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June 2020: College of Computing, Engineering and Construction NEWSLETTER

Dr. Klostermeyer presents the inaugural newsletter for the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction (CCEC)

Inaugural Newsletter

June 2016: UNF technology students some of the best bang for their buck

UNF is ranked No. 39 overall, with an annual ROI of 12.2 percent. It's tied with the likes of CUNY Queens College, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, University of Massachusetts Lowell Campus, and University of Minnesota Twin Cities.


2016 Article


December 2015: UNF Partners with Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain to Establish 3-D Printing Polymer Lab

The University of North Florida and MD&D Global Services, LLC, part of Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain, have partnered to establish the 3-D Printing and Netshape Technologies Center Polymer Laboratory at UNF. The new lab, in the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, is dedicated to the study, analysis, research and development of 3-D printing technologies.


The allocation of the 3-D Printing Laboratory space, housed in the Science and Engineering Building at UNF, will provide cooperative educational and research opportunities for University undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty researchers in the engineering, chemistry, biology and physics disciplines. The Laboratory will also assist MD&D Global Services, LLC in its efforts to personalize health care delivery through 3-D printing technologies.


"The collaboration represents an extraordinary opportunity for our students to work on the cutting edge of one of the most important technological advances in manufacturing," said Dr. Mark Tumeo, dean of the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction at UNF. "It also shows just how nationally recognized UNF is becoming."


The College of Computing, Engineering and Construction at UNF offers exciting and demanding degree programs that lead to highly rewarding careers. One of the College's hallmarks is the interaction of the faculty with students on research projects. Faculty is committed to preparing students to make significant contributions to their chosen professions and the Northeast Florida region and beyond.


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.

Grand Opening (November 20th 2015)

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News Links

WJCT Public Radio Story

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June 2015: Mars Rover Club takes 6th place at National Competition

UNF's Mars Rover club came in 6th place in the NASA Robotic Mining Competition beating out Florida schools UF and FIT as well as MIT and Cornell.


Visit the Mars Rover Club Facebook page.

Mars Rover


Students working on Mars Rover


Mars Rover at NASA competition

March 2015: FDOT Presents Check to UNF

Jacksonville - Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is presenting the University of North Florida with a check today at 2 p.m. for FDOT's part in winning a national competition for best transportation project in America. The check presentation is at FDOT's Urban Office located at 2198 Edison Avenue, off Interstate 10 and Stockton Street.


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The project was the emergency repairs on the Mathews Bridge completed in late 2013 after a ship struck the main span. The $3.8 million in repairs were completed 12 days ahead of schedule and the bridge reopened to traffic 33 days after the impact.


Florida's Mathews Bridge was entered in the nationwide competition with nine other projects including the $6.3 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge replacement. The sponsors of the contest were the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


FDOT won the People's Choice Award for garnering the most votes in on-line voting with more than 300,000 cast for the Mathews Bridge. The cash prize is being presented to UNF to support scholarships or transportation-related research in its' College of Computing, Engineering and Construction headed by Dean Mark A. Tumeo. This is the second time that FDOT has presented UNF with its winnings from the national competition having won for the reconstruction of the I-10 and I-95 interchange in 2011.

February 2015: UNF Osprey Racing team visits Daytona Speedway

Many thanks to WWGay who provided tickets to the Osprey Student Race Team to tour the Daytona Speedway on Sunday, February 15.


Thumbs up to Joshua D. Meyers a UNF Alumnus of our Sports Management program and an employee at Daytona who organized the behind the scenes Garage Tour.


Double thumbs up to Don White, IAM Racing, Inc., who organized the entire day's activities and connected with personal racing crew chiefs to make the day interesting and exciting. Among many highlights during the day was a meet-and-greet with Richard Buck, Managing Director of NASCAR, who took the group to one of the racecar check points and described the high-level diagnostic equipment used to check each vehicle before racing.


It was an incredible day, great opportunity to learn and see first-hand how engineering has become a critical component to the success of NASCAR competitions.


outside daytona


meeting at daytona


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January 2015: UNF Construction Management students win awards at the 2015 NAHB competition

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The NAHB Student Chapters program awarded David Hacker, Outstanding Industry Advisory Board Member at an award ceremony held at the 2015 NAHB International Builders' Show in Las Vegas in January.


A NAHB builder member serving on the Construction Management, Industry Advisory Board at a university/college is recognized for outstanding service and volunteerism. Student and industry relations is a vital part of the student's educational experience.


More than 75,000 builders, remodelers, students, faculty members and suppliers packed the aisles at the 2015 International Builders' Show, Design & Construction Week.


"Congratulations to the David" said Jerry Howard, CEO of NAHB. "David demonstrates a dedication to the field of teaching and helping students achieve their very best at the University of North Florida." Howard acted as Master of Ceremonies during the student Awards Ceremony at the Show.


David is slated to become chairman of the Advisory board at the University of North Florida in 2016. During his tenure he has chaired the Industry Involvement and Curriculum committees. Mr. Hacker serves on the board of directors of his local home builders association, Northeast Florida Builders Association. His role has resulted in students placed with builders for internships and jobs, securing sponsorship and funding for the program.




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The NAHB Student Chapters program awarded the University of North Florida, Outstanding Student Chapter at an award ceremony held at the 2015 NAHB International Builders' Show in Las Vegas in January.


This award, sponsored by the NAHB Leading Suppliers, recognizes student chapters for their outstanding achievements in chapter activities, green programs, diversity and activities with their local builders association.


More than 75,000 builders, remodelers, students, faculty members and suppliers packed the aisles at the 2015 International Builders' Show, Design & Construction Week.


"Congratulations to the University of North Florida" said Jerry Howard, CEO of NAHB. "This student chapter demonstrates excellence in campus and community involvement." Howard acted as Master of Ceremonies during the student Awards Ceremony at the Show.


The UNF Team consisted of:

  • David Hacker, Faculty Advisor
  • Aubrey Ballard
  • Michael Godoy
  • Andrew Kittrell
  • John Vega
  • Adam Ross
  • Connor Duhon

NAHB Residential Construction Management Competition website


NAHB Residential Construction Management Competition Team List

August 2014: Don and Carol Ditzenberger Endowed Fellowship

Donald W. and Carol S. Ditzenberger posing in front of blue background

Donald W. and Carol S. Ditzenberger


Don and Carol were high school sweethearts who met in physics class while living in Miami, Florida. Carol's parents were educators, and her father -- the Chair of the Geology Department at the University of Miami -- was the person who encouraged her to take the class that brought them together. While Carol was drawn to biology and music, Don became a civil engineer and it was his professional career in private practice that brought them to Jacksonville in 1977.


