Vadlakonda captures a win for Envisioning Research

NC State has called on graduate students, postdocs, faculty and staff to take part in Envisioning Research, the university’s annual research image contest. The goal is to highlight the beauty and importance of the work being done at the bench and in the field, both on campus and around the world.

Rashmi Vadlakonda, an MAE Graduate student and research assistant in the Center for Additive Manufacturing and Logistics, won first place this year with her image named, “Dewetted spatter particle.”

The scanning electron image shows a 60 micron Stainless Steel powder particle that resulted as a by-product from the direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) process. The study of DMLS spatter characteristics is significant because it has potentially different morphology and properties than the original powder feedstock which is seen in the margins of the image.

The Envisioning Research contest is a collaborative effort by NC State’s Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development, Graduate School, University Communications, College of Sciences, and NCSU Libraries.