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Research—including investigations of alloys, examination of lasers, and analysis of heuristic optimization—conducted by 13 graduate students at Missouri University of Science and Technology was presented to three faculty member judges during two ZOOM sessions. The Missouri S&T’s office of graduate studies sent the poster presentation results to the participants and judges on Friday, May 7th.
The university’s twelfth annual Graduate Fellows Research Poster Session was held March 26th and April 30th via ZOOM, in accordance with Covid-19 safety guidelines and recommendations. The student participants were Missouri S&T Chancellor’s Fellows or Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellows.
On Friday, May 7th, three students were informed of their placement in the competition:
• Cody Lough, representing Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was awarded 1st Place for his research entitled In-Situ Radiometric Inspection of Laser Powder Bed Fusion. Cody S. Lough graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri S&T in May 2017. His experience as an undergraduate researching thermal modeling of Laser Powder Bed Fusion and active spatiotemporal thermography led him to pursue a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Missouri S&T. In his graduate research, he develops in-situ inspection methods for Laser Powder Bed Fusion.
• Samuel Vanfossan, representing Systems Engineering, was awarded 2nd Place for his research entitled Disaster Recovery Strategy Generation via Multi-Objective Heuristic Optimization. Samuel Vanfossan is a Systems Engineering PhD candidate working in the Virtual and Augmented Systems Engineering Lab at Missouri S&T. His research interests include multi-objective heuristic optimization and machine learning, along with virtual reality design and simulation. Samuel has enjoyed teaching a variety of classes related to operations research, optimization, and operations and production management. A third-year graduate student, Samuel plans to finish his degree in 2022 and transition into a professional research role.
• Matthew Luebbe, representing Materials Science and Engineering, was awarded 3rd place for his research entitled Precipitate Structure Evolution in a High-Entropy Alloy. Matthew started his journey at S&T in the fall of 2014. He has done work of which to be proud.
Faculty judges for this year’s program were Dr. Melanie Mormile, professor of Biological Sciences and Geological Sciences & Engineering; Dr. Costas Tsatsoulis, Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Studies; and Dr. Leslie Gertsch, associate professor of Geological Sciences & Engineering and adjunct assistant professor in Mining Engineering.