Recent Awards

Graduate Student Wins Idea to Product Competition

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Graduate Student Wins Idea to Product Competition

Meghali Chopra, graduate student in Dr. Roger Bonnecaze’s lab group, won the 2016 Idea to Product (I2P) Competition for her presentation of the technology commercialization of the software tool RODEo – Recipe Optimization for Deposition and Etching.

The I2P Competition, founded and led by Dr. Steven Nichols and part of the Innovation Center at … Read the rest »

Contreras Wins 2017 Biotechnology and Bioengineering Daniel I.C. Wang Award

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Contreras Wins 2017 Biotechnology and Bioengineering Daniel I.C. Wang Award

Assistant Professor Lydia Contreras has won the 2017 Biotechnology and Bioengineering Daniel I.C. Wang Award for her research in biotechnology, modeling and simulation. The award is presented by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and the journal Biotechnology and Bioengineering and recognizes a young member of the biotechnology/bioengineering academic community for commitment to the journal and … Read the rest »

Peppas Receives NIH Funding to Improve Early Detection of Autoimmune Disorders

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Peppas Receives NIH Funding to Improve Early Detection of Autoimmune Disorders

Originally published on the Department of Biomedical Engineering’s website.

Treatment of autoimmune disorders is most effective when they are diagnosed early. In Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease that affects the exocrine system, patients suffer from dry eye and dry mouth. Diagnosis is often delayed by six to ten years even after symptoms appear. Currently, … Read the rest »

Trine University Names John McKetta Patron Saint of the Faculty

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Trine University Names John McKetta Patron Saint of the Faculty

The faculty of Trine University in Angola, Indiana has issued a proclamation to name Dr. John J. McKetta, Jr. the patron saint of the faculty in honor of his dedication to his alma mater. McKetta earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the university, then-named Tri-State College, in 1937.

The proclamation states, “Let it … Read the rest »

Dyann Confer Wins ChE Staff Spotlight Award

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Dyann Confer Wins ChE Staff Spotlight Award

Financial Analyst Dyann Confer has been awarded the latest ChE Staff Spotlight Award.

Dyann joined the department in March 2015. From the beginning she has played an essential role in helping us to achieve excellence in our research and educational missions.

Dyann is responsible for analyzing accounts and overhead, maintaining records for endowment and gift … Read the rest »

Nicholas Peppas Receives 2016 Pritzker Distinguished Lectureship

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Nicholas Peppas Receives 2016 Pritzker Distinguished Lectureship

Nicholas Peppas, Texas ChE professor and a world-renowned expert in biomaterials and drug delivery systems, has been awarded the Biomedical Engineering Society’s (BMES) prestigious Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award for 2016.

The lectureship is the highest award given by BMES and recognizes one individual each year for his or her outstanding achievements … Read the rest »

AIChE Hosts Special Symposium in Honor of Dr. Nicholas Peppas

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AIChE Hosts Special Symposium in Honor of Dr. Nicholas Peppas

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) will host a special symposium in honor of Texas ChE Professor Nicholas Peppas’ 40 years in academia during the 2016 AIChE Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California this November.

Sponsored by AIChE’s Food, Pharmaceutical & Bioengineering and the Materials Divisions, the symposium entitled “40 Years of Impact at … Read the rest »

Alumnus Sam Smolik appointed to Axalta Board of Directors

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Alumnus Sam Smolik appointed to Axalta Board of Directors

Originally published on BusinessWire.

Alumnus Samuel Smolik (B.S. ChE ‘75) has been appointed to Axalta Coating Systems Board of Directors, a leading global provider of liquid and powder coatings. Smolik is the senior vice president of Americas Manufacturing at LyondellBasell Industries, one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical and refining companies serving companies in … Read the rest »

Alumna Stephanie Watts Butler Receives Society of Women Engineers’ Highest Award

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Alumna Stephanie Watts Butler Receives Society of Women Engineers’ Highest Award

Alumna Stephanie Watts Butler (M.S. ’89, Ph.D. ’91) is the recipient of the 2016 Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Achievement Award for her outstanding technical contributions for more than 20 years in the field of engineering.

The Achievement Award is the highest award given by SWE and is a part of the organization’s annual awards … Read the rest »

Executive Assistant Karen Eikner Retires

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Executive Assistant Karen Eikner Retires

Executive Assistant Karen Eikner has retired after eight years of service with the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering and 21 years with The University of Texas at Austin.

“I was fortunate to be surrounded by brilliant minds with kind hearts,” Eikner said.

Eikner joined the Texas ChE staff in 2009, serving the essential role of … Read the rest »