School of Engineering Faculty and Student Accomplishments

View the accomplishments of the School of Engineering faculty and students during the month of December.

Faculty and Student Accomplishments

James Patrick Abulencia, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemical engineering, and Goli Nossoni, Ph.D., assistant professor of civil and chemical engineering, recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation’s ENGAGE program. The ENGAGE program focuses on increasing the capacity of engineering schools to retain undergraduate students. The grant is centered on increasing faculty and student interaction, which impacts students’ satisfaction and perseverance in engineering. The purpose of the grant is to offset the cost of implementing a faculty-student interaction program.

Abulencia and Nossoni along with Kiley Markes, a junior majoring in chemical engineering; Helmer Martinez, a junior majoring in civil engineering; Alessandra Piazza, a junior majoring in chemical engineering; and Mohammad Qasim, a senior majoring in civil engineering; also recently received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency as part of its People, Prosperity and the Planet annual student design competition. The design project, “A Solar-powered, Sustainable, Hybrid Electrodialysis/Reverse Osmosis Desalination System for Rural Areas of Developing Countries” focuses on finding a solution for the lack of clean, drinkable water in rural communities around the world. The team of students and faculty will be presenting their design at the National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, D.C., in April.

A group of students (Jacob Adams, a sophomore majoring in philosophy and government; Erin Campagnola, a senior majoring in communication with a minor in environmental studies; Sarah Conte, a senior majoring in communication with minors in digital media art and environmental studies; Allen Fok, a senior majoring in civil and environmental engineering; Nathan Hunter, a senior majoring in marketing with a minor in environmental studies; Lili Johnson, a senior majoring in international studies and peace studies; Kadeem Marulaz, a senior majoring in civil and environmental engineering; Kevin Shiraldi, a senior majoring in communication; and David Stahl, a senior majoring in civil and environmental engineering) from the Environmental Politics class submitted a proposal to the Campus RainWorks Challenge sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water. The group worked on a campus rainwater-harvesting project this semester and entered the competition on Dec. 12. The competition consists of undergraduate and graduate student teams producing a green infrastructure design for a site on campus, which demonstrates how to manage storm water.