Architecture students honored at undergraduate research symposium

April 26th, 2016 Comments Off on Architecture students honored at undergraduate research symposium

(photos by Alexis Gregory)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Nearly two dozen students recently were recognized at Mississippi State for successful faculty-guided research efforts during the Undergraduate Research Symposium at the university’s Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College.

Projects submitted for the annual competition were assigned to one of four categories, including arts and humanities, biological sciences and engineering, physical sciences and engineering, and social sciences. In recognition of the university’s Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, a community engagement and service learning track also was included for the fourth year.

A team of 42 campus faculty members representing a cross-section of academic areas served as judges for the competition.

Residents of Mississippi, Cameroon, Canada, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, this year’s winners include (by project type and category):

 

ORAL PRESENTATIONS

ARTS AND HUMANITIES:

FIRST—Emily E. Turner of Starkville, a junior architecture major advised by Alexis Gregory, assistant professor of architecture.

SECOND—Olivier Peloquin of Canada, a freshman history major advised by Anne Marshall, associate professor of history.

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING, SESSION I:

FIRST—Ruth E. Fowler of Madison, a senior physics major advised by Todd Mlsna, associate professor of chemistry.

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING, SESSION II:

FIRST—Malcolm E. Brooks of Pensacola, Florida, a senior food science, nutrition and health promotion major advised by Tae Jo Kim, assistant research professor in the food science, nutrition and health promotion department.

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING, SESSION III:

FIRST—Kellie A. Mitchell of Chelsea, Alabama, a senior biochemistry/pre-medicine major advised by Yuhua Farnell, assistant professor in the biochemistry, molecular biology, entomology and plant pathology department.

PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING:

FIRST—Eric W. Stallcup of Huntsville, Alabama, a senior aerospace engineering/astronautics major advised by Keith Koenig, professor of aerospace engineering.

VISUAL DISPLAYS

ARTS AND HUMANITIES:

FIRST—Fleshia D. Gillon of Amory, a junior human sciences/fashion design and merchandising major advised by Charles Freeman, assistant professor of human sciences; Todd French, associate professor of chemical engineering; Jason Ward, assistant extension professor in the agricultural and biological engineering department; and Stephen Meyers, assistant extension professor at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center.

SECOND—Michael G. Reinert of Raleigh, North Carolina, a senior human sciences/fashion design and merchandising major advised by Charles Freeman, assistant professor of human sciences.

THIRD—Lauren L. Peterson of Terrell, Texas, a sophomore biochemistry major advised by Lori Neuenfeldt, art instructor and coordinator of the art department’s gallery and outreach programs.

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING:

FIRST—Jackson B. Coole of Picayune, a sophomore biological engineering major advised by James A. Stewart Jr., assistant professor of biological sciences.

SECOND—Daniel M. McClung of Brandon, a biological engineering major advised by Janet Donaldson, associate professor of biological sciences.

THIRD—Jaslyn B. Langford of Calhoun City, a senior biological sciences/pre-medicine and microbiology double-major advised by James A. Stewart Jr., assistant professor of biological sciences.

PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING:

FIRST—Igor Kevin Mkam Tsengam of Cameroon, a senior chemical engineering major advised by Santanu Kundu, assistant professor of chemical engineering.

SECOND—Tu “Tom” Zhang of Starkville, a junior mechanical engineering major advised by Nima Shamsaei, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

THIRD—Nicholas A. Ezzell of Laurel, a junior physics major advised by Nick Fitzkee, assistant professor of chemistry.

SOCIAL SCIENCES:

FIRST—Meredith D. Pearson of Starkville, a senior psychology major advised by Michael Nadorff, assistant professor of psychology.

SECOND—Seth A. Thomas of Brentwood, Tennessee, a sophomore psychology major advised by Jarrod Moss, associate professor of psychology.

THIRD—Audrey B. Sanderson of Birmingham, Alabama, a senior elementary education major advised by Kathleen Alley, assistant professor in the curriculum, instruction and special education department.

HONORABLE MENTION—Anna C. Wooten of Florence, a junior human sciences/fashion design and merchandising major advised by JuYoung Lee, assistant professor of human sciences.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND SERVICE LEARNING:

FIRST—Audrey B. Sanderson of Birmingham, Alabama, a senior elementary education major advised by Kathleen Alley, assistant professor in the curriculum, instruction and special education department.

SECOND—Anna K. Barr of Madison, Alabama, a senior architecture major advised by Alexis Gregory, assistant professor of architecture.

