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Student News - May 2015

Congratulations Graduates

The MatSE Department wishes you all the best as you enter this new phase of your life. Once you get settled into your new home, please email Cindy Brya your new home and work address and phone numbers. Alumni of the department (that's what you are now) receive an alumni newsletter twice a year. If you have not already filled out the senior survey, please do so. Graduates and their families are invited to the MatSE Graduation Lunch on Sunday, May 17, from 11:30am-1:00pm in Illini Rooms A & B of the Illini Union. Graduates will receive three free tickets, including their ticket. Additional tickets may be purchased for $10 each. Register online by May 7.

2015-16 Award recipients

Thanks to everyone who attended the MatSE Awards Banquet on April 17. The Department would like to recognize the following MatSE students who have received awards and scholarships for the upcoming academic year.

scholarship recipients

A.I. Andrews Scholarships: Sho Harisawa, Steven Simpkins
Paul A. Beck Scholarship: Philip Kagebein
Harry J. Beckemeyer Jr. Scholarship: Arjun Balwally
Clifton G. Bergeron Scholarships: Colton Adamick, Allyson Brusich
Louis R. Berner Scholarship: Sean Murray
Gerson B. Bilow Scholarships: Connor Bailey, Derek Kwok
Robert Bohl Scholarships: Adam Brown, Brian McDonald, Jack O’Neil, Dawei Shi, Minkang Yang, Jinpeng Zhuo
Otto Sr. and Mildred Capek Scholarship: Ryan Thier
Earl J. Eckel Scholarships: Soham Ali, Pritam Bhattarai, Jacob Camp, Melissa Goetter, Xuelin Guo, Zachary Hoffman, Michael Hu, Kaixiang Huang, Naveed Jamali, Anahita Kagti, Hyokang Lee, David Limberg, Jonathan Lin, Pufan Liu, Yuting Liu, Deepak Mani, Paul Ng, Rui Ning, Anisa Nuanes, Nicholas Palcheck, Aditya Patel, Arvind Ramaiah, Daniel Rosenthal, Hao Sheng, Zhan Shi, John Shimanek, Samuel Srajer, Zhen Sun, Alexander Trick, Jiechen Wang, Chuxuan Wang, Siyi Xu, Ming Xu, Mantian Xue, Yiyuan Yang, Elliot Young, Qiujie Zhao
M. Laird and Charisann Froberg Scholarship: Julia Zuo
Phillip H. Geil Scholarship: Nicholas Dunlap
Henry E. Grein Jr. Scholarship: Daniel Grober
Donald W. Hamer Scholarships: Justin Betancourt, Olivia Rogers
Doris Maroney Krumwiede Scholarships: Grace Pakeltis, Lauren Smith
Joseph and Wyvona Lane Scholarship: Jason Fleischman
Robert E. and Karen Martin Luetje Scholarship: David Christianson
Kevin Moore Memorial Scholarship: Gabriel Velarde
G. Ronald and Margaret H. Morris Scholarship: Samuel Schmidt
G. Ronald and Margaret H. Morris Opportunity Scholarship: Joseph Cohen
James A. Nelson Scholarship: Brendan Eng
Cullen W. Parmelee Scholarships: Jacob Dutler, Zachary Haber, Devon Papanicolas, Pierce Randle, Alex Shen
Cullen W. Parmelee International Research Scholarships: Kacper Lachowski, Emily Lindgren, Cameron Rosenthal
Frederick A. Petersen Scholarship: Justin Baker
Norman L. Peterson Scholarships: Andrew Curtis, Deepa Kote, John Smith
Larry D. and Carol Rakers Scholarships: Janna Eaves, Kenneth Jabon, Alex Kim, Elizabeth Lee, Edward Lee
Ian and Victoria Robertson Scholarship: Jacky Lu
C. M. Wayman Scholarship: Samantha Tatar
Wert Scholarships: Matthew Cheng, Tara Cullerton, Fang Ewe, Guanhua Fang, Shamalee Goonetilleke, Chenchen Gu, Diane Kuai, Athena Lin, Corinne Lopes, Katharine Mehan, Grace Nelson, Hannah Taylor, Yuxiao Wu, Boyi Xu, Tianshu Zhai, Siyi Zhang
Alfred W. Allen Awards: Pritam Bhattarai, Jacob Dutler, Brendan Eng, Zachary Haber, Jingyuan Huang, Qing Lin, Yiyue Luo, Devon Papanicolas, Pierce Randle, Tian Sang, Alex Shen, Bonan Shen, John Shimanek, Lauren Smith, Charles Stovall, Yifan Yao, Elliot Young
Arthur L. Friedberg Awards: Meher Bharucha, Michael Sarantos
Laird Froberg Award: Elizabeth Fedonina
Materials Science and Engineering Alumni Board Award: Kelsey Wu
Sheryl Blair Tipton Award: Janna Eaves

