Electrical Engineering Ph.D. student Md Sohel Mahmood, advised by Professor Z. Çelik-Butler, has won the 2018 N. M. Stelmakh Outstanding Student Research Award for his research work on wafer-level packaged flexible MEMS accelerometer for robotics and prosthetics applications.
This award is given annually to an Electrical Engineering student in recognition of excellence in research demonstrated at the University of Texas at Arlington. This Award was endowed in 2011 to honor Dr. N. M. Stelmakh, a faculty member of the UTA’s EE Department from 2003 to 2010, who had made distinguished contributions in the field of short-pulsed semiconductor lasers and had been known for his inspirational teaching and mentoring style.
The competition for the award consists of two stages: at the first stage the award committee reviews submitted nominations and selects finalists. At the second stage, the finalists give brief oral presentations of their research work, which are judged by the committee and are open to the public.
Md Sohel Mahmood has worked on the design and fabrication of flexible MEMS accelerometer, which can be attached to curved surfaces like robotic or prosthetic hand or fingertip. He has integrated MEMS fabrication process with double UV-LIGA process to fabricate highly-sensitive self-packaged devices that can detect small changes in vertical acceleration.
The runner-up for the 2018 award was Long Zhao, a Ph.D. student advised by Prof. W.-J. Lee, who presented his research on safety, monitoring, and demand response of electric power systems.
Congratulations to both the winner and the runner-up for their outstanding contributions to research as well as to the success of our Department!