University at Buffalo Chemical Engineers Win Himmelblau Award

Release Date: June 27, 2012

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 coursework.

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 chemical engineering.

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