ESM Today 2016, the 13th Annual Engineering Science and Mechanics Research Symposium, was held on Saturday, February 27, 2016, in the lobby of the EES Building on University Park campus. The event, organized by the ESM Graduate Student Council, gives graduate students the opportunity to present their work through oral and poster presentations to peers, colleagues and faculty; exchange ideas across the various research disciplines; and hone their presentation skills.

Over 60 people attended this year’s event, and 31 students gave a total of 10 oral presentations and 16 poster presentations. Presenters are required to explain their work in a way that is easily understandable to both engineers and scientists who are not specialists in a presenter’s discipline. ESM faculty served as judges throughout the day.

Oral presentations were split into two groups, with first prize in Group 1 going to Adem Ozcelik for his paper titled “Rotational Manipulation of Single Cells and Organisms Using Acoustic Waves.” First prize in Group 2 resulted in a tie between Christine Truong for her paper titled “Feeling the Flow: Optical Diagnostic Techniques to Characterize Turbulent Behavior” and Nitesh Nama for his paper titled “Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Surface Acoustic Wave Driven Microparticle Acoustophoresis.” Amir Aref took home first prize in the poster contest with “Development of High Energy Density Electrochemical Capacitors for Low Power Energy Harvesting Platforms.”

The full list of 2016 winners includes:

Oral/Paper presentations in room 114 EES:

1st place Adem Ozcelik
2nd place Nick Labarbera
3rd place Joseph Nasr
People’s Choice Justin Kauffman

Oral/Paper presentations in room 116 EES:

1st place Christine Truong and Nitesh Nama (tie)
2nd place
3rd place Anniruddh Vashisth
People’s Choice Anniruddh Vashisth

Poster presentations:

1st place Amir Aref
2nd place Andy Suprock
3rd place Faye Kim
People’s Choice Wuttichai Sai

To view all presentation abstracts, click here.

The day’s events also included an opening keynote speech from Andrew (Mike) Erdman, ESM alumnus and Walter L. Robb Director of Engineering Leadership Program within the Penn State School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs.

View photos from ESM Today 2016 on the Penn State ESM Facebook page.