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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering Newsletter 2016

Bolstering Graduate Education

Yunsheng Ma, chairman of Shandong Chambroad Holding Co. Ltd., left, and WSU’s Chris Keane and Asif Chaudhry sign the agreement in China.
Yunsheng Ma, chairman of Shandong Chambroad Holding Co. Ltd., left, and WSU’s Chris Keane and Asif Chaudhry sign the agreement in China.

Washington State University has entered into an agreement with Shandong Chambroad Holding Co. Ltd., a private Chinese corporation, to educate WSU doctoral students to meet significant societal needs in energy and environment.

The corporation will provide up to $5 million to support five new students each year, up to a total of 20 students simultaneously, in chemical engineering, chemistry, or materials science and engineering.

The privately run company started in 1991 and employs about 11,000 people in Boxing, China. Chambroad is engaged in petrochemicals, fine chemicals, culture and arts, education, agriculture, and strategic investment. The Chambroad Distinguished Fellowship will provide graduate student and research support in the area of catalysis, a critical component of the manufacturing sector, especially in the production of high energy fuels and household chemicals.

The fellowship program will allow students to work collaboratively with WSU researchers. Research areas will be focused on energy conversion, carbon capture technology and utilization, and petrochemical conversion with the goal of creating economical, dependable, and environmentally sustainable systems.