University of South Florida College of Engineering (Contributing Writer)

I wrote for enVision, the twice-annual magazine produced by the Tampa-based university, from 2014-16. Assignments for each issue involve multiple stories focusing on current research efforts, profiles of students and professors, and trend features.

Spring-Summer 2016

This spring, I served as one of two writers for the annual edition of enVision, the magazine of the University of South Florida’s College of Engineering. In all, I wrote 11 stories that were published in the magazine, which is available to students and alumni.

The assignments were a fascinating mix of alumni profiles and features on work currently underway by students and faculty at the Tampa-based college. You can access all of the stories by clicking on this link:

Alumni Profiles

• TECO Energy CEO John Ramil, who heads one of the region’s top employers, was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the USF College of Engineering. The 15-year member of the university’s Board of Trustees reflects on how his career, family and legacy are forever linked to the Tampa community, USF and the college.

• Wendi Williams is the daughter of a USF engineering faculty member and a 1991 graduate in electrical engineering. She now is vice president for Sirius XM Radio, supervising a team that is working on next generation technology for the satellite company.

• Roland T. Okwen, who received his PhD in civil engineering from USF in 2009, now is a reservoir engineer at the Illinois State Geological Survey/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has received almost $3 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Energy to identify ways to capture and store carbon dioxide (CO2) and is pursuing an additional $38 million in funding for the second phase of his promising research.

• Tyler Isaacs received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and now works as a rocket test engineer for Blue Origin, a privately funded aerospace developer and manufacturer founded by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.

Other Stories

• A portable, solar-powered sewage treatment device developed by a USF engineering professor could help solve sanitation problems for as many as 2.6 billion people if the product is mass produced. The NEWgenerator, developed over the past decade at USF by Associate Professor Daniel Yeh and his team of graduate and undergraduate students, is being tested in a community in southern India.

• Colleen Naughton is a PhD candidate who has merged her interests in international relations and engineering through her work with the college and the Peace Corps International Program. She has focused on developing clean water sanitation stations in West Africa.

• Fabiola Cespedes Araujo, a doctoral student in electrical engineering, received the prestigious Schlumberger Foundation’s Faculty for the Future Fellowship, which covered full tuition and fees, as well as travel expenses, health insurance, stipends and research materials for the just-ended 2015-16 school year. The fellowship allowed her to spend the last year developing an alternative method for continuous blood glucose monitoring to help critically ill patients suffering from diabetes.

• Gary Smallwood became the college’s Senior Director of Development last fall, charged with garnering support and bringing in financial contributions.

• As nontraditional students interested in pursuing
careers in the information technology field continues to rise, USF’s Department of Computer Science students can take online classes starting in their junior year. After receiving a bachelor of science in Information Technology (BSIT), they can continue to pursue a master’s degree (MSIT) online.

• With more and more demands being placed on the technology we use daily, USF College of Engineering researchers
are looking for alternative computing methods that can speed up the processors without using additional power. The most promising is in the field of nanomagnetism, sub-100 millimeter magnetic structures that can be used
to solve complex problems in fewer clock cycles than traditional processors.

• Two USF students recently interned with Northrup Gruman Corp., gaining valuable experiences as they pursue degrees in computer science and mechanical engineering.


Previous Issues

Spring-Summer 2015: Six stories, including a profile of an acclaimed professor who has moved from the telecommunications industry to research that will reinvent laproscopic surgery, are featured in the Spring-Summer 2015 issue of enVision, the magazine of the University of South Florida's College of Engineering. Click on this link to read my stories in this issue.

• Fall 2014/Winter 2015: Five stories, including a profile of new Dean Robert H. Bishop, are featured in the Fall 2014 issue of enVision, the magazine of the University of South Florida’s College of Engineering. Click on this link to read the stories in this issue.

• Spring-Summer 2014: Five stories — including four alumni profiles and a trend feature focusing on efforts to increase graduates in the booming computer science, computer engineering, and information technology fields — are featured in this edition of the University of South Florida’s magazine enVision. The publication is produced by USF’s College of Engineering. Download the entire issue here.