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Two from UB honored by Connecticut Technology Council

Smartphones and Skin Cancer Detection School of Engineering Dean at White House

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Message from the Dean


Message from the Editor


Major Research Areas


Awards, Grants, and Achievements


CTIETA Conference


School of Engineering Laboratories


Faculty Research Day


News Items Meet our New Engineering Faculty!


List of Publications


Faculty Mentors and Advisory Board



News Items UB Student-Entrepreneur Wins CT Business Plan Competition


Leslie Geary


UB Engineering Students Win Big at AAAEA Awards Event


Dr. Khaled Alleithy


Two from UB Honored by Connecticut Technology Council


Leslie Geary


Smartphones and Skin Cancer Detection


Constance Vickers


UB Acquires One-Person Submarine for Engineering Learning


UB Sweeps Northeast ASEE Conference


School of Engineering Dean at White House


Leslie Geary


Universities Expand Cybersecurity Offerings as Job Prospects Grow


Kelia Torres Ocasio


University of Bridgeport Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program Announced


UB Student Experiment Flies High Over New Mexico


Dr. Jani Pallis


UB Faculty and Students Won Two Awards


Dr. Khaled Alleithy


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Message From the Dean The School of Engineering at the University of Bridgeport (UB) is home to the largest graduate engineering program in the state of Connecticut. The graduate program at UB is also the second largest program in New England in terms of both the number of enrolled students and graduates. Among doctoral research universities in the United States, UB has consistently ranked among the top five international universities according to the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings. Additionally, UB ranks among top in the nation for the areas of diversity, small class sizes, and online programs. Furthermore, the online program offered by the SOE was ranked among the top in the nation. The School of Engineering at UB is home to the fastest growing graduate Biomedical Engineering program and Ph.D. programs in Computer Science and Engineering, and Technology Management in the northeast. Over the last several years, the SOE has exhibited the highest growth rate at the graduate level among all engineering schools in the nation. Fields of engineering study at the Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. levels at UB include: Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology Management. The School of Engineering at UB is internationally renowned for interdisciplinary programming and offers many research and graduate concentrations, certificates, and dual-degree opportunities within several multidisciplinary fields of study, including, but not limited


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to: Bio-Technology Management; CAD/ CAM; Cyber and Information Security; Computer Communications and Networking; Entrepreneurship; Environmental and Energy Management and Engineering; Biometrics; Manufacturing Management; Microelectronics and Computer Architecture; Robotics and Automation; Service Management and Engineering; Signal and Image Processing; Software Engineering; Supply Chain Management; Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI); and Wireless and Mobile Communications. Sponsored research funding at the School of Engineering has quadrupled in the last five years. The SOE houses several research centers and laboratories that are internationally renowned within the following areas: Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics; Sustainable Energy and Environment; 3-D Manufacturing and Design; Cloud Computing; CNC Milling; Robotics, Intelligent Sensing and Control; MultiMedia Information Systems; Nanomaterials & Nanobiomaterials Engineering; PLC Controls & IC; Renewable Energy; Mechatronics and Micro-ElectroMechanical Systems Design; Signal Processing and Wireless and Mobile Communications. The School of Engineering students were awarded most of the prizes for the graduate engineering research project competition in April 2016 at the regional American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) annual conference, held at the University of Rhode Island. Their awards at the conference speak volumes about the innovation, quality, and dedication of the SOE students

Tarek M. Sobh, Ph.D., P.E., CMfgE Senior Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research and Dean of the School of Engineering

and their supervising faculty. With a very strong Industry Advisory Board, a hightech business incubator on campus (CTech IncUBator), and significant collaborative relationships with more than 700 companies and industries in the New England and MidAtlantic regions, the School of Engineering has, and continues to place, thousands of engineering undergraduate and graduate students in co-ops and internship positions while they are still in the academic programs, in addition to maintaining a stellar record of full-time job placement upon student graduation. I hope you enjoy reading our annual report. We all look forward to yet another stellar year for engineering students and faculty at the University of Bridgeport.


I am privileged to act as the Editor of the School of Engineering 2016 Annual Report and Newsletter. This role provides me an opportunity to take a rest for a few days after the end of a busy year and enjoy going through all the accomplishments of the School of Engineering faculty and students. I am truly honored to have the opportunity today to congratulate all of the Engineering students and faculty for their accomplishments in 2016. This year, like many previous years, the School of Engineering students and faculty have distinguished themselves, not only in the number of awards, but also in the diversity and kinds of awards they have won.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” - WINSTON CHURCHILL

It is always great to celebrate success, but Engineering students, faculty, staff, and administrators will not stop at this moment of success. Once Winston Churchill said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” Thank you to all of the Engineering faculty and students, we are very proud of you, and congratulations on your accomplishments. January 31, 2017

Khaled Elleithy, Ph.D. Editor, 2016 SOE Annual Report and Newsletter Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research Associate Dean of the School of Engineering

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With 1,400 graduate and undergraduate students, UB’s School of Engineering is the largest graduate Engineering school in the state of Connecticut, and is second to only MIT in the New England region. The school offers a diverse set of highly desirable graduate and undergraduate programs and concentrations, cutting-edge laboratory and research experiences, and field training opportunities.


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Biomedical Materials Biomimicking and Bioinspired Materials Bioelectronics BioMEMS Biosignal Processing Biorobotics Bioimage Processing Ergonomy Bioinformatics Gene sequencing Communication in Man-Machine Interface Biosensing Tissue Engineering Cellular and Molecular Biology Biometrics Biomechanics Biotechnology

Automation and Manufacturing Biomedical Engineering Computer Architecture Computer Arithmetic Computer Networks Control Systems Digital Signal Processing and Image Processing Formal Approaches for Design, Synthesis and Verification Information Technology and Cyber Security Microelectronic Design Multimedia Data Base Application Parallel and Distributed Architectures and Algorithms Robotics Scalable Web Architectures, SOA, GPS Applications Wireless Communication Nano and Functional Nano Materials



Electrical Engineering Automation Control Distributed Control and Optimization Electrical Properties of Plastic/Metal Composites Electrical Safety and Electric Accident Reconstruction Electromagnetic Fields Applied To Lightning Electronic Biological Sensors Electronic Materials and Devices Information Processing and Control of Large-Scale Distributed Systems Medical Electronics and Bio-Medical Micro-Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) Micro-Sensors and Micro-Actuators PLC (Programmable Logic Control) Superconductors Sustainable Energy Technologies Thin-Film Solar Cells VLSI Design and Testing

Aerodynamics and Hydrodynamics in Sports Automation Control Biomechanics, Biofluids, Biomaterials and Biomedical Device Design Computational Fluid Dynamics Computer Aided Design / Engineering / Manufacturing Design Optimization Finite Element Analysis HVAC Laser Material Processing Materials Engineering and Composites Mechatronics and Robotics MEMS and Nanotechnology Modeling and Simulation of Manufacturing Process Rapid Prototyping Solar Energy and Fuel Cells Thermal Management of Electronic Devices and Systems Vehicle Aerodynamics

TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT Analytics, Modeling and Simulation Bio-Medical/ Bio-Technology Management Engineering and Science Management Information Technology and Cyber Security Information Technology Strategy, Execution & Governance Manufacturing Management and Processes New Venture Creation

New Product/Service Development, Innovation and Commercialization Outsourcing and Strategic Sourcing Program and Project Management Quality Management, Six Sigma, and Lean Process Management Supply Chain and Logistics Management Sustainable Energy Management

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Major Research Areas




AWARDS AAUW INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Wafa Elmannai and Dr. Khaled Elleithy $20,000 // July 2015 to June 2016

BEST VENTURE ENTERPRISE AWARD 20th fall Connecticut Business Plan Competition for scholar-entrepreneurs Seifallah Mejri $1000 // December 9th , 2016

CONNECTICUT SKILLS CHALLENGE AWARD Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) Wafa Elmannai, Yazan Lpizra, Paul Alfaro, Guksung and Dat Tran $1,500 // April 2nd, 2016

10TH AAAEA ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects (AAAEA) Mohamed Ben Haj Frej $1000

2016 WOMEN OF INNOVATION AWARD, COLLEGIAN INNOVATION AND LEADERSHIP CATEGORY The Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) Wafa Elmannai March 18th, 2016 Nominated by Dr. Khaled Elleithy HONORABLE MENTION AWARD Annual IEEE Connecticut Conference on Industrial Electronics, Technology & Automation (CT-IETA 2016) Abrar Alajlan, Dr. Khaled Elleithy and Marwah Almasri October 14 - 15, 2016 HONORABLE MENTION AWARD Annual IEEE Connecticut Conference on Industrial Electronics, Technology & Automation (CT-IETA 2016) Marwah Almasri, Khaled Dr. Elleithy and Abrar Alajlan October 14 - 15, 2016 4 POSTER AWARD

Northeast Section ASEE Conference at University of Rhode Island Abrar Alajlan, Dr. Khaled Elleithy, and Marwah Almasri $100 // April 28-30, 2016 BEST POSTER Annual IEEE Connecticut Conference on Industrial Electronics, Technology & Automation (CT-IETA 2016) Anas Bushnag, Dr. Shakour Abuzneid and Dr. Ausif Mahmood $50 UPE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AWARD Upsilon Pi Epsilon Ajay Shrestha $2,500 // Oct 2016 POSTER AWARD University of Bridgeport, Faculty Research Day (FRD) Marwah Almasri, Dr. Khaled Elleithy, and Abrar Alajlan $25 // April 1st, 2016


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POSTER AWARD HONORABLE MENTION Annual IEEE Connecticut Conference on Industrial Electronics, Technology & Automation (CT-IETA 2016) Muneer Alshowkan and Dr. Khaled Elleithy October 14-15, 2016 STUDENT RESEARCH POSTER (GRADUATE CATEGORY) Northeast Section ASEE Conference at University of Rhode Island Kishore Thota and Almat Raskaliyev, Dr. Sarosh Patel and Dr. Tarek Sobh $200 // April 28 - 30, 2016 UPE SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD Upsilon Pi Epsilon Patricio Xavier Flores $1,500 // October 2016 2ND PLACE AWARD OF POSTERS Annual IEEE Connecticut Conference on Industrial Electronics, Technology & Automation (CT-IETA 2016) Wu Shi and Dr. Xingguo Xiong $100 // October 14-15, 2016 HONORABLE MENTION AWARD OF POSTERS Annual IEEE Connecticut Conference on Industrial Electronics, Technology & Automation (CT-IETA 2016) Spandhana Vallakati, Tong Qin, and Dr. Xingguo Xiong October 14-15, 2016 GRADUATE STUDENT POSTER COMPETITION 2016 ASEE (The American Society for Engineering Education) Northeast Section Conference, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island Abhishek Krishna, Chandrasekhar Babu Kamineni, and Dr. Xingguo Xiong $100 // April 28-30, 2016. AAAEA 10TH ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects (AAAEA) Patricio Xavier Flores $1,000

