Engineering News

9th Annual Richard F. McCormick Technical Conference

The Marshall University SAME-ASCE Student Chapter would like to invite you to the 9th Annual Richard F. McCormick Technical Conference, being held on Thursday, January 26th, starting at 8:00 am.  The conference will be in Room BE5 of the Memorial Student Center as in previous years.

Professional Development Hours (PDH)

This year’s conference will offer six (6) hours of PDH credits.  Presentation topics will include (agenda subject to change):

  • West Virginia’s First ABC Deck Replacement Project (Bill Manuel, P.E. & Jerry V. Elkins II, P.E., HNTB, Scott Depot WV)
  • The Redevelopment of the Charleston Civic Center (ZMM Architects & Engineers, Charleston WV)
  • Innovative Products, Technology, Design, & Construction Methods:  Ethical & Legal Considerations for Engineers (Betsy E. Dulin, P.E. Esq., Coates & Davenport, P.C., Richmond VA)
  • June 2016 West Virginia Flood: Hydrologic Modeling and USACE Project Operation (James Schray, P.H., U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District)
  • Seepage Concerns at Lake White Dam Prompts Emergency Response (Robert J. Kirkbride, P.E., Stantec, Columbus OH)
  • Mosul Dam Emergency Grouting (Kenneth L. Woodard, P.E. P.M.P., U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District)

The SAME-ASCE Student Chapter will supply a certificate for those attending the full day of conference activities. This certificate will indicate that this conference contained contact time that should satisfy six (6) Professional Development Hours. Please note that the WV State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers has final approval of all Professional Development Hours used for license renewal by professional engineers.

Registration/Payment & Refund Policy

We are pleased to offer online registration for the first time this year.  In addition, payments can now be accepted using credit/debit cards (checks and money orders are also accepted).  Registration will include a light continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments, give-a-ways & door prizes!  If you have special dietary needs, please indicate them in the registration form.  If you wish to cancel your registration, you must do so by Friday, January 20th in order to receive a refund.  Note that, after January 20th, attendee substitutions will be permitted if you cannot attend.

Click HERE to begin registration

Click HERE to download agenda

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s conference.  Please feel free to forward this email to any engineer that may be interested in attending this year’s conference.  If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact either myself or our student chapter president, Logan Stacks (

Electrical and Computer Engineering Program

Welcome to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Program (BSEE) at the Weisberg Division of Engineering at the College of Information Technology and Engineering. The Electrical and Computer program will allow students to select one of two areas of emphasis: Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering. Graduates of this Program will contribute to West Virginia’s economic development, advance its competitive edge globally and contribute to improvement in the quality of life.

Electrical engineering is a field of engineering that generally deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism. The fields of electrical and computer engineering cover a wide range of subfields including electronics, power engineering, telecommunications, control systems, radio-frequency engineering, signal processing, instrumentation, microelectronics, digital systems including hardware, software, compliers and operating systems, coding, cryptography, network, mobile and distributed computing system, and cyber physical systems and security. As such, the BSEE program at Marshall University (MU) will prepare graduates with a BSEE with two areas of emphasis: general electrical engineering, and computer engineering. It will, also, emphasize service, systems-based knowledge, and sustainability with an eye toward the interface of traditional electrical and computer engineering with new and emerging fields. In accordance with the standards set forth by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and MU’s mission, the specific educational objectives of this program are to graduate students who will:

  1. Practice the electrical and computer engineering discipline successfully within community-accepted standards
  2. Possess teamwork and communications skills to develop a successful career in electrical and computer engineering
  3. Fulfill professional and ethical responsibilities in the practice of electrical and computer engineering, including social, environmental and economic considerations,
  4. Engage in professional service, such as participation in professional society and community service
  5. Engage in life-long learning activities, such as graduate studies or professional workshops, and
  6. Develop a professional career in the prevailing market that meets personal goals, objectives and desires

I invite you to learn more about our undergraduate and graduate programs and our faculty. We urge you to come visit us and see the many innovative things taking place. We would love to have you as a part of our team.




Asad Salem, Ph.D.

