POETS graduate students dominate competitions in scientific communication this month : Nov. 6th, 2017

On October 28th, Sarah Garrow placed as a finalist in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) SWE17 conference graduate student rapid fire competition, which is a four minute presentation and a minute of questions. Sarah also presented on her research titled ‘Dynamic Modeling for Battery Electric Vehicle Thermal Management Systems’ and received third place in the competition! Below is an image of Sarah with Jonna Gerken (SWE president) presenting Sarah with the award. Sarah Garrow is a graduate student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Dr. Andrew Alleyne’s group.

Additionally, Tanya Liu did a fabulous job at the NSF Biennial Perfect Pitch competition, taking home the 3rd place award.  This competition involves a 90-second pitch, with only 1 slide and no props and is conducted in front of the entire Biennial Meeting audience.  The winners of each ERC’s local competition participate, so it’s a very tough contest, and only 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards are made.  This was an amazing showing for POETS first participation in the Biennial competition. The 3rd place award included a $1,000 cash prize.  We would love to see even more students participate in the next POETS pitch competition in 2018, and keep POETS on the podium at the next Biennial meeting. Tanya Liu is a graduate student at Stanford University in Dr. Ken Goodson’s group.


Congratulations Tanya and Sarah!