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UofA Students Win Awards at EPA Design Contest
Chemical engineering students Kimberly Cribbs,* Brandon Hart, Bryce Jones* and Michael Reinisch,* and biology major Allysa Swearingen* recently competed with 38 other universities in the Environmental Protection Agency's People, Prosperity and the Planet, or P3, Competition during the National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, D.C.

U of A Placing at the International WERC Competition
Three teams of University of Arkansas students recently won awards at the International Environmental Design Contest at New Mexico State University.
College of Engineering Honors Outstanding Students
On Tuesday, April 26, the College of Engineering recognized several students at the annual Student Awards and Honors Reception.
Student - Athletes Thrive in the College of Engineering
Teni Butler and Maddie Monroe are not only athletes at the University of Arkansas, competing on the soccer and swimming teams, but they are also full-time students in the College of Engineering.
Eight U of A Students selected as NSF Graduate Research Fellows
Eight University of Arkansas students – four undergraduates, three graduate students, and one recent graduate – have received National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships for the upcoming academic year.
UofA Students Named Goldwater Scholars, Third Gets Honorable Mention
Two University of Arkansas students, Wilson Guillory and Karla Morrissey, were recently awarded selective Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships. 
Students Represent UofA at Clinton Global Initiative University
Seven students from the College of Engineering were selected to represent the University of Arkansas at the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative University meeting held at University of California Berkeley April 1-3.
Grant to Support Research on Converting Woody Biomass into Biofuel
Chemical engineering associate professor Jamie Hestekin has received two grants totaling $145,250 from a local technology development firm to help the company convert woody biomass into bio-oil and eventually liquid biofuel.
New Graduate Fellowship Will Provide Access, Aid to Engineering Students
University of Arkansas alumnus Reginald “Barney” Baxter and his wife, Jameson, are supporting graduate students in the College of Engineering with a $150,000 gift.
Salute to Faculty Inventors
Wickramasinghe, an Arkansas Research Alliance scholar, and Qian have been awarded a patent for magnetically responsive membranes that provide superior performance for applications such as treating wastewaters.
New Honors College Grant Supports Faculty, Undergrad Research
Lauren Greenlee, assistant professor, chemical engineering: Greenlee’s research focuses on novel nanostructured, non-precious metal catalysts for water treatment and electrochemical energy conversion applications.
College of Engineering Improves Research Spending, Doctoral Degrees
The Department of Chemical Engineering rose eight places in the rankings this year, to 88 out of 131 institutions, with a rank of 55 among chemical engineering programs at public universities. 
University of Arkansas Showcases Neuroscience Research
Dr. Servoss participates in a showcase at the University of Arkansas' brain and neuroscience research that future advancements in finding out how the brain works will rely on interdisciplinary collaboration.
Apply Now for College of Engineering Summer Camps
The College of Engineering offers several summer camps for rising 4th through 12th graders. These camps offer hands-on learning experiences and give kids a chance to explore different engineering topics. 
SIIRE Begins Third Academic Year 
A new research program funded by the National Science Foundation, which provides students completing their bachelor degree a scholarship.
 CHEG Student Selected as Gates Cambridge Finalist
Three University of Arkansas Honors College seniors were named as finalists for the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship. The scholarship funds graduate study at Cambridge University in England.
McMath Challenge Gift Met
Honors College Dean emeritus Bob McMath and his wife Linda pledged  to endow a scholarship for students enrolled in the Honors College Path Program at the University of Arkansas. The McMaths challenged others to participate, with a goal of matching the initial $50,000 gift in three years’ time. Professors and staff from across campus stepped up to the plate, as did several alumni and even a current student, to meet and exceed the match in less than two years’ time. 

Congratulations to...