THIRD—Christine M. Dunn of Niceville, Florida, a senior secondary education/English education major advised by Judith Ridner, associate professor of history.

Featured speaker for the symposium was Erdogan Memili, associate professor in the animal and dairy sciences department, specializing in reproduction and development and functional genomics.

In addition to the honors college, the symposium is sponsored by the offices of the Provost and Executive President, and Research and Economic Development, along with the Center for the Advancement of Service-Learning Excellence, MSU Extension Service, National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center, and Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

Learn more about the Shackouls Honors College at www.honors.msstate.edu and twitter.com/ShackoulsHonors.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Download the program to read the students’ abstracts.

Fourth-year architecture student featured as ‘State Spotlight’

December 4th, 2015 Comments Off on Fourth-year architecture student featured as ‘State Spotlight’

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Room for Growth

Senior architecture major Zachary White, of Valparaiso, Indiana, works on a raised garden bed for the Starkville Boys and Girls Club community garden. A team of 14 Mississippi State architecture students, working under assistant professor Alexis Gregory, are installing a garden at the club with six raised beds, two shaded pavilions and space for tool storage. The team also is partnering with MSU’s Horticulture Club, the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion, and the College of Education to make the garden a sustainable source for education and healthy foods.

Photo by: Megan Bean

MSU honored for architectural, design collaborations

March 20th, 2015 Comments Off on MSU honored for architectural, design collaborations

Mississippi State University faculty won the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture's Collaborative Practice Award for leadership in the design and construction of the Green Building Demonstration Pavilion, left, at Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum in Starkville. (Photo by Megan Bean.) MSU faculty received the ACSA Design Build Honorable Mention for development of public transit shelters, including the one shown at right, for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians in Philadelphia. (Photo submitted.)

Mississippi State University faculty won the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture’s Collaborative Practice Award for leadership in the design and construction of the Green Building Demonstration Pavilion, left, at Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum in Starkville. (Photo by Megan Bean.) MSU faculty received the ACSA Design Build Honorable Mention for development of public transit shelters, including the one shown at right, for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians in Philadelphia. (Photo submitted.)

By Leah Barbour | Mississippi State University

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture recently honored two Mississippi State faculty teams with education awards.

The Washington, D.C.,-based association annually recognizes university architecture faculty who complete exceptional projects in building design and community collaborations, among other categories.

MSU’s team from the College of Architecture, Art and Design and the MSU Extension Service received the 2014-15 ACSA Collaborative Practice Award for the Green Building Demonstration Pavilion at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum in Starkville.

Recognized faculty include Cory Gallo, assistant professor of landscape architecture; Hans C. Herrmann, associate professor of architecture; Suzanne Powney, assistant professor of art; Justin Taylor, assistant clinical professor of architecture; Brian Templeton, extension associate in landscape architecture; and Wayne Wilkerson, associate extension professor.

The Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum, the regional demonstration site for green infrastructure and sustainable building technologies, took four years and more than 100 MSU students to complete. The Starkville museum was cited in the award for following best practices in school-based community outreach programs.

In 2013, the museum project also received major national recognition with the American Society of Landscape Architecture’s Award of Excellence in Student Collaboration, the highest honor bestowed by the ASLA.

Additionally, the 2014-15 ACSA Design Build Honorable Mention went to MSU faculty members who oversaw the project to build public transit shelters a student team developed for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians in Philadelphia.

In addition to Herrmann, the group of honored faculty are Alexis Gregory and Emily M. McGlohn, both assistant professors of architecture, and assistant professor Tom Leathem and lecturer Lee Carson, faculty in the college’s building construction science program.

“Award winners inspire and challenge students, contribute to the profession’s knowledge base and extend their work beyond the borders of academy into practice and the public sector,” according to the ACSA’s website, www.acsa-arch.org, where the winning applications are available.

Alumni enlist architecture students to help with solutions for state

December 12th, 2014 Comments Off on Alumni enlist architecture students to help with solutions for state

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l to r: Patrick Sullivan, Keith Findley, Megan Vansant, Kevin Flores , Aaryn Phillips, Nenyatta Smith, Daria Pizzetta and Jim Findley (photo by Patrick Brown)

Jim Fennell and Keith Findley have come back to their alma mater for help with accomplishing a goal they have for the state. The two alumni hope to bring some of the ideas of functional symbiosis and reuse from their Colorado Ivywild project to the state of Mississippi.

