September 2002 - Volume 1, Issue 2
e-Bulletin of College of Sciences and Technology
Savannah State University


Take a Look at This..!

Visit our Website!

GA Civil Engineers Day

Know Yamacraw!

YDSS - Talk


SAMNetwork Presents ...

Kudos to ......

Dean - Advertisement

University News
Welcome to COST's e-Bulletin for September 2002
 Previous Issues:  Aug ' 02 
Take a Look at This ....!

From 1950 to 2000, the resident population of the U. S. increased from 150 to 281 million.

During this 50 years, the percent under 18 years of age fell from 31% to 26% while the percent elderly rose from 8% to 12%. Projections indicate that the total population will increase more slowly over the next 50 years and the elderly population will increase more rapidly.

In 2000 over a quarter of adults and more than a third of children identified themselves as Hispanic, as black, as Asian or Pacific Islander, or as American Indian or Alaska Native.

In 2000 more than a quarter of black children were poor, and more than one-half were either poor or near poor. Also more than one-half of elderly black persons were either poor or near poor.

Infant Mortality Rate (related, among other things, to socioeconomic conditions) is highest for black infants - 14 deaths per 1000 live births.

Overall Mortality Rate was one-third higher for black americans than for white americans in 1999, compared with 37% higher in 1990. In 1999, age-adjusted death rate for black population exceeded that for white population by 38% for stroke, 28% for heart disease, 27% for cancer, and more than 700% for HIV disease.

Source: Health, United States, 2000, Department of Health and Human Services.

Visit our Website!

It has a Face Lift!

The main website of the College and the website of Department of Engineering and Technology have been redesigned, and they incorporate the features of the recent reorganization of the departments in the College.

Please contact Jay for comments/corrections.

Dont miss the following in the above websites:

In the COST website:

      College Directory
      Job search

In the website of Department of Engineeering & Technology

      Online Course on Excel
      Unit Coverter
      Alumni Corner

Website of Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics:

The website for the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is under construction.

Georgia Civil Engineers Day

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and of the great contributions made by Georgia civil engineers, Governor Roy Barnes issued a proclamation declaring September 6, 2002 as "Civil Engineers Day" throughout the state. The proclamation, signed by the Governor August 13, recognizes the achievements made by the profession that have led to a better quality of life in the state of Georgia.


Founded in 1999, Yamacraw is Georgia’s strategic initiative to foster growth in the broadband telecommunications industry. Leveraging Georgia’s existing high-tech base, and combining it with resources from private sector companies, major universities, the research community and more than $100 million in state funds, the initiative is making Georgia a world leader in the design of broadband (high-speed) communication systems, devices and chips.

Eight Georgia universitieswill educate over 1,000 Yamacraw-ready graduates in electrical and computer engineering, computer science and software engineering per year. Sixty-four faculty have been hired to date to teach and mentor students in the Yamacraw research areas. The addition of these new faculty members is helping grow the number of technology graduates in Georgia.

The participating Universities are: Armstrong Atlantic State University • Georgia Institute of Technology • Georgia Southern University • Georgia State University • Kennesaw State University • Savannah State University• Southern Polytechnic State University • University of Georgia

Yamacraw is a partnership between government, academia, and a visionary group of member companies. As members of the Yamacraw Design Center, these companies participate in broadband communications research and share in the commercialization opportunities resulting from that technology.

Full Member Companies: • Barco • BellSouth • Broadcom • Ciena • Cirrex Corp • Cypress Semiconductor • Echostar Data Networks • H.O. Systems Corp. - A VeriSign Company • IDT • Microcoating Technologies • Movaz Networks • National Semiconductor • Nortel Networks • Siemens Dematic Electronics • Assembly Systems, Inc

Emerging Companies: • Ardext • Cermet • EG Technology, Inc. • iVivity • Nanoventions • Quellan • RF Solutions • SecureWorks • SoC Solutions • Wave7 Optics, Inc.

Affiliate Companies: • Centergy • Deloitte & Touche LLP • Georgia Power • Kilpatrick Stockton • King & Spalding • Morris, Manning & Martin

Yamacraw Executives:
Herbert S. Lehman, Executive Director
Ray Greenlaw, Ph.D., Southeast Regional Director
Lewis Johnson, Director of the Yamacraw Seed Capital Fund
Elizabeth Judson, Ph.D., Director of Industry Relations
Joy Laskar, Ph.D., Director of Research
Richard LeBlanc Jr., Ph.D., Director of Education
Jeff Strane, Director of Sales and Marketing
Marlo Wilkes, Corporate Recruiting Advisor

Yamacraw Distinguished Speaker Series (YDSS):

Dr.Yi Pan, Professor, Department of Computer Science, Georgia State University will speak on Friday, October 4 at 2:00 PM in Room 119, Hubert Building, A-Block (CAWTES).

Title: Biologically Inspired Approaches for Routing in Optical Multistage Interconnection Networks

Center for Advanced Water Technology & Energy Systems (CAWTES):

Dr. Alex Kalu, Professor, Department of Engineering Technology, established the CAWTES at SSU in 1993 with funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Its initial mission was to train and support indigenes of developing countries on the application of renewable energy to water provision and purification. CAWTES has since expanded this mission to include other water-related issues and energy research and training in response to the changing technology and identified needs of the communities we serve.

