Student Paper Awards

The Hank Hegner Best Student Paper Award and The Runner Up Student Paper Award

The MFPT Society annually recognizes the best student paper presented at the MFPT conference by awarding the author the Best Student Paper Award. From 2015, a Runner Up Student Paper Award was added. From 2017, the Best Student Paper Award was named for Hank Hegner, whose real passion was teaching and mentoring students and young engineers.

The following papers have been awarded the Best Student Paper Award and the Runner Up Student Paper Award:


MFPT 2017

Hank Hegner Best Student Paper (Award named for SpectraQuest, Inc.)
“Detection of Lubrication Starvation in Ball Bearings and Impact in Lifetime”
Jorge A. Mijares, Texas A&M University
Runner Up (Annonymous Donation Award)
“Thermal Degradation of Polyimide Insulation and its Effects on Electromagnetic Coil Impedance”
Jordan Jameson, University of Maryland


MFPT 2016

Hank Hegner Best Student Paper (Award named for BINDT)
“Health Monitoring of Solenoid Valve Electromagnetic Coil Insulation under Thermal Deterioration”
Jordan Jameson, Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering, University of Maryland

Runner Up
“Investigation of Prognostics and Health Monitoring for Bearings under Overload Conditions”
Anna Mazzolini, University of Tennessee


MFPT 2015

Hank Hegner Best Student Paper (Award named for SpectraQuest, Inc)
“Development of an Advanced Gas Emissions Monitoring System for Oil and Gas Production Sites”
Sara Al Bulushi, University of Central Lancashire

Runner Up (Award named for BINDT)
“Planetary Gearbox Fault Detection Using Acoustic Emission Sensor”
Jae Myung Yoon, University of Illinois at Chicago


MFPT 2014 

Hank Hegner Best Student Paper (Award named for Saab Defense and Security USA, Inc)
“A Study on Comparing Acoustic Emission and Vibration Sensors for Gearbox Fault Diagnostics”
Yongzhi Qu, University of Illinois at Chicago


MFPT 2013

Hank Hegner Best Student Paper (Award named for SpectraQuest, Inc)
“Reconfigurable Informatics Platform for Rapid Prognostic Design and Implementation: Tools and Case Studies”
David Siegel, NSF I/UCRC for Intelligent Maintenance Systems, University of Cincinnati


MFPT 2012

Hank Hegner Best Student Paper (Award named for Howie Gaberson)
“Canary Approach for Monitoring BGA Interconnect Reliability under Temperature Cycling”
Preeti Chauhan, Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering, University of Maryland