Society of Schmitt Fellows - 2008

Jason Bray

Undergraduate Institution: Brigham Young University
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS in Chemical Engineering, 2008
Current Academic Program: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Specific Research Area: My research is often referred to as “computational catalysis,” meaning I use high performance computing and atomic-level simulations to model catalyst structure and performance. I am focusing on the interactions between reactant molecules on catalyst surfaces and how this influences the behavior of the catalyst.
Advisor: Prof. William Schneider
Why did you choose Notre Dame: I chose Notre Dame in part due to the excellent offer associated with the Schmitt Fellowship, which matched or exceeded offers from other schools. More importantly, when I visited the department and campus I was impressed by the intimate feeling, where you actually get to know your professors and they know you. I also appreciated the efforts Notre Dame was and is continuing to make in expanding and improving their physical facilities and graduate offerings. There are ample opportunities to get involved in both the campus and greater South Bend communities.

David Flagel

Undergraduate Institution: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS in Biology with an Emphasis in Ecology and Organismal Studies, 2008
Current Academic Program: Biological Sciences
Specific Research Area: The cascading impacts of gray wolf re-colonization on Great Lakes forests.
Advisor: Dr. Gary E. Belovsky
Why did you choose Notre Dame: I chose Notre Dame because it was the one place where this project would be possible for a graduate student. The opportunities for ecological research provided by not one but two active research stations (Wisconsin and Montana), combined with the opportunity to mentor undergraduate students in the field, presents a unique environment for the developing ecologist.

Andrew Paluch

Undergraduate Institution: SUNY University at Buffalo
Undergraduate Degree and Year: B.S. Chemical Engineering, B.A. in Mathematics, May 2008
Current Academic Program: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Specific Research Area: Molecular simulation and phase-equilibria thermodynamics
Advisor: Edward J. Maginn
Why did you choose Notre Dame: The research activities of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering focused on applied problem solving. Also, upon my visit, the faculty members were all extremely personable.