ATU STEM Students Earn Statewide Recognition
Arkansas Tech University representatives brought home first-place awards from the 2023 Arkansas Academy of Science meeting, which took place March 31 and April 1 at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
ATU student Musfikur Rahaman earned first place in the graduate oral presentation category. Rahaman is a graduate teaching assistant in the ATU Department of Engineering and Computing Sciences.
A team led by Zurab Sabakhtarishvili collected the first-place prize in the undergraduate poster presentation competition. Hiromi Honda, Clayton Jensen and Sijan Panday also contributed to the poster, which dealt with crime prediction in Little Rock using machine learning.
“This is an incredible achievement that showcases these students’ hard work, dedication and expertise in the field,” said Dr. Robin Ghosh, ATU assistant professor of computer and information science.
ATU student Kohl Kervin received an Arkansas Academy of Sciences undergraduate research award for the 2023-2024 academic year. Kervin captured first place in undergraduate student oral presentation among chemistry, physics, engineering and renewable energy students at the 2023 Arkansas Academy of Science meeting.
Brooke Rainwater and Dalton Wisdom presented posters on their research work at the meeting. Alongside Dr. Subha Pratihar, their ATU faculty mentor, they hope to soon publish two papers reflecting their research.
“These undergraduate students have achieved a remarkable amount of training and research experience, and they have very successfully showcased their research and communicated with the scientific community,” said Pratihar.
According to its website, the Arkansas Academy of Science began meeting in 1917 “as a group of scientists wishing to establish regular avenues of communication with one another and promote science and the dissemination of scientific information in the state.”
The group publishes the Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science, which is released at the annual meeting.
ArcBest Visits ATU
Representatives from ArcBest Technologies visited our department on Wednesday, April 5, 2023. They discussed their organization, internship opportunities, and what they are looking for in new employees. We appreciate employers who take the initiative to come on campus to recruit our students!
ATU Students Present Research at State Capitol
Biology and computer science students from Arkansas Tech University were among approximately 70 university students from around the state who participated in 2023 Arkansas STEM Posters at the Capitol in February.
“Undergraduate and graduate students from ATU were very excited to present their research and interact with the audience from diverse backgrounds,” said Dr. Suparna Chatterjee, ATU assistant professor of biology. “The interactions motivated students to continue and develop their research skills, and educators to implement steps and insights on strengthening the STEM research at ATU. We want to develop a focused, strategic and coordinated program ensuring access to resources and best practices for students which will lead to student success and change across the institution.”
The annual event brings undergraduate students together to share their scientific findings with their peers at other universities, legislators and state officials. Eleven institutions of higher learning were represented this year.
“This conference provided a unique opportunity for the students to immerse themselves in the latest advancements and developments in STEM fields,” said Dr. Robin Ghosh, ATU assistant professor of computer and information science.
Below are the project titles, student participants and faculty mentors from the ATU delegation at 2023 Arkansas STEM Posters at the Capitol in Little Rock:
*Crime Prediction Using Machine Learning-The Case of the City of Little Rock; Zurab Sabakhtarishvili, Clayton Jensen and Sijan Panday; Dr. Robin Ghosh, faculty mentor.
*Programming Sequence Improvement Program; Musfikur Rahaman, Rebecca Cunningham, Dr. Indira Dutta and Dr. Tolga Ensari; Dr. Robin Ghosh, faculty mentor.
*Elucidating the Role of Tsh and CtBP Interaction on Drosophila Eye Development; Raven Newton, Harley Hines and Hannah Lomax; Dr. Surya Jyoti Banerjee, faculty mentor.
*Inducing Bacterial Mutation for Metal Removal Efficiency; Morganne Browning, Raven Turner, Kayla Medina and Erika Avalos-Reyes; Dr. Suparna Chatterjee, faculty mentor.
*Fake Profile Detection on Social Media Using Generative Adversarial Networks; Edidiong Akpan; Dr. Indira Dutta, faculty mentor.
ATU Computer club visits arcbest
The ATU Computer Club students visited ArcBest Inc in Fort Smith on February 22nd, 2023. It was a technical visit and the students attended different job shadows including the following departments:
- Information Services (Software development)
- Data Solutions, Data Centre, and Technical Servies (Data Engineering, Developer Infrastructure, Database Administration)
- Cognitive Engagement (Data Science, AI, Machine Learning)
Also, the employees of the company organized a panel with the students. Panelists replied to the questions, made discussions, and shared their experiences.