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Dr. Isaac  Slaven

Dr. Isaac Slaven

Assistant Professor

Office: 3149 - Klehm Hall
Phone: 217-581-7259
Fax: 217-581-6607
Email: islaven@eiu.edu

Frequently Taught Courses

Machine Design
Safety
Applied Research in Technology
Energy Technology
Renewable Energy Systems

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Purdue University, Forestry and Natural Resources
     Dissertation: Technology Transfer for Improved Utilization of Wood Waste in the Central Hardwood Region
Master of Science, Purdue University, College of Technology
Bachelor of Science, Purdue University, Wood Products Manufacturing Technology

Professional Organizations

ATMAE: The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering
AWEA: The American Wind Energy Association
NATE: National Association of Tower Erectors

Research

Strength degradation of life safety equipment and materials
Energy Efficiency

Selected Publications

Slaven, S., Slaven, I.& Anders, A. (2014) A new gripping and binding device (GABI) greatly improves preparation of natural clasts for RFID tracking. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 140(12), 06014017.

Slaven, I. & Dennis, E. (2012). Developing a Wind Turbine Safety Course for Wind Technician Training Programs. Professional Safety: The Journal of the American Society of Safety Engineers, February, 44-49.

Schauer, D., Slaven, I. & Roberson, G. (2011). Clean Energy As a Platform for Interdisciplinary Collaboration at a Technology Driven Institution. JIT: Journal of Industrial Technology, 27(2).

Slaven, I., Haviarová, E., & Cassens, D. (2011). Properties of Wood Waste Stored for Energy Production. Purdue Extension ID-421-W, Bioenergy Series. Available at http://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/ID/ID-421-W.pdf.

Quesada-Pineda, H., Haviarová, E., & Slaven, I. (2009). A Value Stream Mapping Analysis of Selected Wood Products Companies in Central America. Journal of Forest Products Business Research, 6.  Available at http://www.forestprod.org/jfpbr-online.html.

Šimek, M., Haviarová, E., Slaven, I. (2008). Tuhost a únosnost excentrického kování u rohových nábytkových spojů [Trans: Cam Connector Stiffness and Load Capacity of Furniture Corner Joints]. In Nábytok 2008. DF, TU vo Zvolene: TU vo Zvolene, s. 1-10., ISBN 978-80-228-1839-1 [Conference in Zvolene, Slovokia].

Slaven, I., Haviarova, E, & Ileleji, K (2008). Sources of wood and wood residues for bioenergy production in Indiana.Industrial Biotechnology, (4)1, 64-66. [Reprinted from 2007 extension publication.]

Selected Conference Presentations

Recent Technical Presentations and Forums:
November 2015, Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA Undergraduate research as a method to improve student retention.
November 2014, Association of Technology Management and Engineering Technology Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO. Predicting building thermal energy loss from the use of automatic door openers
November 2013, Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA: Opportunities in Using Mobile Pellet-Making Equipment for Energy Production, with Dr. Jerry Cloward
November 2013, Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA: Using Mobile Pellet-Making Equipment to Support Course Learning Objectives, with Dr. David Melton
November 2013, Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA: Using RFID Transponders in a Geological Application to Enhance Student Learning of Design Methodology, with Samuel Slaven
November 2013, Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA: Utilizing Faculty Advisor Models to Prepare Students for Successful Participation in an Increasingly Diverse Workforce, with Todd A. Bruns
November 2011, Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering Annual Conference, Cleveland, OH: Managing a High Risk Laboratory as a Learning Opportunity, with Glen D. Roberson
November 2011, Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering Annual Conference, Cleveland, OH: Simulating a Biofuel Production Internship in an On-campus Environment, with Dr. Douglas J. Schauer
March 2011, National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education, Knoxville, TN: Integrating Safety throughout a Wind Turbine Technician Training Program, with Ed Dennis.
October 2010, Association of Technology Management and Engineering Technology Annual Conference, Panama City Beach, FL: Developing an Effective Wind Turbine Technician Safety Program, with Ed Dennis
 
