Category Archives: Team

New members, outgoing members, team alumni activity

Undergraduate Researcher

We welcome Ms. Emily Tom, who has joined our research team as an undergraduate researcher. Emily is senior in materials science and engineering program. She will assist our team in research on zinc- and magnesium-based biodegradable alloys.

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Dr. Guillory

Congratulations to Roger Guillory for defending his PhD dissertation entitled “Degradable Zinc Material Characteristics and its Influence on Biocompatibility and in an In Vivo Murine Model” on August 20, 2019. Roger is also leaving us to take a postdoctoral fellow … Continue reading

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PhD Candidate

Mr. Kyle Hrubecky has joined our research team as a PhD Candidate. He will work on just-awarded NIH R01 grant, developing new zinc alloys for medical applications. Kyle worked with us in the past as undergraduate researcher, during his junior … Continue reading

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Golden Allison!

Big congratulations to Allison for winning one of the Making a Difference Awards. She competed with 14 other nominees in the Above and Beyond category and won this award. A short quotation from the nomination letter: “Allison’s competence and effectiveness … Continue reading

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Seed Grant Award

The SURFI team was among six teams awarded with seed grants by the MTU College of Engineering. This award will allow the SURFI team to explore a new design of biodegradable Zn-based stents for vascular scaffolding.

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Scholar from China

The SURFI Team welcomes a new addition to our team, Donghui Wang. Donghui has arrived from the School of Resources and Civil Engineering at Northeastern University in P.R. China in a middle of October. He will explore fundamentals of hematite … Continue reading

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Georgia Hurchalla – MS Defense

Congratulations to Georgia Hurchalla for successfully defending her MS Thesis on Effect of Hierarchical Structure and Orientation on Water – Repellant Legs of Water-Walking Insects! Georgia will leave SURFI team in August heading to industry.

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Jeff Brookins – MS Defense

Congratulations to Jeff Brookins for successfully defending his MS Thesis on Development and Characterization of Biodegradable Zinc Vascular Ligation Clips! Jeff leaves us this week to start his PhD program at the University of Tennessee.

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Postdoc from Poland

Surface Innovations Team welcomes a new member, Dr. Malgorzata Sikora-Jasinska. Dr. Sikora-Jasinska received her double PhD degree at Politecnico de Milano in Italy (Department of Mechanical Engineering) and University Laval, Canada (Department of Mining, Metallurgical, and Materials Engineering). Her doctoral … Continue reading

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TMS Awards

Roger Guillory (PhD Candidate) won the 2nd place in a poster competition under biomaterials category during the 147th TMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ. The title of his poster was “Long Term Biocompatibility of Zinc and its Alloys for Absorbable … Continue reading

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