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ISU Presidential Award CoSPRT to partially fund Alemnis system

March 2021

Congratulations!

Our group has received Presidential Cost Sharing Program for Research Tools (CoSPRT) funds that will partially fund the Alemnis in-situ micro-mechanical system.

CoSPRT is building Iowa State’s research infrastructure by offering support for new research instruments, expanding the capabilities of existing equipment, developing new instrumentation, and investing in research aids and enhancers such as data sets, archives and software.

ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship 2021

February 2021

Congratulations!

Soumya Varma has been awarded a prestigious ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship 2021 for her stay in Switzerland. She will be doing her research work at EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology) in Switzerland. ThinkSwiss is an official scholarship program managed by the Office of Science, Technology, and Higher Education at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, D.C.

Internship at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Cayla Harvey is currently conducting her thesis work at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) through her Integrated University (IUP) program by the Department of Energy (DOE) funded 3 year fellowship. She is working with the Materials Science and Technology division to investigate oxide dispersion strengthened steels for application as fuel cladding in future generation nuclear reactors.

Presentation at Ames Lab Scientific Seminar Series

February 2021

Dr Sid Pathak delivered a presentation titled  “Probing Nanoscale Damage Gradients in Irradiated Metals using Nano-mechanical Test Techniques”  on February 1 2021.

Soumya Varma receives Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research

January 2021

Congratulations!

Sigma Xi’s Committee on Grants-in-Aid of Research has approved Soumya Varma’s research grant proposal submitted for the October 1, 2020 application cycle.

 

ISU news release about the FY21 DURIP award 

The news article on the FY21 DURIP Program award for the proposal “In-Situ Micro-Mechanical System for Testing of Advanced Materials under Extreme Conditions of Temperature, Strain-Rate, and Applied Stress” has been published at the Iowa State University College of Engineering news.

The news article can be found here: https://news.engineering.iastate.edu/2020/12/16/new-dod-projects-support-new-instruments-with-eye-on-new-materials/

Cayla Harvey has successfully completed her preliminary proposal defense

December 2020

Congratulations!

Cayla Harvey gave her preliminary proposal defense on the topic of Micro-mechanical investigations of irradiation tolerance in nanostructured ferritic alloys processed into thin-walled tubing. This is in defense of her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering under Dr. Sid Pathak. Her committee consists of advisors from Iowa State University, University of Nevada, Reno, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.  

Prof. Pathak receives FY21 DURIP Program award

December 2020

Congratulations!

Our lab has been awarded the FY21 DURIP Program award for the proposal ” In-Situ Micro-Mechanical System for Testing of Advanced Materials under Extreme Conditions of Temperature, Strain-Rate, and Applied Stress.”

 

In the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) program, the Department of Defense (DoD) seeks specific proposals from university investigators conducting foundational science and engineering research relevant to national defense.

 

The annual DURIP award process is highly competitive. For the FY 2021 competition, 742 proposals requesting $297 million in total funding were received, out of which DoD funded 150 university researchers totaling $50 million.

 

News released from the United States DOD can be seen here:  https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Releases/Release/Article/2430566/dod-awards-50-million-in-university-research-equipment-awards/

 

New publication

Check out our new article published in Materials Science and Engineering (A) titled High Temperature Nanoindentation of Cu-TiN Nanolaminates. Group members Cayla Harvey and Dr. Sid Pathak were involved in this work.

The link to the article is https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msea.2020.140522.

New publication

Check out our new article published in Communications Materials 1 titled Extreme shear-deformation-induced modification of defect structures and hierarchical microstructure in an Al–Si alloy. Group members Soumya Varma and Dr. Sid Pathak were involved in this work.

The link to the article is https://doi.org/10.1038/s43246-020-00087-x.

New publication

Check out our new article published in Materials Characterization titled Microstructural and micro-mechanical analysis of 14YWT nanostructured Ferritic alloy after varying thermo-mechanical processing paths into tubing. Group members Cayla Harvey and Dr. Sid Pathak were involved in this work.

The link to the article is https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matchar.2020.110744.

