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Sukumara Wins Graduate Research Award

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Sumesh - AIChE 2013PhD student Sumesh Sukumara won first place at the Sustainable Engineering Forum (SEF) Graduate Research Competition at the 2013 AIChE Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California.  The citation for Sumesh’s work is below:

 

Sukumara, S., and J. Seay (2013): “Process Optimization Models Supporting Multidisciplinary Framework for Sustainable Biorefining”, AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.  1st Place SEF Graduate Research Award

Undergraduate Research Students Present at AIChE Annual Student Conference

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
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Max Croft at AIChE Annual Student Conference

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Matthew Hancock at AIChE Annual Student Conference

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William Croft at AIChE Annual Student Conference

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three undergraduate research students in Dr. Seay’s group presented their research at the AIChE Annual Student Conference in San Francisco, California.  Junior Max Croft won 3rd Place in Sustainability for his research work.  Junior Matthew Hancock and Sophomore William Croft also presented their research work.  Congratulation to all three for their hard work.  Citations for the student work is given below:

  • Croft, M. and J. Seay (2013): “Development of Low Cost Biodiesel Washing Process for Sub-Saharan Africa”, AIChE Annual Student Conference, San Francisco, CA. Third Place Award for Undergraduate Research in Sustainability
  • Hancock, M. and J. Seay (2013): “Using Process Simulation to Estimate the Economics of Scaling Up Experimental Results to an Industrial Scale”, AIChE Annual Student Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Croft, W. and J. Seay (2013): “Sustainability Assessment in Developing Regions”, AIChE Annual Student Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Students Awarded at ICOSSE in Cincinnati, OH

Monday, August 19th, 2013
ICOSSE Award Winners 2013

Croft, Willett and Sukumara take home awards from ICOSSE

Four of Dr. Seay’s research students attended the 3rd International Congress on Sustainability Science and Engineering (ICOSSE) in Cincinnati, OH – Sumesh Sukumara (PhD Student) and Max Croft, William Croft and Christina Willett (Undergraduate Researchers).  Sumesh Sukumara took home the Outstanding Graduate Research Award.  Christina Willett and William Croft were both awarded Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awards.  The Awards came with $100 each plus a certificate.  Citations are below:

Outstanding Graduate Research Award, Sukumara, S., J. Seay, F. Badurdeen, W. Faulkner and J. Amundson (2013): “A Framework to Examine Sustainability of Various Biorefining Processes”, 3rd International Congress on Sustainable Science and Engineering, Cincinnati, OH.

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award, Willett, C. and J. Seay (2013): “Design of a Sustainable Process for Separation of Methanol from Wood Vinegar in Sub-Saharan Africa”, 3rd International Congress on Sustainable Science and Engineering, Cincinnati, OH.

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award, Croft W. and J. Seay (2013): “Biofuel Sustainability Assessment for Developing Regions”, 3rd International Congress on Sustainable Science and Engineering, Cincinnati, OH.

UKATS Research Students Win Awards in China

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Two UKATS research students, Max Croft and William Croft, participated in the 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Chemical Product and Process Engineering (SCPPE) in Dalian, China which was held May 27 – 30, 2013.  They each took home an Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award for their papers as cited below.

 Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award, Croft, M. and J. Seay (2013): “Interfacial Phenomena in the Production of Low-Cost Biodiesel in Rural Africa”, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Chemical Product and Process Engineering, CD-Volume, Dalian, China.

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award, Croft, W. and J. Seay (2013): “Developing an Optimal Chemistry for Producing Low Cost Biodiesel from Local Feedstocks in Rural West Africa”, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Chemical Product and Process Engineering, CD-Volume, Dalian, China.

Congratulation to Max and William for their outstanding work!

UKATS Research Team Competes at the National Sustainable Design Expo

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
UKATS Team at the NSDE in Washington, DC.

UKATS Team at the NSDE in Washington, DC.

The UKATS Research Team competed in the 9th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo, as part of the US EPA’s People, prosperity and the Planet Design Competition, held April 18-19, 2013 in Washington, DC.  The UKATS students presented the results of their Phase I P3 project – developing a low-cost, integrated biodiesel and biochar processor for rural sub-Saharan Africa.  This project was completed in collaboration with the African Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (ACREST) The team was joined by four local high school students who have been working with the team on this year’s project.

Mitchell Peeler Honored at AIChE Southern Regional Student Conference

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Chemical Engineering student and UKATS Research Team member Mitchell Peeler was awarded an Honorable Mention in the poster competition at the AIChE Southern Regional Student Conference held at the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington.  Mitchell’s poster titled “An Integrated Process for Sustainable Biofuel production in Sub-Saharan Africa through Appropriate Technology”, focused on Mitchell’s field research work in Bangang Village, Cameroon in May of 2012.  Congratulations Mitchell!

Christina Willett Wins Research Award at MESCON

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
Christina at MESCON 2013

Christina Willett and Dr. Seay at MESCON.

Junior CME student Christina Willett was awarded a 1st Place Paper Award at the Math, Engineering and Science Conference (MESCON) held at the University of Evansville on March 22, 2013.  Her paper citation is:

 

Willett, Christina and Jeffrey Seay (2013): “Separation of Methanol from Wood Vinegar”, Proceeding of the 2013 Math Engineering and Science Conference, CD-Volume, Evansville, Indiana.

 

Christina is a member of the UKATS research team and her research work is focused on the recovery of methanol from the production of charcoal for use as a reagent in the low-cost production of biodiesel in sub-Saharan Africa.  Congratulations to Christina for her hard work!

 

Undergraduate Research Students Recognized at AIChE Annual Student Conference

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Three undergraduate research students advised by Dr. Seay, Max Croft, William Croft and Landon Mott, presented their work at the 2012 AIChE Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.  Sophomore Max Croft presented his poster titled “A Project Developing a Process for Sustainable Low Cost Biofuel and Biochar for Rural West Africa in Sustainability.  Sophomore William Croft won 1st place in Environmental Science and Engineering II for his poster titled “A Renewable Process for Producing Low-Cost Biofuel and Biochar for Rural West Africa”.  Senior Landon Mott won 3rd place in Education for his poster titled “Inductive Methods of Teaching Batch Distillation Through Simulation”.  Landon is co-advised by Dr. David Silverstein.

UK Students Visit Cameroon

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Dr. Seay, recently lead seven UK Paducah chemical and mechanical engineering research students in a design project to develop low-cost, environmentally friendly technologies to produce biodiesel for rural villagers in Cameroon, Africa. Dr. Seay and the students worked with the African Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (ACREST) to design the process using resources and materials readily available in Cameroon. The 10-day trip to Bangang, Cameroon to work with the local villagers in implementing and refining the design was the culmination of this year-long project.

UK Team with ACREST technician Momanyi

 

Undergrad Research Group Presents at MESCON

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Zach Watson, Chris Sterrie, Max Croft, Bradley Butler, Mitchell Peeler, Wiliam Croft and Christina Willett at MESCON

 

The Undergraduate Research Group presented their research work on the Cameroon Biodiesel Project at the Math, Engineering, and Science Conference (MESCON) at the University of Evansville on March 23, 2012.