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Razmig Kandilian awarded the Chateaubriand Fellowship


UCLA MAE Associate Professor Laurent Pilon’s PhD student Razmig Kandilian was awarded the Chateaubriand Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) by the Office for Science and Technology of the French Embassy in the United States. This program aims to give the opportunity to selected American graduate students to benefit from an experience in the best research laboratories in France, and to develop scientific cooperation between France and the United States.

Kandilian received his BS in Mechanical Engineering at UCLA in 2010. He is the recipient of the 2009-2010 UCLA Outstanding Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering Award, and of the Clean Green IGERT Fellowship. He will be the first UCLA graduate student to participate in the Chateaubriand Fellowship STEM program. As part of this program Kandilian will spend 10 months at the University of Nantes in the GEPEA laboratory. This laboratory focuses on process engineering in the fields of food, environment, and marine bioressources valorisation. It is directed by Prof. Jack Legrand who will supervise Kandilian during his stay in France and serve a co-advisor of his PhD dissertation. Their research project will investigate the use of marine microalgae for producing liquid biofuels.