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2006

  • December

    Highlighted Articles

    • Dee Breger mentioned in The New York Times

      December 19 2006

      Dee Breger, Director of Microscopy for the College of Engineering, was quoted in the lead story in the Science section of theThe New York Times on November 14, 2006, for her involvement in characterizing microscopic samples from four huge chevrons (wedge-shaped sediment deposits) in Madagascar.

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    • Solving the Mysteries of the Pyramids

      December 18 2006

      Professor Michel Barsoum, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University, and colleagues have found scientific evidence that parts of the Great Pyramids of Giza were built using an early form of concrete, debunking an age old myth that they were built using only cut limestone blocks.

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  • November

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  • October

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    • A Cure for Sepsis?: Designer Sorbents for Cytokines May Help Save Lives

      October 23 2006

      Researchers from Drexel University and the University of Brighton in the U.K. have achieved groundbreaking results, which may significantly improve the treatment of sepsis.  

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    • Alumna Anne Stevens Appointed CEO of Carpenter Technology Corporation

      October 19 2006

      MSE Alumna Anne Stevens '80 was appointed Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Carpenter Technology Corporation, effective November 1, 2006. Most recently, she held the position of Executive Vice President of Ford Motor Company and Chief Operating Officer of Ford in The Americas, with responsibility for Ford's North and South American product development, vehicle launch, manufacturing, and material purchasing activities.

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    • Drexel MSE Alumnus and Student Mentioned in ASM News

      October 15 2006

      Drexel MSE alumnus Dr. Lewis E. Slotter II (M.S. 1973) was mentioned in the October 2006 issue of Advanced Materials & Processes in the ASM News Members in the News section for his role as associate director for materials and structures, Office of the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Science & Technology)/Weapons Systems in the Advanced Materials, Manufacturing, and Testing Information Analysis Center (AMMTIAC) in Rome, NY.  He is AMMTIAC Contracting Officer's Representative.

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    • Jennifer Vondran Receives NSPE George B. Hightower, P.E. Fellowship

      October 07 2006

      B.S./M.S. student Jennifer Vondran of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (advisor: Dr. Caroline Schauer) has received the National Society of Professional Engineers George B. Hightower, P.E. Fellowship.

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    • Nature Nanotechnology Reviews Gogotsi’s Nanomaterials Handbook

      October 07 2006

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has had his Nanomaterials Handbook reviewed in the inaugural issue of Nature Nanotechnology.

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    • Lawley Mentioned in The Philadelphia Inquirer

      October 03 2006

      Dr. Alan Lawley, emeritus professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was noted in an article in the October 2, 2006 issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer for being named an honorary member of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers.

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    • MAGNETic Personalities

      October 01 2006

      Bringing people together and instilling excitement about materials science and engineering in high school students comes naturally to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering’s Materials Graduate Network (MAGNET).  A vibrant and enthusiastic group, the MAGNET board is actively promoting and engaging students, faculty, staff, and companies in networking and outreach.

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  • September

    Highlighted Articles

    • Pamela Panos Receives Clayton Family Scholarship

      September 30 2006

      B.S./M.S. student Pamela Panos (advisor: Antonios Zavaliangos) is the recipient of a 2006-2007 $4,000 Clayton Family/Center for Powder Metallurgy Technology (CPMT) Scholarship from the CPMT of the Metal Powder Industry Federation (MPIF).  MPIF exists to "advance the interests of the metal powder producing and consuming industries."

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    • Alumnus George Vander Voort Receives 2006 Joseph R. Vilella Award

      September 25 2006

      Alumnus George F. Vander Voort (B.S., Metallurgical Engineering, CoE, 1967) is a recipient of the 2006 Joseph R. Vilella Award from ASTM International.

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    • Spanier Appointed Interim Associate Department Head

      September 22 2006

      Assistant professor Dr. Jonathan Spanier has been appointed to serve as the Department of Materials Science and Engineering interim associate department head for the 2006-2007 academic year while associate department head Dr. Antonios Zavaliangos is on sabbatical leave.

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    • Lawley to Co-Chair Upcoming Powder Metallurgy Conference

      September 21 2006

      The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) has invited professor emeritus Alan Lawley to co-chair PM 2008, the "World Congress on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials," in Washington, DC, 2008.  MPIF is the trade association for the powder metallurgy industry and sponsors this international event in North America every sixth year.  Europe and Asia are the host sites in 2010 and 2012, respectively.

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    • Lawley Selected as Honorary Member of AIME

      September 20 2006

      Professor emeritus Alan Lawley has been selected as an Honorary Member of The American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical & Petroleum Engineers (AIME).  This is one of the highest honors bestowed on an individual by the Institute.  The citation reads:  “For services to education, government, research, and editorial activities, especially in powder metallurgy, and for professional service culuminating as President of TMS (1982) and AIME (1987).”

