Spring Alumni and Friends Conference

CEC Spring Alumni & Friends Conference April 29, 2022

The conference is a forum for CEC alumni and friends to return to campus to share with students and faculty their technical expertise and career-related advice. The day-long conference will feature a morning and afternoon session with four concurrent presentations and panel discussions.

Alumni Conference Sessions

Opening Remarks 8:30 – 9:20am

Room 154-8
Dean Beena Sukumaran

Morning Sessions 9:30 – 10:10am

Room 110
Cyber Security in Manufacturing and Infrastructure
Presenter: Aaron Pittenger

Room 108
Smart Manufacturing - what does it mean and where is it going?
Presenter: Scott Summerville

Room 112
CPB Graduate Student Displays

Room 124
Pandemic Projects: Writing for the ACM
Presenter: Doug Meil


Morning Sessions 10:25 – 10:55am

Room 108
Transient Thermal Impedance: Method & Application
Presenter: Greg Shendel

Room 110
Applied Industrial AI
Presenter: Nate Arnold

Room 112
Senior Design Displays

Room 124
Is Your Engineering Career Serving You?
Presenter: Mary Kinsella

Morning Sessions 11:10 – 11:40am

Room 108
The Future of Robotics
Presenter: Laura Wasson

Room 110
Digital Trends in Healthcare
Presenter: Mark MacNaughton

Room 112
Senior Design Displays

Room 124
Impact Through Influence
Presenter: Susan Visconte

Lunch Buffet 11:45am - 1:00pm

1:15 -2:00pm - Executive Panel

Presenters: Brett Cope - President & CEO Powell Industries and Jon Olson - Senior Vice President, Industrial Automation USA Schneider Electric

Afternoon Sessions 2:10 - 3:00pm

Room 108
Legal 101 Patents & Trademarks
Presenter: Megan Hymore

Room 110
Connecting Virtually in a Global Workplace
Moderator: Jeff Northup
Panelists: Aaron Pittenger, Nate Arnold

Room 112
MME Graduate Posters

Room 124
Alumni Engagement in University Innovation and Commercialization
Presenter: Mark Richey

Room 186
Transitioning from Miami to the Working World
Panelists: Caroline Danzi, Emily Hughes, Nora Winnestaffer

Afternoon Sessions 3:10 - 4:00pm

Room 108
Megatrends: Emerging Technologies and Implications
Presenter: Shalendra Porwal

Room 110
Cybersecurity Best Practices for Individuals, Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses
Presenter: Phillip Long

Room 112
MME Graduate Posters

Room 124
A Journey in Process Automation
Presenter: Allen Card

Room 186
Women in Engineering & Computing Panel
Moderator: Skyler Silva - student President - Society of Women Engineers
Panelists: Disha Patel, Asha Montante, Amy Augustine

Check out the presenters below.

For those coming into Oxford the night before, please join us at our Senior Design Expo on Thursday, April 28, from 5:30-7:30p in our Engineering buildings.  

This year's conference will be held at the Marcum Hotel & Conference Center.  Registration and continental breakfast run from 7:30a - 8:30a.  We will also host a social hour from 4:00-5:00p.

The luncheon is now full.

If you have questions about the event, email or call Clark Kelly kellyca@MiamiOH.edu, (513) 529-0702.

Alumni Conference Presentations

Nate Arnold

Nate Arnold '02

Title: Applied Industrial AI  

Applying artificial intelligence technologies in a global industrial company like GE isn’t easy. While there is no shortage of data, getting complete, accurate, and relevant data can be a lengthy exercise of trial and error, fraught with frequent error. I will share a couple of examples of projects within GE Power focusing not just on the technology and methods, but just as importantly the business case leading to successful functional and IT engagement. With the right expertise and support AI can make a difference in the industrial space

Allen Card

Allen Card '87

Title: A Journey in Process Automation

Allen Card will discuss Huntington's journey of Process Automation and how the company established a centralized program around a Center Of Excellence (COE) to service all business segments. He will discuss how Huntington focuses on processes that contribute to the company's strategy as well as ensuring benefits are well-defined and tracked. He will provide some real use cases at and discuss methods for ensuring 'best fit'. He will provide insights into the skillsets required at different levels within the organization from entry level to senior management.

Brett Cope Jon Olson

Brett Cope '90  

Jon Olson '90

Executive Panel

Brett and Jon will discuss the journey to their current roles, engineering skills and behaviors we need in the workplace today, and predictions for the Engineering of tomorrow.

