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Public Affairs : ChemE cadets earn honors at Nationals

ChemE Club cadets earn honors at Nationals 

By Lt. Col. Robert Bozic
Department of Chemistry and Life Science
WEST POINT, N.Y. (Nov. 6, 2013) — The West Point AIChE Club cadets won honors in research, chemical engineering jeopardy and student achievement at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers National Student Competitions Nov. 1-4 in San Francisco, Calif.

Cadets Seamus Bann (’15), Aaron Beyea (’14), Erik Houston (’14), Mark McCormick (’14) and Lauren Ng (’15) competed in the national poster competition with entries in cutting edge topic areas of bio-hybrid fuel cells, protein engineering, microbial fuel cells, modeling the cardiovascular system and TNT separations from ground water.

Houston and Bann finished second and third, respectively, in the Fuels, Petrochemicals and Energy I poster contest for their work on a project sponsored by the Army Research Lab under the direction of Dr James J. Sumner, Army researcher, and Lt. Col. Robert Bozic, U.S. Military Academy Department of Chemistry and Life Science.

Ng placed third in Separations II for a project sponsored the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ERDC-EL and the Columbia University Department of Chemical Engineering under the direction of Bozic, Dr. Scott A Banta and Dr. Alan C. West.

Cadet Lauren Ng received 3rd place for Separations II . Class of 2015 Cadet Lauren Ng presented her group's work for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) National Student Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.
Pictured are Class of 2015 Cadet Seamus Bann, 3rd place for Fuels, Petrochemicals and Energy I, and Lt. Col. Robert Bozic, research advisor. Bann presented for his group at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers National Student Undergraduate Research Poster Competition. Courtesy photos 

The Chem-E team of Cadets John Bohnhoff (’15), Ng, Reed Pyers (’15) and Nijel Rogers (’15) competed in the National Chemical Engineering Jeopardy Competition and placed 2nd in the preliminary round against Georgia Tech and Trine University. Georgia Tech won the round and advanced to final jeopardy.

During weekend of events, the national chapter of AIChE recognized Cadet James Haworth (’16) as the West Point Chemical Engineering Club Outstanding Freshman Award Winner for AY13 and Bann was the West Point Chemical Engineering Club Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence Award Winner for AY13. The AIChE national organization recognizes that West Point’s relatively new club has cadets showing great enthusiasm for academics and chemical engineering. In its sixth year as a nationally registered club, cadets have proven to continuously establish themselves.

The weekend was full of events and an excellent program focused on academic achievement, engineering competition, chemical engineering career progression and education on how to run and manage an active and fun student AIChE chapter. Cadet leaders discussed with other student chapter members, while learning from the various seminar speakers, and interacted with professional chemical engineers throughout all sorts of industry.

The cadets have are also continuing to explore building a ChemE Car for competition in April 2014. This trip helped the West Point ChemE team learn more about the competition and the Army team gained valuable information toward the first-ever West Point ChemE Car—the “Knight Ride.”