Author: John Burnett-Larkins

CBE’s Donta tops in honors program research symposium

Maxsam Donta, a graduating senior in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE), took top honors for research presentations in a recent College of Engineering symposium. Donta’s project is titled “Transdifferentiation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells into Schwann Cell-like Phenotypes using Electrical Stimulation.” His faculty mentor is Dr. Surya Mallapragada. Each semester the College of … Continue reading CBE’s Donta tops in honors program research symposium

CBE junior “Kitty” Vang to lead Iowa State’s International Student Council

Yekaterina (Kitty) Vang, a junior (senior by credit) chemical and biological engineering major, has been elected president of Iowa State’s International Student Council (ISC), which serves as a platform for the university’s international students to promote fellowship, the exchange of ideas, showcase cultures, provide educational and social services, and more. Vang will begin serving her … Continue reading CBE junior “Kitty” Vang to lead Iowa State’s International Student Council

ISU again bound for nationals in AIChE Chem-E-Car competition

Third place finish in regional sends ISU to national competition for fourth straight year; Martin Asama takes first in research posters For the fourth consecutive year, an Iowa State University team will be taking part in the national Chem-E-Car competition with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The Iowa State Department of Chemical and … Continue reading ISU again bound for nationals in AIChE Chem-E-Car competition

CBE’s “Perfect Pitch” top research presenters are awarded

For the second consecutive year the clock and research presentations shared the spotlight for graduate students in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, in the Perfect Pitch competition. All chemical engineering graduate students who have completed their preliminary oral exams for their degrees presented their research projects to students, faculty and staff under a … Continue reading CBE’s “Perfect Pitch” top research presenters are awarded

CBE senior one of four ISU undergrads to receive peer mentor scholarship

Kyle Jackson, a senior in chemical and biological engineering, has been named a recipient of the Doug Grunewald Peer Mentor Scholarship. He is one of four Iowa State University undergraduates to receive the honor for the spring 2019 semester. The needs-based scholarship is for undergraduate students who have been hired to work as Learning Community … Continue reading CBE senior one of four ISU undergrads to receive peer mentor scholarship

Symposium to honor Valery Levitas is part of Panama plasticity conference

Dr. Valery Levitas, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and Vance Coffman Faculty Chair Professor in Aerospace Engineering, was honored in a special symposium in Panama City, Panama. Arranged by Aerospace Engineering assistant professor Liming Xiong and Dr. George Voyiadjis of Louisiana State University, it was held as part of the 25th International Conference on … Continue reading Symposium to honor Valery Levitas is part of Panama plasticity conference

Davide Bigoni, University of Trento, to present AerE seminar

Davide Bigoni of the University of Trento, Italy will be a special guest of the Department of Aerospace Engineering. He will present “Folding of Elastic Solids and Eshelby Forces in Elastic Rods.” The presentation is part of the Midwest Mechanics Seminar Series. It examines a process rarely encountered in nature but is common in mechanics … Continue reading Davide Bigoni, University of Trento, to present AerE seminar

Undergrad Brandon Vance will display research to Congress in Washington, D.C.

CBE major and Iowa Space Grant Consortium fellow researches creation of fuel for Mars space missions Like many other middle school students, Brandon Vance went on a class trip to Washington, D.C. Now, as an undergraduate university researcher, he will be headed back to the nation’s capital with a spot in the prestigious Posters on … Continue reading Undergrad Brandon Vance will display research to Congress in Washington, D.C.

Aerospace Engineering’s Marti Steelman honored for 35 years of ISU service

When you walk into the main office of the Department of Aerospace Engineering, the first person you see will probably be Marti Steelman. And don’t worry about asking her that tough question. She’ll probably be able to answer it. Though relatively new to Aerospace Engineering, she’s been around the block a few times at Iowa … Continue reading Aerospace Engineering’s Marti Steelman honored for 35 years of ISU service

CBE’s Wenzhen Li group sees fuel cell research published in chemical society journal

Dr. Wenzhen Li, Iowa State University Richard Seagrave Associate Professor, was published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS). The research was conducted in collaboration with postdoctoral associate Dr. Yang Qiu, Ames Laboratory research scientist Lin Zhou, postdoctoral research associate Tao Ma, and others. The publication was titled: “BCC-Phased PdCu Alloy as a … Continue reading CBE’s Wenzhen Li group sees fuel cell research published in chemical society journal

CBE’s Brent Shanks to receive inaugural catalysis award from Midwest organization

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s (CBE) Dr. Brent Shanks has been announced as the recipient of the inaugural Great Plains Catalysis Society Award. The award, created by the society to recognize an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of catalysis, will be presented to Shanks April 19 at the … Continue reading CBE’s Brent Shanks to receive inaugural catalysis award from Midwest organization

Adding polymer will boost rubber use in pavement: Research led by CBE grad student

The ecological practice of using ground tire rubber (GTR) in paving products is not new. But the technique of adding a polymer to the mix to address a problem is – and it is yielding some promising results, as demonstrated in a just-published research paper authored by four researchers in Iowa State’s College of Engineering … Continue reading Adding polymer will boost rubber use in pavement: Research led by CBE grad student

CBE alum, champion of women in engineering, Gayle Roberts is subject of feature story

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering alumna and noted advocate for women in the field of engineering, Gayle Roberts continues to leave a legacy in the industry. Roberts, who is now retired after serving as president and CEO of engineering firm Stanley Consultants, has been featured in a recent story by Engineering News-Record (ENR) Midwest. … Continue reading CBE alum, champion of women in engineering, Gayle Roberts is subject of feature story

Research spotlight set for spring semester CBE Grad Seminar Series

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 … Continue reading Research spotlight set for spring semester CBE Grad Seminar Series

Sarah Beckman is new CBE Laboratory Coordinator

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering welcomes Sarah Beckman, who joins the department as Laboratory Coordinator. Sarah is an Iowa State University College of Engineering alumna, having graduated with a concurrent B.S. in Ceramic Engineering and M.S. in Materials Science Engineering in 1999. Following graduation from ISU she worked as a chemist for a … Continue reading Sarah Beckman is new CBE Laboratory Coordinator