Category: Awards

Best Grad Student Talks and Posters 2013

2013 Physics Department Poster SessionThe best graduate student talks and posters 2013 have been found by popular vote. As in previous years we had two clear favorites in each of the two categories. And the winners are:

Best Posters

Renee Batzloff Paleomagnetism of the Baraga-Marquette Dyke Swarms
Li JieImplementation of a Hot-Deformation Process for Making Nd2Fe14B-based Permanent Magnetic Materials

Best Talks

Marwa AbdalamoneamAtomic Moments and Polarizabilities of Ni II
Hugo Albert Ayala SorlaresStudying Galactic Diffuse Gamma-Ray Emission with the HAWC Observatory in Mexico

The Physics Department Poster Session was held on April 18, 2013, in the Fisher Atrium. The physics graduate students were held throughout the latter part of Spring Semester 2013.

Congratulations to the four winners and everyone else on their presentations!

View the 2013 Physics Department Poster Session photo gallery.

Kelley-Hoskins Nominated for Thesis Award

MAGSThe Graduate School is pleased to announce that Evan Anderson is Michigan Tech’s nominee for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Thesis Award.

Three other graduate students were also nominated for consideration. Jean DeClerck was nominated by her advisors, Ann Brady and Wendy Anderson (HU) and committee member Victoria Bergvall (HU). Nathan Kelley-Hoskins was nominated by his advisor, Petra Hüntemeyer (Physics). Andrew Orthober was nominated by his advisor, Carol MacLennan (SS). All of the nominations were noteworthy for their scholarship, and the evaluation panel had a difficult task in selecting one nominee to represent Michigan Tech.

Read more at Tech Today, by the Graduate School.

2012 Outstanding SPS Chapter

SPSOnce again the Michigan Tech chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has been selected as one of the Outstanding SPS Chapters. This is the third year in a row for such a distinction with this chapter.

The Michigan Tech chapter is part of Zone 09. The award criteria include K-12 outreach, community service, interactions with alumni, and other considerations.

Yap and Lee in Michigan Tech Research Magazine 2012

Yap and Lee in Michigan Tech Research 2012Yap, Lee Honored for Nanotube Discoveries

For groundbreaking work in nanotechnology, Yoke Khin Yap and Chee Huei Lee have received Michigan Tech’s Bhakta Rath Research Award.

The award, endowed by 1958 alumnus Bhakta Rath and his wife, Shushama Rath, recognizes a Michigan Tech doctoral student and advisor for “exceptional research of particular value that anticipates the future needs of the nation while supporting advances in emerging technology.”

Read more at Michigan Tech Magazine, by Marcia Goodrich.

Nemiroff and Students Receive Best Paper Award

imapCS Faculty/Students Win Best Paper Award

Computer Science Assistant Professor Chaoli Wang, former CS undergraduate student John Reese, former CS MS student Huan Zhang, CS PhD student Jun Tao, and Physics Professor Robert Nemiroff will receive a Best Paper Award for their paper, “iMap: A stable layout for navigating large image collections with embedded search”, at the IS&T/SPIE Conference on Visualization and Data Analysis, Feb. 4-6, 2013, in Burlingame, Calif. Jun Tao will present the award paper at the conference.

For their next steps, the authors will further develop techniques for animated transition and graph-based image layout, deploy the visualization results on the display wall at the Immersive Visualization Studio (IVS) at the Center for Computer Systems Research (CCSR) for outreach, and eventually release a web-based online program to benefit a wider user base.

From Tech Today.

Physics Team GreenedIt! Chosen for Clean Energy Challenge

Michigan Clean Energy Venture ChallengeTwo teams from Michigan Tech have been chosen to join in the Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge. One of the teams is GreenedIt!, a web-based application for energy auditing.

GreenedIt! team members are physics students Travis Beaulieu, an undergraduate, and graduate student Abhilash Kantamneni. The team traveled to East Lansing for their initial training this past weekend.

“The training we received through the challenge was incredibly useful,” said Beaulieu. “The whole point was to try and get young entrepreneurs into the mindset of finding a customer need and forming the idea around the customer’s feedback. Thankfully this training worked for our team, and we had a complete pivot during the weekend.”

Read more at Tech Today, by Dennis Walikainen.