Student News - E-Newsletter | March 2015

Sarang Bhaway

Sarang Bhaway

Received an Eastman Travel Award to attend and present his research at the Materials Research Society Fall Meeting held December 2014 in Boston, MA. Bhaway also served as captain of The University of Akron table tennis team which went all the way to the Mid-American Table Tennis Championship. He is a doctoral student with Dr. Alamgir Karim and Dr. Bryan Vogt.


Guodong Deng and Xiang Gao

Guodong Deng and Xiang Gao

(L-R) Kai Guo (Polymer Science), Xiang Gao, and Guodong Deng

Each received an Excellence in Engineering Plastics Award from Celanese in October 2014 during The Akron Polymer Conference held at UA. Both doctoral students, Deng is studying with Dr. Kevin Cavicchi and Gao with Dr. Avraam Isayev.

Xiang Gao also received an Eastman Travel Award to present his research at the Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Meeting (SPE ANTEC) held in March 2015 in Orlando, FL.


Amanda Garley

Amanda Garley

Received an Eastman Travel Award to present her research during the Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting held in April 2015 in San Francisco, CA. She is a doctoral student studying with Dr. Hendrik Heinz.


Monoj Ghosh

Monoj Ghosh

Received an Eastman Travel Award to present his research during the Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting held in April 2015 in San Francisco, CA. He is a doctoral student studying with Dr. Sadhan Jana.


Jacob Gissinger

Jacob Gissinger

DPE Founders’ Award
Awarded to an incoming U.S. doctoral student, Gissinger is a doctoral student with Dr. Hendrik Heinz.


Danielle Grolman

Danielle Grolman

Awarded the Ohio Rubber Group (ORG) Graduate Student Award during The Akron Polymer Conference held at UA in October 2014. She is a doctoral student with Dr. Alamgir Karim.


Zhouying He

Zhouying He

Received an Eastman Travel Award to attend and present her research at the American Chemical Society Fall Meeting held August 2014, in San Francisco, CA. She is a doctoral student studying with Dr. Mark Soucek.


Tariq Jamil

Tariq Jamil

Received an Award of Distinction during the poster session at POLYCHAR 23, the 23rd World Forum of Advanced Materials, held May 11-15, 2015, at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He presented on “Mechanism of Molecular Interaction of Superplasticizer Oligomers with Hydrated Cement Phases.” In addition, POLYCHAR awarded Jamil with a $600 NSF travel fellowship to attend the conference. Jamil is a doctoral student with Dr. Hendrik Heinz.


Subadhra Janardhanan

Subadhra Janardhanan

"Subadhra Janardhanan receives her scholarship award from (L) Dave Lurie, Executive Director of the Powder Coating Institute, and (R) Kevin Biller, President of The Powder Coating Research Group."

Awarded a 2014 PCI Scholarship from the Powder Coatings Institute for her work on "The Synthesis of Novel Powder Coating Resins for Heat Sensitive Substrates." She was honored during PCI’s Powder Coating Show held Sept. 16-18, 2014, in Indianapolis, IN. Janardhanan is a doctoral student with Dr. Mark Soucek.


Tian Liang

Tian Liang

Awarded a Victor Montenyohl Scholarship for Fall 2014. The scholarship is awarded to a doctoral student studying in the field of rubber chemistry. Liang was nominated for the award by his advisor, Dr. Avraam Isayev.


Melanie Longnecker

Melanie Longanecker

DPE Founders’ Award
Awarded to an incoming U.S. doctoral student, Longanecker is a doctoral student with Dr. Alamgir Karim.


Sepideh Niknezhad

Sepideh Niknezhad

Received an Eastman Travel Award to attend and present her research at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting held November 2014, in Atlanta, GA. She is a doctoral student with Dr. Sadhan Jana.


Marcos Pantoja

Marcos Pantoja

DPE Founders’ Award
Awarded to an incoming U.S. doctoral student, Pantoja is co-advised by Drs. Kevin Cavicchi and Miko Cakmak.


