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Dr. Okenwa Okoli appointed chair of IME

Dean Yaw Yeboah has appointed Dr. Okenwa Okoli as to a four year term as chair of the Department of Industrial & Manufacturing. Dr. Okoli was serving as interim chair for the past 12 months. In the appointment letter, Dean Yeboah pointed out "under the leadership of Dr. Okoli, the department faculty have achieved much in areas of high level of research, student development, faculty hiring (3 new faculty on board for fall 2013), and mentoring."

Dr. Chiwoo Park proposals results in two new research projects

Dr. Chiwoo Park, the most recent PI to join IME, was recently notified of two projects that were selected for funding. Dr. Park will be the lead PI in projects for the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

  • In the 3-year, $285,000 project for NFS, he will be working on a statistical methodology for analyzing 'Big Data' from dynamic electron microscope data for fundamental understanding of nanoparticle self-assembly processes, including simple growth by monomer attachment and aggregation-based growth.
  • In the 3-year, $267,000 project for AFOSR, he will be working with Texas A&M University to develop a dynamic, data-driven modeling methodology, capable of monitoring the transient size distribution of nanoparticles during their self-assembly process with the purpose of the quality monitoring of the self-assembly processes. The methodology is built upon emerging online instrumentation technology, including two different machines of complementing capability: a dynamic light scattering machine and a transmission electron microscope. To take full advantage of the multi-resolution instruments, the research will study a multiscale data fusion model and a dynamic model update strategy.

IME and HPMI principal investigator leading a $4.4M project from VA

The U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs recently selected the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and the High-Performance Materials Institute to lead a $4,400,000 project to develop comfortable lightweight, multifunctional sockets for prosthetic limbs. Dr. Chad Zeng, an assistant professor at the Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Department and a principal investigator of the High-Performance Materials Institute is leading the team consisting of Georgia Tech, St. Petersburg College, Advanced Materials Professional Services, Prosthetic & Orthotic Associates and Quantum Motion Medical to develop the prototype. Find out more about this project at

New MSIE Program

Florida State University and St. Petersburg College have partnered to offer a graduate program of study leading to a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, with a specialization in Engineering Management of Orthotics and Prosthetics. Through this partnership, St. Petersburg College students earning a Bachelor of Applied Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics can then apply and matriculate to FSU to earn their master's degree. Please visit Engineering Management of Orthotics and Prosthetics on Florida State University's website for additional information.

Dr. Okenwa Okoli named interim chair for the IME Department

Dean Yaw Yeboah recently named Dr. Okenwa Okoli as interim chair for the Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Department. Former chair, Dr. Chuck Zhang, recently departed to accept a position at the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech.

Dr. Okoli received his PhD from the University of Warwick. He joined the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering in March of 1998. Since 2007, he was served as the department' director of graduate studies. He developed the R&D 100 award winning Resin Infusion between Double Flexible Tooling (RIDFT) process, a novel technique for the cost effective manufacture and timely deployment of composite materials. U.S. patent award.

Nanotech Patronas Group awarded second place in InNOLEvation Challenge

A team from the IME department won second place in FSU's Jim Moran Institute's InNOLEvation Challenge. Of the 72 entries, the IME team was selected to be among the ten to present at the Shark Tank round. The team's business plan for Nanotech Patronas Group was selected for second place and received $55,000 cash and in-kind award of $55,000. The team consisted of IME graduate students Tarrik Dickens and David Olawale. Dr. Okenwa Okoli was the team's adviser. The NP Group is in the damage monitoring and prevention business that uses innovative triboluminescence sensor systems for engineering structures, such as aircraft, buildings and bridges. The company was founded in 2011 after more than five years of research and development on the triboluminescence sensor systems. For more information and a description of the 10 finalist, see the FSU news link.

Associate Professor Okenwa Okoli wins teaching award

Dr. Okenwa Okoli, an IME associate professor, was one of the recipients for the FSU Undergraduate Teaching Awards. A committee of faculty and students selected Dr. Okoli for this award. The University Teaching Award recognizes teaching excellence as multi-faceted, involving areas such as providing a positve role model to students, imparting a respect for truth and a love of learning, challenging students' thinking and assumptions, showing respect for all persons and innovative instructional techniques.

