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CSET Good News Nov 2022

November 2022

Center for Materials Research and Engineering Department

photo of jasmine beckfordMs. Jasmine Beckford, a Ph.D. student at the Center for Materials Research and CREST CREAM scholar, advisor Dr. Messaoud Bahoura, submitted a research paper to AIP Advances, an open access journal. The paper is titled “Influence of Oxygen on the Optical, Electrical, and Heating Properties of Gallium-Doped Zinc Oxide (GZO) Films”, with co-authors Makhes K Behera, Kelsea Yarbrough, Sangram K Pradhan, Messaoud Bahoura.

The GZO thin films were deposited via pulsed laser deposition on glass with varying oxygen partial pressures from 0 to 10 mTorr during deposition. The samples demonstrated very low sheet resistance values between 5 Ω/sq to 17 Ω/sq from 0mTorr to 10mTorr respectively. UV/Vis transmission spectra revealed that TFTHs have a high optical transparency >85%. GZO based transparent heaters demonstrated a consistent and repeatable joule heating effect, with temperatures reaching 65-70 °C with a low input voltage of 9 V. This research could guide the future use of GZO as a transparent conducting oxide material for many potential cost effective applications from low-powered electronics to lightweight and wearable devices.

Kelsea Yarbrough - Women's Bowling - Norfolk State University ...Ms. Kelsea Yarbrough, a Ph.D. student at the Center for Materials Research and CREST CREAM scholar, advisor Dr. Messaoud Bahoura, submitted a research paper to the Journal of Applied Physics. The paper is titled "Observation of MOSFET-like behavior of a TFT based on amorphous oxide semiconductor channel layer with suitable integration of atomic layered deposited high-k gate dielectrics" to AIP Advances is an open access journal.Co-authors Makhes Behera, Jasmine Beckford, Sangram Pradhan, and Messaoud Bahoura. The paper showed that the fabricated MOSFET device based on the Al-doped ZnO channel layer exhibit excellent electrical characteristics, and that the drain current of the device saturates at low voltage, which leads to the consumption of low power during its operation.

Department of Engineering

Dr. Adem Ibrahim, Professor, Department of Engineering, published a paper titled, "Numerical Optimization of basic and finned Counter-Flow Dehumidifier with adiabatic and convective boundary conditions coupled with Thermo-Electric Cooler (TEC) ", appearing in International Research Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences Volume 9, Issue 10, October 2022.

Ms. Tiara Simms, senior student in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, was selected with twenty other students from across the country to attend the first "Thrill of Possibilities Summit," sponsored by Nissan Corporation and iHeart Radio in Nashville Tennessee. The summit provided opportunities to network with leaders across multiple STEM organizations, and the event was held to encourage greater attention for Black communities and African American participation in STEM careers.

Mr. Zion McNeely, freshman Electrical and Electronics Engineering, was featured on a national panel session titled, No More Gatekeepers: STEM is for Everyone," hosted by Global minded and Georgia Tech. The conference addressed strategies for increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in STEM careers. The session was held November 4, in Atlanta, GA. The panel session can be viewed on YouTube

Department of Computer Science

D’Nita Andrews Graham, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, at Norfolk State University has her research presentation titled "Inquiring Minds Want to Know what HBCU Students Say About a STEM Master Course Model" accepted for the Computing Conference 2023, that will be held in London, UK, on June 22-23, 2023.

D’Nita Andrews Graham, Assistant Professor of Computer Science with Norfolk State University, was accepted to the Keystroke Writing Institute (, a year-long professional development program under the auspices of the Center for the Advancement of STEM Leadership ( Keystroke is aimed at fostering authorship among successful HBCU STEM leaders from all levels of the professoriate to better represent relevant narratives, perspectives, and world views in peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed publications and social outlets.

Juli Dutti, CS Department Cybersecurity Graduate student, was selected by Morgan State University to receive the FinTech promise scholarship for HBCU students. She will attend the 3rd National HBCU Blockchain and FinTech Conference, November 6-8, 2022. This event connects university leaders, faculty, and students to discuss challenges and opportunities, and to shape the future of FinTech research and education.

Walker Cherry, graduate student and Rasha Morsi, Ph.D., Computer Science Graduate Program Coordinator, Director of the Creative Gaming and Simulation (CGS) Lab, and Professor of Computer Science won the Best Student-Developed Serious Game Award (Pirates of the Sea++) at the Serious Games Showcase and Challenge at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Florida on Thursday December 1, 2022. The game was demoed at the conference from 11/28 to 11/30 and was up for four awards, two of which were Students’ Choice and People’s Choice were we were also big contenders. I/ITSEC is the world's largest modeling, simulation and training event with a record number of over 17,000 attendees this year. Pirates of the Sea++ is a 2D platformer serious game that helps players learn the C++ programming language in a fun and interactive way. It was featured by Unity on Unity Play and is available for free to play on that platform. The game can also be adapted to teach any programming language. Next version, Python Pirate

Walker Cherry and Dr. Rasha Morsi

Department of Nursing and Allied Health

Jill Comess, DHSc, MS, RDN, Food Science and Nutrition Program Director with Norfolk State University's Department of Nursing and Allied Health, published a paper along with colleagues through the Hampton Roads Biomedical Research Consortium in the International Journal of Health Geographics in November 2022.  The article is entitled, "Participatory mapping to address neighborhood level data deficiencies for food security assessment in Southeastern VA, USA."

Rosalyn V. Gardiner, PhD, RN, NE-BC, WHNP-BC, CINE Instructor presented a Breast Cancer presentation last month at the New Creation United Methodist Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. The presentation enlightened women and men on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer along with prevention, possible treatments, and prognoses for women of color, especially African American and Caucasian women. In addition, there was a special emphasis expressed for men to be screened for prostate cancer. The presentation was well received and placed on Face book.

Dr. Gardiner also participated in a 10-question mini documentary about how the African American community have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Two graduate students, Tahva Adelipe and Jaelin Livatt from the Media department requested a nursing/medical prospective from the Nursing department. The interview focused on specifics involving and centered around the health disparities in the African American community.