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BEST PAPER AWARD, THIRD PLACE IEEE Connecticut Conference on Industrial Electronics, Technology & Automation (CT-IETA 2016) Hardware Salam Al-Khammasi, Khalid. A. I. Aboalayon, Mohammad Daneshzand, Dr. Misagh Faezipour and Dr. Miad Faezipour $100 // October 14-15, 2016 Title of the paper: Hardware-Based FIR Filter Implementations for ECG Signal Denoising: A Monitoring Framework from Industrial Electronics Perspective BEST POSTER AWARD (DOCTORAL CATEGORY) IEEE Connecticut Conference on Industrial Electronics, Technology & Automation (CT-IETA 2016) Mohammad Aloudat and Dr. Miad Faezipour $150 // October 14-15, 2016 Title of the poster: Monitoring IOP Based-on Pupil/Iris Ratio BEST POSTER AWARD (DOCTORAL CATEGORY) IEEE Connecticut Conference on Industrial Electronics, Technology & Automation (CT-IETA 2016) Mohammad Daneshzand, Dr. Buket Barkana and Dr. Miad Faezipour $100 // October 14-15, 2016 Title of the poster: Explaining Abnormal Patterns Seen in Parkinson’s Disease with Computational Modeling BEST POSTER AWARD (MASTERS CATEGORY) IEEE Connecticut Conference on Industrial Electronics, Technology & Automation (CT-IETA 2016) Parth Shah, Dr. Jani M. Pallis and Dr. Miad Faezipour $150 // October 14-15, 2016 Title of the poster: Automatic Gait Balance Detection System FACULTY COMPETITIVE POSTER AWARD Faculty Research Day, University of Bridgeport Dr. Omar Abuzaghleh, Dr. Miad Faezipour and Dr. Buket Barkana $1,000 // April 1st , 2016 Title of the poster: A Portable RealTime Noninvasive Skin Lesion Analysis System to Assist in Melanoma Early Detection and Prevention CISCO INSTRUCTOR EXCELLENCE AWARD Cisco Tarik Eltaeib May 3rd, 2016


ADVISOR OF THE YEAR University of Bridgeport Dr. Jani Pallis 2016 // Club/Organization Advisor of the Year for contributions to the Aerospace Club and Society of Women Engineers

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2016 WHO’S WHO AMONG STUDENTS IN AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES H. Pettus Randall II founder of Randall Riley Publishing Paul Alfaro, Bashar Alhafni, Clarens Clement, Alan Eskandar, Maheshwari Kumar Rakkappan, Jerry Olivier, Mckenzie Parent, Ibrahim Shehadeh, Larissa Vilaboim Oliveira, Rishi Warokar 2016 // Nominated by Dr. Joyce Hu and Dr. Jani Pallis GRADUATE ASSISTANT OF THE YEAR University of Bridgeport Maheshwari Kumar Rakkappan 2016 // Nominated by Dr. Jani Pallis, Dr. Nelson Ngoh and Mr. Larry Reed WOMEN OF INNOVATION Connecticut Technology Council – Academic Innovation and Leadership Dr. Jani Pallis 2016 // Nominated by the University of Bridgeport (VP Mary-Jane Foster) and the Society of Women Engineers Connecticut Section (President Carla Juhas) “A woman in an academic setting (elementary or high school, college, university, and medical school) who has created and fostered programs (in technology, science, and engineering) in curriculum development, student research, and teacher-student collaborations. A woman who has secured outside funding and/or has received peer recognition for her leadership and innovation in these areas. A woman who has worked to inspire and encourage other women to pursue careers in technology, science or engineering. Judged on: a) Innovative curriculum development b) Academic awards or peer honors c) Secured grants to support this work d) Mentorship e) Leadership


ENHANCING RESEARCH ADMINISTRATION AT AN EMERGING RESEARCH INSTITUTION IN URBAN, SOUTHWEST CONNECTICUT // BIOMEDICAL/BIOBEHAVIORAL RESEARCH ADMINISTRATION DEVELOPMENT (BRAD) National Institutes of Health (NIH) Dr. C. Hempowicz and Dr. Ruba Deeb $450,000 // 05/21/2016 to 04/30/2021 HEAT TRANSFER AND FLUID FLOW OF NON-NEWTONIAN DRILLING FLUIDS Pegasus Vertex, Inc. Dr. Junling. Hu and Dr. Xingguo Xiong $10,000 // January 2016 to December 2016 BIOCHIP WITH GRAPHENEBASED NANOSENSOR FOR NONINVASIVE GLUCOSE SENSING University of Bridgeport Seed Grant, Office of Sponsored Research at UB Dr. Xingguo Xiong, Dr. Prabir Patra and Dr. Junling. Hu $10,000 // January 2016 to December 2016 QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT DISTRIBUTION FOR SECRET KEY ESTABLISHMENT IN METROPOLITAN OPTICAL NETWORKS // STUDENT TRAVEL ASSISTANCE GRANTS U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Muneer Alshowkan and Dr. Khaled Elleithy $700 // August 8-10, 2016 AUTOMATIC GAIT BALANCE DETECTION: HARDWARE/SOFTWARE AND MOBILE APPLICATION DESIGN // SEED MONEY GRANT University of Bridgeport Seed Money Grant Dr. Jani. M. Pallis and Dr. Miad Faezipour $9,975 // Jan. 1, 2016- Dec. 31, 2016 UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT INSTRUMENT PROJECT (USIP) // Connecticut Space Grant Dr. Jani Pallis $93, 848 to UB of the total award of $199,999 to CT Space Grant May, 2016 – May, 2018

HIGH ALTITUDE STUDENT PROJECT (HASP) Louisiana Space Grant Dr. Jani Pallis and Dr. Neal Lewis Jan – Dec, 2016 Instrument use – use of NASA facilities in Texas and New Mexico and usage of the HASP platform for near space launch. SOLAR ECLIPSE Connecticut Space Grant Dr. Jani Pallis Approximately $20,000 of the $50,000 funded for the total project will used to fund UB equipment, training and travel for high altitude ballooning for a nationwide ballooning project the day of the total solar eclipse. // through Dec. 2016 Notes: Funds to create a payload and travel to launch during the Aug. 21, 2017 total solar eclipse in Kentucky CT SPACE GRANT – FACULTY TRAVEL GRANT Connecticut Space Grant Dr. Jani Pallis $1000// Notes: Funds to travel with student to use the Columbia Scientific Balloon facility in Palestine, Texas UB SEED MONEY GRANT – GAIT ANALYSIS University of Bridgeport Dr. Jani Pallis $9,975 CANSAT Connecticut Space Grant Sheila Berna $1,279 // 2016 Notes (Grant for travel to the competition and supplies for the payload)

DISCOVERY NASA Discovery Museum and Planetarium Dr. Jani Pallis $50,000 // Feb., 2016 – March, 2020

R. J. ALATAAS, "BICYCLE HELMET WITH AN ADAPTIVE LIGHT NOTIFICATION SYSTEM." U.S. Patent 20,160,144,773, issued May 26, 2016. R. J. ALATAAS, "HELMET." U.S. Patent D762,012, issued July 19, 2016.

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2016 ANNUAL CONNECTICUT CONFERENCE ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS, TECHNOLOGY AND AUTOMATION (CT-IETA) CT-IETA HISTORY The Industrial Electronics, Technology, and Automation (IETA) conference was conducted for the first time in 2005 as part of the online International Joint Conferences on Computer, Information, and Systems Sciences, and Engineering (CISSE). Dr. Tarek Sobh and Dr. Khaled Elleithy introduced CISSE as the first engineering conference to be conducted entirely online. The first CISSE (2005) conference introduced a new concept that was never implemented before. CISSE 2005 attracted about 400 researchers from around the world and the results were documented in four published books by the largest world engineering publisher, Springer. Since then, CISSE has been conducted 10 times and the results published in 14 books by Springer (, with a total of more than 6,000 submitted research papers and more than 3,000 research papers accepted and published.

IETA was offered as part of CISSE in the online format from 2005 to 2014. From 2005 to 2014, IETA was conducted online as a high-caliber research conference. Over the first ten years, hundreds of papers submissions were received from more than 80 countries, representing the six continents. The conference followed a rigorous review process in which each paper was reviewed by at least three reviewers, and authors were required to address review comments prior to presentation and publication. The outcomes of these series of conferences were published by Springer in the form of a book every year. Recently, online conferences have faced several challenges in the form of a declining number of submissions due to the large number of online conferences conducted around the world. In 2014, the steering committee of IETA recognized the need to offer the conference on-site to provide new opportunities for researchers from around the world and to allow local industries to have direct communication. In addition to the technical sessions that were the mainstay of the online IETA, the on-site conference provides a more suitable platform to offer poster sessions, tutorials, workshops, and panels. The new on-site IETA conference was held in 2016 in Bridgeport, CT, USA (CT-IETA), envisioned to be a world-class conference accepting manuscripts presenting the state-of-the-art Industrial Electronics, Technology, and Automation research endeavors. Furthermore, the conference was planned to provide an opportunity to address new emerging technologies in the form of tutorials, panels, and workshops. In the 2016 edition of CT-IETA, these technologies included robots in education, data science recent developments and future trends, nanomaterials, and biomedical applications. Additionally, CT-IETA 2016 included a student poster competition that provided a venue to showcase the results of student research with their faculty mentors. Students were encouraged to submit posters highlighting completed and ongoing research projects. Awards were given to the best posters in the doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate student categories.


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OVERVIEW OF THE CT-IETA CONFERENCE The University of Bridgeport’s School of Engineering (UBSOE) has been taking part in the online CT-IETA Conference since 2005. The conference was sponsored by IEEE. After ten years of being involved, UB proudly hosted the first onsite version of the CT-IETA on October 14-15, 2016. Approximately 100 individuals from 15 universities in seven countries participated in the two-day conference. Participants were able to take part in intellectual workshops, presentations, tutorials, and discussion panels. An exceptional turnout was evident with 53 papers submitted to the conference. Twenty-five papers were accepted with an acceptance rate of 47%, and 20 papers were included in the final program at an acceptance rate of 37%. The conference included peer reviewed papers on several topics in the following three tracks: Industrial Electronics & Instrumentation: Power Electronics, High Frequency Converters, Power Converters, Intelligent Transportation, Factory Communication, Motors and Drives, Power Devices and Components, Industrial Instrumentation, Signal Processing, Mechanical Systems, etc. Sensing & Control: Sensors Fusion, MEMS Sensors and Actuators, Advanced and Distributed Control Systems, Intelligent Control Systems (NN, FL, GA), Expert Systems, Motion Control, Machine Learning, Modeling and Simulation, Machine Vision, Image and Data Processing, etc. Robotics & Automation: Robotics, Intelligent Systems, Factory Automation, Advances in Manufacturing System, Man Machine Interaction, Data Fusion, Process Automation, Manufacturing Information System, Industrial Applications of Multi Media, VR and Parallel Systems, etc.

