Chemical Engineering Students Win Top Awards at AIChE National Meeting

Kayla Pate and Hunter Rogers

Auburn Chemical Engineering students Kayla Pate and Hunter Rogers recently won top awards for their research posters at the 2010 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, held Nov. 1-8. More than 200 posters were presented in 10 categories at the AIChE Undergraduate Student Poster Session.

Chemical engineering senior Kayla Pate was awarded first place in the "Food, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology" category for her poster, "Microfluidic In-vitro Release of Anti-inflammatory from Therapeutic Contact Lenses."

"I couldn't be happier for Kayla," said faculty member Mark Byrne, who is Auburn's AIChE chapter adviser, as well as Kayla's research adviser. "She is an outstanding student and has done excellent work in my lab. She is most deserving of this honor."

Chemical engineering junior Hunter Rogers received second place in the "Catalysis and Reaction Engineering"category for his poster, "The Effects of Morphology on the Catalytic Activities of Platinum Nanoparticles Synthesized Using Green Chemistry Methods." He is advised by Uthlaut professor and chemical engineering department chair Chris Roberts and research fellow Juncheng Liu.

"Hunter showed tremendous capacity and confidence in presenting his research work through this poster competition, and I couldn't be more proud of him and his achievements," said Roberts.

In addition, out of the 223 posters presented in this session, 30 were chosen, based on their technical abstracts, to compete in an overall competition judged by the Society of Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS). The pair performed well in this overall competition, with Rogers taking first place overall and Pate earning second place.  

"Hunter and Kayla's sweep of the overall undergraduate poster awards at this national meeting highlights the high quality of students in our department and our college's strong commitment to undergraduate research in engineering," added Byrne.

As part of his first prize award, Rogers received the SLAS Young Scientist poster award, including a $500 prize and an expenses-paid trip to present the winning poster at the Lab Automation 2011 Conference in Palm Springs, Calif. Rogers' travel and accommodations will be paid by the SLAS Academic Travel Award program.

Last Updated: May 09, 2017