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December

Dr. Jeremy Marston
Marston
A video submitted by Dr. Jeremy Marston and coauthors from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia won first place in the 2014 Gallery of Fluid Motion Award competition sponsored by the Division of Fluid Dynamics of the American Physical Society. The video, which can be viewed here, was also highlighted in the BBC report, The Weird World of Everyday Liquids.

November

Dr. Siva A. Vanapalli
Vanapalli
Dr. Siva A. Vanapalli will receive a Rising Star Award from the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Special Interest Group of the Biomedical Engineering Society. Rising Star Awards are given to a select group of young faculty who then give their talks in a special session at the BMES-CMBE meeting.
Michael Wurmstein
Wurmstein
Michael Wurmstein, an undergraduate researcher working with Dr. Rajesh Khare, won the first place award in the Computing and Process Control Division at the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition at the AIChE meeting. The title of Michael's poster was "Simulated Annealing Polymerization: A General Algorithm for Preparing Atomistic Model Structures of Amorphous Polymers."

September

Haoyu Zhao
Zhao
Ph.D. student, Haoyu Zhao, won first place in the Student Poster Competition at the North American Thermal Analysis Society meeting, held in Santa Fe, New Mexico in September 2014. His poster, titled "Methyl Methacrylate Polymerization in Nanoporous Matrix: Reactivity and Resulting Properties," was coauthored by Fatema Begum, Ziniu Yu, Ronald Hedden, and Dr. Sindee L. Simon. Haoyu is supervised by Simon.
Dr. Nurxat Nuraje
Nuraje
Incoming faculty member, Dr. Nurxat Nuraje , has been selected as the winner of the "Joseph Wang Award" by Congizure Publishing Division. The award recognizes outstanding young researchers in the area of nanomaterials and is awarded based on originality of research, impact of research, quality of publications, innovation and professional standing.
Kovalski
Kovalski
Nguyen
Nguyen
Matt Kovalski won second place in the undergraduate student poster competition of the Fracturing Impacts & Technologies Conference, and M.S. student Nguyen Nguyen won second place in the graduate student poster competition. The conference, held September 4-5, 2014, in Lubbock was sponsored by Texas Tech University and the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA). Both students are supervised by Dr. Chau-Chyun Chen.

August

Tumor Cell Transport
Tumor Cell Transport
Dr. Siva A. Vanapalli received two grants from the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) as the primary investigator. One of the projects deals with new technology for ultrahigh throughput enumeration of circulating tumor cells; this is a High-Impact/High-Risk Research Award of $200k with co-PI Dr. Jian Sheng, a professor of mechanical engineering, and collaborator Dr. Wei Li. The second project, a $675k award, deals with engineering microfluidic devices for multimodal mechanical phenotyping of tumor cells in flow will be performed with collaborators Dr. Boyd Butler (Department of Biological Sciences) and Evie Cobos (TTUHSC).

July

Yunzhe Ma
Ma
Yunzhe Ma, supervised by Dr. Harvinder Gill, received the Texas Tech Outstanding Dissertation Award for 2014. Dr. Ma's thesis was entitled, "Microneedles for Drug Delivery into Oral Cavity." Ma has pioneered the use of microneedles for drug and vaccine delivery to the oral cavity by establishing feasibility of generating mucosal immunity in saliva of rabbits using HIV as antigen; developing a novel approach to coat water insoluble drugs such as lidocaine (a local anesthetic) for delivery to oral tissues; and evaluating an approach using microneedles that can directly deliver drugs to oral cancers. Ma is currently working at Intel in Hillsboro, Oregon.

June

Astrid Torres
Torres
Siyang Gao
Gao
Ran Tao
Tao
Heedong Yoon
Yoon
Xin Zhang
Zhang
Astrid Torres, Siyang Gao, Ran Tao, Heedong Yoon, and Xin Zhang all received NATAS Student Travel Awards to present their work at the 2014 annual meeting of the North American Thermal Analysis Society (NATAS). The meeting will held in September in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Robert Fullerton
Fullerton
Robert Fullerton, an undergraduate student, is the first author on a paper in the prestigious journal Carbon titled, "Graphene non-covalently tethered with magnetic nanoparticles." Robert worked with Dr. Micah Green for three years and spearheaded the research himself. He also had an internship with the Army Research Lab in 2012 where he initiated a collaboration with coauthor Daniel Cole.

