Student Awards and Honors


Nika Rajabian, a PhD candidate in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, won first place for her research poster in the annual SEAS Graduate Student Poster Competition.

Emmanuel Nsengiyumva was awarded the 2019 "Excellence in Teaching Award" by UB's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Emmanuel was also awarded the Western New York Prosperity Fellowship for 2019-2020.
Gaurav Vishwakarma has been selected for the 2020 Computational Chemistry and Materials Science Summer Institute at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).
Junjie Chen's research on elucidating the mechanism of methane combustion over Ni/CeO based catalysts was accepted for an oral presentation in June 2020 at the 17International Congress on Catalysis (ICC) in San Diego, CA. 

Hien Nguyen, a PhD student in Dr. Haiqing Lin's research group received the best poster award of the Separations Division at the 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL for his work on carbonized membrane materials. 


Over 80 posters were featured at the annual Chemical and Biological Engineering Graduate Research Symposium. All graduate students in their second year and beyond take part in the annual fall symposium and poster judges from every aspect of chemical and biological engineering come to participate.

Noah Seiler placed 2nd in the 2019 AIChE Virtual Local Section (VLS) student competition. Top undergraduate student co-ops and interns present on their exciting work at this special annual VLS event. Each finalist has up to 10 minutes to present the results of their summer or co-op project and answer questions from a live audience.

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering hosted a Scholarship Reception on May 2, 2018 for UB CBE undergraduate students. Congratulations to the awardees.


Ogechi Ogoke took first place on April 10 in UB’s Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition (Panasci TEC) for a patient-specific cell therapy that can be used as an alternative to a liver transplant.


An article in Business First features Ogechi Ogoke, a UB student pursuing a PhD in chemical engineering, who won UB’s 2018-19 Western New York Prosperity Fellowship and founded a company that won the prestigious Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition.

On February 13 2019, UB CBE Undergraduate students attended the Order of the Engineer Induction Ceremony to take their pledge and receive their rings, which symbolize their dedication to upholding the standards and dignity of the engineering profession.
PhD candidate Xiaoyi Chen from Dr. Haiqing Lin's research group was awarded The Elias Klein Founders' Travel Supplement to attend the 2019 NAMS conference.