School of Engineering
Chemical engineering students win national title for nonalcoholic beer project
A team of three KU students took top honors in the national 2012 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Student Design Competition for their efficient, economical process for brewing nonalcoholic beer.
Hal Laurence, Lansing, and Le Tran, Newton, both 2012 chemical engineering graduates, and fifth-year senior MacKenzie Christie, Lawrence, prepared their winning entry as part of a yearlong, two-part senior design course.
Students were challenged to evaluate the economics and political climate of producing nonalcoholic beer in five states, while selecting a site that had the capability to increase its production without undergoing a physical expansion.
“The team did the economics very carefully. They gave it a lot of attention,” said Marylee Southard, associate professor of chemical and petroleum engineering, who oversaw the student team. “They found that some Southern states are the best places to produce nonalcoholic beverages because of their higher alcohol taxes: They got significant tax savings by making nonalcoholic beer instead of the usual brew.”Read more »
KU rises in U.S. News rankings
The University of Kansas rose slightly in rankings in the 2012 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges.” KU rose to 46th among public universities, up one place from last year. Overall, KU ranks 101st this year, up three places.
The schools of Engineering and Business also saw gains in the undergraduate rankings, with Engineering rising two places to 44th among public universities and Business rising two places to 33rd.Read more »