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Engineering student receives award for research poster
1/15/14

Dianne Mattar, a senior ceramic engineering major in the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University (AU), earned first place in American Society of Materials’ Eastern New York Chapter’s 2013 Materials Poster and Micrograph Contest and Exhibition held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

                Mattar’s poster, “Energy-Efficient Manufacture of Beta Alumina Solid Electrolytes using Microwave Assist Technology,” focused on her research involving the use of microwave-assisted technology and tape-casting to develop a planar ceramic substrate for use in a sodium battery. She did the work while she was a co-op student at Ceralink, Inc., in Troy, NY.

                It was the second co-op experience for Mattar, who had earlier completed an assignment at Unison Industries. The two experiences “certainly helped me grow my self-confidence,” said Mattar. “I feel that after graduation, I can enter a starting engineering position with more competence than my peers who have not done any co-ops.”

                Mattar is enrolled in the 4+1 program at Alfred University that allows engineering students to complete a master of business administration degree in fifth year at AU.

                A graduate of Williamsville East High School, Mattar is the daughter of Mark and Jane Mattar of East Amherst, NY.