Chemical engineering student receives Eastman Fellowship

Houssein Kheireddine, a graduate student in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been awarded the Eastman Summer Chemical Engineering Graduate Fellowship from the Eastman Chemical Group.Houssein Kheireddine Kheireddine was selected for the honor based on his excellence and scholastic achievement. The fellowship will provide him with $6,600 for his research.Kheireddine, a third-year graduate student, is conducting research that focuses on the sustainable design of chemical engineering systems. He is developing a novel set of integrated approaches and optimization techniques. Kheireddine is applying his work to several systems with various objectives such as optimization of water usage and discharge, prevention of industrial pollution, reclamation of lube oil, and utilization of biomass for the production of biofuels."Houssein is an excellent role model of a dedicated graduate student, an innovative scholar, and a wonderful citizen of my research group and the department of chemical engineering" said Professor Mahmoud El-Halwagi, who serves as Kheireddine's Ph.D. adviser. "His work is on the cutting edge of chemical engineering and sustainability. Houssein has made and continues to make excellent scholarly contributions. He is truly deserving of this recent recognition."Eastman fellowships are awarded to promote enrichment, growth and development in students involved in engineering.Eastman is a Fortune 500 company that manufactures and markets more than 1,200 products that enhance the lives of people around the world. The company provides key differentiated coatings, adhesives, specialty plastics products and is a major supplier of cellulose acetate fibers.