Recent Awards

Alumna Van Truskett Awarded the AIChE Industrial Research & Development Award

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Van N. Truskett, B.S. ChE ‘96 and jetting technology manager at Canon Nanotechnologies, Inc., has been awarded the 2014 Industrial Research & Development Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

The award honors individuals or teams working in industries served by chemical engineers for innovation that has resulted in the successful commercialization of new … Read the rest »

Alumna Rebekah Scheuerle Recognized for Research Preventing HIV Transmission During Breastfeeding

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Rebekah Scheuerle (B.S. ChE ‘13), the newly elected President of the Gates Cambridge Scholars Council, has won a National Instruments (NI) Engineering Impact Award in the Biomedical category for her use of LabVIEW and NI DAQ hardware to verify devices that prevent HIV transmission between mother and child during breastfeeding.

According to the World Health … Read the rest »

UT Austin Ranks Among World’s Best in Scientific Productivity

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The Nature Index, a new ranking from the prestigious journal Nature, rates The University of Texas at Austin No. 26 among the world’s most productive scientific research institutions.

UT Austin ranks No. 15 among all U.S. universities and No. 7 among public universities.

The ranking, which includes nonacademic institutions, is based on research … Read the rest »

Alumnus Louis T. Pirkey Named Austin Bar Foundation Distinguished Lawyer

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Pioneering intellectual property attorney Louis T. Pirkey, B.S. ChE ‘60, has been selected as one of two recipients of the Austin Bar Foundation’s Distinguished Lawyer Award for 2015. The award is given annually to an Austin-area attorney in practice for more than 30 years in recognition of his or her significant contributions to the profession … Read the rest »

Chelikowsky Awarded $1.2M NSF Grant To Find New Magnetic Materials

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Magnets are essential to modern technology. They serve to drive electric motors, encode data on computer hard drives, and enable MRI machines to image the insides of bodies.

But the powerful, permanent magnetics in most high-tech products are not the same magnets stuck on your fridge. They contain rare-earth metals, which help boost magnetic strength … Read the rest »

Ph.D. Candidate Cara Touretzky Awarded EPA’s STAR Fellowship

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Ph.D. candidate Cara Touretzky has been awarded a highly competitive Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to further her work to improve energy efficiency in residential and commercial buildings.

Touretzky was one of 105 recipients recognized nationwide for cutting-edge research in environmental science. She will receive research funding … Read the rest »

Graduate Student Zhenpeng Li Wins Third Place in P&G Poster Competition

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National Academy of Engineering Honors Alumnus Bob Brown for Leadership

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Bob Brown, B.S. ChE ‘73, M.S. ChE ‘75, was recently awarded the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) Simon Ramo Founders Award for leadership in chemical engineering research and engineering education. 

The award acknowledges outstanding professional, educational, and personal achievements to the benefit of society. Brown is being recognized for his “contributions to understanding of viscoelastic … Read the rest »

Sai Gourisankar Awarded Astronaut Scholarship

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Sai P. Gourisankar, junior and undergraduate researcher in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, has been awarded an Astronaut Scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

He is one of 28 students nationwide to receive the $10,000 scholarship, which is given to “outstanding students who exhibit motivation, imagination and exceptional performance in the fields of … Read the rest »

Eddie Ibarra Wins Staff Spotlight Award

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Eddie Ibarra, senior procurement officer, has been awarded this semester’s Staff Spotlight Award.

Eddie is being recognized for his efforts to ensure that several large equipment orders were successfully completed—meeting all approval requirements in a timely manner at some of the busiest times of the year—while juggling the intensive day-to-day purchasing requests of faculty and

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