This year, the (graduate) Student of the Year Award went to Alireza Safaei, who recently graduated from our Ph.D. program.
Alireza built an outstanding track record during his years in our program, co-authoring multiple papers in high-impact journals and four patent applications. His work generated substantial press coverage. He was supervised by Debashis Chanda and is now heading to post-doc position in California.
We had two runner-ups for this award: Stephanie Jarmack (supervised by Josh Colwell) and Shima Gholam Mirzaeimoghadar (supervised by Mike Chini), who also have an excellent track records in various fronts. The selection committee had a very hard picking a winner. Please, congratulate them next time you see them.