Three Auburn engineers selected for Master’s Thesis Awards

Published: Feb 10, 2017 1:00:00 PM
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From left: Manjinder Kaur, Dan Pierce and Lingling Yang
 From left: Manjinder Kaur, Dan Pierce and Lingling Yang. 

Three Auburn Engineering alumni have been recognized with Master’s Thesis Awards from the Graduate School.

Manjinder Kaur, Dan Pierce and Lingling Yang were recognized in the mathematics, physical sciences and engineering category. The awards honor recent master’s level graduates whose theses make an unusually significant contribution to their academic disciplines.

Kaur, ’16 biosystems engineering, was advised by assistant professor David Blersch, and her thesis is titled “Effect of substratum topography on algal turf colonization and productivity under different nutrient conditions.” Kaur will represent Auburn University as one of its two nominees in the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Master’s Thesis Awards competition. She is now a research associate at Earthrise Nutritionals in Calipatria, California.

Pierce, ’13 and ’16 mechanical engineering, worked under the direction of professor David Bevly, and his thesis is titled “Incorporation of a Foot-Mounted IMU for Multi-Sensor Pedestrian Navigation.” He is now a doctoral student in Auburn’s mechanical engineering program.

Yang, ’16 civil engineering, was advised by associate professor Huaguo Zhou, and her thesis is titled “A New Concept Design of Directional Rumble Strips for Deterring Wrong-way Freeway Entries.” She is now an engineering technician at Stantec in Denver, Colorado.

Five engineering students have received the award since its inception in 2012.