Shiming Lei wins Intercollege Graduate Student Outreach Achievement Award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Shiming Lei, a doctoral student in materials science and engineering, is the 2017 recipient of the Intercollege Graduate Student Outreach Achievement Award. This award was established in 2004, with a generous donation from alumni Steven E. and Alice R. Linberg, and a matching commitment from University Outreach.

The Intercollege Graduate Student Outreach Achievement Award recognizes outstanding outreach achievements of degree candidates in any of the Intercollege Graduate Degree Programs that relate to bringing graduate student scholarship to the community, in order to benefit society in some manner. This award endeavors to encourage our future academicians to embrace outreach and promote a commitment to advancing the welfare of and quality of life for the public through their scholarly pursuits.

Throughout his years of graduate study, Lei has been active in several outreach activities for K-12 students. Lei is a member of the Teacher and Education Outreach Team that brings students to Penn State for demonstrations and also visits local schools in order to increase interest in science.

A doctoral student in materials science and engineering, Lei is part of the Center for Nanoscale Science at Penn State. Lei is working on a communication system based on optical fibers. His prototype devices were tested by staff at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and were modified to become a permanent part of the Institute’s demonstration stations.

Lei is also active at local community events where he provides opportunities for children, teachers, parents, undergraduate students and the general public to learn about nano- and micro-scale science and engineering, and understand its importance in addressing current and future challenges.

Lei was honored during the annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held on April 18 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Last Updated April 26, 2017