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Release: March 29, 2002

Two UI engineering students win NSF graduate fellowships

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Laura Breeher of Des Moines and Karsten Temme of Casper, Wyo., both seniors in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, have won National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowships. The prestigious award carries a stipend of $20,000 per year for three years as well as an academic stipend of $10,000 per year.

Breeher, a mechanical engineering student, was awarded a fellowship for her proposal to study the formation of atherosclerotic plaques in humans by computer modeling of fluid flow and transport. Temme, a biomedical engineering student, wrote a proposal that uses artificial intelligence to enable modeling of complex transport phenomena in biological systems.

In addition to the NSF awards, Brian David Jeffrey, a senior mechanical engineering student from Clinton, Iowa, received honorable mention from the NSF for his proposal to study the fluid mechanics of the small intestine.

Breeher, Temme, and Jeffrey are all undergraduate researchers in the Computational Thermal-Fluids Laboratory in the department of mechanical and industrial engineering of H. S. Udaykumar, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.