Caroline Danzi Emily Hughes Nora Winnestaffer

Caroline Danzi '17

Emily Hughes '17

Nora Winnestaffer '16

Panel: Transitioning from Miami to the Working World

Three recent Miami alumnae will share their experiences going out from Miami and starting their careers. One on the east coast, one on the west coast, and one in the middle of the country. What is it really like to start a career at a place like IBM, Google, and Eli Lilly? What should a Miami CEC student do now to prepare?

Megan Hymore

Megan Hymore '04

Title: Legal 101 - Patents and Trademarks

Are you designing a better tomorrow today? If you graduated from Miami University’s College of Engineering and Computing, I’m 99% sure you are. Why am I so sure? Because Miami’s CEC produces engineers and computer scientists who don’t just solve problems - they change the world. When the world has a problem, engineers and computer scientists step up to find an answer. They create sustainable, economical, and safe solutions that improve our quality of life and the well-being of our society. From software to GPS, chemical processes and the power grid, they make the products and systems we rely on. Well, guess what – pushing boundaries and solving problems makes you an inventor! This presentation will help you recognize when you may have a patentable invention and understand the basics of obtaining patent protection. You’ll also learn about trademarks—not just because they’re fun too, but because they often go hand-in-hand with patent s.

Mary Kinsella

Mary Kinsella '83

Title: Is Your Engineering Career Serving You?

Whether you're just starting out the working world or you're a seasoned professional, you want to make sure your career is taking you in the right direction. That it's motivating and fulfilling. It's up to you to take care of your career and not leave it to others. This presentation will give you some guidance on career care for engineers. Simple ways to ensure your career is on track and serving you. You'll take away some insights on how to stay on a good career trajectory toward your vision.

Phillip Long

Phillip Long '83

Title: Cybersecurity Best Practices for Individuals, Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

Size doesn't matter. Hackers do not discriminate who or what they attack. Their objectives are often to reap financial gains and/or personal gratification by stealing personal and private information, disrupting your productivity, extorting monies, or selling your personal identities and information on the Dark Web. Enterpreneurs, small businesses, and young adults (ages 18 – 29) are among the most frequently pursued targets for cyberattacks. This webinar is designed to help attendees develop a better understanding of cybersecurity risks and threats, and learn how to assess and strengthen your cybersecurity posture. This informative presentation will discuss several cybersecurity areas, if left unmanaged, could put you, your family or your business at risk. You will learn why these areas are important and how they can impact you or your organization, identify best practices and programs that you can apply at home and at work to mitigate these risks, and ultimately help you sleep better at night.

Mark MacNaughton

Mark MacNaughton '87

Title: Digital trends in Healthcare

Synopsis: Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare sector was lagging other sectors in their adaption of digital technologies. COVID-19 accelerated digitization of services in all sectors but had a dramatic effect on Healthcare. The most visible example is telemedicine, where in December of 2019, 8% of consultations were done via telemedicine, by June of 2020, that figure had risen to one-third of all consultations. There is consensus that as COVID hopefully recedes and becomes a manageable disease, such as the flu, that many aspects of our daily lives will not go back to pre-COVID norms. This includes how we order, how we work, and healthcare. All sectors of the healthcare ecosystem from providers to payor to manufacturers are racing to get caught up to other sectors such as retail and financial services. Led by the Millennial and "Gen Z" cohorts, there is an expectation that we can interact with the healthcare sector the same way we order online or manage our money. This talk is a discussion of how the healthcare sector is facing this challenge, including the forces driving the transition, what various companies are doing, and some of the risks, particularly as they relate to privacy and regulation.

Doug Miel

Doug Meil '91

Title: Pandemic Projects: Writing For The ACM

During the Covid-19 pandemic Doug started writing posts for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) blog on a variety of software engineering topics and his experience in 30 years of development including 3 startups, 2 acquisitions, and open source software, and at last count he is up to 13 posts. Doug will walk through the origins of this personal effort and then discuss 3 of the posts in depth. The ACM is the oldest and largest educational and scientific computing society.   A list of Doug's publications can be found here.

Nathan Arnold Jeff Northup Aaron Pittenger

Nate Arnold '02                        

Jeff Northup '89      

Aaron Pittenger '13

Panel Title: Connecting Virtually in a Global Workplace

We now have all had the experience of working virtually at some point over the past two years. Some of us though, have been working virtually for quite a while and connect, manage and lead teams that cross our country borders. This panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges that come with working on a global virtual team. The intent is to expand your own virtual experiences into areas that you may not have considered.