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1. Ph.D. Computer Laboratory 2. General Computer Laboratories I, II, III, IV, V 3. Adjunct Faculty and Ph. D. Students Cubical Area (B) TEACHING LABORATORIES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Mobile and Wireless Communications Laboratory Digital Design Laboratory Control Laboratory Microprocessor Laboratory/Embedded Systems Laboratory RISC (The Interdisciplinary Robotics, Intelligent Sensing, and Control Laboratory) 6. Circuits I Laboratory/Circuits II Laboratory/Electronic Laboratory 7. DSP Laboratory/Communications Laboratory 8. Energy Laboratory 9. Mechanical Workshop 10. PLC Laboratory

11. TEM Laboratory 12. Digital/Biomedical Embedded Systems and Technology (D-BEST) Laboratory 13. 3-D Printers Laboratory 14. Cloud Computing Laboratory 15. MEMS and Signal Processing Research Laboratory 16. Multimedia Information Group Research Laboratory 17. Mechanical Engineering Laboratory 18. Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) Research Laboratory 19. Emerging Communications Technologies


APPLIED COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS LABORATORY research/applied-computational-fluid-dynamics-laboratory/

The Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Laboratory at the Mechanical Engineering Department was established to use CFD as an analysis tool to understand the transport phenomena (fluid dynamics, heat and mass transfer, chemical reactions, and electromagnetic effects) in industrial processes and as a design tool to optimize engineering components and system design. Multiphysics modeling and simulations are carried out to study transport phenomena and thermally induced stress in various industrial processes and engineered systems, such as energy conversion, automobile aerodynamics, electronics cooling, HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning), welding, casting, etc. CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT research/center-sustainable-energy-and-environment/

The Center for Sustainable Energy and Environment is led by Dr. Elif Kongar and serves as an interdisciplinary research facility at the School of Engineering, conducting extensive research on energy and environment related issues. The mission of the center is to contribute to the body of knowledge in related areas while increasing awareness on greening activities. The research areas include: life cycle analysis, End-of-Life (EOL) products, disassembly for environment, disassembly sequencing, disassembly scheduling, greening curricula, and increasing participation of women in engineering. CLOUD COMPUTING CLUSTER

The Cloud Computing Cluster (CCC) develops and implements open-source technologies to support reliable scalable distributed computing in non-relational data environments for science and business. Current active projects are: Algorithms for Cloud Computational Cytotoxicity Computational Cytotoxicity for Sickle Cell Anemia


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Hadoop Cloud Human Genome Book Target Finger Modification (TFM) Zinc Finger Recognition Code


The Controls Laboratory is situated in the Engineering Building (Tech 210) of University of Bridgeport. This laboratory is used for both instruction and research. Currently, the laboratory has three stations: a) Process Control Station b) Mixing Station c) Inverted Pendulum


A Haas CNC mini milling machine in the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory at School of Engineering is currently being used to support the academic and engineering education in School of Engineering. Courses include MEEG-479 CNC Machine Control and Mill, MEEG-423 CAM & CNC Machining, MEEG-424 Advanced CAM & Automation, and some electrical engineering courses. The students acquire knowledge and experience in CNC programming, understand basic machining processes, learn to set up and adjust the tools and fixtures, and follow safety procedures. The hands-on machining experiences in this mechanical laboratory benefit our engineering students in their current academic course learning as well as future career plan/job searching.



The Digital/Biomedical Embedded Systems & Technology (D-BEST) Laboratory founded and directed by Dr. Miad Faezipour, is affiliated with the Computer Science & Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Departments at the School of Engineering. This laboratory integrates various biomedical signal processing research areas with digital/embedded systems design and implementation. D-BEST Laboratory is located in Tech Building # 211B.

The Interdisciplinary RISC Laboratory resides in the Computer Science and Engineering department. It was formed in 1995 by its founder and coordinator, Professor Tarek Sobh, in order to conduct research in a variety of Robotics-related fields, and as a step towards the development of commercially applicable projects. Our research interests include reverse engineering and industrial inspection, CAD/ CAM and active sensing under uncertainty, robots and electromechanical systems prototyping, sensor-based distributed control schemes, unifying tolerances across sensing, design and manufacturing, hybrid and discrete event control, modeling and applications, mobile robotic manipulation, developing theoretical and experimental tools to aid performing adaptive goal-directed robotic sensing for modeling, observing and controlling interactive agents in unstructured environments.


The Multimedia Information Group, shortly MIG, is a division of Department of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Bridgeport. It was founded by Professor Jeongkyu Lee in August 2006. MIG's research explores the technology and application of multimedia and information, including video surveillance system, graph-based video database management system, and medical videos. The MIG laboratory is located at Dana Hall #234.

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Nano materials such as carbon nanotubes, nanowires, quantum dots, nanoplatelets, and other non-carbon based layered and metal oxide nanoparticles possess either superior electrical, optical, surface, or mechanical properties due to their unique structure. These have made nanostructured materials a subject of immense scientific and technological interest. Recent times have seen a significant amount of research focused on the understanding of various physical properties associated with nanoscale materials either by themselves or in conjunction with polymers. Nevertheless, for nanotechnology advances to impact human life, designing these materials and hybrid materials with desired properties and integrating these properties in future technology development is needed. Thus, it is necessary to have complete control over their structure, properties, and arrangement through growth and modification processes.

This laboratory introduces students with little or no background to PLC systems (programmable logic control systems). Students learn the theory of PLC’s: they read, design, and understand basic ladder logic; they are aware of potential problems and hazards; they learn to perform common procedures such as editing programs, forcing, clearing faults, etc. Students will also learn how to connect to PLC systems and how to effectively and logically troubleshoot PLC system problems using RSLogix 500/5000, Factory Talk software, Mitsubishi PLC, and HMI software. This course is also designed to provide a solid conceptual knowledge base for future learning in the field of Automation. RENEWABLE ENERGY RESEARCH LABORATORY

Sustainable energy is an increasingly important component of the new energy mix. The laboratory experiments cover the technologies in energy conversion, utilization, and storage in solar, wind, fuel cells, and hybrid systems. The smart micro-power grid will also be designed and optimized through a simulation with the consideration of cost and environmental effect. This laboratory is motivated from the strong need to prepare the next generation of inter-disciplinary engineers with a comprehensive background in sustainable energy.


The Signal Processing Research Group (SPRG) Laboratory is located within the Department of Electrical Engineering. Areas of interest in SPRG span all aspects of speech, audio, bio, and astronomy signal processing and coding. SPRG laboratory is located at Tech Building #214. WIRELESS & MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS LABORATORY research/wireless-and-mobile-communications-laboratory/

The WMC Laboratory, funded by Dr. Elleithy in 2000, aims to advance the state-ofthe-art in wireless, mobile, and communications technologies. WMC provides the most advanced technologies in conducting research and training in communications. It provides the necessary equipment to conduct research on wired/wireless signals and systems that operate at a frequency up to 10 gigahertz. Also, it provides the necessary modules to conduct research and training on Wireless Sensor Networks. Recently, CISCO equipment was acquired using a grant from CISCO for training purposes of students and professionals on networking technologies which prepare them for CISCO certifications.


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FACULTY RESEARCH DAY2016 The University of Bridgeport’s 6th annual Faculty Research Day saw a 30% increase from last year’s entries, with an astounding 165 UB posters and approximately 360 attendees. Submissions were accepted in five categories: Undergraduate students, Graduate students, Doctoral students, Faculty Competitive, and Faculty Noncompetitive. There were also nine posters submitted by students at the Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Magnet High School. Since its reinstatement as an annual event in 2011, Faculty Research Day has become an important academic event on campus; its goal is to foster collaborations between departments, schools, and colleges as faculty and student research becomes increasingly interdisciplinary. UB faculty and students submitted 165 of the total 175 posters. This is a 30% increase from 2015, in which there were 129 posters (and none from the magnet school). The chart below offers visual testimony to the event’s increased popularity. Forty-two posters were submitted by faculty members, with 16 of them entered into the competitive category, representing a two poster decrease from 2015. Thus continues the trend from 2014 to 2015, in which faculty posters decreased by three.

UB students submitted 123 posters across their three categories, with 20 doctoral, 80 graduate, and 23 undergraduate. The graduate student category experienced a huge increase from last year’s 39 posters. Most of these came from the School of Engineering; 55 of the graduate student posters were submitted by engineering students. Figures 1 and 2 show the breakdown of poster submissions by Schools and Colleges.

Though the Health Sciences division increased in 2015 with the addition of the doctoral category, that trend did not continue this year. Last year they submitted five student posters across three schools (College of Chiropractic, College of Naturopathic Medicine, and the Fones School of Dental Hygiene). In 2016, only four posters were submitted, with only one by a doctoral student from the College of Chiropractic. Noncompetitive faculty submitted two and only the College of Chiropractic submitted a Faculty Competitive poster. New this year was the opportunity for senior capstone students from Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Magnet High School to submit posters. A total of nine posters were submitted, representing a total of 40 students. As second semester seniors, this experience will help ease the transition between high school and college and will set them up to confidently pursue research opportunities in a college setting. This opportunity also solidifies positive relations between UB and Fairchild Wheeler. Another change to FRD was the removal of the breakout sessions, though these sessions accompanied lunch in previous years, organizers decided.

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Leslie Geary



eifallah Mejri, a Fulbright Scholar earning a graduate engineering degree at the University of Bridgeport, has won the coveted Best Venture Enterprise Award at the 20th fall Connecticut Business Plan Competition for scholar-entrepreneurs. Mejri’s winning start-up, called Clean Phosphates, was awarded the $1,000 cash prize among a field of 30 business proposals that were submitted by studententrepreneurs from Yale, Quinnipiac, and other Connecticut universities. Awards were presented on Friday, December 9 in New Haven.

“It’s been a remarkable semester.”

