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Dwight Cooke

Graduate student Dwight Cooke, studying in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, won the top award in the graduate research paper category at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society Conference held recently in Portland, Ore. 

He was one of several RIT students attending the annual event focusing on American Indian and First Nations students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields at U.S. colleges. Cooke recognized his academic advisor, Satish Kandlikar, professor in the mechanical engineering department, for his support of his research, part of the Thermal Analysis, Microfluidics and Fuel Cell Lab. 

Cooke’s paper, “Modeling the Intrusion of a Gas Diffusion Layer into Flow Channels of a Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell,” details how the gas diffusion layer material deforms while it is compressed in an operating fuel cell, he explains.

"One thing I realized during the presentations, and after I won the award for the graduate oral presentation, was how well I have been prepared for creating and speaking for presentations such as this," says Cooke.

The results help to gain insight on material properties and potential decreased performance depending on the compressive force.