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Board 111: A Preliminary Phosphate Study of Selected Sites Along the Shanghai Tributary of the Yangtze River; Undergraduate International Student’s Freshman Project in an Interconnected World (Student Poster-Paper)

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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International Engineering Education Poster Session

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Junyi Ying Shanghai Guanghua College (High School) Orcid 16x16

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Junyi Ying (Eric), a senior high school student in Shanghai, China, spent two weeks actively engaged in a research project involving the colorimetric analysis of phosphates in designated locations along the Shanghai tributary of the Yangtze River. Ying is a student at Shanghai Guanghua College. He is an excellent student seeking to pursue a career in chemistry at a major US University commencing the 2018-2019 academic year.

He has received several outstanding accommodations for his work in honors chemistry at Shanghai Guanghua College.

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Cyrus Safai Salt Lake Community College

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Cyrus is an undergraduate student majoring in Mechanical Engineering at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC).
Cyrus has teamed up and worked with a group of four other students from Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, and Computer engineering departments on the Vertical, Hydroponic, Smart Garden With Global and Universal (Space) Applications.
He has worked at the SLCC Slick Science Summer Camp for the past 7 years.

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Junior Onyeagba University of Utah

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Junior Onyeagba, a former student at Salt Lake Community College, who is currently attending the University of Utah with the purpose of attaining a Bachelor's degree in Biology with cell and molecular emphasis. Junior has worked with phosphate over a year now with the intention of finding a more effective way to measure the concentration of phosphate in waterbodies using Flow Injection Analysis.

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Nick M. Safai Salt Lake Community College

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Dr. Nick M. Safai has been an ASEE officer and member for the past 24 years. He has been the six-time elected as the Program Chair of the ASEE International Division for approximately the past 13 years. Nick has had a major role in development and expansion of the division. Under his term as the International Division Program Chair the international division expanded, broadened in topics, and the number of sessions increased from a few technical sessions to over eighteen sessions in the recent years.
The ASEE International Division by votes, has recognized Nick’s years of service through several awards over the past years. Nick has been the recipient of multiple Service awards (examples: 2010, 2006, 2004, 1996), Global Engineering Educators award (example: 2007, 2005), Best Paper award (examples: 2010, 2005, 2004, 1995) and other awards from the International Division for exceptional contribution to the international division of the American Society for Engineering Education.
Examples of some Awards from other Professional Organizations:
• American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE): Engineering Educator of the Year Award 2004.
• Utah Engineers Council, UEC: Engineering Educator of the Year 2005 award, in recognition of outstanding achievements in the field of engineering and for service to society.
• SLC Foundation; Salt lake City, Utah: Teaching Excellence Award 2004.
• American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE): Chapter faculty Advisor recognition award 2002.
• Computational Sciences and Education; recognition for outstanding contributions and for exemplary work in helping the division achieve its goals1998.
• Engineering Division; recognition for outstanding contributions and for exemplary work in helping the division achieves its goals 1995.
• Science and Humanities; recognition for outstanding contributions and for exemplary work in helping the fields achieve its May 1994.
• Math & Physical Sciences; appreciation for academic expertise February 1994.

Academics: Nick Safai received his PhD degree in engineering from the Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey in 1979. He also did a one year post-doctoral at Princeton University after receiving his degrees from Princeton University. His areas of interest, research topics, and some of the research studies have been;
• Multi-Phase Flow through Porous Media
• Wave propagation in Filamentary Composite Materials
• Vertical and Horizontal Land Deformation in a De-saturating Porous Medium
• Stress Concentration in Filamentary Composites with Broken Fibers
• Aviation; Developments of New Crashworthiness Evaluation Strategy for Advanced General Aviation
• Pattern Recognition of Biological Photomicrographs Using Coherent Optical Techniques
Nick also received his four masters; in Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Operation Research, and Mechanical Engineering all from Princeton University during the years from 1973 through 1976. He received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering, with minor in Mathematics from Michigan State. Nick has served and held positions in Administration (Civil, Chemical, Computer Engineering, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Bioengineering, Material Science), and as Faculty in the engineering department for the past twenty seven years.

Industry experience: Consulting; since 1987; Had major or partial role in: I) performing research for industry, DOE and NSF, and II) in several oil industry or government (DOE, DOD, and NSF) proposals.
Performed various consulting tasks from USA for several oil companies (Jawaby Oil Service Co., WAHA Oil and Oasis Co., London, England). The responsibilities included production planning, forecasting and reservoir maintenance. This production planning and forecasting consisted of history matching and prediction based on selected drilling. The reservoir maintenance included: water/gas injection and gas lift for selected wells to optimize reservoir production plateau and prolonging well’s economic life.

Terra Tek, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT, 1985-1987; Director of Reservoir Engineering; Responsible of conducting research for reservoir engineering projects, multiphase flow, well testing, in situ stress measurements, SCA, hydraulic fracturing and other assigned research programs. In addition, as a group director have been responsible for all management and administrative duties, budgeting, and marketing of the services, codes and products.

Standard oil Co. (Sohio Petroleum Company), San Francisco, California, 1983-85; Senior Reservoir Engineer; Performed various tasks related to Lisburne reservoir project; reservoir simulation (3 phase flow), budgeting, proposal review and recommendation, fund authorizations (AFE) and supporting documents, computer usage forecasting, equipment purchase/lease justification (PC, IBM-XT, Printer, etc.), selection/justification and award of contract to service companies, lease evaluation, economics, reservoir description and modeling, lift curves, pressure maintenance (gas injection analysis, micellar-flooding, and water-flooding), Special Core Analysis (SCA), PVT correlations, petrophysics and water saturation mapping.

