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Paolucci to Receive Shaheen Graduate School Award

Nina Welding • DATE: May 8, 2017

Each year during the annual Graduate School Commencement Ceremony, outstanding graduate students are honored from each of the four divisions of the Graduate School: engineering, humanities, social sciences, and science. This year during the May 20 ceremony, Christopher Paolucci, chemical and biomolecular engineering, will be among those honored few to receive the 2017 Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Award.

Paolucci is being acknowledged for his seminal work in computer simulations of heterogeneous catalysts, such as those that occur in automotive catalytic converters. He is being recognized for his remarkable technical ability, as well as for his drive, demonstrated leadership, and mentoring of others throughout his time at Notre Dame.

After graduation, Paolucci plans to joins the Nørskov Group at Stanford University as a postdoctoral scholar. In fall 2018 he will assume a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia.

Other recipients of the 2017 Shaheen Graduate School Award are Matthew Kuiper, theology; Laura Gamboa, political science; and Renee Bouley, chemistry.
Each recipient receives a cash award and a commemorative plaque.