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Engineering grad students earn prestigious Presidential Fellowships

Four Buckeye engineers have been recognized as Presidential Fellows, the most prestigious award given by The Ohio State University Graduate School.

Presidential Fellowships honor the outstanding scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project.

College of Engineering 2017-2018 Presidential Fellows, from left: Yu She, Logan Riley, Brelon May, Syed An Nazmus SaquebThe College of Engineering’s 2017-2018 Presidential Fellows are Brelon May, Logan Riley, Syed An Nazmuz Saqueb and Yu She.

Brelon May is currently pursuing a PhD in materials science and engineering under the advisement of Professor Roberto Myers. His work focuses on integrating deep-ultraviolet (DUV) nanowire light-emitting diode (LED) technology onto metal foils. The technology has numerous practical applications, including decontamination of water, disinfection of surfaces and medical diagnostics. Compared to current industry standards, the innovation is more energy-efficient, portable and economical, and contains no toxic materials.

Logan Riley is a PhD student in aerospace engineering whose work focuses on computational investigation into air-breathing propulsion systems for hypersonic flight vehicles. Such engines have the potential to enable routine and sustained high-speed flight, with benefits ranging from rapid travel on Earth, as well as reduced expense and difficulty of space access. His advisor is John Glenn Professor and Ohio Research Scholar Datta V. Gaitonde.

Syed An Nazmuz Saqueb is an electrical and computer engineering PhD candidate. Under the supervision of his advisor, Professor Kubilay Sertel, Saqueb’s research involves compressive imaging techniques for millimeter-wave and terahertz bands. He is developing novel and groundbreaking imaging techniques that enable a single-pixel camera to view invisible wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum and synthesize new information previously unachievable using low-cost sensors.

Yu She is currently pursuing a PhD in mechanical engineering. His research focuses on compliant mechanisms for co-robots, which share a workspace with humans and thus must safely interact with multiple humans in close proximity. His work involves morphing robot mechanisms that rapidly change from being rigid to compliant, and therefore safer for human interaction. His advisor is Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Associate Professor Haijun Su.

The financial support provided by the fellowship enables students to devote one year of full-time study to the completion of a dissertation or degree project.

by Meggie Biss, College of Engineering Communications | biss.11@osu.edu