Dr. Rudra Palash Mukherjee, Ph.D., who graduated  in May 2016 from Dr. Robert Beitle's research group, was selected as one of the four finalists for the Millipore Sigma's 2016 Life Science Award in Bioseparations. The competition is held to identify and showcase cutting-edge research in the field of bioseparation.  Award finalists were chosen based on four criteria: level of innovation and novelty; potential for significant impact of the research; clear communication of research to educated, technical non-specialists; and level of scientific rigor of research. Rudra,  winner of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award 2016 from the Chemical Engineering department in 2016,  was selected for his innovative research towards the development of a recombinant peptide production and purification platform.  He and the other three finalists will present to the judging committee in Bedford MA on October 18, 2016 at Millipore Sigma's facility, where the winner will receive a $10,000 award.  Rudra is an active member in the Young Professional Committee of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) .
Dr. Shannon Servoss. 2015-2016 Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award - Outstanding Source to Students.
Dr. Jamie Hestekin. 2015-2016 Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award - Outstanding Research.
Dr. Bob Beitle. 2015-2016 Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award - Outstanding Teaching.
Alex Lopez, on becoming Ole Miss' newest faculty member. Lopez was Dr. Jamie Hestekin's former student and graduate student.
Dr. Greg Thoma will be receiving The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards Faculty Gold Medal—for his continued support of student research and their scholarship efforts.  
Dr. Greg Thoma received two awards from the National Pork Board, A Comparative Life Cycle Assessment Nutritionally Equivalent Meals with and without Pork, and A Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of Production of Pork in the European Union and the United States. 
Zizhao Liu, PhD student, received a $500 travel subsidy from ACS Division of Biochemical Technology to attend the 251st ACS National Meeting San Diego, California. His presentation was entitled, “Developing High Performance Responsive HIC Membrane Adsorbers.”
Helya Najafi, PhD student, received a $500 travel subsidy from ACS Division of Biochemical Technology to attend the 251st ACS National Meeting San Diego, California. Her presentation was entitled, “Modification of bicelles with peptoids to alter edge chemistry.”
Dr. Lauren Greenlee. She was awarded a University of Arkansas Honors Equipment Grant for her proposal, “Equipment Purchase of Membrane & Electrode Fabrication Suite.”  
Teni Butler, Jessica Lizarazu and Erika McGovern.  They were  selected by the Arkansas Alumni Association as 2016 Seniors of Significance.
Drs. Jamie Hestekin and Greg Thoma. They received funding from Process Dynamics for a grant titled, “Removal of Water from Bio-oil and a LCA of the Process.”  
Dr. Ed Clausen. He is Co-PI on a new three-year $1.7 million grant from the Arkansas Department of Education.
Kent McAllister. Wood Group Mustang has promoted the CHEG alum to the role of president of the company’s Offshore Business Unit. He was previously executive vice president for the business unit.
Alex Moix. He won the undergraduate poster competition in his division at the AIChE meeting in San Francisco on November 10, 2015.
Dr. Ed Clausen. He and College of Engineering Senior Associate Dean Dr. Norm Dennis won first place for their paper entitled, “Clinical Faculty Development Program,” at the 2015 ASEE Zone III Conference held in Springfield, Missouri, on September 23-25, 2015.
Christopher Graham. He was awarded a 2015 Southwest Chemical Association Scholarship.
Dr. Christa Hestekin and Dr. Jamie Hestekin. They were awarded an Arkansas Biosciences Institute grant in June 2015 for their project, "Reverse Electrodialysis as an Innovative Platform for Biobatteries".
Dr. Bob Beitle. He was awarded an Arkansas Biosciences Institute grant in June 2015 for his project, "Rational Host Cell Engineering of Pseudomonas fluorescens: CRISPR-mediated Elimination of Nuisance Proteins”.
Dr. Jamie Hestekin. He (along with Dr. Jeff Wolocheck in BMEG) was awarded an Arkansas Biosciences Institute grant in June 2015 for the project, "Cellulose Acetate Hollow Fiber Membranes for Production of Extracellular Matrix Fibers”.
Dr. Christa Hestekin. She (along with collaborator Dr. Melissa Moss at the University of South Carolina) was awarded a three year National Science Foundation grant for the project, "Collaborative Research: Study of Amyloid Protein Oligomerization Using Microchannel Electrophoresis".