Mentored Student Research Presentations:
November 2015, Stephany Fonseca, ATMAE National Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, Using Color-Fade Indicators as a Technique for a Proposed UV Dosimeter
November 2015, Daniel Stock, ATMAE National Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, The Effects of Finish Coating on the Hardness and Shock Strength on 4140 Steel
April 2015, Daniel Stock, Undergraduate Research Conference, Indianapolis, IN. Durability of Coatings in Firearm Finishes
April 2015, Victor De La Torre, Undergraduate Research Conference, Indianapolis, IN. Assessment and Recommendations for Harmful RF Radiation on EIU’s Campus
April 2015, Stephany Fonseca, LCBAS Research Symposium, Charleston, IL, Development of a UV Dosimeter for Applications on Synthetic Equipment
April 2015, Daniel Stock, LCBAS Research Symposium, Charleston, IL, Testing the Durability of Finishes on 4140 Steel
April 2015, Nathan Rhebergen, LCBAS Research Symposium, Charleston, IL, Testing the Efficacy of Rope Washing in Improving the Performance Strength of Life Safety Ropes
April 2015, Cody Robinson, LCBAS Research Symposium, Charleston, IL, The Effects of Wear Over Small-Radius Edges on the Strength of Life Safety Ropes
April 2015, Victor De La Torre, LCBAS Research Symposium, Charleston, IL, Determining the Irradiance of Harmful RF Radiation with Respect to Permissible Exposure Limits on EIU’s Campus
April 2015, Holden Reel, LCBAS Research Symposium, Charleston, IL, The Performance Effects of Common Truss-Fasteners Used in Residential Construction
April 2015, Dylan Koeppan, LCBAS Research Symposium, Charleston, IL, Comparing Laboratory Degraded Ropes with Field Rejected Ropes Using a Fatigue Machine
April 2015, Alexander Markwell and Brett Lacey, LCBAS Research Symposium, Charleston, IL, Evaluating the Return on Investment of a Homemade Wind Generator with Commercially Available Models
November 2014, Stephany Fonseca and Russell Melton, Association of Technology Management and Engineering Technology Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO. Quantifying detrimental effects on life safety rope
April 2014, Stephany Fonseca, 5th Annual School of Technology Student Research Symposium, Charleston, IL: Evaluation of Static Strength of a New Knot for Rope Access Applications.
April 2014, Craig Buscher, 5th Annual School of Technology Student Research Symposium, Charleston, IL: Estimating Building Thermal Loss through Automatic Doors
April 2014, Russell Melton, 5th Annual School of Technology Student Research Symposium, Charleston, IL: Producteev: A Project Management Software.
April 2014, Stephany Fonseca, National Council on Undergraduate Research, Lexington, KY, Performance Testing of a New Knot for Life Safety and Rope Access Applications
November 2013, Kent Martin, Association of Technology Management and Engineering Technology Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA: Collaborations with Campus Police Investigators to Teach Concepts for Research
November 2013, Pat Lyons, Association of Technology Management and Engineering Technology Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA: A Study of Regional Biomass Feedstock as Resources for Renewable Bio-energy
November 2013, Kent Martin, Association of Technology Management and Engineering Technology Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA: Application of Customer Service Techniques to Investigative Police Reporting
April 2013, Jason Ligotino & Chris Shuckhart, 4th Annual School of Technology Student Research Symposium, Charleston, IL: Static Testing a New Knot for Industrial Access Applications
April 2013, Robert Raschke, 4th Annual School of Technology Student Research Symposium, Charleston, IL: Individual Implications of Using Wind Energy: Which Wind is Right for You?
April 2013, Jacob Hixson, 4th Annual School of Technology Student Research Symposium, Charleston, IL: Techniques for Producing Biomass Pellets with Mobile Equipment
April 2013, Jacob Hixson, 4th Annual School of Technology Student Research Symposium, Charleston, IL: Using Mobile Equipment to Produce Pellets: Manuals that Support Course Learning Objectives
April 2013, Kent Martin, 4th Annual School of Technology Student Research Symposium, Charleston, IL: Teaching Research Concepts Through Collaboration with Campus Police Investigators.
 
