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Singh Wins Award from Materials Research Society

Tejinder Singh

Chemical Engineering graduate student Tejinder Singh has been selected as one of 22 finalists out of hundreds of nominees for a Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Award, to be presented during the spring MRS meeting this April in San Francisco. Being a finalist means he will win either a Silver or Gold Award. Singh works in the research group of Chemical Engineering Professor Dimitrios Maroudas.

“This is one of the highlights of my professional career,” said Singh about the award, “and I'm extremely thankful to my advisors, [Chemical Engineering] Professors Maroudas and T. J. Mountziaris, as well as co-authors Andre Muniz and Sumeet Pandey.”

As Professor Maroudas explained about Singh’s honor, “This is the most prestigious graduate student award in materials research and throughout the spectrum of condensed-matter science and technology communities in which I participate.”

Singh’s broad area of interest lies in the field of semiconductor technology, with a focus on electronic materials such as silicon thin films, carbon nanotubes, and quantum dots.

“I've developed and implemented a variety of computational tools in combination with experimental techniques to resolve outstanding issues in this field,” as Singh has explained about his research.

Singh earned his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, India. Among his other honors and awards are: the Eldridge Fellowship, presented by the Chemical Engineering Department to the top graduate student for excellence in research and academics, 2008-2009; the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Chemical Engineering Department, 2008-2009; a National Science Foundation Student Fellowship to attend and present a poster at the Gordon Research Conference, 2008; and the Best Intern Award, BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Ludwigshafen, Germany, 2005.

“I am particularly proud because we are keeping alive and well a great tradition here,” Professor Maroudas noted. “Tejinder is the seventh student from my research group to win this award, in spite of the tough competition and the purely computational nature of the work in a largely experimental community.”

MRS Graduate Student Awards are intended to honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction. All finalists receive a complimentary meeting registration and a one-year MRS student membership. The award prizes consist of $400 and presentation plaques for Gold Awards, and $200 and certificates for Silver Awards.

Founded in 1973, MRS now consists of over 15,000 members from the United States and nearly 70 other countries. The society encourages communication and technical information exchange across the various fields of science affecting materials. (February 2010)