CSET Good News - Nov 2021

CSET faculty and students were busy last fall in the areas of computer science, physics, materials research, engineering, nursing and food science. Learn about their many research accomplishments and awards across these STEM fields at Norfolk State University. And congratulations Spartans!

Department of Computer Science

claude turner photoDr. Claude F. Turner, Professor, Department of Computer Science at Norfolk State University, co-authored the paper titled “LUCID Network Monitoring and Visualization Application.” The article is to appear in the Journal of The Colloquium for Information Systems Security, Vol. 9. His co-authors are Dr. Dwight Richards, Ph.D., Department of Engineering and Environmental Science, College of Staten Island, and Dr. Jie Yan, Ph.D. and Dr. Ruth Agada, D.Sc., of the Department of Computer Science at Bowie State University.

Dr. Turner also presented the paper at the 25th Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) virtual conference, October 4- 6, 2021. Co-presenters were Dr. Dwight Richards, Department of Engineering and Environmental Science, College of Staten Island, Dr. Jie Yan and Dr. Ruth Agada, of the Department of Computer Science at Bowie State University.

In addition, Dr. Turner was an invited speaker at the Cybersecurity Education Workshop (CyberEd 2021). His presentation was titled, “Cybersecurity and Teleworking During the COVID-19 Era,”). His co-presenters were Dr. Carlene Buchanan Turner and Dr. Yuying Shen of the Department of Sociology, Norfolk State University.

He also made this presentation at the 15th Annual Virtual Country Conference: Antigua and Barbuda Before and After COVID-19, 14-15 October 2021.

Department of Physics

Drs. Sangeeta Rout, Vanessa N Peters, Sangram K Pradhan, Carl E Bonner, Mikhail A Noginov of the Department of Physics published a paper entitled “Emission kinetics of HITC laser dye on top of arrays of Ag nanowires”, in the journal Nanophotonics.

NanoPhotonics - Book CoverEmission kinetics of HITC laser dye on top of arrays of Ag nanowires We have grown arrays of silver nanowires in pores of anodic alumina membranes (metamaterials with hyperbolic dispersion at λ ≥ 615 nm), spin coated them with the dye-doped polymer (HITC:PMMA), and studied the rates of radiative and nonradiative relaxation as well as the concentration quenching (Förster energy transfer to acceptors). The results were compared to those obtained on top of planar Ag films and glass (control samples). The strong spatial inhomogeneity of emission kinetics recorded in different spots across the sample and strong inhibition of the concentration quenching in arrays of Ag nanowires are among the most significant findings of this study. https://doi.org/10.1515/nanoph-2021-0374

Dr. Sunil Karna and Dr. Doyle Temple of the Department of Physics published an article entitled “Commensurate and incommensurate magnetic structure of the moderately frustrated antiferromagnet Li2M(WO4)2 with M= Co, Ni” in the American Physical Society Journal Physical Review B. The publication information is Phys. Rev. B 104, 134435 (2021).

The NSU Quantum Electronics Group Conducted Experiments at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab) in Tallahassee, Florida.

Members of the NSU Quantum Electronics Group (QEG), Drs. Leroy Salary, Sunil Karna, and Doyle Temple, doctoral candidates Mr. Terence Baker and Orrin Clarke-Delgado, and undergraduate physics majors Mr. Kevin Allen and Mr. Liam Harrigan, conducted experiments at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab) in Tallahassee, Florida during the week of November 1st through the 5th. The experiment entitled Investigating suppression of de Haas-van Alphen (dHvA) oscillations with the emergence of strong diamagnetism of the chiral crystal PdGa was a part of the group’s research in crystal growth and investigation of new and novel quantum materials.

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Upper left: The QEG team left to right Dr. Leroy Salary, Dr. Doyle Temple, Orrin Clarke-Delgado, Terence Baker, Liam Harrigan, Kevin Allen, and Dr. Sunil Karna. Upper right: Dr. Temple (right) observing Orrin Clarke-Delgado inserting the samples into the cryostat. Lower left: Kevin Allen and Terence Baker setting the lockin amplifiers. Lower middle: Liam Harrigan assisting with the sample holder. Lower right: Orrin Clarke-Delgado (left) and Kevin Allen (right) checking the sample connections.

