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MSU Grad Student Gets National Recognition for Materials Research

Mariana Batista

Michigan State University graduate student Mariana Desireé Reale Batista of Brazil won one of the five national scholarships presented by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) in June. The award includes an invitation to present her composites research during 2017 SPE ACCE.

She won for her topic: Hybrid Cellulose Composites: Lightweight Materials for Automotive Applications.

“As a Spartan and a Brazilian researcher abroad, I feel dually proud because I am contributing to MSU’s national reputation on the advancement of composite materials as well as representing my country abroad,” Batista said. “My research goals aim to develop biobased composite materials that contribute to the advancement of global sustainability.”

– Patricia Mroczek via College of Engineering website

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