Chemical engineering PhD candidates Ahsan Munir and Reyyan Koc shared first place in the engineering poster category at this year’s Graduate Research Achievement Days (GRAD), a remarkable annual event that celebrates the thriving research community at WPI. Ahsan’s project is a novel method for tagging biomolecules with magnetic nanoparticles for use in point-of-care “lab-on-chip” systems. Reyyan assessed the economics of incorporating a hydrogen separation membrane developed at WPI into integrated coal gasification plants. Reyyan was also one of three engineering students who took the top prizes in the Innovation Presentation Competition held on the second day of GRAD, WPI’s annual celebration of graduate research.
Each spring, WPI’s rich and thriving research community pauses for this showcase of graduate research talent. GRAD spans two days and provides an opportunity for graduate students to share their work with the broader WPI community, and for guests to discover the important and timely research underway across the campus in engineering, the sciences, the life sciences and bioengineering, and business and the social sciences.
This year, we’re proud to congratulate chemical engineering PhD candidates Ahsan Munir, advised by Susan Zhou, and Reyyan Koc, advised by Yi Hua “Ed” Ma, and Nikolaos Kazantzis, for sharing first place honors in the engineering division during the Poster Symposium, day one of GRAD. In addition to Reyyan, the, engineering students who took two of the top three prizes in the Innovation Presentation Competition, held on the second day of GRAD, are. Congratulations to Shanthi Vasudevan a graduate student in biomedical engineering, advised by Yitzhak Mendelson, and Cecilia Borgonovo, a graduate student in mechanical engineering student, advised by Makhlouf Makhlouf.
Please click here to watch a video about students’ experience with GRAD.