Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
Twelve students, two professors and two staff members received awards from the Department of Chemical Engineering at its annual awards ceremony on May 14, with Professor Robert C. Armstrong, department head, presiding.
In conjunction with the Student Financial Aid Office, Amoco Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships were presented to Celeste M. Nelson, a junior from Denver; Kum Ming N. Woo, a junior from Kaneohe, HI; and Elaine H. Wong, a senior from Kowloon, Hong Kong.
The Dow Chemical Company Outstanding Junior Award recipient was Tiffany P. Cunningham, a junior from Bloomfield Hills, MI, for her record of achievement in academics and campus professional and social organizations, as well as work experience.
The Robert T. Haslam Cup was awarded to Robert J. Meagher, a senior from Sterling Heights, MI, for outstanding professional promise in chemical engineering.
The Roger de Friez Hunneman Prize, the oldest prize in the department (begun in 1927), was awarded to H. Frank Greer, a senior from Ames, IA, in recognition of outstanding scholarship and research.
The Edward W. Merrill Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award was presented to Michael S. Wong, a graduate student from Sacramento, CA, for excellence in teaching in an undergraduate subject. A second-place award went to Wendy S. Koegler, a graduate student from Richland, WA.
Chemical engineering department Special Service Awards were given to Randall T. Myers, a graduate student from Wilbraham, MA; Jennifer T. Fujii, a graduate student from Sunnyvale, CA; and Laura L. Walker, a senior from Holyoke, MA, for their contributions to the success of departmental activities.
The Chemical Engineering "ROCK" Award for outstanding athletics, as voted by the graduate students of the department, went to Mr. Myers.
The Outstanding Employee Award was presented to Francine Chaput, a senior office assistant in the chemical engineering/materials science and engineering administrative services center, for her exceptional service to the department and its students.
The Outstanding Faculty Award from the graduate students was presented to Professor William M. Deen. Undergraduate students in the department presented an Outstanding Faculty Award to Professor C. Michael Mohr.
Individual Accomplishment Citations were presented to Darlene Messmer-Slagle of the ChemE/DMSE administrative services center, and Bradford D. Ricketson, a senior in chemical engineering from Birmingham, AL, for their outstanding contributions to departmental life. Mr. Ricketson and Ms. Messmer-Slagle were the second set of recipients of this special award, and each received a personalized citation signed by Professor Armstrong.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 4, 1997.