Montana Tech Students Attend NSBE Conference

Seven Montana Tech students attended the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Fall Regional Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, from November 8-11, 2018. The students presented two posters, two talks, and competed in the “Elevator Speech Competition.” NSBE conferences provide inspiration, education and connections needed for students to succeed as engineers. The theme for this conference was “Explore. Engineer. Elevate.” Students were able to attend workshops, a career fair, community service, networking, competitions, and resume building exercises to develop professional and technical skills.
The student from Montana Tech who attended were: Augustina Osabutey, Environmental Engineering graduate student; Harold Pearson-Nadal, Mining Engineering; Sowmya Sudhakar, Mechanical Engineering; Abdul-Sommed Hadi, Materials Science doctoral student; Suvash Ghimire, Materials Science doctoral student; Francis Inkom, Mining Engineering graduate student; and Irene Ateng, Mining Engineering graduate students.

The posters and talks presented were:
Poster: Modification of Reverse Osmosis Membrane Surface with Nisin-Coated Silica Particles to Mitigate Biofouling
By Augustina Osabutey and Dr. Katherine Zodrow

Poster: Three Dimensional Physiological Model for in-vitro Biomaterials Research
By Sowmya Sudhakar, Jessica M. Andriolo, and Dr. Jack L. Skinner

>Oral Presentation: Pyrolytic Graphite-Copper Thermocouple for Non-Invasive Direct Temperature Measurement
By Abdul-Sommed Hadi and Dr. Bryce Hill

Oral Presentation: Restoration of Highly Eroded Arid Sites in Montana
By Augustina Osabutey, Dr. Robert Pal, and Dr. Katherine Zodrow

Elevator Speech Competition: Customizable Green Houses
By Harold Pearson-Nadal