NIATT Graduate Students
If you like to have an email exchange with one of NIATT's
grad students, email NIATT
and we'll put you in touch with that person. You can ask
them to tell you about their experience with NIATT, about
their research, and what it's like to live in Moscow, Idaho,
or other questions you may have about being a grad student
at the UI.
Christopher DeLorto is from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
He completed his BSCE at the University of Idaho in
He stayed at UI to work with Dr. Michael Kyte. He
completed his MSCE June 2011. His thesis was titled
"Using Gap Reduction with Stop-bar Detection at
Signalized Intersections to Improve Green
Christopher said "good-bye" to NIATT faculty, staff,
and students with a few songs he sang while playing
Christopher will be working in the North Cascades
National Park in planning.
Simon Addei is a native of Ghana, West Africa,
where he obtained his bachelor's degree at the Kwame
Nkrumah University of Schience and Technology (KNUST).
Simon came to the US in 2005 and moved from Seattle in the
fall of 2007 to pursue his Master's degree and has since
been enjoying school live at UI.
In the spring 2008, he
was a TA for Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Rahim's Engineering Measurement
Dr. Michael Dixon, his advisor, made him part of a data-collection team, which
included Monsur Ahmed and Asma Tuly.
This team of graduate
students carries large containers of video cameras,
computers, and other miscellaneous equipment in the
When Simon is not engaged in schoolwork, he
loves to spend time with his wife and precious son.
Asma Hossain Tuly completed her B.S in Civil
Engineering at the Bangladesh University of
Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2005.
She came from Bangladesh in 2007 to pursue her
Masterís degree in University of Idaho and working
has as a NIATT research assistant since spring 2008.
Now she is working on her thesis on green time
utilization under the supervision of Dr. Michael
Dixon, who is also her advisor. She is studying to
see how green time utilization can help identify
traffic problems on local intersections and after
that provide the feedback that is necessary to
improve the intersection.
For relaxation, Asma likes to hang out with her
family and friends; she also enjoys watching movies
and reading story books.
Cooley drives north from Clarkston, Washington, three days a
week, and does his graduate work remotely the rest of the
When he's not studying or collecting data, Howard enjoys
fishing (notice his shirt!) for fun and profit. He and his
wife enjoy their cats and three dogs.
Howard's newest work is on a grant from the Federal Highway
Administration to develop, test and revise new curricula and
education programs to train individuals at all levels of the
Ahmad Abu Abdo
Ahmad defended his PhD dissertation in November
and can now be called Dr. (Engineer) Abu Abdo.
Ahmad's dissertation concerned the performance of
asphalt mixes for Idaho pavements.
Ahmad came to the UI from Jordan where
he attended the University of Jordan. After his
graduation in 2000, he worked in Riyadh as a steel
structure design engineer.
When he wasn't working on his research, Ahmad
enjoyed traveling around the US. In the picture
above, he is visiting the Hells' Gate Canyon area of
Ahmad is currently working with S. J. Jung,
completing a publication, and will soon be heading
back to Jordan. We'll miss his smiling fact.
What would the Small Engine Lab be without Dan's
presence? NIATT was lucky enough to hire Dan as
Development Engineer following his PhD dissertation
in 2010. Dan keeps the engine bay up and running as
well as being a technical
editor on final reports.
Dan chose this picture because it shows where you
can usually find him--engaged with an engine!
As a long-time member of the IEWorks team (first as
an undergrad, then a grad), Dan sets a high standard
for the students in mechanical engineering with whom he works. That's what made him
When Dan made a presentation before the
NIATT Advisory Board, he listed his future plans,
- Continuing teaching
- Continuing research with catalytic ignition
and alternative fuels
- Giving back to the system that gave to me
Dan was also recognized by the UI
as the Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher in 2009.
What would you like to know about two-stroke,
direct-injection snowmobiles? Nick's the person to
ask! Of course, Nick is backed up by an entire
of undergraduates known as the
Nick knows how to have fun--but
he's also a gentleman. At the 2008 competition, he
helped another team when their sled caught on fire
during one of the events.
Nick was NIATT's
student-of-the-year in 2009. He received his MS
in the spring of 2009 and will begin work at INL in
Monsur Ahmed came from Bangladesh, where he completed
Bachelors degree at the Bangladesh University of Engineering
As a research assistant, he works with Dr. Ahmed
Abdel-Rahim on an Automated Tester project for the Idaho
He completed thesis under the supervision of
Dr. Michael Dixon. His research work is based on queue
spillback detection of signalized intersections and
performance improvement of the intersection by feedback
provided to the signal controller. Monsur is working on
Rabbit microprocessor to send communication to ASC3
controller, collect data from the controller and give
feedback to it.
We congratulate S. K. on receiving his master's degree
and beginning work at D. K. Associates in Seattle, WA.
Prashant Darveshi, a graduate research assistant
who came from India, is
working with Dr. Thomas Weaver and Dr. Bayomy.
Research for his thesis makes use of ABAQUS, a
finite element method software package, which he
uses to identify and calibrate the dynamic modulus
(E star) test and APA test for asphalt mixes.
Prashant models asphalt pavement as a visco plastic
behavioral material in ABAQUS and calibrates the
function of the test temperature, loading frequency,
aggregates and binder content and air voids.
As a graduate student, Edwin is a member of
Idaho Engineering Works
that provides stewardship of departmental design
infrastructure, including mentoring of capstone
design teams. He is also the course designer and
primary facilitator for a new advanced CAD elective
that focuses on CATIA. This course has attracted
accolades and financial
support from many corners of the Boeing Company,
successfully launching a new CAD/CAM initiative
within the department.
For his graduate research, Edwin retro-fitted a
single cylinder engine for alternative fuel testing,
and developed a user-friendly computer application
for studying in-cylinder heat release from
alternative fuels. He talked about his research at
the 2009 NIATT Advisory Board Banquet.
Randy Storm and Vic Christensen
Find these guys in the Small Engine Laboratory.
Their talk: Engines, engines, engines!
They are directing work to construct a dilution
tunnel that will be. . .
Katrina Leichleiter, Josh Gibson, and Josh Royce
To see this team of students at work, you have to
visit the Boise campus of UI. There, they work with
Dr. Judi Steciak on catalytic ignition.
Seung Il Baek
out! SEUNG IL BAEK is the guy who works with Dr. S.
J. Jung and Dr. Fouad Bayomy as a graduate research
assistant. His research as he works towards
his PhD is to to find a way to simplify pavement
testing. Seung is from Korea and enjoys playing most
kinds of sports, especially basketball and
Where did they go??? Student involvement with NIATT
research translates into good jobs.
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