Dwight Cooke, a graduate student in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering, won the top award for his research paper at the recent American Indian Science and Engineering Society Conference, held in Albuquerque, N.M.
Cooke made a presentation based on his paper, “Pool Boiling Heat Transfer Over Micro-grooved Surfaces.” In it, he evaluated silicon chips with different surface geometries and tested them under boiling conditions to look at how effective they are at heat transfer.
The conference hosts Native American, First Nations and Native Hawaiian students from universities around the country to highlight their academic achievements in science, technology, engineering and mathematical disciplines and to encourage their growth as future leaders of tribal communities. This year, more than 1,800 students participated.
Cooke has been an active member of the research work done at the Thermal Analysis, Microfluidics and Fuel Cell Lab in the engineering college since 2007. He began as a co-op student working with Satish Kandlikar, professor of mechanical engineering and one of the foremost researchers in fuel-cell technologies.