Biomedical Engineering Networking Forum

biomedical networking

MatSE, BioE, and Engineering Career Services cohosted the first annual Biomedical Engineering Networking Forum on April 6. Representatives from AbbVie, Boston Scientific, Cook Medical, and Jump Trading participated in a panel discussion before meeting with students.


Professor John Rogers and Emeritus Professor Steve Granick were elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Nicole Johnson, PhD student in the Rockett group, and Kaitlin Tyler, PhD student in the Braun group, were selected as Mavis Future Faculty Fellows for 2015-16 by the College of Engineering.

Material Advantage News

On Tuesday May 5, there will be a research park tour with MA and BMES (Biomedical Engineering Society) from 3-5pm. Sign-ups are here: http://goo.gl/forms/ZJueRYfyAz.

MA will have a general meeting on May 7 at 7pm in MSEB 119 where UIUC alum Dr. John Busbee, CEO of Xerion Advanced Battery, will give a talk. 

2015-16 Material Advantage Officers

President: Alex Trick
Internal Vice President: Ally Togliatti
External Vice President: Sean Murray (Professional Chair)
Treasurer: Andres Velarde
Secretary: Ian Harris
Service Chair: Devon Papanicolas
Social Chair: Chris Miller
Webmaster: Devon Papanicolas
Junior Rep: Adam Brown
Sophomore Rep: Nitin Thiruvengadam

Concentration Reps--
Polymers Rep: Kim Campbell
Ceramics Rep: Kai Wells
Biomaterials Rep: Anisa Nuanes
Electronic Materials Rep: Nick Palcheck
MA is still looking for a Metals Concentration Representative for the exec board.

Campus-Wide Outcomes Survey

All May 2015 graduates have received an email with a unique login to complete the campus-wide outcomes survey. Save time at cap and gown pickup by completing the survey now. Get your unique login at http://goo.gl/eLXowa. Retrieve your survey by email, complete and submit. Show the confirmation completion screen to ECS staff to get an appreciation prize!

Kriven-Keane Dinner

Kriven-Keane dinner

Prof. Trudy Kriven and Dr. Richard Keane hosted their annual dinner on April 18. The dinner was one of the items up for auction at the MatSE Student-Faculty Auction.

Keramos News

2015-16 Keramos Officers

President: Kim Campbell
Vice President: Kai Wells
Treasurer: Dustin Reisberg
Secretary: Jai Karnik
Professional Chair: Melissa Goetter
Social Chair: Sarah Fraser
Service Chair: Connor Bailey
Heralds: Michael Hu, Jared Cooney

Scholarship Opportunities

The Richard J. Seif Technical Sales & Marketing Scholarship is awarded to a college junior or senior, with a minimum 2.5 overall GPA. Applicant must be a citizen of the US or Canada. The recipient must be pursuing a bachelors degree in engineering, or business with a sales or marketing emphasis. The annual award is $3,000. Application deadline: July 1. More information on the Seif Scholarship

The Lewis C. Hoffman Scholarship is a $2,000 tuition award that is given to encourage academic interest and excellence in the area of ceramics/materials science and engineering. The 2015 essay topic is Electroceramics for telecommunications. Download the nomination form here. Eligibility: The award will be given to a junior or senior student who has acquired a total of at least 70 semester credits or equivalent quarter credits at the time of the application and is still a full-time undergraduate student by the time of the award (October 2015).

The Edward C. Henry Best Paper Award is a $500 award for the best paper in 2014 in the Journal of the American Ceramic Society or ACerS Bulletin on a subject related to electronic ceramics. 

Both the Hoffman Scholarship and Henry Award have a deadline of May 15. Complete your nominations and submit them electronically to: Rick Ubic at RickUbic@BoiseState.edu

MatSE Jobs

Cindy Brya emails the undergrad and grad student listserves with job opportunities or internships for MatSE students. If you miss an email or accidentally delete a job posting in which you're interested, go to http://go.illinois.edu/matse_jobs. On the site, you will find current and previous job postings which Cindy has forwarded to students.