ChemE Briefs

Welcome to ChemE Briefs, a place to find quick notes and posts from the faculty, students, staff and alumni of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia.

    ChE Second-year Appointed to Biomedical Data Sciences Training Program

    June 18, 2019

    Paul Myers, a second-year Ph.D. student in Associate Professor Matthew Lazzara’s Cell Signaling Engineering Lab, has been appointed to the Biomedical Data Sciences training program. The Biomedical Data Sciences Training Program aims to prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers to address the monumental challenge of multi-type biomedical big data manipulation, analysis and interpretation. It proposes a curriculum and a set of programmatic activities to create an interdisciplinary training ground wherein teams of students will work across key disciplines, benefit from a true co-mentoring and interdisciplinary environment, and develop the technical and leadership skills necessary to succeed as independent scientists making groundbreaking new discoveries enabled by biomedical big data.

    ChemE Welcomes Promising Ph.D. Students Thanks to New Fellowships

    June 09, 2019

    The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia School of Engineering has welcomed the first Gaden, Gainer and Kirwan fellowship recipients to Grounds. The newly arrived Ph.D. students met two of the fellowships’ namesakes, retired chemical engineering professors John Gainer and Donald Kirwan and their wives, and Jenny Gaden, wife of the late Elmer Gaden, at a lunch in the students’ honor. Also attending were department chair Bill Epling and their faculty advisors Matt Lazzara, Chris Highley and Gaurav “Gino” Giri. The fellowship recipients are Prince Verma (Kirwan Fellowship), William Hart (Gainer Fellowship) and Greg Grewal (Gaden Fellowship).

    The fellowships, created in 2018 through donations in honor of Gaden, Gainer and Kirwan, will support the graduate students during their first year. The fellowships provide additional funding to bring talented Ph.D. students to the chemical engineering program, boosting the volume and impact of the department’s research while enriching undergraduate education as teaching assistants and mentors.

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    Back row, from left: Greg Grewal, Assistant Professor Chris Highley and Chair and Professor Bill Epling. Middle row, from left: Associate Professor Matt Lazzara, Will Hart, John Gainer, Assistant Professor Gino Giri, and Mary and Donald Kirwan. Front row: Jenny Gaden, Susie Gainer and Prince Verma.

    Professor Lampe Selected for Funding

    May 30, 2019

    Professor Kyle Lampe was selected for funding from the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Trailblazer program. This program for early-stage investigators is designed for high-risk, high-impact research. The Lampe Group, in collaboration with faculty in the School of Medicine, will explore how novel drug delivery strategies can be used to reduce damage after a stroke.

    Yuan Ji Is Audience Favorite in Annual Three-Minute Thesis Competition

    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 seventh annual Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. Yuan is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Geise Research Group. With a single slide, she spoke for three minutes about her research focused on “Using Selective Membranes to Provide Clean Water for Everyone.” Ji was one of 10 finalists from across the University and one of four finalists from UVA Engineering following a preliminary round of the competition.

    Kevin Chang Awarded Travel Supplement

    May 09, 2019

    Third-year chemical engineering Ph.D. student Kevin Chang of the Geise Research Group was awarded an Elias Klein Founders’ Travel Supplement to attend the North American Membrane Society 2019 annual meeting in Pittsburgh. The travel supplement program supports students needing limited financial assistance, providing up to $500 in reimbursement for reasonable expenses associated with attending the meeting to present their research. The award program is named in honor of Elias Klein, whose vision and spirit guided the founding of the North American Membrane Society 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 lab, 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 consortium’s mission 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.

    Updated April 25, 2019

    Geise is also a 2019 recipient of an All-University Teaching Award. Sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, each year deans, department chairs and colleagues recognize excellent faculty across Grounds as the University's top teachers.