Monthly Archives: May 2015

Charlie Chirino receives William A. Brookshire IMPACT Scholarship

Undergraduate student Charlie Chirino was named a 2015-16 William A. Brookshire IMPACT scholar by the University of Houston Foundation. Dr. William A. Brookshire received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston in 1957. He then enrolled in graduate program at LSU, where he earned his Masters of Science and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1959 and 1961 respectively. Brookshire is co-founder and chairman of the board of S & B Engineers and Constructors, Ltd., a privately owned company based in Houston, Texas, but with offices all around the world.

The William A. Brookshire IMPACT scholarship rewards full-time students who can demonstrate that they are self-sufficient and are earning nearly 100% of incurred cost of attending school through concurrent employment. A small fraction of this cost is covered through Charlie's research on dehydrogenation reactions using hydrogen storage materials. Congratulations Charlie!

Yuying Song and Melanie Hazlett win SWCS Poster Awards

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Congratulations to Yuying and Melanie for winning best poster awards at the 2015 Spring Symposium of the Southwest Catalysis Society (SWCS)! Yuying and Melanie both work on a NSF/DOE sponsored team project to improve catalyst composition and architecture for emissions control from advanced low temperature combustion engines. Read the full story here.

Hung Tran wins Teaching Award

Congratulations to Hung Tran Vu for winning the 2015 Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Organic Chemistry Award from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Houston. Hung joined our group early 2015 and is complementing his Ph.D. thesis with a computational project on methane activation.

Hieu Doan wins 2015 Kokes Award to attend NAM24 in Pittsburgh, PA

Hieu has been selected as one of the 2015 Kokes Travel Award recipients to attend NAM24. The award covers the registration fee and all travel expenses. His poster is titled Mechanism of Water-assisted CO Oxidation over Au/TiO2 Catalysts and will be presented during the poster session on Monday, July 15, 5:30 - 8:00 pm in Ballroom A of the Lawrence Convention Center. Read the full story here.

Lars Grabow wins College Research Excellence Award

The UH Cullen College of Engineering awarded Lars Grabow one of two Junior Faculty Research Excellence Awards. The award was announced at the annual faculty and staff meeting on May 5, 2015.