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    • Jennifer Vondran Receives Scholarship from Beren Foundation

      September 18 2006

      B.S./M.S. student Jennifer Vondran (advisor: Caroline Schauer) is the recipient of a $4000 scholarship for the 2006-2007 academic year from the Lois and Max Beren Foundation.  Scholarships are given to individuals for higher education.  Vondran was chosen for one of two awards for continuing education, out of over 500 applicants.

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    • Christopher Hovanec Receives Koerner Family Fellowship

      September 13 2006

      Ph.D. student Christopher Hovanec (advisor: Surya Kalidindi) is a recipient of the 2006-2007 Koerner Family Fellowship.  Fellowships, which carry a stipend of $2,000 per month, specify that award recipients must be studying toward a Ph.D. with a high likelihood of seeking an academic career upon graduation.

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    • Barsoum Elected to World Academy of Ceramics

      September 12 2006

      Dr. Michel Barsoum has been elected as a “WAC Academician” member of the World Academy of Ceramics (WAC).  Founded in 1987, WAC is “directed towards promoting progress in the field of ceramics and fostering a better understanding of the social impact and cultural interactions of ceramics science, technology, history, and art. It is a voluntary, non-profit organization of collective and individual Supporting Members concerned with the welfare of the ceramics sector.”  Members are nominated based on the important contributions they have made to the advancement of ceramics worldwide.  For more information, please visit www.waceramics.org.

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    • Kishore Tenneti Receives Hill Fellowship

      September 06 2006

      Kishore Tenneti (advisor: Christopher Li) is a recipient of the 2006 George Hill, Jr. Fellowship.  The George Hill, Jr. Endowed Fellowship, established in 1991, is awarded to qualified Ph.D. candidates in the College of Engineering.  Recipients must have proven excellence in their undergraduate and graduate careers and must be able to demonstrate their potential to achieve academic excellence at the Ph.D. level, in addition to a strong interest in pursuing a career in academia.  The Hill Fellowship provides $5,000 towards the cost of education for the recipient.

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  • August

    Highlighted Articles

    • Global Protection Joins the Materials and Nanotechnology Consortium

      August 21 2006

      Drexel University is very pleased to announce the addition of Global Protection as the newest member of the A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute’s Materials & Nanotechnology Consortium.

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    • Ph.D. Student Jennifer Atchison Mentioned in Local Paper

      August 21 2006

      Ph.D. student Jennifer Atchison (advisor: Jonathan Spanier) was mentioned in the Delaware County Times on Friday, August 18, 2006 for her involvement in the non-profit organization The Achievement Program (TAP).  TAP is a program designed to support under-privileged youth throughout high school to ensure acceptance to and success in college.  Atchison serves as the Director of Academic Instruction for TAP and was the science teacher in this summer’s kick-off camp.

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    • Bing Li Receives Travel Award

      August 20 2006

      Ph.D. student Bing Li (advisor: Christopher Li) received a $500 graduate student travel award to attend the 34th North American Thermal Analysis Society annual meeting held August 7-19, 2006 in  Bowling Green, KY.

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    • Fontecchio, Gogotsi, and Students Publish Paper

      August 18 2006

      Dr. Adam Fontecchio, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) and MSE affiliated faculty member, Dr. Yury Gogotsi, professor of MSE and director of the A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, Davide Mattia and María Pía Rossi, MSE Ph.D. students, and Hemang Shah, ECE graduate student, have published the paper, "Imaging Liquid Crystals Confined in Carbon Nanopipes" in the August 16, 2006 issue of Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology.

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    • Groundbreaking Work on Supercapacitors Appears in Science

      August 18 2006

      Drexel University researchers and colleagues from the Université Paul Sabatier in France have published the first ever paper in Science magazine related to supercapacitors (J. Chmiola, G. Yushin, Y. Gogotsi, C. Portet, P. Simon, and P. L. Taberna, "Anomalous Increase in Carbon Capacitance at Pore Sizes Less Than 1 Nanometer," Published online 17 August 2006).

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    • Students and Faculty Mentioned in ASM Publications

      August 10 2006

      MSE faculty and students have recently appeared in ASM International publications.

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    • Ari Sagiv Participates in Research Program at Tufts University

      August 09 2006

      MSE undergraduate Ari Sagiv (advisor: Jonathan Spanier) participated in an internship program for deaf students at Tufts University this summer sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

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    • High School Students Get Hands-on Materials Experience

      August 01 2006

      For the second year in a row, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, in conjunction with the ASM International Philadelphia Chapter, hosted Materials Camp, a week-long academic day camp in July that introduced high school students to all facets of the field of materials science and engineering. Students were exposed to metals, polymers, ceramics, and composites, as well as a number of topics like the strength of materials and materials design. In the lab, the participants, a collection of juniors and seniors from Delaware Valley schools, also got a first hand look at furnaces and electron microscopes; metals and ceramics; magnets and polymers; slime, foam and composites; and macro-, micro- and nanotechnology.

