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NSF-Retaining Engineers through Research Entrepreneurship and Advanced–Materials Training (RETREAT)

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

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June 18, 2014



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24.943.1 - 24.943.11



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Margaret Scheiner Florida State University Orcid 16x16

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Micah McCrary-Dennis


David O Olawale Dept of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

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Dr. David O. Olawale received his doctorate degree from the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Florida State University. At FSU, his research focuses on the development of Triboluminescent Multifunctional Cementitious Composites (TMCC). These are cementitious composites with both structural and in-situ damage sensing capabilities. They will provide our civil infrastructure systems like bridges and dams with real time damage monitoring capability similar to that found in biological systems.

His research work has led to the filing of a patent application, publication of journal articles and presentation of conference papers. The technology is also on the path to commercialization. The technology won 2nd place position in the highly competitive InNOLEvation business plan competition (2012) organized by the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship and resulted in the formation of a technology startup company.

In addition, David Olawale served as the Assistant Coordinator for the NSF-sponsored research experience for undergraduates (RETREAT) program and also the Air Force Research Laboratory-sponsored internship (DREAM) program at the High Performance Materials Institute (HPMI) from 2010-2012. He currently focuses his research efforts on innovative sensor systems and multifunctional nanocomposites.

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Okenwa I Okoli Florida A&M University/Florida State University

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Dr. Okenwa Okoli is Professor and Chair of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the Florida-A&M – Florida State University College of Engineering. He has worked extensively in the development of affordable and functional composite manufacturing technologies for which he has received several awards. With the increased utilization of composites in critical structures, Dr. Okoli’s innovative research efforts include the development of integrated structural health sensing within advanced composites and concrete structures. He also focuses on the development of scalable technologies for the manufacture of customizable multiscale and multifunctional composite structures, integrated PV sensors and innovative 3D energy conversion systems. He has extensive experience in the transient non-linear dynamic analysis of fiber reinforced composite structures. He has 7 US patent applications (awarded and pending) in the areas of advanced composites and multiscale composites manufacture, structural ceramics, and ubiquitous real-time structural health monitoring. He is a chartered engineer and a chartered scientist.

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NSF-Retaining Engineers through Research Entrepreneurship and Advanced–Materials Training (RETREAT)The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering REU site was established with the goal of persuadingan increased number of engineering students to continue post baccalaureate into Engineeringcareers in industry or proceeding to postgraduate training in materials engineering research. Theuniqueness of this REU site lies in our program that combines training in multiscalemultifunctional advanced composites with entrepreneurship. It involves a successfulcollaboration between engineering and business (Jim Moran Institute of GlobalEntrepreneurship) colleges of FSU. The appeal and competitiveness of the program to STEMundergraduates is evident from the over 60 applicants annually from all branches of engineeringand the sciences. Each summer since 2011, ten successful candidates went through a structured,vigorous yet fun-filled sessions of class work, seminars, practical training, experimental workand presentations through the 10 weeks of the program. They also visited the Eglin AirforceBase to gain insights in to research opportunities in the military. Each summer, the REURETREAT program ended with an engipreneurship competition where the interns presentedtheir business plan to commercialize their research work to a seasoned set of panelists from theJMI and the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization of FSU.At the end of the RETREAT, the students were motivated to pursue careers in the STEMdisciplines, and equipped with the capability to identify needs/problems, develop innovativesolutions/products at competitive prices, and develop a business plan to successfullycommercialize them. 

Scheiner, M., & McCrary-Dennis, M., & Olawale, D. O., & Okoli, O. I. (2014, June), NSF-Retaining Engineers through Research Entrepreneurship and Advanced–Materials Training (RETREAT) Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22876

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