ESM Today 2018 showcases student research


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — ESM Today 2018, the 15th annual Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) Research Symposium, was held on February 10 in the lobby of the EES Building on the University Park campus.

The event, organized by the ESM Graduate Student Council, gives undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to present their work through oral and poster presentations to peers, colleagues, and faculty; exchange ideas across the various research disciplines; and hone their presentation skills.

Approximately 65 people attended this year’s event, and 35 students gave a total of 25 oral/paper presentations and 10 poster presentations. Presenters are required to explain their work in a way that is easily understandable to both engineers and scientists who are not specialists in a presenter’s discipline.

ESM Today 2018 also featured an Art in Science exhibition where eight students displayed their research using a single slide showing one impactful image of their research along with a short caption.

Oral/paper presentations were split into two groups, with first prize in Group 1 going to Monika Hospodiuk for her paper titled “Bioprinted Pancreas-On-A-Chip Model for Drug Screening in Diabetes Therapy.” First prize in Group 2 went to Kerim Moncal for his paper titled “In Situ Bioprinting of Bone Tissue Constructs.”

Madhuri Dey took home first prize in the poster competition with “Fabrication of a Vascularized Tumor Microenvironment for Immunotherapy.” Christine Truong and Andrew Arnold captured top honors in the Art in Science exhibition with “Particle Shadow Velocimetry” and “Brownian Trees on Etched SiO2,” respectively.

The full list of 2018 winners includes the following:

Oral/Paper Presentations (Group 1):

  • 1st place: Monika Hospodiuk
  • 2nd place: Andrew Arnold
  • 3rd place: Daniel Schulman

Oral/Paper Presentations (Group 2):

  • 1st place: Kerim Moncal
  • 2nd place: Duane McCrory
  • 3rd place: Bugra Ayan

Poster Competition:

  • 1st place: Madhuri Dey
  • 2nd place: Chaitanya Bakre
  • 3rd place: Sarah Antonsson

Art in Science Exhibition:

  • 1st place: Christine Truong and Andrew Arnold
  • 2nd place:
  • 3rd place: Ravi Kedarasetti and Daniel Schulman

The day’s events also included an opening keynote speech from Joseph Rose, Paul Morrow Professor in Engineering Design and Manufacturing. His presentation was titled “Seeking the Edge to Achieve Extraordinary Engineering Success.”

View all presenters’ abstracts.

View Art in Science images.

View the event photos.


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The Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) is an internationally distinguished department that is recognized for its globally competitive excellence in engineering and scientific accomplishments, research, and educational leadership.

Our Engineering Science program is the official undergraduate honors program of the College of Engineering, attracting the University’s brightest engineering students. We also offer graduate degrees in ESM, engineering mechanics, engineering at the nano-scale, and an integrated undergraduate/graduate program.

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212 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4523