John T. Swanson, a University of Utah chemical engineering graduate, and Janet Clayton, a senior in chemical engineering at the U., have won national student contests sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

The awards were presented at the organization's annual meeting Nov. 11-16 in Chicago.Winner of the 1990 National Student Design Contest, Swanson's award was designing a process to recover germanium from an optical fiber manufacturing effluent.

The problem was written and judged by engineers at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, N.J., with students at 153 chemical engineering schools in the United States being invited to participate.

A son of Mr. and Mrs. George L. Swanson, Salt Lake City, Swanson completed his design before graduating from the U. last June and is now a chemical engineer at Exxon's Benicia (California) Refinery. He was invited to present his design at the Nov. 12 annual meeting of the AICE.

J.D. Seader of the U. chemical engineering department was Swanson's faculty sponsor.

Clayton, a U. senior and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry B. Clayton, West Jordan, and the late Mary Clayton, won the national student paper competition for presentation of her paper, entitled "Zinc Removal by Ion Exchange in Base Metal Refining."

Her paper, initially presented in April at the Rocky Mountain Regional Student Conference of the chemical engineering institute, won first place. Along with 10 other regional winners, she was then invited to present her paper Nov. 12 in Chicago.

Clayton was a summer engineering intern at the JCI Pty. Ltd. Rustenburg Refinery in Rustenburg, South Africa, where she completed work for her paper.

Phillips Petroleum Co., Woods Cross, sponsored Clayton's trip to Chicago. A. Lamont Tyler, chairman of the U. chemical engineering department, was her faculty sponsor.