Three graduate students in the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering have received prestigious graduate fellowships.
Amelia Church Hart, whose advisor is Pulickel Ajayan, professor of chemistry and chemical and biomolecular engineering , is one of 30 winners of the 2013-2014 NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Graduate Fellowship. It provides as much as $45,000 annually for as many as three years, and includes tuition offset, student stipend, and a research experience at a NASA center. It addresses NASA's mission-specific workforce needs and supports the development of the future STEM workforce through the increased number of master's and doctorate degrees awarded to women, ethnic minorities and disabled people in STEM disciplines. Amelia’s research focuses on creating composites using carbon nanotubes and silicon carbide. The resulting material that is made of silicon carbide nanotubes protruding from a silicon carbide continuous fiber is good for high temperatures and oxidizing environments such as heat engines in space craft.
Yuanyue Liu, whose advisor is Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, won a 2013-2014 Franz R. Brotzen Fellowship. Named for the late Rice University professor, and established by David Lee Davidson and his wife, Patricia, to honor Franz Brotzen and to support an endowed fellowship for graduate students researching in the areas of mechanical engineering and materials science (this sentence needs a verb). Yuanye’s research focuses on the development and application of cutting-edge theory and simulation tools to understand, predict and design novel materials for next-generation electronics and energy conversion/storage.
Sina Najmaei, whose advisor is Jun Lou, associate professor of materials science and nanoengineering also won the 2013-2014 Franz R. Brotzen Fellowship. His research focuses on large scale fabrication, characterization and device applications of two-dimensional molybdenum disulfide (MoS2).
— Holly Beretto, Engineering Communications