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Graduate students receive Deisler Fellowships

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 10:55am
Texas A&M University

Dany Jair Munoz-Pinto and Zuyi (Jacky) Huang, graduate students in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, each have been named a recipient of the Paul and Ellen Deisler Fellowship in Chemical Engineering.

These fellowships are awarded on the basis of scholarly productivity and excellence in graduate studies and include a $5,000 stipend.

Munoz-Pinto joined the lab of Assistant Professor Mariah Hahn in 2006. His research has focused on examining cell responses to defined environmental stimuli in an effort to design improved environments for tissue regeneration.

“Dany was my very first doctoral student, and I am grateful that I had such a strong student helping to start my lab,” Hahn said. “Dany has simply been an extraordinary student and in four years has been primary author on five and co-author on three published manuscripts. His hard work, intelligence and attitude have been key to his success and instrumental to the success of my lab.”

Huang, who is advised by Associate Professor Juergen Hahn, is working to develop improved models of signal transduction pathways — a central scheme in systems biology. Towards this goal, Huang solves inverse problems in order to create rich data sets that he can use for parameter estimation during the model-building process.

“Jacky is an excellent student with a superb work ethic,” J. Hahn said. “His work has been instrumental for my group in several ways. We have used some of his results as preliminary results for a major NSF-CDI grant that we recently received. In addition to having a very good publication record, he also has helped supervise undergraduate research in my group.”

The Paul and Ellen Deisler Fellowship in Chemical Engineering was endowed in 2000 by the Deislers as a means of promoting advanced studies in chemical engineering.

A World War II veteran, Paul Deisler completed his degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M in 1948. He earned his doctorate from Princeton in 1952 and then joined Shell Development Company where he led a successful career before retiring in 1986 as vice president for health, safety and environment at Shell Oil’s Houston headquarters. He is a distinguished alumnus of both the College of Engineering and the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering. His wife, Ellen, is a graduate of the University of Colorado and fellow chemical engineer.

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