Four chemical engineering graduate students receive fellowships

Photo of Andres Mejia, Serdar Ozturk, Rafael Callejas Tovar and James WinklerAndres Mejia, Serdar Ozturk, Rafael Callejas Tovar and James Winkler, graduate students in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, have been named recipients of department fellowships.

Mejia, who is advised by Associate Professor Zhengdong Cheng, has been awarded the ConocoPhillips Fellowship. Ozturk and Tovar each have been awarded the Paul and Ellen Deisler Fellowship in Chemical Engineering. Ozturk is advised by Associate Professor Victor Ugaz, and Tovar is advised by Professor Perla Balbuena. Winkler, who is advised by Assistant Professor Katy Kao, has been awarded the Eastman Chemical Engineering Graduate Fellowship from the Eastman Chemical Group.

These fellowships, which include a monetary stipend, are awarded on the basis of scholarly productivity and excellence in graduate studies and are intended to promote enrichment, growth and development in engineering students, said Juergen Hahn, associate professor and associate head for graduate programs in the department.

ConocoPhillips is an international, integrated energy company. Headquartered in Houston, ConocoPhillips operates in more than 30 countries. It is the third-largest U.S. integrated energy company, based on market capitalization, as well as proved reserves and production of oil and natural gas, and the largest refiner in the United States.

The Paul and Ellen Deisler Fellowship in Chemical Engineering was endowed in 2000 by the Deislers as a means of promoting advanced studies in chemical engineering.

A World War II veteran, Paul Deisler completed his degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M in 1948. He earned his doctorate from Princeton in 1952 and then joined Shell Development Company where he led a successful career before retiring in 1986 as vice president for health, safety and environment at Shell Oil's Houston headquarters. He is a distinguished alumnus of both the College of Engineering and the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering. His wife, Ellen, is a graduate of the University of Colorado and fellow chemical engineer.

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.