People, Papers, Presentations

People, Papers, Presentations

Alumnus Gang Cheng ’05 and Kyriacos Zygourakis, the A.J. Hartsook Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and professor in bioengineering, won the Best Fundamental Paper Award at the South Texas Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. The award for Best Applied Paper was received by Matteo Pasquali, professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering and in chemistry, and Natnael Behabtu, a graduate student in chemical engineering. This is the second year in a row that Rice’s Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department has won both best paper awards.

Drew Bryant, a graduate student in computer science, and Samantha Summerson, a graduate student in electrical and computer engineering, have won graduate fellowships from oilfield services company Schlumberger Limited. The fellowships were awarded by the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology.

Yildiz Bayazitoglu, the Harry S. Cameron Chair in Mechanical Engineering, will chair the International Symposium on Thermal and Materials Nanoscience and Nanotechnology sponsored by the International Center for Heat and Mass Transfer in Antalya, Turkey, May 29-June 3. The symposium will play a role in bridging the gap between chemistry, physics and engineering in the areas of thermal and materials nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Rice University Art Gallery received a silver medal for graphic design from the Art Directors Club of Houston for the exhibition catalog designed for artist Wayne White’s exhibition “Big Lectric Fan to Keep Me Cool While I Sleep.”

Richard Tapia, University Professor and the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering, will deliver the commencement address at the University of Nevada at Reno’s winter commencement Dec. 4 and receive an honorary doctorate.

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