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Lowry named honorable mention

The Carnegie Science Center announced its 2010 Carnegie Science Awards last Thursday.

“Each year the Carnegie Science Awards shines the spotlight on extraordinary researchers, entrepreneurs, and educators working in science and technology fields,” said Henry Buhl, Jr., co-director of the Carnegie Science Center, in the organization’s press release. “Our region generates amazing talent and cutting-edge technology and advances in science-related industries. The awards program recognizes the best and the brightest .”

While two other professors from Carnegie Mellon University received awards — computer science professor Luis von Ahn won the award in Information Technology and biology professor Alison Barth was named an honorable mention for the Emerging Female Scientist Award — Carnegie Mellon students studying civil and chemical engineering may recognize Gregory V. Lowry’s name as an honorable mention for the Environmental Award.

“Gregory Lowry is developing nanotechnology that can be used to clean up pollutants, such as chlorinated solvents and heavy metals in drinking water. This technology promises to be less intrusive and energy-intensive than conventional cleanup approaches,” said Courtney Horne, a public relations representative for Lowry.

What makes Lowry stand out to students is that, in addition to his research, he is also teaching 12-351 (Environmental Engineering) this semester. Typically, professors investing in groundbreaking research have little time to devote to a class of undergraduates. Yet Lowry holds approximately three hours of class each week and encourages his students to e-mail him.

“He can be very interested in what he teaches. His lecture style is very engaging, and he wants to impart his knowledge [to] his students,” said Michael Panzitta, a junior civil and environmental engineering major.