On Thursday, April 24th, Dr. Virginie Rollin presented a poster at the Materials Research Society Spring Meeting in San Francisco, CA. The poster was titled "Molecular Dynamics Simulation of a Pullout Test on a Carbon Nanotube in a Polymer Matrix", and presented the work of her graduate student Guttormur Arnar Ingvason (MSAE 2013), first author on the poster. A proceeding paper was also submitted for publication at the conference and is currently under review. The poster presents how the molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were implemented in the open-source MD code LAMMPS. Guttormur worked on implementing a potential (the equations that describe how atoms interact) that would work for both our polymer molecules and the carbon nanotube. His results were promising, but more work was required. The poster generated a lot of interest from scientists within the US and abroad.
It is with deepest heart-felt sorrow that we inform the campus community of the loss of our dear colleague, Professor Tej Gupta. Tej passed away on Tuesday, May 6, from a heart attack at age 72. Tej joined the University’s Daytona Beach Campus in 1979 and established an exemplary record of dedicated service and teaching excellence as one of the leaders of the Aerospace Engineering program. During his long tenure, Tej touched the lives of thousands of students and brought prestige and recognition to the University through his service to the aerospace professional community at the local and national levels. Throughout his distinguished career, Tej received numerous awards and recognition including the Overall Professor of the Year Award in 2011 from Embry-Riddle’s Alpha Mu chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 2004, and the AIAA Faculty Advisor Award Region II Southeastern United States in 1995-1996. He was also an Associate Fellow of AIAA. Tej was an iconic figure in the Aerospace Engineering Department, a gentle soul, a kind and generous man, a teacher, and a mentor. In his 35 years of dedicated service to the University, he left an indelible mark on our institution. A funeral service will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 201 University Blvd., Daytona Beach, Florida, on Saturday, May 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dr. Maj Mirmirani Dean, College of Engineering Daytona Beach Campus
Embry-Riddle engineering students won the awards and did the presentation at American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Southeastern (SE) Section Conference in Macon, GA with 200 conference attendees from 50 institutions and over 70 student’s posters. Student posters were judged on the criteria of abstract, poster design, and presentation skills under one of the three divisions which are individual undergraduate research division, 3rd and 4th year design team division, and 1st and 2nd year design team division. Jana Thompson, a senior student from Mechanical Engineering won two top awards: first place individual undergraduate research award, and best overall. Jana is the captain at Women’s BAJA SAE team. Her research presented: ERAU BAJA SAE: Steering and Suspension Systems. Her faculty advisors are Dr. Heidi Steinhauer, Department chair, and Mrs. Lisa Davids, both associate professors of Engineering Fundamentals Department. Daniel Petrella, William Quigley, and Blake Rymer, three freshmen from Aerospace Engineering won third place of 1st and 2nd year design team division. Their poster is about Sound Pioneers sustainable design using CATIA. Their faculty advisor is Dr. Lulu Sun, associate professor of Engineering Fundamentals Department. Cassandra Gribbins, a graduate student from Mechanical Engineering, presented her research work at the Graphics Design session. The topic is 'Supplemental Multimedia Online Learning Tool in the Graphical Communications'. The presentation was well received by over 15 attendees in the room. This is her first time to present her research work at the regional conference. Her co-author is Dr. Lulu Sun, associate professor of Engineering Fundamentals Department.