Top 10 Highlights of 2018

An established tradition, we invite you to celebrate some of our top achievements and highlights from this year.


Benny Freeman stands in front of CPE building. 1. Benny Freeman leads new multi-million dollar DOE-funded research center

Dr. Benny Freeman is leading a new multi-university research center aimed at addressing basic science knowledge gaps in the development of next-gen, polymer membrane-based water purification technologies. The center was launched through a $10.75M Department of Energy grant.
Brian Korgel stands in his office. 2. Brian Korgel elected to NAE and other prestigious faculty elections

This year, Brian Korgel became the 12th Texas ChE faculty member to be elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Several other faculty members were also elected to prestigious institutions.




Department Chair Tom Truskett and Joan Brennecke celebrate at the Academy. 3.The 2018 class of the Academy of Distinguished Chemical Engineers

In September, we  recognized new Academy members for leadership and technical contributions that have helped transform economies, improved quality of life and benefited society. Nominations for the next class are now open.


4. Emerson upgraded labs and experiment stations

Last spring, Emerson sponsored upgrades to the department’s distillation column experiment station and undergraduate computer labs. The modernized equipment will give students hands-on experience with cutting edge process control equipment.




Two women work in the lab. 5.  New rankings show Texas ChE holding top spots in chemical engineering

Texas ChE climbed to the #4 undergraduate chemical engineering program in the nation (US News and World Report) and is  #1 among public US universities (Shanghai Rankings).


Rendering of the future EEB.
6. A closer look at the future Energy Engineering Building

Earlier this year, the UT System Board of Regents added the Energy Engineering Building to the Capital Improvement Program and we recently got a first look at the future one-of-a-kind building.




Closeup of the McKetta bust.
7. BrightStar Care makes a special gift to celebrate Dr. McKetta’s 103rd birthday

Texas ChE’s namesake turned 103 this year and to celebrate, BrightStar Care of Austin’s president and local artist, George Sanchez, made a very special gift to the department.



Young researcher examines chip.
8. Research diversity thriving at Texas ChE

From machine learning providing new insights into cellular biology, to the sustainable production of bio-renewable chemicals, find out how Texas ChE faculty are tackling global challenges.




NSF Fellow students stand in university courtyard.
9. Eight Texas ChE students awarded NSF Fellowships

This year, Texas ChE students received more NSF Graduate Research Fellowships than any other chemical engineering program.




Three students show off their awards at AIMBE. 10. 56 departmental faculty, student and staff awards

Texas ChE longhorns are changing the world. Read more about how our department is making its mark in Texas and beyond.
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