Chemical Engineering

UToledo Chemical Engineering in the news

Riley Mohr

Chemical Engineering Graduate Excels in Academics and Athletics

February 2024: A bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering is an achievement to celebrate. Riley Mohr went further and graduated last fall with minors in cosmetic science, business administration and chemistry. As a student-athlete, Mohr received All-MAC honors during the 2023 softball season, primarily at first base, and earned academic honors from the College Sports Communicators on its 2023 Academic All-District Softball Teams. Read more about Riley's accomplishments in the UToledo News.


Skyler Parker

Co-Op Program Helped Fortify Chemical Engineering Graduate's Future

December 2023: With an interest in chemistry and math, a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering was a natural pursuit for Skyler Parker. She chose to earn that degree at The University of Toledo because of the College of Engineering’s co-op program.

“Due to the requirement of at least three co-ops/internships, I knew I would graduate with at least a year’s worth of job experience,” said Parker, who is graduating Saturday, Dec. 16. “Throughout my time here, I was able to take advantage of the co-op program by completing five internships with Marathon Petroleum.” Read more about Skyler's experience in the UToledo News. 


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Chemical Engineering Graduate Proud of Opportunities as a Rocket

December 2023: Graduate Payton Kamer was featured in the UToledo News where she shared with readers the rewarding experience she has had as a Rocket Engineer.

"UToledo’s College of Engineering has given me an affordable, enriching and comprehensive education, but my experience has been so much more than just earning a degree in chemical engineering. Thanks to the Presidential Scholarship and co-op, I’m graduating debt free. And because of student organizations, I’ll be leaving UToledo with many mentors and countless friendships, as well as a plethora of professional and personal skills that are sure to serve me throughout the rest of my life. Students considering becoming a Rocket Engineer should know that no matter your interests, there are opportunities for you to find community and grow as an engineer at UToledo." Read more about Payton's experience in the UToledo News


Sami Kumar holding her 2nd place award

UToledo Chemical Engineering Student Places 2nd at National Competition

November 2023: Samie Kummar placed 2nd at the National AIChE Student Technical Research Competition in Orlando Florida for her research on rheological characterization of xanthan solutions as a drag reducer for geothermal pipelines titled "Effect of temperature and salt on viscosity scaling of xanthan gum in semi-dilute and concentrated regime." Samie worked on this project for her honors thesis with the support of Dr. Liberatore, Noah Dull, and Sedi Helpser. 


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UToledo Chemical Engineering Faculty Receives Fulbright Global Scholar Award

September 2023: Dr. Dong Shik Kim, a professor of chemical engineering in the College of Engineering at The University of Toledo, received a Fulbright Global Scholar Award for his research on DNA origami nanostructures for medical diagnosis. Kim traveled to Turkey from April through June to work in collaboration with Dr. Erol Seker, a professor and chair of the Chemical Engineering Department at Izmir Institute of Technology, and Dr. Ayben Top, an associate professor of chemical engineering at Izmir Institute of Technology, at the Izmir Institute of Technology in Izmir. Kim, whose research focuses on a novel technology for diabetes diagnosis and monitoring, is using aptamer technology to measure fluctuations of glycation of hemoglobin, which shows damage to red blood cells. Read more about Dr. Kim's research and trip to Turkey in the UToledo News.


Samie and Morgan

UToledo Chemical Engineering Students Place 1st and 3rd at Regional Conference

April 2023: Samie Kummar (left) placed 1st and Morgan Schuld (right) placed 3rd in the Student Technical Presentation Competition at the Regional North Central AIChE conference at the University of Illinois Chicago on April 1, 2023. Samie’s presentation was titled “Effect of temperature and salt on viscosity scaling of xanthan gum in semi-dilute and concentrated regime.” The goal of her research was to characterize solutions made with xanthan gum, a common food additive, for the application as a potential drag reducer in geothermal pipelines. This was done by analyzing the effect of temperature, varying concentration regimes, and salt addition on the solution’s flow behavior and properties.   This research was completed alongside undergraduate student Noah Dull, Ph.D. student Sedi Helsper, and Professor Matthew Liberatore.  By placing first she will now go on to represent the North Central region at the national AIChE conference in Orlando, Florida in the fall. Morgan’s research was on how crosslinked concentration and membrane thickness affect the properties of crosslinked membranes for anion exchange applications. She concluded that their patented, simple, and scalable synthesis created membranes with desirable electrochemical and mechanical properties.


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UToledo Chem-E Car Team Comes in 1st Place in the North Central Regional Championship

April 2023: The UToledo Chem-E Car Team came in 1st place with their car ‘The Toledo Torpedo’ in the North Central Regional Championship at The University of Illinois Chicago. Team Co-Captain Jonathan Bonkoski shared: “On the last run of the entire competition, we slid up the leaderboard from fourth to first, clenching the North Central Regional Championship. The Toledo Torpedo successfully stopped just 7 inches from the target distance of 19.82m.” The team will be traveling to Orlando in November to defend their back-to-back international victories. 


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Volunteer Lab Assistant Wins Superior Rating at the Ohio Academy of Science District 2 Competition

March 2023: Volunteer lab assistant Nivrithi Varghese won a Superior rating at the Ohio Academy of Science District 2 competition. Varghese, a junior at Sylvania Northview High School, volunteered in Professor Yakov Lapitsky’s laboratory. There, she worked with graduate student Umberto Kober to complete her research project as part of a course offered by her school. The project, entitled “Harnessing associative phase separation for the facile sensing of food freshness,” explores a new application for one of the materials investigated in Dr. Lapitsky’s lab. In addition to the high Superior rating, Varghese’s project won the Mercy College of Ohio Award for Outstanding Project in Biology, Chemistry or Medicine and the College of Arts & Sciences BGSU Science Day Scholarship for the Best Project in Science or Mathematics. Varghese’s project also qualifies for the Ohio Academy of Science State competition on April 6th.



Last Updated: 2/22/24