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Ph.D. Graduation 2018

Two Ph.D. candidates, Xiaolin Li and Yichi Zhang, graduated this June.

The two joined the alumni of IDEAL after successfully defended their Ph.D. dissertation, titled ‘Interphase Modeling and Data Analytical Approaches for Polymer Nanocomposites Design‘ and ‘A Data-driven Approach for Heterogeneous Materials Design‘, respectively.

IDEAL faculty and students threw a party to celebrate their graduation. Lab alumni Dr. Shuangcheng Yu, who came back to Evanston for his Ph.D. hooding ceremony, also joined the party.

Following their graduation, Xiaolin will work as an applied scientist at Microsoft, and Yichi will be a data scientist at Capgemini. Congratulations to the new doctors!

Prof. Wei Chen Receives Ver Steeg Faculty Award

Dr. Wei Chen is the recipient of 2018 Ver Steeg Faculty Award by the Graduate School at Northwestern University. This award recognizes one outstanding faculty member and one outstanding staff member each year for their contributions of excellence in working with graduate students of The Graduate School. Her award citation is:

As a Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Chen has made a dedicated effort to recruit a diverse and top-quality student body. She mentors students to achieve their potential in research and guides them to launch their careers. As a highly successful female faculty member, she is a great role model to our female students.

Read more on the Graduate School’s website