Skip over navigation

News Archive

PRISM Class Day Awards

The 2009 MSE Class had 18 students from Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, and Electrical Engineering complete the certificate. The future plans of the students range from graduate work in materials science to work as a business consultant to studying patent law. Ashwin Atre received the Outstanding Materials Science and Engineering Student Award and Sharon Goswami received the Outstanding Leadership in Materials Award.

Sharon Goswami, of the Chemical Engineering Department, is being recognized with this special award for her leadership in Materials Science and Engineering where she has left a lasting imprint on our undergraduate program.  Sharon has been a leader as a vital member and officer of the Princeton Materials Research Society student chapter where she has served as Event Coordinator and more recently as co-President.  With Sharon’s unending eagerness the PMRS Club and the Materials Science and Engineering Certificate program have grown dramatically in membership and in spirit.  She spearheaded a number of well-attended activities including open houses, major fairs, field trips, and a student-run materials-based seminar series.  Sharon has also been active in materials at the national level, working with public outreach at the Materials Research Society semi-annual meeting.  Her senior thesis advisor, Prof. Jay Benziger speaks very highly of Sharon’s research work as well as her extracurricular efforts and describes her enthusiasm as nothing short of “infectious”.  After graduation, Sharon will be continuing her studies at NYU. The 2009 MSE Class had 18 students from Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, and Electrical Engineering complete the certificate. The future plans of the students range from graduate work in materials science to work as a business consultant to studying patent law. Ashwin Atre received the Outstanding Materials Science and Engineering Student Award and Sharon Goswami received the Outstanding Leadership in Materials Award.

PRISM’s highest undergraduate honor, the Outstanding Materials Science and Engineering Student award is presented to Ashwin Atre, of the Chemical Engineering department and advised by Prof. Craig Arnold of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. This award recognizes the combined excellence in academics, research, and dedication to materials science that Ashwin has demonstrated during his four years at Princeton. In his thesis entitled “Laser direct-write texturing of LiCoO2 particles for secondary microbatteries” he presents highly original independent work in which he has identified a previously unrecognized ordering and stacking of particles during laser-based printing. Such a result has an affect on the electrical and ionic transport in these energy storage systems and provides a foundation and pathway for materials optimization and improved rechargeable batteries. According to his advisor, “Ashwin has an ability to absorb material with a clarity and depth of understanding that is exceedingly rare. His careful and insightful analysis of the data and experimental design allowed him to identify a subtle but important effect that many others researchers over many years have missed.” In addition to his outstanding performance in research and course work where he has earned numerous A’s and A+’s, Ashwin has served as treasurer for the Princeton Materials Research Society student chapter. In the coming fall, Ashwin will be entering the PhD program in Materials Science at Stanford University.