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The Annual Joint Symposium & Exhibition of the Florida Chapter of the AVS Science and Technology Society (FLAVS) and the Florida Society for Microscopy (FSM) was held March 9-10 at UCF.

The Symposium consisted of a plenary lecture, technical sessions with invited and contributed presentations, a poster session including a student poster competition and an equipment exhibit for vendors to display surface analytical, vacuum, microscopy, thin film and microelectronic equipment.

Several NSTC and AMPAC researchers were recognized for their outstanding poster presentations in four categories.

Computational and Experimental Materials Science

  • Second Place: Le Zhou, Advisor: Yong-ho Sohn
  • Third Place: Shashank Saraf, Advisor: Sudipta Seal
  • Honorable Mention: Abraham Vazquez-Guardado, Advisor: Debashis Chanda

Energy-Related Materials

  • First Place: Zenan Yu, Advisor: Jayan Thomas
  • Second Place: Matthew McInnis, Advisor: Lei Zhai
  • Third Place: Abhishek Mehta, Advisor: Yong-ho Sohn

Materials Processing and Characterization

  • First Place: Narae Kang, Advisor: Saiful Khondaker
  • Second Place: Swetha Barkam, Advisor: Sudipta Seal
  • Third Place: Xiaochen Wang, Advisor: Lei Zhai
  • Honorable Mention: Ankur Gupta, Advisor: Sudipta Seal
  • Honorable Mention: Jinan Deng, Advisor: Jiyu Fang


  • First Place: Rameech McCormack, Advisor: Sudipta Seal
  • Second Place: Eric Calkins, Advisor: Laurene Tetard
  • Third Place: Antonia Bass, Advisor: Swadeshmukul Santra
  • Honorable Mention: David Fox, Advisor: Lei Zhai
  • Honorable Mention: Preeti Kumrah, Advisor: Swadeshmukul Santra

Pictured L-R: Shashank Saraf (2nd from left), Swetha Barkam, Ankur Gupta, and Rameech McCormack