Grad Student Volk Receives Distinguished Graduate Award

Volk, BrentCOLLEGE STATION, Texas, April 15, 2013 – Brent Volk, a graduate student in the materials and science engineering program at Texas A&M University, has been named recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Graduate Award by The Association of Former Students at Texas A&M.

Volk, who is advised by Associate Professor Duncan Maitland of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Senior Associate Dean for Research Dimitris Lagoudas, received the award in the category of “Excellence in Research-Doctoral.”

Volk’s research efforts have resulted in five published, peer-reviewed journal articles, five conference proceedings papers and 17 presentations at professional society meetings or topical conferences.

As a graduate student, he is recipient of the National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship and National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. In addition, he has been selected as one of 80 students to represent the United States at the 61st Annual Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany. Volk also is recipient of a National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship and is pursuing research with Dr. Jeffery Baur at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

Each year, The Association of Former Students at Texas A&M recognizes graduate students in one of three categories: Excellence in Research-Doctoral, Excellence in Research-Master’s and Excellence in Teaching. The award recipients are chosen by a panel of reviewers, which includes faculty and administrators.