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MSE Students Gain Hands-On Experience Through GEMS Fellowships

July 11, 2022
Seven University of Central Florida graduate students are currently interning at Adobe and 3M, among other leading employers thanks to fellowships supported by the National Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering Fellowship (GEM) program. The GEM program began in 1976. The public-private partnership aims to connect students from underrepresented groups with the nation’s top employers…

MSE Student Receives Two Scholarships From UCF

June 14, 2022
Materials science and engineering doctoral student Udit Kumar has received two scholarships from the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science. Kumar has been selected for the Dr. Austin L. Grogan Scholarship as well as the David T. and Jane M. Donaldson Scholarship. The former is worth $500 and the latter is worth $4,000. Both…

Five MSE Students Receive SURF Fellowship

June 1, 2022
Five students affiliated with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering have been selected to receive Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships from UCF. Avani Shandilya, Erik Marcelo, Ishan Patel, Ryan Wood and Erin Watson will each spend the summer working a research project that they will later present at the UCF Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Showcase.…

Doctoral Student Wins Best Poster Award at Materials Research Society Meeting

May 17, 2022
Materials science and engineering doctoral student Suvash Ghimire won the Best Poster Award in the energy and sustainability category at the 2022 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting. Ghimire, who works under the guidance of Assistant Professor Kausik Mukhopadhyay, presented his research on a hybrid clay material that can be used for energy applications. This material…

MSE Department Celebrates Spring Graduates

May 16, 2022
The UCF Department of Materials Science and Engineering celebrated its spring graduates this past May, including its first group of graduates from the undergraduate program. Below is the full list of spring graduates and some pictures from the celebration: Undergraduates Nicolas Ayers Natalie Crutchfield Devin Lyons Andrea Molina Moreno Brandon Ortiz Ryann Valmonte Masters Lorena…

Razavi’s Student Receives Goldwater Scholarship

May 10, 2022
Biomedical sciences student Angela Shar is one of three UCF students who received the 2022 Goldwater Scholarship. One of Shar’s Goldwater mentors is Assistant Professor Mehdi Razavi who holds a joint appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The scholarship was founded in honor of former senator Barry Goldwater and is considers of…

First Materials Science and Engineering Team to Present at Senior Design Showcase

April 20, 2022
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering marks a milestone this semester with its first entry in the Senior Design Showcase. A team of four students, guided by Assistant Professor Tengfei Jiang, will make department history when they present their project, titled “Alloy Design for Solder Joints in Advanced Semiconductor Devices.” “Being the first in…

MSE Students Win Top Awards During Student Research Week

April 4, 2022
Students from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering won big at the Student Scholar Symposium, the main event of UCF’s Student Research Week. The event combines both the Graduate Research Forum and the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence into one week-long symposium that includes workshops and a poster competition. This year, several students from…

Biomaterials Student Receives Honors Undergraduate Thesis Scholarship

March 25, 2022
Undergraduate biomedical sciences student Architha Venkatesan has been selected for a spring 2022 Honors Undergraduate Thesis Scholarship. This scholarship, worth $1,000, is given to students who demonstrate excellent work in the Burnett Honors undergraduate thesis program. Venkatesan currently works in the Nano Biomaterials Manufacturing Lab under the guidance of professor and department chair Sudipta Seal.…

Graduate Student Profile

March 10, 2022
Yuen Yee Li Sip, a graduate of UCF’s Biotechnology bachelor’s and Nanotechnology master’s programs and currently completing her doctoral degree in the Materials Science and Engineering department, has traveled a long way from her hometown in the Caribbean. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Sint Maarten, Li Sip traveled more than 1,000 miles to attend UCF in 2012.…

MSE Senior Natalie Crutchfield receives 2021 George A. Roberts Scholarship from ASM

