Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, August 2009, Dissertation in experimental and numerical investigation into electromagnetic measurements for detecting cancer.
Master of Science in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering,
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2005, (GPA: 3.87/4.00)
Thesis: Behavior of Particulates Suspended in a DC Glow Discharge
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2003Summa Cum Laude and With Distinction (GPA: 3.96/4.00). Minor in Astronomy
Honors and Awards
• Women in Engineering Distinguished Graduate Student Award, 2007
• National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 2003
• Dean’s Distinguished University Fellowship, The Ohio State University, 2003
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, September 2008 – December 2008
· Teaching Assistant for Strength of Materials Lab
· Duties included in-class assistance with computer-aided design (CAD), finite element software, programming in MATLAB, and running experiments, also pre-lab lectures, maintaining office hours and grading lab reports
Graduate Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, September 2007 – March 2009
Primary Instructor for Heat Transfer
· Duties included preparing and delivering lectures, maintaining office hours and recitation sections, creating and grading exams and maintaining course website
· Subject matter included steady-state and transient conduction, radiative heat exchange, and internal and external convection
· Guest Lecturer for Fluid Dynamics II
· Duties included preparing and delivering lectures, maintaining office hours and recitation sections and creating a midterm
· Subject matter included compressible flow, converging-diverging nozzles and dimensional analysis
· Guest Lecturer for Numerical Analysis
· Created and delivered a week-long introduction to programming in MATLAB
· Provided programming assistance both in and out of class
Graduate Laboratory Assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, September 2006 – December 2008
· Laboratory Assistant for the electronics laboratory
· Duties include helping to maintain equipment for undergraduate labs and for undergraduate and graduate research projects, advising undergraduate students for various engineering design courses and teaching students about basic electronics and circuit design
· Have participated in consulting work for other departments, including the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, the Department Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Physics
Graduate Intern, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Morgantown, WV, June 2006 – September 2006
· Primary work was reviewing different ways in which plasmas can be used to reform heavy hydrocarbons, particularly diesel fuel, as a step in on-board conversion to hydrogen for use in fuel cells
· Produced a white paper on plasma reforming methods for heavy hydrocarbons
NSF Graduate Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, June 2003 – Present, Dynamics of Particulates in Dusty Plasmas in DC Glow Discharges:
· Measurement of the charge on a single particulate suspended in a plasma by studying its frequency response to excitation by a lateral electric field
· Analysis of the 3D structure of large aggregates of particulates (i.e. Coulomb solids)
· Experimental observation of particulate response to various externally-applied forces and
· analysis of the response using particle dynamics and system dynamics techniques
Current and Emerging Research Topics:
· Experimental studies into how the presence of metallic nanoparticles changes the electromagnetic properties of materials
· Development of numerical simulations to model how electromagnetic waves interact with biological tissues
· Development of a hand-held probe capable of detecting cancerous tissue for eventual us in the operating room
Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, January 2000 – June 2003, Numerical Modeling of Mass Transfer through Nanochannels
· Development of a numerical model to predict the delivery of large biomolecules through a series of nanochannels
· Application was toward development of a subcutaneous drug-delivery device
· Primary jobs included library research, performing calculations, programming in MATLAB and preparing material for presentation
Undergraduate Co-op, United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, September 1999 – December 2000
· Primary work was analysis of structures by the Finite Element Method (FEM); primary FEM software packages were ABAQUS and ANSYS, also familiar with NASTRAN
· Wrote a white paper on the effectiveness of different FEM packages at performing modal analysis
· Worked on probabilistic life assessment of rotating engine parts
· Made presentations on various projects both to other U.S. Air Force employees and to subcontractors
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Engineering Graphics, The Ohio State
University, Columbus, OH, March 1999 – June 2002
· Teaching assistant and grader for introductory engineering graphics course
· Duties included assisting students in-class with drafting and computer-aided design (CAD), maintaining office hours, grading homework assignments and quizzes, and maintaining the department’s grade database
Professional and Departmental Service
Member of American Physical Society
Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Member of Phi Kappa Phi and Tau Beta Pi
Refereed journal publications:
 Conlisk A.T., McFerran J., Zheng Z., Hansford D. “Mass Transfer and Flow in Electrically Charged Micro- and Nanochannels,” Anal. Chem., v. 74, n. 9 (2002), pp. 2139-2150.
 McFerran J., West J., Subramaniam V.V., Kahraman A. “Response of an Isolated Particulate Subjected to Lateral Electric Fields in a DC Glow Discharge,” IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, v. 36, n. 5 (2008) pp. 2838-2850.
 McFerran J.L., Sequin E.K., Zou P., West J.D., Sun D., Subramaniam V.V. “Detection of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles in Mice via Electromagnetic Properties Measurement,” in preparation for submission to Cancer Research.
 McFerran J., Kahraman A., Subramaniam V.V. “Orbital Trajectory of a Particulate in a Dusty Plasma Under the Influence of Radiation Pressure,” in preparation for submission to IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science.
Refereed Conference Papers:
 McFerran J., West J., Subramaniam V.V., Kahraman A. “Behavior of Particulates Suspended in a DC Glow Discharge,” Gaseous Electronics Conference, Columbus, OH, 2006.
 Conlisk A.T., McFerran J., Hansford D., Zheng Z. “Fluid Flow and Mass Transfer in Micro/Nano-Channels,” 54th Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics, American Physical Society, San Diego, CA, 2001.
 Subramaniam V., West J., McFerran J., Sequin E., Sun D., Zhou P. “Electromagnetic Detection and Localized Imaging of Cancer,” Office for Technology Licensing, Tech ID #09005, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2008.