The mission of Trine University is to promote our students’ intellectual and personal development through professionally focused and formative learning opportunities preparing them to succeed, lead, and serve in their communities. In this issue you will find numerous examples of students participating alongside faculty in a variety of real world learning experiences. It is what we do so well. It is a Trine thing!
John Shannon, Ph.D. Vice President for Academic Affairs
OUR STUDENTS SUCCEED
Two Trine University students are currently having wonderful study abroad experiences: Megan Brazier at the University of Limerick in Ireland and Padraig Murphy at Bond University in Australia.
Mark Young, Joseph Kaminski, Jordan Dunn, Neil Lammers, Alex Guenther (mechanical engineering seniors), and Zachary Tunberg (Electrical Engineering senior) attended the Foundry Education Foundation College Industry Conference in Chicago, IL. Mark Young received the Clifford Chier Scholarship, and Joseph Kaminski received the Ray Witt Memorial Scholarship.
Hayden Zimmer, Lincoln Frey, Hillary Yentes, Christina Uphaus, and Melissa Smiles, all civil engineering students were awarded scholarships totaling $8800 by the Asphalt Pavement Association of Indiana (APAI). The students were presented their awards at the APAI Winter Conference this January in Indianapolis.
Students Eric Nixon and Joe Kaminski, and professor Darryl Webber, Ph.D., gave a presentation on ‘The Effect of ‘Fracking’ on Sand Prices and Energy Prices” at the Northern Indiana Chapter of the American Foundry Society in Columbia City. At the same event, mechanical engineering senior Eric Nixon was awarded the Todd Yarde Memorial Scholarship.
Twenty DET students visited Metal Technologies Incorporated and were able to tour a world class automated foundry operation and learn about co-operative opportunities there.
Ten international students completed the ESL program in December, and have enrolled in courses toward their majors this spring.
Ketner School of Business student Becky Courtright attended the 86th National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Convention in Louisville, Kentucky in order to receive a special award known as the American Degree. On average less than one percent of FFA members receive the American Degree making it the most honored degree within the FFA.
OUR FACULTY AND STAFF EXCEL
Erica Hutton, Ph.D., conducted a research study between Miami-Dade PD and Chicago PD entitled: Investigating the Criminality of Home-Invasion Robbery: A Comparative Analysis of Profiling Measures and Typologies of Perpetration. She presented the results of the study at the Annual American Society of Criminology Conference in Atlanta, GA.
Conference and Meetings
Mark Kays, Chair of the Music Department and Director of Bands, and Ashlee Bickley McRory, Music Instructor, attended the Indiana Music Education Professional Development Conference in Fort Wayne.
Marek Kolar, Ph.D., visited a Financial Executives International meeting in Fort Wayne; he also attended a presentation by Derek Davis, vice president of Zimmer, on “Zimmer and the Orthopedics Industry, Managing in the Eye of the Storm.”
Professor Tom Trusty attended the Illinois/Indiana ASEE section board meeting at Rose-Hulman University and toured their innovation center and engineering labs.
Tim Tyler, Ph.D., attended the 44th annual Ohio River Valley Soils Seminar entitled “The Application of Geology to Geotechnical Engineering Practice” in Louisville, Kentucky.
Scott Fergusson received a United States patent for Homeland Security database lookup. This is his fourth patent.
Mark Kays represented Trine University at the Ohio Music Educator’s State Convention in Columbus.
Pavan Karra, Ph.D., reviewed two papers for the ASEE Instrumentation Division.
KSB welcomed three Chinese faculty to campus for the semester: Jessica Zhao, Ellen Tian, and Jacky Tian (not related). Their mentors are Julie Howenstine, Ph.D., Alex Odemba, DBA, and Professor Toby Swick. Julie Howenstine, Ph.D., is also working with Jessica on a six month marketing research project.
Pavan Karra, Ph.D., and Andrea Mitofsky, Ph.D., judged the State First Lego League competition (middle school level) in Fort Wayne.
