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Engineering student Hoatian “Howard” Wang captures Swanson School, national co-op awards

PITTSBURGH (April 29, 2014) … Hoatian "Howard" Wang, who earned his bachelor of science in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering, was named National Co-op Student of the Year for 2013 by the American Society of Engineering Education's Cooperative Education Division . In December 2013 Mr. Wang was also named the Swanson School's Co-op Student of the Year.

Mr. Wang completed four co-op rotations as the first Pitt co-op student with Lubrizol , a provider of specialty chemicals for the transportation, industrial, and consumer markets, located in Wickliffe, Ohio. Although a departure from a typical chemical engineering rotation, Mr. Wang wanted a rotation that related to his economics minor. His first term was spent in operations where he ran experiment-scale trials to perform various facts of pilot plant operation; during Mr. Wang's second term, he was a focusing team leader focusing on new specialty chemical development with a cross functional team. The team successfully produced the material for their customer's field trial.

During the third term, Mr. Wang was a manufacturing co-op in Deer Park, Texas, and worked solely on a project that resulted in reduced capital expenditures of three million dollars. His fourth term was in supply chain where he made a significant impact on scheduling man-hour input reductions. Currently Mr. Wang is working on a product realization initiative between Lubrizol and the Swanson School of Engineering.

"Hoatian Howard Wang's contributions as both a student and a co-op exemplify the academics, volunteerism, and commitment it takes to win this prestigious award," noted Maureen A. Barcic, director of the Swanson School's Co-op program. "He came to America as a Pitt engineering freshman, and made the most of every single opportunity available to him. He also gave of himself as much as he possibly could."

In addition to his outstanding work performance at Lubrizol, Mr. Wang received an honors research assistantship from the Honors College for developing a model experimental system to study wrinkling phenomena. Howard is a two time II-VI Foundation Scholarship Recipient, a recipient of the Won Chiang Scholarship, and also winner of the Lubrizol Scholarship in 2013. His volunteer efforts include peer advisor for the Freshman Leadership Team, Swanson School of Engineering; student mentor at La Porte, Texas Elementary School; volunteer gardener at Painesville, Ohio local food banks; member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and member of Tau Beta Pi.