Engineering Research Symposium

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering Research Symposium 

Presented by CHMS Graduate Student Organization

Sponsored by Departments of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering

Full Program can be found here


Friday, October 13th 2023 

  • Oral Presentations 9 am - 5 pm Location: Walker Hall - Gibeling Room 
  • Poster Presentations 5 pm - 6:45 pm Location: Engineering Student Design Center -  Rm1526, 1528
  • Awards Ceremony 6:45 pm Location: Engineering Student Design Center -  Rm1526, 1528

Keynote speakers

Dr. Erika La Plante  

Prof. Erika La Plante is an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Davis. She previously held positions at the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of California, Los Angeles. She has a B.S. in Geology and a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prof. La Plante has produced multiple peer-reviewed publications on mineral reactivity and processing, cementitious materials, and carbon dioxide sequestration, and applies her expertise in the kinetics of low-temperature aqueous processes at mineral-fluid interfaces to address the many research questions in the fields of climate, sustainability, built environment, and energy.

Dr. Mingwei Zhang

Mingwei Zhang is an assistant professor at the University of California, Davis. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Davis in 2021 and his Bachelor's degree at Shanghai Jiao Tong Univerity in 2017. He conducted postdoctoral research at the National Center for Electron Microscopy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 2021 to 2023. His primary research interests focus on the mechanical properties, deformation mechanisms, and the effects of advanced processing of multi-principal element alloys and additively manufactured alloys under extreme conditions using bulk and in-situ mechanical testing and advanced characterization. 

Program of Events

9:00 am Opening remarks, Hudson Shih, GSO President

9:05 am Session 1. Materials Processing

  • Chair: Siddharth Sonti
  • Meghna Jha, Moulé Lab
  • Sadi Shahriar, Seker Lab
  • Hudson Shih, Takamura Lab and Hong Lab

10:15 am Keynote Speaker

  • Dr. Mingwei Zhang: Developing Strong and Tough Multiple Principal Element Alloys for High-Temperature Applications 

10:45 am Break

11:00 am Session 2. Soft materials, Biological materials, Biotechnology and Human Health, and AMPAC Scholars

  • Session Chair: Bryan Wijaya
  • Alex Kermani, Block Lab and Leach Lab
  • Kevin Gu, Kuhl Lab
  • Skye Frank, AMPAC Scholar, Kuhl Lab
  • Tanya Chettri, AMPAC Scholar, Ahn Lab and McDonald-Nandi Lab

12:20 pm Lunch

1:20 pm Session 3. Ceramics or Amorphous Materials

  • Session Chair: Kevin Gu
  • Jugal Mehta, Kukreja Lab
  • Peifen Lyu, Leite Lab
  • Dayne Sasaki, Takamura Lab
  • Jacob Lovi, Sen Lab

2:40 pm Keynote Speaker

  • Dr. Erika La Plante, Materials Chemistry for Climate and Sustainability

3:10 pm  Break

3:25 pm Session 4. Catalysts and Renewable Energy

  • Session Chair: Shelly Zhang
  • Siddharth Sonti, Ahn Lab and Kulkarni Lab
  • Niko Hansen, Kronawitter Lab
  • Jiawei Guo, Kulkarni Lab
  • Ethan Field, Moulé Lab

4:45 pm  Break

5:00 pm Poster session at Engineering Student Design Center Room 1526, 1528

6:45 pm Awards and closing remarks in the Engineering Student Design Center Courtyard

  • Bryan Wijaya and Randi Swanson, GSO Events Co-Chairs