NC State
Graduate Student Association

UGSA Award for Conferences Awardees – Fall 2015

xzhangXiao Zhang
Conference: IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium 2015, Taiwan

Xiao Zhang is from China and is in the 4th year of his Ph.D. program at NC State University. He is currently working on developing the next generation ultrasound technology under Dr. Omer Oralkan’s supervising in the department of Electrical Engineering. The goal of Xiao’s work is to enable the 4D ultrasound imaging system for the human health improvement.



cradeCandalyn Rade
Conference: 2015 International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services Conference, Manchester, UK

Candalyn B. Rade is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Applied Social and Community Psychology program at North Carolina State University. She is teaching assistant and a graduate research assistant in the Forensic Psychology in the Public Interest lab. Candalyn is also a student representative for the Society of Community Research and Action (SCRA, division 27 of the APA) Southeast region and has worked as a Community Action Fellow with the North Carolina Community Action Association. Her research interests include stigma toward ex-offenders, access to community-based resources, and successful community reentry of justice-involved individuals with and without serious mental illness.

jmoeringJordan Moering
Conference: TMS 2016 Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Nashville, TN

Jordan’s Ph.D. research focuses on gradient structured nanocrystalline metals which exhibit extraordinary strength and ductility and his work has begun shedding light on the mechanisms governing  their deformation behavior. In addition to research, he also owns and operates an internationally recognized fine art photography company with his amazing wife, and has recently co-founded a startup company that uses Navy technology to detect foodborne pathogens in real time. His goal is to use his understanding of science and technology to create innovative solutions to complex global problems.

Brittany Mertens
Conference: European Colloids and Interfaces Society 2015 Meeting, Bordeaux, France
Brittany is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering working under Prof. Orlin Velev.  Brittany studies the Norovirus and its interactions with different types of surfaces, surfactants, and metal ions.  Understanding these interactions allows the research group to develop novel cleaning and disinfection strategies to prevent the spread of Norovirus-related illness.

Sarah Evans
Conference: Digital Games Research Association Annual Conference, Lüneburg, Germany
Sarah Evans received her Master’s in Communication and Rhetorical Studies from Syracuse University in 2014 and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in NCSU’s Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media program. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on gaming and social networks through various critical, rhetorical, feminist, and ethnographic methods. Sarah intends to pursue a career in academia researching and teaching game studies from a critical feminist perspective.