Rong Xu

Xu Wins First Place in Graduate Student Research Poster Competition

Rong Xu, a doctoral student in the Department of Chemical Engineering supervised by Dr. Ted Wiesner, an associate professor of chemical engineering, won first place in Engineering Division I of the 13th Annual Graduate Student Research Poster Competition, hosted by the Texas Tech Graduate School in February 2014. Her research poster was titled "Reactor Design and Dynamic Model of a Two-step Iron Oxide Solar Thermochemical Cycle" and detailed her work on a novel process that can sustain 24/7 hydrogen production from solar energy without fossil fuel backup.

The purpose of the Graduate Student Research Competition is to encourage students to:

  • Engage in high quality, sound, and pertinent research;
  • Gain experience in presentation of scientific papers;
  • Demonstrate poise and mental agility before their peers;
  • Develop skills in effective communication for dissemination of research information.