Archives: 2015

Dr. Laurencin to Receive National Medal of Technology & Innovation

The White House has announced today that UConn’s Dr. Cato T. Laurencin will be a recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from the president of the United States. . . .

Published: December 23, 2015

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Justin Luria’s Stellar Solar Cells Win MRS Best Poster

Justin Luria, a visiting researcher working in the lab of Dr. Bryan Huey, was recognized with a Best Poster Award at the annual meeting of the Materials Research Society (MRS) for his work entitled “Conductive Tomography of CdTe Reveals Nanoscale Current Pathways.” . . .

Published: December 21, 2015

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Undergraduate Francis Almonte Pays it Forward

“As of right now, my academic goal is to survive and make it to receive a degree in material science and engineering. A lot of people say this, but this degree will allow me to change the way my family is living and provide them with a solid foundation. They have raised me to become the person I am today, and it is only right to pay them back by becoming successful and making them proud.” . . .

Published: December 9, 2015

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STEM Night Plants a New Tradition

On Monday night, November 16th, the Connecticut Science Center was full of UConn engineering volunteers and young students for the first ever STEM Night. Organized by UConn’s Engineering Ambassadors, STEM Night was created in order to show kids the creative ways one can get involved with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. . . .

Published: December 4, 2015

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Celebrating 100 Years with Goal of 100 Scholarships

UConn’s School of Engineering is celebrating its centennial in a big way. The school, together with the UConn Foundation, has set a fundraising goal to establish 100 new scholarships. . . .

Published: November 19, 2015

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Alumnus Max Villa’s Dedication to Improve Lives

From mechanical to tissue engineering, bone regeneration, genomics, and microbiology, Dr. Max Villa has a wide range of engineering experience. The UConn MSE alumnus is now a postdoctoral associate at the Duke University Medical Center where he develops platform technology for high throughput microbiology. . . .

Published: November 18, 2015

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George Rossetti’s Ferroelectrics Research in Germany

MSE Associate Professor George Rossetti returned this fall from his nearly year-long sabbatical in Germany as part of the Guest Scientist Program at Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUD). Dr. Rossetti had connections to the German university, having been invited to the Non-Metallic Materials Group (Nichtmetallisch-Anorganische Werkstoffe, NAW) at TUD in the summer of 2009. . . .

Published: November 9, 2015

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Lydie Louis Takes MSE Across the World

MSE postdoctorate Lydie Louis does not allow the summer break to stop her intellectual endeavors. This August, she participated in the Paris International School, France, on Advanced Computational Materials Science (PISACMS), where she received the PISACMS 2015 Best Poster Prize for the “Structural and Dielectric Properties of the Ruddlesden-Popper Ba2ZrO4 Structure from First-Principles” presentation. . . .

Published: November 2, 2015

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MSE Alumnus and Intel Intellectual Shan Zhong

Alumnus Shan Zhong studied materials science and engineering at UConn from 2003 to 2007 after graduating from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. . . .

Published: October 30, 2015

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Professor Ramprasad Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society

Dr. Rampi Ramprasad, MSE, has just been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) through the Division of Materials Physics. The citation for his nomination is “For pioneering contributions to the computation-driven rational design of materials, especially polymeric and inorganic dielectric materials and catalysts.” . . .

Published: October 23, 2015

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Yomery Espinal’s Road to the Doctorate

Yomery Espinal is a Ph.D. student in materials sciences and engineering who is motivated to succeed by her passion for science. . . .

Published: October 21, 2015

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MSE Meets Their Makers

The 2015 New York Maker Faire took place on September 26th to the 27th, bringing together representatives from 45 states and 48 countries. Students of UConn’s Materials Sciences and Engineering Department were fortunate enough to be part of the experience. . . .

Published: October 14, 2015

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UConn’s Advances with Material Advantage Chapter Award

The University of Connecticut Material Advantage Chapter is this year’s winner of a Chapter of Excellence award from the Material Advantage Student Program. The award presentation took place on Tuesday, October 6th at the Columbus Convention Center, where the UConn chapter was given a plague and check for $450.00. . . .

