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…]

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…]