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

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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.

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.