Han wins Chinese government award


New alumnus Kewen Han (PhdME ’17) has received a Chinese government award for outstanding self-financed students studying abroad.
“Kewen is the most productive graduate student that I have worked with at MechSE,” said MechSE assistant professor Gaurav Bahl. “He spearheaded my lab’s research effort on opto-mechano-fluidic resonators for acoustic biodetection over the past five years. His best work on the world’s first label-free optomechanical cytometer was published in Optica and his device was featured as the journal cover in June 2016!” 
Han has produced nine journal papers (Nature Physics, Optica, Scientific Reports, Advanced Electronic Materials, Applied Physics Letters, Optics Express, APL Photonics, European Physical Journal, and Journal of Visualized Experiments) along with nine conference publications and one patent disclosure. He also won the UIUC College of Engineering Yee Fellowship in 2016, and he was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate Student by MechSE for 2015. Kewen has also served as a teaching assistant within the MechSE Department and was recognized in the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students in Spring 2014. 
A total of 32 students from across the Midwest have earned the Chinese government award. Of those 32, seven hail from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and five from the College of Engineering.
Since 2003, The China Scholarship Council, with the approval of China’s Ministry of Education, has awarded students who excel academically and encouraging them to work in China or serve the country in various ways.
The other honorees from Illinois are Qian Li, Recreation, Sports and Tourism; Yang Qu, Psychology; Ke Yang and Liana Ma, Materials Science Engineering; Runyu Liu, Electrical Science and Engineering; and Chen Liao, Bioengineering.