Don's career includes a broad range of professional, technical, and civic involvement. The following represents a few of these activities. He joined the Florida Engineering Society (FES) in 1969, moving through the chairs of the Broward County Chapter and serving as President in 1982. He was honored as the Chapter's Engineer of the Year in 1984 and was elected to FES Fellow Membership in 1985. Since joining FES, he has served on and/or chaired numerous state and local committees, including service as FES Regional Vice President. His dedication to the technical advancement of the engineering profession is typified by service in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) serving as President and Director of the Broward County Branch including service on the ASCE National Highway Planning and Economics Committee for six years. He is a life Member of FES and ASCE. Awards include FES Engineer of the Year in 1990, FES Outstanding Service to the Engineering Profession in 1995, the James F. Shivler, Jr. PE Award for Outstanding Service to the Engineering Profession in 1997 and the FES Inaugural Legend Award in 2012.


In order to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the founding of FES in 1991, Don authored "FES: The First Seventy-Five Years", a history of the major events of the initial seventy-five years of FES which was published in the July 1991 issue of FES Journal. Subsequently, as FES Historian, Don updated this history for the 90th Anniversary in 2006, and again in 2016 when FES celebrated its Centennial Anniversary. Don served 25 years as Historian and is now recognized as FES Historian Emeritus.


Don has been active in both civic and community affairs serving 3 years on the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Transportation Action Committee, 5 years on the Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Chamber of Commerce Highways and Streets Task Force, 18 years as a private practice member of the Florida DOT Manual on Uniform Minimum Standards for Streets and Highways "Green Book" Committee, more than 37 years as an active participant in the FES MATHCOUNTS competition for middle school students, and 2 years as Private Industry Sponsor for the Broward County Ely High School Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS).


Carol was an integral part of the FES' Auxiliary Advisory Practice Section and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), serving as the Southeast Regional Auxiliary Vice President and FES Auxiliary State President. She was a Girl Scout Leader from 1964-1973 and served as a Supervisor until 1976. In 2020, the Northeast Florida Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society created the Don and Carol Ditzenberger UNF Scholarship in their honor.


In the late 1990's, Don brought his commitment to the profession and involvement in the community to UNF where he joined the Engineering Advisory Council (EAC) for the School of Engineering, serving as Chair from 2009-2011. Here he helped to bring financial and volunteer support from the local engineering community to the University and, through his leadership, the EAC established an endowed scholarship.


In honor of Don's leadership and contributions, UNF has recognized him as an Honorary Alumnus. Although semi-retired for a few years now, they continue to give time, energy and passion to organizations and the engineering profession. Don's role as Historian continues at UNF where he has become our Officiate for the Order of the Engineer ceremonies providing the history of this ring ceremony and the Code of Conduct which individuals accept as they become engineers.


In 2014, they established an endowed fellowship within the UNF Taylor Engineering Research Institute for a masters student in the coastal and port program. "We think it's important to give back, and we appreciate having the opportunity to help others realize their hopes and dreams for a better life," Don said. Don and Carol's passion for the value of an education has led them to generously include their fellowship at UNF in their estate planning.


Don and Carol spent their free time hiking the National Parks and reading. Carol has had special expertise in sewing, while Don enjoys a wide range of woodworking activities.

July 2014: UNF Engineering students fix aging SWAT robot

students with robot

A powerful crime-fighting tool is again ready to serve, thanks to UNF electrical engineering students. The Clay County SWAT Team reached out to UNF after its 35-year-old robot, called the Unicorn, stopped working. Watch the WJXT Ch. 4 video. Learn more and see more video at the UNF Spinnaker.

June 2014: Osprey Racing Documentary

Osprey Racing team

Watch the Osprey Racing documentary, "Looking Forward." The short video reviews the history and aspirations of Osprey Racing, a non-profit chapter of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). This group of University of North Florida students are designing and building a formula race car to compete internationally against other universities.


Looking Forward Video

June 2014: Building Construction Student Uses Skills on HGTV's 'Flipping the Block'

John and Whitney headshot


UNF junior in Construction Management, John Spinks, and his wife, Whitney, are part of the Season 1 cast on HGTV's "Flipping the Block."


John uses his construction skills to transform a run-down condo into a move-in ready showpiece. 

June 2014: UNF Engineering Students are "Out of This World"

On 12 June 2014, a team of UNF Engineering students took flight aboard a NASA "Reduced Gravity Operations" aircraft to perform their experiments exploring how fluid, like blood, moves at very low flow-rates. NASA selected only 19 project teams to participate in this program from schools across the nation.


The Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program operated by NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas, provides the unique "weightless" environment of space flight for testing and training. This capability provides an ideal environment for the development and verification of space hardware, experiments, and crew training.


kid floating in zero gravity


three students posing with UNF sign


students floating and a camera man

March 2014: Student engineering team reaches for the stars

Mechanical engineering students Chelsea Partridge, a junior, and Jimmy Beeler, a senior, are among a team of engineering students that were selected by NASA to fly aboard the agency's G Force One aircraft to conduct experiments. 

February 2014: UNF Construction Management students win second-place at NAHB competition

people posing in front of a sign that says Residential Construction Management Competition

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Student Chapters Residential Construction Management Competition is one of the highlights of the annual International Builders' Show. The competition gives students the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to a real construction company by completing a management project/proposal. Proposals are submitted to a group of construction company executives who act as judges. During the convention, students defend their proposals to the judges in front of an audience. The students were given a problem statement in October and were required to submit the proposal in early January. The students' proposals were graded by a panel of industry leaders including this year's sponsor, Oakwood Homes. The students then traveled to Las Vegas where they presented on February 5th to the panel and defended their proposal.


The UNF Team (left to right in the above photo) consisted of:

  • David Hacker, Faculty Advisor
  • Scott Sullivan, Senior
  • Jeannette Saliba, Fall 2013 grad
  • Sam Giordano, Senior
  • Alex Hepler, Senior

The UNF Construction Management team placed second in the national competition! We are excited to see our UNF students preform so well in such an impressive field of Universities. This validates all of the hard work that they have dedicated toward their studies and this competition. We are so proud of them!




people standing onstage and smiling

The UNF Student Competition team placed second in the nation competing against the following schools:

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Brigham Young University Idaho (ID)
  • California Polytechnic State Univ. San Luis Obispo (CA)
  • California State University Long Beach (CA)
  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Dunwoody College (MN)
  • East Carolina University (NC)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Illinois State University (IL)
  • Louisiana State University (LA)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Middle Tennessee State University (TN)
  • Minnesota State University- Mankato (MN)
  • North Dakota State University (ND)
  • Northern Kentucky University(KY)
  • Penn State University (PA)
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology (PA)
  • Pittsburg State University(KS)
  • Purdue University(IN)
  • Purdue University North Central (IN)
  • South Dakota State University(SD)
  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • Texas State University(TX)
  • University of Denver (CO)
  • University of Florida (FL)
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst(MA)
  • University of Nebraska Kearney(NE)
  • University of Nebraska Lincoln(NE)
  • University of North Texas(TX)
  • University of Washington (WA)
  • University of Wisconsin Stout (WI)
  • Utah Valley University (UT)
  • Western Carolina University(NC)

February 2014: UNF Engineering students use 3D modeling to rapid prototype steering gearbox for Osprey Racing

UNF School of Engineering students, members of the Formula SAE Osprey Racing Chapter, designed and constructed a prototype for a 90-degree, steering gearbox using 3D CAD/CAM software and a 3D printer.



