Multicultural Learning Community Explores Biorenewables

Nineteen curious undergraduates gathered with five peer mentors in the lobby of the Biorenewables Research Laboratory (BRL) at Iowa State University for the annual “BRL Experience” on April 4. This event gives undergraduate students an opportunity to meet bioenergy researchers and graduate students, and tour the BRL engineering research labs. Throughout the visit, the undergraduate [Continue Reading...]

Chemical engineering student follows in father’s footsteps on a National Student Exchange program

The following is an excerpt from an April 1 Iowa State University News Service release: AMES, Iowa — Next fall, an Iowa State University student will experience a National Student Exchange (NSE) to the University of Alabama — just like his father did 31 years ago as a college student in North Dakota. It was [Continue Reading...]

Shao grows yeast to economically convert biomass to biorenewables

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Zengyi Shao, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Iowa State University, grows genetically engineered yeast to address pentose utilization in mixed sugars. Shao says this is “a critical challenge in biomass utilization” in order to economically produce biorenewable fuels and chemicals. Shao recently received a one-year, $75,000 Iowa Energy Center opportunity grant for [Continue Reading...]

Room-temperature vaccine could be boon to developing countries

Balaji Narasimhan, Vlasta Klima Balloun Professor of Chemical Engineering, discussed the potential of nanovaccines at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Dallas, Texas, held March 16-20. Nanovaccines, which embed proteins from disease-causing organisms into tiny, polymer spheres five hundred times smaller than the width of a human hair, can be designed to target any [Continue Reading...]

Guest Post: Campus clubs act as support networks for students

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Cara Petrie (pictured on the right) is a senior in chemical engineering and the current president of Society for Women Engineers. Katherine Krettek (pictured on the left) is a junior in mechanical engineering with a minor in Spanish and the president-elect for SWE.  Iowa State’s many campus clubs and organizations are great resources for students [Continue Reading...]

U.S. News graduate program rankings: Agricultural and biosystems engineering is No. 4

Iowa State University’s College of Engineering ranks No. 46 nationally in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, and among public institutions is ranked 25th overall. The agricultural and biosystems engineering program ranked No. 4 nationally, tied with Cornell University and the University of Florida, and No. 4 among [Continue Reading...]

Chemical engineering senior Lizette Jimenez finds world of opportunities at Iowa State

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Originally from Chicago, chemical engineering senior Lizette Jimenez had no interest in coming to Iowa State. It wasn’t until she had the opportunity to visit the university for an event now called Multicultural Scholars Preview that she discovered the close-knit community here and decided she wanted to be a part of it. “I felt really welcomed when [Continue Reading...]

CELT announces recipients of Miller Faculty Fellowships

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) has announced the 2014-15 Miller Faculty Fellowships. Out of a record 26 applications, six projects were funded for a total of $60,000. Miller Faculty Fellowships provide faculty members with opportunities to enhance their scholarly work in undergraduate academic programs and develop innovative ways to enhance student learning. [Continue Reading...]

Professor James Hill named to Council for Chemical Research


James Hill, University Professor of chemical and biological engineering at Iowa State University, was recently named to the 2014 Council for Chemical Research Governing Board of Directors. The 8-member board comprises academic, industry and government experts in U.S. chemistry-related science and engineering. Other newly elected members include Mark Benvenuto, professor of chemistry and department chairman [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State part of $320 million national manufacturing lab announced by White House

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Iowa State University is a top-tier partner in a new Digital Lab for Manufacturing to be based in Chicago with affiliated partners across the country. President Barack Obama today announced a $70 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to support creation of the lab by UI LABS, a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative. In addition [Continue Reading...]

Chemical engineering student conducts Army ROTC water combat training

The following is summarized from a Feb. 20, 2014, Iowa State Daily story, “Making a splash: Army ROTC cadets build confidence.” On Feb. 19, chemical engineering freshman Kristine McCunn and about 119 other ISU Army ROTC cadets jumped into the Beyer Hall pool for the bi-annual Combat Water Survival Training Lab. Cadets rotated through five stations [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State chemical engineering’s George Burnet celebrates 90th

George Burnet, Anson Marston distinguished professor emeritus, celebrates his 90th birthday with family and friends Feb. 3 at Iowa State University's Sweeney Hall.

Colleagues, family and friends joined Anson Marston Distinguished Professor Emeritus George Burnet Feb. 3 in Sweeney Hall to celebrate his 90th birthday. A native Iowan, Burnet was born on Jan. 30, 1924, in Fort Dodge. He has had a long and illustrious career and has been a major figure in chemical engineering at Iowa State [Continue Reading...]

