Five graduate students at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science were recently awarded prestigious Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation.

The NSF program “recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S .institutions.”

The 2012 NSF Fellows include: Kristine Mayle, Biomedical Engineering; Michael Nayhouse, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Bryant Reyes, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Frederic Sala, Electrical Engineering; and Louis Tse, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Brief profiles of the students and their research can be found below:

Kristine Mayle, Biomedical Engineering
Graduate advisor: Professor Daniel T. Kamei
Research Focus: The use of polypeptide vesicles for drug delivery applications
Undergraduate institution and degree: Ohio University, B.S. in chemical engineering

Michael Nayhouse, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Graduate Advisors: Professor Gerassimos Orkoulas and Professor Panagiotis Christofides
Research Focus: Modeling, simulation, and control of globular protein crystallization processes
Undergraduate institution and degree: University of Pittsburgh, B.S. in computer engineering

Bryant Reyes, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Graduate Advisor:  Professor Terri S. Hogue
Research focus: the hydrologic dynamics in an urban setting through the use of distributed hydrologic and land surface models. In particular, the fate of imported water, groundwater recharge and land surface processes in urban areas
Undergraduate institution and degree Northeastern University, B.S. in civil engineering

Frederic Sala, Electrical Engineering
Graduate advisor: Professor Lara Dolecek
Research Focus:  Communications systems, information theory, and specifically channel coding.
Undergraduate institution and degree: University of Michigan, B.S.E. in electrical engineering

Louis Tse, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Graduate Advisors: Professor Adrienne Lavine and Professor Richard Wirz
Research Focus:  Thermal energy storage
Undergraduate institution and degree: Arizona State University, B.S. in mechanical engineering (summa cum laude honors).