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Engineering Doctoral Student Earns ASME Graduate Teaching Fellowship

September 20, 2019

Paulo Yu, a second-year doctoral student studying mechanical engineering, has been awarded an American Society of Mechanical Engineers Graduate Teaching Fellowship. The fellowship awards $5,000 for a maximum of two years and covers the cost of books, supplies and equipment for Yu's doctoral program.

"Paulo is one of the outstanding Ph.D. researchers in the department in experimental bio-fluids and advanced data analysis," said Yu's faculty advisor, Vibhav Durgesh. "Paulo plans to pursue a career in academia, and the ASME fellowship will help him achieve his long-term career goals."

As part of the requirements of the fellowship, Yu is teaching Experimental Methods for Engineers (ME 330) with a lab portion. The junior-level mechanical engineering course covers a wide range of topics, including probability and statistics, uncertainty analysis, introduction to different measurement systems, introduction to data acquisitions and data analysis.

"My goals for my students are to build a strong foundation of the concepts covered in class and help develop necessary skills for them to have a good start in their engineering careers," Yu said.

Yu's doctoral program focuses on experimental fluid dynamics. His research includes studying flow behavior of bio-fluids inside an aneurysm.

"The goal is to find out some fundamental understanding of the flow behavior," he said. "The results of the research will potentially be beneficial in designing and optimizing treatment methods and efficient clinical procedures when treating aneurysms."

Mechanical engineering doctoral student Paulo Yu conducts research on flow behavior of biofluids inside an aneurysm.

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