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John Ruppert, Megan Midcap, Cerasela Zoica Dinu and Emily Murphy

WVU faculty honored with 2023 teaching and service awards

Four WVU faculty members — John “Michael” Ruppert, Megan Midcap, Emily Murphy and Cerasela Zoica Dinu — have been recognized for their exceptional teaching and service to the University, students and community.

Alexander Flasch

Alexander Flasch: Powering agriculture through robotics

Harvesting farm produce can be tedious and strenuous on laborers. This tough job can now be done by an automated system; using a gripper attached to a robotic arm. This research carried out by WVU engineering student Alexander Flasch focused on the design and development of a gripper for produce growing on trees. The robotic gripper was tested on its capability to grip varying diameters of fruits and vegetables, so that it can eliminate human labor and making harvesting automated.

Faculty Fellows

Six faculty named to Honors College Faculty Fellows program

During the 2023-24 academic year, six Honors College Faculty Fellows will help WVU students grow their knowledge in areas of climate change and the environment, communication, youth development and collective violence.