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Winners of the 2017 Kraus Memorial Poster Competition announced

l-r, Ushe Chipengo, Ali Foroughipour and Paul Bertani. Over a dozen Electrical and Computer Engineering students at The Ohio State University presented their research work at the ElectroScience Laboratory during the 2017 Kraus Memorial Poster Competition Thursday, April 20.

Taking first place this year, student Paul Bertani (advisor, Professor Wu Lu) won for his research, "GaN-based immunoFETs for toxin detection in water for environmental monitoring and protection."

Bertani's work focuses on dealing with the overproduction of cyanobacteria in algae blooms causd by pollution, an ongoing issue affecting many national waterways, as well as Lake Erie as a whole.

In second place, student Ali Foroughipour (advisor, Assistant Professor Lori Dalton) presented work, which centers upon creating newly-simplified algorithms for use in smart image processing, such as for detecting colon cancer. The title is, "Robust Feature Selection for Block Covariance Bayesian Models."

In third place, student Ushe Chipengo (advisor, Research Assistant Professor Niru Nahar) for his research, "Novel Concepts for Slow Wave Structures used in High Power Backward Wave Oscillators." The work resolves to significantly improve the performance of high power microwave sources.

A total of 13 students presented their work at the event, with numerous alumni, faculty and staff serving as judges.