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SWETHA BARKAM WINS ALUMNI FELLOWS SCHOLARSHIP Swetha Barkam is a recipient of the 2015-2016 Alumni Fellows Graduate Scholarship in the amount of $1500. Barkam is a doctoral student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and a member of Dr. Sudipta Seal’s research group. Applicants were evaluated on GPA, wellrounded involvement at UCF, involvement in the local community, and exceptional work experience. They were further asked to respond to an essay question in 600 words about a meaningful contribution to a UCF organization, community service project or work experience and its impact on their development as a UCF Knight, as well as how they plan to use those experiences to continue their Knight journey upon graduation.

HICKMAN PUBLISHES WITH STUDENTS A. Colόn, X. Guo, B. Srinivasan, C. Long, C. Bernabini, J. Rumsey, K. Wilson, N. Akanda, Y. Cai, C. Martin and J.J. Hickman, “A biomechanical device for human sensorimotor function” International Conference and Expo on Biomechanics and Implant Design, Orlando, Florida, July 27 – 29, 2015. Best poster award. C.W. McAleer, Y. Cui, C.J. Long, S.A. Najjar, K.L. Pirozzi and J.J. Hickman, “Mechanistic investigation of in vitro myotube response to chemical and physiological treatment using a multiplexed functional assay system” International Conference and Expo on Biomechanics and Implant Design, Orlando, Florida, July 27 – 29, 2015. Best poster award.

Preeti Kumrah has been awarded the Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Award for the month of October 2015 at the University of Central Florida. Kumrah was chosen by the Student Undergraduate Research Council based on the overall merit of the research she is currently conducting as an undergraduate student and her accomplishments to date with this work. As the Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher, Kumrah will receive a certificate to commemorate this achievement, an Office of Undergraduate Research padfolio, a scholarship of $100 (awarded for Spring 2016), acknowledgment in the Office of Undergraduate Research monthly newsletter, and recognition at the 2016 Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE) in April.

DR. KHONDAKER CELEBRATES GRADS Three of Dr. Khondaker’s Ph.D. students graduated in Spring 2015. One graduate, Paul Stokes, is now a member of the technical staff at Qorvo.


ON ACERS PRESIDENT COUNCIL MSE students represented UCF on the ACerS President council at the Materials Science and Technology 2015 conference in Ohio. ACerS President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA) is the student-led committee of ACerS responsible for representing student interests to ACerS and its subsidiary committees, divisions, sections, and classes. The PCSA is the primary face of ACerS to ceramics and materials science students. The role of the PCSA delegate is to represent their collegiate institution to PCSA, as well as representing the PCSA and ACerS to their Material Advantage Chapter, Keramos Chapter, and academic department. The mission of PCSA is to engage students as active and long-term leaders in the ceramics community and to increase participation in ACerS at the local, national, and international levels.

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WILSON RECEIVES DEFENSE PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP Wade Wilson, undergrad student in Dr. Chanda’s group received the prestigious DoD Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) Defense Education Program Scholarship ($38k / year for 5 years)

NSTC CONGRATULATES STAFF GRADUATE MALDONADO Diane Maldonado graduated with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from UCF. Maldonado’s program focused on business administration and criminal justice, and she also completed a minor in Crime, Law & Deviance. Maldonado, a purchasing coordinator for the UCF NanoScience Technology Center, pursued a degree after 20 years of service at UCF in four departments. Her studies and personal goals reflect her “people first” attitude. The NSTC congratulates Diane for her academic achievements and perseverance.

NanoMaterials Spring-Fall 2015  

NanoMaterials provides news and insight from nano and materials science research at the University of Central Florida. The magazine is publi...

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