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AIChE Elects UH Engineer as Vice Chair for Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division

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Natalie Thayer

Lars Grabow, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the Cullen College, was recently elected as second vice chair for the Catalysis and Reaction Engineering (CRE) division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

As a leading worldwide organization for chemical engineering professionals, AIChE’s vision is to provide value to the field by promoting chemical engineers’ professional and personal growth and by applying chemical expertise to meet global societal needs. AIChE boasts more than 50,000 members from over 100 countries. Members are connected with a vast network of renowned colleagues, provided with unique learning opportunities, and gain access to established and novel chemical engineering processes and methods. The CRE division, which focuses on catalysis, industrial and engineering chemistry, fuel chemistry and petroleum, is the third largest division of AIChE.

In his role as second vice chair for the CRE division, Grabow will be responsible for the CRE Travel Awards, which provide graduate students with travel assistance to present their research at the annual AIChE meeting. He will select the judges to review applications, select the 20 strongest graduate students to receive the awards and present the awards to the winners at the 2016 CRE annual meeting in San Francisco, Calif.

Grabow will be committed to the AIChE leadership team for four years. After serving as second vice chair, he will move into the role of vice chair in 2017, chair in 2018 and past-chair in 2019.

To learn more about AIChE’s CRE division, please visit http://www.aiche.org/community/divisions/catalysis-and-reaction-engineering-division-cre.

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