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PhD students earn best presenter awards

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Three materials science and engineering doctoral students—Allison Osmanson, Mohsen Tajedini, and Jimmy-Bao Le—earned the Best Student Presenter Award at TECHCON 2021, the flagship technical conference of the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC).

The Top Student Presenter Award is granted to the top 10 presenters out of 160 total. It’s the second straight year all three of UTA’s presenters earned the award, marking a first in TECHCON history. Osmanson earned the award both years.

All three students are conducting research supported by three SRC grants. They are working with materials science and engineering Professor Choong-Un Kim, who has engaged in semiconductor packaging research for more than 25 years. The students’ focus is on reliability engineering and electronic materials.

Each student was presented with a certificate, a medal, and a plaque for their achievements.

SRC is a world-class technology research consortium whose members include the semiconductor industry’s biggest companies, such as Texas Instruments, IBM, Intel, and Micron.

“This competition gives a great foot in the door with these companies,” says Le. “If they see research, skills, and experience that align with their needs, it gives an easy segue into a potential hiring conversation.”

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