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UW Chemical Engineering seniors compete in regional AIChE paper competition; Danny Kress takes first place

UW Chemical Engineering seniors Danny Kress, Álvaro Presenda and Marc Yamamoto competed in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE) Pacific Northwest Regional Student Research Paper Competition from April 25 to April 27 at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.

Kress took first place with his paper titled “Improvement of Fiber-Reinforced Composites.” His work was directed by John Berg, Rehnberg Professor of Chemical Engineering at UW. Kress will go on to compete in AIChE’s national paper competition this November in Philadelphia, Penn.

Senior Marc Yamamoto took honorable mention with his paper titled “Electrostatics in Nonaqueous Media.” His work also was directed by Berg.

Senior Álvaro Presenda presented a paper titled “Stability of S-Layer Proteins for Electrochemical Nanofabrication.” His work was directed by Dan Schwartz, Boeing-Sutter Professor of Chemical Engineering at UW.

"We're very proud of our students, who have continued a long tradition of UW excellence in this annual competition," Berg said.

UW Chemical Engineering students have taken first place at AIChE’s annual regional competition every year since 2006.