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    • Jennifer Vondran Selected as Finalist for SWE Poster Competition

      August 01 2006

      B.S./M.S. student Jennifer Vondran (advisor: Caroline Schauer) has been selected as a finalist for the 2006 Society of Women Engineers Collegiate Poster Competition sponsored by IBM and Rockwell Automation.  As a finalist, Vondran will receive a $250 travel stipend and free student registration to attend the 2006 National Conference in Kansas City, MO.  She will be recognized at the Celebrate SWE! Awards Banquet.  The poster competition will take place on Friday, October 13th.

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  • July

    Highlighted Articles

    • Affiliated Faculty Member Desai Receives NIH Grant

      July 30 2006

      Dr. Jaydev P. Desai, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics (MEM) and Department of Materials Science and Engineering affiliated faculty member and his team, comprised of Dr. Alan Lau (MEM), Dr. Andres Castellanos (Dept. of Surgery, DUCOM), Dr. William Meyers (Chair, Dept. of Surgery, DUCOM), Dr. Ari Brooks (Dept. of Surgery, DUCOM), and Dr. Doug James (Carnegie Mellon University), were recently awarded a 4-year NIH R01 grant totaling $1,225,602 for the project entitled, “Data-driven Real Time Surgical Simulation from Reality-Based Soft Tissue Models.” The goal of this project is to develop reality-based soft-tissue models that can be combined with numerical simulation models and support computational algorithms for real-time haptic (sense of touch) and visual feedback in a surgical simulator environment for potentially training a new generation of residents and surgeons.

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    • Gogotsi Publishes Two New Spin-Off Books

      July 23 2006

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi’s latest edited volume, the 800-page Nanomaterials Handbook published in January 2006, is listed on the best sellers list on the CRC Press website in the Materials Science category.  In June 2006, CRC Press (Taylor and Francis) published two spin-offs titled Nanotubes and Nanofibers and Carbon Nanomaterials using the chapters from Dr. Gogotsi’s Nanomaterials Handbook.  Nanotubes and Nanofibers already appears on CRC’s best sellers list.

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    • B.S./M.S. Student Jennifer Vondran Receives ASM Scholarship

      July 22 2006

      B.S./M.S. student Jennifer Vondran (advisor:  Caroline Schauer) is a recipient of the John M. Haniak Scholarship from ASM International and the ASM Materials Education Foundation and the Scholarship Selection Committee.  This scholarship provides $1,500 towards educational expenses for one academic year.  According to the ASM Education Foundation, “it is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate student at the junior or senior level who demonstrates exemplary academic and personal achievements, interest, and potential in metallurgy or materials science and engineering, as well as financial need. The scholarship was established by the family of Mr. Haniak to honor his interest in education, his involvement in, and commitment to ASM International.”

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    • Ko and Gogotsi Receive Best Paper Awards

      July 20 2006

      The paper, “Electrospinning of a Submicron Polyacrylonitrile Fibers Containing Vapor Grown Carbon Nanofibers” by former Ph.D. student Hoa Lam, Dr. Frank Ko, former postdoc Haihui Ye, and Dr. Yury Gogotsi has received the Best Paper Award for the 2005 Technical Conference of the American Society for Composites.  The Award will be presented at the 2006 Technical Conference at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in September 2006.

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    • Headwaters Technology Innovations Group joins Materials and Nanotechnology Consortium

      July 18 2006

      Drexel University is pleased to announce the addition of Headwaters Technology Innovations Group, Inc. (http://www.htigrp.com) as the newest member of the A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute's Materials & Nanotechnology Consortium (http://nano.drexel.edu). Headwaters joins current Consortium member companies Arkema; BAE Systems; Greene, Tweed & Co., Inc.; iCeutica Inc.; Kulicke & Soffa; and Nanoblox, Inc. The Materials and Nanotechnology Consortium offers its members priority access to the Centralized Materials Characterization Facility, Drexel's intellectual resources, advising in specific research areas, and Drexel students for individually directed projects, among other benefits. For further information on the A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute or the Consortium, please contact Shirin Karsan at 215.895.1768 or at snk24@drexel.edu.

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    • Dee Breger’s Work Exhibited

      July 15 2006

      Dee Breger, Director of Microscopy in the College of Engineering, was invited to be a featured artist at The Rockland Country Fair and Farmer’s Market held June 11, 18, 25, and July 2nd in Rockland, NY.  For more information on the fair and Breger’s participation, please visit: http://www.rocklandcountryfair.com/ARTISTS.htm

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    • MSE Ph.D. Students Receive Travel Awards

      July 10 2006

      Ph.D. students Massimiliano Binci and Marko Knezevic (advisor:  Dr. Surya Kalidindi) are the recipients of travel grants to attend the 43rd Annual Technical Meeting Society of Engineering Science as presented by the SES 2006 Organizing Committee.  Both will receive $345 to attend the conference.  The conference is scheduled to take place August 13-16, 2006 at Pennsylvania State University.

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    • Drexel and Dr. Gogotsi Honored as Nanotech Briefs' Nano 50

      July 01 2006

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, professor of materials science and engineering and director of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, was selected as one of 15 nanotechnology innovators from across the U.S. to be honored with Nanotech Briefs' Nano 50 Awards.  The nanotech innovators, which include researchers from the NASA Ames Research Center, Naval Research Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, UCLA, and Rice University, are recognized for being “leaders or pioneers in a specific area of nanotechnology, with a significant background of accomplishments in advancing the state-of-the-art in nanotechnology.”

