Two University of Utah chemical engineering students have won top honors in a regional scientific paper contest.
John Swanson, a junior from Salt Lake City, finished first and David Lee Gordon, a senior from Bountiful, placed second in the scientific paper presentations, sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Swanson qualified for the national meet next October in San Francisco.More than 70 students from Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona presented papers at the Salt Lake meeting.
Swanson's winning paper described a technique for dissolving solid samples in supercritical carbon dioxide for injection into a gas chromatograph. Gardner reported on his study of rotary kiln incinerators and the pollution given off by hazardous-waste incinerators.
The 1988 regional winner, Taunia Sandquist Wilde, also from the U., went on to win national honors with her paper recommending ways for the safe disposal of used oils, a strong environmental issue, especially in California.
A. Lamont Tyler, professor and department chairman, said this marks the third consecutive year a U. student has won the regional competition and the seventh time in the past 10 years.