September 2013: UNF School of Computing students recognized with UPE Scholarship Awards

The Executive Council of Upsilon Pi Epsilon evaluates scholarship applications from both undergraduate and graduate students in the computer and information disciplines.  Each applicant is required to submit a comprehensive application form that includes a statement of long-term goals for the profession, a summary of contributions to an UPE chapter, and related student activities.  Applicants are also required to submit all college-level transcripts as well as a recommendation from the UPE faculty adviser.


For 2013, two UNF School of Computing students, Lisa Beth Lamontagne and Joseph Allen Hoeppner, were awarded UPE Scholarships. 


The College of Computing, Engineering & Construction congratulates Ms. Lamontagne and Mr. Hoeppner on their recognition. 


July 2013: UNF Engineering Students Win at PCI Big Beam Contest

group of people smiling

The University of North Florida student Civil Engineering teams were selected as the regional winners (1st and 2nd) of the 2013 Engineering Student Design Award, also known as the Big Beam Contest, by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI). The team also placed sixth in the national competition, coming home with a grand total of $1,250 in award monies, provided by the SIKA Corporation and PCI.


people smiling outside

The 1st place winning team of UNF, sponsored by Gate Precast, included graduate student George El-Gharib who was the team captain and beam designer. In addition, the team included undergraduate students Kirk Philips, who also helped in the design and testing, and Hector Flores, who helped in the testing. The 2nd place winning team included team captain, William Vaughn, and Douglas Rhatigan and Willard Casale.


person with a staircase

Dr. Adel El Safty, associate professor of civil engineering, served as the team's faculty adviser. He taught the students the pre-stressed concrete design and calculations as well as coordinating with PCI and Gate Precast. The beam activities represent a component of Dr. El Safty's course of prestressed concrete. University alumnus Tim Morgan and Sam Attallah assisted in beam set up and testing, while Tom Newton, Gate Precast's vice president of operations, served as the team's PCI producer.


The competition objective is for teams of students to design, fabricate, and test a precast, pre-stressed concrete beam with the help of local precast concrete producer members. Prizes are awarded based on efficient design, design accuracy, most accurate prediction of maximum load capacity and other categories.

May 2013: UNF students participate in the ACE Mentor Program of Northeast Florida

Northeast Florida Affiliate Has Great Success with Alumni Participation

During the 2012-13 school year, the ACE Mentor Program of Northeast Florida had three ACE alumni (Corina Cain, Jonathan Miller, and Mercelin Etienne) - all University of North Florida students - returning to mentor ACE students. They also brought along with them three other UNF students (Stephen Cowdery, Margarita Hernandez, and Alborz Roshangat) to mentor who had never been involved in the program.


As in years past, these alumni students were each awarded scholarships at the year-end event on May 10th because of their continued involvement in the program. In addition, we awarded the new UNF student mentors scholarships. In all, nearly $5,000 was given to these valuable student mentors.


Award recipients holding checks

Pictured: Corina Cain, Alborz Roshangat, Mercelin Etienne, Margarita Hernandez and Stephen Cowdery


Mercelin Etienne says, "I am very fortunate to have had such a wonderful experience with the ACE Mentor Program as an ACE alumnus and a returning mentor. It has had an enormous impact on me in many ways, changing the way I look at the world and connecting me with people and events far beyond my formerly limited experience. I am extremely glad to have had this opportunity. Through this program, I was very fortunate to get internship and scholarship opportunities. To show my appreciation for ACE, I dedicate my time every year as a mentor because I know I can make a difference in a student's life. I never forget how far I came from. ACE has opened many doors that allowed me to pursue my future goals. The ACE Mentor Program is beyond a doubt one of the best mentoring program for students interested in pursuing a career in the construction industry."


"Being an ACE student for two years and then returning for the second time, I have been on the receiving end of what ACE can do. I was able to network with many professionals in the industry and the money that I got from going through ACE helped me continue with my college degree in civil engineering. ACE also helps students find out what type of engineer they want to be by exposing them to many different types of engineering," says Jonathan Miller.


"Mentoring for the ACE program helped me gain important lessons in life such as patience and team work," said first-year mentor, Alborz Roshangat.


Another first-time ACE mentor, Margarita Hernandez, puts it this way, "In 2009, I was a freshmen studying civil engineering at the University of North Florida and began my involvement with outreach programs for STEM degrees. I have been a head of events such as Expand Your Horizons, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, Lego Robotics and many more. ACE provided me with a different prospective on how our current businesses gathered together to provide an influential pathway for the younger generation. Through the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Chapter at UNF, I was able to invite more students to partake as mentors. Thanks to the ACE mentoring program for the opportunity to influence others."


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Career Directions for Students in Architecture, Construction and Engineering

January 2013: School of Engineering Recognition from Mentoring Families and Kids

two people smiling with plaques

The School of Engineering received recognition from Mentoring Families and Kids, Inc., a local non-profit organization, during their annual appreciation banquet. The department was awarded for being one of their 2012 Community Sponsors. Deryl Jones, UNF National Society of Black Engineers Chapter accepted the plaque and certificate on behalf of the department. The organization awarded the department for their "Commitment to community service and unparalleled support of Mentoring Families and Kids, Inc."

September 2012: UNF-CCEC Research Colloquium Series: Dr. Don Resio

The UNF-CCEC Research Colloquium Series presents Dr. Don Resio, Professor and Director of the Taylor Engineering Research Institute, on "Innovations, Computations and Engineering for Assessing Coastal Risk and Improved Risk Mitigation," at noon on Friday, 07 September 2012, in Building 039, Room 3063.



Coastal disasters have long been a major concern for the lives and livelihoods of coastal inhabitants and the socio-economic development of communities in low-lying, highly-populated coastal areas around the world. It is now widely recognized that the consequences of such disasters are not confined only to areas near coasts but can have devastating effects on the social and economic well-being of entire countries. The growing need to deal with this potential devastation represents a great challenge to scientists, engineers, emergency managers, coastal planners and decision-makers within the US and around the world. Evidence will be offered here that solutions to problems of this magnitude require a combination of three key elements of science and technology coming together: innovation, computation, and engineering.