Internship at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Cayla Harvey is currently conducting her thesis work at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) through her Integrated University (IUP) program by the Department of Energy (DOE) funded 3 year fellowship. She is working with the Materials Science and Technology division to investigate oxide dispersion strengthened steels for application as fuel cladding in future generation nuclear reactors.

 

Welcome to Ames, Iowa

August 2020,

Dr. Pathak along with his group joined Iowa State University starting Fall 2020.

Dr. Pathak joined as an Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University.

 

Our Research Group at The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society(TMS) 2020, San Diego.

February 2020,

Dr. Pathak and his research group attended the TMS conference in 2020. The students participated in various networking events and presented posters and research talks.

The following students presented talks on their research topics:

•Soumya Varma: “The Unique Microstructure and fracture properties of enamel in Hydrosaurid Dinosaur”

•Cayla Harvey: Nanostructured Ferritic Alloy (NFA) 14YWT: Effect of Processing Paths for Thin-Walled Tubing on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties.

•Anugraha TK: “Studying the Anisotropic Deformation of Sapphire in Different Crystallographic Orientations using Nanoindentation and Micropillar Compression”

•Skye Supukul presented a poster on ” Designing microscale response test to validate macroscale plastic response in Mg”

2020 Material Advantage Congressional Visit Day (CVD)

February 2020,

Congratulations!!

Donald Williams’s registration has been accepted for the 2020 Material Advantage CVD event in Washington, D.C.

Donald Williams’s registration has been accepted for the 2020 Material Advantage CVD event. CVD gives US-based Material Advantage Student Members an exciting opportunity to visit with legislators and congressional staff from their own states. The goal of the event is to educate Congress about the importance of research in materials science, engineering, and manufacturing and the need to increase federal R&D funding. Donald Williams will be participating in this event to emphasize the long-term importance of science, engineering, and technology through meetings with congressional decision-makers.

Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) Supplemental Funding Opportunity

January 2020,

As a part of NSF’s direct efforts to the hat directly advance the STEM workforce a supplemental funding opportunity was provided to support for non-academic research internship for graduate students to support career opportunities in any sector of the U.S. economy. This supplement funding was provided to Dr. Sid Pathak to send his students to Los Alamos national lab as a part of this effort starting January to August 2020.

The following students will be going to Los Alamos:

Soumya Varma, Cayla Harvey, Anugraha TK, Skye Supukul.

High-Pressure CAT (HP-XSD) Workshop at Advanced Photon Source(APS) Argonne National Laboratory

January 2020,

Poster Presentation!!

Anugraha and Skye Supukul from our lab group attended the HPCAT Workshop organized by HPCAT, APS. The students received hands-on training on various techniques used in loading the Diamond Anvil Cell and lectures and discussions on various high-pressure techniques available at HPCAT for their future work.

The two students also presented posters during one of the workshop dinner sessions.

NSF EPSCoR Research Fellowship

February 2020,

Congratulations!!

Prof. Pathak receives 2020 NSF EPSCoR Research Fellowship.

Prof. Pathak has been awarded the EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows (RII Track-4) grant from the NSF Office of Integrative Activities. ($300,000 for 2 years). This is a research fellowship grant that ‘provides opportunities for non-tenured investigators to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to the nation’s premier private, governmental, or academic research centers’. Dr. Pathak’s proposal provides funding for collaborations with the Center for Integrated Nanotechnology (CINT) at Sandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM.

University of Nevada Reno: RESEARCHERS WHO GO WHERE KNOWLEDGE LEADS

January 2020,

Congratulations!!

Our work was recently featured in the University of Nevada Reno ‘s main webpage, which can be viewed at https://www.unr.edu/

Earlier UNR took an initiative to recognize some of the top researchers of the university and created “Go Where Knowledge Leads” which can be viewed at www.unr.edu/go.

 

Nevada Undergraduate Research Award (NURA)

January 2020

Congratulations! Shane(left), Noah (right),

Two undergraduate students from our group were selected for funding through the Nevada Undergraduate Research Award for Spring Semester 2020. The proposals funded were among 27  proposals out of 58 applied proposals.

