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The Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA) presented its first annual Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award to Krishna C. Etika of Texas A & M University for Utilization of Clay-Carbon Nanoparticle Synergy for Enhancing Electrical and Mechanical Properties of Epoxy Composites.
The official presentation was made during TRFAs recent 2010 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
Krishna is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas. He is currently working on an NSF sponsored research project with Professor Jaime C. Grunlan as his advisor. Krishna earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupati, India and his M.S. Materials Science and Engineering (Polymers) at IIT Kharagpur, India. He has worked as an Assistant Manager trainee at CEAT Ltd, Bhandup, Mumbai, India; as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University and has recently been appointed Instructor of Texas A & M sophomore level materials science core course for Fall 2010.
The purpose of the Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award is to encourage and recognize advances in the science & engineering of thermoset polymer industry. Entries are submitted in the form of research papers, in the traditional scientific journal format. Eligible candidates are students who are candidates for BS, MS & PhDs at an accredited college/university in the USA and Canada whose research topics are related to Thermoset Polymer Science & Technology.
The award consists of a $500 cash award and an award plaque, an invitation to present the paper at the TRFA annual meeting with complimentary registration, one-nights accommodation for the winning student at the TRFA meetings hotel/venue and an additional travel allowance of up to $500, and posting of the winning paper on TRFAs website.
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