Graduates Shine at Convocation Nearly 700 family and friends packed the Student Union Memorial Center Ballroom on Saturday, May 12, to celebrate 26 graduate students and 69 undergraduates completing rigorous programs in chemical and environmental engineering. Extraordinary Student Accomplishments Carter Bakarich, Sara Slosky, Cherell Ward-Rucker and Sydney Wilson – College of Engineering Ambassadors Patrick Loy and Bryce Royball – Don H. White Award for academic achievement Namrah Habib, Matthew Kingzett and Sara Slosky - Dr. William Scott Bousman Memorial Award for excellence in the lab Rachel Braun and Jaewook Choi – Outstanding TA Karen Leon, Samantha Louzek, Jacob Rischar and Sara Slosky - Best CHEE senior design team for their project "Monoclonal Antibody Production for Cancer Immunotherapy" University Awards Leah Kaplan – Merrill P. Freeman Medal Namrah Habib – Robie Gold Medal  College of Engineering Design Day Recognition Teagan Baacke, Elijah Foster, Marissa Gautier and Esteban Jimenez –...
Student Transferring into CHEE Finds UA Provides Outstanding Support Samuel Portillo has been part of the UA before, attending after high school, but between scheduling conflicts, transportation issues and not being sure what he wanted to study, he dropped out during the first semester. He started over at Pima, worked hard, and was ready to transfer into the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering after one year. "I think my transfer process only took about a month, and that was something I wasn't really expecting," Portillo said. "I felt like I was encouraged by the faculty to ask questions if I didn't understand anything. They were really accommodating on working with me through my nontraditional road to a four-year degree."
Research Professor Karanikola Helps Bring Life Source to San Carlos Apache Community CHEE research professor Vicky Karanikola and the UA chapter of Engineers Without Borders, or EWB, are teaming up with the Nalwoodi Denzhone Community to revitalize 80 acres of reservation land into the Nnee Nalwoodi, or Strong Apache Life Center. While EWB offers consulting on how to restore the property's two wells and develop an irrigation system, Karanikola is developing a system to purify and assess water quality. Karanikola, who is also a postdoctoral research fellow at Yale University and vice president of the Mountain Regional Steering Committee for EWB, was part of a team of UA researchers who helped design and create a solar-powered water-purification bus for the Navajo Nation in 2017.
Kaplan Wins Freeman Medal, Excels in CHEE Department as Flinn Scholar and Science Diplomat Kaplan has always been passionate about building things -- as a child, she loudly objected to her mom cleaning away a Lego project -- and that love has earned the chemical and environmental engineering major a 2018 Merrill P. Freeman Medal. The medal -- given annually to two UA seniors for outstanding moral force of character and one of four university-level senior honors -- is one of many accomplishments Kaplan has attained in her time studying at the UA. She is also part of the Flinn Scholars program, treasurer of the Arizona Model United Nations and president of the UA branch of Tau Beta Pi. Now, Kaplan plans to pursue a career in science diplomacy. She has made plenty of headway in that plan, as she was the only undergraduate selected to attend the 2017 American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Science Diplomacy and Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
Atmospheric Researcher, CHEE Professor Armin Sorooshian Selected as 2018 da Vinci Fellow Chemical and environmental engineering professor Armin Sorooshian spent his childhood running through the halls of the Harshbarger Building, where his father was a professor and head of the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources and his mother worked as a Department of Geosciences senior researcher. Sorooshian went on to earn his bachelor's degree in chemical and environmental engineering at UA before returning a few years later as a professor. Today, his research into aerosol particles in the atmosphere and the human body and his dedication to his students have earned him a College of Engineering Education Faculty Fellowship, an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, and now a da Vinci Fellowship. "I feel like I've lived my life through this college, and that's why this honor is extremely special to me," Sorooshian said. "It's very humbling, especially since I was a student here, and now I'm on the other side of the table trying to give back to students."
Chemical Engineering Senior Takes 3rd Prize at WAESO Conference With Bioremediation Project Erica T. Vanover, a senior majoring in chemical engineering, was awarded third prize in the 2018 Student Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunity Conference poster competition in Tempe, Arizona, March 2. Vanover is an undergraduate research assistant working alongside professors Reyes Sierra and Jim Field. In her presentation, “Remediation of Insensitive Munitions Compound 3-nitro-1,2,4-triazol-5-one (NTO),” she addressed bioremediation of soil contaminated by toxic munitions compounds. Photo Courtesy of Photography by José L. Muñoz
Two of Top Three SESHA Student Award Winners Are CHEE Grad Students Chi H. Nguyen and Kalyani Jog received the first- and third-place student award scholarships, respectively, at the 2018 Semiconductor Environmental Safety and Health Conference in Scottsdale, April 16-20. Chi and Kalyani are both pursuing doctorates in environmental engineering, and both work in projects supported by the Semiconductor Research Corporation Engineering Research Center. First place is worth $3,000 and third place is $1,000. The scholarships are awarded to winners of a student poster session that is held during the conference. The goal of SESHA’s Student Scholarship Program is to encourage students in environment, health and safety-related fields to pursue a career in the high technology industry.
George and Dixie Shirley Award Grad Fellowship to Derek Swartzendruber  Derek Swartzendruber, a master's degree student in environmental engineering, was named the 2017 recipient of the George and Dixie Shirley Graduate Fellowship. "It was a real pleasure to meet George and Dixie in person," said Swartzendruber, who is conducting research into biological wastewater treatment. "They were very gracious and offered a lot of wisdom in our conversations. I feel honored to have been selected for this award." The award recognizes an outstanding first-year graduate student pursuing a degree in sanitary or environmental engineering. "With the education I am receiving at the University of Arizona, I hope to work in the development of water sustainability in Arizona and other water-scarce areas," Swartzendruber said.
CHEE Engineering Ambassadors Intrigue and Inspire Prospective Undergrads CHEE Ambassadors do more than simply give tours to interested students. They are an inspiration to those they show around campus and an insightful eye for the faculty and staff. Department chair Anthony Muscat and program manager Holly Altman recently sat down with nine of these students to learn more about why they chose to take on this role and what they get out of it. CHEE student Kevin Snyder described his participation in one of the campus tours when he was in high school. "I sat in on the 326 class and Dr. Blowers wanted to give me advice on how to be successful in college," Snyder said. "He told me to get involved … and he was so willing to talk to me." That interaction made Snyder want to pay it forward and make sure other incoming students had a similar experience. Unfortunately, Alejandra Fraijo Arce's drive to be a great CHEE Ambassador stems from the fact that she didn't get much guidance in choosing her degree. "I wanted to help students just starting out...
Graduate Researchers Work to Reduce the Toxicity of Insensitive Munitions Compounds in Soil Graduate students Warren Kadoya and Camila Madeira have made strides in finding out how to reduce the toxicity of remnants from insensitive munitions compounds, or IMCs, as part of a project Jim Field and Reyes Sierra have been working on for the past five years. Kadoya and Madeira -- along with Field, Sierra and a few undergraduate students -- are working to identify specific microbes that break down toxic compounds in IMCs, and to determine the optimal conditions under which these compounds become irreversibly bound to soil. "The idea is to remove the compounds from the environment by degrading them or by having them bind to organic matter in the soil,” Madeira said. Toxic chemicals left behind by IMCs can contaminate groundwater and soil. According to Kadoya, to decontaminate soil, it must be removed and chemically treated or burned. This process can be costly and cumbersome. "We could find a better solution if we have a deeper understanding of the fate of IMCs in the environment...
AIAA Selects Chemical, Aerospace Engineering Double Major for 20 Twenties Group Namrah Habib, a senior who majors in both chemical engineering and aerospace engineering, has been recognized as one of the American Institute Aeronautics and Astronautics "20 Twenties," a group of 20 students from across three continents who are recognized for their outstanding scholarship, research or design projects, and civic contributions. She and the other awardees were honored during Aviation Week's 61st Annual Laureates Awards in Washington, D.C., on March 1. Habib is currently an image processing intern on the NASA OSIRIS-REx mission, and in addition to earning the AIAA honor, has been awarded numerous prestigious awards, such as the 2018 Churchill Scholarship in February. She is also multilingual, likes to read books like Crime and Punishment in her spare time, practices Brazilian jiujitsu, and is passionate about encouraging other young women to pursue careers in STEM.
