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Freshman engineering Commemorative Issue


125 Years of Engineering Education

Message from the Dean Dear Friends: This past August, nearly 4,000 students returned to West Virginia University to study in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. That’s a far cry from the first reported class in the College of Engineering, which included just 14 students.

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As we celebrate 125 years of engineering education at WVU, one cannot help but look back on how the field has changed and how much our once-small College has grown. In September, we broke ground on the new Advanced Engineering Research Building, which is expected to be completed in late 2014. The building, with an approximate price tag of $42 million, will feature 22,000 square feet of flexible research laboratory space, as well as a 15,000 square foot clean room. Compare that to our first dedicated home in Machinery Hall, which was constructed for $5,000 in state funds, and featured $12,000 worth of apparatus and machinery, but no fire protection. In 1962, there was just one computer on campus, and students only had a three-hour window in which they could access it. Today, computers are everywhere, including in our students’ hands with the advent of tablet devices and mobile phones. And thanks to an in-kind software gift from Siemens, many of our students now have access to the same product lifecycle management software in their classrooms that is utilized by leading companies around the world. Our once largely white, male, West Virginian student body has grown to include people from around the world. And women, once a rarity on the faculty and in the student body, now grace both sides of the classroom in increasing numbers.

The mission of the WVU Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources is to prepare students to practice their profession and to contribute to the well-being of society through academic study, research, extension, and service.

But while many things have changed, others have stayed the same, and for good reason. Throughout our history, our students have always been taught by an expert faculty who engage and challenge them to excel in and out of the classroom. They involve our students in their cutting-edge research in areas that further the growth of our state, our nation, and our world. From our earliest days, the advising staff in the College has worked hard to ensure our students receive the help they need to be successful in what is best described as a very challenging curriculum. Our freshman advising staff, led by Dr. Robin Hensel, does an excellent job to make sure our students receive the personal attention they need to succeed. And it’s working; our students are among the brightest at WVU, with nearly 800 earning placement on the President’s or Dean’s list this past May. Nowhere is our service to the state of West Virginia more apparent than in our Department of Mining and Industrial Extension. Joseph Main of the Mine Safety Health Administration recently visited the Department’s Academy of Mine Training and Energy Technologies and left with the conclusion that the nation could use more places like it in an effort to make the industry safer. At this point in our history, it is important to reflect on how far we’ve come. But our work is just beginning. The next 25 years will see incredible changes in our disciplines and engineering education technology will advance like never before. The 2013 spring issue of EngineeringWV will focus on the changes ahead, through interviews with faculty, students, and alumni. Stay tuned…the best is truly yet to come!

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WVu Foundation launches “State of Minds,” Largest private fundraising campaign in University history




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ON COVER / Pictured: Samuel Asante, a native of Falls Church, Va., participates in EngineerFest. Historic photo / West Virginia and Regional History Collection, West Virginia University Libraries

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Faculty Research

New Research Center to Develop Technology for High-capacity Electric Storage Batteries BY Gerrill Griffith


A new generation of affordable high-capacity electric storage batteries could be the bridge between West Virginia’s heritage of fossil energy production and the promise of renewable energy output that can keep America’s lights aglow and the state’s economy humming for decades.

An experienced research team composed of experts from a range of WVU colleges is set to explore that possibility and develop the technology to make it a reality under a major new initiative called the Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage, or CEES.

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The initiative received a $1.3 million Research Challenge Grant from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research. Team leader and principal investigator Xingbo Liu is ready to flip the switches to start the process.


Liu, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, said large-scale batteries are key to future efforts to regulate and maintain a steady stream of power from both traditional fossil fuel and new emerging renewable sources of electricity. The electrical power supply system operates essentially at the speed of light; the instant a consumer demands electricity, it is delivered. Few options exist for balancing supply and demand other than calling on generators to increase or decrease production in a process called “load following.” Fuel input is the primary means for synchronizing the system. But renewable fuels like wind and sunlight are out of humans’ direct control so it is not feasible to rely on them to be

available at the speed of light to be dependable sources for “load following.” But storing electricity that renewable sources produce in affordable, long-lasting, safe, large-scale, rechargeable, high-capacity energy storage devices/systems such as batteries can solve that problem and hold electricity ready until it is needed. Liu said the rechargeable batteries could help “shave” peak demand, level intermittent renewable energy supply, provide emergency

but also help traditional fossil fueled plants operate at a more constant rate, thereby minimizing equipment wear-and-tear and eliminating emissions that occur when they ramp up to meet demand.” Affordable, efficient, large-scale battery storage is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s grand challenges for research. Liu said his project could hold the key to a new generation of affordable rechargeable batteries

Liu said the Center will have a significant impact on the regional workforce. power, and enable numerous smart “hybrid” grid applications. He said that the reserve capacity that coordinates supply and helps utilities meet peak demand is worth nearly 10 cents per kilowatt hour versus two cents per nonreserve capacity kilowatt hour. “That is why some utility companies have added expensive battery systems to wind generation stations,” Liu said. “The battery storage system compensates for the minuteto-minute changes in wind speed.” But those batteries are not the large-scale affordable approaches that Liu envisions as the keys to greater energy generation efficiency. “America needs more affordable, large-scale electrochemical storage systems,” he said. “They will not only help bring renewable power generation into the power equation

because it is based on a new technology that uses lower cost composite materials – materials that can allow batteries to operate at half the temperature of current technologies. Liu invented the proprietary technology that serves as the basis for the WVU approach. “Today’s technologies rely on fairly exotic materials such as lithium whose supplies are limited predominantly to Venezuela,” he explained. “We will apply the latest computational and characterization techniques to composite materials, which use more widely available raw resources. The performance of these

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materials will perform well enough at prices that would allow large-scale market penetration.” The new WVU Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage takes advantage of the University’s unusual range of expertise. Liu has recruited computational scientists, chemists, a coatings expert, and a characterization specialist from STEM disciplines across WVU to build the technical program. The materials development team consists of Liu and Xueyan Song, both from mechanical and aerospace engineering; Bingyun Li of the Department of Orthopaedics, WVU School of Medicine; and Xiaodong Shi, of the WVU Department of Chemistry in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. A multi-scale modeling team is made up of Ismail Celik, of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and James Lewis, of the Department of Physics in the Eberly College. Liu said he also invited Patricia Lee from the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program of the College of Law to work with the WVU Office of Technology Transfer to move resulting research from the labs to the market. Trina Wafle and Kathleen Cullen from the National Research Center for Coal and Energy will provide program management assistance. Liu said the Center will have a significant impact on the regional workforce. Graduate courses in the field of energy storage are planned that will deliver M.S. and Ph.D. students ready to meet industry’s needs while an affiliates component will provide opportunities for Ph.D. students to work directly with industrial and national laboratory partners. The Center will also develop a research program for undergraduates to work with faculty during the semester and with partner organizations during summer internships.

“We have developed long-term working relationships with our partners in national labs and industry,” Liu said. “We have established good relationships with energy storage researchers in two major national labs conducting stationary energy storage.”

Senators Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Joe Manchin recently announced $831,086 in federal funding for energy research at West Virginia University, which will allow researchers to explore ways to improve the energy grid and make it more efficient. “Studying our energy infrastructure is vital for not only the present, but for future generations,” Rockefeller said. “These grants will support energy research at West Virginia University, making the school among the leaders in the nation for this type of research.” “Promoting research initiatives that help us move toward energy independence should be a top priority for this country,” Manchin said. “West Virginia University is a world-class research school, and it is encouraging that WVU has the opportunity to help lead us in improving and developing better ways to use energy right here in the United States.” Two of the grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) were awarded to researchers in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Khushalani-Solanki

The NSF’s Division of Electrical, Communications, and Cyber Systems awarded $322,501 for the project “Grid Challenges for a Smart Transit System” under the direction of Sarika Khushalani-Solanki. This project aims to develop technologies for a sustainable, fully-automated smart transit system and develop tools needed to upgrade electric power distribution systems. “Smart transit systems are not only an alternative to oil but they also have several advantages over conventional transportation systems,” said Sarika Khushalani-Solanki. “Those advantages include utilizing grid power, less volatile prices, and lower greenhouse gas emissions.”

The NSF’s Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation awarded $172,655 for the project “Collaborative Research: The Next-Generation Electricity Capacity and Transmission Expansion Model with Large-Scale Energy Storage and Renewable Resources” under the direction of Qipeng (Phil) Zheng. This project’s objective is to provide optimal solutions for long-term electricity infrastructure expansion in the future. “If the project is successful, it will provide planning authorities with the most advanced electricity system modeling and computational tools,” Zheng said. “This research holds great potential to transform the current planning practice in the electricity sector, resulting in substantial savings for consumers and sustainable power systems.”


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The Center will pursue an aggressive outreach strategy to bring new jobs to West Virginia. Liu said the CEES will seek to collaborate with energy, aerospace, and transportation businesses that could lead to preservation and creation of R&D and manufacturing jobs in the state.

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WVU Researcher to Help Develop Nighttime Facial Recognition System By Dan Shrensky

There was a time not long ago when nighttime military operations were difficult to impossible. The only tools security forces had to recognize the faces of potential enemies were pictures and human memory.

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Technology breakthroughs made great strides in addressing the situation. Today, night vision technology is common on Schmid the battlefield, and facial recognition hardware and software is a staple even on television dramas. But facial recognition technology to keep the peace in low light and nighttime situations has been elusive.


Natalia Schmid, an associate professor of computer science at the WVU Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, has taken up the challenge of working on an advanced weapon sight program to provide additional advantages on the everchanging battlefield. Schmid has received a $74,438 grant, primarily from the Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate of the Army Research Lab, to tackle what experts in the field call “cross spectral facial recognition algorithm development.” This is a process that can not only help give soldiers the ability to recognize faces in the dark but also create high-tech tools for environmental monitoring, aerial imaging for agricultural applications, and astronomical imaging. Face recognition systems in use today are designed to operate on visible light data collected from still images or video sequences. The process centers on a comparison of collected images with new image captures in order to determine a match and thus recognize and identify a face. But the lack of light at night prevents those highperformance systems from performing accurately enough to be effective.

The military has actively searched for alternatives. But, so far, most of those operate at wavelengths that are invisible to the human eye and undetectable by many electro-optical devices used in the field. “Our long-term goal is to develop a new recognition system that is able to cross match images collected by different imaging modalities,”

Schmid’s work could mean a safer battlefield, more effective environmental monitoring, and vast improvement in the way scientists use aerial imaging to keep track of agriculture and track the night sky. said Schmid. “This will be a new tool that will allow registering and matching objects imaged by two cameras with different spectral selectivity.” Schmid’s work could mean a safer battlefield, more effective environmental monitoring, and vast improvement in the way scientists use aerial imaging to keep track of agriculture and track the night sky.

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WVU’s Bourlai Published in Homeland Security News Wire The work of West Virginia University’s Thirimachos Bourlai, assistant professor in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, was published on the Homeland Security News Wire. HSNW talked with Bourlai about facial recognition technology, the challenges this technology faces, and how this technology enhances military capabilities. In the article, Bourlai explains that face-based recognition systems, or FRS, are gaining interest because the face has several advantages over other biometric traits.

Bourlai explains that face-based recognition systems, or FRS, are gaining interest because the face has several advantages over other biometric traits. Basically, the two images of the same person produced by FRS are expected to be much more similar than two FRS images produced of two different people. But is this always true in real-world scenarios?

“For example, consider a face image captured by a surveillance camera at night outside a military facility. If the person is flagged as suspicious or with a potential to perform a suspicious activity, it may be necessary to match the face image against millions of mug shots across the country.”


CBS aired a story in 2009 that stated as many as 200 surveillance cameras may be monitoring a person at one time. The vast number of surveillance cameras produce millions of hours of footage that someone or something would be required to sift through and is one of the challenges to FRS. “The problem is to be able to develop a FRS that can automatically perform such a task efficiently and in a timely manner,” Bourlai said. Aside from the challenges, Bourlai also explained the importance of FRS and other biometric technology for use in the military. “In real-world military scenarios they deal with harsh environmental conditions characterized by unfavorable lighting and pronounced shadows,” Bourlai said. “In order to deal with such difficult facial recognition scenarios, multi-spectral camera sensors are very useful because they can image day and night. The military knows that facial recognition is not good enough as a standalone; it works better in combination with other security-related technologies. “The strategy in places like Afghanistan is to develop capabilities to take out individual insurgents. Facial recognition will play its role over there but always as part of an integrated system. Of course, all future technologies depend on the immediate or longterm needs of the government. As new security measures need to be put in place, biometrics and facial recognition will play a large role.”

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“A typical FRS consists of the enrollment and the authentication phase,” Bourlai said. “During the enrollment phase, images of the user’s face are taken and used to create face templates, which are then stored in a database. During the authentication phase, newly recorded images of a user’s face, called probes, are used for recognition. A decision on the person’s identity is taken on the basis of the comparison between the old images and new probe images.”

“Unfortunately, in practice, things are not that straightforward,” Bourlai said. “There are various challenges with regard to facial recognition technologies, and this is why there are so many groups worldwide working in this area.


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GangaRao to Study Durability and Life Performance of FRPs through $200,000 NSF Grant BY DEBRA RICHARDSON

has received a $200,000 grant to conduct this research over a four-year period from the National Science Foundation. “The idea is to establish the service of life of these materials so that we can have a better estimate on life cycle cost aspects of these advanced composites,” said GangaRao. “These composites have been implemented in bridges, buildings, highway pavements, utility poles, and so on.”

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A 2011 report released by Transportation for America ranked West Virginia’s bridges as the eighth worst in the nation. According to the Federal Highway Administration, nearly 70,000 bridges nationwide are classified as structurally deficient. But despite federal and state attempts to introduce bridge repair programs on a nationwide scale, the combination of budget constraints and a steep increase in the number of aging bridges has prevented any real progress. Enter West Virginia University’s Hota GangaRao, director of the Constructed Facilities Center and Wadsworth Professor at the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Far from a rookie, GangaRao has built his career around researching and studying structural deterioration and rehabilitation. GangaRao’s most recent research centers on studying the durability and life performance of pultruded and infused fiber reinforced polymers, or FRPs. GangaRao

FRPs are easy to implement and are cost effective, which is why this may become the preferred method to rehabilitate hundreds of concrete bridges throughout the state and nation. “We need to determine the service life of the bridges by gathering data from the field,” GangaRao said. “We intend to conduct accelerated testing under lab conditions by increasing temperature and pressure and decreasing time. Then, correlate that lab data with the field data of bridges that have been aging over the past 16 years so that I can properly calibrate field aging with accelerated lab aging in the form of a very simple mathematical coefficient for design purposes.” To do that, GangaRao will evaluate various structures, at least 50 of which are in West Virginia, that have been in service for several years under varying environmental conditions. “Past experience has shown that we can renovate buildings and bridges and other structures using our techniques at a cost of 25 to 30 percent of construction costs of building new structures,” GangaRao said. “This is why the Department of Transportation will be adopting this method of wrapping extensively in the next five years.”

Ameri Reappointed Chair of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Sam Ameri was recently reappointed as chair of the Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at West Virginia University for a fiveyear term, beginning July 1, 2012. “Serving as the chair of the Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering is an honor and a pleasure,” said Ameri. “We are proud to educate professionals for our state, nation, and world’s oil and gas industry, and to contribute to solving global energy problems. Our success is due to the expertise and dedication of our faculty and staff; visiting committee, alumni, donors, and partners; and the WVU and Statler College leadership and administration. Our Department is poised for a period of growth and productivity, and I am honored to continue serving as its chair.” Department chairs are reviewed every five years by the dean of the college. Evaluations include input from faculty members, staff, students, and other constituents. Ameri’s overall assessment for his performance as department chair was rated very highly by his colleagues. “It is clear that Professor Ameri’s colleagues consider him to be a fair, approachable, open, and honest person,” said Gene Cilento, Glen H. Hiner Dean of the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. “Students consider him an excellent mentor who listens and addresses their issues and needs in a timely fashion. They fully appreciate his efforts to help them be successful in their professional development. He also works hard to promote effective interactions with all external constituencies. These interactions will be important as he works to engage them, along with faculty, in strategic planning important to the Department, and especially as it pertains to shale gas research and development and workforce development.”

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Heasley to Help Direct Mine Safety and Health Research Fund By John Bolt

West Virginia University mine safety expert Keith Heasley has been selected as one of three directors of a $48 million research fund created to improve mine safety in the wake of the Upper Big Branch disaster that killed 29 West Virginia coal miners in April 2010. Heasley is the Charles T. Holland Professor of Mining Engineering in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Other directors are: Michael Karmis, the Stonie Barker Professor of the Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering and the director of the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research at Virginia Tech; and David Wegman, professor emeritus in the Department of Work Environment at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and adjunct professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Together, they will direct the Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health Inc., created with an endowment from Alpha Natural Resources as part of its non-prosecution agreement with the U.S. District Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia and the U.S. Department of Justice. Alpha purchased the Big Branch Mine from Massey Energy, which owned the underground mine in Montcoal, W.Va., when the tragedy occurred. Alpha has since announced it is shuttering the mine, which never reopened.

totaling $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Mining health and safety should be paramount to everyone associated with the industry,” said Gene Cilento, Glen H. Hiner Dean of the Statler College. “Keith Heasley’s scientific work in safety research and ground control make him a valuable asset to the Alpha Foundation. I look forward to the committee’s work to fund advancements in this vital energy industry that is so important to the state and nation.” The foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve mine health and safety through funding projects by qualified academic institutions, not-for-profit entities, and individuals associated with those entities.

“Through this work, we honor those who have lost their lives and seek to prevent such losses in the future.”

“WVU pledges its experience and expertise to help this foundation with its important goals in mine safety research,” he said. Heasley, who earned a doctorate in mining engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Penn State University, came to WVU in 2001 after a career in the mining industry and federal mining safety research. He is currently working to develop a seismic system for locating trapped miners and to educate the next generation of doctoral-level mining safety professionals. The research is funded by two grants

The three directors met early this summer to discuss funding priorities and organize the foundation’s activities. None of their own research will be eligible for funding from the foundation, and each will recuse themselves from selection decisions around research from their respective institutions. “I am extremely honored to have been selected to serve as a director for the Alpha Foundation and to participate in this tremendous opportunity to improve safety and health in the mining industry,” Heasley said. Kevin Crutchfield, CEO of Alpha Natural Resources, said: “Mine safety and health is a top priority for our company and imperative to the success of our industry. We are proud to establish and fund the foundation, and also appoint three leading experts to advance its objectives. The foundation has a tremendous opportunity to drive the latest developments and innovation in mine safety and health to the benefit of millions of miners around the world.”

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“As part of our land-grant mission and service to people of West Virginia, WVU is committed to excellence in mining education, research, and extension,” WVU President Jim Clements said. “Through this work, we honor those who have lost their lives and seek to prevent such losses in the future.

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Faculty News

New Faculty V’yacheslav (Slava) Akkerman

Assistant Professor Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Education: Ph.D. - Umeå University, Sweden, ’07 M.S. - Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia, ’03 B.S. - Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, ’01 Teaching Interests: fluid dynamics, general and/ or theoretical mechanics, general and/or applied physics, plasma physics, computational methods, mathematical physics, combustion theory


Mohaghegh Reappointed to DOE Advisory Committee

Research Interests: analysis of laminar and turbulent, reactive and non-reactive flows

Debangsu Bhattacharyya

Associate Professor Department of Chemical Engineering Education: Ph.D. - Clarkson University, ’08 B.S. - National Institute of Technology, India, ’93 Teaching Interests: process control, fuel cells, energy systems modeling and analysis

Shahab Mohaghegh, professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering at West Virginia University, has been reappointed to the Department of Energy’s Unconventional Resources Technology Advisory Committee by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.


During the two-year term, Mohaghegh and his colleagues will carry out a program of research, development, demonstration, and commercial application of technologies for onshore unconventional natural gas and other petroleum resource exploration and production, including addressing the technology challenges for small producers, safe operations, and environmental mitigation.

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Comprised of 17 members representing academia, environmental concerns, and industry, the committee was established to advise Chu on the development and implementation of activities related to onshore unconventional natural gas and other petroleum resource exploration.

“I am honored to be asked to once again serve on this important national committee,” said Mohaghegh. “Unconventional resources like those found in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations represent our country’s best hope for supplying our growing energy needs, while decreasing our dependency on foreign energy sources.”


Mohaghegh is a pioneer in data-driven predictive well modeling. Utilizing a technique he developed called Top-Down Modeling, Mohaghegh uses artificial intelligence and data mining to generate full-field models in all aspects of upstream exploration and production. Mohaghegh earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in natural gas engineering from Texas A&I University and his doctorate in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Penn State University.

Research Interests: dynamic simulation and control of integrated gasification combined cycle power plants with carbon dioxide capture

Thirimachos Bourlai

Assistant Professor Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Education: Ph.D. - University of Surrey, United Kingdom, ’06 M.S. - University of Surrey, ’02 M.Eng. - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, ’99 Teaching Interests: pattern recognition and machine learning, ubiquitous computing, biometrics, human computer interaction Research Interests: biomedical imaging, biometrics, image processing, sensory systems, centralized/decentralized systems, pattern recognition, and human computer interaction

Fei Dai

Assistant Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering Education: Ph.D. - Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, ’10 M.S. - Tsinghua University, China, ’05 B.S. - Hefei University of Technology, China, ’02 Teaching Interests: construction management, construction technology, construction procurement, quantitative techniques for project planning Research Interests: construction simulation

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Ebrahim Fathi

David S. Mebane

Assistant Professor Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Education: Ph.D. - University of Oklahoma, ’10 M.S. - Tehran University, Iran, ’03 B.S. - Tehran University, ’01

Assistant Professor Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Education: Ph.D. - Georgia Tech, ’07 M.S. - Georgia Tech, ’04 B.A. - Rice University, ’96

Teaching Interests: natural gas engineering, fluid mechanics of natural gas production, oil recovery improvement, geostatistics and inverse theory, advanced production engineering, well log interpretation

Teaching Interests: parameter estimation, reduced order methods, advanced topics in electroceramics, chemical thermodynamics and kinetics of materials, statistical mechanics

Research Interests: shale oil/gas characterization; simulation of fluid flow, storage, and transport in shale formations; characterization and upscaling of anisotropy and heterogeneity effects in shale gas production and well performance; well stimulation and production analysis

Research Interests: modeling of solid state chemical and electrochemical systems for energy applications, statistical approaches in scale-bridging and parameter estimation, reduced-order modeling, simulations for accelerated design of materials microstructure

Yu Gu

Terence D. Musho

Assistant Professor Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Education: Ph.D. - West Virginia University, ’04 M.S. - Shanghai Jiao University, China, ’99 B.S. - Shanghai University, China, ’96 Teaching Interests: modeling and design of robotic systems, instrumentation engineering, automatic controls, mechatronics Research Interests: nonlinear, adaptive and robust control; fault-tolerant multiple sensor fusion; nonlinear Bayesian filter; decentralized unscented information filter; aircraft guidance; navigation and control; autonomous systems

Antarpreet Jutla

Assistant Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering Education: Ph.D. - Tufts University, ’11 M.S. - University of Saskatchewan, Canada, ’06 M.Tech - Punjab Agricultural University, India, ’03 B. Tech - Punjab Agricultural University, ’01

Research Interests: hydrology and remote sensing applications in health sciences

Alfred Edward Lynam

Assistant Professor Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Education: Ph.D. - Purdue University, ’12 M.S. - Purdue University, ’09 B.S. - Purdue University, ’08 Teaching Interests: optimization in aerospace engineering, principles of dynamics, spacecraft design, structures laboratory, signals and systems Research Interests: space mission design, statistical orbit determination and orbital perturbations, spacecraft navigation, flight control and trajectory optimization,dynamics, serious gaming, space situational awareness

Teaching Interests: materials science and engineering, heat transfer, micro-/nano-scale heat transfer, high-performance computing Research Interests: quantum approach to the optimization of nanostructured direct energy conversion devices with focus on nanostructured thermoelectric devices, nanotip field/thermionic emission devices, high-performance computing

Andrew C. Nix

Assistant Professor Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Education: Ph.D. - Virginia Tech, ’03 M.S. - Virginia Tech, ’96 B.S. - University of Maryland, ’95 Teaching Interests: fluid mechanics, aircraft propulsion, gas turbine laboratory, design projects for hybrid electric vehicle and other transportation systems Research Interests: experimental measurements and modeling of heat transfer, turbulent and transonic flows through gas turbines, cooling of turbine blades, material failures and durability in gas turbine applications

Konstantinos Sierros

Assistant Professor Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Education: Ph.D. - University of Birmingham, England, ’06 M.S. - University of Birmingham, ’02 B.S. - University of Newcastle, England, ’01 Teaching Interests: design and fabrication of lightweight, low-friction human powered vehicles; tribology; experimental characterization of materials Research Interests: design and fabrication of multisource energy harvesting devices, electro-mechanical properties of thin films for solid state lighting applications, tribology and tribo-corrosion of solar concentrator panels, durable carbon nanotube films for energy applications, durability of LEDbased devices

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Teaching Interests: hydrology, remote sensing, time series analysis, water resources engineering, watershed modeling and prediction

Assistant Professor Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Education: Ph.D. - Vanderbilt University, ’11 B.S. - Penn State University, ’06


Faculty News




Three Named to Distinguished Professorships By Mary C. Dillon

Three faculty members from West Virginia University’s Department of Mining Engineering were named to distinguished professorships during the 2011-2012 academic year.

