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CEBC Faculty Member Honored with Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence

Thursday, September 24, 2009

On August 21, The University of Kansas presented Susan Stagg-Williams, associate professor of chemical and petroleum engineering, with a $5,000 Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.

A total of 20 professors were honored with Kemper fellowships this fall. These awards recognize outstanding teachers and advisers at KU. The program is now in its 14th year and is supported by $650,000 in gifts from the William T. Kemper Foundation (Commerce Bank, trustee) and $650,000 in matching funds from KU Endowment.

Susan Stagg-Williams is known for her involvement with research, projects and outreach in the area of biofuels. She is the co-originator and director of the KU Biodiesel Initiative, with researches manufacturing processes for alternative fuels and provides incredible learning opportunities for students. Along with teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in chemical engineering and facilitating alternative energy research, she puts ample energy in public outreach. She has performed many public interviews, tours and conference presentations and advises camps for high school students interested in engineering. She also takes a leading role with the Kansas Soybean Commission, providing research and development support to the soybean farming community. “Susan has been very active in many areas that have been significant to the people of Kansas,” said Laurence Weatherley, chair of chemical and petroleum engineering. “She is clearly on an upward trajectory … for the benefit of the students of KU, the citizens of Kansas and beyond.” [excerpt taken from KU Relations story,, by Jill Jess, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.]

CEBC Calendar

March 4, Thursday - Industry Colloquium 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Allyn Kaufmann, US Whitespace & Innovation Lead
"Serial Innovation in Consumer Heathcare - Intersection of Chemistry and the Consumer"

March 10, Wednesday - Mandatory Safety Meeting 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Mandatory for all CEBC researchers working at 1501 Wakarusa

March 25, Thursday - Industry Colloquium 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Nikola Juhasz, Global Technical Director, Sustainability
Sun Chemical Corporation, Carlstadt, NJ
"Sustainability of Packaging Industry"

April 1, Thursday - Industry Colloquium 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Sagar Sarsani, Project Leader
Sabic, Sugarland, TX
"Chemical Industry R&D Career Pathways"

April 12 & 13, Monday & Tuesday - Spring Advisory Boards Meeting
& Project Evaluations

1:00-3:00 p.m. each day, via Zoom
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