Student Awards

Graduate Student Awards

Douglas Hutchings, founder of Silicon Solar Solutions, closes the NASDAQ on August 20th 2010 for winning the Stuart Clark Venture Challenge. Douglas completed his PhD under Dr. Magda El-Shenawee in May of 2010 and joined the company he founded as the full time CEO. Among the distinguished guests at the event was the Dean of Engineering, Dean Saxena, and the Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Maria Halley. Silicon Solar Solutions is commercializing a UofA technology for significantly reducing the cost of silicon based solar cells.

Douglas Hutchings (Woten), PhD student, has received the following awards:

  1. Best Student Paper of $300 in the Competition at the 2008 Applied Computational Electromagnetics Symposium in Niagara Falls, Canada, March 30 – April 4, 2008. The title of his paper is “Breast Skin Effect on Scattered Electromagnetic Fields”.NSF Fellowship of
  2. $121,500 to pursue his graduate degree from June 2006-May 2009

Mohammad Reza Hajihashemi, PhD student, has received the following awards:

  1. Honorable Mention Paper of $1000 in the Student Paper Contest of 2008 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation in San Diego, CA, July 5-12, 2008. The title of t his paper is “Level Set Algorithm for Shape Reconstruction of Multiple Conducting Cylinders with Arbitrary Cross-Sections”.
  2. NSF Cyberinfrastructure Grant of $6500 to spend 11 weeks at the Supercomputer Center of San Diego for training and experience on using the supercomputing facilities to speed up his computational computer codes of shape reconstruction.

Seth Shumate, MS/PhD student, has received the NSF/IREE Grant of $16,250 to travel to Scotland from June 8 to December 3, 2008 to conduct research at the University of Dundee on the subject of mathematical biology models of breast cancer.

Undergraduate Student Awards

Jordan Greenlee, Junior undergraduate, has received the following awards:

  1. Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship of $7,500 for the 2008/2009 academic year. The title of his research project is “An Interdisciplinary Approach to Full Breast Mathematical Modeling.”
  2. State Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) of $3,353 to support his research from January 1 to August 15, 2008. His research project is “Computational Model of Breast Blood Vessels and Ducts”.
  3. NSF/IREE Grant of $7250 to study abroad at the University of Dundee in Scotland during the spring semester of 2007.
  4. Honors College Study Abroad Tuition Grant of $3000 for the spring of 2007 at the University of Dundee in Scotland.
  5. Honors College Research Travel Grant of $825 to attend and present the Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics in June 2-4, 2008.

Lauren Megee, Junior undergraduate, has been awarded NSF/IREE Grant of $4952 to travel to France from May 18-August 13, 2008. She will conduct research on breast cancer at the University of Technology of Troyes in Troyes, France.

Jessica Rutledge, Junior undergraduate, has been awarded the MiroEP site REU grant of $6000 to conduct research on signal processing, software and hardware, in the electrical engineering department for 10 weeks from May 18 to July 26, 2008.

Stephen Crain received the SURF grant in December 2008 and 2009, each of $2650, from the State of Arkansas to conduct research on nano-antennas with Dr. El-Shenawee.