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Chris Bise, chair of the Department, was named the Robert E. Murray Chair of Mining Engineering. The award honors Murray, who is CEO of Murray Energy Corp., the largest privately owned coal mining company in the United States.


Keith Heasley was named the Charles T. Holland Professor of Mining Engineering. The award was created in honor of the former dean of WVU’s School of Mines, who served from 1961-1970. Holland was also an alumnus of WVU, having graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mining engineering in 1928 and 1932, respectively. Vladislav Kecojevic was named the Massey Foundation Professor of Mining Engineering. The foundation, started in 1957 by William E. and Evan Massey, is dedicated to providing financial support in medical and engineering research. “We are delighted to appoint these three faculty members to these prestigious professorships,” said Gene Cilento, Glen H. Hiner Dean of the College. “We look forward to their contributions to developing technology that will continue to advance this vital energy industry that is important to the state and nation.” Throughout his career, Bise has been associated with the planning, engineering, operation, management, teaching, and research aspects of mining and occupational and environmental health and safety. He is

a registered professional engineering and a certified mine safety professional. After earning his undergraduate degree in mining engineering from Virginia Tech, Bise worked for the Consolidation Coal Company as a resident engineer for two underground coal mines in eastern Ohio. He started graduate school at Penn State University in 1974 and joined the faculty in 1976. He rose through the professorial ranks and later became chair of the program. During his tenure, he created and chaired the Industrial Health and Safety Program. After resigning at the rank of professor emeritus from Penn State, Bise joined the staff at WVU in 2006. Heasley started his career as a project engineer for the underground coal mines in the Midwestern region of Consolidation Coal Company. After earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degree in mining engineering from Penn State University, he spent more than a decade at the former U.S. Bureau of Mines and then the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health at the Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, performing safety research in coal mine ground control. He earned his doctorate in mining engineering at the Colorado School of Mines in 1998. His research interests are numerical modeling in rock mechanics, computer applications in mining, and multiple-seam mine design and ground control, and he has published more than 90 articles in these areas. He is probably best known as the originator and promoter of the LaModel program for coal mine pillar design.

On the faculty at WVU since 2001, Heasley was named the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources Outstanding Teacher in 2008. He also won the Stephan McCann Educational Excellence Award from the Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America, and the Syd S. Peng Ground Control in Mining Award from the Society in Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, (SME) in 2011. Kecojevic joined the faculty at WVU in January 2010, after having served on the staff at Penn State University from 2001-2009. He held the Centennial Career Development Professorship in Mining Engineering at PSU from 20052009. Prior to starting his teaching career, Kecojevic worked with Krupp Canada, where he was responsible for the design of mining equipment. Kecojevic serves on a number of professional committees, including as chair-elect of SME’s Coal and Energy Division. He is the associate editor of the SME Mining Engineering Journal and SME Transactions, and is a member of the editorial board of Mining Technology. He was named the Department’s outstanding faculty member by the University’s SME student chapter in 2011 and a 20082009 SME Henry Krub Lecturer based on his research work on risk assessment of equipment-related fatalities in the surface mining industry. His research interests are in the areas of surface mining, the development of mining equipment, mine safety, and information technology usage in mining. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in mining engineering from the University of Belgrade in Serbia.

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WVU Engineering Professor Chosen for Fulbright Program


By Mary C. Dillon

You can’t win if you don’t play. It never hurts to ask. Don’t assume. We’ve heard ‘em all before.

HALABE EARNS NATIONAL CHI EPSILON TEACHING AWARD Udaya B. Halabe, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at West Virginia University, is the recipient of the 2012 James M. Robbins National Excellence in Teaching Award presented by Chi Epsilon, the National Civil Engineering Honor Society.


Halabe has more than 25 years of research and field testing experience in the area of nondestructive testing and evaluation of structural components. He has numerous publications to his credit in the area of nondestructive evaluation of timber, steel, concrete, and composite structural components. His expertise includes the use of several nondestructive testing techniques, such as ultrasonics, ground penetrating radar, infrared thermography, and vibration-based technologies. Halabe routinely teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in structural analysis, structural design for dynamic loads, and nondestructive material and structural evaluations. He is a recipient of numerous CEE Departmental Excellence in Teaching Awards and the 2009-2010 Statler College Outstanding Teacher Award.

“Congratulations to Dr. Halabe on this wonderful honor,” said Radhey Sharma, chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “This is excellent news and is the second such award for CEE faculty. It is great recognition of top-quality education delivery in the Department.” Chi Epsilon, the National Civil Engineering Honor Society, recognizes the outstanding achievement of the individual student and promotes development of characteristics deemed fundamental to the pursuit of a successful engineering career.


Banta, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, will be traveling to Italy after being chosen by the Fulbright Scholar Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. He will be conducting research on several aspects of fuel cell and gas turbine hybrid electric generation at the University of Genoa (UNIGE) in Genoa, Italy. “Last year a professor from UNIGE, Alberto Traverso, came to Morgantown to do research at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, where I was also doing research,” Banta said. “Dr. Traverso’s department chair invited me to come to UNIGE to work with their staff on advanced energy generation and management.” Banta applied to the Fulbright Program for funding for his trip, thinking it was a long shot. “I applied to the program hoping, but not really expecting, to be selected,” Banta said. “The program is highly competitive and I had never written a proposal to Fulbright before.”

as his contributions to enriching the educational, economic, social, and cultural lives of people around the world,” said Jacky Prucz, chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. According to Banta, UNIGE has one of the best hybrid electric generator research facilities in the world. Moreover, they are pioneers in the areas of hybrid generation systems; smart grids; advanced conventional power generation; and other areas of energy conversion, management, and efficiency. Banta is looking forward to his sojourn in Genoa for several reasons. His first priority is to “rejuvenate” his research. “I am looking forward to writing papers, writing proposals, and delving deeply into research in the area of energy efficiency, which has been the focus of my research for 30 years,” he said. “I also hope to serve as an emissary for the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources and for WVU in general, and to expand the cooperative agreement between WVU and UNIGE to other interested departments and colleges.”

Provost Michele Wheatly is less surprised. “Dr. Banta is a top-notch researcher,” she said. “His receipt of this award confirms what many across campus—and around the world—already know: that our faculty are among the best anywhere.” “This is a highly prestigious international award that recognizes Dr. Banta’s lifetime achievements in his professional career, as well

In 2011, with Traverso’s help, Banta worked with the Office of International Programs to define a set of courses for UNIGE and MAE that would transfer credit completely between the two. The Statler College has one student, Zachary Santer, studying and doing research at UNIGE. Paolo Pezzini, a student from Genoa, is currently working on his doctorate at WVU.

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Halabe is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and member of two honorary societies, Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi.

Larry Banta can tell you they’re true, at least in his recent experience.


accolades NAE Publication FeatureS WVU’s Projects with Industry and Building Energy Use Program Means

By Debra Richardson

Reflections of college experiences produce a variety of memories in alumni of West Virginia University. Many revolve around football games, Greek life, and study-abroad programs. But for many undergraduate engineering students, the highpoint of their college experience revolves around their senior capstone design project. Along with producing lasting memories, the Projects with Industry and Building Energy Use Program earned a place in the National Academy of Engineering’s Real World Engineering Education publication of 2012. The publication highlights model programs that demonstrate methods of infusing real-world experience into engineering education.

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“This program is designed as a senior capstone design experience,” explained Ken Means, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. “The projects are supported by the West Virginia Division of Energy (DoE) with the purpose of helping West Virginia industries, schools, and institutions to become energy efficient and competitive.”


The projects deal with a wide variety of topics including energy efficiency, heat recovery, building energy efficiency, manufacturing efficiency, and robotics. For example, in the industry section, student teams go into plants and factories to meet with company officials, become acquainted with common problems in the plant, and take measurements associated with that problem. The students then spend the remainder of the semester developing designs to resolve the problem. Toward the end of the course, the students write a final report and provide a presentation to the plant managers and engineers. “One of the unique features of this program is that it combines real-world design projects with an educational program,” said Means. “The results provide useful information to real industries and institutions that can be implemented to save energy and improve efficiency.” Previous projects have included designing water filtration systems for Nicaragua schools and developing solar electrical systems for disadvantaged groups in poor communities. “I think that having this unique program recognized in this publication will enhance our status with the West Virginia DoE who funds our projects,” said Means. “This will also be a great recruiting tool. The MAE Department goes to great lengths to provide a variety of challenging senior capstone design courses for our students and this is one outstanding example of that.”

Napolitano Named Professor of the Year by Faculty Merit Foundation Marcello R. Napolitano, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering napolitano and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University, was named 2011 Professor of the Year by the Faculty Merit Foundation. The award was presented in March during a banquet held in the Great Hall of the Culture Center in Charleston, W.Va. Napolitano, who has been at WVU since 1990, received his doctorate in aerospace engineering from Oklahoma State University and his master’s in aeronautical engineering from the University of Naples Federico II, in Italy. He developed, along with his colleague Mario Perhinschi, the MAE Flight Simulation Laboratory at WVU, making the University one of only a handful of institutions internationally to feature such a state-of-the-art educational laboratory. The center is used for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of flight dynamics, flight simulations, and flight controls, and determining the many different classes of failures on aircraft. These technologies are part of full flight test development programs within NASA and the Air Force. Brian Stolarik, vice president, Mission Systems Group, writes that “Dr. Napolitano’s innovative approaches to industry-relevant problems continue to promote WVU and West Virginia on a national and international scale. [His] development of relative navigation flight control is a significant contribution to the U.S. Air Force’s Automated Aerial Refueling Program, which seeks to autonomously refuel a pilotless airplane during flight.” Stolarik, a former student, recalled that “Napolitano’s students excel as a result of his creativity in teaching.” Noting that Napolitano requires students to write an analysis as to why something did or did not work and what would happen to the solution if the assumptions changed, Stolarik said that this method of teaching demands that students think critically and also perfect their writing skills; a methodology rare in engineering education. Napolitano was nominated for the award by Gene Cilento, Glen Hiner Dean of the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, and Jacky Prucz, chairman of the MAE Department. In their nomination letter, the pair noted Napolitano “has unequivocally demonstrated steadfast dedication to advancing the mission of WVU in general, the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in particular, through highly effective and creative teaching, innovative research, and seamless integration of its findings with his instructional materials.” Former WVU Student Body President and current California Institute of Technology NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory researcher Jason Gross was one of Napolitano’s students. “My first experience with Dr. Napolitano was as a student in his undergraduate Flight Dynamics and Automatic Controls courses. His enthusiasm, in-depth knowledge of the subject matter, and willingness to challenge me quickly made his courses my favorite.” The Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia each year honors an outstanding faculty member at a West Virginia college or university. The winner receives a $10,000 cash prize. The Professor of the Year Award is presented with financial support from United Bank.

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Outstanding Advisors, Teachers, Researchers, and Staff Honored Klinkhachorn



The Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources is made up of many hardworking, dedicated professionals who go above and beyond every day in their dedication to our mission of teaching, research, and service. The following faculty and staff members were recognized for their service this past academic year. TEACHER OF THE YEAR Powsiri Klinkhachorn, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering







OUTSTANDING TEACHERS Hema Siriwardane, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Kenneth Means, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Hailin Li, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering David Graham, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering ADVISOR OF THE YEAR John Zaniewski, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering OUTSTANDING ADVISORS Khashayar Aminian, Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Ryan Sigler, Enrollment Coordinator David Solley, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering




RESEARCHER OF THE YEAR Xingbo Liu, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering







NEW RESEARCHERS OF THE YEAR Avinash Unnikrishnan, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Feng Yang, Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering OUTSTANDING STAFF MEMBERS Karen Grimm, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Marilyn Host, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Linda Rogers, Department of Chemical Engineering Vicky Rousseau, Administration

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OUTSTANDING RESEARCHERS Donald Adjeroh, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Arun Ross, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering



“The fact that our students have been admitted through our stringent criteria means to me that every single one is quite capable of completing a degree and of having a successful career in an engineering discipline.”—Roy Nutter

A recent report from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education produced some sobering statistics on college graduation rates among state students:

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• Of every 100 students enrolled in ninth grade only 17 will earn a two- or four-year college degree within 10 years. That’s compared to 30 out of 100 students in the bestperforming states. • Sixty percent of West Virginia students who start college won’t finish, and increasing the graduation rate is key to addressing a skills gap in the labor force that hampers the state’s economic development.

• Labor economists at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce predict that by 2018, 49 percent of the jobs in West Virginia will require education and training beyond high school. Many of these positions are found in diverse sections of the economy such as advanced manufacturing, energy, bio- and nanotechnology, cyber security, and information technology.

• Approximately 20 percent of all students in four-year institutions require at least one developmental education course when they enter college.


The report, Educating West Virginia is Everyone’s Business, was issued by the West Virginia College Completion Task Force, which was co-chaired by West Virginia’s First Lady and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College President Joanne Tomblin and West Virginia University President Jim Clements. “Increasing our college completion rates is one of West Virginia’s most important public policy goals,” said Clements. “The work of this task force is a significant step toward achieving that goal, and I hope our report generates a sense of urgency and inspires our collective action.” According to the report, there are a variety of academic and non-academic factors that influence a student’s decision to leave college before completing a certificate or degree. Academic preparation, motivation, self-confidence, financial support, institutional commitment, and social networks can all impact whether a student departs or graduates from college. In order to help students overcome these barriers, the report suggests campuses employ a number of techniques including offering strong support services for all students, involving families, and providing individualized academic advising to all students.

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“The students we get in the Statler College have already made the personal and family commitment to go to college,” said Roy Nutter, professor in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and a member of the task force. “The fact that our students have been admitted through our stringent criteria means to me that every single one is quite capable of completing a degree and of having a successful career in an engineering discipline.

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“But some come with better high school backgrounds than others,” Nutter added. “We have multiple programs in the College to try to ensure that all students succeed. These programs are very important to the success of many students.”



Almost all of us, at some point in our lives, were asked the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And for many of us, that included thinking about where we might go to college to pursue that dream. It’s never too early to start thinking about college, which means it’s never too early to begin the student recruitment process. Colleges across the country are finding benefits to providing early access to their programs to high school and even middle school students in hopes of getting them interested in their program as early as possible.


At the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, the recruitment staff works diligently to develop and maintain feeder programs for current and future engineering students.

It’s Never too Early to Start Thinking About College

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By Debra Richardson


“We’re trying to get people to understand what West Virginia University is all about and what they can do with an engineering degree,” explained Cate Schlobohm, a recruiting assistant in the College. “In particular, we are looking to increase the number of students that list WVU as their first choice for engineering school.” Like many universities and colleges across the nation, WVU participates in college fairs, college tours, women in engineering day, minorities in engineering day, and various engineering and science festivals and conferences. But unlike other universities, WVU is striving to push for engineering awareness not only in the students, but in the parents as well. “During recruitment and outreach projects, we don’t just focus on high school students, we engage our current students, alumni, and external groups as well,” Schlobohm said. “Our primary audience is the students but many times we make a bigger impact on the parents, who in turn tell their nephews, nieces, and so on. It’s exciting and the students feel more comfortable knowing their parents are just as excited about the program as they are.” In previous years, the College conducted a program for high school students known as Engineers of Tomorrow, which was funded by the National Science Foundation. When funding expired, the program was re-engineered to include middle school students. “We took a hard look at what we were doing and how we were doing it and ways that we could expand it to include even more students,” said Ryan Sigler, coordinator of enrollment management. “As a result, we offered two weeks of camps for high school students and a third week to middle school students during July.”

“... get students excited and interested in engineering, especially for those who have been told it’s not possible.” — cate schlobohm Sigler noted that he feels that the College could have a big impact with students in the middle school age range and he hopes to expand outreach efforts throughout the year with this group. The camps, which are staffed by faculty and student leaders, focused on general engineering awareness with a goal to foster interest in engineering and science and technology fields. Students had the option of staying

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overnight in the dorms or attending day classes. At the end of each week, parents were invited to the final poster session, during which their students presented their favorite project from the week. George Henry, a senior at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, Md., said his camp experience has helped solidify his intent to attend WVU. “The projects in biometrics have been very interesting Pam (fish) Henry and george henry and innovative,” said Henry, who is the son of John and Pam (Fish) Henry (BSEE ’80). “Camp gave me a chance to do some hands-on projects like iris scans and the opportunity to talk to current students.” A grant from PPG Industries assisted in providing financial aid and supplies to students attending the camps. Russ Moses, a 1996 graduate of WVU with a degree in industrial labor relations, serves as the company’s human resources director and was instrumental in securing the grant.

For Schlobohm, outreach programs are important because they “get students excited and interested in engineering, especially for those who have been told it’s not possible.” The programs create a pipeline of students entering STEM career paths, regardless of whether they attend WVU or not. “They find role models, surround themselves with other people who think it’s fun, and find confidence in themselves and their decision to enter a science-related field,” Schlobohm said.

The WVU Alumni Association and the Office of Admission jointly coordinate an international network of volunteers that assist the University with the recruitment of prospective students. We would like to invite you to join the National Alumni Recruiting Network (NARN) to help spread the word that WVU offers a unique, student-centered educational environment. As a NARN member, you will be invited to participate in various recruitment activities. You can also identify prospective students in your area and help to influence their decision to make WVU their college of choice. If you are interested in joining our volunteer network, please visit narn.wvu.edu and complete the membership form. For more information, contact Danielle Linsenbigler at 304-293-8629.

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Another popular outreach program conducted by the College involves its support of both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. This past February, the College participated in Merit Badge University for Boy Scouts, which gave them the opportunity to earn their engineering badges, something that would have been nearly impossible without its help. In March, the Girl Scouts were invited to the College to earn their science and technology badges, with more than 500 scouts and their families attending.

Alumni: We Need Your Help!



Blaine Headley

AJ Bartlett

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Robin Hensel


In her position as the Assistant Dean of Freshman Experience in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, Robin Hensel sees many students who were very successful in high school struggle academically in college, because they fail to manage their time, lack selfdiscipline and study skills, or lack motivation. Wanting to provide as many opportunities as possible to these students, Hensel accepted a challenge few even consider. She accepted a position as a Resident Faculty Leader (RFL).

we explained the goals and activities of the job, most understood why we chose to do it.” RFLs host a variety of events in their homes, such as hosting guest speakers; club and group meetings; movie nights; and student success seminars on topics such as time management, study skills, and test anxiety. The RFL townhouses are designed to entertain large groups of people. The dining room and kitchen

“We plan activities, events, and programs to help students think about themselves and the changes they need to make in order to transition successfully from high school to college, and ultimately to the professional world.” —Robin Hensel Hensel lives in one of the RFL townhouses behind the Evansdale Residential Complex (Towers), and plans co-curricular programming to engage students in the academic life of the University to help students become academically successful. “We plan activities, events, and programs to help students think about themselves and the changes they need to make in order to transition successfully from high school to college, and ultimately to the professional world,” Hensel said. “My husband and I made this decision together. The rest of our family and many of our friends were surprised by our decision, but when

combined can seat 26 people comfortably for dinner. During these dinners, Hensel hosts guests, who include fellow faculty; professionals from industry, government, or business; and University resource representatives from the study abroad programs or career services. Hensel and the other three Towers RFLs host outdoor events as well. There is a large courtyard between the RFL townhomes and the dormitories, which is a great place to host cookouts, have campfires, or even watch movies.

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But there’s more to this than just dinner and movie nights. “The RFL Annex has two classrooms that the RFLs use to teach WVUe 191 for non-engineering majors, and it’s also used to host club and administrative meetings,” Hensel said. “Since it’s just a few yards behind my house, I use it to hold late-night tutoring sessions for students who need help preparing for a calculus test. “I’ve had students at my house for a dinner event tell me they don’t understand a topic but have a calculus test on it soon, normally tomorrow or the next day, so I tell them to go get their stuff and meet me in the Annex at 9 p.m.,” Hensel continued. “They usually show up with a small group of three or four students who also need help. These impromptu tutoring sessions have been very helpful to the students.” During Fall Family Weekend, all four Towers RFLs host parents and students for brunch in the courtyard. “Parents love the concept of having a faculty member living near the students,” Hensel said. “They usually like hearing about the types of events we host as

well. We put a slideshow of pictures of student activities from the past few weeks together so parents can look for their students in the photos.” In an ever-changing world, generation gaps are increasingly more noticeable. By living near the students, without directly invading their space, the RFLs are able to provide assistance and support to students who wouldn’t have been open to receiving it normally. “They see us outside of the classroom and office environment,” Hensel said. “They meet my family and my dog and they come to events in our home. Because they see us so often, they begin to feel comfortable with us and trust us early on. “Building that relationship is important, because if they are comfortable with us, they are more likely to come to us when they need help and give us the opportunity to help them,” Hensel continued. “By knowing what services and opportunities are available, I am able to point students in the right direction and help them make connections with others who can facilitate their academic success.”

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Patrick Garcia


It was only 10 years ago, but Melissa Morris remembers when the academic advising landscape for freshmen engineering students at West Virginia University had a much different feel than it has today. “I got that classic speech, ‘Look to your left. Now, look to your right. One of you won’t be here next year,’” Morris recalled with a laugh.


Like many colleges, the goal of the engineering school seemed to be to quickly identify and “weed out” students who couldn’t immediately meet the challenges of the curriculum.

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Today, the Statler College employs a kinder, gentler approach and Morris, who earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at WVU before becoming a teaching assistant faculty member and advisor, is now part of a system that has undergone a sea of change.


