Pioneers Research Leads to Conference Presentation and New Invention Filing

Patrick Doherty and Deedra Zeeh, sophomores in USM’s Pioneers Program, collaborated on research this past year with professor of Engineering James Masi. Their focus was to develop a nano-particle alternative that was easy to implement at low temperatures in a lab or classroom setting. 

As a result of their collaboration, the group co-authored the paper “Ferrites at Room Temperature: Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Metrology on Tailored Compositions,” which was later selected as a 2013 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Northeast Section Conference Reviewed Paper. Doherty, an undergraduate Biotechnology and Biochemistry student, and Zeeh, an undergraduate Physics and Electrical Engineering student, presented the paper at the ASEE Northeast Section Conference at Norwich University in March 2013.

This was the first conference presentation by Pioneers students and a unique opportunity for undergraduate students. 

"The research was interesting and led to excellent networking opportunities as well as continuing research in a variety of promising fields," stated Doherty.

“Patrick and Deedra did a fantastic job in their poise and delivery,” adds Professor Masi, “We are very proud of them!”

The paper also resulted in the submission of a new invention notification with USM’s Office of Research Administration and Development. This is a first step towards filing the research as intellectual property.

PHOTO: Professor James Masi and Pioneers students Patrick Doherty and Deedra Zeeh.

Pioneers Application Deadlines

Students wishing to become a USM Pioneer must submit a supplemental Pioneers application by March 20, 2015. Interviews for the Program will take place in the John Mitchell Center on the Gorham campus.

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