May

Amber Helm
Helm
Amber Helm, a May 2014 B.S.Ch.E. graduate, was named the recipient of the 2014 McAuley Distinguished Engineering Student Award. She graduated with a 3.93 GPA and Summa Cum Laude with Honors. Helm accepted a full-time position with Anadarko as a production engineer in Kermit.
Yanfei Li
Li
Yanfei Li was invited to participate in the AIChE Excellence in Materials Engineering and Science Division Area 8a (Polymers) Graduate Student Research Award Symposium. He will compete with nine other students for the award at the 2014 AIChE Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

April

Simon
Simon
Dr. Sindee L. Simon received the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) 2014 Research/Engineering Technology Award at the Annual Technical Meeting (ANTEC) for research and technology developments in polymers and polymer composites and for her pioneering contributions in thermal analysis of polymers.
Wenqian Tao
Tao
Wenqian Tao, a Ph.D. student supervised by Dr. Harvinder Gill, was awarded a Student Travel Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award for her paper titled "Engineering and Evaluation of a Fully Synthetic Universal Influenza-A Vaccine Based on M2e-Conjugated Gold Nanoparticles," which she presented at the Society For Biomaterials’ 2014 Annual Meeting.

March

Evelyn Lopez
Lopez
Ran Tao
Tao
Astrid Torres
Torres
Siyang Gao
Gao
Doctoral students Evelyn Lopez and Astrid Torres were awarded the Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority (CSURM) Fellowship to attend the 2014 Gordon Research Conference on Polymer Physics. Also honored were doctoral students Ran Tao and Astrid Torres who both presented invited talks at the preceding Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Polymer Physics, and doctoral student Siyang Gao who served as a discussion leader at the GRS. Astrid is supervised by Dr. Greg McKenna; Evelyn, Ran, and Siyang are supervised by Dr. Sindee L. Simon.

February

Rong Xu
Xu
Rong Xu, supervised by Dr. Ted Wiesner, won first place in Engineering Division I of the 13th Annual Graduate Student Research Poster Competition, hosted by the Texas Tech Graduate School in February 2014. Her research poster entitled, "Reactor Design and Dynamic Model of a Two-step Iron Oxide Solar Thermochemical Cycle," detailed her work on a novel process which can sustain 24/7 hydrogen production from solar energy without fossil fuel backup.
Siyang Gao
Gao
Ziniu Yu
Yu
Lan Ma
Ma
Graduate students in the department had a very strong showing at the International Polyolefins Conference held in Houston on Feb. 23-26, 2014. The conference attracted more than 600 participants and more than 40 poster presentations. Siyang Gao, a fifth-year graduate student in Dr. Sindee L. Simon's research group won second place for her poster titled "The Experimental and Modeling Study of Reaction Kinetics of Cyclopentadiene Dimerization." Lan Ma, a fifth-year graduate student in Dr. Ronald C. Hedden's research group won third place for her poster titled "Shape Memory Effects in Polyethylene/Carbon Black Nanocomposites and Polyethylene/Polypropylene Blends. Ziniu Yu, a fourth-year graduate student also in Dr. Hedden's research group, won honorable mention for "Guest Molecule Behavior in Liquid Crystalline Networks: Comparison of A and ABA Type Plasticizers."

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Dr. Chau-Chyun Chen
Chen
The department is pleased to welcome Dr. Chau-Chyun Chen as Professor and Jack Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair in Sustainable Energy. Chen, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, comes to Texas Tech from AspenTech where he was Vice President for Technology. His research expertise is in molecular thermodynamics, thermophysical properties and fluid phase equilibria, and process modeling.

August

Dr. Ronald C. Hedden
Hedden
Dr. Rajesh Khare
Khare
Dr. Ronald C. Hedden and Dr. Rajesh Khare were awarded a three year, $639,929 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) program. Their funded project is entitled, "DMREF: Combinatorial Methods to Enable Rapid Prototyping of Pervaporation Membranes for Bio-alcohol Recovery."