Study Abroad Student Gains Global Perspective on Real-World Applications of CHEE Education Recently, chemical and environmental engineering student Zach Westman travelled to Europe as part of an Advanced Honors Trip, and spoke about his experiences in the first UA Travel Abroad Student Spotlight. "I've never traveled abroad before, so the opportunity to do so while exploring STEM topics was really appealing to me," said Westman, who visited both London and Leiden, the Netherlands, during his travels. Westman said the program gave him a global perspective on his life goals, exposing him to worldwide issues to which he could apply his UA education. As of Jan. 21, Westman has taken over the UA Study Abroad Instagram page, and his photos and those of other study abroad students are available there. The next UA Study Abroad program will run summer 2019.
CHEE Professor Ogden Named Head of Both UA Sustainable Bioeconomy Center and AIChE CHEE professor Kim Ogden has made headlines recently for being named head of the UA’s new Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions Center and 2019 president of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. The new UA center, which will research the efficient growth of plants and algae to use as biofuels, is funded by a five-year grant of up to $15 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Research will focus on guar, a legume that can be used to recover gas and oil in fracking operations, and guayule, a flowering shrub that produces organic resins and natural rubber. Both plants grow well in the Southwest, and researchers hope their work will serve as an example of how to produce biofuels in dry climates. Ogden was first elected to the AIChE board of directors in 2014. Her appointment to AIChE makes her the first UA faculty member, and only the fifth woman, to be elected president of the organization.
Spotlight on CHEE Undergrads Stephanie Gustavsson, Carlos Weiler and Kira Zeider Stephanie Gustavsson, Carlos Weiler and Kira Zeider talk about their first semester as CHEE majors. Tell us a little about yourself and where you are from. Stephanie: I’m a Swedish citizen and from an American point of view I would classify myself as a nontraditional student. I started college at Santa Monica College in Los Angeles when I was 22, which is later than most of my American friends. I spent my time off school working and travelling, going on adventures, and gaining valuable life experience. Mostly I had fun. Carlos: I’m a sophomore dual majoring in chemical engineering and environmental engineering, with a minor in Spanish. I am a diehard Wildcat, born and raised in Tucson. I’m in the Tau Beta Pi honor society and involved with other clubs on campus. I volunteer at the local animal shelter when I can and in my spare time I like to run and play soccer. Kira: I have lived in Tucson my whole life. I have a three-year-old Australian shepherd named Indy and two five-year-old...
Engineers Without Borders: UA Students Apply Engineering Skills in Arizona and Abroad The UA’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders, or EWB, offers a place for the next generation of engineers to learn, grow, and lead projects of a magnitude they don’t typically experience in school, according to Sarah Moore. Moore, former international project manager and current secretary of the EWB Mountain Region’s steering committee, has been a part of the organization since she first started her undergraduate career at the University of Arizona, where she is a doctoral candidate in CHEE. While working with EWB, Moore traveled to Bolivia in 2015 and to the Dominican Republic in January 2017. The project in the Dominican Republic is focused on irrigation. “The community relies on rainwater for crops and wells, so we are working on an irrigation project that would help them have water year-round,” she said. The club plans to go back to the Dominican Republic in a few months to continue surveying the land in preparation for implementation. An important part of EWB’s process is...
CHEE Alumna Highlights STEM Careers at Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day UA chemical and environmental engineering alumna and environmental engineer Sofia Laughland recently introduced Anchorage School District girls to the world of math and science careers. The goal is to get girls considering STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math -- careers earlier in their education. As part of a partnership between Anchorage School District, the Girl Scouts of Alaska and ExxonMobil, Laughland participated in Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, teaching students how cosmetics and chemical engineering go hand-in-hand during her science lesson on lip gloss. "Most people when they think about engineering don't think about makeup. They think about oil and gas or Procter & Gamble manufacturing. But makeup gets manufactured as well," Laughland explained.
CHEE Professor Joins Other UA Faculty to Address Navajo Nation Challenges Through STEM Training Kimberly Ogden, professor of chemical and environmental engineering, is helping develop a STEM traineeship to support food, energy and water security, or FEWS, in the Navajo Nation. Led by Karletta Chief, assistant professor in the UA Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, the NSF-funded traineeship will focus initially on building the program and recruiting students, with enrollment beginning in August 2018. Once enrolled, at least 26 graduate students will major in STEM disciplines while completing internships, a FEWS-themed minor, professional development and immersion in indigenous communities.
Outstanding Senior Seeking to Change Lives Joe Schlosser is among the first University of Arizona undergraduates to double-major in chemical engineering and environmental engineering – and he’ll be the first CHEE student in recent history to graduate with a first authorship, for a 2017 paper on wildfire emissions. Joe Schlosser didn’t grow up planning a life where he would be published in a well-known scientific journal before he completed his undergraduate degree. Even as a high school graduate, Schlosser had no inkling that he would be involved in environmental studies. He trained to be a paramedic after high school and has continued to work as one for the past five years. “You get to a point as a paramedic where you stop learning,” he said. “And I always want the knowledge gained from solving more problems.” In search of that knowledge, Schlosser enrolled in fall 2014 as a student at the UA, where he will earn bachelor’s degrees in both chemical engineering and the new environmental engineering program in May 2018. He...
CHEE Welcomes Two New Faculty Kerri Hickenbottom and Andrea Achilli joined the CHEE faculty this semester. Both aim to further their research while making a positive impact on students. Andrea Achilli, a new assistant professor in the CHEE department, says he has always been a curious person, and his passion for his research stems from the personal need to know more. Achilli received his combined bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental engineering from the University of Ancona in Italy. “The PhD programs in the states are truly the best,” said Achilli, who pursued his doctorate in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. With his PhD, Achilli earned a position at Humboldt State University. Following this placement, he came to the University of Arizona in the hope of better research opportunities. UA’s Water & Energy Sustainable Technology Center was a big draw for Achilli. In one of his past research projects, Achilli essentially made energy out of water using waters...
CHEE Faculty Team With Other Engineers to Create Desalination Bus for Navajo Nation University of Arizona engineers and recently delivered a mobile water treatment system to an off-the-grid school in a water-scarce Navajo community. The system, developed with local consulting firm Apex Applied Technology, is built into a refurbished operational school bus, which also houses a laboratory, adding an educational component. “It’s a way to extend infrastructure to these communities,” said Bob Arnold, UA professor of chemical and environmental engineering and an expert in water purification and wastewater treatment systems. The desert portion of the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona receives only 7 to 11 inches of rain per year. There is, however, plenty of groundwater, but it is high in salinity and contaminated with metals such as uranium, in some areas. According to Vicky Karanikola, UA adjunct professor in chemical and environmental engineering, this supply can – if treated -- provide water to the Navajo Nation for many decades.
Court Cuts EPA Controls, But Paul Blowers Says HFCs Are More Potent Risk Hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, represent only about 3 percent of U.S. climate pollution, but can be 1,000 to 12,000 times as potent as CO2 emissions. Paul Blowers, University Distinguished Professor in the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department, said in an interview reprinted in Scientific American that 1 kilogram of HFCs can equal 1.7 tons of carbon dioxide pollution. The EPA approved a federal rule to cut to HFCs in 2015 by mandating companies replace the gas in refrigerator cases. HFC manufacturers Mexichem Fluor and Arkema of France sued the EPA over the decision, and a three-judge panel decided the EPA overstepped its bounds. According to Blowers, despite their potency, HFCs are easier to regulate than vehicular emissions because there are far fewer HFC-reliant refrigeration units in use than there are vehicles on the road. The court’s decision can be appealed either to the Supreme Court to the full panel of 11 D.C. Circuit Court judges.