Professor & Chair of the Weisberg Division of Engineering


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CITE Dean Wael Zatar Featured in 2016 Annual Discover Engineers Week Scholarship and Celebration Dinner

WaelZatarWael Zatar, the Dean of Marshall University’s College of Information and Technology and Engineering (CITE) was the keynote speaker for the Discover Engineers Week Scholarship and Celebration Dinner that took place on February 23rd, 2016. Dr. Zatar serves as the Director of the University Transportation Center at Marshall University as well as the Associate Director of the Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center.
Among those in attendance for the February 23rd’s event were representatives from the American Council of Engineering Companies of West Virginia, engineers and professionals leading and representing civil, electrical, mechanical, and chemical engineering businesses, and leaders of professional societies including the WV Society of Professional Engineers and the WV American Society of Civil Engineers. Also in attendance were WV State Legislators, college leaders, administration staff, faculty members, and students from institutions of higher education in WV.
Dr. Zatar discussed the undergraduate and graduate programs offered by Marshall’s College of Information Technology and Engineering along with the capabilities and facilities that we have acquired in the last few years. Dr. Zatar spoke about the new state-of-the-art Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex and the unique assets and advanced opportunities the complex has brought to our students. The facility is LEED silver certified allowing our students to utilize its many sustainable features as learning tools as well as promoting the efficient uses of our environmental resources.
Along with the many unique assets and advanced opportunities for students in Marshall University, the Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex was designed with a magnificent, eye-catching and very welcoming centralized atrium that serves as window into the building. Faculty offices are intermingled among the departments as well as the many collaboration stations located outside the faculty offices. The collaboration stations are integrated with cutting-edge technology that promotes unprecedented student/faculty interaction opportunities. This complex houses one of very few advanced materials testing labs in the region and in the nation. The equipment housed in the state-of-the-art lab would facilitate testing full-scale, as well as, prototypes of transportation infrastructure systems under real world circumstances. The lab is also equipped with non-destructive testing and evaluation capabilities, corrosion testing lab, transportation lab, fluids hydraulics lab, environmental engineering lab, hydraulics/pneumatics lab, thermal energy lab, circuits electronic lab, industrial controls lab, fire protection lab, industrial hygiene and ergonomics lab, and cyber security and networking lab.
Students can experience advanced opportunities for cutting edge research, engagement and funding initiatives, resulting in the highest quality and first class prospects for future employers. The added capabilities will foster strong research partnership that Marshall University College of Information Technology and Engineering faculty have with the university’s many centers and colleges, other universities in the United States and abroad and our excellent partnerships with local, state, regional, national and international universities and organizations. The College of Information Technology and Engineering and the related research centers in Marshall University envision themselves as key economic development drivers in the State of West Virginia.
Dean Zatar’s keynote speech was very well received by all attendees of the Discover Engineers Week Scholarship and Celebration Dinner event. The audience were very complementary to his leadership, tireless work and the vision of Marshall University that relates to the potential growth of engineering disciplines to serve the State and the region. Dean Zatar’s tireless advocacy and persistence to advance the Civil Engineering education in the State of West Virginia over the past many years were fully recognized as he is the 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Civil Engineering Educator of the Year Award established by the West Virginia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (WVASCE).
CITE offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science, Safety Technology, Mechanical Engineering, and Engineering with an emphasis in Civil Engineering, CITE offers Master of Science degrees in Computer Science and in Engineering majoring in Engineering Management, Environmental Engineering and Transportation and Infrastructure. CITE also offers Master is Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Science, Information Systems, Safety, and Technology Management. As a part of CITE’s fast expansion, new undergraduate and graduate programs in Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Cyber-Security will be added.
Coming available for the Spring 2016 semester, students will be able to take their Engineering and Computer Science Freshman and Sophomore undergraduate courses on the South Charleston campus and finish the last two years of their studies on the Huntington campus.
The Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex is the home for all undergraduate and graduate students and will deliver highly skilled professional engineers.

Dean receives Outstanding Civil Engineering Educator of the Year for 2015

Dr. Wael Zatar
Dr. Wael Zatar, professor and dean of the College of Information Technology and Engineering at Marshall University, has been named recipient of the 2015 West Virginia Outstanding Civil Engineering Educator of the Year award by the West Virginia section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

This award is a prestigious one, given to an individual who is a distinguished Civil Engineering educator, tenured faculty in a West Virginia Engineering School, a resident of the state of West Virginia at the time of nomination and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Click the link below for the full story on Marshall’s University Communications page.
Dean receives Outstanding Civil Engineering Educator of the Year for 2015

Safety Graduate Receives University Honor

Lester “Les” Hicks, a Marshall University Safety graduate, will receive the 2016 Marshall University Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honor given by the Marshall University alumni association. Les was also part of the Young Thundering Herd football team. He will receive the award at the 79th Alumni Awards Banquet in Marshall Memorial Student Center.