Department of Physics and the Center for Materials Research

shelita hallShelita Hall, Doctoral Student at the Center for Materials Science, advisor Dr. Yoon, has been selected for a Student Engineering (Doctoral Pathways Trainee) Employee for NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC)’s Human Research program. This program is so competitive having more than 10,000 applications, considered as one of the hardest US government application processes. Going through this tough application processes, she has proudly been selected by the NASA, as she showed excellence in academic achievement and strong research experiences collaborated by NASA Langley Research Center (LRC), EVMS and NSU lab investigating space radiation impacts to the brain for many years together. Along this Pathways program, Shelita will be mentored by a group of two NASA scientists (Dr. Robin Elgard from NASA JSC and Dr. Steve Blattnig from NASA LRC) and Dr. Yoon for human space exploration to the Moon and Mars.

Shelita Hall, a Ph.D. student in the Center for Materials Research (CMR) program, BS in Chemistry at NSU, was featured in Special Edition "NASA Exploration" of USA Today (https://usatodayspecial-va.newsmemory.com/?special=NASA&date=20211126). She was an intern at NASA at the office of the chief technologist at Langley Research Center and worked for research with the Advanced Materials and Processing Branch at Langley to explore the effects of space radiation. She is doing her research for her PhD thesis in the Neural Engineering and Nano Electronics lab led by Dr. Hargsoon Yoon in NSU and NASA labs regarding space radiation impacts to the brain for human exploration. She will have on sites training in NASA Centers in 2022.

Sangeeta Rout, Doctoral Student at the Center for Materials Research, advisor Dr. Noginov, published a paper entitled “Emission kinetics of HITC laser dye on top of arrays of Ag nanowires”, in Nanophotonics, 2021, pp. 000010151520210374. https://doi.org/10.1515/nanoph-2021-0374.

Department of Engineering and Center for Materials Research

Ms. Alecia Gulledge, Master of Science student in Electronics Engineering, has been selected as a 2022 IBM Masters Fellowship Award recipient based on her academic accomplishments and intended studies in Quantum Systems. The award provides a $10,000 stipend that may be applied to academic expenses.

Renny Fernandez of the Department of Engineering edited a book titled “Big Data Management in Sensing: Applications in AI and IoT”, ISBN: 9788770224154 by River publications. The book is centrally focused on human computer Interaction and how sensing networks employ Deep Learning for building intelligent nanobots. It covers a wide array of topics useful for researchers and students to gain knowledge about AI and sensor networking.

Renny Fernandez and his research team including graduate and undergraduate students of Department of Engineering presented 3 conference presentations at the 240th Electrochemical Society meeting.

1. Jalajamony, H. M., Asare, K. B., Abbas, M. I., & Fernandez, R. E. (2021, October). A

Low-Voltage Dielectrophoretic System Using Thread Based Electrodes for Cell Viability Assessment. In ECS Meeting Abstracts (No. 57, p. 1950). IOP Publishing.

2. Ajala, S., Jalajamony, H. M., & Fernandez, R. E. (2021, October). Deep Learning Based Image Analysis of Pearl Chain Formation in a Dielectrophoretic System. In ECS Meeting Abstracts (No. 35, p. 1962). IOP Publishing.

3. Kumar, A., Marimuthu, P., Baburaj, A., Adetunji, M., & Fernandez, R. E. (2021, October). Smart Impedance Sensing for Metal Oxide-Carbon Nanotube Nanocomposites. In ECS Meeting Abstracts (No. 57, p. 1931). IOP Publishing.

dr. yoonDr. Hargsoon Yoon and his research team in collaboration with Dr. Richard Britten and associates at Eastern Virginia Medical School demonstrated the first known recording of neural activity under severe radiation conditions that may occur in deep space environments. The accomplishment, which took place on November 1-19, 2021 at Brookhaven National Lab (BNL) in New York, characterized local field potential (LFP) readings across multiple regions in the brain. The recordings were captured with a highly specialized wireless acquisition system. This technique is expected to further catalyze studies that examine the effect of deep space environments on human-based deep space missions.

Ms. Alecia Gulledge, Master of Science student in Electronics Engineering, has been selected as a 2022 IBM Masters Fellowship Award recipient based on her academic accomplishments and intended studies in Quantum Systems. The award provides a $10,000 stipend that may be applied to academic expenses.

