New STAR-grant professors at UTPB attracted by new programs

first_img Facebook OCA top 2 were ESL students Local NewsEducation New STAR-grant professors at UTPB attracted by new programs Home Local News Education New STAR-grant professors at UTPB attracted by new programs Noel earns award Pinterest Pinterest 1 of 2 Sepehr Arbabi and Mohsin Jamali are the two newest STARs in the University of Texas of the Permian Basin’s engineering universe.UTPB received a $300,000 grant from the UT System to hire Arbabi. He will be associate professor and coordinator of chemical engineering. The university was awarded a $500,000 grant to hire Jamali.The STARs grant for Arbabi and Jamali will be used to set up a research laboratory, purchase equipment and hire undergraduate assistants to support their respective research.Arbabi earned a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Jamali received his doctorate from the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. By admin – March 5, 2018 WhatsApp University of Texas Permian Basin Star professor Sepehr Arbabi in the Drilling fluids lab, Wednesday, February 14, 2018. STARS ProgramIEEEABET Accreditation Mohsin Jamali was recently hired at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin as the professor and coordinator of electrical engineering and mechanical engineering after UTPB received a $500,000 grant from the UT System STARs Program. Both said they were drawn to UTPB by the chance to launch new programs in chemical and electrical engineering.Arbabi, who is from Tehran, Iran, came to the United States after earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering. He planned to return to Iran, but things changed with the Islamic revolution in 1979. His family also came to the United States.He started working for a famous professor at USC, but the professor decided to move to Penn State.Arbabi said the professor asked him to go with him, but he couldn’t. He took a summer course in chemical engineering, got very interested in it and switched majors.“So basically it just happened,” Arbabi said.Mechanical and chemical engineering are two of the oldest forms of engineering.“They take the same kind of core courses up to a point, but chemical engineering uses advanced and applied chemistry to design processes to design material. It has applicability in almost everything from oil and gas to food to pharmaceutical companies,” so it’s a broad field, Arbabi said.He did a year of post-doctoral work and five years at Stanford University in the petroleum engineering department doing research and working with students.Arbabi said he always wanted to go into academia, so the chance to come to UTPB came along at the right time. He added most of his students are working, so they tend to want real examples of how what they’re learning will apply to their jobs.“I tend to, in my lectures, to start with examples and show the applied side of everything that we discuss. We still have to do some theory, but I try to really bring the examples in it so they can ask for ideas,” Arbabi said.The new program and the new building being constructed at the Midland campus near the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center were a couple of the reasons Arbabi was drawn to UPTB.The focus of the chemical engineering program, he said, will be petrochemical engineering because that’s what the region requires.“We’ll bring the petroleum side to chemical engineering, but chemical engineering is very broad, as I mentioned,” Arbabi said.He added that examples of new branches are designer drugs and diagnostics.Currently, Arbabi is teaching one course in heat transfer in mechanical engineering, but is finalizing the curriculum for chemical engineering. Then most likely, he said he will be teaching two chemical engineering courses in the fall.His goals are to spread the word out about the program, attract students and link to local industry through internships and other projects and setting up teaching labs, where experiments will be conducted on what the students have learned. Arbabi also wants to set up a research lab.Jamali, who is from India, had spent much of his career in Michigan and Ohio, but was fascinated with the University of California and UT Systems and wanted to be part of either one.The oldest of nine children, he said he taught all his brothers and sisters and his neighbors, so he said it was natural for him to want to go into the profession.He has received summer faculty research fellowships from the Summer Faculty Research Fellowships from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.Jamali also was a Fulbright-Tampere University of Technology Scholar in 2014-15, giving him a chance to conduct research at the Tampere International Center for Signal Processing at Tampere University of Technology in Finland.He has been involved with curriculum and accreditation processes and will work toward ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accreditation for the electrical engineering program.Jamali also wants to create a chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers at UTPB and bring its distinguished lecture series to Odessa. He was one of the distinguished lecturers with the group and went all over the world giving presentations.Currently, he is busy with courses and setting up laboratories and he is teaching a course in electric circuits. Jamali said he plans to teach three courses in the fall and three in the spring. He said he is impressed with the students he has encountered so far.“They take notes. They ask good questions,” he said.More information Mohsin Jamali was recently hired at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin as the professor and coordinator of electrical engineering and mechanical engineering after UTPB received a $500,000 grant from the UT System STARs Program. 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Is your credit union ready for EMV?

