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2020 South Texas Section – AIChE Annual Awards

2019 South Texas Section – AIChE

Distinguished Service Award

John Middleton displays his 2019 Distinguished Service Award Plaque.

John received a BS in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Chemical Engineering Degree from Oklahoma State University.

He has worked most of his career in the EPC business:  18 years with Worley (and its previous names) and before that 12 years with Fluor.  John also worked 2 years with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and 6 years with Phillips 66.

John moved to Houston in late 1998 and now celebrates 22 years here.  He attended STS – AIChE Meetings for a few years. David Silarski was running Registration and asked if John would like to help him during the rush just before the meeting.  This was when cash and checks were taken, receipts were written, and Name Badges were peeled off of a sheet. John began showing up early to help before the rush and began to help set up the workshops and other tasks as needed.   After a few years John took over the Registration Committee activities.  Registration has evolved to online registration and payments but John still shows up early to help setup workshops and things in general and then help the STS – AIChE Treasurer Yurika Diaz distribute the name badges.

John has also volunteered for registration at every SPTC except one when business required him to be out of town.  He has also showed up for a lot of OTC YP Goody Bag Stuffing events and has been a STS – AIChE OTC Volunteer for a number of years.

Congratulations! John. 

2019 South Texas Section – AIChE

Outstanding Young Professional Award

                                         

Emily Jackson displays her 2019 South Texas Section – AIChE Outstanding Young Professional Award.

Emily has 10 years of experience in industry as a process engineer. She is currently the Subject Matter Expert for Pressure Relief Devices within INVISTA.  She has held lead process engineer roles and supports major capital projects.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Engineering degree from McNeese State University.  Emily has held positions within AICHE STS Young Professionals including the Social Chair and the 2019 Young Professionals Group Chair position.  Emily has volunteered at AICHE events such as the Southwest Process Technology Conference and looks forward to continued involvement with the organization.  Emily has twin boys and a new miniature dachshund puppy to keep her busy in her spare time.

Congratulations!  Emily!

South Texas Section – AIChE

 2019 Best Fundamental Paper Award

Recipients of the 2019 STS – AIChE Best Fundamental Paper Awards display their Awards.

         

Michael S. Wong displays his 2019 AICHEBest Fundamental Paper Award.

Sujin Guo displays her 2019 AICHEBest Fundamental Paper Award.

 

Hao Li displays his 2019 AICHEBest Fundamental Paper Award.

  

Kihyun Shin displays his 2019 AICHEBest Fundamental Paper Award.

Graeme Henkelman displays his 2019 AICHEBest Fundamental Paper Award.

2019 STS – AIChE Best Fundamental Paper: Hao Li, Sujin Guo, Kihyun Shin, Michael S. Wong, and Graeme Henkelman for the paper “Design of a Pd−Au Nitrite Reduction Catalyst by Identifying and Optimizing Active Ensembles” which was published in ACS Catalysis 2019, No. 9, pp. 7957−7966.

 

 

South Texas Section – AIChE

 2019 Best Applied Paper Award

Yang Xia (L) and Haotian Wang (R ) display their 2019 STS – AIChE Best Applied Paper Award Plaques

2019 STS – AIChE Best Applied Paper:     Chuan Xia, Yang Xia, Peng Zhu, Lei Fan, and Haotian Wang for the paper “Direct electrosynthesis of pure aqueous H2O2 solutions up to 20% by weight using a solid electrolyte” by Chuan Xia, Yang Xia, Peng Zhu, Lei Fan, and Haotian Wang which was published in Science Vol 11, October 2019, No. 366, pp. 226–231.

 

South Texas Section – AIChE

 2019 Best In-Practice Paper Award

William Pittman (L) and his family display his 2019 STS – AIChE Best In-Practice Paper Award Plaque

2019 STS – AIChE Best In-Practice Paper: William Pittman and M. Sam Mannan (Deceased) for the paper “Case Study on a Fire Within a Road-Based Portable Bitumen Storage Tanker” which was published in AIChE Process Safety Progress 2019, pp. 1-6.

 

South Texas Section – AIChE Annual Awards 2019 Best Papers Committee Report

The 2019 South Texas Section – AIChE Best Papers competition consisted of six (6) nominations for the Best Applied Paper, three (3) nominations for the Best  Fundamental Paper, and two (2) nominations for the Best In-Practice Paper. 

The Applied and Fundamental Best Papers Judging Committee was chaired by Matt Christensen with Ryan Stephens serving as Co-Chair (both of Shell) and was composed of the following Members:

 

Umang Agarwal                                                                   Opinder Bhan

Paul Corbett                                                                         Peter Cornelisse

George Devaull                                                                    Daniel Eriksen

Somil Gupta                                                                          Sandeep Jain

Mohamad Kabbani                                                              Shamayita Kanungo

Ruth Kowaleski                                                                    Gilbert Liu

Jiayi Liu                                                                                Jian Lu

Stuart McGregor                                                                  Ayush Narsaria

Arian Nijmeijer                                                                     Sandhya Rai

Mike Reynolds                                                                    Prathamesh Shenai

Joost Smits                                                                         Himadriben Soni

Ryan Stephens                                                                   Steven Tulloch

Lennart van Haandel                                                          Sumit Verma

The Best In-Practice Paper Judging Committee was composed of Matt Kolodney, David Silarski, and Tom Menn.

The South Texas Section – AIChE deepest appreciation and thanks for contributing your time talents, efforts, and a job well done.