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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.
Check out the latest edition of Exploring Materials
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Virginia Tech students and alumni enter TMS Bladesmithing Competition
A new Bladesmithing competition
was featured at the annual TMS meeting and exhibition held in Orlando, Florida,
March 15-19, 2015. A team of Virginia Tech students and alumni entered the competition with
a bronze sword cast at the Kroehling Advanced Materials Foundry. Team members
were Adam Humphrys (B.S. MSE 2012, employed
at Domet, Inc.); Peter Kim (B.S. MSE 2012, current MSE graduate student);
Christian Birkett (B.S. MSE 2012, current graduate student in ISE); and Cameron
Crowell, senior, MSE. To construct their sword, they
first created a wooden pattern, then a nobake sand mold. They cast it in bronze
and then performed forging work and polishing. The handle and pommel are made
of cedar, designed and constructed by Adam Humphrys. The design for the blade
was based on a Bronze Age sword found in the Thames River in London called the
Limehouse sword, believed to date back to the 12th century BC. This
type of blade was common in northwestern Europe and England. Sponsors for their entry were
Dominion Metallurgical (Domet) in Roanoke and the AFS Piedmont Chapter. The team presented the sword to
Dr. David Clark on March 25, 2015. It will be displayed in the MSE office. Another MSE team also entered the competition, seniors Matt Antonelli and Drew Stutts. Nice work guys! Click here to view a YouTube video of the construction process.
Engineering Now, 2014
MSE doctoral student, Rachel Umbel, appears in the 2014 edition of Engineering Now, which is the annual report of the College of Engineering. Click the photo to view the full article. View the full annual report.
Virginia Tech Research Magazine, Summer 2014
Nice article in the summer 2014 edition of Virginia Tech Research. Offers great example of how the Kroehling Advanced Materials Foundry and VT-FIRE are helping to foster cooperation between departments. Click photo to view full article. View the full magazine.
Dwight D. Viehland named Jack E. Cowling Professor of Engineering: A member of the Virginia Tech community since 2001, Professor Viehland is an experimental solid state scientist investigating phase transitions in ceramics and physical phenomena like ferroelectricity, piezoelectricity, magnetostriction, and magnetoelectricity. Read the full story here.
AFS-Piedmont Pledges Continued Support for VT FIRE
On June 27, 2013, Paul Huffman and Greg Southerland, representatives of the American Foundry Society - Piedmont Chapter, presented a $24,000 check to COE Dean Benson as a first installment of their new $40,000 pledge in support of VT FIRE and the foundry at Virginia Tech. The AFS-Piedmont Chapter initially kicked off the VT FIRE project back when the foundry was still in the planning stages with a $45,000 pledge, which was fulfilled in 2012. Pictured below, left to right: David Clark, MSE Head; Greg Southerland, AFS-Piedmont Chair; Dick Benson, VT Engineering Dean; Paul Huffman, AFS-Piedmont Education Chair; and Alan Druschitz, Director, VT FIRE. For more photos, visit VT FIRE news.