For the second year in a row, a Cullen College graduate student has won a prestigious award in the field of superconductivity. Meysam Heydari Gharahcheshmeh, a materials engineering doctoral student, received a 2017 graduate study fellowship in applied superconductivity from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Council on Superconductivity Committee (CSC) on the heels of taking home the same prize in 2016.
“This fellowship can be awarded to an individual no more than two times and I am so honored to get this highly prestigious award in the field of applied superconductivity for the second year in a row,” said Heydari Gharahcheshmeh. He also won the Alexander Shikov Award sponsored by IEEE.
The annual fellowship is awarded to full-time graduate students who have made significant contributions in the field of applied superconductivity. Applicants are selected based upon the quality of their prior research, impact of their current research and potential impact of their future research. As a recipient of 2017 IEEE-CSC graduate study fellowship, Heydari Gharahcheshmeh received a complimentary membership in the IEEE and a $5,000 honorarium.
Heydari Gharahcheshmeh works on fabrication of second-generation high temperature superconductors under the supervision of Venkat Selvamanickam, M.D. Anderson Chair Professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Texas Center for Superconductivity Applied Research Hub.
The award winners will be recognized at the 2017 Conference on Applied Superconductivity to be held Sept. 17-21 at the International Conference Centre of Geneva, Switzerland.