Haihao Liu, a senior in materials science and nanoengineering at Rice University, is the recipient of a Tau Beta Pi scholarship for 2017-18 from the engineering honor society.
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of “academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and the promise of substantial contributions to the engineering profession.” Liu, who is pursuing a dual degree in mathematics, received a $2,000 scholarship and was one of 271 recipients.
Over the summer, Liu was an intern with the Joint Center for Carbon Nanomaterials at Shandong University in China, which cofounded the research center with Rice in 2015. Earlier in the year, Liu was an undergraduate researcher at the Structures, Properties and Modeling of Solids Laboratory while studying at CentraleSupélec (formerly École Centrale Paris) in France.
Liu also recently had his first academic paper accepted for publication, in Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter. The title is “Hidden symmetries in N-layer dielectric stacks,” and is based on the research he conducted last summer, a theoretical investigation of optical properties, at Tohoku University in Japan as a Nakatani RIES fellow.
Tau Beta Pi is the only honor society representing the entire engineering profession. It is the nation’s second-oldest such society, founded at Lehigh University in 1885. Tau Beta Pi has chapters at 246 U.S. colleges and universities, including Rice, and approximately 584,000 members.