AIChE Awards Best Poster to Chemical Engineering Ph.D.


Melanie Ziems
Oleksiak with his winning poster
Oleksiak with his winning poster

Matt Oleksiak is a talented Ph.D. student in the Cullen College of Engineering’s chemical engineering department, performing highly technical research on zeolite catalysis, and he’s also got another skill that’s gaining attention: explaining his research through posters.

Oleksiak recently received the best poster award at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Meeting in the category of Catalysis and Reaction Engineering. His poster was entitled “Synthesis of Zeolite Catalysts in the Absence of Organic Structure Directing Agents.”

“It was exciting to have the opportunity to present my work to experts on what I do and being chosen to receive the poster award was exhilarating,” he said. He called the AIChE conference a “wonderful experience, saying “I was exposed to many intellectually stimulating concepts and was able to exchange ideas with some of the brightest minds in our field.” More impressive, it’s not Oleksiak’s first poster award. Just last spring, he received top honors at the Southwest Catalysis Society’s meeting for his poster, “Controlling Crystal Polymorphism in Organice-Free Synthesis of Zeolites.”

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