May 2016
As the 2015/16 academic year winds down with finals almost over and graduation just around the corner, the department has some exciting news to share with alumni and friends.  Our undergraduate and graduate students have garnered regional and national awards, and our faculty have been recognized for their excellence.  The top stories include
  • The AIChE Student Chapter had a good showing at regionals placing first in the Car Poster Competition and placing second in both the Car and Jeopardy competitions.
  • Undergraduate Hattie Schunk received a prestigious Barry Goldwater scholarship.
  • Prof. Chen and his graduate students' recently published a paper in the AIChE Journal that was designated a "Top Tier" contribution and noted as "Editor's Choice."
  • Profs. Hedden and Lacerda received University-level teaching awards.
  • Prof. Khatib received a DOE Visiting Faculty Award. >>>
Undergraduates Win Accolades

Chemical Engineering junior, Hattie Schunk, was honored to receive a Barry Goldwater scholarship, a national award given to 252 students across the country to encourage research careers in engineering, science, and math.   She is an exceptional student and had been previously been awarded the 2015 Award for Academic Excellence in Chemical Engineering.  Hattie performed undergraduate research with Prof. Casadonte in biofuels, and she also worked as a research intern at Sandia National Laboratories on energetic nanomaterials.  >>>
Professors Lacerda and Hedden Honored for Teaching

Dr. Carla Lacerda was honored at the spring Faculty Honors Convocation, receiving a 2016 New Faculty Award sponsored by the Texas Tech Alumni Association, and she recently received the senior class award for Outstanding Professor from the AIChE chapter.  Dr. Lacerda started her tenure-track faculty position in January 2013 as Assistant Professor.  Dr. Lacerda is an outstanding teacher and mentor.  She has taught the junior-level and graduate-level Reaction Engineering courses, as well as a Biochemical Engineering elective, and she cares about her students and their learning.  In her time at Texas Tech, Dr. Lacerda has mentored two high school students, eight undergraduate researchers, and four M.S. and two Ph.D. students.  In all cases, Dr. Lacerda works one-on-one with the young researchers in her bioengineering laboratory aimed at studying heart valve disease, teaching them the experimental techniques and protocols for their work and encouraging the development of the critical thinking skills required to perform independent research. >>>
Alumnus Dave Martin Honored as Distinguished Engineer

Fred David “Dave” Martin received the Whitacre College of Engineering Distinguished Engineer Award this spring.  Dave graduated from Texas Tech in 1960 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Dave has more than 50 years’ experience in industry and academia in both field applications and research related to oil and gas production.  For almost 20 years he was employed at the Petroleum Recovery Research Center (PRRC), a division of New Mexico Tech in Socorro, New Mexico and served as director of PRRC from 1987-1996.  >>>

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