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2021 Awards Recipients

Kailash AroleBest M.S. Thesis: Kailash Arole, has been recognized for his thesis titled, “Water-Dispersible Ti3C2Tz MXene Nanosheets By Acid Free, Molten Salt Etching”.



Baiyu Zhang

Best Ph.D. Thesis: Baiyu Zhang, has been recognized for her thesis titled, “First-principles Electronic Structure and Defect Physics in Photovoltaic and Neuromorphic Materials”.


Alexandra Easley

Best Paper Graduate Student: Alexandra Easley, has been recognized for her work on the paper titled “Polypeptide organic radical batteries”.


Peiran Wei

Best Paper by a Postdoc: Peiran Wei, has been recognized for his work on the paper titled “Thermal energy regulation with 3D printed polymer-phase change material composites”.


Vrushali Kotasthane

Excellence in Teaching: Vrushali Kotasthane, has been recognized for her excellent work as a teaching assistant for the class MSEN 301 Lab C, during which zirconia ceramic materials were created. Vrushali made herself readily available outside of the lab to answer any questions and she takes her job as an educator seriously.