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Grad Student Wins Top Poster Award at International Metabolic Engineering 11 Conference

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Grad Student Wins Top Poster Award at International Metabolic Engineering 11 Conference

Kelly Markham, Texas ChE graduate student and member of the Alper research group, recently won a top poster award prize in the Student/ Young Investigator Poster Award Competition at the Metabolic Engineering 11 Conference in Kobe, Japan.

Markham’s poster, “Expanding the Substrate Range and Product Portfolio of Y. lipolytica through Metabolic Pathway Engineering and Synthetic … Read the rest »

Alumnus and biomedical pioneer David Hellums dies at 86

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Alumnus and biomedical pioneer David Hellums dies at 86

Alumnus David Hellums (B.S. ’50, M.S. ’58) recently passed away at the age of 86.

Born in Stamford Texas, Hellums earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1950 from the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at UT Austin. He spent three years as a process engineer with Mobil Oil Co., another three years as a … Read the rest »

Graduate Student Jovan Kamcev wins NAMS Student Fellowship Award

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Graduate Student Jovan Kamcev wins NAMS Student Fellowship Award

Texas ChE graduate student Jovan Kamcev has been awarded one of three NAMS Student Fellowship Awards, the highest student award offered by the North American Membrane Society.

Kamcev, a member of the Freeman and Paul research group, received this recognition at the NAMS Annual Meeting held in Bellevue, Washington, May, 24.

“I am truly … Read the rest »

Don Paul Named Fellow of the North American Membrane Society

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Don Paul Named Fellow of the North American Membrane Society

Professor Donald R. Paul, the Ernest Cockrell Sr. Chair in Engineering, has been named one of the first Fellows of the North American Membrane Society (NAMS).

NAMS is the only professional society in North America that promotes all aspects of membrane science and technology. The organization inducted its inaugural class of Fellows at the … Read the rest »

Melinda Heidenreich Accepts Role as Texas ChE Executive Assistant

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Melinda Heidenreich Accepts Role as Texas ChE Executive Assistant

Melinda Heidenreich has accepted our offer to become the next executive assistant of the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering. Her first day in this role will be Monday, July 11th.

Current Texas ChE executive assistant, Karen Eikner, will retire in August after 21 years of dedication to the university.

Heidenreich has more than … Read the rest »

Jonathan Peck Wins ChE Staff Spotlight Award

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Jonathan Peck Wins ChE Staff Spotlight Award

Administrative associate Jonathan Peck has been awarded the latest ChE Staff Spotlight Award.

Since joining the department in January 2012, Peck’s primary responsibility it to handle the day-to-day operations of the National Science Foundation sponsored Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for Next Generation Photovoltaics, led by Texas ChE professor Brian Korgel.

“It’s an … Read the rest »

Top Presenters Announced for the 2015-2016 Graduate Student Seminar Series

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Top Presenters Announced for the 2015-2016 Graduate Student Seminar Series

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

Top Presenter
Emily Adkins (Korgel Group)
Direct observation of germanium sodiation by in-situ TEM

Emily’s research advances knowledge of sodium as an alternative to lithium in batteries through the … Read the rest »

Nicholas Peppas Appointed To The National Materials And Manufacturing Board

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Nicholas Peppas Appointed To The National Materials And Manufacturing Board

Dr. Nicholas Peppas, the Cockrell Family Regents Chair #6 and Texas ChE professor, has been appointed to the National Materials and Manufacturing Board (NMMB) of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine for a three-year term.

NMMB combines the charges of two preexisting boards: the National Materials Advisory Board and the Board on … Read the rest »

First Senior Class Gift Award Recipient Named

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First Senior Class Gift Award Recipient Named

The first award from the Texas ChE Senior Class Gift Endowment has been presented to senior Kyle Dalal for his outstanding accomplishments as a class tutor for CHE 353 Transport Phenomena.

The Senior Class Gift was started in 2013 by six chemical engineering seniors who pledged $5,000 over five years to seed an endowment to … Read the rest »

Student Helps Develop Method to Measure T-cell Effectiveness for Immunotherapy and Vaccines

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Student Helps Develop Method to Measure T-cell Effectiveness for Immunotherapy and Vaccines

Texas ChE graduate student Shuqi Zhang has worked with a team of researchers led by biomedical engineering Assistant Professor Jenny Jiang to develop a novel technique that can measure the effectiveness of T-cells, a type of immune cell programmed to fight or kill a threat. The technique could benefit immunotherapy and vaccine development, resulting in … Read the rest »