Two students mentored by Christof Teuscher, Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, were awarded first place in their category at the 8th Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium on April 6. The posters-only symposium was co-sponsored by the Columbia Willamette Chapter of Sigma Xi, an international multidisciplinary research society, in partnership with the Portland State University Office of Research and Strategic Partnerships. The symposium, held in the PSU Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom, was open to undergraduate and graduate students from colleges and universities in the Portland metro area and provided an opportunity for science, social science, and engineering students to practice giving presentations much like they would at regional and national conferences in their disciplines.
The two winning students mentored by Professor Teuscher were John Wehland and Joseph Venetucci. Wehland, an undergraduate in Computer Science, as well as a Maseeh College Undergraduate Research and Mentoring Program participant, won first place in the undergraduate engineering, mathematics, and computer science category for his poster, "Optimal mappings of applications onto Networks-on-Chip using genetic algorithms." Venetucci, a student at Rex Putnam High School, won first place in the engineering, mathematics, and computer science high school category for his poster, "Finding optimal wire lengths in a nanowire drop model." Venetucci worked with Professor Teuscher as a high school intern and as part of the Saturday Academy Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering Program.
Computer Science undergraduate John Wehland
Rex Putnam high school student Joseph Venetucci
For abstracts of the winning 2012 posters, please click here.