Letter from the Chair
Welcome to our March newsletter!
Over the last month, we mixed a lot of fun with learning as we hosted our 2nd Annual Chemical Engineering Day. We ate liquid nitrogen ice cream, jumped rope, played trivia, listened to professor Lucas Landherr perform stand-up comedy, and hosted a Nobel Prize laureate (Jean-Marie Lehn, who was professor Hicham Fenniri's PhD thesis advisor). Dr. Lehn initiated the field of supramolecular chemistry, which has revolutionized everything from alternative energy to regenerative medicine. We were all incredibly impressed with his vision and words of enthusiasm as we collectively recognized how far the field of applied chemistry has progressed over the past several decades. He certainly has left his mark on the world through his work in chemical engineering.
In this issue, you will also see that our faculty and students are continuing to make their own contributions to chemical engineering as they rake in numerous awards. We are all now taking a quick breather as we get ready to send our seniors off to the real world as they graduate in May. They will be our largest graduation class ever, at over 90 students.
We are gearing up for our Chemical Engineering Banquet on April 20, which coincides with our Senior Design Presentation Day. We hope you will join us during our banquet and listen to all the hard work our seniors have put into their design projects, getting ready to make their own mark on the world in chemical engineering.
Thomas J. Webster
Professor and Department Chair, Chemical Engineering
Art Zafiropoulo Chair in Engineering