Chemical engineering graduate student wins best paper award

Eman Tora, a graduate student in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been named recipient of the 2010 America Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Sustainable Engineering Forum Best Student Paper Award.Eman ToraTora, who hails from Egypt and is advised by Professor Mahmoud El-Halwagi, received the award for her paper, "Optimal Design and Integration of Solar Systems and Fossil Fuels for Sustainable and Stable Power Outlet," which was published in Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy."Eman has done groundbreaking research in the area of sustainable energy and specifically in the area of solar energy," El-Halwagi said. "Eman is interested in solar energy because of its sustainable nature and because its use will lead to reduction in greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climatic changes."Using state-of-the-art systems theories and optimization techniques coupled with the fundamentals of chemical engineering, process integration and energy management, Eman has developed novel design and operating procedures for integrating solar energy into industrial facilities and optimizing its use along with the appropriate level of fossil fuels. She has also applied her work to several industrial facilities and several regions in the U.S. and in the Middle East. The results were impressive and pave the way for cost-effective, high-performance, large-scale applications."Tora joined Texas A&M in 2006 after receiving her undergraduate degree from Elminia University and master's degree from Cairo University, both in Egypt. Before coming to the United States, she worked at the Egyptian National Research Center, Egypt's premier research and development institution.Tora will receive her award this November at the AIChE Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City.