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Chemical engineering recognizes students

At the Department of Chemical Engineering annual awards ceremony on May 14, at which department head Robert C. Armstrong presided, the following awards to students in the department were presented.

In collaboration with the Student Financial Aid Office, the James E. Cunningham '57 Scholarship was awarded to Tomoko Iida, a junior from Chiba, Japan. The John H. Dessauer Scholarship was awarded to senior Deepa Patel from Katy, TX.

The recipient of the Dow Chemical Co. Outstanding Junior Award was Lara Hawrylchak of Altamont, NY for her balanced record of achievement in academics and campus professional and social organizations, as well as work experience.

The Robert Haslam Cup was awarded to Christina Wilbert, a senior from Grand Rapids, MI, for outstanding professional promise in chemical engineering. The Roger de Friez Hunneman Prize is the oldest in the department and is given to an undergraduate for outstanding scholarship and research. This year the award went to Philip Osafo-Kwaako from Accra, Ghana.

The Edward W. Merrill Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award was presented to Yonathan Thio, a graduate student from Purwokerto, Indonesia for his work with 10.213 (Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics) in the fall. Second place went to Vibha Srinivasan of New Delhi, India, who was a teaching assistant for 10.32 (Separation Processes).

Two graduate students were recognized for giving outstanding weekly research progress seminars: David Matheu of Princeton, IL for his fall seminar and Suniti Moudgil of Gainesville, FL for her spring seminar.

The Chemical Engineering Special Service Awards were given to Graduate Student Council presidents John Locke of Loveland, CO and Patricia Sullivan of Canonsburg, PA. The current American Institute of Chemical Engineers president, Princess Imoukhuede of Matteson, IL, also received a Special Service Award.

The Chemical Engineering "Rock" Award for outstanding athletics, as voted by the graduate students of the department, went to Paul Ayers of Cape Town, South Africa for his participation in a variety of intramural sports.

The Outstanding Employee Award was presented to Linda Mousseau, an administrative assistant for Professors Jackie Ying and Kenneth Smith, for her exceptional dedication not only to those professors but to the department as well.

The Outstanding Faculty Award from the graduate students went to Professor Jefferson Tester. The undergraduate students presented the Outstanding Faculty Award to Professor Michael Mohr.

Research laboratory administrator Constance Beal was the Individual Accomplishment Citation recipient. She was praised for her dedication to Professor Robert Langer's lab and her huge contribution to the Network of Educators in Science and Technology program over the years.

Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC), the chip industry's long-term research consortium, named Thomas Casserly, Tonya Drake and April Ross of MIT chemical engineering -- as 2001-02 SRC Scholars and Fellows. The 28 US honorees receive complete funding for tuition and fees and a stipend for up to three years of study. SRC also places students with industry mentors and internships as part of this program.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 6, 2001.

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