Beginning with a review of the evolution of the climate of technological innovation since the 1950s, I will develop the case for a needed infusion of innovation into many areas of engineering dealing with environmental problems, a need highlighted by the effects of recent disasters of exceptional magnitude around the globe, such as the December 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia, hurricanes along the US Gulf and Atlantic coasts, and the Japanese tsunami affecting the Fukushima nuclear power plant. I consider here three aspects of needed improvements for reducing the effects of natural disasters in coastal areas:

  • Improved reduction of risk via improved risk assessment tools;
  • Improved mitigation of hazards and consequences during events; and
  • Improved mitigation of consequences during post-event recovery.

Solutions to complex problems are simplified by the identification of canonical problems which prevent existing methods/systems from providing satisfactory results. My example for the first "bullet" above will be to show how revised analysis methods for quantifying flood hazards, based on a combination of reformulated statistics and high-performance computing tools, has markedly changed the manner in which future coastal infrastructure is being designed. For the second "bullet," it will be shown that a totally new system was needed to resolve critical logistics and time constraints during levee/dam breaching events with the added complication that such a system had to be able to resist extreme forces produced by water flowing through such breaches. For the third "bullet," it will be shown that a simple adaptation to earlier causeway and river systems could greatly improve the functionality and deployability of such systems. All three of these systems have now been tested and are being used within the US.

August 2012 CCEC Faculty & Staff Highlights

Dr. Adel El Safty serves as the faculty advisor in the annual Precast Concrete Institute Big Beam Design Contest. Civil Engineering students Andrew Isildar, Matthew Graeff and Adam Dooley were quite successful in their concrete beam design. They won first place in Zone 6 beating other university teams such as: University of South Florida, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina - Charlotte, University of Florida, University of Tennessee, Georgia Institute of Technology, Florida International University, University of Central Florida, and other schools in the zone/region.


The UNF student team went on to place 4th in the nation beating, Lehigh University, California State University, Chico, and University of Western Ontario among others.


The Gate Precast Company sponsored the student team and fabricated the beam designed by the students. Tim Morgan, UNF civil engineering graduate, assisted with the beam testing.

The School of Computing is pleased to announce that Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), the international computing sciences honor society, awarded academic scholarships of $1000 each to Deepa Komathukattil, a graduate student, and Evgeniva Bell, an undergraduate student. Twenty six scholarships were awarded to applicants who applied from the two hundred sixty chapters worldwide. Dr. Robert Roggio serves as the UPE faculty advisor.

The 2012 School of Computing TLO Summer Internship is a community-based learning opportunity for students. Students apply the knowledge and techniques they have learned in the classroom to help local community partners to develop a website for their organization. Students participating in the TLO program received scholarship award of $1000. This program is managed by Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan and Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy. This program is funded by TLO funds from UNF Undergraduate Studies Office.


On August 6, 2012, TLO interns presented website developed for their clients. Student presentations and website was assessed by three panel judges. Judges were Matt Stueck (CTO, ICS), Jen Hyde (Owner & CEO of Acqylla Public Relations & Communications and Communications Assistant for the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida), and Ms. Lisa Jamba (Senior Instructor, School of Computing, UNF).

For more information regarding this TLO Internship program, please visit:

Please join in welcoming Mr. Walt Schuller to the CCEC Research Technology Services staff. Mr. Schuller is joining us with considerable experience in industry as an electrical engineer, broadcast engineer, network administrator, and systems administrator. Mr. Schuller has also served over 16 years as an adjunct in the School of Computing, teaching courses such as introduction to computer hardware, computer architecture, network and distributed processing. Mr. Schuller will be serving primarily in the School of Computing as a technical specialist in Linux.

August 2012: UNF Computing student receives "High Altitude" award by ICS, Inc.

Fred Wehle and ICS CEO, Jorge Morales


UNF Computing Student Fred Wehle was the first intern ever to be presented the High Altitude Award by ICS, Inc. The High Altitude Award is designed to recognize employees who exhibit a high level of performance and whose unique contributions and accomplishments reflect ICS's core values relating to customer service, excellence, innovation, and teamwork. Fred Wehle received this award after going above and beyond to resolve a technical issue for an upcoming significant demonstration. Fred answered the call for help - after his internship hours were long fulfilled for the day - and did not bat an eye, proceeding to walk a coworker through the steps to figure out what was going on. The results were positive, as the demonstration went flawlessly and closed the momentous deal.

July 2012 CCEC Faculty & Staff Highlights

The College welcomes new faculty members:

  • Dr. Peter Bacopoulos, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering (Coastal)
  • Dr. William Dally, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering (Coastal) - starting in January 2013
  • Dr. Murat Al, Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Computing

Dr. David Lambert (BCM) and Dr. Pat Welsh (SoE) recently received a $5,000 grant from NOAA for the "Development of a Real-time, Location-based Learning System Model for RABOB in GTMNERR". The EMMAPS Lab team, which includes Mr. Terry Smith (RTS) and Mr. Robert Richardson (RTS), will be developing and evaluating an innovative STEM education approach that will leverage the real-time data from the team's water quality buoys. Partners in the project include the St. Johns County Water Quality Science Academy and the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA).


B. Poiencot and Dr. Chris Brown published their paper, "Evaluation of Carbon Dioxide Transportation Deployment Alternatives for Florida, USA", Florida Scientist, 75(2), 73-86, July, 2012.


people in orange shirts

The UNF School of Engineering, African American Faculty & Staff Association (AAFSA), and the African American Student Union (AASU) hosted during June - July, five weeks of "Crossing Bridges" for Team Up summer 4th - 8th grade campus visits. Team Up is an association through The Bridge of Northeast Florida and is the leading dropout prevention organization helping kids successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life. UNF's "Crossing Bridges" facilitated over 300 Team Up students with activities about science, math, and engineering, exercise and physical fitness, as well as nutrition and healthy eating habits and body image. Ms. Kathie Carswell, SoE Outreach Coordinator, served as the UNF focal point for this program.


teacher in front of class

The School of Engineering in conjunction with the UNF National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Chapter and Mentoring Families and Kids, Inc. / National Society of Black Engineers Jr. Chapter, a local non-profit organization hosted their first Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Conference on Friday, 13 July 2012 at the Student Union. The conference was aimed at introducing 150 elementary and middle school students (specifically 3rd through 8th graders) to educational and career opportunities in STEM fields. The conference was a one-day event with hands-on workshops, robotics and Rubik's cube activities facilitated by members from the Jacksonville Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast (NAVFAC) and the School of Engineering mechanical and electrical engineering students. Ms. Kathie Carswell, SoE Outreach Coordinator, also served as the UNF focal point for this program.


Dr. Ken Martin has been selected to Chair a Computing Accreditation Commission/ABET accreditation visit to evaluate a computer science program at a U.S. university. He has also been selected to be a Member of a CAC/ABET accreditation visit to evaluate two information systems' programs at a Southeast Asian university.