 

News release on Army Research Office (ARO): University of Nevada Reno

December 2019,

Congratulations Dr Pathak!!

The news release on the ARO project can be found at Nevada Weekly

https://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2019/sid-pathak-research?utm_source=newsletter121919&utm_medium=email&utm_content=nano&utm_campaign=NevadaWeekly

Dr. Sid Pathak, assistant professor of chemical and materials engineering, participated in collaborative research with the Colorado School of Mines.

News release on Army Research Office (ARO) grant: Colorado School Of Mines

November 2019

Congratulations on the ARO grant!!

The news release on the ARO project can be found at

https://www.minesnewsroom.com/news/designing-extra-tough-nanocomposite-materials-protective-coatings-armor

Garrett Tucker, associate professor of mechanical engineering, is collaborating with Dr. Sid Pathak of the University of Nevada Reno on the project, Designing extra-tough nanocomposite materials for protective coatings funded by the U.S. Army Research Office.

 

RESEARCHERS WHO GO WHERE KNOWLEDGE LEADS, University of Nevada Reno

November 2019

Our work was recently featured in our university’s “Go Where Knowledge Leads” top researcher portraits on the website, which can be viewed at www.unr.edu/go.

Dr. Pathak’s picture is the last one at the bottom. The background is the NASA International Space Station; we are currently working on a research project with the International Space Station. https://nasa.epscorspo.nevada.edu/-unr-awarded-nasa-funding//

 

2019 TMS, Emerging Leaders Alliance (ELA) conference held at Washington DC

November 2019

Dr. Pathak participated in the 2019 Emerging Leaders Alliance (ELA) conference held at Washington DC. Prof. Pathak was selected to represent TMS at the 2019 Emerging Leaders Alliance (ELA) Conference and be part of a cadre of over 60 leaders from a broad cross-section of the engineering community http://emergingleadersalliance.org/ https://www.tms.org/portal/P/

Award for “Best Experimental Approach”​ at IMECE(International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition) 2019

November 2019

Congratulations Soumya and Shane!!

Soumya Varma and Shane Johnson from our group have won the poster award for the best experimental approach category at IMECE 2019 conference hosted by ASME on the topic  “The Unique Microstructure and fracture properties of enamel in Hydrousarid Dinosaur”.

Technical presentation at International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition(IMECE 2019)

November 2019

Soumya Varma and Anugraha, graduate students from our group gave a technical presentation at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition(IMECE) hosted by ASME(American Society of Mechanical Engineers).

• Soumya Varma – Stress-Strain Response From Spherical Nanoindentation and Micro-compression Tests: A comparative study and

• Anugraha TK – Understanding the structure and properties of Pseudomorphically transformed bcc Mg.

Materials Advantage Club at MS&T 2019

October 2019

Materials Advantage Club UNR along with Prof.Pathak had actively participated and received various awards in MS&T 2019 conference.

Skye Spukul (left) and other senior design members have got Second Place Award of the 2019 Undergraduate Design Competition organized by ASM Materials Education Foundation and the Design Competition Committee, As the Second Place winner, the team will receive $1,500 plus up to $500 travel assistance.

Skye supukul has also got 3rd place in the undergraduate poster contest, on the topic of “Designing microscale response test to validate macroscale plastic response in Mg”.

Shane Johnson (top right), one of the undergraduate students has got 3rd place in Undergraduate Speaking Contest on the topic of “Bio-inspired Routes to Damage Tolerant Materials: The Unique Microstructure of Enamel in the Grinding Dentition of a Hadrosaurid Dinosaur”.

NSF BMMB (Biomechanics and Mechanobiology) Funding

Aug 2019

Congratulations!!

Dr.Pathak receives funding for the project “Understanding How Enamel Prism Lattices Promote a Remarkable Combination of Fracture and Wear Resistance in Grazing Mammal Dentitions” from NSF BMMB (Biomechanics and Mechanobiology).

The work is in collaboration with Brandon A. Krick (Lehigh University), and Gregory M. Erickson (Florida State University).

