Bahari wins award at 2017 College of Engineering Research Symposium


Engineering science and mechanics Ph.D. candidate Fatemeh Bahari took first place in the morning paper/oral presentation session at the 14th annual College of Engineering Research Symposium (CERS) held April 4, at the Nittany Lion Inn.

CERS is an annual student-initiated, student-run symposium featuring research papers, oral and poster presentations and an "Art in Science" competition from the engineering disciplines.

Bahari won for her paper titled “Methods for Estimation of Hidden Dynamics in Non-Linear Systems for Predicting Sleep-Wake States.”

Her research focuses on understanding the role of sleep-wake regulation in epilepsy and how that can drastically improve and even change approaches in proposing effective treatments. Bahari has established a framework to mechanistically study these dynamics by incorporating experimental measurements into physiologically-based mathematical models. Her efforts will introduce new avenues in model validation, as well as improved understanding of network interactions in epileptic and healthy brain.

First and second place awards were given for paper/oral presentations. First, second and third place awards were given for poster presentations and Art in Science submissions.

First-place paper/oral presentation winners received $250, first-place poster winners received $200 and the first-place Art in Science winner received $150.

A complete list of winners is available on the CERS website.


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