The Department of Chemical Engineering would like to extend special recognition and congratulations to one of our PhD candidates, Mr. Colin Young. For his hard work, Colin was recently awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Awards from this program are highly sought-after and awarded to only the top graduate students in the nation.

Colin Young

Mr. Young received his bachelor’s degree from our department in the spring of 2012. As an undergraduate, Colin excelled in our program as both a student and a leader. He was the first elected president of our outreach program, and he helped build this student group into a permanent part of our department’s culture, one that now reaches thousands of K-12 students each year. As an undergraduate, Colin authored two peer-reviewed articles on engineering outreach and presented his work at the 2011 AIChE national convention. For his continued dedication to science communication, Colin recently represented our department at Harvard’s ComSciCon.

Colin became a graduate student in our department in the fall of 2012 and was quickly admitted into our Nanotechnology Training Program. His research interests include nanotechnology, biomedicine, and sensor technologies, and he is now working in the laboratory of Professor Marc Porter, developing new medical diagnostic technologies.

Colin’s recent NSF award reflects his hard work over many years, and, no doubt, predicts many impressive accomplishments to come.