Auburn Engineering Students Honored by AlChE

Published: Dec 20, 2006 9:29:49 AM
Media Contact: Cheryl Cobb,, 334.844.2220

The Alabama Piedmont Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) has recognized Auburn University junior Christopher J. Thrash and senior Heather Johns as the outstanding students in their classes. Former NASA astronaut James Voss, associate dean of engineering for external affairs with the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, was the guest speaker at the recent awards event.

Thrash, of Albertville, is a member of ODK, Cardinal Key, Squires, Lambda Sigma, and Omega Chi Epsilon honoraries. During his time at Auburn he has been the recipient of numerous scholarships including the Chemical Engineering Department Chilton Award and Departmental Scholarship, Presidential Academic Scholarship, Interfraternity Council Academic Scholarship, and the AIChE Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence Award.

Johns, from Opp, has won numerous scholarships and awards including the Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence Award, Fred H. Pumphrey Outstanding Pre-Engineering Student Award, and Phi Kappa Phi Most Outstanding Freshman in College of Engineering. A member of Omega Chi Epsilon she has also been recognized for having the highest GPA in her pledge class.

AIChE is a professional association of more than 50,000 members that provides leadership in advancing the chemical engineering profession. The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is the state's largest engineering school, offering 15 undergraduate and 27 graduate degrees, and is home to the state's largest engineering research program.

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