September 2003 - Volume 2, Issue 9
Savannah State University

ASCE Report Card!

In the Spot Light ..

Infrastructure Progress

Seminars/Workshops ..

COST's Progress ...

Infrastructure Highlights

Dear Alumni ...

A 2002 Best Invention!

University News

Quotable Quotes!
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State of
America's Infrastructure

ASCE's Full Report Card For 2001:

Roads:     D+
Bridges:     C
Transit:     C-
Aviation:     D
Schools:     D-
Drinking Water:     D
Wastewater:     D
Dams:     D
Solid Waste:     C+
Hazardous Waste:     D+
Navigable Waterways:     D+
Energy:     D+

Infrastructure G.P.A.:     D+

A = Exceptional
B = Good
C = Fair
D = Poor
F = Inadequate

See below for 2003 Progress Report!



Dr. Jane H. Philbrick
Professor of Management
College of Business Administration (COBA)

"2003-04 Savannah State University Distinguished Professor"



State of America' Infrastructure
2003 Progress Report (An Update to the 2001 Report Card)


Seminars ..... Workshops ... !

Marine Science Seminar Series (Contact: Dr. Carol Pride)
September 5, 2003:
Dr. Keith Maruya, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
"Stuck in the Mud Again: Trace Organic Contaminants in the Coastal Zone"

August 29, 2003:
Introduction of Savannah State University and Skidaway Institute of Oceanography Faculty and Research Opportunities - Part II.
Speakers: Rick Jahnke, Matt Gilligan, Jim Sanders, Carol Pride, Jack Blanton, Chandra Franklin, and Jenn Brofft

August 27, 2003:
Dr. Marthajane Caldwell, Savannah State University
"Population Research in Tursiops truncatus bottlenose dolphins"

COST's Progress During 2002-03

The College, with its mission to deliver of high quality education, scholarship and research in sciences, engineering and technology, continues to pursue the following goal:

To promote and strengthen:

  • academic excellence in education
  • faculty & staff development
  • grants acquisition and research
  • engagement with industries, professional societies, alumni & community
  • Alliances with schools and other institutions

    The academic session 2002-03 started with the merger and reorganization of the departments. The COST has now the Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Department of Engineering Technology, AROTC and NROTC. This should create more interdisciplinary collaboration, stronger and unique niches, new innovative programs and projects, increased grant-writing activities, more aggressive approaches to student recruitment, advisement and retention, and a broader and more involved community services agenda. The COST has prepared a detailed ‘Action Steps’ document to successfully accomplish the outcomes expected in the University’s Strategic Plan 2002-2007. A monthly E-Bulletin of COST serves as an important mode of dissemination of information to the University community and alumni of the College.

    The College started its first Master’s degree program in Marine Science in Fall 2002, and may other programs improved their curricula through revision of the existing courses and introduction of new courses.

    A number of our graduates got admitted in graduate programs, and many students were accepted for summer internships in health and allied fields. Our students attended, along with their advisors, conferences and research meetings and won awards for their presentations.

    Both the Departments offered a number of seminars, workshops, summer camps and summer institutes during the academic year. While the Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics continues to excel in grant-writing activities and in procuring considerable amount of extramural funds (especially for student scholarships), the Department of Engineering Technology continues to maintain a high profile in research and outreach activities with many countries in the African continent. The faculty collaborated with a number of high schools and carried out considerable outreach activities for training the students.

    The faculty have established a very high mark in publication of books, research papers in peer-reviewed journals and in presenting papers in national and international conferences. The following were some of the coveted awards won by the faculty of COST:

  • 2003 Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award for Regional and State Universities in the University System of Georgia

  • 2003 Savannah State University Distinguished Professor Award

  • 2003 Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology

  • White House Initiative 2001 Millennium Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2003 Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology Award

  • 2003 National Outstanding Teacher of Natural Science Award

  • Richard Nicholson Award for Excellence in Science Teaching

    The highlight of this academic session is receiving the NSF grant award of $2.5 million for the Project “Minority Access to Graduate Education and Careers in Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics” (PI: Dr. Joseph H. Silver, Sr.; Program Director: Dr. Chellu S. Chetty; Co-Program Director: Dr. Jonathan Lambright)). This will enable SSU to implement a comprehensive approach to strengthen the undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

  • America's Infrastructure: Highlights

    • According to the Federal Highway Administration's (FHwA) "2003 Conditions and Performance Report," traffic congestion costs the economy $67.5 billion annually in lost productivity and wasted fuel.

    • As of 2000, 27.5% of the nation's bridges (162,000) were structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

    • Airport capacity had increased only 1% from 1991 to 2001, yet air traffic had increased 35% during that same period.

    • Due to either aging, outdated facilities, severe overcrowding, or new mandated class sizes, 75% of our nation's school buildings remain inadequate to meet the needs of school children.

    • The infrastructure of the nation's 54,000 drinking water systems is aging rapidly. There is an annual shortfall of $11 billion needed to replace or rehabilitate facilities that are nearing the end of their useful life and to comply with federal water regulations.

    • Some sewer systems are 100 years old and many treatment facilities are past their recommended life expectancy. More than one third of U.S. surface waters do not meet water quality standards.

