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    Three Minute Thesis Audience Choice Winner

    May 09, 2019



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    Yuanyuan Ji's three minute thesis presentation was selected as the audience choice winner at the University of Virginia's 7th Annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. Yuan is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in Geise Research Group. She spoke for three minutes, with a single slide, about her research that is focused on "Using Selective Membranes to Provide Clean Water for Everyone". She had been selected as one of ten finalists from the University of Virginia, and one of four finalists from UVA Engineering, following a preliminary round of the competition.

    Kevin Chang Awarded Travel Supplement

    May 09, 2019

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    Kevin Chang, a Chemical Engineering third-year Ph.D. candidate from Geise Research Group, was awarded a North American Membrane Society (NAMS) Elias Klein Founders' Travel Supplement to support expenses associated with attending the 2019 North American Membrane Society (NAMS) Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh. According to the North American Membrane Society, "the Elias Klein Founders' Travel Supplement program supports students needing limited financial assistance and will provide up to $500 in reimbursement for reasonable expenses for attending the North American Membrane Society (NAMS) 2019 to present their research. This award program is named in honor of Elias Klein, whose vision and spirit guided the founding of NAMS in 1985."

    ChemE’s Bev Miller Wins UVERS Poster Contest

    April 26, 2019

    Bev Miller, a second-year Ph.D. student in Assistant Professor Steven Caliari’s lab, took first place with her talk, titled “Electrospun Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogel,” at the University of Virginia’s 15th annual Engineering Research Symposium, also known as UVERS. The symposium included two poster presenters and one oral presenter per department determined from an abstract submission. The presenters were judged by industry members and professors from across the UVA School of Engineering during the symposium event on March 28.

    Chemical Engineering Second-Year Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

    April 26, 2019

    Brooke McGirr, a second-year Ph.D. student in Associate Professor Matt Lazzara’s lab, received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in National Science Foundation-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees. This fellowship will support Brooke in her doctoral studies for the next three years.

    Saringi Agata Awarded Graduate Engineering Degrees for Minorities Fellowship

    April 26, 2019

    Third-year Ph.D. student Saringi Agata, who works in Assistant Professor Geoff Geise’s polymer membrane, was recently awarded a full fellowship from the National Consortium for Graduate Engineering Degrees for Minorities. The award provides majority funding and tuition for the remainder of Saringi’s doctoral studies. In addition, she received an internship with Lam Research for the summer of 2019.

    The mission of the National Consortium for Graduate Engineering Degrees for Minorities is to enhance the value of the nation’s human capital by increasing the participation of underrepresented groups at the master’s and doctoral levels in engineering and science. Notable alumni of the program include Ursula Burns, chief executive officer of Xerox Corporation, and numerous engineering deans at highly ranked research universities.

    ChemE Third-year Wins Awards

    April 17, 2019

    Kevin “Yuntao” Gu, a third-year Ph.D. student in Professor Bill Epling’s research group, attended the fourth North American Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineering to present his work, “Mechanistic Study of a Palladium Exchanged Passive NOx Adsorber.” Kevin’s research focuses on the abatement of nitric oxide (NOx) emissions from a diesel engine during the cold start period. As one of the symposium’s travel award winners, Kevin also won the Best Poster Award.

    Geoffrey Geise Recognized With Multiple Teaching Awards

    April 16, 2019

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    Assistant Professor Geoffrey Geise is the 2019 winner of the Hartfield Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2012 the Jefferson Scholars Foundation began recognizing University faculty who have demonstrated both excellence in teaching and exceeding care for their students. This award honors those teachers in our community who have gone the extra mile in fulfilling their vocation without regard for their own advancement. He also won the University of Virginia Student Council Teaching Award.

    ChemE Third-year Writes Winning Abstract in Annual Graduate Student Contest

    March 29, 2019

    The winners of the 2019 Graduate Writing Lab Abstract Writing Contest have been announced. Congratulations to ChemE’s own Xueying Zhao for winning first place. Zhao is a third-year Ph.D. student and research assistant in Professor Roseanne Ford’s lab. The judging panel also gave ChemE fifth-year Yuanyuan Ji, an assistant in Assistant Professor Geoff Geise’s lab, an honorable mention.

    The second-place spot went to third-year electrical engineering Ph.D. student Vaibhav Verma, and Engineering Systems and Environment’s Wenjian Jia, a second-year civil engineering Ph.D. student, took third. Also receiving honorable mentions were Benjamin Bowes of the Engineering Systems and Environment Department, a third-year Ph.D. student studying civil engineering, and Qiyuan Lin and William Blades, both third-years in materials science and engineering.

    The writing lab’s contest organizers thank the 2019 judges: George Prpich, Rachel Letteri, Steven Allen, Geoff Geise, Amir Chamaani, Archie Holmes, Chloe Dedic and Ahmed Rasin.