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A newsletter from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Tulane University

Volume 5, Issue 1 Fall, 1998

Notes from the Chairman

Dear Alumni, Students and Friends,

I feel very fortunate to start my service as department chair at a time that is very exciting both for the university and for the department. During Dr. Gonzalez's five-year tenure as chairperson, our program experienced an unprecedented era of stability and quality. There is an upbeat, positive feeling across campus about our new President, Scott Cowen, who, prior to coming to Tulane, was Dean of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Our Dean of Engineering, Bill Van Buskirk, has just moved to a new job and location, as Provost and Senior Vice President at New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Prof. Mike Lynch of Mechanical Engineering is serving as Interim Dean for 1998-99. We are in the process of launching a national search for a new Dean of Engineering, who will assume office in the Fall of 1999.

Last academic year we had two seniors receiving national awards: an AIChE National Scholarship Award went to Angel Delcarpio and an AIChE Minority Scholarship Award to Kellé Hankton. On November 15, Stacey Bennett will receive a 1998 Minority Scholarship Award in the Annual AIChE meeting in Miami. We continue to encourage the involvement of our undergraduates in research, and in recent years their names have appeared in archival journal publications, something that makes our department unique campus-wide.

Our scholarly productivity has continued to grow, and we enjoy the rare phenomenon where all professors are involved in research, are active in publishing articles, supervise graduate students, and receive extramural funding. The junior Associate Professors have been awarded some of the nationally most competitive and prestigious research grants, including an NSF Career Award, an Engineering Foundation Initiation Grant, and a Brown Foundation

Inside This Issue

  • Fundraising Campaign Announced

  • Undergraduate Wins National Award

  • Alumni Survey

  • Feature Article: “Trimming the Fat”

Grant. We awarded eight PhD's in 1997 and expect to exceed that number in 1998. Our seminar series continues to feature prominent speakers who are introduced to our department and leave it with the best impressions.

As we position ourselves for the new century, we are determined to work even harder at maintaining and improving the education we offer to our undergraduates, in a learning environment where the professors are actively pursuing and generating new knowledge. We will also strive to provide them with an ever-improving physical environment that takes advantage of the recent technological advances in the information and instrumentation technologies. To that end, you can continue to be a partner in our department's mission by offering your generous support. Dr. Brian Mitchell, the founding editor of ChEWave, explains in another section of this newsletter the goals we have set and the mechanisms through which you can contribute.

Lastly, I hope that you will increasingly use this forum to keep us apprized of your personal and professional news and achievements.

Sincerely,

Kyriakos D. Papadopoulos Professor and Chair

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