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Congratulations to Sarah Blair, Pamela Cai, Eva Lucia de la Serna, Sindhu Nathan & Emily Penn: Chemical Engineering Service Award Winners

To honor and recognize significant contributions to the department - going above and beyond the scope of their normal research and studies to help ensure our community thrives.
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Congratulations to Sarah Blair, Pamela Cai, Eva Lucia de la Serna, Sindhu Nathan & Emily Penn for winning Chemical Engineering Service Awards!


The Chemical Engineering department has been fortunate to have a graduate student population that is involved and engaged as well as invested in the department’s culture, direction and future. This award honors and recognizes these significant contributions to the department - going above and beyond the scope of their normal research and studies to help ensure our community thrives.

Sindhu Nathan – Chemical Engineering Service Award AY20

Sindhu Nathan

Sindhu has consistently served the ChemE Department since she arrived on campus in 2017. She has served on GSAC in multiple roles including Recruitment Committee, Exec Committee, Student Led Colloquium Committee Chair, 1st Year Mentoring Committee, 1st Year Lunches Committee, Treasurer and Recruitment Chair. Sindhu’s work with recruitment was critical for successful recruitment weekend events for our admitted Ph.D. students. Sindhu has gone above and beyond to help lead her fellow Ph.D. students.

Eva Lucia de la Serna – Chemical Engineering Service Award AY21

Eva Lucia de la Serna

Eva has been instrumental in “fostering unity and pride within the department”. Since joining the department in 2017, “She has worked tirelessly to serve the community in numerous capacities, in academic, leadership, service, diversity, and mentoring roles, among others.”

She was instrumental in creating Chemical Engineering's brand via apparel and “What department spirit we're able to display to the world because of her passion and efforts! All because she is engaged with people, she saw a need, was passionate about getting involved, and she did something to make the department and community better than she found it.”

She has served in formal leadership roles in GSAC and in addition to these formal roles, “Eva consistently voices student concerns and works to build a better department in DEI town halls and listening sessions, at department events, and through her thoughtful day-to-day conversations with other students.”

Emily Penn - Chemical Engineering Service Award AY21

Emily Penn

Emily has gone above and beyond for the ChemE Department, including supporting “the DEI efforts, from working with a number of faculty members to reaching out to prospective students. She has truly served the department.”

She has been instrumental in spearheading the DEI Grad Recruitment task force - Outreach pilot program, “focusing on reaching out to a diverse and wide student population”. She “advocates for students and goes to great lengths to do the best for others.” 

Pamela Cai - Chemical Engineering Service Award AY21

Pamela Cai

Pamela has consistently served on GSAC since coming to Stanford - serving as the 1st year representative, 1st year lunches chair, the president as well as 2nd year mentoring chair. As the Convocation Chair, “she helped plan an excellent convocation in 2021, the first department-wide in-person event since the pandemic.” In addition, she “organized social events during Recruitment Weekend as a member of the Recruitment Committee.”

Pam displayed “great leadership as Vice President of the Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Action Committee from 2020-2021.” She played a significant role in the “start-up of the department's DEI committees and  the discussion advocating for greater recognition of student services in the department.”

Throughout all these roles, “Pam has shown commitment, initiative and has contributed to the positive department culture in several different capacities.”

Sarah Blair - Chemical Engineering Service Award AY21

Sarah Blair

Sarah served as the GSAC Social Chair and “has tirelessly served as a student mentor and as a leader in GSAC”. As the social chair, “she spent countless hours and incredible thoughtfulness in building student community” in the department. 

Sarah is a “true department citizen and she continues to advocate for students at the department level and to mentor younger students in her day-to-day conversations.” 

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