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Chemical Engineering Graduate, Eugenia Ndieze, selected as the Fall 2022 University’s Outstanding Graduate

Ms. Eugenia Ndieze has been named the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Outstanding Graduate.  Selected from among eight award finalists, she will be recognized during Fall 2022 Commencement ceremonies. Eugenia is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Chemistry and a cumulative GPA of 3.94.

Nominated by the College of Engineering and Dean Ahmed Khattab, the award is based on leadership, scholarship and service which serve both the University and the community. Eugenia was also named the College of Engineering’s Outstanding Graduate, and the Department of Chemical Engineering’s Outstanding Graduate.

“Eugenia Ndieze is an exceptional student who worked tirelessly to finish her Chemical Engineering degree in just seven semesters,” said Dean Ahmed Khattab. “She has a remarkable story, she is an excellent representative from our international community of students and is an outstanding community member. We are very proud of her accomplishments,” continued Khattab.

In her research, she has authored four technical presentations/posters on biochemical waste conversion into viable resources for use in human habitation on Mars as well as dual use applications on Earth. Her research could result in possible cost reductions in the wastewater treatment industry as well as reduced energy consumption in extraterrestrial habitation prospects.

She remained on the President’s list for four years and received UL Lafayette Honors recognition. She is a national and regional member of Tau Beta Pi, a member the Order of the Engineer, a member of the UL Lafayette Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a member of the chemical engineering honor society, Omega Chi Epsilon, a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and a research member of the Association of Official Analytical Chemist (AOAC).  She is a former member of the Ragin’ Cajun Sustainability Leaders (RCSL) which provided awareness about waste reduction, proper recycling and the zero-waste initiative on UL Lafayette’s campus.

Ms. Ndieze is the proud 1st place winner of the Chemical Engineering Senior Design Project in the class of 2022 and recipient of the Fluor Corp Alumni Research Innovation Award. She was also the captain of the winning Quiz Bowl team for the Chemical Engineering department during Engineering and Technology Week Spring 2022.

Eugenia received several scholarships to include the Cabot Corporation Endowed Chemical Engineering Scholarship, the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) Teche Section Corrosion Endowed Scholarship, the Garber Family Chemical Engineering Scholarship, the Citgo Educational Support Fund, and the Fleur-de-Lis International Scholarship.

She is an active member and regular volunteer at Asbury Methodist Church in Lafayette where she plans and assists with Bible student sessions for preteens on Sundays as one of her many volunteer activities. Church members were very beneficial in helping her to adapt to life in Lafayette after moving to the US from Nigeria. She hopes to help other international students in the same way in the future. 

Eugenia and her two siblings were raised by a single mother after the death of her father at a young age. Her mother worked hard to see that her children received a strong and proper education. Eugenia has worked diligently to help pay for her education and is grateful to the community and university for the opportunities and assistance afforded her. 

Eugenia is proud to be a chemical engineer and has accepted a job with Evonik Industries as a process engineer. Evonik is one of the world’s leading specialty chemicals companies with locations worldwide. She aspires to become a licensed Profession Engineer (PE). 

We would like to congratulate Eugenia - you are all amazing and will set the world on fire!

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