The Center provides outreach activities globally and energy training both to domestic and international audiences. The Center is presently involved in research and education in two areas relevant to its mission - renewable energy and water treatment. Center faculty and staff provide consulting services and technical support on renewable energy projects to clients both in the United States and abroad.
The Center designs and offers academic courses within the curricula of the COST programs. Students in SMET disciplines are engaed in research training at the Center. Plans are under way to include expertise from the social sciences in relevant Center research activities and student training. Savannah State University through CAWTES participation is a member of REFAD/HBCU Renewable Energy Consortium and the Consortium for the Advancement of Renewable Technologies (CARET). CAWTES activities are funded through grants and contracts from various external agencies.

Scholastic Aptitude Mentoring Network (SAMN)

SAMN presents

The First Annual Lessons In Leadership Series:

The New Engagement Challenge: Teaming Principles With Practice In Goal Oriented Behavior

Come rap with the scholars and find out how you can make yourself more marketable to graduate and professional schools or employees.
Mark your calendars for 1:00 P. M. on Mondays in Room 202 in Drew-Griffith Building:

September 23 - Networking For Success
October 7 - Can You Turn It On
October 14 - Having The Last Word
October 21 - Conversation Stoppers

Featuring: Biology And Chemistry Leading Graduates And Scholars:

Althea Adams-Sutton, Graduate Student M. P. A.
Melva Coles-Bostic, Researcher
Jannis Baker, Chemist and assistant Professor
Dionne Hoskins Ph.D. Fishery Biologist and Associate Professor
Elissa Purnell, Ph.D., Post Doctoral Researcher
Harriett King, Marc-Scholar
Tomeka Ray, Marc- Scholar

Contact: Dr. H. B. Jones
Professor, Department of Natural Sciences and Technology
Tel: 691-6202 or email: jonesh@savstate,edu

Kudos to ….

Dr. Matthew Gilligan, Professor, Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, has received a  grant award of $324,335 from the National Science Foundation for his Project "Collaboration to Integrate Research and Education in Marine Sciences". This is a continuing grant, and NSF expects to continue support with $334,604 (for FY 2004), $311430 (for FY 2005) and $288,703 (for FY 2006).

Dr. Kenneth Sajwan, Professor, Department of Natural Sciences, and Mathematics received the White House Initiative 2001 Millennium Award for Excellence in Teaching. The Award ceremony (held in Washington, D.C.) on September 18, 2002 was also attended by the President Dr. Carlton E. Brown and the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Joseph H. Silver, Sr.

Recent Readvertisement of the Position of Dean, College of Sciences and Technology
(The Chronicle for Higher Education:

Visionary leader for Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Engineering Technology, Naval Science and Military Science departments offering ten Undergraduate and one Masters programs. Reports to Vice President for Academic Affairs. Committed to work with faculty/staff to achieve university's goals; ability to inspire/encourage diverse faculty/ staff excellence. Plans/implements degree and non-degree programs, manages budget, strategic planning, curriculum development, promotion of research, faculty development, personnel decisions, student academic affairs, and collaborative programs implementation. Seeks funding, and implementation of the purposes of the college.

SSU, a Historically Black University is a unit of University System of Georgia which comprises 34 universities/colleges. The University nicknamed College by the Sea is located adjacent to marshes and tributaries, with direct access to the Atlantic Ocean. Beaches of Tybee and Skidaway islands, historic downtown Savannah, the famous squares, historic buildings, and internationally famous River Street are minutes from the beautiful palm-treed campus. Savannah is located near Hilton Head, South Carolina, Jacksonville, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia.

Requires terminal degree in a discipline with a proven record in teaching, research and service that warrants appointment as tenured Professor in one or more of the departments. Relevant administrative experience, minimum of department chair or equivalent. Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and research. Ability to work with constituencies on/off campus. Effective interpersonal and communication skills.

We are accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 (404) 679-4501), to award associate, baccalaureate and masters degrees.

Submit letter describing stated qualifications, current curriculum vitae, and names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three current references to: Dr. Olarongbe Olubajo, Chair Search Committee, Dean of COST; Human Resources, P.O. Box 20601, Savannah, GA 31404; Tel: (912) 356-2275; Fax: (912) 691-6839; e-mail: Open until filled. EOE.

University News

Dr. J. Allen Zow, Sr., Executive Assistant to President/ Legal Counsel, has been selected as an "E-Health and Technology" Pacesetter by the Video Technology Resource & Education Cenre (ViTREC). ViTREC is sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and Georgia centers for the Advanced Telecommunications Technology (GCATT). He will be honored at the 2002 ViTREC Conference and Exhibition on E-Learning, E-Commerce and E-Health (Sep 29 - Oct 1, 2002).

The Center for Teaching, Learning and Academic Support (CTLAS) and the Special Regents' Committee will cosponsor the event "Let's Get RAC'n," - two weeks of activities (September 30 - October 11) to promote the importance of the Regents' Test and student preparation as a shared responsibility across the curriculum.

The focus of the Youth Motivation Task Force Program (sponsored by the Georgia Department of Labor) is directed towards stimulating, motivating, and expanding the students' knowledge and requirements for success. It emphasizes preparation, self-esteem, time management, and a positive attitude as keys in the success formula.
Thirty seven YMTF Consultants visited SSU and talked to a large number of students during September 23-24, 2002.
Mr. Michael Thurmond, Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner, was the guest speaker at the closing assembly of the YMTF program.


This monthly E-Bulletin, ‘SciTech’, will provide you with the latest information about the College of Sciences and Technology of Savannah State University. It will also include selected highlights from the world of Sciences and Technology.

Please send your comments/contributions to next E-Bulletin to jay or Berenice Scott before 15th of each month.

Dr. Kuppuswamy Jayaraman
Acting Dean, College of Sciences and Technology
P.O. Box 20019, Savannah, GA 31404
Tel: 912 356 2349
Fax: 912 356 2432