Materials graduate student wins best paper from the Materials Society

Photo of Kaiyuan YuKaiyuan Yu, a graduate student in the Department of Material Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, won first place in the TMS (The Metals, Minerals and Materials Society) Graduate Student Paper Contest. for his paper, “In situ studies of irradiation induced twin boundary migration in nanotwinned Ag.”

TMS is one of the largest materials research societies with thousands of attendees at each annual meeting. One first prize and two second prizes are awarded annually worldwide. Kaiyuan received the award and a $1,000 monetary prize. The paper will be soon published in "Scripta Materialia."

At the time he applied for the award, Yu was a Ph.D. candidate in materials science and engineering under the supervision of Dr. Xinghang Zhang, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He graduated in May 2013 and is currently a joint postdoctoral fellow at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M.

His Ph.D. dissertation on radiation damage in nanostructured thin films was funded by the Army Research Office. He has published a dozen journal papers to date, including an article in "Nature Communications" in January 2013.

Zhang said, “This award not only recognize the high-quality graduate students we have in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, but also demonstrates the quality of research conducted at Texas A&M.”