Our Undergraduates

Our Undergraduates

Chemical Engineering undergraduate students do more than just attend lectures as they work their way toward a degree. Our students are highly engaged in research and development activities, are national award-winners and scholarship recipients, and are changing the world through innovation. A few of our accomplished undergraduate students, past and present, are highlighted below.


May 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Siedlik places first at ECS poster contest

Siedlik places first at ECS poster contestChemE senior Mike Siedlik won first place in the student poster competition at the 221st Meeting of the Electrochemical Society. Mike went against 70 national and international students, mostly graduate students, and won in electrochemical science technology for his poster "Orchestrated Structure Evolution: Electroless Copper Deposition”.


January 2012 | Chemical Engineering

ChemE Undergrad Team Takes 1st Place

OmniOff, a team of undergraduate students seeking to innovate non-stick cookware surfaces, won first place at the Science and Technology Showcase competition. The OmniOff team, which includes Kathryn Cogert, Mike Siedlik, Nick Wang, and Grant Williamson, received a $1,000 first place check and $2,500 in prototyping funds.

Mary Gates

January 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Seniors receive Mary Gates Scholarship

Lucas James and David Bergsman were selected to receive Mary Gates Undergraduate Research Scholarships. A student with Prof. Hillhouse's group, James's research examines solar cell efficiency, while Bergsman, with Prof. Berg, analyzes the mechanism behind the charging of oxide particles in non-polar liquids. 

Kenny Choi

January 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Senior and musician wins first Rehm Award

With a little hard work and determination, Kenny Choi raised his ChemE GPA and won the first ChemE Rehm Award for having the most improved GPA from junior to senior year. The senior found time to focus on his studies, even while continuing his alternative life as a band frontman and solo musician.


July 2011 | Chemical Engineering

Melanie Drake wins Dean's Medal

Melanie Drake came to the University of Washington as a fourth-generation Husky. But Melanie is a first in Chemical Engineering. She was recived the Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence, the first for the department.

Penny Huang

December 2010 | Chemical Engineering

Huang helps to clean water

A team of engineering students, including Chemical Engineering senior Penny Huang, developed an inexpensive device to make water safer for the world to drink. Using the sun's rays to disinfect water, the team created an electronic indicator to show when the water is safe to drink.