Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois

Graduate students receive honors at AIChE

Three graduate students from Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering were honored during the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 2012 annual meeting that took place October 28 to November 2 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The focus of this year’s meeting was “Cleaner Energy, Stronger Economy, Better Living” and drew more than 6,000 people to Pittsburgh. Chemical engineers addressed issues such as energy, sustainability, water, and healthcare during the meeting that included more than 800 breakout sessions.

Sudipto Guha, a graduate student in Professor and Department Head Paul J.A. Kenis’ research group, received first place for his poster titled “Protein structure determination using X-ray compatible microfluidic platforms.” Guha received the award during the poster session of the American Electrophoresis Society (AES).

Christopher Brockman, a graduate student in Professor Charles Schroeder’s group, was the runner-up for the AIChE best poster award. His poster was titled “Automated Hydrodynamic Trap for Single Molecule Polymer Dynamics.”

Steven R. Caliari, a graduate student in Professor Brendan Harley’s research group, received first prize for a paper he submitted to the Bionanotechnology Graduate Student award session. Caliari’s paper was titled “Spatially-Patterned Collagen-GAG Scaffolds for Regulating MSC Fate.” The session honored graduate students whose research achievements, in the broad area of bionanotechnology, demonstrate a high level of excellence.