A Special Holiday Video
|A song from us to you to spread a little holiday cheer—Hook ’em Horns! See pictures from the holiday banquet.
|Top 10 Achievements from 2014
10. Celebrated prestigious faculty awards and honors
|George Georgiou was named Inventor of the Year, Nicholas Peppas was elected to the National Academy of Inventors, and Tom Edgar was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. See more recent awards.
9. Led major international conferences in Austin
|Gary Rochelle chaired the International Greenhouse Gas Technologies Conference, and Jim Chelikowsky headed the International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors, both events were held at the Austin Convention Center.
8. Celebrated John McKetta’s 99th birthday
|This year’s annual tailgate offered the perfect time to celebrate Dr. McKetta’s 99th birthday! Tailgaters posed in a photo booth (see images), sang “Happy Birthday” and enjoyed cake. Thanks again to all who made a gift to the Challenge for McKetta in honor of this special occasion.
7. Developed safety partnerships with industry
|The department teamed up with industry partners to implement new initiatives to keep safety a daily priority, and to ensure students are prepared to succeed in the workforce. See what we’re doing to promote a safety culture.
6. Established groundbreaking international courses
|Brian Korgel is leading a new Nanotechnology Innovation course and Jennifer Maynard will teach a new Engineering Global Health course, both in partnership with Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Spain.
5. Recognized top student awards
|Our students won numerous highly-competitive awards this year, including Sai Gourisankar who was named a Rhodes Scholar and Cara Touretzky who was awarded a STAR Fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. See more recent awards.
4. Welcomed new faculty members
|The department was pleased to announce that Ben (Keith) Keitz and Nate Lynd have joined our world-class faculty. Learn more about our newest assistant professors in this Q&A.
3. Generated more than $20M in research funding
|Our innovative work is attracting more and more funding. For example, George Georgiou received $1.7M to help the immune system fight cancer and Jim Chelikowsky was awarded $1.2M to find new magnetic materials.
2. Department ranked No. 6
|Both our graduate and undergraduate programs were ranked No. 6 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.
1. Graduated 159 chemical engineering leaders of tomorrow
|We conferred 29 doctorate degrees and 130 bachelor’s degrees this year. Congratulations to the Class of 2014—we can’t wait to see how you change the world!
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