Engineering at Nebraska, Spring 2009
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Graduate awards highlight Nebraska Engineering

At UNL's 2009 Folsom Awards for outstanding work in graduate programs, Nebraska Engineering grad students and faculty gained several honors.

David MillerDavid Miller earned the Lowe R. and Mavis M. Folsom Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award. Miller, who lives in Bellevue, completed his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering in December 2008. He received the honor from his mentor, Carl Nelson, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, who nominated Miller's dissertation, "An Intelligent Modular Tool for Minimally Invasive Surgery."



Sebastian ElbaumCSE professor and chair Steve Goddard praised Sebastian Elbaum, right associate professor of computer science and engineering, for earning the Dean's Award for Excellence in Graduate Education. In the past three years Elbaum advised nine UNL graduate students and co-authored papers with all of them. He has published with Ph.D. students for a total of 19 peer-reviewed conference papers and four journal papers. Recognition also included:


Folsom Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award - Honorable Mention

  • Pavankumar Meadati, Construction Engineering

Folsom Distinguished Master's Thesis Award - Honorable Mention

  • Chanat Chokejaroenrat, Environmental Engineering
  • Scarlett Herring, Industrial Management & Systems Engineering
  • Amy Lehman, Mechanical Engineering

Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award - Honorable Mention

  • Elham Forouzesh, Materials Engineering
  • Kromel Hanna, Civil Engineering
  • Anwar Mamat Niwaer Ai, Computer Science & Engineering
  • Wei Wang, Computer & Electronics Engineering
  • Marta Wolinska, Civil Engineering
  • Hang Yue, Civil Engineering

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award - Honorable Mention

  • Roberto Soares, Engineering Mechanics
  • Xinwang Zhang,Electrical Engineering

Nebraska Engineering also claimed three among 28 recipients of prestigious UNL fellowships this year:

  • Jason Ong. a Ph.D. student in chemical engineering, and Samuel Saunders, a Ph.D. student in civil engineering, both earned Othmer Fellowships. Ong is from Tangkak, Johore, Malaysia, and Saunders is from Charlottesville, Va.
  • Xiaokang Shen, a Ph.D. student in electrical engineering, won a Presidential Fellowship. Shen is from Jiang Su province in China. Othmer Fellowships assist in recruiting exceptional scholars who are seeking a terminal degree. Recipients are awarded an assistantship at the highest level offered by their department, plus an additional $7,500 for three years, given continued excellent progress toward the degree. Presidential Fellowships are for outstanding doctoral students in the last year of their program. Recipients receive a stipend of $24,000 and agree not to work so they can concentrate on completing their degree.