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Chemical Engineering at Virginia Tech


Department of Chemical Engineering

Othmer Award goes to Finkenauer


Blake Finkenauer
2015

Blake Finkenauer, a junior chemical engineering student from Yorktown, Virginia, is the recipient of the 2014-2015 Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence, presented by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. The Othmer Award recognizes the sophomore who maintained the highest scholastic standing of any member of the AIChE student chapter. In addition to his academics, Finkenauer has provided service through VT Services for Students with Disabilities, participated in residential learning communities on campus, interned with NASA Langley, and worked as a co-op with DuPont in Richmond. The award consists of a certificate and a complimentary copy of Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook.



Department of Chemical Engineering

Baird Elected Fellow of the Society of Rheology


Don Baird
Alexander F. Giacco Professor of Chemical Engineering
2015

Professor Don Baird, the Alexander F. Giacco Professor of Chemical Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been elected a Fellow of the Society of Rheology. Fellow status in the society recognizes members who have a history of distinguished scientific achievement, significant technological accomplishment, and outstanding scholarship in the field of Rheology. Fellowship status is awarded to no more than 0.5% of the membership in any given year.

Congratulations Don!



Department of Chemical Engineering

Baird Elected AIChE Fellow


Don Baird
Alexander F. Giacco Professor of Chemical Engineering
2015

Professor Don Baird, the Alexander F. Giacco Professor of Chemical Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Fellows are elite members of the AIChE who have been practicing chemical engineering for 25 years or more with demonstrated long-term excellence. Fellow status in the AIChE is a recognition of professional attainment, and significant accomplishment in engineering.

Professor Baird, a member of the AIChE since 1978, has served the Institute in a number of capacities, most recently as a member of awards committee of the Materials Engineering and Science Division (MESD) of the AIChE.

After receiving his PhD in Engineering Mechanics with a minor in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1974, Baird worked as a research engineer for the Monsanto Company before joining the chemical engineering faculty at Virginia Tech in 1978. He has published over 180 refereed journal articles and is the primary author of a polymer processing textbook that is widely used around the world. He is a recognized expert in the fields of polymer science and polymer/plastics engineering.


Department of Chemical Engineering

Professor Chang Lu awarded NIH grant


Chang Lu
2015

Professor Chang Lu has received a $423,000 R21 grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health, together with his collaborator Dr. Kai Tan from University of Iowa. The team will use the grant to develop microfluidic tools to study epigenomics at the single cell level. Epigenomics refers to the genome-wide study of epigenetics - the machinery that turns on and off gene activity.

Department of Chemical Engineering

Alumni Start New Business


Christine and Aaron Holley
2015

Two of our 2010 ChE alumni, Aaron and Christine (Sargent) Holley, have opened the Wasserhund Brewing Company, a brewery and restaurant in Virginia Beach. Congratulations and best wishes to Aaron and Christine on their new venture. Read the full article from The Virginian-Pilot, and visit the Wasserhund webpages.


Department of Chemical Engineering

New technology helps personalized medicine by enabling epigenomic analysis with a mere 100 cells


Chang Lu
2015

Virginia Tech Professor of Chemical Engineering Chang Lu, at left, and his student Zhenning Cao work in the lab.
Lu is holding a microfluidic chip used in the study

Complete article


Department of Chemical Engineering

Dr. Hongliang Xin receives ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award


Hongliang Xin
2015

Dr. Hongliang Xin, assistant professor of chemical engineering, was awarded a two-year $110,000 grant from the American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund for the application of quantum mechanics for better understanding catalytic properties of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs).

Complete article


Department of Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering Faculty wins Sporn Award


Michael Bortner
2015

Chemical Engineering Faculty, Dr. Michael Bortner, has been named the 2015 Virginia Tech College of Engineering Sporn Award winner for Teaching Undergraduate Engineering Subjects.


Department of Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering Faculty wins The Dean's Award for Research Excellence


Chang Lu
2015

The Dean's Award for Research Excellence was awarded to Dr. Chang Lu of the Departmental of Chemical Engineering

Complete article


Department of Chemical Engineering: Staff

ChE Staff Member Receives Dean's Award


Michael Vaught
2015.

Michael Vaught of the Department of Chemical Engineering received the College of Engineering Dean's Award for Technical Staff.
Congratulations to Mike!


Department of Chemical Engineering

Student win 2015 Goldwater Scholarship


Louis "Bobby" Hollingsworth
2015.

Hollingsworth, a University Honors student, has been active in undergraduate research, both at Virginia Tech and through internships and programs at other institutions. Last summer, he interned at the National Institutes of Health as a research intern in a structural biology lab of the National Cancer Institute. He did additional research with the National Institutes of Health over the winter, with some work continuing this spring. On campus, he works in the lab of Richard Gandour, professor of chemistry, as well as the Chem-E-Car Team and TEK Robotics.

