Congratulations to Vladislav Sevostianov of Las Cruces, NM, Alma Amad Alhussaini of Khobar, Saudi Arabia, and Rohan Palanki, 16 of Mobile, AL who were the selected as having the best projects in the experimental study of materials and mechanical structures. The winners are shown in the above photo with SEM Judges Gary Foss and Kathryn Dannemann.
First Award Vladislav Sevostianov, 15, Las Cruces High School, Las Cruces, New Mexico
EE076 “Self-diagnosing Smart Bolts to Save Your Life” The student embedded galfenol wire in a bolt and experimentally verified that plastic deformation of the bolt could be detected by a magnetic sensor.
Second Award Alma Amad Alhussaini, 17, Dhahran Schools, Khobar, Saudi Arabia
EN054 “The Study of the Effectiveness of Novel Optimization of Digital Image Correlation to Obtain Accurate Full-field Displacement Measurements” The student studied speckle images obtained from stressed tensile coupons and optimized several test setup parameters to get the best comparison to finite element estimates.
Third Award Rohan Palanki, 16, W.P. Davidson High School, Mobile, Alabama
EN056 “Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting from Human Breath for Biomedical Applications.” The student demonstrated that by fluttering in a airflow, a semicircular ribbon of piezoelectric PVDF could be used for energy harvesting for biomedical and other applications. He also showed that it could be used to develop an inexpensive instrument to measure respiratory distress.