Rather than weeding out, the style is more supportive and nurturing, she says. “We want to give everyone a fair chance to be successful,” Morris said. “Some students may have come from high schools that didn’t emphasize math and science and, when they get here, they have to play catch-up. We’re not going to punish them because their high schools didn’t emphasize those subjects. We’re going to do everything we can to support them.” WVU has plenty of support to offer. Along with Morris, Todd Hamrick, Lizzie Santiago, and Ordel Brown are also teaching assistant faculty who advise. Each teaches four courses a semester and advises between

100 to 200 freshmen engineers. Through the Engineering Learning Center, located near the entrance of the Engineering Sciences Building, students can receive free tutoring and review sessions for math, science, chemistry, and engineering courses. Freshman advising should get at least partial credit for the College’s recent growth spurt. The Statler College expected to see more than 900 freshmen in the fall, its largest freshman class ever. Total enrollment is around 1,000 students more than last year. Students are drawn to Statler’s programs in industrial, mechanical, computer engineering, and computer science, and majors in energy fields like petroleum and natural gas engineering and mining engineering are particularly popular these days. But it’s retaining the students after the transitional freshman year that is crucial to the College’s success. Getting freshmen to the next step isn’t always easy, but it’s not for lack of opportunity or support. Morris and Hamrick say that one of the most common challenges is getting freshmen acclimated to their newfound freedom and independence. “We really see the whole gamut of students,” Hamrick said. “I’ve got students who struggle mightily with college algebra and students who are in Calculus III and they’re bored. But issues with learning how to study, how to manage your time, and how to work in a college atmosphere are the biggest things we see. The sooner they catch on, the sooner they can start succeeding.”

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Some freshmen need a grass-roots approach that requires a sweeping adjustment of previous habits and being presented with clearly defined expectations and pathways to success. Some freshmen have never seen or heard of a syllabus, which outlines course procedures, topics to be covered, and a host of information crucial to success, while others aren’t used to committing time to their studies. “It’s a big change from the way they worked in high school,” Hamrick said. “A lot of students didn’t have to work in high school and were still able to get As, so they come to college with terrible study skills. The workload is much different.” Another role the advisors play is helping a freshman choose which engineering discipline would fit them best. Hamrick says that being a teacher helps him better identify the challenges freshmen face.



To best serve the students, it’s important to make a personal connection and maintain it throughout the freshman year, Morris says. “Whenever I see my students, I ask them where they’re from, when’s the last time they’ve been home, and ask how things are going,” Morris said. “If you show them that you’re human and you care about them, they tend to perform better. They feel like they’re accountable to you—they don’t want to let you down.” Morris maintains close ties to her students throughout their academic careers and takes pride in seeing them succeed after graduation. “I tend to keep in touch with my students and a lot keep in touch with me,” she said. “Whenever I got to a conference out of town, I usually end up meeting up with a former student for dinner and we keep in touch through Facebook and e-mail.”


Trio in Statler College Honored for Advising Excellence Three staff members in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources were honored this past spring for excellence in academic advising. Cindy Tanner, faculty advisor, who does double duty mentoring computer science students in the Statler College and the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, and Chris Randall, professional advisor, were awarded the Nicholas Evans Advising Award from West Virginia University. The award recognizes some of the University’s most dedicated and accomplished faculty and staff. The pair received $2,500 in their departmental budgets for travel and scholarship.



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Dave Solley, undergraduate program coordinator of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was selected as an Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit recipient by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). The award was presented through NACADA as part of the 2012 annual awards program. Solley won the Evans Award in 2010.




Statler College Creates Student Co-Op Program Small Businesses Seeking Employees Encouraged to Apply By Mary C. Dillon

The Early Start Co-Op Program would provide students and employers with a win-win situation. Working with small businesses, the College will work to establish a database of available employment opportunities for incoming students. Industries might include construction, engineering, auto repair, manufacturing, oil and gas, information technology, and mining. Students would be paired with these companies with the understanding that they would work a semester and then go to school for a semester. Students will not be allowed to work while

for Entrepreneurial Studies and Development and professor of industrial and management systems engineering. “Many of them are first-generation college students and are from parts of West Virginia with high poverty rates. These students are going heavily into debt and in many cases are working excessive hours to support themselves in college. “Because they are working too many hours, their grades suffer,” Byrd said. “The Early Start Co-Op Program will not only give us a better chance of retaining and graduating these students but will make these students highly marketable upon graduation because they have hands-on skill.” According to Byrd, students would enroll in the program for at least three rotations and will need to provide information on their skills as part of the application process. A special advisor will be assigned to these students, and a financial counseling program would be created to make sure students save enough money to continue their education.

“The Early Start Co-Op Program will not only give us a better chance of retaining and graduating these students but will make these students highly marketable upon graduation because they have hands-on skill.” — Jack Byrd

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There are many obstacles to overcome before a student earns his or her bachelor’s degree. According to U.S. News & World Report, factors such as work, grades, and money play key roles, especially for individuals who are the first in their family to pursue higher education. A new co-op program in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources hopes to put these barriers aside in an effort to retain and graduate students it might ordinarily lose.

taking classes. Compensation levels would be decided by the company in consultation with the student.


“The Statler College is seeing a growing number of students who are receiving little to no family support,” said Jack Byrd, executive director of the Center

Small businesses interested in partnering with the Statler College are encouraged to contact Lloyd Ford, coordinator of corporate relations and career assistance, at 304-293-4370.

advent of computers

Engineering Experiment Station


curriculum responds to trends and events beyond the campus

West Virginia was still young

Under the terms of the 1862 Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act, the West Virginia legislature creates the Agricultural College of West Virginia, which opens in September 1867 as an all-male, all-white institution with six faculty members, six college students, and 118 high school students in a college preparatory program.


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Engineering courses are offered as part of the science, agriculture, and military curricula.


The Agricultural College of West Virginia is renamed West Virginia University.



In the 1870s and 80s, engineering educators engage in a debate, arguing over how much of a college’s engineering curricula should be devoted to abstract principles and how much to practical applications.

Civil Engineering Professor Colonel Thomas Moore Jackson establishes the Engineering Society to provide his students with a forum to socialize, discuss engineering, and publish a small engineering newspaper. This society also organizes a public demonstration of engineering students’ current projects.



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Hall, WVU’s 1892 Machinery first engineering building, is completed.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanic Arts is established. Electrical engineering courses are first taught at WVU, as an option within mechanical engineering.


Twenty years after West Virginia’s legislature accepted the terms of the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act, establishing what would become West Virginia University in 1867, the University created the Department of Civil and Mining Engineering in 1887. For an institution founded to provide instruction in technical fields, WVU’s first stand-alone engineering department was a long time coming, considering the palpable demand for engineers in the growing industries of late 19th-century West Virginia.

An addition to Machinery Hall is completed, almost doubling the building’s size. Image shown above.


The University and the state quickly realized that funds invested in engineering education would be worth the cost. A WVU report from 1896 said, “those states which have manifested no interest in engineering and industrial education are the least developed.” Fast-forward 125 years to today, and the story remains the same, although greatly expanded. The technical knowledge and professional expertise of engineers and scientists from West Virginia University’s Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources are still in great demand, not only here at home in West Virginia but around the world.

Fire destroys Machinery Hall; portions of the Department of Mechanical Engineering move into Fife Cottage on Woodburn Circle.



At this point, West Virginia was still young; less than 30 years earlier, it was still part of Virginia. The state was hard at work to try to strengthen its economy and infrastructure. New discoveries in science required technical knowledge that could not be learned “at the bench or in the shops” to keep abreast of changes in industrial materials and methods. Professional engineers had begun to supersede mechanics as foremen, managers, and superintendents of West Virginia’s most important manufacturing concerns.

Women, who were initially denied admittance to WVU, are granted permission to enroll in all majors. The College of Engineering and Mechanic Arts, comprised of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanic Arts and the Department of Civil and Mining Engineering, is formally established. WVU Libraries

WVU enrolls 755 students.


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Mining engineering and civil engineering, previously a single degree option, divide into two separate programs. The construction of Mechanical Hall is completed, to replace the old Machinery Hall.

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The College of Engineering appoints its first official dean, Clement Ross Jones.

During WWI, the normal supply of engineering graduates is insufficient to meet the demand for engineers, and the U.S. Department of War requests that arrangements be made for earlier graduation. In response, the College extends its instruction into the summer months, enabling students to graduate a semester early.

1918 A Department of Industrial Education, which includes an industrial extension program, is added to the College.

1921 Chemical engineering, included within mechanical engineering since 1916, is established as a separate department.

1926 The School of Mines is founded, as part of the Department of Civil and Mining Engineering.

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Geological engineering classes are added to the College’s course offerings.

The College’s first M.S. degrees are awarded to J.F. Robinson and G.E. Taylor in civil engineering.


Eighty-nine students are enrolled in the College of Engineering.

A mining extension program is established within the College of Engineering.



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The Department of Civil Engineering is temporarily abolished, splitting into the School of Railway and Highway Engineering and the School of Structural and Hydraulic Engineering.





The Engineering Experiment Station is created. It serves the College of Engineering, and later the School of Mines, by managing programs, projects, grants, and scholarships for engineering research.

The battery, the telephone, the camera, the escalator, the light bulb, the airplane, the automobile, the assembly line: So many things we take for granted today were invented


in the 19th and 20th centuries. These advances in science and technology spawned new industries and required a specialized workforce. Industries looked to universities to supply trained engineers for in-depth, high-level work in increasingly focused areas.

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answered the call. To accommodate the rising demand for specialized courses of study, mining engineering split from civil engineering, becoming a separate department in 1907, and the Department of Civil Engineering branched into two schools, railway and highway engineering, and structural and hydraulic engineering. The College added a sanitary engineering option in 1912, summer short courses and a mining extension division in 1913, a geological engineering track in 1915, a chemical engineering department in 1916, and industrial education and industrial extension programs in 1918.

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In the 1930s the College adopted the common freshman engineering curriculum, a concept that remains in effect today. Although course work became specialized as the College evolved, the first year and much of the second year became uniform, ensuring mastery of basic material and allowing students additional time to decide on a major. As freshmen, students received a fundamental background in mathematics, humanities, social sciences, general engineering, and basic sciences, followed by focused coursework once a major was selected.

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By the 1960s, engineering had evolved to the point that it was no longer thought of as a mechanic art or vocational field but was now regarded as a science. There was a strong national trend to make the coursework more scientific and to demand higher standards of accreditation for engineering education. This resulted in the elimination of nearly all shop classes and the debut of more scientific laboratory courses. With the move away from shop work, the College adopted other means of providing hands-on training and realworld experience to help students gain working knowledge of concepts covered in the classrooms. Internships and cooperative programs served to help students transition from the classroom to the realm of the practicing engineer, giving them an advantage over recent graduates who lacked professional experience. These programs still exist in the College and are augmented by a host of specialized student design competitions, which take our students around the country, where they successfully compete.


371 students are enrolled in the College of Engineering.


The first female engineering graduate, Carrie Virginia White (nĂŠe Dye), receives her B.S. with a concentration in electrical engineering.

The School of Mines separates from the College of Engineering, and the common curriculum for freshman engineering students is first implemented in the College of Engineering.



The School of Railway and Highway Engineering is abolished. Out-of-state tuition costs $75 (about $1,075 today) per semester, while tuition remains free for West Virginia residents. Emma Meyers, the third woman to graduate from the College of Engineering, receives a B.S. in chemical engineering; two years later, she receives an M.S., also in chemical engineering.



Following the stock market crash of 1929, the College implements a stronger, sounder curriculum and incorporates more business, law, and economics courses in an effort to produce graduates better groomed for the Depression-era job market.

The College of Engineering grants its first Ph.D. to Charles Jackson Potter in chemical engineering.


The School of Structural and Hydraulic Engineering is abolished, and the Department of Civil Engineering is reinstated.

WVU enrolls more than 2,500 students.


“When I came here in 1962 (as a student), we had one computer on campus that was 32kb.” —Jack Byrd (BS ’66, MS ’68, PhD ’70), professor of industrial and management systems engineering

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One of the single biggest changes to the engineering curriculum came with the advent of computers. “When I came here in 1962 (as a student), we had one computer on campus that was 32kb,” said Jack Byrd, (BS ’66, MS ’68, PhD ’70) longtime professor of industrial and management systems engineering. “You probably have more than that today in a watch! And it was for everybody on campus, including all the administrators. Students had a three-hour window that they could access it at night, and that was the only time they could use it.” Byrd estimates that in 1966, less than one percent of all University graduates had ever used a computer. During this era, WVU was among the first universities in the nation to launch interdisciplinary graduate programs. A promotional brochure from 1968 explained the importance of collaborative programs in this way:

The College institutes a civilian pilot training program in cooperation with the U.S. Civil Aeronautics Administration, with graduates of the program immediately entering the Army and Naval Air Corps; the program lasts for three years.

An aeronautical track is offered within the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Other curricular changes since the 1970s have included the addition of a computer engineering degree in the mid-1980s; the addition of programs in emerging fields such as biometrics; and the launch of a biomedical engineering certificate option in 2008. With degrees, programs, teaching strategies, and courses continually developing and transforming, the engineering curriculum at WVU is organic and ever-changing. But one thing is consistent—the curriculum responds to trends and events beyond the Morgantown campus.

For the first time in WVU history, women students outnumber men, excluding soldier trainees—809 women are enrolled compared to 592 men; only the School of Mines remains all-male.

The School of Mines and the Department of Chemical Engineering are moved from Mechanical Hall to the brand-new Mineral Industries Building (now White Hall).


With the help of the Works Progress Administration, an addition is built onto Mechanical Hall.

In 1970, aided by a grant from the Esso Education Foundation (now ExxonMobil Foundation), the College instituted the Freshman Engineering Program, designed to improve students’ skills by emphasizing engineering design. The program involved a breakthrough teaching strategy called Guided Design, which “placed primary emphasis on the skilled performance of thinking and iterative process of decision-making.” Forty-plus years later, the Freshman Engineering Program continues to provide intensive design experiences and other academic and social support for students as they transition to college and engineering study.




Civil, electrical, mechanical, and mining engineering programs are accredited by the Engineers’ Council for Professional Development, a predecessor to today’s ABET.



“Most breakthroughs in recent years have come from the interfaces of science ... cooperation between the sciences is the theme of the day. Biochemistry, biophysics, psychobiology, biomedical engineering, and agricultural engineering are some of the dual fields being taught at WVU.”

Today, the College continues to foster interdisciplinary programs by reaching out to the departments of physics, chemistry, medicine, and many others for collaborative endeavors.

1945 The Agricultural Engineering Department is founded.

The Department of Aeronautical Engineering is founded. An oil and gas engineering track is offered within the School of Mines.

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Machinery Hall When people today think of WVU’s Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, they think of three buildings, with a fourth one under construction, sitting atop the Evansdale Campus. But that wasn’t always the case. Initially, the College was a hodgepodge of departments lacking a unifying location. After repeated requests from administrators and instructors for a dedicated space, in 1891 the University approved the plan for a mechanic arts building with its construction financed by $5,000 in state funds plus $12,000 for apparatus and machinery from the Morrill Fund.


In 1892, Machinery Hall, the first dedicated building for engineering studies, was completed and fully equipped for engineering classes, labs, and offices. Even with an addition that was completed later in that decade, the building was large enough only to house mechanical engineering and mechanic arts; civil and mining engineering were located in another new building called Science (now Chitwood) Hall. Despite its known fire hazards, no money had been available to supply Machinery Hall with fire protection, and the building burned in 1899. The University quickly planned for a much larger facility on the same site in an effort to unite all of its engineering programs under one roof.


The College’s chemical engineering program becomes accredited. WVU purchases the land that ultimately becomes the Evansdale Campus.

Fire destroys Mechanical Hall.

WVU’s enrollment exceeds 8,000 for the first time.

WVU sets a precedent for universities nationwide when its Board of Regents approves the use of $10 million in bonds from student fees to fund College of Engineering facilities expansion.

WVU engages C. F. Cellarius, Cincinnati architect and campus planning expert, to survey the campus and develop a master plan for growth. Aeronautical, industrial, and agricultural engineering programs become accredited.


219 women receive degrees from WVU; of those, 41 were in home economics, 97 in arts and sciences, and 57 in education.



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With the Department of Industrial Education having moved to the College of Education in 1939, a Department of Industrial Engineering is founded within the College of Engineering.

“I was teaching summer school and one day I went down to the second floor and noticed they had just oiled the floors. I said ‘Boy, they just made this place a better fire trap.’ It burned that night. It was an interesting experience to go to your office the next day and have it not be there!” —Robert Slonneger, professor emeritus and former associate chair of mechanical and aerospace engineering

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Mechanical Hall Mechanical Hall was completed in 1902 for $55,000. It was well-stocked with nearly $60,000 of the latest machinery and apparatus for the “mechanic arts [and] engineering in all its varied forms.” The new facility was the shining jewel of the College and was heavily advertised as a draw for new students. The modern structure was successful in attracting students and, as a result, enrollment increased, course offerings expanded, departments flourished, and the College grew tremendously over the next 30 years. The College was proud of its up-to-date facilities—sheet metal and pipe fitting shops, a photo lab and dark room, and a foundry and forge—as well as its cutting-edge equipment, including engines, generators, transformers, and mining apparatus. As it aged, however, voices within the College began warning the University administration of the shortcomings of Mechanical Hall. By the 1940s, enrollment was especially high and expected to double by 1960, thanks to initiatives such as the GI Bill, which ensured returning soldiers would be able to attend the University after World War II. Changes in the engineering field also meant that new departments, such as aeronautical engineering, were being considered. In short, the College had outgrown Mechanical Hall. Even more worrisome was a study completed in 1944 that determined the building was “very much a fire trap.”

Unfortunately, this description became reality when Mechanical Hall burned to the ground on June 13, 1956. If there was a silver lining, the fire came at a time when a proposal was nearly finalized for a new building on the Evansdale Campus. “It was an old, old building,” said Robert Slonneger, professor emeritus and former associate chair of mechanical and aerospace engineering. “I was teaching summer school and one day I went down to the second floor and noticed they had just oiled the floors. I said ‘Boy, they just made this place a better fire trap.’ It burned that night. It was an interesting experience to go to your office the next day and have it not be there!” Slonneger said that the fire department was hesitant to go into some of the places to fight the fire because they knew there were shops in there with all kinds of gasses and equipment. “The building itself was old brick, and it was all frame inside,” Slonneger said. “It burned to the ground . . . it burned up completely.”



The Engineering Sciences Building is completed on WVU’s Evansdale Campus. The Cold War is under way—engineering research during this era leads to advances in nuclear energy, aircraft, lasers, computers, and other major technologies, all of which impact engineering education at WVU.

... and a Move to Evansdale After the fire, which was ruled accidental, the departments in Mechanical Hall scurried to find temporary homes while plans for the Evansdale Campus were revised to account for engineering’s loss of its downtown facilities. Two prefabricated buildings, affectionately dubbed the “Tin Cans,” were brought in to help ease the sudden space crunch. “The fire happened on Tuesday night, and Wednesday we didn’t have any classes,” Slonneger recalled. “They got together and by Thursday morning we found out where to go to teach summer term classes.” Slonneger remembers that some of the labs were held next to the old Field House, and others in the chemistry building.

“There was a telephone on the first floor and a telephone on the second floor,” he said. “There were no secretaries or anything like that. So the phone would ring, and it would ring, and it would ring. Finally, some brave soul would go answer it, and it was never for him. We were quite happy when we did get into the ‘Tin Cans,’ where we all had telephones on our desks again!” In 1961, the new Engineering Sciences Building on the Evansdale Campus was completed. Nearly 60 years since the College’s last full-scale construction project, WVU once again boasted one of the nation’s largest and most state-of-the-art engineering facilities. The building, still in use today, “ended 40 years of crowded conditions for each of the departments. The dedication symbolically represented the start of a new era in engineering education for WVU, with the modern, 14-story structure the focal point of future progress in engineering.”


In the 1960s and 70s, engineering at WVU undergoes a major transition toward self-directed and experience-based education led by Professors Charles Wales and Helen Plants.

The close proximity of the two buildings made the merger between the College of Engineering (COE) and the College of Mineral and Energy Resources (COMER), which happened in 1995, seamless from a facilities point of view. In a memo to COMER staff, Dean R. Larry Grayson said that keeping the colleges separate was not “wise business,” and that it was important to pursue the formation of a new, larger college, which would retain the essence of their mission. Then-Provost Thomas LaBelle agreed, noting, “The merger represents a proactive and timely response to key issues facing higher education…The curricula and research missions of both colleges can be strengthened through such a merger.”

By the start of the fall semester in 1956, according to Slonneger, classes were being held all over the place. His office was in an old house.

The distance of WVU’s new Evansdale and Medical campuses from the main downtown campus, however, created a major transportation issue. In 1966, a team of engineers from civil and industrial engineering joined city officials and urban mass transit authorities to plan the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system. In 1975, the PRT system, mostly funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation as a research and demonstration project, began carrying passengers and successfully cut transportation time to roughly 10 minutes between campuses. Nearly 40 years later, the PRT system still continues to unite WVU’s campuses.

Major expansion followed on Evansdale with the construction of the Engineering Research Building and the Mineral Resources Building starting within days of each other. Both buildings opened in 1990.

“The merger . . . made sense,” said Sam Ameri (BS ’73, MS ’76), chair of the Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering. “We (COMER) were very small. At the time, we had no more than 40 or 50 students in the department. But they (COE) were packed with students. The merger created opportunities for us to recruit high-quality students and work with other departments on research projects.” Dr. Allen Cogley, who had been serving as chair of the mechanical engineering department at Kansas State University, became the newly merged College’s first dean. Campus expansion has continued into the 21st century, beginning with a $12-million addition to the Engineering Sciences Building that opened in 2008. In addition to classrooms, laboratories, and offices, the addition features an Engineering Learning Center that provides networked computers, individual and group study spaces, and tutors who are on hand daily to assist first-year students. Most recently, in September 2012, the College broke ground for its newest facility. Once completed, the $43-million Advanced Engineering Research Building will provide new research laboratories, a second clean room, and state-of-the-art computer labs to meet the needs of high-technology learning and discovery in the future.

The National Science Foundation provides funding for the construction of a Concrete Laboratory at WVU. This laboratory is one of the largest and most complete concrete laboratories in the eastern United States at the time.

of the Personal 1966 Planning Rapid Transit (PRT) system begins.

“The merger created opportunities for us to recruit high-quality students and work with other departments on research projects.” —Sam Ameri (BS ’73, MS ’76), chair of the Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

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After developing a washing machine agitator and dozens of other patents for General Electric, Winston L. Shelton, a 1948 WVU electrical engineering graduate, starts his own company, Winston Industries, and develops the Collectramatic Pressure Fryer. This large-volume fryer becomes the primary cooking method of Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises throughout the world.

Drs. John Loth and Jerome Fanucci of the Department of Aerospace Engineering construct an experimental STOL (short takeoff and landing) airplane, which features a unique wing design that allows for flying at very low speeds, reducing the need for longer airport runways in Appalachia and other mountainous regions.

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1975 The School of Mines becomes the College of Mineral and Energy Resources (COMER). The PRT opens, transporting students between the Evansdale, Downtown, and Medical campuses.

The 1973 oil embargo triggers great interest in alternative energy sources, leading to increased energy research at America’s engineering schools.

The U.S. Secretary of Transportation; Senator Robert Byrd; and President Nixon’s daughter, Tricia Nixon-Cox, attend the dedication ceremony for the PRT, which is named a top 10 engineering achievement of the year by the National Society of Professional Engineers.


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1977 In the late 1970s, Professor Helen Plants barely misses winning the American Society for Engineering Education’s national election that would have made her the first woman president of a major engineering society.

The Agricultural Engineering and Forestry programs separate from the College of Engineering, to form what is now known as the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design.

Impact of the War Years Around the time of World War I, America’s industries anticipated a severe shortage of engineers. Recruitment at WVU went into overdrive, and enrollment began to rise.

getting jobs because of things they’d learned in the service.”

In 1917, the College, in conjunction with the Department of Physics, trained students in skills that would support the nation’s war effort, namely metalworking, vehicle repair, and telegraphy. The program, known as the Students’ Army Training Corps, continued until 1918, when the conflict ended.

Jack Byrd was a student on campus during the height of the Cold War. “I remember, as a freshman, standing in line at the cafeteria, waiting to go in to eat, right at the heart of the Cuban Missile Crisis,” he said. “We were talking about whether or not we were going to be here next week because there was a very real chance we would go to war with Russia and there would be no males left on campus.”

