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2021 Nicholas Chopey Scholarship

| By Dorothy Lozowski

Since 2007, Chemical Engineering has bestowed an annual scholarship to a chemical engineering student, in order to bring recognition to the chemical engineering profession and to help advance that profession. The Chopey Scholarship for Chemical Engineering Excellence is named after Nicholas P. Chopey, the magazine’s former Editor-in-Chief who contributed greatly to Chemical Engineering for over 47 years of his professional career.


The award winner

Sajan Bar

Congratulations to this year’s scholarship winner, Sajan Bar, who is entering his senior year at Columbia University, and is studying chemical engineering and education. During his freshman year, Bar won a material science REU (research experiences for undergraduates) scholarship and worked at the Sia Lab at Columbia University as a biomedical researcher in microfluidics and point-of-care therapeutics. He continued working at the Sia Lab during his sophomore year, while also working as a preclinical development intern at Sigilon therapeutics. There, he worked on developing a biocompatible encapsulation device for cell therapies. This past summer, he worked at a life sciences consulting company, Trinity Life Sciences, where he developed a passion for strategic advisory and patient-centered projects. Bar is particularly interested in healthcare and biotechnology and he hopes to eventually apply his chemical engineering education to those industries with a patient-centered focus.

Bar is also keenly interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. He tutors high school students in chemistry and algebra, and as a student consultant at Columbia’s Center for Teaching and Learning, he helps create resources for teachers to adjust to online learning.


About the scholarship

The scholarship is awarded to current third-year students who are enrolled in a fulltime undergraduate course of study in chemical engineering at one of the following four-year colleges or universities, which include Chopey’s alma mater and those of our editorial staff: University of Buffalo, University of Kansas, Columbia University, University of Virginia, Rutgers University and the University of Oklahoma.

The scholarship is a one-time award. The program utilizes standard Scholarship America recipient selection procedures, including the consideration of past academic performance and future potential, leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, and statement of career and educational goals.

More information about the award, including how to apply and how to contribute a donation, can be found at


In this issue

This month’s issue includes our cover story on distillation, and two feature-length articles on water treatment, covering both sequencing batch reactors and sand filtration operation. Our news story on electrochemistry focuses on new developments and the drive to reduce carbon footprints. We hope you enjoy reading these articles and much more in these pages. ■

D. LozowskiDorothy Lozowski, Editorial Director