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Accolades: Boggs Brings It for Road Safety, Minneci Minimizes Material Stress

Boggs Named Outstanding Student for Road Safety

Alexandra Boggs
Alexandra Boggs

Transportation engineering doctoral student Alexandra “Ali” Boggs was recently honored by the Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety (CSCRS) at the Council of University Transportation Center’s (CUTC) 28th Annual Outstanding Student of the Year Awards ceremony.

Boggs’s research includes examining self-driving vehicle crashes and disengagements and commercial vehicle parking shortage. The title of Boggs’s dissertation is “Analysis of Automated Vehicle Crashes and Disengagements.”

The Outstanding Student of the Year award comes with a $1,000 scholarship, the cost of attendance to the Transportation Research Board annual meeting, a certificate from the US Department of Transportation, and registration to the CUTC Awards Banquet in Washington, DC.

Read about Boggs’s work.

Minneci Makes Ma2JIC with Poster

Robert Minneci
Robert Minneci

Robert P. Minneci, a third-year PhD student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was recognized with a poster award at the Manufacturing and Materials Joining Innovation Center (Ma2JIC) Industrial Advisory Board meeting at The Ohio State University on January 29.

Ma2JIC is an NSF funded Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) with university sites at The Ohio State University (lead university), Colorado School of Mines, Lehigh University, University of Tennessee, and the University of Waterloo.

There were 33 posters presentations contributed by students from all five sites. Minneci’s presentation, “Characterization of SLM GRCop-84 by Neutron Scattering: Loading,” was selected in a tie for second place. Judges for the poster competition included various industrial members of the Ma2JIC advisory board.

Minneci is a GO! Student working in the Materials Engineering Group of the Neutron Sciences Division under the direction of Jeffery Bunn and UT advisor Professor Claudia Rawn. His PhD focus is understanding the stresses that result in GRCop-84, a material of interest for reusable thrust chambers in rockets, when additively manufactured via the select laser melting (SLM) technique. The goal of Minneci’s research is to increase the yield of viable parts during SLM by understanding the resulting stresses that arise during processing and suggesting and optimizing scan strategies for minimize stresses that could result in warping, cracking, and even failure on the build plate.