The training of military and civilian engineers to support the war effort was taken very seriously by the University; many programs and courses were added and special accommodations were made for military personnel. All told, around 1,000 men graduated as specially trained engineers during this time.

Roy S. Nutter Jr. (BS ’66, MS ’68, PhD ’71), professor of computer science and electrical engineering, was a student in the College during the Vietnam era. “Every male during their freshman and sophomore years at WVU was in ROTC,” said Nutter. “Everybody had a uniform; it’s the way it worked.”

During World War II, enrollment soared again due to military training programs offered at the College. The University offered college-level technical training in subjects such as machine design, metallurgy, and drafting, provided through the College’s industrial extension division, as well as programs in flight training and army specialist training.

As juniors, Nutter said, students had the opportunity to become a scholarship holder in ROTC, either through the Army or the Air Force.


Betty Miller (BS ’47, MS ’57) remembers the late 1940s as a time with few students and even fewer opportunities once the war ended. “The war took so many of our students away,” Miller said. “A few years later, when I was graduating, they were coming back, finishing their educations or

“There wasn’t anything happening at that time and I thought I would enlist,” said Nutter, thinking it would be a good way to pay for the rest of his education. “I remember this just as clear as day, going into the first class as a junior, sitting down with all my buddies around me, as they passed out the legal papers that you signed to join the corps. I remember sitting there and rocking back and forth in my chair and just looking at everybody else as they signed their stuff. And finally I just got up and handed it in and said, ‘I’m not doing this.’”



Governor Jay Rockefeller appears on WVU’s campus for the groundbreaking of the $4.2 million Evansdale Library. While in Morgantown, Governor Rockefeller also announces that he has designated WVU as a Mining and Mineral Research Institute, thereby making the school eligible for federal mining research funds under new federal strip mining laws. Seventy percent of the job offers from industries made through the WVU Placement Office go to engineering students, who comprise just 10 percent of the student body. The Evansdale Library opens.

Twelve months later, in 1966, the Vietnam War escalated. “They had exemptions if you were in school,” said Nutter, who took advantage of a three-year fellowship opportunity to complete his master’s and begin his doctoral degree. WVU continues to offer many specific programs and opportunities for veterans of more recent conflicts. The University has been recognized by G.I. Jobs magazine as a military friendly school, placing it in the top 20 percent of schools nationwide. The University also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which covers the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees from the Post 9/11 GI Bill for both undergraduate and graduate students.

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The University still offers ROTC programs for students interested in active duty or reserve military careers in the Army or Air Force, and in the spring of 2012, the College had 42 students enrolled in these programs.

The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Development is founded. The Departments of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering consolidate into a single department. Order of Vandalia recipient Charles Holland percent of the College’s 1982 Sixteen engineering students are female.


“We were talking about whether or not we were going to be here next week because there was a very real chance we would go to war with Russia and there would be no males left on campus.” —Jack Byrd

“I remember this just as clear as day, going into the first class as a junior, sitting down with all my buddies around me, as they passed out the legal papers that you signed to join the corps. I remember sitting there and rocking back and forth in my chair and just looking at everybody else as they signed their stuff.” —Roy S. Nutter Jr. (BS ’66, MS ’68, PhD ’71), professor of computer science and electrical engineering

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“The war took so many of our students away. A few years later, when I was graduating, they were coming back, finishing their educations or getting jobs because of things they’d learned in the service.”


A Fluidization and Fluid Particle Research Center is established at WVU.

COMER provides a stainless steel cylinder from one of its laboratories to use as a time capsule for Morgantown’s Bicentennial celebration. The time capsule includes letters, newspapers, and other materials reflecting life in Morgantown on its 200th birthday, and will remain buried until Morgantown celebrates its 300th birthday in the year 2085. The computer engineering program is founded within the Department of Electrical Engineering.


The first conference on the use of computers in the coal industry is co-sponsored by COMER and held on the Evansdale Campus.



Starting in the fall semester, all freshmen engineering students are accepted into the College, rather than to a specific department, in an effort to improve the freshman advising process and teach basic engineering courses to all students entering the College.



—Betty Miller (BS ’47, MS ’57)

Faculty members from the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering cooperate to develop a Manufacturing Systems Engineering program, to help make West Virginia’s industries competitive with those in other states.

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“Women just didn’t do this kind of thing ... but I just kept on going.” —Betty Miller

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Engineering at West Virginia University has always attracted top-notch students, but as the University has expanded and the College has built a reputation, what was once a largely white, male, West Virginian student body has grown to include people of all ethnicities, backgrounds, and nationalities. It has also come to include increasing numbers of women. It wasn’t until 1897 that the University permitted women to register in all departments. Records from the early 20th century indicate that two Serbian women took agricultural engineering classes at WVU in 1919. Although they did not complete a full academic year, these women were likely the school’s first female engineering students. Carrie Virginia White (née Dye), who received her bachelor of science degree in 1927 with a concentration in electrical engineering, was the first female to graduate from the College. Today, female freshmen enrollment in the College stands at 14 percent.

1989 Researchers in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering establish the Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines, and Emissions, a program aimed at reducing exhaust emissions and consumption of petroleum-based fuels. In the late 1980s, the Department of Mining Engineering establishes exchange programs with the China University of Mining and Technology and the University of Wallongong in Australia.

But Betty Miller remembers a time when women just didn’t “do” engineering. “When I went to register, I had applied for education,” said Miller. “But I didn’t want to teach school. My older brother was in engineering school and I don’t know whether that had anything to do with it or not, but I just changed to chemical engineering.” Miller’s decision was met with horror by her mother. “Women just didn’t do this kind of thing,” Miller recalls. “My mother called our next-door neighbor who assured her that I would be good no matter what I majored in. That calmed her down. And I just kept on going.” Miller started her educational career accompanied by four other women, two of whom graduated. While Miller initially didn’t want to teach, she went on to earn her master’s degree in mathematics and taught in the discipline for 36 years, retiring in 1992 from WVU. She later spent 15 years in the Provost’s Office, retiring again in 2007.

1990 In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the College establishes student exchange programs with engineering schools in England, the U.S.S.R., and Mexico.

Between 1909 and 1929, the College’s enrollment more than quadrupled, leading to the formation of a number of student groups. The Engineering Society served as a base for all engineering students, and membership was required for juniors and seniors. A student chapter of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers was added, as was Tau Beta Pi, the honorary engineering fraternity, and Sigma Gamma Epsilon, which focused on the advancement of geology, mining, metallurgy, and ceramics. All three organizations remain in existence today. But these groups weren’t always inclusive. Jack Byrd notes that one of the biggest changes that has occurred in the College and the University has been its treatment of women. “When I was a student, a woman could not march in the marching band,” said Byrd. “They could not wear shorts on campus. They had to stay in a dorm all the way through college and had a 10


Engineering schools in the U.S.S.R. ask the College of Engineering to assist them in preparing for an ABET review.

The NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium (WVSGC) is established. With WVU as the lead institution, WVSGC includes seven universities and four colleges in West Virginia and aims to enhance the state’s competitiveness, interest, and activities in science, engineering, and space-related education.

The Mineral Resources Building and Engineering Research Buildings are completed.

WVU’s Discovery Lab opens, providing West Virginia residents with a place to test their inventions and share ideas for new technologies.

“Helen Plants was the only woman faculty member in the College when I was in school. She was tough, but she was an outstanding teacher.” ­—Jack Byrd p.m. curfew. They wouldn’t let women into Tau Beta. Things like that would be deplorable today!” Lack of qualified instructors intensified in the 1940s when special programs were again offered for military training in engineering. Helen Plants took advantage of that shortage and became the first female lecturer in engineering at WVU, specializing in mechanics. Some might say that Plants cracked the door open for women in engineering at WVU. Today, there are 21 women faculty members in the College, several times what it was just a decade ago. “Helen Plants was the only woman faculty member in the College when I was in school,” said Byrd. “She was tough, but she was an outstanding teacher.” WVU built the Evansdale Campus just in time for the baby boomers entering college. Students flocked to the University. Engineering was so popular in the 1980s the College attempted to restrict admission to only the top candidates, yet still exceeded its 400-student cap. During this time, Margaret Lyell, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and the only female

faculty member in the College, urged the College to take the recruitment of women students seriously. She also rallied, successfully, for the establishment of a WVU chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, which still exists today and has flourished. Other similar initiatives included outreach to K-12 schools and focus on women and minority recruitment. The College started a lecture series led by women and minority engineers, intending to make the diversity of engineering role models more visible to students. Today, female faculty members have access to funds through WVU’s $3.2-million National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant. The grant allows women in science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines to receive mentoring from faculty members outside their department and to explore their science in new ways.

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Growth of Research While the curriculum responded to outside events, research programs were slower to take shape. In the early days, the College lacked the facilities, funding, and freedom to undertake research ventures. Space, money, and time for research took a back seat to teaching in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The University realized that in order to establish and maintain a first-rate reputation for the College of Engineering research must be made a priority. Without sacrificing teaching techniques and course content, the College needed to engage in scholarly experimentations, investigations, and analyses that advanced the field of engineering.

1992 Construction begins on the National Research Center for Coal and Energy.


In 1922, the College created the Engineering Experiment Station, which managed programs,

projects, grants, and scholarships for engineering research. The Station helped the state’s commercial development by providing engineering leadership to investigate scientific and technical problems related to manufacturing processes, product development, and utilization of raw materials, often working closely with a number of state agencies.

When the war ended, the University lifted the restriction against faculty doing consulting work for industries and government, as long as that work didn’t interfere with teaching. That change led to a noticeable upturn in the amount of research performed by engineering faculty in the 1940s, followed by another spike during the Soviet/American space race a decade later.

Even with the Station up and running, the College’s research activities were minimal at best. Faculty members were overloaded with teaching responsibilities and not permitted to perform consulting work for government or private industries, restricting their ability to conduct research. Funding was also limited, particularly before 1942, when the state legislature allocated funds for the Station for the first time.

Upon the U.S.S.R.’s launch of Sputnik in 1957, America recognized the need for improved scientific and technical capabilities if the nation were to match or exceed the Soviets’ progress. Funds for science and engineering suddenly became available from private foundations, as well as from federal and state government appropriations, to help the United States win the Cold War through research education.

But just when increased financial support became available from the state, World War II started. During the war, research was neglected, as instructing large numbers of U.S. Army students was viewed as a more important contribution toward winning the war.

With an influx of funds for research, WVU could take on not only numerous research projects, but also larger and more nationally focused ones. In 1979, for example, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation named WVU the site of the first and only National Transportation Center in the country, with a mandate to stimulate and

Order of Vandalia recipient Betty Miller

A team of WVU students from mechanical and aerospace engineering and electrical and computer engineering compete in the Ford Hybrid Electric Vehicle Challenge in Dearborn, Mich., taking first place for overall fuel efficiency.


Order of Vandalia recipient Andrew Clark


Twenty-year-old Joseph P. Bongiorni III, a civil engineering Order of Vandalia recipient sophomore, is killed in an Iraqi Scud missile attack on U.S. Elmo J. Hurst military barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Bongiorni is WVU’s only known combat casualty of the Gulf War.


COMER and the College of Engineering merge to form the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.

1998 The PRT beats Disney World’s famed monorail as The New Electric Railways Journal’s pick for best overall people-mover. Electrical engineering graduate Rouzbeh Yassini is named “Man of the Year” by CED magazine for his role in creating and fostering the multibilliondollar cable modem “broadband” industry.

WVU partners with Worth, Inc., a baseball and softball equipment company, to create a model for the “First-Up” fielder’s glove. Tim Lord, a WVU engineering and business graduate and Worth’s marketing manager, works with engineering students and professors to develop a training glove for younger baseball and softball players.


Throughout the years, problems relating to the environment, economy, healthcare, security, and transportation influenced the scientific, mathematical, and technical principles taught in the classroom. Those problems also shaped the work of research engineers who searched for solutions through investigation and application.


“In Europe, they currently build 300- and 400-foot bridge spans in three or four days,” said Hota GangaRao, Wadsworth Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “We were talking about doing that kind of thing in the very early 1970s. We were able to come up with a way of building bridges, buildings, whatever in ways that were more efficient, done in a much shorter time span. Then, as a progression, we are now looking at very high-strength materials and green materials. We are looking at renewable, sustainable materials.”

conduct research leading to the development, enhancement, and maintenance of all modes of transportation. While some research programs were initiated in response to national and international concerns, others were motivated by needs closer to home. The College established the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Development (CESD) in 1982 to supply support services to businesses across West Virginia, most of which had little or no research and development backing to help them compete in high-tech industries. Affiliated with the Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, the CESD continues to provide facilities and technical expertise to support economic enterprise throughout Appalachia. Like its curriculum, the College’s research projects are multidisciplinary. The Constructed Facilities Center (CFC), under the direction of Hota GangaRao and Emory Kemp of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was established in 1988 to bring together an interdepartmental team of engineers and scientists for the purpose of combining innovative ideas, advanced technologies, and

traditional engineering. Today, engineers and scientists working in the CFC come from the Statler College; the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design; and the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. Together, they work to find ways to protect, preserve, and prolong existing constructed facilities while offering new and economical alternatives to building materials and designs.

We were able to come up with a way of building bridges, buildings, whatever in ways that were more efficient, done in a much shorter time span. Then, as a progression, we are now looking at very high-strength materials and green materials. We are looking at renewable, sustainable materials.” GangaRao is quick to point out that the initial thinking behind the development of these concepts came from Kemp.

“Emory and I used to go to Charleston to drum up some research and development activities, with regards to work to be done with the state’s Department of Highways and the Department of Transportation,” said GangaRao, Wadsworth Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “Within a year or two, we got a fair-sized joint research project, and we were able to develop good working relationships with them and nurture it to the point that we still get a fair amount of funding from them.”

Despite its slow start, engineering research at WVU has intensified in recent decades. The College’s mission notes its dedication to practice and science, as well as research, along with its continued focus on teaching. The College’s research projects, labs, centers, and collaborations are now too numerous to list in full. But names like the Local Technical Assistance Program; the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium; the Center for Identification Technology Research; and the Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines, and Emissions, make it clear that the College’s research initiatives reflect local and worldwide influences, interdisciplinary partnerships, and emerging technology that impact and advance today’s engineering fields.

The first project GangaRao and Kemp worked on was one ahead of its time: the modular construction of bridges. “In Europe, they currently build 300- and 400-foot bridge spans in three or four days,” said GangaRao. “We were talking about doing that kind of thing in the very early 1970s.

2000 In honor of one of its distinguished alums, the Department of Mining Engineering establishes its William N. Poundstone Lecture series.

2001 The College institutes a Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series.

WVU ties with the University of Maryland as overall winner of the FutureTruck 2000 competition in Mesa, Ariz., in which participants are required to modify the powertrain of a 2000 Chevrolet Suburban sport utility vehicle to increase fuel economy. WVU’s SUV is a hybrid electric and diesel-powered vehicle. Order of Vandalia recipient Emory Kemp

In response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, WVU’s Lane Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering works to develop a digital forensics program, ultimately creating a graduate certificate in computer forensics and collaborating with law enforcement to establish the West Virginia Cyber Crime Cooperative. WVU Libraries


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is renamed the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, following a $5 million contribution from WVU graduate Raymond J. Lane Lane and his wife, Stephanie.

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An Organic Evolution

What started as a dispersed group of courses and departments scattered around a university experiencing early growing pains has evolved into a sizeable and highly respected fixture within West Virginia and the larger world of engineering research and education. Today, the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources offers 14 degree programs accredited by ABET, formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, in seven academic departments, all housed in facilities located on the Evansdale Campus. The College also offers graduate programs at both the master’s and doctoral levels in 14 areas. The organic evolution and fluid growth of the College contrasts with the technical and methodical nature of engineering itself. The

2004 American Electric Power pledges $250,000 to the College, primarily to support programs designed to encourage K-12 students in Appalachia, in particular women and under-represented minorities, to enter engineering and computer science professions.

development of programs in such areas as biometric systems, biomedical engineering, computer forensics, and gaming and virtual reality proves the College has the ability and willingness to adapt to changing market needs. The student body has grown from an initial enrollment of 14 to nearly 4,000. The once homogenous white male population within the College now includes an ever-increasing number of women and a diverse population from around the world. Nearly 800 students earned placement on the WVU President’s or Dean’s lists in May 2012. Graduates are actively sought by corporate recruiters, more than 120 of whom came to campus this year to attend an engineering career fair.



Dr. Charles Vest, who earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from WVU in 1963, is named president of the National Academy of Engineering.

Glen H. Hiner, a graduate of WVU’s Department of Electrical Engineering, establishes an endowment to support the deanship of the College. Order of Vandalia recipient Alfred “Fred” Galli



The U.S. military nominates Navy Lieutenant Commander Philip Burnside, a WVU engineering grad, for the Bronze Star Medal, in recognition of his work in improving Iraq’s infrastructure, particularly Baghdad’s water and sewer system. The College is recognized for diversity in its student body; it is included on Hispanic Business magazine’s list of top 10 best engineering schools for Hispanics.

Order of Vandalia recipients Glen H. Hiner and Raymond Lane Hiner


Students are taught by an expert faculty who bring expertise, enthusiasm, and energy to each of the College’s programs. Working side-by-side with undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members conduct pioneering research in both the public and private sectors in a wide range of areas, including energy, nanotechnology, electronic devices, advanced materials, biotechnology, and many more. Over the past three years, the College has invested nearly $90 million in research expenditures. Since 2001, more than $35 million has been invested in new and upgraded facilities, including laboratories, classrooms, and equipment for teaching and research. And once completed, the new Advanced Engineering Research Building will add 75,000 additional net square feet to campus, strengthening the ability to meet 21st century needs.

The commitment to strengthening the economy and infrastructure of West Virginia continues through a number of avenues, including the Department of Mining and Industrial Extension. Started in 1913 and 1918, respectively, this united department provides expert, on-site technical assistance and training to manufacturers and to the coal mining industry throughout West Virginia and the region. Working closely with partners in industry and government, these top-notch programs provide exceptional service to the state, its industries, and its people.

2009 The Department of Mining Extension (now the Department of Mining and Industrial Extension) dedicates its simulated underground coal mine at WVU’s Academy for Mine Training and Energy Technologies in Dolls Run, W.Va. The simulated mine is used to train mine rescue teams, fire brigade teams, new miners, and others, and offers integrated live fire training, a unique feature that sets it apart from other facilities.

With changing market needs governing the direction of its curriculum, facilities, research, and enrollment, the College’s development has ebbed and flowed throughout the years in concert with outside forces, fueling statewide, nationwide, and worldwide trends. What does the future of the discipline and the College hold? The 2013 spring issue of EngineeringWV will discuss just that in a series of interviews with faculty, students, and alumni.

2012 Goode Benjamin Statler, mining engineering alum, and his wife, Jo, donate $34 million, the largest single-gift commitment ever to WVU, and the Statler College is renamed the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Statler was later named to the Order of Vandalia.

Niccolo Campriani (BS, IMSE ‘12) becomes the first Mountaineer ever to win two medals in a single Olympics, taking a gold and a silver in the men’s 50m rifle, 3 positions, and the men’s 10m air rifle, respectively.



WVU breaks ground for the new Advanced Engineering Research Building. An addition to the Engineering Sciences Building is completed.

Order of Vandalia recipient Verl Purdy Purdy

Former WVU linebacker Najee Goode (BS, IMSE ’12) was selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


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This story was compiled by Mary C. Dillon from research conducted by Danielle Petrak and Sharon Kelly, with editing from Susan Case and Kathy Deweese. Historical photos courtesy of West Virginia and Regional History Collection, West Virginia University Libraries.

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Honorary Degree, Order of Vandalia Awarded Commencement Weekend For many, commencement marks a time to celebrate bright young students entering a new chapter in their lives. But the occasion is not only for students. It is also a time to honor West Virginia University alumni, friends, and donors whose hearts and minds have blessed the Mountaineer community in countless ways. Greg Babe, BSME ’80, an engineer who rose to the top of the Bayer Corporation, was awarded an honorary degree at the ceremony honoring the graduates of the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. The day was also a special one for the College’s namesake, as Statler, BSME ’73, ScD ’09, was awarded the Order of Vandalia earlier in the day. Babe had four life lessons to pass on to the graduates, lessons that he said have guided him in his life. The first was to love what you do. “The years will fly by like the wind. Just ask your parents … life is time … time is precious … and time is all you have. Spend it with people you love and in a profession you love,” Babe said. Babe


The second lesson was to commit to a lifetime of learning. “… always look for opportunities to broaden the skills you’ve learned here,” said Babe. “Treat your careers not as a ladder, but rather a pyramid. You want to have a broad base of experience to build upon. This approach will serve you well as you move up the pyramid.” The third lesson was to promote science, engineering, and technology, and the fourth lesson was to give back. “My career has taught me that giving back is really one of the most emotionally gratifying aspects of life,” said Babe. “It’s what keeps bringing me back to WVU to repay, in some small measure, what I owe to the university that has given me so much.”


The couple’s gifts over the years, now totaling nearly $60 million, have gone to support the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, including the establishment of Bonnie’s Bus, a mobile mammography unit that provides services throughout rural West Virginia; the new Erickson Alumni Center; the Basketball Practice Facility; and other athletics capital improvements. Statler, who began his career as a coal miner and later took ownership of PinnOak Resources LLC, a major coal company, serves on the Visiting Committee for the Department of Mining Engineering and on the WVU Foundation Board of Directors. He is a member of the College’s Campaign Team and is involved in several professional organizations in the coal mining community. He has been inducted into the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni and received an honorary degree. The couple has been named Most Loyal West Virginians by the University and Outstanding Philanthropists by the WVU Foundation.

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Giving back to his alma mater has been a trademark of Statler who, along with his wife, Jo, earlier in the year pledged $34 million, the largest single gift commitment ever given to the University, a gift which resulted in the renaming of the College.



Statler College Names New Associate Dean for Research By Mary C. Dillon

Pradeep P. Fulay, former professor of materials science and mechanical engineering in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, assumed the position of West Virginia University’s Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources associate dean for research, effective May 31. Fulay is responsible for leading the College’s faculty in research, research program development, and intellectual property and commercialization activities. “Dr. Fulay’s expertise and experience in research and research administration will help our College move forward in many important ways,” said Gene Cilento, Glen H. Hiner Dean of the College. “I look for him to be a leader in research, including being a mentor for our new faculty; to provide research administrative

support for our larger research programs; and to build new interdisciplinary programs within our College and across campus.” Fulay received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, with honors, from the Indian institute of Technology in Bombay, India. He earned a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Arizona in 1989. Upon graduation, he joined the faculty at Pitt, where his research and teaching interests were primarily in the area of the science of chemical synthesis and processing of smart materials and structures. Fulay’s research in the area of synthesis and processing of electronic and magnetic materials has been recognized internationally. Fulay is an elected Fellow of the American Ceramic Society. He has several publications in reputed


journals and conference proceedings, three U.S.issued patents, and has edited one book. He is the author of the textbook, Electronic, Magnetic, and Optical Properties of Materials, published in May 2010, and co-author of the fifth edition of The Science of Engineering of Materials, a leading undergraduate textbook of materials science. For the past three years, Fulay served as a program director in the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation in the Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems Division. He managed a budget of approximately $10 to 12 million to support research in the areas of advanced nanoelectronic, magnetic, and optical inorganic and organic materials and devices.

