August 2015

Volume 2, Issue 8


Table of Contents

Professor Pong Chu
Receives NSF Award

Meet CSU's New Faculty

Featured Researcher
Video Series

Dan Simon Named
Interim Associate Vice President for Research

CSU Scholar News

News from the Technology Transfer Office

Attend the Research Poster Session on September 3rd

Fall 2015 Grant Writing Seminar on November 6th

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Mandatory Use of Cayuse
Begins January 1, 2016

Professor Pong Chu Receives NSF Award

Dr. Pong Chu, associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, received an NSF award for his project entitled "A Spiral Computer Engineering Lab Framework." Dr. Chu's co-investigators are Drs. Chansu Yu and Karla Hamlen (Education).

Good engineering requires two types of skills: component skills, which entail knowledge in specific areas; and integration skills, which entail the application and generalization of component skills to address real-world problems. One deficiency of engineering curricula is that they mainly focus on component skills, subjects are taught in isolation and without proper context, and they do not adequately prepare students with integration skills. This research establishes a lab framework that permeates the entire computer engineering curriculum, from freshman engineering to senior capstone design, and that connects and integrates individual courses through three cohesive sets of lab experiments and projects. The improved curriculum will enhance students' integration skills, make them aware of the larger context of engineering, and enhance student interest and motivation, which are directly correlated with retention.

Dr. Chu has written five engineering text books, and will write his sixth book on the basis of this research. The award is expected to total $245,373. The project starts July 1, 2015 and ends June 30, 2018.

Meet CSU's New Faculty

Caryl Pagel joined CSU in fall 2014 as an assistant professor in the English Department, and is the director of the CSU Poetry Center. Pagel teaches creative writing and literature classes to undergraduates and graduates in the NEOMFA program. Pagel is the author of two full-length collections of poetry: Twice Told, and Experiments I Should Like Tried At My Own Death. She is currently working on a book of linked essays, is a poetry editor at the literary magazine jubilat, and is the co-founder of Rescue Press.

The CSU Poetry Center, established in 1962, functions as a non-profit independent press that publishes collections of contemporary poetry and prose. The CSU Poetry Center's 175+ books have won competitive national prizes and awards, and their books can frequently be found on Small Press Distribution's monthly bestsellers list. The Poetry Center acquires manuscripts through three annual contests: one dedicated to publishing first books of poetry, one that supports an established poet's career, and a third contest for essay collections.

In addition to publishing, the CSU Poetry Center actively promotes contemporary creative writing through their student-run Lighthouse Reading Series, which was recently named the "Best New Reading Series" in the Cleveland Scene. The Center also serves as an educational resource for undergraduate, M.A., and M.F.A. students at Cleveland State by providing internship opportunities and by involving students in the editorial and production aspects of literary publishing.

Featured Researcher Video Series - Nolan Holland

Research by Dr. Nolan Holland is the focus of the latest installment of the Featured Researcher Video series.

Dr. Holland is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering. His research interests include antifreeze protein for tissue/organ preservation, responsive polymers, biosynthesis of protein-based polymers, mechanics of single biomolecules, and self-assembly of polymer surfactants. We encourage you to learn more about Professor Holland's work, and to take a look at our previous Featured Researcher Videos.

Dan Simon Named Interim
Associate Vice President for Research

Dr. Dan Simon, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has been named the interim associate vice president for research, effective August 3, 2015. An accomplished researcher, teacher, and mentor of graduate students, Dr. Simon replaces Dr. Conor McLennan, who decided to return to his faculty position in the Department of Psychology.

In addition to being a professor, Dr. Simon is the director of the Embedded Control Systems Research Lab and the doctoral program director in the Washkewicz College of Engineering. He spent 14 years in industry before coming to Cleveland State in 1999. He received a PhD from Syracuse University, an MS from the University of Washington, and a BS from Arizona State University, all in electrical engineering. At CSU he has conducted research on several technologies, including prosthetics, robotics, aircraft engines, motor control, electrocardiogram signal processing, environmental monitoring, and satellite design. Dr. Simon has written two books and published more than 100 refereed journal and conference publications. As principal investigator, he has obtained over $2.5 million in research funding from the NSF, NASA, Cleveland Clinic, and industry. His current research includes rehabilitation robotics, food processing technologies, and STEM education for middle school teachers and students. He recently received the CSU 2015 Distinguished Faculty Award for Research.

In his new role, Dr. Simon will serve as liaison between the Office of Research and scholarly and creative activities across the University. He will work with the vice president for research, as well as faculty, staff, and students to enhance the University's scholarly productivity and to improve the research environment.

Dan can be reached at 216.687.5171 or via email at, and his office is located in PH 210.

