Four engineering students nab awards at Graduate Exhibition

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Four engineering graduate students won awards in the Graduate School's Graduate Exhibition held April 6 at the HUB-Robeson Center.

All were cited for their abstracts in the Engineering category.

Pierre Thurrier, aerospace engineering, won first place for "Design of a Thermal Control Device Using Topology Optimization."

Second place winners included agricultural and biological engineering students Hasan Coban and Xinmiao Wang for "Conversion of Phenylalanine to Phenylpyruvic Acid by Microbial Fermentation" and "Evaluation of Blended Electrolyzed Oxidizing Water for One-Step Cleaning-in-Place of Milking Systems," respectively.

Mehmet Unal, civil engineering, placed third for "Balancing Tradeoffs: Modeling to Support Post-Earthquake Decision Making and Resource Allocation of Distributed Bridge-Transportation Networks."

Each winner received a certificate and monetary award between $100 and $500.

Established in 1986, the Graduate Exhibition is open to all degree-seeking graduate students who are currently enrolled in graduate degree programs and wish to present their scholarly work. The event places special emphasis on communicating research and creative endeavor to a general audience and challenges graduate students to present their work in clear, comprehensible terms to people outside their fields.

Last Updated April 22, 2014