IME and College of Engineering mourn the loss of Dr. Zoreh Moshir-Majidi

The IME Department and the College of Engineering are saddened by the loss of a dear colleague, Dr. Zoreh Moshir-Majidi. Additional information may be found on the College of Engineering website.

Two IME students featured in the College of Engineering Spotlight

Nikki Jacobs and Stephan Morrison were recently featured in the College of Engineering's Student Spotlights section on its webpage. Click the links on their names to see the profiles of two of our interesting students.

Student Spotlight - Nikki Jacobs
Bringing math, science and people skills to life

Nikki Jacobs chose to bring her math and science skills to Florida State and found a good fit for them in the College of Engineering. She also brought her people skills, and those led her to choose a major in industrial engineering.

"It's the broadest and most 'people-based' engineering choice," said Jacobs, a senior from Titusville, Fla. "An industrial engineer isn't going to find herself stuck behind a desk.

Neither has Jacobs. As a serious student and equally serious participant in campus life and leadership over the past four years, she has engineered a well-balanced FSU experience that has honed critical skills both in and outside of the classroom"... more »

Dr. Richard Liang Honored by FSU for EMI Research

Dr. Richard Liang, a professor in the IME department and chief technologist for HPMI, was one of the 11 faculty members the FSU Office of Research honored for making great strides to commercialize their research results during a special ceremony held Nov. 17 at the University Center Club. During the event, researchers were recognized who have worked to commercialize their inventive and creative ideas during the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

Dr. Liang was noted for his work in Novel Lightweight, Flexible electro-magnetic interference (EMI) Shielding Material. He was noted for building one or more demonstration devices to show the level of electromagnetic shielding that can be obtained using composites fabricated in varying thicknesses with one or more carbon nanotube face layers. For additional details, click here.

REU Opportunities with HPMI

REU Opportunities with the High Performance Materials Institute (HPMI) at Florida State University is offering opportunities to undergraduates in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines for the 2011 REU Summer RETREAT Program. The Retaining Engineers through Research Entrepreneurship and Advanced-Materials Training (RETREAT) is scheduled to last 10 weeks and offers a stipend of $5,600 for each participant, travel allowances, room and board, and a modest amount to help cover feeding. Chosen applicants will have the opportunity to work with leading experts and be trained on the utilization, manufacture, and characterization of multiscale and multifunctional advanced composites. They will also learn how to successfully commercialize technological innovations by participating in seminars on Entrepreneurship and an EngiPreneur Competition (an entrepreneurship-based student project competition) to be coordinated by experts from FSU's Jim Moran Institute (JMI) of Global Entrepreneurship.

This program will hold at the ultra-modern High-Performance Materials Institute's new 45,000 sq. ft. facility reputed to be the largest nanocomposites research facility in the world.

  • US citizenship or permanent residency required
  • Selection will be based on academic performance and faculty recommendation
  • Women and underrepresented minority students are encouraged to apply
  • Tentative date: May 23- July 29, 2011
For additional information, please visit

NSF Awards the Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Department PIs Grants for Four Projects

Faculty of the Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Department have received 4 National Science Foundation grants over the past several weeks. The combined awards total over $850,000.

Dr. Okenwa Okoli is the principal investigator for Development of a Triboluminescence and Photocatalysis Based System for Intrinsic Structural Health Monitoring. This 3-year project was funded at $300,000. Dr. Arda Vanli and Dr. Ben Wang will serve as Co-PIs for this project.

Dr. Okoli was also the principal investigator for the creation of a Research Experience for Undergraduates Site. The project "REU Site: Retaining Engineers through Research Entrepreneurship and Advanced-Materials Training" provides $328,000 to provide undergraduates the opportunity to conduct advanced research.

Dr. Chuck Zhang is the lead investigator for the NSF funded "Collaborative Research: Multi-Accuracy Bayesian Models for Improving Property Prediction of Nanotube Buckypaper Composites." This three-year, $220,000 project partners FSU with Texas A&M University. Dr. Vanli and Dr. Wang will serve as Co-PIs on this project.