Held twice annually since 1997, the Connecticut Business Plan Competition invites teams of student-entrepreneurs from Connecticut universities to submit a business plan or business model for an entrepreneurial venture and compete for prize money by defending their plans before a panel of judges. This year’s panel included Doug Campbell, of Angel Investor Forum; Konstantine Drakonakis, of Launch Capital; Bill Guerrero, of Albertus Magnus and winner of the very first state competition in 1997; and Evan Kipperman, partner at Wiggin and Dana, a legal firm offering services in intellectual property. Clean Phosphates captured the panel’s attention because it uses a method being developed by Mejri to extract kaolin—used in the production of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, porcelain, and a variety of other products—from phosphate waste, an environmental hazard. “I never expected to win,” said Mejri, 26. “It’s been a remarkable semester.” In fact, it wasn’t even clear if he would enter the competition. Mejri, who is from Tunisia, barely thought about Clean Phosphates when he arrived at UB this fall. Instead, he enrolled at the University as a Fulbright Scholar to earn a Master of Science in Technology Management.


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He began co-developing Clean Phosphates back in 2011 with a friend back in Tunisia because they were concerned about the myriad problems associated with phosphate mining in their country. “The way they extract phosphates—they go to a mine, bomb it, and collect phosphates for fertilizers or chemicals or other industries. They take the biggest rocks and toss the rest. The waste, water being affected, the social problems, the way the workers are treated: it’s a big social problem,” Mejri explained. “My friend and I wanted to see what we could do with the waste.” Initially, he admitted, he had “no idea” that phosphates contained large amounts of kaolin—a breakthrough discovery with huge market potential. Nonetheless, even after that initial research discovery, they temporarily set aside work on the start-up. “We decided to get more experience, then work on the project,” said Mejri. “We were just kids.” Mejri said his arrival at UB last August ended up being the perfect opportunity to resume work on the start-up, thanks to the Student Entrepreneur Center. The on-campus resource provides free advising, legal help, marketing counseling, and other resources he needed to fully develop Clean Phosphates. He has been advised by SEC Director Elena Cahill and Mike Roer, an entrepreneur-in-residence at the SEC.



“...the name of UB was called four times out of six. Every time the name was called, I felt very proud of our students; they continue to demonstrate the quality education they receive.”

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niversity of Bridgeport School of Engineering students have won four out of six scholarships presented by the AAAEA (Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects) to tri-state students who have demonstrated outstanding skills in research and scholarship.

Calling the 2016 AAAEA ceremony “a UB night,” School of Engineering Associate Dean Dr. Khaled Elleithy noted that “the name of UB was called four times out of six. Every time the name was called, I felt very proud of our students; they continue to demonstrate the quality education they receive.”

Taleb H. Al-theanat, Patricio Xavier Flores, Mohamed Ben Haj Frej, and Shyamkumar K. Parikh each won a $1000 Tri-State AAAEA Scholarship at the organization’s annual awards dinner on Nov. 13th.

He added: “The four awardees came from different degree levels, including the BS, MS, and PhD, which is a testimony of the different quality programs we offer. It is not the first time, and will not be the last time, that our students sweep the regional and national competitions they participate in.”

Since 2009, AAAEA Tri-State has awarded scholarships to more than 29 students in the areas of engineering, architecture, or computer science. Highly competitive, the scholarship competition is open to all college students in the tri-state area, regardless their background or membership in AAAEA.

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The prizes were announced on April 6 at the Women of Innovation awards dinner, which is held annually to recognize women in Connecticut who are accomplished in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and who are involved in their communities. Pallis received the award for Academic Innovation and Leadership because of her “devotion of 30 years to reaching precollege students and teachers, engineering colleagues, university students, and informal educators with her innovative, creative curriculum and projects.” The category included eight other candidates from Yale University, University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University, and other academic institutions.

University of Bridgeport engineering professor Dr. Jani Macari Pallis and engineering graduate student Wafa Elmannai have been named 2016 Women of Innovation honorees by the Connecticut Technology Council.


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During her tenure, Dr. Pallis has received over $1.5 million in grants solely focused on curriculum development and outreach. She has successfully made engineering accessible and engaging to students of all ages through a variety of popular campaigns, such as her presentation on the “Aerodynamics of Sports” (she has worked with multiple national and international sports organizations).


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Working alone and with UB colleagues, Pallis has also helped numerous institutions throughout Connecticut enrich STEM education and outreach. Projects include participating in curriculum development at the Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Magnet School and creating interactive and highly sophisticated teaching tools to educate youngsters about space. One of her current collaborations involves the development a robotic puppet that later in 2016 will be launched 100,000 feet above earth in a high-altitude balloon from the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport. Because of her success in significantly increasing the number of UB students and faculty working on applied aerospace projects that support NASA initiatives, the Connecticut Space Grant College Consortium named Dr. Pallis Campus Director of the Year in 2013. Her other roles at UB include advisor to the UB Society of Women Engineers student section and UB’s Aerospace Club. These organizations, as well as students from the Saudi Arabia Club and National Society of Black Engineers, volunteer with Pallis at community outreach events, such as Engineers Day, Women in History Day, Space Day, and UB’s Welcome Back Weekend Engineering Carnival.

While Pallis’s projects range from spacecraft to sports engineering, her goal has always been “to offer the next generation of engineers exposure and opportunities to participate in innovative projects,” as cited by the awards committee. Prior to coming to UB, Pallis founded Cislunar Aerospace, Inc., an engineering and research firm, where she was CEO. She also coordinated technology and led research and development for NASA and the Department of Energy.

“I’m so thrilled and grateful to my colleagues for the nomination and the Connecticut Technology Council Women of Innovation program for recognizing me with this award. Sharing STEM and especially aerospace, has been a life-long labor of love”

Wafa Elmannai is a doctorate student of computer science. She is currently developing an intelligent framework to assist the impaired visually people. Her research has been supported by a $20,000 grant from the AAUW. In October 2015, Elmannai won the Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) Executive Council Award, the highest award given to just three engineering students in the U.S. This is the second time Elmannai has been selected for a Women of innovation Award by the Connecticut Technology Council. In addition to her studies, Elmannai the president of the UPE International Honors Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines. In addition to her research, she is a volunteer with Girls of Innovation, a campaign by the Connecticut Technology Council to encourage girls from first to eighth grades to be innovators and leaders in future.

This is the second time that the Connecticut Technology Council has recognized Pallis. In 2009, she was a finalist for a Woman of Innovation award.

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For the past thirty years, the incidence rates for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, have continued to increase in the United States. Even though mid-century practices of tanning oils and foil mirrors have dwindled and skin cancer awareness campaigns have been stepped up, many millennials still flock to tanning salons in order to maintain a glow all year round.

Sadly, the continued exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays has led to higher risks of melanoma, especially in females under forty. This type of cancer, which develops in cells that produce melanin (the pigment that gives our skin its color) can develop anywhere on the body, although it is most commonly found on areas prone to sun exposure, including the back, legs, arms, and face. One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime, and on average one American dies from skin cancer every hour.


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A few years ago, Miad Faezipour, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, and Buket Barkana, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, joined forces with then Computer Science and Engineering doctoral student Omar Abuzaghleh to begin development of a novel, smartphonebased virtual reality system to aid in melanoma detection and prevention. Their application, SKINcure, focuses on the analysis of suspicious moles and lesions and on prevention notification. In a growing technological world, they understand that a convenient and user-friendly application is likely to become an important tool in the prevention and screening of this most deadly form of skin cancer. Through the SKINcure application system, the user is able to analyze suspicious moles and lesions by snapping a smartphone photo and uploading it to the application. For better results, the SKINcure app is aided by a handyscope camera which easily attaches to the iPhone’s camera lens. This allows for a higher quality image to be captured and analyzed by the SKINcure application system. Then, the photo of the mole in question is compared to PH2 dermoscopic images in a comprehensive database.

F SAVVY CONSUMERS COULD BE THE LATEST TOOL IN SKIN CANCER DETECTION The database images have been obtained under the same 20x magnification conditions as the images captured through the SKINcure application. The image database contains 200 dermoscopic images of lesions, including 80 normal moles, 80 atypical moles, and 40 melanomas. The diversity of the images in the database allows for a better analysis of the images collected from the user. SKINcure then analyzes the mole using the dermoscopic image database and classifies it as either “normal,” “atypical,” or “melanoma.” If the mole is classified as atypical or melanoma, the user is notified to seek medical help immediately in order to increase the chances of successful treatment options. In addition, the system is able to capture user environmental data, UV radiation level, and skin images to conduct a risk assessment and alert the user in real-time to prevent risks associated with developing skin cancer. SKINcure detects sunlight from the user environment using the smart phone GPS system and handyscope camera. By mapping the user location and the time of day, an accurate ultraviolet radiation level can be calculated. At the time of initial registration, the user will be asked to select a burn frequency that best describes his or

her skin: “rarely,” “sometimes,” “usually,” or “always.” After the data is captured through the application it will alert the user in realtime when the user encounters exposure to high UV radiation and over sun exposure, allowing the user to reapply sunscreen, seek shade, and use other methods of prevention. The outcome of the research platform is intended to help users prevent skin cancer by triggering the real-time alert that informs users when to avoid exposure to harmful UV radiation and to help with early detection of melanoma in order to increase the chances of successful treatment options. Faezipour joined the engineering faculty in July of 2011 and has quickly established a solid research focus through receiving a number of institutional Seed Money Grants. Her research interests lie in the broad area of biomedical signal processing and behavior analysis techniques, high-speed packet processing

non-speech, bio-signals, biomedical image processing, and innovations in K-12 STEM education. She is the author of over 60 published journal and conference articles. Abuzaghleh graduated with his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering in May 2015 and is employed by the UB School of Engineering as Adjunct Faculty and Assistant Lab Manager. In April 2016, Abuzaghleh was the recipient of a UB Faculty Research Day Faculty Award for his dissertation research to develop SKINcure, which has already received a provisional patent. The research was funded in part by a Seed Money Grant from the University of Bridgeport.

architectures, and digital/embedded systems. Barkana joined the engineering faculty in 2007 in the Department of Electrical Engineering. This research project was funded through a Seed Money Grant awarded by the Faculty Research Council. Her research interests include all aspects of signal processing, including speech, School of Engineering / Annual Report 2016



The University of Bridgeport has obtained an 8-foot, 2,300-pound submarine for educational purposes. The submarine, titled “Explorer,” is on loan to the school for an extended period of time to be used by engineering faculty and students for research and experimentation. Alan Winnick, a Westport-based inventor, provided Explorer to UB. Various projects have been identified for the submarine, including enhancing the performance of its thrusters, modifying its control systems, and adding tele-operation (remote control) capabilities. Future plans envision potential manipulation capabilities, such as a robotic arm. “The introduction of Explorer to UB’s curriculum calls for a reliance on interdisciplinary collaboration and engagement from our entire School of Engineering,” said Tarek M. Sobh, Ph.D., P.E., Dean of the School of Engineering and Senior Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research at UB. “Our students will be instructed in Explorer’s systems, operation, and maintenance, as well as the fundamental science surrounding the hostile environment in which the vehicle operates.” The acquisition of the submarine demonstrates UB’s commitment to offering modern research opportunities, education, and facilities to students in the School of Engineering and its other progressive colleges of study. “Students across different concentrations will learn how to define, develop, and integrate specific instruments based on an individual experiment’s requirements or mission plan,” added Jani Macari Pallis, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering. “One study may focus on direct observation or investigation of a specific location or unique environment, while another may focus on marine archaeology, environmental monitoring, or characterization of an ecosystem.”


