Drexel Materials Graduates and Department Awardees Honored at Commencement Events

2015 Commencement
Class of 2015 - click to enlarge

The department bid farewell to its graduating students at a reception for PhD graduates on Thursday, June 11 and at our annual commencement dinner at the University Club on Friday, June 12, 2015. Faculty, staff, and students receiving 2014-2015 departmental awards were also honored.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering Faculty and Staff Awards

Outstanding Research Award
Christopher Li

Outstanding Teaching Award
Garritt Tucker

Outstanding Service Award
Richard Knight

Outstanding Staff Award
Yenneeka West

Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award
Emily Ho

Outstanding Graduate Student Award
Kristy Jost (advisor: Yury Gogotsi)
Darin Tallman (advisor: Michel Barsoum)

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award
Matthias Agne
Chris DelRe
Jared Ely

Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering

Babak Anasori
“Fabrication and Mechanical properties of Magnesium Alloys Composites Reinforced with TiC and Ti2AIC Particles”
Supervising Professor: Michel Barsoum
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Drexel University

Laura Beringer
“A Piezoelectric Electrospun Platform for in situ Cardiomyocyte Contraction Analysis”
Supervising Professor: Caroline Schauer
Current position: Research Fellow, ASRI

Guannan Chen
“Tunable Interface Non-Linear Electron Transport in Semiconductor Nanowire Heterostructure and Its Application in Optoelectronics”
Supervising Professor: Jonathan Spanier
Current Position: Process Integration Engineer, Applied Materials

Shan Cheng
“Ion Transport in Semicrystalline Solid Polymer Electrolytes”
Supervising Professor: Christopher Li
Current Position: Senior Materials Scientist, BD

Justin Griggs
“Investigation of the Reversible Hysteresis Effect in Hexagonal Metal Single Crystals and the MAX Phases”
Supervising Professors: Michel Barsoum and Mitra Taheri

Kelsey Hatzell
“Conducting (Suspension) Flowable Electrodes for Water and Energy Technologies”
Supervising Professor: Yury Gogosti
Current Position: ITRI-Rosenfeld Postdoctoral Fellowship, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Kristy Jost
“Textile Supercapacitors”
Supervising Professors: Yury Gogotsi and Genevieve Dion
Current Position: Senior Application Development Scientist, 3M

Olha Mashtalir
“Chemistry of Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Carbides (MXenes)”
Supervising Professors: Yury Gogotsi and Michel Barsoum
Current Position: Research Associate, CUNY

Mark Scafetta
“Optical Properties and Electronic Band Structure of Non-d0 Perovskite Oxide Alloys and Heterostructures”
Supervising Professor: Steven May
Current Position: Research Scientist III, Cree, Inc.

Mohamed Shamma
“On Buckling, Kink Boundaries and Kinking Nonlinear Elastic Solids”
Supervising Professor: Michel Barsoum

Cole Smith
“Correlation of Structure and Properties in Perovskite Oxide Thin Films”
Supervising Professor: Steven May
Current Position: Semiconductor Process Engineer, Micron Technology

Steven Spurgeon
"Correlating Interfacial Structure and Magnetism in Thin-Film Oxide Heterostructures Using Transmission Electron Microscopy and Polarized Neutron Reflectometry"
Supervising Professor: Mitra Taheri
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Gregory Vetterick
“Radiation Damage in Nanocrystalline Iron”
Supervising Professor: Mitra Taheri
Current Position: Materials Engineer, Terra Power

Wenda Wang
“Polymer Crystallization at Curved Liquid/Liquid Interface”
Supervising Professor: Christopher Li
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University

Arianna Watters
“Synthesis and Characterization of a Well Dispersed Nanostructured Polymer System”
Supervising Professor: Giuseppe Palmese
Current Position: Research Scientist, Avon

Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering

Matthias Agne
Christopher DelRe
James Devine
Bryton Farber
Brittany Gallagher
Tatyana Huseynova
Sruthi Janakiraman
Evan Kahl
Austin Nye
Amanda Pentacost
James Thomas
Katherine Van Aken

Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering

Matthias Agne
Eric Angell (cum laude)
Derek Chaleun-Aloun
Janette Danella
Christopher DelRe (summa cum laude)
Christopher Eble
Jared Ely (cum laude)
Nicholas Fabritiis
Bryton Farber (cum laude)
Mark Fiorentino
Emma Foley (cum laude)
Brittany Gallagher (magna cum laude)
Emily Holcombe (cum laude)
Jacob Horejs (cum laude)
Emily Krantz
Kelly Leonard
Xuefei Li
Tiffany Liao
Yan-Chun Liu
Peter Palena III (summa cum laude)
Evan Shillington (cum laude)
William Walls (cum laude)
Nrupen Zaver
Qimin Zhang

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