Sindee Simon, Ph.D.
Texas Tech University
Department of Chemical Engineering
Box 43121 Lubbock, TX 79409-3121
Simon Research Group
Dr. Sindee Simon's Biography
Summer is a time for reviewing the past academic year, focusing on research, and planning for the future. The 2014/15 academic year was a great year for the students and faculty in the department. Ten different graduate students and two undergraduates were recognized for their work, including first place finishes in poster contests at national meetings – by Ph.D. student Haoyu Zhao at the meeting of the North American Thermal Analysis Society and by Michael Wurmstein, an undergraduate presenting at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers annual fall meeting.
Ten of our sixteen faculty members brought in new research awards totaling more than $1.6 M, and five faculty members received special recognition in the past year:
- Dr. Siva A. Vanapalli was awarded 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.
- A video submitted by Dr. Jeremy Marston and co-authors 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 was also highlighted in the BBC report, "The Weird World of Everyday Liquids."
- Dr. Nurxat Nuraje was 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.
- Dr. Gregory B. McKenna was named recipient of the 2014/15 Barnie E. Rushing Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award from the Texas Tech Parents Association.
- Dr. Brandon Weeks was awarded the 2014/15 Spencer A. Wells Award for Creativity in Teaching from the Texas Tech Parents Association.
More exciting news can be found as you browse through our webpages. Enjoy!
Dr. Sindee Simon
P. W. Horn Professor
Whitacre Department Chair in Chemical Engineering