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ACADEMIC YEAR 2010-2011 HIGHLIGHTS

  • BCET's enrollment in Fall 2010 was 3,051 majors, who registered for a credit hour count of 18,926. As compared to Fall 2006, this constituted 22% more students and 11.72% more credit hours.
    • 24.45% are graduate students
    • 34% are from underrepresented groups
    • Number of females was up 1.8% over the previous Fall
    • Number of full-time students was up 4.61% over the previous Fall
    • Largest percentage of out-of-state students of all colleges
  • In AY 2009-2010, ODU awarded 287 bachelor's degrees in engineering and engineering technology, 220 master's and 31 Ph.D. degrees in engineering. A total of 538 degrees were conferred.
    • 34% are from underrepresented groups
    • 16% are females
  • NSF rankings, based on total research expenditures for FY 2010:
    • Engineering overall was number 64, up from 69 in FY 2009
    • Aerospace Engineering was number 19, up from 24 in FY 2009
    • Electrical Engineering was number 50, up from 51 in FY 2009
    • Mechanical Engineering was number 98 - now in the top 100
  • In 2010, BCET faculty produced 515 technical publications: 143 journal articles, 16 book chapters, 3 books, 246 papers in conference proceedings, and 107 reports.
  • Membership of the BCET Dean's Advisory Board is 36. Membership of BCET Corporate Circle is now 20.

SELECT FACULTY NOTABLES

  • Dr. Ravi Joshi was selected as an Eminent Scholar of Old Dominion University
  • Dr. Steve Knisley appointed Associate Editor, J. Cardiovascular Engineering & Technology
  • Dr. Sach Albin was selected as the recipient of ODU Doctoral Mentor Award 2010
  • Dr. Shannon Bowling was selected as the recipient of ODU Teaching with Technology Award 2010

SELECT STUDENT AND ALUMNI NOTABLES

  • In ASNE Day 2010, William Rice (ME-marine engineering) was awarded the 1st place in the student poster competition. Mr. Rice also received the overall highest score awarded for both graduate and undergraduate posters presented
  • Mihail T. Cutitaru a Computer E. student was awarded $2,000 from Tau Beta Pi, for his senior year of engineering study.
  • Rodney Douglas of Virginia Beach, Richard Schaefer of Evansville, Ind., and Anthony Gontarz of Phoenix - all seniors, majoring in EE designed affordable solar lamp for use in developing countries.
  • Nate Laverdure, J.T. Meadows, Michael Porter, and Paul Macchia majoring in ME, spent three weeks designing and building a mount for a fishing rod for a wheelchair to grant a wish for a local man with brain cancer.
  • Three ECE seniors, Rodney Douglas, Richard Schaefer, and Anthony Gontarz supervised by Dr. Albin design an affordable solar lamp for use in developing countries. The prototypes are planned to be tested in Haiti.
  • ME major Jonathan Plisco was named Associated Press All-American. Jonathan Plisco is the first ever Football ODU All-American.
  • Ersin Ancel, a Ph.D. student in EMSE, has been awarded a scholarship from the NGInfra Foundation to be a participant in an international think tank on infrastructure security issues in the Netherlands.
  • Basim Matrood, doctoral student in ME has been chosen to be one of five students chosen to present research on "Development of Dynamic Environment Simulation Laboratory: Repetitive Impact Test." at the fifth annual Graduate Student Research Forum in Richmond Feb. 10, 2010.
  • SAE Mini Baja team participated in 2009 national competition at Burlington, Wisconsin.
  • Steven Hans, who received his Ph.D. in ME from ODU in August 2007, created a computer model to calculate at what point damage to a baby's eye would occur following an incident of abuse.
  • Blake Bristol, who graduated from ODU in December 2008 and now works at Dominion Virginia Power, continues to lead the team, which is off again to the latest Baja Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) contest in Burlington, Wisconsin.
  • Jodi Gidley, ME'94, senior vice president, Mid-Atlantic Operations, for AGL Resources, and president of three of its subsidiaries, was named BCET's distinguished alum.
  • Dr. Christina Belcastro, ME'81, ME'86, was selected Engineer of the Year 2010, by the Peninsula Engineers Club.
  • George Sadler CE'72 and ENMA'91 was inducted to Hardy Cross Hall of Fame.
  • Marine Capt. Brian Adams, a BCET alum, received Marine Corps. NFO award.

SELECT COLLEGE NOTABLES

  • B.S. in Modeling and Simulation Engineering has been approved by SCHEV.
  • The proposal for the creation of a new Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization Engineering (MSVE) Department was approved by the Board of Visitors. Hence, the Department of Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Engineering has been established. Initial cadre of MSVE faculty has been identified.
  • Graduate program assessment process was refined by introducing new program-specific measures and assessment forms.
  • Dean's Doctoral Fellowship program was developed and implemented.
  • Dean's Faculty Development Grants program was developed and implemented.
  • Princeton Review cited ODU in the Top 50 Game Design Programs in North America.

SELECT RECRUITMENT, RETENTION, AND OUTREACH NOTABLES

  • Through collaboration with the Office of Diversity, we initiated the Pathway Retention Awards, a scholarship program designed to provide assistance to underrepresented engineering or engineering technology students who are on their journey to success.
  • In cooperation with the Office of Housing and Residence Life, we initiated a new Engineering Living and Learning Community that will bring together first-year female engineering students in a residential environment to provide encouragement and support in pursuing a career in engineering.
  • More than 50 students, staff, faculty, AB members from BCET helped in the building of a house on Lambert's point for Habitat for Humanity.
  • ECE faculty are the organizers of IEEE sponsored 37th International Conference of Plasma Science (ICOPS 2010) which is expected to bring over 500 attendees to Norfolk in June.
  • The Solar Decathlon team of Sustainable Development Institute (ODU) and Architectural School of Hampton University was selected by National Renewable Energy Labs to be one of 20 teams to compete in Washington for a sustainable, solar-powered house. They will receive $100K from DOE.
  • BCET participated in the organization of 2010 Virginia Science and Engineering Fair, April 2, 2010.
  • BCET participated in the organization of 2010 Tidewater Science Fair, March 13, 2010.
  • Hosted the two day Annual Engineering Open House/Design Contest and Womengineers Day event with 100 guests from 11 schools and the support of 75 student and faculty volunteers.
  • Coordinated and hosted FIRST Lego League Tournament with 15 teams and over 70 volunteers.
  • Connected engineering student organizations with mentoring opportunities assisting FIRST Lego League and FIRST Robotics teams in local elementary through high schools.
  • Initiated the efforts to start chapters of AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) and Engineers Without Borders (EWB).
  • BCET is one of seven schools to win donation of technology training equipment from Siemens valued at $33,000.
  • Provided Marine Engineering Awards with NSF sponsorship to 11 undergraduate and 12 graduate students (a 35% increase over last year).
  • Increased enrollment in P.E. review courses by 44%.
  • Electrical Engineering P.E. prep course was redone in new format to become the first continuing education course to be offered via distance learning.
  • Hosted successful Engineering Unplugged conference (April 13th) featuring Governor Bob McDonnell as the keynote speaker and large number of attendees.