Celanese recognizes students for plant designs

Celanese's Alfonso Torres (far left) and Andrew Shuff (far right) with members of the first-place design team Hector Lopez Carretero, Humberto Reyna, Daryl Whitlow and John Baumhardt.Three groups of students from Texas A&M University's Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering have been recognized by the Celanese Corp. for their designs of an acetate processing plant.John Baumhardt, Hector Lopez Carretero, Humberto Reyna, Andrew Shuff and Daryl Whitlow are members of the team awarded first place by Celanese for its original design of a processing plant that operates per Celanese's specifications and which was undertaken as part of an intense senior-level capstone chemical engineering course taught by John Baldwin, senior lecturer in the department.The team of Andrew Heider, Alexander Mercer, Srikanth Parthasarathy and John Sorrells was awarded second place, and the team composed of Samuel Dunnagan, Jonathan Fowler, Connor Ramsey and Regina Sasoni received third-place honors.The plant design competition, said Baldwin, requires students to conceptualize the comprehensive organization of a process plant. It's a task, he said, that his soon-to-be graduates are almost certain to encounter in some form as they enter their professional careers.Students were tasked with the design of a new acetate esters unit for a plant located in Singapore, Baldwin noted. The facility had to produce both ethyl acetate and n-butyl acetate, he said. These products are currently produced via a campaign schedule that produces one of the products for a period of time followed by producing the other product using the same equipment.Each of the winning teams received a monetary prize from Celanese, this semester's sponsor of the plant design competition, and the first-place team was recognized with a plaque commemorating its achievement.Celanese Corp., which is based in Dallas and employs approximately 8,900 employees worldwide, is a global leader in the chemicals industry. The company manufactures acetyl products, including acetic acid, vinyl acetate monomer and polyacetal products. Celanese also is a world leader in the production of high-performance engineered polymers used in consumer and industrial products. http://www.che.tamu.edu/student/celanese-corp-recognized-students-for-plant-designs