Andani and Dhyani win 2021 Towner Prize for Outstanding PhD Research

Mohsen Taheri Andani (Misra) and Abhishek Dhyani (Tuteja) were two of six MSE-affiliated students recognized recently at CoE's Engineering Research Symposium.
Andani and Dhyani win 2021 Towner Prize for Outstanding PhD Research

Mohsen Taheri Andani (ME and MSE-Misra) and Abhishek Dhyani (MACRO-Tuteja) both earned the Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding Ph.D. Research

MSE is proud to announce that Mohsen Taheri Andani (ME and MSE) and Abhishek Dhyani (MACRO) recently received the Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding Research at the College of Engineering's 2021 Engineering Research Symposium. The College's highest research honor, the award highlights the creativity and outstanding research achievements demonstrated by Michigan Engineering Ph.D. students.

A member of Professor Amit Misra's lab, Mohsen won the prize for his most recent work on developing a novel high-resolution quantitative measurement technique to study the grain boundary slip resistance in Magnesium Alloys. This study opens a new pathway to incorporate the material's behavior at the microscale and mesoscale levels into the materials modeling tools.
 
After thanking his collaborators - Professor John Allison, Professor Veera Sundararaghavan, and fellow AERO Ph.D. student Aaditya Lakshmanan - Mohsen added, “I am very excited to receive the Towner Prize. I believe all the nominees from other departments in CoE presented very impactful and strong research works. I am very grateful that CoE has deemed my research achievement worthy of this award."

Abhishek, a member of Professor Anish Tuteja's lab and the Macromolecular Science and Engineering program, claimed the prize for his work on designing materials with low interfacial toughness with ice, such that the forces required to remove large areas of ice from these material systems are both low and independent of the iced area. This work came to fruition through collaborations with Professor Michael Thouless and material design insights using cohesive zone models. This patented work finds applications in de-icing airplane wings, ship hulls, wind turbine blades, and even car windshields. 

"It is amazing to see cross-disciplinary collaboration as a continuing and growing trend among Towner participants' research every year," Abhishek commented. "The successes in my projects are a result of the support from the Macro program, Rackham and the privilege of partnering within U-M CoE, Michigan Medicine, and the Technology Transfer Office. Our successes in life do not come without struggle, and for that reason U-M's resources should never be taken for granted. It is an honor to receive this award.”
 

Other MSE Engineering Research Symposium winners

Advanced Session/Engineering Innovation Award: Wonjin Choi (Kotov)

Advanced Session/Honorable Mentions:
Vishwas Goel (Thornton),
Julie Rieland (MACRO-Love)

Emerging Session/Honorable Mention:
Anshul Singhal (Taub)

 Congratulations to all!!