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Watts Museum Awarded Grant from State Humanities Council to Support Outreach to Seniors


The Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum at West Virginia University has received a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council to support an educational outreach program on coal mining history for senior citizen groups in the northern part of the state. The Watts Museum’s senior outreach program is designed to foster stronger connections with the surrounding community. “We want people to know that we’re here, and we have some amazing resources to share,” says Danielle Petrak, museum curator. “Connecting with senior citizens seemed like a good first step to take, because we can not only share with them our research on the social, technological, and economic facets of mining history, but we can also learn from them by encouraging them to share personal stories of life experiences in a mining town, life in a family of miners, and the like.”

provide a brief overview of mining history and coal mining communities in West Virginia, using historical objects to help tell that history. They will also address the museum’s care of the historical mining objects in its collection as a priority for preserving our state’s industrial history for future generations. A traveling display of mining artifacts, ranging from coal company scrip to flame safety lamps and an early 20th-century breathing apparatus, along with a slideshow of

opportunities to the state’s citizens. The Council serves West Virginia through grants and direct programs in the humanities, with the goal of helping and encouraging all West Virginians to enjoy engaging and enriching experiences through the humanities.

Housed in the Mineral Resources Building of the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at WVU, the Watts Museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting the —danielle Petrak, museum curator social, cultural, and technological history of the coal, oil, and natural gas archival coal mining images, will help illustrate the industries of the state of West Virginia through the concepts discussed during the program. collection, preservation, research, and exhibition of The grant will allow the Watts Museum to safely objects relevant to these industries. The Museum is and properly present these historical objects and open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1-4 p.m. photographs to the program’s audiences, as well as Admission is free, and parking is available at the WVU expand the range of senior centers, retirement homes, Coliseum. For more information or to arrange a tour, and assisted-living centers involved. please contact the museum at 304-293-4609 or wattsmuseum@mail.wvu.edu. The West Virginia Humanities Council is a private, nonprofit organization providing lifelong learning

“We want people to know that we’re here, and we have some amazing resources to share.”

As part of the program, museum staff will discuss the development and mission of the Watts Museum, and

WVU Mine Training Facility Could Serve as Model, Says U.S. Official Main

By Conor Griffith

Joseph Main’s primary concern as assistant secretary of labor for the Mine Safety Health Administration is improving the nation’s mine emergency response capabilities. On May 25, West Virginia University provided Main with some ideas and answers, as he toured its Academy for Mine Training and Energy Technologies at Dolls Run in Monongalia County. The Academy is designed to be as close to an actual underground mine as possible. Its features include multiple entryways, crosscuts, prop machinery and vehicles, and controlled propane fires and theatrical smokers that circulate thick smoke to give trainees a sense of realism. Along with touring the mock mine, Main observed a controlled fire used on an outdoor shuttle car prop. His conclusion? The nation could use more places like the Academy. “We’re really trying to pass this information along throughout the rest of the country to get improvements in place,” Main said. “That’s why we’re here.” The WVU facility is one of only a few sophisticated mine safety training sites in the United States. Back in the 1970s there used to be many more but the number gradually diminished by the 1990s. The decline in training centers was because there were fewer mining disasters. “The more we get away from the last mine disaster, a loss of attention occurs, and a loss of importance occurs. We can’t let that happen,” Main said. “I think we all recognize when the Sago Mine disaster struck that we were not as prepared as what we needed to be.” The Academy trained 1,300 new miners and foremen, rescue teams, and mine fire brigades in 2010. The number more than doubled last year, as nearly 3,000 visited. They came from 11 states and from as far away as New Mexico. This doesn’t include the approximately 8,700 miners who were trained at off-site locations across the region. “You’ve heard the expression, ‘Build it and they will come’,” WVU Mining and Industrial Extension Agent Ed Rannenberg said. “Well, we built it and they came. The fact that people came all the way from New Mexico tells you that there’s not a facility like this anywhere near them.”

“I’d surely want to go through something like this to get used to the environment before I fought my first fire underground, so that in itself is one of the unique things here,” he said. The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health Safety and Training and the West Virginia Division of Energy provided the funding for the $1 million facility back in 2009 while Alpha Natural Resources; Consol Energy; HSC Industrial; Joy Continental Product Line; Murray Energy; Mine Lifeline, LLC; and Patriot Coal provided equipment and other materials. These provisions helped make the Academy for Mine Training and Energy Technologies one of the first training centers built post-Sago to help improve safety and save lives of workers and rescuers in the mining community. “We think this facility is very special and we want to push it further,” Gene Cilento said. “We’ve created a great test bed for new technology that is reaching the individual miner. It’s a great example of how academia, industry, and government can work together to solve problems and save lives.”

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STUDENT NEWS Modern Meets Rustic in WVU Solar Decathlon Team’s Design for Energy-efficient Home By Jake Stump

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The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002; the competition has since occurred in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011. The next event will take place October 3–13, 2013, at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif.

“The houses that are usually entered focus on being new, modern, and innovative,” Cain said. “But they lack the quality that’s most important to Americans—the feeling of ‘home.’ Our log-style home is cozy, warm, and welcoming. We’re bringing old and new together for a comfortable, efficient environment.” Model of Solar Decathlon House

Solar-powered houses sound cool and all, but if you’ve ever seen one, something just doesn’t feel right about them. “They don’t feel like a home.” So says Brigid Cain, a West Virginia University civil engineering senior from Wheeling, W.Va.


Cain and her teammates hope to woo judges with their design, which merges the innovative technologies of tomorrow with the rustic comfort of the countryside.

Cain is the student project leader for the WVU team competing in the 2013 Solar Decathlon, a collegiate design-and-build competition hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy, which provided each team with a $100,000 grant. However the teams are also responsible for raising additional money and support.

The team, made up of 18 students across multiple disciplines, will start piecing together its solar-powered, log home in the fall 2012 semester on a site near the Student Recreation Center. But once it’s built, students will eventually disassemble the home, transport it to the competition in Irvine, Calif., and rebuild it there. The WVU house is the first log-style home accepted into the decathlon.

WVU is one of 20 international teams that will compete in October 2013 to design, build, and operate the most affordable, attractive, and energy-efficient solar-powered house. Students from the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources have been leading the WVU effort since Kenneth Hite, an electrical engineering major from Summit Point, W.Va., discovered the 2009 Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C. The decathlon team also includes students from the College of Creative Arts; the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design; the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism; and the College of Business and Economics. Team members have been working around 20 hours a week to keep the project in motion.

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“It all hasn’t been perfect,” acknowledges Michael Jordan, a mechanical engineering student from Charleston, W.Va. Jordan is the project manager who ensures deadlines are met and “calls you 700 times until you answer the phone. “It’s reasonable for WVU to be competing against top schools like Stanford and CalTech,” Jordan said. “We have to break the stigma of West Virginia, and we can do that by pulling off the best solar house.” The house is centered on a “fulcrum,” which resembles the hearth or chimney of a house, said team members. Around the fulcrum are two sections of the house—a day area in the west and a night area in the east. The locations of the areas coincide with natural lighting and keep certain parts of the home cooler. The home also includes solar panels on the roof and relies on natural resources to control temperature. In addition to learning how to build an environmentally friendly house, students have picked up valuable lessons on collaboration. “I’ve learned so much about different disciplines and their strengths,” said Corie Posey, an interior design student from Philippi, W.Va., who works on the engineer-heavy team. “As an interior designer, I’ve realized that I could not do my job without engineers. I’ve developed a greater respect for other disciplines.” Posey is design coordinator for the team. WVU students are also reaching across international borders to collaborate on the project. Students in Morgantown are working with representatives from the University of Rome Tor Vergata, which has a research agreement with WVU.

Faculty advisors are Dimitris Korakakis, faculty project principal investigator; LaRue Williams, faculty project manager; and Vincenzo Mulone and Stefano Cordiner, both University of Rome faculty principal investigators. ZMM Architects of Charleston, W.Va., and Ryan Hess of the Mills Group architectural firm have donated time and resources to the project. Hess earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from WVU in 2007. According to the Department of Energy, the winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

By Mary C. Dillon

Seven students have the honor of being named the firstever Benjamin M. Statler Scholars in Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University. The group, made up of six undergraduates and one graduate student, will receive scholarship and research support from funding that was part of the historic $34 million gift made by Statler and his wife, Jo, earlier this year. Three freshmen—Jessica Griffith and Andrew Maloney of Morgantown, W.Va., and Ryan Gellner of Glen Dale, W.Va.,—have been named Statler Undergraduate Scholars. The $3,000 per year scholarship is renewable for up to four years. The trio were also named Bucklew scholars earlier this year. Three seniors were named Statler Undergraduate Research Scholars. The winners were selected based upon the quality of their proposed research projects. Each student will receive a one-time scholarship award of $3,000, plus $2,000 in research support. Zachary Cesa, from Mt. Morris, Pa., who is majoring in petroleum and natural gas engineering, will analyze the production performance of multiple fractured horizontal wells in the Marcellus shale to determine long-term production performance. Morgantown, W.Va., native Anna McClung, a chemical engineering major, will focus on energy-related technologies through research involving direct carbon fuel cells. McClung spent the summer working on the project and will complete her senior thesis using this research. Civil and environmental engineering major Ye Tao of China is hoping to produce a new type of concrete, which will incorporate the use of sticky rice, resulting in a material that is more energy conservative and environmentally friendly. Matthew Thompson, a doctoral student in the Department of Chemical Engineering, is the inaugural recipient of the Statler Ph.D. Fellowship. Thompson’s research centers on the polymer industry, one of the largest industries worldwide and one that has a large presence in West Virginia. His research is aimed at improving the impact strength of polymers, such as polypropylene, so that they do not shatter easily. This is done by mixing with the polypropylene another polypropylene of a different molecular structure, using a process that is very energy intensive. Shale gas is likely to become a much lower-cost raw material for making both these plastics. Thompson is developing a new process for polymer blending that uses much less energy. Thompson, a native of Franklin, W.Va., who earned his undergraduate degree at WVU in 2011, will receive a $5,000 per year stipend as well as $8,000 per year for research-related supplies, equipment, and travel.

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Other student coordinators include Tyler Sullens, engineering coordinator; Adeniyi Adebisi, site prep and logistics coordinator; Guglielmo Siniscalco, University of Rome architecture coordinator; Francesco Spagnolo, University of Rome engineering coordinator; Stephen Rebinski, fundraising coordinator; and Lauren Nickle, public relations coordinator.

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STUDENT NEWS WVU’s Hammerhead Doesn’t Disappoint; Team Earns Ninth-Place Finish By Debra Richardson

Engineering students from West Virginia University’s Design/Build/Fly (DBF) team faced fierce competition, including a tornado, to earn ninth place during an international radio-controlled competition sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The team competes annually in the contest, which provides a real-world aircraft design experience for students by giving them the opportunity to validate their analytic studies. This year, the competition was held in Wichita, Kan.

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Student teams design, fabricate, and demonstrate the flight capabilities of an unmanned, electric powered, radio-controlled aircraft, which can best meet the specified mission profile provided in the contest rules. The goal is to achieve a balanced design that complies with the criteria of the competition while being practical and affordable to manufacture and leads to an airplane that can fly safely and win. What should have been a three-day


WVU’s Design/Build/Fly team members with the Hammerhead

competition was cut in half as a storm cell moved across the midwest. After a successful day one, completing six laps in the allotted four minutes, the team had high hopes for the second and third round. “On Saturday morning, with winds steady at 15 to 20 miles per hour, the team took to the air again with a payload of eight aluminum passengers,” explained Thomas Gray, teaching assistant for the course at the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. “Other aircraft struggled with the high winds, barely moving over wind speed on the upwind leg of the course. When ‘Hammerhead’ took to the skies, it turned heads as it powered through the adverse conditions, completing the three lap flight in three and a half minutes.” Hammerhead, WVU’s aircraft, never received the opportunity to impress onlookers during the third segment of the competition.

“The competition staff halted flights to ensure everyone would safely exit the facilities and be able to return to their hotels before the storm,” said Gray. With only two teams successfully completing the third climb to altitude mission before the end of flights on Saturday, the judges decided to dismiss the third round. WVU placed in the top 10 out of 57 teams, exceeding the team’s expectations. “The team’s hard work, ingenuity, and ambition to succeed, as well as the resources that our mechanical and aerospace engineering department invested in the project, paid off in the end,” said Jacky Prucz, chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. “The team’s success will serve as an uplifting example to our next generation of DBF teams and will play a strong role in advancing the international reputation and recognition of our aerospace engineering program.”

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WVU Leaves no Stone Unturned in Robotics Competitions By Mary C. Dillon

To say the 38 students representing West Virginia University in NASA’s summer robotics competitions left no stone unturned would be an understatement. The robotics team, which included students from a variety of disciplines in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources along with cadets from WVU’s United States Air Force ROTC, Detachment, 915, traveled first to the Kennedy Space Center for the Lunabotic Mining Competition, held May 21-26. The following week, they were off to the Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage Exploration RoboOps or Mars Rover Competition, held at the Johnson Space Center, in Houston, Tex.

“The competition required two runs,” said Powsiri Klinkhachorn, professor of computer science and electrical engineering in the Lane Department, who served as the team’s advisor. “On our first run, we collected 100.8 kilos of regolith, the most of any team in all runs.” The team noticed, however, that the rear wheel was stalling and suspected an electrical failure. “We made improvements to the electrical system prior to the second run, but the rear right and front left wheels failed, due to a gearbox/axle failure,”

The team didn’t leave the competition emptyhanded. WVU finished third in the Joe Kosmo Award for Excellence or grand prize competition, which goes to the team with the most points from all categories; finished second in the slide presentation and demonstration award category; and 10th in the on-site mining award competition. From there it was on to Texas, where WVU joined seven other U.S. schools at the Rock Yard at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The competing teams each received a $10,000 stipend to partially offset the cost of rover hardware and transportation costs to attend the event. WVU was in excellent company, joining teams from Cal Tech, University of Maryland, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas, SUNY Buffalo, University of Utah, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The rover, which featured carbon-fiber composite construction, six-wheel independent drive, fourwheel steering, and rocker-bogie suspension, was controlled remotely during the competition by students on WVU’s campus in Morgantown, W.Va. “The rover looked great during practice, able to climb ‘Mt. Kosmo,’ a challenging rock-strewn hill used to prove rovers’ capabilities, and collect specimen rocks,” said Ben Knabenshue, student team leader. However, the competition run did not go as well. “Unfortunately, one of the motor controllers’ communications microchips failed shortly after starting the competition run, disabling the two front wheels.” Despite the disabled wheels, the WVU rover was able to collect a single sample at the beginning of the run.

“This challenge gave our team experience that cannot be taught,” said Lt. Col. Jeremy Anfinson, commander, Detachment 915. “They faced challenges that can be expected in the real word, including teamwork dynamics, leadership challenges, scheduling pressures, and limited budgets.” “The team should be proud of its accomplishments,” said former astronaut and WVU alumnus Captain Jon McBride, who was in attendance at the lunabotics competition. “No university on this planet did as well, collectively, as WVU did in the competitions.” WVU’s team was sponsored by the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and the U.S. Air Force ROTC.

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The lunabotics event featured 58 international teams of students, which were challenged to design and build a remote controlled or autonomous excavator called a lunabot, to determine which could collect the most simulated lunar soil within 10 minutes. The complexities of the challenge include the abrasive characteristics of the simulant, the weight and size limitations of the lunabot, and the ability to control the lunabot from a remote control center.

said Klinkhachorn. “This disabled the lunabot, preventing us from completing the second run.”


Team effort — WVU engineering students, from left to right, Tim Godisart of Waynesburg, Pa., Ben Carrero of Philadelphia, Pa., Brenton Wilburn of Charleston, W.Va., and Jen Wilburn of Charleston, W.Va., work with Professor Powsiri Klinkhachorn on a robot used at the Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage Exploration RoboOps or Mars Rover Competition recently at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.


Engineering Students Earn DOE Fellowships

Tim Repko

By Debra Richardson

Two West Virginia University engineering students were awarded fellowships through the Department of Energy’s University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR) Program. Tim Repko and Collins Youngblood traveled to two different parts of the country to fulfill their fellowships.

Both Repko and Youngblood were advised by Andrew C. Nix, who served as a research professor in WVU’s Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines, and Emissions, where he specialized in gas turbine heat transfer, cooling, and durability research.

A native of Westminster, Md., Repko relocated to San Diego, Calif., to work at Solar Turbines, Inc. under the supervision of Yong Kim, a senior engineer. His fellowship lasted three months.

“I am really proud of Tim and Collins for this achievement, and with this most recent fellowship we are establishing a record of exceptional students from the college in the UTSR program,” Nix said. “They are going to work with some of the most renowned gas turbine researchers in the world. This fellowship will provide them with some valuable industrial research and development experience.”

Repko, a graduate student majoring in aerospace engineering, was looking forward to gaining work experience in the industry, outside of academia. “I am looking to build upon my current research as well as branch into other aspects of gas turbine research and development.”

Solar Turbines, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., builds medium-sized land based turbines. It is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of industrial gas turbines, with more than 13,400 units and over 1.4 billion operating hours in 98 countries.


Youngblood is a native of Richmond, Va., and worked at General Electric Energy in Greenville, S.C. He assisted in computational fluid dynamics modeling of dry, low-NOx combustion systems. His internship also lasted three months.

The UTSR program addresses key technologies needed to enable the development of advanced turbines and turbine-based systems that will operate cleanly and efficiently when fueled with coal-derived synthesis gas and hydrogen fuels. These fellowships are considered an investment in educating tomorrow’s developers of clean, efficient, and affordable power production.

Youngblood was excited to work with GE and finally get my hands on some real-life applications that deal with mechanical engineering. “I’ve been in love with engineering and power generation ever since I visited my first power plant as a kid.”

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Statler College well represented at STaR Symposium

shared aspects of their work at the prestigious event, where the director of the National Science Foundation, U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, and a representative of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory were featured participants.

Representatives from the Statler College gave presentations on a variety of topics including computational fluid dynamics, solid oxide fuel cells, anti-cancer therapy, and streambank turbulence.

The Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources was well represented at the fourth biennial STaR Symposium and 87th annual meeting of the West Virginia Academy of Science (WVAS), held in April at West Virginia State University in Institute. The contingent of students and research professors

The event, which was open to all university and college faculty members, researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, policymakers, and members of the high-tech business community, was an opportunity to share ideas, collaborate, and learn how to transform research into economic development.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission through the Division of Science and Research, along with the WVAS, co-sponsored the event. The West Virginia University Research Corp. was also a co-sponsor.

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WVU’s Human-Powered Vehicle Team Finishes Seventh in International Competition By Debra Richardson

Human-powered transport is often the only type of personal transportation available in underdeveloped or inaccessible parts of the world. If well designed, it can be an increasingly viable form of sustainable transportation.

West Virginia University’s Human-Powered Vehicle Team recently traveled to Grove City College, in Grove City, Pa., to compete in its first-ever competition. “Our team performed fantastically,” said Kostas Sierros, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. “We placed seventh overall out of 34 competing teams from some of the best engineering schools in the eastern United States.”

The second day consisted of a drag racing event, split into two races. The competition required each team to have one female driver and one male driver compete in the two races. The team placed 10th overall in the quarter mile sprint drag event. The third and final day culminated in the endurance event, a two-and-a-half-hour race where vehicle durability is of paramount importance. WVU’s entry placed fifth in the event. “We learned a phenomenal amount in the competition,” explained Caleb Lucas, a senior mechanical and aerospace engineering student. “We finished very close to some extremely strong and experienced teams even though it was only our first year in this competition.” The team won the “Energizer Bunny” award for the most reliable vehicle in the three-day long competition. “We didn’t experience a single mechanical breakdown and we only used the pit-stops to change drivers,” Sierros

explained. “This is a fantastic achievement underlining the ability of the participating students to design for reliability.” The team is excited to get back to the drawing board to revamp their vehicle’s design for next year’s competition. Although changes will be made, the team plans to maintain the tricycle design, since it is highly durable, practical, stable, and safe. “We have many different ideas for improvements for next year,” Lucas said. “We want to reduce weight and make some steering modifications. We also want to change the drive-chain gearing, and we’re hoping to implement more new ideas that the new student team members will propose.” ”Our success was due in large part to the support of the chair of our department, Jacky Prucz, and of my colleague, Ken Means, in advising the team and allowing us to use departmental equipment and facilities,” Sierros added. “I am very proud of the students and the hard work they put into this project to design and build a winning vehicle within a single semester,” Sierros said. “The team demonstrated that we can achieve great success against our engineering peers. We are ready for improved performance and even more success in next year’s competition.”

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The American Society of Mechanical Engineer’s international Human-Powered Vehicle Challenge provides a unique opportunity for students to demonstrate the application of sound engineering design principles in the development of sustainable and practical transportation alternatives. Undergraduate engineering students work in teams to design, develop, and build efficient, highly engineered vehicles for everyday use— from commuting to work, to carrying goods to market.

Vehicle performance was assessed in three main areas: design, speed, and durability. On the first day of the three-day event, the team’s tricycle vehicle underwent a safety inspection, which included demonstrating its ability to accelerate to 25 m.p.h., to maneuver safely, and to come to a complete stop within a distance of 20 feet.


STUDENT NEWS Three Statler College Students Recognized with Foundation Outstanding Senior Award Three students from the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources—Amy Burt, Brittney Benchoff, and Nicco Campriani—were among 36 top seniors to be honored with the 2012 West Virginia University Foundation Outstanding Senior Award. Burt was one of seven students honored with the University’s most prestigious student honor—the Order of Augusta. The students were formally recognized during Commencement weekend at the WVU Honors Convocation.

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Established in 1995 to signify the 40th anniversary of the WVU Foundation, the Outstanding Senior award recognizes students for their contributions and achievements in scholarship, leadership, and service.


The Order of Augusta further recognizes the students’ superior scholarship, demonstrated leadership, and record of community and public service. The award is named for its historical significance in the state. Augusta was among the original names considered by the Legislature. Burt, of Salem, Ohio, worked an average of 20 hours per week during the semester and full time every summer to pay for her education. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA in mining engineering, and agribusiness management and rural development. “I made it a point to know the curriculum and requirements which I would need to complete along with the order in which they needed to be fulfilled,” she said. “The degree program that I created forced me to diversify my education. The curriculum gave me the broadest range of topics possible while still allowing me to specialize in surface mining systems.”

She was active in the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration. In addition, she was a Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design Student Ambassador and member of the Rifle Club, among her other pursuits. Burt was involved in several leadership positions ranging from committee member to president in the Davis College’s Student Council. As president, she coordinated multiple events for students like the Fall 2012 College’s Welcome Back Barbecue. Benchoff was one of just 10 students ever at WVU to maintain a 4.0 GPA in industrial engineering. “One point I always make to new students is that personal motivation is the best way to succeed academically,” said Benchoff, a Morgantown native. “I strongly believe that if you hold the desire to learn and expand your knowledge base, the ‘good’ grades will follow naturally.” As a member of Mortar Board Honorary, Alpha Phi Mu Industrial Engineering Honorary, and president of Tau Beta Phi, Benchoff succeeded in balancing extracurricular activity with schoolwork, including several study abroad trips to Australia and Italy. Benchoff was a student in the Honors College, who has received the Presidential Award for Excellence and various scholarships such as the Bucklew Scholarship, and the Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Scholarship. She was also a National Merit Scholar. During her time at WVU, she served as a lab instructor, which inspired her to pursue a career in academia. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in operations research and industrial engineering.

Campriani combined innovation and worldclass athletic skills to excel as a Mountaineer. Thanks to Campriani, a Sesta Florentino, Italy, native, WVU had one of the best in the world in its community. He was a participant in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and transferred to WVU in 2009 from the University of Florence after two years of studying industrial engineering. Campriani graduated in December with a GPA of 3.9 while majoring in industrial and management systems engineering. During his time in Morgantown, Campriani was a member of the WVU rifle team and an assistant coach for the Rifle Club of Morgantown. He also combined his passion for sports and engineering while working for the Italian sport pistol firm Pardini, where he designed a new air rifle that uses magnetic absorbers to reduce recoil. “I discovered that life is not about good luck or bad luck, it all depends on the opportunities you create,” he said. “More opportunities mean a higher probability to succeed. That’s simple math.” Campriani had been training in Colorado Springs to prepare for the London Olympic Games. In August, he became the first-ever Mountaineer to win two medals—a gold and a silver—in a single Olympics.

