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Central State University Grads Innovative Research on EVS

Three Central State University graduates win big at Midwest SAMPE competition for their innovative research on the implications of electric vehicles.

The future is here through three recent historically Black college and university (HBCU) graduates whose innovative research landed them in first place at the Midwest Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) Student Competition.

Central State University graduates Myesha Burnette, Shawntae Thompson, and Baijing Zinnerman walked away with the highest honor in the competition after their groundbreaking research in material and process engineering led them to produce a 12-page, peer-reviewed paper that “explores the team’s investigation into carbon fiber-reinforced polymer-metal bonding and hybrid fiber-reinforced polymer-metal bonding to aluminum.”

Per the SAMPE website, the organization “provides growth and educational opportunities via conferences, exhibitions, technical forums, and publications. As the only technical society encompassing all fields of endeavor in materials and processes, SAMPE provides a unique and valuable forum for scientists, engineers, and academicians.”

The students’ research also focused on a “pivotal aspect of polymer composite bonding to metal, to achieve a bond that is both lightweight and durable.” 

For two years, Thompson and Burnette conducted research led by Alessandro Rengan, Ph.D., an associate professor of Manufacturing Engineering at Central State University. Additionally, Zinnerman made significant contributions to the team, especially during the final two months of their research. With electric vehicles taking the industry by storm, their findings could not have come at a better time.

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Source: Black Enterprise

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