Dr. Charles Winton, an invited attendee to the July 2012 Global Conference on Educational Robotics, was appointed President for KISS Institute for Practical Robotics beginning 2013.


Dr. Robert Roggio, Tetiana Bilyayevaand, James R. Comer presented and published their paper, "Everyday Cloud Computing with SaaS", at the 2012 Software Engineering Research and Practice Conference, July 2012.

June 2012 CCEC Faculty & Staff Highlights

Dr. Mag Malek served as an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Competition Judge for all American Contractors in our regional area. Project competition categories were Commercial, Industrial, Renovations, Green Construction and Project of the Year. Projects ranged from below $ 5 million to above $250 million and included overseas construction. 


racing team with the car


Students of the UNF chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers successfully competed at the Michigan International Speedway. This is the first time UNF has competed in the Formula SAE annual competition. The UNF racing team finished ~80 out of ~120 competitors. Congratulations to the student team for an outstanding competition on their very first try. Dr. John Nuszkowski serves as team advisor.


Ms. Blanca Franco, Civil Engineering student, was awarded a $2,500 first prize in an essay contest sponsored by the Florida Concrete and Materials Association. Dr. Chris Brown served as her advisor in the competition.

Jeffrey Lam, Dr. Susan Y. Vasana, and Dr. Zornitza Prodanoff published their paper, “Preserving Useful Info While Reducing Noise of Physiological Signals Using Wavelet Analysis”, in the Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering (iCBBE2012), May 2012. Also, Dr. Susan Y. Vasana served as the Session Chair on Bio-Signal Processing and Analysis at the 6th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering (iCBBE2012.)


Dr. Asai Asaithambi recently completed ABET Program Evaluator Accreditation training for Computer Science, May 18-20, 2012. Also, Dr. Asai Asaithambi presented a talk, “Teaching Computing in a Cultural Context to Native Americans,” at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences’ Multidisciplinary Conference at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, May 27-31, 2012.


Dr. Bob Roggio participated in the 2012 International Intercollegiate Programming Contest (World Finals) in Warsaw, Poland in early June where 112 three-person programming teams from college and universities around the world pitted their skills in an intense five-hour programming contest. The 2012 contest was hosted by the University of Warsaw and was sponsored by IBM, Several levels of competition (area, region, and continent) starting with over twenty-five thousand students leads to the final 112 teams. Next year the contest will be held in Saint Petersburg, Russia.


Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy presented his findings from the Digging into Human Rights Violations research project in a panel presentation to faculty and students of Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University, London, Canada. Dr. Umapathy also took part in series of meetings with experts from Western University on the topic of natural language processing, computational linguistics, machine learning, visual analytics, and user-centered systems design.


Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy was recognized as one of the 2012 “Movers and Shakers” of Northeast Florida by the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce of Northeast Florida for his contributions to the entrepreneurial community. Dr. Umapathy was presented with “Movers and Shakers 2012” plaque during the Indo-US Chamber Annual Gala Fair on June 2, 2012.


people with hard hats on

Civil Engineering students won big in the “Big Beam” design contest sponsored by the Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) and SIKA Corporation. Two Prestressed Concrete Beams were designed by UNF Civil Engineering students. Gate Precast fabricated the beams and donated them to UNF. The beams were tested in the UNF lab and test results were forwarded to PCI headquarters for competition evaluation. UNF won first place in zone 6 and ranked fourth overall in the national competition. The Dr. Adel El Safty served as the faculty advisor for this event. View the UNF 2012 Big Beam Competition video online.

April 2012: Computing Students Win First at AITP

UNF School of Computing Students Win First Place Award (Yet Again!) in AITP National Collegiate Conference contests

Computing students with their trophy

UNF School of Computing seniors, Thomas Kroning and Cody Ayers, won the highest recognition 1st place award in the AITP national computer programming contest in Graphics Communication, which was held 29 March through 01 April 2012 in San Antonio, TX. The contest tests competitors' skills in web site design and development. Participants in this contest are expected to use state-of-the-art web development tools, including cascading style sheets, script programming, and HTML. UNF students, Owais Saulat (club president) and Cody Ayers, also secured a 3rd place award in this year's Chapter T-Shirt design contest. The Association of Information Technology Professionals hosts its National Collegiate Conference annually. This event has grown substantially in recent years, and, this year, attendees reached a record breaking count of over 700 people representing over 60 universities in the US.

February 2012 CCEC Faculty & Staff Highlights

  • The annual NE Florida Product Showcase was held February 17, 2012. Industries from the Jacksonville area showcased their latest technologies, products and services. Companies participating included…

    Advanced Protection Technologies, Alcan Cable, Brooks Air, Facility Automation Solutions, HDR Engineering, Jacksonville Port Authority, SESCO Lighting, Zabatt Power Systems

  • Dr. Roberto Soares was been selected to be a UNF Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fellow.
  • M. Fagan, Dr. Chris Brown and B. Chabot published their paper "Sustainable Water Management - A Case Study at the Jacksonville Zoo" in the S.E. Jorgenson, C. A. Brebbia, & V. Popov, Water and Society - Wit Transactions in Ecology and The Environment, Witpress, United Kingdom, 2011.
  • Dr. Chris Brown spoke at Creekside High School and Fathers Harbor Academy on engineering careers and the UNF-SAME Model Scale Concrete Canoe Competition for this year. Ms. Kathie Carswell also participated in the Creekside High School visit.
  • Ms. Kathie Carswell, SoE Outreach Coordinator, and UNF engineering students Vincent Haynes, Tony Allen, and alumni Lebogang L. Keakopa participated with the Jacksonville chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) in reaching out to middle and high school students. The students were engaged in engineering projects that encourage math and science development. In addition, these students were exposed to local professionals in the fields of Civil, Aerospace, Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical, Computing Engineering and more. The event was held in the Haskell building.
  • Dr. Paul Eason, SoE, and Dr. Karthik Umapathy, SoC, are featured in a UNF Center for Community-Based Learning (CCBL) video to promote community-based learning within UNF. The video highlights are senior student projects.
  • On February 16th, Dr. Alan Harris and three electrical engineering undergraduate students, Dick Al-Bayaty, Patrick Caldwell and Chris Kellar, conducted an outreach event at St Joseph Academy in St Augustine. Students at the school where introduced to robotics and participated in a demonstration of a subterranean tortoise research robot and a robotic lawnmower.Dr. Don Resio received a $109,338 grant from the Office of Naval Research for research in "Improved Source Term Formulation for Improved Evolutionary Characteristics of Directional Spectra". Dr. Don Resio received a $109,338 grant from the Office of Naval Research for research in "Improved Source Term Formulation for Improved Evolutionary Characteristics of Directional Spectra".
  • Dr. Don Resio received a $109,338 grant from the Office of Naval Research for research in "Improved Source Term Formulation for Improved Evolutionary Characteristics of Directional Spectra".
  • Dr. Susan Vasana arranged for a seminar by Dr. Edgar H. Callaway, Jr on "The Entrepreneurship of IC Design Company: Sunrise Micro Devices". Dr. Callaway is an eminent researcher in wireless networks and holds 42 patents. The presentation was well received by the senior Electrical Engineering students.
  • Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan attended the Florida Campus Compact/UNF Institute, Bridging Community-Based Learning and STEM - Integrated Course Redesign for Effective Learning, UNF, February 24-25, 2012.
  • Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy gave an invited talk on Web technologies titled "Web of Web Things" at the Joe Berg Seminar held at the Museum of Science and History, February 21, 2012. Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy also participated in the Bridging Community-Based Learning and STEM Institute held on February 24 and 25, 2012 at UNF. He participated as a facilitator to guide Florida Campus Compact's STEM Service-Learning Fellows to redesign course incorporating community-based learning components.
  • The second annual Expanding Your Horizons North Florida (EYH NF) conference was held at the University of North Florida (UNF) University Center, Feb 12, 2102. The day-long event was designed to encourage girls in 6th to 8th grade to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The day included hands-on activities for students in areas such as computing, chemistry, engineering, and optics as well as opportunities to interact with STEM role models and learn more about careers in the STEM fields. Approximately 130 girls and 35 adults from Duval, St. Johns, Clay, and Nassau counties participated. This event was sponsored by Vistakon, South Asian Professional Network Association (SAPNA), the UNF School of Computing, UNF School of Engineering, the UNF Department of Chemistry, the American Chemical Society (ACS), and The American Association of University Women (AAUW).
  • Ms. Lisa Jamba served as the event Co-Chair, Webmaster, & Workshop Leader. Ms. Kathie Carswell was responsible for Publicity. CCEC students Margarita Hernandez, Miranda Johanning, Cecilia McKeon, Stefka Petkova, Jason Baber participated as Workshop Leaders.

