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2009 News in Brief



Phil Gschwend receives Institute’s Perkins Award

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CEE Professor Phillip Gschwend was awarded the Perkins Award at MIT’s Awards Convocation May 5. The Frank E. Perkins Award, named for CEE’s own Professor Frank Perkins who served as Dean of the Graduate School from 1983 to 1995, is given each year to a professor who has served as an excellent advisor and mentor for graduate students. Gschwend has won CEE’s own teaching award (the Maseeh Award) three times, and in 1995 he received the Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching from the School of Engineering. Within the field of environmental organic chemistry and geochemistry, his research group studies the environmental fates of “old” pollutants such as PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) and PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl), and anticipates the environmental consequences of producing and using “new” materials such as carbon nanotubes.