Summer 2017 REU Program


This summer the Cain Department of Chemical Engineering hosted 11 students as part of an REU program entitled “Developing entrepreneurs in energy storage, catalysis, and biofuels.” The 10 week program gave students from across the country a chance to perform graduate level research under the direction of the professors in the department. Students were also given instruction in entrepreneurship and how research and new ideas could translate to new products, start-up companies, and collaboration with industry. Additional activities included weekly seminars, a tour of CAMD, a trip to New Orleans, a swamp tour on Lake Menten, and two workshops at the LSU Innovation Park. The summer ended with a poster competition where the students presented their research and its entrepreneurial potential to a panel of LSU faculty and staff. The students were:

Ryan Biggins (Lehigh University) – Mentor: Dooley

Marriia Chernova (City College of New York) – Mentor: Arges

Isaiah Dorsey (Mississippi State University) – Mentor: Benton

Benjamin Drewry (University of Arkansas) – Mentor: Xu

Justin Hayes (University of Rhode Island) – Mentor: McPeak

Andrew Kristof (NC State University) – Mentor: Melvin

Stefanie Parisi (Syracuse University) – Mentor: Dorman

Amber Pete (McNeese State University) – Mentor: Benton

Madeline Pipkin (LSU) – Mentor: McPeak

Vanel Porter (University of Louisiana Lafayette) – Mentor: Bharti

Corbin Witt (Francis Marion University) – Mentor: Nandakumar