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Three engineering grad students earn Presidential Fellowships

Three Buckeye engineers have earned the highest honor given by The Ohio State University Graduate School—a Presidential Fellowship.

This prestigious award recognizes the outstanding scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project.

The College of Engineering’s Spring 2019 Presidential Fellows are Yujin Park, Meng-Yujin ParkYujin ParkHsuan Tien and Xingyu Zhou.

Yujin Park is a city and regional planning PhD student in the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture. Her dissertation research deals with green infrastructure planning, with three distinct focus areas: green mobility, green accessibility and green microclimatic moderation. This multi-functional approach will examine different aspects of urban green space planning to better promote urban sustainability and resilience. Her co-advisors are Professor Emeritus Jean-Michel Guldmann, and Associate Professor and PhD Program Chair Gulsah Akar.

Meng-Hsuan TienMeng-Hsuan TienMeng-Hsuan Tien is a PhD student in mechanical engineering whose research aims to provide analysis tools that improve the design and identification of various engineered systems where rubbing and intermittent contact between components significantly affects performance, such as bridges and aircraft engines. Current techniques are not able to predict the response of these complex systems due to the lack of computational efficiency and limited capability to analyze the induced piecewise-linear nonlinearities. His advisor is Assistant Professor Kiran D’Souza.

Xingyu ZhouXingyu ZhouXingyu Zhou is an electrical and computer engineering PhD student researching algorithm design and performance analysis of load balancing for large-scale data centers and cloud computing systems. Zhou works at the intersection of applied probability and network optimization for developing tools and techniques to dramatically reduce load-balancing delays. His research has practical applications for tech companies like Google, Amazon and Netflix, as well as retailers such as Target and Walmart. His advisor is Ohio Eminent Scholar Ness Shroff.

Awarded competitively, Presidential Fellowships provide one year of full-time financial support so students can complete their dissertations or terminal degree projects unimpeded by other duties. Competitions are held during autumn and spring semesters.

by Meggie Biss, College of Engineering Communications |