University and Engineering School Celebrations

Information on the University of Virginia’s 193rd Final Exercises and the School of Engineering’s department online celebrations for the Class of 2021

This year, the University of Virginia is celebrating Class of 2021 graduates in two ways:

In-person Lawn processionals followed by ceremonies at Scott Stadium

The School of Engineering is partnered with the schools of Architecture, Data Science and Continuing and Professional Studies for an event on the afternoon of Friday, May 21.

Information regarding the schedule can be found here.

General information regarding tickets, diplomas and caps and gowns may be found on the UVA Office of Major Events website.

The University will live-stream the procession and the Scott Stadium ceremony.

Engineering School and Chemical Engineering Celebrations

We’re also commemorating your accomplishments here, with messages from ChemE faculty, award announcements, acknowledgement of our degree recipients and stories about the Class of 2021. School-wide virtual events and remembrances may be found on the Engineering Final Exercises page.

A Message from the Chair

To Our Newest Alumni

A message to the graduating Class of 2021 from Department of Chemical Engineering Chair William S. Epling

Congratulations, Graduates!

  • Graduate Degree Recipients

    Doctor of Philosophy

    Edi Meco

    Advisor: Kyle J. Lampe
    Dissertation: Design of Elastin-like Protein and Poly(ethylene glycol) Hydrogels for Neural Tissue Engineering Applications

    Gordon Brezicki

    Advisor: Robert J. Davis
    Dissertation: Heterogeneous Catalysts for the Oxidation of Methane to Methanol

    Kevin Chang

    Advisor: Geoffrey M.Geise
    Dissertation: Structure-property Relationships in Polymer Membranes for Desalination Applications

    Stephanie Michelle Guthrie

    Advisor: Gaurav Giri
    Dissertation: Pharmaceutical Thin Film Formulations with Controlled Crystal Polymorphism, Morphology and Size

    Yuntao (Kevin) Gu

    Advisor: William S. Epling
    Dissertation: Palladium/Zeolites as Model Catalysts for Cold Start Passive NOx Adsorption

    Luke Daniel Huelsenbeck

    Advisor: Gaurav Giri
    Dissertation: Understanding and Controlling Metal Organic Framework Crystallization for Thin Film Fabrication

    Lucas Karl Kimerer

    Advisor: Giorgio Carta
    Dissertation: Chromatographic and Adsorptive Behavior of Bivalent Bispecific Antibodies

    Hongxi Luo

    Advisor: Geoffrey M. Geise
    Dissertation: Understanding the Structure-property Relationships in Selective Membranes for Desalination and Ion Separation

    Lu Yang

    Advisor: Robert J. Davis
    Dissertation: Steam Reforming Kinetics of Olefins and Aromatics over Spinel Oxide Catalysts

    Master of Engineering

    Zhouhao Fan
    Hunter Heffington
    Vrew Nishanian
    Ryan Gates

  • Undergraduate Degree Recipients

    Bachelor of Science

    Nirasha Gayangi Abeysekera
    Nana Aba Kwartema Acquaah
    Catherine Mary Barton**
    Michael Joseph Beekwilder
    Joseph Brooklyn Bledsoe II
    Alicia Marie Brasselle
    Geoffrey Burns**
    Molly Elizabeth Caveney**
    Camille Marie Cooper
    Justin Gerald Fernandes*
    Julia George
    Sarah Anne Gill
    Christopher Hall
    Paul Cheng-En Imbrogulio***
    Benjamin Alan Johnson
    Emma Laudermilch**
    David Hamilton Lee**
    Joseph Letteri
    Mucui Lin
    Kevin Macera
    Lia Terese Macera
    Adam Nathan Mann**
    William P. McDevitt***
    Peter Richard Miedaner***
    Conor James Moran***
    James Aloysius Mullin IV**
    Benjamin Meade Newhouse*
    Samuel Weichun Ong**
    Morgan Noel Pellegrin*
    James Murray Perry IV
    David Duncan Reed
    Sara Ruth Richardson**
    Austin Dunkley Scaglione
    Peter Stephen Sepulveda***
    Nicholas Matthew Seyler*
    Alexander Connor Sims***
    Michael Thomas Sirot**
    Kathryn Kendall Smith*
    Noah William Sprouse
    Xhesika Sula
    Daniel Alejandro Torrico**
    Amy Ying Wang**
    Karl Westendorff***
    Anna Catherine Winter**
    Arthur Wu***


    *Student graduated with distinction
    **Student graduated with high distinction
    ***Student graduated with highest distinction

Anything Can Be, 2021 Grads

ChemE Alums, You Did It! (Now, Don’t Forget to Stay in Touch)

Chemical engineering faculty share congratulations, well wishes and some advice with the Class of 2021.

UVA Engineering Award

ChemE Undergraduate Award Winners

Composite image of 2021 graduates receiving chemical engineering departmental awards in 2021

Click here to find lists of all 2021 undergraduate recipients, plus special callouts for all of our graduating fourth-year winners pictured above.

ChemE Graduate Award Winners

Kevin Chang and Geoff Geise in the Geise Lab

Click here for this year’s Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Awards.

Graduates in the Spotlight