Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Alumni News
E. A. (Ed) Clerke (MS '78 and Ph.D. '82, physics), formerly advised by ChBE Distinguished University Professor Emeritus Jan Sengers, was named the Principal Professional of the Reservoir Characterization Department and Exploration at Saudi Aramco, the highest technical position in the company. Clerke is known for his innovations in techniques used to unlock and characterize subsurface reservoir carbonate fields for ultimate oil and gas recovery.
Jonghoon Choi (M.S. '06, Ph.D. '08) was appointed an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Science and Technology, KIST Campus, in South Korea. Choi was advised by Associate Professor Nam Sun Wang.
Allan E. David (B.S. '97, Ph.D. '04) has been appointed to the faculty of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Auburn University in Alabama. David was advised by Associate Professor Nam Sun Wang.
Hyunmin Yi (Ph.D. '03) has been promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Tufts University. At Maryland, Yi was advised by Fischell Department of Bioengineering professor and chair William E. Bentley, and later worked as a postdoctoral research associate for Department of Materials Science and Engineering professor Gary Rubloff.
Patricia Castellanos (Ph.D. '10), who is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute's Climate Observations Department in De Bilt, recently published a paper in Nature.com's Scientific Reports, in which she and co-author K. Folkert Boersma show that European air pollution levels "do not follow simple linear trends, but reflect a compilation of environmental policy and economic activity." Their data show, for example, that significant reductions in NOx emissions correspond to periods of economic recession, in which gross domestic product, industrial production, and construction were down; and that nonlinear changes in emissions suggest that some changes occur independently of environmental policy. "Recession modeling" is used to predict future, post-recession trends. To learn more, read the paper online or visit Patricia's ChBE alumna profile.
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