ODU STEAM Event, PSU Faculty Award, & UD Termite Research (January 2019)

The Virginia Gamma Chapter at Old Dominion University posted images to their Instagram account from a recent activity helping at Larchmont Elementary School’s 2019 STEAM night. The event focused on promoting interest in engineering and related fields to local K-12 students. See one of the images below.


Kathryn W. Jablokow, Ph.D. (OH G ’83), is the recipient of the 2018 Penn State Engineering Alumni Society World-Class Engineering Faculty Award in recognition of her teaching, research, and service. Dr. Jablokow is a professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering and associate chief academic officer at Penn State Great Valley.

In the news story, she was praised for “her role in establishing the bachelor of engineering degree with the multidisciplinary engineering design (MDE) option, offered regionally through the Abington, Brandywine and Great Valley campuses.”


In a recent issue of the journal Energy and Fuels from the American Chemical Society, a research team from the University of Delaware (UD) “described how a community of termite-gut microbes converts coal into methane.” The study was led by UD chemical & biomolecular engineering professor Prasad Dhurjati, Ph.D. (IN A ’81).

A local company has succeeded in getting the microbes to convert coal into methane gas. Dr. Dhurjati said, “Our computer models now make it possible to successfully design, operate and control commercial-scale processes.” Click here to read more.


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