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  • June

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    • Dr. Richard Knight’s Research Acknowledged in U.S. Energy Secretary Speech

      June 28 2006

      The research of Dr. Richard Knight and Chemical and Biological Engineering Professor Dr. Raj Mutharasan was noted in an address by U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman during the 17th Annual Energy Efficiency Forum held at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on June 15, 2006.  Bodman cited the research of Knight and Mutharasan, who were responsible for Drexel's part of a collaboration with Aleris International, Apogee Technology, and the U.S. Department of Energy. The research focused on the design of aluminum melting furnaces that cut energy use in half and reduces emissions by 80 percent. The speech was syndicated to the Student Operated Press Web site, which can be found at http://www.thesop.org/index.php?id=1104

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    • Ph.D./M.B.A. Student Ranjan Dash Wins Most Likely to Enhance Drexel’s Reputation Award

      June 22 2006

      Ph.D./M.B.A. student Ranjan Dash (advisor: Yury Gogotsi) is the recipient of the graduate student Most Likely to Enhance Drexel’s Reputation Award (Engineering and Physical Sciences) for 2006 presented by the Graduate Studies  Awards Committee.  Ranjan is the first Drexel student to complete a Ph.D. and M.B.A. simultaneously.  He was recognized at Commencement on Saturday, June 17, 2006 and received the award at the Awards Ceremony as part of the Hood Presentation and Reception on Friday, June 16th, 2006 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in Behrakis Grand Hall.  Ranjan began his job at FuelCell Energy in Danbury, CT on June 19, 2006.

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    • Gogotsi, et. al. Awarded NSF NIRT Grant

      June 21 2006

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, along with Dr. Gary Friedman from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and collaborators from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Illinois at Chicago, is the recipient of a four-year $1,000,000 NSF-funded Nanotechnology Interdisciplinary Research Team (NIRT) project entitled “Nanotube-Based Nanofluidic Devices and Fundamental Fluid Studies at the Nanoscale.”

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    • Gogotsi Co-Editor on New Book from American Ceramic Society

      June 20 2006

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi of Drexel University is the co-editor, with Dr. Kevin G. Ewsuk of a new book entitled, Characterization, Design, and Processing of Nanosize Powders and Nanostructured Materials: Ceramic Transactions, Volume 190. The book was published as part of the American Ceramic Society’s Ceramic Transactions series, now available from Wiley. This is the third book in this series co-edited by Gogotsi.  More information on the book can be found at: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470080337.html

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    • Li Receives NSF Funding for Nanoscale Exploratory Research Proposal

      June 20 2006

      Dr. Christopher Li, assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has received a $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a Nanoscale Exploratory Research (NER) proposal entitled, “NER: Top-down meets bottom-up, active hierarchical nanostructures fabricated by holographic polymerization and block copolymer self assembly” along with Dr. Adam Fontecchio, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and materials affiliated faculty member.

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    • MSE Honors its Graduates at Annual Commencement Lunch

      June 19 2006

      The Department of Materials Science and Engineering celebrated its graduating students at a lunch on commencement day Saturday, June 17, 2006 at the Drexel University Club.

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    • Undergraduate Student Receives Two Drexel Awards

      June 15 2006

      Shannon M. Kurtas, an undergraduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and working towards a B.S./M.S. under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Spanier has received both the Charles E. Etting and JP Ryder Awards from Drexel University.  The Etting Award is presented to "students of worthy character and capacity who have excelled extensively in student activities."  The Ryder Award is presented to "seniors in engineering proficient in studies undertaken and who have participated in extra curricular activities."

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    • Vincent Zuwiala Receives Honorable Mention in College Senior Design Competition

      June 10 2006

      MSE senior Vincent Zuwiala received Honorable Mention for his participation in the College of Engineering Senior Design Competition for his project entitled, “Silk/Elastin Nanofiber Scaffolds for Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering.”  His advisors were Drs. Frank Ko and Peter Lelkes.  The annual College of Engineering Senior Design competition took place on Wednesday, June 7, 2006 in the Bossone Auditorium.

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    • Department of Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Students Honored at Graduate Student Day

      June 08 2006

      Seven MSE graduate students were honored with awards at Drexel University's Graduate Student Day on Thursday, June 1, 2006, at 3 pm in the Auditorium of the Bossone Research Enterprise Center.

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    • MSE Receives Two DURIP Awards

      June 08 2006

      Drexel University’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering has received two Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) awards from the Army Research Office (ARO).

