Published: Dec. 5, 2022

People at a dinner table at the annual AIChE dinnerFour researchers from the Weimer Research Group received poster contest awards at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers annual meeting, this year held in Phoenix, Nov. 11-14. 

Alan Weimer, Melvin E. and Virginia M. Clark professor of chemical and biological engineering, said his students have been presenting papers at the AIChE meetings for years, but this was the most awards that his students have ever brought home at one conference.  This year also marks the fourth consecutive year that Weimer's PhD students have received the Particle Technology Forum Poster Award.

"I am extremely proud of the work that my students do," Weimer said. "I'm especially proud of the collaborative team effort among all of them—supporting each other, practicing talks together, making improvements with every 'dry run' and being able to answer the critical 'why questions.' "

With more than 400 students presenting and about 100 judges, AIChE's annual meeting is the largest forum for Chemical Engineering undergraduates to present their research activity to the professional community at large.

Award winners

Graduate PhD Students
Hailey Louhde-Woolard – Particle Technology Forum
“Manufacture of Complex-Shaped Tungsten Materials Via Atomic Layer Deposition and Direct Ink Writing”

Justin Tran – Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division
“Impact of Pressure on Fuel Production via Redox”

Undergraduate Students
Samantha Harshberger – Materials Science and Engineering Division
“Investigation of Particle Atomic Layer Deposition of Metal Precursor on Silica Supports for Catalytic Decomposition of Methane”

Hermann Klein-Jessling – Materials Science and Engineering Division
“Solution-Based Rhenium Doping to Facilitate Additive Manufacturing of Complex Tungsten Parts”