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CSET Good News Report Oct 2022

Center for Materials Research and Engineering Department


Mr. Jacob Strimaitis, a Ph.D. student at the Center for Materials Research and CREST CREAM scholar, advisor Dr. Messaoud Bahoura, has his research titled " The Effects of Graphene Oxide and Reduced Graphene Oxide Conductive Additives on Activated Carbon Supercapacitors", published in the peer reviewed journal “Processes”. Processes 2022, 10(11), 2190;  HYPERLINK ""

Ms. Jasmine Beckford, a Ph.D. student at the Center for Materials Research and CREST CREAM scholar, advisor Dr. Messaoud Bahoura, was featured on the Lam Research Corporation’s Blog. Lam Research Corporation is an American supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and related services to the semiconductor industry.  What Interships are Really Link at Lam Research

Jasmine Beckford
Meet Jasmine who will begin her final year as a materials science and engineering Ph.D. candidate at Norfolk State University. This summer, she joined our Deposition product group (DPG) in Tualatin, Oregon, U.S., working in the DPG Materials Engineering team. Jasmine studied the surface roughness of novel materials to advance the technical capabilities for Lam’s customers. Her project will assist with the development of products throughout Lam’s deposition portfolio and extend the lifespan of our tools.
“Even in a short time, I’ve contributed to projects in a meaningful way,” says Jasmine. “I’ve been able to find my place here at Lam and my manager has made me feel like I’m an asset to the team. Working here and alongside my manager has not only made me more knowledgeable but has also made me a better person and has helped me find my voice.”

What’s next for her? Jasmine will return to Norfolk, Virginia to complete her Ph.D. with hopes of going back to school to pursue an M.B.A.

Center of Materials Research (CMR) graduate students won travel awards 

Ms. Kelsea Yarbrough, Ms. Jasmine Beckford and Mr. Clifford Denize, Ph.D. students at the Center for Materials Research and CREST CREAM scholar, advisor Dr. Messaoud Bahoura won travel awards from The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to present their research work at the 2023 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM, to be held in Washington DC on February 9-11, 2023. The selection for the travel award is based on the quality of the research and the student’s essay. The objectives of the conference are to help undergraduate and graduate students to enhance their science communication skills and to better understand how to prepare for science careers in a global workforce.

Ms. Kelsea Yarbrough will present her research titled "Effect of Post Annealing on the electrical behavior of MOS Capacitors".

Ms. Jasmine Beckford will present her research titled “Oxygen Dependent Study of Gallium Doped Zinc Oxide (GZO) Films for Ideal Transparent Heater Applications.

Mr. Clifford Denize will present his research titled “Effect of Sulfurization on the Electrochemical Performance of FeS2 Thin Film Cathode for Li-ion Batteries”. 

Dr. Adem H. Ibrahim got one recent international journal publication entitled: 

" Numerical Optimization of basic and finned Counter-Flow Dehumidifier with adiabatic and convective boundary conditions coupled with Thermo-Electric Cooler (TEC)"

AARF, Journal of International Research Journal of Natural and Applied, Volume 9, Issue #10, October 2022.


Center for Materials Research and Physics Department

Sean Nesbit and Ashleigh Wilson (graduate students and members of Noginova's research group at the Center for Materials Research) received travel awards for participation and presentations at the Emerging Researcher National Conference in Washington DC.

Natalia Noginova, professor at the Department of Physics & Center for Materials Research and her students Md. Rab and John Munga, published a paper titled "Magnetic dipole emission in resonant metal-dielectric-metal structures" in Optics Express 30 (22), pp 40682-40690 (2022).

Leila Hesami, a Ph.D. student at the Center for Materials Research, advisor Dr.  Noginov, presented at the MRS Meeting 2022 in Hawaii, on May 10. The presentation was entitled “Effect of Metal/Dielectric Substrates on Photopolymerization of BITh Thin Films”. This paper is accepted Scientific Report journal.

Dr. Noginov group published a paper with the title “Hydrothermal synthesis of chiral carbon dots” in chirality Journal. The research was a collaboration of Biointerfaces Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Center for Materials Research, Norfolk State University.

Department of Computer Science

Dr. D’Nita Andrews Graham, Assistant Professor of Computer Science with Norfolk State University earned the Quality Matters (QM) Certified Badge for CSC 200.  As a result of this achievement, Norfolk State University (as an institution) is recognized for 2022 QM-Certified Courses.