       

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    • New MAGNET Executive Board Announced

      June 08 2006

      The Department of Materials Science and Engineering's Materials Graduate Student Network (MAGNET) has elected a new board for the 2006-2007 year. The new MAGNET executive board is as follows:

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    • Dr. Richard Knight Mentioned in ASM International eNewsletter

      June 08 2006

      Dr. Richard Knight, auxiliary faculty member in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering was featured in the “A Member’s Voice” section of the Volume 6, Issue 21, Wednesday, May 24, 2006 edition of the ASM International eNewsletter. Knight, who is a Fellow of ASM International and is president of the ASM Thermal Spray Society (TSS) was mentioned as giving the “state of the society” address at the International Thermal Spray Conference 2006 in Seattle, WA the week of May 15, 2006.

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    • Dr. Christopher Li Receives Grants for ACS Symposium

      June 08 2006

      Dr. Christopher Li, assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is the recipient of a $3,600 grant from the American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund for a symposium he is organizing for the American Chemical Society annual fall meeting in San Francisco, CA, September 10-14, 2006 entitled, “Block copolymers as nanoscale materials.” He also received $3,000 from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Materials Research and $2,000 from the American Chemical Society’s Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering towards the symposium.

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    • Gogotsi Receives NSF Grant

      June 08 2006

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and director of the A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute is the recipient of a one-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a mechanochemical synthesis process for drug manufacturing in collaboration with iCeutica. The grant is in the amount of $121,564 and comes from the NSF Nanomanufacturing (NM) Program.

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    • Jameson Detweiler Receives NSF Fellowship to Attend Summer Institute

      June 08 2006

      Jameson Detweiler, B.S./Ph.D. student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (advisor: Dr. Yury Gogotsi) has received a $2,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowship to attend a summer institute to participate in the course, “Science Fundamentals for Nano and Bio-Mechanics of Materials” at Northwestern University. The course will take place from July 31 to August 4, 2006.

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    • Spanier’s Research on Nanowires and Nanocones Receives Press Coverage

      June 08 2006

      The work of Dr. Jonathan Spanier, assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and his colleagues on silicon nanowires and nanocones received press coverage in the trade magazine Photonics. The research work, authored by Cao, et. al., was published in the April 21, 2006 issue of Physical Review Letters.

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    • Philadelphia Spine Research Symposium Explores Lower Back Pain

      June 07 2006

      Leading Philadelphia spine researchers gathered at Drexel University’s Bossone Research Enterprise Center on Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 3:00 PM for a symposium aimed at identifying and understanding the mechanisms of back and neck pain.

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    • Ph.D. Student Siddhartha Pathak Takes Top Prize in Int'l Micrograph Contest

      June 05 2006

      Ph.D. student Siddhartha Pathak (advisor: Surya Kalidindi) is the Grand Prize Winner of the 50th International Conference on Electron, Ion and Photon Beam Technology Nanofabrication Bizarre/Beautiful Micrograph Contest.  A total of 81 entries were submitted to the contest.

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    • Department of Materials Science and Engineering Shines at Drexel's Research Day

      June 02 2006

      The Department of Materials Science and Engineering brought home a number of awards and honorable mentions from Drexel University's Research Day. Drexel's Seventh Annual Research Day took place on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 in the Daskalakis Athletic Center. The event is sponsored by the Office of Research and Graduate Policy and highlights research, scholarly, creative, and entrepreneurial activities in categories such as "Advances in Clinical Practice," "Basic and Applied Sciences," "Emerging Technologies," "Creative Arts and Design," "Humanities," "Innovations in Education and Outreach," and "Business Research Initiatives."

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    • Milan Ivosevic’s Research Work Featured on Cover of International Thermal Spray and Surface Engineering Inaugural Newsletter

      June 01 2006

      Ph.D. student Milan Ivosevic’s (advisors: Dr. Richard Knight and Dr. Richard Cairncross) SEM image was featured on the inaugural issue of the International Thermal Spray and Surface Engineering newsletter unveiled at the May 2006 International Thermal Spray Conference in Seattle, Washington.

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  • May

    Highlighted Articles

    • Gogotsi Speaks at Science National Honor Society Induction

      May 25 2006

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi was the keynote speaker at the Science National Honor Society Induction at Council Rock High School North in Newtown, PA on May 23, 2006.

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    • Three MSE Students Awarded NSF GK-12 Fellowships

      May 22 2006

      Ph.D. students Michael Birnkrant (advisor: Dr. Christopher Li), Matthew Cathell (advisor: Dr. Caroline Schauer), and Stephen Nonnenmann (advisor:  Dr. Jonathan Spanier) have been awarded prestigious NSF GK-12 Fellowships.  According to the Drexel GK-12 website  http://www.coe.drexel.edu/gk12/ the innovative GK-12 program brings together teams of Drexel University "engineering graduate students (GK-12 Fellows) and teachers from the School District of Philadelphia (GK-12 Teachers) to collaborate to identify and design engineering/technology based supportive classroom materials.  These materials will serve as contextual vehicles through which the presentation of fundamental scientific and mathematical concepts to middle school students will be enhanced."  The participants will engage in a special summer program to develop curriculum modules followed by implementation during the academic year.

