The MSE department proudly recognizes and congratulates Ph.D. student Ms. Jialan Zhang, who recently received the Best Oral Paper Prize at the 22nd Connecticut Microelectronics and Optoelectronics Consortium. The 22nd Annual Consortium was held at Yale University in New Haven, CT on March 13, 2013, with seven Connecticut colleges and universities participating. Jialan presented on “Electrocaloric Properties of Epitaxial Strontium Titanate Films.” In a polarizable material, there is a temperature variation upon the application of an external electric field. This is called the electrocaloric effect and materials with high electrocaloric responses have the potential to be used as on-chip heating and cooling elements in microelectronics. Jialan’s work shows how appropriate choices of the polarizable material, substrate, growth or annealing temperature, and electrode configuration can be used to optimize the electrocaloric properties. Her research was conducted in conjunction with her advisor, Dr. S. Pamir Alpay, and associate advisor, Dr. George A. Rossetti, Jr., both MSE professors at UConn, as well as Dr. I. Burc Misirlioglu, UConn MSE alum (PhD 2005) and professor at Sabanci University in Turkey.