The Department of Materials Science and Engineering recently partnered with the North Texas Chapter of ASM International to host the 10th Annual North Texas Inter-University Materials Science and Engineering Research Symposium, an event that celebrates undergraduate and graduate student research across the North Texas region. 

In the undergraduate category, Kelly Jacques took first place for her work on the determination of method for tribological experiment on ultra-hard coatings in low-viscosity fuels.  Jordyn Ward received second place for an aging study on H-phase growth in thermo-mechanically processed NiTiZr high temperature shape memory alloys, and Andre Montagnoli received third for his presentation on room and elevated temperature sliding wear behavior and mechanisms of additively manufactured Ni-Al-Ti-C composites.

In the graduate category, Sanket Bhoyate received second place in the graduate section for his presentation on 3D zinc anodes for high performance Zn-ion batteries, and Hunter Lide received third for his research on quasi-static flexural strength and fracture toughness modification of spark plasma sintered B4C-based composites.

As part of the research symposium, students were expected to present their research in under 10 minutes and respond to questions from the audience in under five minutes. UNT Associate Professor Marcus Young and UNT Professor Tom Scharf, both from Materials Science and Engineering; along with Arun Kumar, a project management office/global CI master black belt at Flowserve Corporation, and Ahsan Habib, a consultant, judged the event.