first_imgEMV players prepare for Oct. 1by: Lisa HochgrafCredit union members are starting to get EMV “chip” cards in the mail. Big merchants are placing point-of-sale readers that can handle the new cards in many of their locations, but not planning to actually enable this functionality until Oct. 1.These are the real-life signs that players in the world of EMV cards are indeed getting ready for the liability shift planned for Oct. 1 by the “Network of Four” (MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and Visa) for domestic and cross-border counterfeit card-present point-of-sale transactions. Once the shift takes place, liability for card fraud will be assessed to the party that did not enable the EMV transaction.At the CUES School of Payments yesterday, Terence Roche made some educated predictions about what players will have done by the deadline. Principal of CUES Supplier member and strategic provider Cornerstone Advisors, Scottsdale, Ariz., Roche said that 79 percent of issuers are expected to have replaced magnetic stripe-only cards with EMV cards by Oct. 1. In all, 575 million EMV cards are expected to be issued this year. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Football News Manchester City beat Manchester United in tense derby, Liverpool continue winning run in Premier League

first_imgNew Delhi: Manchester City stormed back to the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 derby win at home to Manchester United as Liverpool maintained their title challenge to the champions with a 2-0 victory over Fulham.   Chelsea, like the top two, remain unbeaten under Maurizio Sarri but lost ground in a goalless draw at home to Everton on Sunday.  Arsenal also missed the chance to leapfrog North London rivals Spurs into fourth and needed Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s late equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw with Wolves at the Emirates.  Read More |ISL 2018: FC Goa beat Kerala Blasters 3-1 in KochiCity remain two points clear of Liverpool, but open four-point gap on Chelsea. A fourth league defeat of the season leaves United languishing in eighth, 12 points off the top.  Read More | Bulgaria boxers, Stanimira and Stoyka Petrova struggle in Delhi smogGoals early in each half from David Silva and Sergio Aguero left City in a commanding position before an Anthony Martial penalty gave United hope of a comeback.  But Ilkay Gundogan put the result beyond doubt four minutes from time with a third goal that crowned a sublime 44-pass move.  “I think Man City right now and Liverpool, Chelsea, and even Arsenal and Tottenham, I think they have numbers to be champion, not just City. We’re just two points in front,” said City boss Pep Guardiola.  “What is important is that we are consistent, that we play most of the time good, and always I see many things that we can improve.”   ‘Fight for top four’  United manager Jose Mourinho accepted his side are now just fighting to try and make the top four having finished second to City last season.  “Since the beginning of the season, we knew that our second position last season was a fantastic achievement for us, and this season we are going to fight for the top four,” said Mourinho.  “To speak about the title you need to be in the top positions. So let’s fight to close the gap and jump into the top four, if one day we jump into the top four, we’ll see what the difference is.”   United scored twice in the closing five minutes to secure a hard-fought 2-1 win away to Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday, while City thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 at the Etihad.  And Mourinho used his side’s tougher preparation to excuse the gulf in class.  “Everybody has to agree, it is one thing to go to Juventus and play against one of the best teams in the world for 90 minutes, another thing to beat Shakhtar Donetsk at home 6-0 and be very relaxed,” said Mourinho.   “We arrive in different circumstances.”Earlier, Liverpool briefly went top by inflicting Fulham’s seventh straight defeat at Anfield.  But they needed a huge slice of luck in 14 seconds that completely changed the game shortly before the break.  Aleksandar Mitrovic headed home for the visitors only to be wrongly ruled offside.The hosts quickly broke upfield as Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold freed Mohamed Salah to score his eighth goal of the season.  “The most important thing is reacting in a situation like that and that was brilliant. Allison, Trent, Mo and done, it was a fantastic situation,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, whose side put the result beyond doubt when Xherdan Shaqiri made it 2-0 in the 53rd minute.  Chelsea dominated possession at Stamford Bridge, but could not find a way past the inspired Jordan Pickford in the Everton goal to leave Sarri frustrated.  “At the beginning we moved the ball too slowly, so it is easy for the opposition to defend and impossible for us to be dangerous,” bemoaned Sarri.  Arsenal were in danger of defeat for the first time since August after falling behind to Ivan Cavaleiro’s 13th-minute goal before Mkhitaryan came off the bench to rescue a point for the Gunners.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Buffet Values in the Dating Scene

