BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Two University at Buffalo researchers were
awarded the 2012 David Himmelblau Award for Innovations in
Computer-Based Chemical Engineering.
David A. Kofke and Andrew J. Schultz received the award, which
recognizes individuals that make novel contributions to computer
aids for chemical engineering education.
The researchers were chosen for their work developing Etomica
modules, which are easy-to-use interactive computer simulations
that help students understand chemistry and physics in terms of
molecular movements and interactions. With this understanding,
students can develop a better intuition for the new and sometimes
counterintuitive ideas they learn about in their technical
Kofke is a UB Distinguished Professor and chair of UB's chemical
and biological engineering department. Schultz, who works in
Kofke's laboratory, is a research assistant professor and research
scientist in the same department.
The award, which includes a $1,000 prize and plaque, is
administered through the Computing and Systems Technology (CAST)
division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. It is
named in honor of late University of Texas at Austin professor
David Himmelblau, a pioneer in helping introduce computing into