12/2/05 Sharla Wright, 334/844-9159 (wrighsr@auburn.edu)
David Granger, 334/844-9999 (grangdm@auburn.edu)


Auburn-Two Auburn University students brought home top honors from a national engineering conference for their respective research projects on converting fuels to hydrogen and on polymers. Rose Marie Cummings and Parker Sizemore, seniors in Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, each received first-place honors at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers recent annual meeting in Cincinnati.

This national meeting included 16 topical conferences and more than 600 sessions, covering topics ranging from advances in fundamentals, to the newest developments in emerging technologies including bioengineering, nanotechnology and sustainability. More than 4,000 engineers and scientists attended.

Cummings, a chemical engineering senior from Deatsville, took first place in the fuels and petrochemicals category for her research on converting fuels into hydrogen titled “Comparing Minimum Utility Requirements of Multiple Fuel Sources and Various Reforming Techniques for Hydrogen."

“Rose was named the outstanding junior in chemical engineering this spring and last week was named the outstanding student from the department of chemical engineering,” says Mario Eden, assistant professor and advisor on the project. “She is an exceptional student which is evident from her 4.0 GPA.Cummings is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Omega Chi Epsilon, the AU Honors College and the Cupola Engineering Society, where she serves as an ambassador for the College of Engineering.

Sizemore, a chemical engineering senior from Cumming, Ga., took first place for his research on polymers that may someday be used in contact lenses to deliver anti-allergy drugs titled “Polymerization Reaction Analysis to Enhance Loading of Hydrogels for Ocular Drug Delivery” in the food, pharmaceutical and biotechnology category.

“This is the second major award Parker has won presenting at national meetings this year. He is a strong researcher who has the innate ability to present information easily to a wide variety of audiences,” says Mark Byrne, assistant professor of chemical engineering who advised Sizemore on the project. “This is well deserved.”

Sizemore has worked with Science Olympiad and has been a religious studies leader and an assistant soccer coach. He is also involved in the international communities in Auburn and Tuskegee.

Auburn University is a preeminent land-grant and comprehensive research institution with more than 23,000 students and 6,500 faculty and staff. Ranked among the top 50 public universities nationally, Auburn is Alabama’s largest educational institution, offering more than 230 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs.

(Contributed by Sharla Wright.)
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