College of Engineering Research Symposium winners announced

Eight engineering students were honored at the annual College of Engineering Research Symposium (CERS) on April 5 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

The daylong event, now in its ninth year, provides a platform for undergraduate and graduate engineering students to present their research to faculty, students and industry professionals.

Cheng Wang, a doctoral student in computer science and engineering, won first place for his paper, "Optimal Management of Energy Consumption for Data Centers."

Second place for graduate student papers went to Emil Laftchiev, an electrical engineering doctoral student for his paper, "Terrain-Based Vehicle Localization Using Linear Modeling and Real-Time Data."

Third place for graduate papers went to Ali Qajar, a doctoral student in chemical engineering for "High Pressure Adsorption of Hydrogen on Microporous Carbon."

First place for graduate posters went to Hosein Foroutan, a mechanical engineering doctoral student, for "Unsteady Simulation of Flow in the Draft Tube Cone of a Hydraulic Turbine Using Different Turbulence Closure Models."

The first-place award for top undergraduate research paper went to Keegan McCoy, an electrical engineering student, for "Characterizing Modal Noise in Optical Fibers Coupled to the Pathfinder High-Resolution Near-Infrared Spectrograph."

The first-place poster award for undergraduates went to Dane Kelsey, a civil engineering student, for "Optimal Growth Conditions and Beneficial Uses of Duckweed Salvaged From Ecological Wastewater Treatment Systems."

For the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Awards, the first-place paper honor went to Atefeh Mohammadpour, an architectural engineering doctoral student, for "Energy Efficiency in Healthcare Facility Retrofits — Key Issues."

The IEEE Award for the top poster went to Kiley Coombe, an undergraduate in industrial engineering, for "Social Media as a Tool to Aid in the Idea Generation Process."

The CERS is an initiative of the Engineering Graduate Student Council and is funded through industry support, the College of Engineering and the University Park Allocation Committee.

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Last Updated April 17, 2012