Student success

In October, Auburn faculty, staff and alumni filled the Shelby Center courtyards, engaged by the outstanding work conducted by students from all engineering disciplines. More than 150 graduate students presented their innovative research – from software forensics to biomass fuel production to curing agents for epoxy resin – during the Graduate Engineering Research Showcase. Hosted for the fourth year by the Council of Engineering Graduate Students, posters were evaluated by 70 judges who awarded more than $7,500 in cash prizes. First place was presented to Jonathan Cook in polymer and fiber engineering for his research, “Amine Functionalized Polyanilines as Conductive Curing Agents for Epoxy Resin.” Second and third place prizes were awarded to Nianjun Fu in mechanical engineering for his research, “Aging Induced Evolution of the Cyclic Stress-Strain Behavior of Lead Free Solders,” and Alan Hanley in chemical engineering for his research, “Developing ‘Smart’ Nanostructures Using Janus Nanoparticles Synthesized Via a New Method with Potential for Scalability.”

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