Chemical engineering graduate student receives prestigious EPA fellowship

Published: Sep 7, 2006 8:56:57 AM
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Norman Sammons Jr., a doctoral student in chemical engineering, is the recipient of an Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship. Sammons is currently pursuing a master's degree in business administration along with his doctorate in chemical engineering at Auburn University and received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His individual fellowship will award approximately $111,000 over three years to perform research under the direction of Mario Eden in the chemical engineering department. Sammons is developing a decision-making framework that enables identification of the products and processing routes corresponding to optimum economical and environmental performance for integrated biorefineries.

"Norm is certainly very deserving of this award," said Chris Roberts, department chair and Uthlaut professor in chemical engineering. "He is an excellent student, and we look forward to seeing where his research on biorefineries and alternative energy solutions leads."

Sammons is one of two Auburn students to receive a STAR award this year. This highly competitive program offers approximately 100 fellowships each year nationwide for students in environmental fields of study -- awarding more than $9.5 million overall.