Ethan Butler (’12) was awarded the Portz Interdisciplinary Research Fellowship prize. This is a nationally recognized award and Ethan’s proposal was evaluated amongst several very strong proposals and deemed the most promising. Ethan, who is the president of Engineers Without Borders at UCONN, has built a team of 6 undergraduate students to work on his project entitled “A Response to the Water Crisis: Evaluating and Improving a Novel, Zero-Energy Water Filtration System for Use in Ethiopia.” The review committee felt that his proposal was well conceived and exceptionally well presented. Ethan, who is advised by Professor Jeffrey McCutcheon, will receive $5,000 to support his project.
Dr. Aravind Suresh joins the CMBE Department as an Assistant Professor- in-Residence. Dr. Suresh, who earned his Ph.D. at UConn, received his bachelor’s degree from the National Institute of Technology, India in 2004. His area of expertise is in inorganic oxide synthesis, structural characterization, catalytic analysis and high-temperature processing.
Dr. Ma received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, England (2009) and recently completed a post-doctoral research position at Rice University.
Dr. Ma’s research focuses on the development of novel, scalable techniques for processing nanoparticles into multifunctional, high performance materials. In particular, he seeks to develop nanoparticle-stabilized foams for enhanced oil recovery and “smart” polymer nanocomposites for aerospace applications.
He is the founding president of the Carbon Nanotube Club and the recipient of the J. Evans Attwell-Welch Fellow award, presented by the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology. He has published one book chapter and seven first author journal articles. read his profile