Click the link below for the full story by the Herald-Dispatch.
Young Thundering Herd player honored

Students honored during Discover Engineers Week event


Three Marshall University engineering students were awarded scholarships at the annual Discover Engineers Week Scholarship and Celebration Dinner on Feb. 23 in Charleston.The banquet is held during National Engineers Week each year and is a major activity that gives recognition to the students who attend the engineering schools in West Virginia.

“We are very proud of our students and plan to have additional scholarships in the future,” said Dr. Asad Salem, chair of the Weisberg Division of Engineering at Marshall University.

William Shaffer, a junior civil engineering student from Madison, W.Va. was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the West Virginia Society of Professional Engineers.

“It was a great honor,” Shaffer said of winning the award. “Some of the best engineers around the state are the ones who selected the recipients. For that esteemed group of engineers to give out a scholarship and me be one of the recipients means a great deal and I am very humbled.”

Mary Cart, a senior civil engineering student from Huntington, was awarded $500 from the American Council of Engineering Companies.

“It means a lot to me to be selected as the recipient of this award,” Cart said. “It also means quite a bit to me to be considered worthy of this scholarship by members of the same profession I am pursuing.”

Lucas Whittington, a junior mechanical engineering student from Poca, West Virginia, was awarded $500 from West Virginia Society of Professional Engineers.

“It’s an honor to be recognized and included in such a great group of recipients,” Whittington said. “This scholarship will help pay for out-of-pocket expenses such as textbooks.”

Dr. Wael Zatar, dean of Marshall University’s College of Information Technology and Engineering, was the keynote speaker for the event. Zatar also serves as director of the University Transportation Center at Marshall University and director of the Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center.


Photo: Dr. Wael Zatar (left), dean of Marshall University’s College of Information Technology and Engineering, with student scholarship recipients Mary Cart (second from left), Lucas Whittington (second from right) and William Shaffer at the 2016 Discover Engineers Week Scholarship and Celebration Dinner Feb. 23 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Charleston.

Technical Conference – SAME-ASCE Student Chapter

The Marshall University SAME-ASCE Student Chapter is excited to announce that the 8th Annual Richard F. McCormick Technical Conference will be held on Thursday, January 28th, starting @ 8:00 am and take place at the Memorial Student Center. This year’s conference will offer six professional development hours (PDHs). The presentation topics are outlined in the attached agenda. Links to the conference agenda as well an registration form are provided.

The conference provides a great opportunity to obtain PDHs and network with our students and other local engineering firms. We hope to see you at this year’s conference.

MU SAME-ASCE Student Chapter

Registration Form

Engineering Education Summit set for Dec. 1

11sMarshall University will host an Engineering Education Summit Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 4-6 p.m. at the Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex, 1676 Third Ave., Huntington.

The program is free and open to the public.

The summit will bring together K-12 and university educators with representatives of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Polymer Alliance Zone and Service Wire Company for a panel discussion about trends in engineering education and regional employers’ specific needs for skilled engineers.

Other scheduled speakers include Marshall President Gary G. White; Dr. Paul L. Hill, chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission; and Dr. Wael Zatar, dean of Marshall’s College of Information Technology and Engineering.

Zatar said the overall goal of the summit is to get members of the community together to explore opportunities and challenges in training the regional engineering workforce needed to fuel economic growth.

“The opening of our new engineering complex in August was an enormous step forward toward the realization of our dreams and vision for our students, the university, the community and the state,” said Zatar. “Our students now have classes in some of the most advanced engineering and technology labs in the region. The education and experience they are receiving can help economic development right here at home, so we want to pave the way for future action to help ensure we are providing top-notch graduates to meet employers’ needs.”

Zatar said Marshall currently has approximately 730 students in undergraduate engineering, computer science and safety technology programs and graduate engineering, computer science, information systems, environmental science and technology management programs. The university anticipates the new building could help double that number of students in less than 10 years.

Anyone interested in studying engineering or other high-tech fields at Marshall is encouraged to attend the summit. The university’s Office of Recruitment will be on hand with information about available majors and prospective students will have the opportunity to network with current Marshall engineering students.

A reception will follow the program and tours of the new engineering complex will be available.

Advance registration is requested. To make reservations online, visit

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.