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The 2020 Chopey Scholarship winner

| By Dorothy Lozowski

Chemical Engineering has been a long-time leading source for practical technology information and news for the chemical process industries (CPI). In addition to providing information, we strive to help advance the chemical engineering profession. In 2007, Chemical Engineering established the annual Chopey Scholarship for Chemical Engineering Excellence in order to offer assistance to a student who is working toward a degree in chemical engineering. The award is named after Nicholas P. Chopey, the magazine’s former Editor-in-Chief, who devoted over 47 years of his professional career to this magazine.


The 2020 winner

Virginia Jiang

Congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipient, Virginia Jiang, who is a chemical engineering student at Columbia University with a planned graduation date in the spring of 2021. Jiang is conducting research in the Banta Lab for protein and metabolic engineering as it relates to designing novel, clean-energy sources, and serves as a teaching assistant for the introductory engineering course, where students learn laboratory skills and pursue short research projects in protein engineering.

A life-long curiosity in the workings of the natural world drove Jiang to pursue a career in the chemical engineering field. This year’s winner has also participated in two National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs), — one hosted at Northwestern University and one remotely by Rosetta Commons — both in protein and metabolic engineering. Jiang plans to pursue a graduate degree in chemical engineering and is excited to work in academia or industry carrying out research in the biotechnology sector.


About the scholarship

The scholarship is awarded to current third-year students who are enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study in chemical engineering at one of the following four-year colleges or universities, which include Chopey’s alma mater and those of our editorial staff: the University at Buffalo, University of Kansas, Columbia University, University of Virginia, Rutgers University and the University of Oklahoma.

The scholarship is a one-time award. The program utilizes standard Scholarship America recipient selection procedures, including the consideration of past academic performance and future potential, leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, and statement of career and educational goals.

More information about the award, including how to apply and how to contribute a donation, can be found at


In this issue

This issue contains articles on sustainable developments in coatings, corrosion-prevention technologies, mechanical pressure instruments, special considerations for pressure measurement involving hydrogen applications and a news story that takes a look at tools and technologies that are particularly suited to address COVID-19-specific safety and health concerns. There is also much more, such as the latest technology news found in our Chementator section. We hope you enjoy reading.

Dorothy Lozowski, Editorial Director