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Howard Haselhuhn: Outstanding Graduate Student Leader

The Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC) was held on Feb 21-22, 2013. GRC was organized by the Graduate Student Government (GSG). Graduate students from all departments at Michigan Tech presented their research and ideas to other students and faculty in the form of oral or poster presentations. A group of judges that consists of faculty (and/or some invited members of industry) evaluated student’s presentations to award prizes to the best 1st, 2nd and 3rd presentations from each session (oral and poster). There are also three honorable mention awards given in both oral and poster presentation sessions.

In addition, at the Awards Banquet that was held on Friday evening February 23, the Graduate School presented several annual awards, including the Outstanding Graduate Student Leader award that went to Howard Haselhuhn of Chemical Engineering.


Outstanding Graduate Student Leader: Howard Haselhuhn, Shown here Kevin Cassell (GSG), Michigan Tech vice president Les Cook, Howard Haselhuhn, and Komar Kawatra, Department Chair, Chemical Engineering

Find out more about the Graduate Research Colloquium

Chemical Engineering Graduate Research Forum

The 1st Annual Graduate Research Forum for the Department of Chemical Engineering was held on January 24, 2013.
Judges for the Oral Presentations were:

  • Richard Donovan – Senior Research Engineer (Chemical Engineering)
  • Jay Meldrum – Director (Keweenaw Research Center)
  • Caryn Heldt – Assistant Professor (Chemical Engineering)
  • Debra Charlesworth – Assistant to the Dean (Graduate School)
    Awards will be announced on Friday, February 1, 2013, 12-1 in room 215 Chem Sci.
    Check the webpage for photos and award announcements.

  • Chem-E Car Going to AIChE Annual Challenge

    A team of six chemical engineering students will represent Michigan Tech in the 2012 National Chem-E Car Competition in Pittsburgh, Penn., on Oct. 28. They are one of 32 student teams competing in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) annual challenge.

    Chem-E cars are small vehicles, about the size of a shoebox, powered by chemical reactions.

    Co-leaders of Tech’s 2012 team are David Hutchison and Christian Dale, both second-year chemical engineering students. Other team members are Justin Levande and Benjamin Veenstra, both second-year chemical engineering students; Ross Koepke, a third-year chemical engineering student; and Ben Markel, a senior in chemical engineering. Interim faculty advisor is Tony Rogers (CEE).

    The team took first place in the North Central Region Chem-E car regional competition last April to earn their place in the lineup at next weekend’s national event. The Tech team’s car also won an award for creativity in the regional competition at the University of Akron.

    AIChE meeting in Pittsburgh

    You are cordially invited to stop by the Michigan Tech Hospitality Suite at the AIChE meeting in Pittsburgh. We will be located in the David Lawrence Convention Center, Room 318, from 7 to 10 pm on Monday, October 29th. It would be great to visit with you personally and show you how Michigan Tech is helping create the future in chemical engineering. This year, we will feature the 23 books written by our faculty, and there will be a short presentation by Daniel Crowl, “Blowing up a House Safely.”
    MORE —see the flyer

    Sustainable Forest-Biofuel Pathways Research

    Professor David Shonnard (ChE/SFI) and CoPIs Associate Professor Andrew Burton and Assistant Professor Audrey Mayer (both SFRES) and Professor Ezra Bar-Ziv and Professor Jeffrey Naber (both ME-EM) have received $1.8 million from the National Science Foundation for a four-year project: “SEP: Sustainable Forest-Biofuel Pathways to Hydrocarbon Transportation Fuels; Biomass Production, Torrefaction, Pyrolysis, Catalytic Upgrading, and Combustion.”