High school teachers, students take CBE learning higher in special ISU programs

Boone High School student Ben Clark shows off his research project poster from his time in this summer's YES program

Some of the people heading in and out of labs in Sweeney Hall and the BioRenewables Complex during the summer months aren’t typical students – but then, the programs that brought them here aren’t typical either. Once again this summer the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering joined other university departments in the Research Experiences [Continue Reading…]

New charging stations in Sweeney will keep devices, and students, functioning

Students in Chemical and Biological Engineering’s home of Sweeney Hall will have a new convenience ready and waiting for them when classes resume in August: electronic device charging stations in two parts of the building. The Mike & Jean Steffenson Student Services Center has received one of the Charge-Tec “Cyclone Power” stations purchased by the [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State among top universities granted U.S. patents

Iowa State is ranked 70th in the world among universities granted U.S. utility patents in 2014, according to a report released this week by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). Iowa State researchers earned 31 U.S. patents in 2014, including patents for wind turbine tower systems, computer encryption logic, bioasphalt, use of mesoporous silicates for delivering biomolecules into plant cells and improved treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

Iowa State engineers develop micro-tentacles so tiny robots can handle delicate objects


The tiny tube circled an ant’s thorax, gently trapping the insect and demonstrating the utility of a microrobotic tentacle developed by Iowa State University engineers. “Most robots use two fingers and to pick things up they have to squeeze,” said Jaeyoun (Jay) Kim, an Iowa State University associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory. “But these tentacles wrap around very gently.”

Chemical engineering alumna named fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education

Daina Briedis is an associate professor of chemical engineering and materials science and assistant dean of student advancement and program assessment. (Photo from Michigan State University)

Daina Briedis, associate professor of chemical engineering and materials science in the Michigan State University College of Engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education. The society will bestow the honor of fellow to 11 engineering and engineering technology educators at their annual conference in Seattle, June 15-17.

Estudiantes en España: ISU chemical engineering majors busy in Oviedo, Spain summer lab course

IMG_1601 PS

Hard work and good times are in full swing with Iowa State University’s Chemical and Biological Engineering students taking part in this year’s Oviedo, Spain summer lab program. The 12 students and CBE professor Dr. Stephanie Loveland have just passed the halfway point in their five-week stay in the north of Spain. The intensive program [Continue Reading…]

Biopolymers plant nears opening

Photo courtesy of Jeni Maiers and the Center for Crops Utilization Research

The industrial-scale pilot biopolymers plant being built at the BioCentury Research Farm for use in several different industries nears its completion. The plant, which is a collaboration between the Department of Civil Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE), the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE), and industry partners (most prominently Argo Genesis Chemical, a subsidiary [Continue Reading…]

Guest post: Creating positive change through engineering and leadership

Erika Vaassen

“The willingness to show up changes us. It makes us a little braver each time.” – Brené Brown Before I even officially chose Iowa State, I was approached by a learning community called Women in Science and Engineering. After hearing more about the program on my campus visit, I quickly made my decision and then [Continue Reading…]

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.

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…]