ASM Materials Education Foundation and the Design Competition Committee Award

August 2019

Congratulations Senior Design team 2019!

The senior design team has been selected to receive the Second Place Award of the 2019 Undergraduate Design Competition organized by ASM Materials Education Foundation and the Design Competition Committee, As the Second Place winner, the team will receive $1,500 plus up to $500 travel assistance to attend the MS&T ’19 in Portland, Oregon. Skye supukul from the team will be attending the MS&T’19’ conference

Work on pseudomorphic bcc Mg chosen as an Editor’s Pick in Journal of Applied Physics

August 2019,

Congratulations Manish Jain! The manuscript, authored by Manish Jain, Nenad Velisavljevic, J. Kevin Baldwin,Marko Knezevic, Nathan A. Mara, Irene J. Beyerlein, and Siddhartha Pathak, titled ‘Structure and Properties of Pseudomorphically Transformed bcc Mg in Mg/Nb Multilayered Nanolaminates studied using Synchrotron X-Ray Diffraction’ Journal of Applied Physics (DOI: 10.1063/1.5097249), was chosen and is being promoted as an Editor’s Pick by the journal editors.

Material Advantage Chapter

Aug 2019

Fun day at Copper Gardens!!

Thanks to the Material advantage chapter UNR which organized a group trip to the Copper Gardens workshop https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXX2OXGF7xw run by Mr.David Burns whose general area of interest and fabrication has been in outdoor items including gates, fountains, furniture, etc. We were trained on various tools that are used in making beautiful artifacts of copper followed by group dinner.

Ph.D. Graduation!

Aug 2019

Congratulations Manish Jain!!
Manish Jain is the first student from our group who graduated with the PhD his interest of study was on understanding the structure and properties of pseudomorphic bcc Mg. He will be working as Post Doctoral Researcher at EMPA https://www.empa.ch/web/empa/nanostructured-materials/ starting October 2019

NSF – Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) funding

July 2019

Congratulations!!

Prof. Pathak receives NSF – Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) funding. The INTERN funding will be used to support graduate students for internships at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) jointly operated by Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories (LANL and SNL).

TMS Emerging Leaders Alliance (ELA) Conference

July 2019

Congratulations!!
Prof.Pathak has been selected to represent TMS at the 2019 Emerging Leaders Alliance (ELA) Conference and be part of a cadre of over 60 leaders from a broad cross-section of the engineering community http://emergingleadersalliance.org/ https://www.tms.org/portal/P/

Poster presentation at Gorden Research Seminar (GRS) and Gorden Research Conference (GRC)

July 2019

Soumya Varma, Cayla Harvey, Anugraha(graduate students)and Prof.Pathak attended Gorden Research Seminar and Gorden Research Conference. The Graduate students presented a poster on the following topics.
•Soumya Varma – Stress-Strain Response From Spherical Nanoindentation and Micro-compression Tests: A comparative study.
• Cayla Harvey – Understanding the Omega Phase Mechanical Properties of Titanium and Zirconium Through Spherical Nanoindentation and EBSD
• Anugraha -Structure and properties of pseudomorphic bcc Mg under extreme conditions.

Nevada Space grant press release

July 2019

Congratulations!
Prof.Pathak’s NASA space grant has featured in Nevada space news release. https://nasa.epscorspo.nevada.edu/-unr-awarded-nasa-funding//

Shane Johnson -MS&T Material Advantage Chapter Travel Grant

July 2019

Congratulations Shane!
UNR Materials advantage chapter,has been awarded MS&T Material Advantage Chapter Travel Grant. Shane Johnson will be attending the MS&T conference.

Technical presentation at Society of Experimental Mechanics(SEM)

June 2019

Soumya Varma and Skye supakul graduate students from our group gave a technical presentation at the Society of Experimental Mechanics (SEM) on
• Soumya Varma – Stress-Strain Response From Spherical Nanoindentation and Micro-compression Tests: A comparative study and
• Sky Supakul – Designing  microscale response test to validate macroscale plastic response in Mg.

