College of Engineering announces Research Symposium winners


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Engineering Graduate Student Council has announced the winners of the College of Engineering Research Symposium (CERS), held on Wednesday, April 14, on the virtual platform Gather. The event was canceled last year due to circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

CERS is a student-run research showcase that provides undergraduate and graduate Penn State engineering students with the opportunity to share and receive feedback on their research from peers, faculty members, alumni and industry experts. It also allows students to practice their presentation skills in a low-pressure environment and to network with alumni and industry professionals.

This year, the competition was sponsored by MathWorks, the Penn State College of Engineering and the Penn State University Park Allocation Committee.

There are three submission categories for CERS: oral presentations, paper presentations and art-in-science final submissions. The art-in-science award recognizes the role of aesthetics in scientific fields. This year, submissions were organized into five categories: environmental and sustainable infrastructure; industrial systems, design and learning; materials and mechanics; medical innovation; and simulations and mechanisms.

There were 44 oral presentations and 39 poster presentations this year, with about 250 attendees. The presentations were reviewed by 53 faculty, research staff and student judges.

The first-place winners for oral presentations, and their accompanying areas of study, were: Rebeka Yocum (civil engineering), Michele Fromel (chemical engineering), Muyang Lu (civil engineering), Joshua Pataky (biomedical engineering), Siddharth Jhawar (engineering design) and Asif Mahmud (civil engineering).

The first-place winners for paper presentations were: Erin Anderson (civil engineering) and Laura Hinkle (architectural engineering).

The winners of the art-in-science presentations were: Amritanand Sebastian (engineering science and mechanics) and Chinmay Sankhe (chemical engineering), who tied for first place.

First-place paper and oral presentation winners received $400, first-place poster winners received $300 and first-place art-in-science winners received $125. A full list of the winners is available on the CERS webpage.


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