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Congratulations to Dr. Peter Smirniotis for receiving the 2014 Lawrence K. Cecil Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)! The Cecil Award is AIChE’s highest recognition for achievements in the Environmental area. Dr. Smirniotis was selected for his contributions to environmental protection, specifically his work on photocatalytic cleaning, titled “Protecting our Environment with Catalysis and Reaction Engineering.” He will receive the award during the annual AIChE meeting in November 2014
Dr. Chia-Chi Ho Promoted, Selected for ELATE Fellowship
Congratulations to Dr. Chia-Chi Ho who was recently promoted from Associate Professor to Professor in Chemical Engineering, effective August 15, 2014. Dr. Ho was also selected to participate in the ELATE fellowship, a prestigious professional development program for women in the STEM fields. ELATE is a one-year, part-time program that focuses on developing personal and professional leadership skills, promoting change initiatives at universities, and managing resources and finances to enhance organizations.
Professor Junhang Dong has stepped down as Graduate Director of the Chemical Engineering Program after years of outstanding service. We owe a debt of gratitude both to him and to Professor Joo-Youp Lee, who has kindly agreed to take over as the new graduate program director.
Nicholas Kienzle and Timothy Ochmann (ChE undergraduate students) were recognized by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) for their work developing a carbon nanotube cable. Under the direction of Post Doctor Noe Alvarez of the Nanoworld Laboratories (directed by Drs. Vesselin Shanov and Mark Schulz), the three developed a carbon nanotube (CNT) micro-cable for use as electrical wire. In November, Kienzle and Ochmann presented their work in San Francisco, California at the AIChE National Student Paper and Poster Competition. Kienzle placed second in the research paper division, and Ochmann placed third in the poster division.