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Old Dominion University's College of Engineering and Technology will hold its annual Engineering Celebration and an investiture ceremony for the Batten Endowed Chairs at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 in the Kaufman Hall Atrium.

During the event, Dean Oktay Baysal will recognize the major donors to the college with an induction to the Wall of Honor. Additionally, two faculty members will be formally installed as Batten Chairs: Asad J. Khattak, Batten Endowed Chair in Advanced Transportation Engineering, and Adrian V. Gheorghe, Batten Endowed Chair in System of Systems Engineering

Khattak, who recently joined the Old Dominion faculty, is currently responsible for developing and directing the ODU Transportation Program. As such, he'll conduct research on various types of innovations related to intelligent transportation systems, transportation safety and sustainable transportation. Khattak received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the NWFP University of Engineering and Technology in Pakistan, and a master's and Ph.D. in transportation from Northwestern University. Prior to joining Old Dominion University, he was professor of transportation at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he developed the Carolina Transportation Program.

Gheorghe joined the college last March as professor of engineering management and systems engineering. His research interests include systems engineering modeling for critical infrastructures, system of systems engineering, sustainable development, homeland security and policy science implementation. He holds a master's in electrical engineering and engineering economics from Bucharest Polytechnic Institute in Romania, and a Ph.D. in systems science/systems engineering from the University of London. Before coming to ODU, Gheorghe was the director of the Centre of Excellence on Risk and Safety Sciences and a senior scientist with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

Four named professorships will also be announced at the celebration.

Surendra N. Tiwari - A.D. and Annye Lewis Morgan Endowed Professorship
Tiwari, professor of mechanical engineering technology and Eminent Scholar of mechanical engineering, has been a member of the Old Dominion faculty for 25 years. Recently inducted into ODU's Mechanical Engineering Hall of Fame, Tiwari's research interests include thermal sciences, reacting high speed flows, radiative interactions, planetary entry and computational methods. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Allahabad, India, a master's degree from the University of Maine, and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York-Stony Brook.

Han P. Bao - Mitsubishi Kasei Endowed Professorship
Bao joined the mechanical engineering department in 1997 and taught in Old Dominion's engineering management department prior to that. His teaching and research interests include manufacturing, integrated process and product design, and concurrent engineering. He received a bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of New South Wales in Australia.

Alok K. Verma - Ray Ferrari Endowed Professorship
A professor in the Engineering Technology Department, Verma serves as the chief technologist for the Lean Institute, the MET Program director, and director of the Automated Manufacturing Laboratory at Old Dominion University. His current research interests are in the areas of process optimization and Lean implementation models for job shop and designed to build environments. Verma received a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, and a master's degree in engineering mechanics and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University. He has been a member of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department since 1981.

Dr. Helmut Baumgart - Virginia Micro Electronics Consortium Endowed Professorship
Baumgart joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2005. His research interests include nanotechnology, microelectronics fabrication, semiconductor device processing, gate stack engineering, silicon-on-insulator technology and germanium-on-insulator technology for high performance devices. He received a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Heidelberg in Germany, master's degree in physics from Purdue University as a Fulbright Scholar, and a Ph.D. in semiconductor physics from the University of Stuttgart in Germany, where he performed his research at the Max-Planck Institute of Solid State Research.

This article was posted on: November 1, 2006

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