January 2012 CCEC Faculty & Staff Highlights

  • Dr. Roberto Soares published his paper, "Biomass - The Smart Way to Reach Fuel Independence", in the International Journal of Business and Social Science, January 2012. Dr. Soares also published a paper, "Change Orders Ordeal: The Output of Project Disintegration", in the International Journal of Business, Humanities and Technology, January 2012.
  • Mr. James Sorce , Dr. Mag Malek, and Mr. Jose J. Murcia published their paper, "Overview of Emerging Technological Innovations in Construction Management", in the American Institute of Constructors Journal, The American Professional Constructor, January 2012.
  • Dr. Chiu Choi received an International Faculty Travel Grant to travel to Hong Kong to develop a study abroad course. Also, Dr. Choi has been selected to be a UNF STEM Fellow. In this role, he will integrate service learning into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) courses that he teaches.
  • Dr. Adel El Safty received an International Faculty Travel Grant to travel to Italy to develop a study abroad course.
  • Dr. Adel El Safty organized a seminar on Precast Enclosure Systems. The speakers, Brian Griffis and Bob Pavel, have extensive experience in precast concrete systems though the Gate PRECAST COMPANY. Using precast enclosure systems reduces the overall cost of building structures. Approximately 40 students attended the seminar.
  • Fan Xiong, Murat M. Tanik, and Dr. Susan Vasana published their paper, "Visual Analysis of a Cardiovascular System Based on ECG and ABP Signals Using Evolvable Hardware Design", in the Society for Design and Process Science (SDPS) Transactions - Journal of Integrated Design and Process Science, Special Issue on Healthcare Information Visualization and Visual Analytics, December 2011.
  • Dr. Sanjay P. Ahuja and Mr. W. Russell Shore published their paper, "Wireless Transport Layer Congestion Control Evaluation", in the International Journal of Wireless Networks and Broadband Technologies (IJWNBT), Volume 1, Issue 3, December 2011. Also, Dr. Ahuja was appointed Associate Editor of the International Journal of Wireless Networks and Broadband Technologies (IJWNBT). Dr. Ahuja is also currently serving on the International Editorial Review Board of the International Journal of Cloud Applications and Computing (IJCAC).
  • Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan attended the instructor's summit on Botball Educational Robotics, KISS Institute for Practical Robotics, 12 - 15 January 2012. Also, Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan was invited to speak on "Computational Music Research: How Mathematics and AI Is Now Part of Your Everyday Musical Experiences" in the Joe Berg Seminar at the Museum of Science & History, 24 January 2012.
  • Dr. Albert D. Ritzhaupt, Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy and Ms. Lisa Jamba published their paper, "A Study on Services Motivating Computing Professional Association Membership", in the International Journal of Human Capital and Information Technology Professionals, January 2012.
  • Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy will serve as a Co-PI on a research grant involving a US and Canadian team on "Digging into Human Rights Violations: Anaphora Resolution and Emergent Witnesses". The research objective is to develop a methodology to perform automated analysis of large-scale archives of human rights abuses that will reconstruct stories from fragments scattered across a collection, and an interface for navigating those stories. The UNF sub award is for $36,883.
  • Dr. Charles Winton and Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan gave a two day workshop for the high school teams in Jacksonville in preparation for the 2012 Botball Competition, 20 - 21 January 2012 at UNF.

January 2012: ASHE Scholarship Donation

Handing off the check to former President Delaney

Members of the American Society of Highway Engineers present a check for $10,200 to the UNF College of Computing, Engineering and Construction. The organization hosts an annual golf tournament to support the American Society of Highway Engineers Endowed Scholarship at UNF. Two scholarships are awarded annually to students in the civil engineering and construction management programs.

December 2011 CCEC Faculty & Staff Highlights

  • The School of Computing held a Student Symposium on 16 December 2011. Approximately 90 computer science students showcased their academic work in areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Gaming and Mobile Applications, Operating Systems and Legal & Ethical Issues in Computing. Approximately 200 people attended and all participating students received a certificate award. The symposium was co-organized by Ms. Lisa Jamba, Ms. Katherine Brown, Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan, Dr. Sherif Elfayoumy, and Dr. Karthik Umapathy.
  • Dr. Aiyin Jiang received a matching grant offer from the UNF Environmental Center for Solar Panel Thermal Research.
  • Dr. Adel El Safty received a UNF Summer Research Development Grant.
  • Dr. Sanjay Ahuja received a UNF Summer Teaching Development Award.
  • Dr. Alan Harris received a UNF Summer Teaching Development Award.
  • Dr. Chris Brown received a TLO award for a "Sustainable Design Field Camp."
  • Dr. Paul Eason received a TLO award for the "Ghana Project - Developing World Challenges".
  • Mr. James Sorce and Dr. Mag Malek received a TLO award for "Art in Construction - Study Abroad Italy".
  • Mr. Terry Smith arranged a two-day, on-site workshop on Graphisoft ArchiCAD, where UNF's Construction Management faculty received intense training in this computer-aided design (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM) tool from Graphisoft instructor and design expert, Mr. Josh Bone. The event was hosted by UNF Continuing Education and held at the UNF University Center on 15 and 16 December.
  • A seminar on "Design-Build Construction - The I-95 Overpass Connecting Baptist Hospital with the Children's' Hospital", and was presented by Mr. Preston Haskell, Chairman of Haskell Architects and Engineers. Students and faculty from the School of Engineering and the Department of Construction Management attended the presentation.

