Ian Lightcap, a former graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has won the prestigious Rohm & Haas Outstanding Graduate Student Award in 2012 for his thesis research. This award is made in recognition of his exceptional productivity in research.…
Steven R. Schmid, associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, has been named an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Foundation Swanson Fellow and assistant director for research partnerships in the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO), which is hosted at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
The Swanson Fellowship is designed to provide a unique opportunity for experienced engineers to serve in the federal government. Selected fellows, such as Schmid, devote a year of work and research, providing technical advice to policymakers in Congress and various executive branch offices and agencies. In this way each fellow can apply his or her expertise toward solutions to technical issues. In short, a Swanson Fellow engages with professionals in the public policy arena to make practical contributions on the most effective use of engineering in federal decision-making while strengthening his or her understanding of the intricacies of policymaking.