Published: October 12, 2015

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Greg Gagne Returns from the Land Down Under

Scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, leaping from the tallest bungy jump in the southern hemisphere, and playing with monkeys in the Ubud Monkey Forest—MSE student Greg Gagne had an interesting Spring semester. . . .

Published: October 8, 2015

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Kathy Saint Enters the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame

Congratulations to our Industrial Advisory Board member, Kathy Saint, President of Schwerdtle Stamp Co. Inc., who has just been named one of the winners of the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame Leadership Awards for 2015. . . .

Published: October 5, 2015

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Zane Grady Engineering Community

Zane Grady is a MSE student entering his junior year at UConn, but he has filled these few years to the brim. Initially unfamiliar with the concept of materials sciences and engineering, he became enthralled during a presentation given by Dr. Anson Ma during his first semester. . . .

Published: October 2, 2015

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Oustanding Scholar Linghan Ye

Linghan Ye, a Ph.D. student in the MSE Department, became passionate about her major because it is “fun.” By the age of 20, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering at Beijing University of Technology before arriving at UConn in 2010 and earning the Outstanding Scholar Program Award. . . .

Published: September 25, 2015

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The Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph. D., Travel Fellowship Breaks Barriers in STEM Fields

Studies have found that African-Americans, Latinos, Native-Americans and Native Alaskans are inordinately under-represented in STEM disciplines, inhibiting the progression of excellence in these fields. The creation of the Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph. D., Travel Fellowship by the Society for Biomaterials works to rectify this issue by providing financial support for the recipient to follow a career in biomaterials. . . .

Published: September 21, 2015

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Angie Cheung Fuels Minds of the MSE Industrial Advisory Board

The Materials Science and Engineering Department gladly welcomes Angie Cheung as the newest member to the Industrial Advisory Board. She joins eight other industry partners in working to strengthen the visibility of the UConn Materials Science and Engineering Department at the university, state, and national level. . . .

Published: September 18, 2015

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MSE EUROTECH Students Journey to Germany

MSE students Ben Theiken, Andrew Jeffery, and Alex Kinstler set off for Germany at the beginning of the semester for their year abroad as part of the EUROTECH program. . . .

Published: September 14, 2015

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Seok-Woo Lee Makes Magic at UConn

Since coming to the materials science and engineering department in 2014, Dr. Seok-Woo Lee has used his research and teaching skills to help UConn students excel in their work. . . .

Published: September 11, 2015

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George Rossetti and Adam Heitmann Receive Edward C. Henry Award

The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) has awarded the 2015 Edward C. Henry Award to George A. Rossetti, Jr. and Adam A. Heitmann for their paper, “Thermodynamics of ferroelectric solid solutions with morphotropic phase boundaries,” published as a Feature Article in Journal of the American Ceramic Society. . . .

Published: September 10, 2015

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Hand in Glove: UConn Surgeon Brings Healing Hands to Boxing

After famed boxer Mike Tyson defeated Buster Mathis in the third round of a 1995 bout, the former heavyweight champion of the world waited for the referee to call the match, then hugged his contender. . . .

Published: September 9, 2015

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The MSE Lab Gets a New Look

This summer, the Material Science and Engineering Department received a fresh design with the installation of six Optiplex 980 1TB HD Workstations. . . .

Published: August 31, 2015

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MSE e-Bulletin

Welcome to our 2015 Outreach Bulletin! This publication is intended to share news stories and features about departmental accolades, research being conducted by UConn students and faculty, and alumni interviews that highlight our students’ diverse accomplishments post-graduation. We hope that you will find inspiration in the many ways in which UConn MSE continues to grow and diversify while remaining on the cutting edge of research and innovation. . . .

