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March 2011

  • Mohammad Saad Alam, ssistant professor of electrical & computer engineering, and his fall 2010 Solar Photovoltaic Systems students, presented at the 2011 Michigan Academy of Science & Letters Conference held at SVSU March 11. The six presentations were titled/presented by: “Solar Powered Charging Station for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles at Saginaw Valley State University,” Vishal Parimoo, Curt Chalabian, Joseph Nitz and Alam; “Feasibility of Off-Grid Residential Photovoltaic System Utilizing Hydrogen Storage,” Bryant Barnes, Jamey Hackel, Abdulmajed Alqhtani and Alam; “Residential versus Large-scale Feasibility of Solar Panel Installation,” Kayla Cieszlak, Alan Malott, Matt McClelland and Alam; “Interconnection of Photovoltaic Modules with the Grid for the Al-Khaif Mosque at Mina in Saudi Arabia,” Anwar Ashalan, Ali Alghafly, Faisal Alrfaj and Alam; “Solar Powered Water Pump for use in Remote Areas,” Faisal Alshalan, Bender Almarjan, David Armstrong and Alam; and “Design of a Photovoltaic Array for the Power and Energy Demand of Founders Hall at SVSU,” Matthew Spreeman, Hillary Jacobs, Matthew Plachta and Alam.

  • Lilianna Aniola-Jedrzeje, visiting international professor from Poznan University of Technology in Poland, and Diane Boehm, university writing program director, presented “A Template for Self- Analysis of Common Errors in English that Occur with Speakers of Polish” (adaptable for other languages) at the 4th International Conference on Writing Research at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Feb. 18.

  • Said Elfakhani, aHarvey R. Wickes Chair in International Business, co-authored a paper with S. Chahine and M. Omecihe titled “A Comparative Study of the Performance of Islamic and Conventional Banks: Evidence from the Middle East Region” that will be presented at the Eastern Finance Association Conference in Sannah, Ga., April 13-16. Elfakhani will also be chairing a session at the conference. Also, Elfakhani co-authored a paper with Wayne Mackie, professor of finance, titled “The Determinants of FDIs in BRIC Countries” that will be presented at the third annual Global Management Conference, May 4-7, in Godollo/Budapest, Hungary.

  • Kaustav Misra, assistant professor of economics, recently had several scholarly articles accepted for publication/presentation, including: “The Effects of Community Social Capital on School Performance: A Spatial Approach,” and “Determinants of Firm Formation: An International Perspective” (co-authored with Shyamalendu Sarkar, professor of economics) at the Western Economic Association International 86th Annual Conference, San Diego, Calif.; “The Propensity to Use Nonfamily Managers’ Incentive Compensation in Family Firms” (co-authored with E. Memili, J. Chrisman and E.P.C. Chang) and “Entrepreneurship Capital in American Counties: A Panel Data Analysis” (co-authored with E.P.C. Chang and E. Memili) at the Academy of Management Meeting, San Antonio, Texas; “The Link Between Corporate Governance, Family Involvement and Firm Performance” (coauthored with E. Memili and J. Chrisman) at the Family Enterprise Research Conference, Grand Rapids, Mich.; “An Empirical Analysis of the Antecedents of Nonfamily Manager’ Incentive Compensation in Family Firms” (co-authored with E. Memili, J. Chrisman and E.P.C. Chang) at the United States Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship Meeting, Hilton Head, S.C.; and “Does Competition Improve Public School Efficiency? An Analysis of K-12 Public Education in Mississippi” at the American Economic Association Conference, Denver, Colo.

  • Shyamalendu Sarkar, professor of economics, had two articles published recently in business journals; the papers were titled “A Study of the Environmental Issues Associated with the Dominican Republic–Central American Free Trade Agreement” and “The Role of Macroeconomics in Effective Decision-making.”

  • Stephen Taber, associate professor of biology, had a manuscript titled “Two Parasites of the Green Lacewing Chrysopa chi Fitch (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae): One Species Known and One Species Unidentified” accepted for publication in The Southwestern Entomologist.

Those Who Changed Us

Throughout our lives, we recall those teachers who had an impact on us. Here, alumni and students share thoughts on SVSU faculty who changed their lives.

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Nameeta Mathur

Nameeta Mathur

"Living up to high expectations is infectious once you start meeting them. Her teaching fundamentally transformed the way I analyzed the world."

-- described Aaron Crossen, 2008, B.A., history/communication. He is a marketing and sales coordinator for Cech Corp. in Saginaw.

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