"Mr. Hollingsworth's performance and grades at university speak for themselves, but they don’t quite do justice to the depth of his abilities. He is remarkably articulate, analytical, and highly disciplined in terms of the care with which he can see complex projects to completion," said Sriram Subramaniam, senior investigator and chief of the biophysics section of the Laboratory of Cell Biology at the National Cancer Institute.

Hollingsworth plans to obtain a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology and then conduct biomedical research at an institute like the National Institutes of Health while mentoring graduate students. He wants to make positive contributions to biomedical sciences and human health, particularly using molecular biochemistry to study cancer and HIV, both of which have impacted him personally through the deaths of family and friends, inspiring him to want to find a cure.



Read full story here.

Department of Chemical Engineering

Dr. Karim receives the 2015 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award


Ayman Karim
2015.

Ayman Karim, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering has been selected to receive the 2015 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, which recognizes outstanding new faculty based on their research, experience and academic leadership. Karim was recognized for his research on understanding the mechanisms of colloidal nanoparticles synthesis by combining microfluidics and in situ x-ray scattering and spectroscopy.

The 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award was created over twenty-five years ago by 3M's Technical Community in partnership with 3Mgives's Giving Program to invest in outstanding young faculty. The purpose of the renewable award is to help the awardee achieve tenure while remaining in a teaching position and conducting research.




Department of Chemical Engineering

Graduate School selects Orbach as Outstanding Doctoral Student


Sophia Orbach

The office of the Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education has announced that Sophia M. Orbach, a graduate student in Chemical Engineering and a member of the Computational Tissue Engineering interdisciplinary graduate program, has been chosen by the Graduate School as the 2015 Outstanding Interdisciplinary Doctoral Student at Virginia Tech. The goal of her research is to use a 3D multicellular liver culture and transcriptomic analysis (RNA-seq) to develop a model for predicting hepatotoxicity (chemical-driven liver damage) in humans. She is co-advised by Prof. Padma Rajagopalan in Chemical Engineering and Prof. Marion Ehrich in the Department of Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

Congratulations Sophia!


Department of Chemical Engineering

Karim and Coworkers Featured in Journal of Catalysis


Ayman Karim
2015.

A recent paper published in the Journal of Catalysis by Professor Ayman Karim and coworkers has been chosen by the editors as a Featured Article for February 2015. This recognition is given for articles deemed "worthy of extra attention, be it for the quality of the research, the clarity of the exposition or the novelty of the findings." The paper describes the role of rhenium in enhancing the activity of Pt-Re catalysts in the steam reforming of glycerol to produce syngas or hydrogen using a combination of advanced in-situ characterization techniques. Glycerol is an abundant by-product from the biodiesel industry and is also a model molecule to study the conversion of biomass derived sugars.

Karim’s collaborators include Zhehao Wei and Yan Li from the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at Washington State University, David King of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Yong Wang who serves in a joint position between WSU and PNNL.




Department of Chemical Engineering

Kiran Recognized at the Virginia Tech Authors Day


Erdogan Kiran
2015.

Professor Erdogan Kiran was recognized at the Virginia Tech Authors Day on February 24, 2015 for books he has been editing as the Series Editor of the Elsevier Book Series on Supercritical Fluid Science and Technology. These are advanced monographs that provide pedagogical treatments of significant application areas of supercritical fluid science and technology in which Professor Kiran is a world recognized leader.

The following volumes were published in 2014:

Volume 5: Hydrothermal and Supercritical Water Processes (G. Brunner)
Volume 6: Particle Formation with Supercritical Fluids. Challenges and Limitations (M. Türk)



Department of Chemical Engineering

S. Ted Oyama Wins ACS Awards


S. Ted Oyama
2015.

The American Chemical Society Division of Energy & Fuels selected Professor S.Ted Oyama as recipient of both the 2014 Distinguished Researcher Award and the 2014 Storch Award. Professor Oyama holds a dual position as Professor of the Chemical Systems Engineering Department at the University of Tokyo and the Chemical Engineering Department at Virginia Tech. For the 2014 Distinguished Researcher Award, Professor Oyama is recognized for his substantial contributions to the field of heterogeneous catalysis, in particular in the hydrodesulfurization and hydrodenitrogenation of petroleum and coal-derived feedstocks. For the Storch Award, he is recognized for his broad contributions to the field of fuel science. This has included work on catalytic hydrogen production by reforming, selective oxidation of hydrocarbons, biomass conversion, and studies of inorganic membranes for gas separations.





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