Stony Brook University Student Yixiong Yang Wins Mow Shiah Lin Scholarship

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Beth Y. Lin, spouse of the late Mow Shiah Lin, presents Stony Brook University student Yixiong Yang with the 2012 Mow Shiah Lin Scholarship.

UPTON, NY — Yixiong Yang, a graduate student at Stony Brook University has won the eighth annual Mow Shiah Lin Scholarship. The Asian Pacific American Association at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory sponsors the scholarship, which consists of $1,000 and a plaque, to honor the distinguished late Brookhaven Lab scientist for whom it was named.

Yang’s studies focus on the catalysis of renewable fuels through the hydrogenation of CO2 into useful energy to assist in resolving the issues regarding the energy crisis and the greenhouse effect. 

“It is a privilege and an honor to be this year's recipient of the Mow Shiah Lin Scholarship,” said Yang. “I plan to continue my research on renewable energy in the future.” 

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Front (left to right), APAA scholarship committee members Hue-Anh Pham, Susan Eng Wong, Maria-Gracia Webster, and Marie Van Buren; scholarship awardee Yixiong Yang; spouse of the late Mow Shiah Lin Beth Y. Lin; and Lin family members Samantha Lin Alvarado, Lee Alvarado, and Josephine Alvarado. Back (left to right), Richard Alvarado, Yang’s BNL advisor Ping Liu, and Yang’s BNL/Stony Brook University advisor, Michael G. White.

Mow Shiah Lin began his career at Brookhaven Lab in 1975 as a postdoctoral fellow and advanced to co-lead a research team working with an environmental remediation company to use selected bacteria to convert toxic oil wastes, such as used motor oils, into useful products. In 2001, Lin shared an R&D 100 Award, given by R&D Magazine for the top 100 technological achievements of the year, for developing a technology to recover silica from geothermal brine. Lin died suddenly due to a brain aneurysm at the height of his career in 2003, and his coworkers, friends and family contributed funds to establish the scholarship.

In remembrance of the manner in which Lin began his career, the scholarship is granted annually to an Asian immigrant with a student visa who is matriculated at an accredited institution of higher education on Long Island (including Brooklyn and Queens) working toward a graduate degree in environmental & energy technology, biology, or chemistry.

Yang earned her B.S. in applied chemistry from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in physical chemistry at Stony Brook University.

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