Faculty and students team up to represent Wayne State at national conference for chemical engineers

Several Wayne State faculty members and students attended the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) national conference in Atlanta Nov. 16-21, 2014. The AlChE annual meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth.

Two WSU students — Max Lucena and Will Zygmunt — brought home first place awards for posters in their respective divisions. Zygmunt’s project is on environmental fate of fluorinated alcohols. Lucena’s project is on nano-crystalline catalytic materials for energy conversion. In addition, 15 WSU Ph.D. students attended the meeting to present the results of their research projects.

According to Charles Manke, professor and departmental chair of chemical engineering and materials science, WSU was well-represented. The group of 15 chemical engineering undergraduates, led by Ken Fryer,  president of WSU’s ALChE student section, represented Wayne State at the national student meeting. Eranda Nikolla, assistant professor of chemical engineering and materials science, led students in operating a WSU meet-and-greet table at the graduate recruitment fair. “The conference was productive and fun from both an educational and recruitment perspective,” Manke remarked.