UF Students and Faculty Shine at AIChE

The department of Chemical Engineering made a strong showing at the 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting in Orlando on Nov. 8-15, 2019.

Sixteen undergraduates, 41 graduate students, and 16 faculty members connected with colleagues, participated in competitions, and showcased their research in 68 Oral and Poster contributions.

UF AIChE chapter members participated in the new K-12 Outreach Competition, the Chem-E-Car Competition, which placed 11 out of 44 teams from around the world, and the Undergraduate Student Poster Competition. Samantha Angelina and Carter Boelke, placed first in Materials and Engineering XII, and second in Catalysis and Reaction Engineering, respectively. Our chapter members heartily accepted the Outstanding Student Chapter award for the third year in a row!

Carlos Rinaldi, Ph.D., was awarded the IACChE James Y. Oldshue Distinguished Lecturer for the 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting. He delivered his lecture, Response of Magnetic Nanoparticles to Time Varying Magnetic Fields: Ferrohydrodynamics, Nanoscale Thermal Therapy, and Magnetic Particle Imaging.

“I am honored and grateful for this recognition, especially because it comes from both the American Institute of Chemical Engineering and the Interamerican Confederation of Chemical Engineering, representing collaboration between Chemical Engineers in the USA and the rest of the Americas,” says Rinaldi.

Students and faculty met over 80 potential graduate students at the Recruitment Fair, and discussed our degree programs.

The department hosted a lively dessert reception for friends and alumni. Faculty enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting with faculty candidates. Local musician, Scott Peeples entertained with beach blues style live music, and everyone enjoyed the ultra-creamy liquid nitrogen ice cream and assorted baked desserts.