Young Investigator Awards and Student Excellence Awards Presented at Pittcon

April 19, 2019

The Chinese American Chromatography Association (CACA) presented awards its Young Investigator and the Student Excellence Awards at the CACA annual dinner event at Pittcon 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Chinese American Chromatography Association (CACA) presented awards its Young Investigator and the Student Excellence Awards at the CACA annual dinner event at Pittcon 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The awards are presented annually to outstanding scientists and students who have made exceptional contributions to the development of separation science and its applications.

The two Young Investigator awards were presented to M. Farooq Wahab, and Emmi Zheng.

Wahab is a research engineer scientist in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas. He earned his PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of Alberta, Canada. He has made major contributions to the development of novel stationary phases for chiral, ionic, and hydrophilic compounds, has been published 35 times, has served as a reviewer for many analytical chemistry journals, and has won many awards.

Zheng, an R&D scientist in the Biotherapeutic Product Development Group of Smith & Nephew (Fort Worth, Texas), received her PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She has developed novel methodologies for the characterization of biotherapeutics and drug interactions including methods in high-performance affinity chromatography. She has been published 26 times and has made numerous presentations.

Kellen DeLaney and Juan Bian won the two Student Excellence awards.

DeLaney is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin (Madison, Wisconsin). She developed novel analytical methods for the characterization of biological systems including those that use capillary electrophoresis–mass spectrometry (CE-MS) as an imaging platform. She has been published 16 times.

Bian is a graduate student at Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio). Her research in high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), CE, and MS has focused on method development for the characterization of biosystems, including those using enhanced fluidity liquid chromatography and pressure-mediated CE. She had been published five times.

Advanced Materials Technology and Agilent Technologies sponsored the Young Investigator awards, and Mac-Mod sponsored the Student Excellence awards.

Awards Selection Process and Presentation

The selection process for the CACA awards is based on research accomplishments and innovations, the number of publications and their impact, and service record to the scientific community.  [just a personal idea that it’s not always good to reveal who the committee members are.] CACA is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote networking and career development for its members. The organization frequently hosts webinars as well as dinner events at Pittcon and the HPLC conference to provide forums for sharing technical information in separation sciences and the development of collaborative relationships. For more information, please visit www.ca-ca.org.