Faculty and Staff News — 05 December 2012
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Danielle Quinn at Miami Ironman competition


Head men\’s rowing coach Jim Granger received The Joy of Sculling’s College Coaches Award for the 2012 season at the organization’s annual conference in mid-December.

Assistant women’s basketball coach Danielle Quinn completed her second Ironman competition in Miami. She finished the 70.3-mile course in seven hours and 47 minutes. She plans to compete in two competitions at Kennedy Space Center and Panama City.

Head Football Coach Steve Englehart received an award for being an “Up and Coming Leader” from Space Coast Business.

College of Engineering

Hector Gutierrez was awarded $130,184 for his project, Fluid/Structure Coupling Damper Analysis Support. The research is crucial to the next generation of launch vehicles, such as ARES 1.

A paper by Ronaldo Menezes, with doctoral student Srividhya Venugopal and undergraduate Evan Stoner titled, \”Understanding organ transplantation in the USA using geographical social networks,\” was accepted for publication by the Journal of Social Network Analysis and Mining.

Syed Murshid was awarded a patent for his design of a fiber-optic communications system. The patent is titled “Array of Concentric CMOS Photodiodes for Detection and De-multiplexing of Spatially Modulated Optical Channels.”

A paper co-authored by doctoral student Chi Hyueon Youn and Ashok Pandit, “Estimation of Average Annual Removal Efficiencies of Wet Detention Ponds Using Continuous Simulation,” was published in the November issue of the ASCE Journal of Hydrology.

Geoff Swain’s paper, “Hull resistance management in the new era of ship energy efficiency,” was published in the Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings.

College of Science

Dan Batchelder was awarded a grant for $72,000 from The Space Telescope and Science Institute. The grant will fund his research comparing the effects of super massive black holes with starbursts in regulating the evolution of galaxies, using data from the Hubble Space Telescope. Undergraduate Michelle Berg is working with him.

A paper by Gordon Nelson, “Ablaze over furniture fires,” was published in the Chemical and Engineering News journal, the largest chemical news weekly.He was also elected president of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. This is the organization of those in the presidential succession of the nation’s 62 science and science/math education societies.

A paper by Eric Perlman was published in Astrophysical Journal Letters. It was titled “Periodic structure in the megaparsec-scale jet of PKS 0637-752.” Discussed in the article were the similarities of jet emissions from a black hole to those of an afterburner on a fighter jet.

Richard Turner gave a seminar at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution titled “Ghostly crabs: A haunting dilemma on Brevard beaches.”

Nathan M. Bisk College of Business

For an integrated marketing project in November, Andrew Cudmore’s MBA students staged the Clear Choice Natural Gas Expo on the Crawford Green. The event was designed to raise awareness of the uses of natural gas and was part of America’s Natural Gas Alliance Collegiate Energy Challenge. A big success, the project was one of three university projects chosen by the National Gas Alliance for the finals in Washington, D.C., Dec. 11-12. Cudmore and five of the students will make the trip to present their results and for the opportunity of winning cash prizes.

Women’s Business Center Director Beth Gitlin in a partnership with the Rotary Club of Indialantic, raised over $7,000 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Gitlin, who was captain of Team Courage, Heart and Soul for the walk, is a one-year breast cancer survivor.

Tim Muth’s paper, “Changing the face of international business education: The x-culture project,” was published in AIB Insights. Muth also participated in a panel discussion, “Innovative teaching in international business – making IB live for students,” at the 2012 International Business Southeast USA Conference.

A paper by Michael Slotkin, Christopher Durie and Jarin Eisenberg, “The benefits of short-term study abroad as a blended learning experience,” was published in the Journal of International Education in Business.

Alex Vamosi, Scott Benjamin, Martha Lair Sale and Beth Gitlin were key speakers at the Founder’s Forum this November. The event covered such topics as the United States’ free market society, current trends and what business people can do to prepare for and prosper from these trends.

Abram Walton’s paper, “Open innovation for SMEs in developing countries – An intermediated communication network model for collaboration beyond obstacles,” was published in Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice.

Online Learning

Florida Tech’s online Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) degree was ranked 11th in the nation by TheBestSchools.org. The ranking was based on the quality and reputation of the program, as well as the caliber of the faculty.

Continuing Education

Cindy Schmitt is being recognized for her presentation, “Creating learner friendly online learning environments – lessons learned,” by monthly newsletter, Online Classroom.

Evans Library

Holly Jane Miller is co-author of a paper published in the journal Nature, titled “Data management: Librarians or science informationists.”

Extended Studies Site, Huntsville, Ala.

Harry Hobbs, adjunct production and operations management professor, was selected as the 2012 Madison City Outstanding Veteran.

Business and Retail Operations

Conference Services Bureau Director Erica Spencer was awarded the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential through the Convention Industry Council. The CMP is considered the foremost certification of the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry.

Food Service

Stanley Pimenta was presented with an employment award from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Employment Network of Central Florida. Pimenta has been with Florida Tech for over 21 years.

Foosaner Art Museum

Sara Petrosky was named the Foosaner Art Museum’s first curator of education. She will assist the Director of University Museums Carla Funk in rebranding and revitalizing the Renee Foosaner Education Center.

Human Centered Design Institute

Guy André Boy published a textbook titled Orchestrating Human-Centered Design. In the book, Boy presents a model to articulate technology, organizations and people.

Humanities and Communication

Natalie Dorfeld presented “Improving student learning in the EFL classroom” at a meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English in Las Vegas, Nev.

A review by Gordon Patterson was published in The American Historical Review. It was titled \”Politics and the Pesticide That Changed the World.\”

Robert Taylor chaired the American Literature panel and presented a paper titled \”The art of business, the business of art: Depictions of the artist and the businessman in William Dean Howells\’sA Hazard of New Fortunes\”at the Midwest Modern Language Association conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Wanfa Zhang had published \”Resurrection through adaptaion: The dynamics of China\’s \’comcapitalism\’ model\” in the Journal of Comparative Asian Development.

Student Activities

Florida Tech honor society Phi Kappa Phi has earned recognition as a chapter of merit for excellence in all fields of higher learning and for its ability to engage the community of scholars in service to others. The honor was given to only 54 other chapters in the Phi Kappa Phi network.

In Memoriam
Jimmie “JP” Parker passed away on Nov. 13. Parker was an air conditioning technician who “brightened Facilities Operations for over seven years with his kind heart and sense of humor,” said Greg Tsark.

Jim Giganti passed away on Nov. 27. Jim worked in Administrative Computing for 23 years and “was one of our great gurus of the Banner system.The Administrative Computing team will miss Jim because of his gentle leadership, strong work ethic, positive outlook and especially the wisdom he imparted as a mentor to his peers,” said Eric Kledzik.


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