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Jason Bidwell (BS '00) writes that he found a job with Cypress Semiconductors in Bloomington, Minnesota working on the defect identification and reduction team.

Alejandro S. Carrillo (BS '96) filled us in on his adventures since graduation. He returned to Venezuela to work for PDVSA, the national oil company, before heading to Nagoya University in Japan in 1998 to pursue a master's in reaction engineering. Alejandro writes that he survived the language challenge to graduate, and in April started work with ABB Lummus Global in New Jersey as a process design engineer/researcher for olefins technologies.

Anthony T. DiBenedetto (MS '56, PhD '60), Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Connecticut, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Brno University of Technology, the largest technological university in the Czeck Republic, for his significant contributions to the field of polymer composites. Tony was a 1981 winner of the COE Distinguished Service Award. In 1997, UConn established the A.T. DiBenedetto Distinguished Professorship in his honor.

Dan P. DuVall (BS '67) was promoted to Senior Environmental Specialist with E.I. duPont. Dan has worked in various capacities with DuPont since 1967, but has focused on safety, health and environment since 1988. His current work involves solid and hazardous waste with DuPont's Corian, business in Buffalo, NY. Dan is on the board of the Niagara Frontier Section of the Air & Waste Management Association, and represents DuPont on the Erie County Local Emergency Planning Committee.

Alfred J. Engel (PhD '61) writes that he has retired from the chemical engineering faculty at Penn State and is working part-time with the EPA in Washington, D.C. "In recent months I have helped out in editing a new textbook on `Green Engineering', which is directed at undergraduate students for the design of clean, pollution-free plants and processes." He adds that he would like to hear from former classmates.

Theresa Good (PhD '96), assistant professor of chemical engineering at Texas A&M, joined a select group of young engineers at the National Academy of Engineering's fifth Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, which is intended to facilitate collaborative research and transfer of new ideas across disciplines. Theresa's research includes biochemical and cellular studies of Alzheimer's disease and glaucoma.

Robin Hutchinson (PhD '90), having worked for DuPont for the past decade, including most recently in Geneva, Switzerland, has moved back to North America to begin a position as associate professor at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. His research interests center on polymerization kinetics and reaction engineering.

F. Xavier Malcata (PhD '91) has received the 2001 American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS) Young Scientist Award in recognition of his basic and applied work on enzyme-catalyzed reactions in fats and oils processing. Xavier is director of the College of Biotechnology at the Portuguese Catholic University in Porto, Portugal. In 1991, Xavier received the AOCS Ralph H. Potts Memorial Fellowship Award.

Dardo Marques (PhD '85) this past February joined the Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires (ITBA), a private university that grants only engineering degrees, as professor and director of the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Don Paul (PhD '65), professor of chemical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, was featured in the "ChE Educator" section of Chemical Engineering Education, Spring 2001-recommended reading that summarizes many of Don's extraordinary accomplishments.

Sharad S. Vengsarkar (MS '65) is the Vice President (Technical) of KDL Biotech Limited, a company manufacturing semi-synthetic penicillins. He writes that his company is on the lookout for other types of enzymes or proteins to make better use of their manufacturing capacity.

Michael C. Williams (BS '59, MS '60, PhD '64) spent the summer of 2000 teaching a graduate course on rheology at the University of Bangkok in Thailand . He is professor emeritus at the ChE department at UC-Berkeley, and has two years before "true retirement" from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He writes, "[I] have recovered pretty well since my brain hemorrhage and consequent brain surgery in 1995. Major result is that I can't play third base with the grad students any more."


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