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Professor Kathy Lu Receives 2016 Alumni Award for Excellence in Research
Congratulations to Professor Kathy Lu, who has been honored with the university's 2016 Alumni Award for Excellence. Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, this award is presented annually to as many as two Virginia tech faculty members who have made outstanding research contributions. Read the full article here.
|Professor Abby Whittington Receives Auburn University Outstanding Alumni Award
The Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering at Auburn University presented its 2016 Outstanding Alumni Award to Abby Whittington, who graduated Summa cum Laude from the department in 2000 with a degree in Textile Chemistry. She was specifically noted for her Ph.D. in MSE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006, more than 20 publications in peer reviewed journals, recent promotion to associate professor with tenure in chemical engineering and MSE at Virginia Tech, and her patent application in the development of new imagible polymers specifically designed for pediatric medical devices. She was honored on April 8, 2016, during Auburn University's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering Annual Awards Ceremony in Auburn, Alabama.
2016 MSE Outstanding Senior
Congratulations to Ms. Priya
Venkatraman, who has been named the Outstanding Senior for the Department of
Materials Science and Engineering for 2016. Priya models exemplary skills in leadership
and service. She is co-founder and president of BioactiVT, the biomedical engineering
design team that won second place in the Engineering World Health design
competition last fall. She is also president and founder of the first
undergraduate biomedical organization at Virginia Tech. Priya is a member of
Professor Johan Foster’s Advanced Materials Group in MSE where she is engaged
in undergraduate research in the area of anti-bacterial scaffolds. She has participated in internships at Adolphe
Merkle Institute in Switzerland and the National Centre of Biological Science
at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in India. She also serves as a
student ambassador for MSE. Priya is interested in pursuing research and
development in materials science and biomedical engineering.
Yanxi Li Receives GEMS Sapphire Award
Mr. Yanxi Li, a Ph.D. candidate in Virginia Tech's MSE department, has been awarded the Graduate Excellence in Materials Science (GEMS) Sapphire Award given by the American Ceramics Society (ACerS).
Yanxi is advised by Prof. Dwight Viehland and co-advised by Dr. Jiefang Li. His research is focused on epitaxial growth and characterization of multifunctional solid oxide thin film materials with magnetoelectric and multiferroic properties.
This GEMS award, organized annually by the Basic Science Division of ACerS, recognizes the outstanding achievements of graduate students in materials science and engineering. It is based on the quality of student's research, the academic and scientific accomplishments of the student, as well as the overall quality of the student's oral presentation at the Materials Science & Technology Conference, held this year on October 4-8 in Columbus, Ohio.
College of Engineering
Spotlight on New Faculty
Carolina Tallon and Hang Yu will join the MSE faculty in January.
Virginia Tech students win second place for medical prototype
Health is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to create a
global network of engineers and engineering students around the world who
improve healthcare in low-resource environments. The Engineering World Health
Design Competition challenges students to create innovative designs of medical
equipment appropriate to very low resource areas. Plenty of hospitals
in Africa, Latin America and Asia operate without steady
electrical power under hot and dusty conditions with unclean water, all of which can
contaminate and render equipment unusable. Many Engineering World Health
chapters around the globe enter the annual design competition, which focuses
exclusively on designing and building instruments that are low-cost and
functional in these environments.
BioactiVT won second place for creating a low-cost, thermoelectrically generated pulse oximeter for use in developing nations. MSE student, Priya Venkatraman, is a co-founder of BioactiVT and is President of the current team. Read more here .
Virginia Tech Honors Paul Huffman, Jr. for Career Achievements
April 22, 2015 - Paul Huffman, Jr., a 1978 MSE graduate and MSE Advisory Board member, is a 2015 inductee into the College of Engineering Academy of Engineering Excellence, joining an elite group of 135 individuals out of more than 60,000 living engineering alumni. The Academy was founded in 1999 by F. William Stephenson, past dean of the college of engineering, and the College's Advisory Board. Inductees are Virginia Tech engineering graduates who have made continuous and admirable engineering or leadership contributions during their careers.
Paul is the founder and President of Dominion Metallurgical (DOMET) located in Roanoke, Virginia. As a member of MSE's advisory board, he played a key role in fund-raising efforts to establish VT FIRE and the Kroehling Advanced Materials Foundry. He also designed and constructed the Skipper II cannon at no charge, following in his father's footsteps. Paul Huffman, Sr., cast the first Skipper, also at no charge.