Zhe Qiang

Zhe Qiang

Finalist for the 2015 American Physical Society’s Frank J. Padden, Jr. Award for excellence in graduate student research. Qiang is a doctoral student studying with Dr. Kevin Cavicchi and Dr. Bryan Vogt.


Stuti Rajgarhia

Stuti Rajgarhia

Received an Eastman Travel Award to present her research during the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting held in August 2015 in Boston, MA. She is a doctoral student studying with Dr. Sadhan Jana.


Hadi Ramezani-Dakhel

Hadi Ramezani-Dakhel

"Hadi Ramezani-Dakhel receives the Outstanding Student Research Award from Dr. Heather Burton."

In Fall 2014, he was chosen as The University of Akron recipient of the 2014-15 Eastman Chemical Fellowship and the Frank N. Kelley Graduate Student Award, both of which recognize a student’s academic and research success.

Received a Travel Award from organizers of the Transformational Technologies in Molecular Simulations 2014 Summer School, held May 19-22, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Awarded the Outstanding Student Research Award at The University of Akron Student Innovation Symposium (UASIS) held April 10, 2014. He is a doctoral student with Dr. Hendrik Heinz.


Prasad Raut

Prasad Raut

In May, received the 2015 ACS Rubber Division Akron Student Chapter Graduate Scholarship. He received $1,000 and a Certificate of Recognition.

Along with Nicole Swanson in Polymer Science, was awarded second place for best oral presentation at the Virginia Tech Center for Tire Research (CenTire) Industry Advisory Board Meeting, June 2015, in Blacksburg, Virginia. Their presentation was on “Surface Engineering Approach for Enhanced Filler Dispersion and Hysteresis Reduction in Rubber Compounds.” Both doctoral students, Raut is studying with Dr. Sadhan Jana and Swanson with Dr. Coleen Pugh.


Saumil Samant

Saumil Samant

"Celebrating their win are, at top (L-R) Jayachandra Hari Mangalara and Venkatesh Meenakshisundaram; Saumil Samant is at bottom right."

Received a $500 Eastman Travel Award to attend and present his research at the Materials Research Society Fall Meeting held December 2014 in Boston, MA.

Along with fellow students Jayachandra Hari Mangalara and Venkatesh Meenakshisundaram, were members of the Akron Cricket Club that won the Division 2 Midwest Cricket Tournament (MCT) Championship held October 2014 in Indianapolis, IN. All three are Ph.D. students - Samant is studying with Dr. Alamgir Karim; Mangalara and Meenakshisundaram both with Dr. David Simmons.


Siamak Shams Es-Haghi

Siamak Shams Es-Haghi

"Siamak Shams Es-Haghi receives the Outstanding Student Research Award from Dr. Heather Burton."

Awarded the Outstanding Student Research Award at The University of Akron Student Innovation Symposium (UASIS) held April 9, 2015. He is a doctoral student with Dr. Bob Weiss and Dr. Arkady Leonov.

Received a $500 Eastman Travel Award to attend and present his research at the American Chemical Society Fall Meeting held August 2014, in San Francisco, CA.

Received a $500 Eastman Travel Award to attend and present his research at the American Chemical Society Fall Meeting held August 2014, in San Francisco, CA. He is a doctoral student with Dr. R. A. Weiss and Dr. Arkady Leonov.


Scott Smith

Scott Smith

DPE Founders’ Award
Awarded to an incoming U.S. doctoral student, Simmons is a doctoral student with Dr. David Simmons.


Clinton Wiener

Clinton Wiener

Received an Eastman Travel Award to present his research during the American Physical Society (APS) Spring Meeting held in March 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. He is a doctoral student studying with Drs. Bryan Vogt and Bob Weiss.


Huan Zhang

Huan Zhang

Received an Eastman Travel Award to present his research during the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting held in August 2015 in Boston, MA. He is a doctoral student studying with Dr. Nicole Zacharia.


Yuanzhong Zhang

Yuanzhong Zhang

Received an Eastman Travel Award to present his research during the American Chemical Society (ACS) Colloid and Surface Science Symposium held in June 2015 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a doctoral student studying with Dr. Younjin Min.


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