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Mines student earns top honors at AIChE Conference
Release Date Wednesday, November 27, 2013

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Nov. 27, 2013) – South Dakota School of Mines & Technology senior Joe Bob Machado, a chemical engineering student from Willis, Texas, recently earned top honors at the national AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) conference in San Francisco.

Machado placed second in the Harry West Award competition in the Fuels and Petrochemical Division for his poster presentation and finished third in the Fuels, Petrochemicals and Energy II Division competition.

Machado’s poster presentation was about his research designing a mass algae production method that most efficiently uses land area while maximizing the production of biodiesel.

The Harry West Award is presented to undergraduate students who submit the best paper on subjects relevant to fuels, petrochemicals or safety. Three students are selected and given a plaque and a $500 scholarship. Awardees are recognized in AIChE’s newsletter and at the AIChE Annual Student Brunch. Their papers will also be published to the Fuel & Petrochemical Division’s website.


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