2019 OSU Materials Week: Student researchers shine at poster sessions

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More than 110 posters showcasing researchers’ work in materials-allied fields were on display at The Ohio State University during 2019 OSU Materials Week.


Nearly 100 of those posters were presented by students at Ohio State in a two-day series of poster sessions judged by faculty and professional researchers from academia and industry. This year’s sessions also featured work from outside the university, with students driving in from Ohio University and Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland.


The Institute for Materials Research (IMR) hosts OSU Materials Week each year as a venue to share the latest innovative materials-allied research, as part of the celebration of Ohio State’s materials community and all of its accomplishments.


At the poster sessions, undergraduate and graduate students have a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and receive feedback from professors and students of varying disciplines.


Students, postdoctoral researchers and professors swarmed through the Blackwell Inn ballroom as judges and visitors made their way from poster to poster. Researchers were allowed five minutes to present, followed by five-minute question-and-answer sessions between small groups of judges and each presenter.


The top 10 student poster presenters were announced at the OSU Materials Week awards ceremony, on May 9. Winners are listed below in alphabetical order.


  • Saurabh Ailawar, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Advisor: Umit Ozkan
  • Deven Baser, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Advisor: Liang-Shih Fan
  • Dishari Basu, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Advisor: Umit Ozkan
  • Michael Darcy, Physics. Advisor: Michael Poirier
  • Elizabeth Jergens, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Advisor: Jessica Winter
  • Anjelica Kucinic, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Advisor: Carlos Castro
  • Daniel Lepkowski, Electrical and Computer Engineering. Advisor: Steven Ringel
  • Milind Pawar, Materials Science and Engineering. Advisor: Perena Gouma
  • Seth Shields, Physics. Advisor: Jay Gupta
  • Madison Tuttle, Chemistry and Biochemistry. Advisor: Shiyu Zhang


2019 OSU Materials Week was supported by Ohio State Energy Partners — ENGIE and Axium Infrastructure, the Center for Emergent Materials, and L3 Space & Sensors.


Article by Mike Huson, IMR Public Relations Coordinator

Contact: huson.4@osu.edu

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