Keeley-LeClaire, Mulderrig, Rummaneethorn awarded PRISM Senior Thesis Award

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2018

Three students awarded the PRISM Senior Thesis Award in recognition of outstanding senior thesis work in materials. The students are:

Theo Keeley-LeClaire, of the Chemical and Biological Engineering department, awarded the Senior Thesis Award. Theo’s senior thesis entitled ‘Evaporative-Radiant Cooling on Superhydrophilic Boehmitized Aluminum Surfaces’ integrate materials ideas in new ways, such as boehmitization of surface to enhance wettability, so as to make his idea for evaporation assisted cooling possible. His advisor, Prof. Howard Stone writes, ‘Theo is a very talented young person, with a broad and deep skill set in engineering, physics and the physical sciences more generally. He is a superb problem solver.’ His co-advisor, Prof. Meggers writes, ‘I can say that Theo’s work is at a spectacular level certainly deserving of recognition and award.’ After graduation, Theo will be staying on campus for a summer research position with Prof. Meggers.

Jason Mulderrig, of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department, awarded the Senior Thesis Award.  Jason’s senior thesis entitled ‘A Solid Mechanics-Informed Continuum Model Approach to Phase Engineering Bendable Group VI Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Monolayers’ involves carrying out analytical and computational studies of deformation-induced structural transformations in a class of emerging 2-dimensional materials, namely transition metal dichalcogenides. His advisor, Prof. Mikko Haataja, writes ‘Jason has excelled both in course work and materials research, and hence would be well-deserving of an MSE award. He has my unequivocal and enthusiastic support.’

Jason is also the recipient of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and served as a Princeton University Materials Research Society Officer in 2017. Jason will be pursuing a PhD in mechanical engineering at Cornell after graduation.

Paradorn (Joe) Rummaneethorn, of the Chemical and Biological Engineering department, awarded the Senior Thesis Award. Joe’s senior thesis entitled ‘Nanoparticle Encapsulation of Macromolecular Biologics by Hydrophobic Ion Pairing Flash NanoPrecipitation’ describes the development of a new bio-material form created by electrostatic self-assembly. The technique is broadly applicable for the encapsulation of biologic proteins and peptides. His advisor, Prof. Bob Prud-homme writes ‘Joe is a fantastic fit for the MSE Senior Thesis award. His thesis research has resulted in a published paper, and a second paper is being prepared. He is as good in the lab as he is in the classroom.‘  After graduation, Joe will be pursuing a PhD in chemical and biomolecular engineering at UPenn.