Engineering dean appointed to a prestigious national expert panel


Dr. Wael Zatar, dean of the College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE), has been appointed to serve as a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) National Expert Panel on “Use of Fiber Reinforced Polymers in Transportation Infrastructure,” which is being conducted as one of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis Studies.

The main objective of projects under this program is to synthesize existing information on a topic of relevance to highway objectives. Synthesis publications have proven to be useful and authoritative reports on highway problems and practices. As a member of the expert panel, Zatar is expected to participate in regular meetings to discuss the topic and refine the scope of the project, suggest sources of information, and identify and discuss potential topic consultants.

The panel will advise on the format and content of the synthesis report and review the draft documents.

The TRB is a division of the National Research Council (NRC), a private, nonprofit institution that provides expertise in science and technology to the government, the public, and the scientific and engineering communities.

The NRC is jointly administered by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine. Members of NRC technical committees serve as individuals, not as representatives of the organizations by which they are employed or of which they may be members.

The panel will focus its work on evaluating the use of fiber reinforced polymers in highway infrastructure as they relate to: how State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) are using fiber-reinforced polymer and summary of use by application, whether the use is experimental or an institutionalized standard practice, lessons learned by state DOTs, specifications, design guidelines, methods of procurement/contracting, long-term durability, performance evaluation and qualification testing, use of the fiber reinforced polymers in repair and retrofit applications versus new construction projects, cost considerations and how cost impacts the decision, challenges to implementation and how fiber-reinforced polymers are incorporated into life-cycle cost analysis.

“I am fascinated with this very prestigious appointment and with the fact that I have been selected to serve the civil and the structural engineering community at this very high level. It is an absolute honor to assume this role, to serve at this capacity and to be one of very few panelists coming from academia from all over the globe,” Zatar said. “As an expert panelist I would provide guidance, with my panel colleagues, and review reports aimed at documenting the current state of the practice in the use of fiber-reinforced polymer in highway infrastructure.  The synthesis will identify fiber-reinforced polymer applications, barriers to more widespread use, current research, and research needs.”

Zatar, who calls himself “a very proud Marshall University employee,” will be the first person from  West Virginia to serve in such a national role in the field of composites’ application to transportation infrastructure.

“My role on the panel would allow me to continue acquiring the latest knowledge in the field and be able to transfer and implement the state-of-the-art knowledge and the state-of-the-practice for repair technologies, thus benefitting the infrastructure system in West Virginia and the United States,” Zatar added.

Zatar also serves as the chairman of the National Committee on Structural Fiber Reinforced Polymers of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. The committee is among the largest and most prestigious national – and international – committees on the subject of Structural Fiber Reinforced Polymers. Zatar’s initial service is for three years, from 2015 to 2018, although his service is expected to be extended for another three years to 2021.

Dr. Richard McCormick honored with Koch Award

McCormick-2Dr. Richard F. McCormick, professor of engineering, was given the Roy D. Koch Award for his lifetime of service to the West Virginia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at the section’s annual meeting last month at Oglebay Park in Wheeling.

The award is the highest honor given by the West Virginia Section of ASCE, and it was established in 1974 “to recognize those individuals who have provided meritorious service to the West Virginia Section for an extended period of time.”

McCormick served as treasurer, vice president and president of the section in the late 1980s, wrote the first section handbook in 1996 and has remained active in the section since that time. However, he was recognized with the Koch Award mainly because of his many years of work with ASCE student chapters at WVU Tech and Marshall. He served as the Tech ASCE faculty adviser for more than 20 years, and is the founding adviser of Marshall’s new ASCE student chapter.

McCormick was nominated for the award by Dean Wael Zatar, with the final decision being made by the section’s board of directors.

Dr. Sarder Sadique


sadique_sDr. Sarder Sadique, Mechanical Engineer, has joined the Weisberg Division of Engineering as an Assistant Professor. He has a Bachelor and Masters in Materials Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore (NUS 2013 ranking: 24 in the world). He has been a faculty member and Department Head at the Curtin University of Technology, Sarawak Campus, Malaysia; faculty member and researcher at Centennial College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; faculty member at University of Texas at El Paso and University of Southern Mississippi; and most recently a faculty member at Central Michigan University.

