Student Awards and Achievements
From our groundbreaking research to the excellent academic records of our students, we’re proud of all the accomplishments. Our forward-thinking, unconventional research and student output received over a dozen awards over the last year. That follows up on decades of recognition: half of our faculty members are now winners of CAREER or other young-investigator honors. Because at NYU Tandon, exceptional work is our standard.
Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
No one who has followed Daniela Blanco’s story at NYU Tandon — a story that includes garnering a $100,000 Technology Venture Prize at the NYU Stern $300K Entrepreneurship Challenge, the $20,000 top prize in the InnoVention Competition at Tandon, a $20,000 Stage II VentureWell grant, top prize in the hotly contested Greentech category of the University Startup World Cup, and the title of 2019 Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year, to name just a few of her honors — will be very surprised to learn that in early 2020, shortly before earning her Ph.D. in chemical engineering, she added yet another notch to her belt: a Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, which honors promising collegiate inventors around the country. She was recognized, in part, for her development of reactors for sustainable chemical processes.
U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research Award
It s not just a figure of speech to suggest that Jason Lipton, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is putting the spotlight on lithium ion batteries. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) tapped him to do experimental research at the Argonne National Laboratory, where he can.explore how light affects energy storage in lithium ion batteries.
Argonne is home to a mile-long synchrotron, a special kind of particle accelerator ideal for identifying structural features of materials and for doing x-ray crystal studies “in operando” — essentially in real time, while a catalysis process is at work. The research could lead to solutions to one of the major problems with rechargeable batteries: long charging times.
Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship
Ziyi Ma, a graduate student studying Transportation Planning and Engineering, was awarded the 2019 Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship by the Federal Highway Administration. The fellowship will allow him to develop an open-source, agent-based simulation tool for public transit planning — an extension based on a virtual test bed of New York City’s large-scale transportation simulation model.
Makerbrace and Sunthetics
One of the most hotly anticipated events at South by Southwest (SXSW) is the Innovation Awards, and this year, two Tandon teams stood out in the crowded field as leaders in the categories of student innovation and climate, culture & social impact: MakerBrace, an interdisciplinary student team designing and fabricating low cost, highly adaptable, 3D-printed braces for people with cerebral palsy, and Sunthetics, a Tandon-bred startup developing AI-optimized chemical reactors for the sustainable manufacture of nylon intermediates, using 30% less raw material and 30% less energy and reducing manufacturing costs by 20%.
When many people hear the name “E. coli,” they think immediately of food poisoning or terrible gastric distress, but in reality, most types of E. coli are harmless and even serve to help keep the human digestive tract healthy.
A group of students employed the oft-misunderstood bacteria in a project that garnered them a silver medal at the 2019 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition, the world’s premier synthetic biology contest, which draws hundreds of teams from around the globe each year to create novel biological systems.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship is the oldest fellowship program of its kind and one with a remarkable track record of accurately identifying recipients who go on to achieve high levels of academic and professional success. (Past fellows include numerous Nobel Prize winners, Google founder Sergey Brin, and Freakonomics co-author Steven Levitt.) While it typically goes to doctoral candidates, masters student Katie Rosman garnered the honor for her work in data science and her efforts to develop innovative machine learning methods that are directly applicable to critical real-world problems, including preventing opioid overdoses, mitigating health disparities caused by environmental factors, and ensuring that the algorithmic systems used to make bail and parole decisions are just and equitable.