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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 12, 1999
LOCAL STUDENT WINS NATIONAL STUDENT PAPER COMPETITION
Brigitte McNames of Custer won the National Student Paper Competition at the 1999 American Institute of Chemical Engineers ( AIChE) Annual Meeting held in Dallas, TX October 31 – November 1, 1999. McNames is a senior, chemical engineering major at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T).
Brigitte won the competition for her entry entitled “ Combustion Characteristics in Gasless Reactions Systems.” Her work was done under the supervision of Dr. Jan A. Puszynski in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Brigitte was recognized at an honors luncheon with the first prize, The Edwin O. Eisen Award, which included a cash award of $ 500.
The National AIChE Conference brings together over 1,000 undergraduates from the student chapters of AIChE at over 100 universities nationwide. Participants have an opportunity to make new friends and networking contacts that may help them achieve future goals.
“ We hope the students that attended will be able to bring ideas back to SD Tech to improve our AIChE Student Chapter, and ultimately encourage more active involvement by their classmates,” said Dr. David Dixon, AIChE student advisor, and Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. “ The conference allows the students to gain new ideas on how to make our local chapter better, network with other ChE students from across the United States, and expose students to the national AIChE organization.”
AIChE Student Chapters and Clubs help bring chemical engineering out of the classroom. Members participate in local, regional and national activities that provide opportunities for professional growth, motivation, recognition, networking, and fun. Thousands of undergraduate students participate in their local chapter and club activities at 165 chemical engineering schools nationwide.
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