CEE Graduate Students Awarded 1st and 2nd Prize in GRAD Day Finals

WPI graduate students showcase their research at the annual Graduate Research Achievement Day (GRAD). This annual research poster celebration and competition highlights the breadth, diversity, and quality of the work that WPI graduate students conduct. This year’s event was two-fold: first, on March 19, 2014, an open poster day and judging of some 220 master’s and PhD candidates, followed by an April 14, 2014 showcase of 66 finalists and the awards ceremony for outstanding research.

The CEE Department is proud to announce this year’s winners of the first and second place PhD-level engineering category:  Kemal Sarp Arsava (1st prize) and Kwabena Kan-Dapaah (2nd prize).    

Kemal Sarp Arsava is a PhD candidate (May 2014). He is a member of a civil engineering research group that develops novel engineering software for modeling, controlling and monitoring of smart building and bridge structures. His research on Modeling, Control and Monitoring of Smart Structures under High Impact Loads has been advised by Professor Yeesock Kim and to date has yielded numerous publications.  

Kwabena Kan-Dapaah is currently working towards a PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the African University of Science and Technology, Abuja Nigeria. Kwabena started his PhD in January, 2012 and is expected to graduate in June 2015. His research work is focused on development of thermotherapy-based biomedical devices for cancer treatment. He combines experimental and numerical (multi-physics finite element method, FEM) methods in his work. Currently, Kwabena is a visiting scholar at the WPI where he is conducting research on A Novel Implantable Biomedical Device for Treatment of Breast Cancer under the guidance of Professor Nima Rahbar.   

The CEE Department is proud to have two students who earned top two prizes in the PhD-level engineering category.

April 17, 2014

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