Idaho Student Named Graduate Student of the Year by National Society of Black Engineers

Wednesday, April 6 2011

MOSCOW, Idaho – University of Idaho’s mechanical engineering doctoral candidate Maziar Rostamian recently was named 2011 Graduate Student of the Year at the 14th Annual Golden Torch Awards at the 37th National Society of Black Engineers’ annual National Convention.

“I am very proud to be nominated and honored to have received the NSBE GTA award as the Graduate Student of the Year,” said Rostamian. “I consider this a great success and now know that I need to work harder to reach my higher goals.”

The award is based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and personal accomplishments and demonstrated leadership in engineering or other technical fields. The core of Rostamian’s research is creating simulated models of the solid mechanics and the interaction with fluid mechanics and heat transfer to predict the amount of dust created in this new leading concept of nuclear plant design. The research could be crucial to design safety in the future generation of nuclear reactors.

The awards ceremony honored the best and brightest in technology and featured LL Cool J, hip-hop artist and star of NCIS Los Angeles.

Rostamian joins a long line of achievements by this dynamic group of Idaho engineering students. Despite being the smallest NSBE chapter in Region IV, the group received the 2010 award for most verified GPAs for the region, further showing their initiative and group unity.

In 2009, two students captured top honors at the national convention. Rachel M. Bonas, computer science doctoral student and former NSBE-Idaho chapter president, won a Board of Corporate Affiliates (BCA) scholarship. Edward James William II took home the 2009 Mike Shinn Distinguished Member of the Year trophy and scholarship, and received NSBE's 2007 Alumni Extension Technical Scholars award.

Eight students, Shams Arifeen, Blaise Alexis Fouetio Kengne, Aaron Kitchen, Mouhamadou Diop, Rachel Bonas, Maziar Rostamian, Akhgar Rostamian, Toluwani Adekunle and Dennis Oriero participated in this year’s events; three took part in oral presentations and one competed in the research poster competition.

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Founded in 1975, NSBE has more than 300 chapters on college and university campuses; more than 80 Alumni Extension chapters and interest groups for its working professional members; and NSBE Jr. Chapters for pre-college students, in the U.S., Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.” The organization’s World Headquarters is in Alexandria, Va. For more information, visit
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