Dishal Patel Amy Augustine Asha Montante

Disha Patel '02             

Amy Augustine '98    

Asha Montante '08

Title: Success, Empowerment, Inspiration in a STEM World

A career in engineering and technology can be a fulfilling one. This dynamic, diverse panel includes Miami alumni who have made strides in their careers in the world of Engineering, Technology, Leadership, and beyond. These experts will share their insights and personal experiences regarding their career journey and share tips and tricks for navigating a successful career.

Aaron Pittenger

Aaron Pittenger '13

Title: Cyber Security in Manufacturing and Infrastructure

Aaron will present on the challenges faced with security in the current manufacturing and infrastructure landscape. While the 20th century saw manufacturing evolve through the proliferation of electricity, the creation of the assembly line, and even the adoption of the 40-hour work week, the 21st century is proving that interconnectivity and security are the new game in town. From the first onset of computerized systems on the factory floor, manufacturing technology has traditionally lagged about 20 years behind the IT landscape. Today this gap is closing quickly, and manufacturing systems are rapidly becoming the next high-tech frontier. This current generation of manufacturing control systems are more data-driven, real-time-reactionary, and interconnected than ever. Because of this, cybersecurity cannot just be an afterthought, it must be kept front-of-mind. A cyber-attack may no longer result in JUST a monetary loss, but human lives may even be at stake. This talk will cover the history of networking in manufacturing systems, including the transition from non-standard communication protocols and air-gapped systems to today’s fully connected infrastructure and the defenses being put in place to help keep all our manufacturing and services running.

Shalendra Porwal

Shalendra Porwal '77

Title: Megatrends: Emerging Technologies and Implications

In this ever-changing world, megatrends are caused by a variety of factors such as changing demographics, enhancing comfort and convenience, reducing time and cost of transactions, reducing consumption of resources, reducing consumption of energy, reducing the rate and impact of climate change, creating better and more affordable shelter, doing things faster, improved security, enhanced asset utilization, natural disasters, pandemics, and, of course, the human greed. And there are many more, which are often intertwined with one another and create mega opportunities for new businesses. Megatrends emerge slowly, are adopted by masses, last for a decade or so, are local initially and expand rapidly as a larger population accepts and adopts them. They inspire the development of new technologies and processes to address the root causes. The megatrends are vectors that modify our present and shape our future and thus have profound implications on our society. Are we ready?

Shalendra will provide his perspectives on megatrends, emerging technologies, and how universities can play a significant role in preparing the future workforce that can efficiently and expediently address the needs of the society.

Mark Richey

Mark Richey '80

Title: Alumni Engagement in University Innovation and Commercialization

Miami has a compelling alumni base professionally active in venture and innovation (entrepreneur, venture capital, angel, corporate innovation). Arguably this network has experienced greater success based on companies launched, funded, and managed than any other Midwest university and is one of the top public universities based on these metrics. Identifying, institutionalizing and activating this network for the benefit of current faculty, students and alumni is challenging, but has the potential to accelerate the schools strategic objectives and enhance the academic experience.

Greg Shendel

Greg Shendel '10

Title: Transient Thermal Impedance: Method & Application

As we transition the world to renewable energy sources and electric vehicles, we must drive down converter costs and improve reliability. Achieving this goal, requires careful understanding and management of thermals. At the heart of power electronics, switches control the flow of power and generate heat from their inefficiencies. Converters utilize complex stackups of dissimilar materials to remove this heat while isolating the switch electrically.

Engineers approximate these stackups using thermal networks of resistances and capacitances. These thermal networks can be represented graphically as a structure function. Structure functions provide valuable information about the health of stackups and network responses. However, analytically created structure functions often fail to accurately capture the thermal behavior. Fortunately, these thermal networks can also be empirically derived through measurement.

The small physical size, construction, and short time constants of switch devices present a challenge to this measurement. At Tesla, we use custom designed hardware to employ a special method of measurement adopted from JEDEC Standard 51-14. The results are then used to maximize design capability, screen parts in manufacturing, understand degradation over life, and aid in effective failure analysis. An overview of the process and accompanying case study of application will be presented.

Scott Summerville

Scott Summerville '79

Title: Smart Manufacturing – what does it mean and where is it going?