NASA Selects Physical Sciences Proposals to Provide New Insights from Openly Available Data

June 2019

Congratulations!!
Prof. Pathak has received funding from the https://psi.nasa.gov/ NASA’s Physical Sciences Research Program in response to the research announcement “Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System – Appendix E,” which solicited proposals from established researchers and graduate students. The work is on ‘Understanding the Local Structure-Property Relationships of Solders in Terrestrial vs. Microgravity Environments”.
Read the NASA press release https://nasa.epscorspo.nevada.edu/

2019 DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA)

June 2019

Congratulations!!
Prof. Pathak is a co-recipient of the 2019 DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) in collaboration with Reginald Hamilton, associate professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State University for research proposal titled “Additive Manufacturing of Functional Hierarchical Shape Memory Alloy Structures.”

Faces of the Pack – Nevada Today

May 2019

Congratulations Cayla Harvey!

Cayla Harvey was featured in Nevada Today in “Faces of the Pack” for her prestigious fellowships and scholarships. Materials engineering and science program helps Cayla Harvey travel and conduct groundbreaking research

https://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2019/faces-of-the-pack-cayla-harvey

 

Cayla Harvey – Journal of Materials

May 2019

Congratulations Cayla Harvey!
Cayla Harvey’s 2018 Structural Materials Division (SMD) Scholarship was mentioned in JOM- An official publication of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society.

Lab Group – Spring Celebration 2019

May 2019

Our group was heavily featured in the spring celebration held on 7th of May 2019 at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Lab members who are featured for their outstanding performance.
Tolin Skov-Black has been awarded 2019 spring senior scholar for his outstanding academic performance.

 

Cayla Harvey – NSF GRFP honorary mention

April 2019

Honorable Mention,
The NSF accords Honorable Mention to meritorious applicants who do not receive Fellowship awards. This is considered a significant national academic achievement.

 

Yi Teng Lee – Job update

March 2019

Yi Teng Lee one of the undergraduate students in our lab has been offered a job at ExxonMobil as a chemical engineer.

Yi Teng Lee – one of the semi-finalists in Madani-Gordaninejad Speech Competition

March 2019

Yi Teng Lee one of the undergraduate students in our lab has been selected as one of the semi-finalists in Madani-Gordaninejad speech competition.

Cayla Harvey-NEUP Scholarship

March 2019

Cayla Harvey has been awarded a prestigious NEUP Research Scholarship 2019,she has been selected to receive a three-year, $155,000 fellowship to support her graduate studies and research.

Cayla Harvey-ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship

February 2019

Cayla Harvey has been awarded a prestigious ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship 2019 for her stay in Switzerland. She will be doing her research work at EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology) in Switzerland. ThinkSwiss is an official scholarship program managed by the Office of Science, Technology, and Higher Education at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, D.C. The Grant is for $4950.

Manish Jain-Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research

January 2019

Congratulations!

Sigma Xi’s Committee on Grants-in-Aid of Research has approved Manish Jain’s research grant proposal submitted for the October 1, 2018 application cycle.

Soumya Varma-GSA Research Grant

January 2019

Soumya Varma has been awarded $1250 in funding towards her proposed research on studying the nanomechanical properties of Hadrosaurid enamel by the Graduate Student Association at the University of Nevada Reno.

Students’ Association for Alumni Relations (SAAR) – IIT-Patna, India held a webinar with Dr. Pathak

Oct 2018

SAAR as a new approach for open discussions with important personalities from Academia and Industry decided to hold a session with Dr. Pathak, faculty of the University of Nevada on the theme of higher education status through live video interaction.
The interaction enabled the aspirants to clear their doubts and queries regarding their academic direction. Dr. Pathak also extended a kind gesture towards the IIT Patna student fraternity as he offered to provide internships (the interested can mail him directly) where the expenses in the U.S. would be paid by him and the transportation fee would have to be paid by the intern himself/herself.