Functional symbiosis is when companies partner together and share waste. The Ivywild project is a renovated school that houses a brewery, bakery, community garden and other components that all work together in a closed circuit. The excess water from the brewery waters the garden; spent grains from the brewery goes into making the bread at the bakery and so on.

According to Fennell, when businesses are able to take advantage of a functional symbiotic relationship, they have lower operating costs from the reuse of materials and can, therefore, be more successful.

“In turn,” he said, “that gets others in the community interested, and it starts to grow.”

“I think it can really do good things for the state,” added Findley

So, the two alumni approached Michael Berk, F.L. Crane Professor and director of the School of Architecture, last year about getting architecture students involved in helping spread the idea across the state.

“These young people are our best resources for solutions,” said Findley.

And the idea happened to fit perfectly with what Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory had already been planning for her fall fourth-year studio.

Gregory, inspired by an ACSA conference, wanted to dedicate her semester to getting students to think about recycling and reuse. So, with funding from the two alumni, the Ivywild Studio was born.

Gregory created a series of projects for the studio that, throughout the semester, taught recycling, reuse and functional and community symbiosis. Early projects helped students develop the conceptual idea leading to their final project inspired by the Ivywild project.

For the final project, titled “Starkville Symbiosis,” students were challenged to research and create a design for a similarly functioning hypothetical building in Starkville. The students were given a site at the corner of Jackson and Lampkin Streets and real-world clients, Ed Dechert and Cameron Fogle of Sweetgum Brewing and Troy DeRego of DeRego’s Bread.

The final designs included a variety of symbiotic ideas and were presented on Dec. 2 for a panel of jurors including two of the clients, Dechert and DeRego, as well as Fennell and Findley.

Additional jurors included Allison Anderson, FAIA, LEED-AP, and John Anderson, AIA, LEED-AP of unabridged Architecture; Daria Pizzetta, AIA, LEED-AP, of H3 Hardy Collaboration; Patrick Sullivan, president of the Mississippi Energy Institute; Jeremiah Dumas, MSU sustainability coordinator; Bob Wilson, executive director of the Mississippi Main Street Association; and Phil Hardwick, project manager for the Stennis Institute.

The jurors were excited to see the variety of creative solutions the students came up with and immediately saw the impact such projects could have on the state.

Allison Anderson said that the students, now in their fourth-year of study, are starting to understand that “architecture doesn’t end at the line of the building; it continues into the community.”

She went on to explain that architects need to think about what the needs are in the community and how it will grow in the future, and this project helped the students to start to do that.

Sullivan said he saw a wide range of opportunities in the students’ projects.

“The IvyWild project,” he said. “There’s just not anything like that in Mississippi. The goal should be for nothing to leave the site – air, water or steam emissions – except products that are being sold and, of course, people coming and going. Taking that kind of approach is just smart.”

“I hope to see one of these actually developed,” said Daria, who also serves on the school’s Advisory Council.

The jurors selected four top projects. First place and $1,000 went to Megan Vansant; Kevin Flores received second place and another $1,000. Honorable mention went to Aryn Phillips and Nenyatta Smith.

“We see this as a first step in an ongoing thing at the university,” said Findley.

Gregory said her students – now “Ivywild fans” – really enjoyed the project.

“Hopefully they’ll carry this throughout their careers,” she added.

Fourth-year architecture students in the Ivywild studio include (by hometown):
CORDOVA – Emma Morse, daughter of James M. Morse and Charlene Smith
CLINTON – Devin Carr, son of Neil and Sandra Carr
FOREST – Kevin Flores, son of Jose and Teresa Flores
GULFPORT – Nenyatta Smith, daughter of John and Dorothy Smith
HERNANDO – Patrick Brown, son of Chet Brown and Earline Wallace
HORN LAKE – Daniela Bustillos, daughter of Jaime and Maria Bustillos
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Megan Vansant, daughter of Donald R. and Rebecca W. Vansant
JACKSON – Lorianna Baker, daughter of Duke and Karen Baker
OLIVE BRANCH – Aryn Phillips, daughter of William and Luretha Phillips
PADUCAH, Ky. – Ryan Bridges, son of Michael Douglas and Delinda Kay Bridges
PICAYUNE – Cody Smith, and son of Ray and Christina Renderman
SNELLVILLE, Ga. – Ryan Mura, son of Ryan L. and Susan D. Mura

Read the story on MSU’s website.

