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About: 

About Me

Prof. Bengu of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, about 3 decades, has taught variety of subjects including Computer Simulation Modeling and Analysis, Advanced Statistics-Design of Experiments, Engineering Economy, Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, and Production Processes.  Her research projects were mainly cross-disciplinary, inter-institutional real life projects.  

Her philosophy of teaching is to emphasize fundamentals with association to real life examples in an interactive learning environment. She has built a Distributed intelligent learning system design DISTILLS where the learning process simulated the faculty and student interaction. System assessed the deficiency in student understanding and provided an interactive tutorial to teach these concepts with most advanced technological tools. After adapting several innovative ideas, such as automated assessment agents, quiz agents, text –to-speech and word-net semantic dictionary system to help the students to learn better, she has built a prototype and put it in use in NJIT-Chem. 134 Lab course.

While building the Intelligent Learning tools, she served as director of MPIDS, Multimedia Production and Internet Delivery Systems Center funded by NJSTC-NJCMR (NJ Commission on Science and Technology). After these tools were actively deployed in NJIT, via Chem. Lab Course it had helped   more than 10,000 Freshman Engineering students to learn better in over 15 years. The system is also shared with Rutgers Chem. dept. and is disseminated via Gateway E.E. Coalition and shared with Pearson Education Publishers. After several years, she also received an unsolicited grant invitation from the National Academy of Engineering for the DISTILL system she has built.

She was awarded by various agencies, NSF, NJSTC, and Gateway-NSF. She has devised a new methodology for Simulation Output Statistical Data Analysis using a combination of Non-Overlapping Techniques and Systematic Sampling, funded by NSF. 

As part of remotely located Concurrent Design Engineering Project funded by Gateway-NSF. She and her students collaborated with Penn State, Ohio State, and Cooper Union students to build a Feeding Device for a handicapped student in Penn State Univ. This remote collaboration was a pioneer study of its time when Internet Browser just deployed.  Another study again funded by NSF helped to build Interactive Simulation Tutorials for teaching Environmental Issues in Engineering Curriculum.  She also helped NSF funded POWER “Positive Opportunities for Women EngineeRs” project to empower female engineering students/faculty.

She has been invited to China to teach on several occasions and also received outstanding faculty grant award to collaborate and teach at the Beijing Institute of Technology. Currently she is helping several local industries such as  Pharmaceutical Industry (e.g. Roche Molecular Diagnostics) and Public Sector Industry  (e.g. American Water Inc.), using advanced Simulation, Optimization and Analytics- Design of Experiment tools while providing students real life projects and increased job opportunities. These are examples of how Prof. Bengu have introduced active learning with real life industry examples in Engineering curriculum that has benefited NJIT students over many years.

 

Education

  • Bosphourus University, B.S., 1981.
  • North Carolina A&T State University, M.S., 1985.
  • Clemson University, Ph.D., 1987.
Research: 

Research Interests

  • Modeling large scale and complex systems using computer simulation methodologies, and statistical analysis of simulation output data.
  • Applying advanced statistical techniques to address combinatorial and stochastic problems as applied to real-life manufacturing, inventory control and telecommunication systems.
  • Designing and developing intelligent multimedia instructional tools in improving engineering education.

Current Research

Dr. Bengu is working with faculty and students from three other universities engaged in concurrent engineering design and manufacturing of a feeding device for people with disabilities. She also is designing and developing multimedia-based teaching aids that employ computer simulation and artificial intelligence techniques, to be used specifically for the environmental education of engineers. In related activities, Dr. Bengu is creating positive opportunities for women engineers, conducting workshops on state-of-the-art technologies such as the Internet, simulations and animations, multimedia, and hypertext.

Publications: 

Selected Publications

  • G. Bengu, "An Optimal Storage Assignment for Point-of-Use Storage," IEEE Transactions, 27 (4), July 1995.
  • G. Bengu, "Interactive Multi-media Courseware on Manufacturing Processes and Systems," International Journal of Engineering Education, 11 (1), 46-57, 1995.
  • G. Bengu and J. Haddock, "An Implementation of a Simulation Optimization System," International Journal in Computer Simulation, 4 (3), 305-326, 1994.
  • G. Bengu, "A Simulation Based Scheduler for Flexible Flow Lines," International Journal of Production Research, 32 (2), 321-344, 1994.
  • G. Bengu and J.C. Ortiz, "Telecommunications Systems Maintenance," Computers and Operations Research, 21 (3), 337-351, 1994. G. Bengu, "Optimal Span of Control in CIM Systems," International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, 7 (2), 129-135, 1994.
  • G. Bengu, "Computer-Aided Education and Manufacturing Systems With Simulation and Animation Tools," International Journal of Engineering Education, 9 (6), 84-494, 1994.