Graduate Student Achievements

The College of Engineering is proud of its students who show they are the “Leaders and Best!” This page is dedicated to those graduate students who have been recognized for their achievements. We would like to showcase the achievements of all students who have received recognition for their work, so if you have been recognized (and are not already listed below), please let us know by sending email to ajrose@umich.edu.

2019-20

Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship

  • Abhishek Dhyani, Macro
  • Alyssa Travitz, Macro

Rackham International Student Fellowship

  • Mira Diab El Harakeh, Macro

Savio L-Y. Woo Young Researcher Award – Biomechanical Research for ISLT-XVIII

  • Callan Luetkemeyer, ME

North Campus Deans’ MLK Spirit Award 

  • Lydia Mensah, MSE

ASME/Boeing Structures and Materials Award 

  • Minh Hoang, AERO
  • Nguyen Avinkrishnan, AERO
  • Ambika Vijayachandran, AERO
  • Paul Davidson, AERO

2020 Collier Research Hypersizer/AIAA Structures Best Paper Award

  • Shiyao Lin, AERO

Selected by The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) as a 2020 AIME Henry deWitt Smith Scholar

  • Kathleen Chou, MSE  

Harry H. and Lois G. Hilton Student Paper Award in Structures

  • Shiyao Lin, AERO

Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) with student merit awards

  • Julia Coxen, IOE
  • Elnaz Kabir, IOE

Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship

  • Hsiang-Wen Chen, ECE

Occupational Ergonomics Technical Group Best Student Research Paper Award

  • Yifan Li, IOE
  •  Sol Lim, IOE

PhD Colloquium Best Student Paper Award at the INFORMS Simulation Society’s annual Winter Simulation Conference

  • Qi Luo, IOE

Perception and Performance Technical Group Student Essay Contest

  • Kamolnat Tabattanon, IOE

Outstanding Student Presentation Awards 

  • Brett McCuen, CLASP
  • Samar Minallah, CLASP
  • Zihan Wang, CLASP

Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors

  • Abigail Azari, CLASP
  • Michael Hua, NERS
  • Christina Kang, CEE

Distinguished Leadership Award

  • Robert Graham, BME
  • Ilya Kovalenko, ME
  • Andrea Lupini, ME
  • Mario Medina, ME
  • John Meluso, IS+D
  • Tianlin Wang, ECE

Hugh G. Rumler Prize

  • Kaelan Oldani, Aero

Marian Sarah Parker Prize

  • Alexandra Carlson, Rob

Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement

  • Dominic Liao-McPherson, Aero
  • Robert Graham, BME
  • Saman Moniri, ChE
  • Morteza Taibat, CEE
  • Zihan Wang, CLASP
  • Andrew McCrabb, CSE
  • Tianlin Wang, ECE
  • Gian-Gabriel Garcia, IOE
  • Shuhaib Bin Haji Nawawi, IS+D
  • Benjamin Derby, MSE
  • Kwangnam Kim, ME
  • Bradford Knight, NAME
  • Michael Hua, NERS
  • Alexandra Carlson, Rob

Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Outstanding PhD Research

  • Emily Tucker, IOE
  • Kelsey Mengle, MSE
  • Daniel Bruder, ME

FXB Fellowship Recipients

  • Christina Harvey, Aero
  • Anil Yildirim, Aero

Engineering Research Symposium 

  • Aerospace Engineering
    • Anil Yildirim won the 2nd Place of the Scientific Visualization Award
  • Biomedical Engineering
    • Elissa Welle won the Advanced Research Communication Award
  • Chemical Engineering
    • Nahal Habibi received the Runner-up Award of the Advanced Research Engineering Innovation 
    • Zixuan Wang won the Advanced Research Basic Science Award
    • Mario Gutierrez received Honorable Mention in the Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding Ph.D. Research Competition
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Amirmahdi Tafreshian won the Advanced Research Social Impact Award
    • Katherine Flanigan received Honorable Mention in the Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding Ph.D. Research Competition 
  • Climate and Space Science and Engineering
    • Shannon Hill won the Emerging Research Communication Award
  • Computer Science and Engineering 
    • Lauren Biernacki won the 3rd Place of the Scientific Visualization Award
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Dhruv Paranjpye won the Emerging Research Basic Science Award
    • Trevor Odelberg won the Emerging Research Social Impact Award
    • Tianlin Wang received Honorable Mention in the Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding Ph.D. Research Competition 
  • Industrial and Operations Engineering
    • Yadrianna Acosta-Sojo received the Runner-up Award of the Advanced Research Social Impact 
    • Emily Tucker won the Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding Ph.D. Research
    • Geunyeong Byeon received Honorable Mention in the Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding Ph.D. Research Competition
  • Macromolecular Science and Engineering
    • Yingying Zeng received the Runner-up Award of the Advanced Research Basic Science
  • Material Science and Engineering
    • Kelsey Mengle won the Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding Ph.D. Research
  • Mechanical Engineering
    • Connie Lee won the Advanced Research Engineering Innovation Award
    • Michael Wadas received the Runner-up Award of the Advanced Research Communication
    • Daniel Bruder won the Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding Ph.D. Research
    • Patrick Holmes won the People’s Choice Award of the Scientific Visualization
    • Sarah Beetham won the 4th Place of the Scientific Visualization Award
  • Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
    • Noah Kleedtke won the Emerging Research Engineering Innovation Award
  • Robotics
    • Matthew Romano won the 1st Place of the Scientific Visualization Award

AIAA Best Student Paper Award

  • Prashin Sharma, Aero

Professor Pierre T. Kabama Award for excellence in control systems

  • Dominic Liao-McPherson, Aero

SPIE 2019 Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication Best Student Paper Award

  • Mohammad Kazemi, Aero

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aviation’s MDO Student Paper Competition

  • 1st place: Anil , Aero  
  • 2nd place: Sicheng He, Aero

Beyster Fellowship Recipients

  • Vyas Ramasubramani, ChE
  • James Dallas, ME
  • Shreyas Kousik, ME

U.S. DOT and NOCoE Transportation Technology Tournament Winners

  • Xiatong Sun, CEE
  • Yan Zhao, ME
  • Alex Sundt, CEE 

American Associate of Geographers (AAG) J. X. Kasperson Student Paper Award

  • Tom Logan, IOE

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship

  • David Chen, EE

Best Poster award from the Society for Risk Analysis

  • Elnaz Kabir, IOE

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Graduate Studies Division Best Student Paper Award

  • Sarah Bork, IOE

NSF Fellowship Recipients

  • Kyle Bushick, MSE
  • Brian Macdonald, MSE
  • Keara Saud, MSE

Materials Research Symposium

Oral Presentations

Gold: 

  • Logan Williams (MSE)

Silver: 

  • Kathleen Chou (MSE)
  • Caymen Novak (BME)
  • Kwangnam Kim (ME)
  • Yichen Wang (MSE)
  • Ji Young Kim (MSE

Poster Presentations

Gold: 

  • Bryan Van Saders (MSE)

Silver: 

  • Allison Roessler (Chem)
  • Tianyu Liu (Macro)

Honorable Mention: 

  • Zhihua Huang (MSE)
  • Chaoming Yang (MSE)

NIH Predoctoral Fellowship

  • Sajedeh Nasr Esfahani, ME

Annual MIPSE Graduate Student Symposium Best Presentation Awards

  • Jinpu Lin, NERS
  • Jinpu Lin

PPG Fellows

  • Philyong Kim, Macro
  • Lisha Zhang, Macro
  • Muru Zhou, Macro

Past Student Achievements