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School of Architecture professor takes on new role as Architect Licensing Advisor

October 15th, 2014 Comments Off on School of Architecture professor takes on new role as Architect Licensing Advisor

Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory

Alexis Gregory

Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory has taken over as the architect licensing advisor for the School of Architecture from John Poros, associate professor and director of the Carl Small Town Center.

Gregory will be working with students to advise them on how to reach their career goals and how to complete the Internship Development Program (IPD) and the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) conducted by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) so that students can become licensed architects after graduation.

More information about NCARB can be found at http://www.ncarb.org/en/Experience-Through-Internships/IDP-Coordinators.aspx

Architecture students takes ‘Best Presentation’ at research symposium

July 1st, 2014 Comments Off on Architecture students takes ‘Best Presentation’ at research symposium

MSU senior Jacqueline "Brooke" Dorman, center, was honored this week for the best presentation at Mississippi State's 2014 Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium. Extending congratulations are Jerry Gilbert, provost and executive vice president, and Karen S. Coats, associate graduate school dean. Photo by: Keats Haupt

MSU senior Jacqueline “Brooke” Dorman, center, was honored this week for the best presentation at Mississippi State’s 2014 Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium. Extending congratulations are Jerry Gilbert, provost and executive vice president, and Karen S. Coats, associate graduate school dean. Photo by: Keats Haupt

By Leah Barbour | MSU Public Affairs

Undergraduate university students from Colombia and Rwanda, along with peers from Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, explained their research at Mississippi State’s 2014 Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium.

During a Monday [June 30] ceremony at McCool Hall, nine junior and senior participants presented posters and talked with judges about their recently completed research projects.

Each summer, the MSU Graduate School sponsors the student projects as part of its Summer Research Program for Undergraduate Students.

After their proposals were selected, the students began working in mid-May with MSU faculty mentors. Participants spent 20 hours each week over a seven-week period to design, conduct and conclude their respective projects.

“If you have access to research knowledge that’s happening right now, you are going to be better prepared to know about the cutting edge opportunities in your field,” Jerry Gilbert told the students and others at the awards ceremony.

Gilbert, MSU’s provost and executive vice president, reminded the students that participating in cutting-edge research “is just one of the advantages you have at a research university, and we’re encouraging all undergraduates to come and participate in the research process.”

Architecture fifth-year senior Jacqueline B. Dorman of Biloxi, the daughter of Richard Dorman of Biloxi and Kitda Dorman of Anchorage, Alaska, was honored for having the best presentation, “Exposing Gaps in Student Literature for Building Construction Technology.”

Junior biological sciences major Madison L. “Maddy” Buras of Slidell, Louisiana, the daughter of Dennis and Cheryl Buras, was runner up for “Evaluation of Multiple Paternity in Cyclura ricordii, Ricord’s Rock Iguana.”

Other 2014 participants included, by hometown:

CARROLLTON–Senior biological sciences major Tineka R. Burkhead, the daughter of Frank and Ruby Bulkhead.

FLOWOOD–Senior forestry major Andrew Z. Shaman, the son of Christopher and Felicia Shaman.

SEMMES, Alabama–Junior agricultural information sciences major Kenneth T. “Ken” Hearn, the son of Michael and Terri Perkins.

STARKVILLE–Chemical engineering major Andres F. Chaparral Sosa, a native of Columbia and the son of Mauro Chaparral and Maria Sosa, and aerospace engineering major Christian Kabana Michigan, a native of Rwanda and the son of Yvonne Kabanyana. Both are seniors.

TUSCUMBIA, Alabama–Junior industrial and systems engineering major Mary Katherine B. Beall, the daughter of Howard and Sarah Beall.

WINONA–Senior counseling and educational psychology major Brittany L. Bane, the daughter of Darren and Lisa Bane.

For more about MSU’s undergraduate research opportunities, visit http://www.honors.msstate.edu/research/opportunities/.

Brick Industry Association Student Design Competition winners announced

May 8th, 2014 Comments Off on Brick Industry Association Student Design Competition winners announced

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Winning team and judges: (left to right): Bryan Marks, Third Year BCS Student; Mike Grote, Gulf Coast Community Design Studio; Casey Walker, Third Year ARC Student; Allison Anderson, Unabridged Architecture; Patrick Brown, Third Year ARC Student; John Anderson, Unabridged Architecture; Carter Brown, Third Year ARC Student; Glen Clapper, Brick Industry Association Southeast Region; Mark Spears, Fire Chief, District #3, Lowndes County Fire Service

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Honorable mention team and judges (left to right): Mark Spears, Fire Chief, District #3, Lowndes County Fire Service; Mike Grote, Gulf Coast Community Design Studio; John Anderson, Unabridged Architecture; Hannah Waycaster, Third Year ARC Student; Ryan Mura, Third Year ARC Student; Mary Sanders, Third Year ARC Student; Allison Anderson, Unabridged Architecture; Glen Clapper, Brick Industry Association Southeast Region; Not pictured: Allie Salas, Third Year BCS Student

The Third Annual Brick Industry Association Student Design Competition was held this spring 2014 semester.

