Chemical Engineering

Statewide Accomplishments and Awards

Laura Hoisington ('07) won one of three scholarships offered annually to Chemical Engineering Students in the State of Florida by the AIChE Section of Central Florida, Lakeland. Laura's award includes a $1,000 cash prize.

David Murphy ('07) won one of three scholarships offered annually to Chemical Engineering Students in the State of Florida by the AIChE Section of Central Florida, Lakeland. David's award includes a $1,000 cash prize.

Bruce Locuson ('01) won the Central Florida AIChE Scholarship Award for the second year in a row, something no other student achieved in the past. Bruce was also published as an undergraduate in October 2000.

Patrick Engel ('00), Tim McKenney ('00), and Michael Mensch ('00), three senior students, presented their final plant design to the American Chemical Society at Embry Riddle University. The ACS Orlando Section Newsletter (August 2000) stated that "the presentation was interesting and well done". The proposed chemical plant would manufacture a xylene solution of partially hydrolyzed trimethyl aluminum, a substance which is used in the catalytic polymerization of olefins such as ethylene, propylene and styrene.

Ghazi Al-Shareef ('98), Meshack Kelefe ('98), and Ahmed Al-Hawsani ('98) presented their Senior Plant Design Project to an audience of Chemical Engineering professionals, faculty, and students in the April '98 meeting of the East Central Florida Professional Section of the AIChE. The students conducted a technical, economical, environmental and safety study on the design of a petrochemical complex to produce high purity benzene and cyclohexane from natural gasoline feed stock. Their excellent study and presentation earned the Florida Tech AIChE Student Chapter a $250 Scholarship offered by the Professional Section.

Teri Swenson ('99) was one of three Florida Tech students to win the Space Coast Alumni Chapter Scholarship Award for 1998.

Teri Swenson ('99) won one of two scholarships offered annually to Chemical Engineering Students in the State of Florida by the AIChE Section of Central Florida, Lakeland. Teri's award includes a $1,000 cash prize.

Shawn P. Davis ('98) was one of three Florida Tech students to win the Space Coast Alumni Chapter Scholarship Award for 1997.

Debbie Goss ('99) won one of two scholarships offered annually to Chemical Engineering Students in the State of Florida by the AIChE Section of Central Florida, Lakeland. Debbie's award includes a $1,000 cash prize.

A number of Senior Plant Design groups of Florida Tech Chemical Engineering students have conducted excellent technical, economic, environmental and safety studies for chemical plants in Central Florida and abroad. The results of many such studies cannot be presented in competitions due to the classified nature of the material.

Mobarak Al-Azemi ('97), Saeed Al-Romaithi ('97), and Amro Fattani ('98) presented their Senior Plant Design Project to an audience of Chemical Engineering professionals, faculty, and students in the April '97 meeting of the East Central Florida Professional Section of the AIChE. The students conducted a technical, economic, environmental and safety analysis and design of an ethylene plant for the Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) using Natural Gas Liquid as feed. Their excellent study and presentation earned the Florida Tech AIChE Student Chapter a $200 Scholarship offered by the Professional Section.

Karrie Branch ('97) was a member of the Florida Tech women's basketball team that won the 1996-97 Sunshine State Conference regular season and postseason titles. Since her team was ranked No 1 in the South, the NCAA Region I tournament was hosted by Florida Tech.