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Student teams bring home three prizes for graduate research while UB professor wins Outstanding Teaching Award at annual event.

Engineering students from the University of Bridgeport emerged big winners at the 2016 Northeast ASEE Conference on May 1, bringing home three top prizes for graduate research and four honorable mentions from a field that included nearly 550 research papers and projects that were originally submitted for judging. The theme for this year’s conference was “Revolutionizing Engineering Education.” Emphasis was placed on interdisciplinary work and the constant need for well-planned growth and change, notions highlighted by the ASEE’s president during his speech. Each year, a different university hosts the ASEE Northeast Section conference. Every five years, a Zone 1 Conference replaces its Northeast Section counterpart; the last Zone 1 Conference was hosted by the University of Bridgeport in 2014. UB Professor Dr. Christian Bach, who

teaches Technology Management, won the Outstanding Teaching Award for his commitment to engineering education, research, and teaching expertise. Graduate students Kishore Thota and Almat Raskaliyev won Second Place for their project, “GPS Based Attitude Determination and Verification Using a Serial Robotic Arm.” The two developed a mathematical model to determine the orientation of a robotic arm using three GPS sensors. They were advised by School of Engineering Dean Tarek Sobh and Professor Sarosh Patel. Chandrasekhar Babu Kamineni and Abhishek Krishna were awarded Third Place for their health-related research to create a “Low Cost, Portable Non-Invasive Blood Sugar Detection” system. The kit can detect minute concentrations of glucose in human serum. Kamineni and Krishna were advised by School Professor Xingguo Xiong.

Abrar Alajlan and Marwah Almasri were awarded Fourth Place for “Energy-Efficient Dynamic Motion Control for Wheeled Mobile Robots Using Low Cost Resources.” Their project aimed to enhance the operating life of robotic applications, which are limited by their battery life. To do so, Alajlan and Almasri developed a dynamic model to optimally allocate resources to different tasks. They were advised by Professor Khaled Elleithy. A total of 547 papers and posters were submitted to the 2016 ASEE Northeast Section Conference. Of those, 268 were accepted for publication or presentation. A total of 117 undergraduate posters were on display, with 13 of them submitted by UB students. A total of 75 graduate posters were on display. The conference broke records with over 500 registrants and was held at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI.

From left: ASEE award presenter Christian Craciun with UB Prof. Christian Bach, winner of the Outstanding Teaching Award, and UB Professor Dr. Navarun Gupta.

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Dr. Tarek M. Sobh updates government officials on the National Academy of Engineering’s national Grand Challenges for Engineering Campaign and is tapped to make it bigger.


he Dean of the School of Engineering and Senior Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research Dr. Tarek M. Sobh has been asked by the engineering deans and colleagues at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) to propose an enhancement to extend its Grand Challenges of Engineering program, which identifies ways top experts can address critical issues of national and global concern. Dr. Sobh was selected in early October when he and other top engineering deans visited the White House to brief officials on the current standing of the Grand Challenges for Engineering program. The national campaign was initiated by the NAE to identify innovative engineering solutions for highconcern issues in areas of health, alternative energy, sustainability, infrastructure, virtual reality, personalized learning, scientific discovery, and cyber security. Dr. Sobh previously visited the White House and President Barack Obama regarding the Grand Challenges of Engineering campaign in March 2015. At that time, UB was one of 122 U.S. engineering schools that banded together to present a letter of commitment to the President. Participating schools pledged to each introduce a Grand Challenges Scholars Program that better prepares undergraduate engineering students to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing society today. UB’s Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) was launched in the spring of 2016 with five accepted students, whose majors include Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science.

UB’s Grand Challenges Scholars Program participate in externally-sponsored multidisciplinary research within the Grand Challenges areas, work at start-up companies housed at UB’s cutting-edge CTech IncUBator, study and work at international STEM programs with UB’s overseas partner universities, and complete a service management and engineering concentration to allow students to effectively apply their technical experiences to societal problems. Dr. Sobh felt the program had greater potential to grow.

If adopted, the proposed addition to the Grand Challenges Program “has the potential to have a tremendous impact on engineering at a national level.

“When I met with NAE colleagues and the other engineering deans at the White House, I suggested that we allow exceptionally qualified master’s degree students to become certified as Grand Challenges Scholars, too,” Dr. Sobh said. “The idea was warmly received, and UB has been asked to develop a model for what that might look like.” Dr. Sobh presented the graduate-level Grand Challenges Scholar program to the NAE and the other engineering deans in December, in preparation for formal discussion at next year’s GCSP conference at the White House. If adopted, the proposed addition to the Grand Challenges Program “has the potential to have a tremendous impact on engineering at a national level,” he added.

As the largest graduate engineering program in Connecticut and fastest-growing graduate biomedical engineering program in New England, he said that UB was “wholly equipped” to enhance the Grand Challenges Scholars Program by including graduate students into its special training track.

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Keila Torres Ocasio For more than 15 years, scholars at the University of Bridgeport have been conducting research on facial recognition algorithms. For the last five, the Central Forensics Lab and have been investigating issues related to cybersecurity as part of UB’s incubator program.

So it seemed like just a matter of time before the university created a concentration focused on cybersecurity issues. That time came this fall, when the UB School of Engineering began offering a master’s degree concentration in Information and Cyber Security Management. “We’re taking it step by step,” said Tarek Sobh, Senior Vice President and Dean of the School of Engineering at UB. “This is a very much in-demand area. There is a need for professionals in this area and that need is only going to increase.” UB’s offering is one of several at universities in the state focused on issues related to cybersecurity, including the University of New Haven, University of Connecticut, and Sacred Heart University. Sobh said it’s a response to the number of job opportunities in that field. An analysis by Peninsula of March 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics found there were about 209,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. Technology company Cisco estimates globally there are more than 1 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs. Another report published by Burning Glass Technologies cited professional services, finance, and manufacturing or defense as the sectors with the highest demand for cybersecurity jobs, with the greatest demand in jobs that deal with consumer data — finance, health care, and retail trade. Sobh said this explains why UB sees cybersecurity as an interdisciplinary concentration that requires students to learn about a variety of topics before graduation. Gad Selig, Dean for Industry Research at UB, said a local FBI agent has said the agency is actively seeking professionals in this area. “The FBI can’t get enough people who can be a cyber research analyst,” he said. “It’s a huge hole and it’s projected to get much larger.” UB has started out its offerings in two areas — a technical concentration in computer science called Systems, Applications and Data Security, and a technology management concentration called Information and Cyber Security Management. Selig said roughly two dozen students signed up for courses within these concentrations this year, adding that the program would likely take some time to grow. “We have a lot of international students who are not quite as familiar with security issues,” said Selig. Sobh said interest in the courses will determine whether the university expands its offerings into a full-time master’s degree

program. Sacred Heart University began offering a 36-credit cybersecurity program on a full- or part-time basis in 2013. “It’s filling a need,” said Domenick Pinto, Associate Professor and Chair of SHU’s Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, at the time. “The job market in this discipline is phenomenal, but there are not a lot of cybersecurity specialists.” The university’s courses include cryptography, systems security, digital forensics, securing the cloud, and ethical hacking. SHU lists several job opportunities on its website, accompanied by salary ranges. A data security analyst’s salary can range from $89,000 to $122,000, a network security administrator can earn between $85,000 and $118,000, and a network architect salary can be between $95,000 and $137,000, according to the SHU site. UConn also has the Connecticut Cybersecurity Center and recently launched a partnership with consumer financial services firm Synchrony Financial for the launch of a Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity at the university, funded by Synchrony. Alexander Schwarzmann, head of the UConn Department of Computer Science and Engineering, said he expects within the next few years a quarter of the students in that department will be part of the cybersecurity concentration. He said hands-on learning is the only way to ensure students graduate with the knowledge necessary to excel in the field. “You really need to get your hands dirty in cybersecurity to learn it,” Schwarzmann said. Al Dressler, who runs the Central Forensics Lab and FaceChecks. com at the University of Bridgeport incubator program and will be teaching courses in the new concentration, said it’s also important to incorporate what the “real world is doing.” Schwarzmann said UConn is currently hiring cybersecurity professionals to keep up with the demand for course offerings and expects to hire nearly a dozen staff members in that field. “We have to respond to the demand,” he said. UB’s Sobh said there are many fields that now require expertise or knowledge of cybersecurity, but there is also a projection for new jobs to be created in this industry. “We’re preparing them for jobs that might not even exist now,” he said.

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ENGINEERING GRAND CHALLENGES SCHOLARS PROGRAM ANNOUNCED The first cohort of the University of Bridgeport Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) candidates has been announced by the School of Engineering Dean and Senior Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research, Dr. Tarek Sobh.

“I’m pleased and honored to introduce these exceptional undergraduate students who will join UB’s inaugural Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program: Youssef Agiez and Subash Gautam (Computer Engineering), Tarunjit Kumar and Dat Tran (Computer Science), and Nicolas Cardenas Portaccio and Wayne Teto (Electrical Engineering),” said Sobh. Dean Sobh was one of the 122 U.S. engineering school deans who committed to President Barack Obama to prepare specially trained engineers to address the major global challenges of the 21st century. These “Grand Challenges” are complex, critical goals which include areas such as providing clean access to water globally, engineering better medicines, enhancing virtual reality, making solar energy cost-competitive with coal, securing cyberspace, reverse-engineering the brain, advancing personalized learning tools to deliver better education to more individuals, and engineering the tools for scientific discovery. Over the next two years, the students will be guided by the School of Engineering faculty members: Dr. Khaled Elleithy, Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research and Associate Dean of the School of Engineering; Professor Abhilasha Tibrewal, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science and Engineering; and Dr. Jani Macari Pallis, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. “The Grand Challenges cannot be solved with just engineering and technology. The students’ horizons must be expanded to encompass an innovative and global perspective and develop an appreciation of how engineering serves human welfare,” said Elleithy. In addition to a research project connected to one of the Grand Challenge areas, students will explore related interdisciplinary fields such as public policy, ethics, and entrepreneurship, and will engage in global and domestic service-learning projects.

