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…]

Engineers Without Borders teaches about poverty, water scarcity

This week, Engineers Without Borders aimed to educate the ISU and Ames community about the issue of poverty in and outside of America with Poverty Awareness Week. It started on Monday outside Parks Library with a water walk organized by Engineers Without Borders member Ha Lim Jeong, sophomore in mechanical engineering. Participants pumped water into a [Continue Reading…]

Fall 2014 named faculty positions continue tradition of excellence in engineering

Matthew Panthani was recognized at the Fall Convocation ceremony on August 26, 2014.

With the 2014-2015 academic year well under way, several newly and reappointed named faculty appointments within Iowa State’s College of Engineering are able to bring creativity and insight to students and research activity thanks to many generous donors. The college believes named positions help retain and recruit great faculty while also inspiring leadership, innovative research and [Continue Reading…]

Chemical engineering alumnus elected to the Institute of Medicine

W. Mark Saltzman

W. Mark Saltzman (’81BSChE) receives one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine The Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, recently elected 70 new members and 10 foreign associates for outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Among those recognized is W. Mark Saltzman, a [Continue Reading…]

Center for Biorenewable Chemicals helps Iowa State researchers launch startup companies

Fuyuan Jing

AMES, Iowa – Fuyuan Jing reached for the top shelf of his university cubicle and pulled down a box of business cards. He picked out a slick and glossy card, the company logo printed in bright blue, yellow, orange, red and green. That card identified Jing as president of VariFAS Biorenewables LLC. Jing said his [Continue Reading…]

ExxonMobil supports Iowa State research in biofuels science and engineering


ExxonMobil Corporation is establishing an advanced biofuels research program at Iowa State University. The ExxonMobil Biofuels Program will initially focus on two research projects with Iowa State. The studies are related to the fast pyrolysis of biomass – rapidly heating biomass (including corn stalks, switchgrass or wood chips) without oxygen to produce liquid bio-oil, which can [Continue Reading…]

Digital Repository reaches milestones

ISU Alumni Association confers awards at Homecoming

Six engineering college alumni receive honors on October 10, 2014. At the 2014 Honors and Awards Ceremony, six distinguished engineering alumni will be recognized by Iowa State University Alumni Association and the College of Engineering. The event, which is celebrating its 83rd year, is open to the public and will be held at Benton Auditorium [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State joins national alliance to help more low-income, first-generation students to graduate

Iowa State University recently joined with 10 other public research universities in launching a first-ever project to expand the use of highly successful, innovative programs designed to help more students complete a college education. Formation of the University Innovation Alliance was announced Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Washington, D.C. Iowa State will share best practices in its [Continue Reading…]

A look back at an Iowa State alumnus’s life

Loren and Miriam Forman (1942)

Loren Forman, ’34 ChemE, becomes expert in lignin science Loren Forman’s choice to come to Iowa State College in 1930 was an easy one, especially after both parents graduated from the university in the years before. His father also taught agronomy at Iowa State until retirement. What he didn’t know was that he would become [Continue Reading…]

Mike Morgan: Chemistry “clicks”

Mike Morgan

Chemical engineering graduate enjoys teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in retirement “I took chemistry, and it clicked,” says Mike Morgan, 1974 chemical engineering graduate. At a young age, he thought he would major in electrical engineering, but after disliking physics in high school, he changed his mind. That left him looking for another [Continue Reading…]

Civil, chemical engineering partner with industry to commercialize biopolymers

R. Chris Williams, professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering

Iowa State University’s Departments of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) and Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) have worked together to foster research partnerships with industry over the past several years. Gerald and Audrey Olson Professor in Engineering Chris Williams, CBE Associate Professor Eric Cochran, and their research groups have led efforts to develop a family [Continue Reading…]

2015 U.S. News rankings: Iowa State undergraduate engineering program is tied for 23rd among public universities

U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 “American’s Best Colleges” rankings are out, and Iowa State’s College of Engineering ties for 23rd among public universities whose highest degree is a doctorate. Among all national universities, Iowa State’s undergraduate engineering program ranks 41st (a seven-way tie) overall. Last year, Iowa State was 20th among public programs and in an eight-way [Continue Reading…]

Wenzhen Li: A love for Ames, research and spreading knowledge

Wenzhen Li

Chemical and biological engineering hires tenured associate professor researching fuel cells and biorenewables With a chemical engineer and a laser-engineering expert for parents, Wenzhen Li has been interested in research since a young age. That’s why he decided to get his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and soon after got his doctorate in physical chemistry [Continue Reading…]

Matthew Panthani: A love for science and engineering since day one

Matthew Panthani

Chemical and biological engineering department hires assistant professor researching low cost solar cells. While he was earning his Ph.D., Matthew Panthani found a new way to use spray paint – to advance solar cell research. His interest in solar cell accessibility has continued since graduate school. He’s looking forward to making solar cells inexpensive and [Continue Reading…]

Center for Nondestructive Evaluation joins College of Engineering

CNDE Mural

In an effort to streamline research and economic development units at the university, the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) is one of three centers that will now report directly to the College of Engineering. Originally founded with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, CNDE moved to the Institute for Physical Research and Technology (IPRT). [Continue Reading…]

Yue Wu: Ignited by a passion in chemistry and nanomaterials

Yue Wu stands in his new research lab.

Chemical and biological engineering department hires associate professor researching nanomaterials A small fire on Yue Wu’s apartment balcony when he was a child created a spark in chemistry and research for Wu that has kept burning ever since. The fire, which he started after trying to make a rocket with different chemicals found in his [Continue Reading…]

New graduate program offers advanced engineering degree for those with an interest in the energy industry

Iowa State’s interdisciplinary, coursework-only, online master’s of engineering in energy systems engineering launches this fall As the world’s population grows, so does a need for sustainable energy sources. With that need comes a demand for knowledge in a variety of energy-related areas and training for professionals working in these areas. Engineering professors at Iowa State [Continue Reading…]

Augustine Villa named Cargill Scholar

Augustine Villa

A chemical engineering student is learning about advancing the future global economy thanks to a scholarship opportunity. Brain cancer survivor, high school valedictorian and Cargill Global Scholar are just three things Augustine Villa has achieved in his 21 years of life. But that’s not all Villa, who is a chemical engineering major with Spanish minor, [Continue Reading…]