December 2011: UNF Students Participate in Stem Awareness

College captains for STEM Awareness


University of North Florida CCEC students participated as "College Captains" for the Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) Awareness Program at Englewood High School on December 16, 2011. This event allowed high school students, who have interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math, to learn how the topics relate to everyday real world applications. The CCEC and high school students worked together on building a "newspaper" house, circuit board analysis games, and a "grab bag" future invention exercise that would help solve future problems with society. The three projects led the students to use team work as well as critical thinking in each scenario; by working together they made their ideas into a visual reality.

December 2011: UNF EE alumnus, Noel San Antonio, makes a difference

San Antonio in a classroom in Bulacan


Noel San Antonio, a UNF Electrical Engineering alumnus, is well on the way to accomplishing his dream of building a school to serve the impoverished children of the Filipino farming town of Bulacan.


San Antonio helped inspire and organize friends, family, donors, and the people of Bulacan to make this happen. In 2009, San Antonio organized an expedition of UNF Engineering and Construction Management students to the Philippines to complete construction of Phase II of the school.


Today, the St. Anthony Development and Learning Center of Bulacan in the Philippines provides free education (pre-kindergarten through first grade) to eighty children. San Antonio hopes to expand the school to provide pre-K through high school classes in the coming years.


A brief interview of Noel San Antonio was conducted by Beth Reese Cravey in The Florida Times-Union - Jacksonville on 07 September 2011, where San Antonio talks about his motivations and goals.


You can learn more, including how to help, by contacting The Joy and Care Giving Foundation.

November 2011: Ghana Project Follow-up

Ghana group


The objective of the Ghana Project is to provide low cost / high impact sustainable engineering solutions to improve the quality of life of the children of the Tamale Children's Home in Ghana. In May of 2011, a UNF team traveled to Ghana to provide a reliable source of water, a propane fueled cooking solution, and a new infiltration drainage pit, among other small improvements. Please check out the video of the system being used by the Home. A special thank-you to the UNF-CCEC Dean's Council and our sponsors for their lasting contributions.

November 2011 CCEC Faculty & Staff Highlights

  • Dr. Roberto Soares arranged for two guest presentations in BCN 4709 Construction Management Project Capstone:
    • Ms. Denise Ramsey, Haskell Architects & Engineers Vice President, spoke on Design-Build Construction Projects in Jacksonville and the challenge of managing 200+ contractors.
    • Dr. Michael P. Whelan, Taylor Engineering Assistant Director of the Waterfront Group, Taylor Engineering, spoke on construction processes such as risk assessment, logistics, project management and change orders.
  • The School of Engineering has a community outreach program designed to interest middle school and high school students in engineering. Recent activities include:
    • Yulee High School - Ms. Kathie Carswell, SoE Outreach Coordinator, met with, Guidance Counselor, Amy Grunewald, to coordinate outreach activities to 6th-8th grade girls, Oct 21.
    • Arlington Middle School - Dr. Murat Tiryakioglu, Ms. Kathie Carswell and engineering students Mark McCombs and Bill Carlson visited Arlington Middle School, Nov. 10.
    • Jean Ribault High School - Dr. Murat Tiryakioglu, Dr. Chris Brown and Ms. Kathie Carswell spoke to ~45 students on UNF Engineering, Nov. 14.
  • Dr. Chris Brown published his paper, "Graphical Planning Envelopes for Estimating the Surface Footprint of CO2 Plumes during CO2 Injection into Saline Aquifers", in Natural Resources Research, 20(4). Also, Dr. Brown, B. Poiencot and C. Sornberger published their paper ", Planning, Designing, Operating and Regulating a Geologic Sequestration Repository as an Underground Landfill - A Review", in the Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association, 61(12), 1-13.
  • Jeffrey Lam and Dr. Susan Vasana published their paper, "Noise Filtering of Physiological Signals Using Wavelet Analysis", in the Proceedings of Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering (CBB & BEB) Conference at World Conference on Engineering and Technology (CET2011), October, 2011.
  • Dr. Pat Welsh presented a poster on Hurricane Charley, "How fast can waves grow?", at the 12th International Workshop on Wave Hindcasting and Forecasting and the 3rd Coastal Hazards Symposium in Kona, HI, October 30 to 4 November, 2011. Dr. Welsh also gave an invited presentation, "The Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation and Florida Rainfall", to the St Johns River Water Management District Clay-Putnam Minimum Flows and Levels Prevention and Recovery Strategy Development Technical Working Group, November 17, 2011.
  • Dr. Sanjay Ahuja and Alan Rolli published their paper, "Survey of the State-of-the-Art of Cloud Computing", in the International Journal of Cloud Applications and Computing (IJCAC), Volume 1, Issue 4, October - December 2011.
  • Dr. Jerry Merckel gave an invited presentation, "Keys To Success", to a Florida State College communications class, Nov. 15, 2011.

October 2011 CCEC Faculty & Staff Highlights

  • The CCEC Employer Showcase Fair was held on 04 October 2011 at the UNF Student Union. There were thirty companies and organizations participating. Approximately 200 CCEC students and 20 alumni attended the event.
  • John Gonzalez and Dr. Mag Malek published their paper, "Design of a Solar Power System", in the Journal of the American Institute of Constructors, Vol.35, No. 2, October, 2011.
  • Dr. Chris Brown helped facilitate the 1st American Water Works Association (AWWA) "Water Tower Competition" at UNF. Twelve middle school teams and five high school teams competed on a water tower design and test. There were about 65 persons participated in the competition.
  • Dr. O. Patrick Kreidl gave an invited presentation, "Dissecting a Worm", at the Cybersecurity Awareness Symposium held at UNF on Oct. 20, 2011.
  • Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan served as the publicity chair for the 12th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR 2011), October 24-28, 2011. Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan also published her paper, "A Comparison of Statistical and Rule-Based Models for Style-Specific Harmonization", in the proceedings of the 12th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR 2011), October 24-28, 2011.
  • Dr. Karthik Umapathy published his book chapter, "The Language-Action Approach: Information Systems Supporting Social Actions. In Information Systems Theory: Explaining and Predicting Our Digital Society", Vol. 2. Springer, New York. ISBN: 9781441997067, October, 2011.
  • Dr. F. Layne Wallace had a lead role in organizing the 2011 UNF Cybersecurity Awareness Showcase. Partners with UNF included the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Jacksonville Chapter, Infragard Jacksonville, and the Northeast Florida Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). The three day event included topics on Homeland Security, Health Care Cybersecurity, Social Engineering, Cybersecurity Compliance, Incident Handling Audits, Physical Security, Cybersecurity Law Enforcement, and much more.
  • Mr. Terry Smith, author of astronomy and physics textbooks, participated in the Astronomy Day event, "Discover the Universe," at Florida State College - Kent Campus, October 7-8, 2011.

