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Student Accolades

Rensselaer students, both undergraduate and graduate, continue to garner honor and recognition for their efforts.

Benjamin Clough, a doctoral student in electrical, computer, and systems engineering, has received a competitive fellowship from the SMART (Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation) Program, which was established by the Department of Defense to support students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.

Several students in the Lighting Research Center (LRC) have received recognition and honors recently. Katheryn Czub, architecture and LRC lighting design student, is the recipient of the 2011 Thomas M. Lemons Scholarship Award presented at LIGHTFAIR International in May 2011 in Philadelphia. The award, presented by the Scholarship Committee of the International Association of Lighting Designers Education Trust, is presented yearly to a student committed to studying and practicing in the field of architectural lighting in the U.S. Also at LIGHTFAIR International, LRC graduate student Leora Radetsky received the Jonas Bellovin Scholar Achievement Award, which was established to support college-level lighting programs that enable students to learn, appreciate, and apply the basics of lighting and design. Basar Erdener, a graduate student in the LRC, won the Thompson Prize at the annual Student Light Fixture Design Competition administered by the Robert Bruce Thompson Charitable Trust. The award was established by the estate of R.B. Thompson, a 25-year veteran of the lighting industry who believed in the importance of design education and the value of intellectual property. Kate Sweater, a graduate student in the LRC, has been awarded the Sylvan Shemitz Memorial Scholarship from The Lighting Quotient, a leading architectural lighting manufacturer. This annual scholarship, awarded in conjunction with the Illuminating Engineering Society, is awarded to a student who demonstrates creativity, vision, and knowledge in the field of architectural lighting.

At the American Nuclear Society National Student Conference held at Georgia Tech in April, two students in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering (MANE) won the “Best Presentation” award in their research categories. Dillon Shaver was recognized for his talk, “DNS-RANS Coupled Simulation of Fission Gas Release,” in the category of Thermal Hydraulics/Fluids. Shaver is a MANE doctoral student advised by Michael Podowski. Michelle Okoniewski ’11 was honored for her talk, “Compact High Energy Pyroelectric X Ray Generation” in the category of Accelerator Applications. Okoniewski worked in Professor Yaron Danon’s lab.

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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 5, Number 13, September 9, 2011
©2011 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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