Ready for experiments!! Bruker’s Hysitron PI-85 Picoindenter

Oct 2018

Another much awaited instrument in the lab – Bruker’s Hysitron Picoindenter, a new in-situ depth sensing nanomechanical test system designed to work in conjunction with a scanning electron microscope (SEM) is ready for experiments.
The PI 88 mounts easily to various SEM stages without being a permanent fixture in the microscope. As such the PI 88 can be mounted to any of the two SEM systems available currently available at UNR (JSM-7100FT FESEM and Hitachi S4700 SEM).

Nominated member for CINT

August 2018

Congratulations!!
Prof. Pathak is nominated as a member, 2018 Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) – Sandia National Laboratory (SNL). Users Executive Committee (UEC). (2018 – 2021).

Ready for experiments!! Bruker’s Hysitron TI 900 Triboindenter

August 2018

Another much awaited instrument in the lab – Bruker’s Hysitron Triboindenter, with dynamic testing as well as ultra-fast indentation mapping capabilities is now installed and ready for experiments.
The Hysitron Triboindenter is an automated, high throughput instrument that supports numerous nanomechanical and nanotribological characterization techniques. It incorporates the powerful performech® II Advanced Control Module, which greatly improves the precision of feedback-controlled nanomechanical testing and offers unprecedented measurement sensitivity and noise floor performance.

Prof. Pathak receives NSF funding

Aug 2018

Congratulations!!
Prof. Pathak has received funding from NSF for Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research for his proposal titled “EAGER: Engineering Metal-MAX Multilayered Nanocomposites: Hierarchical Microstructures for Tunable Strength and Toughness”. PI team: S Pathak (University of Nevada, Reno), G Tucker (Colorado School of Mines).

Nevada Space Grant-Graduate Research Felloship awarded to Ms. Cayla Harvey

July 2018

Congratulations!!
Ms. Cayla Harvey was awarded the Nevada Space Grant – Graduate Research Opportunity Fellowship for the project of Understanding the Local Structure-Property Relationships of Solders in Terrestrial vs. Microgravity Environments using Electron Microscopy and Nano-mechanical Testing. The nano-mechanical response of solders in terrestrial vs. microgravity environments will be determined using specialized nano-mechanical testing techniques, which include compression and tensile experiments that use focused ion beam (FIB)-fabricated micro-pillars. The fellowship provides $18,000 for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Prof. Pathak receives FY18 NEUP infrastructure funding

June 2018

Congratulations!!
Prof. Pathak has received funding from the FY 2018 Scientific Infrastructure Support for Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research for his proposal titled “Infrastructure Support for In-Situ High-Temperature Dynamic Nanomechanical Testing System for Mechanical Testing of Irradiated Structural Materials at University of Nevada, Reno”.

Manish Jain and Prof Pathak publish an invited feature paper in Journal of Materials Research

June 2018

M. Ardeljan, M. Knezevic, M. Jain, S. Pathak, A. Kumar, N. Li, N.A. Mara, J.K. Baldwin, I.J. Beyerlein,Room temperature deformation mechanisms of Mg/Nb nanolayered composites, Journal of Materials Research 33(10) (2018) 1311-1332.

Prof Pathak receives Air Force funding-$805,000

June 2018

Title:Biomechanics of Hierarchically-Structured Enamel in Grinding Dentitions: An Evolutionary-Guided Route to Designing Damage Tolerant Materials

PI team: S Pathak (University of Nevada, Reno), BA Krick (Lehigh University), GM Erickson (Florida State University)

 

This proposal is built on a highly collaborative approach between the three universities – University of Nevada, Reno, Lehigh University and Florida State University – and it brings together a diverse team of senior and junior researchers including a materials scientist, a tribologist and a functional evolutionary biologist (with a background in engineering) whose unique collective expertise will allow the tackling of this transformative integrative research.
We are looking for engineers and/or biology students to join this project. Contact us with your resumes!

Melanie Michael-Nevada NASA Space Grant Consortium (NVSGC) Undergrduate Scholarship

May 2018

The Nevada NASA Space Grant Consortium (NVSGC) has recently completed the review process for the Undergraduate Scholarship Program competition and has decided to give Ms. Melanie Michel the award. This was a merit based competition and she was selected due to her outstanding scholastic achievement, demonstrated interest in a career in science and/or aerospace and the quality of the proposed research project.
The award provides a $4,000 scholarship to be awarded for the fall and spring 2018/2019 semesters.

