Matthews earns first prize at national student design contest

Logan Matthews joins other Spartan Engineers in winning the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Student Design Competition.A Michigan State University student has again taken top honors in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AlChE) 2013 Student Design Competition – Individual Category. Logan Matthews of Midland will be honored Nov. 3-4 during the 2013 AlChE annual meeting in San Francisco. AIChE is the world's leading organization for chemical engineering professionals.

"Michigan State has been extremely successful in this competition over the past few years, and I am thrilled that I could continue this trend of excellence in our department," Matthews said.

The 2013 Student Design Competition involved the design of a chemical plant to produce bio-oil and liquid fuels by marrying biomass pyrolysis and coal gasification in one joint process. Matthews said his design proved that marrying pyrolysis and gasification together did result in overall savings for the plant.

Matthews graduated from MSU in May with a degree in chemical engineering and began doctoral studies at Princeton University this fall in chemical and biological engineering.  “I hope to perform computational research involving optimization with applications to Process Synthesis and Scheduling,” he added.