Kassegne MEMS Research Group
Department of Mechanical Engineering 

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Introduction: Our group maintains an active international outreach and collaborative research program. We currently have an active relationship with AAU (Addis Ababa University, ET) and Bahr Dar University (Bahr Dar, ET) in mechanical engineering, computer science and CE programs. The work done under Sam's supervision at AAU in wireless applications was considered ground breaking and resulted in several patent applications and entrepreneurial undertakings. Further, eight publications have resulted from these collaborative works.

AAU - Addis Ababa University

Computer Science Department

1. Shiferraw Abebe
Graduate Student
CS Department, AAU

Currently a Lecturer at Grad School of Telecom of the Eth. Telecom Corp/ Unity University.

Thesis: "Unicode-based wireless java application for SMS (Short Messaging Service) in a multi-language/script Environment using J2ME".

Publication:
Ethiopic Keyboard Mapping and Predictive Text Inputting Algorithm in a Wireless Environmnet. ETC Conference, Sep 2004.

2. Fikreyohannes Lemma
Graduate Student
CS Department, AAU

Currently at School of Commerce, Addis Ababa University
Thesis: Design of Architecture and Implementation Issues for a Terrestrial & VSAT based National Telemedicine Network.  (download).
Publications:

(i) Lemma, F, Denko, M.K. Tan, J., and Kassegne, S.K, "Envisioning a National E-Medicine Network Architecture in a Developing Country: A Case Study," Int. J. of Healthcare Information Systems and Informatics, 3 (1), pp 44-62, Jan-Mar 2008. (download).
(ii) "Design of Architecture and Implementation Issues for a Terrestrial LAN & VSAT-based National Telemedicine Network in Ethiopia. Biomedical Informatics Conference in San Francisco, CA - Sep 04.
(iii) Survey of Current Efforts and Potentials in Application of Telemedicine in Ethiopia, ETC Conference, September 20, 2004.
(iv) Novel Architecture Design and Implementation of Telemedicine in Ethiopia. ETC Conference, September 20, 2004.

(v)Lemma, F, Denko, M.K. and Kassegne, S.K, "Hierarchical Model Based LAN Architecture & VSAT-based WAN for a National Telemedicine Network in a Developing Country", Proceedings of WCIT 2006, held in conjunction with WCC 2006, August 2006, Santiago, Chile.

3. Tewodros Seyum
Graduate Student
SISA - School of Information Systems for Af., AAU
Currently a software engineer with Microsoft, Seattle, Washington.

Civil Engineering Department

Dawit Alemayehu
M.S. Thesis
Currently at U Cincinnati - in PhD program.
Thesis: Modeling RBS moment connections and panel zone behavior through MPC & Mixed element based approach.  (download). 
Publications:

(i)"Multi-Point Constraint and Mixed element based approach for RBS and panel zone modeling", EACE Journal, September 2004.
(ii) Hailu, D., Zekaria, A., Kassegne, S.K., "A New Efficient Multiple-Node Constraint Approach for FEA Analysis of Radius-Cut RBS Moment Frames in Highly Seismic Areas," Proceedings of the Joint EACE-AAU International Conference on Computational Mechanics, Structures and Earthquake Engineering (ICCMSE-2003), January 9-10, 2003, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

BDU - Bahr Dar University

Belachew Negash
Graduate Student
ME Department, BDU/AAU

Seminar Presentations at AAU and BDU

1. "Investigation of High-Frequnecy Wide Pass-band Tunable MEMS Accelerometer," Seminar (by Berhanu Kebede Wondimu, recent graduate from our group), ME Department, Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, ET, December 2008.

2. "MEMS Devices: Overview and Research and Commercialization Trends," Seminar, ME and ECE Departments, Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, ET, June 2008.
3. "Closed-form 3-D Beam FEA for Modeling Steel Buildings with RBS Moment Connections," Seminar, Civil Engineering Department, Addis Ababa University, July 15, 2007.
3. "Trends in Computational Mechanics and Finite Element Methods" - Mechanical and Civil Engineering Departments, Addis Ababa University, January 2002.
4. "Recent Advances in Computer-Assisted Structural Dynamics and Seismic Design" - Eth. Civil Engineers Association, January 2002.
5. "Extensible Markup Language (XML) Localization Issues" - Computer Science Department. Addis Ababa University, January 2002.
6. "Simulation Issues for MEMS and Nano Devices" - Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Departments, Addis Ababa University, December 2000.
7. "Computational Methods and Finite Element Analysis for Earthquake Engineering" - Civil Engineering Department, Addis Ababa University, December 2000.


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