Published on Thursday May 10, 2007
Valerie Binetti, Amanda Levinson, Li-Ke Shu, and Shraddha Vachhani-all students who will join the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) department in the fall-have been awarded the Drexel University Provost Fellowship. Alex Moseson (advisor: Michel Barsoum), a B.S./M.S. student in MSE, has also received the fellowship. Alex will be pursuing his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics (MEM) at Drexel, but will continue to be advised by Dr. Barsoum, Distinguished Professor in the Materials department.
The Provost Fellowship is awarded to incoming students, both domestic and international, who are seeking to begin a doctoral program or an interim master's program at Drexel. Awardees receive a supplemental stipend that is allocated to them for the first two years of doctoral study.
Valerie comes to Drexel with five years of experience in the aerospace/defense industry. Prior to her career in industry, Valerie received her Bachelor's degree in materials science and engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2002. Valerie will be working with Dr. Caroline Schauer, Assistant Professor.
Amanda will attend Drexel after completing her undergraduate studies at Loyola College in Baltimore, MD. She was a recipient of the Hauber Research Scholarship, which enabled her to perform extensive research in the field of crystal plasticity. Her research earned her national recognition at the National Educators Workshop in October 2005 where she presented her published paper, "Elastic Moduli Near the UTS." Amanda will work with Dr. Surya Kalidindi, Department Head and Professor.
Li-Ke will come to Drexel after completing her undergraduate studies in Materials Science and Engineering at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. She has already been involved in important research investigating new synthesis routes for producing Group II-VI semiconductor nanostructures. Li-Ke will work with Dr. Jonathan Spanier, Assistant Professor and Interim Associate Department Head.
Shraddha received her undergraduate education in Metallurgical Engineering at the National Institute of Technology-Karnataka, one of the premier institutes of engineering education in India. She has researched the microstructure of Zirconium based alloys, examined the effect of aging on the corrosion behavior of Al 6061-SiC Composites and studied nanostructure high entropy systems through the modeling of enthalpy calculations, synthesis, and testing. Shraddha will also work with Dr. Kalidindi.
As a current B.S./M.S. student, Alex has already begun planning his Ph.D. studies. He is laying the groundwork for his research on geopolymers to be conducted with Dr. Barsoum.