Another Award to a CREST Undergraduate PDF Print E-mail

Melissa Cruz-Acuña, a CREST Industrial Biotechnology undergraduate (IRG2), has been recently informed that she won the Electronic, Magnetic & Photonic Materials (EMPM) Division Gilbert Chin Scholarship. This prestigious scholarship will be awarded officially during the TMS 2012 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida in March of next year.  The EMPM Division of TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society) confers annually only one scholarship that consists of $2,000 and is available to "an undergraduate students in their sophomore and junior years, who are studying subjects in relation to synthesis and processing, structure, properties, and performance of electronic, photonic, magnetic, and superconducting materials as well as materials used in packaging, and interconnecting such materials in device structures." Additionally Melissa will receive $500 more to attend and personally accept the award at the TMS Annual Meeting. This is the very fist time that a UPRM student receives this award and the third time that a UPRM student received a prestigious scholarship granted by TMS.

Melissa works in Prof. Oscar Perales' group under the direct supervision of CREST graduate student Sonia Bailón. Prof. Perales leads CREST IRG2 on non-toxic quantum dots for cancer therapy. During the summer of 2011 Melissa is participating in the MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) in Dr. Moungi Bawendi's research group on the synthesis of a maleimide oligopeptide-based ligand.

Congratulations to Melissa and her mentors!

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Melissa at MIT during the summer of 2011. Sonia Bailón (left) and Melissa in Dr. Perales' lab.
NanoDays 2011 PDF Print E-mail

Brought by our Center, NanoDays are here again! Please come visit our exhibition in the lobby of the UPRM General Library. Late on Sunday March 27 a committed group of our Center's students gathered at library to set up the display and "synthesize" a carbon nanotube made with balloons. The display includes basic introduction to nanotechnology concepts, ongoing research in the labs affiliated to the Center, new findings and the impact of nanotechnology on everyday's life. Please stop by to enjoy the display and learn about nano.

On Tuesday March 29 at 10:30am in Stéfani S-113, Dr. Carlos Rinaldi, Co-Director of the Center and leader of our IRG1, will give a thrilling introductory talk about nanotechnology for the layperson. Everyone is invited!!

Then on Thursday March 31 we will present interactive activities in the Library lobby. For more details please stop by our blog.


Prominent Participation of the Center's Students in Regional Conference PDF Print E-mail

On March 12, 2011, organized by The Resource Center for Science and Engineering organized the 46th ACS Junior Technical Meeting and 31st Puerto Rico Interdisciplinary Scientific Meeting (PRISM) on the premises of the Inter American University-Bayamón. Among the numerous presentations the Center's students have a prominent participation. Undergraduate students were part of the dominant presence of UPR-Mayagüez in the Engineering sessions. Our CREST graduate students produced outstanding posters to disseminate their findings.

Prestigious TMS Awards to two CREST Undergraduate Students PDF Print E-mail

During the 2011 Annual Meeting of The Minerals Metals & Materials Society (TMS) held in San Diego, Roberto Manzano and Nayomi Plaza, CREST undergraduate students, received prestigious TMS awards.

Roberto won the First Prize by TMS Light Metals Division for his poster titled "A Comparative Study of Centrifuged Al-Si/AlB2 and Al-Si/AlB12 Composites." There are five Divisions in TMS and in each one, graduate and undergraduate students compete in two different categories. According to TMS website, "2010 TMS President George T. "Rusty" Gray III and 2011 TMS President Garry Warren served as judges." Roberto, a Mechanical Engineering senior, also received the "Best of Show" ribbon for his poster. This is the very first time that a UPR student has received this honor.


Official NSF Site Visit to the UPRM Nanotechnology Center PDF Print E-mail

Dr. Demetrios Kazakos, Program Manager of the CREST Program (Human Resource Development Division of NSF Directorate of Education and Human Resources), completed an official site visit to our Nanotechnology Center on Wednesday November 24, 2010. Prior to his visit to campus, Dr. Kazakos met with UPRM Chancellor, Dr. Miguel A. Muñoz, and UPRM-CREST Director, Dr. Marcelo Suarez, to discuss the administration role in sustaining the Center’s success and the existing opportunities for the Center and UPRM within the Foundation.

During the site visit all five groups of the Center presented their progress, accomplishments and future plans. The presentations were led by the Interdisciplinary Education Group (IEG) who discussed the vast outreach and educational activities carried out. The technical presentations were organized in two sets: The morning was dedicated to the Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) dedicated to energy applications and systems, i.e. IRGs 3 & 4, while in the afternoon the IRGs dedicated to biomedical applications, i.e. IRGs 1 & 2, discussed their activities.

Dr. Kazakos wrapped up the presentations with a summary of his assessment of the status of the Center and recommendations about available funding within the Foundation and other external sources. He highlighted the tremendous growth experienced by the Center in the second year and the quality of the research conducted. A special recognition was given to the IEG’s work: “None of the other CRESTs has such an impressive outreach program.”

After a brief visit to a nearby laboratory, Dr. Kazakos met with CREST students.

CREST students and Dr. Demetrios Kazakos

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