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CME student nabs top spot at UIC research forum

The competition at UIC’s 2016 Student Research Forum was fierce as nearly 300 students from all disciplines contend for the judges’ attention. At the end of the day, it was CME’s Minoo Kabir who stood out among the hundreds of competitors and attendees to walk away a winner.

Kabir, a Ph.D. student working under the direction of Professor Didem Ozevin in the Non-Destructive Structures laboratory, captured first place in the field of “Business/Computer Science/Mathematics Engineering/Physical Sciences” among graduate students during the event at the UIC Forum on April 12, 2016.

Kabir won for her poster entitled “Integration of Acoustic Metamaterial and Highly Narrowband MEMS Sensor to Enhance Crack Detection Ability in Large Infrastructures.”

The main purpose of the research is developing a reliable and cost effective structural health monitoring method for detecting sub-millimeter crack growth, long before the damage becomes critical. The monitoring of large-scale structures is imperative to ensure the structural integrity and identify the presence of flaws with the purpose of preventing catastrophic events in structures, such as bridges, pipeline or aircrafts.

“I was very excited when I heard I took the first place in this competition especially because my parents were here at the time of competition” said Kabir. “It is a highly competitive poster competition as there are students and judges from different fields of science. The judges were very interested in this research and found it very beneficial for designing future structures. I feel extremely honored and appreciative for receiving the award from Dr. Michael Amiridis, the chancellor of university.”

The forum is an annual event that provides a venue for UIC students to present their scholarly efforts and is an affair that celebrates the wealth of research across all disciplines carried out by the dedicated students of this campus. Students present their work one-on-one to attendees and judges during a high-energy three-hour session, followed by an awards ceremony.

Learn more about Kabir’s work under the direction of Professor Ozevin at Non-Destructive Structures.