Graduate Engineering Students to Showcase Research on Wednesday

April 13, 2010 — Graduate engineering students at the University of Virginia develop original research that ranges from building smart thermostats to using focused ultrasound for targeted drug and gene delivery.

At the sixth annual U.Va. Engineering Research Symposium – known as "UVERS" – graduate students from the School of Engineering and Applied Science will present their research to fellow students, faculty and the public while competing for recognition and monetary prizes.

UVERS will be held in Wilsdorf Hall atrium on Wednesday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony from 5 to 6 p.m..

Graduate students initiated the UVERS competition six years ago as a way to share their peers' research with a larger audience. The symposium is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies and run by the Graduate Engineering Student Council. Throughout the day, 18 student-researchers representing a range of engineering disciplines will present their work to peers and a panel of Engineering School faculty judges.

"UVERS is organized by graduate students to showcase the high caliber of research conducted by our peers," said Jiawei Huang, president of the council and a Ph.D. student in computer engineering. "This year's symposium features research on highly relevant topics such as medical treatment using ultrasound and solar energy exploitation."

While research is a vital part of graduate engineering education, the competitive nature of UVERS adds energy and excitement to the poster sessions. Monetary prizes and certificates, ranging from $50 to $1,500, will be presented to all competitors.
"UVERS allows the U.Va. community and the public to see our engineering graduate students' significant contributions to engineering and scientific knowledge," said Barry Johnson, associate dean for research at the Engineering School. "I look forward to learning more about these students' exciting research topics and talking with young men and women who will be future leaders in academia, government and industry."