Mechanical Engineering PhD, 2010
The fellowship is awarded to the candidates who have less than five years of relevant research experience since receipt of their doctoral degree (Ph.D. candidate can apply but needs to complete the degree within 6 months of the award) from the prestigious NRC/NIST Postdoctoral Research Associateships Program (http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/rap/). The program provides two-year temporary appointments for outstanding scientists and engineers chosen through a national competition administered by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. MEM PhD student Nasir Uddin was recently awarded this fellowship.
Mr. Uddin is currently working on his dissertation titled “Atomistic modeling of carbon nanotube dispersion in solvent/surfactant/polymer systems” under his advisors Drs. Bakhtier Farouk and Franco Capaldi (MEM). He plans to graduate in winter and will start the fellowship in April 2010 where he will be working at NIST, in Gaithersburg, MD. Mr. Uddin came from Bangladesh after his BS degree and completed his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel and continued his study towards Ph.D. degree. After passing his Ph.D. candidacy exam, Mr. Uddin worked for a SBIR/STTR-based company, Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. as a R&D Engineer for about a year and half where he developed a computational transient heat transfer model and a fast-response thermal test-setup for hot gas impingement conditions observed by the jet engine exhaust for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. He also contributed to develop a compressor driven two-phase refrigeration system (Hybrid Two-Phase Loops) for NASA JPL to be used for Lunar Lander. Mr. Uddin has also pursued his interest in teaching by serving as an adjunct faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering Department of York College of PA.