Fall 2021 Newsletter
Congratulations class of 2021!
We want to congratulate the class of 2021. We are so proud of all you have accomplished during your time at TTU. We look forward to welcoming you back as alumni for many years to come!
Community of Scholars program creates mentorship opportunities for students
We recently launched the Community of Scholars program. This two-semester program supports innovation and entrepreneurship by encouraging undergraduate students to pursue independent research projects under the guidance of a faculty or graduate student mentor.
Students develop a short proposal for the project complete with a budget and project milestones. They present their projects at the TTU creativity fair and a national conference. Finally, they write and publish a white or conference proceeding. Our first cohort included four students.
- Adelina Carr (Mahdi Malmali), “Ammonia Absorption Enhanced by Using a Metal Halide Salt with a Binder Rather than a Support”
- Austin Lomas (Mahdi Malmali), “Elucidating the Mechanism of Ammonia Release from Supported Metal Halides”
- Andrew Baggett (Gerri Botte), “Thin Separator for Low-Melting Point Thermal Battery Electrolytes”
- Katherine Mote (Joe Gauthier), “Using Machine Learning to Uncover Correlations in catalytic Dehydrogenation”
Congratulations to you all on excellent project work!
Online master's degree meets critical industry need for highly skilled engineers
This year, we conferred a record number of master's degrees. Our master's program meets a critical industry need by providing the workforce specialized skills in the manufacturing of chemicals, materials, and processes. Like many departments, however, we have experienced our share of challenges due to COVID-19. We have met these challenges with grace and used these challenges as an opportunity to innovate our learning environment. We recognize that while many students are returning to in-person learning, many are still not able to do so. To meet students' needs while continuing to produce highly skilled cohorts for industry, our department created an online master's degree program that launched in Spring 2021. The program meets the same rigorous standards of our in-person program with 30 credit requirements including a thesis option and a non-thesis option.
This newsletter is made possible through the generous support of the TTU Department of Chemical Engineering's External Advisory Board.