August 30, 2021
MSE starting-senior Ms. Natalie Crutchfield is one of the recipients of the 2021 George A. Roberts Scholarship award from ASM Material Education Foundation. The award carries a certificate of recognition and $6,000 cash award towards education expenses for one academic year. Natalie was nominated by Dr. Mukhopadhyay from the MSE dept. for the scholarship award.…

Congratulations to Ashley Santana, an undergraduate researcher that worked in Crawford Lab for receiving an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and full tuition scholarship to NYU’s Biotechnology MS Program for fall 2021

April 26, 2021
Ashley Santana Majors: Biotechnology and biomedical sciences Ashley is one of 16 undergraduates at UCF to receive the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2021. Webpage: University Involvement: McNair Scholar, member of the Student Undergraduate Research Council, transfer student peer mentor for the Office of Undergraduate Research, former vice president for the Eureka Research Society, and a…

Congratulations to MSE PhD student Lin Hu for Outstanding Dissertation Award

April 9, 2021
Dr. Lin Hu, 2021 Founders’ Day Honoree Dr. Lin Hu received the Outstanding Dissertation Award and was recognized as one of the 2021 Founders’ Day Honorees ( He completed his doctoral research with Prof. Xiaofeng Feng, with a focus on catalytic materials for electrochemical energy conversion. He revealed structure-activity relationships of metal catalysts for the…

Congratulations Ashley Santana, an undergraduate researcher, for receiving the 2020 Barry Goldwater Scholarship

March 5, 2021
Ashley Santana, an undergraduate researcher from the Crawford lab receives a highly competitive 2020 Goldwater Scholarship. The awards go to juniors or sophomores who show promise in becoming research leaders in fields such as science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.   Ashley Santana, biomedical sciences and biotechnology major, have received the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. The Goldwater Scholarship,…

Congratulations to MSE Prof Eric Jung’s graduate student Emmanue Okogbue

December 17, 2020
Emmanuel Okogbue got selected as a finalist for the Lemelson-MIT competition.   This’s an extremely competitive & prestigious platform, only selecting a very small number of top grad students nation-wide. If the process is the same as in previous years, there are about 3 finalists in each category out of > 100 applicants. A small number…

Jannatul Ferdous Mousumi received an award at the MRS Fall 2020 Meeting

December 15, 2020
Mrs. Mousumi is awarded as one of the best 5 speakers in the silicon for photovoltaics symposium at the MRS Fall 2020 Meeting. She is a graduate student working in Dr. Kristopher Davis’s research group. This year she has been awarded as one of the best five presenters in the silicon for photovoltaics symposium at…

Ms. Kasey Rigby won the CECS HUT scholarship award

October 20, 2020
Ms. Kasey Rigby received the Burnett Honors College HUT scholarship in the amount of $1,000 for Fall 2020. Kasey is a junior majoring in Biomedical Sciences and has been working with Dr. Kausik Mukhopadhyay for her Honors undergraduate thesis through research in the MSE department. Based on Kasey’s excellent work in the Honors Undergraduate Thesis (HUT) program,…

Two MSE students received two prestigious awards

October 15, 2020
Elizabeth Barrio (a NASA Research Fellow) just received the Luigi G. Napolitano Award.  “The Luigi G. Napolitano Award is presented annually by the Space Education and Outreach Committee (SEOC) of the International Astronautical Federation to a young scientist, below 30 years of age, who has contributed significantly to the advancement of the aerospace science and…

Florida Association for Nanotechnology

October 2, 2020
Our students are Honorably Mentioned the UCF student winner/category. Materials, Devices, and Enabling Technologies Awards Honorable Mention  Udit Kumar (Graduate student) University of Central Florida Postdoc Awards Honorable Mention Aadithya Jeyaranjan University of Central Florida Undergraduate Awards Runner Up Michael Hnatiuk University of Central Florida

