Our 12th Annual Amgen-Clorox Graduate Student Symposium

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

UC Santa Barbara's Department of Chemical Engineering gathered students, faculty, and industrial representatives on campus for the 12th Annual Amgen-Clorox Graduate Student Symposium, a one-day forum held on October 4. 

The day kicked off with welcome remarks from Rachel Segalman, Chemical Engineering Department Chair and Edward Noble Kramer Professor, who spoke of department honors and news.

An Industrial Keynote, ‘Chemical Reactor Scale-up: Principles and Practice at Dow’, was shared by Dan Hickman, PhD, from Dow Chemical. 

Industrial attendees received a flash drive containing the abstracts and CVs of presenting students to enable future connections. 

The event was organized by a group of graduate students with co-chairs Mike Burroughs and St. Elmo Wilken, to provide an opportunity for students to present their research and networking opportunities to stimulate industrial collaborations and future employment opportunities. 

In addition to oral presentations by senior students throughout the day, there was a breakfast and lunch in the Engineering Sciences Building Courtyard, and dinner reception at the Mosher Alumni House.

A poster session after lunch also showcased work throughout the department. Congratulations to all of the presenters for outstanding talks and posters! For a list of all presenters and the events of the day, check out the schedule.  

The winners of the best talk and best poster awards this year were:



St. Elmo Wilken – “Developing a genome-scale model of Neocallimastigomycota fungi as a platform for metabolic engineering”
George Degen – “Adhesion of mussel-inspired materials”


Justin Yoo – “Bridging non-overlapping reads illuminates high-order epistasis between distal protein sites using next-generation sequencing”
Tanvi Sheth – “Production of metastable multi-nanoemulsions with controllable droplet morphology”

Thank you to everyone who made the 12th Annual Clorox-Amgen Graduate Student Symposium a success! 

Information on past symposia can be found in our Event Archive.  

– Melissa Walker is the Communications Coordinator for the Department of Chemical Engineering

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