School of Engineering Faculty and Student Accomplishments: April 2013

View the accomplishments of the School of Engineering students and faculty during the spring semester.

Alex Bertuccio ’11 and ’12, an adjunct instructor in the chemical engineering department, presented two papers on collagen production and application at the International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management on March 11 in Philadelphia. Ahmed Mohamed El- Khaiary, a visiting chemical engineering student from Alexandria University in Egypt in the summer of 2012, also discussed ASPEN-HYSYS Simulations for the Small Scale Conversion of Waste Plastics into Gaseous and Liquid Fuels at the conference. Both Bertuccio and Mohamed El- Khaiary collaborated with Gennaro J. Maffia, Ph.D, professor of chemical engineering, on their papers. 

Anirban De, Ph.D., P.E., associate professor and associate chairman of the civil and environmental engineering department, presented his paper “Effects of Surface Explosions on top of Earth Embankment Dams” at the GeoCongress 2013 conference held in March in San Diego. The paper, co-authored with Sean Butler ’13, a master's student, and Thomas F. Zimmie, Ph.D., a professor of civil and geotechnical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is based on research De is conducting through a grant from the National Science Foundation. The paper is included in “Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments III – Geotechnical Special Publications 231” published by the American Society of Civil Engineers.  

Alberto Morgante ’13, a civil and environmental engineering major, was also invited to the GeoCongress 2013 conference to present his poster. “Pull-out Capacity Analysis of Offshore Torpedo Anchors Using Finite-Element Modeling” was selected as a finalist amongst posters submitted by graduate and undergraduate students nationwide. Morgante conducted the research for this work under the guidance of De through a National Science Foundation grant. 

A few professional societies recently honored five civil and environmental engineering seniors. The Moles Organization awarded Mohammad S. Qasim with The Moles Student Award, and Kathryn A. Inzinna, Chris K. Oommen and Marissa Z. Peragine each received The Moles Scholarship. The General Contractors Association of New York gave Morgante a student scholarship.

Tim J. Ward, Ph.D., P.E., dean of the School of Engineering, is a recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers' Arid Lands Hydraulic Engineering Award and will receive the award in May at the World Environmental & Water Resources Congress in Cincinnati. He received this award in recognition of his initiative, leadership and numerous contributions to education, research and service.