BEI’s BRT Program Announces Spring 2014 Graduate Fellows


Written by Robert Mills Bioeconomy Institute Three one-year graduate fellowships, administered by the Bioeconomy Institute, have been awarded as part of the Leading the Bioeconomy Initiative. These competitive graduate fellowships were funded through an appropriation from the Iowa Legislature. The Biorenewables Resources and Technology (BRT) Graduate Committee reviewed all applicants and selected the recipients. The [Continue Reading...]

First group of Ph.D. programs selected for scholar funding

Written by Anne Krapfl The provost’s office has selected the first 22 graduate programs to receive central funding for an additional – and exceptional — doctoral student under President Steven Leath’s Presidential Scholars program announced in November. Seven of the programs selected are interdepartmental and two were submitted by two colleges. With funding available for up to [Continue Reading...]

Oldest Iowan, former Iowa State engineering secretary dies at 110

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The following is an excerpt from a Dec. 11, 2013, Ames Tribune story: Verna Webber, of Ames, was a part of an exclusive group of people: the super-centenarians, which is comprised of those who live to be at least 110. Webber, Iowa’s oldest living resident, died on Sunday (Dec. 8, 2013) at the age of [Continue Reading...]

Chemical engineering student helps implement trial of food/beverage container recycling at library

As a high school student in Racine County, Wis., she used to move her friends’ soda bottles from the trash to a recycling bin, so Alyson Straube knows how to ‘walk the walk.’ The chemical engineering junior thinks the Government of the Student Body’s director of sustainability post is a great fit for her interests. [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State chemical engineering alumnus wins international Honeywell Design Challenge


The following is a summary from a Nov. 5, 2013, Honeywell news release: Honeywell announced that Dursun Can Ozcan has been named the winner of the annual Honeywell UniSim® Design Challenge student competition for the Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) region. Dursun, a student at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Engineering, will showcase his [Continue Reading...]

CoE student marshal, outstanding seniors named for fall 2013 commencement

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Dan Voss, senior in materials engineering from Atkins, Iowa, will serve as Iowa State’s College of Engineering student marshal during the fall 2013 commencement ceremony held Dec. 21. He will be accompanied by Clint Stephens, scholar in residence for leadership education, as he leads the engineering class into the ceremony. Voss will graduate with an [Continue Reading...]

College of Engineering gives excellence awards for fall 2013

Nineteen graduate students from the College of Engineering were recently recognized for their outstanding research and teaching accomplishments. Research Excellence Award Nominees Ajay Shah, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Ting Tee, Chemical and Biological Engineering John Stinn, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Archana Parashar, Electrical and Computer Engineering Qin Wang, Electrical and Computer Engineering Tung Thanh Nguyen, [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State researchers setting up ‘dream team’ to research, develop nanovaccines


Iowa State University researchers think developing nanovaccines using a “systems” approach can revolutionize the prevention and treatment of diseases. Just think, since 1980 the world has seen more new diseases than medical science knew before 1980, said Balaji Narasimhan, Iowa State’s Vlasta Klima Balloun Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and leader of a new project designed [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State REU student wins AIChE national poster competition

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Alejandra Martinez is the latest proof that Iowa State’s Biological Materials and Processes Research Experience for Undergraduates (BioMaP REU) program makes a substantial difference in students’ academic success. In early November, Martinez won the Sustainability category of the Undergraduate Poster Competition at the 2013 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting in San Francisco. [Continue Reading...]

Biotechnology Surges Forward With Help From Electrical Engineering

Santosh Pandey, an associate professor in Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has developed microfluidic systems by creating very specific micropatterns in polymers on glass slides or chips. His technology has impacted departments within and outside of the College of Engineering. Rebecca Cademartiri, ISU Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering [Continue Reading...]

Notre Dame’s Brennecke to give Doraiswamy Lecture at Iowa State Nov. 21

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The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Iowa State University will host Joan Brennecke, Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at University of Notre Dame, to lead the 2013-2014 L. K. Doraiswamy Honor Lectureship in Chemical Engineering. The presentation begins 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in 171 Durham Center on Iowa State University [Continue Reading...]

Day in the Life: Chemical engineering student and Cyclones cheerleader

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When Kate Coker tells people she is both a member of the Cyclone Cheer Squad and a chemical engineering student, most have a hard time believing her. Being a member of a travel-intensive and time-consuming team, while managing to be successful in a challenging undergraduate major, sounds more than overwhelming for most students. Coker employs [Continue Reading...]

Professor Brent Shanks, CBiRC feature biotech startups in Chemical & Engineering News

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The following is an excerpt from “Students, Start-Ups, and Biorenewability,” written by Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) Chicago writer Mitch Jacoby in the Oct. 28, 2013, edition of Chemical & Engineering News. Shivani Garg had never planned on launching a biotech start-up company, at least not until recently. Like other biochemistry graduate students, she spent her [Continue Reading...]