Mathematics & Informatics Professor Dan Matthews has been asked to be an author for the McGraw-Hill LearnSmart digital supplement for the 10th edition of Introduction to Operations Research
Darryl Webber, Ph.D., was recognized by the American Foundry Society and Foundry Educational Foundation as a ‘Distinguished Professor’ in recognition of his demonstrated personal interest in his students, as well as his interaction with the industry.
Scott Fergusson, Dean of Ketner School of Business, was initiated into the Quest Club of Fort Wayne.
DET Professor Brian Thomas reviewed a draft paper for the ASEE conference.
Nandan Garg, Ph.D., got accepted to participate in the ASEE Virtual Communities of Practice, which meets weekly to learn about research based instructional approaches to improve student learning.
OUR PROGRAMS ARE QUALITY
Trine University’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers is hosting an Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day event on February 22nd from 1-4 pm on Trine’s campus. This event is aimed at girls in grades 5 through 7 who have an interest in math and science. SWE and other professional societies on campus will host activities throughout the morning to introduce the girls to different disciplines of engineering.
The Department of Mathematics & Informatics was accepted in the Tableau for Teaching program, which provides complimentary software for use in course work, guest lectures via the web, and assistance with data sets and course assignments. The company supports the academic community’s efforts to teach skills around data analysis, informatics, and data visualization. Professor Dan Matthews will use these resources in the INF433 Data Mining and Data Visualization course.
Trine University/Innovation One added $180K of equipment for the plastics engineering lab, including a blow molding machine and an extruder utilizing funds obtained through a grant secured by Innovation One. Also added was $20K of equipment upgrades for the CNC equipment adding a 4th axis to the mill and a Renishaw wireless intuitive probing system.
Kevin Molyet, Ph.D., and Professor Tom DeAgostino accompanied two senior design groups to South Bend, where they met with engineers from the sponsoring company, SureStep, to discuss the progress on their orthotic hand devices. Brian Thomas, Ph.D., also took seniors to SureStep in South Bend to discuss their senior design project on infant orthotics. He also took students to Rieke Packaging Systems in Auburn, IN, to discuss their senior design project on injection molding cooling systems.
Trine is partnering with Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne to develop a physician assistant program. The master-level program will be offered by Trine’s School of Health Sciences.
Professor Craig Laker and 25 criminal justice students assisted the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office with a mock fire and multiple fights incident scenario at the jail.
Trine University/Innovation One was gifted 50+ lbs of PE and PC/ABS and an injection mold, donated by CK Technologies in Bryan, OH.
The Reiners Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering invested over $50,000 to upgrade its Civil Engineering Materials Laboratory and CE Surveying Laboratory. For the Surveying Lab, which is managed by Ryan Overton, Ph.D., the new state-of-the-art items include two Topcon Hiper SR Network Rover GPS units, three Topcon ES-105 Total Stations, three Topcon Tesla Data Collectors, and Magnet Office Suite Software. For the Materials Lab, which is managed by Gary Greene, Ph.D., the new equipment included an industrial 0.5 cubic foot concrete/mortar mixer, a concrete prism testing machine, and new aggregate sieves. Also, a new 8.5 x 24 foot tandem axle trailer was purchased by the department for transporting the concrete canoe and steel bridge to the American Society of Civil Engineers annual student conference and other student and faculty projects.
Angie Kiess, Director of Academic Technology has organized training sessions that will continue throughout the semester. Check out the Development & Learning Moodle webpage: http://trineonline.trine.edu/course/view.php?id=14389 for dates and times of 30 min. Moodle sessions and other development opportunities. ‘Bring Your Technology Question’ sessions have also been scheduled for the 2nd Thursday (AM and PM) starting in March. February times are Thursday, February 13 at 10 -12 and Friday, February 14th 3-4:30 pm in the Training Center located in the lower level of the LINK University Center.
