CBE’s Graduate Seminar Series again showcases top researchers

CBE faculty and graduate students fill the 171 Durham auditorium for one of last year’s Graduate Seminar Series events.

Researchers and educators from noted institutions around the nation will once again visit Iowa State University to share their work as guests of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s Graduate Seminar Series. The series schedule has been released and is posted on the department’s web site. It will begin with the traditional introductory seminar for CBE grad students August 24 and their safety seminar September 7, with the first guest presenter set for September 14.

Part of the required curriculum for ISU chemical engineering graduate students, the regularly scheduled seminarsexpose the students to a wide variety of work currently underway in chemical engineering and related fields.

Graduate students listen during last fall’s introductory seminar.

The seminars are also open to all Iowa State University faculty members, staff, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and scientists. They are held Thursdays at 11 a.m. throughout the fall and spring semesters in 171 Durham unless otherwise noted.

Three guest presenters from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will join faculty members from such schools as Cornell University, Rice University, University of Oklahoma, The Ohio State University, Georgia Tech, University of Delaware, The University of Chicago and Iowa State, in addition to researchers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Wide-ranging topics to be covered include transport in semiconductor nanomaterials; BioArtificial hydrogels in regenerative medicine; yeasts for producing polymer, pharmaceutical and cosmetic materials; and fuel cells for zero-emission cars, with additional presenters and topics to be announced soon.