April showers students with recognition

April was a busy and fruitful month for the college’s graduate and undergraduate students. One printed a working 3D cello. A team competed at Baja SAE. Several brought home prestigious awards for their research. Here’s a round-up of some of our students’ accomplishments.


Graduate student Amin Zarandi competed in the final round of UWM’s second annual Three Minute Thesis Competition, presenting “Let’s Go to Mars Safely.” The competition supports graduate students’ capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.


Our graduate students swept the IEEE Larry Hause Poster Competition at MSOE.

1st Place: Anahita Qashqai (advisor Brooke Slavens), Methods for Quantifying Gait Dynamics in Children with Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

2nd Place: Shima Mehrvar (advisor Mahsa Ranji), Optical Imaging of Radiation Poisoning: A Hunt for an Antidote

3rd Place: Rounak Siddaiah (advisor Robert Cuzner), Metaheuristic Model-Based Scaling Laws Derived from Equipment Pareto Optimizations.


Two graduate students won prestigious awards at the 56th Annual Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium held at MSOE (advisor Naira Campbell-Kyureghyan).

Blake Johnson, PhD candidate, won the Presidential Award for best research for his work entitled “A Comparison of Strain Rate Dependency between Human Prostate and Other Solid Organs in Unconfined Compression.”

En Yi (Annie) Wu, MS student, won Best Poster Award for her work entitled “The Effect of Duration of Kinesiology Tape Application on Endurance of Vastus Lateralis During an Isotonic Fatiguing Knee Flexion/ Extension Exercise.”




Undergraduate student Maddie Frank tied for first place in the advanced finishing category at the 2019 AMUG Technical Competition with her entry of a beautiful 3D printed electric cello, modeled after her own classically made instrument.



UWW MKE Baja competed at the Baja SAE Tennessee Tech competition in Cookeville, TN, against 96 teams from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and India. The Baja vehicle, designated Chassis 45, performed strong and, once the dust settled, the team placed 16th in the endurance race, 30th in suspension and traction, 37th in maneuverability and 24th overall, says undergraduate Adam Fleming, the team’s technical director (advisor Dan Beller).