Research Interests

Advanced Manufacturing Processes, Hybrid Renewable Energy (solar and wind), Nanobioengineering, Nanobiomechanics, Nano-tribology and Elastohydrodynamic Lubrication, Biosensors and Biorobotics, Fuel Cells – Source of Energy.


  • Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), Toronto, Canada
  • Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE)
  • The Society of Tribologist and Lubrication Engineers (STLE)
  • The Institution of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB), Bangladesh

Selected Publications

  • M. Barati, S. Sadique, A. McLean, R. Roy; Recovery of Silicon from Silica Fume. Journal of Non-crystalline Solids, vol. 357, pp: 18-23; 2011.
  • Sadique SE, Ramakrishna S, Batchelor AW and Bing CH; In vitro sliding mechanics and wear patterns between contemporary and esthetic composite orthodontic brackets and archwires. Wear; vol. 261, pp: 1121-1139; 2006.
  • S.E. Sadique, M.A.H. Mollah, M.S. Islam, M.M. Ali, M.M.H. M. Megat and S. Basri; High temperature oxidation behaviour of iron-chromium-aluminum alloys. Oxidation of Metals. Vol. 54, Nos. 5/6, pp: 385-400, 2000.

Dr. Greg Michaelson


Dr. Greg Michaelson, a structural engineer, has joined the faculty of the Weisberg Division of Engineering this Fall 2014 semester. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Bluefield State College in 2009, a Master of Science degree from West Virginia University (WVU) in 2010, and a Ph.D. from WVU in 2014. In 2011, he was named a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship (Grant No. DGE-1102689).

His current research interests are focused in development of innovative steel highway bridge applications and improving analysis/design procedures for bridges, These include steel bridge design, nonlinear finite element modeling, structural stability, and experimental investigation of structural systems. He is also an active member within AISI’s Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance, a group of bridge and culvert industry leaders who have joined together to provide education, economical designs, and innovative modular solutions for short span steel bridges.

Neuron magazine recognizes Dr. Andrew Nichols

Dr. Andrew Nichols was recognized by Neuron magazine for his accomplishments and research.
More information about this event and details about Dr. Nichols activities could be found at:

Jeffrey Nimmo Named Director of Huntington VA Center


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the appointment of Jeffrey Brian Nimmo as director of the Huntington VA Medical Center.

In his new role, Nimmo will oversee the daily operations of this fully accredited 80-bed acute care facility, which provides medical and surgical inpatient care, in addition to primary and specialized outpatient care.

Nimmo received a master’s degree in 1999 from Marshall University.


More details in the Herald-Dispatch announcement

Computer Science Education Week

President Obama helped to launch Computer Science Education Week with a message posted on YouTube. “If we want America to stay on the cutting edge, we need young Americans like you to master the tools and technology that will change the way we do just about everything. Don’t just buy a new video game – make one. Don’t just download the latest app – help design it. Don’t just play on your phone – program it”

Safety Students attend National Conference


The 2013 National Safety Council Congress and Expo was held in Chicago, Illinois during the first part of October and Seven Marshall University students attended to establish contacts for internship and post-graduate job opportunities and promote the safety technology program.

Allen D. Stern, professor and chair of Marshall’s division of applied science and technology, took the seven undergraduates of Marshall’s safety technology program on an all-expense-paid trip to Chicago, Ill., to attend the annual conference.
“We made a lot of good contacts with companies who didn’t know Marshall exists or even has a program,” Stern said. “That’s the biggest obstacle we’ve been facing. We’re the best kept secret.”

Student participants thoughts about the conference:

Cameron Hughes “The national safety council conference was a great opportunity and greatly broadened my knowledge of the safety field. As a sophomore in the major I am really glad I attended as I am sure I am pursuing the right major for me.”

Tyler Bledsoe spoke about attending the conference: “It was very important for me to take time off from work and school to attend this NSC conference in Chicago. By attending this conference it has helped me network with safety professionals around the globe and has provided me with knowledge on new safety equipment and topics within our field.”

Brett Sergent: “After attending the National Safety Council Conference, I received valuable information that can be used in the field. I learned that manufacturers are paying more attention to worker’s needs and not just trying to have the best looking product. I met people ranging from the oil and gas industry to air transportation. Everyone at the conference was there for the same reason we were; to help create a safer and more productive workplace. I really enjoyed the conference and I encourage more people to go!”


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