The Refractories Institute Announces 2018 Scholarship Recipients
This year’s TRI scholarship recipients are: Larisa Cousineau, University of Waterloo; Alexander George, Alfred University; and Sarah Whipkey, Alfred University.
The Refractories Institute (TRI) recently announced the three recipients of this year’s scholarships for college students who are pursuing an education related to refractory science. This year’s recipients are: Larisa Cousineau, University of Waterloo; Alexander George, Alfred University; and Sarah Whipkey, Alfred University.
Cousineau is pursuing a bachelor’s of applied science in nanotechnology engineering from the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Canada. She interned at Vesuvius Canada in the quality assurance lab and assisted in the development of standardized work instructions for the project engineer. Her other internships include AXYZ International, Solvay, and project development with professors at the University of Waterloo.
George is pursuing a B.S. in ceramic engineering from the Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y. He interned at Monofrax, working on projects including the development of a mold coat using recycled sawdust and grinding waste from block machining processes, improving the efficiency of AZS chemistry conversion to correct for chemistry variations in the melt pool depth, and using ground penetrating radar (GPR) to analyze sidewall block quality.
Whipkey is pursuing a doctorate in ceramic engineering from Alfred University. She has a bachelor’s of science in materials science and engineering from Virginia Tech. She has published on densification and grain growth of alumina in the presence of liquid phases in the CaO-Al2O3-SiO2 system. Her current research expands on this topic to further understand the sintering behavior of alumina as the glass phase chemistry changes, both in composition and quantity. By knowing the exact composition of the liquid phase, it is believed that glass formation and reaction processes within refractory ceramics can be better understood and predicted.
TRI, comprised of approximately 50 member companies that operate in the refractories industry, awards scholarships annually. The academic scholarships are awarded by TRI’s scholarship committee and are distributed to each student as a one-time grant of $5,000. To be eligible, students must be currently in pursuit of a degree (undergraduate or graduate) in materials science, ceramic engineering, or similar discipline. Students must be enrolled full-time at a North American college or university. Scholarships are awarded to a limited number of students each year and are based on academic merit and the student’s interest and experience in the field of refractories.
Additional details are available at www.refractoriesinstitute.org.