Smart Manufacturing has been the vision for decades and there has been consistent progress. Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Industrial IoT, and Industry 4.0 are some of the current buzzwords. What is Smart Manufacturing today and what are the constraints, challenges, and opportunities for manufacturers within the current environment? This talk will take a practical approach to Smart Manufacturing and cut through the hype starting with a definition of terms and ending with an outlook for the future based on technological and socioeconomic trends. Scott will touch on Traceability, Predictive Analytics, Industrial Software, Robotics, Machine Tending, and the "Industrial Network War" in the context of today’s world class manufacturing operation. In addition, he will share his 35 years of experience in manufacturing automation and explain why it is an industry that you should consider for your career.

Susan Visconte

Susan Visconte '99

Title: Impact Through Influence

Make an impact! This is the world’s battle cry to a human race that has an insatiable desire and drive to see progress and results. You have heard this battle cry in your mind and felt it in your heart. Your desire to make an impact is rooted deep within you and a part of your design.

Through the inspiring storytelling of practical business experiences, Susan invites you to discover insightful ways to drive impact through influence. She will take you on a journey that revisits the power of influence and provide simple strategies that enhance your approach.

Join the conversation and together let’s unlock new ways to make an impact through influence.

Laura Wasson

Laura Wasson '12

Title: The Future of Robotics

Robotics is a fast-growing, rapidly evolving field with new technologies emerging each day. Interested in learning more about a career in robotics or about exciting robotic trends? Come join this session for a fun discussion on the future of robotics!

MME Graduate Students - Poster Presentations

Karen Elisha-Wigwe

Karen Elisha-Wigwe

Title: Investigating Fluid-Structure Interactions in Artificial Microswimmers using Particle-Based Simulations

Karen Elisha-Wigwe is a fourth-year student at Miami University's College of Engineering and Computing where she is pursuing Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering. A recipient of the Undergraduate Summer Scholar (USS) research grant, Karen explored her interests in Photography, Computer Science, and Mechanical engineering in a project to help film photographers conserve photo-sensitive paper.

Her research is focused on studying the behaviors of micro self-propellant swimmers that have applications in medicine and beyond. Armed with skills gained from an internship with iXperience in Data Science where she built a heart disease prediction model, Karen hopes to apply these computational skills in her research.


Faysal Haque

Faysal Haque

Title: Analysis of tribological property of 3D printed PEEK-PTFE composite

Faysal Haque is a final year international graduate student from Bangladesh in the MME department. He received his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).

He joined Miami University Tribology Lab (MTL) under the supervision of Dr. Mark Sidebottom where he studies the PTFE composites that can generate ultralow wear as a solid lubricant. During 2021 he worked to make a tribometer for DuPont to test their composites as a part of the MTL. His research interests include instrument design, solid lubricant, friction, and wear.

Marufa Islam

Marufa Islam

Title: Effect of Design Factors and Pedestrian Segments in AV-Pedestrian Interaction

Marufa Islam is a 2nd year MS student in the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Department at Miami University.

She earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology. Currently, she is working with Dr. Jinjuan She on Human-Computer Interaction to make Autonomous vehicles (AVs) a commonplace occurrence and she has co-authored two papers on the same topic.

Mahmud Anjir Karim

Mahmud Anjir Karim

Title: Investigation on different methods and depth of Electrodes for faster machining in Silicon using DIE SINK EDM.

Mahmud Anjir Karim is a 2nd year master's student in the MME department. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh. His undergraduate research was the Evaluation of the Turbulence Models for the Simulation of the Flow over a Naca-0012 Airfoil.

He is currently researching with Dr. Muhammad Jahan on advanced manufacturing process with the main aim of improving the efficiency of machining in silicon using DIE SINK Electro Discharge Machining (EDM).

Chang Liu

Chang Liu

Title: Acoustic Field-assisted Inkjet-based Additive Manufacturing of Carbon Fiber-reinforced Polydimethylsiloxane Composites

Chang Liu received his bachelor’s degree and continues to pursue his M.S. degree in the MME department at Miami University. Under the supervision of Dr. Yingbin Hu, Chang has been working on two additive research projects since 2020. He has received a $2600 Undergraduate Summer Scholarship and a NSF student travel award.

Surya Prakash Pandeya

Surya Prakash Pandeya

Title: Analysis of Different Manufacturing Strategies for 4D Shape Morphing Structures

Surya Prakash Pandeya is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Miami University under the supervision of Dr. Xinyi Xiao. His research is in the additive manufacturing field and other research interests include Solid Modeling and Product Design. Currently, he is using Fused deposition Modeling technology for the design and control of self-morphing structures.

