Faculty and Staff News — 17 January 2013
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College of Engineering

Four posters on soils and asphalt, authored by faculty and students were presented at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C. One, “Improving the properties of reclaimed asphalt pavement for roadway base applications through blending and chemical stabilization,” was authored by Albert Bleakley and Paul Cosentino. Authors on the other papers included the two, Ed Kalajian and students Fauzi Jarushi, Ryan Krajcik and Amir Sajjadi.

George Maul presented “Maritime musings: On the history of timekeeping, sea charts, longitude, and political correctness” at the January meeting of the Banana River Sail and Power Squadron in Melbourne.

Scott Tilley and Tauhida Parveen ’11 Ph.D. highlight the usefulness of cloud computing for software testing in their recent book, Software Testing in the Cloud: Perspectives on an Emerging Discipline.

Ke-Gang Wang and Martin Glicksman published the paper, “Ostwald Ripening in Al-Li Alloys: A Test of Theory,” in the International Journal of Materials Research. Also, a figure in their paper was featured on the cover of this journal in the November 2012 issue.

College of Psychology and Liberal Arts

Michael Kelley is the new executive director of The Scott Center for Autism Treatment. He is also an associate professor in the School of Psychology.

Bob Taylor presented the paper, “Women as healers: Restoring and preserving community in Sarah Orne Jegett’s The Country of Pointed Firs,” at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association conference in Boulder, Colo. He was part of the American 19th Century panel.

Kristi Van Sickle received the Judy E. Hall Early Career Psychologist award by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. She was praised for creating programs to train future psychologists and for making patients aware of all the services available to them.

A manuscript by Amanda Watts ’12 M.S., Yanerys Leon-Enriquez ’12 Ph.D., faculty members David Wilder and Meagan Gregory, and current student Kyle Ditzian was accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. The paper describes a variation on a common treatment for behavior problems.

Wanfa Zhang was elected a member of the board of directors of the Association of Chinese Political Studies for a two-year term and was also invited to become a member of the organization’s Best Paper Award Committee for a one-year term. He was chairman of a panel and discussant on another panel at the 84th annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, held in Orlando.

College of Science

Gordon Nelson was recently named president of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP). Nelson is an international expert in polymers, especially in polymer flammability.

Hakeem Oluseyi has been busy with TV show interviews lately. He’s been on the National Geographic Channel for “Evacuate Earth,” discussing deadly meteor showers; on Discovery Channel’s “You Have Been Warned,” in a segment on wingsuit gliders; and in several episodes of the Science Channel series, “Alien Encounters.” He has also been part of a pilot TV show for National Geographic called “Unbelievable” and is in the midst of production for the program, “Secrets,” also for National Geographic.

Terry Oswalt is the general editor of the six-volume reference series, Planets, Stars and Stellar Systems. The work previewed at the International Astronomical Union meeting in Beijing and was presented at the January 2013 American Astronomical Society meeting held in Long Beach, Calif.

Virender Sharma has published his book, Oxidation of Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins. More information is available at http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-047062776X.html.

Dick Turner gave an invited lecture for a Brevard Naturalists’ fundraising event at the Cocoa Beach Public Library. He presented “Seagrasses of the Indian River Lagoon system: Limitations after 100 million years of adaptation.”

Nathan M. Bisk College of Business

Andrew Cudmore’s MBA class won second place in the America’s National Gas Alliance (ANGA) Collegiate Energy Challenge held Dec. 11-12 in Washington, D.C. The judges were so impressed with Florida Tech’s “Clear Choice” project that they unexpectedly gave $200 to each of the 21 MBA students in addition to the $3,000 second place award. 

College of Aeronautics

Nestor Fenoy ’12 M.S. was senior author on “Beyond multitasking: Human factors implications for single-pilot operations in the NextGen environment.”Donna Wilt and John Deaton were co-authors.The paper, a result of research performed under an FAA grant, will be presented at the International Symposium on Aviation Psychology in May at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

Roneil Lindo \’12 M.S. was senior author with John Deaton, John Cain and Celine Lang on the papaer, \”Methods of instrument training and effects on pilots\’ performance with different types of flight instrument displays.\” the paper was published in the Journal of Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors.

Greg Reverdiau was Brevard County’s top finisher at the Walt Disney World Marathon on the weekend of Jan. 12-13. His time was 3 hours, 23 minutes and 53 seconds. Also, Daniel Kirk, mechanical and aerospace engineering, was Brevard’s #7 finisher.

President’s Office

President Catanese was one of 194 area runners to complete the Walt Disney World Marathon on the weekend of Jan. 12-13.


Kevin Graham is a finalist in the Campus Safety Director of the Year Award program of Campus Safety magazine. The winner will be announced in an upcoming issue of that magazine.

Extended Studies Sites

Leslie Hielema ’84 was appointed vice president for the Orlando site, effective Jan. 1. Most recently, Hielma was president of Orlando Inc.

Jeff Cerny is the Huntsville site’s new academic program chair. He will assist in the continuing expansion and growth of the site, and will explore academic opportunities for Florida Tech throughout the Southeastern United States.


Michelle Verkooy, development officer, led the campus-wide effort which raised nearly $500 for the American Red Cross to help Hurricane Sandy victims. Barry Bartolino, assistant grounds manager, was the first to donate toward the relief drive.This was personal for him; he was born and raised in New Jersey and his family there was affected.

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