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Three Graduate Students Win Departmental Awards

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Kansas recognized three CEBC graduate students for their outstanding research and teaching contributions.

Madhav Ghanta, doctoral student in Prof. Bala Subramaniam's laboratory, won the Outstanding Master Thesis Research award. Madhav also won a prize for his poster at the KU Graduate Student Research Competition in February. His research findings could help industry reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released during the manufacture of propylene and ethylene oxide. Click here to learn more.

Kening Gong, PhD in Chemical Engineering at KU, recently graduated with honors and won the Maloney Award for Writing. Working with his mentor, Prof. Bala Subramaniam, Kening focused on developing economically viable solid acid catalysts for specific processes that are important in fuel production.  Replacing conventional mineral acids, such as sulfuric acid, with these environmentally benign alternatives is one of the industry’s grand challenges.

Zhuanzhuan (Shirley) Xie, doctoral student in Prof. Bala Subramaniam's laboratory, was selected by to win the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department's Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. Shirley was a teaching assistant for two undergraduate courses this year: "Process Dynamics and Control" and "Mass Transfer".

CEBC Calendar

April 12, Wednesday - Mandatory Lab Safety Meeting
All researchers at 1501 Wakarusa Dr. must attend

9:00 a.m. in Building B seminar room

April 24 & 25, Spring IAB/SAB Meeting
Monday, April 24, 11:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Adams Alumni Center, 1266 Oread Ave.
Tuesday, April 25, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the CEBC complex, 1501 Wakarusa Drive

April 28, Friday - Shiflett Research Open Laboratory
Tours of facilities & research presentations; light refreshments served
2:00-4:00 p.m., LEEP2 Lab 2444
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