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Purdue Calumet students earn accolades for their work

Updated: May 13, 2013 6:11AM



Gaining an education is one thing. But the ability to apply it in a tangible, beneficial, real-world manner that advances society is where the rubber hits the road.

Purdue University Calumet’s experiential learning initiative, required of all baccalaureate degree graduates, enables students in various ways to integrate classroom and textbook learning in real world environments.

Recently, Purdue Calumet students earned recognition for the effective manner in which they have learned experientially and successfully demonstrated the lessons they have learned.

Outstanding Future Educators: Three education students have been selected to receive 2012-13 Indiana Outstanding Future Educators Awards.

The recipients are: Mitchell Bidwell of Dyer, a secondary social studies major; Jennifer Ciesielski of Hobart, majoring in elementary education/special needs; and Krystle Shanks of St. John, elementary education.

The awards are presented by the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Criteria for consideration included student portfolio scores and outstanding student teacher experiences.

The students are receiving their awards Friday, April 12. Here is what Purdue Calumet faculty nominators had to say about the recipients.

† Limited Term Lecturer Denise Vance on Bidwell: He “is eager to try new or innovative techniques with (his) students, creating new paths to understanding and mastery of subject areas. Moreover, it is very apparent that he and his students have a wonderful relationship, making the learning experience interesting and fun.”

† Purdue Calumet Associate Professor of Elementary and Special Education Tom Mihail on Ciesielski: “Her work directly reflects dedication to maximizing opportunities for all learners to achieve their potential . . . Jen’s positive attitudes, knowledge, and skills reflect a genuine love and concern for students; commitment to education’s purpose and goals; positive expectations; integrity; fairness; and opposition to unjust, unequal treatment of people based on differences.”

† Limited Term Lecturer Helen Ignas on Shanks: “If there is such a thing as a born educator, Krystle is it. She has that deep desire and commitment to want to excel and make a difference as an educator . . . With experience and continued education, I strongly feel that Krystle will be a leader in the educational field.”

Research project awards: Twenty-four Purdue Calumet students earned research awards for projects they presented during the university’s recent Student Research Day.

In all, 242 students presented 127 research projects. The presentations consisted of a written summary and an oral explanation or poster display. The number of student researchers represents a 43 percent increase from last year.

Following are the first, second and third place award recipients and their project titles from each of four categories:

Undergraduate oral presentations, first place: mechanical engineering students Danko Andric of Schererville; Jiachun Li, Hammond/Beijing, China; and Xiaoxiao Zhang, Hammond for “Computational Fluid Dynamics and VR Study of NIPSCO Unit 8 Decomposition Chamber.” Second place: biological sciences student Anna S. Roessing of Gary fo “Granulysin as a Lipid Binding Protein.” Third place: information systems students Brad Jordan of Cedar Lake and Ben Oprinovich, Munster for “Reducing Adult Obesity through a Dynamic Web System: A Northwest Indiana Food Bank Case.”

Undergraduate poster presentations, first place: nursing students Alexandra Dziadon of Schererville; Renee Exo, Crete, Ill.; Amanda Glos, Portage; and Melissa Victor, Schererville for “Assessment of Infants Experiencing Withdrawal.” Second place: nursing students Timothy Clinton, Hammond; Grace Gerhard, Aurora, Ill.; Alison Kouris, Whiting; and Kristina Payne, Highland for “Best Practices in Medication Reconciliation for Heart Failure Patients in the In-Patient Health Care Setting.” Third place: Lauren Adamczewski, St. John; Brittany Bateman, Dyer; and Kadria Woodfork, Merrillville for “Identification of Best Practices in the Prevention of Alarm Fatigue.”

Graduate student oral presentations, first place: computer science student Roger Jestes of Hammond for “Static and Dynamic Alternatives for Hybrid Branch Predictors.” Second place: engineering student Kennethrex Obianika Ndukaife for “Infrared Imaging of the Spatial Distribution of Fouling on a Membrane Surface.” Third place: engineering student Muhammad Sana Ullah, Hammond for “Features Extraction for Detecting Deception from Stress Speech Signals.”

Graduate poster presentations, first place: construction science student Dean Koldenhoven of Orland Park, Ill. for “Measuring the Diffusion of Oxygen through Concrete by Electrochemical Methods. Second place: biological sciences student Christopher S. Hartman, Whiting for “Reduction of Artificial Salmonella Typhimurium Contamination on Stainless Steel by Application Bacteriophages.” Third place (tie): modeling, simulation and visualization students Xingjian Chen of Hammond/Beijing, Chaoyang, China for ”Optimization of an Urea Decomposition Chamber Using Computational Fluid Dynamics and VR”; and Xiaoxi Lou, Hammond/Zhongyuan, Henan, China for “Numerical Optimization of a QBOP Vessel for Minimizing Kidney Formation.”



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