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Inaugural John A. See awards go to WSU faculty working on cancer research, flight safety

Ramazan Asmatulu poses with samples of some of the materials he is developing with potential applications in the fields of aerospace, energy and biomedical.
Ramazan Asmatulu poses with samples of some of the materials he is developing with potential applications in the fields of aerospace, energy and biomedical.

The first prizes from the newly created John A. See Research Award at Wichita State have been made to a nanotechnologist who is conducting cancer research and to two faculty members working on devices to help pilots fly more safely. 

    See donated $1 million last December to provide prizes to WSU faculty and students who are conducting outstanding research or producing other significant work.

    Ramazan Asmatulu, a nanotechnologist who is conducting research on a variety of aerospace, energy and biomedical projects, received a prize of $10,000 for his study of functionalized zinc oxide nanoparticles used for cancer therapy, mainly breast and prostate cancers. Originally from Turkey, Asmatulu has been at Wichita State for nine years and has received a number of faculty and teaching awards. 

    A second prize of $10,000 will be shared by James Steck, an aerospace engineer, and Jibo He, a professor in psychology and human factors, who are collaborating on three separate projects intended to improve flight safety. Two of the projects would use Google Glass applications to help pilots cope with situations that could potentially cause flight disasters. Another would allow flight instructors to monitor from the ground the performance of student pilots in the air. 

Jim Steck, left, and Jibo He wear Google Glass devices as they sit at a flight simulator they use to help them conduct research on flight safety issues.
Jibo He, left, and Jim Steck wear Google Glass devices as they sit at a flight simulator they use to help them conduct research on flight safety issues.

    Steck, who has been on the WSU faculty since 1990, and He, a faculty member for two years, are working with undergraduate and graduate students on the projects. 

    All three educators said they intend to use the prize money to fund continued research and testing, prototype development and other expenses related to their projects. 

    See, who was director of flight test and prototype development at Boeing until his retirement in 1985, said he was impressed after meeting the award winners recently. 

    “I think they’re all conducting very significant work that has potential for a considerable return on investment,” he said. “That’s a success story in itself. Our goal would be to see additional investors to take their work to the next level and beyond.”

 

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