Four MAE graduate students are selected for the prestigious Presidential Fellowship Award

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The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) department at Ohio State is recognizing four outstanding Ph.D. candidates in Mechanical Engineering who have been selected for the prestigious Presidential Fellowship Award. These scholars are Audrey Blizard, Victor Paredes Cauna, Md Abir Hossain and Xinwei Jiao.

The Presidential Fellowship, awarded by Ohio State’s Graduate School, recognizes the outstanding scholarly accomplishments of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project. Approximately, 30-40 Presidential Fellowships are awarded in the annual competition.

Fellows are eligible for up to a $500 travel allowance to present research at a national meeting. The fellowship runs for up to three consecutive semesters, students are required to hold a minimum GPA of 3.50.

Audrey Blizard

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Audrey Blizard

Blizard, a fifth-year Ph.D. student, secured the Presidential Fellowship, highlighting her commitment to excellence in Mechanical Engineering. Earning this fellowship will allow her to focus on her research on the design of energy-reducing control strategies for district heating networks (DHNs). Blizard’s goal is to increase the efficiency these systems and reduce the amount of wasted heat. It also provides opportunities for professional development and future career training. Blizard expressed immense pride in her work and gratitude to her letter writes, Dr. Colin Jones and her advisor Dr. Stephanie Stockar.

“Earning this fellowship is a huge honor,” Blizard said. “I am very proud of the work I have completed so far and very excited to tackle the new challenges that come with completing my degree.”

Victor Paredes Cauna

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Victor Paredes Cauna

Paredes Cauna, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering, received the fellowship for his research on walking control for humanoid robots. He was able to fulfill the requirements by showcasing his academic contributions in his research field and highlighted the external collaborations that facilitated the testing and expansion of his research.  Paredes Cauna emphasized the crucial role played by his advisor Dr. Ayonga Hereid and fellow lab mates that helped guide him through the competition. Earning the fellowship, he expressed what a profound honor and motivation it is, seeing it as a clear affirmation of his attainable achievements.

“This fellowship will enable me to intensify my concentration on research and will serve as an encouragement to actively participate in MAE research forums and presentations,” Paredes Cauna said. “I am eager to engage more actively and inspire fellow students to persist in their respective research domains.”

Md Abir Hossain

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Md Abir Hossain

Hossain, a fifth-year Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering, was selected for the fellowship for his impactful research on the rapid development of modeling, screening and qualification technique of novel materials for high temperature applications. With this research he hoped to aid the goal of reducing the carbon footprint. Receiving this award is a step in the right direction for Hossain and serves as motivation to continue to work diligently. This opportunity will allow Hossain to grow in his academic achievements and continue his professional journey as well. Hossain extends his gratitude to his advisor, Dr. Calvin Stewart, who played a pivotal role in introducing him to new possibilities, perspectives and guiding him along the way.

“Winning the Presidential fellowship will allow me to attend professional development opportunities, present my research at a conference, collaborate with other research groups within MAE,” said Hossain. “As well as establish future partnership with industry and national labs to contribute heavily to the realm of mechanical engineering.”

 

Xinwei Jiao

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Xinwei Jiao

Jiao, a fifth-year Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering, earned the Presidential Fellowship for her contributions to advancing lithium-ion battery technology. The fellowship, a significant honor, deepened her awareness on the meaningfulness of her research. Jiao hopes to publish two-three academic journals on her research to further drive the development of electric vehicles. She expresses her thanks to her Ph.D. advisor, Dr. Jung-Hyun Kim, with his encouragement and confidence, allowed her to delve deeper into her lithium battery research. She extends her gratitude to her laboratory colleagues and her husband Dr. Hong-You Chen.

“This award not only recognizes my dedication to academic excellence but also empowers me to contribute meaningfully to the advancements in MAE,” Jiao said. “The funds will enable me to continue my research, acquire necessary materials and collaborate with experts in the field.”