Khasawneh Wins Sigma Xi Grant
Firas Khasawneh, a Ph.D. student in the department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (MEMS), recently received a graduate student mini-grant from the Duke chapter of Sigma Xi, an international organization that promotes scientific achievement. Khasawneh, a native of Jordan, works in the laboratory of Brian Mann, assistant professor in MEMS. Khasawneh plans to use the Sigma Xi funding to further a research project entitled “Experimental Investigations of Noise-Induced Resonance via Delayed Feedback.” The results of the bench-top experiments he plans to conduct could produce new insights into the dynamics of machining processes, such as turning, milling and drilling, and may ultimately have biomedical applications as well. Khasawneh came to Duke in 2007 after receiving his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at Jordan University of Science and Technology, and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Missouri at Columbia.