Jasmine Beckford, Doctoral Student at the Center for Materials Science, advisor Dr. Messaoud Bahoura, successfully passed her doctoral proposal presentation entitled “Low Power Transparent Heater Based on Degenerate Gallium doped Zinc Oxide Thin Films” and successfully passed her oral qualifier exam before her committee on November 12, 2021.

Jasmine Beckford, Doctoral Student at the Center for Materials Science, advisor Dr. Messaoud Bahoura, won a travel award to present her research entitled “Oxygen Dependent Study of Gallium Doped Zinc Oxide (GZO) Films for Ideal Transparent Heater Applications” at the 2022 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM that will be held in Washington, D.C., on February 3-5, 2022.

Samuel A. Danquah, Doctoral Student at the Center for Materials Science, advisor Dr. Messaoud Bahoura, submitted a research paper entitled “Optimization of LLZCN/LiPF6/PEO solid-state electrolyte for energy storage application” for publication in MDP Batteries, November 2021.

Samuel A. Danquah, Doctoral Student at the Center for Materials Science, advisor Dr. Messaoud Bahoura, won a travel award to present her research entitled “Solid-state based composite electrolyte for safe electrochemical energy storage application” at the 2022 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM that will be held in Washington, D.C., on February 3-5, 2022

Clifford Denize, Doctoral Student at the Center for Materials Science, advisor Dr. Messaoud Bahoura, won a travel award to present her research entitled “Effect of the Variation of the Composition of electron beam deposited Fe-Doped LiF Conversion Cathodes on the Performance of Li-Ion Batteries” at the 2022 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM that will be held in Washington, D.C., on February 3-5, 2022.

Mamadou Mbaye, Doctoral Student at the Center for Materials Science, advisor Dr. Messaoud Bahoura, has his research paper entitled “Data-Driven Thermoelectric Modeling: Current Challenges and Prospects” published in the Journal of Applied Physics (Vol.130, Issue 19), 2021. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0054532

Mamadou Mbaye, Doctoral Student at the Center for Materials Science, advisor Dr. Messaoud Bahoura, has his research entitled “Machine Learning-aided Thermoelectric Materials Design and Discovery” accepted to be presented at the 2022 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM that will be held in Washington, D.C., on February 3-5, 2022.

Jacob Strimaitis, Doctoral Student at the Center for Materials Science, advisor Dr. Messaoud Bahoura, submitted a research paper entitled “Electrochemical Evaluation of Porous CaFe2O4 Anode Material Prepared via Solution Combustion Synthesis at Increasing Fuel-to-oxidizer Ratios and Calcination Temperatures” for publication in Scientific Reports, November 2021.

Jacob Strimaitis, Doctoral Student at the Center for Materials Science, advisor Dr. Messaoud Bahoura, won a travel award to present her research entitled “Investigation of Calcination Temperature on Porous CaFe2O4 Anodes” at the 2022 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM that will be held in Washington, D.C., on February 3-5, 2022.

Kelsea Yarbrough, Doctoral Student at the Center for Materials Science, advisor Dr. Messaoud Bahoura, won a travel award to present her research entitled “Effect of Post Annealing on the electrical behavior of MOS Capacitors” at the 2022 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM that will be held in Washington, D.C., on February 3-5, 2022.

Department of Nursing and Allied Health, Food Science & Nutrition Program

Jill ComessJill Comess, DHSc, MS, RDN, Food Science and Nutrition Program Director and Instructor with Norfolk State University’s Food Science and Nutrition concentration program and Department of Nursing & Allied Health, published an article in the Journal of Learning Communities Research and Practice. The article was titled “Using a Learning Community at a HBCU to Influence Health and Wellness.” This article was co-authored by Dr. Cynthia Burwell from the Department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science.

Jill Comess, DHSc, MS, RDN, Food Science and Nutrition Program Director and Instructor with Norfolk State University’s Food Science and Nutrition concentration program and Department of Nursing & Allied Health received funding as a Co-PI from the Collaboration Accelerator Fund from the Hampton Roads Biomedical Research Consortium. The project titled

“Location Intelligence for Food Equity: A Foundation for Improving Access to Healthy Food Choices in Hampton Roads” was accepted and fully funded in the amount of $148,700 from October 2021 to May 2022.