Several students from UD’s Center for Composite Materials were recognized with awards at the Society for Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) conference, which took place in Seattle, Washington, from April 17–20, 2023.

Graduate student Tania Lavaggi received the University Student Leadership Experience Award. This program invites student leaders to attend the annual SAMPE Spring Conference and Exhibition to network with peers and professionals, learn about career opportunities in the materials and process engineering community and meet future employers.

Graduate student Dae Han Sung won second place in the Student Poster Contest. Graduate students Seyda Alasahin, Ali Cicek, Lukas Fuessel and Alexander Schneider competed in the Student Bridge Contest, where participants were tasked with designing, building and testing a miniature structural bridge using various composite materials in accordance with a set of well-defined rules. The CCM team won first place in the Open Design category and third place in the Carbon I-Beam and Sandwich I-Beam categories.

In addition, two CCM doctoral students were recognized with awards at the 28th University Research Symposium, an event hosted by the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of SAMPE, which took place at the University of Maryland, College Park on April 25, 2023.

Soyeon Park, a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering, received the first place Boeing Award of Achievement for her podium presentation at the conference, and Shagata Das, a recent Ph.D alum in civil engineering, received first place for the conference’s poster competition.