Drexel Materials Students Receive Materials Professional Society Awards

Drexel Materials students have been awarded scholarships and awards from materials professional organizations throughout 2018. These recognitions are a testament to the students’ scholarly and research accomplishments and their engagement within the field of materials science and engineering.

Recipients of ASM Materials Education Foundation Scholarships
Mark Petrovic and Natalia Noriega Pedraza with alumnus Dr. Diran Apelian (BS ’68), Chair of the ASM Educational Foundation.

BS student María Natalia Noriega Pedraza and BS/MS student Mark Petrovic (advisor: Michele Marcolongo) are each recipients of ASM Materials Education Foundation Scholarships.  Mark was one of two recipients of the $5,000 Acta Materialia Scholarship and Natalia received a $6,000 George A. Roberts Scholarship.  The awards were presented at the ASM International Leadership Awards Luncheon at the 2018 MS&T Conference in October 2018.

ASM Liberty Bell Scholarships Winners
Mark Petrovic, Samantha Dehais, and Natalia Noriega with Norman Marcus, ASM International Liberty Bell Chapter Chair.

Both students, along with BS student Samantha Dehais also received $1,500 ASM International Liberty Bell Chapter Undergraduate Scholarships. Samantha is a recipient of the A.W. “Doc” Grosvenor Scholarship, Natalia received the John J. DeLuccia Scholarship, and Mark was awarded the Anthony Gallacio Scholarship.

ASM Poster Contest Winners
Graduate poster winners Tyler Mathis, Amanda Bellafatto, Patrick West, and Asia Sarycheva with Mike Moyer, organizer of the poster contest.

In the Liberty Bell Chapter’s C. F. “Chuck” Burns Graduate Student Poster Contest, held on Thursday, April 19, Drexel Materials students took home the top three prizes. PhD student Asia Sarycheva (advisor: Yury Gogotsi) took first place with her poster, “2D titanium carbide (MXene) dipole antennas and RFID tag” (1st place). Co-authors include Alessia Polemi, Mohamed Alhabeb, L. (Joe) Yuqiao, Kapil Dandekar, and Babak Anasori. Second place went to BS/MS student Patrick West (advisor: Ekaterina Pomerantseva). Third place was a joint award shared by PhD student Tyler Mathis (advisor: Yury Gogotsi) and BS/MS student Amanda Bellafatto (advisor: Leslie Lamberson). Tyler’s poster, “Thickness independent capacitance in vertically aligned transition metal carbides," had co-authors Yu Xia, Mengqiang Zhao, Babak Anasori, Alei Dang, Zehang Zhou, Hyesung Cho, Randall Kamien, and Shu Yang.

The Philadelphia Section of the Society of Tribologists and Engineers (STLE) has awarded three scholarships to Drexel Materials students. PhD student Sankalp Kota (advisor: Michel Barsoum) received a $1,500 PhD scholarship.  Mark Petrovic (MS) and María Natalia Noriega Pedraza (BS) each received a $1,000 scholarship. The awards were presented in September 2018.

Natalia also received a $3,000 Clayton Family Scholarship from the Center for Powder Metallurgy Technology in September 2018.

BS student Isabella Mendoza was selected to participate in the Steel to Students Training Program, sponsored by the AIST Foundation. She received funding to attend the AIST “The Making, Shaping and Treating of Steel: 101” conference. 

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