Research spotlight set for spring semester CBE Grad Seminar Series

Derek Winkel
Derek Winkel of Renewable Energy Group will kick off the spring seminar series January 17.

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) is pleased to announce the new lineup of guest presenters for spring semester in its Graduate Seminar Series. Noted researchers and educators from institutions around the nation, including Iowa State, will make their way to Sweeney Hall throughout the semester to share their expertise in a variety of areas.

Part of the required curriculum for Iowa State chemical engineering graduate students, the Graduate Seminar Series is open to all Iowa State undergraduate students, faculty, staff, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and visiting scientists.

Derek Winkel, an Iowa State CBE alumnus, employed by Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group, will kick off the presentations with “VisionZero: Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement,” a discussion of safety in industry January 17. The schedule also includes presentations by researchers such as Nikhil Nair of Tufts University (“How to Convince Baker’s Yeast to be a Less Picky Eater”); Zhen Gu of the California Nanosystems Institute and UCLA (“Leveraging Physiology for Bioresponsive Drug Delivery”); Thomas Kuech, University of Wisconsin-Madison (“The Growth of Metastable Materials: The Next Generation of Materials Synthesis”); Pamela Silver, Harvard Medical School/Wyss Institute (“Designing Biology for Health and Sustainability”); Rachel Chen, Georgia Institute of Technology (“Matabolic Engineering of Bacteria for Synthesis of Oligosaccharides”); David Flaherty, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (“Why is it Wet? Active Sites, Activities and Non-Innocent Solvents”) and others.

Iowa State presenters include CBE’s Matthew Panthani, Carmen Gomes of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Tanya Prozorov of the Ames Laboratory.

View the detailed Graduate Seminar Series schedule here.

Auditorium overview
The 171 Durham Auditorium serves as the home for the Graduate Seminar Series. Presentations are open to all at Iowa State.
Nikhil Nair
Nikhil Nair of Tufts University will be a seminar speaker February 7.
Pamela Silver
Pamlela Silver of the Harvard Medical School and the Wyss Institute will be a presenter in the Graduate Seminar Series this semester.