March 2004 - Volume 3, Issue 3
Savannah State University

Academic Affairs Lecture

In the Spot Light ..

Seminars/ Workshops

Students at Conference

Dear Alumni ...

A 2003 Coolest Invention!

University News

Quotable Quotes!
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Dr. Calvin Mackie, an Engineering Professor at Tulane University, addresses Faculty and Students of SSU!
An event under 2004-Academic Affairs Lecture Series held on March 24, 2004!

After graduating from McDonogh No.35 High School in New Orleans, LA in 1985, Calvin Mackie was conditionally accepted into Morehouse College where he began his college career in remedial reading after scoring a weak 800 on the SAT college entrance examination. Over the next eleven years, Mackie embarked on an unbelievable journey of academic and personal achievement that no man-made test could have predicted.

As an undergraduate, Mackie was a dual-degree achiever. In 1990, he earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Morehouse College, where he graduated magna cum laude. Two years later, he earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech. In March 1996, he was conferred the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mechanical Engineering.

A member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Tau Sigma and Tau Beta Pi National Honor Societies, his passion for scholarship is well established. While pursuing his doctorate degree, he served as an instructor of mathematics, including intermediate algebra and pre-calculus at Morehouse College. He also tutored students in engineering graphics in the Atlanta University Center Dual Degree Program. Committed to community service, his involvements have included the High School Outreach Program, Big Brothers & Big Sisters and the NAACP. He is an active member of the 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans and the Board of Directors of Big Brothers/Sisters of Southeast Louisiana.

He has been active on the public speaking circuit for nearly ten years, initially, giving motivational presentations and speeches at high schools and middle schools about science, engineering and mathematics. In 1992, he co-founded Channel ZerO, an educational and motivational consulting company. He operates under the premise that exposure and experience are two important parameters of success and his approach to working with people is simple and practical, using unique strategies and methodologies to motivate and inspire.

In addition to his involvement with Channel ZerO, Mackie is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, specializing in heat transfer and fluid dynamics. Recently, Mackie received the Pi Tau Sigma/ASME Excellence in Teaching Award in Mechanical Engineering for 1999-2000. In November 1999, he was awarded a patent on a device to retrofit luggage stowbins on 737 and 757 Boeing commercial airliners. He also authors a motivational column entitled, “Think About It!” for the Black Collegian Magazine. Dr. Mackie is married to the former Miss Tracy Ransom.


Dr. Carlton E. Brown
Savannah State University

Dr. Carlton E. Brown, President of Savannah State University, was elected to a two-year term as Chairman of the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) in January 2004. Dr. Brown had been serving as SEDA's Vice Chairman and Chairman-Elect since January 2002.


Seminars .... Workshops ...

Southeast Georgia Distinguished Speaker Series (Contact: Dr. K. Jayaraman)

April 5, 2004:
Speaker: Dr. Hwajung Lee, Assistant Professor, Radford University
"Survivability Issues in IP over WDM Optical Networks"

Mathematics, Physics & Integrated Science Faculty Seminar (Contact: Dr. Shinemin Lin

March 25, 2004:
Speaker: Dr. Mulatu Lemma, Professor, Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, SSU
"Conservative and Regular Matrix"

Marine Science Seminar (Contact: Dr. Carol Pride)

March 23, 2004:
Speaker: Dr. Davis Die, University of Miami
"Mathematical & Statistical Modeling in Support of Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Fisheries"

Chemistry Workshop (Contact: Dr. Olarongbe Olubajo)

March 9, 2004:
Instructor: Jeff Horsman, Chemist, Biotage
"Flash Chromatography"

COST Students & Faculty in 2004 HBCU-UP National Research Conference:

Students and faculty from COST attended the 2004 HBCU-UP National Research Conference organized by North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro, NC during February 26-28, 2004. Dr. Chellu S. Chetty, Dr. Olarongbe Olubajo and Dr. Jonathan Lambright participated in the NSF-HBCU-UP Project Directors' Meeting, and the students presented posters in the scientific sessions and participated in the network with exhibitors.


Zikiar Alvin                                        Crystal Jackson


Destiny Allen                                        Ebony Henderson


James Harris & Linda Larmore                      Josephine Heinz & Terry Shell


Richard Hodges

The following faculty members served as research advisors to the students who presented the poster sessions:

Dr. Chellu S. Chetty, Dr. Hae Choi, Dr. Dionne Hoskins, Dr. Jonathan Lambright, Dr. Olarongbe Olubajo, Dr. Zhiyan Song, Dr. Xiaoron Zhang (from Savannah State University), Dr. Peter Brink and Dr. Thomas White (from SUNY at Stony Brook), Dr. John Trant (from University of Maryland)

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Source: - 2003 Coolest Inventions

Inventor: Motorola and Frog Design

The fashion and high-tech industries rarely see eye to eye. But if the future of technology is in wearable computers, as some believe, then the Offspring Wearable prototypes are a step in the right direction. These sunglasses don't just look cool—they also house a tiny digital camera lens (which peeks out from a pinhole opening above the right lens) as well as a miniature display inside the left lens for reading e-mail or looking up information online. An earpiece for your cell phone pops out from the side of the glasses. It's all part of a wearable wireless system that includes a two-way-radio watch, a PDA and other add-ons.

To Learn More:

University News

Monday, April 5 at 10:00 AM

Venue: Tiger Arena

Thursday, April 8 at 10:00 AM

Venue: Tiger Arena

Quotable Quotes ......!

"The best learners...often make the worst teachers. They are, in a very real sense, perceptually challenged. They cannot imagine what it must be like to struggle to learn something that comes so naturally to them." - Stephen Brookfield

"Education today, more than ever before, must see clearly the dual objectives: Education for living and educating for making a living." - James Mason Wood

"The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate "apparently ordinary" people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: It is in making winners out of ordinary people. " - Pat Cross

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