Kettering University Professor Named 2013 ASME Fellow: Bassem Ramadan, a professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University, has been named a 2013 Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The Fellow Grade is the highest elected grade of membership within ASME and recognizes exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession. Ramadan was chosen to receive the ASME Fellow Grade for his work in the thermal aspects of internal combustion engines and their technologies as applied to both gasoline and diesel engines used for mobile transportation applications. Fellow grades will be conferred at the ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress Nov. 15-21, 2013, in San Diego. There are only 3,214 Fellows out of 129,271 ASME members in the world.
Will Cantrell Named Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year: The Presidents’ Council, State Universities of Michigan, has named Will Cantrell of Michigan Technological University a 2013 Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year. The associate professor of physics shares the honor with professors from the University of Michigan-Flint and Wayne State University. This is the second year in a row that a Michigan Tech faculty member has been so honored. Last year Dean Johnson, a professor in the School of Business and Economics, was also selected as a Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year. Cantrell is being recognized for his outstanding contributions and dedication to the education of undergraduate students. Each of Michigan’s 15 public universities nominated a faculty member who has had a significant impact on student learning through their work in the classroom, research, advising and mentoring. This isn’t the first time Cantrell has been honored for his teaching. In 2012, he won Michigan Tech’s annual Distinguished Teaching Award. Cantrell came to Michigan Tech in 2001, after completing a postdoc in chemistry at Indiana University and earning his PhD at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He teaches Electronics for Scientists and Senior Physics Colloquium II. He has also taught classes in atmospheric physics, thermodynamic and statistical mechanics, theoretical physics and the physics of clouds. Cantrell’s research focuses on atmospheric science, particularly on clouds, which are a result of the interaction between water vapor and dust particles. He is currently investigating the mechanisms underlying the heterogeneous nucleation of ice, which is freezing that is triggered by the presence of a foreign body within the water — for example, dust, which causes the water to freeze at a substantially higher temperature. He and the other two recipients of this year’s Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year award will be honored in Lansing on April 12.
SunTel Services Achieves Citrix Gold Partner Certification: Troy-based SunTel Services, a provider of services for unified communication networks to businesses and across the country, announced that it has achieved Gold Partner status with Citrix, a provider of virtual workplace software and services. Gold Partner status with Citrix is achieved based on a combination of completing additional sales and technical certifications, achieving successful customer deployments and having a close working relationship with the local Citrix team. The additional sales and technical certifications which were completed expanded SunTel’s Citrix focus beyond the NetScaler Application Delivery Controller and into the Citrix XEN desktop, application, and server virtualization portfolio. This expanded focus provides SunTel the capabilities to deliver Citrix enterprise mobility and cloud solutions, encompassing the entire Citrix portfolio and any subset thereof, to the SunTel client community. Serving as a technology partner to more than 1,000 businesses, SunTel installs, manages, monitors and maintains complete business communications systems. More at www.suntel.com.