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CBE’s Bardhan, Nanovaccine Institute cohort Phillips, receive Barry award for cancer research

The research team of Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering associate professor Rizia Bardhan and professor of veterinary microbiology Gregory Phillips has received funding from the 2022 Margaret B. Barry Cancer Research Program.

CBE’s Mallapragada, Narasimhan elected AIChE fellows

CBE’s Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering, Carol Vohs Johnson Chair and Iowa State Associate Vice President for Research Surya Mallapragada; and Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and Vlasta Klima Balloun Faculty Chair Balaji Narasimhan have both achieved the position of fellow in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

New leadership positions lead advancement in key undergraduate education outcomes

Cris Schwartz, professor of mechanical engineering and director of ME’s undergraduate education, has been appointed professor in charge of foundational mechanics course experience, and Jennifer Heinen, teaching professor of chemical and biological engineering and CBE’s director of undergraduate education, has been named professor in charge of continuous improvement and accreditation.

Four prevail in CBE’s Perfect Pitch grad student competition

Once again graduate student research presentations and the clock were in the spotlight in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, in the Perfect Pitch competition for fall semester 2021.

Iowa State knowhow helped launch COVID vaccine mixing technology

Research by Rodney Fox, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor and Hershel B. Whitney Professor, Global Initiatives, and others at Iowa State University that began more than ten years ago created technology to assist in the development of a device now used in the production of COVID-19 vaccines.

Alumna Lori Ryerkerk of Celanese Corporation enters CBE Hall of Fame

Lori Ryerkerk, an alumna of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE), has been inducted into the CBE Hall of Fame. She accepted the honor November 18 as part of the department’s Honors and Awards ceremony that celebrated student scholarships, fellowships and other achievements.

Hagenson professorship ceremony honors CBE’s Eric Cochran

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering professor Eric Cochran has been officially recognized as Mary Jane Skogen Hagenson & Randy L. Hagenson Professor in a medallion ceremony on the Iowa State University campus.

Skroot Laboratory, led by CBE’s Reuel, takes top venture honor in Pappajohn competition

Skroot Laboratory, Inc., a startup business founded and led by Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering associate professor and Jack R. and Carol A. Johnson Faculty Fellow Nigel Reuel, took first place in the 2021 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition.

New funding for Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites; ISU CBE is a collaborator

The Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2), co-located at Iowa State University’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE), has been awarded Phase II of a National Science Foundation Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program grant.

Black and Veatch Faculty Fellowship for Roling’s computational tools-based research

Luke Roling, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, was recently named a Black and Veatch Building a World of Difference Faculty Fellow in Engineering.

Honoring excellence: 2021 College of Engineering faculty and staff award winners, named faculty positions, and new patents

Recognizing College of Engineering faculty and staff award winners, new named faculty positions, and patents received.

In memory of CBE alum, hall of fame member John G. McDonald

John G. McDonald, a 1957 B.S. graduate of Iowa State’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) and member of the department’s inaugural Hall of Fame class, passed away July 14 at the age of 86. Originally from Ohio, McDonald came to Iowa State University through a Navy ROTC scholarship. After receiving his chemical engineering …Continue reading “In memory of CBE alum, hall of fame member John G. McDonald”

Summer of valuable undergrad research wraps up in CBE BioMaP

A summer of expanded horizons – personally and scientifically – has concluded for ten undergraduate researchers in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE). The Biological Materials and Processes Research Experience for Undergraduates (BioMaP REU) program returned to Iowa State this summer after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The experience provides mentored …Continue reading “Summer of valuable undergrad research wraps up in CBE BioMaP”

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