Standout Students Awarded Environmental Engineering Scholarships Warren Kadoya and Camila Madeira have had a busy and successful year, and their hard work is paying off. Kadoya was awarded the prestigious Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation Scholarship, a competitive award from the Department of Defense that will cover the cost of his doctoral degree, provide summer internships, and secure his employment with the Department of Defense after he completes his degree. In addition to the accolades Kadoya and Madeira received in the spring, the Air & Waste Management Association awarded both students an Air Quality Research and Study Scholarship in June at the 110th Annual Conference & Exhibition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Airborne Particles, Effects on Clouds Subject of UA Team's Research Particles are recognized as the No. 1 cause of environmentally related deaths globally, and a UA research team is investigating the nature of airborne particles with field measurements, satellite remote-sensing data, and models. The group -- led by Armin Sorooshian, associate professor of chemical and environmental engineering, and hydrology and atmospheric sciences -- is especially invested in trying to unravel the complexities associated with how particles affect the reflectivity of clouds, and how and when they produce precipitation.
Chemical Engineering Alumna Wins National Cycling Championship Erica Clevenger, a 2017 University of Arizona graduate in chemical engineering, excelled academically while clocking up victories on the cycling circuit. The 2015 El Tour de Tucson winner proves that students don’t have to choose between being top athletes and successful students. She participated in water quality research, did two summer internships with Intel, and was named UA Club Sportswoman of the Year in 2016. Solid performances at the Valley of the Sun Stage Race and Tour of the Gila before winning the USA Cycling Collegiate Nationals nabbed her a rare mid-season signup with the Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling team. She has secured an offer for a research position at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California when racing season ends in the fall.
CHEE Convocation Celebrates Endings and New Beginnings On Saturday, May 13, a crowd of nearly 700 packed the Student Union Ballroom to celebrate 19 graduate students and 77 undergraduates completing doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degree programs in chemical and environmental engineering. Family and friends cheered as each graduate was recognized on stage with a background slide of their own creation, and presented with a graduation plaque and alumni t-shirt. Students in the Spotlight Two CHEE graduates were in the spotlight at the UA commencement, May 12. Jude Udeozor, 2017 Master of Science in chemical engineering and outgoing president of the Graduate Student Professional Council, delivered the graduate student response to a crowd of thousands. Graduating senior Abdullah Bader Aleidan was, along with Ashley Lynn, one of the first two students to receive concurrent degrees in chemical and environmental engineering. Aleidan was also awarded the prestigious Robert Logan Nugent Award, one of the university’s highest achievements for...
Partnership to Address Water Scarcity Formed Between UA, Industrial Experts at Brazil Conference Members of the UA chemical and environmental engineering faculty joined a group of leading engineers and scientists May 17-19 to speak about water scarcity in large cities and semi-arid regions of the Americas. The workshop was born from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Fund, a partnership between the U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Led by professor Jim Field, the UA was awarded the grant to develop a team of partners from North and South America to create innovative solutions for water reuse. The aim of the gathering was to develop a group of university and industrial partners to collaborate on water reuse technologies. The partners agreed that training young professionals to develop water reuse solutions requires an approach with representatives from several countries. The latest workshop in Brazil was designed to unite partners who can generate global solutions for generations to come.
Chemical and Environmental Engineering Students Look to the Future As summer approaches, students who recently earned their bachelor's degrees from the UA's Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering took a moment to reflect on their senior year, their time at UA, and their plans for the future. Kyle EverlyKyle Everly said in a recent Daily Wildcat interview that he looked to job security to keep him focused throughout his time at UA. “And that’s really the basis; thinking over it, that’s what kept me going, like, ‘okay, gotta do this so I can have a good job,’” Everly said. Cayleigh MackenzieCayleigh Mackenzie initially declared her major in the College of Science. She asked Paul Blowers, a University Distinguished Professor, if she could take his Chemical Engineering 201 class. After taking the class, Mackenzie said she knew what she wanted to do for the rest of her life and changed her major to chemical engineering in her junior year. Christina Morrison Christina Morrison graduated in May with a bachelor's in chemical...
It's Scholarship Season for Grad Environmental Engineers CHEE graduate students Warren Kadoya and Camila Madeira made waves in environmental engineering research this spring, earning several scholarships for their hard work. Kadoya, a master's degree student who begins doctoral studies with professors Jim Field and Reyes Sierra in the fall, excelled in the AZ Water Conference student poster competition for the second year in a row. His second-place poster, "Anaerobic Coupling Reactions between Reduced Intermediates of 2,4-Dinitroanisole," was a collaborative effort with two other UA departments and a local high school student.  Other accolades Kadoya has recently accrued include the 2016 Eckenfelder Scholarship from Brown and Caldwell and a 2017 SAEMS Scholarship from the Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society.  Camila Madeira, a PhD student who also works with Field and Sierra, received a 2017 SAEMS Scholarship as well, for her work on the biodegradability of the insensitive munitions compounds.
Malzahn Named 2017 da Vinci Scholar Each year, the UA College of Engineering awards 10 da Vinci scholarships to exceptional students. Congratulations to 2017 da Vinci Scholar Joshua Malzahn, a chemical engineering major. The da Vinci scholarship program is funded by members of the College's da Vinci Circle, a group of roughly 300 individuals and corporations whose gifts support our faculty and students' ongoing research.
Aleidan to Receive Nugent Award at 2017 UA Commencement Graduating senior Abdullah Bader Aleidan – the first recipient of CHEE's new environmental engineering bachelor's degree – will be honored at this year's UA Commencement ceremony with the Robert Logan Nugent Award, one of the University's highest achievements for an undergraduate student. The Nugent Award recognizes students whose records of accomplishments exemplify the ideals of Robert Logan Nugent, a former UA executive vice president. It is one of four awards presented at Commencement each year. Originally from Kuwait, Aleidan overcame language and cultural barriers to become an accomplished researcher and member of several student organizations. He is the first Kuwaiti to graduate with dual UA bachelor's degrees in chemical engineering and environmental engineering and dual minors in mathematics and chemistry. After graduation, he plans to pursue a master's degree in chemical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and then a doctorate. This is the second consecutive year a...
Snyder Evaluates Water Quality in Real Time in Globe-Spanning Research Turning wastewater into drinking water can be a hard sell for consumers unsure of how much waste might remain when that water returns to their tap. Working with partners as far away as Australia, CHEE professor Shane Snyder and WEST Center co-director Ian Pepper recently completed a study to evaluate an online, real-time sensor's ability to ensure that the advanced treatment of reclaimed water eliminates chemical and microbial contaminants. The study was funded by the U.S.-based Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, the Pentair Foundation, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and PUB, Singapore's national water agency. It included initial evaluations at the Beenyup Wastewater Treatment Plant in Australia and the Tucson Water Sweetwater Recharge Infiltration Systems.
Keeping Clothes Clean in Space In space, water is too precious to waste on laundry. But extra clothes means extra weight – another big issue on the International Space Station. Christina Morrison may have discovered a way for astronauts to launder without squander. The chemical engineering senior has been testing the application of silver and hydrogen peroxide – both known germ-fighters – on textiles, specifically socks. Her research is funded by a NASA Space Grant.
Gervasio's MetOxs is TLA Startup of the Year On April 18, Tech Launch Arizona held its fourth annual I-Squared Expo & Awards, highlighting University of Arizona researchers whose inventions impact the quality of life of people in Tucson, across Arizona and throughout the world. This year's event showcased eight UA startups, including MetOxs Solutions, which was honored as 2017 Startup of the Year.  MetOxs' flagship process is a toxin-free method of extracting copper metal from raw ore using high-temperature molten salts, developed by CHEE research professor Dominic Gervasio and former CHEE research specialist Hassan Elsentriecy. This is Gervasio's second I-Squared Award in a row; in 2016, he received the Award for Innovation and Impact in engineering. Photo of the MetOxs inventor team receiving their I-Squared award courtesy of Tech Launch Arizona
Design Day 2017: The Next Big Thing, 100 Times Over Engineering affects virtually every aspect of our lives, and at the University of Arizona's Engineering Design Day on May 1, more than 500 students – including 78 seniors from the UA Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering – inte​nd to prove it. The public is invited to see the displays in the Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom and on the UA Mall from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., and to attend the awards ceremony in the ballroom from 4 to 5:30 p.m., when industry sponsors will present more than $25,000 in cash prizes to project teams. Download the UA Engineering Design app, available for iOS and Android! Find your favorite project and presenter, and then – new this year! – post to social media directly from the app.
