U of M Engineering Students Receive NSF Graduate Fellowships
University of Memphis engineering students Navid Jafari and Egleide Elenes will receive the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
(GRF) Award. Only 2,000 GRF awards were granted, about 10 percent of the total number
of applicants received from across the country. Engineering is one of the larger pools
of applicants, representing about 28 percent of the total applicants and approximate
33 percent of the total awards.
Jafari studies slope stability of landfills affected by elevated temperatures. He
will investigate the shear interface strengths of the engineering components of landfills
through on-site and laboratory testing. Eventually Jafari will build a slope stability
model to illustrate what happens inside a landfill to help firefighters, landfill
operators, regulatory agencies and others prevent catastrophic slope failure and environmental
The son of Mohammad (BSCE '77) and Fara Jafari of Memphis, Navid earned a B.S. in
civil engineering in May 2010. He will pursue graduate studies at the University of
Elenes works with Dr. Esra Roan, assistant professor of mechanical/biomedical engineering.
Through her research, she hopes to improve medical treatment for patients with pelvic
fractures. Elenes is investigating the mechanical behavior of a composite hemipelvis
analogue using finite element analysis. This modeling procedure could be applied to
patients in a clinical setting to improve surgical pelvic fracture reduction and post-operative
Elenes, who is from Bells, Tennessee, received a B.S. degree in biomedical engineering
from the U of M. Her parents are Maria Rita Negrete and Moises Negrete.
The award is for full tuition plus $30,000 per year for a maximum of three years.