7 Grove School Students Win NIST Summer Fellowships

Seven students from The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering have won 2014 NIST-SURF fellowships for summer research with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Md. NIST, a non-regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, describes itself as one of the world’s leading research institutions.

“The NIST research fields matches the engineering majors at CCNY very well, and the seven represent the largest number of City College participants in the NIST-SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow) program since 2010,” said Dr. Yuying Q. Gosser, director of the Grove School’s Office of Student Research and Scholarship, who initiated the CCNY-NIST institutional connection in 2010.

The seven students selected as fellows, their majors and the NIST laboratories they are assigned to are:

  •  Zineb Bouizy, civil engineering, NIST Engineering Lab;
  • Jing Chen, electrical engineering, NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology ;
  • James Fallon, electrical engineering, NIST Electronic measurement group in Physical Measurement Lab;
  • Behnaz Ghouchani, computer engineering, NIST Information Technology Lab;
  • Golnaz Ghouchani, computer engineering, NIST Engineering Lab;
  • Mohamed Gueye, computer science, NIST data visualization group in Information Technology Lab;
  • Karla Parraga, electrical engineering – NIST Advanced Scanning Probe Microscopy group in Physical Measurement Laboratory

Each student receives a $5,500 fellowship for 11 weeks of research plus around $3,000 for housing and travel. Since 2010, 17 Grove School of Engineering students have participated in the program. Ms. Bouizy and Mr. Chen were NIST-SURF research fellows in 2013, as well.

Last year, Ms. Bouizy worked in the fire research division of the Engineering Laboratory evaluating smoldering ignition performance of barrier fabric. This year, she will investigate resilience of building envelopes to wind with a focus on wind design pressure for cladding.

Mr. Chen will work develop fiber-coupled and nanofabricated single photon sources. His research last year with the nanoelectronics group in the Physical Measurement Laboratory cultivated his fascination with nanotechnology.

“That, plus my research experience at the Institute for Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers here at CCNY, has made photonics, electronics and nanotechnology my passion,” he said.

About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.

About The Grove School of Engineering at CCNY
The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York is the only public engineering school within New York City. It offers Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. degrees in seven fields: biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering and computer science. The School is recognized nationally for the excellence of its instructional and research programs and ranks among the most diverse engineering schools in the country. For additional information, please visit http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/engineering/index.cfm.

About the NIST
From the smart electric power grid and electronic health records to atomic clocks, advanced nanomaterials, and computer chips, innumerable products and services rely in some way on technology, measurement, and standards provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST’s mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.


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