Category: Academic

Physics Graduate Poster Session 2014

Department of Physics Poster Session
Michigan Technological University
Thursday, April 17, 2014
1:00 to 3:00pm
Aftermath Atrium in Fisher Hall

Graduate Poster Abstracts


Investigation of the Resistance to Demagnetization in Bulk Rare-Earth Magnets Comprised of Magnetically-Isolated, Crystallographically-Aligned, Single-Domain Crystallites
Jie Li
Advisor: Dr. Peter Moran

Effective Extraction of Nanomaterials from Water Contaminated with Nanotubes, Nanowires, Nanosheets, and Nanoparticles
Bishnu Tiwari
Advisors: Dr. Yoke Khin Yap and Dr. Dongyan Zhang

Laboratory Measurements of Contact Freezing by Dust and Bacteria at Temperatures of Mixed Phase Clouds
Joseph Niehaus
Advisor: Dr. Will Cantrell

A Multi-band, Unidirectional, Phase-preserved Lensing Invisibility Cloak
Ran Duan
Advisors: Elena Semouchkina and Ravi Pandey

Minimum Principle in Electromagnetic Scattering by Small Particles
Ajarii Mongkolsittisilp
Advisor: Dr. Alex Kostinski

Yoke Khin Yap is a Faculty Fellow

Yoke Khin Yap
Yoke Khin Yap

Vice President for Research Announces Faculty Fellows Selections

The Office of the Vice President for Research has selected the 2014 recipients of the newly implemented Faculty Fellow Program. The first Faculty Fellows for 2014-2015 are: Larry Sutter (MSE), for Sponsored Program Administration, Adrienne Minerick (ChE) for Strategic Planning and Budget, and Yoke Khin Yap (Physics) for Economic Development and Technology Commercialization.

From Tech Today.

A Faculty Fellow in Economic Development and Technology Commercialization will be involved in areas such as IP commercialization and startup support.

Physics Grads Receive Travel Grants

Graduate Student Government Travel Grant Award Winners for Spring 2014

Travel grants for spring 2014 have been awarded. Among the Presenting Travel Grants ($ 250) recipients are physics graduate students Chad Brisbois, Kamal B. Dhungana, Boyi Hao, Joseph Niehaus, Bishnu Tiwari, Gaoxue Wang, and Kevin Waters.

The full list of graduate recipients can be accessed online.

Travel grants are awards that help subsidize cost of attending and presenting at conferences. These awards are sponsored by the Graduate Student Government (GSG) and the Graduate School. For more information on travel grants, please visit the webpage.

Should you have any questions, contact the GSG treasurer Jennifer Winikus (

From Tech Today.

Focus on the Smithing Guild

Brass Helmet
Brass Helmet

The Michigan Tech Lode spotlighted the Smithing Guild in the February 18, 2014, edition of the news. The article addresses the history of this relatively new student organization and its founder and current president, Adam Riederer. Riederer, a physics major, was interviewed in October 2013 in a Michigan Tech News article on blacksmithing.

Read the text version of the Lode article, by Evan Mayer.

Amanda Shaw is an Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award Recipient

Amanda ShawAmanda Shaw, who is an MS candidate in Physics, is a Spring 2014 recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. Amanda was nominated by the Department of Physics and recognized for her accomplishments by the Graduate School at Michigan Tech. Amanda’s advisor is Alex Kostinski.

A certificate of recognition for this award will be presented at the Graduate Research Colloquium Banquet that is held in the spring.

View the PHOTO GALLERY and ABSTRACT BOOK for the event.

Outstanding GS Teaching 2014
Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, Graduate Research Colloquium 2014

Ashim Chakravarty is an Outstanding Scholarship Award Recipient

Ashim ChakravartyAshim Chakravarty, who is a PhD candidate in Engineering Physics, is a Spring 2014 recipient of the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship. Ashim was nominated by the Department of Physics based on his GPA, originality in research, professionalism, work ethic, and other selection criteria. Ashim’s advisor is Miguel Levy.

A certificate of recognition for this award will be presented at the Graduate Research Colloquium Banquet that is held in the spring.

View the PHOTO GALLERY and ABSTRACT BOOK for the event.

Outstanding GS Scholar 2014
Dean’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Graduate Research Colloquium 2014

2014 Undergraduate Research Expo Call for Abstracts

URE PosterThe Michigan Tech Honors Institute would like to invite all undergraduate researchers from every department to submit an abstract for research to be presented at the 2014 Undergraduate Research Expo. This expo will give researchers a chance to present posters describing completed or ongoing research and receive feedback from faculty judges.

Presenter Information and Poster Guidelines

Submission until January 31, 2014, 11:59 pm

SURF Proposal Workshop

Will Cantrell, coordinator for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, will conduct a workshop for students on writing effective SURF proposals at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16, in Fisher 131.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to notify students interested in applying for SURF funding to attend. For more information, see

The deadline for receipt of SURF applications is noon on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

From Tech Today

Blended Learning Grant for Wil Slough

Jackson Blended Learning Winners

In early November, the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning invited faculty to submit proposals to support blended learning course innovations. Proposals were accepted at three levels ($1,000, $5,000 and $10,000), and a total of $50,000 was originally planned to be awarded during this cycle.

In the Department of Physics, Wil Slough received $1,000 for “Development of Blended Learning Materials for Uncertainty Analysis.”

Read more at Tech Today.

2013 Outstanding SPS Chapter

SPSThe Michigan Tech chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has been selected again as one of the Outstanding SPS Chapters. The recognition is based on chapter interaction with SPS national programs, the professional physics community, the campus community, and the public. The Michigan Tech chapter is part of Zone 09. SPS Chapter Awards are selected by Zone Councilors and Associate Zone Councilors of the SPS National Council.

Fewer than 10% of all SPS chapters are recognized as outstanding.

Michigan Tech’s SPS chapter was also recognized in the SPS National Council’s publication “Effective Practice” which provides tips and hints for SPS groups to be effective.

Society of Physics Student Chapter Honored

“This is the 4th consecutive year that the chapter has been named an outstanding, chapter,” said Associate Professor and SPS Advisor Will Cantrell (Physics). “Michigan Tech’s SPS chapter being named as an Outstanding Chapter is a testament to the work and enthusiasm of its members—not just now, but for the past several years.”

Read more at Tech Today, by Erika Vichcales.