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UTSI students recognized at chancellor’s banquet

Posted on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 11:00 am

Michel Akiki and Alexander Woods, two doctoral students at UTSI, were recognized at the recent UT Chancellor’s Honors Banquet, where they were presented with the Chancellor’s Citation Award for Extraordinary Professional Promise.

The Honors Banquet is held each spring to recognize students, faculty, staff and friends of the University of Tennessee for their extraordinary achievements. Hosted by Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek, this year’s banquet was held recently in Knoxville.

Two University of Tennessee Space Institute students recognized at the Chancellor’s Honors Banquet in Knoxville and their advisers are, from left, Dr. Joseph Majdalani, Ph.D. students Michel Akiki and Alexander Woods, and Dr. Chris Parigger. — UTSI Photo

Akiki, a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineeiring, joined UTSI in August 2007. His adviser, Dr. Joseph Majdalani, professor of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering, nominated Akiki for his significant achievements in high speed propulsion and rocket stability.

According to Majdalani, Akiki’s vital research contributions, leadership role, and faithful service to the Space Institute justified his nomination for the honor.

Woods, a Ph.D. candidate in physics and astronomy, joined UTSI in June 2011. His adviser, Dr. Christian G. Parigger. associate professor of physics and astronomy, said he nominated Woods “for his truly promising work on atomic and molecular spectroscopy connected with the characterization of plasma in space-related applications.”

Akiki and Woods are expected to complete their doctoral work in the summers of 2013 and 2014, respectively.