Published on Monday June 14, 2010
Graduating Ph.D. students Stephen Niezgoda (advisor: Surya Kalidindi) and Stephen Nonnenmann (advisor: Jonathan Spanier) are the recipients of Drexel's most prestigious doctoral student awards, presented by the Office of Graduate Studies.
Niezgoda is the recipient of the graduating doctoral student deemed to have the "Most Promise to Enhance Drexel's Reputation" in the Mathematical Sciences and Engineering category. Nonnenmann has received the "Best Doctoral Dissertation" award in the category of Mathematical Sciences and Engineering. Both students are former recipients of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-IGERT Fellowship and Niezgoda was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow as well.
Following graduation, both students will assume post-doctoral positions. Niezgoda will be at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Nonnenmann at Princeton University.
Only one to two students is selected to receive each of these awards per category per year. This is the fifth year in a row a graduating Ph.D. student from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering has been selected to receive the "Most Promise" award. Previous award winners from MSE include Jessica Schiffman (2009-advisor: Caroline Schauer), and Davide Matthia (2008), María Pía Rossi (2007), and Ranjan Dash (2006), all advised by Professor Yury Gogotsi. Previous winners of the Best Dissertation Award include Aiguo Zhou in 2008 (advisor: Michel Barsoum) and Thomas Juliano in 2005 (advisor: Yury Gogotsi).
The awards, a $1,000 check and certificate, were handed out at the Doctoral Student Celebration on Friday, June 11, 2010 and were acknowledged by the Provost at the College of Engineering Commencement the same day.