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Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Students Receive First and Third Place at LSAMP Symposium

March 18, 2013

Valdez Ferdin

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Two Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Mechanical Engineering students received awards for their research poster presentations during the Texas A&M University System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) ninth annual Symposium held February 21-23 at Texas A&M University-College Station.

The two-day event was a professional development opportunity, providing students with a forum to exhibit their contributions to Science, Technology, and Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The conference activities were designed to allow students the chance to practice effective communication through goal-setting and team-building and presentational skills.

The attendees were comprised of undergraduate and graduate students pursuing STEM degrees who attend the Texas A&M University System LSAMP partner institutions.

The winning presenters from the Island University were:

·         First place - Edy Valdes: “Surface modification of Polyurethane sheets using an atmospheric pressure RF plasma jet in helium/oxygen gas mixture,” Eduardo Valdes, Abdollah Sarani, Cosmina Nicula, and Dr. Magesh Thiyagarajan.

·         Third place - Valerie Ferdin: “Surface Modification of Polyethylene Terephthalate by Atmospheric Pressure Non-thermal Plasma Jet,” Valerie Ferdin, Abdollah Sarani, Cosmina Nicula, and Dr. Magesh Thiyagarajan.

Both of these students are researchers in Dr. Thiyagarajan’s Plasma Engineering Research Lab (PERL) group at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Students from the PERL group have consistently won  best research presentations for several years in a row.

“We are proud of our growing reputation for cutting-edge plasma research in engineering and biomedical interdisciplinary areas,” said Dr. Thiyagarajan.

In all, 30 students from the Island University attended the Symposium. The majority of these students presented their research in a poster presentation among students from Texas A&M University-College Station and Texas A&M University-Prairie View. 

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