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Deep South ERC - Graduate Student Winners

The Alabama Chapter of the ASSE honored two of the Deep South Center’s students with scholarships for academic and service excellence.  We congratulate

Jake Shedd, a doctoral student at UAB and Anjaneya “AJ” Bandekar, a MISE graduate student at Auburn on receiving this recognition.

Jake (Picture center) is pursuing his PhD in Industrial Hygiene.  Aside from his academic record, Jake is well-known in the EHS Department as well as in the School of Public Health for his volunteerism and commitment to promoting safety and health. 

AJ (Pictured Right) is working on his MS with a concentration on Occupational Health and Safety.  AJ sees the work of a safety engineer as an inspirational role to strive to change culture and create awareness to effectively prevent injury.

All of the DSC team are proud of these two gentlemen.  We would like to thank ASSE for its continued support of our students.  We would also like to thank Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Alabama Chapter, Robins & Morton, and Associated General Contractors (AGC), Alabama for their contribution to the ASSE Scholarships.


At the DSC’s Annual Dillon-Carnahan Research Symposium in April, three Deep South Center students were awarded prizes for their poster presentations.  The poster competition included students from UAB, Auburn, the University of West Alabama and the University of South Florida.

The first place poster, by Melissa Davis, UAB, was An Evaluation of Potential Exposure in a Small Ceramics Studio, looking at her research concerning different levels and types of potential hazards when work with and processing clay.

Jake Shedd’s poster, Fabrication and Mechanical Properties Characterization of Buckypapers for Use in Volatile Organics Sampling, came in second place.  His work continues to analyze various methods of fabrication to elicit the best result for using Buckypapers as sampling media for VOC.  Jake is also a student at UAB.

Auburn student, Anjaneya “AJ” Bandekar, came in third place with, What is the True Cost of Low Noise Air Nozzles.  AJ is exploring practical engineering solutions to noise problems as part of a larger project to collect and distribute “best practices” to regional companies and industry.