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Another Award to CREST Student PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcelo Suarez   
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 16:57

Marcos Corchado, Mechanical Engineering senior student, continues his wont of winning awards. His work titled "Effects of Boron and Zinc on Impact Tests of Al-Zn-B Alloy" received the 2nd Place in the poster competition held as part of the Student Professional Development buy cialis now Conference (SPDC) of http://sailingthebay.org/generic-viagra-testimonials District A of the American Society of cialis Mechanical Engineers ASME. This SPDC was held on the campus of New York http://feathouston.org/canada-cialis-online Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, NY on April 26 and 27, 2013. This work was co-authored by Fernando Reyes, Industrial Engineering student and the moment of this article in a co-op at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, under the supervision of Prof. O. Marcelo Suárez.

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A CREST Tradition: Top-Notch Students Win Prizes PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 April 2013 17:36

Keeping the Center's tradition of high competitiveness and high-achievement, two CREST undergraduate students received prizes during the Science & Technology Symposium held in the Mayagüez campus of the University of Puerto Rico on April 16, 2013. The symposium was co-hosted by the Sacnas UPRM Chapter, the IEEE UPRM Branch, and the university's Hemispheric Center Cohemis. José Moreno Quiles, senior Mechanical Engineering student won the First Place in the Poster Category for his work titled "Processing, Characterization and Optimization of Mechanical Properties of an Al/NbB2 Composite," which was co-authored by Neshma López Meléndez, Chemical Engineering student. Additionally Seaska Pérez Avilés, Civil Engineering undergraduate, received the Second Place in the Oral Presentation Category for her work titled "Characterization and Tortuosity Index Formulation of a Polyimide Foam for Aerospace Applications," which was co-authored by Sugeily Flores Bonano (Mechanical Engineering graduate student).

José Moreno and his winning poster and First Place medal Seaska Pérez and her Second Place medal

Both students work under the supervision of Prof. O. Marcelo Suárez. Seaska's project is part of Sugeily Flores' research, which is also funded by the Puerto Rico Space Grant Consortium, and is co-supervised by Prof. Walter Silva.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 17:21
 
Outstanding CREST Alumnus Receives NSF Graduate Fellowship PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 01 April 2013 14:31

 

The National Science Foundation announced the recipients of the 2013 Graduate Research Fellowships. As in 2012, another UPRM CREST alumnus receives this prestigious award: Rafael Soler Crespo. In June 2012 Rafael graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Chemical Engineering and received the Luis Monzón award from his academic department. As an undergraduate he worked with CREST Professors O. Marcelo Suárez and María Curet. In 2011 he obtained the First Prize in the undergraduate poster competition held in the Materials Science & Technology Conference and in 2012 he won the First Prize in the undergraduate contest of the TMS Materials Processing & Manufacturing Division. Currently Rafael pursues a doctoral degree in Applied Mechanics in Northwestern University under the guidance of Professor Horacio Espinoza.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 April 2013 15:03
 
CREST Students Keep on the Tradition of Being Among The Best in TMS Meetings PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcelo Suarez   
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 14:27

It has become a tradition for  University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez and CREST students to participate in the The Minerals Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Annual Meetings and to register in their Student Poster Competitions. Also it has become a tradition for this successful students to bring back to Puerto Rico, First Prizes from that competition as it happend in TMS 2013 held in San Antonio, TX on March 2-7. Marcos Corchado, Mechanical Engineering undergraduate won the First Prize in the Light Metals Division for his work titled "Effects of Zinc and AlB2 Particles on Absorbed Impact Energy of an Aluminum Matrix Composite," co-authored by Fernando Reyes, Industrial Engineering undergraduate. In addition, Gerardo Nazario, Civil Engineering undegraduate, received the First Place in the Extraction and Processing Division for his poster titled "Porosity and Percolation in Sintered Recycled Glass for Polluted Soil Filtering." This work was coauthored by Wesley Cuadrado, Anel Arroyo, Jasmine Figueroa, Liliana Hernández, and Andrea López, all UPRM students affiliated to the Center for Education & Training in Agriculture & Related Sciences (CETARS), CREST sister center,

Marcos Corchado and his winning poster Gerardo Nazario and his poster in TMS 2013

Eight more members of CREST, CETARS and Material Advantage participated in the conference in addition to Marcos Corchado and Gerardo Nazario: Sujeily Soto, Sugeily Flores, Luis Zapata, Ulises Barajas, David Florián, Elvin Estremera, and Neshma López. In addition to the poster contest, Neshma López, Marcos Corchado, Sujeily Soto and Elvin Estremera represented UPRM in the Material Bowl competition while Sujeily Soto and David Florián presented their work in different symposia.

The team while preparing for the conference (left) and during TMS 2013 (right)

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 March 2013 01:04
 
Poster Competition Dominated by CREST Students PDF Print E-mail
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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: http://www.uprm.edu/portada/article.php?id=2449

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 18:50
 
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