CHEE Researcher Takes Algae from Sea to Sky as Fuel for Jet Engines An interdisciplinary team of researchers led by professor of chemical and environmental engineering Kimberly Ogden is developing new uses for algae, from food to fuel. Experts predict there will be around nine billion people on the earth by 2025. Ogden believes algae holds the key to providing an environmentally sustainable response to such growth.  As director of the University of Arizona's Institute for Energy Solutions, she is working with UA students and faculty to analyze the green goods. To make fuel, for example, they extract the fatty, oily parts from the algae and turn them into something very similar to kerosene. "My passion for working on problems to help a variety of different types of people from all different cultures and backgrounds has turned into doing research that can help both energy and food production," said Ogden. "I like to make a difference, and it's really cool to see that we can make progress and solve problems." Ogden's algae research is supported by...
Spotlight on a CHEE Graduate Student: Margarita Acedo In the new student spotlight series for CHEE's Engineered for Success alumni newsletter, the department profiles members of its active, engaged and high-achieving student body. In December we introduced three incredible undergraduates. This semester, meet Margarita Acedo, a doctoral student who works with professor Kimberly Ogden. Acedo found her inspiration for learning watching her mother raise three children – including a newborn – while finishing her high school degree. Now Margarita is juggling an impressive set of responsibilities herself: pursuing a PhD, conducting research on both alternative energy and inclusive learning at the graduate level, and acting as co-project manager for the UA chapter of Engineers Without Borders. "I started to work with biofuels when I was studying my undergraduate in Mexico," she said. "When I came here I really wanted to keep working in that field because you can apply your engineering knowledge in a sustainable project that contributes to our...
CHEE Lecturer Recognized for Excellence in Teaching Kasi Kiehlbaugh, a lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, won the University of Arizona's Undergraduate STEM Education Teaching Excellence Award for spring 2017. She was one of seven University of Arizona faculty members recognized for exceptional teaching, research and mentoring at the Awards of Distinction ceremony on March 22. Kiehlbaugh recently collaborated with University Distinguished Professor Paul Blowers to teach the Elements of Chemical Engineering II course in a collaborative learning space, coming up with course plans and teaching strategies based on each other's strengths.
Muscat Receives TLA Asset Development Funding CHEE department chair Anthony Muscat has received one of seven 2017 Asset Development awards from Tech Launch Arizona. He will use the funds to scale a novel process for metallic coating and circuit masking using nanoparticles.  His team previously received one of TLA's first I-Corps grants in 2016.
In Memoriam: James White CHEE is sad to report the passing of James William White, a mining-technology pioneer who taught in the UA chemical engineering department from 1971 to 1981. A visionary inventor and dedicated mentor, White co-founded Modular Mining Systems and helped revolutionize the way mines operate in real time with the traffic management algorithm he developed for their Dispatch computerized fleet control system.   Photo courtesy of Modular Mining Systems
Shane Snyder Named Agilent 'Thought Leader' Agilent Technologies, a major supporter of research at the University of Arizona College of Engineering, has honored professor Shane Snyder with the 2017 Agilent Thought Leader Award. The award includes a significant monetary and equipment contribution. With the new microarray equipment, Snyder and his students will be able to expand methods for identifying and removing contaminants and further develop technologies for converting wastewater to drinking water.  
UA Wins Grant to Boost Student Exchange in the Americas With support from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, students at the University of Arizona and universities in Mexico, Brazil and Chile are collaborating on water sustainability research. The grant will support 10 graduate students from the UA and partner universities who are pursuing dual master’s degrees in environmental sciences and engineering, in a coordinated curriculum focused on water sustainability and reuse. “Training future professionals to develop and implement water reuse technology requires a collaborative international approach,” said professor Jim Field, assistant dean of graduate education in the UA College of Engineering and coordinator of the study abroad program with the UA Office of Global Initiatives.
CHEE Students Aboard Flying Labs Probe Climate Mysteries For a chemical engineer whose research is funded mainly by the U.S. Navy, associate professor Armin Sorooshian spends a lot of time with his head in the clouds.   Aboard tricked-out planes, he and his graduate students study aerosols – tiny airborne particles that form clouds, alter weather patterns and affect air quality. He discussed his research on-air with KJZZ in January 2017.
Don Pettit: Space, Seen Through a Window Space walkers need hobbies, too. Astronaut Don Pettit, a 1983 alumnus of CHEE's doctoral program, took hundreds of thousands of images during his three missions aboard the International Space Station. Some of his best photographs – including haunting starscapes and familiar landmarks seen from above – have been collected in a new book, Spaceborne.  Photo courtesy of Don Pettit/NASA
Spotlight on CHEE Undergrads Meet three of our outstanding undergraduates in a new Q&A feature for the Engineered for Success alumni newsletter. Our inaugural interviewees are chemical engineers Ryan Dunham, Namrah Shahid and Cherell Ward-Rucker. What class are you, and where are you from? Ryan: I am a junior from Portland, Oregon, and my dad – who grew up in Tucson and graduated from the UA with a chemical engineering degree in 1982 – has established Wildcat pride in me since I was born.  Namrah: I am a senior with a double major in aerospace engineering and chemical engineering. I am passionate about space exploration and space systems. I first got interested in space exploration when I took a trip to Johnson Space Center in Texas. Currently, I am interested in working on a mission to Mars primarily through NASA’s SLS and Orion program. Cherell: I am a CHEE junior, originally from Phoenix, Arizona. I am involved with Engineering Ambassadors at the College of Engineering and many other organizations on...
Somerhalder Named Alumnus of the Year John Somerhalder, who received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona in 1977, was named the 2016 College of Engineering Alumnus of the Year at this year's Homecoming celebration. Somerhalder, a leader in the energy services industry, recently retired as chairman and CEO of AGL Resources, the nation's largest natural gas-only distributor. He serves on the board of the United Way in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is leading an effort to develop 22 miles of historic railroad.
CHEE Corrosion Research Leads to Metals-Extraction Invention Professor Dominic Gervasio's new startups have once again made the news, as the Arizona Daily Star traces their inception from the invention of Caltrode's reference electrode to the MetOxs metal extraction technique it inspired. The former product is ready for production and the latter process is undergoing further refinement at a Tucson laboratory. Photo by Ron Medvescek/Arizona Daily Star
Two CHEE Faculty Named IWA Fellows Chemical and environmental engineering professors Jim Field and Shane Snyder were both selected as 2016 fellows of the International Water Association for their work combating water challenges worldwide. They were among 39 water professionals chosen by their peers to serve five-year terms as IWA fellows. The association formally recognized all IWA fellows at a reception on Oct. 10 as part of the IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. “This honor to Jim and Shane is well deserved,” said Anthony Muscat, department chair. “Both are finding applicable solutions to one of most critical issues of our time and leading our environmental engineering program to national and international prominence.”
From Tucson to Outer Space: CHEE's Astronaut Alumnus The University of Arizona has seen six of its alumni reach for the stars – literally – as U.S. astronauts. Among them was Don Pettit, who received his doctorate in chemical engineering from the UA in 1983, where he studied heat, mass and momentum transport and developed instrumentation for measuring the distribution of particles in chemical systems. For aspiring astronauts, Pettit – who applied for the program four times over 13 years – has this advice: “Put out really good effort in your field, apply to the astronaut program and don’t take ‘no’ for an answer.”  Photo courtesy of NASA
Alumna Licenses Employee-Connection App Anita D. Bhappu, who received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the UA in 1991 and now serves as an associate professor of retailing and consumer sciences in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, has created a new method for engaging employees in the modern workplace. Her software-as-a-service platform Sharing Tribes connects co-workers through a private company marketplace to borrow and lend goods and volunteer services. From lawn mowers to ladders, the idea behind Sharing Tribes is to unite employees across generations and motivate them to build an inclusive coworker community. She and her colleagues have licensed the invention through Tech Launch Arizona.
UA Potable Water System Wins 2016 Best Project Award A pilot wastewater-treatment system designed and tested by the University of Arizona, the global engineering firm CH2M, and Tucson Water could aid in Arizona’s looming shortage of drinking water – caused by continued drought in the Colorado River Basin and increasing urban populations.   “The evaluation of alternative methods for water reuse is critical to our state and our region,” said project co-investigator Shane Snyder, UA professor of chemical and environmental engineering and member of the UA BIO5 Institute. “We have demonstrated a novel design that is more efficient and effective than conventional water reuse systems.” Snyder’s co-principal investigators included UA professor of chemical and environmental engineering Bob Arnold. Snyder, Arnold and their collaborators received the 2016 WateReuse Arizona Project of the Year Award for their work converting wastewater into high-quality drinking water.
Instructors Embrace New Collaborative Classrooms With nine collaborative learning spaces on campus, thousands of students and hundreds of faculty now have the ability to learn and teach through active learning with the help of new technology. University Distinguished Professor Paul Blowers was one of the first faculty members to make the intimidating transition from a lecture hall to an open space. "The night before was terrifying because if you're behind a podium you're safe," Blowers said. "But then you get a little more comfortable with it and now I teach all but one of my classes this semester in a collaborative learning space."
CHEE Grad Student Takes Helm of GPSC Jude Udeozor, a second-year graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in chemical engineering, has been named the new president of the UA Graduate and Professional Student Council. He was sworn in on Sept. 27. One of the biggest strengths Udeozor thinks he will bring to the table is his ability to build relationships. “There is something about building relationships where you can easily walk to [administrators'] offices and have those conversations and they be willing to help you.” He addressed his new constituency in a letter to The Daily Wildcat campus newspaper.   Photo courtesy of Heather Newberry/The Daily Wildcat
Lopez Among Latest Bridge to Doctorate Recipients David Lopez, a master's degree student in chemical engineering, is one of the UA College of Engineering's latest Bridge to the Doctorate fellowship winners. The program aims to increase diversity among domestic students planning to pursue doctorates in STEM fields. It provides tuition, professional development, research and academic study opportunities, and intensive support from faculty mentors.
Azadi Aghdam Wins NWRI Graduate Fellowship The National Water Research Institute has awarded environmental engineering student Mojtaba Azadi Aghdam a 2016-2017 NWRI Graduate Fellowship, to support his research on novel brine precipitation with the aim of higher water recovery. This is the latest of several prestigious scholarships for Azadi Aghdam, a third-year doctoral student who works with professor Shane Snyder. 
CHEE Students Broaden Their Horizons with Study Abroad Studying abroad offers one of the most eye-opening opportunities for undergraduate students. And chemical engineering junior Leah Kaplan took full advantage of the opportunity, spending time in Antigua, Guatemala.  Kaplan explained that not only did this program allow her to work more with her major, but she also became exposed to the rich and complicated history of Guatemala. “I volunteered on an organic farm and helped teach English at a local school.”   Photo courtesy of Alex McIntyre/The Daily Wildcat
UA's Navy ROTC Tours New USS Arizona Exhibit On Aug. 31, the UA Special Collections faculty and curators hosted a special tour through their new USS Arizona exhibit for UA's Navy ROTC. Among the attendees was Cody Maddox, an active Navy sailor on the STA-21 program studying chemical engineering.  “It is really important to know your traditions; know the heritage,” Maddox said. “The battle ship was named after this state; you should have a little bit of pride of what those sailors went through.”   Photo courtesy of Jesus Barrera/The Daily Wildcat
Grad Students Lead Summer Campers in Exploring Environmental Engineering On June 28 and 29, CHEE graduate students Margarita Acedo and Sarah Moore led 30 local high school students in applying engineering to real-world environmental problems as part of the UA's Summer Engineering Academy's brand-new Engineering and the Environment Program. The campers learned the fundamentals of environmental engineering – global and regional concerns related to surface and groundwater contamination issues, remediation methods, sources of contamination, and their health effects. Acedo and Moore, both second-year chemical engineering doctoral students, learned how to collaborate on preparing a curriculum and earned valuable teaching experience in the environmental engineering discipline.
Graduate Student Awarded Brown and Caldwell Scholarship Warren Kadoya, a student in the environmental engineering master's degree program, has received the 2016 Dr. W. Wesley Eckenfelder Jr. Scholarship from Brown and Caldwell. Kadoya works with professors Jim Field and Reyes Sierra on the use of bacteria in the removal of explosives, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals in soil and groundwater.
UA Posts Strong Year for Inventions, Patents and Startups Tech Launch Arizona has reported improvement across almost all measures in the last year, including double-digit increases in invention disclosures and licensing. Among the 14 startup companies that TLA helped form in fiscal year 2016 were Caltrode and MetOxs Electrochemical, both headed by professor Dominic Gervasio. Gervasio credits TLA with helping him through the complicated startup process. “I knew nothing about all this business stuff — I’m a technical guy — and they gave us a lot of good guidance,” he said.
Cool Reading for a Hot Summer What's the best way to keep your brain buzzing during a toasty Tucson summer? For University Distinguished Professor Paul Blowers, it's cracking open a book or three. On his to-read list this year were a couple of fantasy novels, as well as the pedagogical text "Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning," which he plans to put into practice in the fall semester. 
California Wildfire Creates Rare Opportunity for Atmospheric Research When associate professor Armin Sorooshian arrived on the central coast of California to collect air samples for his atmospheric research, he had no idea that the Soberanes Fire would soon ignite and spread. The conditions have provided an unexpected opportunity to study smoke plumes in cloud water. Photo courtesy of Vern Fisher/Monterey Herald
New Collaborative Classrooms Encourage Engagement Four new Collaborative Learning Spaces will be available on UA's campus in the fall -- thanks in part to the efforts of University Distinguished Professor Paul Blowers, who has been instrumental in promoting their construction. The classrooms are designed to faciliate active learning and promote interaction between students and instructors.  The spaces include movable tables and chairs, multiple projectors and screens, and tabletop whiteboards. Many instructors use clickers or other student-response systems that allow them to quickly assess how well students understand the concepts and adjust their classes accordingly. Photo courtesy of UANews
White Retires from Modular Mining Systems Mining-tech pioneer James White, associate professor in the chemical engineering department of the UA College of Mines from 1971 to 1981, has retired from Modular Mining Systems, the Tucson-based company that he co-founded in 1979. The mine-traffic management algorithm he developed for their Dispatch computerized fleet control system "changed the way mines operate in real time." White received a 2003 Medal of Merit from the Mining Foundation of the Southwest and served as the organization's president from 2011 to 2013. He was inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame in 2015.  Photo courtesy of Modular Mining Systems 
Rising Senior Seeks Destructive Beetles Chemical engineering senior Fernando Lopez is spending his summer checking bug traps hanging from pine trees in Green Valley, as part of a research project headed by Peter Warren of the Pima County Cooperative Extension. He's looking for specimens of several specific bark beetle species. The insects are appearing at much lower altitudes than usual and badly damaging and killing trees. “We're trying to find a solution to get rid of them. It's a pest problem, really. We're observing the life cycle,” he said.
2016 Grad to Speak at Beckman Symposium Ben Wu, who received bachelor's degrees in chemical engineering and mathematics in May, was one of three students selected to present their research at the 2016 Beckman Symposium in August. Wu worked with Oliver Monti, an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, to explore how charge transport in molecules can be tailored and made efficient. "I wanted to tackle issue of renewable energy. Chemical engineering, with its emphasis on energy transfer and reactor design, seemed like the best choice to help me reach this goal," he said. Image courtesy of the UA Undergraduate Biology Research Program
CHEE Researchers Part of UA's First NSF I-Corps Cohort Anthony Muscat, professor and department chair, and Lance Hubbard, recent graduate of the chemical engineering doctoral program, compose one of seven teams in the University of Arizona's first group of National Science Foundation Innovation Corps site participants. Their product, ChemELD, is an innovative engineering process to apply metal coatings to other metals, paper, glass and plastics in a manufacturing environment.  The UA NSF I-Corps site program, run by Tech Launch Arizona, offers a three-week course on commercialization and provides teams up to $2,250 to explore their customer base. Participants in the site program become eligible for the national program, which offers up to $50,000 for customer discovery. Applications for the next cohort are due on June 24.
