Four engineering graduate students recognized by the Association of Former Students

Four graduate students from the Dwight Look College of Engineering have received the Distinguished Graduate Student Award from the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students.

Anshu Narang-Siddarth, Brent Volk, Yongchul Shin and Jiamei Yu were recognized in the Excellence in Research-Doctoral category, one of three categories of awards given by The Association. Award recipients are chosen by a panel of reviewers, which includes faculty and administrators.

Photo of Anshu Narang-SiddarthAnshu Narang-Siddarthis a former Ph.D. student and current postdoctoral research associate in the aerospace engineering department. Narang-Siddarth earned her Bachelor of Technology in electrical and electronics engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in India and her Master of Science in aerospace engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in India. Narang-Siddarth was advised by Dr. John Valasek. Her dissertation, “Analysis and Control of Non-Affline, Non-Standard Singularly Perturbed Systems,” addresses the problem of control for nonlinear multiple time-scale systems using insights from singular perturbation theory for the first time in a systematic manner. The theory of feedback passivation for non-affine systems along with novel hierarchical design procedure is synthesized and performance of these methods is validated for several problems from science and engineering, including manned and unmanned aerospace systems, magnetic levitation system and chemical reactors. 

Photo of Brent VolkBrent Volk ’07 earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M, as well as a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering. Volk is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Air Force Research Laboratory at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Volk was advised by Dr. Duncan Maitland from the biomedical engineering department and Dr. Dimitris Lagoudas from the aerospace engineering department. Volk’s dissertation, “Three-Dimensional Modeling of Shape Memory Polymers Considering Finite Deformations and Heat Transfer,” was written to experimentally classify and computationally calculate the response of shape memory polymers (SMPs) for use in biomedical applications.

Photo of Yongchul ShinYongchul Shin is a former Ph.D. student in biological and agricultural engineering and current postdoctoral research associate. Shin earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in agricultural engineering from Kangwon National University in Korea. Shin was advised by Dr. Binayak P. Mohanty. His dissertation, “A unifying platform for Water Resources Management Using Physically-Based Model and Remote Sensing Data,” analyzed the impacts of soil heterogeneity, vegetation covers, initial and boundary conditions on prediction of near- and subsurface water flow in a layered soil profile.

Photo of Jiamei YuJiamei Yu  is a former Ph.D. student in materials science and engineering. Yu earned her B.S. in chemistry from Hebei Normal University in China, an M.S. from the Institute of Polymer Chemistry from Nankai University in China, an additional M.S. from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Yu was advised by Dr. Perla B. Balbuena of the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering. Her dissertation, “Computational Evaluation of Metal Organic Frameworks for CO2 Capture,” relates to the understanding of the chemistry and engineering performance of new materials for CO2 capture, which is a problem with great implications in environmental technologies.

The 16 graduate students from across the university who received awards were honored at a ceremony April 29, where each recipient was presented with a framed certificate and a custom gold watch from The Association.