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Cameron Whitelam

The NREIP provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of the Navy laboratory during the summer. The internship encourages students to pursue science and engineering careers by offering laboratory mentors and various laboratory research opportunities. “When my advisor, Thirimachos Bourlai, told me that ONR was doing a research internship program, I thought it would be a great experience to see how projects on the government side of things work as opposed to the academic side,” explained Whitelam, majoring in computer engineering with an emphasis on biometric systems. “This internship gave me the knowledge and experience to come back to WVU and be more of an asset to my adviser, professors, and peers,” Whitelam said.

NREIP provides competitive research internships to approximately 238 college students each year. Participating students typically spend 10 weeks during the summer conducting research at one of 19 Department of Navy laboratories. “I would really like to thank my advisor as well as Bojan Cukic for their letters of recommendation and their support of my application,” Whitelam said. “I encourage other WVU students to apply for this internship, and others like it, to progress their career in their chosen fields.”

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West Virginia University’s Cameron Whitelam, a doctoral student in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, earned a prestigious internship out of a competitive pool of 5,000 applicants. Whitelam was accepted to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) through the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division in Philadelphia, Pa.

Whitelam Earns Prestigious Internship

The ONR internships are available to sophomores through doctoral students. “When less than five percent of the applicants received the internship, you understand how big of an achievement this is,” said Bourlai. “Cameron is a model student, not only for the multi-spectral imaging lab that I am directing, but also for WVU. I suggest other students communicate with their professors to discuss similar opportunities that can enrich their lives and create history for our university.




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To honor exemplary graduates and others with remarkable careers, the College annually inducts new members into its academies


Academy of Chemical Engineering

Academy of Industrial Engineers

Sharon L. Long graduated from West Virginia University in 1984 with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering and held memberships in Tau Beta Pi, Omega Chi Epsilon, and the American Institute of Chemical LONG Engineers. Upon graduation she began her career with DuPont at Washington Works in Parkersburg, W.Va. She held a variety of manufacturing and business positions with increasing managerial responsibility within the company’s polymers division. In 1996, the DuPont Elastomers business became part of the DuPont Dow Elastomers joint venture and Long became the global process manager, order-to-cash, for the implementation of SAP. After 15 years with DuPont and its subsidiaries, she returned to Pittsburgh and worked as an independent consultant assisting companies with their SAP start-ups until 2003, when she joined AMI Doduco as a manufacturing manager. In 2006, Long joined Sycor Americas as a business management consultant, progressing to vice president of operations. She used her knowledge to assist companies such as Bayer MaterialScience, Westinghouse, and Timken to streamline their business processes and implement SAP and Microsoft Dynamics AX. In 2011, she joined Tube City IMS as the director of its Global Project Management office. Long is an Advisory Board Member of the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s PghTech Women Network and is the coach of an all-girls FIRST Lego League team that won awards at the Pittsburgh competition its first three years. She also assisted in the creation of a FIRST all-girls team at Carnegie Mellon University, which will participate in their second world competition.

Alvin L. Guthrie graduated from West Virginia University in 1992 with a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering. He spent the first 10 years of his professional career with Cintas Corporation/ Omni Services, rising through the ranks to general manager, where he managed multi-location profit centers based in Morgantown, W.Va.; Normal, Ill.; and Wichita, Kan. Guthrie was responsible for the recruitment and training of 20 managers, 80 sales and service representatives, and 100 production employees to achieve annual sales in excess of $16 million. He coordinated the acquisition of MUST in Wichita, and led the organization from worst to first in sales, service, and productivity in two years. In 2003, Guthrie was named director of production operations for Advanced Acoustic Concepts LLC, in Lemont Furnace, Pa. He is responsible for the procurement and manufacture of integrated systems for the U.S. Navy, most notably the acoustic simulators used in the Navy’s MH-60, P-3, and P-8 flight trainers, as well as the integrated sonar systems used by their surface fleet for anti-submarine warfare. His position has allowed him to employ WVU industrial engineering students through a 10-week summer internship program as well as a full semester co-op program. Kari Walker earned her bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from West Virginia University in 1994. After stints with Bausch & Lomb, NRB Industries, and Yokohama Tire Corporation, she became a senior industrial engineer in the manufacturers’ services division of 3COM in Salt Lake City, Utah. Walker was the primary engineer responsible for Palm manufacturing and logistics organization. In 2002, she joined UnitedHealthcare in Dallas, Tex., serving first as industrial engineering manager and currently as director of claim process management. Walker is responsible for policy and procedure development and communications, escalated process issues and resolution, and all processor communication. She leads a high-functioning team with a proven success rate of delivery, exceeding business goals, with high employee engagement scores. She is WVU’s recruiting coordinator for Dallas/Fort Worth, and has worked to improve the Texas market to the ninth highest enrollment for incoming students to the University. Walker is also an active member of the board of directors for the area’s WVU Alumni Chapter.

Academy of the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering James N. Butch graduated from West Virginia Institute of Technology (now WVUIT) in 1974 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. In 1976, he co-founded Eagle Research BUTCH Corporation, a West Virginia company that was formed as a product development company. By 1978, the company began developing products for the state’s growing natural gas industry and today, Eagle Research is a leading supplier of measurement instruments for the gas industry in the United States and 14 countries. He was recognized by WVUIT as its alumnus of the year in 1994. Butch was inducted into the West Virginia University Woodburn Circle Society in 2008; received the Putnam County Development Authority Community Development Award 2010; and was included in the Who’s Who in Science and Engineering in 1994-1995, the Who’s Who World Wide 1994-1995, and the Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities 1974-1975. Over the course of the years, he has been awarded eight U.S. patents, four of which are still active. He is a member of the Industry Advisory Committee for the Lane Department at WVU, member and past chair of the Industry Advisory Committee for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering at WVUIT, chair of the Industry Advisory Committee for the Leonard C. Nelson College of Science and Engineering at WVUIT, member of the Industry Advisory Committee for the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at WVU, and member of the Board of Visitors for WVUIT.

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Academy of Aerospace Engineering Sean M. Frisbee obtained his bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from WVU in 1989 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in May of FRISBEE that year. Until October 1992, he served as a propulsion engineer for the F-16 and B-1B programs at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma, with a promotion to first lieutenant. From 1992-1995, he was stationed at Wright Patterson AFB in Ohio and was promoted to captain. After spending five months studying aircraft maintenance, Frisbee was sent to Italy, where he served in a variety of duties until 1999, returning to spend the next three years at WrightPatterson. During this time, he completed a master of science degree in aeronautical sciences at EmbryRiddle University. In November 2001, Frisbee was promoted to major while serving as aide-de-camp to the commander of the Air Force materiel command. He went on to attend the Air Command and Staff College, completing a M.S. in military operational art and science and a M.S. in airpower art and science. After a promotion to the rank of lieutenant colonel, Frisbee was stationed in Washington, where he served as chief of the F-22 Branch, under the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition at the Pentagon. From 2006-2007, Frisbee was a National Defense Fellow at the University of Illinois. This was followed by an assignment as commander of the 687th Armament Systems Squadron at Eglin AFB, Fla. Frisbee was promoted to colonel in 2008 and served as vice commander of the 321st Expeditionary Wing and chief of staff of the Coalition Air Force Training Team in Baghdad, Iraq. Frisbee completed his military career as the F-22 program director at Wright Patterson, retiring in December 2011. He currently serves as vice president at AME Unmanned Air Systems, where his responsibilities are to oversee the development, production, and manufacturing of the company’s portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems.

Bret Marks graduated with a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from WVU in 1984. He also holds a master of science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois. Marks MARKS joined the Boeing Company after graduation as an aerodynamicist and worked for 16 years in that capacity, specializing in carrier suitability. He also served as manager of suppliers for the design, development, and initial production of the F/A-18 advanced mission computers and displays. Marks was promoted to program management as team leader for Navy and Marine Corps avionics integrated product development programs. He has since served in team leader positions for a variety of other programs, including global strike flight systems, airframe, weapons technology and subsystems, and as the F/A-18 India program manager. His responsibilities as flight systems IPT lead included a broad spectrum of aircraft systems and performance across several airframes, including the F/A-18, EA-18, F-15, T-45, and AV-8B. Marks is currently the program director of F/A-18 international operations at Boeing Military Aircraft. His responsibilities include leadership and execution of all program-related engineering: manufacturing, support and training, contracts, and pricing and industrial participation efforts associated with all F/A-18 Super Hornet international campaigns. Marks has published and presented a number of technical papers on advanced fighter aircraft control concepts, F/A-18 flight control system development, and carrier suitability flight test evolution. He has accumulated more than 26 years of engineering and project management experience.

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Ramana Reddy is a professor of computer science and electrical engineering at WVU, where he received his Ph.D. in 1973. During his long academic career, he made pioneering contributions REDDY to the areas of knowledgebased simulation, concurrent engineering, and healthcare informatics. Under his leadership, the first Web-based electronic medical record system, ARTEMIS, was built in 1992 at the Concurrent Engineering Research Center. This system subsequently became a commercial product. Reddy also organized CERES-GKN, an international consortium for the promotion of sustainable development in 1993, long before the topic gained its current importance. Reddy’s research in artificial intelligence led to the creation of the Bell Atlantic Knowledge Systems Inc., WVU’s first software spinoff company. In 1986, Reddy, working with local business leaders, created an initiative to develop hightech industry in West Virginia. Known as the Software Valley, it was championed by the late U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd. The thriving software industry in West Virginia can trace its roots to that initiative. Reddy’s current research focus is on the development of a system, Knowledge Advantage Machine, to address challenges associated with the information explosion problem.



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Academy of Mechanical Engineering


Mark Horstemeyer completed his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering at WVU in 1985. He went on to earn an M.S. in engineering mechanics from Ohio State in 1987 HORSTEMEYER and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech in 1995. From 1987 to 2002, Horstemeyer worked at Sandia National Laboratory at increasing levels of responsibility, ending as manager of the fluid/thermal modeling department and manager of the chemistry and materials process modeling department. He oversaw a staff of 27 Ph.D. scientists and numerous other staff. In 2002 he accepted an endowed professorship in computational and solid mechanics at Mississippi State University (MSU), where he founded the DOE Southern Regional Center for Lightweight Designs, which he continues to direct. He also serves as the chief technical officer for the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems at MSU, and as the director of Predictive Design Technologies, Inc., which he founded. Horstemeyer has published more than 160 refereed journal articles, authored or co-authored six books, and has been awarded more than $34 million in external funding for his research. He has been elected to the grade of Fellow in both the American Society of Metals and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers by his peers. He is associate editor of the ASME Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology and is on the editorial boards of two other journals. He is a regular reviewer for several additional journals. Horstemeyer has received numerous awards including an R&D100 Award for his work on microstructure property modeling.

After graduating from WVU with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, Thomas Vance joined Babcock and Wilcox Company as a development engineer in Alliance, Ohio. He was VANCE responsible for the design, analysis, and development of conventional steam generators and nuclear reactors. In 1963 he returned to WVU for graduate studies, completing his M.S. in theoretical and applied mechanics in 1966 and a Ph.D. in engineering in 1968. From 1964 to 1966 Vance worked as a summer intern at Los Alamos National Laboratory, doing analysis on material behavior at ultra-high temperatures, primarily for nuclear-powered rocket applications. Upon completing his Ph.D., he joined IBM, where he worked for 25 years in a variety of capacities. Vance was responsible for analysis and mitigation of mechanical failure mechanisms across all corporate disciplines. He managed the failure analysis laboratory with a staff of 100 employees. He was then promoted to senior engineer and given responsibility for product engineering of IBM’s large-scale integration semiconductor memory chips. He later became program manager for both process engineering and equipment manufacturing engineering for multi-layer ceramic products. This led to an assignment as program manager for advanced lithography development, where he was responsible for developing the lithography strategy for IBM worldwide, which was the key technology in the miniaturization of semiconductors, which in turn drove the performance, reliability, and price of these key devices in the spiral that has fostered the computer revolution. Vance was ultimately assigned to IBM division staff at the corporate level. He was responsible to corporate headquarters quality and assurance group pertaining to the packaging of semiconductors for new products. Vance retired from IBM in 1992, and established a consulting firm, based in his hometown of Point Pleasant, W.Va. He is now retired.

Job search websites for students and alumni MountaineerTRAK is WVU’s job search portal for students and alumni. If you are looking for opportunities, or would like to post opportunities or students and alumni, please send an e-mail to Lloyd.Ford@mail.wvu.edu. Another resource is the WVU Statler Group at LinkedIn www.statler.wvu.edu/ linkedinwvucemr If you have any questions, please contact Lloyd Ford at 304-293-4370.

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Two graduates of the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources were named to the West Virginia University Alumni Association Board of Directors at its May meeting. Mike John, of Charleston, W.Va., was elected to a two-year term and H. Wood “Woody” Thrasher, of Clarksburg, W.Va., was elected to a six-year term.

Two Named to WVU Alumni Association Board John is founder and president of Northeast Natural Energy, LLC, which focuses on assembling a strategic acreage position in Appalachia that will support the efficient large-scale development of shale reserves. He previously served as vice president of operations of the Eastern Division for Chesapeake Energy from 2005 to 2009. Prior to joining Chesapeake Energy, John was a senior executive occupying various roles at Triana Energy/Columbia Natural Resources, where he also served on the company’s board of directors. He served in that capacity until Columbia Natural Resources was sold to Chesapeake in November 2005.

Thrasher graduated from WVU in 1977 with a degree in civil engineering. He is president of Thrasher Engineering, Inc., a leading Mid-Atlantic civil and consulting engineering firm, and Resource Engineering Group, Inc. He and his father, the late Henry Thrasher, formed Thrasher Engineering in Clarksburg, W.Va., in 1983 and since then, the firm has grown to 250 employees in their offices located in Clarksburg, Beckley, and Princeton, W.Va., along with offices in Oakland, Md.; Canton, Ohio; and Pennsylvania. In addition to his business pursuits in engineering and architecture, Thrasher also has interests in commercial and residential developments in north central West Virginia through High Tech Development, LLC, the developing company of White Oaks Business Park.


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John is a West Virginia native and a 1981 graduate of WVU with a degree in petroleum engineering.



WVU Receives In-kind Software Gift with a Commercial Value of More Than $425 Million by william nevin

West Virginia University’s Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources students will now be able to use the same product lifecycle management software in their classrooms that is utilized by leading companies around the world thanks to Siemens PLM Software’s in-kind software grant with a commercial value of more than $425 million, the largest in-kind grant in the history of the institution.

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The in-kind grant was provided by Siemens PLM Software’s Global Opportunities in PLM (GO PLM™ initiative), a program that delivers PLM technology to more than one million students yearly at more than 11,000 global institutions, where it is used at every academic level—from grade schools to graduate engineering research programs.


The range of software provided includes applications that are widely used by many multinational companies in industries around the globe. Among Industry Week’s list of 1,000 manufacturing companies, more than half use Siemens PLM Software technology; in the key markets of automotive, aerospace, machinery, and high tech, the total approaches 80 percent. “As product complexity continues to grow, students who are able to use PLM technology are expected to be highly recruited,” said Bill Boswell, senior director, partner strategy, Siemens PLM Software. “We are honored to have WVU listed among our prestigious partners to assist in building the next generation of engineers and support manufacturing revitalization efforts across the country.”

engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE), and Solid Edge® software, a complete hybrid 2D/3D CAD system for the mainstream market. Wayne King, president and CEO of the WVU Foundation said, “In-kind gifts are crucial to the advancement of WVU’s academic programs and the students. The importance of in-kind giving, especially software, is ever increasing. Students must be able to gain hands-on experience with the resources used in their future careers. Software of this magnitude is cost prohibitive for WVU to purchase, yet it is essential to expose students to this critical component in their education.”

Note: GO PLM, NX and Solid Edge are trademarks or registered trademarks of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries.

“We are honored to have WVU listed among our prestigious partners to assist in building the next generation of engineers and support manufacturing revitalization efforts across the country.” —BILL BOSWELL, senior director, partner strategy, siemens plm software The software will be integrated in two Statler College departments: the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. It is estimated that the grant will immediately benefit more than 700 students throughout WVU. “We extend a huge thank you to Siemens PLM Software for this generous gift of advanced engineering software used by some of the most successful companies in the world,” said WVU President Jim Clements. “Our students in the Statler College will now have additional opportunities to learn and train on applications used by industry experts, adding even more real-world experiences to their academic pursuits.”

WVU now joins the list of leading institutions that have partnered with Siemens PLM Software including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California at Berkeley, Carnegie Melon, Virginia Tech, and Auburn University.

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“This type of advanced technology is very important to helping us prepare our students for their careers,” said Gene Cilento, Glen H. Hiner Dean of the Statler College. “We are very pleased to partner with Siemens PLM Software to provide our students with access to these state-of-the-art tools and prepare them to be our country’s engineers of tomorrow.”

Siemens PLM Software was the recipient of the West Virginia University Foundation’s Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation Award. The company was honored for its commitment to the education of WVU students and researchers. The awards, first presented in 2005, were established to honors donors who display exceptional generosity, commitment, leadership, and proven records of outstanding civic and charitable devotion to WVU.

The range of software includes Siemens PLM Software’s NX™ software for integrated computer-aided design, manufacturing, and

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Siemens was saluted for “their willingness to give to our University in so many ways from financial and in-kind support, to time, effort and expertise,” said Wayne King, president and CEO of the WVU Foundation. “WVU is a better place as a result of their caring and commitment.”

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WVU Foundation Launches “State of Minds,” Largest Private Fundraising Campaign in University History West Virginia University has a lofty goal for the next few years—raise $750 million. President Jim Clements joined WVU Foundation representatives on June 2 in announcing the official kickoff of a comprehensive campaign to raise private dollars for the state’s flagship university and its regional campuses through December 2015. “A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University” will ensure WVU’s continued prominence in delivering highquality education and building pathways for innovation, research, and opportunities between the state, nation, and world,” Clements told a group of several hundred invited guests at a campaign kickoff luncheon at the Morgantown Event Center.

“A State of Minds” is the largest private fundraising campaign in WVU’s history. The $750 million goal is three times larger than the previous “Building Greatness” campaign from 1998-2003. To date, $538 million has been raised during the silent phase of the campaign that began July 2007.

Fundraising will focus on six Universitywide campaign priority areas that align with the University’s 2020 Strategic Plan for the Future:

•  Enhance the undergraduate student experience and global education

•  Advance the research initiative of the University

•  Enable WVU to improve West Virginia’s health, economy, and quality of life

•  Foster faculty excellence

•  Enhance WVU through professional and graduate education

•  Support healthcare through research, education, and patient care

“Ten years ago, our donors showed their faith in WVU through the Foundation’s ‘Building Greatness’ campaign,” Clements said. “Today, thanks in large part to that generosity, our University is having a more positive impact on our students, our state, and our world than ever before. “To continue our momentum, we are once again calling on everyone who cares about WVU to support our life-changing work. The goal for this campaign is ambitious, but reachable, and I am confident that the Mountaineer family will once again push us beyond the finish line.”

Established in 1954, the WVU Foundation is a private nonprofit corporation that generates, receives, and administers private gifts for the benefit of West Virginia University.

Chairman of Putnam Investments and 1974 alumnus Robert Reynolds and Cadrillion Capital President Verl Purdy, a 1964 WVU graduate, are the national campaign co-chairmen. James “Buck” Harless is the national campaign honorary chairman. All three have made significant contributions to WVU, both of their time and resources. “WVU gave me and generations of others a great education,” said Purdy, who is chairman of the Foundation Board. “It changed our lives. With great leadership, great faculty, and staff, and great students, we are poised for a new era of impact – if only we have the resources to realize our potential. ‘A State of Minds’ gives us the opportunity to leverage the power of our intellectual enterprise. It allows us to expand and extend our land-grant mission by serving our national and global communities through the accomplishments we achieve here at home.”

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“Now, more than ever, in our current economic climate, donor generosity is helping us fulfill our land-grant mission to West Virginia,” he said.

Verl Purdy speaking at “A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University” official kickoff June 2, 2012




Statler College, B&E to Benefit from $250,000 Donation By William Nevin

Fall 2012


Successful businessman and alumnus Gregory Babe and his wife, Carla, are giving back to West Virginia University with a gift of $250,000.


The pledge will benefit both the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources ($200,000) and the College of Business and Economics ($50,000) by providing program support for both students and faculty. “Gifts of this kind are incredibly important to the College and its departments,” said Gene Cilento, Glen H. Hiner Dean of the Statler College. “We are impressed by the foresight and thoughtfulness of Greg and Carla Babe and grateful for their support of our efforts to provide students with an exciting learning environment.” Cilento noted that gifts of this nature allow the Statler College to remain competitive with its peer institutions on a national scale. Of the $200,000 donation to the Statler College, $150,000 will go to the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. “We will use our portion of this generous gift to support student projects,” said Jacky Prucz, chair of the Department. “Our

students and graduates tell us that these design and prototyping projects provide them with effective and challenging learning environments that most accurately resemble today’s engineering practice.” Prucz noted that funds will be used to support student efforts in such events as the HumanPowered Vehicle Challenge, Design/Build/Fly, microgravity research, and the newly formed team centered around the Formula SAE Collegiate Design Series. “The College of Business and Economics has a profound appreciation for this gift,” said Jose Sartarelli, Milan Puskar Dean. “Greg is a 2010 inductee into our West Virginia Business Hall of Fame, and is certainly the kind of success story that serves as a great example for students. This gift will be used in the development of programs at B&E, the continuing recruitment of top-notch faculty, and in the processes we have outlined for the constant improvement of WVU’s business school.” A West Virginia native, Babe earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from WVU in 1980. That set him down the path to a successful 32-year career with Bayer Corp., one of the world’s top chemical and

pharmaceutical companies. Babe retired as the company’s president and chief executive officer in June. He is now chief executive officer of privately held Orbital Engineering. “I am proud of West Virginia University, its great tradition, and the impressive progress that it is being made under the leadership of President (Jim) Clements, Dean Cilento, Dean Sartarelli, and Dr. Jacky Prucz, among many others,” Babe said. “I know that they will leverage this investment many times over to strengthen the University and fulfill its mission of educating and developing future leaders.” A member of the WVU Foundation Board of Directors, Babe was awarded an honorary doctorate of science degree from WVU in May. He and Carla have four children and reside in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. “We thank Greg and Carla for their generosity and commitment to WVU,” said Wayne King, WVU Foundation president and CEO. “Their gift to our comprehensive campaign will have a positive impact on students and faculty for many years to come.”

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Alumni Create, Increase Endowments to Statler College This past year, a number of alumni chose to create and even increase endowments within the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Several of the gifts were made in honor of the donors’ respective parents, which in many cases encouraged and supported their educations. James Taylor, who earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering of mines, petroleum option, from the College in 1960, and his wife, Virginia, created the J. Leland Taylor and Clara Virginia (Grosscurth) Taylor Memorial Scholarship Endowment. Their gift of $25,000 was matched by funds from the state of West Virginia’s Research Trust Fund for a total of $50,000.

Taylor enrolled in basic and advanced ROTC training at WVU and was designated a Distinguished Military Graduate by the Army. He accepted a regular Army commission, spending almost 41 years with the Army as an officer, reserve officer, and Army civilian. He retired at the rank of Army Reserve Colonel, having lived in France, Germany, Vietnam, Turkey, and Puerto Rico.

