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The 2nd Annual Chemical Engineering Graduate Symposium

The Department of Chemical Engineering held its 2nd annual Graduate Symposium on May 6 in the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library on North Campus.| Short Read

The Department of Chemical Engineering held its 2nd annual Graduate Symposium on May 6 in the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library on North Campus.  The symposium, organized entirely by the graduate students, brought together about 130 people, including faculty, alumni, current graduate students, and representatives from companies that recruit Michigan students.

The symposium featured a keynote address by alumnus Deborah Mielewski (B.S.E. ’86, M.S.E. ’93, and Ph.D. ’98) titled “Greening the Blue Oval: Sustainable Material Research at Ford.” The talk focused on the advances made in producing automotive components from biological feedstocks, such as the use of soy-based foam seat cushions in the 2008 Ford Mustang. There were 18 talks presented by PhD students who would be graduating within the next 18 months, and 11 posters presentations from first to third year students.  Awards for best presentation, best poster, and outstanding research, service, and teaching were presented to different graduate students at the symposium closing banquet.

We would like to thank the sponsors of the symposium, Dow Chemical, Praxair, and Phillips 66, for their support. We would also like to thank the industrial representatives that attended, especially those that volunteered judge student presentations and posters.

Watch the department newsletters for information about the 3rd Annual Graduate Symposium, which will be held in 2014. There are opportunities for companies to be symposium sponsors, which is very much appreciated by the students and the department. Contact Professor Phillip Savage ( for more information about sponsorships and attending the symposium next year.

Thanks to Jake Dickinson, Symposium Chair, for the story


Oral Presentations Poster Presentations Other Awards
1st – Eric Livak-Dahl 1st – Jing Liu Research Award – Jeremy Minty
2nd – Nicholas Cilfone 2nd – Yuan Chen Teaching Award – Art Verapal
3rd – Michael Nelson 3rd – Youngri Kim Service Award – Elizabeth Stewart


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Chemical Engineering

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