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Chemical Engineering's Chem-E Sports Team Wins 1st Place in International Competition during the Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in Orlando, FL

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Congratulations to Mathew Crawford, David Shoemaker, Anh Tran and Paul Robicheaux who placed 1st in the International Chem-E Sports Competition during the annual meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in Orlando, FL.  This year’s competition had teams operate a simulated distillation column, using software of the type refinery workers train with.   The competitors were given real-life scenarios that could be observed in a plant and an objective to complete within a given timeframe. The competition is open to both academia and industry.

Dhan Lord Fortela and Ashley Mikolajczyk, instructors in the Department of Chemical Engineering, co-advised the team. 

Special thanks to Chelsey Martin of Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals for water-intensive industries, who gave our team incredible support.

Other competitors included teams from Cal Poly Pomona; Carnegie Mellon University; Lehigh University; New Jersey Institute of Technology; New Mexico State University; Tulane University; University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Irvine; the United States Military Academy at West Point; the University of South Florida; the University of Tulsa; the University of Virginia; the University of Waterloo and Youngstown State University.

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Pictured from left to right: Anh Tran, Mathew Crawford, top: David Shoemaker, and Paul Robicheaux