Faculty and Staff News — 30 October 2018
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Aldrin Space Institute

Andy Aldrin, director of the Aldrin Space Institute and associate professor, delivered a keynote address Oct. 11 at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight in Los Cruses, New Mexico.

College of Aeronautics

Debbie Carstens, professor of aviation human factors, was lead author of the article, “Social Media Impact on Attention Span,” in The Journal of Management and Engineering Integration. Other authors were Sam Doss and Stephen Kies.

Nurettin Dinler, doctoral student in aviation and author, and William Rankin, associate professor of aviation management and co-author, have published a peer reviewed article titled, “Assessment of the Evolving Low-Cost Business Model for the Future Importance of U.S. Secondary Airports,” Manuscript 1267, September 2018, in the Journals at Scholarly Commons, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and the article has been accepted for inclusion in International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace by an authorized administrator of Scholarly Commons. See https://commons.erau.edu/ijaaa for more information.

College of Engineering and Science

Steven Lazarus, professor of meteorology and program chair, Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences, has been awarded the 2018 Russell L. DeSouza Award by the Unidata Users Committee. The award, named for the former Users Committee member and Millersville University meteorology professor who passed away in 1997, honors “individuals whose energy, expertise, and active involvement enable the Unidata Program to better serve the geosciences.” Lazarus has been active in the Unidata community for many years, serving on the Unidata Users Committee from 2009 through 2015 and on the Strategic Advisory Committee from 2015 through 2018. Unidata is a community of education and research institutions with the common goal of sharing geoscience data and the tools to access and visualize that data.

Jean-Paul Pinelli, professor in the Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, made two presentations at the 9th Conference of the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management Oct. 2-4 in Sydney, Australia. He presented, “Cloud-based Data Analysis, Integration, and Publishing, using the DesignSafe Cyberinfrastructure for Natural Hazards Engineering,” and “Data Management for the Development, Validation and Calibration of a Storm Surge Vulnerability Model.”

College of Psychology and Liberal Arts

Heidi Hatfield Edwards, associate head, School of Arts and Communication, professor and chair, Communication Programs, published a chapter in the new book, Handbook of Organizational Rhetoric and Communication, Oyvind Ihlen and Robert L. Heath, editors, from Wiley/Blackwell Press. Her chapter is titled, “Conceptualizing Audience in the Communication Process.”

Also, Edwards represented the Florida Tech chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at the Society’s 45th Biennial Convention Aug. 2-4 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She currently serves as president of the Florida Tech chapter and attended the convention as the chapter’s voting delegate. PKP is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Extended Studies

Scott Clary, assistant professor for operations research at Florida Tech’s Orlando site, has been awarded the William D. Ashman – John A. Wagnon Technical Achievement Award from International Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging Society. The award is given to a member of the society who has made outstanding technical contributions to the microelectronics packaging industry, while participating and demonstrating support of activities to enhance the profession as a member. Recipients of this award automatically become Life Members and Fellows of the Society. Clary received the award at the 51st International Symposium on Microelectronics in Pasadena, California, on Oct. 9

Office of Research

Laura Danner, animal program and facility manager, was recognized with the Technician Publication Award from the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. Danner began her career at Pfizer in 2006. She served as the study lead on pharmacokinetic studies, ran a sentinel program, managed controlled substances, and performed PRT on Rhesus monkeys. With an interest in environmental enrichment and the desire to run her own studies, she designed, ran, and analyzed study data that resulted in a poster and eventually the LAS Pro article, “Should Rat Enrichment Devices Be Used beyond a Month?” in March 2017.

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