2019 PhD Global Research Experience Award Recipients announced


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Dear all,

We are very pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 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

Craig Shue, Computer Science

Elizabeth Stewart, Chemical Engineering

If you know of others that would benefit from this type of opportunity, the application will reopen in Fall 2019 for Summer 2020 travel.

Best wishes,

Terri A. Camesano

Dean of Graduate Studies





Host Institution

Research Area

Brown, Avery

Chemical Engineering

Michael Timko

University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

Hydrothermal carbonization of biomass, Energy, advanced materials

Carvalho, Paulo

Robotics Engineering

Gregory Fischer

Gassert ETH Rehabilitation Engineering Lab, Zurich, Switzerland

Intelligent surgical robots for neurosurgery

Cromwell, Jaya

Mechanical Engineering

Winston Soboyejo

University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Mechanistic studies of failure mechanisms, advanced materials

Kushnir, Kateryna


Lyubov Titova

McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Nanostructured materials with applications in optoelectronics and renewable energy

Qifti, Androniqi

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Suzanne Scarlata

Mechanoadaptation and Caveolai Biology Lab, Madrid, Spain

Cell signaling, health and biotechnology