Graduate Student Spotlight

Thomas Devine, Ph.D. Candidate, Computer Science

Thomas Devine's research is a collaboration between the astronomy and computer science departments. His research is working on new algorithms for the detection of celestial phenomena in extremely large astronomical data sets. Devine is able to pursue this research because he was recently awarded the Ruby Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship. Devine also holds a research assistant graduate assistant position at the college. David Dittenber, Ph.D. Candidate, Civil Engineering David Dittenber is a recipient of the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship. He is working with Dr. Hota GangaRao to explore the use of composite materials in infrastructure. As a part of the civil engineering department, Dittenber also worked in material development, fatigue characterization, and full-scale mechanical testing of various industry products.

Morgan Sears, Ph.D. Candidate, Mining Engineering

Morgan Sears is currently pursuing research with a $1.1 million dollar grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. He is working to develop a database of pillar designs for improving the safety of shallow mines. Sears is working closely with two local coal companies to improve his research goals.

Chenbo Dong, Ph.D. Candidate, Chemical Engineering

Chenbo Dong is working with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to unravel the mechanisms responsible for carbon nanotube uptake and cellular delivery and to localize the effect of intracellular components and any associated cytotoxicity. He is working with faculty in the field of biomedical engineering, specifically Dr. Cerasela Dinu.

Anthony Yost, Masters Candidate, Safety Management

Anthony Yost is interested in construction safety, and improving all facets of safety that accompanies that. A native of West Virginia, Yost has worked with local construction companies, both commercial and residential, to improve safety practices.

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