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Chemical Engineering Grad Students Will Take Notable National Awards

A recent graduate and a current doctoral candidate in chemical engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will receive graduate student research awards of $300 each from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The awards will be presented in early November at the organization’s annual convention in Austin, Texas.

Dimitrios Zarkadas, who is expected to graduate in the next few months, was selected as the winner of the 2004 AIChE Separations Division Graduate Student Research Award in Crystallization and Evaporation.  Zarkadas is a resident of Kearny.

Meredith Feins, of River Vale, who received her Ph.D. in May of 2004, was named one of two winners of the 2004 AIChE Separations Division Graduate Student Research Award in Membrane-Based Separations.

Both awards are highly competitive with a global request for nominations, said Basil Baltzis, PhD, chairman of the chemical engineering department at NJIT.  The awards will be presented on November 8 during AIChE’s annual meeting in Texas.

Both students worked under the direction of Kamalesh Sirkar, PhD, distinguished professor of chemical engineering. 

“Join me in congratulating Dimitri, Meredith, and Kam for their great accomplishments,” said Baltzis.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.