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Chemical engineering graduate student receives universitys T.A. award

Khaled Alfadhel, a Ph.D. candidate in chemical engineering, received the Lehigh University Teaching Assistant Award this spring.

Alfhadel, who earned his B.S. from Kuwait University and his M.S. from Lehigh, received the award for his service last year as a teaching assistant in a junior-level Process Modeling and Control class.

The class, which enrolled 50 students, was taught by Mayuresh Kothare, the R. L. McCann Associate Professor of chemical engineering, who is Alfadhel's adviser.

While studying at Kuwait University, Alfhadel served more than two years as a teaching assistant.

"I enjoyed that experience so much that I decided to go to graduate school," says Alfhadel, who plans to join Kuwait University's faculty after he completes his Ph.D. next year.

At Lehigh, Alfhadel also received the Leonard A. Wenzel Award for excellence in the chemical engineering department's qualifying examination. He has also served as a T.A. in a thermodynamics class for undergraduate chemical engineering students.

For his Ph.D. thesis, Alfadhel is doing research in the mathematical modeling of microchemical systems.

Two other graduate students received the university's Teaching Assistant Award this spring. They are Carolyn Brockmeyer, a psychology student, and Dilip Joshi, an economics students.

Posted on Sunday, August 01, 2004

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