Wednesday, March 27, 2013

2013 Air Products Undergraduate Research Symposium

This is just a reminder of the upcoming annual ChBE Air Products Undergraduate Research Symposium which will be held on Friday April 19th from 2-4pm.  The event will be held again this year in the Molecular Sciences (i.e. M Building) atria on the 4th floor.  All ChBE undergraduates who are currently or have previously conducted undergraduate research and who would like to present their work in the form of a poster at the symposium are invited to submit an abstract and enter the poster session.

All undergraduates who are conducting research as Air Products Undergraduate Research Fellows MUST present a poster at the symposium.

Entry forms should be completed and returned as instructed on the form as soon as possible. All entries must be received no later than Friday April 5th.If you are interested in entering, please see the email sent today with an entry form.   Each student’s poster will be judged by a panel of faculty judges and monetary prizes will be awarded to the top three posters.

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail:

  Prof. Clifford L. Henderson
  ChBE Undergraduate Research Coordinator
  P: (404)-385-0525

Friday, March 22, 2013

Advising for Summer and Fall registration

Welcome back from Spring Break!  I hope everyone is returning feeling refreshed and ready for the remainder of the semester.

The Summer and Fall schedules are now viewable in Banner, which means registration is just around the corner. The registration time tickets for Summer and Fall 2013 will be posted on Friday, March 29, so make sure you are aware of when your registration opens.  If you have not reviewed your degree audit in Degreeworks, it's time to do that and make decisions about your class schedules for the next two semesters.  Phase I Registration windows open on Monday, April 1 and are assigned based upon earned credit hours; Phase I registration closes on Friday, April 26 at 4:00 p.m.

For students currently enrolled in CHBE 2100, you must complete an appointment with your faculty mentor by March 25 or a HOLD will be placed on your account preventing registration until this is completed.

For students currently enrolled in CHBE 2130, you must complete an appointment with an academic advisor (Dr. Agrawal or me) by March 25 or a HOLD will be placed on your account preventing registration until this is completed. Students with mandatory advising holds are required to schedule an appointment and will not be seen as walk ins.

Contrary to popular belief, if you need to speak with an advisor, it is always best to schedule an appointment. Students who wait until the last minute (and yes, the week before registration is considered last minute) to meet with an advisor will find that appointment calendars are booked up to two weeks in advance. For most issues, a two-week wait fort an appointment will not be life-altering, and the time you spend with your advisor will be more productive and helpful.  Consider your situation and check my appointment calendar. Appointments are scheduled Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.  Appointment times are 30 minutes.

Walk in hours are for quick advising or scheduling questions, but remember, first come, first served, so you may have to wait your turn!  During registration (April 1-April 26) CHBE will offer undergraduate WALK IN WEDNESDAY from 9:30-12:30 and 2:00-5:00 on April 3, April 10, April 17, and April 24.  Walk in hours will also be available on FRIDAYS from 9:30-12:00 noon.·       

If you are pretty confident about your academic plans but just want some feedback you can ask for input via email.  Please keep in mind that I will respond to your messages in between appointments and walk ins, so during peak advising times, it may take a couple days to respond....advising isn't instant messaging!  

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Phase I Registration Coming Soon!

PHASE I Registration:  Opens Monday, April 1-Friday, April 26, 4:00 p.m.

With Registration just around the corner, here are some answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions.  If there are other questions you have, please comment or drop me a line so we can make sure everyone is comfortable with the process: 

We just don't do them.  The intent of Wait List is to remove the need for overloads.  Instead, we constantly monitor the number of seats in all of our CHBE core courses throughout registration.  We have to incrementally increase seats in each of our sections to keep them as even as possible. We cannot promise you that you will be able to get a certain section at a certain time.  We can tell you however, that if you need a core course to move on, 99.99% of the time there will eventually be an open seat.  This is true for every course except....

CHBE 4200/4210 and 4400  (U.O. and Process Control)  Unit Ops and Process Control is a whole other story.  The seats in these courses are very limited and we have to carefully monitor these courses to make sure that those students who need these classes and are graduating this, their last semester, get a seat. If you are unable to get a seat, please add yourself to the wait list for the appropriate lab section. If you have submitted your graduation application for Summer 2013, we will know you need the class.and prioritize your name on the wait list.  If you anticipate graduation in Fall 2013, please email me so I am aware for prioritization.

