May 16, 2008

Widenski Receives NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute Award

David Widenski, a PhD student in Dr. Jose Romagnoli’s research group, received a National Science Foundation (NSF) EAPSI Award for summer 2008. The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) provides the following opportunities for U.S. graduate students in science and engineering:

· first-hand research experience in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan;

· an introduction to the science and science policy infrastructure of the respective location; and

· orientation to the society, culture, and language.

The primary goal of EAPSI is to introduce students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research setting, and to help students initiate scientific relationships that will better enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts. The institutes last approximately eight weeks.

Widenski’s awarded proposal entitled, “Modeling and Optimization of Cooling & Antisolvent Crystallization” will bring him to the University of Sydney in Australia from April to August 2008. He will be conducting research with Prof. Ali Abbas, a former student of Professor Romagnoli, in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. The award provides a one-time payment of $5,000 as well as a round-trip ticket to Australia.

In addition, Widenski participated in an EAPSI pre-departure orientation weekend from  March 31-April 1 in Washington, D.C., with all expenses paid by NSF.

Campos Awarded Office of Strategic Initiatives Award

Andrew Campos, a PhD student in Dr. James Spivey’s research group, is a recipient of a $1,500 Office of Strategic Initiatives Supplement Award for the spring 2008 semester. The award is provided through the Graduate Alliance for Education in Louisiana, funded by the National Science Foundation under the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NSF/AGEP) program. The goal of the NSF/AGEP initiative is to establish a minority doctoral training alliance in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The intention is to significantly increase the minority STEM doctoral degree production at Louisiana’s top research universities. The project serves to bolster graduate recruitment and early undergraduate exposure of minority students to research and academic career opportunities.

ACS awards Noelle McBride

Noelle McBride, a senior undergraduate student in chemical engineering, has been awarded the Undergraduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry from the American Chemical Society (ACS). The award consists of a one-year membership in the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry and a certificate. Noelle will also be featured in EnvirofACS, the Division website, and C&E News.

The Division of Environmental Chemistry is one of the largest divisions of ACS. Members range from industry and consulting professionals to government employees to academia. The Division focuses on a broad spectrum of environmental issues related to air, water, and soil. Membership allows individuals to participate in programs and activities within the Division as well as build professional ties with other environmental chemists while also expanding one’s professional development.

AIChE Awards LSU Students

Qingzhong Yuan, a 2007 PhD recipient in chemical engineering, is the winner of the Best PhD Dissertation Award from the Baton Rouge Section of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Yuan will be honored at the annual Coates Award Banquet held in May 2008. The title of Yaun’s dissertation was “Experimental and Modeling Studies of Contaminant Transport in Capped Sediments during Gas Bubble Ebullition,” and he studied under the Gordon A & Mary Cain Department of Chemical Engineering Chair, Dr. Kalliat Valsaraj.

Michael Parent, recent recipient of a Goldwater Scholarship, is also the winner of the Outstanding Junior Undergraduate Award from the Baton Rouge section of AIChE for 2008. He will receive a one-time award of $500 and will be honored at the upcoming Coates Award Banquet.

Article by Melanie McCandless, College of Engineering, 225-578-3242,


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