Graduate Programs in Material Science and Engineering

June 21, 2020
Materials science and engineering centralize multiple disciplines: materials science, metallurgy, physics, biology, chemistry, nuclear engineering, and mechanical engineering. UCF researchers in the field have contributed to scientific advances as diverse as medicine and space exploration. UCF’s MSE graduates are sought-after by industry. Many become entrepreneurs by securing patents and starting promising companies. THE UCF DIFFERENCE…

Congratulations to Medical Student: David Gittes

April 7, 2020
UCF Student Wins National Public Health Award The U.S. Department of Human and Health Services recognized second-year medical student David Gittess (FIRE student from UCF COM, working with Dr. Seal) for his work with clinics that serve Apopka farmworkers and downtown Orlando’s homeless population. BY CHRISTIN SENIOR | APRIL 1, 2020 Before arriving at UCF in 2018,…

Congratulations Sharon Park ’19, Materials Science and Engineering (College of Engineering and Computer Science) for Order of Pegasus Award

February 25, 2020
UCF’s most prestigious student award is based on academic achievement, university involvement, leadership and community service. BY GENE KRUCKEMYER ’73 | FEBRUARY 19, 2020   Twenty-four students —– ranging in disciplines from engineering to biology to education and more —– have been named as 2020 recipients of the Order of Pegasus, UCF’s most prestigious student…

Deepak Pandey, Ph.D. Scholar, Received “Young Researcher Award” at ICNAN’2019

January 22, 2020
At 2nd International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology-2019 (ICNAN ’19), VIT Vellore, India, the attendees came from 25+ Countries and participated with more than 1000 student applicants and 400+ presenters. More than 525 research papers were submitted, and over 60 globally renowned speakers gave their talk. Out of 1000 student applicants and more than 400…

MSE Student received the UCF Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship

January 3, 2020
MSE Ph.D. student Aadithya Jeyaranjan has been awarded the UCF Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship. This fellowship provides a stipend of $10,000, tuition support, and health insurance for Spring 2020. This award is college nominated and is intended for students in their final semester of graduate education who have a realistic expectation of degree completion…

Omar Ahmed won the award at the UCF 3MT PhD research competition

November 22, 2019
The second 3MT Winner is… By: Carreen Krapf on November 15, 2019 01:00 pm Frogs on fire, copper versus silicon, motivating volunteer combat fighters and lithium car batteries were just a few of the topics at the Second UCF Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition in the Live Oak Room. An event co-sponsored by the College…

UCF at Nano Florida conference

November 20, 2019
In the last week’s Nano Florida conference, UCF student Emmanuel Okogbue received the 1st prize for his presentation in the Nanomaterials & devices session.  He was also selected to be the sole 1st prize winner with the highest score (i.e., 100) across entire sessions – out of a total of 133 contestants. His advisor is…

MS&T 2019 meeting

October 4, 2019
UCF students Sharron and Tin, at MS&T 2019 meeting, Largest Materials Science Eng meeting with Dept Chair. The Materials Science & Technology (MS&T) technical meeting and exhibition is the long-standing, recognized forum for fostering technical innovation at the intersection of materials science, engineering, and application. Each year, MS&T brings together scientists, engineers, students, suppliers, and…

Graduate Student Takes First Place at Statewide Competition

April 22, 2019
Successful UCF graduate students from this year’s Graduate Research Forum and 3-Minute Thesis Competitions presented their research and competed for top honors in the state this week at the Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium. The symposium, hosted by the Florida International University on behalf of the Florida Council of Graduate Deans, aims to promote the…

Le Receives Honorable Mention for Goldwater Scholarship

April 20, 2019
Minh-Chau N. Le, a mechanical engineering major and materials science and engineering minor, was named an honorable mention for the Goldwater Scholarship. The Goldwater Scholarship is a prestigious scholarship that seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming the United States’ next generation of research leaders in the…

