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MSE student selected as top OSU CEAT graduate student

Paul Tikalsky, dean of the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, left, presents Vishal Yeddu, a master's student in materials science and engineering, the college's top graduate award at the recent awards banquet in Stillwater, along with Dr. Raman Singh, head of the School of Materials Science and Engineering at OSU-Tulsa.

Vishal Yeddu, an OSU-Tulsa graduate student in materials science and engineering, was named the overall Outstanding Graduate Student for the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology on April 30 in Stillwater.

CEAT Dean Paul Tikalsky presented the award to Yeddu during the department’s faculty, staff and student awards banquet.

As an undergraduate student, Yeddu co-authored an article for the Journal of Molecular Liquids and was the top candidate for the School of Materials Science and Engineering master’s program at OSU-Tulsa when he enrolled in 2016. He maintains a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Under the guidance of assistant professor Dr. Do Young Kim, Yeddu’s research at the Helmerich Research Center is focused on improving the performance and efficiency of perovskite-based infrared photodetectors.

He also led a multi-university team to develop the first infrared-sensitive OLED with high photon conversion efficiency using polymer light sensitizers. This development could lead to commercial manufacturing of infrared and night-vision cameras in high demand by defense agencies.

Yeddu serves as treasurer of the OSU-Tulsa student chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering and is the OSU-Tulsa MSE student representative for the OSU Graduate and Professional Student Government Association.

He plans to graduate in fall 2018.