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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.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.