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March 2023 Statler Circuit: Department Digest and Awards

Statler College Circuit - Department Digest and Awards


The Research Office in the Statler College hosted its second annual Graduate Student Research Symposium on Friday, March 24. During the event, a poster symposium was held for graduate students to present their current research to the Statler Community. Graduate students displayed their research posters and were able to obtain feedback from faculty and peers regarding their work. Poster submissions were judged on format, content and an oral presentation. 

Noah Strader, a computer science and electrical engineering major, received the first-place award and $1,000 for their posted titled “Wireless Corrosion and Temperature Sensing in Harsh Environments.” Paroma Chatterjee, a computer science and electrical engineering major, received the second-place award and $500 for their posted titled “Enabling Resilient Operation of Power Grids against Wildfire Using Reinforcement Learning.” Honorable mentions went to chemical and biomedical engineering students Daniel Duque Urrego and Vivek Saini, civil and environmental engineering student Madison Haddix and computer science and electrical engineering student Hannah Anderson. 

Graduate poster winners holding their posters

Left to right: Dr. Juliana Serafin of STaR Division, Honorable Mention-Hannah Anderson, First Place Winner-Noah Strader, Honorable Mention-Daniel Duque Urrego, Honorable Mention-Vivek Saini, Associate Dean of Research-Xingbo Liu, 2nd Place Winner-Paroma Chatterjee, Honorable Mention-Madison Haddix, Dean Pedro Mago and Guest Speaker, Pedro Espina.

Statler College recognitions at ASEE NCS Conference

West Virginia University hosted the ASEE North Central Section Conference on March 24-25, 2023. The event featured presentations, a poster session, speaker luncheon and awards dinner. Faculty, students and staff from the Statler College received four awards during the conference. Pedro Mago, Glen H. Hiner Dean of the Statler College, was awarded the ASEE North Central Section 2023 Outstanding Campus Representative Award. Paola A. Perez-Vega, a senior chemical engineering student won the Best Student Poster Award with her poster "Degradation and Separation of Perfluorooctanoic Acid From Drinking Water Sources." Leslie Hopkinson, associate professor of civil engineering, won second place for the Best Faculty Paper Award for her paper and presentation "Development of a 'Gender in Engineering & Technology Careers' Course." Robin Hensel, teaching professor for Fundamentals of Engineering, won third place for the Best Faculty Paper Award her paper and presentation "Evolution of a Student Transition and Success Program: Reflections on a 10 Year Journey.”

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering  

Ever J. Barbero, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, published a book titled “Finite Element Analysis of Composite Materials using Abaqus(R) 2nd Edition.” The book was developed from Barbero’s course on advanced mechanics of composite materials and shows how powerful finite element tools address practical problems in the structural analysis of composites. This second edition updates all examples, sample code, and problems to Abaqus 2020. Aimed at advanced students and professional engineers, this text features more than 60 fully developed examples, 80 end-of-chapter exercises and 50 pieces of Abaqus pseudo-code that illustrate solutions to example problems. A companion website offers relevant model files for download, enabling readers to easily reproduce the examples and complete the exercises. For more information contact Barbero at 



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