Villanovans Receive AlChe Awards

by Daniel Fetsko, ’19 CE

The Delaware Valley Section (DVS) of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers has announced the winners of the prestigious 2016 Zeisberg Awards for technical writing, along with outstanding student, faculty and alumnus award recipients from each accredited chemical engineering department in the region. In addition to Villanova University, students from Drexel, Rowan, University of Delaware, University of Pennsylvania and Widener University were represented. 

Zeisberg Awards: Instituted in 1941, the Zeisberg award recognizes the best written laboratory and research/plant design reports. Winners are selected on the basis of report organization, accuracy, conciseness and clarity, grammar, neatness, and general effectiveness. The jury is comprised of chemical engineers working in industry and academia. Nominated for “Cloning Laboratory” were Villanova seniors Michael Perry and Sarah Zabarnik. Seniors Joseph BrouillardAdam Butchy and Brandon Wesley were nominated for best research/plant design report for “Design and Optimization of a Cumene Production Process.”         

Joseph Brouillard
Joseph Brouillard
Adam Butchy
Adam Butchy

  

Outstanding Student Awards: This award recognizes Chemical Engineering students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance, professionalism, leadership, interest and promise.  The nominees are appointed by the faculty of their university. Villanova’s 2016 outstanding student recipients are Stephen Spada ’18, Christopher Neely ’17 and Saher-Zahra Kahn ’16.

Stephen Spada ’18
Stephen Spada ’18
Christopher Neely ’17
Christopher Neely ’17
Saher-Zahra Kahn ’16
Saher-Zahra Kahn ’16

  

Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence Award: The Sophomore Academic Excellence Award is presented to the one national AIChE member in each student chapter who has attained the highest scholastic grade-point average during his/her freshman and sophomore years. Villanova’s recipient is Austin Hake ’18.

Outstanding Alumni Award: The Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes and encourages the contributions of alumni to their universities, the profession and professional organizations.

Villanova alumna Laura-Ann Chin ’12 MSChE, a process engineer for CRB, received the 2016 Outstanding Alumni Award.

Austin Hake ’18
Austin Hake ’18
Zuyi (Jacky) Huang, PhD
Zuyi (Jacky) Huang, PhD

Outstanding Faculty Award:

The Outstanding Faculty Award recognizes a faculty member, preferably within the first five years of his/her appointment, who has contributed to the profession through publications and presentations in his/her field, demonstrated commitment to teaching and students, and has a strong record of service to the department, college, university and professional organizations. Assistant Professor Zuyi (Jacky) Huang, PhD, was Villanova University’s nominee for the Outstanding Faculty Award.

The awards were presented at 2016 Academic Awards Banquet at Drexel University on April 18th, 2016.  Visit http://www.aiche-philadelphia.org for more information about the event and the organization.