Recent Invited Presentations and Lectures:
April 2015, OSHA-30 Construction, EIU Construction Club RSO, Charleston, IL (gratis)
February 2015, OSHA-10 Construction, The National Association of Tower Erectors Annual Conference, Orlando, FL
February 2015, Competent Rigging and Signaling, The National Association of Tower Erectors Annual Conference, Orlando, FL
February 2014, Rigging and Signaling for Qualified Riggers, The National Association of Tower Erectors Annual Conference, San Diego, CA
October 2013, Technology Innovation from a History of Energy Crises, The 1st EIU Symposium on Science and Technology, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
December 2012, Using Student Groups to Build Student Interest and Retention, Ivy Tech Community College Advising, Lafayette, IN
October 2010, A Total Productive Maintenance Approach to Wind Turbine Maintenance. Purdue University, IT 381: Total Productive Maintenance
July 2010, Identifying an appropriate skill set for wind turbine technicians, Windiana 2010 Conference, Indianapolis, IN
January 2010, Training the Green Workforce, Statewide Energy Curriculum Workshop, West Lafayette, IN
July 2009, Development of a Relevant Wind Energy Technology Program, Windiana 2009 Conference, Indianapolis, IN
April 2009, Addressing the Wind Energy Supply Chain Needs with Relevant Curriculum, Northeast Indiana Wind Energy Supply Chain Workshop, Fort Wayne, IN

Funding & Grants

Grants, Funded Research, and Awards
Provost’s Award for Undergraduate Faculty Mentor 2014-15, Award for mentoring undergraduate research students
Council on Faculty Research, Employing observed photodegradation in ink pigments as a safety indicator in synthetic life safety equipment, $3360
FY2015 Redden Fund Grant, Demonstrating Rigging Safety for Applied Engineering and Technology Students, $1495
FY2015 Redden Fund Grant, Measurement and Testing in Safety for Technology Professionals, $1500
Faculty Research and Creative Activity Grant 2014-15, A comparative analysis on projected return on investment of homemade and commercially available small wind generators. $1000,
Faculty Award for Interdisciplinary Research (FAIR) 2014-15 Performance comparison of field-rejected life-safety rope and laboratory simulated defects, $2500, with MSG Michael Gately and CPT Daniel Alix
Proposal Initiative Fund, The Development of Synthetic Application Failure Effect Testing and Investigation Program (SAFETIP) for Improved Safety Training and Accident Investigations, $7500
Provost’s Award for Undergraduate Faculty Mentor 2013-14, Award for mentoring undergraduate research students
Sponsored research, funded research contracts for investigating effects of ultraviolet light on polymer materials used in safety applications, minimum $2500.
Faculty Research and Creative Activity Grant 2013-14, The influence of building geometry in impacting thermal energy loss through open doors. $1000,
Faculty Award for Interdisciplinary Research (FAIR) 2013-14,Performance Testing of Knots for Military and Rope Access Applications, $2500, with MSG Michael Gately and CPT Daniel Alix.
FY 2014 Redden Fund Grant:“Renewable Energy for Off-Grid and Tactical Applications,” equipment grant for $1,475.
FY 2014 Redden Fund Grant:“Applications of Industrial and Construction Safety Measurement Equipment,” equipment grant for $1,340.
FY 2014 Redden Fund Grant:“Material Testing Applications for Industrial Rope Access and Fall Protection Safety,” equipment grant with Dr. David Melton for $1,350.
FY 2014 Redden Fund Grant:“CTE STEM Education Wind Tunnel Testing Project,” equipment grant led by Dr. Jerry Cloward for $1,495.
National Science Foundation:Co-PI. Grant on developing curriculum and research on biomass renewable energy at Eastern Illinois University. $199,441.
Agriscience and Technology Education CenterCollaboration in Agriculture-Based Renewable Energy and Sustainable Energy in Denmark. Funding to do research and mentor two students in various renewable and sustainable energy sites in Denmark. Approximate funding total for Ivy Tech segment: $17,500.
Smart Grids:Key Personnel. Grant for $4,700,000 project with multiple institutions for overall “smart grid” development in Indiana. Collaboration with Purdue University and Ivy Tech.
Electric Vehicle: Key Personnel. Grant for a $7,000,000 project with Purdue University, Notre Dame University, Indiana University and Purdue University at Indianapolis, and Ivy Tech Community College at Lafayette for development of consortium of research and application in the development of electric vehicle technologies. Ivy Tech segment: $1,200,000.
Battery Technician:Key personnel. Award for $150,000 grant to create a concentration for battery technicians at Ivy Tech Community College at Lafayette.
SAIL (Study Abroad and International Learning) Grant: Principle Investigator with Dr. Edie Schmidt, Purdue University College of Technology. $6,000 grant for development of a sustainable program for international study. Additional funding was awarded for a total of $10,000 in funding for the project.

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