Mines hosts conference for chemical engineering students

Colorado School of Mines played host to nearly 300 students for the Rocky Mountain Regional Student Conference of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChe) April 5 and 6.

The annual gathering included workshops, research poster and paper competitions, a Jeopardy-style quiz show and the Chem-E-Car competition, which challenges teams to use chemical reactions to power a car a certain distance while safely carrying a load, then stop it.

Mines chemical engineering major Gavin Yeung took first place in the research paper competition with his paper “Combinatorial Synthesis of MgxZn1-xO thin films for use in CdTe solar cells.”

Zach Goldsmith, chemical and biochemical engineering, won second place in the poster competition for “Magnetic Field Sensitive Optical Nanosensors.”

The Mines team Degrees of Freedom took third in the quiz show; members were chemical engineering majors Kyle Dyer, Brent Janda, Hannah Johannsson and Brandon Reynolds.

AIChE is the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with more than 60,000 members from over 110 countries. The Rocky Mountain section comprises professionals in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and South Dakota.

Mark Ramirez, Managing Editor, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3088 | ramirez@mines.edu
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