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Jovan Kamcev Selected to Receive NSF Science and Technology Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS) Outstanding Graduate Student Award for 2016

The National Science Foundation’s Science and Technology Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS) selected Jovan Kamcev to receive one of the Outstanding Graduate Student Awards for 2016. These awards are given to students who have made exceptional contributions to the Center in the areas of Research, Teaching and Mentoring, or Service to the Organization.

2016 North American Membrane Society (NAMS) Award Winners!

Jovan Kamcev won first place in his category of posters and one of three NAMS Student Fellowship Awards, the highest student award offered by The North American Membrane Society (NAMS). Michelle Dose and Josh Moon took second and third place for posters in their section. NAMS is the primary technical outlet for membrane research in the United States.

During the event, a close colleague and co-advisor, Dr. Don Paul, was recognized as an inaugural NAMS Fellow.

Benny Freeman Selected for a Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award

Benny Freeman has been selected for a Fulbright Distinguished Chair award. Each year, there are approximately forty such awards from this program made possible through funds appropriated annually by the U.S. Congress and, in many cases, by contributions from partner countries and the private sector. Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, and it is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. The specific Fulbright Award Professor Freeman has been selected for is sponsored by CSIRO, Australia’s leading multidisciplinary research organization. The area of focus will be “More from Less: Disruptive Separations Technologies for Sustainable Chemical and Environmental Industries.”

The Chair will enable Professor Freeman to undertake research of importance to the bilateral relationship and includes a national public speaking lecture series within Australia.

Josh Moon Receives 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship

The fellowship selection is based on demonstrated potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise. The GRFP Fellowship period is for 5 years and financial support is provided for 3 years. In the words of Dean Evasius, NSF Division Director, Division of Graduate Education, “Your selection as an NSF Graduate Fellowship awardee is a significant accomplishment.”

Amanda Paine Wins Society of Plastics Engineers Poster Competition

Graduate student Amanda Paine won first place in a Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE) poster competition recently held in Houston, Texas.

The competition was part of SPE’s 2015 International Polyolefins Conference. Paine’s winning poster, entitled “Oxygen Scavenging Polymers for Barrier Applications,” showcases her work in improving oxygen barrier properties in polymer packaging. Her research focuses on improving the shelf lives of foods and beverages by incorporating oxygen scavenging polymers into packaging materials.

Paine was also awarded an SPE scholarship at the conference. She is supervised by Professor Benny Freeman, the Richard B. Curran Centennial Chair in Engineering, and Professor Donald Paul, the Ernest Cockrell Sr. Chair in Engineering.

Amanda is a member of the Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center including UT Austin and led by Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Amanda Paine

Posted on March 5, 2015

Jovan Kamcev Wins Advanced Membrane Technology Poster Competition in Italy

Jovan Kamcev, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and teaching assistant, recently won first place in an advanced membrane technology poster competition hosted in Siracusa, Sicily, Italy by the Engineering Conferences International (ECI) program.

Approximately forty students from twenty countries participated in the competition. Kamcev’s winning poster, entitled “Predicting Ion Sorption and Transport in Ion-Exchange Membranes” describes part of his research on the understanding of ion and water transport across charged polymers, and the development of structure/property rules that guide the preparation of high performance membranes for water purification and energy generation applications.

“One of the greatest challenges facing our society is obtaining adequate and sustainable supplies of energy and water. Membrane technologies provide energy-efficient ways to help mitigate some of these issues,” said Kamcev.

Kamcev is supervised by Professor Benny Freeman, the Richard B. Curran Centennial Chair in Engineering, and Professor Donald Paul, the Ernest Cockrell Sr. Chair in Engineering.

Jovan is a member of the Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center including UT Austin and led by Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Jovan Kamcev

Posted on March 5, 2015

Ni Yan received International Congress on Membranes and Membrane Processes (ICOM) Student Travel Award

Congratulations to Ni Yan for receiving ICOM 2014 Student Travel Award.  This award was issued by the North American Membrane Society (NAMS).  The ICOM Student Travel Award supports outstanding graduate students in the membrane science and technology area and provides up to $1,500 in reimbursement for reasonable expenses for attending the 2014 ICOM meeting in Suzhou, China, to present their research (oral or poster presentation).  The title of Ni’s ICOM presentation was “Effect of processing conditions on transport property/morphology relationships in membranes based on sulfonated styrenic pentablock copolymers.”

Zhengwang He received poster award at International Congress on Membranes and Membrane Processes (ICOM)

Congratulations to Zhengwang for receiving a poster award at ICOM 2014.  The title of her poster presentation was “Profiling Fouling Propensity in Constant Permeate Flux Crossflow Microfiltration Based on Membrane-Model Foulant Interaction”.  The award recognizes excellent poster presentations at the 10th International Congress on Membranes and Membrane Processes. There were 30 presenters awarded out of more than 500 poster presentations.

Qiang Liu was named the Teaching Assistant of the Year in Chemical Engineering Department

Qiang Liu has been named TA of the Year for his work on CHE 317 in 2013 and is being awarded the Paige H. and J. Jeff Weidner Endowed Presidential Fellowship in Chemical Engineering.

This is what some of Qiang’s students had to say about him:

“The TA was amazing. He went out of his way to make sure our assignments were returned back to us on time, and he made sure that we were well prepared for class. He explained the concepts clearly, and was very receptive to questions even when a student was asking about something that was previously explained.” 
 
“Qiang went above and beyond as a TA. He was always very quick to respond to emails and questions with a thorough knowledge of the subject.  His recitation sessions were helpful and informative, and he seemed thoroughly interested in our progress. Best TA I have had at UT.”

“Qiang was awesome – he helped me better understand the material and he clarified many points.  I feel that he really enjoyed teaching . . . I feel really lucky to have had him as a TA. He helped make 317 an enjoyable subject.” 

Qiang has extended his outstanding teaching skills and interests beyond this class. He also regularly teaches science to preschoolers at the Austin Children’s Museum and is involved in the Ridgetop Middle School Science Club.  During summer 2014, he taught a week-long polymer science course to several high school students before they started summer research.

We congratulate Qiang Liu, and thank him for his commitment to teaching.