American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA) and Professor Craig Laker hosted the Region 2 Skills USA Crime Scene Investigation and Criminal Justice competition for area high school students. Students who won in their categories moved on to the state level competition.
The Department of Criminal Justice, Psychology and Social Sciences will offer a new course this fall in The Civil War and Reconstruction, HIS 353.
The ESL program is enjoying a record enrollment of 36 international students thanks to the recruiting efforts of David Colbert.
Trine University/Innovation One obtained vacuum forming equipment and had it installed in the Bock Center for use in plastics engineering.
Professor Timothy Jenkins and Joe Thompson II escorted 22 students to Caterpillar Engine in Lafayette, IN for a plant tour. Trine’s SME student chapter sponsored the trip and the tour was coordinated by student Brandon Wilson, who has family working at the plant in Lafayette.
Julie Howenstine, Ph.D., and Department Chair, Bill Maddock took members of the Integrated Marketing Communication Class on a field trip to a Mad Ants Basketball Game at the Coliseum in Ft. Wayne. The class is teaming with alumni, Garrett Martz, Vice President of Sales to promote a Steuben County game day on Saturday, March 1, 2014. The class also met with Dionna Widder, Director of Team Marketing and Business Operations for the NBA National Office in New York City. Her speech to the students was very informative as to the business of sports.
Livia Antonia Weaver (Computer Science, 2007) accepted full-time employed at Microsoft.
John Wagner, Ph.D., worked with ChE Alumnus Bob Huba to set up a presentation in control system security for the controls class and general computer/cyber security for AIChE this spring.
Ibrahim Alburaithan, a Saudi student who started in Trine’s ESL program in the Fall of 2007 and graduated from Trine with a degree in Informatics in 2012, received his Masters of Information Science from Lewis University in Dec 2013.
Amy Branum, Associate Professor of English at Frostburg State University presented a lecture on The Importance of Communications In Today’s Domestic and International Business Environment to 115 Ketner School of Business students. Ms. Branum’s talk was sponsored by Professors Conley, Snider, Helmke and Shull. The lecture concentrated on the necessity of clear and concise writing and speaking skills.
Marek Kolar, Ph.D., invited Luke Shappell, CFO/COO from Integrity, a financial and tax consulting company, to speak to his corporate finance class (FIN 413), giving students real life examples on various corporate finance topics.
Edward Cox from the INDOT TrafficWise group came to campus to give a presentation to the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Institute of Transportation Engineers student chapters. Ryan Overton, Ph.D., invited Mr. Cox to present on the uses of intelligent transportation systems to relieve traffic congestion and improve safety.
Claude Goguen and Marti Harrell from the National Precast Concrete Association gave a guest lecture on Precast Concrete to the Civil Engineering Materials class.
Bill Barry, Ph.D., and Gary Greene, Ph.D., hosted the Asphalt Pavement Association of Indiana scholarship committee.
The Remnant Trust will be on display during the month of February every Tuesday and Wednesday from 12:00 – 3:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Wells Gallery in Taylor Hall.
2/18: Humanities Symposia: Rev. Thomas Smith will present Living Forward: Democracy in America Today - Wells Theater at 3:30 p.m.
2/19: Pep Band double-header men’s/women’s basketball game – 5:15 – 10:30 p.m.
2/22: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
2/23: The Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble Concert “Songs of the Sea” will be performed in the Dale Hughes Auditorium at 3 p.m.
2/25: Humanities Symposia: Dr. Dolores Tichenor will present I Didn’t Like History Until It Was My Own: The 3 T’s of Genealogy – Wells Theater at 3:30 p.m.
2/26: Advising Workshop for all Faculty in Fabiani Theatre
2/26 & 27: Senior Salute Main Campus and SPS Angola
2/27: Midterm Grades due at midnight
3/03-07: Spring Break
3/10 -14: Academic Advising
3/17: Summer & Fall Registration begins