For the competition, student teams composed of third-year students from the School of Architecture and the Building Construction Science Program were tasked with designing a new fire station for the Lowndes County Volunteer Fire Department in Caledonia. The students worked with faculty and a collection of volunteer firefighters, professional architects and professional constructors to develop their projects.

Two student teams were honored following Jury Review presentations on April 30.

The winning team, whose members will each receive $800, was composed of Carter Brown, ARC, Patrick Brown, ARC, Bryan Marks, BCS, and Casey Walker, ARC.

Honorable mention went to Ryan Mura, ARC, Allie Salas, BCS, Mary Sanders, ARC, and Hannah Waycaster, ARC.

The judges for the competition included John Beard, AIA and Dale Riser, AIA, LEED AP BD+C of Beard + Riser Architects in Greenwood; John Anderson, AIA LEED-AP and Allison Anderson, AIA LEED-AP of Unabridged Architecture in Bay St. Louis; Mike Grote of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio and Tulane University; Glen Clapper from the Brick Industry Association Southeast Region; and Mark Spears, the Fire Chief for District #3 of the Lowndes County Fire Service.

Additional reviewers of the student work throughout the semester included School of Architecture alumnus Ryan Florriech, AIA, NCARB of JBHM Architecture in Jackson; and Tim Younger and Sammy Fondren also with the Lowndes County Fire Service.

School of Architecture Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory, AIA, studio coordinator,  Building Construction Science Program Assistant Professor Tom Leathem and School of Architecture Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn organized, coordinated and taught the Spring Collaborative Studio.

See the projects on our student work site.

Architecture student accepted to Summer Undergraduate Research Program

May 6th, 2014 Comments Off on Architecture student accepted to Summer Undergraduate Research Program

dorman_jacquelineBrooke Dorman, a fourth-year architecture student, was one of only ten students accepted out of thirty-eight applicants (a 26% acceptance rate) for the Mississippi State University Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

Dorman will be working with School of Architecture Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory to research a gap in the architectural technical literature for students on detailing buildings.

She will present the findings of this research at the Research Symposium and Awards Luncheon on Mon., June 30.

Architect Charles Renfro lectures at War Memorial in Jackson

March 25th, 2014 Comments Off on Architect Charles Renfro lectures at War Memorial in Jackson

Charles Renfro, AIA, lectures at the War Memorial. (photo by David Lewis)

Charles Renfro, AIA, lectures at the War Memorial. (photo by David Lewis)

Charles Renfro, AIA, a partner at Diller Scofido + Renfro (DS+R), presented a selection of works designed by the architecture firm based on the theme of “Civic Service” on Fri., March 21 at the War Memorial in Jackson.

Renfro discussed the work of architects as a service to the communities in which they work. He used various DS+R projects such as the High Line in New York, N.Y., and The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Mass., as examples of this civic architecture.

Students were able to discuss the presentation and the work of DS+R with Renfro at the reception following the lecture in the fifth-year facilities for the MSU School of Architecture.

School of architecture alumnus, professors author poster accepted to ASC Conference

January 23rd, 2014 Comments Off on School of architecture alumnus, professors author poster accepted to ASC Conference

School of Architecture Assistant Professors Alexis Gregory, AIA, and Emily McGlohn, along with architecture alumnus and former Building Construction Science faculty member Chris Cosper, had a poster accepted to the 50th International Conference of the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC).

The poster is titled “Teaching Today’s Master Builder:  A Collaborative Studio in Architecture and Construction Management.”

The poster explores the spring 2013 combined architecture-construction management studio at Mississippi State University.  Surveys were given to both groups of students, and the results and recommendations are explored in the poster.

From the abstract’s ‘research impact:’ “Assuming the Architecture-CM studios develop as planned, the integrated studios at MSU may be of interest to other universities who have architecture and construction management programs and wish to address the critical issues surrounding fragmented design and construction practice.”

The 2014 ASC conference will be held from March 26 – 28 in Washington, D.C.

 

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