Influential Chemical Engineering professor Tom Wheelock saluted on 90th birthday

Tom Wheelock (right) chats with CBE professors Chuck Glatz (left) and Kurt Hebert at his 90th birthday reception.

The department of Chemical and Biological Engineering recognized one of its most influential members on his 90th birthday. Dr. Thomas (Tom) Wheelock, University Professor Emeritus, was honored with a reception, and was joined by many well-wishers from not only from his department, but other corners of the university as well. Wheelock has had a 70-year [Continue Reading…]

Chemical engineering alumnus named dean of Wichita State University Business School

Indian American academic Anand S. Desai has been named dean of the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University.

Anand S. Desai, a 1975 ISU chemical engineering graduate, has been named dean of the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. He will take up the post in July, after the departure of interim dean James Jordan-Wagner. The Indian American educator has served for the past 17 years [Continue Reading…]

Chuck Glatz bids farewell to CBE after 40-year stay

ISU Chemical Engineering alum John Kaiser (right) presents Glatz with a book he produced commemorating Glatz' 40 years at Iowa State.

Dr. Charles E. (Chuck) Glatz, University Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has announced his retirement after 40 years of research, education and leadership at Iowa State University. Originally from Rochester, NY, Glatz came to Iowa State in 1975, shortly after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He was appointed [Continue Reading…]

CBE grad student Kiva Forsmark earns Teaching Excellence Award

Kiva Forsmark (right) celebrates her Teaching Excellence Award with Chemical and Biological Engineering Department Chair Dr. Andy Hillier (left) and Dr. Jean-Philippe Tessonnier, who nominated her for the award.

Chemical and Biological Engineering graduate student Kiva Forsmark has been presented with an Iowa State University Teaching Excellence Award for her work as a Teaching Assistant in ChE 381, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics. Her nomination was initiated by Professor Jean-Philippe Tessonnier, with Professors Matthew Panthani and Yue Wu co-signing the nomination. Forsmark was assigned to work [Continue Reading…]

Current and past Iowa State students selected for NSF graduate research fellowships

Jordan Barr

Jordan Barr, William Lindemann and Jill Middendorf are recognized as outstanding students in NSF-supported disciplines Three students who started their engineering careers at Iowa State were selected for a prestigious research award. The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) was started in 1952 to encourage involvement in science and engineering and has continued [Continue Reading…]

Faculty positions announced for 2015-16

The state Board of Regents approved 70 Iowa State faculty promotion or tenure awards for the 2015-16 year during its April 23 meeting at the Iowa School for the Deaf, Council Bluffs. The full list is posted on the provost’s website. The awards take effect July 1 for A-base (12-month appointment) faculty and Aug. 16 [Continue Reading…]

Emerging Leaders class announced

Thirty-two faculty and staff have been chosen to participate in the next cohort of Iowa State’s Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA). ELA is an academic-year initiative to develop faculty and P&S staff currently serving in leadership roles at Iowa State, or who aspire to hold leadership positions. Beginning in August, participants attend monthly sessions on leadership [Continue Reading…]

Faculty receive special recognition

Brent Shanks

Ten Iowa State faculty members received special awards for the 2015-16 academic year. Three faculty each have been named Distinguished and University Professor, and four have been named Morrill Professor. They, along with other university and regent award recipients, will be honored Sept. 21 at the annual faculty and staff awards ceremony. Distinguished Professor The [Continue Reading…]

Engineering college names student marshal, outstanding seniors for spring 2015 commencement

Olivia Janusz

Twelve seniors to be honored at graduation ceremony Olivia Janusz, industrial engineering major and concurrent master’s degree student, will serve as College of Engineering student marshal during the spring 2015 commencement ceremony. She will be accompanied by Richard Stone, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, as she leads the engineering class into the ceremony [Continue Reading…]

Three alumni honored with Professional Progress in Engineering Award

Michael Determan

The College of Engineering recently recognized three engineering alumni under the age of 46 who have achieved outstanding professional progress, personal development and distinguished community service. Michael Determan (B.S. Chemical Engineering and Economics ’01 and Ph.D. Chemical Engineering ‘06), Kendall Griffith (B.S. Construction Engineering ‘92)  and Venkat Raman (Ph.D. Chemical Engineering ’03) received the Professional [Continue Reading…]

CBE’s Jenny Gibbs awarded again, as Outstanding Engineering Adviser

Chemical and Biological Engineering adviser Jenny Gibbs has again been singled out for honors by Iowa State students.

Jenny Gibbs, an adviser in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has been named an Outstanding Engineering Adviser. She will be recognized by the university’s Engineering Student Council in a banquet April 21. The honor is based on student nominations. A popular adviser with students, this comes on the heels of another recent recognition [Continue Reading…]

Two CBE advisers awarded as exemplary peer mentor supervisors

Jenny Gibbs

Academic advisers Jenny Gibbs and Shannon Grundmeier have been honored as exemplary peer mentor supervisors for their work in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. They were recognized, along with other university staff members, in a recent ceremony. The exemplary service awards provide an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to express appreciation for [Continue Reading…]

Chemical and Biological Engineering Hall of Fame welcomes two ISU alums

Dr. Joe Cunning (left) and Dr. Judson M. Harper are shown next to their honorary Sweeney Hall's Chemical and Biological Engineering Hall of Fame where plaques in their honor have been placed.

