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ChBE Students Honored at Tau Beta Pi Banquet

 

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Ohio University honored outstanding undergraduates at the Annual Russ College Student Awards banquet on May 12, 2012.  The banquet is organized by Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society.  All chemical engineering student awards are determined by a vote of the department faculty.


Nominee for Russ College Outstanding SeniorLeesha Blake

Each department in the Russ College nominates one senior.  The student selected by the college will have an outstanding record of service in the college, university, and/or community, as well as an excellent academic record.


Nominee for Russ College Loehr Leadership Award and Ohio University Dean of Students CitationScott Eardley

Each department in the Russ College nominates one senior.  The student selected by the college will have an outstanding record of leadership in the department, college, university, and / or community.  In addition to this nomination, Scott is presented with an Ohio University Dean of Students Citation for his two years of service as the manager and as a workshop leader for the Ohio University Amanda J. Cunningham Leadership Center.  Scott was selected as the WINNER of this year's award.


Outstanding Chemical Engineering SeniorZachary Barbis and Sarah Bodle

Students are selected for this award based on their engineering professionalism, their in-class, project, department, college, and university contributions, as well as their GPA. 


American Institute of Chemical Engineers – Central Ohio Section Outstanding Senior
Christopher Duval

This award is made at the May AIChE-COS meeting, one award to an Ohio University senior and one award to an Ohio State University senior. The Ohio University senior is selected based on service to the student chapter of AIChE.


Keith M. Russ Award for Outstanding Chemical Engineering JuniorWilliam Simons and David Homol

The Keith M. Russ Award honors chemical engineering alumnus Keith Russ.  Students are selected for this award based on their engineering professionalism, their in-class, project, department, college, and university contributions, as well as their GPA.


Outstanding Chemical Engineering SophomoreEmily Blaha and Courtney Sterrick

Students are selected for this award based on their engineering professionalism, their in-class, project, department, college, and university contributions, as well as their GPA.

 

 

Student Profiles

 

Leesha Blake (senior, Fort Jennings, Ohio) – Leesha is a past member of the Chem-E-Car team, a Russ College Engineering Ambassador, and the recording secretary for Tau Beta Pi.  She completed a co-op assignment at Momentive Performance Materials in Sistersville, West Virginia and has done undergraduate research in the Sustainable Energy and Materials Laboratory, advised by Dr. K.B. Lee.  In addition to her B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Leesha will earn a minor in Business Administration.  Following graduation, Leesha will pursue a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Ohio University under the direction of Dr. K. B. Lee. 

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Scott Eardley (senior, Beavercreek, Ohio) – Scott has served for two years as the manager and as a leadership consultant for Ohio University's Amanda J. Cunningham Leadership Center, which offers a series of workshops leading to a leadership certificate for members of the university community.  He has been an student leader for Bobcat Student Orientation, and he also served two years as a resident assistant for residential housing.  He was a member of the WERC environmental design team, and he was selected for participation in the Russ College Robe Leadership Institute.  Scott will earn a B.S. in Chemical Engineering – Energy and the Environment Track.

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Zachary Barbis
(senior, Mentor, Ohio) – Zack completed two co-op assignments, one with Cytec Industries in Willow Island, West Virginia and the other with the RoviSys Company in Aurora, Ohio.  A four-year defenseman on the Ohio University American Collegiate Hockey Association Division I ice hockey team, Zack is an ACHA Academic All-American.  Zack will earn a B.S. in Chemical Engineering – Materials Track and has accepted a position with Babcock and Wilcox following graduation.

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Sarah Bodle (senior, Newark, Ohio) – Sarah was a member of the WERC environmental design team and pursued undergraduate research in biomedical engineering, advised by Dr. Doug Goetz.  She also served as a math and science tutor in the Academic Advancement Center at Ohio University.  Sarah will earn a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.

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Christopher Duval (senior, Lima, Ohio) – Chris was the 2011-2012 president of the student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.  He completed a co-op assignment with Ashland Chemical, and he was a member of the WERC environmental design team.  He is pursuing undergraduate research on biofuels in the Sustainable Energy and Materials Laboratory, advised by Dr. K.B. Lee.  Chris will earn a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.

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William Simons (junior, Lancaster, Ohio) – William is a member of the Chem-E-Car team and is an undergraduate researcher in the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment, advised by Dr. Jason Trembly.  He has been elected president of the student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers for 2012-13.  This summer, William will be working for Albemarle in Pasadena, TX.

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David Homol (junior, Moon Township, Pennsylvania) – David is a three-year member of the Chem-E-Car team, and he is pursuing a minor in Business Administration in addition to his Chemical Engineering major.  He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers student chapter and of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society.

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Emily Blaha
(sophomore, Perry, Ohio) – Emily is treasurer of the student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, and she has earned the 21st Century Leadership Certificate from the Amanda J. Cunningham Leadership Center at Ohio University.  She is also active in both the student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and in Habitat for Humanity.  In addition to her Chemical Engineering major, she is pursuing a minor in Biological Sciences, and she has been doing bioengineering research with Dr. Monica Burdick this year.

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Courtney Sterrick (sophomore, Vienna, West Virginia)– Courtney was an engineering intern with Pickering Associates in Parkersburg, West Virginia during winter break this year.  She served this year as a Peer-Led Team Learning mentor for General Chemistry.  She has been elected vice-president of the student chapter of the American Institute for Chemical Engineers and secretary of the student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers for 2012-13.  She served as secretary for the student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers this year.  In addition to her Chemical Engineering major, she is pursuing a minor in Business Administration.  Courtney will begin a co-op assignment with DuPont in Washington, West Virginia in June.

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