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Old Dominion University is always looking for ways in which professors of different disciplines can work together. Professor Mournir Laroussi, (left) electrical and computer engineering and Assistant Professor Venkat Maruthamuthu, mechanical and aerospace engineering, have found a way to generate a diffused plasma inside a chamber without applying any electrical power to the chamber. Since there are no electrodes inside the chamber, there is no contamination and no need for electrode replacement. Photo Chuck Thomas/ODU

Research Advisory Committee


This is an advisory committee to the Associate Dean for Research (ADR) in BCET. The committee discusses important issues relevant to research at the college level such as research strategy, research productivity, research infrastructure, research funding, research initiatives, and future research directions; and makes recommendations to the ADR.


  • Members are selected across the college and from the bodies (centers/institutes) represented by BCET faculty
  • Membership is strictly based on research performance and stature of the member in the domain; term is limited to 3 years; 1st batch is staggered
  • Discuss College Strategic Research Priorities, Planning, and Other relevant challenges/opportunities in the College and provide recommendations to ADR
  • Facilitate discussions on multidisciplinary and other research initiatives and make recommendations to ADR
  • Administer reviews of all funding initiatives relevant to the college and provide feedback on review results to the ADR
  • Help BCET to change Research Culture in the College

Current Membership



Khan M. Iftekharuddin Dean's Office, Committee Chair
Michel Audette


Colin P. Britcher


John D. Catravas

Bioelectrics Center

Mecit Cetin


Hani E. Elsayed-Ali

Applied Research Center

Holly A. Handley


Vukica Jovanovic


Hongyi Wu


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