Lucko Receives Provost Teaching Excellence Award
Three Catholic University professors have been named 2009 Faculty Award winners in honor of their innovation, creativity and excellence in teaching. During a Nov. 18 celebration of teaching at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Provost James Brennan presented top faculty awards to Sharon Christman, associate professor of music, Diane Bunce, professor of chemistry, and Gunnar Lucko, assistant professor of civil engineering. The three were chosen by a committee of faculty from among 17 professors nominated by their schools.
Engineering Establishes New Material Science Program
In a new interdisciplinary offering, engineering is introducing a master of science degree in materials science and engineering. The new graduate degree is among programs being developed by CUA to meet the demands of industry in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Many fields of science and engineering are concerned with materials selection and design. As a result, the graduate program is expected to draw a diversity of full- and part-time students interested in enhancing their careers.
Materials science studies the properties of material such as metals and ceramics. From fiber optics to MRIs, materials science is behind many of the things that support and enhance our everyday life, says Biprodas Dutta, associate professor of physics and director of the materials science and engineering program. "The scope of potential innovation is unimaginable."
CUA's Engineering Dean Honored as AAAS Fellow
Charles Nguyen, dean of Catholic University's School of Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society. Members are nominated to be fellows by their peers and selected for their efforts to advance science and its applications.
Nguyen was recognized for "distinguished contributions to the field of robotics and automation, particularly for parallel robot manipulators and intelligent control."
High School Students Get Hands-on Experience in Engineering
More than two dozen Virginia high school students were introduced to Catholic University's School of Engineering thanks, in part, to the cartoon characters Tom and Jerry.
To illustrate an application of computer science, Assistant Professor Jae Choi led students in a computer-game programming exercise. With correct programming by teams of students, the well-known characters Tom and Jerry appeared on computer screens. Choi, who has a background in computer graphics, developed the exercise so that the game could be transferred to an Xbox 360.
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