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Accolades 2018

Christopher Neal.Christopher Neal, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a senior majoring in chemical and biomolecular engineering and a member of the Chancellor’s Honors Program, is a Fulbright alternative for a study and research grant to Germany and could be offered a grant at a later date.

Kelsey Grady.Kelsey Grady earned multiple awards this year for her work with UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair Thomas Zawodzinski’s research group. Her poster titled “Effect of Membrane Pretreatment on the Mass Transport of Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries” earned her a third-place prize at the AIChE Southern Regional poster competition and first place in the CBE department’s competition.

“Placing third at the AIChE SRC was a huge accomplishment for me,” said Grady. “I was up against about 50 other students from universities all over the southern region. I felt really confident immediately after the competition because I felt I had done well.”

She capped her regional showing with the departmental win.

“I honestly was not expecting it because I did not know who I was up against or how many other students had submitted their posters,” Grady said. She credited Gabriel Goenaga, senior research associate in CBE, with motivating her to create her poster and enter it into multiple competitions. “It definitely would not have happened without all of his help and encouragement.”

Grady has moved forward with career plans since graduating in May 2018.

“Nothing is officially decided yet,” she said. “But I am definitely looking to find a job in the chemical engineering field that I really enjoy.”

Senior Michael Lin (CBE) is a member of the Food Recovery Network, which was awarded the Student Organization Environmental Leadership Award at the Environmental Leadership Awards Dinner in May. The group was recognized for their efforts during the 2017 football season. Group members helped recover nearly 8,000 pounds of food from Neyland Stadium after football games.

Naijia Hao.PhD candidate Naijia Hao was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2018 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) competition. She earned a $50 cash prize for her participation.