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Students earn academic honors

May 17, 2019

Civil and environmental engineering students receive recognitions

Students in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering received a variety of academic honors at MSU during the Spring 2019 semester.

Vincent Marinelli won best poster in his category during this year's MSU Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum.
Vincent Marinelli won best poster in his category during this year's MSU Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum.

Vincent Marinelli won best poster in the Environmental and Natural Resources category during the 2019 MSU Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) on April 5. UURAF gives MSU undergraduate students an opportunity to showcase their scholarship and creative activities each spring with faculty, peers, and external audiences. MSU undergraduates gain experience in presenting their research, answer questions about their work from audience members and guests, and receive constructive feedback from judges. More on UURAF.

Marinelli, a junior in environmental engineering, presented his research on microfiltration of emulsified oil. Co-authors included Volodymyr Tarabara, professor of environmental engineering, Andre Benard, associate professor of mechanical engineering, Jia Wei Chew of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and others.

Also, several CEE graduate students received recognition during the 2019 MSU Engineering Graduate Research Symposium on March 21. Honored were:

• The Civil Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student Award went to Farshid Felfelani, whose advisor was assistant professor Yadu Pokhrel.

• The Environmental Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student Award went to Camille McCall, whose advisor was associate professor Irene Xagorarki.

• The CEE Fitch H. Beach Award Nominee was Hadi Salehi, whose advisor is professor Rigoberto Burgueño.

• Graduate students Akshay Murali, Remi Gonety, Daniel Thomas and Brendan Wrobel received best poster award in the "Sustainability and Environment" category at the graduate research symposium. Their research was work on: "Coagulation and flocculation using plant-derived materials for low-cost water treatment: The case for Moringa oleifera."