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Nicholas Chopey Scholarship awarded

| By Dorothy Lozowski, Editor in Chief

Meghan OLearyChemical Engineering has been a leading source for technology and news for the chemical process industries (CPI) since the launch of our magazine in 1902. Additionally, we seek to bring recognition to, and to help advance, the chemical engineering profession. With that in mind, Chemical Engineering established the annual Chopey Scholarship for Chemical Engineering Excellence in late 2007. The award is named after Nicholas P. Chopey, the magazine’s former Editor-in-Chief, who devoted over 47 years of his professional career to making valuable contributions to Chemical Engineering.


The 2016 award winner

Congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipient, Meghan O’Leary, who is a third-year student of chemical engineering at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. She is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, as well as of the University’s Honor College and is on the Dean’s List. She was also the recipient of the 2015 Grace W. Capen Academic Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and of the 2015 Sophomore Organic Chemistry Award for Scholastic Excellence. In addition to her academic achievements, O’Leary is active in the university’s Cross Country and Track Club. She is interested in continuing her education and pursuing an M.S. degree in chemical engineering.


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 covers a wide variety of topics. Our Cover Story sheds light on rupture disc performance and the technologies used in these safety devices. We have an Engineering Practice article that takes the reader through a series of practical troubleshooting experiences, as well as articles on vortex breakers and Prandtl numbers. The Feature Report looks in depth at electropositive filter media. Our Newsfronts cover the latest developments in the glass industry, and in heat exchanger design. And as always, the latest technology news can be found in our Chementator section. We hope you enjoy reading.

Dorothy Lozowski

Editor in Chief