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    • Li Part of U.S. Army Research Laboratory Materials Center of Excellence Team

      May 10 2006

      Dr. Christopher Li is a co-PI on a new Materials Center of Excellence for research on polymers as awarded by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. This is a cooperative program that will receive $6.75 million over a period of nine years. PI on the grant is materials affiliated faculty member Dr. Giuseppe Palmese, Professor and Department Head of the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering. Other Co-PIs include Dr. Cameron Abrams and Dr. Joe Elabd of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. The Center proposal focuses on multiscale synthesis, modeling, and design of advanced polymer systems and includes projects on nanopore-filled systems, encapsulated nano- and meso-fiber mesh composites, hyperbranched polymers for segmented polyurethanes, ionically self-healing polymer systems, and computational modeling.

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    • Ph.D. Student Milan Ivosevic Wins Best Paper Award

      May 10 2006

      Ph.D. student Milan Ivosevic (advisor: Dr. Richard Knight) has been selected to receive a Best Paper Award at the 2006 International Thermal Spray Conference in Seattle, Washington on Thursday, May 18th. Ivosevic's award winning paper is entitled, "Effect of Substrate Roughness on Splatting Behavior of HVOF Sprayed Polymer Particles: Modeling and Experiments" and is authored by Ivosevic, M.; Gupta, V.; Baldoni, J. A.; Cairncross, R. A.; Twardowski, T. E.; and Knight, R.

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    • Li Receives Additional NSF Supplement for Undergraduate Research

      May 09 2006

      Dr. Christopher Li received another $5,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support undergraduate research under his proposal entitled, “CAREER: Complex Hierarchical Self-Assembly Templated by Block Copolymers: Phase Structures, Nano Fabrication and Nano-Electrooptic Properties.” This is the second REU (research experience for undergraduates) supplement Li has received for his CAREER award.

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    • Dr. Roger Doherty is chosen to be a TMS Fellow

      May 05 2006

      Dr. Roger Doherty, A. W. Grosvenor Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been chosen to be a TMS Fellow. Doherty is one of five recipients of the 2007 Fellow Award. This award is presented to people who have made outstanding contributions to the practice of metallurgy or materials science and technology. The award will be presented at the TMS Awards Dinner on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 in Orlando, Florida during the 136th TMS Annual Meeting. The mission of TMS (The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society), is “to promote the global science and engineering professions concerned with minerals, metals, and materials.”

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    • Spanier’s Article Featured in Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology

      May 04 2006

      An article by Dr. Jonathan Spanier, entitled, “Enhanced Raman Scattering from Individual Semiconductor Nanocones and Nanowires” and published in Physical Review Letters 96, 157402 (2006), was selected to appear in the May 1, 2006 issue of Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology. The Virtual Journal, which is published by the American Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society in cooperation with numerous other societies and publishers, is an edited compilation of links to articles from participating publishers, covering a focused area of frontier research. The Virtual Journal can be found at vjnano.org

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    • Spanier and Collaborators’ Work Featured in the Media

      May 03 2006

      The research work of Dr. Jonathan Spanier and his collaborators from the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University has recently been featured in a number of newspapers and journals, both online and in print, from April 28th to May 2, 2006.

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    • Ari Sagiv to Participate in Internship Program for the Deaf

      May 02 2006

      MSE undergraduate Ari Sagiv (advisor: Jonathan Spanier) will participate in an internship program for deaf students at Tufts University this summer sponsored by the National Science Foundation. As an intern, he will receive a stipend to work for six weeks performing hands-on research of physical properties of nanocomposites. More information on the program can be found at: tufts.edu

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    • Department of Materials Science and Engineering Receives Department of Education GAANN Grant

      May 01 2006

      The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is the recipient of a grant from the Department of Education as part of their Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program.

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  • April

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    • MSE Students Win ASM Scholarships

      April 22 2006

      The ASM International Liberty Bell Chapter has awarded all three of its undergraduate scholarships to MSE students. The award winners are as follows:

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    • Drexel’s Graduate Students Win ASM Poster Contest

      April 21 2006

      Drexel University's Department of Materials Science and Engineering placed first, second, and third at the ASM International Liberty Bell Chapter's annual graduate student poster contest on Thursday, April 20, 2006. Seventeen students from the department exhibited posters.

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    • Zavaliangos Invited to Participate in International Advisory Committee

      April 20 2006

      Dr. Antonios Zavaliangos, professor of materials science and engineering, has been invited to be a member of the Advisory Committee for the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering in the newly established Cyprus University of Technology. The committee will act as Interim Governing Council, overseeing the development of the program of study and the hiring of new faculty.

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    • Two MSE Ph.D. Students Receive Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research

      April 15 2006

      Ph.D. students Siddhartha Pathak (advisor: Surya Kalidindi) and Kishore Tenneti (advisor: Christopher Li) are the recipients of Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research in the amounts of $400 and $900 respectively. These grants are highly competitive and only approximately 20% of applicants receive funding.

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    • Dee Breger's Images Continue to Make News

      April 10 2006

      Director of Microscopy Dee Breger and her images continue to appear in a variety of venues.

