Jeremy Binagia Receives Rase Brothers’ Award

Rase Brothers' Award winner Jeremy Binagia receiving a framed certificate for his award from department chair Tom Truskett outside the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Building on the UT Austin campus.Jeremy Binagia has been awarded the Rase Brothers’ Award by the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering. The award recognizes the graduating senior with the highest GPA who started as a freshman and finished the program in four academic years.

Binagia is an undergraduate researcher in the Bonnecaze Group studying the selective reduction of thin films through heating via a thermal probe for applications in semiconductor nanofabrication. He works alongside graduate student Meghali Chopra to simulate the phenomena using COMSOL, a robust multiphysics simulation software suite. Their goal is to introduce a new, inexpensive method for nanopatterning that provides greater control than traditional nanofabrication techniques, with the hope of ultimately validating their simulation results with experimental collaborators from the Ekerdt Group.

Binagia will be studying Transport Phenomena in Living Systems at Cambridge University in England this summer. In the fall, he will attend Stanford to pursue his Ph.D. in chemical engineering. There, he hopes to do research in the field of fluid mechanics similar to the work done in the Bonnecaze Group.

The award includes a $2,000 cash prize, which Binagia plans to use to buy a new wheelchair for his dad, who is paralyzed from the waist down.

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