IME faculty has also received a $30,000 NSF-grant to host a workshop for Intrinsically Multifunctional Composites. The workshop is scheduled for February 23-24, 2011.

HPMI Researcher Wins National Award

HPMI researcher and IME graduate student, Jesse Smithyman, won second place in the SAMPE 2010 University Research Program, MS Category. His winning presentation was for his work in "Binder-Free Carbon Nanotube-Activated Carbon Composites for Electrochemical Applications." SAMPE (Society of the Advancement of Material and Processing Engineering) selected six finalists among MS students throughout the U.S. and Canada. SAMPE sponsored Smithyman to attend the conference in Seattle, WA on May 16, where his presentation was awarded second place. In addition, Smithyman will also receive a monetary award of $600.

Dr. Richard Liang awarded FSU’s Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award

Oct 2009 - IME Professor Dr. Richard Liang was recently awarded FSU’s Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award. Sponsored annually by the Graduate School, this award honors faculty mentors whose dedication to graduate students and commitment to excellence in graduate education and mentoring have made a significant contribution to the quality of life and professional development of graduate students at Florida State University. This award notes that Dr. Liang demonstrated outstanding mentoring practices and an overall commitment to graduate education at Florida State University.

SME Names Buckypaper Technology to Innovations That Could Change the Way You Manufacture

(Jul. 2009) Buckypaper technology was cited by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers among the Innovations That Could Change the Way You Manufacture. The award is an SME member-driven initiative that reveals new and emerging technologies that are expected to impact the future of manufacturing.

Dr. Ben Wang wins the David F. Baker Researcher Award

Dr. Ben Wang, professor with the Industrial Engineering Department and director of the High-Performance Materials Institute, was recently awarded the David F. Baker Research Award. The Institute of Industrial Engineers presents the award to recognize outstanding research in the profession. It is given for a career of accomplishments that broadly benefited practitioners, organizations, or other researchers rather than for a single activity or application. The award is named for David F. Baker, Ph.D., late chairman of the industrial engineering department at The Ohio State University.

IME Student Evan Anderson wins 2009 Ford HBCU Business Classic Competition

Evan Anderson, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering won the 2009 Ford HBCU Business Classic Competition. As the grand prize winner, the student team won $35,000 in personal scholarships and $15,000 for FAMU. Read the full story here.

Center of Excellence sponsered students from Manatee County to compete at National Skills USA Championship

Three Mantee County high school students sponsered by Manatee Technical Institute through the Florida Center of Excellence in Advanced Materials will compete in National Skills USA competition in Kansas City.

Florida State University Evaluated as One of the Best Value Colleges in the Nation

The Princeton Review ranked The Florida State University as number fifth best value college among the nation's public colleges. According to the USA Today, the overall selection criteria included more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, costs and financial aid. Academic ratings were based on student surveys about such issues as professors' accessibility and class sizes, as well as institutional reports about student-faculty ratios and percent of classes taught by teaching assistants. See the complete story in the USA Today.

IME 19th in Awarding IE Degrees and 4th in Federal Funding

According to data released in April by the American Society for Engineering Education, the IME Department ranked 19th in the nation in the Industrial Engineering Degrees awarded in 2007.
In related news, according to the ASEE database, in 2007 the IME Department ranked fourth among all IE departments in the country for the amount of federal research funding/faculty.

HPMI Buckypaper Technology wins Nano 50 Award

Students, researchers and faculty members at the High-Performance Materials Institute (HPMI) at Florida State University were recently recognized in the fourth annual Nanotech Briefs Nano 50 Awards for their work with an innovative material called buckypaper. (See article.)

Buckypaper technology wins Micro/Nano 25 Award

HPMI's Engineered Carbon Nanotube (CNT) and Nanofiber Buckypapers was selected by the editors of R&D Magazine and MICRO/NANO Newsletter as one of the most innovative products of 2007 in the Inaugural MICRO/NANO 25 Competition. See the complete listing of award winners here.

Congratulations to Dr. Wayne Eckerle

Dr. Wayne Eckerle, IME Advisory Council Chair, was promoted to the position of Vice President of Corporate Research and Technology. We would like to congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition and thank him for his support of our Department and College.