Wayne Teto, a U.S. Army veteran studying electrical engineering with an emphasis in robotics affirmed: “The program will help me apply my knowledge and engineering skills to make a difference in people’s lives.” Computer science student Dat Tran added, “Personalized learning, in my personal opinion, is a promising field that should be applied around the world. One of my dreams is to build and maintain a technology infrastructure around the world to accommodate technical development and communication in developing countries.” ANNOUNCEMENT OF AWARD The University of Bridgeport is pleased to announce a Grand Challenges of Engineering Scholars Program. Each academic year a cohort of undergraduate students will be selected to enroll in the program. Every selected student will be awarded $2,000 disbursed over a period of two years while the student is enrolled in the program. The students who complete the program also will be recognized via a Grand Challenges Scholar Certificate and UB transcript designation. EXPECTED ACTIVITIES OF SELECTED STUDENTS After training and demonstrating eminence in interdisciplinary research and development, global engagement, service, and entrepreneurship, exceptional students in the program will be designated as Grand Challenge Scholars. Students joining the program are expected to select one of the Grand Challenges for Engineering and will plan and conduct a research project with a faculty mentor over a 1.5- 2-year period. Components of the Grand Challenge program may include internships, entrepreneurship, research publication, conference and competition participation, overseas experiences, course work, clubs/societies memberships, university services, and community services.

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UB STUDENT EXPERIMENT FLIES HIGH OVER NEW MEXICO Since January 2016, a group of UB students from the School of Engineering and Shintaro Akatsu School of Design, their faculty advisors, and colleagues from the Discovery Museum and Planetarium have been developing a scientific experiment payload and preparing for their first long duration high altitude balloon (HAB) flight with NASA.


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UB students and mentors who worked on the year long project were: »» Xuan “Sam” Zhang »» Maheshwari Kumar Rakkappan »» Phillip Carroll »» Joshua Hauge »» Bashar Alhafni »» Karan Kumar Kakamura »» Parth Shah »» Rochen Krishna Thashanath Sajeevan »» Arjun Kumar »» Rishi Warokar »» Lawrence Reed »» Dr. Neal Lewis »» Dr. Jani Pallis

The experiment is a servo-motor testbed including a robotic arm designed to determine the effects of near vacuum (very low) pressure conditions and extreme temperatures on motor performance. “Wish that was all there was to it,” said principal investigator Dr. Jani Macari Pallis, a mechanical engineering professor. There was an equally challenging requirement of making the testbed operate under very specific constraints to integrate with Louisiana State University’s High Altitude Student Platform (HASP) – the vehicle that would carry UB’s and 11 other university payloads to 120,000 feet above Earth. After seven months of work, UB team members arrived in early August at NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine, Texas for a week of testing. UB’s experiment was placed inside NASA’s thermal vacuum chamber that simulated the high altitude environment which UB’s payload will encounter when launched (about -70 degrees F and approaching vacuum conditions). Then the servo-motor testbed was put through its preprogrammed movements and robotic motions for two 8-hour environment simulation tests.


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“We passed with flying colors,” said Pallis. “But after the tests in Palestine, the question still remained: Would the robotic arm really perform at 120,000 feet for 18 hours? UB’s payload has heaters onboard that automatically react to the outside temperature as well as the temperature of the experiment inside its container. Would the motors freeze or would the testbed overheat and damage the electronics? The rules for heat transfer operate differently in space than on Earth and we need to depend on these same components on a regular basis for our other planned high altitude projects.” Team member Joshua Hauge then traveled to NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Fort Sumner, New Mexico to prepare for the actual high altitude balloon (HAB) launch, while other team members established a “round the clock” Mission Control in the School of Engineering. After two “scrubbed” days due to weather, a helium-filled, 11.8 million-cubic-foot balloon lifted the 2000-pound HASP at 12:09 PM on September 1, 2016 and began its 18-hour flight. HASP reached 122,000 feet (over 23 miles high), remained there for 15 hours, and landed north of Phoenix, AZ near Prescott National Forest. “The students monitored the systems and interpreted the data being recorded and everything worked perfectly.”


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Two papers from the University of Bridgeport won the Best Paper Award in the Technology Track and the Best Student Track Paper Award.

The payload was recovered and returned to the university within two weeks. The team will make further data analysis and a physical examination of the experiment and its container to assess survivability and damage. "To accomplish a project like this people need to consider problems in multiple fields. Like in the HASP project, we combined mechanical, electrical, and computer science knowledge,” said graduate student Xuan Zhang, who led the electrical engineering and computer science aspects. Mechanical engineering graduate student Maheshwari Kumar Rakkappan added, “HASP and HAB have given me the great opportunity to work in space-related projects. These projects help me to explore my research in aerospace and also it motivates me a lot to reach space.” The Connecticut Space Grant College Consortium provided funding for team members to travel to the NASA facilities. The opportunity for the flight was provided with the support of the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium (LaSPACE), the NASA Balloon Program Office (BPO), Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF), and Orbital ATK.

Best Paper in the Technology Track: Naser M. Alajmi and Khaled Elleithy “A New Approach for Detecting and Monitoring of Selective Forwarding Attack in Wireless Sensor Networks” Best Student Track Paper: Devang Mistry, Prasad Modi, Kaustubh Deokule, Aditi Patel, Harshagandha Patki and Omar Abuzaghleh “Network Traffic Measurement and Analysis” Among the participating entities in the conference are New York State University, Cleveland State University, Pace University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Montclair State University, Farmingdale State College, Indian Institute of Technology, Sacred Heart University, Tenaga National University, and many industries.

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Dr. Lesley Frame received her Bachelors from Massachusetts Institute of Technology from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Remaining in the same field, she received her Masters and PhD degrees at the University of Arizona. Her dissertation research involved solidification experiments using copper alloys to better understand the relationships among composition, cast microstructures, and cooling rates.


“Dr. Lesley Frame comes to us from industry with five years of experience in product development, management, and materials sciences. Lesley is an avid researcher. She brings high energy, up-to-date knowledge of best practices in her field and is a great team player. She works well with students, colleagues, and the administration. She represents a strong asset to the Department of Technology Management and the School of Engineering.” - Dr. Gad Selig, Director, Technology Management Department and Dean for Industry Outreach.


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“As a postdoc I worked with solar thermal technology at the Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy in Tucson, AZ to develop a modular off-grid desalination device to be used in isolated regions of the Navajo Nation. Following that, I used neutron diffraction at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories in England and X-Ray Diffraction at Cardiff University as a Fulbright Scholar to measure residual stress relaxation in as-cast, heat treated, plastically deformed samples of copper alloys subjected to accelerated corrosion testing,” Said Dr. Frame. Dr. Frame is an expert in heat treating, solid state joining methods, and process control methods for metal processing. She spent five years gaining industry experience at Thermatool Corp., first as Manager of Materials Engineering and Development and then as Director of Product Development. While in those positions, her primary roles focused on identifying new opportunities and applications for Thermatool’s products and launching new products in the industry. In addition to product development and project management, Dr. Frame ran the materials characterization lab, which evaluates weld samples and induction heat treated samples to optimize industry production practices and expand the limits of process control, product quality, and final product properties. Dr. Frame is an active member of several ASTM committees and sub-committees, Recording Secretary for the E04 committee on Metallography, and subcommittee chair for E04.03 and E04.11. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Heat Treat Excellence, vice chair of the Technology and Programming Committee for the Heat Treat Society, and a member of Women in Materials Engineering Committee where she is chair of the subcommittee on Career and Leadership Development and she works with other female engineers to promote opportunities for women in the field of MSE. “In 2016, I decided that I missed academia, teaching and mentoring students, and pursuing academic research, so I transitioned to a new role. I joined the UB faculty in August 2016 as Associate Professor of Technology Management. This transition has been rejuvenating and exciting,” said Dr. Frame.

MEET OUR NEW ENGINEERING FACULTY! Dr. Alicia Petryk joined the University of Bridgeport in the fall of 2016, following her postdoctoral work at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, where she studied the cytotoxicity of hyperthermia induced with iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles and alternating magnetic fields. She completed her doctoral work at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. “I was also a Master of Engineering Management (MEM) student and a PhD Innovation Fellow, which enabled me to gain experience relating to intellectual property and the commercialization/ clinical adaptation of technology,” said Dr. Petryk. The research laboratory in which Dr. Petryk completed her PhD and postdoctoral research, was part of the Dartmouth Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (DCCNE). The DCCNE, funded by the NCI through a Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNE) grant, sought to bring a magnetic nanoparticlebased cancer therapeutic into the clinic. This large and multidisciplinary effort required expertise in material science, protein engineering, immunology, and medical imaging. “In this environment, I was able to develop my research interests which include nanoparticle-cancer therapeutics, medical devices, cancer biology, immunology, biomaterials and the development of meaningful biologic models and experimental prototypes,” said Dr. Petryk.

DR. ALICIA PETRYK ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING “We are very pleased to have Dr. Alicia Petryk in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Bridgeport. Dr. Petryk brings her unique experience on combined effect of radiation and hyperthermia in the treatment of cancer. Dr. Petryk began her work at UB in the Fall 2016 and started teaching several excellent courses, such as Tissue Engineering, Magneto-Bioengineering, Cancer and Engineering, and Biomedical Imaging. She is a Co-PI of a recently submitted NSF grant with Dr. Frame and me. In addition, she is working on several research proposals and advising many biomedical engineering graduate students to develop an excellent research area. She is very collaborative and collegial. We are excited to have her in the Department. We wish her all success here at UB SOE.” - Dr. Prabir Patra, Chair of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Petryk research efforts at UB have built off this prior experience and motivated her to work towards a better understanding of the interaction between nanomaterials, ionizing radiation, and hyperthermia. It has been shown that ionizing radiation, combined with hyperthermia, can result in a greater therapeutic ratio in the treatment of cancer than radiation or hyperthermia alone. Recent work has also shown that magnetic nanoparticles (MNP) may have potential as radiation sensitizers. When MNP are exposed to an alternating magnetic field (AMF) a localized hyperthermia can be induced. Hence, the presence of MNP within the tumor may have two independent–but complementary–modalities of therapeutic enhancement. Despite this potential, whether or not there are significant benefits or differences that exist as a result of the intracellular uptake of MNP remains an unresolved question in the field. The current efforts of Dr. Petryk laboratory are aimed at better understanding the mechanism of cellular uptake of MNP, why some cells within a population take up the MNP more readily than others, and how this affects the cytotoxicity of the therapy. Additional research areas include development of diagnostic sensors for the detection of diseases, which would be both affordable and appropriate for use in remote regions, as well as a smart phone-wearable sensor for children with severe allergies. “I am excited to be part of the UB community because it emphasizes and values the student experience, while also providing exciting research and collaboration opportunities. In order to be successful in biomedical engineering, you must be able to “work outside the box” with researchers from many fields and backgrounds, which historically have been treated as separate disciplines. I think UB is embracing this outlook through the development of collaborative research spaces and promoting combined efforts across the schools within the University and community at large,” Said Dr. Petryk.

