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Congratulations to Jacob Monroe ('14) for winning an NSF graduate fellowship award. Jacob is currently a first year Ph.D. student at UC-Santa Barbara in chemical engineering. Also recognized by NSF as honorable mentions in the NSF GRF program is current student Natalie Scheiber, a first-year Ph.D. student in the department, and recent alumni Bailey Risteen ('14), a first year Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech in chemical engineering, and Carolyn Jensen ('14), a first-year Ph.D. student at NC State in materials science.

Prof. Josh Choi has won a Virginia Space Grant Consortium New Investigator Award, one of 5 researchers in Virginia receiving $10K to for research aligned with NASA's mission. This is the second year in a row a department member was awarded one of these grants, following Prof. Gary Koenig in 2014.

Congratulations to Joanna Adadevoh, a graduate student in Prof. Ford's group, for winning the 2015 Three Minute Thesis competition at U.Va. Colin Qi, a graduate student in Prof. Koenig's group, was also one of the eight finalists university-wide. Read more about Joanna and Colin's success!.

Earnest Jackson Oglesby Professor Bob Davis has been named the co-director of U.Va's $4 million collaboration with MAXNET Energy, a new initiative of Germany's Max Planck Society to advance research on new, renewable, environmentally friendly and economical energy sources. MAXNET Energy comprises seven Max Planck institutes, plus U.Va. and Cardiff University in Wales – the only external members. Membership is by invitation only from the Max Planck Society, and U.Va. is the only U.S. member. Within the consortium, researchers from U.Va. and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion will work collaboratively on developing processes for the clean and efficient production of energy as well as improved energy storage and distribution systems. Read more about this collaboration.

Graduate Student Joanna Adadevoh was profiled in a recent SEAS newsletter. She works in Prof. Roseanne Ford's research group investigating new techniques for bioremediation. Read more about Joanna here!.

Undergraduate student Mitch Slovin ('14) was awarded a ARCS Foundation Scholar award. The ARCS serves of advance science and technology in the United States by providing financial awards to academically outstanding United States citizens studying to complete degrees in STEM fields Mitch is one of two ARCS scholars at U.Va. and six in the metro Washington area. Mitch was cited for his computer simulation work to understand how randomness in surface roughness changes the way fluids move across nanoscale superhydrophobic surfaces.

Vivek Joshi (M.S. '88) recieved the Distinguished Alumni Award at the 2014 School of Engineering and Applied Sciences awards banquet for his extensive entrepreneurial and leadership work. Read about Vivek's accomplishments in the presenation speech given at the banquet.

Assistant to the chair Vickie Faulconer received the 2014 SEAS Distinguished Service Award, 'To recognize an engineering staff member who through his/her career and service has brought recognition to U.Va. and to themselves as individuals'. Read the presentation speech describing the huge positive influence Vickie has had with her work for the department.

Assistant Professor Michael Shirts was awarded an NSF CAREER award. The highly competitive award is the agency’s most prestigious honor in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar. The award will fund new work on understanding the thermodynamics of molecular crystalline materials, especially pharmaceutical crystals, using advanced atomistic simulation methods, in order to allow these drugs to be formulated and processed more safely, easily and cheaply. For more information about the award and research in Prof. Shirts's group, see the U.Va. news article.