Meet New Faculty Members Keith Keitz and Nate Lynd

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Keith “Ben” Keitz
Assistant Professor

Ben Keitz officially joins the department this summer from UC Berkeley, where he is currently a postdoctoral fellow. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering at UT Austin and a Ph.D. in chemistry at Caltech.

What is the primary goal of your research and how is it impacting/benefitting society?Read the rest »

Department Partners with Industry to Promote Safety Culture

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The department has teamed up with key industry partners to roll out new initiatives to share best practices and keep safety at the forefront of day-to-day operations. The partnership has established lab safety visits and increased safety seminars.

“The primary objective is to raise awareness and foster a safety culture,” said Gary Rochelle, chemical … Read the rest »

Undergraduate Student Hanbi Liu Wins AIChE Separations Poster Competition

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Hanbi Liu, senior undergraduate student, recently won first place in the Division 1 Separations Poster Competition at the annual American Institute of Chemical Engineer’s meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

Liu’s poster, entitled, “Oxidative Degradation of Aqueous Amine Solvents for CO₂ Capture”, presents her research in Professor Gary Rochelle’s lab, studying the relationship between amine structure … Read the rest »

Keith Friedman Promoted to Senior Lecturer

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Lecturer Keith Friedman has been promoted to senior lecturer effective September 1, 2015.

Since joining the department in 2007, Freidman has made practical and pedagogical improvements to experiments and online content for required undergraduate teaching labs. He has improved safety training and specific safety procedures for laboratories, provided excellent teaching, and served on key curricular … Read the rest »

Undergraduate Alex Prybutok’s Whooping Cough Vaccine Poster Places Second At AIChE

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Undergraduate Alex Prybutok won second place in the Division of Food, Pharmaceuticals, and Biotechnology Poster Competition at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting in Atlanta.

Alex’s winning poster featured research she is conducting in Dr. Jennifer Maynard’s labto improve therapeutics to fight pertussis, more commonly known as Whooping Cough. Each year … Read the rest »

Undergraduate Research Poster Competition Winners

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The department is pleased to announce winners of the fall 2014 Undergraduate Research Poster Competition: Bijal Patel, Paxton Thedford and Alexander Schmitz.

Nicholas Peppas Inducted Into Prestigious National Academy of Inventors

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Nicholas Peppas, professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, has been named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to renowned academic inventors who have demonstrated … Read the rest »

Cindy Figueroa Receives Ruth Crawford Staff Excellence Award

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Cindy Figueroa, senior administrative associate for the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Ruth Crawford Staff Excellence Award.

The annual award is based on nominations from faculty, staff, and students and recognizes excellent staff contributions. The award is named after former senior staff member Ruth Crawford who … Read the rest »

New Study Measures Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Production and Offers Insights into Two Large Sources

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David Allen‘s research team and environmental testing firm URS report that a small subset of natural gas wells are responsible for the majority of methane emissions from two major sources — liquid unloadings and pneumatic controller equipment — at natural gas production sites.

With natural gas production in the United States expected to continue … Read the rest »

George Georgiou Receives $1.7M Grant To Help The Immune System Eliminate Cancer Cells

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