Leon Shechter Endowed Graduate Fellowships

Leon ShechterLeon Shechter received his B.S. in chemical engineering and a M.S. in physical chemistry from the University of South Carolina, before moving on to complete his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Cincinnati.  He spent his career involved in the research and development of plastics, which were at that time a new set of materials.  His long career at Union Carbide (originally the Bakelite Corp.)  was amazingly productive, and he eventually rose to Vice President of research and development for the operations division, leading many early scientists who eventually became Nobel prize winners.  Later in life, he recalled the inspiration that was provided to him in his early chemistry coursework, and established an endowed fund at USC to support high quality research and innovation in Nanotechnology and to promote collaboration between chemistry and chemical engineering.  

Shechter  Graduate Fellowships are awarded to students who work in two of USC’s Smartstate Centers:  the Center of Economic Excellence in Polymer Nanocomposites, directed by Prof. Brian Benicewicz, and the center of Catalysis for Renewable Fuels, directed by Prof. John Regalbuto.  These two Centers, deeply involved in nanotechnology, rely heavily on collaborative research that crosses the boundaries of chemistry and chemical engineering.    Details on the Shechter Fellowships can be obtained from Profs. Benicewicz or Regalbuto.

Shechter Fellows in Polymer Nanotechnology

2011
Perry Wilbon

2012
       Perry Wilbon
       Alex Gulledge

2013
Alex Gulledge 
       Paulina Panek

2014
Michael Bell
       Yucheng Huang

2015
Michael Bell
       Yucheng Huang
2016
Yucheng Huang