Dr. Kingsley Nwosu, Ph.D. and Dr. Musbaph Abdulgater, Ph.D., Assistant Professors of Computer Science at Norfolk State University, have a paper accepted for 2022 IEEE International Conference on Computer Applications (ICCA), December 2022. The paper is titled "LegitVote: A Blockchain-Based System to Facilitate E-Voting Process"; Other authors include Oscar Ikundi (Grad. Student) 

Walker Cherry (CSC Graduate student) and Rasha Morsi, PhD (Director of the Creative Gaming and Simulation (CGS) Lab and Professor & Graduate Program, Coordinator), Computer Science Department, have had their game,  Pirates of the Sea++ reach Finalist stage at the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge. "" Serious Games Showcase & Challenge (SGS&C) is the premier venue for recognition of excellence in the field of Serious Games development. Since 2006, SGS&C has helped foster creativity and innovation in Serious Games as part of NTSA’s I/ITSEC conference held each year in Orlando, Florida. An esteemed panel of evaluators from around the globe review the finalists and select all the winners, except for the People’s Choice award, which is voted on by I/ITSEC attendees. They will both be demoing the game at the conference in Orlando Florida, November 27th to December 2nd 2022. The game is eligible for one of 4 awards: the Innovation Award, Student's Choice Award, Best General Audience Serious Game Award, and People's Choice Award.

Department of Nursing and Allied Health

Sandra Olanitori MS, RN, Nursing Faculty with Norfolk State University’s Department of Nursing and Allied Health was Re-appointed by the American Nurses Association Board of Directors as First Alternate on the American Nurses Association  Committee on Bylaws for the term 1/1/23-12/31/23.

Department of Chemistry

Chemistry Majors meet Alumni during Homecoming Chemistry majors met with alumni Mr. David Mason, Mrs. Ayisha Mumin, Dr. Ronald Copeland and Dr. Vanessa Peters during Homecoming to share their experiences at Norfolk State University and make recommendations for improvements.

NoVEL Consortium gets renewed for another $1,000,000 and Convenes its Fall Retreat

On October 26, 2022, the NoVEL Consortium convened its second, all-participant Retreat. The NoVEL Consortium on the Basic Science of Advanced Manufacturing brings together Norfolk State U., Virginia State U., Elizabeth City State U. and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the effort of recruiting and preparing talented STEM majors to participate in internships at and join the National Laboratory workforce. The consortium includes the participation of five NSU alumni: Dr. Tanya David, Dr. Vanessa Peters and Dr. Kevin Santiago (B.S. and Ph.D), and Dr. Thejaswini Tumkur and Dr. Heng Li (Ph.D.).

Chemistry Department will have distinct participation at Spring ACS National Meeting
Dr. Carl Bonner has submitted an article to a Special Edition of the ACS Journal, Accounts of Chemical Research.  This special issue is focused on the research activity being performed at HBCUs around the country.  The ACS has organized a presidential symposium on Research at HBCUs highlighting the challenges and success stories of research activities at HBCUs.  This a follow-up to the Accounts of Chemical Research article we are submitting and the Accounts of Chemical Research edition that Dr. Bonner is co-editing with Prof Mike Curry at Tuskegee and Dr. Desmond Stubbs at Oak Ridge National labs.  Chemistry majors will join the conference for a poster session that day, Sunday March 26.

Dr. Joseph Hall has submitted the abstract “Iron Oxide Nanoparticle-Based Theranostics to Target Fast Growing Cancerous Tumors” as an invited ACS oral presentation and Le Hoang an Vo, a chemistry senior, is a co-author on this abstract. Ms. Vo’s contribution to the project is the completion of the Western blot analysis of the glycine receptors associated with fast growing cancerous lung tissue and normal noncancerous lung tissue. Dr. Ramesh Govindarajan, Biology Professor, is a co-author.

Department of Biology

Maureen Scott, Instructor for Biology, Norfolk State University Biology students, Matthew Lawson, Genevia Williams, Khonstance Taylor, and Aariana Tucker was selected as the inaugural class of the VWEAIn Floe Scholarship Program.  The Virginia InFLOW Scholarship Program consists of the following: WaterJAM Conference registration and attendance at technical sessions and banquet, held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia Beach, VA, September 12-15, 2022.  WaterJAM is the Joint Annual Meeting of the Virginia Water Environment Association and the Virginia Section of the American Waterworks association. WaterJAM provides numerous technical growth opportunities (including continuing education credits) covering the latest industry trends as well as a variety of social endeavors for all attendees. In addition, attendees can sign up to attend   workshops, service projects, and facility tours.

Stephen Via, Ph.D., and Ashley Haines, Ph.D., Assistant Professors for Biology, Virginia Natural Gas submitted a 34k grant award to the Biology Department for the Spartans for Environmental Justice project.

Stephen Via, Ph.D., Assistant Professor for Biology, makes it in the Elizabeth River Project newsletter.

Meanwhile, Norfolk State began the fall semester with a freshman service project (tent photo) to grow native plants for our river restoration projects - with the added fun of a DJ! "They were so gung-ho and worked so fast, we had time to tackle some weeding (of a prior project) too," says Elizabeth River Project's Pam Boatwright.

Department of Mathematics

Ming Fang, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics with Norfolk State University’s Department of Mathematics, published a paper in the journal of Mathematical Methods in the Applied Sciences on September 9, 2022. The article is entitled “Renormalization group approach for an enzyme-substrate-inhibitor kinetics."