Two Engineering Students Receive USF Graduate School
Outstanding Dissertation Awards.
Tampa, Fla. (July 18, 2011) Javier Pulecio, PhD, electrical engineering, and Huijuan "June"
Chen, PhD, chemical and biomedical engineering, received Outstanding Dissertation Awards
from the Graduate School.
Pulecio's dissertation title is "Field-Coupled Nano-Magnetic Logic Systems" and his major
professor was Sanjukta Bhanja. Pulecio is a research scientist as Brookhaven National Laboratory
in Upton, New York.
Chen's dissertation title is "The conversion of Low-Grade Heat into Power Using Supercritical
Rankine Cycles" and her major professor was Yogi Goswami. She is an energy systems engineer
at GE Global Research in Albany, New York.
The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public
research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded $394.1 million in research contracts
and grants in FY 2009/2010. The university offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist
and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The USF System has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual
economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St.
Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.