The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences continues to have undergraduate and graduate students excelling in many different areas. Here are a few of their recent accomplishments:
Shawn Brueshaber, a Ph.D. student in mechanical and aerospace engineering, was awarded the Patricia L. Thompson Dissertation Award from WMU, with a financial award of $1,000. His research focuses on the atmospheres of the giant planets -- Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune -- with particular emphasis on the polar vortices of Saturn.
Sandino Vargas-Perez, a Ph.D. student in computer science, gave a presentation at the regional Three-Minute Thesis competition at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools conference in Chicago in April. He was selected to attend the regional conference at representing the university after receiving the highest score at the WMU Three-Minute Thesis competition.
Katie Gaviglio, a senior in chemical and paper engineering, received a 1st place poster award in the ASEE North Central Regional conference at Central Michigan University this spring. The title of her poster was "Extraction of mineral-bound phosphates from runoff sediments using fungal exudates for nutrient recycling." Her research involved recovering phosphorus from agricultural runoff using acids produced by fungus in order to recover the lost phosphorus resource and prevent environmental harm. She will be starting the master’s program in chemical engineering at WMU in the fall.