Graduate Engineering Research Showcase 2013


Our annual Graduate Engineering Research Showcase was held on October 24th from 2 – 4 pm in the Shelby Courtyard. Students from all engineering departments participated. The first place winner received $1000, with more than $5000 distributed among other recipients.



1st Place: 

  • Hamed Ghaednia, Mechanical Engineering, “The Effect of Nanoparticle Additives in the Elasto-hydrodynamic Lubrication Regime”

2nd Place: 

  • Shaima Nahreen, Chemical Engineering, “Catalytic conversion of biomass derived butyric acid to liquid transportation fuel”

3rd Place: 

  • Timothy Fahringer, Aerospace Engineering, “Three-Dimensional Particle Image Velocimetry Using a Plenoptic Camera”

Honorable Mention:

  • Drew Curriston, Aerospace Engineering, “Power Turbine Blade Aerodynamic Optimization Using Non-Restrictive Evolution Strategies”

  • Ravishankar Mahadevan, Biosystems Engineering, “Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass Using a Fluidized Bed Reactor”

  • Jessica Larsen, Chemical Engineering, “Engineering of Polymeric Vesicles for the Treatment of Lysosomal Storage Disease”

  • Hamid Ghaednia, Mechanical Engineering, “Predicting the permanent deformation after the impact of a rod with a flat surface”

  • Muhannad Mustafa, Mechanical Engineering, “The Effects of Aging On The Cyclic Stress-Strain And Fatigue Behaviors of Lead Free Solders”

Departmental Awards:

  • Bryan Brock, Aerospace Engineering, “An examination of MHz rate, time-resolved, high dynamic range PIV on a heated supersonic jet”

  • Subhasis Mitra, Biosystems Engineering, “Effect of ENSO-induced Climate Variability on Groundwater Levels in the Lower Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin”

  • Petra Kerscher, Chemical Engineering, “Understanding mechanisms causing congenital heart defects using a 3D engineered human heart tissue model”

  • Farhad Jazaei, Civil Engineering, “How long does it take for aquifier recharge or aquifier discharge processes to reach steady state?”

  • Kanika Grover, Computer Science & Software Engineering, “Mobility Based Probabilistic Verification for Broadcast Authentication in Vehicular Networks”

  • Gopalakrishnan Iyer, Electrical & Computer Engineering, “Reliability, Scalability and Security in Smart Utility Networks”

  • Masood Jabarnejad, Industrial & Systems Engineering, “A Novel Approach to Reducing the Price of Electricity”

  • Patrick Bass, Materials Engineering, “The Influence of Nanocrystalline Cellulose on the Time-Dependent Response of Electroactive Polyethylene Oxide Actuators”

  • Vinod Kushvaha, Mechanical Engineering, “Effect of Filler Particle Shape on Dynamic Fracture Behavior of Glass-filled epoxy”

  • Bernal Sibaja, Polymer & Fiber Engineering, “Preparation of Alginate/Chitosan Fibers for Biomedical Applications”

Last year, the efforts of CEGS led to the inaugural Graduate Engineering Research Showcase (GERS) where 150 students presented their research leading to over 20 cash awards.  The purpose of the GERS event is to highlight and reward the outstanding work of our graduate students, to promote engineering scholarship, professionalism and interdisciplinary research, and to introduce new graduate students into the culture of our graduate programs.For those in attendance, the event was a great experience.  This year, we are looking to expand the event by inviting representatives from industry to attend.  This will provide greater exposure of our students and their work to industry.

Last Updated: Dec 05, 2017