He earned his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering at Tribhuvan University in 2016 in Nepal.

Partha Pratin Pandit

Partha Pratim Pandit

Title: Microstructural, Mechanical, and Thermal Properties Evaluation for Carbon Fiber Reinforced High-Density Polyethylene Fabricated by Fused Deposition Modeling

Partha is a 2nd year master’s student studying mechanical engineering under the supervision of Dr. Yingbin Hu. His focus of study is additive manufacturing, specifically mechanical, thermal properties, and analysis of microstructural characteristics of the fabricated components using composite materials and additive manufacturing processes.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and intends to join a PhD program upon completion of his master's degree.

Abu Shoaib Saleh

Abu Shoaib Saleh

Title: The Effect of Laser Curing on FDM Printed Parts and Optimization of the Process Parameters to Ensure Maximum Quality

Abu Shoaib Saleh is a graduate student in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (MME) of Miami University. His research interests include but are not limited to additive manufacturing (AM), optimization, and control of AM process parameters for desired part quality.

Abu Shoaib earned his bachelor’s in Mechanical engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) where he studied the use of zeotropic mixtures on organic Rankine cycles (ORC) for waste heat recovery for senior year dissertation.


CPB Graduate Students - Poster Presentations

Maria Menke

Title: Silky Soft Bioelectronics

Medical electronic devices have long been limited by the mismatch in modulus and morphology between soft human tissue and rigid hardware. To overcome this mismatch, bioelectronics must be composed entirely of soft, flexible materials that are capable of fully conforming to curvilinear tissues and organs. Thin silk substrates can provide both softness and flexibility, as well as breathability and biocompatibility, at the tissue interface. Meanwhile, polymerized liquid metal networks of a non-toxic gallium alloy can provide excellent conductivity without the innate rigidness of traditional conductors. Integrating these two materials will allow for fully conformal, soft bioelectronics with implications in implantable and wearable devices for health-monitoring, human-machine interfaces for prosthetic control, and the diagnosis and treatment of disease

Maddy McKinney

Title: Screening of Norbaeocystin Methyltransferase Variants enables enhanced Psilocybin and Baeocystin Production in E. coli

While psilocybin is currently under clinical evaluation for the treatment of severe depression and addiction, anecdotal evidence from recreational users has led some to postulate that the ratio of naturally occurring psychoactive metabolites may greatly impact the effect on the brain. Norbaeocystin methyltransferase (psiM) is responsible for the iterative methylation of norbaeocystin, resulting in the production of psilocybin via a monomethylated intermediate, baeocystin. The genetic variation between mushroom species and resulting differences in metabolite profile, have motivated this study to evaluate a range of psiM variants for their ability to selectively produce the intermediate product baeocystin. Here, we examine the effect of genetic variability of the psiM gene and attempt to create a biosynthetic production platform for producing high titers of baeocystin and higher titers of psilocybin than previously reported. Screening of genes from Psilocybe cubensis, Psilocybe cyanescens, Panaeolus cyanescens and Gymnopilus dilepis yielded a production strain capable of producing more than 480 mg/L of psilocybin prior to optimization. This surpasses the current best psilocybin production strain by an increase of 245% under identical conditions. Additionally, initial screening produced a range of strains with enhanced baeocystin selectivity. Ongoing efforts to validate, optimize, and scaleup multiple lead strains is currently underway.

Spencer Sabatino

Title: Predicting Octanol/Water Partition Coefficients Using Molecular Simulation for the SAMPL7 Challenge: Comparing the Use of Neat and Water Saturated 1-Octanol

The need for more efficient drug design and development has become more prevalent in just the last few years, leading to the development of the SAMPL challenges to promote exploration of methods to compute physical properties key to drug development. Blind predictions of octanol/water partition coefficients at 298.15 K for 22 drug-like compounds were made for the SAMPL7 challenge. The octanol/water partition coefficients were predicted using solvation free energies computed using molecular dynamics simulations, wherein we considered the use of both pure and water-saturated 1- octanol to model the octanol-rich phase. Water and 1-octanol were modeled using TIP4P and TrAPPE-UA, respectively, which have been shown to well reproduce the experimental mutual solubility, and the solutes were modeled using GAFF. After the close of the SAMPL7 challenge, we additionally made predictions using TIP4P/2005 water. We found that the predictions were sensitive to the choice of water force field. However, the effect of water in the octanol-rich phase was found to be even more significant and non-negligible. The effect of inclusion of water was additionally sensitive to the chemical structure of the solute.

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