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AEST Welcomes Three New Faculty Members

The Department of Applied Engineering, Safety and Technology welcomes three new faculty members to its ranks. Please take a moment and seek out our new permanent professors and welcome them to the area.

Dr. Ebrahim Karan
Dr. Ebrahim Karan

Dr. Karan arrived in August 2014, and his main teaching responsibilities will be in the Construction Management option. Dr. Karan comes to us from Georgia Tech where he taught various courses in construction engineering and management.


Dr. Mehdi Khalighi

Dr. Mehdi Khalighi

Dr. Khalighi is new to our Occupational Safety and Environmental Health program. Dr. Khalighi comes from a rich background that includes mechanical engineering and safety, most recently at San Diego State University.


Dr. Louise Manfredi

Dr. Louise Manfredi

Dr. Manfredi is also new this semester. Her main teaching responsibilities will be in the CADD area. She comes to us from the University of Leeds with preparation in both product design and mechanical engineering.


TEECA Honored For Continued Support

The Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association (MU-TEECA) was recently invited to the Lancaster Science Factory to hold their regular meeting, and to see what the facility is all about. MU-TEECA was also honored with the “Dedication to Public Education” award for their years of support and service to the interactive museum. Lancaster Science Factory provided dinner for the students and presented the association’s co-advisors with a plaque to recognize the students’ efforts.

MU-TEECA and its advisors have designed and constructed many interactive exhibits and experiments for the museum. One of the exhibits called “Can you lift 100 pounds” has three stations where museum goers can pull ropes to lift 100 pound weights. The children learn that through using pulleys in various ways, large amounts of weight can be lifted with ever decreasing effort. Other exhibits include a KNEX racetrack, experimenting with levers, a life-sized Newton’s cradle that uses volleyballs instead of marbles, experiments with different kinds of lighting, and a ball room for the younger kids.

TEECA Recognition
Ms. Emily Landis, Director of Lancaster Science Factory is flanked by MU-TEECA Co-advisors Dr. Len Litowitz and Dr. Sharon Brusic.

Dr. Atwater Awarded NSF Grant

Dr. Mark Atwater

The National Science Foundation has awarded Dr. Mark Atwater, Applied Engineering, Safety and Technology, with more than $290,000 to study how carbon is deposited from gas. The three-year grant was awarded on August 1, 2014.

Students from Millersville’s Applied Engineering and Chemistry departments will assist in Dr. Atwater’s research. This project will provide an opportunity for independent study and honors thesis work.

“I hope to employ at least three undergraduate students during the grant and serve as a mentor for other students who wish to complete independent study or honors thesis work,” said Dr. Atwater.

The project, “Multi-Scale Analysis of Catalytically Grown Carbon Nanofibers and Bulk Components,” will allow Dr. Atwater to study the way carbon nanofibers, strands of carbon about 1/1000th the diameter of a human hair, form.

“We are growing these fibers in molds to form three-dimensional components which are entirely fibrous, robust and flexible,” said Atwater.

The ability to directly produce a custom, carbon nanofiber product may allow new advances in composites, hydrogen storage, and air and water filtration.

“The smaller these fibers are, the greater their specific strength gets,” Dr. Atwater explained about composites. For filtration, the small fibers can fit together with smaller gaps to restrict fine particles from passing. “The material can be used in normal filtration applications, like a Brita filter, that uses activated carbon.”

AEST Homepage Achive Added

A new feature has been added to the Applied Engineering, Safety and Technology Web site starting this semester. Homepage stories will be archived on a Story Archive page. Up until Fall 2014, homepage stories would be replaced and lost to the ages. A "Quick Link" has been added to the navigation bar so you can come back and look up past events. If you would like to view ou archive now, please use this link.

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EPT Inducts 20 New Members

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Epsilon Pi Tau is the honor society into which qualified women and men have been initiated since 1929 in recognition of leadership or leadership potential. Membership is by invitation when extended by one's peers and colleagues. This particular honor signifies recognition of one or more of the following: leadership potential, leadership accomplishments, or academic achievements.

Twenty current students were inducted into Epsilon Pi Tau, Beta Phi chapter based on a combination of their academic records, leadership abilities, and outstanding participation in department activities, The Beta Phi chapter also awarded co-trustee citations to Dr. Kenneth P. DeLucca, Dr. Len S. Litowitz, and Dr, Joseph M. McCade during the evening’s events. These citations were awarded for exemplary service as chapter co-trustees, as well for his leadership in the fields of technology and technology education.

November 2013 Inductees

Lauren N. Atkins
Paul R. Cardinal
Thomas DeMatteis
Jordan P. Drexel
Vincent J. Fattorusso
Evan D. Geesey
Anton D. Gilpin
John Adam Griscavage
Cortney E. Hauer
Timothy D. Kachel
Elizabeth C. Kern
Dustin J. Keyser
Micah T. Moyer
Thomas F. Nikolaus
Scott J. Pearl
Zachary W. Pratt
Lisa R. Rich
Brian D. Souder
Joseph G. Steinmacher
Kelly A. Wingert

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