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ChE News - 2017

Also see Engineering School News for related U.Va. engineering news.

Congratulations to Professors Gary Koenig and Kyle Lampe who have recently won research awards.

Prof. Koenig was selected to receive a Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund award to support research to improve lithium-ion battery reliability.

Prof. Lampe was selected as a member of the inaugural class of Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (THRIV) Scholars at U.Va.

ChE fourth year students Drew Biedermann and Meghan Pinezich were awarded SEAS Outstanding Student awards at the SEAS Fourth Year Garden Party. This annual award recognizes graduating engineering students, nominated by engineering faculty, who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of academics, leadership, and service. Drew and Meghan received two of the four awards given this year.

Over 40 industrial visitors, ChE advisory board members, and friends of U.Va. chemical engineering joined the ChE faculty and students for the inaugural Edward L. Paul Lecture on Industrial Chemical Engineering. The lecture, given by Dr. Ed Paul himself, focused on the process development needed to bring CRIXIVAN(R), an early HIV/AIDS therapeutic, to market. During the lecture, Ed (U.Va. B.S. ChE '52) reflected on his time as a U.Va. student and discussed key challenges related to industrial process scale-up. The Edward L. Paul Lecture on Industrial Chemical Engineering has been endowed thanks to the generous contributions of more than 12 individual and 3 corporate donors, and the endowment will support 1 or 2 industrially-focused chemical engineering seminars annually.

Congratulations to Prof. Koenig for winning the the 2017 Alumni Board of Trustees Teaching Award!

The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia is pleased to announce that Chris Paolucci has signed on to join the faculty as an assistant professor. He is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame and will join the ChE faculty at U.Va. in August 2018. Chris works in the area of computational catalysis and develops computational methods that integrate active site, condition, and support interactions for catalytic systems.

Prof. Roseanne Ford was recently featured in the (Re)Imaging Women in STEM exhibition at U.Va. In addition to the online exhibition, an on grounds gallery exhibit will feature the exhibition from March 2017 to May 2017.

Prof. Gary Koenig was awarded a CAREER research grant by the National Science Foundation. The five year grant is titled, Particle and Electrode Engineering of High Voltage Lithium-Ion Cathodes. Congratulations to Prof. Koenig on this outstanding achievement!

Additionally, Prof. Koenig 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.

The University of Virginia online graduate engineering program was recently ranked among the top 15 programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The ranking reflects excellence in student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technology, and admissions selectivity. The Department of Chemical Engineering offers an online M.E. degree through the Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program.

The University of Virginia recently has been ranked as the Best Value Online Master's of Engineering in Chemical Engineering by Best College Values. The ranking scores programs based on quality, affordability, and long-term payoff. The U.Va. online M.E. chemical engineering degree was ranked #1 nationally.

The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia is pleased to welcome Halsey Professor Katie Hunt and Assistant Professor Don Griffin this semester.

Prof. Hunt is serving as the Halsey Professor this Spring after a career at Rohm and Haas and the Dow Chemical Company. She also served as the president of the American Chemical Society in 2007.

Prof. Griffin is jointly appointed in the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. His research focuses on biomaterials engineering for tissue engineering and pharmaceutical delivery applications.

Welcome Profs. Hunt and Griffin!