Ready for experiments!! FIB-SEM with EDS/EBSD detectors

May 2018

The Focussed ion beam-scanning eletron microscope with the addition of new EDAX’s EDS and EBSD detetors is now fully equipped and ready to use for the experiments.

Manish Jain-GSA Spring 2018 Research Grant Award

April 2018

Manish Jain was one of the recepients of the GSA’s spring 2018 Research Grant Awards. He has been awarded $2000 to spend towards the research project during 2018-19 academic year.

Manish Jain-International Activities Grant – 2018 Graduate Student Award

April 2018

The International Activities Grant program committee of UNR has recommended that Manish’s project entitled “Understanding the Deformation Response of Mg/Nb Multilayered Nanocomposites—a Collaborative Enterprise between UNR and EMPA, Switzerland” be funded in the amount of $1000.

Manish Jain-Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition 2018

March 2018

Manish Jain and his team Wave Motors reached the finals of Sontag competion. Manish’s Team was one of the five finalists out of 54 teams. They pitched their business idea in the finals on April 28, 2018 and were awarded 3rd place in Sontag Pitch award.

Cayla Harvey TMS SMD Scholarship

March 2018

Ms. Cayla Harvey was awarded The Metal, Minerals, and Materials Society (TMS) Structural Materials Division (SMD) Scholarship. As an award recipient, she received $2,500. This scholarship was awarded at the TMS 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona.

 

Soumya Varma- 3 Minute Thesis Competition

March 2018

Ms.Soumya Varma had advanced to the final round of 3 Minute Thesis competition held at the University of Nevada Reno on March 26, 2018. As one of the finalists, she has received a sum of $300.

 

Cayla Harvey- TU Dresden Research Internship

March 2018

Ms. Cayla Harvey was awarded a summer research internship at the Technische Universität Dresden in Dresden, Germany. She will intern in the department for Materials Science and Nanotechnology this summer (June-August).

Manish Jain-ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship

February 2018

Manish Jain has been awarded a prestigious ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship 2018 for his stay in Switzerland for 3 months period. He will be doing his research work at EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology) in Switzerland. ThinkSwiss is an official scholarship program managed by the Office of Science, Technology, and Higher Education at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, D.C. The Grant is for $4950.

Cayla Harvey- Los Alamos National Laboratory

January 2018

Ms. Cayla Harvey returned to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) during her winter break to continue microstructural characterization and spherical nanoindentation experiments started in Summer 2017.

Nanoindenter XP Added to Pathak’s Lab

November, 2017

 

Prof. Pathak received NSF-CMMI (EAGER) Award #1541918 Equipment Supplement grant and Los Alamos National Laboratory Education Equipment Gift Program (LEEG) for a Keysight/Agilent Nanoindenter® XP (valued at ~$400k). This is an ex-situ (in air) mechanical properties microprobe that is designed to provide a fast and reliable way to acquire mechanical data on a submicron scale. See the facilities section for more information.

TMS 2017 Student Travel Grant

December, 2017

Manish Jain has received the TMS student travel grant to attend the TMS 2018 Annual Meeting and Exhibition. The grant is for $300. TMS will take place in Phoenix, Arizona March 11-15.

Prof. Pathak Presentation at ICOTOM

November 2017

Prof. Pathak presented Strong, Ductile, and Thermally Stable Mg-Nb Nanolaminates work at 18th International Conference on Textures of Materials (ICOTOM-18) in November 2017. Contributors from UNR include graduate student Mr. Manish Jain.

Cayla Harvey- ASME IMECE NSF Poster Competition

November 2017

Ms. Cayla Harvey presented a poster in the NSF Poster Competion about her research on the viscoelasticity and high buckling stress of dense carbon nanotubes at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in November 2017.

