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M.C. Gill Composites Center Ph.D. Students Win National Research Competition

Two Viterbi students win prizes at the SAMPE University Research Symposium.
BY: Viterbi Staff
October 11, 2016 —
USC Viterbi School of Engineering students Daniel Kim (tr; 2nd from R)and Bo Jin (tr; 6th from R) with the finalists from the SAMPE University Research Symposium and Program Chairs Professor Tony Saliba and Professor Jim Johnson. Photo courtesy: Viterbi Staff

At the most recent SAMPE University Research Symposium held Sep. 24-26, 2016 in Anaheim, Calif., two Trojans took home top prizes in the Ph.D. category.

Daniel Kim, a Chemical Engineering and Materials Science student, was awarded second place for his presentation: “Efficient Modeling and Monitoring of Effects of Out-Time and Humidity on Out-Of-Autoclave (OOA) Prepreg: A Path To Flow Optimization." Bo Jin, an Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering student, received third place for his talk on “Development of a Finite Element Model for Reused Carbon Fiber/Epoxy Composite Oriented Strand Board." Both students are advised by USC Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Professor Steven Nutt at the M.C. Gill Composites Center.

The SAMPE University Research Symposium is an annual nationwide competition hosted by the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE), one of the leading global professional societies for composites engineers. Students in undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. categories apply by submitting a personal statement and an abstract describing their research. Semifinalists are selected to write a technical paper, and from those, finalists are selected and sponsored to give a conference presentation describing their research at the SAMPE Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) conference. The best presentations receive award certifications and cash prizes.