PITTSBURGH (December 4, 2018) … Amidst an energy and manufacturing renaissance fueled by hydrofracturing and the Marcellus and Utica shale deposits, the city of Pittsburgh continues to attract leading professionals and experts in chemical
A nursing room or “Mother’s Room” consists of a sizeable yet private space that contains a refrigerator, water and breast milk storage bags. This year, the Department of Chemical and Petroleum
Engineering sponsored the items in the room. Dr. Fullerton hopes this properly-advertised and conveniently-located room encouraged new mothers to attend the conference and prevented them from viewing their situation as an inconvenience.
in a transition period. Accommodations for nursing mothers were unheard of not very long ago. Now it’s not plentiful, but it’s emerging. I think AIChE can really make a splash by making improvements in this area,” Dr. Fullerton adds.
Cheers to the BeersFor
the past two years, the AIChE Annual Meeting has created a buzz by hosting a beer brewing competition. A team of chemical engineers from Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University won this year’s Best in Show and People’s Choice awards for their “Kilted
Panther Stout.” (View a pdf of the poster.)Meeting organizers invite official Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judges
to assess the quality of the chemical concoctions on tap. AIChE members can also weigh in on the home brewers’ malt mastery as long as they are at least 21 years old. The local “Brewsburgh” team first submitted its milk stout to last year’s AIChE
brewing competition.“We knew we had improved our taste and quality from last year,” says Robert Parker, Robert v.d. Luft Professor and Vice Chair for Graduate Education in Pitt’s Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. “We responded
to the judges’ comments and made a small number of very controlled adjustments.”Dr. Parker’s teammates included Pitt PhD student Michelle Pressly and James Schneider, Professor of Chemical Engineering at CMU. Dr. Schneider introduced Dr.
Parker to home brewing nearly two decades ago when Dr. Parker moved to Pittsburgh. He has high hopes their many years committed to hops will be reflected in this year’s BJCP score. “AIChE members voted for the People’s Choice Award, and
the Best in Show Award came from the BJCP judges,” explains Dr. Parker. “We scored a 36 points out of 50 last year. This year’s scores aren’t out yet, but we are hoping to improve from Very Good to upper-range Excellent score (38-44) with our Best
in Show brew.”Research on a Scale of Its OwnIn
recognition of significant contributions to research in computational molecular science and engineering by graduate students, the Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum (CoMSEF) honored Swanson School of Engineering PhD Candidate and
National Science Foundation Fellow Michael Taylor with the Graduate Student Award.Taylor works in the Computer-Aided Nano and Energy Lab (CANELa) under the direction of Giannis Mpourmpakis, the Bicentennial Alumni faculty fellow and assistant
professor of chemical and petroleum engineering at Pitt. Among his 10 publications on high impact scientific journals (Nature, Nature Communications, etc.) that helped Taylor win the award was research with Dr. Mpourmpakis into how computer simulations
help identify and synthesize new metal nanoparticles.“At CANELa, we are exploring extremely complex properties of nanoparticles, and Michael has made enormous contributions to our success since he joined us,” says Dr. Mpourmpakis. “The breadth
and depth of his research gives us every reason to believe that this is just the beginning of a bright and impactful career.”Chem-E-Car a Crowd FavoriteThe
University of Pittsburgh Chem-E-Car Team won The Golden Tire award, which recognizes the team with the most creative design. The team qualified for the national competition last April when their car, “The Volts Wagon,” placed in the top five at the
AIChE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference.“The Golden Tire award is voted on by each of the 47 national and international teams who qualified for the competition,” says Taryn Bayles, professor of chemical and petroleum engineering and Pitt
Chem-E-Car team supervisor. “Our team also won second place in the poster competition, which is a testament to all the hard work and late nights they put into this project since last spring.”The Chem-E-Car Competition requires teams to design
a shoebox-sized car able to travel between 50 to 100 feet while carrying a payload between zero and 500 milliliters of water. The car must be powered by chemical reactants and include a second chemical reaction as a stopping mechanism. Cars that travel
too far or not far enough are disqualified from the competition.Members of the Pitt team included: Pamela Keller, Logan Frye, Mike Bremer, Graham Friant, Jean Fiore, Steven Corcoan, Adian Chowdhry, Anthony Popovski, Charlie Robinson, Mor
Shimski, Kristy Sturgess, Grace Watson and Simon Cao.
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