Chemical engineering student leaders receive top AIChE scholarships

Published: Oct 9, 2008 4:34:05 PM
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Auburn University seniors Kevin Cullinan and Amar Tiwari have been awarded scholarships from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) for the 2008-2009 academic year. Cullinan and Tiwari will be recognized at the 2008 AIChE annual meeting in Philadelphia in November.

Kevin Cullinan

Kevin Cullinan

Cullinan, who is president of the Auburn AIChE student chapter, received the 2008 John J. McKetta Undergraduate Scholarship Award. The $2,500 award is the organization's top scholarship recognition for a chemical engineering student who is a junior or senior with outstanding academic achievement and is planning a career in the chemical engineering process industries. Applicants were required to actively participate in a national student chapter of AIChE, attend an ABET-accredited school in the U.S., Canada or Mexico and submit a two-page essay outlining their career goals. Cullinan interned with ExxonMobil and plans to become a professional engineer in the energy and chemicals industry.

"This is a tremendous honor for Kevin, who is one of the top students in our program," said Mark Byrne, current faculty advisor to the Auburn AIChE student chapter. "It is wonderful to see that he is recognized for his numerous experiences and superb leadership both inside and outside the classroom."

Amar Tiwari

Amar Tiwari

Tiwari, who is the vice president of the Auburn AIChE student chapter, has received the 2008 Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer national scholarship award from AIChE. He is one of fifteen national AIChE student members awarded the scholarship of $1,000 each year. The awards are presented on the basis of academic achievement and involvement in student chapter activities. Tiwari has played a lead role in the development Auburn AIChE's Chem E car since his freshman year and has interned with Southern Company in Birmingham. He plans to pursue an engineering and management career in the energy industry.

Each year, AIChE student chapters are limited to one student nomination per scholarship. Nominations for these awards were made by Steve Duke, faculty member and former Auburn AIChE student chapter adviser.

"Both Kevin and Amar are more than deserving of these scholarship awards," said Duke. "Their outstanding academic records and devoted leadership to Auburn AIChE made them an easy choice for nomination. We are proud of their efforts and leadership to support the chapter, as well as their academic success."

AIChE is the world's leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with more than 40,000 members from 93 countries. There are over 160 student chapters across the country.

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