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Graduate Student Chosen for Prestigious Summer Program

May 3, 2006

Rashed Islam, a doctoral student in Materials Science & Engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington, has been selected to attend the Pan American Advanced Studies Institute on Transmission Electron Microscopy in Materials Science. He is one of only 48 students in all the Americas chosen to attend.

The summer program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and will be conducted at the University of Chile in Santiago. The Chilean government has made a multi-million dollar investment in this program to strengthen and build materials science in Chile.

Students chosen for the institute will have all their expenses paid and will attend presentations by noted professors from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Spain and the United States. Students will also participate in projects involving high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and its application to materials and geological sciences. The HRTEM technique is the most powerful mode for investigating microstructures.

“I’m excited about attending,” said Islam. “I’m working on magnetoelectric materials made of nanocomposites, and using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy is the only way to accurately evaluate the interactions of the materials. What I gain by attending the institute will greatly enhance my research capabilities.”

“Rashed has been an enthusiastic contributor to developing and promoting our MSE Program,” said Dr. Stathis Meletis, director of the Materials Science & Engineering Program. “He has accomplished much, not only with his coursework and research but also with technical journal and conference papers. Rashed has demonstrated excellent technical skills and has high professional standards. He will be a great representative of our university, both as a student and as an alumnus.”