Graduate Students Win at Research Forum

April 11, 2019
Two of Assistant Professor Elizabeth Brisbois’ graduate students won awards for their posters at the Graduate Research Forum: Manjyot Kaur Chug — “Integration of Antifouling and Nitric Oxide Releasing-Polymer for Enhanced Biocompatibility of Insulin Cannula.” Manjyot has been selected to represent UCF at the statewide Graduate  Research Forum next week. Corbin Feit — “Development of…

Rossmann Named One of AIAA’s 20 Twenties for 2019

December 13, 2018
Aviation Week Network, in collaboration with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, has announced that materials science and engineering student Linda Rossmann has been named one of the 20 Twenties to watch in 2019. Rossmann and 19 other students in the nation were identified as the top aerospace-bound students from an international field of…

Doctoral Candidate Receives Dissertation Fellowship

December 6, 2018
Doctoral candidate Abhishek Mehta is awarded the dean’s dissertation completion fellowship, which is worth $10,000 plus the cost of tuition. Mehta is a research assistant in Professor Yongho Sohn’s Laboratory of Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing. His dissertation work focuses on exploring the fundamental core effects in novel metallic alloys named high entropy alloys. Has…

Doctoral Student Selected for International Board of Trustees

September 13, 2018
Doctoral student Aadithya Jeyaranjan was selected to sit on the prestigious ASM International Board of Trustees as a student member. The selection was based on his excellent credentials, leadership experience, knowledge of the field and society. This unique opportunity will enable him to speak on behalf of students and gain first-hand experience with the issues and…

Student Wins Travel Grant to Present at Meeting

September 13, 2018
Materials science and engineering student Nileshi Saraf received a travel grant to present at the Americas International Meeting on Electrochemistry and Solid State Science. The meeting is a joint international meeting of the Electrochemical Society, to be held in Cancun, Mexico. Saraf won a grant worth $500 to present her work on organic electrochemical transistor…

Students Win Poster Competition

August 23, 2018
Materials science and engineering students took home first and second place awards at the smart sensors workshop organized by the Florida chapter of the International Microelectrics Assembly and Packaging Society. Nileshi Saraf and Craig Neal, both of whom are advised by Professor Sudipta Seal, won the student poster competition this past August.

Graduate Student Receives Young Investigator Award

May 13, 2018
Materials science and engineering graduate student Craig Neal received the Young Investigator Award from the International Workshop on Radiation Damage to DNA. Craig was asked to deliver an oral presentation of his work at the 15th IWRDD conference in Aussois, France in the French Alps.  

Florczyk Lab Members Win Awards at Biomaterials Meeting

April 20, 2018
Several members of the Florczyk Lab attended the Society for Biomaterials’ 2018 annual meeting in Atlanta. The lab members presented five oral presentations or posters during the meeting. Florczyk moderated the Proteins and Cells at Interfaces Special Interest Group Session. Several lab members also received awards at the meeting, including: Isabel Arias — STAR Award…

Undergraduate Receives Order of Pegasus

April 20, 2018
Mechanical engineering student Minh-Chau Le was selected to the UCF Order of Pegasus Class of 2018. Order of Pegasus is UCF’s highest student honor. Le, who minors in materials science and engineering, has maintained a 4.0 GPA, and has received several awards and honors recognizing her academic and research accomplishments. Le is an undergraduate research…

Students win at Graduate Research Forum

April 4, 2018
Three materials science and engineering students won first and second place at the 2018 Graduate Research Forum: Aadithya Jeyaranjan, mentored by Professor Sudipta Seal, won first place in the Engineering, Computer Science, Simulation, Modeling, Optics, Math and Physical Sciences category. Nileshi Saraf, also mentored by Seal, won second place in the Physical Sciences and Health…

MSE Student Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

March 23, 2018
Materials science and engineering student Linda Rossmann has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research in Germany. The award comes after a semester abroad conducting exceptional research under her advisor, aerospace engineering Associate Professor Seetha Raghavan’s current NSF IRES project. Rossmann earned her bachelor’s degree from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.