Recent Awards

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 »

Sean O’Keefe and Jessica Hung named TAs of the Year

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Sean O’Keefe and Jessica Hung named TAs of the Year

Sean O’Keefe and Jessica Hung have been named the TAs of the Year for their work on ChE 387K Advanced Thermodynamics and ChE 363 Separation Processes and Mass Transfer, respectively. Both O’Keefe and Hung will each be awarded the Paige H. and J. Jeff Weidner Endowed Presidential Fellowship in Chemical Engineering worth $3,500.

In the Read the rest »

NSF Grant Expands Next Generation Photovoltaics Center in Partnership with Texas A&M

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NSF Grant Expands Next Generation Photovoltaics Center in Partnership with Texas A&M

It does not require a force as powerful as the sun to get The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University to work together, but it certainly helps. UT Austin’s Next Generation Photovoltaics Center will add a new solar research site at Texas A&M University thanks to a new grant from the National … Read the rest »

Jovan Kamcev Wins Graduate Student Paper of the Year

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Jovan Kamcev Wins Graduate Student Paper of the Year

Jovan Kamcev Wins Paper of the Year

Jovan Kamcev has been awarded the Graduate Student Paper of the Year Award and the Marion Johnson South Texas Section Society of Plastics Engineers Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Chemical Engineering worth $4,000, for his paper entitled “Partitioning of mobile ions between ion exchange polymers and aqueous salt solutions: … Read the rest »

Tom Truskett Wins Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum Impact Award

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Tom Truskett Wins Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum Impact Award

Tom Truskett, professor and chairman of the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, will be awarded the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum (CoMSEF) Impact Award for his creative and pioneering work elucidating how nanoscale interfaces impact structure, dynamics, and self-assembly of complex fluids and biomolecular systems.… Read the rest »

Alum Elected Vice Chair of the BIOTEC Section of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists

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Alum Elected Vice Chair of the BIOTEC Section of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists

Alumnus Tarik Khan (Ph.D. ’12) has been elected as the new vice chair of the Biotechnology Section of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS). Khan is a former student of the Maynard Lab Group.

“This recognition by his fellow scientists is a testament to the his ongoing contributions and leadership in the pharmaceutical field,” … Read the rest »

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 »