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Outstanding CREST Graduate Student PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcelo Suarez   
Thursday, 22 November 2012 15:07

On November 16, 2012, UPRM CREST IRG4 graduate student Sonia L. Aviles-Barreto received Second Prize in the Graduate Poster Competition during the SHPE Conference 2012, held in Ft. Worth, TX, in November 2012, for her poster titled “Effect of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on the Transport Properties of SIBS Membranes.” This is the third important award for Sonia, a PhD student in Chemical Engineering supervised by CREST IRG4 Prof. David Suleiman.

For this study she investigated the transport properties of poly(styrene-isobutylene-styrene) (SIBS) as a function of sulfonation levels and single-walled carbon nanotube (CNT) loadings for gas sensors and fuel cell applications. Sonia characterized the functionalized sulfonated SIBS containing CNTs to assess accurate sulfonation levels and thermal stability of the composite.

Few days later, on November 30 Sonia took part in the Poster Competition of the Graduate Research Symposium of the UPRM Department of Chemical Engineering. She was honored with First Prize in this competition.

Sonia L. Aviles-Barreto in the SHPE Graduate Poster Competitions 2012
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 14:55
Professor O. Marcelo Suárez Received Prestigious ASM International Fellow Honor PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 June 2012 14:51

The American Society for Materials (ASM International) has named UPRM CREST Director, Prof. O. Marcelo Suárez a Fellow of the society. The honor of Fellow represents recognition of Dr. Suárez's distinguished contributions in the field of materials science and engineering.

ASM International, one of most important professional societies of materials scientists and engineers in the world, selected 25 members worldwide for distinguished contributions to science, engineering and the profession. The Class of Fellows 2012 represents seven countries, including U.S.A. (17), Japan (2), Taiwan (2), Australia, France, India and Puerto Rico. The Fellows work in a variety of venues including universities (14), industry (7) and research labs or government (4).

Dr. Suarez receives the award from Dr. Christopher C. Berndt, 2011-12 President of ASM International
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 November 2012 14:34
Prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship Awarded to CREST Alumna PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcelo Suarez   
Sunday, 01 April 2012 14:43

Nayomi in wisconsin

Nayomi Plaza, outsanding UPRM and CREST alumna, has been selected to receive a 2012 National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program Fellowship. Her selection was based on her outstanding abilities and accomplishments. This is the last and most prestigious award in a long list of recognitions that Nayomi has received. Currently she is graduate student in the Materials Science Program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Co-advised by Dr. Joseph Jakes and Prof. Donald S. Stone, she is now conducting fundamental studies on a moisture-activated shape memory effect in thin wood slivers at the Forest Products Laboratory. This is an enthralling topic with implications in battery membrane research and further understanding of wood-water detrimental phenomena.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 November 2012 14:37
TMS Awards Best of Show to a CREST Student's Poster PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcelo Suarez   
Sunday, 01 April 2012 12:32

On March 11-15, 4,339 attendees from 68 countries converged to the 141st Annual Meeting of The Minerals Metals and Materials Society (TMS) held in the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort, Orlando, Florida. Four students supported by CREST participated in the Student Poster Contest in different Technical Divisions of TMS: José Moreno and Grace Rodríguez (Mech. Eng. undergraduates), Rafael Soler (Chem. Eng. graduating senior), and Luis Zapata (Civil Eng. graduate). Additionally, Elvin Estremera (CREST Mech. Eng. graduate) talked about his work on porous metals in an oral presentation.

Grace and Rafael won the First Prizes for their posters in their divisions: Extraction and Processing Division and Materials Processing & Manufacturing Division, respectively. Rafael's work was titled In the morning of Tuesday 13, Grace was also informed that she had won the Best of Show honor in the undergraduate category. Grace's poster was titled  Processing of Al Wires and Its Effect on Their Electrical Properties. According to Prof. Garry Warren, 2011 TMS President and competition judge: "Grace’s technical component was very strong and her presentation was quite good." Grace works with David Florián, Mech. Eng. graduate student in Prof. O. M. Suárez's research group.

This is the second year in a row that a CREST student brings the Best of Show award to Puerto Rico. In 2011 Roberto Manzano, currently an engineer at GE, had won this same award. Additionally, Rafael Soler had won the First Prize of the poster competition held during the 2011 MS&T annual conference.


Grace Rodríguez and her ribbons

UPRM Participants in TMS 2012


Last Updated on Sunday, 01 April 2012 14:41
CREST Student Wins First Prize in International Materials Conference PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 31 October 2011 14:42

In October 2011, during the 2011 Materials Science & Technology international conference Rafael Soler, Chemical Engineering senior student presented his poster titled "Electrochemical Dealloying of Aluminum-Zinc Alloys: Formation of Macroporous Structures" during the Undergraduate Poster Competition. This work was coauthored by Amarilis Declet (Chemical Engineering senior student) and Elvin Estremera (Mechanical Engineering graduate student) and is part of a collaborative project by Profs. O. Marcelo Suarez (IRG4) and Arturo Hernandez (IRG3). The level of the competition is reflected by the affiliations of the remaining prize winners: DoE Ames Labs, Iowa State University, Case Western Reserve University, University of Alabama. The novelty of the experimental methodology led the team to file a disclosure of invention to produce porous metals intended for catalytic applications.

Rafael Soler and the Blue Ribbon

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2011 16:51
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