Each semester the AIChE and TAPPI student chapters host a spring and fall picnic at Robinson Lake Park. These are wonderful events where alumni, students, staff, faculty and friends come together for a potluck BBQ, softball, volleyball, frisbee and relaxation. In addition, AIChE advisor Dr Drown hosts the annual AIChE Christmas Party at his house. In this picture Andrew Tong (BS 05) tends to the "mother of all grills." The department has dubbed this grill "The Pac Man."
Each spring the department competes in the annual Waste-Management Environmental Research Consortium design competition in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Over the past 15 years the UI teams have earned over 32 trophies, a traveling trophy and $56,000 in prize monies. Pictured here is the 2003 WERC team led by advisors Dr. Woody Admassu and Dr. Dave Drown. The 2003 WERC team brought home two 2nd-place trophies and $1500 in prize monies.
Chemical engineering students have opportunities to compete in various local, regional and national competitions including the AIChE Regional and National Conferences and the UI-sponsored Engineering Design Expo. ChE students are judged on their booth or poster exhibit and must give an oral presentation before a panel of judges with backgrounds in chemical engineering. Here, freshman Dusty Berggren explains their Chem-E car project to a judge at the 2005 Engineering Design Expo.
ChE students also have the opportunity to demonstrate simple chemical engineering experiments to K-12 summer engineering and science groups that come to the UI campus. The College of Engineering sponsors a two-week summer Junior Engineering, Mathematics and Science course (JEMS) for high school students interested in science. In this picture Dr. Aaron Thomas demonstrates how to make ice cream using liquid nitrogen to a high school student. ChE students also travel to local schools to generate interest in chemical engineering. Here, the Chem-E Hydrogen Car team show off their design project to a local junior high. The students have also conducted chemical engineering experiments geared towards a younger crowd at an area pre-school.