A huge congratulations to the seven Drexel students and alumni who are recipients of the 2014 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships (GRFP) and to the nine Honorable Mentions!
We are immensely proud of these students for their research and the hard work that went into applying for this prestigious award. We also congratulate the faculty mentors who advised them and helped them along the way.
NSF GRFP 2014 Recipients:
Emily Buck, BS/MS ’14, Honors (Materials Science & Engineering)
Emily is working with Dr. Caroline Schauer to electrospin polymer nanofibers for use as water filtration membranes. She is involved in outreach activities to encourage minority groups to pursue careers in the STEM fields and has been pursuing a minor in French.
Sylvia Herbert, BS/MS ’14, Honors (Mechanical Engineering)
Sylvia conducts research in the Drexel Nanophotonics Lab under Dr. Adam Fontecchio, where she has worked on sundry projects ranging from alternative energy generators to unique smart fabrics to liquid crystal waveguides. Outside the lab, she also plays the ukulele.
Chelsea Knittel, BS ’14, Honors (Sustainable Materials and Design)
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 Drs. Diana Nicholas and Genevieve Dion.
Brian Leung, BS ’11, Honors (Chemistry)
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 Tong.
Yi-Hsuan (Cindy) Lin, PhD ’17 (Physics)
Cindy is studying Neutrino Physics under Dr. Michelle Dolinski. In addition to her research work, she is involved with physics education and will be starting her Particle Physics for Kids program, which aims to encourage students in urban public schools to pursue physics.
Adams Rackes, BS/PhD ’16, Honors (Architectural Engineering)
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 Sangaiah, PhD ’16 (Computer Engineering)
Karthik’s research aims to develop cutting edge networks-on-chip (NoC) designs for use in industry and the research community. He is a mentor for an ECE senior design group, and a teaching assistant. He is advised by Drs. Baris Taskin and Mark Hempstead.
NSF GRFP 2014 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 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.
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