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ONU and The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration received a donation of 10 salesforce.com enterprise software licenses in perpetuity. The annual value is $15,000. Salesforce.com will also provide additional licenses at a 76 percent discount. The software has been used for the college’s entrepreneurship program and student-run businesses.
Dr. Robert Waters, visiting assistant professor of history, received a $500 Eisenhower Presidential Library Travel Grant, for his research on British Guiana (Guyana) and British Honduras (Belize). His research will lead to an article comparing U.S. relations with each of the colonies, and will be part of a book on the U.S. role in and British Guiana’s independence movement. The grants program is funded and administered by the Eisenhower Foundation in Abilene, Kansas, and assists scholars’ research of primary sources in such fields as history, government, economics, communications and international affairs.
Through the efforts of the Office of Facilities Planning and Construction, Ohio Northern University’s application for the sports center lighting project to American Electric Power’s Self Direct GridSmart Program has been approved. The university will receive a Self Direct Energy Efficiency Credit of $31,763.28.
Dr. Srinivasa R. Vemuru, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, is the recipient of a $23,112 grant from the National Science Foundation. The project, “Digital/VLSI Test and Reliable Computing Research Laboratory,” is a collaborative research project with the University of Toledo. The laboratory is being established for the development of computationally intensive algorithms and use of commercial CAD tools for testing digital and analog VLSI, FPGAs, and advanced semiconductor devices.
Dr. John-David Yoder, associate professor of mechanical engineering, Dr. Robert Verb, associate professor of biology, and Dr. Leslie A. Riley, assistant professor of biological sciences are the recipients of a $10,000 research grant to design, build and test a watercraft capable of autonomously sampling water quality on Ohio lakes. A team of ONU mechanical engineering and biology students, advised by faculty from both areas, will be responsible for the creation and testing of this device. The craft will be tested on Grand Lake St. Marys, a lake which has recently been the site of cyanobacterial bloom. This research is supported by the Ohio Sea Grant College Program, part of the National Sea Grant College Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Dr. Yoder will serve as principal investigator of this project inspired by the work of Dr. Cedric Predalier and his students at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), where Dr. Yoder visited and spoke during his sabbatical.
Dr. Jed Marquart, professor of mechanical engineering, and a team of senior mechanical engineering students received a $5,200 Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) grant for a senior capstone project titled “Micro Air Vehicle Flapping Wing Actuator.” The grant was administered through the Ohio Aerospace Institute. The group members included Kyle Smyntek from Willoughby, Ohio, Loren Fleischman, from Springfield, Ohio, Ken Fisher from Crooksville, Ohio, and Bill Neidinger from Broadview Heights, Ohio. The students designed, built and tested a flapping wing actuation system that is small and light yet has the ability to flap wings at approximately 25 Hz in a bio-inspired manner. The application will be a Micro Air Vehicle (MAV), which will be used for surveillance by the US Air Force.