CECS announces recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Graduate Student Research Award

3/20/2018

The College of Engineering and Computer Science recognizes graduate students who demonstrate excellence in research.

The College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is pleased to announce the 2018 winners of the Distinguished Graduate Student Research Award:

Tao Chen, doctoral student, electrical and computer engineering (Advisor: Dr. Wencong Su): Tao’s primary research focus is machine learning and optimal control for future retail electricity market. He has published 4 journal papers, a book chapter, and presented at a number of conferences. Tao’s preliminary work has also directly contributed to two funded projects at UM-Dearborn.

Guanliang Liu, master’s student, electrical engineering (Advisor: Dr. Kevin Bai). Guanliang’s research focuses on power electronics and was heavily involved in the development of a high-efficiency EV battery charger for Hella Corporation. He also focused on Si and GAN hybrid switch processes. Guanliang has published four journal papers, including three in IEEE Transactions.

Jason Solocinski, master’s student, mechanical engineering (Advisor: Dr. Nilay Chakraborty): Jason conducts research as a part of the Cellular Bioprocessing Lab and recently developed a Raman microspectroscopic technique to characterize living human cells at the nanometer level. He has published four peer-reviewed journal articles in Cryobiology and PLOS ONE and presented at many conferences. As an undergraduate student at UM-Dearborn, Jason won first place in the college’s Senior Design Competition.

About the Awards:

Seven impressive student researchers were nominated the award this year, which is granted to up to three graduate students who demonstrate excellence in research while enrolled at the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Each winner will be recognized with a signed certificate from Dean Tony England and a $1,000 award. Nominations for the 2019 Distinguished Graduate Student Research Award will open next fall.

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