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Fall 2012 Meeting of the MAE Visiting Committee (VCMAE) October 12, 2012 Morgantown, West Virginia.

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1 Fall 2012 Meeting of the MAE Visiting Committee (VCMAE) October 12, 2012 Morgantown, West Virginia

2 MAE Academic Highlights Student Enrollment 190 BSME 190 BSAE/ME Dual 30 BSAE 75 MS 75 Ph.D. Trends in the last 6 years (Undergraduate) 33% increase in ME Program 71% increase in Dual Program 35% increase in AE Program 48 % increase in MAE Department Excellent opportunities for paid undergraduate research! Extensive participation in student projects & competitions! All UG & Graduate Educational Programs Recently Designated as PROGRAMS of EXCELLENCE by WVU’s Board of Governors Undergraduate Programs Accredited through September 2016

3 Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Research Map Computational Modeling, Simulations Ismail Celik Terrence Musho David Mebane Slava Akkerman Mech. Design and Structures Ken Means Victor Mucino Samir Shoukry Russ Dean Nithi Sivaneri Jacky Prucz Aerodynamics UAV/Controls Wade Huebsch John Kuhlman Gary Morris John Loth M. Napolitano Larry Banta M. Perhinschi Brad Seanor Yu Gu Marvin Cheng Defense Systems and Security Mridul Gautam Wade Huebsch Mario Perhinschi CAFEE Alternate fuels, engines, emissions Dan Carder* Andrew Nix Don Lyons Greg Thompson Mridul Gautam Nigel Clark Scott Wayne NIFT/CFD/Energy Ismail Celik* Xinglo Liu Nathan Weiland Wade Huebsch John Kuhlman David Lewellen Steve Lewellen Dick Bajura Eric Johnson Materials Nano-sensors Darran Cairns Ever Barbero Bruce Kang Xingbo Liu Xueyan Song Ed Sabolsky Nick Wu Daneesh Simien Kostas Sierros Biomechanics, Ultrasound Imaging Sam Mukdadi Ismail Celik Nick Wu Nationally Ranked in Top 25 ME Programs by the NSF in Sponsored Research Expenditures During the Last Six Years (about $ 11.5 Million in )

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10 Summary of Discussions with Jeff Immelt, CEO and President of GE Corporation –September 12, 2012 Follow-up (in October 2012) with GE Global Research for Possibly Including WVU in the GE University Research Program for General Areas of Interest to the GE Corporation: – Technologies for shale gas extraction, processing, utilization – Power conversion for integrating renewable energy in the grid – Healthcare: ultrasound imaging, remote patient monitoring – Aviation supply chain; lacking US expertise in this area Areas of Research Strength in the MAE Department with Potential Interest for Partnership with GE: – Data-Enabled Science and Engineering based on Cyber Physical Systems (CPS), Sensors, Measuring and Modeling Product Performance in Use (1% increase in jet engine efficiency leads to large dollar savings) – Efficient and Clean Dual-Fuel Engines for Transportation (automotive, aviation, marine, locomotives) and Power Generation (turbines). – Advanced modeling of combustion processes for enhancing energy efficiency of various fuel blends and reducing fugitive emissions of harmful pollutants 10

11 Active MAE Research on Subjects of Potential Interest to US Steel Corporation Improvement of Pot Hardware for Continuous Galvanizing Applications - Funded by US DoE and over 20 industrial partners, in direct collaboration with US Steel (through ILZRO) Improvement of Refractories for gasification and other applications Investigation of corrosion and corrosion fatigue behavior of materials for high pressure oil and gas drilling Development of coatings for corrosion and wear resistant applications Development of micro-chemical sensor arrays for real time process optimization and emissions monitoring ( degrees C, CO/CO2, NOx, HC’s, Sox) 11

12 Defense, Security and Intelligence Center (DCIS) – Hybrid projectiles – smart ammunition for US Army – Dynamic roughness flow control for stall prevention – Wing morphing and bio-inspired aerodynamics Flight Control Systems and UAV Laboratories – In-house built UAV’s as platforms for tests and demos – Automatic systems for failure detection and recovery – Computer based and 6-DOF motion based flight simulators Space Systems/WV Robotic Technology Center – Autonomous spacecraft for satellite servicing in orbit – Optimization of spacecraft trajectories, navigation and control systems Advanced Computational Modeling & Simulations – Data enabled engineering based on measuring, modeling and analyzing product performance in use (fatigue of composites) – Combustion modeling for efficient and clean dual-fuel engines Active MAE Research and Expertise on Subjects of Potential Interest to Northrop Grumman

13 SUMMARY of RESULTS from ADVANCE TRAINING on April 30- May 2, 2012 Established Three Main “Action Items” with Defined “Specific Aims”, Strategies (ways to meet each aim), Implementation Steps and 2020 Targets to Achieve for Each of Them Action Item 1: Guide Student Careers Through Excellent Teaching and Advising Action Item 2: Establish Effective Research Infrastructure Action Item 3: Enhance and Streamline the Administrative Support for Teaching and Research

14 Specific Aims for Action Item 1 – Excellence in Teaching and Advising Limit Enrolment in Design Classes – Increase the number of topics and /or sections – Involve more faculty in teaching design sections Allocate Sufficient Resources to Design Labs – Increase funding for design courses – Increase space allocation and technical support Develop Minors and Interdisciplinary Majors – Determine MAE course work requirements for minors and certificates – Develop interdisciplinary courses – Develop dual majors with other departments

15 Establish Orientation to Service from Support Staff and Administrative Practices – Employ qualified staff to increase funding and efficiency – Develop best practices to eliminate “bottlenecks”, first within the MAE department, and then in the college – Eliminate ineffective bureaucratic paperwork and external “bottlenecks” in other WVU units Establish Resource Allocation Model Based on Performance and Potential for Growth – Develop new model within MAE, by assessing existing model, determining best practices and project outcomes – Champion the model for college-wide adoption Specific Aims for Action Item 2 – Effective Research Infrastructure

16 Develop Strategy to Receive Better Support from WVU Administrative Units – Coordinate with other faculty within the college – Work with new Associate Dean for Research – Work to improve the efficiency, accuracy and consistency of the output received from the EBO of the Statler College. – Coordinate with the Faculty Council Executive Committee of the Statler College Invest in the Hiring and Retention of High Quality Faculty and Research Personnel – Streamline and expedite national searches for new faculty – Mentor faculty and staff to a high level of achievement Specific Aims for Action Item 3 – Streamlined Administrative Support

17 ALIGNED MISSION STATEMENTS WVU Mission Statement: – Deliver high quality education, excel in discovery and innovation, model a culture of diversity and inclusion, promote the health and viability of our constituents, and build pathways for the exchange of knowledge and opportunity among the state, the nation and the world. STATLER CEMR College Mission Statement: – Our mission is to prepare students to practice their profession and to contribute to the well-being of society through academic study, research, extension and service. Current MAE Mission Statement: – Prepare students to practice their profession and to contribute to the well being of society through research and service. Revised Mission Statement of MAE Department: – Deliver high quality education, excel in discovery and innovation, and contribute to the well-being of society through professional service, extension and global outreach.

18 ALIGNED VISION STATEMENTS WVU Vision Statement – By 2020, WVU will grow in national research stature, thereby enhancing educational attainment, global engagement, diversity, and the vitality and well - being of the people of West Virginia. Statler CEMR College Vision Statement – To stimulate economic development in West Virginia and the nation through responsible technical innovation, knowledge creation, and educational excellence. Aligned Vision Statement of MAE Department: – By 2020 the MAE department will be widely recognized as a national leader in energy research, technical innovation and knowledge creation, that delivers excellent education and outreach to people in West Virginia and the world.

19 Goal 1: Engage UG, Graduate, Professional Students in Challenging Academic Environment Specific Aims for Action Item 1 – Guide Student Careers Through Excellent Teaching and Advising – Limit enrolment in design classes – Allocate sufficient resources to design labs – Develop minors and interdisciplinary majors Maintain “Program of Excellence” Designation for All Educational Programs: UG &Graduate, AE&ME – Distinction by external agencies for excellent student outcomes and research productivity – Curriculum, assessment and continuous improvement – Graduates and faculty –prestigious awards and distinctions Maintain ABET Accreditation of Undergraduate Programs without any Weaknesses or Concerns

20 Goal 2: Excel in Research, Creative Activity and Innovation Specific Aims for Action Item 2 – Establish Effective Research Infrastructure – Establish orientation to service from support staff and administrative practices (eliminate bottlenecks) – Establish resource allocation model based on performance and potential for growth Achieve and Maintain a Prolific Record of Peer-Reviewed Publications with High Impact Develop Interdisciplinary Research Programs and Partnerships in WVU’s 5 Pinnacle Areas – Shale Gas Utilization – Secure Freshwater Resources – Radio Astronomy – Healthcare /Biomedical – STEM Education Develop and Expand Partnerships with Private Industry, National Agencies, Other Universities