Doug and Harriet Miller

Kenneth and Devon gosnell

J. Reginald “Reg” Dietz, a charter member of West Virginia University’s Academy of Chemical Engineers, and his wife, Billie, established the Ruckman and Balmy Dietz Scholarship Fund in honor of Reg’s mother and father. The $25,000 endowment will provide undergraduate scholarship support to students interested in studying in chemical engineering. Dietz earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from West Virginia University in 1952, 1954, and 1956, respectively. Upon graduation, he joined National Steel Corporation at its Great Lakes Steel Division as an assistant metallurgist. He transferred to National Steel’s new Research and Development Department in Weirton, W.Va., in 1959 as senior research engineer. He advanced through several jobs in research and development, becoming assistant director in 1963, director in 1969, and then vice president in 1978. After 30 years of service with National Steel, he retired in 1986. Dietz is a past president of the West Virginia University Alumni Association; a past chairman of the West Virginia University Board of Advisors; and a past member of the Board of Directors of the West Virginia University Foundation, Inc. He was inducted into the WVU Order of Vandalia in 1987. His wife, the former Billie Jewell Kast, is a 1955 graduate of WVU. Devon Gosnell, JD ’75, was looking for a way to honor her parents in time for her father’s 95th birthday on September 19. She chose to create the Kenneth and Helen Gosnell Scholarship, which will provide financial

assistance to first-year students with first preference given to petroleum and natural gas engineering majors. A Braxton County, W.Va., native, Ken Gosnell earned his bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from WVU in 1949 after serving in the United States Army during World War II, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel after a stint in the reserves. He spent the majority of his 30-year engineering career in the petroleum industry, working as an underground corrosion engineer for Union Carbide and as an oil and gas engineer for Godfrey L. Cabot Corporation, Continental Oil, and Ashland Exploration. Doug Miller and his wife, Harriett, added $25,000 to their original endowed scholarship fund established in 2003. With this latest installment, the C. Douglas and Harriett T. Miller Family Scholarship holds a total of $50,000 in endowed funds. “I received a terrific education from WVU, which motivated me to continue on to receive my master’s degree,” Doug Miller said. “I graduated from a public high school in West Virginia, and I would like for other students with a similar background to have the same opportunity that I had.” A native of Martinsburg, W.Va., Miller graduated from WVU in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering. He later went on to receive his master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

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The scholarship honors Taylor’s parents, neither of whom were college educated. “My father worked his way up from secretary to partner and general manager of Wheeling Decorating Company, a high-end glass and china decorating company.” said Taylor. “He passed away in 1957, when I was a junior at WVU. My mother continued to help with my college expenses, even though it was very hard for her.”

Billie and Reg Dietz


Honor Roll of Donors We would like to thank our benefactors who have generously contributed to the programs and departments of our College. We are grateful for your support, as we could not accomplish what we do without your help. Listed below are individuals and organizations who contributed to a program or department in our College from July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012.

$50,000 and up

Dr. & Mrs. Daniel D. Bonar

Ms. Louisa N. Nara

Mr. & Mrs. Brian Heery

$100 to $499

Mr. Forrest D. L. Coontz

Mr. James B. Boyd

Mr. & Mrs. Robert O. Orders, Jr.

Mrs. Jennifer L. Hornsby-Myers

Dr. Venkata B. Achanti

Mr. John Hall & Ms. Nancy Lan

Mr. & Mrs. William S. Britt

Mr. & Mrs. Raman L. Patel

Mr. & Mrs. David A. Horvath

Mr. Michael J. Akers, Jr.

Mrs. Lora V. Richards

Mr. & Mrs. Ross D. Brown, Jr.

Drs. Peter L. & Cheryl L. Perrotta

Mr. Ryan S. Hunter

Dr. & Mrs. M. Dayne Aldridge

Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin M. Statler

Mr. & Mrs. Jackson B. Browning, Sr.

Mr. & Mrs. Mark M. Piper

Mr. Michael C. Johnson

Mr. & Mrs. George C. Alex

Mr. John Raine II

Mr. & Mrs. Jimmie L. Justice

Mr. Paul D. Browning

Mr. James V. Alford II

Mr. & Mrs. Adam C. Rohrig

Mr. Richard J. Kacik

Dr. & Mrs. Robert C. Burchett

Dr. Anna M. Allen

Mr. & Mrs. R. Michael Ruppert

Mr. & Mrs. John E. Katlic

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas C. Burlas

Mr. & Mrs. Chester L. Allen

Mr. & Mrs. Walter J. Scheller III

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen C. Keen

Mr. John W. Campbell

Mr. Randy L. Allison

Mr. Douglas B. Schwab

Dr. James A. Keenan

Ms. Anesa T. Chaibi

Mr. & Mrs. Andrew M. Altman

Mr. & Mrs. Ross C. Shaw

Mr. Jeffrey H. Lester

Mrs. Betty J. Closser

Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Alvarez

Mr. John P. Smith

Mr. & Miss Kristopher C. Lilly

Ms. Lenore M. Coberly

Mr. & Ms. Samuel Ameri

Mrs. Lynn A. Smith

Mr. & Mrs. Glenn W. McQuate

Mr. & Mrs. James E. Conklin

Mr. Steven T. Andraka

Mr. & Mrs. Richard N. Smith

Mr. & Ms. Robert D. Mills

Mr. Jean B. Cropley

Mr. Jeffrey L. Andrews

Mr. & Mrs. Earl Jay Snider

Mr. Mack Timothy Moore

Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Dado

Mr. & Mrs. Larry J. Andrews

Mr. & Dr. Larry D. Taylor

Mr. Philip Scott Morris

Mr. Robert C. Doeffinger, Jr.

Mr. Ajith Antony

Mr. & Mrs. Douglas P. Terry

Mr. John Olashuk

Mr. & Mrs. Herbert P. Dripps

Mr. & Mrs. C. Edward Ashby, Jr.

Mr. & Mrs. Steven E. Trail

Mr. David C. Pack

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph F. Dunn

Dr. Alberto Ayala

Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. Walter

Mr. & Mrs. Charles B. Palmer

Mr. Kenneth M. Dunn

Mr. & Mrs. Mark J. Bailey

Mr. Norman W. White

Mr. Gregory D. Patterson

Ms. Marsha H. Fanucci

Mrs. Rita A. Bajura

Mr. & Mrs. Richard M. Whiting

Drs. Syd S. & Felicia F. Peng

Mr. Barton R. Field

Mr. & Mrs. Steven C. Ball

Mr. & Mrs. Donald Wiebe

Mr. & Mrs. Michael D. Poling

Mr. Walter J. Fitzgerald

Dr. & Mrs. Jimmy P. Balsara

Dr. Brian D. Woerner

Mrs. Margaret Ponce

Dr. Hubert L. Fleming

Mr. Theodore C. Barker

Mr. Suyoun Won

Dr. & Mrs. Michael E. Prudich

Mr. & Mrs. Philip M. Formica

Ms. Elizabeth J. Barr

Dr. & Mrs. J. Mark Pullen

Mr. & Mrs. Philip B. Gibson

Mr. & Mrs. David N. Barrett

$500 to $999

Mr. & Mrs. Alan S. Pyle

Mr. Charles R. Bartlett

Mr. & Mrs. Tony A. Angelelli

Mr. Jon H. Rateau

Mr. Charles E. Battleson

Mr. & Mrs. Mark K. Angelelli

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Richards

Mr. & Mrs. James A. Beach

Mr. & Mrs. C. Ben Arney

Ms. Melissa G. Richey

Mr. & Mrs. Christopher R. Bearce

Mr. Jon P. Burns

Mr. Richard C. Rockenstein

Mr. David A. Bednarczyk

Mr. Joseph A. Bush, Jr.

Mr. & Mrs. Roy H. Rogerson

Mr. Wallace M. Cackowski

Mr. & Mrs. Frank W. Schneider

Lt. Col. (Ret) & Mrs. Paul G. Bellia

Mr. & Mrs. T. Jack Carpenter

Mr. & Mrs. Barrett L. Shrout

Mr. James F. Bennett

Mr. & Mrs. Edgar D. Clise

Ms. Jennifer L. Smith

Mr. & Mrs. Duane T. Bernard

Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Corsi, Jr.

Mr. John C. Smith

Dr. & Mrs. Navinchandra B. Bhatt

Dr. & Mrs. William E. Crockett

Dr. John C. Stankus

Mr. Christopher A. Bias

Mr. & Mrs. Barry Dangerfield

Dr. James B. Stenger

Mr. & Mrs. Dennis E. Bibbee

Ms. Kathryn H. de Graaf

Dr. & Mrs. Charter D. Stinespring

Mr. & Mrs. Dale W. Dodrill

Mr. & Mrs. J. Robert Stockner

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen M. Billcheck, Jr.

Ms. Dayna L. Doricich

Mr. & Mrs. Vincent J. Stricker

Mrs. Lindsay V. Fairman

Mr. & Mrs. John A. Strohmeyer

Mr. James Faller

Dr. & Mrs. Curtis J. Tompkins

Dr. & Mrs. L. Tseng Fan

Mr. & Mrs. David R. Vaughn

Mr. & Mrs. John R. Farina

Dr. & Mrs. Charles M. Vest

Mr. Richard E. Fletcher

Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth A. Ward

Mr. & Mrs. David J. Gingerich

Dr. & Mrs. William J. Wilhelm

Mrs. Sheila K. Gorgonio

Mrs. Ann L. Zirkle

Mr. Kenneth R. Gosnell

Dr. John W. Zondlo

Ms. Emer O. Gunter

Mr. & Mrs. Eugene M. Zvolensky, Sr.

$25,000 to $49,999 Mr. Gary & Ms. Lisa Christopher Dr. & Mrs. J. Reginald Dietz Mr. & Mrs. Dean D. Dubbe Mrs. Sarah K. Soliman

$10,000 to $24,999 Mr. & Mrs. Gregory S. Babe Mr. & Mrs. Frank Cerminara Mr. & Mrs. Edward J. DiPaolo Mr. & Mrs. Michael E. Ellis Dr. & Mrs. William L. Fourney Mr. & Mrs. Lemuel S. Menear Mr. & Mrs. George Taylor Mr. & Mrs. James E. Taylor Mr. & Mrs. Maurice A. Wadsworth Mr. & Mrs. Royce J. Watts

$5,000 to $9,999 Dr. David W. Baker Mr. & Mrs. George B. Bennett


Mr. & Mrs. H. Dotson Cather Dr. Eugene V. Cilento Mr. Jacob S. Freshwater Mr. & Mrs. Walter R. Haddad Mr. & Mrs. C.K. Lorraine Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Messmore Mr. C. Douglas Miller

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Dr. & Mrs. James E. Mitchell Ms. Rhonda L. Radcliff & Mr. Robert Mullenger Mr. R. Patrick Simms Dr. Alfred H. Stiller Mr. Tommy L. Stuchell


$1,000 to $4,999 Mr. & Mrs. Bart A. Aitken Mr. & Mrs. Steven W. Alford Mr. & Mrs. Larry J. Argiro, Sr. Capt. & Mrs. Douglas E. Arnold Dr. Steven R. Auvil Mr. Douglas L. Ball Mr. & Mrs. Charles C. Bibbee Dr. Christopher J. Bise

Mr. & Mrs. Douglas K. Gosnell Mr. & Mrs. James B. Haines Mr. Donal S. & Ms. Amy J. Hall Mr. & Mrs. George T. Harrick Mr. & Mrs. Dean W. Harvey Mr. & Mrs. James W. Harvey Mr. & Mrs. R. David Haynes Mr. & Mrs. John C. Hill Mr. & Mrs. Donald R. Holstine Mr. & Mrs. Charles I. Homan Dr. & Mrs. Edwin C. Jones, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Jack L. Justice Dr. & Mrs. Samuel J. Kasley Dr. & Mrs. George E. Keller II Dr. & Mrs. James A. Kent Mr. & Mrs. Oren E. Kitts Mrs. Sally B. Kline Mr. Junior H. Landes II Mr. & Mrs. Floyd E. Leaseburg II Mr. Richard W. Lee Mr. Larry Joe Lilly Mr. & Mrs. Porter A. Lyon Mr. Edgar R. McHenry Mr. H. Leo Mehl Ms. Betty L. Miller Mr. William A. Moore, Jr.

Mr. & Mrs. J. Richard Haden, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James R. Haney Mr. Benjamin R. Hardman

Mr. & Mrs. Harold E. Bishop, Jr. Mrs. Marian T. Bittle Mr. Randy Blackburn D.O. Dr. & Mrs. G. Lansing Blackshaw Mr. & Mrs. John L. Blair, Jr. Mrs. Jackalie L. Blue Mr. Jerry D. Blue Mr. & Mrs. Mark S. Boggs Mrs. Irene F. Bohuslavsky Mr. & Mrs. Sam G. Bonasso Mr. & Mrs. Charles R. S. Bond Mr. & Mrs. Kevin J. Booe Mr. Walter B. Boore

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Mr. & Mrs. John W. Botts

Mr. Charlie L. Cornett

Ms. Andrea S. Feist

Mr. James C. Hare

Mr. Prashanth Kaparthi

Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Bourne

Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Correll

Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth R. Ferguson

Mr. Gordon P. Harlow

Dr. & Mrs. Gary Keefer

Mr. & Mrs. Timothy N. Cox

Mr. & Mrs. William G. Fields

Mr. & Mrs. Samuel R. Harman

Ms. Alice L. Kerns Mr. Mark D. Kessinger

Mr. John D. Bowers Mr. & Mrs. William E. Bowling

Mr. & Mrs. James W. Craig

Ms. Amy N. Figgs

Mr. & Mrs. William J. Harman, Sr.

Mr. John W. Boyle

Mr. James W. Crews IV

Mr. Richard P. Filiaggi

Mr. & Mrs. James E. Harris

Mr. Allaudin A. Khakoo

Mr. Jason S. Boyuk

Mr. & Mrs. William Crise

Mr. & Mrs. Earl M. Fisher

Maj. Gerhard B. Hartig

Mr. Pravin M. Khandare

Mr. Raymond A. Bradbury

Ms. Amanda R. Crosby

Mr. Harold G. Fisher

Mr. Richard F. Hashinger

Mr. Garry R. Kilmer

Mr. & Mrs. Robert S. Bragg

Mrs. Catherine Crossett

Mr. & Mrs. Nick A. Fleece

Dr. & Mrs. M. Masood Hassan

Mr. John J. Klim III

Mr. Michael E. Brennan

Mr. David E. Cuervo

Mr. George B. Flegal, Jr.

Mr. Owais U. Hassan

Ms. Stephanie R. Kline

Mr. & Mrs. Arnold L. Brewer

Mr. Timothy R. Culbertson

Mr. & Mrs. Charles J. Fleischer

Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. Haynes

Mrs. Jill S. Broschard

Mr. Gaylord Cumberledge

Mr. Timothy K. Fleming

Mr. & Mrs. William R. Heathcote

Dr. Lesley A. Klishis & Dr. Michael J. Klishis

Maj. Gregory D. Brown

Miss Cassie A. Cunningham

Judge & Mrs. Edwin F. Flowers

Mr. William D. Hegener

Mr. & Mrs. Sudhir V. R. Koka

Mrs. Barbara H. Brygider

Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth W. Cutright

Mrs. Amy E. Floyd

Mr. & Mrs. Roy A. Heidelbach

Mr. Sathish K. R. Konduru

Mr. David R. Bungard

Mr. & Mrs. Ronald L. Cutright

Mr. William K. Fluharty

Dr. Judy H. Helm

Mr. George J. Kostelnik

Mr. Gregory S. Burdette

Mr. & Mrs. Leon J. Daciek

Mrs. Wendy Fluharty

Mr. Demetrios T. Kourpas

Dr. & Mrs. Phillip H. Burnside

Mr. & Mrs. Steven K. Darnell

Mr. William G. Fockler

Mr. Wayne M. Henshaw & Ms. Deborah S. Joyce

Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Burton

Dr. Paul C. Davis

Mr. Paul E. Foucaud

Mrs. Constance S. Herbert

Dr. Ellen M. Kraft

Mr. Christopher Butler

Mrs. Roberta A. Dean

Mr. & Mrs. B. Kenneth Fouts

Mr. & Mrs. Earl K. Hess, Jr.

Mr. Arvind R. Krishnappa

Mrs. & Mr. Wendy A. Cain

Mr. Victor W. Dean

Mr. Eric S. Fridley

Dr. Garry C. Hess

Dr. & Mrs. John M. Kuhlman

Maj. & Mrs. Jason A. Camilletti

Mr. Leonard J. DeCarlo

Mr. Manning Frymier

Mr. & Mrs. John R. Hess

Mr. John A. Kulmoski, Jr.

Mr. & Mrs. Mark Campbell

Mr. & Mrs. Dale T. Deem

Ms. Vicki R. Kurrle

Mr. & Mrs. Larry K. Carpenter

Mr. Joseph & Ms. Carol Depond

Rev. James E. Galford & Mrs. Sheila L. Galford

Mr. John D. Hesse Mr. Gregory E. Hickman

Mr. & Mrs. James A. Kutsch, Jr.

Mr. Anthony J. Castronovo

Mrs. Benita Depriest

Mr. John L. Gallagher, Jr.

Ms. Sarah C. Hildebrand

Mr. & Mrs. James W. Latham III

Mr. & Mrs. William C. Cavage

Mr. George Desko

Mr. & Mrs. Bradford J. Gannon

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas A. Hill

Mr. Loren L. Lazear

Mr. Ryan D. Cavallo

Mr. & Mrs. John P. Dever

Mr. Edwin D. Gansor

Mr. & Mrs. Peter D. Hoffman

Mr. Gregory T. Lee

Dr. & Mrs. William R. Cawthorne

Mr. & Mrs. Michael L. Dever

Mr. Michael F. Ganter

Mr. & Mrs. David K. Hollen

Ms. Katie Chaddock

Mr. Gilbert W. DeVine

Mr. & Mrs. John P. Gay

Mr. & Mrs. Alan L. Holmes

Mr. Lawrence E. Leise & Ms. Susan A. Luerich

Mrs. Renu M. Chakrabarty

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. DeWitt

Mrs. Laura E. Gergen

Mr. & Mrs. John A. Holmes

Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas M. Lengyel

Mr. & Mrs. Dennis C. Chambers

Dr. Kevin A. DiGregorio

Mr. James R. Gessner

Mr. & Mrs. N. Shawn Holsinger

Dr. Barbara T. Leonard

Mr. & Mrs. Harold W. Chambers

Ms. Mary C. Dillon

Mr. & Mrs. William R. Gestrich

Mr. & Mrs. Ferrell Holt

Mr. Edward G. Lewis

Mr. Robert S. Chapman

Dr. Gianfranco Doretto

Mr. & Mrs. John J. Ghaznavi

Mr. & Mrs. William H. Hoover

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen C. Lewis

Mr. Edward J. Chehovin

Mr. Wayne R. Doverspike

Mr. & Mrs. Alexander H. Ghiz, Jr.

Mr. & Mrs. Keith D. Horton

Mr. James E. Leyh

Dr. Long-Huie Chen

Mr. & Mrs. Roger E. Dowler

Ms. Sheree L. Gibson

Mr. James J. Howard

Mr. & Mrs. David R. Linger

Mr. Nathan L. Christian

Mr. & Mrs. Randall K. Drazba

Mr. David R. Glass

Mr. & Mrs. Victor W. Huang

Dr. & Mrs. Thomas R. Long

Mr. & Dr. Clyde E. Christy

Mr. & Mrs. Darryl L. Duncan

Mr. & Mrs. James R. Glover

Mr. & Mrs. Jay W. Huffman

Mrs. Jennifer M. Losch

Mr. & Mrs. Henry E. Cicci

Mr. Steven E. Easley

Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth W. Goff

Mr. Daniel H. Hugh

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph S. Luchini

Mr. Andrew J. Cindric, Jr.

Mr. & Mrs. Ronald G. Eckard

Mr. Paul A. Good

Mr. & Mrs. Hugh B. Humbert, Jr.

Mr. Peter Maa

Mr. Steven B. Clagett

Mr. & Mrs. Anthony L. Eden

Mr. & Mrs. Barry A. Goodwin

Mr. & Mrs. Ervin J. Hunter

Mr. & Mrs. Bryce L. Maddox

Mr. James M. Clark

Mr. & Mrs. Charles A. Ellis

Dr. & Mrs. Robert A. Gore

Mr. James J. Hurley

Mr. & Mrs. Daniel L. Manack

Mr. & Mrs. James R. Clark

Mrs. Susan K. English

Mr. & Mrs. F. Gail Gray

Mr. & Mrs. Elmo J. Hurst

Mr. Bret A. Marks

Mr. & Mrs. Richard E. Cline

Mrs. Johanna E. Estes

Dr. & Mrs. Jeffrey G. Gray

Mr. & Mrs. Jan C. Hutwelker, Sr.

Ms. Nancy J. Marsh

Mr. Robert A. Clise

Dr. John R. Etherton

Mr. & Mrs. John H. Graybill

Dr. Enamiden U. Ibok

Mr. & Mrs. Peter M. Martin

Mr. & Mrs. Morgan K. Coast

Mr. Philip L. Evans

Mr. Matthew T. Gregg

Dr. Wafik H. Iskander

Dr. David R. Martinelli

Mr. August D. Coby

Mr. Robert L. Evans

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas A. Gribschaw

Rev. Jay K. Jackson

Mr. & Mrs. Louis J. Martinez

Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Cochenour

Mrs. C. Elaine Everitt

Mr. Curtis M. Griffith, Jr.

Mr. John B. James

Mr. & Mrs. Charles B. Marushi

Mr. David W. Coffman

Mr. & Mrs. John P. Faini

Mr. & Mrs. Robert R. Griffith

Mr. James M. Jarrell

Mrs. Millicent N. Mason

Mr. & Mrs. A. Michael M. Collins

Miss Susan M. Falck

Mr. & Mrs. Scott A. Hair

Dr. & Mrs. Charles R. Jenkins

Mr. & Mrs. James W. Mason

Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. Collins

Mr. Richard L. Falkenstein

Dr. & Mrs. George A. Hall

Mr. Brian E. Johnson

Mr. & Mrs. Arthur M. McClain

Mr. & Mrs. Mike G. Collins

Dr. Karen M. Fanucci

Mr. Robert L. Halstead

Mr. & Mrs. Donald G. Jones

Prof. & Mrs. John E. McCray, Jr.

Capt. & Mrs. H. Ward Conaway

Mr. & Mrs. John A. Farmer

Mr. & Mrs. Daniel R. Hamric

Mr. & Mrs. Denver A. Jordan

Mr. & Mrs. S. Fenton McDonald

Dr. Wils L. & Mrs. Jane Yohe Cooley

Mr. & Mrs. Lionel R. Farr

Mr. & Mrs. Paul R. Hanko

Mr. Karl V. Kahl

Mr. Joseph K. McFadden

Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Favro

Mr. David L. Hansford

Mr. & Mrs. George Kamis

Mr. Joseph C. McKinney

Mr. & Mrs. Gregory A. Kozera

Volume 8 Issue 2


Honor Roll of Donors Mrs. Carol A. McMahon

Mr. Paul & Ms. Kathy Phillips

Mr. & Mrs. Louis M. Schlesinger

Dr. Richard J. Stock

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Watson

Mrs. Rose A. McMurray

Mr. & Mrs. W. Scot Phillips

Mr. Arthur K. Schuler

Mr. & Mrs. John R. Stoehr

Mr. Gregory S. Watterson

Dr. & Mrs. Ronald B. McPherson

Mr. & Mrs. Andrew D. Pickens, Jr.

Mr. & Mrs. James W. Schumacher

Mr. Charles E. Stricklin

Mr. James M. Weaver

Mr. & Mrs. William H. Stroup

Mr. Daniel A. Weber

Mr. & Mrs. Timothy J. Pizatella

Mr. & Mrs. Gary J. Schweitzer

Mr. T. Ramon Stuart

Mr. & Mrs. Gene R. Weekley, Jr.

