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Rachel Cooke awarded Millennium Science, Engineering and Technology Student of the Year Award

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Photograph reproduced with the permission of the organisers of the SET award competition

Rachel Cooke has been awarded the Millennium Science, Engineering and Technology Student of the Year Awardfor Chemical Engineering. The prize, the BOC Award for the Best Chemical Engineering Student, was based on her design project for a Hydrofluoric Alkylation Plant and was presented at a ceremony in the Guild Hall on Thursday September 14th, 2000. The photograph shows Rachel receiving her award from Stephen Thornton of BOC.

Rachel will be staying on at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Cambridge University, to study for a PhD with Professor Mackley

Of the 14 science, engineering and technology prizes, nine went to female students.

IChemE SG awards

Malcolm Fabiyi, a Research Student at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Cambridge University, has won the IChemE Fluid Mixing Processes Subject Group annual competition for the best presentation from a PhD student with his paper on The Enhancement of Photochemical Reactor Efficiency by utilising Oscillatory Flow Mixing. This year's event was held at the University of Birmingham on 16 June 2000. The prize is financial support to attend the AIChE 2000 annual meeting Exchanging ideas for innovation in Los Angeles in November.

Sekhar Sathyamoorthy, also from this department, won second prize in the Young Researcher of the Year competition at the UK Particle Technology Forum at the University of Surrey on the 29-30 June. He presented a paper entitled Enhanced productivity through better understanding of particle formation mechanism in anatase precipitation.

Teaching excellence recognised

Dr Ian Wilson, of this department, has been awarded a Pilkington Teaching Prize. He is one of the ten members of staff from the University to be recognised in this way for excellence in teaching.

The prizes were initiated by the late Sir Alistair Pilkington, Chairman of the Cambridge Foundation, and are awarded annually. Each academic school nominates one academic or academic-related staff who has distinguished themselves in teaching. The award ceremony was held at Cambridge University Press in July 2000, although Dr Wilson missed this event as he has been on sabbatical leave at the University of Auckland.

Silver bullets project wins top prize

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Dr Geoff Moggridge from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Cambridge University (holding the award in the photo above), and Dr David Aldridge from the Department of Zoology are the winners of the Biosciences Business Plan Competition. This has just been announced by the Minister for Science, Lord Sainsbury. (March, 2000)

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Dr Moggridge and Dr Aldridge have developed an environmentally friendly method of controlling zebra mussels and other invading fresh water species that can block pipework by infestation. The project, entitled Silver Bullets, was selected from over 100 initial ideas to win the top prize of £20,000.

The competition is organised and developed by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). It provides researchers with opportunities to develop their ideas into business proposals not only for wealth creation but also for effective processes that will translate health and environmental benefits into the market and the world beyond.


Danckwerts Prize 1999

The Danckwerts-Pergamon Prize is awarded each year to the person among the successful candidates for the Ph.D. degree who, in the judgement of the Head of Department and panel, has presented the best dissertation on a subject connected with Chemical Engineering.

The adjudicating panel have awarded the Danckwerts-Pergamon Prize for 1999 to Dan Horrobin for his dissertation entitled "Theoretical aspects of paste extrusion". Dan was supervised by Dr Nedderman, and since leaving in 1999 he has gone to Australia where he is now a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Melbourne.

The Danckwerts-Pergamon Fund is based on a sum given to the University by Mr Robert Maxwell, M.C., Chairman of Pergamon Press, on behalf of Chemical Engineering Science, for the encouragement of the study of Chemical Engineering, in commemoration of the late Peter Victor Danckwerts, G.C., M.A., formerly Fellow of Pembroke College and Shell Professor of Chemical Engineering.

The Danckwerts-Pergamon Prize winner for 1998 was Dr M Nicmanis for his dissertation entitled "Finite element methods for the solution of population balance equations" supervised by Dr MJ Hounslow.

Salters' Prizegiving Ceremony

This photograph shows Rachel Cooke being presented with the award by Lord Lloyd of Berwick, the Master of the Salters' Company.

The ceremony was held at the Salters' Hall on Thursday, 7 December 2000.

(Photograph reproduced with the permission of the Salters' Company)

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Rachel Cooke awarded Salters' prize for 2000

Rachel Cooke has been awarded one of this year's prizes from The Salters' Institute of Industrial Chemistry.

The photograph shows Rachel next to part of the apparatus she has been using for her research project.

