Chemical Engineering News
The Grand Challenge congratulates Mackenzie Pugh, Shelley Edwards, Jordan Barnett, and Cody Bowerman for winning the Rural Reimagined Award of $500 last week for their project “Serious as a Heart Attack!” The team of chemical engineering and nursing students are working to create a device that tests for troponin, a protein that is released into the bloodstream when a heart attack is occurring or about to occur. The device will be extremely helpful to those in rural communities with long waits for ambulances to arrive, as they can test their troponin levels to see if they are actually experiencing a heart attack or not. As Stephen Shepherd, a recent TN Tech graduate and one of the original team members states, “it would save everyone money and not waste viable resources that could potentially be used for other life-threatening emergencies.” The team will use the $500 from the challenge to continue researching and developing a prototype, and they’re excited for the device’s future! Click here to see the team talk about their work.
The Chemical Engineering department is full of students that take charge and lead
various events that help build a sense of community within the department. Our student
organizations, AIChe and CEGRA, help empower chemical engineering students in these
endeavors. These events range from barbecues and networking nights to chemical engineering
conferences and competitions.
Click here to learn more about what AIChe and CEGRA have been doing
Tennessee Tech PhD graduate Phaneedra Kondapi was recognized by the Society of Petroleum
Engineers (SPE). He will receive the SPE's Projects, Facilities, and Construction
award, which recognizes outstanding achievements and/or contributions that advance
the field of petroleum engineering in the technical area of projects, facilities and
construction. Dr. Kondapi currently serves as the interim assistant dean and founding
director for engineering programs at University of Houston at Katy. He graduated with
a PhD in chemical engineering from Tennessee Tech in 2000. To read more, visit
J.P. Cisco saw first-hand the back pain suffered by his disabled uncle — and the relief he found from CBD oil derived from cannabis plants as an alternative to more addictive opioids and other pain relief medicines. So when Sanofi announced plans last year to cut some of the operations at Chattem where Cisco worked as a production manager, the 28-year-old Hixson native decided to try to start his own business in Tennessee's newly legalized industrial hemp market... Read more
Thank you to Eastman Chemical Company for generously donating several hardhats with our department logo to our Unit Ops lab!
“Doctoral Student Nastasia Allred received the Directors’ Award of the Computer and System Technology (CAST) Division of the AIChE for her poster presentation on modeling hyperthermia treatment for cancer tumors. Congrats Nastasia for this prestigious national division award.”
Bo Bonning, Carnegie PhD Student, won best paper of the symposium award for his oral
presentation at the Annual National AICHE (Fall 2018)