The only classes that ask for permits in CHBE are research (2698, 2699, 4698 and 4699),  CHBE 2100 (for non-majors) and  CHBE 4573, 4574, and some CHBE 4803 Special Topics courses.
  • Research:  You can obtain a form from  the front desk in the main CHBE office on the first floor atrium of FORD ES&T. Once the form is completed and signed by your supervising professor, you return the permit to the advising office and a permit is entered. You must then sign up for the course in OSCAR BUT BE CAREFUL!! The number of hours defaults to 1:  you must change this when signing up for the course.  (Typically you will change this to 3--discuss with your supervising professor if you are unsure.)
  • CHBE 2100: There is never any reason for a CHBE student to use this. This is for non-CHBE majors wanting to take the course. As long as you have the pre-reqs you are good to go.
  • CHBE 4573, 4574, and 4803 Special Topics: You must ask for a permit through OSCAR to take this course.  Please see the notes entered in the Long Title in schedule search to identify the requirements for a permit to be granted.  Priority is given to CHBE students during Phase I.  Remember that just because you receive the permit,  it does not guarantee you a seat!!

Friday, March 8, 2013


Do you want to make an impact on campus? Do you want to see your ideas take shape here at Georgia Tech? Buzzinga! is a competition to attract student driven solutions to address problems facing the GT campus and community at large. For our first year, we want to focus on campus spirit/culture and we hope to see a wide variety of solutions impacting everything from attendance at athletic events and mental health to increased Georgia Tech pride.

Buzzinga! enables our undergraduate and graduate students to form teams to solve the campus issue of the year (campus culture/spirit) and they can earn up to $10,000 in funding and assistance toward the implementation of their idea.  You come up with a solution, compete, win, implement, and make Georgia Tech better!

Applications opened on March 1st and will close on April 1st. Judging will be conducted by a panel of campus administrators, faculty, and students. Teams will be judged on a popular vote, feasibility, creativity, sustainability and campus reach.

The application is available at .You are required to register to participate. Don't worry if you don't have an idea or team just yet, just go ahead and sign-up! If you are interested and don't have an idea or team, we will be providing opportunities for team placement.

Please feel free to contact Amit Khanduri ( or Nick Buczek ( if you have any questions.

Apply for a Tech Green Award

Have you, your class project group, or an organization you are a part of started an environmental initiative on campus or in the Atlanta community? Apply for the Tech Green Awards, the campus wide awards for the greenest students, organizations, and faculty. The Tech Green Awards are separated into 2 awards, the Environmental Leadership Award for faculty, staff, alumni, and retiree, and the Environmental Initiative Award for students and student organizations. Gift packages will be included for both awards along with the recognition and press for your efforts.

Even if you haven't started had your own initiative, nominate someone else you know and help them get recognition. Please check out for application forms and more detailed information.  Let's promote Tech's greenest initiatives! For any questions or concerns about the application, email Rahul Mody at

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Academic Success Workshops

Are you satisfied with your academic performance so far this semester?  Feel like you could use some help?  Check out the academic support services available through the Center for Academic Success:

Academic Success Workshops in March:
  • Mar. 1st (2:05-2:55) Success from Midterms to Finals
  • Mar. 5th (5:00-6:00) Reducing Test Anxiety
  • Mar. 8th (3:00-4:00) Preparing for Tests
  • Mar. 12th (11:05-11:55) Becoming a Strategic Learner
  • Mar. 27th (4:30-5:30) Be an Engaged Learner
All workshops are open to the campus community, do not require an RSVP, and take place in Clough.
See for more details and locations.

Note:  There will be no 1-to -1 Tutoring, PLUS sessions, or PUSH during Spring Break (Saturday March 16th -Sunday March 24th); all programs will reopen on Monday, March 25th.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Apply to become a MOVE officer!

MOVE (Mobilizing Opportunities for Volunteer Experience) is Georgia Tech's largest community service organization.  We are currently accepting applications for officer positions during the 2013-2014 school year. If you have a passion for service and leadership, please consider applying!

Visit for a copy of the application.  The deadline to submit is 5 PM on March 15, 2013. Applications and resumes can be submitted electronically to

Please consider this excellent opportunity to give back to your community and your campus.