CSU Scholar News

Whether we are eating, walking, daydreaming, doing research, or hugging a loved one, we are always in the moment, or what Nicholas C. Zingale describes as being in the world. Dr. Zingale, associate professor and director of the Master of Public Administration Program at the Levin College of Urban Affairs, conducts research in applied phenomenology. He has published a series of articles ranging from how NASA astronauts prepare for space, to the way in which the San Francisco cable car operators gain a feel for their work.

Dr. Zingale is also interested in sustainable city management and urban community development in the form of worker-owned cooperatives. The city of Cleveland is the laboratory for most of his work. He has published research in areas such as vision making for shrinking cities, public sector outsourcing, organizational theory, social media, management systems, and crowdsourcing. Dr. Zingale has also completed a photographic analysis of the Cleveland Flats using 100 years of post card images.

Dr. Zingale's most recent research involves collaborative post-capitalistic governance. He believes that society has already entered a new phenomenological era of collaborativism. As technology inches us closer to a near-zero marginal cost of production, Dr. Zingale continues to ask big questions about how cities and institutions will look and feel when information, energy, communication, and other goods are virtually free.

News from the Technology Transfer Office

Technology Licensing: The technology portfolio of former CSU dean Jack Soules has been licensed to Surface Stress Technologies, Inc., and has found additional and renewed interest from a local non-destructive testing company. Dr. Soules' four-coil eddy current testing equipment, which is the subject of three CSU patents (5,610,515, 5,744,954, and 5,898,302), is able to detect stressed areas in metal components prior to fatigue.

Startup Companies: The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) attended the Ohio I-Corps Launch in Columbus. I-Corps@Ohio is the first statewide program of its kind that assists faculty and graduate students from Ohio universities and colleges to validate the market potential of their technologies, and to launch startup companies. Six university technologies were accepted into the first class. If faculty would like further information or assistance in applying to I-Corps@Ohio, please contact the Technology Transfer Office.

Copyright Protection: Copyright protection is an important consideration in the university setting. Faculty and students are continuously striving to publish. How do faculty and students protect their online copyrighted publications from being infringed? If they are aware of copyright infringement, they can submit a "take down letter." If the copyrighted material is owned by CSU, please contact the Technology Transfer Office for assistance.

Health Care Startups: An interesting opportunity for health care startups is offered by the Global Center for Health Innovation. Modest office space is available to startups, which will allow for interaction with established Center tenants, including GE Healthcare, Siemens, and Cardinal Health. Additional details can be found at this Crain's article.

Attend the Research Poster Session on September 3rd

The Office of Research encourages students, faculty, and staff to attend the 2015 Undergraduate Research Poster Session on Thursday, September 3, 2015, from 10am - 2pm in the Student Center Atrium. Students and faculty will discuss research that was funded with a 2015 Undergraduate Summer Research Award. The Office of Research encourages undergraduate and graduate students to be actively engaged in research.

Read about our current and past undergraduate student research:

-Summer 2015 Recipients & Events
-Summer 2014 Recipients & Events
-Summer 2013 Recipients & Events
-Summer 2012 Recipients & Events

Fall 2015 Grant Writing Seminar - November 6, 2015

The Office of Research is excited to announce that it will sponsor a grant writing seminar on November 6. The seminar will be conducted by Grant Writers' Seminars & Workshops, LLC, which has presented seminars to over 250 universities and research institutes since its founding in 1994. The seminar will present clear, concise information to help faculty write better grant proposals, and will emphasize NSF and NIH grant applications, although the seminar will also be applicable to other funding agencies.

This one-day seminar will be primarily aimed at early career faculty, but all tenured or tenure-track faculty who want to improve their grant writing skills are welcome to attend. Each participant will receive extensive handouts, as well as a copy of The Grant Application Writer's Workbook customized for either NSF or NIH per each faculty member's preference.

Faculty interested in attending the seminar must obtain approval from his or her college/school dean prior to registering. Seating is limited to 25 participants. For additional information please contact Dan Simon in the Office of the Vice President for Research at extension 5171 or at The registration deadline is Friday, September 25, 2015. To register for the seminar, please complete the online registration form.

National Science Foundation
Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. Each fellowship consists of three years of support during a five-year fellowship period. NSF provides an annual stipend of $34,000 to each Fellow and an annual cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the Fellow's graduate degree-granting institution. Application deadlines for 2016 Awards are between October 26th and 30th, depending on the discipline. Details can be found at the NSF GRFP web site.

Mandatory Use of Cayuse Begins January 1, 2016

Effective January 1, 2016, SPRS will no longer accept Proposal Transmittal Forms (PTFs). All proposals must be submitted through the Cayuse Grants Management System. If you are not currently utilizing the system, Teri Kocevar can provide one-on-one training or group training. Please contact her at x3675 or by email to schedule your training.


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