College Update Fall 2014-College of Science, Engineering & Technology
Mohammed El-Kasabi, professor of electrical & computer engineering, retired in June 2014 after 29 years at SVSU.
The college launched The Dow Science & Sustainability Education Center, thanks to a grant from The Dow Chemical Foundation. The funding allows for internships for high school teachers, students, undergraduates and SVSU faculty/staff research directors. SVSU is represented by chemistry, biology, mechanical engineering and geography. Teachers are from 14 Great Lakes Bay Region high schools.
The second and final year of a study funded by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality of low dissolved oxygen on the Kawkawlin River was coordinated through the Saginaw Bay Environmental Science Institute at SVSU and included four SVSU student research assistants.
With funding from the National Science Foundation, five SVSU faculty and staff, along with several students began designing research-based laboratory experiments for chemistry and biology teaching labs that are focused on projects in the Saginaw Bay Watershed.
Tami Sivy, SVSU associate professor of chemistry, is in partnership with the Arenac County Health Department to determine bacteria sources at local beaches.
The college welcomed new faculty for fall 2014: George Corser and Chad Dewey, both in computer science and information systems. The mechanical engineering department welcomed Annamalai (Andy) Pandian, assistant professor, who will direct the Engineering Technology Management program.
The college in May graduated its first Master of Science in Energy & Materials student, Brandon Kern.
Five SVSU students who enrolled in Chem 313: Quantitative Analysis recently took part in a lab experience at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island, Mich.
The national meeting of the American Foundry Society’s Steel Division was co-hosted on July 15, 2014, by Bay Cast, in Bay City, and SVSU. Bob Tuttle, associate professor of mechanical engineering is chair of the steel division.
Research by 45 biology students was presented at the 19th Annual Department of Biology Poster Session April 17, 2014. The keynote speaker was biology alumnus Paul Albosta, 2008, B.S., who is a Ph.D. student at Finley Laboratory, Wayne State University School of Medicine Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics.