Faculty note: Associate Prof. Mohammad Upal Mahfuz chairs ‘Advances in the Smart Cities Technologies’

Associate Prof. Mohammad Upal Mahfuz of the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering successfully chaired the special session on “Advances in the Smart Cities Technologies” at the 17th International Conference on Electrical Engineering/Electronics, Computer, Telecommunications and Information Technology (ECTI-CON 2020), June 24-27, 2020, held virtually in Phuket, Thailand.

The special session presented a number of papers from around the world with the latest results in the field of the smart cities and their future. Many thanks to the local hosts in Phuket, Thailand, for all their support to make the special session successful. See details of the conference program including the list of papers presented in this special session

Associate Prof. Mohammad Upal Mahfuz chaired virtual symposium

Associate Prof. Mohammad Upal Mahfuz of the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering successfully chaired the special session on “Recent Advances in Wireless Body Area Networks” at the IEEE Region 10 Symposium (IEEE TENSYMP 2020), June 5-7, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The special session presented a number of papers from around the world with the latest results in the related fields of wireless body area networks.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation, the conference was virtual. However, the level of engagement among the participants was great. Many thanks to the local hosts in Dhaka, Bangladesh, for their outstanding level of support that made the special session successful.

Faculty note: Prof. Mahfuz co-authors article

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Resch School of Engineering, Mohammad Upal Mahfuz, has recently co-authored a scholarly article entitled, “Spatial Nanomechanical Communications Based on State Transitions,” in the renowned IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience journal published by the IEEE, Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/TNB.2020.2986299, Print ISSN: 1536-1241, 12 pages. The article presents a novel framework of a nanomechanical communication system. Details on the article and its abstract can be found at this website link.

New engineering labs at UW-Green Bay bring theory to life – LAB Midwest

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay recently opened new engineering labs that will give students the real-world skills they need for the workforce. The project is part of a greater vision to draw more students to northeast Wisconsin and meet the region’s demand for engineers. Source: New Engineering Labs at UW-Green Bay Bring Theory to Life – LAB Midwest

As demand for engineering program exceeds expectations, UW-Green Bay installs $1.5 million worth of equipment | Green Bay Press Gazette

“The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay opened its new STEM Innovation Center to the public last week to showcase $1.5 million of new equipment for its engineering students.” Read more via ‘Kids love it’: As demand for engineering program exceeds expectations, UW-Green Bay installs $1.5 million worth of equipment | Green Bay Press Gazette. 

All are invited to celebrate the arrival of new equipment to the STEM Center, Feb. 20

Whether you are a student, faculty or staff member of UW-Green Bay, local media or just a curious community member, everyone is invited to come celebrate the exciting arrival of new equipment to the Brown County STEM Innovation Center on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The $1.5 million of equipment comes from LAB Midwest and has made the journey from Germany to Green Bay in the past months.

A media event will begin at 12:15 p.m., with tours and equipment demonstrations to showcase the importance of this arrival to Northeast Wis.

In addition, there will be an Open House from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. which includes building tours, STEM related activities with Brown County, UW-Extension and 4-H, Einstein Project Open House and equipment demonstrations with Engineering faculty.

Questions about the event can be directed to Director of Development Jacob Depas at depasj@uwgb.edu.

Assistant Prof. Md Maruf Hossain applies for patent design for a new turbine system from the Resch School of Engineering

UW-Green Bay Resch School of Engineering is aiming to improve “the efficiency of wind power generation” through a new turbine design. Assistant Prof. Md Maruf Hossain (Engineering) recently applied for a patent for the design. The design utilizes vertical axis systems rather than horizontal axis wind turbines. “By slimming down the system, Hossain aims to develop a turbine that requires less wind to operate and generates more power per tower.” More via Wind turbine design aims to improve efficiency | WisBusiness.

Commencement speaker, Prof. Patricia Terry, noted for ‘Iron-man worthy’ efforts on behalf of the University

Patricia TerryAs a tenured professor approaching her 25th year at UW-Green Bay, professor Patricia Terry describes herself as a “pinnacle person.” Which means, if you’re going to do something, take it all the way.

“If you’re going to run, run a marathon. Go to college? Get a Ph.D. Work at a university? Achieve the rank of full professor.”

She will bring her experience and wisdom to the stage on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 when she serves as the University’s commencement speaker.

Terry has done marathons one better by competing in Ironman triathlons—one of the world’s most difficult events—swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and then run a full marathon. “They fire the starting gun at 7 a.m. and you have until midnight to finish.” She’s completed three. (Also managing to squeeze in two Boston Marathons, two fifty-mile races, and more than 30 other marathons or ultra-marathons along the way).

Her career in academia began even sooner, when her father once offered his “exalted” (her description) advice to his eight-year-old daughter.

“I asked him, ‘who teaches college?’ He said ‘college professors.’ Then he added ‘If you became a college professor, you’d be one of the most honored, revered and respected members of society.’”

“I bring that up to him every chance I get.”

And while her CV is a testament to her scholarly work-ethic with dozens of peer-reviewed published papers, research grants and co-authorship of Principles of Chemical Separations with Environmental Applications, published by Cambridge University Press, it’s her collaboration with faculty and students that has brought her the greatest pleasure.

“What I’m most passionate about was starting the engineering program and leading my faculty, facilitating student success.”

Terry also discovered she had a knack for growing things—from wildflowers to academic flowers. In 2009, one of her students suggested, as a thesis project, replacing the under-performing grass roof over the Instructional Services building with native plants. The student never finished, but true to her pinnacle person personality, Terry persisted. Today, she solely supports a fund to hire students for maintenance and to purchase plants. Over the past seven years, she has gifted the fund approximately $15,000.

Ultimately, Terry’s most sustainable contribution to the University is her Ironman-worthy efforts to the success of students, faculty and the university. She was instrumental in helping launch the new bachelor of science programs in Electrical, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering Technology, becoming director of the programs in 2012.

As far as a “pinnacle” to her academic career to this point, it may be her appointment as the inaugural Chair of the Resch School of Engineering. As the administrator overseeing the program, Terry helped set the curriculum and was in charge of faculty recruitment and mentoring, along with ensuring program accreditation.

Still, she remains a teacher of environmental engineering at heart. Or as she puts it—“Everything’s a chemical. We’re moving chemicals.” And as far as staying on the move goes, Terry confesses a general-education offering remains her favorite class to teach.

“I like teaching Energy and Society. I have to keep up with the news, that class changes every semester. It’s a moving content target.”

Story by Michael Shaw, Marketing and University Communication

Faculty note: Assistant Prof. Mohammad U. Mahfuz invited to chair the Technical Program Committee of EAI Conference

Assistant Prof. Mohammad U. Mahfuz (Engineering) has recently been invited to chair the Technical Program Committee (TPC) of the 12th EAI International Conference on Bio-inspired Information and Communications Technologies (BICT) together with an international team of experts from Japan, China and the United Kingdom. The BICT will be held on July 7 through 8, 2020, in Shanghai, P. R. China.

The BICT is a renowned technical conference in the field of bio-inspired information and communication technologies, which is at the interdisciplinary crossroads of natural and applied sciences and information and communication technologies. BICT highly welcomes technical papers, workshops and special tracks in the interdisciplinary fields of natural and applied sciences and electrical and communications engineering.

As a TPC co-chair, Assistant Prof. Mahfuz encourages all UW-Green Bay faculty to consider submitting their scholarly works in this conference, noting that this conference has some post-publication opportunities in several leading journals.

The website of the conference has more information.

The call for papers can be found here.