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Physics & Engineering Alumni Updates

The Metallurg Vanadium Corporation/Muskingum College Engineering Scholarship

Muskingum College is pleased to announce that the Metallurg Vanadium Corporation of Cambridge, Ohio has created a student scholarship opportunity for a student from an area high school to study Engineering Science at Muskingum College. The scholarship, valued at $1,000 per year, is available begininning with the 2008-09 academic year to a 2008 graduate of either Buckeye Trail, Cambridge, John Glenn or Meadowbrook High School.

Metallurg Vanadium and Muskingum College are committed to supporting the economic vitality of the region, and understand the need to develop future scientists and engineers. With this in mind, officials at the corporation are very excited to lend support to students enrolling in Muskingum's new Engineering Science program, and are hopeful that the scholarship initiative will encourage talented local students to study at Muskingum and consider exploring professional career opportunities that are available in the region.

In addition to the financial benefits, Metallurg Vanadium will provide opportunities for the scholarship recipients to gain practical experience through internships within the corporation.

Applications for Metallurg Vanadium Corporation/Muskingum College Engineering Scholarship are available from Guidance Offices of Buckeye Trail, Cambridge, John Glenn or Meadowbrook High Schools or from the Muskingum College Office of Admission. In order to be considered for the scholarship, students must apply and be admitted to Muskingum College, must declare an intent to major in Engineering Science, and must continue in that field of study while maintaining at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average. Application forms and related materials must be submitted to the high school counselor by March 1, 2008. Final scholarship selection will be made by April 1 and will be based on the student's commitment to, and ability to succeed in, an engineering course of study and career as demonstrated by academic credentials, a personal statement, and results of an interview.

Questions regarding the scholarship should be directed to the Muskingum College Office of Admission.

Emily Hollownizcky is Presented the Metallurg Vanadium Engineering Scholarship

The presentation of the Metallurg Vanadium Corporation/Muskingum College Engineering Scholarship to Emily Hollownizcky was held on Thursday, May 15 2008, on the Muskingum College campus. Ed Forshey, Plant Manager of Metallurg Vanadium and Paul Reichardt, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Muskingum made brief remarks on behalf of their organizations.

Physics & Engineering (PHEN) Student Presents Research

Amy Miller ('10) attended the Midwest Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics and presented a poster on the research she peformed last summer for the Department of Engineering at Hope College.

Last summer, Amy Miller ('10) attended a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at the Department of Engineering at Hope College. Her research was titled "Explicit Vapor Pressure Prediction from the PRSV Equation of State". Amy presented her work at the Annual Fall Research and Internship Forum.

Amy was awarded the Robert Ellis Smith Scholarship for her academic performance during the fall semester.

Amy Miller ('10) - Left Hand Rule?

Engineering Science Program Began in Fall 2007

The Engineering Science program officially began in the Fall 2007 semester. The department was pleased to announce that sixteen students were enrolled in the beginning course. The program offers an Engineering Science major, a Binary Engineering Program, and a Pre-engineering Program.

Also in the News...

  • Dr.'s Taylor and Hollingsworth met with representatives from Resource Systems to discuss potential design projects for Engineering Science majors.
  • Dr.'s Pelz, Taylor, and Wilson entertained trick-or-treat ers from the Muskingum College's Center for Childhood Development. In addition to receiving the usual Halloween treats, children interacted with some of the department's demonstration equipment and rode on the Physics & Engineering Club's hovercraft.

Pre-School Students on Hovercraft

  • Dr.'s Pelz, Taylor, and Wilson and Drs. Dooley and Santas from the Department of Biology met with representatives from The Wilds to discuss potential design projects for Engineering Science majors.
  • Dr. Larry Pelz has left the department to take a new position at a California company.
  • The department welcomes our new faculty member, Dr. Sandra Soto-Caban, Assistant Professor of Engineering.

Amy Miller Presents Research at Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Week Poster Session

The Science Division held its annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Week in April, during which students presented their research findings in poster presentations. Each worked with the faculty at Muskingum, as well as with experts and organizations from outside the campus. To read abstracts of all students that participated, please go to the program:

Explicit Vapor Pressure Prediction from the PRSV Equation of State
Amy Miller and Dr. Misovich, Hope College Engineering Department
Department of Physics and Engineering

The PRSV equation is a cubic equation of state that can be used to accurately estimate the vapor pressure of a substance by an iterative algorithm. When vapor pressure and phase densities are expressed as power series expansions about the critical point, they can be written as explicit functions of temperature, a more convenient computational strategy.  Previous research successfully applied this strategy to the Peng-Robinson (PR) equation but a major hurdle in adapting this work for PRSV was the presence of an additional parameter, κ1, in the equation. Hence, the PRSV series coefficients contained two parameters instead of the single parameter present in the PR series. An improved method for evaluating the partial derivative expressions used in finding the series coefficients was developed and programmed in Maple® 10 mathematical software. This allowed the series coefficients to be evaluated principally in terms of polynomials in the two parameters. Quantification of truncation error from the series is ongoing.