Engineering students sweep graduate scholars awards

Published: Mar 13, 2009 3:46:00 PM
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Graduate students in the Department of Chemical Engineering received high honors at Wednesday's Auburn Graduate Scholars awards ceremony. The students received recognition in each of the nine categories for which they were eligible, including Outstanding Doctoral Student, Outstanding Master's Student, Engineering Poster Award and Engineering Oral Presentation.

"We couldn't be prouder," said Chris Roberts, Uthlaut Professor and chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering. "To earn all nine awards is a great accomplishment and success for the students and their advisers. We in the department offer our congratulations to all the award winners on this exciting recognition."

The award results are as follows:

  • Outstanding Doctoral Student: Charles Solvason, advised by faculty member Mario Eden
  • Outstanding Masters Student: Matthew Kayatin, advised by faculty member Virginia Davis
  • Harry Merriwether Fellowship: Charles Solvason, advised by Eden
  • First Place Engineering Poster Award: Hector Galicia, advised by faculty member Jin Wang
  • Second Place Engineering Poster Award: Meng Leang, advised by Wang
  • Third Place Engineering Poster Award: Mohammad Akanda, advised Wang
  • First Place Engineering Oral Presentation Award: Ryan Sothen, advised by faculty member Bruce Tatarchuk
  • Second Place Engineering Oral Presentation Award: Norman Sammons, advised by Eden
  • Third Place Engineering Oral Presentation Award: Matthew Kayatin, advised by Davis