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Date: 11-17-2005
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Engineering Students Receive National Awards at AIChE Meeting

Rose and Parker
Parker Sizemore and Rose Marie Cummings, seniors in chemical engineering, hold their first-place ribbons at the national AIChE meeting in Cincinnati.
Rose Marie Cummings and Parker Sizemore, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering seniors, received first-place honors at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) annual meeting October 30 through November 4 in Cincinnati.

This national meeting included 16 topical conferences and more than 600 sessions, covering everything 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, Ala., 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." She is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Omega Chi Epsilon, the Honors College and the Cupola Engineering Society, where she serves as an ambassador for the College of Engineering.

"Rose was named the outstanding junior in chemical engineering this spring and was just last week 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."

Sizemore, a chemical engineering senior from Cumming, Ga., took first place for his research titled "Polymerization Reaction Analysis to Enhance Loading of Hydrogels for Ocular Drug Delivery" in the Food, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology category.

He 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. 

"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."