National AIChE honors

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Oct. 14, 2015

Cale Hyzer earns national recognition for sour water treatment process

Cale Hyzer

MSU will again be among the top winners when the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) hands out national awards later this fall. 

Cale Hyzer has earned the Omega Chi Epsilon Award (third prize) in the AICHE 2015 Student Design Competition-Individual Category, which will be presented at the AIChE meeting in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Nov. 8.

“My senior design project earned me this honor,” he explained. “The design competition this year was to design a sour water treatment process. Sour water is typically generated in petroleum refineries and is typically contaminated with hydrogen sulfide, ammonia, and other contaminants including traces of light alkanes. In our project we were required to remove hydrogen sulfide and ammonia (H2S and NH3) to levels below 5 ppm and 20 ppm respectively.”

Hyzer, of St. Johns, Mich., graduated from MSU in May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He is now working at Ford Motor Company as a product development Ford College Graduate in the Transmission and Driveline Engineering Department.

The MSU Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science has an established record of achieving national recognitions during the AIChE student design contest, which was founded in 1967. Most recently, Logan Matthews (BS Chem Egr ’13) took the first place prize in the Student Design Competition-Individual Category in 2013.