Faculty, Staff and Student Accomplishments

Read all of April's faculty, staff and student accomplishments in the School of Engineering.

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Faculty Accomplishments

Kirk Barrett, Ph.D., assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, transferred a $200,000 two-year grant from the National Science Foundation to Manhattan College.  The project seeks to increase the number of Hispanics and African Americans pursuing degrees and careers in geo-environmental science and engineering.  Students and teachers from four high schools in northeastern New Jersey will participate in geo-environmental field trips and a water quality-monitoring program, and Manhattan  students will tutor the high school students in math and science.
Gennaro J. Maffia, Ph.D., professor of chemical engineering, was invited to speak on the Manhattan College research of collagen and the recent work to use a green fracking fluid at the USDA’s American Leather Chemists Association 2012 meeting on April 24.
Robert Sharp, Ph.D., P.E., professor of civil and environmental engineering and Donald J. O’Connor Endowed Faculty Fellow, received $70,000 in additional funding for continued participation in the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s Applied Nitrogen Research Program. The research focuses on the development and testing of technologies and processes to optimize nitrogen removal from wastewater and improve water quality on the Long Island Sound and Jamaica Bay.  
He also co-authored A Theoretical and Practical Evaluation of Struvite Control and Recovery, which was presented at the Water Environment Federation’s 26th annual Residual and Biosolids Conference on March 26 in Raleigh, N.C. The paper was co-authored by former graduate research assistant David Wankmuller, who graduated in 2011 with an M.S. in environmental engineering.
On May 14, Sharp will also present Testing of Commercial Defoamant to Control Anaerobic Digester Foaming at the Central States Water Environment Association’s 85th annual conference in Chicago. The paper was co-authored by former graduate research assistant Vera Gouchev, who graduated in 2010 with an M.E. in environmental engineering. 

Student Accomplishments

Electrical engineering seniors Joseph Argento, Alexander Stein and Abraham Asfaw recently won the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) Micromouse Region 1 Competition in Hartford, Conn., on March 10-11. The group, which beat four other teams including Syracuse University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, was advised by Peter Boothe, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science at Manhattan College. Nevzat Ozturk, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Manhattan College, guided the students through the testing phase of the competition.