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Dean’s Award for Outstanding Scholar Award – Fall 2018 Recipients

Congratulations! Outstanding Scholar Award Fall 2018 Recipients

Gina Roose (Accounting MS)
Shuaidong Zhao (Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD)
Priscilla Addison(Geological Engineering PhD)
Sampath Kumar Reddy Boyapally (Mechanical Engineering MS)
Rahul Jitendra Thakkar (Mechanical Engineering MS)
Nikhil Appasaheb Shinde(Mechanical Engineering MS)
Mitchel Timm (Mechanical Engineering MS)
Xinyu Ye (Environmental Engineering PhD)
Janarjan Bhandari (Atmospheric Science PhD)
Mingxi Fang (Chemistry PhD)
John Barnett (Environmental and Energy Policy PhD)
Dolendra Karki (Physics PhD)

Doctoral Finishing Fellowship Fall 2018 Recipient – Zhimin Song

Zhimin Song
Environmental Engineering

Zhimin SongI came to Michigan Tech in Fall 2013 and got my Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering in 2017 with a GPA of 3.9. I started my Ph.D. under the direction of Dr. Paul Doskey in 2015, which focusing on the “diagenesis of organic matter in peat and porewater of a poor fen”. This program studies the seasonal variation of organic matters in the peatland. Peatlands, as unbalanced wetland ecosystems, contain approximately 30% of the global soil carbon. This large amount of carbon is so sensitive to variations in the climate system that it can serve as the indicator for climate changes. Understanding how the organic matter decomposition at different seasons is of great importance.

My study was conducted at an extensive poor fen peatland in Nestoria, Michigan, USA (46.34º N, 88.16º W). Our field sampling was conducted monthly at three different experimental plots and three different depth under the ground. We were able to track the organic matter decomposition through the year and see the effect of plant functional groups and sampling depths on the organic matter decomposition inside the peatland. These research experiences are invaluable to me as an international student from China.

I would like to thank my adviser Dr. Paul Doskey, my committee member Dr. Erik Lilleskov, and Dr. Evan Kane for their guidance and contributions to these projects. These works cannot be done without their unconditional support. I would also like to thank the Graduate School for granting this finishing fellowship. It really helped a lot reducing my financial burden and allows me to focus on writing my dissertation.

The King-Chávez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program Fall 2018 Recipient – Christa Meingast

Christa Meingast
Environmental Engineering

My current research at Michigan Technological University aims to determine mechanisms of pathogen inactivation in both clinical and wastewater applications. Pathogenic Christa Meingastinfections are prevalent throughout the world, and effective and sustainable public safety measures to prevent these diseases are desirable. During this past year, I have been researching the mechanisms of synergistic arginine enveloped viral inactivation in therapeutic protein manufacturing. This research will aid in producing a more effective way inactivate viruses in therapeutic protein manufacturing. Throughout my career as a PhD student in the field of environmental engineering, I have found a passion for teaching and communicating with people from diverse backgrounds.  After I graduate my PhD I want to obtain a career in post-secondary education to continue to spread scientific knowledge and an understanding of environmental sustainability.

Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award Fall 2017 Recipients

Congratulations! Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award Fall 2017 Recipients

Mahsa Asgarisabet (Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics PhD)
Briana Bettin (Computer Science PhD)
Jianheng Bi (Chemistry PhD)
David Falish (Civil and Environmental Engineering MS)
Sean Gohman (Industrial Heritage and Achaeology PhD)
Ian Greenlund (Biological Sciences MS)
Nancy Henaku (Rhetoric, Theory & Culture PHD)
Ashley Hendricks (Mechanical Engineering MS)
Melinda Kleczynski (Mathematical Sciences MS)
Miles Penhale (Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics PhD)
Julie Tomasi (Chemical Engineering PhD)
Saeedeh Ziaeefard (Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics PhD)

Dean’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship – Fall 2017 Recipients

Congratulations! Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship Award Fall 2017 Recipients

Ala Mahmood Nahar Al Zaalig (Mathematical Sciences PhD)
John Arnold (Industrial Heritage & Archaeology PhD)
Andrew Chapp (Biological Sciences PhD)
Sorayot Chinkanjanarot (Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics PhD)
Shuaicheng Guo (Civil Engineering PhD)
Ashok Khanal (Chemistry PhD)
Vinaykumar Konduru (Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics PhD)
Vincent Manzie (Rhetoric, Theory & Culture PHD)
Sathya Prasad Potham (Mechanical Engineering MS)
Sandesh Subhaschandra Rao (Mechanical Engineering MS)
Nicholas Steffey (Business Administration MS)
Mohammad Hosain Teimourpour (Physics PhD)
Brenna Thompson (Accounting MS)


Doctoral Finishing Fellowships Spring 2017 Recipients

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the awarding of Finishing Fellowships for doctoral candidates. Fellowships are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD candidates who are in need of financial support to finish their degrees.