October 2011: UNF Construction Management students make a difference

Construction students


Following a staph infection, Mark Lamb was unable to use his arms and legs. UNF Construction Management students teamed up with Builders Care and Universal Design Solutions to make the Lamb's home handicap accessible. They also added a bonus ... a deck in the backyard!


Chris Simons, Executive Director of Builders Care, said, "Builders Care could not have done this awesome project without the support of the CM program and David Hacker's great leadership."


Construction students working outside


David Hacker graduated from UNF with a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction in 2008 and a Master of Business Administration in 2009. He is a founder and the president of Construction Specialties of North Florida, and he is also an adjunct instructor in the UNF Construction Management program.

September 2011: Maritime Container Converted to Computer Lab for Dominican Republic School

Cargo container students


The Department of Construction Management (CM) has initiated a program to modify and recycle maritime shipping containers for habitat use. CM students gain "real world" construction experience. Other areas of UNF are now participating in the deployment of the modified maritime containers. Recently, one of the modified containers was delivered to an elementary school in the Dominican Republic to be used as a computer laboratory. The used computers were obtained form UNF. The solar power system for the container was designed and implemented by electrical engineering student John Gonzalez from the School of Engineering. Many others from UNF participated in the delivery, setup and training on how to use the computers, "teach the teachers". JuanCarlos Villatoro, a student in the College of Arts & Sciences, has served as the overall Project Manager on this effort for the Dominican Republic elementary school.


Cargo container


It is interesting to note that other organizations have joined in this activity. For example, the Dominican Republic government decided to do a general $250,000 upgrade of the school. Jet Blue provided free transportation and will build a playground for the school. Many organizations and businesses in Jacksonville also have supported this initiative.

September 2011 CCEC Faculty & Staff Highlights

  • The Department of Construction Management has partnered with the Association of Builders and Contractors (ABC) to found the UNF ABC Student Club with CM student, Jeff McFarland, serving as club president. Dr. Jerry Merckel serves as the CM ABC club advisor.
  • Dr. Pat Welsh gave an invited presentation, "Hurricanes and You," to Keystone Heights City Hall personnel on 13 September 2011.
  • Dr. Sanjay P. Ahuja and A. Patel published their paper, "Enterprise Service Bus: A Performance Evaluation," in the Communications and Network Journal, Vol. 3, No. 3, August 2011. Dr. Ahuja also attended the Enterprise Mobile Computing Workshop 2011, held at the UNF Student Union on 17 September 2011. The event was organized by the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce.
  • Dr. Bob Roggio serves as the International President of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), the international computing sciences honor society. In this role, Dr. Roggio recently traveled to South Dakota State University to install a new, local student chapter of UPE.

August 2011 CCEC Faculty & Staff Highlights

  • Dr. Sanjay P. Ahuja and A. Patel published their paper, "Enterprise Service Bus: A Performance Evaluation", in the Communications and Network Journal, vol. 3, no. 3, August, 2011.


  • Dr. J. David Lambert and Dr. Pat Welsh received a $10,000 grant, "Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOOR): A Framework for Monitoring, Prediction and Assessment to Support Decision-Makers Needs for Coastal and Ocean Data and Tools", from SECOORA for a SECOOR Florida Education and Outreach Hub and continued UNF water quality buoy research.


  • Dr. J. David Lambert gave an invited presentation, "Introducing the Jacksonville Green Map Initiative", at the Plenary session of the Annual Jacksonville Environmental Symposium sponsored by the City of Jacksonville (COJ) Environmental Protection Board, August 19, 2011. The Jacksonville Green Map Project is sponsored by JEA and the North Florida Chapter of the US Green Building Council. The online map provides information on "green" sites in Jacksonville and will be used by the COJ's new Sustainability Resource Center and the Duval County School system to raise awareness about local sustainability initiatives. Dr. Lambert also gave an invited presentation, "Disaster Information Computing", at the IEEE Computer Society 2011 VAIL Computer Elements Workshop, June, 2011.


  • Dr. Chris Brown, L. Hansen-Brown and Dr. Richard Conte published their paper, "Engaging Millennial College-Age Science and Engineering Students Through Experiential Learning Communities" in the Journal of Applied Global Research, 4(10), 41-58.


  • Ms. Rebecca Johnson, Career Services Counselor for CCEC, and Dr. Ken Martin, School of Computing, participated in the Interactive Intelligence Company Inaugural College Consortium Event. The program allowed for networking with other faculty and career center representatives from other colleges and universities all over the nation, including Purdue, the University of Illinois, the University of California - Irvine, North Carolina State, the University of Michigan, Cal Poly, and MIT.

July 2011 CCEC Faculty & Staff Highlights

Dr. Adel El Safty gave two presentations at American University in Cairo (AUC), "Leadership, Soft Skills, and Management Skills in Construction," and "FRP Application & Design in Structural Engineering."


Fan Xiong, Dr. Susan Vasana and Murat Tanik published "A Digital Circuit Model Exploration of Cardiovascular System Based on ECG (electrocardiogram) and ABP (arterial blood pressure) Signals Using Evolvable Hardware Design," in the Proceedings of The World Conference on Integrated Design and Process Technology (IDPT).


Dr. Asai Asaithambi presented his paper, "An Efficient Method for Parallel Global Optimization Using Interval Analysis," at the 2011 International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation (HPCS 2011), held 4 - 8 July 2011 at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey. Dr. Asaithambi also chaired the Special Session on High-Performance Parallel and Distributed Data Mining and served on the International Program Committee for the International Workshop on Pattern Analysis and Recognition (PAR 2011).


Dr. Robert F. Roggio presented and published his paper, "The Merging of Diverse Perspectives: Management, Customer and Developer in an Iterative Development Planning Process," at the Software Engineering Research and Practice Conference (SERP2011), 17 July 2011.


Dr. Maged Malek presented "The Vision of UNF Construction Management" at the annual meeting of American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). Dr. Malek serves as a member of the ACCE Board of Trustees.


Dr. Carol Woodson passed the re-certification requirements as a Certified Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Outreach Trainer by the U.S. Department of Labor. Outreach Trainers must re-certify every four years.


Dr. Judy Solano was honored, along with Henry Bauer, Gayle Yaverbaum, Ben Huey, and David Kelly, for outstanding CSAB volunteer service at the annual meeting of ABET's Computing Accreditation Commission.