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2014 Annual Senior Awards Banquet

(From left) Tessora (Tess) Young, awarded the Oblad Silver Medal of Excellence by Bruce Oblad.

(From left) Tessora (Tess) Young, awarded the Oblad Silver Medal of Excellence by Bruce Oblad.

The Annual Senior Awards Banquet was held on April 17, 2014. In addition to sharing lunch, presentations were made for outstanding students and faculty. The Chemical Engineering Department congratulates the following seniors for their achievements. Curtis Beck, President of the local chapter of AIChE, awarded the Outstanding Senior, by vote of the class, to James Berejkoff. Bruce Oblad awarded the Oblad Silver Medal of Excellence, in honor of his late father Alex Oblad, to Tessora (Tess) Young, This award is based on an outstanding senior student graduating in Chemical Engineering. The Oustanding Faculty Award, voted by the Senior Class was awarded to Professor Terry Ring. The Leadership and Service award was presented to Katherine (Kat) Bell, and the Commitment and Dedication award to Tristalee Williams. Finally, the Outstanding Academic Achievement award recipients were, Orland Bateman, Hayley Buchman, Rachel Claudius, Morgan Empey, Taylor Geisler, Brandon Mitchell, Matthew Osmond, and Sean Patterson.

Sustainable Green Technology: From small to large scale, making oil from discarded plastic
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PK Clean’s commercial-scale facility has the capacity to convert 20,000 pounds of nonrecycled plastic to 60 barrels of oil per day. (PK Clean)

Creating a clean and secure new energy source is the vision of the PK Clean company. Benjamin Coates a University of Utah, Ph.D., candidate in Chemical Engineering whose Ph.D. advisor is Professor Eric Eddings and Priyanka Bakaya, a graduate of MIT and Stanford have mitigated two problems at once: mounting land-filled plastics, and escalating imported fuel. It’s their process that turns recycled waste plastic into oil that can be made into gasoline, kerosene and diesel. Starting from Coates small-scale research model at the University of Utah, they are now operating their first commercial scale unit in Salt Lake City. By converting all of our landfill plastics into oil, this technology could offset 25% of annual U.S. auto fuel consumption.

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Benjamin Coates, Ph.D.

Benjamin Coates, Ph.D. Candidate

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Dr. Eric Eddings, Associate Dean for Research, College Of Engineering

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Congratulations to the following 2014 winners of the John Zink Scholarships

Congratulations to the following 2014 winners of the John Zink Scholarships

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2014 Kingston Energy Engineering Scholarship

2014 Kingston Energy Engineering Scholarship

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2014 AIChE Rocky Mountain Student Regional Conference

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SPE Richard E. Wyman Scholarship

SPE Richard E. Wyman Scholarship

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