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2015

Undergraduate Research and Design

Leanne Friedrich, for her project “Microstructural and Compositional Control in Chiton Ocelli Lenses” Faculty Advisor: Derk Joester
Leanne was also awarded the 2015 Gotaas Award for her project.

Undergraduate Leadership, Scholarship and Service

Ryan DeBlock served as President and an executive board member of the Material Advantage Chapter, as well as participating as an active member of the MatSci club and SPLASH!NU outreach activities. He also served as a Career Ambassador for Northwestern Career Advancement.  As a co-op student, he completed internships at Baxter Healthcare, General Electric and NASA.  At NASA he worked on a project related to his senior thesis with Prof. Katherine Faber on molten calcium-­‐magnesium-­‐aluminosilicate (CMAS) engine deposits, and their influence on protective ceramic coatings for power generation applications.
Ryan was also awarded the 2015 Walter P. Murphy Co-Op Student of the Year Award.

2014

Undergraduate Research and Design

Katie Jaycox, for her project "Direct Ink Write (DIW) 3D-Printing of Ceramic Inks for Biomedical and Extraterrestrial Applications." Faculty adviser: Ramille Shah

Undergraduate Leadership, Scholarship and Service

Rachel Beal, a major in Materials Science in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, who has excelled in the classroom and the research lab where she worked with the Mason group on the La-Ni-GaO phase diagram for solid oxide fuel cells. Rachel served as an undergraduate teaching assistant for MatSci 101, "Modern Materials and Society," as an officer of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, on the executive board of the MatSci Club, and on the editing committee of The Northwestern Flipside. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and awarded a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship for graduate study at Stanford.

2013

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AND DESIGN

Cameron Kadleck, for his project "Novel Use of Oxidized CVD Graphene toward Robust, High-Efficiency Organic Solar Cells." Faculty adviser: Mark Hersam

Zhibo Zhao, for his project "Pencil-on-Paper Chemical and Strain Sensors." Faculty adviser: Jiaxing Huang

UNDERGRADUATE LEADERSHIP, SCHOLARSHIP AND SERVICE

Eric Schwenker, a double-major in Music and Materials Science and Engeering, for his leadership as President of the Material Advantage Chapter; his scholarship as an MSE student, a member of the winning ASM Undergraduate Design Competition Team and of the  Sinan Ketan research group where he worked on modelling the mechanical behavior of graphene oxide papers; his service as a teaching assistant for a CAD course and his participation in many community outreach including visits to the Cook County Detention facility and as a member of a well-drilling team in northern Nicaragua.  

2012

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AND DESIGN

Aaron Holsteen, for his project “Intrinsic and Extrinsic Mechanical Dissipation within Vanadium Oxide Nanomechanical Resonators around the MIT Transition via Fiber Polarization-Dependent Interferometry.” Faculty advisor: Lincoln Lauhon. Aaron worked on three distinct projects with the Lauhon group and was involved in every aspect of experimentation, from experimental design to construction of equipment, to programming and data analysis and interpretation. He is co-author of papers in ACS Nano and Nano Letters. He will begin the doctoral program in MSE at Stanford in fall 2012.

UNDERGRADUATE LEADERSHIP, SCHOLARSHIP AND SERVICE

Rongrong Cheacharoen, for her dedication to the MatSci club, as M.E.S.S. coordinator, social chair and club president during 2011-2012 and for her involvement in other campus leadership roles, including Treasurer and Executive Board member of Tau Beta Pi, a member of the Thai Club executive board, and Slivka residential college. Rongrong is a double-major in MSE and physics and is competing a senior project focused on establishing the relationship between oxygen vacancy concentration and domain structure in VO2 nanobeams with the Lauhon group. She will begin the doctoral program in MSE at Stanford in fall 2012.

Scott Grindy, for his exceptional service and leadership as a member of Engineers for a Sustainable World, particularly his service as project manager of the Nicaraguan Wind Turbine project. Scott participated in Co-op at GE Aviation and a summer study abroad of nanoelectronics in Munich. He is completing a senior project with the Wolverton group on identifying systematic errors in the DFT formation energies of a large number of chemical compounds. His work has not only shown how to identify the errors, but has proposed a simple correction that greatly improves the quantitative accuracy of these DFT predictions. He will pursue a PhD in MSE at MIT beginning in fall 2012. 

2011

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AND DESIGN

Alvin Tan, for his project "All-Carbon Composites for Energy Applications" with the Huang group.

UNDERGRADUATE LEADERSHIP, SCHOLARSHIP AND SERVICE

Ryan Brock completed BS/MS degrees in MSE, and conducted his senior project and MS-thesis research with the Hersam group. Ryan served as President of Tau Beta Pi and Slivka Residential College, and was active as coordinator and participant in the M.E.S.S. outreach project sponsored by the MatSci club.