Schoenborn Graduate Research Symposium

The Schoenborn Research Symposium showcases the talent and accomplishments of Ph.D. graduate students in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. It features two sessions in which research projects are presented: Oral presentations by senior-level PhD candidates, and poster presentations by mid-level students. View the archival listing of previous Schoenborn Symposium programs here. The Symposium will be held on January 27, 2020. We gratefully acknowledge a gift from Linde, plc for logistical support of the Symposium. We also gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Edward M. Schoenborn Graduate Student Fund endowment, established by Russ and Susie O’Dell, which funds the cash prize for oral and poster award winners.

schoenborn1Dr. Edward M. Schoenborn, Jr. was a key leader in transforming the character of the (then) Department of Chemical Engineering. After completing his degrees in chemical engineering at The Ohio State University, he became well known throughout the chemical engineering community for his work with Dr. Allan Colburn at the University of Delaware.

In 1945 Dr. Schoenborn joined the department as its head. Early in his headship he oversaw two major educational milestones: in 1948 the undergraduate program was accredited for the first time by the Engineer’s Council for Professional Development (ECPD) and the AIChE; and in 1949 the Ph.D. program was established.

In 1966, Dr. Schoenborn ended his tenure as department head and was named the Charles H. Herty Professor of Chemical Engineering. He became an AIChE Fellow in 1973, and retired from the university in 1974. The Schoenborn Graduate Research Symposium is an on-going tribute to his longstanding service to our department.

The daylong Symposium features oral presentations by Ph.D. candidates, and poster presentations by mid-level students. Oral presentations are judged by a faculty jury, while the poster presentations are judged by attending graduate students. Programs from previous years’ symposia can be accessed in the Symposium Archive.

Representatives from industry, government, and academia attend the Symposium, and all interested parties are welcome.

Dr. Schoenborn’s contributions to the department are also recognized by the Edward M. Schoenborn Graduate Student Award, which was originally funded by the Eastern North Carolina Section of the AIChE, working in concert with several department faculty members. The Edward M. Schoenborn Graduate Student Fund, established by Russ and Susie O’Dell, presently funds the cash prize given to oral and poster award winners at the Symposium.

Listing of Schoenborn Award Recipients

2019 Symposium Photos

Grad Students L-R: Vahid Rahmanian, Sahand Saberi Bosari, and Mohammad Shamsi

Grad Student talk: Seif Yusuf

Keynote Address: Dr. David Sehgal, FujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnologies


Ryan Dudek (L), Stannett Award Recipient (Hon. Ment.), and Dr. Peter Fedkiw, Department Head

Sahand Saberi Bosari (L), Stannett Award Recipient, and Dr. Peter Fedkiw, Department Head

L-R: Ria Corder, Praxair Award Recipient, Dr. Yang Luo (Praxair Inc.), and Dr. Peter Fedkiw, Department Head


Dr. David Sehgal (L) and Dr. David Ollis

L-R: Unknown student, Natasha Morales Castellanos, and Dr. Saad Khan at the poster session.

Vahid Rahmanian and Heather Barton at the poster session.