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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

ChBE Awards Ceremony on May 13, 2021

Prof. and Chair Kane Jennings presented Chemical Engineering department awards on Thursday, May 13th, 2021. Prof. Russell Dunn also presented awards for senior design. 

Senior Awards

Chemical Engineering Program Award: Pedro Seber Silva

The Dennis Threadgill Award: Anteneh Tebeje, Sagar Patel, Kurt Bertone

American Institute of Chemists Award: Kevin Ifiora, Edward McGee

Robert Tanner Undergraduate Research Award: Anup Challa

William A. Ma Award: Anup Challa

Senior Design Awards

First Place: Aaron Chang, Edward McGee, Sagar Patel, and Nicholas Shaub

Second Place: Pedro Seber, Jonathan Hung, and Arjun Bansal

Third Place (tie): Brendan Grigg, Benjamin Saba, Rachel Strons, Cassius Thom

Third Place (tie): Calvin Beck, Kurt Bertone, Sydney Juda, Avery Mann

Undergraduate Awards

The William A. Ma Award for Outstanding Junior in ChBE: Long Than

Professor’s Award for Distinguished Junior in ChBE: Riya Patel

The William A. Ma Award for Outstanding Sophomore in ChBE: Alex Stoneman

Professor’s Award for Distinguished Sophomore in ChBE: Jacob Lumpkins

The Karl B. Schnelle, Jr. Award for Thermodynamics: Lucas Mowery

ChBE Transport Award: Cassius Thom

Graduate Awards

The Tomlinson Fort Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant: Matthew Rogers

Best Research Paper by a 2nd/3rd Year Ph.D. Student: Xiaona Wen                  

Outstanding Graduate Student: Mohsin Rahim

Postdoctoral and Faculty Awards

Outstanding Performance by a Post-Doctoral Scholar: Dr. Peifu Cheng

The ChBE Award for Excellence in Teaching: Prof. Piran Kidambi


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