Faculty and Staff News — 21 September 2011
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College of Engineering

A book by Guy Boy, The Handbook of Human-Machine Interaction, was recently published. It will be used internationally by students studying human-centered design of life-critical systems.

Ronaldo Menezes was an invited guest at the first India-Brazil-South Africa workshop on computational intelligence, held in Recife, Brazil. He presented an overview of the research conducted in the Florida Tech BioComplex Laboratory.

Patrick Millot is a visiting professor from the University of Valencinnes Le Mout Houy, France. A professor of automation and human-machine systems, he will teach and conduct research in human-centered design during the academic year.

Luis Daniel Otero authored “A fuzzy expert system architecture for capability assessments in skill-based environments.” It was accepted for publication in the Fuzzy Expert Systems with Applications Journal.

Jean-Paul Pinelli and graduate students Gonzalo Pita and Boback Torkian presented three papers at the 2011 International Conference on Vulnerability and Risk Analysis and Management in Hyattsville, Md. One was “Wind vulnerability curves assessment in the Florida Public Hurricane Loss Model.”

Eraldo Ribeiro and Ronaldo Menezes, with student Dalwinderjeet Kular, presented their work at the IEEE Network Science Workshop in West Point, N.Y. It was titled “Using network analysis to understand the relation between cuisine and culture.”

College of Aeronautics

John Deaton was a guest speaker at the Space Medicine and Human Factors Workshop at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His topic was “Living and working on Mars.”

This summer Victoria Dunbar and flight student Safiye Ademoglu took eighth place overall and fourth in the intercollegiate division in the all-female 35th Annual Air Race Classic air race. They flew a Cessna Sky Hawk in the four-day, 10-stop race that took them from Iowa City to Mobile, Ala., and were one of 50 flight teams competing. No Florida Tech team has entered the race before.

College of Science

Matt Wood received a grant of 800,000 hours of supercomputer time at the Texas Advanced Computing Center through the National Science Foundation Teragrid Partnership. He and graduate student Isaac Silver will use the time to calculate high-resolution 3D radiation-hydrodynamics simulations of direct-impact accretion phenomena in two different classes of close interacting binary star systems, the Algols and AM CVn binaries.

Online Learning

Creative calligraphy by Marilyn Carter, Art Appreciation instructor, was selected for the juried Art of Ink exhibition at Chiang Mai University in Thailand. Carter was invited to help open the exhibit, which starts Nov. 8, by giving a demonstration and lecture on her particular style of Kanji
character composition.

Nathan M. Bisk College of Business

Deborah Carstens presented the invited paper, “Is your social networking privacy reliant on intuitive interfaces?” at the 2011 Human Computer Interaction International Conference in Orlando, Fla. The paper, coauthored by Veronica Giguere (Academic Support Center), was also published in the conference proceedings. At that conference, Carstens and Annie Becker presented a poster resulting in the paper “A usability model for government websites” also to be published in the conference proceedings.

Roger Manley gave an invited presentation twice at the Department of the Navy’s Conference on Workplace Alternative Dispute Resolution, held at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Fla. His presentation was “When Boomers, Xers and Millennials collide during mediation.”

Tim Muth earned a Center for International Business Education and Research scholarship, which allowed him to participate in a two-week summer program to study business practices in Turkey, Hungary and Bulgaria.

College of Psychology and Liberal Arts

Frank Webbe is the editor of the Handbook of Sport Neuropsychology.

Office of the President

President Anthony J. Catanese presented a major speech at the XVI Triennial Conference of the International Association of University Presidents in New York City. His topic was “Building bridges for international education in cyberspace,” which discussed how to overcome the problems of distance through the aspatial campus with modern and projected technology.

Career Management Services

Dona Gaynor, director, was recently presented with the Florida Career Professionals Association’s (FCPA) highest honor, the Brownlee Leadership Award.

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