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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 12, 1999
LOCAL STUDENTS RECEIVE HONORABLE MENTION IN 1999
NATIONAL STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION
Amy and Kirby Kozel of Sioux Falls were part of a three member team representing the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) in the 1999 National Student Design Competition at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers ( AIChE) Annual Meeting held in Dallas, TX October 31 – November 1, 1999. Both Amy and Kirby graduated from Tech in 1999 with degrees in chemical engineering.
Amy, Kirby, and Brandon Borge of Aberdeen were tied with Michigan State University as runner- up in the Design Competition. Both teams received Honorable Mention for their work. The contest problem was entitled “ Dicyclopentadiene Recovery from By- Product of Naptha Steam- Cracking.”
Each year chemical engineers from a designated company devise and judge a student contest problem that typifies a real, working, chemical engineering design situation. The problem’s solution requires a wide range of skills in calculation and evaluation of both technical data and economic factors. The first place prize went to a team from the University of Toledo.
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.
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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