14 graduate students receive awards from Mechanical Engineering Department

The Mechanical Engineering Department’s Graduate Program Committee awarded $13,000 to 14 outstanding students in a ceremony on March 3. Twelve students received $1,000 and two received $500 in the first Mechanical Engineering Department’s Chancellor Awards, given for outstanding research productivity.

“Graduate students are the backbone of our department and it’s important that we cheer them on and formally acknowledge their excellent efforts,” said Krishna Pillai, professor, mechanical engineering and committee chair. “We have the best students—from countries included Jordan, Iran, India, China, Bangladesh, Egypt, Argentina and the United States—and they help us by working as teaching assistants, research assistants, writing papers, presenting at conferences and more.”

The ceremony was held to recognize the department’s outstanding graduate students (both PhD and MS). Their effort was measured using research productivity indices including the number of publications in top journals, book chapters, conference papers, conference presentations and posters, invention disclosures and patents, and times the student helped write research grant proposals.

Faculty members Krishna Pillai (left) and Ryo Amano (right) present an award to Md Rasedul Islam.

“The intention was to celebrate the research achievements of the mechanical engineering graduate students and inspire them to achieve greater heights in research productivity,” Pillai said.

Congratulations to the following award recipients:

Ahmad Ibrahim Abbas
Tianyao Ding
Osama Elsayed
Mohammad Istiaque Haider
Alaa Sayed Mahmoud Hasan
Md Rasedul Islam
Farah Nazifa Nourin
Mohammad Qandil
Mehran Rahmani
Mohammad Rizwen Ur Rahman
Abdel Rahman Sameeh Hasan Salem
Javier Dario Sanjuan De Caro
Asif Al Zubayer Swapnil
Mohammad Assad Uz Zaman.