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First-place winner Kevin Disotell, Ph.D. candidate in aerospace engineering at The Ohio University

Kevin Disotell, first-place winner

Kevin Disotell is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and Ph.D. candidate in aerospace engineering at The Ohio State University. Studying under Prof. James Gregory, his research interests focus on the unsteady fluid mechanics of dynamic stall for helicopters, fighter jets, and wind turbine applications.

With his submission--Opening the Doors of STEM Graduate Education: A Collaborative, Web-Based Approach to Unlocking Student Pathways--he proposed a low-cost, high-impact tool with national scope to facilitate coordination among the stakeholders in STEM graduate education by establishing a web-based gateway to function as an educational "passport" for graduate students,  helping them plan their degree journeys while benefiting from the assistance of a broad support network. The portal would be tailored to the STEM graduate community and comprise several dimensions: a searchable database for advisor matching, personal degree management tools, access to career development resources from prospective employers, a job database powered by STEM employers, a centralized listing of funding opportunities, and a publicly-accessible forum for communicating research work to broad audiences.

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