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Undergraduate Miguel Martinez Wins New Faces of Engineering Award

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Undergraduate Miguel Martinez Wins New Faces of Engineering Award

Undergraduate Miguel Martinez was recently awarded the 2015 New Faces of Engineering Award by DiscoverE, the national engineering volunteer organization that hosts Engineering Week.

Miguel is a member of the department’s American Institute of Chemical Engineer’s (AIChE) student chapter and serves as the organization’s biological engineering representative.  He also assists in organizing AIChE tailgates, Read the rest »

Undergraduates Win Regional AIChE Jeopardy Competition

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Undergraduates Win Regional AIChE Jeopardy Competition

Undergraduates from the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering recently won first place in the Chem-E Jeopardy competition at the American Institute of Chemical Engineer’s (AIChE) Southwest Regional Student Conference in Austin, Texas.

Areen Pitaktong, Amy Claire Howard, Randal Paxton Thedford and Akash Gupta (pictured L-R) represented UT Austin’s AIChE student chapter at the event.  They … Read the rest »

Lydia Contreras Receives Walter A. Rosenblith Young Investigator of the Year Award

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Lydia Contreras Receives Walter A. Rosenblith Young Investigator of the Year Award

Lydia Contreras, assistant professor and the Chevron Centennial Teaching Fellowship in Chemical Engineering, recently received the Walter A. Rosenblith Young Investigator of the Year Award from the Health Effects Institute (HEI).

The award, the only one of its kind awarded annually by HEI, supports the work of a promising scientist early in his or her career for three years. … Read the rest »

Delia Milliron Selected for U.S. Defense Science Study Group

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Delia Milliron Selected for U.S. Defense Science Study Group

Delia Milliron, associate professor and Fellow of the Henry Beckman Professorship, has been selected for the United States’ Defense Science Study Group (DSSG).

 The two-year program introduces outstanding scientists and engineers to the challenges facing national security and encourages them to apply their expertise to address these issues. Milliron is one of 17 U.S. … Read the rest »

George Georgiou Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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George Georgiou Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced the election of new members this week, including biochemist and chemical engineering professor George Georgiou.

Georgiou has been recognized for paving the way for advances in medicine that improve people’s lives, with discoveries such as a technology that has been incorporated into drugs that fight macular degeneration and … Read the rest »

Grad Student Camila Saez Cabezas Receives Florence Terry Griswold Scholarship

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Grad Student Camila Saez Cabezas Receives Florence Terry Griswold Scholarship

Graduate Student Camila Saez Cabezas has been awarded the Florence Terry Griswold Scholarship by the Pan American Round Tables of Texas (PARTT).

The annual scholarship, named in honor of the founder of the Pan American Round Tables, assists a female Latin American pursuing graduate studies in a state-supported university in Texas.

Saez Cabezas, a first-year Ph.D. student … Read the rest »

Greg Fenves Officially Named UT Austin President

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Greg Fenves Officially Named UT Austin President

The University of Texas System Board of Regents has named Gregory L. Fenves the next president of The University of Texas at Austin. Fenves will assume the role leading the UT System’s flagship university on June 3.

The regents approved the appointment at a special called board meeting Monday, April 20. Fenves was selected as … Read the rest »

Five Named NSF Graduate Research Fellows

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Five Named NSF Graduate Research Fellows

Five students from the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering have been named 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellows.

The highly competitive fellowships were awarded to just 2,000 recipients nationwide this year from 16,500 applicants. The fellowships provide three years of financial support, including a $34,000 annual stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance, for … Read the rest »

Undergraduate Brendan Chou Wins Goldwater Scholarship

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Undergraduate Brendan Chou Wins Goldwater Scholarship

Undergraduate biochemistry major Brendan Chou has been awarded a Goldwater scholarship, the premier undergraduate award of its type in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. Chou works in the lab of chemical engineering assistant professor Lydia Contreras.

Goldwater Scholarships are one- and two-year scholarships awarded annually to outstanding second- and third-year college students.  The award covers a … Read the rest »

Researchers Selected for Startup Business Plan Competition

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Researchers Selected for Startup Business Plan Competition

Chemical engineering researchers Taylor Harvey and Aaron Chockla will represent The University of Texas at Austin to compete against some of the world’s top universities for more than $1 million in prizes at the 15th annual Rice Business Plan Competition at Rice University in Houston, Texas April 16-18.

Harvey and Chockla will pitch product information … Read the rest »