Auburn receives top honors at 2008 AIChE Southern Regional Conference

Published: Apr 23, 2008 11:37:17 AM
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AIChE conference car competition

Students from LSU cheer for their ChemE car at the 2008 AIChE Southeast Regional Conference, held at Auburn on April 4-6.

Auburn's American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) student team finished strong at the 2008 AIChE Southern Regional Conference, held on Auburn's campus, April 4-6.

Senior Jeney Zhang received overall recognition for first place in the paper completion for her research, "Bandage Contact Lenses for Antibacterial and Anti-inflammatory Therapeutics," and the team won fifth place in the ChemE Car race with its "Eye of the Tiger" entry. By receiving top rankings in these competitions, the team has been invited to compete at the national level in Philadelphia on November 16-21.

Other top honors in the ChemE Car competition went to the University of Tennessee's "Spellbound", which finished first ahead of Tennessee Tech's "Yeast Beast". Louisiana State University's "Take it to the Limit" finished third while the LSU "Black Box Project" entry finished fourth. The ChemE Car race allows students studying chemical engineering to display their creativity and compete against their peers. Each team designs a car powered by some form of a chemical reaction and must carry a specific cargo. Teams are told at the time of competition the distance that the car must travel and the specified cargo it must carry. The top five teams are eligible to compete at the national conference.

A complete posting of the conference competition results can be found at

AIChE is professional association of more than 40,000 chemical engineers in 93 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities and government using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefits of society.