Materials science and engineering graduate students win AVS student awards

// Materials Science & Engineering

Photo of Dongxue Du
Dongxue Du

The American Vacuum Society (AVS), a scientific organization dedicated to advancing the science and technology of vacuum, materials, surfaces, interfaces, thin films and plasmas recently honored two University of Wisconsin-Madison materials science and engineering PhD students with student awards.

The Society selected Dongxue Du, a researcher working in the lab of Jason Kawasaki, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering, for the Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Award. The award recognizes and encourages excellence in graduate studies in the sciences and technologies of interest to AVS.

Photo of Chenghao Wan
Chenghao Wan

Du was selected for her work tuning structural, electronic and magnetic properties of multifunctional thin films and membranes grown with molecular beam epitaxy.

Chenghao Wan, a materials science and engineering graduate student working in the lab of Mikhail Kats, the Jack St. Clair Kilby Associate Professor in electrical and computer engineering, was selected for a Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Scholarship. Wan was cited for his work on thin-film optics, thermal emission engineering and tunable photonic devices enabled by insulator-metal phase-change materials.

The winners of the AVS student awards were selected during a competitive process that included giving a presentation to the awards committee. The awards include cash, a certificate and travel support to attend the AVS International Symposium, although this year’s event in late October will be virtual.

Author: Jason Daley