Poster Competition Dominated by CREST Students PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcelo Suarez   
Friday, 08 February 2013 22:39

UPRM-CREST students demonstrated their high quality investigative experience as they are honored with four out of the six research awards at the 6th NEA Science Day that took place at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez on February 7th, 2013.

Neshma López Meléndez, Chemical Engineering student,  received the First Prize in the Undergraduate Category for her poster “Processing and Mechanical Characterization of a NbB2/Al Composite.” The work is a collaboration with another undergraduate, José Moreno-Quiles (Mech. Eng.), under the supervision of Prof. O. Marcelo Suárez, (CREST-IRG4).

The Second Prize of the same category was awarded to Marcos Corchado Sonera, Mechanical Engineering student, for the poster titled “Effects of Zinc and AlB2 Particles on Absorbed Impact Energy of an Aluminum Matrix Composite.” This work was also carried out under the supervision of Prof. Suárez and in collaboration with Fernando Reyes, an Industrial Engineering undergraduate.  

Angélica Román Martínez, Chemical Engineering graduate student, was awarded an Honorable Mention in the graduate category for her poster titled “Polymeric Nanocarriers as Vehicles to Enhance the Efficiency of Enzyme Replacement Therapy for Lysosomal Storage Diseases.” Angélica works under the supervision of Dr. Magda Latorre Esteves (CREST-IRG1).

Finally, Civil Engineering graduate student Luis Zapata Orduz, who is co-advised by professors Genock Portela, and O. Marcelo Suárez, obtained the Second Prize in the graduate category for his work “Weibull Statistical Analysis in Superplasticized Ternary and Quaternary: Concretes Containing Different Mineral Admixtures and Nano-SiO2.” Civil Engineering professor Omar Molina was also a co-author of this work.

Luis Zapata, Marcos Corchado and Neshma López during the award dinner

From left to right, Luis Zapata, Marcos Corchado and Neshma López during the award dinner (image is courtesy of José Primera)

The UPRM NEA Science Day is part of the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP), which is one of 26 NSF-funded Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) programs in the US. The goal of this event has been to provide participants (undergraduate and graduate students in all STEM disciplines) an opportunity to share their research experiences, plans, and achievements with faculty and students of the ten institutions of the Northeast Alliance.

More information (in Spanish) available at:

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 18:50
NSF Logo

NCBEDSA is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez