From left to right: Andrés-Felipe Castro Méndez, Dongsuk Sung, Vanessa Oguamanam, and Hantian Zhang

The Chih Foundation awards graduate students whose research publication(s) reflect invention for the betterment of society. 

This year, four Ph.D. students received the award for their passion for research and publication and their value of putting the needs of others above personal interest. Each awardee will receive $2,500 to pursue their research. 

“These students exemplify the Georgia Tech vision to ‘push the boundaries of research while focusing on the most consequential questions and problems faced by humanity,’” said Bonnie Ferri, vice provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Education. “Their valuable contributions are appreciated and reflect the spirit of innovation and commitment fostered at our institution.” 

Congratulations to the following Chih Foundation Student Research Publication Award recipients: 

  • Andrés-Felipe Castro-Méndez, Ph.D. Student in Materials Science and Engineering
    Empowering Change with Perovskite Solar Cells: Addressing Climate Change and Power Grid Disconnection
  • Dongsuk Sung, Ph.D. Student in Biomedical Engineering
    First Principles Modeling of Brain Temperature for Application in Brain Injury and Ischemia
  • Hantian Zhang, Ph.D. Student in Computer Science
    OmniFair: A Declarative System for Model-Agnostic Group Fairness in Machine Learning
  • Vanessa Oguamanam, Ph.D. Student in Computer Science
    Leveraging Digital Health Innovation to Combat Mental Health Inequities Among Perimatal Black Women

In recognition of their achievements, the Chih Foundation award recipients will present their research at a ceremony on November 16. Additionally, recipients will have the unique opportunity to engage with the Foundation's donors.