Four UMaine Mechanical Engineering Students Receive Prestigious Fellowships

Posted October 21, 2013







Three Doctor of Philosophy and one Master of Science students in Mechanical Engineering from four different home countries have received prestigious funding awards. Matthew Hall received a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Fellowship from the Canadian Government, Razieh Zangeneh has been named a Correll Fellow, Javier Moreno is an Iberdrola Foundation Scholar, and Domingos de Sousa Freitas is a Fulbright Scholar. All four students are part of Correll Professor Krish Thiagarajan’s research group.

Hall is a Ph.D. student originally from Ontario, Canada and is researching floating wind turbines. After receiving his master of science degree in Canada last spring he, “wanted to continue working in that area and UMaine – having just deployed the first grid-connected floating offshore wind turbine on the continent – seemed like the best place for me to do that.”
Zangeneh is a Ph.D. student from Iran. Her primary interest is in the hydrodynamics of floating structures. She will be working on the hydrodynamics and dynamics of deep water offshore structures.
Javier Moreno, M.S. student, is originally from Madrid, Spain. Wanting to increase his knowledge in the design and construction of Floating Offshore Wind Energy Turbines (FOWT), he chose UMaine due to its involvement in offshore wind energy and the construction of the prototype scale FOWT VolturnUS.
Domingos de Sousa Freitas is a Ph.D. student from East Timor. His research interests focus around tidal energy and hydro power and he has participated in some offshore floating system design.