Ms. Annamaria Medvid

Mrs. Sara M. Pletcher

Mr. R. Lennie & Ms. Diana Scott

Mrs. Loretta D. Suitlas

Mr. Yian Wen

CDR J. Larry Miles, Jr.

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Pochettino

Mr. Jeffrey M. See

Mr. John M. Svedman

Mrs. Amy H. Wen

Mr. Nicholas A. Milinovich

Mr. Martin Potts

Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert T. Seese

Mr. Joshua L. Swann

Mr. & Mrs. William R. Werner

Mr. & Mrs. Carl W. Miller II

Mr. Timothy J. Poulin

Mr. & Mrs. John E. Seknicka

Mrs. June D. Swartwout

Mr. & Mrs. Earl K. West

Mr. Jonathan L. Miller

Mr. William N. Poundstone

Mr. Santino Thomas Serpento

Mr. & Mrs. David L. Swearingen

Mr. & Mrs. Timothy M. Miller

Mr. David A. Price

Mr. Stan T. Serpento

Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey L. Swoope

Mr. & Mrs. George T. Westbrook, Jr.

Mr. Daniel J. Minella

Mr. & Mrs. Victor D. Proietti

Dr. Rohit I. Seshadri

Dr. Jacky C. Prucz

Mrs. Grace W. Sharpenberg

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Tallman P.E.

Mrs. Wilma Jean Westbrook

Mr. David J. Mitchell Mr. & Mrs. J. Richard Mitchell

Mr. & Mrs. Donald R. Prunty, Jr.

Mr. Charles A. Shaver

Mr. & Mrs. Caleb A. Tarleton

Mr. Duane E. Westfall

Dr. Chinnarao Mokkapati

Mr. & Mrs. Jay E. Pultz

Mr. David E. Sheets

Mr. Adam M. Tarovisky

Mr. & Mrs. Paul R. Westfall

Mr. & Mrs. Guy E. Mongold, Jr.

Mr. Walter J. Ramsey

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Shehab

Mr. George M. Tataseo

Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. Wheeler

Mr. Stephen R. Montagna

Ms. Manlee L. Shen

Mr. Samson Tesfaselassie

Mr. & Mrs. Ronald C. Whigham

Mr. Raymond A. Montgomery, Jr.

Mr. Yeshwanth Rangaramanujam

Mr. Tyler-Blair A. Sheppard

Mr. & Mrs. Garth E. Thomas, Jr.

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas H. White

Mr. David P. Moon

Mr. Herbert S. Rawlings

Mrs. Diane M. Sherrard

Mr. Chester L. Whitehair

Dr. & Mrs. Ian R. Moore

Mr. Michael W. Redifer

Mr. W. David Shinn

Capt. Charles H. Tilton USN (Ret.)

Mr. & Mrs. Richard A. Morris

Mr. Bradley R. Reed

Prof. Frank M. Shipper

Dr. Douglas L. Timmons

Dr. Timothy B. Whitmoyer

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Mullett

Mr. & Mrs. Randall Reeder

Mr. & Mrs. Michael T. Shook

Mrs. Nicole M. Tingler

Mr. & Mrs. David M. Wiebking

Mr. & Mrs. Clyde B. Musick

Mr. James B. Reese

Mr. & Mrs. Morris M. Shor

Mr. & Mrs. Robert K. Tinney

Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Wiercinski

Dr. & Mrs. Warren R. Myers

Dr. & Mrs. Leroy C. Reid, Jr.

Mr. Mark A. Shroyer

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen W. Tippett

Dr. & Mrs. F. David Wilkin

Mr. & Mrs. Richard S. Napier

Mr. & Mrs. John F. Rentschler, Jr.

Mr. Frank J. Shuler

Dr. Ting-Man Tong

Mr. & Mrs. Cyril H. Williams, Jr.

Mrs. Susan K. Siebken

Mr. Fred R. Toothman

Mr. J. Eldon Williams

Mr. & Mrs. Dennis P. Townsend

Mr. Boyd W. Rhodes

Mr. & Mrs. Christopher B. Simms

Mr. & Mrs. Todd V. Townsend

Mr. & Mrs. Christopher J. Williamson

Mr. Herbert L. Ridder

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas W. Sirk, Jr.

Mr. & Mrs. William D. Trimbath

Mr. & Mrs. Donald P. Wilson

Ms. Melisa L. Ridenour

Mr. Kenneth K. Sitar

Mr. Frederick D. Truban

Mr. & Mrs. George N. Wilson

Mr. & Mrs. Jon M. Ridgway

Mrs. Jennifer L. Sivak

Mr. & Mrs. Brian A. Truman

Dr. & Mrs. James D. Wilson

Dr. & Mrs. Billy M. Riggleman

Mr. & Mrs. George D. Six

Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Tupes

Mr. & Mrs. Richard H. Wilson

Mrs. Rachel N. Riley-Lavelle

Ms. Linda Slonksnes

Mr. William C. Turley, Jr.

Mr. Russell L. Wilson

Mr. Terry D. Rings

Mr. & Mrs. David J. Smith

Mr. Jay J. Turner

Mr. & Mrs. Steven F. Wilson

Mr. & Mrs. Carl T. Ripberger III

Dr. Jason R. Smith

Mr. & Mrs. Roy M. Turner

Dr. Edward H. Winant

Mr. & Mrs. David J. Ritz

Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey D. Smith

Mr. & Mrs. Lionel J. Updyke

Mr. Benjamin B. Wisler

Mr. & Mrs. Kevin F. Owsiany

Mr. & Mrs. Brad J. Roberts

Mr. Perry C. Smith, Jr.

Mr. & Mrs. Todd J. Urness

Mr. & Mrs. Howard V. Withrow II

Mr. James T. Parsley

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Roberts

Mr. Smith & Ms. Kniska

Mr. Thomas E. Urquhart

Mr. William P. Wolf

Mr. & Mrs. Marion Parsons, Jr.

Mr. & Mrs. Theodore D. Robinette

Dr. & Mrs. John E. Sneckenberger

Mr. & Mrs. David A. Velegol, Jr.

Mr. Jackson W. Wolfe

Mr. & Mrs. James P. Robison

Mr. Kelles L. Veneri

Mr. Kam Wong

Mr. Harold J. Snyder, Jr.

Mrs. Casandra J. Rosato

Mr. Ramesh Venkataraman

Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey T. Woods

Dr. & Mrs. James E. Spearman

Mr. Anthony D. Rossetti

Mrs. Patricia W. Vetter

Mr. Henry M. Word

Mr. Peter L. Spence

Mr. & Mrs. Richard J. Rossy

Mr. Leslie A. Viegas

Mr. & Mrs. Robert K. Sperry

Mr. & Mrs. Ken P. Vitaya-Udom

Mr. Yunqing Wu & Ms. Lei Huang

Mr. & Mrs. Russell B. Mechling, Jr.

Mr. Leonard S. Nicholson Mr. Paul F. Nocida Mr. Robert A. Novotny Mr. & Mrs. George J. Oberlick Mr. & Mrs. Daniel R. Olds

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Mr. & Mrs. Art Oliver, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Larry E. Oliver Mr. & Mrs. Joseph F. Oliveto Mr. & Mrs. George K. Oss Drs. Andrew C. & C. Lynne Ostrow

Mr. & Mrs. Terrence L. Parsons Mr. Thomas H. Parsons Mr. Roy C. Parsons, Jr. Mr. Richard G. Pass Mr. & Mrs. Vijendrakumar C. Patel


Mr. & Mrs. John A. Reynolds

Mr. & Mrs. Harry L. Westerman

Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Whiteman

Mr. Thomas C. Rowan

Mr. William F. Stackpole

Mr. & Mrs. William D. Wyant

Mr. Meredith B. Royce, Jr.

Mr. William M. Walasinski

Mr. George S. Paul

Mr. Phillip L. Stalnaker

Dr. Siamak Yassini

Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Rupar

Mr. William D. Walko

Mr. Timothy P. Pawlak

Mrs. Marcella P. Steerman

Mr. & Mrs. Gary W. Wamsley

Mr. & Mrs. Otis R. Yeater

Mr. & Mrs. Harold R. Payne

Mr. & Mrs. James J. Rusenko

Dr. Alan D. Stemple

Dr. Yajie Wang

Mr. & Mrs. David A. Young, Jr.

Mr. Richard B. Pellegrino

Mr. Phillip M. Sabree

Mr. Harry L. Stemple

Mr. & Mrs. Edward A. Ward

Mr. Richard Yungwirth

Ms. Tracey K. Pennington

Mr. Ashok Sanghavi

Mr. & Mrs. Richard A. Stemple

Dr. Karen E. Warden

Mr. & Mrs. Kurt Zachar

Mr. Richard J. Perin

Mr. & Ms. Nicholas Sands

Dr. Larry E. Stewart

Mrs. Hao Zhang

Mr. Mark D. Sanetrik

Mr. & Mrs. Julian W. Ware

Mr. & Mrs. Edward L. Perry

Mr. Daniel L. Stickler

Mr. Gary R. Zidzik

Dr. Kerri B. Phillips

Dr. Simsek Sarikelle

Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth M. Ware

Mr. John M. Stickler

Mr. George A. Waters

Mr. & Mrs. George T. Zimmerman

Mr. & Mrs. William A. Savage

WVU BENJAMIN M. STATLER College of Engineering and mineral resources

Corporations and Associations $100,000 and up

$1,000 to $4,999

$100 to $499

Arch Coal, Inc.

Alcoa Foundation


Siemens PLM Software

Boeing Company Matching Gift Program

Air Products Foundation, Inc.

West Virginia Research Trust Fund

Boyles & Hildreth Consulting Engineers

American Electric Power Matching Gift Program

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation

Ansys Inc.

$50,000 to $99,999

CONSOL Energy Inc.

Ashland, Inc.

Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.

Eaton Corporation

Bank of America

Chesapeake Operating, Inc.

El Dupont De Nemours & Company

Bechtel Matching Gift Program

CONSOL Energy, Inc.

Ergon-West Virginia, Inc.

BK Technologies, Inc.

Eaglehawk Carbon, Inc.

FirstEnergy Foundation

Book Mart Corp

International Industries, Inc.

John T. Boyd Company

Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund

Massey Foundation

Joy Mining Machinery



Keith Asset Management LLP

Dominion Foundation Matching Gift Program

Keylogic Systems, Inc.

Eaton Corporation Matching Gift Program

Marathon Oil Company Foundation

Elegant Alley Cat

Monsanto Fund

Eli Lilly & Company Foundation

National Space Grant Foundation

EQT Corporation Matching Gift Program


Graf International

RSL Fiber Systems, LLC

Harris Foundation

Pearson Education

Shell Oil Company Foundation

IBM International Foundation Matching Gift Program Johnson Controls Foundation

$10,000 to $24,999

Siemens US - Matching Contributions Program for Employees Southern Coals Conference

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

WV Coal Association, Inc.

Lubrizol Foundation Matching Gift Program

WVU Student Section of AADE

Lutheran Community Foundation

$25,000 to $49,999 BP Corporation North America, Inc. Corning, Inc. ExxonMobil Foundation Matching Gift Program Michael Baker Corporation

American Electric Power Service Corp. Chevron Products Company Dominion Foundation General Electric Company Lockheed Martin Peabody Investments Corp. Peter’s Creek Coal Association Wells Fargo Educational Matching Gift Program WVU Alumni Association - Mineral Resources

$5,000 to $9,999 American Association of Drilling Engineers Appalachian Underground Corrosion Short Course Delta Electric, Inc. Dow Chemical Company Foundation Coal Corporation Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Math Energy LLC

$500 to $999


Caterpillar Foundation Matching Gift Program

Michael Baker Corporation

Chevron Corporation Matching Grants Program

Northrop Grumman Corporation Matching Gift Program

Coach Matching Gift Program

Northrop Grumman Foundation

Duke Energy Corporation

NRG Global Giving

H.J. Heinz Company Foundation

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Mountaineer Mine Rescue Association, Inc.

Olashuk Environmental, Inc.

Mountaineer Mine Safety & Training, Inc.

Pittsburgh Section SME AIME

P&G Fund

Prince Street Real Estate, LLC

Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program

PVR Services, LLC

PPG Industries Foundation

SAIC Science Applications International Corp

Raytheon Company

Southern Company Services

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.

Textron, Inc.

Verizon Foundation

Tyco Matching Gifts Program United Way Silicon Valley

NuStar Foundation Matching Gift Program

Walker Living Trust

Parkersburg Area Community Foundation

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Juniper Networks’ Company

Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign

Penn Virginia Operating Co. LLC

ZMM, Inc.

PPG Industries


SASHTO 2011 Conference The Cliffs Foundation The Hershey Company Matching Gift Program The Key Corporation Triad Engineering, Inc. Vecellio Group, Inc.

Trust and Estate Gifts

$25,000 to $49,999

$5,000 to $9,999

John L. Kirkland Trust Nason P. Pritchard Trust

Joy M. Teske Revocable Trust

$10,000 to $24,999

Estate of Joan R. Meeker

Elizabeth H Lorraine Trust Estate of Allan S. May

$500 to $999


Irvin Stewart Society:

Making a Difference for Years to Come

Below you will find a list of thoughtful and generous alumni and friends who have become members of the Irvin Stewart Society by including our College in their estate plans. These individuals are helping students of the future through gift provisions in their wills, life income gifts, testamentary retirement accounts, life insurance, or gifts of real estate with a retained life state. We are forever grateful to them.

Robert D. Bewick Jr. ’52

Glen H. Hiner, Ph.D. ’57, ’90

Jean H. Orders ’52

J. Robert Stockner ’50

Stanley C. Browning ’57, ’59

Betty J. Hurst ’53

Robert O. Orders ’51

Tommy L. Stuchell, J.D. ’87

John W. Campbell ’64

Elmo J. Hurst ’53

Alice S. Poindexter

W. David Teter ’59, ’64

Frank Cerminara ’70

Robert S. Jacobson, J.D. ’47, ’55

William N. Poundstone ’49

Charles M. Vest, Ph.D. ’63

Susan Klatskin Cerminara ’69

Emil Johnson ’63, ’72

Lora Virginia Richards

Jo Ann Wadsworth ’51

Vudara Chuop ’80

Penny Christie Johnson ’64

Jacqulyn L. Sample

Maurice Wadsworth ’51

Irene V. Desmond

Joan Kelvington

Paul E. Sample, Ph.D. ’55, ’57

Betty S. Watkins ’61

Robert M. Desmond, Ph.D.

Lee Kelvington ’56

J. Ted Samsell, M.D. ’67, ’71

W. Richard Watkins ’64, ’65

Kathleen J. DuBois ’85

Genevieve Koepfinger

Melody Samsell

Ronald A. Weaver ’78

W. J. “Jack” Fitzgerald ’54, ’58

Joseph L. Koepfinger

Barrett L. Shrout ’61, ’62

Frank T. Wheby ’56

Beatrice Galli

Catheline C. Martin

Nancy S. Shrout

Erna F. Wilkin

Donald J. Gay ’57

Mildred L. McFarland ’39

Kathryn Ann Simms

F. David Wilkin Ed.D. ’67, ’69

Margaret M. Hall ’74, ’76, ’81

James R. McQuay Jr. ’77

Patrick Simms ’66

Donald W. Worlledge ’55

Lawrence C. Hays ’41

Betty L. Miller ’47, ’57

William A. Simms ’64

Mary S. Worlledge

Gregory L. Herrick ’70

Toni R. Morris ’82, ’89, ’99

John E. Sneckenberger ’64, ’66, ’70

Eugene M. Zvolensky ’70

Sheila G. Herrick ’74

Earl F. Morton ’51

Mary (Scottie) Sneckenberger ’67

Three donors wish to remain anonymous

Fall 2012


Please consider joining the Irvin Stewart Society by including our College in your estate plans. For more information, contact Garth Lindley at 304-293-4156 or garth.lindley@mail.wvu.edu or Robert Bragg at 304-293-4036 or robert.bragg@mail.wvu.edu.


Seniors Raise Money for Class Gift

As part of a new initiative to get students involved in philanthropy, members of the Class of 2012 sold College T-shirts and polo shirts. More than $675 was raised to help purchase new chairs for the walkway outside of G39 in the Engineering Science Building. The initiative was led by a committee of four seniors: Andrea Sakla

(chemical engineering), Kylea Demarco (civil and environmental engineering), Samantha Hess (computer science and electrical engineering), and Virginia Chambers (Industrial management systems engineering). Thanks to all who participated.

We are grateful to our alumni and friends who have generously established endowments for student scholarships and to support our departments in teaching, research, and service. The following individuals and organizations have recently established new scholarships or other endowed funds:

AEP Renewable Energy Integration Fund

Carol A. Stevens Scholarship

American Electric Power endowed this fund in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering to support research in the integration of renewable energy into the smart grid.

Carol A. Stevens (BS ’84, CEE) has pledged $5,000 for an undergraduate scholarship for women enrolled in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Stevens is president of CAS Structural Engineering, Inc., of Alum Creek, W.Va.

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News of NOte

Alumni Brian Brooks, BSIE ’11, is an industrial engineer in the Corporate and Strategic Planning division of AVX Corporation in Fountain Inn, S.C. The company is a world leader in creating passive electronic components. Mark H. Browder, BSCE ’80, a mechanical engineer with the United States Navy, received a Defense Standardization Program Award for Excellence during a ceremony held at the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes. Browder was recognized for “outstanding leadership and dedication” in the program and for promoting “reduced ownership costs, interoperability, and sustained readiness through standardization.” He lives in Alexandria, Va. Sam Fragale, BSPNGE ’83, was recently named senior vice president of Marcellus operations for Chief Oil and Gas in Pennsylvania. Fragale previously served as senior vice president of operations for Phillips Production Company of Warrendale, Pa., where he supervised and managed all company operations related to land, natural gas exploration, convention drilling, and Marcellus shale production. Murali M. Gadde, PhDME ’09, won the 2012 Dr. N.G.W. Cook Dissertation Award from the American Rock Mechanics Association. Gadde is director of geotechnical services for Peabody Energy, in St. Louis, Miss.

Charles T. Holland, BSME ’28, MSME ’32, was inducted posthumously in the West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame in May. Holland served two stints at WVU, first as a member of the mining engineering faculty and then as dean of the School of Mines and director of Mining Extension from 1961-1970. He was conferred with the Order of Vandalia in 1981.

Ward Malcom, BSEE ’83, was recently named dean of Career, Technical, and Workforce Education at Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College. He previously served as the lead faculty member and developer of the college’s Wind Technician Training Program, which was started in 2010. Thomas E. Watson, MSME ’69, was recently named president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers. He will direct the society’s board of directors and oversee its executive committee. Watson is chief engineer of McQuay International, Staunton, Va., where he oversees new product development for centrifugal compressor technology and is primarily involved in technical areas related to refrigerant applications, aerodynamics, bearing design, and motor applications. He holds five patents related to refrigerant, gas, and chiller compressors.

Vlad Kecojevic, Massey Foundation Professor of Mining Engineering, was selected to participate in a review of planning grants for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ Hubs of Interdisciplinary Research and Training in Global Environmental and Occupational Health. The grants seek to support paired consortium exploratory awards led by one low- and middle-income country institution and one U.S. institution to plan research, research training, and curriculum development activities that address and inform national and regional environmental and occupational health policy issues. The work of David Klinke, associate professor of chemical engineering, was featured in the April 17 issue of Science Signaling. Klinke and his coworkers describe a new approach to test our understanding of cell signaling pathways using mathematical modeling, called in silico model-based inference. This work, according to John Foley, associate editor of Science Signaling, “serves as an example of how mathematical modeling can refine our understanding of signaling pathways.”



Brian Anderson, assistant professor of chemical engineering, was an instructor at the second annual National Geothermal Academy at University of Nevada, Reno. Anderson co-taught a module on power plant design and construction.

Sean Belardo presented a poster depicting his work on creating a more efficient solid oxide fuel cell system that can use coal syngas at the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Poster on the Hill event held in the Halls of Congress in Washington, D.C. More than 850 projects were submitted for consideration with only 74 chosen.

Ever Barbero, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, received the Barbara Alvis Award from West Virginia University’s International Student Organization. The award was presented in honor of his contributions to Morgantown’s international community. The second edition of Barbero’s book, Introduction to Composite Materials Design, was recently published. According to a review by The Aeronautical Journal, the edition “reflects the advances in knowledge and design methods for composites acquired within the past decade” and will help the readers “gain a better understanding of material selection, fabrication, material behaviour and structural analysis involved in design of composite structures; it will allow those designing with composites to fully take advantage of the flexibility offered by composites.”

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Carl Heinlein, MSSM ’92, on behalf of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), signed a formal agreement with the National Institute for Occupations Safety and Health to establish a partnership to improve occupational safety and health at workplaces throughout the United States, as well as assist each other in the development of safety and health professionals. Heinlein serves as board president of BCSP.

Shannon Jones, MSSM ’07, was recognized by The Hartford for excellence in loss controls. Jones lives in Mineral Wells, W.Va.

Rachel James, a civil engineering major from Crawford, W.Va., and Michael Powell, an aerospace engineering major from Hagerstown, Md., were two of the 19 students chosen for the latest class of McNair Scholars. Through financial aid, academic advising, and undergraduate research 47 opportunities, the McNair Scholars Program pushes underrepresented students toward their doctorates. The scholars are given a $2,400 annual stipend, graduate school placement assistance, and professional development opportunities to help them gain admission into master’s and doctoral programs. The McNair Scholars Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education in honor of engineer, scientist, and NASA astronaut Ronald E. McNair, who was killed in the 1986 Challenger explosion.

News of NOte

Surya Manivannan and Anna McClung, students in the Department of Chemical Engineering, captured awards in the 2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium Poster Session. Manivannan took honors in the nanosciences category, while McClung was honored for her work in physical sciences and engineering. Lindsay Paulin was the inaugural winner of the Harold M. Gordon Hazard Control Management Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes students in West Virginia University’s safety management program who have exemplified academic success throughout the program. The scholarship, which was established by the International Board for the Certification of Safety Managers, honors Harold M.

In memoriam

Fall 2012


William L. Smith


William L. Smith, part-time instructor in the safety management program, passed away on December 21, 2011. After graduating from the program, he began teaching evening courses while working at Union Carbide. Smith was a longtime member of the safety management visiting committee and was involved with student activities.

Gordon. Gordon established the certified hazard control manager credential in 1976 and served as the executive director of the Board of Hazard Control Management until his retirement in 2007. Ben Province completed a 10-week internship this past summer with NASA at CalTech in Pasadena. The mechanical engineering major worked with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he designed a system of tools for visualization of mobility for the Mars Science Laboratory. The internship was arranged by the West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, which also provided financial support.

Timothy Weadon was one of 10 recipients of the 2012 Student Leader Experience Awards, presented by the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering or SAMPE. Winners of the award were sent to the SAMPE International Symposium and Exhibition to network with peers and industry professionals and increase their understanding of the materials and processes community. SAMPE 2012 was held in Baltimore, Md., May 21-24. Jonathan Yancey earned a $1,000 scholarship for the Intern Poster Expo at the NASA Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center. Yancey’s internship was funded by the West Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

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Save the Dates Capitol Classic December 5, 2012 December Convocation Reception December 9, 2012

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and Mining Engineering Visiting Committee April 12, 2013

Honors Day April 5, 2013

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Academy April 12-13, 2013

Engineering Open House April 6, 2013

Spring Family Weekend April 12-14, 2013

Civil and Environmental Engineering Academy April 18-19, 2013 Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Academy April 26-27, 2013 Chemical Engineering Academy May 2-3, 2013

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Commencement May 18, 2013


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