JOURNALS 1. Abushgra and K. Elleithy, "Simultaneous Initiating EPR and Quantum Channel by Quantum Key Distribution Protocol," Global Journals Inc., Vol.16, July2016, pp. 1-5.

12. K. Almgren and J. Lee, “An empirical comparison of influence measurements for social network analysis,” Social Network Analysis and Mining, vol. 6(1), pp. 1-18.

2. Alanazi and K. Elleithy, "An Optimized Hidden Node Detection Paradigm for Improving the Coverage and Network Efficiency in Wireless Multimedia Sensor Networks," Sensors," Vol. 16, September 2016, pp. 1-19.

13. L. Almazaydeh, K. Elleithy, and M. Faezipour, "A highly Reliable and Fully Automated Classification System for Sleep Apnea Detection," International Journal of Intelligent Systems and Applications in Engineering, Vol. 4, 2016, pp. 66-70.

3. Alanazi, K. Elleithy, “An Optimized Hidden Node Detection scheme for Improving the Coverage and Network Efficiency in Wireless Multimedia Sensor Networks,” Sensors, vol. 16 (9), September 2016, pp. 1438.

14. L. Almazaydeh, K. Elleithy, M. Faezipour, and H. Ocbagabir, "SVM-Based Sleep Apnea Identification Using Optimal RR-Interval Features of the ECG Signal," International Journal of Intelligent Systems and Applications in Engineering, Vol. 4, 2016, pp. 1-4.

4. Bushnag, A. Abuzneid, A. Mahmood, "Source Anonymity in WSNs against Global Adversary Utilizing Low Transmission Rates with Delay Constraints." Sensors, vol. 16(7), June 2016, pp. 957.

15. M. Almasri, A. Alajlan, and K. Elleithy, "Trajectory Planning and Collision Avoidance Algorithm for Mobile Robotics System," IEEE Sensors Journal, vol. 16, June 2016, pp. 5021- 5028.

5. ElSayed, E. Kongar, S. Gupta. "Fuzzy Linear Physical Programming for Multiple Criteria Decision-Making Under Uncertainty," International Journal of Computers Communications & Control, vol. 11(1), February 2016, pp 26-38.

16. M. Alshibli, A. ElSayed, E. Kongar, T. Sobh, S. Gupta. “Disassembly Sequencing Using Tabu Search,” Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems, vol. 82 (1), April 2016, pp 69-79.

6. Shrestha and A. Mahmood, "Improving Genetic Algorithm with Fine-Tuned Crossover and Scaled Architecture," Journal of Mathematics, vol. 2016, 2016.

17. R. Deeb and D. Hajjar, “Repair Mechanisms in Oxidant-Driven Chronic Inflammatory Disease” American Journal of Pathology, vol. 186, July 2016, pp. 1736-49.

7. Alotaibi and K. Elleithy, "A New MAC Address Spoofing Detection Technique Based on Random Forests," Sensors, vol. 16, Feburary 2016, pp. 1-14.

18. R. Deeb, M. Walters, Y. Strulovici-Barel, Q. Chen, S. Gross and R. Crystal “Smoking-Associated Disordering of the Airway Basal Stem/Progenitor Cell Metabotype,” American Journal of Respiratory and Cell Molecular Biology, vol. 54, February 2016, pp. 231-40.

8. Alotaibi and K. Elleithy, "Rogue Access Point Detection: Taxonomy, Challenges, and Future Directions," Wireless Personal Communications, Springer, vol. 90, Ocotober 2016, pp. 1261–1290.

19. R. Mstafa and K. M. Elleithy, "Compressed and raw video steganography techniques: a comprehensive survey and analysis," Multimedia Tools and Applications, Springer, November 2016, pp. 1-38.

9. Barkana, I. Sariciek, B. Yildirim, “Performance analysis of descriptive statistical features in retinal segmentation via fuzzy, ANN, SVM, and classifier fusion,” Knowledge Based Systems, November 2016, pp. 1-12.

20. R. Stigliano, F. Shubitidze, J. Petryk, L. Shoshiashvili, A. Petryk and P. Hoopes, "Mitigation of eddy current heating during magnetic nanoparticle hyperthermia therapy," International Journal of Hyperthermia, vol. 32(7), July 2016, pp. 735-774.

10. G. Selig, “IT Governance – An Integrated Framework and Roadmap: How to Plan, Deploy and Sustain for Improved Effectiveness,” Journal of International Technology & Information Management, Vol. 25, 2016.

21. Y. Strulovici-Barel, R. Shaykhiev, J. Salit, R. Deeb, A. Krause, R. Kaner, T. Vincent, F. Agosto-Perez, G. Wang, C. Holman, V. Shanmugam, A. Almulla, H. Sattar, M. Mahmoud, J. Mezey, S. Gross, M. Staudt, M. Walters, and R. Crystal, “Pulmonary Abnormalities in Young LightUse Waterpipe (Hookah) Smokers,” American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, vol. 194, September 2016, pp. 587-95.

11. K. Aboalayon, M. Faezipour, W. Almuhammadi and S. Moslehpour, "Sleep Stage Classification Using EEG Signal Analysis: A Comprehensive Survey and New Investigation," Entropy, Special Issue in Entropy and Electroencephalography II, Vol. 18, August 2016, pp. 1-31.



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22. Z. Qawaqneh, A. Abu-Mallouh, -B. Barkana, “Deep Neural Network Framework for Speaker’s Age and Gender Classification using I-Vector,” Knowledge Based Systems, vol. 115, October 2016, pp. 4-15.

1. J. Hu, Z.H. Rao, and H.L. Tsai, “Joining Technologies,” Intech, 2016. 2. R. Abdulhammed, M. Faezipour and K. Elleithy, "Intrusion Detection System in Self-Organizing Networks: A Survey," accepted in CRC Series in Security, Privacy and Trust - Taylor & Francis, Intrusion Detection and Prevention for Mobile Ecosystems, Nov. 2016.

CONFERENCES 1. Abushgra and K. Elleithy, "QKDP's Comparison Based upon Quantum Cryptography Rules," IEEE Long Island Systems, Applications and Technology (LISAT), Long Island, NY, April 2016. 2. Alajlan, and K. Elleithy, " Low Power Consumption, Low-Cost Multisensory Based System for Autonomous Navigational Mobile Robot", 42nd IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP 2017), New Orleans, LA, March 5-9, 2017. 3. Alanazi and K. Elleithy "Energy Efficient Hidden Node Detection for Improving Quality of Service in Wireless Multimedia Sensor Networks," IEEE Long Island Systems, Applications and Technology (LISAT), Long Island, NY, April 2016. 4. Alanazi and K. Elleithy, "Optimized Node Selection Process for quality of service provisioning over wireless multimedia sensor networks," 2016 Second International Conference on Mobile and Secure Services (MobiSecServ), Gainesville, FL, 2016, pp. 1-5. 5. Bushang, A. Abuzneid and A. Mahmood, "Source anonymity in WSNs against global adversary based on low rate fake injections," 2016 IEEE/ACES International Conference on Wireless Information Technology and Systems (ICWITS) and Applied Computational Electromagnetics (ACES), Honolulu, HI, 2016, pp. 1-2. 6. ElSayed, O. Tozanli, G. Duman and E. Kongar, “Computer Vision Application for Environmentally Conscious Smart Painting Truck”, International Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation (REV2017), Columbia University, NY, March 15-17, 2017. 7. Hassan, W. Batarafi, and K. Elleithy, "Approaching Secure Protocol from Quantum Perspective," IEEE Long Island Systems, Applications and Technology (LISAT), Long Island, NY, April 2016. 8. Shiva, K. Elleithy, and E. Abdelfattah, "Improved Monostatic Pulse Radar design using Ultra Wide Band for range estimation," 2016 Annual Connecticut Conference on Industrial Electronics, Technology and Automation (CT-IETA), Bridgeport, CT, October 2016, pp. 74 - 80. 9. Alotaibi and K. Elleithy, "A Majority Voting Technique for Wireless Intrusion Detection Systems," IEEE Long Island

Systems, Applications and Technology (LISAT), Long Island, NY, April 2016. 10. Li, X. Yu, B. Zhang, X. Xiong, and L. Hmurcik, “Implementation of an 8-bit low-power multiplier based on reversible gate technology,” Transactions on Techniques in STEM Education, April-June 2016. 11. Belitzky, E. Lohle, and E. Kongar, “Lemons to Lemonade: Literature Gap Analysis of Knowledge Management Technology Solutions in Parents’ Journey with Childhood Cancer,” NEDSI Annual Conference, Springfield, MA, March 22-25, 2017. 12. G. Duman, O. Tozanli, A. ElSayed, E. Kongar and S. Gupta “An Adaptable Disassembly Line Balancing Approach Using Multi-Objective Heuristics for Multi-Product Robotic Disassembly,” IISE Annual Conference & Expo, Pittsburg, PA, May 20 - 23, 2017. (Invited paper). 13. G. Selig, “IT Governance – An Integrated Framework and Roadmap based on Case Studies,” paper presented and Published in Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Management of Technology, Wyndham Hotel, Orlando, FL, May 15-19, 2016. 14. H. Alotaibi, R. Mahjoub and M. Faezipour, “An Intelligent System to Control the Operation of Tunnels and Subways", in Proceedings of the Annual IEEE Connecticut Conference on Industrial Electronics, Technology & Automation (CT-IETA 2016), Bridgeport, CT, October 14-15, 2016, pp. 1-5. 15. J. Neeraj, S. Hassan and M. Frej, "Remote patient monitoring using safe and secure WBAN technology," ASEE Northeast Section Conference, University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, April 28-30, 2016. 16. K. Almgren, J. Lee and M. Kim, “Predicting the Future Popularity of Images on Social Networks,” In Proceedings of the 3rd Multidisciplinary International Social Networks Conference, ACM, 2016. 17. K. Almgren, J. Lee and M. Kim, “Prediction of Image Popularity over Time on Social network Networks,” Annual IEEE Connecticut Conference on Industrial Electronics, Technology & Automation (CT-IETA 2016), Bridgeport, CT, October 14 - 15, 2016.