July

Ketan S. Khare
Khare
Ketan S. Khare, a chemical engineering graduate student working in Dr. Rajesh Khare's research group, was awarded the first place in the poster competition at the Polymer Composites and High Performance Materials workshop organized by the Division of Polymer Chemistry, American Chemical Society (ACS) in Santa Rosa, California in July 2013. The poster titled "Effect of the Chemical Functionalization of Carbon Nanotubes on the Thermo-mechanical Properties of Cross-linked Epoxy-Carbon Nanotube Nanocomposites," presents results that elucidate the key role played by matrix-filler interfacial interactions in load transfer between the polymer matrix and the carbon nanotubes in nanocomposites. This research was sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

June

Jeevan Maddala
Maddala
Jeevan Maddala was awarded an NSF STTR grant to commercialize his doctoral work, which was performed under the supervision of Dr. Raghunathan Rengasamy. The project, titled "Development of a Computational Tool for Modeling, Simulation, and Design of Next Generation Discrete Droplet Microfluidic Systems," is a collaboration with Rengasamy. The aim is to develop novel design concepts for microfluidic lab-on-a-chip devices that allow precise control of chemical composition and concentration. Such devices are anticipated to facilitate discovery of materials for various pharmaceutical and biomedical applications, including protein crystallization, stem cell growth, and drug screening.

May

Fossil Amber
Fossil Amber
Graduate Student Jing Zhao’s work on 20 million year old amber published in Nature Communications, was highlighted by National Geographic , the Tikalon blog and by Texas Tech. Zhao made calorimetric and viscoelastic measurements on 20 million year old amber under the guidance of Dr. Sindee L. Simon and Dr. Greg McKenna. The purpose of the work was to test the idea of glass formation through an “ideal” glass transition. The findings challenge this view and alter the current paradigms for the physics of glasses.

March

Naureen Suteria
Suteria
ChemE Jeopardy Team
ChemE Jeopardy Team
The Texas Tech AIChE Student Chapter hosted the 2013 Southwest AIChE Regional Conference in Lubbock. Students from UT, Rice, LSU, UH, TAMU, TAMU-Kingsville, Lamar, and Tecnológico de Monterrey attended. Naureen Suteria, a student under the supervision of Dr. Siva A. Vanapalli, won first place in the Regional Student Paper Competition. The Texas Tech ChemE Jeopardy Team, consisting of Braden Pate, Seth Spear, Amber Helm, and Michael Sees, also took first place. The Texas Tech AIChE Student Chapter officers are Donny Torres, Kim Davis, Erika Yamasaki, and Jimmy Woods.

February

Siyang Gao
Gao
Siyang Gao, a fourth-year graduate student in Dr. Sindee L. Simon's research group won third place at the International Polyolefins Conference for her poster, titled "The Calorimetric Glass Transition of Single Polystyrene Ultrathin Films." The conference, which was held in Houston on February 23-27, 2013, attracted more than 600 participants and more than 40 poster presentations.
Deepak Solomon and Dr. Siva A. Vanapalli
Solomon and Vanapalli
Deepak Solomon, a chemical engineering graduate student working under the supervision of Dr. Siva A. Vanapalli, was awarded fourth place in the graduate student poster competition at the 84th Annual Meeting of The Society of Rheology in Pasadena, California in February 2013. The poster was titled, "Measurement of hydrodynamic resistance due to purely elastic instabilities in curvilinear microchannels."

January

Dr. Carla Lacerda
Lacerda
The department is pleased to welcome Dr. Carla Lacerda as an Assistant Professor.  Dr. Lacerda earned her Ph.D. from Colorado State University in Chemical Engineering with a focus on metal resistance in microbial communities. After completion of her Ph.D., Dr. Lacerda transitioned from environmental to biomedical science. Her current research is aimed at understanding the effects of mechanical stimuli on heart valves.

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Dr. Karlene Hoo
Hoo
Dr. Karlene Hoo is an Intergovernmental personnel act (IPA) rotator in the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP), in the Directorate of Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF). She will serve a two-year appointment starting July 18, 2011. She is the current Program Director for the Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research program at the NSF. The Accelerating Innovation Research (AIR) program, provides two choices designed to spur the translation of fundamental research into market-valued solutions, to encourage public-private partnerships, and to accelerate innovation that results in the creation of new wealth and the building of strong local, regional, and national economies.

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