Young BSChE ’80: Preparation for life’s challenges<p>​Now, Peter Young, BSChE ’80, is a success story. He’s the chief executive officer of Chemcentral Group, Hong Kong, the first paper and paper-processing service agency in China, which also has ventures in real estate, consumer goods and ecotourism.<br/></p><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/WashU%20Engineering%20Alumni%20Peter%20Young.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><div id="__publishingReusableFragmentIdSection"><a href="/ReusableContent/News/34_.000">a</a></div><p>But back in 1983 when Young founded the company, it wasn’t clear that he’d made the right move. “At that stage, China was starting to open up for international business, and I was hoping to capitalize on the situation,” Young remembers. But “I found out that China was short on foreign exchange, meaning they were extremely poor and couldn’t buy the products we offered.”</p><p>His business partner dropped out, but Young stayed steadfast. He calls those early years “tedious” and “extremely difficult.”</p><p>When asked why he kept going, Young says, “I felt I had a job to do.” He attributes his perseverance, in part, to Washington University.</p><blockquote>“WashU gave me a very good education. It gave me a very good network of alumni. And it also gave me some of the stamina that allowed me to deal with many of the difficult issues I encountered,” Young says.</blockquote><p>Young was born in Hong Kong and was educated there and in Switzerland before coming to the U.S. for a portion of his high school education. In 1976, he decided to attend Washington University after seeing the campus and meeting H. Boulter Kelsey, then an assistant dean in the School of Engineering & Applied Science. Kelsey showed Young that the university provided hands-on support and prepared students for academic and other challenges.</p><p>Though he graduated 37 years ago, Young still remembers Kelsey and most of his professors by name. The  school has changed — Young recalls how students used to use punched cards to run computer programs  on huge machines in Cupples II — but the school’s hands-on approach has not.</p><p>After college, Young worked for Honeywell Aerospace, and three years later, he started Chemcentral Group, Hong Kong.</p><blockquote>“[China] is like a car that started in first gear, and is now in third gear,” Young says. </blockquote> <div><p>Around that time, Young began to think about giving back to the university. Over the years, he and his wife, Lin, have supported scholarships, the Biomedical Engineering International Study Abroad Program, and the Frank and Grace Yin Fund for Biomedical Engineering.</p><p>This year, the couple made a five-year commitment of $500,000, and in recognition of the generosity, the university named the archway at Preston M. Green Hall the Young Archway. Young says the gift is in honor of his parents Tsun Chi Frank Young and Kwok Chu Judy Ju.</p><p>But he hopes it helps future generations.</p><p>“It is now 41 years since I started at WashU. We went from having a stack of punched cards to do a couple of lines of work to now having a smart phone that is more powerful than a room of punched cards.</p><p>“I have done well, thanks to Washington University,” he says. “I want to help young people today so that 41 years from now, they will be able to say the same thing.”<br/></p> <SPAN ID="__publishingReusableFragment"></SPAN><br/></div>Peter Young started China’s first paper-processing service agency.Rosalind Early Young, BSChE ’80, started China’s first paper-processing service agency.<p>Preparation for life’s challenges<br/></p> professor joins WashU Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering<p>​<a href="/news/Pages/Eleven-new-faculty-to-join-School-of-Engineering-Applied-Science.aspx">Eleven new faculty will join the School of Engineering & Applied Science in the next year</a>, bringing the total number to 94. The Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering will welcome Peng Bai.<br/></p><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/Washington%20University%20in%20St.%20Louis%20Engineering%20Brauer%20Hall.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p><strong>Peng Bai, assistant professor</strong><br/></p><ul><li>PhD, mechanical engineering<br/></li><li>BE, automotive engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing<br/></li></ul><p>Bai joins the EECE faculty from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is a research scientist. He has been a senior postdoctoral associate and a postdoctoral associate at MIT since 2012. In 2014 he received the Oronzio and Niccolo De Nora Foundation Young Author Prize of the International Society of Electrochemistry. He joins the faculty July 1.<br/></p><p style="font-size: medium; color: #000000; font-family: "times new roman";"></p><p>Bai’s research focuses on the mechanism and control of lithium dendrite growths; asymmetrical reaction kinetics at battery nanoparticles; dual-mode lithium-brominel seawater flow battery; mixed ion-electron transfer kinetics of core-shell nanomaterials. In addition, he works in battery cycle life prediction. He has had several funded research projects on lithium ion and other batteries.<br/></p>2017-07-05T05:00:00ZPeng Bai joins the School of Engineering & Applied Science in 2018. designed by Washington University engineer launched on SpaceX<p>​An experiment designed by an engineering team at Washington University in St. Louis soon will be performed in space.<br/></p><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/WashU%20Engineering-NASA-Spherical-flame-art-competition-760x608.jpg?RenditionID=2" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>The experiment, called Flame Design, was on board a <a href="">SpaceX Dragon</a> rocket that launched into orbit June 3 and arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) two days later. Scientists there will conduct the experiment in 2019 and 2020. Flame Design is part of NASA’s Advanced Combustion via Microgravity Experiments (ACME) project.  ACME is a suite of experiments that will be performed in the Combustion Integrated Rack onboard the ISS.