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ME Students Win 2013 Edward F. Hayes Research Forum Awards


Mechanical engineering graduate students Michael Hudoba and Julie Thompson won first and third-place prizes respectively in the engineering portion of this year's Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum Oral Division.

Advised by Assistant Professor Carlos Castro, Michael Hudoba's research focuses on nano engineering and biodesign. His award-winning presentation was titled, "Development of a nano-scale DNA."  He receives a $600 award for his first-place effort.

Julie Thompson, a doctoral student who is advised by Assistant Professor Robert Siston, received the third-place award in the Hayes competition for her oral presentation titled, "Gluteus maximus and soleus compensate for simulated quadriceps atrophy and activation failure during walking." Thompson's doctoral research aims to apply mechanical engineering principles to the study of muscle function and compensation mechanisms in movement disorders using muscle-driven computer simulations. Her award was $300.

Hayes award winners are chosen by a committee of distinguished faculty members from The Ohio State University. They are honored for a superior level of graduate student scholarship, and their award-winning papers are included in the Hayes Forum Proceedings. 

The Forum is co-sponsored by The Office of Research, the Graduate School, and the Council of Graduate Students. Participants can take part in the conference as oral presenters or as poster presenters. Awards, totaling more than $15,000, are given out during the competition. The Mechanical Engineering Department congratulates Michael Hudoba and Julie Thompson for their academic excellence, and for their outstanding performance at the March 1 forum, which was conducted at the Ohio Union.

Category: Graduate