112 students comprised the 2013 graduating class from Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.
Second-year Chemical Engineering graduate student, Jeff Ting, received the first annual Minnesota Student Association - Council of Graduate Students (MSA-COGS) Graduate Student Teaching Award. Undergraduate students from across all disciplines at the university nominated teaching assistants that helped them succeed in and out of the classroom and deepened their interest in the course material. Jeff received the most entries in the competition and was nominated by his students in the Fall 2012 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics course, taught by Associate Professor David Morse and Professor Alon McCormick. Jeff received a $50 cash award and was recognized at the annual COGS Award Ceremony on May 2, 2013.
Claire Teresi, a first-year graduate student, will participate in the prestigious Rickover Fellowship Program in Nuclear Engineering (RFP). The program is designed to meet the needs of the Naval Reactors Division of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and prepares students for careers in naval nuclear propulsion. Teresi will support the broader objective of advancing fission energy development through her fellowship research efforts at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratories in New York. The three-year fellowship also provides for two years of employment at that laboratory after graduate school. Teresi works under the direction of Professor Bill Gerberich and Assistant Professor Andre Mkhoyan.
Thanks to contributions from Dow Chemical and Robert Gore, the CEMS department has raised more than half the money for the 40,000 square-foot building addition to Amundson Hall. Last year, Dow Chemical donated $5 million to get the project off the ground. Department chair Frank Bates noted that at the time, that money "represented the difference between doing it and not doing it." Then later this year, Robert and Jane Gore donated $10 million, and the dream became a reality. Robert is a CEMS alumnus, receiving his Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1963, and later invented the fabric that came to be known as GORE-TEX.