fecting Grain Size in High Frequency Welding," MS&T 16, Salt Lake City, UT, October 24-27, 2016. 19. L. Zhang, “Design and Implementation of an Experiment Setup on Solar Electricity”, 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, June 26 - 29, 2016. 20. L. Zhang, X. Xiong, “The effects of a backup battery and a rooftop PV system on the comfort and cost of a smart home with flexible loads and an electrical vehicle,” Annual IEEE Connecticut Conference on Industrial Electronics, Technology & Automation (CT-IETA 2016), University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT, October 14 - 15, 2016. 21. M. Almasri, K. Elleithy and A. Alajlan, "Development of Efficient Obstacle Avoidance and Line Following Mobile Robot with the Integration of Fuzzy Logic System in Static and Dynamic Environments," IEEE Long Island Systems, Applications and Technology (LISAT), Long Island, NY, April 2016. 22. M. Aloudat and M. Faezipour, "Determination for Glaucoma Disease Based on Red Area Percentage,” in Proceedings of IEEE Long Island Systems, Applications and Technology Conference (IEEE LISAT'16), Farmingdale, NY, Apr. 29, 2016, pp. 1-5. 23. M. Aloudat and M. Faezipour, "Pupil/ Iris Ratio Determination for IOP," in Proceedings of the IEEE International Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Conference, (IEEE EMBC'16), Orlando, FL, August 16-20, 2016, p. 1. 24. M. Alshowkan and K. Elleithy, "Quantum Entanglement Distribution for Secret Key Establishment in Metropolitan Optical Networks," 11th IEEE International Conference on Networking, Architecture, and Storage (NAS 2016), Long Beach, CA, August 9-10, 2016, pp. 1-8. 25. M. Alshowkan and K. Elleithy, "Quantum Mutual Authentication Scheme Based on Bell State Measurement," IEEE Long Island Systems, Applications and Technology (LISAT), Long Island, NY, April 2016. 26. M. Frej, J. Dichter, and N. Gupta " Security in Cloud Computing Based on Third Party Auditor: A Survey," Annual IEEE Connecticut Conference on Industrial Electronics, Technology & Automation (CT-IETA 2016), Bridgeport, CT, October 14 - 15, 2016.

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27. M. Nallen and L. Frame, "Advanced Solid State Joining Methods Applied to Naval Shipbuilding," ShipTech 2016, March 1-2, 2016. 28. N. Alajmi and K. Elleithy, "A New Approach for Detecting and Monitoring Selective Forwarding Attack in Wireless Sensor Networks," IEEE Long Island Systems, Applications and Technology (LISAT), Long Island, NY, April 2016. [Best Paper Award] 29. N. Gupta, S. Patel, and L. Hmurcik, “Common Engineering mistakes in the analysis of aquarium fires,” ASEE Northeast Section Conference, University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, April 28-30, 2016. 30. O. Adebayo and E. Kongar, “Impact of External Stimuli on Social Media Engagement,” PICMET '17 Conference, Portland, OR, July 9 – 13, 2017. 31. O. Tozanli, G. Duman and E. Kongar, “A Hybrid Approach to Integrate Balanced Scorecard (BSC) and Fuzzy Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) into the Visibility Framework in Health Care,” PICMET '17 Conference, Portland, OR, July 9 - 13, 2017. 32. O. Tupalo and L. Frame, "Impeder Selection for Optimizing Heat Input during High Frequency Welding," MS&T 16, Salt Lake City, UT, October 24-27, 2016. 33. Q. Hani and J. Dichter, "Energy Detection Analytical Model for Handoff Process to Support Mobile Cloud Computing Environment," 2016 IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE), January 2016, pp.589-592. 34. Q. Hani and J. Dichter,"Data leakage prevention using homomorphic encryption in cloud computing,” 2016 IEEE Long Island Systems, Applications and Technology Conference (LISAT), Long Island, NY, June 2016. 35. Q. Hani and J. Dichter,"Secure and Strong Mobile Cloud Authentication", SAI Computing Conference, London, UK, July 13-15, 2016, pp. 562-565 36. R. Deeb, H. Peprah-Mensah, C. Cheung, D. Hajjar, S. Gross, and P. Heerdt, “Nitration Reversal and Functional Recovery is Oxygenation-Dependent in an Atelectasis Model of Oxidative Stress and Lung Injury,” American Thoracic Society International Conference (ATS 2016), San Francisco, CA, May 13-18, 2016, p. 8007. 37. R. Abdulhammed, M. Faezipour and K. Elleithy, "Network Intrusion Detection Using Hardware Techniques: A Review", in Proceedings of IEEE Long Island Systems, Applications and Technology Conference (LISAT), Farmingdale, NY, April 29, 2016, pp. 1-7.


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38. R. Mstafa and K. Elleithy, "A DCTbased Robust Video Steganographic Method Using BCH Error Correcting Codes," IEEE Long Island Systems, Applications and Technology (LISAT), Long Island, NY, April 2016. 39. R. Mstafa and K. Elleithy, "A Novel Video Steganography Algorithm in DCT Domain Based on Hamming and BCH Codes," 37th IEEE Sarnoff Symposium, September 2016. 40. S. Al-Khammasi, K. Aboalayon, M. Daneshzand, and M. Faezipour, "Hardware-Based FIR Filter Implementations for ECG Signal Denoising: A Monitoring Framework from Industrial Electronics Perspective", in Proceedings of the Annual IEEE Connecticut Conference on Industrial Electronics, Technology & Automation (CT-IETA 2016), Bridgeport, CT, October 14-15, 2016, pp. 1-6. 41. S. Hamada, I. Alshalabi, K. Elleithy, J. Badara, "Automated Adaptive Mobile Learning system using the Semantic WEB," IEEE Long Island Systems, Applications and Technology (LISAT), Long Island, NY, April 2016. 42. S. Patel and L. Hmurcik, “Preventable ground wire accidents and fires,” 16th Annual IEEE International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering (EEEIC 2016), June 7-10, 2016. 43. S. Patel and L. Hmurcik, “The case of the computer room fire”, EC&M, June 2016. 44. S. Patel and L. Hmurcik, “The case of the machine mutilation,” EC&M, March 2016. 45. S. Patel and L. Hmurcik, “The case of the malfunctioning sandblaster,” 16th Annual IEEE International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering (EEEIC 2016), June 7-10, 2016. 46. V. Bhoopathy, M. Frej, S. Amalorpavaraj, and A. Bhoopathy, "Zone Routing Protocol (ZRP) - A Novel Routing Protocol for Vehicular Ad-hoc Networks," ASEE Northeast Section Conference, University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, April 28-30, 2016. 47. V. Bhoopathy, M. Frej, S. Amalorpavaraj, and I. Shaikh "Localization and Mobility of Underwater Acoustic Sensor Nodes," Annual IEEE Connecticut Conference on Industrial Electronics, Technology & Automation (CT-IETA 2016), Bridgeport, CT, October 14 - 15, 2016. 48. V. Gudipati, M. Gaffoor, O. Barman, and A. Abuzneid, "Efficient Facial Expression Recognition Using Adaboost and Haar Cascade Classifiers," Annual IEEE Connecticut Conference on Industrial Electronics, Technology & Automation (CT-IETA 2016), Bridgeport, CT, October 14 - 15, 2016.

49. X. Cai, L. Frame, Y. Lu and R. Sisson, "The Effects of Induction and Furnace Tempering Parameters on the Microstructure, Mechanical Properties and Fatigue Performance of Quenched and Tempered AISI 4140 Steel," MS&T 16, Salt Lake City, UT, October 24-27, 2016. 50. Z. Qawaqneh, A. Abu-Mallouh, B. Barkana, “Deep Neural Network Combined Posteriors for Speakers′ Age and Gender Classification,” 2016 Annual Connecticut Conference on Industrial Electronics, Technology and Automation (CT-IETA), Bridgeport, CT, October 2016. 51. Z. Qawaqneh, A. Abu-Mallouh, B. Barkana, “Modifying Deep Neural Network Structure for Improved Learning Rate in Speakers′ Age and Gender Classification,” 2016 Annual Connecticut Conference on Industrial Electronics, Technology and Automation (CT-IETA), Bridgeport, CT, October 2016.

FACULTY MENTORS AND ADVISORY BOARD DEAN, SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING Tarek M. Sobh, Ph.D., P.E., CMfgE • Senior Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research and Dean of the School of Engineering • Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Computer Science • Fellow, African Academy of Sciences • Member, The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering DIRECTOR GRAND CHALLENGE SCHOLAR PROGRAM Khaled M. Elleithy, Ph.D. • Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research • Associate Dean of the School of Engineering • Professor of Computer Science and Engineering • Professor of Electrical Engineering GRAND CHALLENGE SCHOLAR PROGRAM FACULTY ADVISORS Jani Macari Pallis, Ph.D. • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering • Abhilasha Tibrewal, MS • Senior Lecturer, Computer Science and Engineering • GRAND CHALLENGE SCHOLAR ADVISORY BOARD Dave Benjamin, Ph.D. • Associate Professor of Global Development • Chair of the M.A. in Global Development and Peace • College of Public and International Affairs Elena Cahill, J.D. • Chair Entrepreneurship Department • Director, Student Entrepreneurship Center • School of Business Navarun Gupta, Ph.D. • Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering • School of Engineering Keith Hassel, MS • Director, The Center for Career Development Stephen Hess, Ph.D. • Associate Professor of Political Science • Chair of the International Political Economy and Diplomacy (IPED) Program • UB Peace Corps Prep Coordinator • College of Public and International Affairs Junling (Joyce) Hu, Ph.D. • Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering • School of Engineering Brandon LaFavor, M. Ed. • Director of the Education Abroad Resource Center Ausif Mahmood, Ph.D. • Chair, Department of Computer Science and Engineering • School of Engineering Kelli Meyer • Director of Campus Activities and Civic Engagement Jennifer Turner • Civic Engagement Coordinator School of Engineering / Annual Report 2016



School of Engineering / Annual Report 2016

School of Engineering Annual Report 2016  
School of Engineering Annual Report 2016  

This year, like many previous years, the University of Bridgeport's School of Engineering students and faculty have distinguished themselves...