Chemical Engineering Graduate Students to Participate in International Exchange
ChE Ph.D. students Courtney Pfluger and Mariam Ismail have been invited by the The Younger Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society Northeastern Section (NESACS) and the NESACS Education Committee to participate in an educational exchange program to take place in Essen, Germany, on March 8-15, 2009, as guests of the Jungchemikerforum (Young Chemists Committee, JCF) of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (German Chemical Society, GDCh).
The main mission of the YCC is to advocate for and provide resources to early-career chemists and professionals in the chemical sciences and related fields. The YCC addresses specific issues facing younger chemists within the ACS and serves as a voice to the Society on behalf of younger chemists. As young representatives of ACS, our goals are to make the ACS relevant to younger chemists, to dramatically increase the involvement of younger chemists in all levels of the ACS, and to integrate younger chemists into the profession.
Dr. Courtney Pfluger received her Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in 2004. She then went to work in the Biotechnology Industry, where she worked on process development of recombinant proteins from mammalian cell cultures. In 2006, Dr. Pfluger enrolled into the Chemical Engineering PhD program at Northeastern University.
Dr. Mariam Ismail also enrolled in the Chemical Engineering PhD program at Northeastern University in 2006. Throughout her work at the Center for Advanced Microgravity Materials Processing Center (NASA-sponsored Lab, Northeastern University), she developed a novel method for the hydrothermal synthesis of vanadosilicate AM-6 for enhanced visible light photocatalysis. Her work resulted in 10 technical publications, over a dozen national and international conference proceedings, and a book chapter.