2018 PhD Global Research Experience Award Recipients announced

February 15, 2018




Dear all,

We are very pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 WPI PhD Global Research Experience award. Five PhD students were selected to receive funding, allowing them to engage in a global project that supports their dissertation work, as well as the research themes of the WPI strategic plan.

Congratulations to all of these awardees and their advisors! 

Thank you to the selection committee for their work in choosing these applicants:

Michael McGrade, Graduate Admissions
Rory Flinn, Graduate Studies
Douglas Petkie, Physics
Nima Rahbar, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Amy Zeng, Foisie Business School

If you know of others that would benefit from this type of opportunity, the application will reopen in Fall 2018 for Summer 2019 travel.

Best wishes,
Terri A. Camesano

Dean of Graduate Studies




Host Institution

Research Area

Attard, Jonathan


Anita Mattson

Kondo group, Yamagata, Japan

Silanediol catalysts used for synthesis and the study of naturally inspired therapeutic agents

Chiang, Shou Shan

Robotics Engineering

Cagdas Onal

Affective and Human Computing Lab, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Human-Robot interaction through non-verbal communication

Herlihy, Conor

Biology and Biotechnology

Amity Manning

Di Stefano Lab,Toulouse, France

Study of how the regulation of heterochromatin impacts mitotic fidelity in human cell culture

Li, Guangjiang


Lyubov Titova

Max Plank Institute for Polymer Research, Dept. of Molecular Spectroscopy, Mainz, Germany

Nanomaterials with applications in photonics and solar energy conversion

Ren, Yundong

Mechanical Engineering

Yuxiang Liu

Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK

Study of optical fibers for microfluidics and nanophotonics