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ChE News - 2016

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Fourth year undergraduate student Drew Biedermann (near right) was awarded a 2016-2017 Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Scholarship by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). This award is presented annually to 15 AIChE undergraduate student members on the basis of academic achievement and involvement in student chapter activities. This year marks the fourth year in a row that a U.Va. student has been honored with the Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Scholarship (2015-2016: Alex Yang, 2014-2015: Mike Brown, & 2013-2014: Colvin Wang).

Third year undergraduate student Rebecca Burkley (far right) was selected for the 2015-2016 Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence. This award is presented to one AIChE student member in each student chapter to recognize academic performance during their first two years of study.

The awards will be presented at the 2016 AIChE Annual Student Conference in San Francisco on Sunday, November 13.

Congratulations to the U.Va. AIChE Student Chapter for being selected as an Outstanding AIChE Student Chapter! This year marks the 4th time the chapter has been recognized with this award (2016, 2015, 2013, and 2011).

According to AIChE: The Outstanding AIChE Student Chapter award is, "presented annually to those Student Chapters that show an exceptional level of participation, enthusiasm, program quality, professionalism, and involvement in the university and community."

This award will be presented at the 2016 AIChE Annual Student Conference in San Francisco, during the Student Awards Ceremony, Sunday, November 13, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia is saddened by the loss of our distinguished colleague and friend Jack Hudson, who passed away on Saturday (Aug. 6, 2016). Jack had an immeasurable impact on the chemical engineering profession and was recognized in 2008 with election to the National Academy of Engineering. The obituary can be found here.

Profs. Roseanne Ford and Matt Lazzara are members of a faculty team that was recently awarded a $122,000 Research Innovation Grant to create a SEAS Center for Systems Bioengineering. Ford and Lazzara will collaborate with four faculty colleagues in the University of Virginia Biomedical Engineering Department to develop the Center.

The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia is pleased to announce that Professor Bill Epling will be joining our faculty as Department Chair of Chemical Engineering. Prof. Epling intends to start his position at the beginning of the fall semester.

Prof. Geoffrey Geise was selected to receive the ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award. Each year, ORAU member institutions are permitted to nominate up to 2 junior faculty members for the award to enhance their research. Prof. Geise was nominated by U.Va. this year and was one of 35 junior faculty from across the nation to be selected for the award. He was chosen from 132 applicants from ORAU’s 121 institutions.

U.Va. ChE alumnus Barry Morris ('80) was selected by DuPont to receive the 2016 Pedersen Award. The award is named in honor of Nobel Prize Medalist Charles J. Pedersen and recognizes individuals who have made outstanding technical achievements that are helping make a difference to people around the world.

Pedersen Medalists are selected by The DuPont Fellows, a group of the highest technical professionals in the company. The medalists’ technical knowledge, skill and commitment in their respective areas have resulted in important new products for DuPont customers.

Barry Morris is an industry expert in polymers and an industry pioneer for polymer and process modeling. He has developed predictive models for packaging film markets, enabling customers to minimize package weight and cost while maintaining rigidity and package function through the use of multilayer structures that incorporate high-performance materials such as DuPont™ Surlyn® ionomer resins.

The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia is pleased to announce that Associate Professor Matthew Lazzara and Assistant Professor Steven Caliari will join the faculty this coming fall. Profs. Lazzara and Caliari will bring expertise to the faculty that will compliment departmental strengths in biotechnology and biomolecular engineering as well as materials engineering.

Congratulations to graduate student Joanna Adadevoh who recently won third place in the U.Va. Engineering Research Symposium (UVERS). Joanna is a member of the Ford research group.

U.Va. ChE alumnus Dr. Jason Sheehan (B.S. ChE '92) was recently recognized in U.Va. Today for his work at the UVA Health System's Gamma Knife Center. The article discusses recent work, published by Sheehan and co-workers, on radiosurgery for cerebral arteriovenous malformations.

Congratulations to Ben Huang (graduate student in the Davis Lab) for placing 2nd overall (University-wide) and winning the audience favorite category at the U.Va. Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition where he described his thesis research titled, "A New Approach to Cooling Hypersonic Vehicles."

Congratulations to U.Va. ChE undergraduate students Meghan Pinezich, Julia Sheehan, and Saehee Jung for winning Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards!

Meghan (pictured near right) and Julia (pictured far right) are currently 3rd year students conducting research in the Lampe and Ford research groups, respectively, and Saehee (not pictured) is a 2nd year student conducting research in the Green research group.

Prof. Giorgio Carta was selected to receive the Robert A. Moore, Jr. Award in Chemical Engineering. This award was established in 2007 by Bob Moore (Halsey Professor, 1997) to recognize a U.Va. chemical engineering faculty member whose teaching, research, and outreach activities during the previous twelve-month period best represent the interests of industry and best prepare students for industrial careers.

Prof. Gary Koenig and Dipankar Ghosh, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Old Dominion University, along with their graduate students, are working to improve energy storage in batteries, combining Koenig’s expertise in battery material design with a new freeze-casting technique developed in Ghosh’s lab to create high-power solid-state batteries as descibed in a recent U.Va. Today article.