Engineering Science and Mechanics' Mao receives Graduate School award

04/25/2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Zhangming Mao, Ph.D. candidate in engineering science and mechanics, was recently selected as the 2016-2017 recipient of the Thomas and June Beaver Fund Award from the Penn State Graduate School.

The award recognizes and provides financial assistance to outstanding full-time graduate students enrolled at Penn State who are performing industrially sponsored research in connection with the Ben Franklin Partnership Fund Program.

Under the supervision of Francesco Costanzo, professor of engineering science and mechanics, Mao is conducting research to fundamentally understand the physics of acoustofluidics and to design and extend the functionalities of acoustofluidic devices and systems in order to benefit a wide variety of applications in biomedical research and engineering.

Mao has developed a 3D acoustic tweezers platform that has great potential for 3D printing of cells and tissues for bio-applications. He has optimized an acoustic device for separating circulating tumor cells from blood so that it is capable of processing real patient samples for diagnostics.

“It’s been a pleasure and an honor to work with Zhangming,” said Costanzo. “He has a very strong grasp of the physics underlying microacoustofluidics. Even more impressive is his imagination in applying this knowledge to new applications. The field of acoustophoresis has tremendous potential in making point-of-care diagnostic tools in bio-medicine, and Zhangming’s work shows that he will likely become a leader in this field.”

Mao, along with three other engineering graduate students who received awards from the Graduate School, were honored during the Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held April 18.

 

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Zhangming Mao, Ph.D. candidate

Zhangming Mao, Ph.D. candidate in engineering science and mechanics

“He has a very strong grasp of the physics underlying microacoustofluidics," said Costanzo. "Even more impressive is his imagination in applying this knowledge to new applications."

 
 

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