Student Researchers Recognized by World Foundry Organization

UCI materials science and engineering graduate students Raquel Fierro Jaime and Shrivatsav Shankar celebrate being final presenters at the WFO Conference in Germany on June 11, 2024.

June 28, 2024 - Two UC Irvine materials science and engineering graduate student researchers affiliated with the Advanced Casting Research Center housed in the Samueli School received well-deserved recognition for their work.

Raquel Fierro Jaime and Shrivatsav Shankar were selected as final presenters at the World Foundry Organization's (WFO) Young Researchers Conference held earlier this month in Germany. Students from around the world were invited to share their work on casting solutions, digital methods and engineering for foundry, and circular economy and sustainable foundry. More than 50 papers were submitted, but only 10 finalists were selected to present.

Fierro Jaime presented her work on "Ultrasonic Treatment of Molten Aluminum for Microstructural Modification” and Shankar shared his research on "Upcycling LowValue Post Consumer Aluminum Scrap.” At the conclusion of the conference, Shankar was awarded third place and a cash prize, qualifying him to present his work at the World Foundry Congress in Deyang, China in October.

The Young Researchers Conference is part of WFO's ongoing effort to attract new talent, new knowledge and new skills to the foundry industry.

-Victoria Birk Hill