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02-07-2008

Clarkson University Chemical Engineering Senior Wins Poster Competition in Salt Lake City

Clarkson University senior Bradley M. Buchheit of Lebanon, Ore., won second place in the student poster competition at the national American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, this past fall. His poster won in the 'General Posters' session.

Buchheit's poster described his honors thesis, which investigates the effect of dissolved water and alcohols on the viscosity of room temperature ionic liquids. The title of his project was "The effect of water and light alcohols on the viscosity of Tetrafluoroborate containing Ionic Liquids." Buchheit's poster was a separate part of the AIChE conference. He was mentored by Prof. Ruth E. Baltus of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Buchheit, a chemical engineering major, is the son of Kevin and Lisa Buchheit of Lebanon. He first gained interest in chemical engineering after learning of the job opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry. His hobbies include reading, politics and outdoor activities. He is a member of the Clarkson Chem E Car team, Tau Beta Pi, Omega Chi Epsilon and Crew. Buchheit was awarded the Pablo Guttman Memorial Award for being the most conscientious junior chemical engineering student. After he graduates from Clarkson, he plans on attending medical school and going into pediatric oncology.

Clarkson University crosses the boundaries of disciplines, nations and cultures in order for discovery, engineering innovation and enterprise to come together. As a result, faculty and graduates grasp the full impact of their calling, direct their research to the world's pressing issues and lead with confidence and distinction. One in seven alumni is already a CEO or other senior executive. Located in Potsdam, N.Y., just outside the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, Clarkson is home to 3,000 students preparing for rewarding careers through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, science, and health sciences, as well as unparalleled outdoor recreation and life experiences beyond the classroom.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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