Jovan Kamcev receives a University Graduate Continuing Fellowship for Academic Year 2016/2017 from The University of Texas at Austin Office of the Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies. This award speaks highly of his record of accomplishments as a graduate student at the University. The award begins in Fall 2016 and includes 12 months of financial support.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Kevin Stevens and Zhengwang He both received poster competition awards at North American Membrane Society (NAMS) 2014 conference
Congratulations to Kevin Stevens and Zhengwang He for both winning the poster competitions at NAMS 2014. Kevin received the third place in the membrane synthesis category, and Zhengwang received the first place in the membrane process category.
Zach Smith and Qiang Liu both received the first place in North American Membrane Society (NAMS) 2013 Poster Contest
Congratulations to Zachary P. Smith and Qiang Liu for both winning the poster competitions at NAMS 2013. Zach received the first place in the membrane synthesis category, and Qiang received the first place in the membrane properties category.
Dr. Freeman has been awarded the 2013 Society of Plastics Engineers International Award. This International Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Society of Plastics Engineers. It recognizes lifetime achievements in the fields of polymer science or polymer/plastics engineering. Nominees are recognized internationally by their peers for excellence in their fields.
Dr. Freeman was given the award based on his seminal contributions to plastics engineering, research, technology, service, and education in polymer membranes for low-energy gas and liquid separations. An award symposium will be held at the SPE ANTEC meeting April 22-24, 2013 in Cincinnati. The award comes with a $5,000 honorarium and a gold medal.
Hee Jeung Oh, a PhD student, has won a Doh Wonsuk Memorial Award from Korean Institute of Chemical Engineers. The Doh Wonsuk Memorial Award has been awarded once a year to 1-2 Korean student(s) studying Chemical Engineering in doctoral programs in the United States since 2004 by the US Chapter of Korean Institute of Chemical Engineering. Hee Jeung is the 4th UT Austin student to win this award since 2004.