Recent Awards

2017 Senior Plant Design Competition Winners Announced

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2017 Senior Plant Design Competition Winners Announced

The top presenting teams have been announced for the Senior Plant Design Competition in partnership with INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA (INEOS). The winning team includes seniors Marco Heredia, Lindsay Johnson and Fizza Rizvi.

The event, part of the Process Design and Operations course known as “plant design”, had 21 teams presenting design … Read the rest »

Graduate Student Seminar Series Top Presenters

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Graduate Student Seminar Series Top Presenters

The department is pleased to announce the top presenters for this year’s Graduate Student Seminar Series, as voted by attending first-year and third-year Ph.D. students:

Top Presenter

James Wagner (Alper Group)
High throughput microfluidic droplet screening for enhancing the production of secreted biomolecules

James’ research focuses on the development and application of high … Read the rest »

Morgan Kelley Receives Prestigious DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

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Alper to Receive Stratis V. Sotirchos Lectureship Award

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Alper to Receive Stratis V. Sotirchos Lectureship Award

Dr. Hal Alper has been named the recipient of the 2017 Stratis V. Sotirchos (SVS) Lectureship for producing original and fundamentally important results in chemical engineering.

“Hal Alper is a truly trailblazing, emerging star and innovator within the field of biochemical engineering,” a nominator said. “Hal’s research record is simply exceptional and a testament to … Read the rest »

Willson Receives the Billy & Claude R. Hocott Research Award

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Freeman Elected Fellow in North American Membrane Society

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Freeman Elected Fellow in North American Membrane Society

The North American Membrane Society (NAMS) has elected Dr. Benny Freeman, Richard B. Curran Centennial Chair in Engineering at the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, a Fellow based on his service to the organization and his highly significant professional accomplishments in the membrane field.

“Professor Freeman’s service to NAMS and other related … Read the rest »

Alumna Justine Johannes Receives Distinguished Engineering Graduate Award

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Michael Poehl Named 2017 Most Exemplary Faculty Member

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Michael Poehl Named 2017 Most Exemplary Faculty Member

Professor Michael Poehl was awarded the 2017 Most Exemplary Faculty Member Award for the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering by the Student Engineering Council. Poehl received the award at the Cockrell School of Engineering Distinguished Awards Banquet.

Engineering students nominated multiple professors from each Cockrell School department during this year’s E-Week in February. Poehl … Read the rest »

Kate Baird Receives Outstanding Graduate Coordinator Award

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Kate Baird Receives Outstanding Graduate Coordinator Award

Texas ChE Graduate Coordinator Kate Baird received the Outstanding Graduate Coordinator Award for 2017, the university’s highest recognition for graduate advising.

The award acknowledges the exemplary performance of a graduate coordinator who provides an invaluable service to the university and its community of students, faculty and staff. Baird was selected for the award for her … Read the rest »

Shallaco McDonald Wins President’s Outstanding Staff Award

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Shallaco McDonald Wins President’s Outstanding Staff Award

Technical staff assistant Shallaco “Shak” McDonald received a 2017 President’s Outstanding Staff Award for his invaluable contributions that have made a significant impact on the university.

McDonald was one of 30 UT Austin staff members to receive the award this year, presented by President Greg Fenves during the President’s Staff Awards ceremony, April 20, 2017. … Read the rest »