Sizemore wins first place research award at annual AIChE conference

Published: Nov 16, 2006 3:19:37 PM
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Stephen Parker Sizemore, a recent AU graduate in chemical engineering, won first place in the undergraduate student paper competition at the Annual American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) meeting in San Francisco on November 13. Sizemore represented Auburn and the southeast against eight other competitors who won at their respective regional competitions in the spring. This is the first time an Auburn student has taken part in the national competition.

Sizemore's research work entitled, "Extending Relief for Allergic Conjunctivitis via Therapeutic Contact Lenses Based on Configurational Biomimetic Imprinting," was conducted under the direction of Mark Byrne, assistant professor in chemical engineering. Sizemore is currently employed by Brookwood Pharmaceuticals in Birmingham, AL.

"Parker gave a fantastic podium presentation and represented Auburn very well," Byrne said. "This award is a tremendous honor for Parker who competed against top students from all over the country. This recognition is a capstone to his excellent research work at Auburn, which focused on novel contact lenses to deliver medications to the eye."

AIChE is the worlds leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with more than 40,000 members from 93 countries. AIChE has the breadth of resources and expertise in core process industries or emerging areas, such as biological engineering and nanobiotechnology.