CHEE Announces Spring 2016 Outstanding Students The UA College of Engineering honored remarkable seniors, graduate students and teaching assistants for the spring 2016 semester at a luncheon on May 2. Among them were the following superlative chemical and environmental engineering students: Chemical engineering senior Jeannie WilkeningNominated by Anthony Muscat, professor and department chair Chemical engineering graduate student Pablo Leonardo Mancheno PossoNominated by Anthony Muscat, professor and department chair Environmental engineering graduate student Gwendolyn J. WoodsNominated by Robert Arnold, professor Chemical and environmental engineering graduate teaching assistant Long ChengNominated by Eduardo Sáez, professor, and Greg Ogden, lab manager Congratulations to our outstanding students!
Environmental Engineering Graduate Students Place in State Competitions Students in UA's environmental engineering graduate programs are making names for themselves among the Arizona elite. In March, doctoral student Kevin Daniels was awarded one of six EPAZ Environmental Scholarships by the Environmental Professionals of Arizona.  In April, doctoral student Chao Zeng was awarded a scholarship by the Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society. And in mid-May, several UA students took home honors from the 89th AZ Water Annual Conference in Glendale. Doctoral student Chi H. Nguyen received second place in the poster contest, and two master's students were awarded prestigious AZ Water Scholarships. Mojtaba Azadi Aghdam received first prize (his second AZ Water Scholarship in as many years) and Warren Kadoya received fourth prize.
Wildcat at Work: Alumna's Life as International Engineer A passion for math and science brought UA alumna Amanda Rubio to chemical engineering, and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering took her to Brunei, Thailand and Myanmar. The 2010 grad advises students seeking a similar path to "get involved." Participating in clubs opened up opportunities she never expected – including her current job, which she snagged after an MVP performance at a Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers competition. Learn more about her typical day as a stimulation field engineer for Schlumberger on the UA Alumni Association blog.
"Water Is Our Life": Beamer Describes Impact of Mining Accident on Navajo Lands Paloma Beamer, an associate professor of public health who holds a joint appointment with the department of chemical and environmental engineering, co-wrote an article that details the devastation wrought on the Navajo Nation lands by the Gold King Mine spill in 2015. The accident released three million gallons of acid mine drainage near Silverton, Colorado, and contaminated the Animas and San Juan rivers with lead, arsenic and iron. Beamer and her teams have been awarded grants by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the University of Arizona Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice to investigate the effects of the spill.
Undergrad Takes to Texas with Hyperloop Team The UA Hyperloop team, which includes chemical engineering junior Corey Colbert, wants to make the dream of a superfast pneumatic tube train into reality. This semester, they traveled to College Station, Texas, to compete in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Design Weekend. They joined more than 100 other university groups in envisioning the people-moving pods for the tube system. The team is now working on a test track and model system here in Tucson, thanks to funding from the UA Engineering Student Council.
Department Chair Hones Leadership Skills in ALI Anthony Muscat, professor and chair of the department of chemical and environmental engineering, recently completed the University of Arizona's prestigious Academic Leadership Institute. He said the experience made him more confident in directing the department to specific goals and greatly increased his campus network. "When I need help solving a problem outside of my department, there is a chance that I know the person who can help me." 
Alumnus Named to Polyus Gold Board William Champion, who received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from UA in 1983, has joined the board of directors of the largest gold producer in Russia, Polyus Gold International Ltd.  Champion also serves on the board of Compañía de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A., the largest publicly traded precious metals company in Peru. He has more than 30 years of mining experience, including 12 years at Rio Tinto, where he held a number of senior positions.
Chemical Engineering Seniors Win at Design Day Hard workers, big winners! Two teams of chemical engineering seniors received awards at Engineering Design Day 2016. At left, Team 15079 – composed of Phillip Befus, Matthew Fry, Juan Sandoval and Matthew Bahr – won the Arizona Technology Council Foundation Award for Innovation in Manufacturing for the project Process Improvement to Minimize Fractures in Water-Soluble Mandrels, sponsored by Advanced Ceramics Manufacturing. At right, Team 15086 – composed of William Blair, Michael Bauman and Joseph Gaul – won the second-prize Bly Family Award for Innovation in Energy Production, Supply or Use for the project Ethanol Plant Repurposing, sponsored by the department.
One on One with Mentor Greg Ogden Between his work for the department and his consulting firm, research associate professor Greg Ogden stays busy. Yet he still finds time to mentor the College's seniors as they complete their capstone design projects. Read more about what keeps him mentoring from year to year on the Engineering Design Program blog.
Gervasio Wins I-Squared Award from TLA Professor Dominic Gervasio received the 2016 Tech Launch Arizona I-Squared Award for Innovation and Impact in engineering in a ceremony on April 25. Gervasio, who joined CHEE in 2009, researches new materials and their stability for concentrated solar power; electrolytes for power supplies such as fuel cells, batteries and capacitors; and nonplatinum catalysts for conventional and bio fuel cells. He has worked with TLA on two startup companies, MetOxs and Caltrode. Photo of Vice President of Tech Launch Arizona David Allen, professor Don Gervasio and UA President Ann Weaver Hart courtesy of Tech Launch Arizona
CHEE Junior Is Triathlon National Champ On April 23, chemical engineering major Erica Clevenger took first place in the 2016 USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships, with a time of two hours, fifteen minutes and 50 seconds. This was her second trip to the championship, in which she placed seventh last year. She started competing in triathlon as a member of the Arizona TriCats her freshman year. An avid cycler, Clevenger also won the women's 104-mile race at last year's El Tour de Tucson. Photo by Jimmy Song Photography
MS Students Receive Shirley Fellowships Warren Kadoya and Kechen Zhu, both master's degree students in environmental engineering conducting research in wastewater treatment, were named the 2016 recipients of the George and Dixie Shirley Graduate Fellowships. “Meeting George and Dixie at the scholarship reception was an inspiration,” Kadoya said. “They were so kind, and George invited Kechen and me to visit his former water and wastewater engineering firm.”
Beamer Wins Inaugural Haury Challenge Grant A team of researchers co-led by Paloma Beamer, associate professor of environmental health sciences and chemical and environmental engineering, has won the first $600,000 challenge grant awarded by the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona. The team, which recently received a $434,000 grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, is investigating the effects of last year's Gold King Mine toxic spill on Navajo communities in New Mexico and Utah.
Sorooshian Named UA Distinguished Scholar Associate professor Armin Sorooshian was one of two College of Engineering researchers recognized as 2016 Distinguished Scholars at the UA Pillars of Excellence ceremony on April 14. The award, established in 2012, goes to mid-career faculty who are leading experts in their fields and making innovative contributions to teaching and outreach. Also recognized at the ceremony, with an Outstanding Student Award from the UA Honors College, was CHEE senior Jeannie Wilkening.
Senior Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Chemical engineering major Jeannie Wilkening is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Program Fellowship, which will fund her doctoral studies, including tuition and stipend, for three years. This is far from the first honor for Wilkening, who received a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship in 2015 and a Churchill Scholarship earlier this year. The latter award supports a one-year master's degree program at the University of Cambridge in England. After Cambridge, she plans to pursue a PhD in environmental engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, where she will study biogeochemistry – specifically, better representing and predicting carbon uptake by forests in climate models.  Wilkening, a second-generation UA engineer, credits CHEE for honing her research skills and teaching her to communicate her work in a clear, understandable, impactful way.
Chemical Engineering Senior Receives Provost Award Christopher Jabczynski has been named the 2016 recipient of the UA Provost Award, which is given each spring to an outstanding graduating student who transferred to the University of Arizona from an Arizona community college. Jabczynski started his coursework at Pima Community College. Since joining the CHEE community, he has served as an Engineering Ambassador, an officer in the UA chapter of AIChE and president of the UA chapter of Omega Chi Epsilon. A 2015 NASA Space Grant intern, he has performed research with department chair Anthony Muscat and University Distinguished Professor Paul Blowers. He will receive a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in May. After Commencement, Jabczynski plans to work in the consumer goods industry while pursuing a graduate degree.
