Bagley College honors student authors

February 6, 2014

From L-R: Associate dean Masoud Rais-Rohani, mechanical doctoral student Mahmood Mamivand, dean Achille Messac, civil senior Matthew Blair, and interim associate dean James Warnock

From L-R: Associate dean Masoud Rais-Rohani, mechanical doctoral student Mahmood Mamivand, dean Achille Messac, civil senior Matthew Blair, and interim associate dean James Warnock

STARKVILLE, Miss. — The Bagley College recognized more than 30 students at its first Student Publications Awards Ceremony and Reception, Wednesday, Jan. 29.

This event is part of a new student initiative, one of several recently established by Dean Achille Messac to encourage student research and reward their accomplishments.

“It is truly exciting to see our graduate and undergraduate students engage in faculty-led research that results in peer-reviewed publications,” Messac said.

To qualify for a publication award, an undergraduate student must have co-authored at least one published, peer-reviewed conference paper and a graduate student must have co-authored a peer-reviewed journal article. Each student author received a cash award and a certificate of achievement.

In addition, one graduate and one undergraduate student were recognized as Distinguished Scholars for having the best quality or highest number of articles published. Mahmood Mamivand, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering, and Matthew Blair, a senior in civil engineering, were the recipients of these awards.

Recipients (by hometown):

ABERDEEN — Zachary “Zack” Myers, a graduate student in mechanical engineering

ARLINGTON, Tenn. — Benjamin Nesbit, a graduate student in aerospace engineering

BILOXI — Timothy Stieffel, a senior in civil engineering

CLEAR SPRING, Md. — Matthew “Matt” Blair, a senior in civil engineering

FORREST — Dustin Cushman, a senior in civil engineering

INTERNATIONAL — Graduate students Osama AbuOmar, electrical and computer engineering; Imran Aslam, mechanical engineering; Zhenghong Bao, biological engineering; Tanmay Bhowmik, computer science; Edith Martinez-Guerra, civil engineering; Bahareh Kokabian, civil engineering; Ming Li, electrical and computer engineering; Yongwu Lu, biological engineering; Mahmood Mamivand, mechanical engineering; Shirin Rad, computer science; Sandeep Reddivari, computer science; Sergio Salinas, electrical and computer engineering; WeiWei Song, mechanical engineering; and Wei Wu, applied physics

KILLEN, Ala. — Zackery “Zack” McClelland, a graduate student in mechanical engineering

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Dexter Duckworth, a junior in computer engineering

PEARL — Kyle Cody, a senior in civil engineering

PORTERVILLE — Sara Fast, a graduate student in civil engineering

STARKVILLE — Gene “Dave” Spencer III, a senior in civil engineering, and graduate students Christopher “Kip” Barrett, mechanical engineering;  Shane Brauer, mechanical engineering; Ben Cox, civil engineering;  Ayesha Hicks, chemical engineering;  William Lawrimore II, mechanical engineering; Denver Seely, mechanical engineering; Jay Shannon, civil engineering; and Wilburn “Wil” Whittington, mechanical engineering

VICKSBURG — Stanton Price, a graduate student in electrical and computer engineering

WIGGINS — David Bond, a senior in civil engineering

For more information about the new student initiatives in the Bagley College, visit http://www.bagley.msstate.edu/bcoeinitiatives/.

Photographs from Publications Awards Ceremony are online at http://www.flickr.com/photos/msuengineering.