Congratulations to the 2017 Symposium Award Winners!

Parfitt Award: Blake Bleier
Symposium Awards: Rajarshi Sengupta and Toni Bechtel
Honorable Mentions: Nick Lamson and Randall Lee Gamble
Gary Powers Poster Award: Nicholas Golio

Geoffrey D. Parfitt Memorial Award

In July 1985, Dr. Geoffrey D. Parfitt unexpectedly passed away. Dr. Parfitt had been a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University since 1980. He was internationally known for his contributions to the fields of colloid and surface science and powder technology. To honor his memory, ChEGSA established the Geoffrey D. Parfitt Memorial Award for Excellence in Oral Presentation. This is an appropriate category for an award in Dr. Parfitt’s memory because he always emphasized the importance of good oral communication. The competition for this award is open to all students presenting at Symposium.

Gary Powers Poster Award

On July 23, 2007, Gary Powers, a leading researcher and outstanding Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, passed away. Professor Powers was a leading researcher in process systems engineering, particularly in the area of process risk assessment and in process synthesis. He developed theories and models for synthesis and evaluation of high-integrity operating procedures, and novel approaches for the verification of real-time control systems, combining chemical engineering models with software engineering techniques. This is the tenth year we have presented an award at Symposium in his memory. Gary Powers’ enthusiasm in the academic setting was appreciated by his students, often being awarded the “Kun Li Award for Excellence in Education” by graduating seniors. The Gary Powers Poster Award intends to continue his strong support of education. This award will be given to the student with the highest poster presentation score.