Five grad students awarded Presidential Fellowships


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

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

The College of Engineering’s Autumn 2020 Presidential Fellows are Ali Asghari Adib, Cheng Han Li, Vigyanshu Mishra, Troy Shilt and Ziyu Yao.

Ali Asghari Adib

Ali Asghari Adib is a mechanical engineering doctoral candidate. Advised by Associate Professor David Hoelzle, his research focuses on developing a novel endoscopic additive manufacturing tool to 3D print biomaterials inside the patient’s body in a minimally invasive manner. This endoscopic additive manufacturing tool has potential applications in drug delivery (encapsulated in biomaterials), in vivo tissue engineering and as surgical sealants.

Cheng Han Li

Cheng Han Li is a PhD candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His research focuses on the atomic-scale characterization of structure-property relationships in automotive catalysts. Li conducts his research using advanced transmission electron microscopy at the Center of Electron Microscopy and Analysis (CEMAS) under the direction of his advisor, Professor Joerg Jinschek. His project is part of the Ford-Ohio State University Alliance program.

Vigyanshu Mishra

Vigyanshu Mishra is a PhD candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the ElectroScience Laboratory, advised by Assistant Professor Asimina Kiourti. His dissertation research involves the development of smart, functionalized and wearable garments that enable seamless motion capture in the individual’s natural environment and extremely low-loss and low-power wireless connectivity with other wearable sensors or smart phones. Applications include healthcare, sports and virtual reality applications.

Troy Shilt

Troy Shilt is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Advised by Professor Jack McNamara, Shilt’s research focuses on developing novel numerical solutions to long-standing fluid dynamic problems using the generalized finite element method. This approach allows the implementation of a priori knowledge using enrichment functions. A focal point of the research is determining enrichments which are well-suited for fluid dynamic problems.

Ziyu Yao

Ziyu Yao is a PhD candidate in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, advised by Assistant Professor Huan Sun. Her research explores natural language processing and artificial intelligence. In particular, Yao aims at building interactive natural language interfaces—such as question answering systems—that can reliably assist humans in knowledge discovery and problem solving, with applications in software engineering and healthcare.

Two additional Autumn 2020 Presidential Fellows are advised by engineering faculty. Assistant Professor Karen Dannemiller is advising Sarah Ruth Haines from the School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Professor Leonard Brillson is advising Brenton Alan Noesges from the Department of Physics. Dannemiller holds joint appointments in civil, environmental and geodetic engineering, and environmental health sciences. Brillson holds joint appointments in electrical and computer engineering, and physics.

by Meggie Biss, College of Engineering Communications |

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