Engineering students among the winners at March 26 Auburn Student Research Symposium

Published: Apr 5, 2024 10:35 AM

By Joe McAdory

Sixty-four students, including five from the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, earned awards for oral and poster presentations of their research and creative scholarship following the 2024 Auburn University Student Research Symposium held March 26 at the Melton Student Center. Awards were presented in an April 2 ceremony.

Roughly 450 graduate and undergraduate students from Auburn University and Auburn University at Montgomery participated in the annual event, which showcases a broad spectrum of student research and scholarship from a variety of disciplines.

“The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering provides the best student-centered engineering experience in America and part of that experience is research,” said Allan David, interim associate dean for research. “Whether it’s hands-on work in a laboratory, crafting ideas into visual elements for poster presentations, or delivering project summaries in-person before an audience, research remains the cornerstone of the academic process. It’s how we develop fresh ideas that evolve into solutions to everyday problems. The Auburn University Research Symposium is an opportunity each spring for students to not only showcase their ideas but also exchange them. Congratulations to all students involved for their hard work and we look forward to one day seeing the fruits of their labor.”

The university recognized the best oral and poster presentations university-wide at the graduate and undergraduate levels in STEM-related and human sciences, social sciences, creative arts, nursing and humanities-related disciplines. Top researchers from each college were also recognized.

Daniel Meadows, a graduate student in chemical engineering under the mentorship of Professor Virginia Davis, won second place among all graduate STEM entries for his oral presentation, “Selective extraction of ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) from K-cup plastic waste.”

Engineering oral presentation winners were Tori Phillips, a graduate student in chemical engineering under the mentorship of Assistant Professor Jean-Francis Louf for the entry, “Connecting Plant Root Architecture and Water Transport Abilities Using a Transparent Soil,” and Erik Mulder, an undergraduate in aerospace engineering under the mentorship of Assistant Professor Davide Guzzetti, for the entry, “Analyzing Data-Driven CR3BP Representations for Immersive Astrodynamics Catalogs.”

Auburn Engineering’s poster presentation winners were Ashish Bhattarai, a graduate student in biosystems engineering, working with Presidential Graduate Research Fellow Sagar Kafle and under the mentorship of Professor Sushil Adhikari, for the entry, “Linear regression model to predict the feeding rate in a laboratory-scale gasifier,” and Emily Kimbrell, an undergraduate in computer science and software engineering for the presentation, “A centralized user interface to display satellite mega-constellations in a gamified system.”

“Not only is this an opportunity for students to present what they have learned through their research experiences to a broad audience, but the symposium empowers participants to share their thoughts, discoveries and creative work,” said Lorenzo Cremaschi, professor of mechanical engineering and Auburn University’s director of undergraduate research. “This year, the first-rate presentations provided a forum for cross-college networking. The conversations in the rooms were lively and vibrant. I thank all the presenters and judges who participated in the symposium, making it a truly engaging opportunity. I congratulate the award winners for their outstanding work during what is becoming a signature event for the University.”

A complete list of winners, along with titles of their projects, is available on the Student Research Symposium web site.

Media Contact: Joe McAdory,, 334.844.3447

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