CEE Faculty and Students Honored with 2023 Sigma Xi Research Awards

Tuesday, 25 April 2023

Associate Professor Xing Xie, Ph.D. graduate Wensi Chen, and master's graduate Matthew Phillips have been honored with the Georgia Tech Chapter of Sigma Xi's 2023 Faculty and Student Research Awards. These awards recognize outstanding research accomplishments and contributions to the scientific community.

In celebration of their achievements, Sigma Xi held an awards ceremony to bring together researchers, faculty and students to honor their accomplishments.

Young Faculty Award: Associate Professor Xing Xie

Carlton S. Wilder Associate Professor Xing Xie has been awarded the Young Faculty Award which includes a certificate, plaque and a $3,000 prize. Xie's research focuses on innovative environmental engineering solutions including water treatment, resource recovery and environmental nanotechnology. His groundbreaking work has garnered national and international recognition, making a significant impact in the field.

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Best Ph.D. Thesis: Wensi Chen

Wensi Chen, a recent Ph.D. graduate in Environmental Engineering, has been honored with the Best Ph.D. Thesis Award. Under the guidance of her advisor and fellow award winner Xing Xie, Chen's research involves the development of novel polymeric materials for environmental application including biospecimen collection, water treatment and resource recovery. She is currently a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University. Chen's Ph.D. thesis has been recognized with a certificate, plaque, and a $1,000 prize.

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Best M.S. Thesis: Matthew Phillips

Matthew Phillips, a master’s graduate from the Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials group, has been awarded the Best M.S. Thesis Award. His research involved large-scale experimental and analytical investigations into built-up steel I-girders subjected to high moment gradient. Phillips worked under the supervision of his advisor, Assistant Professor Ryan J. Sherman, and Professor Donald W. White. Phillips' research was recognized with a certificate, plaque, and a $500 prize. He is currently continuing his studies in the Ph.D. program at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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