Grad Students Place 1st, 2nd in 2017 UT Energy Week Research Contest

Graduate students and UT Energy Week research poster competition winners Abigail Ondeck, Dongyu Wang, Caleb Alexander and Melissa DonahueFour Texas ChE graduate students placed among the top two in their respective categories at the 2017 UT Energy Week Student Research Contest, held Feb. 8 in the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center at the UT Austin campus.

The research contest, hosted by the Longhorn Energy Club, was divided into four competition categories: environmental and sustainability; energy economics, law, communication and policy; renewable energy and energy storage; and fossil fuels and by-products.

The Texas ChE Research Contest winners are:

Abigail Ondeck, 1st Place
Category: Energy Economics, Law, Communication, and Policy
Poster title: The Economic Impact of Centralized Energy Storage and Integrated Distributed Photovoltaics on a Combined Heat and Power System
Professors: Dr. Thomas F. Edgar, Dr. Michael Baldea

Dongyu Wang, 1st Place
Category: Environmental and Sustainability
Poster Title: High Particulate Matter Formation from Alkanes and Alkenes
Professors: Dr. Lea Hildebrandt Ruiz

Caleb Alexander, 2nd Place
Category: Renewable Energy & Energy Storage
Poster title: Synergyism and Implications of Using Carbon Supports with Perovskites for the Oxygen Evolution and Reduction Reaction
Professors: Dr. Keith P. Johnston, Dr. Keith J. Stevenson

Melissa Donahue, 2nd Place
Category: Environmental and Sustainability
Poster title: Fundamental Investigation of a Dividing Wall Distillation Column
Professors: Dr. R. Bruce Eldridge, Dr. Michael Baldea

The posters were scored by a panel of judges from academia and industry. Each first place winner was awarded $1,000, while each second place winner was awarded $500.

This was the third annual UT Energy Week organized by UT Austin’s Energy Institute, Longhorn Energy Club, Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law, and KBH Center for Energy, Law & Business. The week featured a series of insightful panel discussions, prominent keynote speakers and the latest in energy research findings from some of the world’s leading energy experts.

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