Category: Chemical and Biological Engineering

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.

Cyclone Engineering undergrads to showcase research at Iowa Capitol

Cyclone Engineering undergraduates will present research posters at the Iowa Statehouse at the 14th annual Research in the Capitol event on April 1. Research in the Capitol highlights the important research being conducted by undergraduate students across the state. Students will interact with elected officials, university administrators and news media, discussing the impact their research could have on Iowa, the nation and the world. 

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.

Engineered nanoparticle discovery led by MSE’s Jiang makes cover of Nano Letters

Shan Jiang, assistant professor of material science and engineering, led a research group that created a novel Janus nanocrystal platform to control nanoparticle self-assembly. Janus particles are fundamental new materials, and Jiang’s discovery opens opportunities in different areas including energy, drug delivery, disease diagnosis and therapy. The results appear on the cover of the March issue of Nano Letters.

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

Get involved in hands-on engineering learning and service projects with FundISU

FundISU is a new way for Cyclone Engineering alumni and friends to support the innovative work and research being done at Iowa State University. Nearly four years ago the Iowa State University Foundation implemented FundISU – a crowdfunding platform helps Iowa State University community members raise money to support projects that advance innovation, teaching and learning at the university and promote Iowa State’s mission to create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place.

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

Monica Lamm

CBE’s Monica Lamm named faculty fellow in the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Monica Lamm, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering, has been appointed one of the first faculty fellows in the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT). She will expand CELT’s faculty programming, including the development of a Teaching and Learning Academy for new faculty members and leadership of the Teaching Partners program.

CBE grad students honored for research and teaching excellence

Two chemical and biological engineering graduate students have been honored for research and teaching excellence. Anuraag Boddupalli received the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s Research Excellence Award and Teaching Excellence Award, recognizing both his outstanding success in research work and in engaging CBE students. Fatima Enam is the department’s nominee for the Iowa State University Brown Graduate Fellowship, a fellowship offered by Iowa State’s Office of the Vice President for Research.