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    • Jennifer Vondran Receives Scholarship

      April 10 2006

      M.S. student Jennifer Vondran (advisor: Caroline Schauer) is the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship from the International Association of Plastics Distributors (IAPD) Charitable Scholarship Foundation. The scholarship provides funding for undergraduates to “promote study in fields helpful to the plastics and/or general industry and business.” For more information on IAPD and the scholarship, please visit iapdfoundation.org

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    • Gogotsi Featured in NanoNews

      April 07 2006

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, professor of materials science and engineering and director of the A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute was featured in the “NanoPioneers” section of the Winter 2006 edition of NanoNews, a publication about the latest in nanotechnology from CRC Press, a division of Taylor & Francis. Gogotsi’s Nanomaterials Handbook was recently published by CRC Press and is available for purchase through nano.drexel.edu

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    • Nanowires and Nanocones: Shedding Light on the Expanding Role of Silicon in Photonics

      April 06 2006

      New findings may soon enable silicon to play an expanded role in electronics and photonics. As reported by Cao, et al. in the upcoming April 21st issue of Physical Review Letters, a Drexel University research team led by Materials Science and Engineering Professor Jonathan E. Spanier has identified a remarkable feature of silicon nanowires (SiNWs) and silicon nanocones (SiNCs): individually-probed SiNWs and SiNCs scatter visible light up to three orders of magnitude more efficiently than Si in its bulk form.

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    • John Chmiola Receives NSF Graduate Fellowship

      April 05 2006

      Ph.D. student John Chmiola (advisor: Yury Gogotsi) is the recipient of a 2006 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. John is one of only three recipients from Drexel to receive the award this year.

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    • Gogotsi Quoted in Chemical and Engineering News

      April 01 2006

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, professor of materials science and engineering and director of the A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute was quoted about hydrogen storage in an article entitled, “Storing Hydrogen in Polymer Pores.” The article appeared in the “Science and Technology” section of the March 27, 2006 Chemical and Engineering News. Chemical and Engineering News is a weekly news magazine published by the American Chemical Society and can be found online at: American Chemical Society

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  • March

    Highlighted Articles

    • Ph.D. Student Goknur Cambaz and Dr. Gleb Yushin, et. al. on the Cover of Nano Letters

      March 14 2006

      The work of Ph.D. student Goknur Cambaz (advisor: Yury Gogotsi), research assistant professor Dr. Gleb Yushin, and their collaborators appears on the cover of the March 8, 2006 issue of Nano Letters (Vol. 6, Issue 3). According to the Nano Letters website, the image is a "transmission electron microscopy (TEM) image of an etched silicon carbide (SiC) whisker. Selective etching in aqueous solution of hydrofluoric and nitric acids resulted in the formation of a complex pagoda-like nanostructure." The corresponding article is entitled, "Anisotropic Etching of SiC Whiskers" and is co-authored by Cambaz, Yushin, Dr. Yury Gogotsi, and Dr. Vadim Lutsenko.

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    • Dr. Christopher Li Receives the ASM International 2006 Bradley Stoughton Award

      March 08 2006

      Dr. Christopher Li, assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is the recipient of the 2006 ASM International Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers. Li is receiving the award for "his outstanding enthusiasm for teaching materials science and engineering classes and the establishment of the thermal analysis center for undergraduate education at Drexel University." Li will receive a certificate and an honorarium of $3,000 at the ASM Awards Dinner at the MS&T 2006 conference October 15-18, 2006 in Cincinatti, OH.

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    • Breger's Images to Appear in Upcoming Film

      March 07 2006

      Four of Director of Microscopy Dee Breger's microplankton images will appear in an upcoming major motion picture from New Line Cinema. The film, entitled Mimzy, is about two school age siblings who discover a box of toys sent from the future and begin to develop some unique talents as a result. Their science teacher also plays a prominent role in the film. Dee's images will be printed at poster size and displayed on the school's classroom and/or corridor walls behind the action. Mimzy is scheduled to be released some time this fall.

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    • Recent Alum Accepts Tenure-Track Faculty Position

      March 07 2006

      MSE alumnus Dr. Miladin Radovic (Ph.D. 2001) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, as of August 2006. Since receiving his Ph.D. from Drexel in 2001, Dr. Radovic has been working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, predominantly on reliability and durability of the materials and components for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells. Dr. Radovic's research areas include processing, thermal and mechanical properties, and reliability and durability of the materials for high temperature applications, such as MAX phases, oxide ceramics, cermets, and material for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.

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    • Co-PI Gogotsi Receives RET Renewal

      March 06 2006

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, professor of materials science and engineering (MSE) and director of the A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, is co-PI on a renewed research grant for the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program entitled, "Research Experiences for Teachers in Areas of Innovative and Novel Technologies in Philadelphia (RETAIN)." This three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) award is for a total of $449,904. PI on the grant is Dr. Mun Choi, associate dean of the College of Engineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics department head. Co-PIs include Dr. Athina P. Petropulu, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Dr. Fredricka K. Reisman, assistant provost of evaluation and assessment; and Dr. Bradley Layton, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics.