Iowa State University chemical engineering alumni Dr. Joe Cunning and Dr. Judson M. Harper were inducted into the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Hall of Fame March 27. Both traveled to Iowa State for ceremonies in Sweeney Hall and with the department’s annual student awards banquet at the Scheman Center. Both received commemorative plaques [Continue Reading…]

CBE’s Dr. Yue Wu named Council for Chemical Research “Rising Star”

Dr. Yue Wu, Associate Professor and Herbert L. Stiles Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has been nominated to receive the Council for Chemical Research (CCR) Rising Star Award. Wu will be recognized at the Council’s 2015 Annual Meeting in Alexandria, VA on May 5, along with six other individuals nominated [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State undergraduates showcase their research at annual Capitol event March 24

Twenty-one Iowa State undergraduates will present their research to legislators and others during the annual "Research in the Capitol" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in the Rotunda of the State Capitol building in Des Moines. The event highlights the importance of research to the undergraduate learning experience.

With research on sciatic nerve regeneration, the implications of marginal tax rates on housing prices, honey bee survival and extreme winter precipitation in the Upper Mississippi River Basin, there will be lots to discuss when 21 Iowa State University undergraduates present their research to legislators and others during the annual “Research in the Capitol.” The [Continue Reading…]

CBE academic advisers to be honored as peer mentor supervisors

Jenny Gibbs New Feb 15 FOR NEWS RELEASE

Jenny Gibbs and Shannon Grundmeier, academic advisers in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, will be honored as exemplary peer mentor supervisors in a ceremony April 8. The purpose of this award is to acknowledge learning community mentor supervisors for outstanding guidance and encouragement of peer mentors. The exemplary mentor supervisor award honors mentor [Continue Reading…]

Two CBE alums headed for department’s Hall of Fame

Dr. Joe Cunning

The Chemical and Biological Engineering Department of Iowa State University will induct two alumni into its Class of 2014 Hall of Fame. Dr. Joe Cunning and Dr. Judson M. Harper will be honored in a reception, March 27, 2:30 p.m., in Sweeney Hall. Plaques in their honor will be placed on the department’s Hall of [Continue Reading…]

2016 U.S. News graduate program rankings

The U.S. News and World Report magazine released its national graduate school rankings for 2016 on March 10, 2015. Several engineering programs climbed in the rankings, including Iowa State’s program in agricultural and biosystems engineering, which  jumped one spot to No. 3. 2016 engineering graduate program rankings: Biological/Agricultural Engineering, 3rd overall, 3rd among publics Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering, [Continue Reading…]

Stanford lecturer Khosla speaks on importance of “assembly line” biosynthesis research

Dr. Chaitan Khosla of  Stanford University (right), is presented with a plaque by Dr. Andrew C. Hillier, chair of Iowa State's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Khosla spoke at Iowa State as part of the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department's L.K. Doraiswamy Honor Lectureship Series.

Diseases of the world may have a tougher time proliferating in the future thanks to the work of scientists like Dr. Chaitan Khosla, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. He spoke to faculty, staff and students of Iowa State University February 26 with a presentation entitled “Assembly Line Biosynthesis [Continue Reading…]

Greyrock Energy elects chemical engineering alumnus as executive business development team member

Greyrock Energy, a company transforming natural gas and natural gas liquids into premium transportation fuels, announced the hiring of Charles Nelson as Vice President of Business Development. Nelson previously served in sales and business development functions for MarkWest Energy Partners and Emerson Process Management.  At Emerson he oversaw new project delivery for the refining industry [Continue Reading…]

How crop waste could become carbon-negative energy

Researchers at Iowa State University are trying to determine whether crop residue could pay off in three ways simultaneously: as a source of biofuel, as a soil enhancer, and as a long-term sink for carbon dioxide. At the heart of their investigation is a heating process known as pyrolysis that turns plant matter into biochar, [Continue Reading…]

Chemist by trade studies catalyst design in engineering program

Jean-Phillippe Tessonnier

CBE’s Jean-Philippe Tessonnier adds to biomass conversion research at Iowa State When Jean-Philippe Tessonnier began college at the University of Strasbourg in France, he decided to major in chemistry. As he progressed further into the bachelor’s program, Tessonnier realized that he wanted to apply the concepts learned in the classroom to industrially relevant problems. This [Continue Reading…]

Lee Trask: Helping others learn by asking questions

Lee Trask

Graduate student studies polymers and creates research opportunities for students in Des Moines classrooms. Lee Trask has always wanted to help others learn. Even during his undergraduate studies in chemical engineering and mathematics at Iowa State, he served as a supplemental instruction leader and teaching assistant, where he spent ten semesters working with students on [Continue Reading…]

Engineering college names student marshal, outstanding seniors for fall 2014 commencement

Tori Sorensen

Twelve seniors to be honored at graduation ceremony Tori Sorensen, electrical engineering, hails from Corning, Iowa, and will be serving as the College of Engineering student marshal during the fall 2014 commencement ceremony. She will be accompanied by James McCalley, Harpole Professor of electrical and computer engineering, as she leads the engineering class into the [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State researchers hope to make bioplastic adhesives stick in the marketplace

David Grewell

Written by Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service Researchers at Iowa State University are working to prove that adhesives made from a byproduct of biodiesel production can offer consumers a cheaper, more environmentally friendly alternative to the acrylic adhesives currently on the market. Their goal is to produce commercially viable bioplastic adhesives that will [Continue Reading…]