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Mechanical Engineering students shine at STLE Annual Meeting

Sougata Roy and his graduate students at STLE's annual meeting
Dr. Sougata Roy brings five of his students to STLE’s annual meeting. Photo courtesy of Sougata Roy.

UND graduate students work hard – and take home top honors

Five mechanical engineering graduate students from the UND College of Engineering & Mines made a remarkable impression at this year’s Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) Annual Meeting, held in Long Beach, CA. The students showcased their research through engaging poster presentations and captivating oral sessions, leaving a lasting impact on the international gathering of academics and industry professionals.

The STLE Annual Meeting featured a fiercely competitive student poster competition, with 45 entries hailing from renowned universities across the globe. The judging panel selected nine posters among the impressive submissions for recognition in the first, second, and third categories.

In an outstanding display of talent and dedication, two of CEM’s graduate students, Hyunsuk Choi and Sudip Saha, secured the third prize for their exceptional posters.

However, the triumph did not stop there. Kommineni Uday Venkat Kiran, another graduate student from the College of Engineering & Mines, won the prestigious first prize in the student poster competition. Uday’s groundbreaking work not only captivated the judges’ attention but also solidified UND’s reputation as a leading institution in the field of mechanical engineering.

Expressing his delight at his students’ achievements, mechanical engineering assistant professor Sougata Roy shared, “It seems the hard work by the students paid off.” Roy’s guidance and mentorship have undoubtedly played a crucial role in nurturing the talents of these exceptional students.

The STLE Annual Meeting serves as a platform for scholars, researchers, and industry professionals to exchange ideas, present cutting-edge research, and foster collaborations. CEM’s successful participation not only highlights the institution’s commitment to academic excellence but also positions its students as frontrunners in the field.


Written by Paige Prekker  //  UND College of Engineering & Mines