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Taylor Woehl Receives 2014 Munir Award
The UC Davis College of Engineering Awards Committee has presented the 2013 Zuhair A. Munir Best Dissertation Award to Taylor Woehl, who obtained his doctorate in chemical engineering in September 2013. Woehlís dissertation is titled Direct Observations of Colloidal and Nanoparticle Behavior in the Presence of External Fields.

Professor Ricardo Castro Professor Ricardo Castro has been honored as 2013-2014 Chancellorís Fellow
Professor Ricardo Castro has been honored as 2013-2014 Chancellorís Fellow. As part of this highly selective and prestigious honor he will receive a one-time award of $25,000 to support his research, service, and teaching activities. He will also have the honor of using the title, ďChancellorís FellowĒ, until July, 2018. CHMS has now had two Chancellor's Fellows in consecutive years as Nael El-Farra was the recipient of the honor last year. To our knowledge this is unprecedented for department.

Established in 2000, the Chancellorís Fellow Program honors outstanding faculty members early in their careers for their achievements as well as the potential that they show in their fields. The program is supported by funds from the Chancellorís Club and the annual fund of the University of California, Davis.

CHMS Professor Ricardo Castro CHMS Professor Ricardo Castro has developed an innovative new series of outreach and teaching materials on materials science
CHMS Professor Ricardo Castro has developed an innovative new series of outreach and teaching materials on materials science & engineering designed for use in K-12 schools. Through Professor Castroís efforts a new generation of students will seek careers in materials science!

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Research

Micromagnet image New publication in ground-breaking work in latest issue of Physic Review Letters by CHMS Professor and collaborators
CHMS Professor Yayoi Takamura and collaborators have published ground-breaking work in a recent issue of Physics Review Letters that investigates exchange interactions in complex oxide micromagnets using x-ray photoemission electron microscopy. Exchange interactions occur at the interfaces between ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic materials. The structural and magnetic properties of the antiferromagnetic layer dictates the nature of the exchange interactions, which can be in the form of exchange bias or spin-flop coupling. Using a carefully designed model system consisting of complex oxide materials, La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 and LaFeO3, the researchers demonstrated that both types of exchange interactions could exist simultaneously in patterned micromagnets. These results highlight the importance of exchange interactions for domain engineering of future spintronic devices, with applications for magnetic memory or computer logic devices.


Awards

Akshay Sethi and Victor Awad received 2nd place for their work on Ambercycle, Inc. Victor Awad wins 2nd place in Big Bang! Business Competition
Congratulations to Victor Awad, a chemical engineering major, who received 2nd place in the Big Bang! Business Competition for his work on Ambercycle, Inc. Ambercycle, Inc. have been working on a system that can degrade plastics so that they are cheaper and easier to recycle. He and his teammates, Akshay Sethi (founder) and Gerald Dion, have been awarded $5,000 for their efforts.

Congratulations to Kelly Guan, a CHMS graduate student researcher, who was recently selected by the Department of Energy to receive a three-year, $155,000 fellowship.
Congratulations to Kelly Guan, a CHMS graduate student researcher, who was recently selected by the Department of Energy to receive a three-year, $155,000 fellowship. Each year, the Department of Energy awards $5 million for undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships to students in a nuclear energy-related engineering program. The graduate fellowship also includes $5,000 towards a summer internship at a U.S. national laboratory or other comparable facility.

Undergraduate Chris Guido is the Winner of 2014 M.S. Ghausi Award
Each year the College of Engineering selects a group of graduating students based on their grade point average as nominees for the M.S. Ghausi Medal. The recipient of the award is primarily based on the criteria of academic excellence. We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2014 M.S. Ghausi Medal is Christopher Guido. Congratulations on all your outstanding achievements Chris!

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Announcements

Trina Napasindayao and Derrick Kasemen Trina Napasindayao and Derrick Kaseman named recipients of the Chairís Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowships
The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science is pleased to announce that the 2013-2014 Chairís Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowships were awarded to Derrick Kasemen and Trina Napasindayao. These awards are in recognition of their academic and scientific accomplishments during their graduate student careers at UC Davis. The Graduate Affairs Committee cited Mr. Kaseman's contributions towards the development of a new two-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopic technique that has helped to resolve a 10 year old controversy on the structure and connectivity in Ge-Se alloys. Ms. Napasindayao's work is in the area of fault-tolerant process control and systems engineering, specifically focusing on the development of innovative methods for the identification and handling of faults in controlled particular process systems that continuous and dispersed phases. Congratulations!

Professor Karen McDonald Leadership position for CHMS Professor
CHMS Professor Karen McDonald has been appointed as the Faculty Director of the UC Davis ADVANCE program. ADVANCE is a NSF-funded program entitled ďInstitutional Transformation to Build and Sustain a Diverse Community of Innovative STEM Scholars,Ē awarded to enhance diversity among university faculty in STEM fields. (Chancellor Linda Katehi is the Principal Investigator). As Faculty Director, Professor McDonald will be an integral part of the leadership and management team, coordinating the ADVANCE initiatives and program activities, interfacing with internal and external advisory boards, evaluators and NSF, and working with the leadership team, initiative Co-Directors, and campus community to advance the goals of the program.


Students

Lilian Chang 2014 Winner of Allen G. Marr Distinguished Dissertation Award
Congratulations to Lilian Chang who was selected as the 2014 winner of the Allen G. Marr Distinguished Dissertation Award. This is the highest award for a dissertation at UC Davis. She will also be the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science university's nominee for the CGS/University Microfilms International Dissertation Award.

Undergraduate Research Stephanie Burg accepted and awarded University Prize Scholarship at University of Sheffield
Stephanie Burg, an undergraduate researcher in Professor Adam Moule's lab and tutor for ECH140 class, recently accepted into the Physics department at the University of Sheffield in England to study polymer physics using beam lines for her thesis. Not only was she accepted, but she also won the University Prize Scholarship, which is the most prestigious graduate research scholarship offered by Sheffield.