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Fenn Forum: An E-newsletter from the Fenn College of Engineering

Summer 2012


Dr. Anette Karlsson Appointed as the Dean of the Fenn College of Engineering

Cleveland State University President Ronald Berkman announced the appointment of Dr. Anette Karlsson as the Dean of the Fenn College of Engineering. Dr. Karlsson is presently the Chairperson of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware where she has been a member of the faculty since 2002. She received a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Rutgers University in 1999 within the area of Solid Mechanics and conducted postdoctoral research at Princeton University.

Dr. Karlsson has a distinguished record of research and publications in leading journals. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is an active member in ASME's Aerospace Division, the Materials Division and in the Department Heads Forum. Dr. Karlsson received the ONR Young Investigator Award in 2004 and the Francis Alison Young Scholars Award in 2005.


CSU Turbine Makes It to the Big Leagues


The turbine being hoisted atop Progressive Field.
The second generation of CSU's patented "wind amplification turbine system" was unveiled last month at the Cleveland Indians' Progressive Field, just in time for opening day. Designed by mechanical engineering professor Majid Rashidi, the new prototype uses a distinct corkscrew-shaped structure that deflects wind into four 7-foot turbines. The invention has received national attention, including a recent USA TODAY article.

The unique partnership between CSU and the Indians has been years in the making. The Indians, a leader in sustainability efforts among Major League Baseball, approached CSU after Dr. Rashidi's first turbine system was erected at CSU in 2009. With the project being funded by federal and state grants, there were legal, cost and design considerations both parties worked together to address and implement.

The structure was finally built this March next to the stadium and then hoisted by crane onto the top of Progressive Field, becoming the first wind turbine in a MLB ballpark. Rising 40 feet in the air from the ballpark's upper concourse, the hard-to-miss structure fits in well with the ballpark's design that reflects Cleveland's industry. A custom-designed LED lighting system will light up the entire turbine in various colors during night games.

The turbine installed at the corner of E. 9th Street and Carnegie Avenue.
Dr. Rashidi's invention builds on the first prototype's output data, which was compiled and analyzed by CSU engineering graduate students. "Wind amplification structures result in higher power output and reduce the minimum wind speed required to begin spinning a turbine," explained Rashidi. "Our research shows that by placing a turbine next to the cylinder structure, the wind energy output can be up to three to four times greater than a stand-alone turbine of the same size." He expects the Progressive Field turbine to produce 25,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually.

CSU and the Indians hope that the turbine will put Northeast Ohio in the spotlight as a leader in wind energy innovation and possibly bring manufacturing jobs to the region. "The next steps will be making the system economically feasible, commercially viable and locally built," said Rashidi. "Not only is it designed to be a low-cost and easy-to-install product, but all the parts and labor needed to mass produce the turbine system are available in Northeast Ohio."


Fenn College of Engineering Spring Scholarship Benefit


Dr. Chin Kuo, Interim Dean, presents Ron Ledin with the Engineering Dean's Alumni Award at the Spring Scholarship Benefit.
Over 70 students, alumni, faculty and friends of Fenn College attended the 2nd Annual Spring Scholarship Benefit on March 28th in Fenn Tower, helping to raise funds for engineering scholarships. The event featured the Outstanding Student Organization of the Year Award to Engineers Without Borders and the Engineering Dean's Alumni Award to Ronald R. Ledin, '68, Chairman, President and CEO of Middough, Inc. Dr. Chin Kuo, Interim Dean, spoke to the crowd on the value of donor-funded scholarships and mechanical engineering freshman, Ryan Polder, talked about what it meant to receive the Lubrizol Scholarship.

Fenn College would like to thank the following sponsors of the Spring Scholarship Benefit: Middough (lead sponsor), Mr. Steve Csonka, Dr. Chin Kuo, Mr. Daniel Lee, Lubrizol Corporation, and Project and Consulting Services, Inc. Please click here to see pictures from the event.


Donation from Alumnus Supports Lab Upgrades


Dr. Chin Kuo, Interim Dean, Dr. William Thesling, Dr. Fuqin Xiong, Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Thanks to a generous donation from Dr. William Thesling ('87,'90,'95), CSU's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department upgraded its Electronics and Communications Laboratory by replacing 15-year old equipment with state-of-the art signal board telecommunications trainers. Dr. Thesling, who serves on the department's industrial advisory board, not only funded the upgrades but he also worked with faculty in selecting the new equipment.

Fenn College honored Dr. Thesling at a reception on April 18th where students and faculty were able to tinker with and learn more about the trainers. The new equipment "aligns the lab with industry standards and will provide our students a premier space for their lab assignments," said Dr. Fuqin Xiong, department chair. Dr. Thesling earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from CSU. He serves as the Chief Technology Officer at ViaSat, Inc.


More than 100 Patents for GE Inventor and CSU Alumnus

CSU graduate, Dr. Louis Nerone, was recognized in a recent Plain Dealer article for his impact on the lighting world and work at General Electric. Over a 25-year career at GE, Dr. Nerone has been awarded more than 100 patents for his inventions, averaging four patents a year. He received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering ('82, '86, '95) from the Fenn College of Engineering and teaches undergraduate courses at his alma mater.


Senior Design Projects Culminate Student Experience

Engineering students spend their last year at CSU working in groups and closely with faculty and industry representatives to design discipline-specific projects. Known as Senior Design projects, students use the knowledge they have gained in the classroom to develop projects and proposals that are ultimately presented to faculty and peers for rigorous review and critique.

Senior Design courses are designed to encapsulate what students have learned and give them hands-on experience that prepares them for their careers. This year's civil engineering projects included three proposals to complete CSU's campus master plan. Working closely with the University's architects, students designed plans for phase three of the Euclid Commons residence hall, the International Baccalaureate School and the newly proposed Center for Health Professions. While the civil engineering projects concentrated on design, mechanical and electrical engineering students collaborated to build a talking and moving robot that wore a Fenn College sweatshirt as it welcomed visitors to Stilwell Hall.


CSU to Host 2013 ASCE Conference

CSU will host the 2013 ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) Ohio Valley Student Conference where student chapters from Ohio and Pennsylvania will compete in various competitions ranging from technical papers to a steel bridge competition. CSU's ASCE chapter won the AutoCad competition at this year's conference. The chapter is soliciting sponsorships to help underwrite the conference. Please contact Dr. Norb Delatte at 216.687.2400 or n.delatte@csuohio.edu with any questions.


IEEE Chapter Holds S-PAC

The CSU student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) held a Student Professional Awareness Conference (S-PAC) on April 11th in Stilwell Hall. S-PACs explore subjects that affect engineers' careers, regardless of how well engineers prepare themselves technically. Students listened to electrical engineering alumni, faculty and professionals who spoke on a variety of topics. CSU thanks those who participated in the event.


Honor the Class of 2012 with a Scholarship Donation

What better way to congratulate Fenn College's Class of 2012 than by making a donation in its honor to engineering scholarships at CSU. Click here to make your contribution today.


Save the Date - Engineers Without Borders Golf Classic

Engineers Without Borders' Third Annual Golf Classic is on Monday, July 23, 2012 at the Aurora Golf Club. Click here for the registration form or call 216.687.2400 to register.


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