first_imgMy first few days at USC I was in awe, stepping foot on a campus that was so surreal and beautiful. But it wasn’t the architecture or the incredibly green landscape; I was joyfully perplexed by all the attractive students here. I felt as if Urban Outfitters’ model database exploded on campus but for security’s sake disguised in Lululemons, dad hats and Ralph Lauren Polo shirts. With the plethora of intelligent and charming students, could this campus be a dating heaven? This is a University full of people with different cultural backgrounds, interests and Instagram feed aesthetics — there’s got to be a multitude of people compatible for a single person. Which made me think: Dating is a lot like being at a Vegas buffet. Oh, man. Vegas buffets. Endless, gluttonous amounts of delicious noms including the weekly prime rib brunch and seafood buffets. From carving stations to the many featured cuisines, the cherry-on-top is the full dessert bar and an all-you-can-drink beer and wine bar. It’s kind of a hassle to drive off the strip for it, but it’s always worth the little extra effort for the extra nice. Also, averaging from $20-$30, it’s not too bad of a deal. Steep price for a college student meal, but I mean you’ve got to invest a little for a Vegas buffet.Similarly so, dating begins with agreeing to invest yourself. Yes, we’re all social beings, but putting yourself out there for romantic interests can be incredibly different from creating platonic friendships. Choosing to be in the dating field, whether it be college parties, Tinder or “networking” (that’s for you, Marshall students), requires an investment of time and vulnerability. And why is it not like a HomeTown Buffet with the weekly coupons bargaining out to a total of $5, or maybe a step up at Souplantation? Because choosing to date and to allocate time toward others in romantic pursuits during college or even post-grad can be a steep investment considering the time spent that could be used toward career development or even focusing on the self. You’re invested — you’re in the buffet. Why are you really there? Whether to satisfy some sort of need, to taste an array of new foods or to go a second round to try out what you may have missed the first time, there’s always a motive. There’s endless cuisines to consume and experience. Some options seem really appealing — you try it, you love it. Maybe you don’t. On the opposite end, maybe you saw something that you weren’t attracted to at first, but once you give it a chance, you’re in love. Someone might even have introduced or suggested the course to you, and without this person you would have never encountered something so fulfilling. Are you catching my drift yet?Going to buffets is also a mental game. Are you really going to be able to consume all that you really want to consume? Which dishes are you going to prioritize? Identify the things that aren’t good for you — the greasy-looking “Chinese” food or the sad salad bar; are those really worth your health and time? Should you invest the stomach space or time to go out of your way to re-experience something that you’ve had over and over again, especially if you know that it isn’t that great or might even give you stomach pains later. It’s like that ex that you’re keeping tabs on or the fickle cutie that inconsistently texts you — maybe that’s the entrée you shouldn’t return to. There are definite joys of being at the buffet. You get to know some new courses, you learn what doesn’t work with your palate, maybe you find your new favorite dish. But just remember to not run in and stack plates high with anything and everything — what’s healthy and worth it for you? And at the end of the day, maybe the Vegas buffet isn’t meant for you. We all have different tastes and mentalities when it comes to dating — just don’t let it consume you instead. Dani Chang is a senior majoring in cinema and media studies.  Her column, “Feisty Woman,” runs every other Friday.last_img read more