    • The number of unsafe dams has risen by 23% to nearly 2,600. Because of downstream development, the number of "high-hazard potential dams" - those whose failure would cause loss of life - has increased from 9,921 in 2001 to 10,049 in 2003. There have been 21 dam failures in the past two years.

    • The amount of solid waste sent to landfills has declined 13% since 1990, while the amount of waste recovered through recycling has nearly doubled and waste-to-energy plants manage now 17% of the nation's trash.

    • The rapid development of new technology has created an electronic waste stream (computer hardware and other electronic components) that, according to the U.S. (EPA), currently accounts for 1% of the nation's 210 million tons of solid waste each year and is growing rapidly. Because of a lack of an efficient, U.S.-based management system for this new waste category, much of our nation's electronic waste is being stockpiled or sent overseas for disposal.

    • The U.S. GAO estimates that, after nearly 20 years and outlays of more than $14 billion, the Superfund program has yet to complete clean-ups for 42% of the nation's most severely contaminated hazardous waste sites. Cleanups at 85% of these sites will be completed by the end of calendar year 2008. The remainder will not be completed until well after 2008.

    • The nation's 25,000 miles of waterways, 238 lock chambers and 1,000 harbor channels serve 300 U.S. ports and over 3,700 terminals by moving 2.4 billion tons of commerce annually, and by providing critical intermodal links to 152,000 miles of rail; 460,000 miles of pipelines; and 45,000 miles of interstate highways.

    • Transportation demand through navigation channels, especially for vessels carrying containerized cargoes, is expected to more than double by the year 2020.

    • Since 1990, actual capacity has increased by only about 7,000 megawatts (MW) per year, an annual shortfall of 30%. More than 10,000 MW of capacity will have to be added each year until 2008 to keep up with the 1.8% annual growth in demand. The U.S. energy transmission infrastructure relies on older technology, raising questions of long-term reliability.
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    Source: - 2002 Best Inventions

    The car of the future looks something like this: It has no engine, no steering column and no brake pedal. It requires no gasoline, emits no pollution (just a little water vapor) and yet handles like a high-performance Porsche. It might sound like an environmentalist's fantasy, but there it was on display at the Paris Auto Show last September: the Hy-wire, a politically correct, fully functional prototype that General Motors claims could be road ready by 2010. Other car manufacturers — including Toyota, Honda and Ford — are working on post-fossil-fuel automobiles, but only GM has rethought the car from the ground up, adopting an impressive array of advanced technologies invented both in Detroit and very far from it. Instead of an internal-combustion engine, for example, the Hy-wire is powered by fuel cells like those used in the orbiting space station. Power is generated by an electrochemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen that yields as its by-product only heat and H2O. No smelly exhaust, no smog, no greenhouse gases. Gone too are the cables and mechanical links that have held together cars since the dawn of the automobile age a century ago. Instead, the steering and braking are fully electronic, using techniques pioneered in fly-by-wire aircraft cockpits. In place of the steering column is a small color screen and two handgrips. To accelerate, you twist the grips. To apply the brakes, you squeeze them. To turn left or right, you move the grips up or down. Instead of a rearview mirror, there's a camera that projects an image of the road you have traveled, along with such driving data as speed and hydrogen-fuel levels. Because the car is fully programmable, drivers can set their performance preferences. (Brakes: soft or hard? Engine: sporty or fuel conserving?) Eliminating all the mechanical controls frees up the space where an engine would normally reside; in the Hy-wire prototype you can see straight through the front of the car. Without a steering column, designers can place the controls anywhere in the car for maximum comfort and safety‹even in the backseat. The heart of the Hy-wire, however, is the aluminum, skateboard-like chassis that runs the length of the vehicle. Nestled within it are the fuel cells, an electric motor, tanks of compressed hydrogen and all the electronics. Because the fiber-glass body is basically a shell, different models can be swapped like cell-phone covers. So you could in theory drive a sports car on the weekends and change it into a minivan to haul the kids to school. Of course, the Hy-wire is just a prototype, and getting the first production units on the road by 2010 would require the notoriously sluggish auto industry to shift gears a lot faster than usual. For one thing, the roadside infrastructure that fuels and services today's gas guzzlers would have to be redesigned to dispense hydrogen and reprogram faulty control systems. But if the result were a fleet of safe, fuel-efficient, nonpolluting cars and trucks that reduced or eliminated the world's dependence on fossil fuel, it would be worth the effort.

    — By Anita Hamilton

    University News

    Savannah State University recognized its 2003-04 academic scholarship recipients during the fourth annual Scholarship Pinning Ceremony on Sunday, August 24, 2003 in the Savannah Room. About 200 scholars were recognized during the ceremony.
    Dr. Jane Gates, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, was the guest speaker.

    Quotable Quotes ......!

    "The university is no longer a quiet place to teach and do scholarly work at a measured pace and contemplate the universe. It is big, complex, demanding, competitive, bureaucratic, and critically short of money" - Phyllis Dain

    "A university should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning." - Benjamin Disraeli

    "Patience and tenacity of purpose are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness." - Thomas Henry Huxley

    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