Sahin, Ismet

Education and Training


Research Interests



Simon, Charmyn

Student receives Apple scholarship

Samuel Kanu, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mathematics major here at Texas Southern University, was selected into the Apple HBCU Scholars program.   This is the second year of the initiative Apple launched in partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to provide opportunities in the tech industry for students and enhance engagement with faculty on HBCU campuses.  During the week of February 13th, Apple hosted 35 students from 16 HBCUs for a 5-day immersive experience at its headquarters in Cupertino, California where they learned more about the company’s culture, ecosystem and community. In May, they will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through a paid internship.  Upon returning to school for their final year, students will receive scholarship funding to complete their education, and continue their experience with Apple and TMCF as Ambassadors to the program.  Please join us in recognizing Samuel Kanu on this great accomplishment. Additionally, Samuel is the President of the TSU student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and a TSU Calculus Bowl champion!

Multipurpose Engineering Computer Lab


TECH 258

Engineering Computer Lab

Engineering Computer Lab

Students will utilize computer programs such as AutoCAD and Microstation as tools in computer, and civil engineering design and documentation solution that supports Building Information Modeling workflows.

There will also be use of other relevant software to explore structures with emphasis on both the analytical and graphical approaches to trusses and building frames, design in steel of tension members, beams, columns, welded and bolted connections; eccentrically loaded and moment resistant joints; and plate girders.

  • Civil Engineering Design and Documentation Solution
  • Construction Project Administration
  • Engineering Plan and Specification Development
  • Computer Engineering Projects

Students will be able to oversee and participate in construction project administration; assist in overseeing engineering plan and specification development, and ensure compliance with design specifications, codes, and District and other regulatory standards. Their training in AutoCAD will allow them to better understand project performance, maintain more consistent data and processes, and respond faster to change.

The department will now be able to host a number of research opportunities in the area of computer engineering and civil engineering design and planning necessary to meet the changes in global demands.

Students in the Multipurpose Engineering Computer Lab

Students in the Multipurpose Engineering Computer Lab

Geotechnical/Material Testing Lab


TECH 152

Modern equipment in the geotechnical lab

The Geotechnical lab is used to test the structural properties of concretes, grouts, and composite materials. Tests are done to determine the soil
and rock properties under both static and dynamic loading conditions. The lab has equipment to perform a variety of tests including:

  • Moisture Content Atterberg Limits Gradation Tests
  • Compaction and Permeability
  • Shear Strength
  • pH tests, Tri-axial tests, and Specific gravity
  • Concrete and Soil Testing

    Work done in this lab will allow students to understand the theoretical and empirical principles of soil engineering. Subject areas covered include geological formations of natural soils, soil sampling, and classification. Soil properties of major engineering significance will be studied that include the characteristics of water flow through soil, consolidation settlement and shear strength.

    • Soil testing Soil modeling Numerical analyses
    • Slope stability including progressive failure
    • Analytical methods in geotechnical design
    • Geo-environmental engineering

    Upon completion students will be able to identify soil categories, recognize solid composition, calculate soil properties, complete the solid compaction process, and calculate stresses in soil mass due to external and internal loads. Students will also be able to calculate settlements based on varying load and soil conditions. Students will develop a good understanding of shear strength of soils and characteristics of failure planes.

    All skills and theories learned in the geotechnical lab may be applied in the workplace.
    Research is conducted in soil testing, soil modeling, numerical analyses, slope stability including progressive failure, analytical methods in geotechnical design, and geo-environmental engineering. Research may be done to provide insight into the interaction and performance of earth structures, bearing failures and settlement damage. There are opportunities to collaborate with government and private organizations to better predict geotechnical performance.


Environmental Engineering Lab


TECH 253

Student using the equipment in the lab

The students receive instruction about microorganisms, bacterial morphology, communicable diseases (air- and water-borne), water quality, pollution control, and solid waste management.

Students will be ready for the work environment, because of their familiarity with laboratory routines and application of theory to practical experiences. Students will be able to apply the basic principles of hydrology and hydrometeorology, planning and management of water resources, water quantity and quality control, control of water flow to avoid damages, and water resource regulation.

Environmental Engineering lab

Environmental Engineering lab

Students can use the equipment for experimental research on engineering problems and develop new scientific approaches to solving environmental management problems facing the world.

  • Waste Water Treatment
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Microbiology
  • Sanitary Chemistry
  • Environmental Regulations

The lab setting

State of the art environmental engineering lab equipment

Electronics Computer Lab


TECH 256

This lab will help students to stay current with modern software and latest technology trends in electronics engineering.

Students in the Electronics Computer class

The Electronics Computer class

Students will be exposed to structured methods for developing complex technology computer programs using high level programming in a networked environment. The C++ language as a problem-solving tool will be emphasized. Writing industrial application programs such as floating point mathematical routines and special purpose languages utilizing micro assemblers will be taught.