<br/></p><p> <a href="/Profiles/Pages/Richard-Axelbaum.aspx">Richard Axelbaum</a>, the Jens Professor of Environmental Engineering Science in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering at the School of Engineering & Applied Science, is the principal investigator of the project. Flame Design seeks to improve our fundamental understanding of the formation of soot — a major pollutant — and how it can be controlled. The findings will be useful for developing guiding principles behind designing flames that are both strong and soot free. The approach employed is relevant to oxy-combustion technologies, which are being developed for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from power plants through carbon capture and storage (CCS).</p><p>Additionally, Flame Design will allow ISS scientists to observe flames in zero gravity, a phenomenon that’s virtually impossible to study on Earth.</p><p>“Since flames are hot, buoyancy causes flames, like the simple candle flame, to rise,” Axelbaum said. “In space, with the absence of gravity, we are able to manipulate the flame in unique ways that allow us to unravel the mysteries of fire. This better understanding of combustion could help control pollutants emitted during combustion processes on earth.”<br/></p><div class=""><div class="iframe-container"> <iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" src=""></iframe>    </div> </div>​ <div> <br/> <br/> </div><div><div class="cstm-section"><h3>Richard Axelbaum<br/></h3><div style="text-align: center;"> <strong> <a href="/Profiles/Pages/Richard-Axelbaum.aspx"> <img src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Axelbaum_Richard.jpg?RenditionID=3" alt="" style="margin: 5px;"/></a> <br/></strong> <span style="font-size: 12px;"> <a href="/Profiles/Pages/Richard-Axelbaum.aspx"> <strong>Professor</strong></a></span><strong><br/></strong></div><div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 12px;">Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering</span> </div><div> <br/> </div></div></div> <br/> <div> <span> <div class="cstm-section"><h3>Media Coverage<br/></h3><div><strong>St. Louis Post-Dispatch: </strong><a href="">Experiment designed by Washington University researcher goes to space</a><br/></div></div></span><br/></div>This color image of an ethylene-air diffusion flame was recorded after ignition in the NASA Glenn Research Center 2.2-Second Drop Tower. The flame sheet and soot are clearly visible.2017-06-08T05:00:00ZAn experiment designed by an engineering team at Washington University in St. Louis was on board a SpaceX Dragon rocket that launched into orbit June 3. in Academic Lab Safety participants visit Exxon Mobil<p>​Graduate students from the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering and the Department of Chemistry, as well as staff from Environmental Health & Safety participated in the PALS (Partners in Academic Lab Safety) Initiative in collaboration with Exxon Mobil May 31-June 2 in Houston. The workshop included tours, presentations about the culture of safety and best practices at ExxonMobil. <br/></p><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/washu%20engineering%20lab%20safety.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Participants from Washington University in St. Louis included:<br/><ul><li>Brad King (Environmental Health & Safety)<br/></li><li>Changwoo Kim (Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering)<br/></li><li>Donna Hall (Environmental Health & Safety)<br/></li><li>Erin Gemmell (Chemistry)<br/></li><li>Claire Fortenberry (Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering)<br/></li><li>Clayton Kacicia (<span aria-hidden="true"></span>Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering<span aria-hidden="true"></span>)<br/></li><li>Tabbetha Bohac (Chemistry)<br/></li><li>Dan Mulrow (Chemistry)<br/></li><li>Chanez Symster (Chemistry)<br/><br/></li></ul>2017-06-07T05:00:00ZWorkshops included tours and presentations about the culture of safety and best practices. of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors (AEESP) honors WashU engineers<p>​Two faculty members and an alumnus will be recognized for their contributions to environmental engineering by the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors (AEESP) in June in Ann Arbor, Mich. <br/></p><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/WashU%20Engineering%20Brauer%20Hall.JPG?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><div id="__publishingReusableFragmentIdSection"><a href="/ReusableContent/News/34_.000">a</a></div><p><a href="/Profiles/Pages/Pratim-Biswas.aspx">Pratim Biswas</a>, the Lucy & Stanley Lopata Professor, assistant vice chancellor for international programs and chair of the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, will be named an AEESP Fellow at the association's annual conference June 20-22. AEESP Fellows are selected for their accomplishments in environmental engineering and science research, teaching and professional service, with emphasis on service within the AEESP with at least 10 years of faculty-level membership in AEESP.</p><p>Kimberly Parker, who will join the WashU Engineering faculty in January 2018 as assistant professor in energy, environmental & chemical engineering, will receive the 2017 Paul V. Roberts/AEESP Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizing her dissertation research. Parker is a doctoral student at Stanford University. She earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and a master's in environmental engineering from Yale University. </p><p>Yi Jiang, who earned a doctorate in energy, environmental & chemical engineering at WashU in 2016, will receive the CH2M/AEESP Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. Jiang, who conducted doctoral research in the labs of Biswas and<a href="/Profiles/Pages/John-Fortner.aspx"> John Fortner</a>, InCEES Career Development Associate Professor, is now a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University.</p><p>The Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) is composed of professors in academic programs throughout the world who provide education in the sciences and technologies of environmental protection.<br/></p><SPAN ID="__publishingReusableFragment"></SPAN><p><br/></p>Brauer Hall, home to the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering2017-05-31T05:00:00ZTwo faculty members and an alumnus will be recognized for their contributions to environmental engineering by the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors (AEESP) in June in Ann Arbor, Mich.