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Mariana Completes Preliminary Exam

Congratulation to Mariana Vasquez, who successfully completed her preliminary exam. Her report was titled “(Electro)chemical processes at solid/liquid interfaces in materials for sanitation and neural stimulation.” Her work focuses on charge and chemical reactions at solid/liquid interfaces, electrochemical and chemical analyte modification and characterization, and electrochemical processes. Congratulations to Mariana on completing this PhD milestone.

Tanouir Pass Preliminary Exam

Congratulations to Tanouir Aloui, who successfully completed her preliminary exam, “Progress towards a high-resolution, large mass range miniature mass spectrometer for planetary exploration.” Congratulations to Tanouir on completing this PhD milestone. 

Mariana Earns Best Presentation at the Carolina Science Symposium

Mariana Vasquez has won Best Presentation in the 3rd oral session in the Carolina Science Symposium. Her submission was entitled “Silicate minerals provide non-biological removal of ammonium and phosphate ions from onsite-wastewater-treatment-system effluent.” Congratulations to Mariana on another wonderful presentation!

Congrats to Mariana on her Conference Presentation Win

Mariana Vasquez has won Best Presentation in the Engineering Science Symposium by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) during the 2020 Virtual National Convention. Her submission, entitled "Ammonium and phosphate removal from real blackwater using silicate-based minerals" won the Mejorando: Enhancing Biological Systems, Human Health, and Human Safety category.

Kat Passes Preliminary Exam

Congratulations to Kat Horvath, who successfully completed her preliminary exam, “Designing a Cycloidal Mass Spectrometer to Detect Perfluorocarbon Tracer Molecules.” Congratulations to Kat as she moves closer to completing her PhD. 

Tanouir Aloui Wins Second Place at Duke's Energy Week

On November 6th, Tanouir Aloui, Kat Horvath, and Raul Vyas participated in Duke's Energy Week Student Research Poster Competition. Dozens of students from various school presented their research as it pertained to energy applications. Tanouir Aloui won second place for her poster on "Evaluation of Aperture Materials for Coded Apertures Used in a Portable Cycloidal Miniature Mass Spectrometer." Congratulations Tanouir!

NTFL Presents at Carolina Science Symposium

On November 8th, for the third consecutive year, NTFL sent students to attend the Carolina Science Symposium. The symposium highlights research completed at Duke University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina, and North Carolina A&T State University. This year, Tanouir Aloui, Kat Horvath, Elettra Piacentino, and Raul Vyas attended the symposium and presented on research relating to the design and operation of the coded aperture miniature mass spectrometer (CAMMS). For the second year in a row, Kat Horvath brought home the third place prize for her poster entitled "Designing a Coded Aperture Cycloidial Mass Analyzer to Detect Perfluorocarbon Tracers." Congratulations to Kat! 

Kat Horvath Wins First Place for Presentation at ECE Retreat

At the annual Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Retreat, Ph.D. Student Kat Horvath presented on her work entitled "Designing a Coded Aperture Cycloidal Mass Analyzer to Detect Perfluorocarbon Tracers." This presentation won her first place amongst the students who presented along with $1,500 in prize money. Congratulations to Kat!

NTFL Students Attend ECE Department Retreat

In September 2019, graduate students Tanouir Aloui, Kat Horvath, Mariana Vasquez, and Raul Vyas attended the annual Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Retreat in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Students spent time getting to know others in the department, swimming, surfing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, along with presenting and discussing their research. Kat Horvath and Mariana Vasquez gave oral presentations and Raul Vyas presented a poster.  

NFTL Attends 2019 HEMS Meeting

Five members of the NTFL attended the 2019 Harsh Environment Mass Spectrometry (HEMS) Workshop in September 2019 in Myrtle Beach, SC. The group presented on research related to the coded aperture miniature mass spectrometer (CAMMS) and connected with other researchers working on novel mass spectrometer designs and applications. Prof. Amsden presented on the "Use of Computational Sensing Techniques to Improve the Performance of Mass Spectrometers in Harsh Environment," Tanouir Aloui (Student Award Winner) presented on "Evaluation of Aperture Materials for Coded Apertures used in a Portable Cycloidal Miniature Mass Spectrometer," Kat Horvath (Student Award Winner) presented on "Designing a Coded Aperture Cycloidal Mass Analyzer to Detect Perfluorocarbon Tracers," and Raul Vyas presented on "A Comparison of Thermionic Filament and Carbon Nanotube Field Emitter Array-based Ion Sources in Coded Aperture Miniature Mass Spectrometers." Visit the HEMS Workshop archive https://www.hems-workshop.org/13thWS/13thWS.html

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