Students will receive hands-on experience in high-level, object-oriented language programming using JAVA, which includes inheritance and polymorphism, implementing hiding, and the creation of JAVA applets for internet usage.

Students will have experience analyzing and interpreting technical and design requirements, designing software strategies, and creating code. Students will develop extensive knowledge of software version control procedures and systems, and management of software development.

The department will also host a number of research opportunities in the area of software development to meet real world goals and functions. This can help in the development of advanced technology and artificially intelligent systems.

  • C++ language as a problem- solving tool
  • High-level, object-oriented language programming using JAVA
  • Creation of JAVA applets for internet usage
  • Students in the Electronics Computer Lab

    Students in the Electronics Computer Lab

    Control Lab


    TECH 260

    Student testing equipment

    Students will analyze and design control systems with an emphasis on control software, programmable controllers and data acquisition. They will perform experiments which emphasize the practical aspects of control principles while studying the feedback provided by control systems. Students will learn the control modes and methods of implementation by analog and digital means.

    Students will have experience with hands-on troubleshooting, maintenance and optimization of electronic control systems; proven technical leadership, and systems-level understanding of observatory functions. All this is necessary for the job market.

    The department will now be able to host a number of research opportunities in the area of software development to meet real world goals and functions. This can help in the development of advanced technology and artificially intelligent systems.

    Electronics equipment

    • Electronic Control Systems
    • Programmable Controllers
    • Control Software
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Software Development
    • Data Acquisition
    • Troubleshooting
    • Maintenance and Optimization

    Electronic Control Systems class

    Adeniyi, Adedeji


    Funding, Internship and Employment Opportunities in the U.S. Department of the Navy’s HBCU/MI Program.

    Naval Opportunities Awareness Workshop

    Wednesday May 11 2016
    10:00 am to 12:30 pm

    Science Building 303H

    Please download the flyer here.

    Scranton, Kimberly

    Zhang, Yuhong

    Education and Training

    • Ph. D. Electrical Engineering, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, 2008
    • M. Sc Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, 2000
    • M. Sc Applied Mathemetics, Hebei University if Technology, Tianjian, China, 1987
    • B. Sc Mathematics, Shandong University, Jinan, China, 1984


    Research Interests

    Recent Publications (out of a total of xxx)

    Journal Publications

    1. Y. Zhang and E. Salari, Modeling and Analysis of a Hybrid CAC Scheme
      in Heterogeneous Multimedia Wireless was accept in /International Journal
      of Handheld Computing Research (IJHCR/), Jan, 2012
    2. Y. Zhang and E. Salari, A Hybrid Channel Allocation Algorithm with Priority to Handoff Calls in Mobile Cellular Networks, /[LINK] [] Computer Communications/, Vol. 32, PP. 880-887, 2009.
    3. Y. Zhang and E. Salari, Utilisation analysis and comparison for multimedia wireless networks, /[LINK] [] International Journal Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing/, Vol 3, No. 3, PP. 185- 190, 2008.
    4. G. Martins and Y. Zhang, Design of Wave Digital Lattice Filters with Flat Passband, Equiripple Stopband and Nearly Constant Group Delay, /[LINK] [] International Journal of Electronics and Communications/[LINK] []
      , Vol. 58, pp. 30-36, 2004.
    5. Y. Zhang, Reliability Analysis of an (N+1)-unit Standby System with Pre-emptive Priority Rule, /Journal of Microelectronics and Reliability[LINK] [] ,/ vol. 36, No. 1, pp. 19-26, 1996.


    Principal Investigator, [LINK] [] EAGER: A Study of Security Countermeasures for Cyber-Physical Systems NSF, Award No. 1059116. $80,000, 09/15/2010-08/31/2012

    Principal Investigator, /Reducing Blocking Artifacts in JPEG Compressed Images Using an Adaptive Neural Network-based Algorithm/, TSU Seed Grant, id=mce_marker5,000, 2009.

    Wanyan, Yachi

    Education and Training

    • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso 12/2008 Dissertation: Expert system design guide for lower classification roads over high PI clays Research Advisor: Dr. Soheil Nazarian
    • MS in Civil Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso 07/2003 Thesis: Expediting rigid pavement construction by using alternate pavement sections Research Advisor: Dr. Soheil Nazarian
    • B.E. major in Civil and Environmental Engineering, minor in Applied Computer Science, Tongji University, Shanghai, China 07/1998


    Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.), Texas, No. 106375.

