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2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellows

March 3, 2014

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)Seven Drexel students and alumni are recipients of the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships and nine are Honorable Mentions.

We are so proud of these students, who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to their research. We also congratulate their faculty mentors who have given them guidance and support along the way. 


Drexel's 2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellows are:  

Emily BuckEmily Buck
Materials Science Engineering, BS/MS ’14, Honors

Emily is working with Dr. Caroline Schauer to electrospin polymer nanofibers for use as heavy metal ion water filtration membranes. She has been pursuing a minor in French and hopes to gain some international experience during her PhD.

Sylvia HerbertSylvia Herbert
Mechanical Engineering, BS/MS ’14, Honors

Sylvia conducts research in the Drexel Nanophotonics Lab under Professor Adam Fontecchio, where she has worked on sundry projects ranging from alternative energy generators to unique smart fabrics to liquid crystal waveguides.


Chelsea KnittelChelsea Knittel
Sustainable Materials and Design, BS ’14, Honors

Chelsea began her research in the development of smart textiles and garment devices through her co-op at the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab. As an undergraduate, she has been mentored by Profs. Diana Nicholas and Genevieve Dion.


Brian LeungBrian Leung
Chemistry, BS '11, Honors

Brian is studying how prolonged activation of the immune system can influence learning and memory. He is currently a second year Neuroscience graduate student at the University of Southern California working under Dr. Terrence Town.


Yu LinYi-Hsuan (Cindy) Lin
Physics, PhD '17

Cindy is studying Neutrino Physics under Dr. Michelle Dolinski. She is a member of the EXO-200 (Enriched Xenon Observatory) collaboration, looking for neutrinoless double beta decays in xenon-136 which will provide a limit on neutrino mass.


Adams RackesAdams Rackes
Architectural Engineering, BS/PhD '16, Honors

Adams' current research focuses on using machine learning and optimization techniques to improve the control of ventilation in commercial buildings, in order to both save energy and improve indoor air quality. His faculty mentor is Dr. Michael S. Waring.

Karthik SangaiahKarthik Sangaiah
Computer Engineering, PhD '16

Karthik's current research investigates network-on-a-chip designs as potential solutions to enable efficiently processing within large scale (100s to 1000s of cores) chip multiprocessors. He is advised by Dr. Baris Taskin and Dr. Mark Hempstead.


2014 NSF GRFP Honorable Mentions:

Zachary Brodnik (Neuroscience, PhD program)
Bryan Byles (Materials Science Engineering, PhD program)
Allison Byrne (Environmental Science, BS ’13, Honors)
Mary Chessey (Physics, BS ’13, Honors)
Robert Devlin (Materials Science Engineering, BS/MS ‘13)
William Hilton (Electrical Engineering, PhD program)
Steven Pagano (Mechanical Engineering, PhD program)
Poonam Sharma (Biomedical Engineering, BS ’12, Honors)
Leah Spangler (Chemical Engineering, BS/MS, Honors)



The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.