(listed by nominating department)

Spring 2017 Recipients

Biological Sciences
Cameron Goble

Biomedical Engineering
Yu Wang

Chemical Engineering
Olumide Winjobi

Civil Engineering
Yadong Dong
Chao Zhang

Electrical Engineering
Guna Bharati
Hanieh Deilamsalehy

Environmental Engineering
Anika Kuczynski
Aditya Kumar

Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
Sudhir Khodwekar

Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Muraleekrishnan Menon Menon Muraleedharan Nair

Rhetoric, Theory and Culture
Jessica Lauer

Doctoral Finishing Fellowship Fall 2015 Recipients

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the awarding of Finishing Fellowships for doctoral candidates. Fellowships are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD candidates who are in need of financial support to finish their degrees.

(listed by nominating department)

Fall 2015 Recipients

Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors

Kejkaew Thanasuan, PhD Candidate




Atmospheric Sciences
Joseph Niehaus

Joseph Niehaus,PhD Candidate




Noopur Sharma, PhD Candidate

Chemical Engineering

Yang Zhang, PhD Candidate




Civil Engineering

Mohd Rosli Mohd Hasan, PhD Candidate




Computer Engineering

Lengfei Han, PhD Candidate





Environmental Engineering
Peifu Cheng, PhD Candidate

Materials Science and Engineering
Yifei Yuan, PhD Candidate



Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics
Hasti Asayesh Ardakani, PhD Candidate
Benjamin Savonen, PhD Candidate

Engineering Physics
Boyi Hao, PhD Candidate

2017 L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowships

Applications for the 2017 L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program are now open and are due on Friday, February 3, 2017. The application and more information about the program can befound at www.lorealusa.com/forwomeninscience.

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program recognizes and rewards the contributions women make in STEM fields and identifies exceptional women researchers committed to serving as role models for younger generations.  More than 2,250 women scientists in over 110 countries have been recognized since the program began in 1998.

In the US, the For Women In Science fellowship program awards five post‐doctoral women scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each. Applicants are selected from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics who are committed to serving as role models for the next generation of girls in STEM.

Questions should be e‐mail to Rachel Pacifico at rpacifico@us.loreal.com. Application materials are online.


U.S. Department of DOE Scholars Internship Program

U.S. Department of DOE Scholars Internship Program

 The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the agency’s mission and operations.  Participants in the DOE Scholars Program gain a competitive edge as they apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of scientific and policy research settings within the DOE complex.  Appointments are available for a variety of disciplines:  Engineering, Physical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Information Technology, Physics, Business, Policy, Program Management, Mathematics, Statistics, Safety and Health, Accounting and Finance, Law, Communications and other related areas at participating DOE facilities nationwide.

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) administers a special DOE Scholars Program for Veterans.  Veterans are placed in a variety of federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area.

The DOE Scholars Program presents you with the opportunity to explore a federal career with DOE at  various stages in your education.


  • U.S. citizenship (verification will be required if selected), and at least 16 years of age (no exceptions).
  • Undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate of an accredited institute of higher education.  Exceptions may be made on academic status on a case-by-case basis for sumer appointments only.

Application closes Thursday, December 15, 2016 – click http://orise.orau.gov/doescholars/index.html to get started NOW!

MTRI Staff to Visit Campus Sept. 19

The staff of the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI), located in Ann Arbor, will visit campus on Friday, Sept. 19, to conduct a poster session in the sixth floor Dow Atrium.

MTRI scientists and engineers will be available from 9 a.m. to 3p.m. to discuss projects, collaborations with Michigan Tech departments and staff, and areas of research interest. The session is intended to outline the Institute’s current activities and to explore opportunities to develop new working relationships.

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