BYU Chemical Engineering Students Shine at the Pacific Northwest Regional Conference
Our exceptional BYU Chemical Engineering students made their mark at the Pacific Northwest Regional Conference held at Oregon State University in Corvallis. The dedicated team of Niccolo Rosborough, Seth Hall, Celeste Younger, Kaylen Ward, Isaac Garlick, and Ricardo Rodriguez Ceron participated in four competitive events, exhibiting outstanding teamwork and proficiency. We are thrilled to celebrate their impressive achievements - securing 2nd place in the ChemE Car Poster Competition and 3rd place in the ChemE Car Competition. This success wouldn't have been attainable without the steadfast support and mentorship from Clint, Dean, and Randy. Let's congratulate our students on their remarkable accomplishments and applaud their hard work!
Tyler Williams awarded the University Nuclear Leadership Program Fellowship
Chemical engineering graduate student Tyler Williams has been awarded the University Nuclear Leadership Program Fellowship to develop thin-layer electrochemical sensors for molten salt solutions that could monitor a much wider range of conditions than traditional electrochemical sensors. These thin-layer sensors may be deployed in next-generation nuclear reactors and nuclear material processing units to optimize operation and mitigate proliferation. The $169,000 award will be distributed over three years and includes a research travel allowance and a funded internship at a Department of Energy facility. A total of 32 fellowships were awarded to students at 19 universities.
1st and 2nd Place Awards in Undergraduate Research
BYU chemical engineering student Celeste Younger won 1st place at the Regional and 2nd place at the National Undergraduate Research Paper Competition. This is considered the most prestigious undergraduate research award for chemical engineering undergraduates in the country.
Molten salt nuclear reactors reduce risks of accidents, meltdowns
A nuclear power plant produces 8000 times more power than fossil fuels and is environmentally friendly, but when accidents do occur, they have major repercussions, such as the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Nearly 100 people died either in the accident or through radiation sickness in the years following.
Dr. Pitt awarded the Outstanding Interdisciplinary Research Award by the American University of Sharjah’s College of Engineering.
BYU Chemical Engineering Professor William Pitt has collaborated with the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates for many years toward using Ultrasound for Targeted Drug Delivery. In recognition of the work’s success, that collaboration recently was awarded the Outstanding Interdisciplinary Research Award by the College of Engineering at the American University of Sharjah.