College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

ME graduate student earns 2020 Educational Foundation Scholarship Award

Lionel Ouedraogo, mechanical engineering graduate student, earned the 2020 Educational Foundation Scholarship Award.

“It is with great honor and joy that I received this award. It showed me that all the effort and time I put in the work I do pays. Receiving this award meant that between all the candidates that applied to this award my contributions to the automation, instrumentation, and systems field stood out and made a great impact,” Ouedraogo said.

The scholarship is awarded by the International Society of Automation (ISA) for a student’s outstanding potential to contribute to the automation, instrumentation and systems field.

The scholarship helps fund Ouedraogo’s tuition and related expenses for research and other initiatives. Additionally, students are granted a one-year complimentary student membership to ISA.

Currently, Ouedraogo is working as a graduate student in the Nicole Hashemi lab to improve an organ-on-a-chip system developed in their lab. Hashemi is an associate professor of mechanical engineering.

Ouedraogo said, “I  am developing a new sensor that will help quantify and qualify the exchanges that take place between a mother and her fetus in the placenta and how the cells react to these changes and I am also working on automating the data collection system that we have in place for the chip.”