I’m delighted to share this excellent news with our community (the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management, Savannah River National Laboratory, FIU ARC and FIU Chemistry). Today, our DOE Fellow, Mr. Hansell Gonzalez-Raymat successfully passed his dissertation defense for a Ph.D. in chemistry. Hansell graduated from FIU in fall 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. After being accepted as a Ph.D. graduate student, Hansell was also competitively selected as a DOE Fellow in fall 2013. This has been an incredible journey for Hansell. As a DOE Fellow, he conducted DOE EM related research at ARC and completed two summer internships at DOE’s Savannah River National Laboratory. He has published his research in peer-reviewed journals and presented at numerous conferences. He also won the best Student Poster Track at the annual Waste Management Symposia 2018. His research was developed at ARC in close collaboration with our colleagues at SRNL. In fact, one of his Ph.D. committee members was his summer mentor from SRNL (Dr. Miles Denham) during both of his internships. Hansell is an outstanding young man. Right after graduation, this fall, he’ll start his professional career as a Sr. Scientist at Savannah River National Lab in Aiken, SC. Hansell’s story reflects so very well the mission and vision of FIU’s DOE Fellows program, training and mentoring the next generation of engineers and scientists. This would not have been possible without Hansell’s incredible dedication and drive, as well as the tremendous support from DOE’s Office of Environmental Management, Savannah River National Lab, FIU Chemistry Department (Dr. Yong Cai – Hansell’s major professor) and his mentors at ARC (Dr. Yelena Katsenovich, Dr. Ravi Gudavalli, Dr. Hilary Emerson, and Dr. Leonel Lagos).
We wish Hansell the very best of luck as he embarks on new adventures. GANAS !!!!!
Dr. Leonel Lagos