Chemical engineering students awarded prestigious accolades

Published: May 30, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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From left to right: Alex Roman, Andrew Hightaian, Jacob Clary and Chris Bartel

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has named three chemical engineering seniors at Auburn University as 2014 Graduate Research Fellows. They are Chris Bartel, Jacob Clary and Alex Roman. The $100,000 fellowshipswill support three years of graduate study for each student. The program goals are to select, recognize, and support individuals early in their careers with the demonstrated potential to be high achieving scientists and engineers. All three students have been performing long-term (greater than two years) undergraduate research while partnered with faculty members.  Bartel is under the direction of Mark Byrne, Daniel F. and Josephine Breeden associate professor in chemical engineering; Clary is working with Elizabeth Lipke, assistant professor in chemical engineering; and Roman is supervised by Ram Gupta, Woltosz professor in chemical engineering.

“This is a very competitive fellowship,” said Christopher B. Roberts, dean of the College of Engineering. “They will assist our students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.”

In addition, Andrew Hightaian, also a student in chemical engineering, has been honored with the 2014 Susan Stacy Entrenkin Yates award for most outstanding junior at Auburn University. The award is sponsored by Auburn’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi and was established by pharmacy graduate S. Blake Yates, ’33, in honor of his mother. Hightaian is the fourth engineering student in the last 10 years to win this award. 

“Our students represent the highest caliber and quality in the nation and these fellowships and awards demonstrate that,” Roberts said. “These recognitions are well-deserved, and we look forward to this talented group to continue to expand their research, and impact the future.”