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Congratulations to Ashlee Ford Versypt and Meagan Lewis, both alumni of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois, for being recognized on AIChE’s 35 Under 35 list for 2017.

The winners were announced this week in CEP, Chemical Engineering Progress magazine.

Recipients were chosen for their significant contributions to the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and to the chemical engineering profession. The award was created to acknowledge the successes of some of its youngest members, all under the age of 35, and to promote the achievements of this generation of chemical engineers who are changing the face of the profession, according to AIChE.

Each award winner was selected for their achievements in one of seven categories: bioengineering, chemicals, education, energy, innovation, leadership, and safety. An awards reception will be held at the 2017 AIChE Annual Meeting this fall.

Versypt is Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering at Oklahoma State University. She directs the Systems Biomedicine and Pharmaceutics Research Laboratory, which focuses on the intersection of chemical engineering, computational science and engineering, applied mathematics, biomedical science, and pharmaceutical science. She received her MS and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from Illinois in 2009 and 2012, studying under Prof. Richard Braatz.

Lewis is Senior Product Line Manager at Honeywell UOP and serves on AIChE’s board of directors. She received her BS in Chemical Engineering at Illinois in 2008 and also has an MBA from Loyola University Chicago.

Read more about Ford Versypt and Lewis and other honorees.

Congratulations to Dr. Huimin Zhao, recipient of the 2017 Award for Excellence in Biological Engineering Publication!

Huimin Zhao
Huimin Zhao

The Biotechnology Progress Award for Excellence in Biological Engineering Publication recognizes outstanding contributions to the literature in biomedical engineering, biological engineering, biotechnology, biochemical engineering and related fields. The award, which is underwritten by John Wiley & Sons, celebrates excellence and foundational contributions to biotechnology and biological engineering through a body of work: a seminal paper, a review, a research report, or other material of significant interest and importance.

The award will be presented a the annual meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in November.

Zhao is the Steven L. Miller Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and a professor of chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, and bioengineering at Illinois. His primary research interests are in the development and applications of synthetic biology tools to address society’s most daunting challenges in health, energy, and sustainability, and in the fundamental aspects of enzyme catalysis, cell metabolism, and gene regulation. Read more about Dr. Zhao.

 

 

Congratulations to University of Illinois undergraduate students who were honored at the annual conference of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering undergraduate student Scott Kieback received the 2014-2015 Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence Award and Michael Jorgensen received the 2014-2015 Freshman Recognition Award.

Illinois Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering student Scott Kieback
Illinois Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering student Scott Kieback

The Othmer award is presented to one AIChE student member in each student chapter who has attained the highest scholastic grade-point average during his or her freshman and sophomore years, according to the organization.

Illinois Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering student Michael Jorgensen
Illinois Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering student Michael Jorgensen

The Freshman Recognition Award is presented to one AIChE student member in each student chapter who has been the most active in their student chapter during his or her freshman year.

The Department of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering invites you to attend a reception for ChBE alumni during the AIChE annual meeting in Utah.

The Illinois reception will be from 8 to 10 p.m. Nov. 9, in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Salt Lake City Center, 255 South West Temple, Salt Lake City. We will honor our faculty and welcome new assistant professor Simon A. Rogers.

 

Congratulations to the University of Illinois chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers for winning an Outstanding Student Chapter Award.

The award is presented annually to student chapters that show an exceptional level of participation, enthusiasm, program quality, professionalism, and involvement in the university and community.

2015-2016 officers with the University of Illinois AIChE Chapter.
2015-2016 officers with the University of Illinois AIChE Chapter

“The officer board, and those before us, have worked very hard to make Illinois AIChE a chapter that develops chemical engineers at the University of Illinois both personally and professionally, and we are ecstatic to be recognized for it at a national level,” said current Illinois Chapter President Ellery Marks. Senior Nick Connolly was the chapter president during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Marks will accept the award on behalf of the chapter at the 2015 AIChE Annual Student Conference in Salt Lake City in November.

“We look forward to representing the University of Illinois at the national conference this year to accept the award and look forward to bringing it home for the fourth time,” she said.

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