Carnegie Mellon University
January 15, 2015

Bertucci Fellowships Awarded to Four CEE Students

Bertucci Fellowships Awarded to Four CEE Students

CMU's College of Engineering recently awarded John and Claire Bertucci Fellowship to four CEE students. The Bertucci Fellowships are awarded to accomplished graduate students who are pursuing doctoral degrees, have passed their PhD qualifying exams and have been admitted to PhD candidacy. The fellowships provide financial support towards their studies and research. 

Argha Namhata is advised by Professor Dave Nakles and Assistant Research Professor Athanasios Karamalidis. His research focuses on modeling subsurface environment of a carbon dioxide (CO2) geologic storage site. One of the goals of Namhata's research is to predict the fate of the injected carbon dioxide in the subsurface environment and to ensure that it remains in the storage reservoir in perpetuity. "It is great I have been awarded the prestigious Bertucci Fellowship to support my graduate studies," he says. "I am really thankful for this generous funding opportunity."

In 2012 Argha graduated from National Institute of Technology, Durgapur in India with Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering.

Hanqi Chen, advised by H. John Heinz Professor Mitchell Small, is currently focused on developing statistical methods and modeling tools to aid in the assessment of the occurrence and magnatude of fugitive emissions at shale gas drilling sites. “It was my great honor to receive this award. I am very thankful for the Bertucci’s extreme generosity and support to Carnegie Mellon,” she said, “I am also very proud to be a member of the CEE department, which provides the students with so many research opportunities and resources.”

Hanqi completed her undergraduate degree in Water Supply and Sewerage Engineering from Southeast University in China. In 2012 she completed her Civil and Environmental Engineering MS degree at CMU.

Eric McGivney is a second year PhD student and is advised by Associate Professor Kelvin Gregory and Duquesne Light Professor Jeanne VanBriesen and is currently researching the effects of nanoparticles on cell-to-cell signaling. He plans to use the generous allotment from the Bertucci family to help fund his research and complete his doctorate while recognizing the benefactors in his future work. 

Eric completed his undergraduate degree at Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware and received his M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

Vaibhav Agrawal, advised by Associate Professor Kaushik Dayal, models dynamic structural phase transformations which is usually seen in certain metal alloys. In these transformations, unlike elastic materials, the periodic arrangement of atoms in the material called crystal structure changes under mechanical stress. This results in interesting and useful properties such as superelasticity and shape-memory effect. These materials are useful for making small-scale sensors and actuators and have diverse applications in aerospace, automotive and biomedical sectors.

Vaibhav competed his undergraduate studies in 2011 at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Congratulations Argha, Hanqi, Eric, and Vaibhav on receiving these prestigious and competitive fellowships!

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