Tau Beta Pi scholars announced

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering is proud to announce that Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, has selected Gittel Gold and Kyle Hicks as Tau Beta Pi scholars for undergraduate study in 2009 – 2010. Ms. Gold and Mr. Hicks will each receive Vincent A. Stabile scholarships for their senior year of study.

Tau Beta Pi scholarship awards are based on the competitive criteria of high scholarship, campus leadership and service, and promise of future contributions to engineering. All scholarship awardees are members of Tau Beta Pi.

Scholar Snapshots

Gittel Gold

Chemical and Biological Engineering (major); Technical Communications (minor)

Research Experience

- Intern in Professor Sofou's Drug Delivery Systems Laboratory (summer 2008, 2009)
- "Studies on transbilayer transport and interbilayer fusion caused by the interfaces of pH-controlled heterogeneities on model lipid membranes,” a research project/lab component of Professor Sofou’s "Engineering Principles of Drug Delivery" course

Research Interests

Biomedical engineering, a subcategory of the umbrella field of chemical and biological engineering

Post-Graduation Aspirations

“I have always dreamed of finding the cure for cancer. Ultimately I hope to build artificial organs — I therefore endeavor to join a graduate program focused on tissue engineering.”

Kyle Hicks

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Research Experience

Worked to create carbon nanotubes/polymer composites and liquid crystals/gel solutions

Research Interests

Nanotechnology and alternative energy

Post-Graduation Aspirations

“My plans are to go to graduate school and to obtain a PhD in chemical engineering.”