2022 MMAE Student Research Competition and Departmental Awards



By Simon Morrow
Photo of people who attended the 2022 MMAE Student Research Competition and Departmental Awards

The Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology held its annual student research poster competition and awards ceremony on April 8, 2022. 

The MMAE Student Research Poster Competition is a long-standing tradition of the department, drawing keen interest and wide participation among students, faculty, and the Illinois Tech community.

This year, 20 MMAE students, representing all degree levels, presented posters displaying the research work that they have completed. The participants were evaluated for the originality and relevance of the research as well as overall presentation skills. Separate panels judged the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate students’ posters.

The judges included members from the MMAE External Advisory Board plus representatives from academia and industry. The department awarded a certificate and monetary prize to top-scoring presenters from each academic level. 

Additional departmental awards were presented to faculty and students to recognize their outstanding contributions to research and teaching. 

The MMAE 2022 distinguished alumnus, Lewis Thigpen (M.S. MECH ’67, Ph.D. ’70), professor emeritus at Howard University, delivered a lecture, “Overcoming Challenges for Success in a Changing World.”

Congratulations to the following winners:


First PlaceRosemary Johnson (AE, M.Eng. MAE 4th Year) advised by Professor David Williams—“Electric Powered Testing of Highly Swept Tailless Aircraft with Spatially Distributed Pressure Sensors”


First PlaceMelody Honardan Delpazir (M.S. MSE) advised by Assistant Professor Amir Mostafaei—“Effect of Different Post Heat-Treatment on Microstructure and Electrochemical Behavior of Laser Powder Bed Fusion Hydride-Dehydride Ti-6Al-4V Alloy”


First PlaceKing Longdon Ankobea-Ansah (Ph.D. MAE Candidate) advised by Associate Professor Carrie Hall—“A Hybrid Physics-Based and Stochastic Neural Network Modeling of Diesel Engine Combustion”

Second PlaceSahil Ahmed (Ph.D. MAE Candidate) advised by Professor Boris Pervan—“GNSS Spoofing Detection Based on Decomposition of the Complex Cross Ambiguity Function”

Third PlaceMohammadreza Asherloo (Ph.D. MSE Student) advised by Assistant Professor Amir Mostafaei—“Laser Powder Bed Fusion of Cost-Efficient Non-spherical Hydride Dehydride (HDH) Ti-6Al-4V Powder: Process Optimization, Microstructural Evolution, and Fatigue Properties”


Outstanding Teaching Assistant AwardRunzi Cui (M.Eng. ME ’18, Ph.D. MSE Candidate)

Outstanding Research Assistant AwardAurora Lopez Rubio (M.Eng. MAE ’19, Ph.D. MAE Candidate)


2022 MMAE Excellence in Teaching AwardAssistant Professor Baisravan HomChaudhuri

2022 MMAE Excellence in Research AwardProfessor Boris Pervan


2022 MMAE Distinguished Alumni AwardLewis Thigpen

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