Published: August 26, 2015

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Female STEM Trailblazers

The academic science community is a largely male dominated space, but four UConn intellectuals pave the way for change. From educating young future scholars to writing over 150 scientific publications, these women demonstrate achievements as leaders in STEM fields, receiving awards this year for Outstanding Women Scholars and Women of Innovation. . . .

Published: August 17, 2015

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Sibo Wang Receives FEI Fellowship

MSE student Sibo Wang, along with 6 other UConn graduate students, were awarded the August 2015 FEI Fellowships. . . .

Published: August 14, 2015

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MSE Undergrad Jordan Kovacs Receives Igor Sikorsky Scholarship

MSE sophomore Jordan Kovacs received the Igor Sikorsky Scholarship, providing her with the opportunity to work at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a world leader in the design, manufacture, and service of military and commercial helicopters and fixed-wing aircrafts. . . .

Published: July 27, 2015

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MSE Alumna Dr. Jacquelynn Garofano in the Hartford Business Journal

Dr. Garofano (MS, PhD UConn MSE) featured in the Hartford Business Journal as a young leader "...who have already had success but who also have the potential to lead the professional world of tomorrow." . . .

Published: July 24, 2015

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MSE Alumnus Dr. Dharma Maddala Receives ASM Emerging Professional Achievement Award

MSE Alumnus Dr. Dharma Maddala has recently been named a recipient of the ASM Emerging Professional Achievement Award. Dr. Maddala received his Ph.D. from UConn MSE in 2011. . . .

Published: June 17, 2015

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Paiyz Mikael and Alexandra Merkouriou Named Outstanding Women Scholars

The outstanding senior women academic achievement awards were established in 1993 as part of the University of Connecticut’s 100 Years of Women celebration. The awards recognize outstanding female undergraduates and graduate students from each of UConn’s fourteen schools and colleges for their academic excellence and dedication to research and service within the university community. . . .

Published: June 15, 2015

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MSE Ph.D. Student Kan Fu and Team Participate in BASF 150th Anniversary North American Science Competition

When the BASF 150th Anniversary North American Competition challenge theme was announced early February, Kan Fu—a 4th year UConn MSE Ph.D. candidate—remembers feeling excited, enthusiastic, and a little bit daunted by the magnitude of the task. . . .

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MSE Celebrates the Class of 2015

On Saturday, May 9th in Gampel Pavilion, the School of Engineering convened for 2015 Commencement. Dean Dr. Kazem Kazerounian and Provost Dr. Mun Choi delivered welcoming remarks, and UConn alumnus Timothy “Scott” Case delivered the commencement address before being presented with an honorary doctorate degree. . . .

Published: June 1, 2015

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MSE Alumnus Brian Gardener

Not many students can say that their education has taken them around the world. But for MSE alumnus Brian Gardener, what started out as a college hobby turned into a goal to climb the seven highest mountains in the world. . . .

Published: May 29, 2015

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Senior Design Day 2015

MSE seniors presented their senior design projects on Friday, May 1st, 2015 at Gampel Pavilion. With a total of 21 projects and 41 students participating, the event showcased the department’s exeptional student talent. Congratulations to our graduating seniors and the MSE Senior Design Project final presentation winners! 1st Prize: $1.500 Zeiss MultiSEM Sample Mount by […] . . .

Published: May 27, 2015

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New Class of Alpha Sigma Mu Honored at ASM Student Night

Alpha Sigma Mu is the international honor society for materials science and engineering. Membership is extended by invitation to the top twenty-five percent of MSE juniors and seniors who excel academically and exhibit strong character. MSE graduate students who have completed all Ph.D. requirements up to their dissertation defense are also elected to the society. . . .

Published: May 20, 2015

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Professor Mark Aindow Receives Outstanding Faculty Award

Dr. Mark Aindow, Professor of MSE and Associate Director for the Institute of Materials Science (IMS) has just been awarded the 2015 School of Engineering Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award. . . .

Published: April 27, 2015

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Five Questions with Mei Wei

We sat down with Mei Wei to talk about her experiences as a professor, her role as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, and her reaction to receiving the Women of Innovation award. . . .

