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BCOE Graduate Students Earn Top Awards at Materials Research Society Annual Meeting and DARPA-SRC Workshop


BCOE Graduate Students Earn Top Awards at Materials Research Society Annual Meeting and DARPA-SRC Workshop

June 8, 2011

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Desalegne TewelderbrhanElectrical Engineering Ph.D. candidate Desalegne Teweldebrhan (pictured at right) received the Silver Medal Award of the Materials Research Society (MRS) at the annual society meeting in San Francisco in April. Desalegne gave the talk, "Tuning of Graphene Properties via Controlled Exposure to Electron Beam Irradiation."

The finalists in the MRS graduate research competition were students from the best U.S. and international universities, including Harvard University, Stanford University, UC-Berkeley, Caltech, UCSB, MIT, Penn State, University of Michigan, and University of Tokyo.

According to the MRS, the awards were presented “to honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction. MRS seeks to recognize students of exceptional ability who show promise for significant future achievement in material research.”

The annual MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco is the world’s largest and most prestigious conference in the field of materials science and engineering. Teweldebrhan conducts his dissertation research in Prof. Alexander Balandin’s Nano-Device Laboratory (NDL).

Zahid Hossain and Guanxiong LiuElectrical engineering graduate students Zahid Hossain and Guanxiong Liu (pictured at left) received the best research presentation awards at the competition sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) in May.

The event took place during the Functional Engineered Nano Architectonics (FENA) annual review workshop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The competition featured more than 50 research presentations from the top U.S. engineering schools such as MIT, UCB, UCLA, UCSB, Stanford, Columbia University, Caltech, USC and NCSU.

Only one poster was selected in each of the seven FENA research themes. Hossain won in the Topological Insulator theme while Liu took the award in the Carbon Electronics theme. Hossain and Liu also conduct their dissertation research in the Nano-Device Laboratory and the Balandin group from UCR was the only one that received two research awards while the groups from MIT, Caltech, UCLA, Stanford and University of Massachusetts received one award each, making the total of seven.

The winning presentations have been selected with the help of representatives from Intel, Texas Instruments, IBM, Raytheon, other industry leaders and government organizations. The awards to Hossain and Liu included a certificate of achievement and a cash prize. Among co-authors of the winning research were additional graduate students in the Balandin group – Jie Yu and Farhan Shahil.

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