonathan Vanegas ’16; and Computer Engineering majors Rafael Rodrigues ’14 and Kathryn Sacca ’14.

International Studies majors Danny Miranda ’14 and Kianna Johnson ’14 are the 2012-2013 winners of the Michael ’58 and Aimee Kakos Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a full-time Manhattan College undergraduate student who shows an appreciation for being given the opportunity to learn more about the world and who demonstrates an understanding of other cultures and peoples. Danny studied abroad in Argentina last year and Kianna studied abroad in South Korea.

Conor Brennan ’14, David Cannizaro ’14, Marko Dabovik ’14, Brian King ’14, Michael Maloney ’14, Catherine Moriarty ’14, Brittany Otis ’14, Brendan Page ’14, Kaitlyn Paxton ’14, Joseph Reich ’14 and Alessandra Rosso ’14 were selected to receive scholarship awards at the General Contractors Association (GCA) New York State chapter annual luncheon at Chelsea Piers, NYC on Oct. 24.