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AIChE North Central Regional Conference

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American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Regional Conference and Contests were held at Michigan Technological University April 8 and 9th 2011.

For the Chem-E Car, team members design and construct a chemically powered vehicle within certain size constraints. This vehicle must be designed to also carry a specified cargo. The teams will be told at the time of the competition the distance that the car must travel and the specified cargo that the vehicle will carry. Entries deemed unsafe by the judges will be disqualified. The winner will be determined by a combined score, for traveling the correct distance, and for creativity. Teams compete at the regional conferences, the top 5 chem-e car teams from the region move on to compete at the national conference.

AIChE Jeopardy Contest, with the difference that the section only has topics in chemical engineering such as history, fluid flow, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and reactor design. There was also a Paper Competition and a Team Poster Session

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AIChE North Central Regional Conference

2010-2011 Awards Convocation April 6, 2011

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gregg A. Zank, Chief Technology Officer, Senior Vice President, Executive Director of Science & Technology, Dow Corning Corporation

Gregg Zank joined Dow Corning in 1985. With more than 25 years of industrial experi-ence and a strong track record of scientific excellence, Gregg is a recognized leader in the scientific community and a pioneer in technological development. He holds 30 patents for innovations including advanced monolithic and composite ceramics, re-chargeable batteries and high-temperature thermosetting plastics. In his current position, Gregg leads Dow Corning’s innovation efforts, which include a unified approach to advancing and managing innovation for maximum future growth based on global megatrends. He also oversees the company’s resources and mecha-nisms for the development of new ideas and solutions, including a Business & Technol-ogy Incubator. In 2009, Gregg received the Earle B. Barnes Award, given by the American Chemical Society, for his accomplishments in scientific leadership, invention, staff development, and business impact. He was named to Senior Vice President in 2009.

2009-2010 Awards Convocation April 7, 2010

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Maureen L. Johnson, E&P VP Operations Technology, OMS, CI & Activity Planning, BP America Inc.

As a Vice President Operations Technology Maureen (Mo) Johnson is accountable for supporting safe, reliable and efficient operations in Exploration & Production (E&P). Her particular areas of focus are BP’s Operating Management System (OMS), Continuous Improvement (CI) and Activity Planning. Working with the line and functional subject matter experts, her team plans and supports deployment of improvement strategies in these focus areas.

MSGC Awards Announced

Faculty and students have received awards totaling $72,500 through the Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Michigan Tech submitted 30 proposals, 16 of which received funding.

Undergraduates receiving $2,500 research fellowships are:
Brandi Lundquist (ChE): “Formaldehyde-Free Living Environment by Biodegradable Chitosan”

Graduate student Alicia Sawdon and undergraduate Brandi Lundquist were awarded Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) ( research fellowship of $5,000 and $2,500, respectively.

New Interdisciplinary Minor in Hydrogen Technology

Beginning in the fall semester of the 2009-2010 academic year, Michigan Technological University will offer an Interdisciplinary Minor in Hydrogen Technology.

The minor is based upon elements of a Department of Energy award to Michigan Technological University titled “Hydrogen Education Curriculum Path at Michigan Technological University,” with principal investigator Jason Keith, an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering. A student can complete the minor requirements by participation in hydrogen design projects through the Alternative Fuels Group Enterprise, taking a fuel cell course, taking a hydrogen course, and additional elective courses (which are often part of a student’s undergraduate degree).

Chemical Engineering Awards Convocation 2009

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The Department of Chemical Engineering held its 2008-2009 Awards Convocation April 8 in the lobby of the Memorial Union Ballroom. The Convocation is held each year to honor the graduating seniors, as well as to recognize the support of our industrial partners, alumni and friends who contribute to the success of the department.

The Convocation M.C.s were Dr. Tony Rogers and Dr. Faith Morrison, and the featured speaker was Ms. Susan Lewis Global Manufacturing Director, Dow AgroSciences Division. Other highlights of the 2009 event included undergraduate student awards.

Minors for Chemical Engineers…AND OTHERS!

Written by Dr. Faith Morrison, Associate Professor Chemical Engineering

Getting a minor in an academic subject is very common at universities and at Tech, but up until recently, there were no minors associated with MTU’s Department of Chemical Engineering. This is no longer the case since Tech ChemE inaugurated three minors in Fall 2004 in Polymer Science and Engineering, Minerals Processing, and Bioprocess Engineering. There are currently 17 stu-dents registered for the PSE minor, 25 for the Minerals minor, and 10 are signed up for the Bioprocess minor.