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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Lansing High grad wins national competition

  • A Lansing High School graduate was recognized this week for winning a national chemical engineering competition.
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  • A Lansing High School graduate was recognized this week for winning a national chemical engineering competition.
    Hal Laurence, who graduated from Lansing High School in 2008, and two former classmates from the University of Kansas won first prize in a student design competition sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
    Laurence, who now lives in the Seattle area, was recognized in Pittsburgh during an annual AIChE student conference. An award ceremony was held Sunday. And Laurence and his former KU classmates, MacKenzie Christie and Le Tran, were invited to provide a presentation on their project Monday.
    Laurence said he moved to Lansing when he was in the eighth grade.
    His parents and one of his siblings still live in the community.
    He graduated from KU in May with a degree in chemical engineering. He and his classmates worked on a 12-page problem for the AIChE competition for a course at KU during the second semester of his senior year.
    "We worked on it about a month," he said.
    He said the problem required the design of a facility for a small-scale brewery that makes non-alcoholic beer from alcoholic beer.
    "The catch is that the facility has to use reverse osmosis to accomplish this goal," he said.
    Laurence learned last month that he and his former KU classmates had won the design competition in the team category.
    He said there was a modest cash prize for winning the competition.
    "I already spent it," he said.
    During the conference, Laurence had the opportunity to meet the people who created the problem that was worked on by his team.

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