Recent Awards

Nicholas Peppas to Receive Prestigious Oesper Award for Contributions to Chemistry

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Nicholas Peppas to Receive Prestigious Oesper Award for Contributions to Chemistry

Nicholas Peppas has been honored with the 2020 Oesper Award from the University of Cincinnati’s Chemistry Department and the Cincinnati Section of the American Chemical Society for his outstanding accomplishments in and contributions to science.

Peppas holds the Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering. He is a professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, … Read the rest »

Jim Chelikowsky Recognized for Contributions in Electronic Materials

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Jim Chelikowsky Recognized for Contributions in Electronic Materials

Professor Jim Chelikowsky has been awarded The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society’s (TMS) John Bardeen Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions and are leaders in the field of electronic materials.

Throughout his 50-year career, Chelikowsky’s focus has been studying electronic materials such as silicon across all length scales. Silicon semiconductors make … Read the rest »

Alum Jean-Louis Salager Internationally Recognized for Advancements in Surfactant Chemistry

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Alum Jean-Louis Salager Internationally Recognized for Advancements in Surfactant Chemistry

Texas ChE alum Jean-Louis Salager (Ph.D. ChE ’75 and postdoc ‘77-’78) has received The Samuel Rosen Memorial Award from the American Oil Chemists’ Society, an international honor that recognizes a surfactant chemist for significant advancements or application of surfactant chemistry principles.

Salager is one of only two academic recipients in the award’s 29-year history. He … Read the rest »

Lea Hildebrandt Ruiz Receives AIChE’s Environmental Division Early Career Award

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Lea Hildebrandt Ruiz Receives AIChE’s Environmental Division Early Career Award

Lea Hildebrandt Ruiz, assistant professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, has been awarded the 2020 Environmental Division Early Career Award by the American Institute of Chemical Engineering.

Hildebrandt Ruiz’s research focuses on atmospheric chemistry and the effects of physical and chemical processing of pollutants on human exposure in indoor and outdoor environments. … Read the rest »

Ten Texas ChE Students Awarded NSF Fellowships

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Ten Texas ChE Students Awarded NSF Fellowships Seven graduate students and three undergraduates have received a prestigious NSF Fellowship to conduct world-changing research.

Lydia Contreras Awarded the American Chemical Society’s Biotechnology Division Young Investigator Award

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Lydia Contreras Awarded the American Chemical Society’s Biotechnology Division Young Investigator Award

The American Chemical Society’s Biotechnology Division (ACS BIOT) has selected Lydia Contreras, associate professor and Laurence E. McMakin, Jr. Centennial Fellow in Chemical Engineering, for their 2020 Young Investigator Award.

The award recognizes an outstanding contributor, 40 years of age or younger, to the field of biochemical technology. Contreras studies the fundamental … Read the rest »

Grant Willson Wins Engineering’s Highest Honor

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Grant Willson Wins Engineering’s Highest Honor The National Academy of Engineering is honoring Willson for developing semiconductor materials used to manufacture microprocessors and memory chips for personal computers, mobile phones and motor vehicles.

Nicholas Peppas Honored for Mentorship of Generations of Graduate Students

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Nicholas Peppas Honored for Mentorship of Generations of Graduate Students

Nicholas Peppas, professor of biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, pediatrics, surgery and pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin and an expert in biomaterials and drug delivery systems, has been awarded the Sigma Xi Monie A. Ferst Award sponsored by the Georgia Institute of Technology Sigma Xi Chapter.

The chapter honored him for his contributions … Read the rest »

Welch Foundation Contributes $2.5 Million for New Chemical Engineering Chair

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Welch Foundation Contributes $2.5 Million for New Chemical Engineering Chair Texas ChE celebrates the announcement of the Norbert Dittrich-Welch Chair in Chemical Engineering. This gift will support cutting-edge research addressing leading world challenges.

Catherine Masoud, Bill Wheatle Named TAs of the Year; Joe Costandy Wins Paper of the Year

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Catherine Masoud, Bill Wheatle Named TAs of the Year; Joe Costandy Wins Paper of the Year

Catherine Masoud and Bill Wheatle have jointly won TA of the Year and will each be awarded the Paige H. and J. Jeff Weidner Endowed Presidential Fellowship in Chemical Engineering for their outstanding work in the past year.

Catherine was the TA for CHE 348, Numerical Methods with Dr. Lea Hildebrandt Ruiz for both Fall … Read the rest »