Scholarship Awarded to Materials Science Engineer

David KokFeb. 12, 2018 - David Kok, a fourth-year doctoral student in materials science and engineering, has been selected for a 2018 Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Award ($2,500) from the International Centre for Diffraction Data. This award supports the education and research of promising graduate students in crystallography-related fields.

Kok’s research involves developing a special technique for processing ceramics, called field-assisted sintering − using heat and electrical currents to compact and form a solid mass of material without melting. This novel processing method has the potential to be a large cost- and energy-saving method of producing advanced ceramic materials.

A former Marine, Kok, who works in the lab of Professor Martha Mecartney, is one of 10 students from universities around the world selected for the scholarship award, from 62 applicants. Kok also is a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) fellow.

“I am extremely honored to be selected for this award, especially coming from an international organization,” said Kok. “Knowing that there are people around the world who value my research gives me a real sense of drive and encouragement.”

– Lori Brandt