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Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., has donated three models of plant units for the new chemical engineering display room in Acopian Engineering Center.

Built by Air Products engineers when constructing the company’s facilities, the models are a valuable display and teaching device, according to Javad Tavakoli, associate professor and head of chemical engineering.

“The display room shows what chemical engineering is all about, how we take raw material and through chemical processes produce products that are used directly or are intermediates for manufacturing final products,” he says. “It will not only be used to show prospective students, but also for teaching Lafayette students. These structures show the complexity of a chemical plant, and being able to see what they actually look like will be very valuable for our students.”

Tavakoli notes that Lafayette and Air Products have a long-standing and strong relationship.

“Air Products recruits continuously at Lafayette and we have many students serving internships with them,” he says. “They have been generous in terms of support for students and faculty research. They are a great resource for us.”

This past school year, A.B. engineering major Keon West ’06 (Morton, Pa.) added breadth to his education by gaining significant project management experience in an internship at Air Products.

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