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    • Siddhartha Pathak is Selected to Receive a LeaderShape Award

      March 03 2006

      Ph.D. student Siddhartha Pathak (advisor: Dr. Surya Kalidindi) has been selected by the ASM International Materials Education Foundation Board of Trustees and the LeaderShape Selection Committee to receive an Arthur E. Focke LeaderShape Award. Pathak will be able to attend ASM International's LeaderShape Institute this summer, which helps student leaders develop valuable skills to help them both professionally and personally. According to ASM International's website, "this six-day program is conducted each summer at the University of Illinois Conference Center at Allerton Park, near Champaign, Illinois. The LeaderShape Institute, the flagship program of LeaderShape, Inc. is designed to help young people learn to 'lead with integrity.' Each session is comprised of approximately 60 students, ages 17 to 25, sponsored by various organizations from diverse ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds."

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  • February

    Highlighted Articles

    • Schauer Receives Research Experience for Undergraduates Site Grant from NSF

      February 24 2006

      Dr. Caroline Schauer (PI), assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), along with Dr. Jin Wen (co-PI), assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, (CAEE) is the recipient of a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant entitled, "SENSORS: From Design to Implementation," will provide a quality summer experience in hands-on sensor research from science to application for ten rising seniors per year from colleges and universities around the country. SENSORS is a three-year grant with a $300,000 budget.

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    • Achievements of Materials Students Acknowledged at Honors Day

      February 23 2006

      Students from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering were recognized for academic excellence at the College of Engineering's annual Honors Day ceremony on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 5:00 PM in the Bossone Auditorium.

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    • Department Has Good Showing in the 12th Annual Egg Drop Competition

      February 21 2006

      The Department of Materials Science and Engineering came out in force for the Drexel University College of Engineering's 12th Annual Egg Drop Competition. From undergraduate and graduate students to faculty and staff, members of the department brought their most innovative ideas to the competition.

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    • Breger in Science Magazine

      February 13 2006

      Director of Microscopy Dee Breger appeared in the "Newsmakers" section of the February 10, 2006 issue of Science magazine for auctioning off an hour-long session on a Drexel SEM (scanning electron microscope) as part of a fundraiser for GalaxyGoo, a San Francisco based non-profit educational organization. The winner of that auction item is Aaron Messing, a 65-year-old amateur optical microscopist, who will be coming in for a session later this spring.

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    • Marcolongo and Colleagues Win Otto Aufranc Award for 2006

      February 02 2006

      Dr. Michele Marcolongo, associate professor of materials science and engineering, and her co-authors have won the Otto Aufranc Award for 2006 awarded by the Hip Society. The paper award will be presented at the 2006 Meeting of the Hip Society in Chicago, IL on Saturday, March 25, 2006, followed by a banquet. The award consists of a $2,000 honorarium and a commemorative scroll.

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  • January

    Highlighted Articles

    • Alumna Anne Stevens in “Sunday Business” Section of New York Times

      January 31 2006

      MSE alumna Anne Stevens (MSE '80) appeared in an article entitled, "Is There a Future in Ford's Future?" in the "Sunday Business" section of the New York Times on Sunday, January 8, 2006. The article talks about the changes taking place at Ford Motor Motor Company. Stevens was named chief operating officer of Ford's Americas division in October 2005, making her one of the highest-ranking women in the automotive industry. She was honored with the College of Engineering's Circle of Distinction award in 2001 and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering's Outstanding Alumna Award in 2003.

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    • María Pía Rossi Wins Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Graduate Competition

      January 31 2006

      Ph.D. student María Pía Rossi (advisor: Yury Gogotsi) has won the Graduate Student Technical Paper Competition sponsored by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) at the National Technical and Career Conference. Rossi competed against students from all over the country and was one of 11 finalists selected to participate in the final presentation and paper at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. For her winning entry, entitled, "Using Carbon Nanopipes in Nanofluidic Devices for Cell Injection," Rossi received $1000 and a laptop computer. The event was sponsored by Chevron and Intel and the papers were judged by representatives of GlaxoSmithKline, IBM Corp., Chevron, and Intel.

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    • Michael Birnkrant Receives Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research

      January 17 2006

      Ph.D. student Michael Birnkrant (advisor: Christopher Li) has received a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research in the amount of $1,000 in support of his research activities in Hierarchical nanomanufacturing using holographical polymerization and block copolymer self assembly. These grants are given to students in all areas of science and engineering research to fund travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project. For more information on the program, please visit: Sigma Xi

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    • Lessons from Nature: Optical Devices

      January 15 2006

      What makes a green beetle green? How does structural color play a role in the world around us? Can an optical dipstick be created from natural polymers to detect toxins in drinking water?

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    • Ph.D. Student Reviews Recent Research in MRS Bulletin

      January 01 2006

      Ph.D. student María Pía Rossi (advisor: Yury Gogotsi) reviewed a recent nano-research article in the November 2005 MRS Bulletin (Vol. 30, No. 11) in the Research/Researchers section. 

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