Congrats, Research Student Assistants!

The student interns and employees at the Information and 2nd floor Help desks are essential to the library operations. They work early in the morning, late at night and weekends. Next month we will say goodbye to five of our outstanding students, as they will be graduating and moving on. We also recognize another student who will rejoin us next academic year after she completes a summer fellowship. Congratulations everyone on your achievements here at the University of Dayton and your plans for the future. We will miss you!

Jian Deng
Jian Deng successfully defended his master’s thesis, “Mechanical Mixing of High-Concentration Biomass Slurry.” A graduate student in chemical and materials engineering, Jian examined the rheology of concentrated biomass slurry in mixing process, which is a promising approach to improve the process of producing renewable energy, ethanol. His advisor is Dr. Kevin Myers.

Laura Huber
A triple major in international studies, political science and Spanish, Laura will be attending Emory University on full funding as a Ph.D. candidate in political science. Specifically, she plans to focus on the subfield of International Relations with a certificate in women's, gender, and sexuality studies. The program will last for five years and during that time she hopes to continue her research on effective methods through which to achieve women's empowerment in post-conflict situations and women's impact on peace-building.

Hannah Petko-Bunney
After 4 hard years of chemical engineering, marching band, working at the library, and swing dancing competitions, Hannah Petko-Bunney will be taking the summer off to do some traveling around Europe and then working in the fall! She has plans for a graduate degree in English in the near future, but until then she will be putting her hard-earned degree to work. Go Flyers!

Lauren Pytel
After graduating with a BA in psychology this May, Lauren will be pursuing a PhD in cognitive psychology at DePaul University in Chicago. Lauren received full funding from DePaul for her studies.

Joe Wooley
At the University of Dayton, Joe studied English literature, with minors in both French and film. Next year, Joe will be pursuing a Masters Degree in library science at Indiana University. He has been offered a position as a residence hall library supervisor, which will give him great practical working experience managing a library.

Roshni Uppala
Roshni Uppala secured a graduate student summer fellowship, an award given by the University of Dayton Office of Graduate Academic Affairs (GAA). It is an annual competitive fellowship award for graduate students who wish to devote full-time effort to research and scholarly projects during the summer term of the academic year. The fellowship this year includes a lump sum payment of $5350.

Her research topic is titled Exploring the Capabilities of Large Scale Memristor Crossbars. The memristor, discovered in 2008, is considered the fourth fundamental passive circuit element.. The goal of this research is to model large memristor crossbars and examine their behaviors, which can eventually be used to build memristor based processor chips providing about 300,000x better power efficiency over today’s processor chips.

Roshni is a graduate student in electrical and computer engineering. Her advisor is Dr.Tarek Taha in the High Performance Computing Laboratory.

- Heidi Gauder, Coordinator of Research and Instruction

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