21 Goal 3: Foster Diversity and an Inclusive Culture Difficult challenge because of low interest among women and minorities for engineering careers – 14% women in engineering at WVU vs. 16% nationwide – 60% of college graduate enrolment is international Consistently cultivate network of prospective women and URM faculty and students – Diversity Committee of the department – Partnerships with minority institutions &publications Close collaboration with WVU’s ADVANCE Center Recruiting through SREB Minority Doctoral Program

22 Goal 4: Advance International Activities and Global Engagement Strengthen and Implement Existing International Agreements and Activities – Mexico outreach program – Collaboration with University of Rome –Tor Vegata – Exchange program with Valore Institute of Technology – Certificate in Global Competencies Initiate and Establish new Programs for Student Exchanges, Dual Degrees, Collaboration – Dual degree AE/Materials Program with UPM/Spain – Support AE Graduate Education at Univ. of Queretaro – Formalize collaboration agreements in Brazil&Argentina

23 Goal 5: Enhance the Well-being and the Quality of Life of the People in West Virginia Promote Economic Development in WV – Spinoffs of new businesses – Assist existing businesses in competitive markets – Graduate high quality professionals for local jobs Engage Actively in Outreach Activities to K-12 Throughout the Year – Research Experience for Teachers (RET) – Hands on Projects and Clubs for High School Students – Build on Visibility through Pumpkin Drop and Others

24 Planning for Shale Gas Utilization Research Initiative (SGURI) Task Force Report Submitted to Provost on 8/1/12 – Investment of $630 K in TT and/or research positions – Model build on the concept of cross-disciplinary center led by Staler Chair and supported by colleges Focus on Fundamental Technologies Needed by the Industry to Increase Demand and Utilization, while Accounting for: – Environment and water use considerations (1 position) Water use efficiency in gas well development Land use management and protection of transport corridors Compatible land and water use issues – Policy, Law and Business (2 positions) Business and legal aspects of shale gas utilization, production. Business plan for understanding what industry needs

25 Increasing Shale Gas Demand and Utilization (3-5 Positions) Largely Build on Input Provided by the MAE Department (including CAFEE) on July 21 st & Earlier Focus on Developing and Expanding Commercially Viable Applications for Natural Gas – Mobile Transportation Systems are a Major Area of Need – Stationary Systems for Power Generation – Fuel Cells that Utilize Natural Gas – Hybrid Coal/Gas/Biomass Systems Critical Enabling Technologies (based on our input) – High-yield/Low-emissions Conversion of Gas To Liquid (GTL) Fuels and Chemicals – Control of Emissions and Environmental Impacts

26 Research Needs for Application Development in Mobile Transportation and Stationary Systems Transportation – Energy efficient engines – Combustion modeling – Characterization/validation – Control of emissions – Aerosol emission & dispersion – Energy dense storage/delivery – Lightweight materials – Fleet conversions to NG, including surface mine fleets Power Generation – Energy efficient turbines – Thermal cycle modeling – Measurements and Characterization – Hybrid coal/gas/biomass/ wind systems – High combustion efficiency – Long service life – Durable materials &processes

27 MAE Proposal Focused on Removing Barriers to Rapid, Low-Cost Development of New Markets Demand-side Research to Break Down Barriers – Limited infrastructure for NG in gaseous state – Safety concerns about leaks and fugitive emissions – Environmental effects of NG production&combustion Three Pinnacle Areas of Research Excellence – Control of Emissions and Environmental Impacts – Gas To Liquid (GLT) Fuel & Feedstock Conversion of NG – Combustion Modeling for High Efficiency Strawman for Planning to Evolve Each Area – Existing and Evolving Areas of Expertise at WVU – Gaps in Critical Areas that Are in Need of Enhancement – Potential for Interdisciplinary Cluster Hire & Cooperation

28 “First Things Come First” (S. Covey) Main Priorities for – Complete four self assessment reports for the BOG – Conduct seven national searches for new TT faculty Main Priorities for – Research- increase number & success rate of proposals – Undergraduate AE and ME Programs: Define &secure approval of specialty tracks/certificates, minors Expand and integrate design projects throughout the programs – Graduate Programs –approval of MS &PhD in MSE – Laboratories – upgrading and sharing of lab facilities – Outreach – broad and sustained connections with alumni


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