Alumni News


Ahmed Youssef, (EECE PhD 2010), Lead Scientist at SABIC has won the AIChE 35 Under 35 award. This award is presented to young professionals that have made a significant contribution to the chemical engineering profession. Ahmed leads a global and diverse team which executes the technology roadmap for SABIC's acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) product line. His leadership keeps new process technologies research projects moving from the lab into commercial operations. As lead scientist at SABIC, he continues to fulfill his responsibilities while earning his MBA from Purdue University, and is putting his technical background and business know-how to use.

Zhen (Jason) He (EECE PhD 2007), The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors approved the promotion of Jason He to the rank of full professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering on June 5, 2017. Dr. Zhen (Jason) He is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. He received his BS from Tongji University, MS from Technical University of Denmark, and PhD from Washington University in St. Louis, all in Environmental Engineering. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Mechanics at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is directing the Environmental Biotechnology & Bioenergy Laboratory with a focus on resource recovery from wastes/wastewater. The ongoing research projects in his lab include bioelectrochemcial systems for wastewater treatment, forward osmosis, nutrient removal and recovery, and algal bioreactors. He has published more than 140 journal papers that have received more than 6,900 citations. He established Virginia Tech Center for Applied Water Research and Innovations as an inaugural director. He is the Vice Chair of the Research and Innovation Committee under Water Environment Federation (WEF) and an Associate Editor for Water Environment Research. He is also the 2017 President for Chinese-American Professors in Environmental Engineering and Science (CAPEES)."

Peter Young (ChE BS 1980). Peter's first position was with Allied-Signal Aerospace as a materials and process engineer. In 1983, Young returned to Hong Kong and founded Chemcentral Group, which provides raw materials and equipment for manufacturers in China. Chemcentral Group has grown into an international trade and investment organization with branches specializing in paper industry products, chemical materials, real estate, ecotourism and recreation. With offices worldwide, Young's companies have remained the largest supplier of coating clay in China since 1984. Young holds stock in PURE brand whisky, brandy and scotch and investments in a hotel and spa property, the Lihua International Hotel & Spa, in Longjing, China.

A resident of Hong Kong, Young earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from WashU and he also attended the University of Southern California for graduate work in plastics and engineering. Read more and watch video.

Alumna Katelyn Swindle-Reilly (EECE PhD 2008), joins Ohio State. Most recently a scientist at Rochal Industries, Katelyn began a 25% tenure track post in chemical engineering and 75% post in biomedical engineering at Ohio State University last fall. Her research focus is the optimized design biomimetic polymeric biomaterials for applications in ophthalmology and wound healing. Dr. Swindle-Reilly obtained her PhD at WashU studying with Nathan Ravi, MD, PhD. She currently holds two patents and has four patent applications.