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Two graduate students and three faculty members were inducted to Sigma Xi, the international scientific research society, this year at Tennessee Tech University.

Earth sciences assistant professor Jeannette Wolak also won the university’s Sigma Xi Research Award. Her paper, “Reconstruction of Depocenter Evolution through Time using Stratigraphic Thickness,” was published in the journal “Leading Edge.” A Florida native, Wolak received her doctoral degree from Montana State University.

Physics assistant professor Mary Kidd and Richard Pirkle, instructor of biology, were inducted to the society. Kidd’s research area includes rare events searches, dark matter and nuclear structure. She is a TTU alumna; she teaches introductory physics and advanced laboratory. Pirkle teaches anatomy and physiology and researches cave ecosystem functions in vertebrates.

Kenan Hatipoglu, of Turkey, has been working toward his doctorate at TTU since 2009 after receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Marmara University and the University of Louisville, respectively. His research area is dynamic voltage stability enhancement of microgird systems. His adviser is TTU electrical and computer engineering professor Ghadir Radman.

Doctoral student Kennedy Aganah, of Ghana, was inducted to the society for his research on wind generators under fault conditions using new power converter structures. His adviser is electrical and computer engineering professor Joseph Ojo. Aganah received his bachelor’s degree from Kumasi University in Ghana and his master’s degree from Tuskegee University.