Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Hampton University’s School of Engineering and Technology was awarded a research contract from Lockheed Martin for $93,000. Dr. Morris H. Morgan, III, professor in the Department of Engineering and principal investigator of the contract, and Vitali Khaikine, a researcher in the Department of Engineering, will work in the HU Aeropropulsion Center (HU-APC), at the HU Olin engineering building, researching designs to allow aircraft to fly at super and hypersonic speeds.
Morgan’s research focuses on the shape of the plane and creating the optimal waverider body structure that allows planes to fly better at super and hypersonic speeds. The two forces that affect the plane in flight are the lift and the drag. The waverider is hypersonic design that improves the lift to drag ratio. The goal is to design an aircraft that will increase the lift and decrease the drag.
“Lockheed Martin has provided us with a design for the top of the plane,” stated Morgan. “We are analyzing what would be the best shape for the bottom based on pressure and speed.”
To analyze the different shapes, Morgan will work with Dr. Vadivel Jagasivamani, assistant professor in the Department of Engineering, in HU-APC to create small-scale 3D prototypes of their computer generated designs for wind tunnel testing. HU graduate students will have an opportunity to help during the simulation in the HU-PAC.
As a product of this research, HU will develop for Lockheed Martin OFM software that can define the windward surface of an aircraft if given the proper data. HU has the option of devising this software product using Fortran, C or Simulink computer languages.
“It is a very simple concept,” stated Morgan, who shared the principle behind lift and drag with a piece of paper and a fan. “The most energy is used in the takeoff… you just have to design the aircraft to balance what is on top with what is on the bottom.”
Naima A. Gethers
Thursday, November 4, 2010
HU President Dr. William R. Harvey Responds to WSJ Article Criticizing HBCUs
TO THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
WILLIAM R. HARVEY
PRESIDENT OF HAMPTON UNIVERSITY
CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT’S ADVISORY BOARD ON
HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES (HBCUs)
A recent Wall Street Journal article by Jason Riley questioned the relevance of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in today's society. He complained about President Obama's conventional approach to HBCUs and opined that "instead of more subsidies and toothless warnings to shape up", the President and federal government ought to "…remake these schools to meet today's challenges."
I cannot speak for the President, but I have spoken to him about HBCUs. An ardent supporter of historically black colleges and universities, President Obama understands and appreciates their value to the nation and the world. The facts justify his support, i.e., representing 4% of all American colleges and universities, HBCUs conferred over 22% of all degrees awarded to African Americans. With only 13% of African Americans in higher education, these colleges awarded nearly 30% of all undergraduate degrees earned by African American students in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines; 50% of all bachelor's degrees in teacher education received by African American students; and 85% of Doctor of Medicine degrees acquired by African Americans according to statistics compiled by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Homecoming is Nov. 6, 2010 and some of you haven't been back to your “Home by the Sea” since you graduated! A LOT of things have changed on campus but you wouldn’t know if you haven’t been back. Here's some help to prove you've been away too long.
"You know it's been too long since you've been on The Yard ..."
…if you think the cottages are still on campus.
...if you think The Divine 9 still run the campus.
…if you didn't know Ogden Hall has air conditioning and cushioned seats.
…if you didn’t know Moton Hall is a female dorm now, Winona Hall is a male dorm now, Marshall is a female dorm and Queen St no longer exists.
…if you think the "Hampton Man" still looks like a "Buppy".
…if you still think we play Virginia Union and Virginia State in sports.
…if you didn’t know Ogden Circle looks like The United Nations now with all the flags waving.
…if you didn’t know the "we don't shake hands, we hug" culture has been replaced with "we don't hug, we tweet".
…if you think you're going to The Grille to get some chicken wings.
... if you think you can grab a snack at the CC store.
…if you think students still have to pay to get into sporting events.
…if you still think meal cards are your entry into the cafeteria.
... if when you think “The Carter”, you’re referring to James Hall (New Jack City) instead of Lil Wayne .
…if you believe Joe Taylor is still the head football coach.
…if you think the only internet access on campus is still on the 5th floor of the library.
…if you think the cheerleaders are females only!
…if you think there is still a “Munchie Shop” across from the “Game Room”.
…if you don't know there’s a bowling alley on campus.
…if you still think Joy Jefferson is the Director of Student Activities.
…if you still think Greek Intake happens in the spring. All Fall lines now.
…if you think Ms. Gracie will ask "you want some gravy baby?" (RIP Ms. Gracie)
…if you think they still have a Senior Cab in the fall.
...if you didn't know the campus population now looks like a United Colors of Benetton Ad!
…if you can’t wait to visit the Student “Union” next time when you come back.
…if you think Greek probates are still held on Ogden or by the Big Café.
…if you think you can drive on campus before 5 p.m. without stopping for security.
… if you don’t know that the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute is the largest proton cancer treatment center in the WORLD!
- Ryan C. Greene, Hampton University Class of 1997
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