Have What it Takes?

The Gordon A. and Mary Cain Department of Chemical Engineering will hold its 12th annual poster presentation for design projects on Thursday, April 25. We are looking for 140+ industry volunteers to be on campus the morning of the event to help evaluate the projects and assess the design component of our curriculum. A big thank you goes out to all of you who have participated in the past (we’d love to see you again). If you would like to participate or can suggest one or more names from your organization that might be willing, please let us know.

This year, 132 (33 groups of four) of our seniors will present their capstone design projects and 138 (35 groups of three or four) of our juniors will present projects performed as part of the introduction to design and safety course. The presentations are meant to give the students a chance to interact with and address questions from industry professionals and to help the department with its continuous assessment process. Participation of the junior class makes this event an excellent opportunity for employers to get to know these students in advance of fall recruiting.

Evaluators will need to be present from approximately 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The day will start with an orientation session with coffee and pastries; judging begins at 9:00 a.m. and continues to noon. Lunch will be served for those that can stay through the lunch hour, which will provide an informal opportunity to interact with colleagues, students, and ChE faculty.

Barry Guillory has taken the reigns as our undergraduate coordinator and will serve as the faculty contact for the poster session. After a 30+ year career with Dow Chemical, Barry brings a lifetime of industry experience to his role as a Professional in Residence, joining Jerry Forest (Adjunct Professor, Celanese) in teaching our introduction to design and safety course.

Please contact either Frank Blystad or Barry Guillory if you would like to participate, if you can suggest names, or if you have any questions:

Frank Blystad: fblyst13@lsu.edu, 225-578-3242
Barry Guillory: barryguillory@lsu.edu, 225-578-2173

Of course, Mike Benton is still a crucial part of our faculty, and if you have any questions for him, he’ll be happy to respond.

We look forward to hearing from you!