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Wayne State University to Host ‘Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling: Asian Americans and Higher Education’, May 1

March 31, 2008

DETROIT (March 31, 2008) – Wayne State University is pleased to announce, in conjunction with Asian American Heritage Month, an event titled “Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling: Asian Americans and Higher Education” beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, 2008, in Wayne State University Law School’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will focus on and pay tribute to Asian Americans currently serving in prestigious roles within academia. It will offer practical advice on overcoming obstacles and succeeding in higher education from noted Asian American scholars and practitioners including: Dr. Ratna Naik, Professor of Physics, Wayne State University; Dr. Subrata Sengupta, Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science, The University of Michigan-Dearborn; and Dr. Yuan F. Zheng, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Ohio State University.

Wayne State University Law School Dean Frank H. Wu will serve as the program moderator.

Dr. Ratna Naik received her master’s degree in physics from Mysore University, India and her Ph.D. from West Virginia University. She held post doctoral positions at Texas A&M University and Argonne National lab; and as well as teaching positions at University of Wisconsin-Platteville and University of Michigan-Dearborn, until she joined Wayne State University (WSU) as a faculty member in 1989.

Currently, Professor Naik is a professor of physics with research interests in materials in SSIM (Smart Sensors and Integrated Microsystems) program at WSU involving deposition, processing and characterization of wideband gap nitride semiconductors, electroceramics, and magnetic thin film materials for various sensing devices; microelectrode and piezoelectric detector arrays; and iron oxide nanoparticles for biomedical applications; cancer detection in biological tissues using Raman spectroscopy, etc.

Her awards include the WSU President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Career Development Chair Award, the College of Science Teaching Award and recently the Outstanding Graduate Mentor award. She was also honored for Outstanding Scholarship Achievements during Women History Month at WSU. She has co-authored more than 120 research publications and is a member of American Physical Society, Materials Research Society and IEEE. She has been serving as the Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy since fall 2005.

Dr. Subrata Sengupta is the dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He is a mechanical engineer who was elected fellow of ASME in 1987. He was awarded the Governor's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Science and Technology, Florida, in 1990.

His research interests are in the fluid thermal sciences. His work in numerical modeling of environmental flows was awarded the certificate of merit by NASA in 1981. He has authored or co-authored and edited 150 publications. His research has been supported by 30 grants by agencies such as NSF, NASA, DOE, EPA, NOAA, etc. His current research interests are in computational fluid dynamics of two-stroke engines and phase change heat transfer in microcapsules. He holds a patent on microencapsulated phase change material slurry heat sinks.

Professor Sengupta started the Henry W. Patton Center for Engineering Education and Practice at the University of Michigan-Dearborn to develop a clinical model of engineering education that integrates practice, teaching, and research to enhance design and manufacturing education. Over the last three years, he has been actively involved in enhancing K-12 education with involvement in the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) and partnerships with five local high schools.

Dr. Yuan F. Zheng received a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio, in 1980 and 1984, respectively. His undergraduate education was received at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 1970.

From 1984 to 1989, he was with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. Since August 1989, he has been with The Ohio State University, where he is currently Professor and was the Chairman of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1993 to 2004. From 2004 to 2005, Professor Zheng spent his sabbatical year at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China and continues to be involved as Dean of the School of Electronic, Information and Electrical Engineering.

Professor Zheng is an IEEE Fellow. His research interests include wavelet transform for image and video, and object classification and tracking, as well as robotics for life science applications, multiple robots coordination, legged walking robots, and service robots. Professor Zheng was and is on the editorial board of five international journals. Professor Zheng received the Presidential Young Investigator Award from Ronald Reagan in 1986, and the Research Awards from the College of Engineering of The Ohio State University in 1993, 1997, and 2007, respectively. Professor Zheng along with his students received the best conference and best student paper award a few times in 2000, 2002 and 2006, and received the Fred Diamond for Best Technical Paper Award from the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, New York in 2006. In 2004, Professor Zheng was appointed to the International Robotics Assessment Panel by the National Science Foundation.

A reception will immediately follow the program. Wayne Law is located at 471 W. Palmer St. in Detroit. Parking is available in structure #1 across from the Law School, on Palmer Street (corner of Cass) for $3.50. For further information, please contact the Dean’s Office at (313) 577-3933.

Wayne State University Law School has served Michigan and beyond since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation’s 30 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized faculty, Wayne State Law School students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, five live-client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu.