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  • January '17
    Sharlee and Amey both defended their PhD thesis and moved on to new frontiers!  Best of luck - we will miss you both! 
  • April '17
    Julie, Charlie, and Pat are graduating and moving on to graduate studies at UVirginia, CalTech, and MIT, respectively.  We could not be more proud of you three!! Stay in touch! 
  • May '17
    Eric McElhinny and Kendra LaValee are joining our group as summer research students through our MCSI summer research program.  Welcome!
  • July '17
    Sam Batchelder has joined our group as a new PhD student, strengthening our efforts in process intensification.  Welcome Sam! 


  • July '16
    Sharlee's PLOS One paper won our department's best paper award!  Congrats, Sharlee!! 
  • May '16
    Isaac Mastalski, Brett Amy, and Kenny To are joining our group as summer research students (joining Julie Hartz and Pat Asinger who are continuing their research) Welcome!!
  • March '16
    Amazing! Two of our undergraduate researchers, Charlie Hansen and Pat Asinger, are among the three Goldwater award winners from Pitt this year!!! Congratualtions, Charlie and Pat - we could not be more proud of you!! 
  • January '16
    Our group is welcoming a large group of new lab members! Jason Ferree, Yu-Chieh Cheng, Wanling Zhu, Roshni Pillai, and Prahlad Krishna all joined our group officially as graduate students.   Welcome!!


  • October '15
    Yung-Chieh Lai defended his PhD thesis and will start as postdoc at NETL.  Congrats, Yungchieh!  We'll miss you (but are glad you will stay in Pittsburgh!)
  • September '15
    Piyathip Thanapistikul joined our lab for his MS thesis work.  Welcome, Piyathip! 
  • July '15:
    Our awesome undergrads did it again! Sarah Casne and Julie Hartz won first place in the school-wide Mascaro Summer Research Symposium! Congratulations, Sarah and Julie!
  • July '15:
    Chris Ewing successfully defended his PhD thesis, and accepted a job offer from PNC, starting next month!  Congrats, Chris, and best of luck at your job - we will miss you!
  • April '15
    Jonathan Hughes won 1st place at the AIChE Midatlantic undergraduate poster competition.  Well done, Jonathan! 
  • April '15
  • Yahui Yang successfully defended her MS thesis! Congratulations, Yahui!!
  • April '15
  • Our group had again an outstanding showing again at our department's annual research day!   Sharlee Mahoney won first place graduate poster award (again!), and four of the top five undergraduate research posters came from our group, including first place by Natalie Isenberg. Both Natalie and third place winner Jonathan Hughes won OXE awards to present their posters at the AIChE regional meeting in Maryland! Well done, everyone!! 
  • January '15
  • Gizem Ozbuyukkaya and John Hubczak officially joined our research group as graduate students. Welcome, Gizem and John!


  • November '14
  • Kimaya Padgaonkar won third place for her poster presentation at the national AIChE Annual Meeting in Atlanta! Fantastic, Kimaya!
  • July '14
  • Natalie Isenberg and Jonathan Hughes won first place in the MCSI Summer Research competition! Congratulations, Natalie and Jonathan!
  • May '14
  • Natalie Isenberg, Kimaya Padgaonkar, Jonathan Hughes, Bronson Lockwood, and Jeff Schallick will all join our group for the summer on Mascaro research internships, and Yutao Gong will join us with a Swanson School summer reseatch internship! Congratulations all, and we look forward to having you as part of our team!
  • April '14
  • Our group did a clean sweep at our department's research day!  Chris took first place among oral presentations, Sharlee won first place among graduate poster presentations, and Brittany won second place among undergraduate poster presentations! Congratulations, all!!
  • Brittany Givens, who worked in our lab for the past year as an undergraduate researcher, has received a Dean's Fellowship and a Sloan Fellowship to conduct her graduate studies at the University of Iowa.  Great news, Brittany, and stay in touch! 
  • March '14
  • Saurabh successfully defended his PhD thesis and accepted a job offer from Intel. Congrats, Saurabh - we will miss you!
  • February '14
  • David Palm who was part of our group as an undergraduate researcher for three semesters ('12/13) received a very prestigious Churchill scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge. David will work in the group of Erwin Reisner  for one year to work on an MSc, and then return to the US for graduate studies in ChemE.  Congratulations, David - we are immensely proud of you!!


  • November '13
  • Saurabh received our department's best paper award. Congrats, Saurabh!
  • October '13
  • Saurabh received our department's Coull award as best graduate student, continuing the proud tradition of our research group (this is the 4th Coull award in the pat five years for our group! Way to go, guys!!!)

(Starting with the fall of 2013, we will keep a 'news archive' for our group here, so that past news items don't get forgotten that easily!)

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