Category: Chemical and Biological Engineering

How I Intern: Update #4 from Alex Lewis at International Paper

Hi, I’m Alex Lewis, and I’m a senior in chemical engineering. I’m interning at International Paper in Cedar Rapids this summer. I’m actually back for a second internship with International Paper and excited to once again get the opportunity to expand on what I’ve learned in my engineering classes. Come back and read posts about my internship experience – I’ll be adding more over the next couple of weeks!

Summer of discovery: REU participants on their engineering research experiences

Many students from across the nation come to Iowa State University during the summer to get hands-on research experience with ISU’s top faculty and facilities in Research Experience for Undergraduates programs (REUs).   Peter Meyer, senior in chemical and biological engineering at Colorado State University, has been participating in the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites … Continue reading Summer of discovery: REU participants on their engineering research experiences

Shan Jiang’s biobased UV-blocking coating featured in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces

Shan Jiang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, and his team, have recently been published in high-impact ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces for the article titled, “Thin Biobased Transparent UV-Blocking Coating Enabled by Nanoparticle Self-Assembly.” The first author is Emily Olson, graduate student in materials science and engineering. Coauthors include Yifan Li and Ayuna Tsyrenova, both … Continue reading Shan Jiang’s biobased UV-blocking coating featured in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces

Excellence of purpose: Faculty and staff recognized with College of Engineering awards

Cyclone Engineering faculty and staff have been recognized with college awards for excellence in inspiring future engineering leaders, pursuing groundbreaking research and celebrating diversity and inclusion.   Staff Excellence Michelle Grawe, laboratory supervisor in materials science and engineering   D.R. Boylan Award Ratnesh Kumar, professor of electrical and computer engineering   Outstanding Achievement in Teaching … Continue reading Excellence of purpose: Faculty and staff recognized with College of Engineering awards

CBE’s Narasimhan elected to International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering

Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and Vlasta Klima Balloun Chair Balaji Narasimhan of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) has been elected a fellow in the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE). The academy is composed of scientists from institutions of learning around the world who are recognized for their … Continue reading CBE’s Narasimhan elected to International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering

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

Victoria Kriuchkovskaia named 2019 college student marshal

Victoria Kriuchkovskaia, graduating senior in chemical engineering, has been named the spring 2019 student marshal for the College of Engineering. Each semester, twelve graduating seniors are selected as outstanding seniors to represent the College of Engineering. Of these twelve, one is chosen as the college’s student marshal at the undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 11.

W. Samuel Easterling

New dean announced

W. Samuel Easterling from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has been named the next James L. and Katherine S. Melsa Dean of Engineering. Easterling, Montague-Betts Professor of Structural Steel Design and head of the Via department of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, will begin at Iowa State July 15.

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

Three Iowa State engineering faculty receive prestigious NSF CAREER awards

Three Iowa State University Cyclone Engineers have been selected for 2019 National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER). CAREER awards are the NSF’s most prestigious awards given to early-career faculty. The program aims to build a firm foundation for leadership in integrating research and education. Leifur Leifsson, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, Matthew Panthani, assistant professor chemical and biological engineering, and Soumik Sarkar, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, join 11 other active CAREER awards in the College of Engineering.