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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Alumni Awards

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois launched an Alumni Awards program to recognize our distinguished graduates.

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award: Honors ChBE graduates for their professional/technical achievements, dedication and advocacy for the department, or service/contributions to society.

Young Alumni Achievement Award: Honors ChBE alumni who have graduated within the previous fifteen years for the qualities listed above. 

Nomination process

Nominations are solicited annually, and anyone who is not selected is saved for future consideration. Self nominations are welcome. The deadline for the 2021 awards has been extended to JULY 15, 2021.

Please submit your nomination via our online application, or contact us at or 217-244-0941 to submit a nomination via email/mail.

Awards Ceremony

Alumni awards will be presented at the Fall Awards Ceremony in Urbana. Date, time, and location to be determined.

2019 Award Winners

Distinguished Alumni Award: John Anderson

Distinguished Alumni Award: Joan Brennecke

Distinguished Alumni Award: Jack McWhirter

Distinguished Alumni Award: Robert Sankman

Young Alumni Achievement Award: Fei Wen

Young Alumni Achievement Award: Ajay Virkar

The following individuals will also be recognized with Distinguished Alumni Awards. They have received honors in previous years from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Illinois Alumni Association, Grainger College of Engineering, or University of Illinois Foundation.

  • Hariklia ‘Lili’ Deligianni (College of LAS Alumni Achievement Award, 2019)
  • Jerrod Henderson (College of LAS Outstanding Young Alumni Award, 2019)
  • William Banholzer
  • R. Byron Bird
  • David Boger
  • John Georges
  • Dennis Houston
  • Steven Miller
  • Charles Prizer
  • Walter Robb
  • Darsh Wasan

More information

Please contact the department at or 217-244-0941.

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