We celebrated the end of a good year for TREE Lab members by kicking back with:
1. Our annual holiday cookie exchange which featured lots of delicious treats made by TREE-Lab members; thanks Luisa for including our lab logo on your lemon cookies
2. Inspired by Mike's idea, we made a "tree" for our lab powered by the sun. The tree comprises of all the students' names and their achievements in the form of papers, talks, qualifying exams, etc. as apples and flowers. Was such a fun hands-on, team activity for all of us during a group meeting :)
3. We got together at Maize in Ypsilanti, Michigan and enjoyed a nice group dinner.
Here's to a healthy, happy, and a fun 2022!
Rohini was invited to give the departmental seminar at her alma mater -- University of Minnesota, Mechanical Engineering Department. Was so exciting and recharging to go back to warm and friendly faces, and also meet new faculty in the department. Nice to learn about the great spread of ongoing research activities in the department. Thanks Jane (my PhD advisor) for inviting and hosting me, and continuing to be my mentor. Picture from dinner at Tea house (L-R): Profs. Sue Mantell (Department Chair) and Jane Davidson
Our newest paper on quantifying the influences of spatial distributions of particles on radiative transport is now published in the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. Implications of this fundamental work will form a useful foundation for developing radiative transport models for multiphase flows with solid particles for concentrated solar applications.
Rohini's proposal to the Doctoral New Investigator award by the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS-PRF) was recently awarded. We are so happy and grateful for this selection.
We enjoyed a fun get-together as a group with outdoor lunch and "swinging" on campus. Thanks to Theo Rulko, for great research work through the summer, we look forward to having him back. Thanks Luisa Barrera for bringing us yummy cupcakes. And, also, welcome Katherine Giammalvo (Kate) to our group.
Rohini was invited to give a lecture on the topic of mass transport modeling fundamentals in electrochemical systems at the Telluride Summer School on Electrochemical Energy Storage (Virtual). Thanks to the organizers -- Veronica Augustyn, Don Siegel, and Keith Stevenson for the kind invite. I enjoyed the experience of participating in this event and hope to see this school being offered in the future as well.
Was a fun and a relaxing outing with the group on a wonderfully sunny evening at the Halfmoon lake. Thanks Bryan for rallying the group and organizing the event.
Our group gave two talks at the 239th Electrochemical Society Meeting (Summer 2021), which was a virtual event this year.
Luisa did an excellent job in presenting her past, ongoing and future research work for her dissertation committee today. Great work so far and lots of interesting work to look forward to. Keep it up, Luisa!
Xingze Dai, an undergraduate research student in our lab won the best poster presentation in his session at the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Research Symposium. Way to go Xingze!