School of Engineering Faculty and Student Accomplishments

View the accomplishments of the School of Engineering faculty and students this fall.

Faculty and Student Accomplishments

James Patrick Abulencia, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemical engineering, visited the Philippines at the beginning of the summer and was successful in completing the patent application on a biodegradable, indigenous water filter for poor rural communities. Since 2008, in collaboration with Susan Gallardo, Ph.D., professor of chemical engineering at De La Salle University in Manila, his laboratory work has resulted in a design using bamboo, activated carbon derived from coconut, and citricidal (grapefruit seed extract) that can eliminate heavy metals, pesticides and bacteria.

Anirban De, Ph.D., P.E., associate professor and associate chairman of the civil and environmental engineering department, published a paper titled “Numerical Simulation of Surface Explosions Over Dry, Cohesionless Soil” in a recent issue of Computers and Geotechnics, an international journal published by Elsevier of the Netherlands. The paper is based on research sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

John Leylegian, Ph.D., assistant professor of mechanical engineering, attended the 48th annual Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit in Atlanta this summer to present two papers. He presented the paper, "Development of a Chemical Kinetic Model to Describe the Endothermic Reforming of Logistical Fuels," co-authored by Julie Spero ’12, a recent graduate of the master’s in mechanical engineering program who wrote about the topic in her thesis. The second, Further Progress on a Kinetic Model Reduction Method for CFD Applications, was co-authored by graduate student Vincent Tulino.

The Metropolitan Club Chapter of the Association of Old Crows also recently awarded Angelo Mariani, a senior majoring in electrical and computer engineering, a scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year.