Each year, the Salters' Institute invites every UK department of Chemistry or Chemical Engineering to nominate one final year undergraduate. This year ten prizes were awarded "on the basis of the candidate's potential to occupy a leading position in the UK chemical industry". The prize is £ 800 and winners who study for a higher degree may also apply for funds for special purposes.

The Salters' Institute of Industrial Chemistry aims to support chemistry teaching and to encourage young people to pursue careers in the UK chemical industries.

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Professor John Davidson awarded Royal Medal

Professor John Davidson has been awarded a Royal Medal in recognition of his distinguished work over many years in Chemical Engineering, including fluid flow, process dynamics, gas absorption and fluidization technology which has been concerned with real problems of industrial significance. The medal will be presented at the Anniversary Meeting of the Royal Society on Tuesday 30 November 1999.

Professor Davidson MA, PhD, ScD, FRS, FEng, FIChemE, MIMechE joined the Department of Chemical Engineering, Cambridge University in 1952 as a University Demonstrator. He became Professor of Chemical Engineering (Shell Professor from 1978) and Head of Department from 1975 through to his retirement in 1993. He continues to be an active member of the department and supervises research in collaboration with other members of staff.

Instituted in 1825 and 1965, three Royal Medals, known also as The Queen's Medals, are awarded annually by the Sovereign upon the recommendation of the President and Council of the Royal Society. Two are for the most important contributions to the advancement of Natural Knowledge (one to each of the two great divisions) and the other for distinguished contributions in the applied sciences. These awards are for contributions made within the British Commonwealth.

Founded in 1660, the Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of the UK, dedicated to promoting excellence in science.

Salters' Prize 1999
Hamish McPherson expected to occupy a leading position in the UK chemical industry

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Hamish McPherson, who graduated in Chemical Engineering at Cambridge in 1999, has been awarded one of the year's prizes from The Salters' Institute of Industrial Chemistry. The photograph shows Hamish receiving his certificate from Sir David Barnes, Deputy Chairman of Astra Zeneca plc., at a Prizegiving Ceremony and luncheon with the Court of the Salters' Company on 2nd December 1999.

The 1999 Science, Engineering and Technology Student of the Year Awards

portrait The Presentation Ceremony for the 1999 Science, Engineering and Technology Student of the Year Awards took place this year at the Grand Ballroom, Hotel Inter-Continental, London, on 20 July 1999. Ian Duffy, a Part II student of Chemical Engineering at Cambridge University, was short listed for the IChemE Award for the Best Chemical Engineering Student.

mussel Entries are based on students' projects and Ian's project, which was linked to a new Product Design course, was entitled Zebra Mussel Control. Zebra mussels are an environmental problem. The project began to look at finding an environmentally friendly and economically attractive method of controlling zebra mussel infestations and was so successful that the project supervisor, Dr Geoff Moggridge, now hopes to continue the research as a PhD project.

Each Chemical Engineering department in the country may enter three students for this award, so Ian did very well to reach the short list of three. The other two on the short list were Stephen Evans, from Queen's University Belfast, for "Integrated Cheese Plant Design" and Nicola Fletcher, from the University of Newcastle, for "Multivariate Statistical Process Analysis". Ms Fletcher was the winner, but we congratulate Ian Duffy on his achievement of producing an excellent design project and of being runner-up in this prestigious award. He will receive a cash prize of £250.

Henry Cavendish Gold Medal

portrait On Wednesday, 5 May 1999, Graham Davies attended the "Chemistry Research for Europe 99" event held in London. At this meeting he was awarded the Henry Cavendish Gold Medal for his poster entitled "Harnessing the Power of Molecular Simulation: Predicting Multicomponent Adsorption onto Activated Carbon". The award includes a cash prize and an invitation to the House of Commons for lunch during June.

 the moleculeGraham Davies is a Post doctoral worker at the department of Chemical Engineering and a Research Fellow at Wolfson College.

(The English chemist and physicist Henry Cavendish, b. Oct. 10, 1731, d. Feb. 24, 1810, was the first to recognize hydrogen gas as a distinct substance. He also described the composition of water and made the first accurate measurement of the density of the Earth. Cavendish attended Cambridge University from 1749 to 1753.)

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BOC award - The Schuftan Design Prize

The Schuftan Design Prize for the best Part I Design Project was this year awarded to Ryan Brooks. The award was presented to Ryan on Wednesday, 11th November 1997, by Andrew Owen, a process engineer from BOC, who is also a Cambridge graduate. In addition to the certificate, a prize of £300 in cash was given.

Professor John Bridgwater and Mr Bob Skelton look on.

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