Announcing the 2017 Nakatani RIES U.S. Fellows

The Nakatani Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of the 12 participants in the 2017 Nakatani RIES Fellowship for U.S. students.  Nakatani RIES U.S. Fellows were selected from a highly competitive application pool of 141 applicants overall, a selection ration of just 8.5%, and 50% of our 2017 U.S. Fellows are women. These students represent a range of science & engineering fields of study and ten different U.S. universities or colleges including: Bethel University (1), Carnegie Mellon University (1), Case Western Reserve University (1), Columbia University (1), Rice University (3), University of Hawai’i, Manoa (1), University of Pittsburgh (1), University of Rochester (1), University of Texas, Austin (1), and Washington University in St. Louis (1).

The 2017 Nakatani RIES U.S. Fellows will travel to Japan in mid-May to participate in a three-week language and culture orientation program in Tokyo followed by a nine-week science & engineering research experience in one of our host labs in Japan. They will return to Rice University at the end of the summer where they will present a topical research poster on their summer project at the Smalley-Curl Institute Summer Research Colloquium. While in Japan, our U.S. Fellows will also have opportunities to network with our 2017 Japanese Fellows at various points in the summer as well.

Congratulations everyone! We wish you the best as you embark on your summer in Japan!

Savannah Cofer

Rice University, Freshman
Mechanical Engineering, Computational & Applied Mathematics, and Japanese
Host Lab in Japan: The University of Tokyo – Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Maruyama-Chiashi Laboratory

William Funkenbusch

University of Rochester, Sophomore
Chemical Engineering and Japanese
Host Lab in Japan: Toyota Technological University – Energy Materials Laboratory

 

Jakob Grzesik

Rice University, Freshman
Electrical Engineering and Mathematics
Host Lab in Japan: Tohoku University – Dept. of Physics, Saito Laboratory

Rose Huang

Columbia University, Freshman
Computer Science and Materials Science & Engineering
Host Lab in Japan: Keio University – Dept. of Applied Physics & Physico-Informatics, Itoh Laboratory

Alexander Hwang

Rice University, Sophomore
Electrical Engineering and Minor in Physics
Host Lab in Japan: Kyoto University – Institute of Advanced Energy, Matsuda Laboratory

Aaron Ludvigsen

Bethel University, Sophomore
Physics and Computer Science; Minor in Mathematics
Host Lab in Japan: Osaka University – Inst. of Laser Engineering, THz Photonics, Tonouchi Laboratory

Katelyn Miyasaki

Washington University in St. Louis, Sophomore
Biomedical Engineering and Minor in Design
Host Lab in Japan: Osaka University – LaSIE, Kawata-Fujita Laboratory

Emily Nishiwaki

Case Western Reserve University, Freshman
Materials Science & Engineering and Minor in Japanese
Host Lab in Japan: Kyoto University – Dept. of Energy & Hydrocarbon Chemistry, Kageyama Laboratory

Trevor Shimokusu

University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa, Sophomore
Mechanical Engineering
Host Lab in Japan: Chiba University – Division of Nanomaterial Science, Aoki Laboratory

Shivani Shukla

Carnegie Mellon University, Freshman
Materials Science & Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
Host Lab in Japan: Nagoya University – Dept. of Chemistry, Shinohara Laboratory

Kaylene Stocking

University of Pittsburgh, Sophomore
Computer Engineering and Bioengineering
Host Lab in Japan: Kyoto University – Institute for Integrated Cell-Materials Sciences (iCeMS), Kamei Laboratory

Joshua Yang

University of Texas, Austin, Sophomore
Electrical & Computer Engineering and Mathematics
Host Lab in Japan: The University of Tokyo – Dept. of Applied Physics and Quantum-Phase Electronics Center, Iwasa Laboratory

 

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