    Research Interests

    Recent Publications (out of a total of xxx)


    Wanyan, Y., Abdallah, I., Nazarian, S. and Puppala, A.J. (2010) An Expert System for Design of Low-volume Roads over Expansive Soils Transportation Research Records: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2010

    Wanyan, Y., Manosuthkij, T., Abdallah, I., Nazarian, S. and Puppala, A.J. (2008) Expert System Design Guide for Lower Classification Roads over High PI Clays Research Report: FHWA/TX-08/0-5430-2

    Wanyan, Y., Portillo, E., Abdallah, I. and Nazarian S. (2008) Expert System for Pavement Remediation Strategies (ExSPRS) Users Manual Research Report: FHWA/TX-08/0-5430-P2

    Manosuthkij, T., Puppala, A.J., Nazarian, S. and Wanyan, Y. (2007)
    Comparisons between Measured and Predicted Swell Strains using PVR and
    Suction Based Models in Proceedings, Sessions of Geo-Denver, pp. 1-11

    Sheng, Z., Aristizabal, L.S. and Wanyan, Y. (2004) Well Spacing and Its Impacts on Surface Water Flow in El Paso Lower Valley in Proceedings, World Environmental and Water Resources Conference, ASCE, Salt Lake, Utah, June 27-July 1, 2004, 6p. CD-ROM.

    Vrinceanu, Isabela

    Education and Training

    • 1993 Engineering Diploma Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania
    • 2000 M.S. Mechanical Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology
    • 2002 Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology


    • ENGR 131 Engineering Graphics
    • CIVE 223 Hydrology and Water Resources
    • PHYS 116 University Physics Laboratory I
    • PHYS 213 College Physics Laboratory I
    • PHYS 214 College Physics Laboratory II
    • PHYS 215 Physics for Engineers Laboratory I
    • PHYS 217 University Physics Laboratory II
    • PHYS 218 University Physics Laboratory III


    Finite Element analysis as applied to microstructure properties of

    Research Interests

    Thomas, Graham

    Education and Training

    • 01/2002 06/2006 New Mexico State University Las Cruces, NM Ph.D. Computer/Electrical Engineering*. Dissertation Research: Built In Self Test (BIST) for system on a chip and system on a chip design
    • 08/1999 12/2001 New Mexico State University Las Cruces, NM M.S., Electrical Engineering.* Interest: Digital Communication Systems and VLSI circuit design
    • 08/1996 06/1999 New Mexico State University Las Cruces, NM B.S., Electrical Engineering; Minor: Mathematics*
    • 08/1993 05/1994 New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM Certificate in Curriculum & Instruction*

    Computer skills

    Computer programming language: JAVA, C/C++, FORTRAN, and HTML.
    Cadence software for VLSI design
    Data base design using Microsoft Access and Oracle software
    Web Site design using JavaScript, HTML, and FrontPage
    Spice software for writing run scripts
    LABVIEW software

    Professional Organization Affiliations

    • Member, American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), January 2006 to
    • Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, IEEE, January
      2006 to present
    • President, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) New Mexico State University Chapter, December 2004 May 2005
    • Membership Chair, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) New Mexico State University Chapter, January 2004 December 2004.
    • Public Relations Chair & Assistant Treasurer African Unity Club New Mexico StateUniversity, January 2004 May 2005
    • Member, IBM Sponsored New Mexico State University Minority Programs Funding Team

    Professional Service Activities

    Reviewer American Society for Engineering Education, Spring 2007
    Reviewer – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

    Honors & Awards

    Distinguished Black Scholar, 2001, 2002, 2003 (NMSU)
    National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Board of Cooperate Affiliate Scholarship – 2005
    NMSU Student Support Services: Outstanding Tutor, 1996 1997; Secret Teaching Weapon Award, 1996 -1997 & CRLA Certification regular,advanced and master levels.

    Service to School and Community

    Assisted NMSU Graduate School in recruiting new students for NMSUs Graduate School Student Mentor/Adviser Department of Black Programs, NMSU, Fall 2004.
    Assisted NMSUs Department of Engineerings Engineering Council (e-council) withplanning for e-council week of activities
    Successfully raised funds needed ($9000) to get NMSU-NSBE chapter members to the 2005 NSBE National Convention in Boston, MA
    Organized on-campus book drive to send books to African students as part of African Unity Club
    Volunteer Work: Casa Peregrinos Food Bank, Las Cruces, New Mexico; Hearts of America,Austin, Texas; & Habitat for Humanity, Tempe, Arizona


    Research Interests

    Research/Scholarly Activities

    Research Interests

    Electrical Engineering an emphasis on alternative sources of energy, globalization of engineering, integrated circuit design, digital signal processing and application, Microprocessor/controller design and use in embedded systems.

    Engineering Education special emphasis on integration of disciplines, primarily business management; curriculum development and instruction in engineering management.

    Recent Publications (out of a total of xxx)

    Thomas, G. (2006). Programmable Structured Test for System-on-a-Chip (SoC) Using Pseudo-Voltage Comparators. Dissertation.