Performed reservoir description and modeling, material balance analysis. Recovery factors for the reservoir. Administrative; coordination and organization of 2 and 6 week workplans, 1982 and 1983 annual specific objectives, monthly reports, recommendation of courses and training program for the group.
Chevron Oil Company, 1979- 1983;
Chevron Overseas Petroleum Inc. (COPI), San Francisco, California 1981-1983. Project Leader/Reservoir Engineer, Conducted reservoir and some production engineering work using the in-house multiphase model/simulators. Evaluation/development, budgeting and planning for international fields; Rio Zulia field – Columbia, Pennington Field – Offshore Nigeria, Valenginan, Grauliegend and Rothliegend Reservoir – Netherlands. Also represented COPI as appropriate when necessary.

Chevron Geo-Sciences Company, Houston, TX, 1979-1980 Reservoir Engineer Applications, Performed reservoir simulation studies, history matching and performance forecasting, water-flooding for additional recovery (Rangeley Field – Colorado, Windalia Field – Australia), steam-flooding performances (Kern River, Bakersfield, California), gas blowdown and injection (Eugene Island Offshore Louisiana) on domestic and foreign fields where Chevron had an interest, using Chevron’s CRS3D, SIS and Steam Tube simulator programs.

Chevron Oil Field Research Co. (COFRC), La Habra 1978-1979, California. Research Engineer, Worked with Three-Phase, Three-Dimensional Black Oil Reservoir Simulator, Steam Injection Simulator, Pipeflow #2. Also performed history matching and 20-year production forecast including gas lift and desalination plants for Hanifa Reservoir, Abu Hadriya Field (ARAMCO).

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David Richardson Salt Lake Community College

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Education background for Dave Richardson:

B.A. in Chemistry and Mathematics from Oakwood College

M.S. in Organic Chemistry from Purdue University

Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from Utah State University,
Dissertation topic:
Proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of Alcoholic Metal Solvation

Dave Richardson has more than thirty years of teaching and administrative experience in a variety of institutions including Salt Lake Community College, Riverside Community College, Oakwood College, Alabama A and M University, University of Alabama, and Kentucky State University.

In 2007, Richardson retired as Vice President for Academic Affairs from Salt Lake Community College. Since his retirement, he has been actively involved in education as an interim dean in the School of Business and an Interim Dean for the Library. Also, since he retired, he has been an adjunct chemistry professor at the College. In addition to his professional activities, Dave and his son, Dave, Jr., created Next Level Outreach (NLO), a non-profit organization established for coordinating domestic and international mission service projects.

Dave is Vice President of the Utah Chinese Center, a non-profit organization that exists for the purpose of helping bridge relationships between China and the United States.

Dave has completed the second edition of his comprehensive organic chemistry book that is scheduled for publication in an “i-book” format, and he looks forward to serving the College once again as the Interim Dean for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Peter Joseph Iles Salt Lake Community College

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Rajan P. Kochambilli Salt Lake Community College

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Undergraduate International Student’s Freshman Project in an Interconnected World Analyzing the Amount of Phosphates in the Zhejiang River Overseas (Student Poster-Paper)

by …… (Student), …..etc…. xxxxxxxxxxx, xxxxxxxxxx (xxxxxxxxx College)

It is always a challenge to motivate and promote interest while teaching to undergraduate college students subjects in science and engineering. This is especially the case for those lower level college students, such as freshman. Teaching science and engineering subjects can be done through projects which are familiar or of concern to the student, especially when the research subject relates / pertains to the birthplace / hometown/ native country of the student from overseas. This approach helps so the work and its results make more sense to the student who is involved in the project, and the results are definitely more meaningful to the individual. This approach also brings social awareness, responsibility and sense of confidence and ownership to the individual. The study presented in this paper discusses the research performed by an international student dealing with data from his hometown, while studying science and engineering at a College in the USA. Performing the research under the direction and guidance of the faculty at the college in the USA had multiple interesting facets and outcomes.

The research project involves an international student from China, studying the amount of phosphates in the Zhejiang River (in China, Shanghai region xxxxx) and its environmental impact on rural and urban areas, and any other possible impacts. Food and its availability is of major concern in all nations, and various regions of the world especially in the underdeveloped communities. This also impacts the quality and life of aquatic creatures and wildlife. Furthermore if the water is used downstream for farming, there might be additional concerns. The water samples are taken at various locations of the river. They are then shipped to the college in the USA. The laboratory experiments are performed to analyze each sample at this college. The laboratory results are analyzed and conclusions are drawn based on the data from the lab experiments.

The approach also emphasized to all involved and brought awareness to the faculty, student, and the staff at the college. It emphasized a tolerant, interconnected, and an open-minded world, now and forevermore. Polluting or any hazardous acts, and damaging the environment in any form in one part of the globe should be of concern to all nations, and not be considered an issue only pertaining to those communities.

Ying, J., & Safai, C., & Onyeagba, J., & Safai, N. M., & Richardson, D., & Iles, P. J., & Kochambilli, R. P. (2018, June), Board 111: A Preliminary Phosphate Study of Selected Sites Along the Shanghai Tributary of the Yangtze River; Undergraduate International Student’s Freshman Project in an Interconnected World (Student Poster-Paper) Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29878

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