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IMS Director Dr. Steven Suib Delivers Plenary Lecture at the University of Illinois

IMS Director and Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Dr. Steven Suib delivered an invited lecture at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on April 9th. The talk, titled, “Novel Porous Metal Oxides and Sulfides and Their Applications in Adsorption, Batteries, and Catalysis” was presented as part of the inaugural Sheldon Shore Chemistry Colloquium. . . .

Published: April 16, 2015

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Senior Design Demonstration Day 2015

The School of Engineering invites you to join the faculty and students for the second annual school-wide Senior Design Demonstration Day on May 1, 2015. . . .

Published: April 13, 2015

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Professor Radenka Maric and MSE Graduate Student Sapna Gupta Named 2015 Women of Innovation

The CTC honored fifty-six Connecticut women for innovation and leadership in the science, math, technology, and engineering disciplines at the 11th annual Women of Innovation Awards Gala on April 1. . . .

Published: April 10, 2015

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“Why Pt Survives but Pd Suffers From SOx Poisoning” Published in JPC Letters

Graduate student Hom Sharma (Department of Chemical Engineering) and co-authors Dr. Vinit Sharma and Professor Rampi Ramprasad (Department of Materials Science and Engineering), in conjunction with Dr. Ashish B. Mhadeshwar, presently with ExxonMobil Corporation, have recently published their paper, “Why Pt Survives but Pd Suffers From SOx Poisoning,” in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. . . .

Published: April 3, 2015

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MSE Professor Emeritus Maurice Gell and Eric H. Jordan Receive STTR Award with HiFunda/UConn

HiFunda/UConn has been recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) to receive a STTR Phase IIA award for the development and commercialization of Solution Precursor Plasma Spray (SPPS) yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) thermal barrier coatings (TBCs). . . .

Published: April 1, 2015

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Dr. Avinash Dongare Awarded 2015 TMS Young Leaders Professional Development Award

MSE Assistant Professor Dr. Avinash M. Dongare has been named a 2015 recipient of the Young Leaders Professional Development Award from the Structural Materials Division (SMD) of The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS). . . .

Published: March 27, 2015

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3D Printing Club Wows Judges at 2015 Brandeis Printathon

The 3D Printing Club, 3DPC, won first place at Printathon 2015, a 24-hour 3D printing competition hosted at Brandeis University on March 6-7. . . .

Published: March 25, 2015

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MSE Undergraduate Labs Receive X-Ray Diffraction System

MSE has recently acquired a like-new Bruker D8 Advance X-Ray Diffraction System. . . .

Published: March 23, 2015

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Undergraduate Spotlight: Brenden Mil-Homens

In this inspiring interview, undergraduate Brenden Mil-Homens shares his accomplishments as a MSE student and his hopes for the future. . . .

Published: March 13, 2015

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Beauty in the Small and Unintended

Researchers have so many ways of probing the unseen. Sound waves whisper of hidden voids, magnetic fields trace fluids flowing through the body. The shape of a crystal reveals the symmetry of its atomic structure, and early cellular biologists derived the existence of organelles from their observations of cell behavior. But there’s nothing quite like seeing, and that’s what makes a microscope so magical. . . .

Published: February 20, 2015

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MSE Faculty and Students Featured at CBIA Panel Event

Several members of UConn faculty and staff were featured as guest panelists at the Connecticut Business and Industry Association’s (CBIA) annual meeting. T . . .

Published: February 4, 2015

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Building the Next Generation of Efficient Computers

UConn researcher Bryan Huey has uncovered new information about the kinetic properties of multiferroic materials that could be a key breakthrough for scientists looking to create a new generation of low-energy, highly efficient, instant-on computers. . . .

Published: January 29, 2015

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Avinash Dongare Receives NSF CAREER Award

Avinash Dongare has been awarded an NSF Faculty Early Development Program CAREER Award for Mesoscale Modeling of Defect Structure Evolution in Metal Materials. . . .

Published: January 26, 2015

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