Poster Presentations at UNR Distinguished Lecture Series

September 2017

Ms. Cayla Harvey and Souyma Varma presented posters at the College of Engineering’s Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Prof. Pathak Presentation- 18th International Conference on Environmental Degradation of Materials in Nuclear Power Systems

August 2017

Prof. Pathak gave an oral presentation titled “Probing nanoscale damage gradients in irradiated materials with spherical nanoindentation” at the 18th International Conference on Environmental Degradation of Materials in Nuclear Power Systems – Water Reactors August 13–17, 2017 in Portland, Oregon.

Cayla Harvey- Los Alamos National Laboratory

Summer 2017

Ms. Cayla Harvey presented a poster about her research on the viscoelasticity and high buckling stress of dense carbon nanotubes at the Los Alamos National Laboraroty Annual Student Symposium in August 2017.

Soumya Varma- Los Alamos National Laboratory

Summer 2017

This summer at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Ms. Soumya Varma will be working with Dr Nathan Mara’s group on an approach to extract meaningful indentation stress-strain curves for irradiated materials. In the Centre for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), a nanoscience research facility of LANL, the research group will be conducting Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Electron Back -Scattered Diffraction (EBSD) testing on the sample surface before and after irradiation. For nanoindentation, the group would like to extend their understanding of spherical nanoindentation to a hexagonal closed pack system, namely Zirconium in irradiated state.

Manish Jain- Los Alamos National Laboratory

Summer 2017

Mr. Jain will work at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnology (CINT) in Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) during the 2017 summer (June-August). With Dr. Nathan Mara’s group, he will continue a project he started in summer 2016. Mr. Jain will be involved in physical vapor deposition (PVD) synthesis of the Mg/Nb multilayer nanocomposites and the fabrication of Mg/Nb multilayered micro-pillar samples using Focused Ion Beam (FIB). These micro-pillar samples will be tested using in-situ micro compression testing and nanoindentation. Micro-compression testing of each configuration will give detailed information about the deformation behavior, as well as the elastic and plastic anisotropy of the Mg structure.

Cayla Harvey TMS SMD Scholarship

June, 2017

 

Ms. Cayla Harvey was awarded the The Metal, Minerals, and Materials Society (TMS) Structural Materials Division (SMD) Scholarship . As an award recipient, she receives $2,500. This scholarship will be awarded at the TMS 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona.

Cody Falconer Research Assistantship

May, 2017

 

Mr. Cody Falconer has accepted a research assistantship offer from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Cody will conduct research on the corrosion and irradiation effects in nuclear materials as a graduate student in the Materials Science and Engineering program.

Cody Falconer Outstanding Senior Award

May, 2017

 

Congratulations to Mr. Cody Falconer for receiving the Chemical and Materials Engineering Department Outstanding Senior Award. This award is presented to the graduating senior with the highest overall GPA in the department.

Cayla Harvey Nevada Undergraduate Research Award

May, 2017

 

Ms. Cayla Harvey was awarded the Nevada Undergraduate Research Award 2017. As an award recipient she receives $1,500 to support her research over the 2017-2018 academic year.

Cayla Harvey Poster Presentation at the Nevada Undergraduate Research Symposium

May, 2017

 

Ms. Cayla Harvey presented a poster about her research on the viscoelasticity and high buckling stress of dense carbon nanotubes at the Nevada Undergraduate Research Symposium in May 2017.

Manish Jain Presentation at TMS 2017

March, 2017

 

Mr. Manish Jain gave a presentation on the topic of “micro-mechanical testing of Mg/Nb multilayer nanocomposites for ultra high strength and ductility” at the TMS conference 2017 in San Diego, California.

Young Leaders Professional Development Award from TMS 2017

March, 2017

 

Professor Pathak receives the Young Leaders Professional Development Award from The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) at the 2017 annual meeting in San Diego. The award aims to enhance the professional development of young members of the TMS by involving them in the long-term planning of the TMS.

Group Trip to Sana Cruz Island

March, 2017

 

Professor Pathak, Manish Jain, Soumya Varma, and Cayla Harvey visited Santa Cruz Island off the coast of Southern California after attending TMS 2017 in San Diego.