Brian Schuster, a Caldwell Fellow at NC State, has been nationally recognized as one of the New Faces of Engineering for his work in chemical engineering. The National Engineers Week Foundation gives the award through the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). “It feels good (to be recognized),” says Schuster. His list of accomplishments in the field of chemical engineering is lengthy.
In his four years at NC State, Schuster was vice president of industry relations for the AIChE chapter at NC State, an honors fellows liaison for the Quad Area Council, an event leader for the North Carolina Science Olympiad, committee chair to the Engineers’ Council at NC State and a recipient of the AIChE freshman recognition award. He also was a member of the University Honors Program.
Schuster will graduate later this month, but he is already in Michigan working as a processing engineer at American Process, a company that specializes in developing new technologies to create ethanol fuel that don’t compete with food supply. As if this wasn’t already an accomplished resume, Schuster is excited to begin graduate work at Stanford. “That’s more of a point of excitement for me these days,” he says.
Schuster is taking an online course to finish his degree at NC State. He will finish his undergraduate career with a degree in chemical engineering and a concentration in honors molecular science, he says. Schuster spent most of his undergraduate years doing research.
“I did research with several different professors,” he says. Schuster started his research career the summer before even beginning school at NC State through the RISE program, which teaches incoming freshman about undergraduate research in the sciences. “Then, I applied for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center research grant and got that,” says Schuster. “I did research on bacterium that converts plant materials into ethanol directly and published research on bioenergy research. I also researched enzyme effects on iron.”
In 2011, Schuster took an alternative spring break trip to Belize, a trip that focused on long-term development in that country. He also dedicated his three other spring break trips to Habitat for Humanity programs.