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ResearchFest 2017

ResearchFest 2017


Imagine having a suit with electronics woven into the fabric so that you can wear your watch on your sleeve. A solar-powered tent that allows you to charge your phone on camping trips. A chemical that could make oil spills in the ocean dissolve with no harm to the fish below.

One day, such ideas might be more than imaginary. Thanks to research put forth by Clark School students, we're one step closer to the day when these ideas could become reality.

On Friday, June 2, engineering students from the Departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE) and Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) and the Fischell Department of Bioengineering (BIOE) presented their research at the Clark School's annual ResearchFest event.

ResearchFest is a student-driven initiative, funded in part by the Graduate Student Activities Fee, to highlight the best undergraduate and graduate-level research from these three disciplines. Featuring guest judges, prizes, and a reception, ResearchFest allows students to share their work in a fun, casual setting with faculty, staff, and students from their own and other departments, as well as with students from across the University of Maryland campus.

This year’s judges were:

  • Bani Cipriano (Ph.D. '07, ChBE): Product Development Manager, Prasidiux LLC
  • Omar Ayyub (B.S. '10, BIOE; Ph.D. '14, BIOE): Chief Scientific Officer, Archimedes Bioengineering
  • Tony Ying, (Ph.D., MSE): Material Engineer, US Mint; Guest Research Associate, National Institute of Standard and Technology

Each participating student delivered a one-minute PowerPoint presentation on his or her project before participating in a gallery-style poster session. In this way, this event allows for ChBE, MSE, and BIOE researchers to find overlaps and opportunities to collaborate on complex research with potential for significant, real-world application.

The winners of this year’s ResearchFest are:

  • Svetlana Pavlova Ikonomova (ChBE): Best Presentation Award for Enhancing Resistance of Histatin 5 to Proteolytic Degradation
  • Hossein Salami (ChBE): Best Graduate Poster Award for Analysis of Reaction Networks for Thin-film Deposition Processes
  • Jinan Oubaid (BIOE): Best Undergraduate Poster Award for Engineered Multivalency for Improved HER3 Downregulation and Cancer Therapy

June 13, 2017


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