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South High graduate involved in research paper

January 09, 2011

A Michigan Tech professor, two alumni and a research colleague received the U.S. Army’s highest award for research at the Army Science Conference in Orlando, Fla., recently.

The four won the best paper in the nanotechnology division, one of 18 categories, and the  Paul A. Siple Award for the overall outstanding technical paper presented at the conference.

The lead author on the paper was Tech alumnus Mark Griep, who earned a PhD in mechanical engineering in 2008. Griep works at the Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. The paper was based on research he did at Tech for his PhD and during summer research for the Army.

Griep’s adviser, Professor Craig Friedrich, who holds the Robbins Chair in Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, is a co-author of the paper. Friedrich is also associate chair and director of graduate studies in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics.

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Friedrich is a graduate of South Hagerstown High School and Hagerstown Community College.

Other co-authors include Shashi Karna, a senior scientist at the Army Research Laboratory and a member of the ME-EM External Advisory Board; and alumnus Eric Winder, who earned a PhD in biological sciences in 2010 and is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest Laboratory near Seattle.

Winder was advised by Friedrich and retired professor John Adler.

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