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Fundraising Campaign Announced

The Department of Chemical Engineering has announced a $200,000 fundraising campaign to begin October 1, 1998. The “Chemical Engineering 2000 Support Fund” drive is intended to position the department for its foray into the 21st century. Among the projects targeted for these funds are:

Accreditation. The new 2000 guidelines call

ABET Engineering for a substantial

investment evaluation.

in curriculum assessment and This will require manpower and

improved information technology. Estimated cost: $25,000. Unit Operations Laboratory Upgrade.

The

unit operations lab is in dire need of upgraded experiments. The current annual instructional budget allows only for repair of old equipment. A minimum of $140,000 is required to develop at least two new experiments. A grant application will be made to the Instructional and Laboratory Improvement (ILI) program at NSF for this improvement. The department must contribute 25% of this cost, with 25% coming from the Engineering Dean/Office of research, and the remaining 50% from NSF. Estimated cost: $35,000. Computer Laboratory Upgrade. The computer lab currently has only half of the machines required. The current machines are quickly becoming outdated. It is estimated that $60,000 is required to double the number of machines, and $20,000 annually to replace approximately 15% of the machines each year. Half of these funds should come from external sources such as state and federal grants and/or

the Engineering Dean’s Office. total cost: $40,000.

Estimated

Faculty Hiring. In order to be competitive, the department must have the financial ability to offer a new faculty hire on the order of $100,000 in start-up funds, in addition to those start-up funds provided by the Engineering Dean’s and Provost’s Offices. Estimated cost: $100,000

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“This is a very important time for our department.” says Kyriakos Papadopoulos, the new department chairman. “There will be many changes taking place in higher education over the coming years both at the University and national levels, and we want to make sure our department is positioned to take advantage of whatever situations may present themselves.”

Donations will fall into two general categories: corporate and private. Our corporate donors have been generous in the past, and we will count on them increasing their pledge for this very important

campaign.

The

department

soliciting funds directly from

only recently starting the alumni, and we are

appreciative of those of donation envelopes over

you who have returned the the past two years. We will

need, however, a part of the alumni

much more to make this

concerted effort on the portion of the campaign

a

success.

Our

goal

is

to

raise

$50,000

in

alumni

donations

through

Corporate

matching

blanket mailings such as this. is an important part of the alumni

contribution - if you have make arrangements for it!

corporate matching, please The campaign is scheduled

to

run

through

December

31,

1999.

We

will

be

giving

periodic updates, keep you abreast

and will be developing of our progress.#

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web

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Tulane Undergrad Wins AIChE Award

Stacey D. Bennett, a junior in chemical engineering, has been selected to receive a 1998-99 Minority Scholarship Award for College Students from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, consisting of a $1000 scholarship. Only six of these scholarships are given annually.

Stacey is vice-president for the AIChE Student Chapter at Tulane, and is active in the National Society of Black Engineers, the African- American Congress of Tulane and the Society of Women Engineers. She was also a summer intern at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Exxon.

This is the third consecutive year that students from our department have won national AIChE scholarships. Andrea Palmisano won a Scholastic Scholarship in 1996, as did Angela Delcarpio in 1997. Kellé Hankton was awarded a Minority Scholarship in 1997.#

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