Semiconductor Researchers Honor Late Colleague’s Legacy On April 5, the UA-based Engineering Research Center for Environmentally Benign Semiconductor Manufacturing presented the 15th annual Simon Karecki Award to Xiangyu Bi, a doctoral student at Arizona State University. Each year the ERC presents the award to a promising young researcher in environmentally sustainable manufacturing from its more than 12 participating universities. The center, which is celebrating its 20th year, is directed by Regents' Professor Farhang Shadman.
Sedgwick Shows Off Startup at STEAMworks Chemical engineering senior Sarina Sedgwick represented her educational startup, Edible Optics, to hundreds of high school students at UA's STEAMworks event on Thursday, April 14.  The company creates kits that use sugar to make clear lenses, which can be used to safely (and deliciously!) demonstrate different optical properties.  
Get to Know Student-Athlete Jason Jaruvang Playing a Pac-12 sport isn't easy – balancing competitions, practice, strength and conditioning, and community outreach – but pursuing an engineering degree as well? That takes serious commitment. Senior Jason Jaruvang makes it work. Read about his experience as a chemical engineering major and Wildcat tennis player. Photo by Stan Liu/Arizona Athletics
CHEE Junior Helps Make UA a Greener Place Chemical engineering junior Michael Rabbani co-directs Students for Sustainability, an ASUA organization that helps guide and promote "green" initiatives among the UA student body. Some of the group's recent successes include the Compost Cats earning recognition from the EPA, the "Plating the Desert" art exhibition launching in the Student Union and last month's Wildcat Waste Challenge outside the Main Library Read more about Michael and SfS in the Daily Wildcat.
Design Day Is on the Way! UA Engineering Design Day 2016 is fast approaching. On Tuesday, May 3, seniors from every single department in the College of Engineering – including CHEE – will gather on the UA Mall and in the Student Union to present their capstone design projects. Join us from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to check out more than 100 student projects. New this year: Download the free UA Engineering Design Day app for iPhone or for Android.
Beamer to Study Effects of Mine Spill on Navajo Land A team of UA researchers that includes joint professor Paloma Beamer has received a $434,000 grant by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to investigate the effects of the Gold King Mine spill on Navajo lands.  “Results from this study have the potential to inform risk communication and intervention strategies in the unfortunate event of future mine spills, particularly in Native American communities," said Beamer.
Journal Names CHEE Article a Top Paper of 2015 Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, which showcases research and technology that promote sustainable water resources, has selected its top three papers from 2015 – and an article by CHEE researchers made the list. "Modeling Approaches to Predict Removal of Trace Organic Oompounds by Ozone Oxidation in Potable Reuse Applications," authored by doctoral student Minkyu Park, alumnus Tarun Anumol and professor Shane Snyder, was first published online on July 16 and appeared in the September 2015 issue of the journal.
Snyder Warns of Oxidizing Filter Dangers The lead-contaminated drinking water in Flint, Michigan, has made national headlines – but lead's not the only danger lurking in America's public taps. An op-ed on Truthout by the Organic Consumers Association notes the prevalence of contaminants such as prescription medication, pesticides and plastic compounds in municipal water. And, as professor Shane Snyder points out, oxidizing chemicals in home filtration systems may actually increase the water's toxicity.
Algae: The ‘Greenest’ Solution to Climate Change? Professor Kimberly Ogden delivered the penultimate lecture in the 2016 UA Science Lecture Series on Feb. 29 with "Carbon Sequestration: Can We Afford It?” She summarized the benefits and costs of renewable energy sources – and talked about the potential of microalgae for reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide and producing cleaner fuels. Arizona Public Media has provided video of the lecture and audio from two related podcasts. Ogden also discussed her research in a video interview last month.
Startup Tackles Galvanic Corrosion in High-Temp Environments Caltrode, a startup company formed by CHEE researchers Dominic Gervasio and Hassan Elsentriecy, is taking a new type of sensor to market. Their reference electrode sits inside metal pipes carrying molten salts and measures the voltage differential between the materials. Operators can use the results to minimize galvanic corrosion on the pipes. They expect the tech will see use in solar power systems, nuclear reactors, petroleum refining applications and more.
Chemical Engineering Grads Nab Dream Jobs What do recent graduates Sarah Perry and Geoffrey Steward have in common, besides degrees in chemical engineering? Both have landed their dream jobs. Perry, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, credits support from faculty member Paul Blowers, and Steward says that the education and research experience he received at UA have played a "crucial role" in his success.
Ogden Named Co-Chair of ISWS Kimberly Ogden, professor of chemical environmental engineering, was selected as co-chair for the International Society for Water Solutions within the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. ISWS tackles critical water-related issues, including optimizing water use and minimizing pollution, and collaborates with global stakeholders to raise awareness and share knowledge.
Cleaner Copper and Energy Capture Professor Dominic Gervasio and principal research specialist Hassan Elsentriecy are making mining more environmentally sound with a toxin-free method of extracting copper metal from raw ore using high-temperature molten salts. In collaboration with professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering Peiwen "Perry" Li, they have also found a way to recover and store some of the energy created in the smelting process. The team is working with Tech Launch Arizona to bring the technologies to market through the startup MetOxs Electrochemical. Photo from Wikimedia Commons
Faculty Fellows Make Real Connections with Undergrads University Distinguished Professor Paul Blowers is one of UA's inaugural Engagement Faculty Fellows. Housed in the Office of Sustainability, he works directly with student groups like Compost Cats to execute major projects, organize community events and engage the campus in the practices of sustainable living. 
Fighting Asthma with Farm Dust A team of University of Arizona researchers is working to identify what substances in farm dust may offer protection against asthma to a population of children in Indiana. Professor Shane Snyder, whose group analyzes the dust samples, says “The students are excited. They’re working on a remedy for asthma." Photo by Alex McIntyre/Arizona Daily Star
UA-Based Study Finds No Threat from Brief Exposure to Industrial Nanoparticles A multi-university research team led by professor Reyes Sierra has found that nano-engineered materials widely used in semiconductor manufacturing pose low environmental risk. Their article, "Physical, chemical and in vitro toxicological characterization of nanoparticles in chemical mechanical planarization suspensions used in the semiconductor industry: towards environmental health and safety assessments," was one of the most downloaded papers for the journal Environmental Science Nano in 2015.
Beamer Warns of Worries Other Than Lead Associate professor of public health Paloma Beamer, who holds joint appointments with the UA Department of Chemical and Environmental engineering and the BIO5 Institute, recently penned an article for The Hill's Congress Blog. In it, she talks about the Toxic Substance Control Act, its shortcomings and ways consumers can make safer choices.
Alt Fuels and Climate Change: Interview with Kimberly Ogden Professor Kimberly Ogden describes her research into algae as an alternative fuel source in a video interview with Tucson Weekly.  Learn more about how algae can capture environmentally damaging carbon dioxide in her presentation "Carbon Sequestration: Can We Afford It?" on Monday, Feb. 29, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall.
Wilkening Awarded Churchill Scholarship Senior Jeannie Wilkening was one of two College of Engineer students – and only 15 students nationwide – selected as a 2016-2017 Churchill Scholar. The scholarship will cover tuition, fees and travel costs to Cambridge University's Churchill College, as well as living expenses. Jeannie belongs to the Tau Beta Pi and Omega Chi Epsilon engineering honor societies, serves as an Ambassador for both the Honors College and the College of Engineering and is president of the UA chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. This is the latest in a string of top honors for her, which have included a NASA Space Grant and a Goldwater Scholarship.  Read more in UANews.
UA to Host AICHE Regional Student Conference The University of Arizona will host the 2016 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Rocky Mountain Student Regional Conference on April 1-3. Chemical engineering students from 13 schools will come to Tucson to present research, compete in the Chem-E-Car Competition and show off their knowledge in chemical engineering-themed Jeopardy. Please contact with any questions.
