AIChE National Design Contest Info

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AICHE National Design Contest

MSU Chemical Engineering has the best record in the nation for placing in this national contest since 1967!

Each year, chemical engineers from a designated company devise and judge a student contest problem that typifies a real, working, chemical engineering design situation. The problem's solution requires a wide range of skills in calculation and evaluation of both technical data and economic factors. Michigan State has the best placement record of any department in the country and we are pleased to continue the trend!

For example, a recent problem involves designing a semi-batch reaction process for manufacturing polyethers. Polyethers are an important family of products that are used in many consumer products such as detergents, foams, and food additives. The design project involves determining the best design (both economic and safe) for the facility. The design features that use inherently safe concepts that circumvent accidents even when instruments fail or operators make mistakes are emphasized.

AICHE Student Contest Winning Schools

Individual Awards

1967 Georgia Institute of Technology Utah Lamar  
1968 Pennsylvania State Ohio State MSU – Carl L. English  
1969 MSU – Jerome Trumbley MSU – Jon Branson University of Massachusetts  
1970 Drexel Colorado Oklahoma State MSU – Honorable Mention Steven R. Auvil
1971 MSU – Allen G. Croft Auburn Wyoming  
1972 Toledo Georgia Institute of Technology MSU – Tim O. Bender  
1973 Michigan Lamar MSU – Mike Murry  
1974 MSU – Larry J. Clink Colorado Lamar  
1975 Auburn Auburn Lamar MSU – Honorable Mention – Barbara R. (Kreger) Engerer
1976 Oklahoma State Michigan Tech MSU – Alan D. Schmidt  
1977 Michigan Tech Wyoming Oklahoma State  
1978 Wisconsin Missouri-Rolla Lamar  
1979 MSU – Thomas W. Calhoun Colorado Michigan Tech  
1980 MSU – Susan J. Barrett California St. Polytech-Pomona MSU – Thomas Bartos  
1981 University of Kansas Georgia Institute of Technology California St. Polytech-Pomona MSU – Honorable Mention – Timothy S. VanLente
1982 MSU – Ray Murphy University of Kansas University of Cincinnati  
1983 Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia Institute of Technology MSU – Dennis P. Stocker  
1984 University of New Mexico University of Kansas Virginia Polytechnic Institute  
1985 University of Kansas California St. Polytech-Pomona University of Kansas  
1986 University of Kansas Utah Virginia Polytechnic Institute  
1987 Michigan Tech Virginia Polytechnic Institute University of Cincinnati MSU – Honorable Mention – Scott E. Booth
1988 New Mexico State Oklahoma State University of Iowa  
1989 MSU – Daniel W. Manson Lamar University of Kansas  
1990 University of Utah Georgia Institute of Technology University of S. Alabama  
1991 Virginia Polytechnic Institute Northeastern University MSU – John M. Gilleo  
1992 Michigan Tech Virginia Polytechnic University Georgia Institute of Technology MSU – Honorable Mention – Michelle Hohlfeld
1993 MSU – Martin Heller University of Kansas Kansas State  
1994 Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia Institute of Technology Michigan Tech MSU – Honorable Mention – Jennifer Jewett Antwerp
1995 MSU – Jeff VanderLaan University of Kansas University of New Mexico  
1996 University of Utah MSU – Rick Sprague MSU – John Pauli  
1997 Columbia University University of Utah MSU – Brian Nowak  
1998 Oklahoma State University University of Kansas Northeastern University  
1999 MSU – Casey Preston New Mexico State University of Maryland-College Park  
2000 University of Kansas MSU – Brian Wall    
2001 New Mexico State MSU – Jessica Okonowski    
2002 Michigan Tech --    
2003 University of Kansas --    
2004 University of Kansas University of Kansas    
  2005 MSU - Benjamin Koenigsknecht --    
2006 Tri-State University      
2007 Tri-State University Tri-State University University of Tulsa  
2008 -- -- -- New Mexico State University
2009 Trine University Michigan Technological University Michigan Technological University  
2010 MSU - Philip Lehman University of Kansas --  
2011 MSU - Nathan W. Hanna     MSU - Nathaniel Cy McIntee-Chmielewski
2012 MSU - Chistopher Beuerle     Trine University
2013 MSU - Logan Matthews
2014 Kansas State University     MSU - Eric Vasko
2015 --- Trine University MSU - Cale Hyser  
2016 Trine University
2017 Trine University Cincinnati MSU - Eric Monville
2018   MSU - Evan Draplin MSU - James Wortman  
2019 MSU - Mason Sitar MSU - Hailee Perrett  
2020 MSU - Ben Farris    

William Cunningham Team Award  (Note: AIChE allows up to four students per team but MSU only allows two.)

Year Team
1995 Oklahoma State University
1996 University of Utah
1997 Columbia University
1998 Oklahoma State University
1999 University of Toledo; MSU – Honorable Mention – -Team-Joseph Avore III & Joseph Campbell
2000 MSU - D. Borowski & T. Maliszewski
2001 Washington University
2002 Washington University
2003 Northeastern University
2004 Oklahoma State University
2005 Oklahoma State University
2006 MSU - Stephen Shaw, Matthew Yedwabnick
2007 Northeastern University
2008 Mississippi State, Oklahoma State
2009 University of Mississippi Honorable Mention: Northeastern University, University of Utah
2010 MSU - Christopher Gelinas, David Hasselbeck
Honorable Mention: Northeastern, Northeastern, Oklahoma State
2011 Mississippi State
Honorable Mention: University of Mississippi and Mississippi State
2012 University of Kansas
Honorable Mention: University of New Hampshire
2013 Trine University, Washington University (St. Louis)
2014 Cleveland State Honorable Mention: Trine University and Univeristy of Washington
2015 University of Missouri Honorable Mention: Kansas State University
2016 MSU - Rebecca Carlson, Ariel Rose
Also, University of Missouri. Honorable Mention: Kansas State University
2017 Utah, Oklahoma State (tie)
2019 MSU - Aleksandra Salic & Grace Jansen

The Ted Ventrone, Ephraim Scheier & Walt Silowska Awards for Best Applications of Inherently Safer Design

Year Team Award Individual Award
2019 MSU - Mark Elinski & Kip Mitchell

SAChE Student Design Competition for Safety in Design

Year Jack Wehman Team Award Walter Howard Individual Award
2020 MSU -Christine Mason