Wilkening Named Goldwater Scholar Chemical engineering major Jeannie Wilkening has received a highly competive 2015-2016 Goldwater Scholarship. Wilkening is studying the ways in which humans affect biogeochemical cycles – in other words, how water and various other compounds and chemical elements move through the atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere. She collaborates with professors Jim Field and Reyes Sierra-Alvarez on a project using microbes to recover tellurium, a mildly toxic but valuable chemical element found in industrial waste streams. Read more in Arizona Engineer.
Grad Students Champion Water Sustainability Having enough safe drinking water is a global challenge. In the UA Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, graduate students from around the world are gaining expertise in water reuse technologies to help improve conditions in their homelands. Among them are Mojtaba Azadi Aghdam and Guangbin Li. They, along with several other ChEE students, were big winners at the 2015 AZ Water Association conference. Read more in Arizona Engineer.
Active Learning Spaces to Multiply in Fall The Science-Engineering Library Collaborative Learning Space, site of a STEM learning pilot project on the University of Arizona campus late last fall, is about to sprout wings and take off. Work began in May on the classroom space, which has a capacity of 260 and is undergoing a "total transformation" for the fall of 2015. Read more in UANews.
Returning Peace Corps Workers Do a World of Engineering Good Grad students Daniel Serwon, Gwendolyn Woods and Joshua Campbell returned from challenging and rewarding assignments in the U.S. Peace Corps to pursue graduate degrees at environmental engineering. “Only certain types of people will consider allocating two years of their young lives to a Peace Corps assignment. It requires a vision much bigger than oneself, tolerance, acceptance of uncertainty and willingness to give up short-term gain for long-term achievement. ... Their commitment to service and their life experiences enrich the UA environmental engineering program,” said professor Wendell Ela. Read more in Arizona Engineer.
EPA Taps Snyder’s Expertise in Water Sustainability Professor Shane Snyder is serving a three-year term on the Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Subcommittee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Board of Scientific Counselors.  “Dr. Snyder’s expertise in the measurements and quantification of human health and ecosystem vulnerability to chemicals and pathogens, as well as his research interests in identification, fate and health relevance of emerging water pollutants, will assist the EPA Office of Water in addressing their programmatic challenges,” said environmental scientist Cindy Roberts, the subcommittee’s designated federal official.  Read more in Arizona Engineer.
Department Receives Funding for Green Goals CHEE was given $39,500 from the UA Green Fund to help make a more sustainable campus. Because funding comes from tuition, projects must have a significant impact on student life. Read more in the Daily Wildcat.
When It Comes to Learning, Space Matters UA is enhancing classroom technology, restructuring the physical space of classroom and moving away from tradition to improve instruction and learning. Backed by an expansive body of research supporting the benefits of involving students in their own learning process, University of Arizona Collaborative Learning Spaces Project members are rethinking traditional teaching methods and ways to engage students, beginning with the physical spaces where learning occurs. Read more in UANews.
Anthony Muscat Appointed Department Head Professor Anthony Muscat is the new head of the department of chemical and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Arizona. He began his new role Oct. 1, 2015, succeeding James A. Field, now the College’s assistant dean of graduate studies.  “Anthony’s expertise in applied research for industry and his commitment to student mentoring will further boost ChEE’s reputation as a department that turns out well-trained engineers fully prepared to enter the workforce,” said Jeff Goldberg, dean of the College of Engineering. Read more in Arizona Engineer.
UA Launches New Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Engineering Environmental engineers are in high demand: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 15 percent increase in employment of environmental engineers between 2012 and 2022. The University of Arizona is responding with a new bachelor's degree to train them. The environmental engineering major, launched in fall 2015, is open to eligible freshmen and sophomores. Read more in Arizona Engineer.
Pinning Down Aerosols to Shed Light on Visibility, Clouds, Climate Change Navy and NASA aircraft field studies get UA scientists closer to missing pieces of the atmospheric puzzle. Armin Sorooshian, associate professor of chemical and environmental engineering, and his research team are on a mission to find missing pieces of an atmospheric puzzle that will help scientists better understand aerosol-cloud interactions and predict climate change. Read more in Arizona Engineer.
Alumnae Earn NSF Graduate Fellowships Three 2012 graduates of the chemical engineering program were awarded coveted National Science Foundation graduate fellowships. Congratulations to Kiley Yeakel, Heather Waters and Jessica Hung!
Graduate Student Awarded NASA Fellowship Chemical engineering graduate student Taylor Shingler received a prestigious 2014 NASA Earth and Space Sciences Fellowship for his earth sciences research, one of only 54 awarded nationally. Taylor works closely with professor Armin Sorooshian on how atmospheric particles impact climate, air quality and public health.
CHEE Students Receive Accolades at UA SWESx Conference Congratulations to the following students, all winners at the SWESX Conference at UA Earthweek 2014. Christopher Olivares, doctoral student in environmental engineering Jorge Gonzalez Estrella, doctoral student in environmental engineering Yadi Wang, bachelor's degree student in chemical engineering Brian Gerwe, bachelor's degree student in chemical engineering
Graduate Student Wins Presentation Prize CHEE graduate student Tarun Anumol was awarded the best student presentation prize at the National Environmental Monitoring Conference 2013 in San Antonio for a talk titled "Fully Automated Online SPE Coupled to LC MS/MS for Rapid, Sensitive and Simultaneous Analysis of Multiple PPCPs in Water."
Three CHEE Faculty Named Engineering Fellows Dean Jeff Goldberg has announced that three CHEE faculty members with exemplary teaching and research records have been named Arizona Engineering Fellows. Kim Ogden and Farhang Shadman were recognized as faculty fellows, and Eduardo Saez was named an education fellow. 
Environmental Engineering Student Receives Karecki Award Lila Otero-Gonzalez, a doctoral candidate in environmental engineering, has received the 2014 Simon Karecki Award for her outstanding environmental research contributions and academic accomplishments. “Lila has demonstrated great leadership ability in research and a remarkable ability to communicate and collaborate with scientists from other disciplines, a gift that I attribute to her intense scientific curiosity, intelligence and open-minded personality,” said professor Sierra Reyes, her adviser. Read more in Arizona Engineer.
UBRP News Spotlights Shameema Sikder, Class of 2002 Dr. Shameema Sikder is an assistant professor of ophthalmology and cataract surgery education champion at the Wilmer Eye Institute. She specializes in corneal disorders, including Fuchs dystrophy and keratoconus, refractive surgery, cataract, and external eye diseases. Dr. Sikder received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and biochemistry from the University of Arizona, where she was a Undergraduate Biology Research Program student from 1999-2002. In 2000 she was awarded a Beckman Foundation Scholarship for her research in organic chemistry synthesis in the laboratory of Dominic McGrath. She also received her MD degree at the University of Arizona, receiving a distinction in research. Read more on the UBRP website.
Airborne Atmospheric Research Project During May and June 2012, Armin Sorooshian and doctoral student Taylor Shingler deployed an instrument on the NASA DC-8 during the Deep Convective Clouds and Chemistry Experiment. They participated in over 20 flights across the continental United States measuring how aerosol particles interact with water vapor in the atmosphere. Their project is sponsored by NASA with the goal of improving understanding of how aerosol particles influence cloud formation and the transmission of solar radiation. Read more in Arizona Engineer.
Nine Outstanding UA Engineering Faculty Recognized By Steve Delgado - August 30, 2011, 3:23 pm Nine University of Arizona faculty members with outstanding records in engineering research were selected for UA College of Engineering fellowships this week.Recognized faculty members were nominated by their department heads for overall performance in key engineering research areas. UA engineering faculty fellows were then selected by the dean and approved by the college faculty advisory committee.The UA College of Engineering faculty fellows in research for 2011 are:Erdogan Madenci, aerospace engineering professor (3-year award)Young-Jun Son, systems and industrial engineering professor (3-year award)Marwan Krunz, electrical and computer engineering professor (3-year award)Reyes Sierra, chemical and environmental engineering professor (2-year award)Pak Wong, aerospace and mechanical engineering associate professor (2-year award)Sean Dessureault, mining and geological engineering associate professor (2-year award)Mark Hickman, civil...

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